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Get out on the highway: The cost of driving went down this year
NBC News
The cost of motoring is going down, the AAA says. The typical vehicle will still take a hefty chunk out of your budget, an average $8,876, notes the organization's "2014 Your Driving Costs" study. But that was about 2.7 less than what ownership and operating costs averaged last year. Fuel costs have become one of the single most expensive parts of the equation, and are expected to come to an average 13 cents per mile — but that is a 10-percent decrease as fuel prices have tumbled. Tire costs also are down about 3 percent in the latest study.
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See related story: AAA: Cost of car ownership dips slightly (Tire Business)




Hey, let's all go retro
Tire Business
Believe it or not, there are still car shoppers in 2014 looking for a cassette tape deck in a vehicle. Vehicle leasing website Swapalease.com said it analyzed more than 20,000 vehicle searches on its car lease marketplace to find items and features people still seek in a car or truck. It found that some items were popular decades ago, while others traditionally have been only for select tastes. The following is a rundown on what some vehicle shoppers would like.
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GM recalling 2014 Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse sedans
AutoWeek
General Motors is recalling some 8,208 Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse sedans from the 2014 model year for an issue with the front brake assembly. The company said in a statement that the sedans are being recalled for "possible reduced braking performance" due to the possibility that in some of the vehicles the rear brake rotors could have actually been installed in the front. "The condition could significantly shorten front brake pad life and reduce brake system performance, increasing the risk of a crash," GM said in a statement.
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Continental develops tread depth e-sensor, ready by 2017
Tire Review
Most of us know the "penny test" but in the years to come we'll be able to spend our loose change rather than use it to gauge tread depth. Continental AG says it intends to add an automatic tread depth reading feature to its ETIS (Electronic Tire Information System) and aims to make this available for fitment on new vehicle models by 2017. According to Continental, this new feature is made possible by "intelligent software" that deduces tread depth from gradual changes in tire rolling characteristics. An in-tire pressure sensor calculates running characteristics from the variations in tire deformation.
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Automotive lightweighting applications — the path ahead
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Innovative materials together with new production methods and reinforcing structures will play an important role in reducing vehicle weight. Lower vehicle weight not only improves fuel efficiency but also reduces the load on the brakes and suspension systems.

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Make your business unforgettable
Fox Small Business
There are many different theories as to what creates more revenue for a business. Some methods are successful, and some are just a waste of time. There are, however, a few general guidelines that have proven to be effective over time.

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The evolution of performance
Modern Tire Dealer
The first performance tire, circa 3500 B.C, was a 185/75G14. The "G" stood for granite. Since then, it has gone through a seemingly endless number of design changes to make it perform better. Ultra-high performance tires have been defined by speed ratings for decades.

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Marijuana legalization tests employer drug policies
Tire Business
Employers nationwide should keep close tabs on how recreational marijuana legalization affects employment law in Colorado. That's because marijuana is likely to be legalized by the federal government within the next five years, if not sooner, thanks to a grassroots effort by supporters of legal pot use. And depending on the outcome of a landmark case before the Colorado Supreme Court involving an employee challenging his termination after testing positive for legal off-duty use of medical marijuana, employers may find it expensive to enforce their own zero-tolerance drug use policies if employees assert similar wrongful termination claims.
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Car-sharing, GPS data changing transportation patterns
Contra Costa Times
Why drive a car when you can tap out a ride on your smartphone and get picked up in minutes. Need to drive? Rent a car by the hour and then leave it on the street when you're done with it. It seems the internal combustion engine is going the way of the horse and buggy these days as automakers are currently working on affordable, battery-powered models that travels hundreds of miles on a single charge. These innovative transportation models are part of what one UCLA urban transportation expert calls "a brave new world" that puts traditional transportation thinking on its ear.
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Colorado targets tire landfills and subsidies to bolster recycling
The Denver Post
Sprawling heaps of scrap tires — like the ones south of Colorado Springs and northeast of Denver at Hudson — are seen as environmental and health hazards. In addition to the fear of a large fire, the sites can act as havens for rats, rattlesnakes and virus-spreading mosquitoes. However, Colorado's role as a morgue for 60 million of the nation's 100 million scrap tires is over: State lawmakers are shutting down tire landfills. A state-run $5.8 million subsidy program for tire recyclers also will end — by 2018 — under a new bill signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper.
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Leveraging a daily deal promotion in your business
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You can grow a business through daily deal sites such as Living Social and Groupon, but you should not participate on a deal site unless you know you can reach a target customer that will return and buy again. The following are four things to consider when leveraging a daily deal promotion in your small business.
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Tire industry fighting legislation to get aged tires off the road
ABC News
VideoBrief American tire companies have helped to defeat proposed laws in eight states that would require inspection of tires for age. Safety advocates say aging increases the risk of dangerous tire failures. Ford, GM and Chrysler all urge motorists to replace of tires that are six years of age or older because of the possibility the rubber in them could degrade and create a dangerous situation in which the tire loses its tread.
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