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South Dakota drivers have the shortest commute in the U.S.

Commuting is just about the least entertaining thing you can do in a car. Sitting in traffic in a sea of other miserable people might give you plenty of time to catch up on a podcast or audiobook, but it’s not great for your health and certainly doesn’t make you a more productive or dedicated employee. Energy.gov’s most recent Fact of the Week ranked the states with the shortest — and the longest — commutes, showing that some places have it way easier than others.

Sparsely populated South Dakota averaged the shortest commute time, in data gathered in 2022. Drivers there got to work in just 18 minutes, followed closely by its counterpart to the north. People in Wyoming had the third shortest commutes.

The 10 states with the shortest average commutes:

  1. South Dakota
  2. North Dakota
  3. Wyoming
  4. Montana
  5. Nebraska
  6. Alaska
  7. Iowa
  8. Kansas
  9. Idaho
  10. Utah

These commute times are averages of one-way travel, but the 18-minute low is just shy of half the time that people in New York spend behind the wheel. While some rural states, including Maine, rank higher up the list because of the distances between towns and jobs, places like South Dakota likely average lower because people work in their hometowns instead of driving between locations.

At the “top” of the list, New York, Maryland, and New Jersey have the longest commutes. New Yorkers spent an average of 33.2 minutes one-way, while the other two averaged more than half an hour. That said, those states’ numbers need to be viewed with the knowledge that a few significant population centers could be skewing the numbers.

For example, as of this year’s data, New York City has almost 8 million people, more than 10 times Hempstead’s population, the No. 2 city. Drivers in New Jersey suffer because of their proximity to New York and Philadelphia, though it’s also the most densely populated state in the nation.

Here is the full chart of findings, taken from U.S. Census data:

Average one-way commute time by state:

2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 adds range, drops price before launch

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2024 Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 Gears Up for Launch with Improved EV Range, Outstanding Electric Capability

2024 Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 Gears Up for Launch with Improved EV Range, Outstanding Electric Capability

2024-04-16

  • The premium, limited-edition version of GMC’s EV pickup is expected to launch with a GM-estimated 440-mile range1 this summer, an improvement over initial estimates
  • The Denali of EVs elevates the game with GMC-exclusive CrabWalk mode, MultiPro MidGate and 10,000 pounds max towing2

DETROIT – GMC has announced the 2024 Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 will add more all-electric range than originally estimated, expanding an already impressive list of features that will be available from launch.

“Denali has been an industry icon for 25 years and the Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 provides customers an exclusive opportunity to be a part of the next chapter,” said Duncan Aldred, global vice president, Buick and GMC. “As a limited-run exclusive trim for launch, the Edition 1 is truly the Denali of EVs and represents the pinnacle of GMC.”

Through optimization of the GM Ultium Platform, the EV pickup will come standard with a GM-estimated 440-miles of range1 for the 2024 model year, a 10 percent increase from the originally estimated range of 400 miles. The Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 will also launch with GM-estimated 10,000 pounds of max towing2 and 1,450 pounds of max payload3, an increase of 500 pounds and 150 pounds respectively from initial estimates.

Dealers are currently working with Edition 1 reservation holders on the ordering process.

The Sierra EV features a mix of true truck capability, next-gen power, purposeful technology and signature luxurious Denali design cues inside and out.

Among a packed list of features on Edition 1 is CrabWalk3, a GMC-exclusive feature that, at low speeds, allows the angle of the rear wheels to mimic the angle of the front wheels. This feature — which is also available on the GMC HUMMER EV Pickup and SUV — allows for diagonal movement of the vehicle and can provide additional options for drivers when they need to maneuver in tight spaces.

Other key features include:

  • GM-estimated 754 horsepower and 785 lb-ft of torque in Max Power mode.
  • 800 Volt DC Public Fast Charging capable at up to 350kW, enabling up to 100 miles of range in approximately 10 minutes4.
  • Available Super Cruise, the industry’s first truly hands-free advanced driver assistance technology to offer trailering. The technology is expected to be available on about 750,000 miles of compatible roads in the U.S. and Canada by the end of 20255.
  • Air Ride Adaptive Suspension that both enables a more comfortable ride as well as the ability to raise or lower the truck by approximately 2 inches.
  • 4-Wheel Steer, which not only enables CrabWalk, but also enables all four wheels to work together for a smaller turning circle and improved maneuverability.
  • GMC’s first MultiPro MidGate™, which provides a maximum load floor length of nearly 11 feet with the MidGate down and the MultiPro Tailgate’s load-stop open.

