June 4, 2009

Auto Briefs

Beware of invincible texting teens and get set for rising rental car prices

Texting

Young drivers know the risk, text anyway
A recent survey of 16- to 20-year-old drivers found that even thought they know it's risky, 83 percent talk on a cell phones while driving and 68 percent text while driving. The survey, by National Organizations for Youth Safety and The Allstate Foundation, found 80 percent of girls and 58 percent of boys text while driving, even though 87 percent think it's dangerous.
--NWautos staff

Car rental

Car rental prices to rise this summer
You can expect your rental car to take a bigger bite of out of your vacation budget this summer. After a sharp drop in travel left excess cars idling on rental car company lots, fleets were slashed. With fewer cars available, companies have been able to boost their prices to pre-recession levels, and they're expected to rise even further this summer. Travel experts advise booking early, then shopping around for a better deal. There is rarely a penalty for canceling a reservation. Also, last-minute discounts are sometimes available on unreserved cars and at "opaque" travel Web sites like Hotwire.com and Priceline.com. Those with firm plans can look for discounts for paying for the rental car in advance.
--Associated Press

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