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These states have the highest rates of road rage gun violence

Road rage on its own is bad enough, but things move to a whole new level of stress and danger when firearms are involved. While drivers in some states see very little traffic-related gun violence, a handful show alarming numbers of incidents that could make driving an actual life-or-death situation for some.

ConsumerAffairs dove into the data, finding the states with the most and least road rage, but the most interesting data points in the study come from its look at gun violence. There have been 2.08 incidents of gun-related violence per 100,000 residents in New Mexico, making it the worst state on the list. The “top ten” states with the most gun violence per 100,000 residents include:

  • New Mexico: 2.08/100k residents
  • District of Columbia: 1.64
  • Tennessee: 1.19
  • Wisconsin: 1.10
  • Arizona: 1.02
  • Texas: 0.98
  • Colorado: 0.81
  • Kansas: 0.68
  • Missouri: 0.66
  • Georgia: 0.61

It’s important to take these numbers in context, as the population varies wildly between some of the states on the list. New Mexico had just over two million residents in 2022, while Texas had a shade over 30 million. That could make New Mexicans look like gun-crazed lunatics due to the sparse population, and Texans look less dangerous, despite the fact that there are 15 times more people living there.

ConsumerAffairs shared some pointers on avoiding road rage, which are especially important in these shockingly violent times. If you’re sharing the road with an aggressive driver, back off and give them as much space as possible. Move over when you see someone tailgating, as it’s best to get out of the way rather than provoke them by brake-checking or slowing down.

Always be aware of your surroundings, and don’t hesitate to call the police if you’re experiencing harassment or if someone is following you. Remember, arriving alive is better than getting a few moments of satisfaction from responding to an aggressive driver or, worse yet, seeing the business end of their firearm.

Study: These are the most expensive vehicles to drive per mile

Gas prices have climbed to record highs in some places, but the data show that vehicles with internal combustion engines are still cheaper to drive than EVs. In fact, according to a recent iSeeCars study, the 15 most expensive vehicles to drive per mile are all plug-in models.

iSeeCars looked at the number and cost of miles driven by different fuel types between November 2022 and April 2023. EVs were driven the least and were the most expensive to drive 1,000 miles. Gas cars were driven the most but were slightly more expensive to operate over that same mileage cycle. Breaking things down further by model, the most expensive vehicles to operate on a per-mile basis were all plug-ins, with the Porsche Taycan being the priciest.

The 10 most expensive vehicles per mile:

The higher purchase price, combined with the fact that higher-end luxury vehicles tend to be driven less, pushes their average cost per mile higher than other models. That point becomes more apparent when looking at the two Porsche’s average new prices, which land at $138,914 and $111,985 for the Taycan and Cayenne PHEV, respectively. They’re also the only two in the study with six-figure average price tags.

Hybrids, on the other hand, comprise most of the 15 cheapest vehicles to operate per mile. The Honda Insight had a per-mile cost of just $1.46, followed by the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid at $1.81 and the Toyota Corolla Hybrid at $1.86. iSeeCars executive analyst Karl Brauer said that hybrids are becoming more attractive for buyers as the cost gap between them and traditional gasoline models continues to shrink.

The 10 cheapest cars to drive per mile in 2024

Automakers are increasingly stepping back from EV-only product roadmaps in favor of more hybrids and PHEVs, and recent driving cost data between November 2022 and April 2023 from iSeeCars shows that this might be good for buyers in more ways than one. While electric vehicles can save money on gas, they cost more and are driven less, which makes the cost per mile much higher than that of other fuel types. Hybrids were found to be much less expensive to drive, dominating the list of the cheapest cars to drive per mile.

The 10 cheapest cars to drive per mile

The Honda Insight was the least expensive in the iSeeCars study, at $1,463 per 1,000 miles, or $1.46 per mile. Other vehicles on the list include:

Hybrid vehicle pricing continues to fall, making them more comparable with gas models. Those more reasonable purchase prices, combined with in-town fuel savings, make them appealing for buyers looking to put some miles on the clock, driving down their average cost per mile. Only one PHEV made the top 10 list, with two in the top 15, including the Toyota Prius Prime in 12th place at $2.71 per mile.

EVs are more expensive to buy than other fuel types, and high-end models tend to be driven less, giving them some of the highest per-mile costs in the study. The Porsche Taycan was the priciest vehicle in the study, at $22.02 per mile. The Porsche Cayenne PHEV, with its six-figure average purchase price, was second most expensive at $14.68. iSeeCars attributes many of the higher prices to the cars’ extreme average purchase prices, all of which exceeded $48,000. The BMW i3 was the cheapest, while the Taycan was the most expensive, at almost $140,000 on average.

