There’s good news and bad news for motorists this holiday season.
America’s roads have never been safer, statistics show. But, depending where you live, they may never be slower.
“The big new trend this year is the construction,” said Carol White, co-author of “Live Your Road Trip Dream.” “With all the TARP funds rolling out on highway projects, last summer was a mess, and I think it is going to continue into the winter months in areas where weather permits.”
Of all the recurring complaints I get from readers, the one they find by far most vexing has nothing to do with excessive fees, surprise surcharges or surly employees.
It’s about traffic tickets. In Italy.
Dean Brown is the latest in a long line of agitated drivers. In 2008, he and his wife visited Florence. “I parked my rental car in a space with a meter,” said Brown, a general contractor who lives in Tiburon, Calif. “I made sure the meter had the correct amount of paid time for our visit. Now I have received a notice of “Violation of the Highway Code,” which states that my vehicle was circulated in a limited-traffic area without authorization. They are asking for 183 euros,” about $250. Read more “When in Rome, watch your driving”
Here’s some interesting research that challenges the conventional wisdom about travel in America: U.S. motorist do drive the speed limit — unless they’re on I-15 in Nevada and Utah, better known as “America’s Autobahn.” That’s according to a survey released this morning by TomTom, a manufacturer of navigation systems.