Deliveries of the 2024 Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 are expected to start this summer at a final starting MSRP of $99,4956 (including $1,995 DFC).

1GM-estimated range on a full charge for Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 based on current capability of analytical projection consistent with SAE J1634 revision 2017- MCT. Actual range may vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain, battery age, loading and how you use and maintain your vehicle. EPA estimates not yet available.
2GM estimate. For comparison purposes only. See the owner’s manual and the label on the vehicle door jamb for the carrying capacity of a specific vehicle.
2GM estimate. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.
3Limited to low speeds. Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for more important limitations and information.
4Actual charge times will vary based on battery starting state of charge, battery condition, output of charger, vehicle settings and outside temperature. See the vehicle’s Owner’s Manual for additional limitations.
5Always pay attention while driving and when using Super Cruise. Do not use a handheld device. Requires active Super Cruise plan or trial. Terms apply. Visit gmc.com/connectivity-technology/super-cruise for compatible roads and full details.
6MSRP excludes tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Dealer sets final price.

Teaching refugee women to drive offers all kinds of freedom

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — In a large, empty parking lot outside Atlanta, one car slowly careened around parking spaces. From the passenger seat, driving instructor Nancy Gobran peered over large sunglasses at her student, a 30-year-old Syrian refugee woman who was driving for one of the first times in her life.

“Turn the wheel and then accelerate,” Gobran, the owner of Safety Driving School, said softly in Arabic. Gripping the wheel tightly, the student cautiously rounded the corners of the parking lot for nearly an hour.

Gobran has been working for nearly five years with a program called Women Behind the Wheel, which offers 14 hours of free drivers’ education to mostly refugee and immigrant women. Many of the women who enroll come from countries that discourage women from driving or working outside their home.

It’s not a new concept, but Women Behind the Wheel is unique to Georgia. Similar programs exist across the country, such as Refugee Women Rising in Omaha, Nebraska, which offers driver’s education, seat belt safety and car seat installation help, and Driving Opportunity in Denver, which offers classroom and road instruction to refugee women.

Nancy Gobran, owner and instructor of Safety Driving School stands smiling in front of a driver

“Helping a lot of refugees is not easy,” Gobran said. “At the beginning, it’s kind of awkward for some people for their first time being behind the wheel, but by the end of the program, they gained the benefit they’ve been looking for.”

Students sign up for the driving program through Ethaar, an Atlanta-area nonprofit organization that aids refugee families through their resettlement. Its name is an Arabic word meaning altruism and affection.

Ethaar co-founder Mona Megahed said she started Women Behind the Wheel to fill a glaring need many refugee families have that partially stem from cultural differences.

“We named it Women Behind the Wheel for a reason,” Megahed said. “We really wanted to empower our female clients. A lot of these women were struggling because they were fully dependent on their spouses.”

She noted some husbands held beliefs from their home countries that their wives shouldn’t drive or work.

“We quickly explained, well, you can’t really provide if you’re making minimum wage and you have six mouths to feed in addition to helping with your wife,” Megahed said. “So she also needs to kind of learn how to drive and find a job and get out there.”

The stress can be compounded for families in metro Atlanta, where many people rely on cars to get around. Most of the refugee families Ethaar works with settle in Clarkston, a suburb 15 miles (24 kilometers) northeast of Atlanta.

“Most of the time because of lack of access to transportation, it’s hard for them to get to their jobs,” said Sarah Karim, Ethaar’s executive director. “It’s hard for them to go study anywhere except for what is close by, and there aren’t that many options, unfortunately.”

Their clientele depends on the shifting global landscape and conflicts, Karim said.

“Lately, we’ve observed various nationalities among our clients, including families and individuals from Afghanistan, Burma, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan, Iraq and Eritrea,” Karim said.

So far, there have been 230 graduates of the program, including a few men. The driving program typically has a three-to-four-month waitlist because of the demand. The U.S. government gives refugee families up to 12 months of financial and medical assistance, so there is limited time to become autonomous.

“The point is for every refugee to reach self-sufficiency or self-reliance,” said Dorian Crosby, a Spelman College professor who is an expert in refugee migration.

“Learning how to drive and getting access to a license is critical to refugee women reaching that level of self-reliance,” Crosby said. “It’s not just to meet the government regulations of the cutoff, but they now can sustain themselves. It is also such an emotional boost.”