EVs are the most expensive vehicles to operate over 1,000 miles, according to iSeeCars

It’s no secret that charging an electric vehicle is often less expensive than fueling a gas car, but many don’t think about the higher purchase prices. A recent iSeeCars study showed that people tend to drive EVs much less, making their cost per mile much higher than that of internal combustion vehicles.

iSeeCars’ research looked at the costs to operate various fuel types between November 2022 and April 2023, finding that EV owners not only drove far fewer miles than gas owners, but their average costs to operate those vehicles over 1,000 miles were much higher. People drove EVs an average of 10,256 miles during that period, seeing costs of $5,108 per 1,000 miles. In contrast, owners drove gas vehicles 12,813 miles, averaging $3,123 over the same distance. The costs per 1,000 miles for other fuel types in the study include:

  • Hybrids: $3,056
  • Gas Cars: $3,123
  • Plug-In Hybrids: $4,351
  • EVs: $5,108

EV owners may worry about range and spotty charging infrastructure, which could contribute to the smaller number of miles driven. The higher purchase price of each vehicle is spread over fewer miles, making them significantly more expensive to drive. iSeeCars’ study found an average EV price of $52,387, compared to the $40,009 gas buyers paid.

Higher-end EVs likely played an outsized role in that average price. The most expensive three-year-old model over 1,000 miles was the Porsche Taycan EV, which cost an average of $138,914 when new. The Porsche Cayenne PHEV was second, with an average purchase price of $111,985, and the Tesla Model S was third most expensive, at $96,394.

iSeeCars executive analyst Karl Brauer pointed out that hybrids have become more popular as automakers electrify popular models. They’re also much cheaper to buy than EVs and offer better fuel economy, especially in the city. Brauer predicted that hybrids would become the dominant drivetrain in the industry over the next few years, outpacing gas models as more companies backtrack on EV-only strategies.

EV range anxiety? Gas vehicles dwarf EVs on the average number of miles driven

Americans bought EVs in record numbers last year, with Cox Automotive reporting 1.2 million sales in 2023. They still only make up a single-digit percentage of the overall auto market here, and they are clearly being used in ways that are different from gasoline-powered cars. A recent study from iSeeCars found that gas vehicles saw the most mileage between November 2022 and April 2023, with EVs being driven the least.

Americans drove gas cars an average of 12,813 miles during that period, the most of any fuel type iSeeCars studied. In order, the average number of annual miles for three-year-old vehicles per fuel type:

  • EVs: 10,256 miles
  • Plug-In Hybrids: 12,199
  • Hybrids: 12,471
  • Gas: 12,813

Executive analyst Karl Brauer cited the limited charging infrastructure and range anxiety as contributing factors to the lower EV mileage number. Also, buyers are more likely to choose an EV specifically to be used for short-haul duties around town, where constant stop and go provides regeneration opportunities, and its more limited range is not a hindrance. Brauer noted that the gas engines in hybrids and plug-in hybrids add to their flexibility and appeal, landing them much closer to gas cars on miles driven.

That said, it’s worth noting that hybrids and PHEVs tend to deliver their best fuel economy in the city, where stop-and-go traffic lets them utilize their electric motors to a higher degree than at highway speeds. Hybrids don’t need to be charged, but PHEVs must be plugged in to deliver their most efficient performance. Plug-in hybrids can bridge the gap between gas and electric powertrain options for many buyers. They offer a short all-electric range backed by a gas engine and somewhat traditional hybrid operation once they exhaust battery power.

Lower average mileage and more expensive purchase prices for EVs mean a higher cost-per-mile, making them the most expensive to drive over a 1,000-mile cycle. The average cost for an EV to travel that distance was $5,108, dwarfing the costs to drive any other fuel type. With their costs spread over a much larger number of miles, gas cars were the cheapest at $3,123 per 1,000 miles. Hybrids cost $3,056 to operate, and PHEVs $4,351.

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These 10 car brands get the most speeding tickets

A couple of years back, Insurify, the big insurance clearinghouse, conducted a study listing the car models that get the most speeding tickets. Of course, to paraphrase the gun industry, car models don’t get speeding tickets, people get speeding tickets, now don’t they? Or rather, people who are attracted to those particular car models get speeding tickets, so maybe the models do have something to do with it after all. Drivers, the study said, are “living up to their vehicles’ reputations.”

