The New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) is starting a pilot program called “Drive Smart,” which uses technology innovations to help drivers save money, save time, and drive more safely. DOT is seeking 400 qualified drivers to join the pilot program. Drivers will receive a custom On Board Diagnostic Device (OBD-II) from DOT. Once connected, the device will collect and transmit data from a car’s on board computer directly to the driver’s smartphone and to the Drive Smart secure cloud server, where it will be used to provide a range of services back to the driver free of charge. Applicants can apply at www.drivesmartnyc.com.

“The ‘Drive Smart’ technology pilot will help drivers save money and drive more safely, and...

To help you get a jump on your back to school checklists and add some much-deserved cushion to the old checking account, Metropia is hooking you up with a whole month of free giveaways!

We’re making the start of the semester a little bit easier with tons of gift cards from Amazon.com, Starbucks, Fed by Threads, RBar...

There are certain times of the day when there is always going to be a lot of traffic. While this can’t be avoided with the number of people working 8- or 9-to-5 shifts, there are ways your own driving habits can help minimize the magnitude of congestion in your area.

Even if other drivers are causing or contributing to the problem, your choices can get things moving starting from where your car stops. Here’s how.

  1. Easy on the brakes.

It’s not hard to stop every time you see other drivers’ red lights come on in traffic. In fact, it’s good to pay attention to the cars in front of you and know when they are braking, slowing down, or speeding up.

But hitting your brakes frequently helps create a traffic accordion as drivers behind you replicate your movement. This slows everybody down in the long run and makes congestion worse....

Every now and then, hypermiling will pop up in a news article somewhere. This usually happens whenever gas prices spike, because hypermiling is meant to be a way for your car to achieve maximum efficiency—especially at the gas pump.

But what is hypermiling, exactly? And is it something you should try?

What it is

Hypermiling is a set of tactics drivers can use to get the most mileage out of each ounce of gas they put into the car. Some people claim you can improve your car’s fuel economy by as much as 37 percent if you use some of the techniques.

Yet many police officers and driving experts would point out that some hypermiling methods are illegal or dangerous—which may be one reason why hypermiling hasn’t surged in popularity so much that everybody does it. Another reason why hypermiling only pops up every now and then is that people are...

Commuters who drive their own cars every day know just how important their cars are: without them they’d be late to work, or possibly have a much longer commute. Yet the daily drive is tough on cars and ages them faster than any other kind of driving. 

That’s why it is so important to take care of your car and make sure it stays healthy. The best way to do that is through routine maintenance, which many people forget about or let go by the wayside as other things come up. 
Over time, the lack of timely maintenance adds up. Here are the most important ways you should be maintaining your car to keep it on the road and running right. 

•    Oil
In general, you should have your vehicle’s oil changed every 3,000 miles. If you use synthetic oil, you can go closer to 5,000 miles...

There is nothing good about traffic congestion; that is something everyone can agree on. It is bad for the environment, hard on your car and your car's gas mileage, and rough on your body.

But what about your brain? Researchers have been studying the effects of traffic congestion on the human mind over the past few decades.

While they haven't yet found anything that is fully conclusive, the scientists have found some disturbing correlations. Here are some of their findings.

1. Congestion can cause stress.

Of course! Whether you're late getting somewhere or really just want to get home, stalling at an intersection while the light turns green more than once can make anyone itch with anxiety.

But stress itself can cause changes to your behavior, personality, and ability to make decisions. Studies have even suggested links from everyday...

Austin Flooding ATXFloods Mobile App

Metropia wants to keep Central Texas drivers safe, which is why it has integrated with ATXfloods to provide its mobile app users with updates on low water crossings across Central Texas.

According to the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department, about 75 percent of flood fatalities occur in vehicles. By implementing the ATXfloods application programming interface (API), app users will have access to the latest low water crossing updates to help them avoid flooded roads.

“We want drivers to be safe at all times. By implementing the ATXfloods’ API, Metropia app users not only receive critical road closure...

In an ideal world, there would be no traffic congestion and we’d all get to work on time without any problems. Maybe we’d even teleport. But in our world, there are many factors that affect commuters’ punctuality. 

Some cities are friendlier to commuters than others, which comes down in large part to good city planning and plenty of resources for infrastructure and transit projects. Here are 10 of the things that make the difference between a good commute and a bad commute. 

1. Multiple routes
There are few things worse than having only one or two ways of getting from one place to another—and there being terrible traffic on the way. People who live in places that are connected by bridges understand this perhaps better than anyone else. 
Not being able to make a right or turn around...

Having your own car and being able to drive it everywhere is certainly one of the biggest marks of personal freedom in western society. But what about those people who can't afford a car, those who don't have anywhere to park one, or those who don't use a car often enough to justify owning one?

Car-sharing programs are a great alternative to having your own car. Usually all you have to do is sign up for an annual membership and pay a one-time fee for the privilege of being able to make reservations. Once you find out how to do that, you can reserve a car for whenever you need it, from the closest pick-up location to where you will be.

Zipcar, Enterprise Car Share, Hertz on Demand, Car2Go, and City CarShare are the most common car-sharing programs in the US, but...

Bicycling to work is the ultimate way to simultaneously avoid traffic congestion, reduce your impact on the environment, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. But during the summertime—and in some parts of the country just about year-round—biking to work seems like a recipe for a smelly day.

Rather than avoiding bicycle commute altogether, check out these tips on how to arrive at work without looking like you just completed the Tour de France in record time.

  • Plan your route.

Planning out your bike ride ahead of time is an excellent way to eliminate hassle. To prepare, spend some time on a day off mapping out the best and fastest way to get to work. Bonus points if your route involves a dedicated bike path or bicycle boulevard.

Other things to consider include traffic crossings, road quality, and hills. Potholes or train tracks...

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