Instructors like Gobran are fluent in Arabic, which makes students more comfortable. She watched her client slowly gain confidence over her hourlong session. A smile crept across her face. A month later, her student passed her driving test.

“This is their new home, and they have to understand how this country works,” Gobran said. “It starts with the very little thing as driving to build a future.”

2025 GMC Yukon AT4 teased, will likely follow 2025 Suburban template

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New 2025 GMC Yukon is Coming, the Next Step in the Brand’s Reimagined SUV Lineup

New 2025 GMC Yukon is Coming, the Next Step in the Brand’s Reimagined SUV Lineup

2024-04-11

DETROIT – Today, GMC shared a glimpse of the refreshed 2025 Yukon, the brand’s flagship nameplate. The 2025 Yukon will be the next GMC SUV launch following the all-new Acadia hitting dealerships this spring.

The image features the 2025 GMC Yukon AT4 and shows its refreshed front fascia, updated headlight and redesigned grille executions.

2024 marks the fifth anniversary for GMC’s popular AT4 trim. Since launching on the Sierra 1500 in 2019, the AT4 lineup has established itself as the industry standard for premium off-road capability. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of GMC’s Denali sub brand, which first debuted on the 1999 Yukon Denali concept.

Earlier this year, GMC announced plans to expand its brand presence into more global markets. The 2025 Yukon will spearhead the brand’s rollout for the first time in Australia, New Zealand and China.

The 2025 GMC Yukon will be revealed later in 2024.

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GMC offers a range of premium trucks and SUVs designed and engineered to the highest standard. With vehicles like the compact Terrain and full-size Yukon, all-new Canyon and Sierra light-duty, as well as the world’s first all-electric supertruck the GMC HUMMER EV, our trucks and SUVs deliver GMC’s signature combination of intuitive technologies, precise engineering and premium execution. Built on a strong foundation of manufacturing trucks since 1902, GMC now sells in a dozen countries across the world. Details on all models are available at gmc.com.

NTSB probes fatal Ford Mach-E crash in Philadelphia

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Thursday it is investigating a March 3 fatal crash between a Ford Mustang Mach-E and two stationary cars in Philadelphia in which an advanced driver assistance system could have been in use.

This is the second recent Ford crash under investigation by the auto safety regulator and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in which a driver assistance system is suspected of being in use.

The March 3 crash involved the Ford striking two stationary vehicles on the I-95 interstate highway in Philadelphia killed two people and shut down traffic for hours. The NTSB said it is investigating in coordination with the Pennsylvania State Police, which declined to comment.

Ford offers BlueCruise, an advanced hands-free driving system that operates on 97% of U.S. and Canadian highways with no intersections or traffic signals.

In March, NHTSA and the NTSB said they were investigating the use of an advanced driver assistance system in a Ford Mustang Mach-E that was involved in a Feb. 24 fatal crash in San Antonio, Texas in which the Mach-E struck rear of a Honda CR-V that was stationary in a traffic lane on Interstate Highway 10. A San Antonio police report said the Ford had “partial automation” engaged at the time of the crash.

Ford said it was recently made aware of this incident by the NTSB and informed NHTSA, which requires automakers to report all fatal crashes involving advanced driver assistance systems.

“We are researching the events of March 3 and collaborating fully with both agencies to understand the facts,” Ford said.

NHTSA has opened special crash investigations into the two recent Ford crashes. The agency typically opens more than 100 special crash investigations annually into emerging technologies and other potential auto safety issues.

Since 2016, NHTSA has opened more 40 Tesla special crash investigations in cases where driver systems such as Autopilot were suspected of being used, with 23 crash deaths reported to date. Tesla in December agreed to recall 2 million vehicles to install new safeguards for Autopilot.

The NTSB has opened several investigations in recent years into advanced driver assistance systems including Tesla’s Autopilot.

These states have the best and worst roads in America

No matter where you live, bellyaching about potholes and road quality is an American tradition. It’s not hard to find people in every state who claim their roads are the worst, but Pennsylvania pesonal injury firm Munley Law recently studied data from the federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics to determine which have the highest average rates of acceptable road quality.

Bad roads aren’t just an annoyance. They can wreak havoc on tires, suspension systems, and can cause vibrations that loosen cosmetic components. With 94.78 percent of its roads meeting the acceptable quality standard, Idaho was found to have the best roads in the country. Georgia wasn’t far behind, with 94.5 percent, and Tennessee came in third at 94.17. The complete list appears below.

