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Study: 13% of Drivers “Do Something Sexy” While Commuting [INFOGRAPHIC]

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According to the community-based navigation and traffic app Waze, in a study conducted with Lab42, we’re doing a lot more in our cars than driving when we commute. Our activities range from the benign (49% of us sing) to the disgusting (26% pick our noses) to the cryptic (13% “do something sexy”).

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Tragedy at the Lime Rock Historics: Lee Duran, 78, Dies in Crash

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We mentioned a few weeks ago that vintage racing is incredibly fulfilling, but is also fraught with the very real consequences of high-speed driving. According to Racer.com and the Hartford Courant, Lee Duran, 73, of Lyme, Connecticut was pronounced dead at Sharon Hospital of unspecified injuries after a single-car accident in his 1934 MG PA Special at the Lime Rock Historics.

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Late Bloomers and Laydowns: Old-School Car Sales Lingo

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When car shopping, be it new or used, it’s good to know what car salespeople are talking about when they use their own special lingo.  This updated “lingo” column now includes new car dealers, too, at the request of my readers.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.oT: The Sonata Falls Into Line

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For 2015 the Hyundai Sonata traded its curves for the signature look of its sibling Genesis sedan. In size, space, comportment and efficiency, the Sonata has matured—at the expense of power.

We spent a lot of the long weekend on the deck overlooking the garden. The driveway, where a 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T sat, runs alongside, and every few minutes my eyes would drift over to the car, a metallic bronze puzzlement gleaming in the late-summer sun. It isn’t every day that a factory deliberately tamps down the looks of one of its cars, particularly a car that was a) the prettiest one ever from Korea, Inc., and 2) sold like beer at the beach. What were they thinking? Or, what was I missing?

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2015 SR-T Dodge Challenger Debuts in the Trans Am Series

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August 16, 2014 marked a momentous day in the history of Sports Car Clubs of America (SCCA) and the iconic Trans Am Racing Series. As if the return of four-time champion Tommy Kendall was not enough, Miller Racing and SRT (Chrysler’s Street and Racing Technology wing) have partnered to introduce the SRT Dodge Challenger as a mid-season TA-2 entry for the remainder of the 2014 season. Two separate Miller/SRT entries joined the field for the race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The first was piloted by 2013 Mid-Ohio winner Cameron Lawrence and the second by SCCA legend Tommy Kendall.

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4 Cool 2015 Cars for Recent College Grads

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Summer’s over and instead of going back to school, you’re headed off to the workforce. In the olden days, when you got your first job out of college, you got your mom’s 1972 Plymouth Satellite Plus sedan and you liked it. With all the advances in safety technology over the last few years, though, it’s difficult to think about seeing your kid in a car with a lap belt. New cars are getting expensive, but there are a bunch of brand new models that will appeal to young drivers without adding too much to their debt load.

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Speeding Laws in All 50 States

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Road & Track has posted a handy, mobile-friendly guide for all of you that would like to avoid a $500 ticket and the inevitable, seven-year spike in your insurance rates over the holiday weekend. It’s a fantastic resource for keeping yourself out of trouble.

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5 Inside Tips to Buying Your First New Car

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You’ve spent hours researching online, you’ve checked out all the models you’re interested in on BestRide.com, and you’re finally ready to visit some dealers to settle on your first brand new car. We’ve got seven tips for you before you even leave the house:

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Toyota FT-1: Interviewing The Designers

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We here at BestRide.com have been avidly following the FT-1 (Future Toyota-1) since its debut in January. The FT-1 started with a red concept, and just before unveiling a graphite-colored version at a Pebble Beach event, Toyota invited us to check out the new shade and interview the CALTY Design Resarch design heads behind it.  It confirmed that whatever the FT-1′s color, it is a concept with some welcome potential corporate influence.

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2015 Honda Fit: Deceptively Capable

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The 2015 Honda Fit — the third generation available here in the United States — is a solid effort that transcends what small cars have traditionally been about. Namely, being small.

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BestRide.com 2015 Automotive Preview: Trends

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2015 is going to be a great year for automobiles. It’s projected that 16.5 million new cars will find homes this year, which is about 400,000 more cars that the industry sold in 2007, just before the recession. New models, innovations and even brands are cropping up from all over the world. But there are a few major trends to keep an eye on in 2015, ones that will drive the industry for years to come.

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Safety Recall Updates Part 3 of 4

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Part three of this week’s four part safety recall update will include two-Ford vehicles. Ford Motor Company and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are working hand-in-hand to ensure that automotive consumers are provided with the safest product possible. Log into BestRide.com for the latest safety recall updates, automotive news and views, and literally millions of great bargains on new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs.

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