Edition: September 2007 - Vol 15 Number 09
On the QT
The creator of a new Web site promises car-sellers the opportunity to sell their vehicles in obscurity. No revelation of any personal information is publicly exposed in the business model of www.TheInternetAutoMall.com, according to creator Michael Clements. Personal contact information is transformed into an anonymous, five-digit seller ID number and subsequently used to identify a vehicle for sale, and to discretely communicate with interested buyers using a toll-free number and e-mail, he says. The listing price for the service is $59 and includes multiple photo uploads, two advertising display signs with graphic accessories, discrete communication resources including private voice mail, e-mail, text notification, and a non-renewable sales listing duration of 45 days.
Sound like you?
Are you a male, under 55, with at least one child at home and an income equal to or exceeding $75,000? Then admit it, you speed. A recent poll of 600 drivers in Washington State by PEMCO Insurance shows a correlation between income and driving behavior. “Wealthy drivers are taking more safety risks when driving compared to their counterparts,” according to a PEMCO spokesperson. That includes not only speeding, but talking on the cell phone too. Data from the poll showed the drivers least likely to speed are females over the age of 55 who have no children and earn a household income of under $75,000.
Who woulda thought 20 years ago that three of the top ten vehicles in the “American Made Index” are from Toyota? Cars.com’s American-Made Index highlights the cars that are built in the United States, have the highest amount of domestic parts, and are bought in the largest numbers by Americans. Cars must have a domestic-parts-content rating of 75 percent or more to be considered for the list. (Cars.com uses the figure that appears alongside the window sticker of new cars to determine a car’s domestic parts content.) Cars scheduled to be discontinued in the near future are also disqualified. Here are the Top Ten vehicles: 1) Ford F-150, 2) Toyota Camry and Camry Solara, 3) Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 4) Chevrolet Cobalt, 5) Ford Focus, 6) Toyota Sienna, 7) Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx, 8) Pontiac G6, 9) Ford Escape and 10) Toyota Tundra.
They have names like “Hillside Stranger,” “Spaghetti Junction” and “Orange Crush.” They are America’s worst traffic traps. According to the Department of Transportation, the United States loses $168 billion yearly due to highway congestion, as reported in Forbes.com. The nation’s trucking system in 2004 lost more than 243 million hours due to traffic delays, according to the Federal Highway Administration. Here are the 10 worst traffic traps (followed by the annual number of hours of delay they are estimated to cause):
• Los Angeles US-101 and I-405 interchange
(27 million hours of delay).
• Houston I-610 and I-10 interchange, (25 million hours).
• Chicago I-90/94 and I-290 interchange, or the “Circle Interchange” (25 million hours).
• Phoenix I-10 and SR-51 interchange, aka the “Mini Stack” (22 million hours).
• Los Angeles I-405 and I-10 interchange, San Diego Freeway exchange (22 million hours).
• Atlanta I-75 and I-85 interchange, or the “Downtown Connector” (21 million hours).
• Washington, D.C. I-495 and I-270 interchange
(19 million hours).
• Los Angeles I-10 and I-5 interchange, Santa Monica Freeway interchange (18 million hours)
• Los Angeles I-405 and I-605 interchange, San Diego Freeway interchange (18 million hours).
• Atlanta I-285 and I-85 interchange, aka “Spaghetti Junction” (17 million hours).
• Chicago I-94 and I-90 interchange, or the “Skyway Split” (16 million hours).
• Phoenix I-17 and I-10 interchange, also known as “The Stack” (16 million hours).