Percentage of drivers with a speeding ticket, by model:

  1. Subaru WRX, with 18.8% of drivers showing at least one speeding ticket
  2. Hyundai Genesis Coupe, 17.7%
  3. Kia Stinger, 16.6%
  4. Mazda3, 16.4%
  5. Subaru BRZ, 16.2%
  6. Scion FR-S, 16%
  7. GMC C1500, 15.3%
  8. Volkswagen GTI, 15%
  9. Subaru Impreza, 14.8%
  10. Hyundai Veloster, 14.7% 

Compare those numbers to the national average, in which a hair under 10% of drivers overall have had a speeding ticket. And note that Subaru, the brand that loves kids, dogs and safety, is the standout here, with three models on the list.

Now, turn the clock forward two years to 2023, and Insurify has conducted a similar study, this time ranking car brands that rack up the most speeding tickets. When you’re talking about an entire brand rather than specific hot models like the WRX or Genesis Coupe, you get a different picture. 

Percentage of drivers with a speeding ticket, by brand:

  1. Infiniti, 8.7%
  2. Scion, 8.4%
  3. Volkswagen, 8.3%
  4. Subaru, 8%
  5. Mazda, 7.7%
  6. Audi, 7.6%
  7. Kia, 7.6%
  8. Honda, 7.5%
  9. BMW, 7.4%
  10. Hyundai, 7.4%

The national average across all brands is 7.1%. How did Insurify come up with this information? It’s gleaned from 4.6 million applications for car insurance. One factor not made clear in the methodology is how far back in one’s driving record this assessment goes: You may have a speeding ticket on your record from a year or five years ago that gets noted when you’re buying insurance on the WRX you just bought today.

Some other tidbits from this study:

  • The brand study has one curious mention: By 2023, a newcomer had leapt up the list of car models that get the most tickets, and it’s one you definitely didn’t see coming — the BMW i3, with 17.6% of its drivers racking up speeding tickets. There was no explanation for why the heck that might be, other than it’s nimble and fun to drive. Meanwhile, Z4 drivers are just cruising the boulevard and enjoying the sunshine, with 4.5% cited. 
  • The car brands with the least-speeding drivers are Cadillac, at 5.4%; Tesla, at 5%; and Volvo, at 2.7%.
  • The Subaru Ascent really pulled down the Subaru brand average, offsetting all those WRX tickets. Only 1.9% of Ascent drivers have had a speeding ticket.
  • Cops make 20 million traffic stops a year, and 43% of those are for speeding. So over 8 million Americans each year are getting speeding tickets, or at least a warning. And with good reason: Speeding is a factor in nearly a third of all traffic fatalities.

These are the most expensive vehicles to gas up

Complaining about gas prices has been a thing for as long as anyone can remember, even when they were just a fraction of the tremendous numbers we see today. While it’s true that gas prices are more oppressive now than ever before, the reality is that the vehicle you drive is one of the biggest factors determining how much you’ll pay for fuel. Consumer Reports recently outlined the most expensive cars to fill up a tank of gas (cars being a misnomer as these are big trucks and SUVs). There are few surprises on the list.

Despite moving to a smaller engine and an available hybrid with the latest update, Toyota didn’t do much to improve the full-size Tundra’s fuel costs. Consumer Reports estimated the average fuel cost to fill the tank at $118, making it the most expensive model on its list.

The 10 vehicles that are most expensive to fill up:

  1. 2024 Toyota Tundra: $118 per tank
  2. 2024 Ford Expedition: $102
  3. 2024 Chevrolet Suburban: $103
  4. 2024 Nissan Armada: $96
  5. 2024 Infiniti QX80: $96
  6. 2024 Nissan Titan: $96
  7. 2024 Ram 1500: $96
  8. 2024 Cadillac Escalade: $88
  9. 2024 Chevrolet Silverado 1500: $88
  10. 2024 Chevrolet Tahoe: $88
  11. 2024 Toyota Sequoia: $83

Gas costs were estimated using AAA’s national average of $3,68 a gallon on April 22. While many models on the list certainly could use a boost in fuel economy, most also have large fuel tanks, making them more expensive to fill either way. It’s also important to note that you may see extreme fueling costs for models not included here, as many require premium fuels to function properly.

The good news is that there’s plenty you can do to save money at the pump. Consumer Reports recommends driving smoothly and obeying the speed limit. You might also look at club stores like Sam’s Club or Costco, which often have discount programs for members. Finally, many gas brands offer credit cards and other programs that save a few cents per gallon, but you may be tied to that company’s stores to get the savings.