The states with the best roads likely invest more in highway maintenance. Tennessee, for example, funds its highway improvements with vehicle excise taxes, and the burden of paying for roadwork is shared by federal, state, and local governments. The state has managed to go 45 years without needing to borrow money for road construction, indicating that its funding is stable and robust. Of course, there are exceptions in every state, such as my hometown of Knoxville; Tennessee’s roads have seen better days, despite I-40 seemingly being under construction since the early 1980s when I was born.

On the other end of the spectrum, New Jersey had the worst roads, with just 50.71 percent meeting the standard. Rhode Island had 51.51 percent and Connecticut landed at 58.14 percent. The law firm blames heavy traffic and bad weather, saying they contribute heavily to potholes and deteriorating road surfaces in those Northeast states.

Ranking states with the best and worst roads:

Rank 

State 
Avg. % of acceptable roads 
Idaho 
94.78 
Georgia 
94.5 
Tennessee 
94.17 
North Dakota 
93.96 
Nebraska 
92.47 
Wyoming 
91.51 
Kentucky 
91.24 
Alabama 
90.77 
Montana 
89.6 
10 
Oregon 
89.44 
11 
Kansas 
89.23 
12 
Florida 
89.11 
13 
Nevada 
88.95 
14 
North Carolina 
88.06 
15 
South Dakota 
88.03 
16 
Texas 
87.78 
17 
Minnesota 
87.03 
18 
Ohio 
86.15 
19 
Iowa 
86.13 
20 
South Carolina 
85.32 
21 
Arizona 
84.79 
22 
Michigan 
84.57 
23 
Indiana 
84.14 
24 
Arkansas 
84.02 
25 
Virginia 
82.64 
26 
Utah 
82.45 
27 
Delaware 
82.24 
28 
Illinois 
80.02 
29 
Vermont 
79.11 
30 
Alaska 
78.49 
31 
New Hampshire 
78.38 
32 
Colorado 
78.2 
33 
Maryland 
78.1 
34 
Missouri 
77.96 
35 
Maine 
76.16 
36 
Louisiana 
75.74 
37 
Wisconsin 
73.86 
38 
Oklahoma 
73.85 
39 
New York 
73.74 
40 
Pennsylvania 
72.29 
41 
Mississippi 
72.16 
42 
New Mexico 
71.83 
43 
West Virginia 
71.3 
44 
Washington 
70.44 
45 
Massachusetts 
63.47 
46 
California 
59.65 
47 
Hawaii 
59.27 
48 
Connecticut 
58.14 
49 
Rhode Island 
51.51 
50 
New Jersey 
50.71 

Americans drove more miles in diesels than any other fuel type in 2022

There’s a lively debate right now around consumers’ desire to own and drive EVs, but data from the federal government shows that diesel reigns supreme when it comes to annual average miles driven. Energy.gov recently published the 2022 National Household Travel Survey, which found that diesel miles dwarf gas and electric vehicles. And if that weren’t surprising enough, the second-most-driven fuel type will be.

Diesel vehicles averaged 17,500 miles in 2022, while gas and electric only managed 14,100 and 12,400 miles, respectively. The annual average for plug-in hybrids was just over 16,000 miles, making them the second-most driven vehicles that year. Traditional hybrids saw around 15,000 miles driven.

It’s important to point out that we’re talking about household miles driven, not commercial miles, so these averages don’t include large trucks and similar vehicles. That suggests a large number of diesel pickup trucks, as Americans haven’t really ever been hot on diesel cars, especially after VW’s Dieselgate scandal.

This study is also from two years ago when EVs weren’t quite as common as they are in early 2024. Cox Automotive noted that the EV market share of the U.S. vehicle market was just 5.9 percent in 2022. It rose to 7.6 percent last year and will likely grow further in 2024, but sales didn’t crest 1 million units until 2023.

Plug-in hybrids are the real shocker here, as EVs have outpaced their sales for a decade. There’s also a decent amount of anecdotal data that Americans don’t take full advantage of their PHEVs, using them more without charging them than using their modest electric range. Jeep has sold a ton of Wrangler 4xe PHEVs since it debuted in 2021, so it’s possible they’re propping up the miles numbers a bit.

That said, the government’s data doesn’t define how the miles are driven and only breaks them down by fuel type, so there’s no way to guess if any of them were traveled on battery power alone.

2025 Buick Enclave revealed with new looks, technology

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