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Mitsubishi i-MiEVFirst up on our list is the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, a car that gets quite frankly incredible mileage — the equivalent of 126 mpg in the city and 99 mpg on the highway. That makes it a great option, whether you’re cruising through the streets of Irving or exploring some of the farther-flung parts of Texas. For just 90 cents per 25 miles, it’s extremely affordable to run, making it the perfect choice for those who want a green car on a budget.
Chevy VoltGas-powered cars use a huge amount of fuel for relatively little power. The Chevy Volt, on the other hand, uses an average equivalent of just 0.4 barrels of fuel per year. It also gets a pretty great mileage out of that low usage too. When operating in electric-only mode, you’ll get the equivalent of 94 mpg. Definitely not a figure to be sniffed at!
Volkswagen Golf R-3947The sleek and compact Volkswagen was well-liked in Europe but certainly had less success here in the US. Only 4,000 were sold here in 2016. Some complaints were about the price. More than likely, however, it’s a matter of competition: other cars in the industry were either too similar–while being lower in price–or just slightly more compelling.
Alfa Romeo 4C-457Its engine roars loud enough to wake the neighbors, and it has dual-clutch transmission, too. Sounds great, right? Sadly, there were many overlooked problems that held back this suave ride from succeeding. In America, only 457 of them were sold. One reason could be that although it’s known as a supercar in training, it still has a 4-cylinder, turbocharged 1.7-litre engine, which puts it behind its competitors. Plus, it has a 42 mpg average fuel consumption, which is less than impressive.
Ford FiestaNo car sold better in Europe than the Ford Fiesta. Therefore, it came as a surprise that it didn’t fit the bill elsewhere. 45,000 have been sold in the US, but that’s still low in comparison to Ford’s typical numbers, and especially given its sales abroad. What are the downsides of the Ford Fiesta? Firstly, it hasn’t been known to have the ideal resale value, so the public may assume that if they’re going to invest in a car, it is best to skip over the Fiesta and buy one they can change their minds about in the future. Also, there’s no all-wheel drive system, which can prove a problem for those who journey through snow and need all their wheels engaged.
Chevrolet SSThe Chevrolet SS looks beautiful, sleek, and steady. It has rear-wheel-drive and is V8 powered, making for an intense and efficient trip. It also sports six speeds and magnetic ride control. Still, it didn’t fare well last year in the US. One downside of the Chevrolet SS is that, despite its impressive force, it comes in sedan model only. Even though it’s a tempting automobile to have, there are no options for a sleeker look.
Mini CooperThe sleek and sexy Mini Cooper has, in fact, grown in size over the years, mostly due to increased safety requirements worldwide. Unfortunately, it is still small enough to feature only two doors, which was its look in 2016. That being said, the chief complaint about this classy, tiny ride is its high cost of maintenance. Although the initial fee is reasonable, any trip to fix what’s broken can cost a bundle. Given that it’s smaller than most rides, many customers simply looked elsewhere. What makes a car sell well or poorly? As you can see, even the greatest car manufacturers can’t always predict that. These are some beautiful cars. Hopefully, despite their 2016 downturn, their upcoming models will take the US by storm.
Experience the 12 Days of ChristmasFrom November 6 through January 8, you can celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. This exhibit is on view from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as part of the regular daytime admission. The exhibit features elaborate gazebos standing 25 feet tall with music, characters, and animals that embody the spirit of each day of Christmas, from the bejeweled pear tree to the 12 drummers.
See the Trains at NorthparkThe second level of Northpark Center features a stunning train display that runs from November 19 through January 8. These trains roll across 1,600 feet of track as they zip through miniature cityscapes of Dallas, New York City, the Grand Canyon, Route 66, and more. The exhibit covers more than 4,000 square feet. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children and seniors, and free for kids under two.
Catch a Dallas Stars GameThe Dallas Stars hockey team has a packed schedule for the winter season. You can catch it at home playing against the Minnesota Wild, Washington Capitals, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, and more. The Dallas Stars play at American Airlines Center, where you’ll find enough space for more than 18,000 hockey fans, including 112 luxury suites, 22 theater box suites, and two party suites for up to 50 people.
Remember Martin Luther King Jr.Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 15 at the Irving Arts Center. This annual observance highlights the achievements of this revolutionary man. It will include live musical performances, theatrical presentations, and a radio show tribute. Listen as pre-recorded radio callers receive answers to their important questions between excerpts from Dr. King’s speeches. The event begins at 6 p.m. and is free to the public.
Celebrate Frost FestThe end of the holiday season doesn’t have to mean the end of winter fun. Irving’s Frost Fest takes place on January 28, with a host of exciting winter-themed activities to enjoy. Head to Cimarron Park between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to enjoy ice skating, train rides, and snow tubing. Stop by the petting zoo to say hello to the reindeer, or explore the park to find live characters from popular children’s movies. A giant snow globe makes the perfect spot for a family photo at this exciting event.
Enjoy First Friday at the ModernWhen the weather is still a bit chilly, indoor activities are a welcome find in the Irving area. Head to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth on the first Friday of the month for cocktails and live music performances. At 6:30, you can enjoy a 20-minute guided tour of the galleries for a deeper appreciation of the museum’s pieces. Hop in the car and head out to one of these area highlights to make your winter an unforgettable season in Irving.
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Getting Your State of Texas Instruction Permit
As a teen, you must successfully complete two phases of driver education as part of the State of Texas Graduated Driver License Program. First, you’ll work toward the State of Texas Instruction Permit, commonly called a learner’s permit. You must be at least 15 with a completion certificate from an approved driver education course to qualify. (more…)
2007 Volvo S80
Although it’s the smallest of the vehicles on the list, the Volvo S80 has some of the best safety ratings. Bluetooth capabilities, heated seats and mirrors, and a built-in compass add to the comfort and benefits. It has a low price of only $5,800 but also has a lower gas mileage of 16 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway.
Why the DOT and NHTSA Accelerated Their TimelineOnly a few short years ago, the NHTSA director stated that basic guidelines issued in 2013 would direct the development of autonomous vehicles for at least the subsequent decade. After several automakers made rapid advances in this field, however, the DOT and the NHTSA accelerated their proposed timeline quickly. The agencies began developing more concrete policies in early 2016 and announced guidance for autonomous vehicle development and deployment in September 2016.
What the Autonomous Vehicle Policy CoversThe new federal policy lays out guidelines for the design and distribution of self-driving cars. These four-part guidelines highlight distinct areas.
Vehicle PerformanceThese guidelines are geared toward automakers, tech companies, and other developers. They include a 15-point safety assessment that outlines methods for designing, testing, and releasing highly automated vehicles (HAVs). The agencies request that manufacturers sign and adhere to this assessment in order to ensure that automated vehicles are safe for public roadways.
State PolicyWhile the NHTSA has provided federal guidelines for vehicle development and deployment, states will continue to regulate licensing and other local concerns. Along those lines, several states have already enacted autonomous vehicle legislation. For example, a gubernatorial order in Arizona established a Self-Driving Vehicle Oversight Committee, while Virginia’s governor has announced a research partnership and the creation of automated corridors.
Existing Regulatory ToolsThe policy covers several existing tools that the NHTSA can deploy to ensure the safe development of self-driving cars. These regulations enable the agency to prevent unsafe automated vehicles from using public roads.
New Regulatory ToolsFinally, the policy addresses new tools that the NHTSA could devise to keep automated vehicles safe as they continue to evolve. These could include encouraging the development of lifesaving technology and creating standards for more revolutionary automated designs.
How Autonomous Cars Could Change the Future of DrivingThe primary reason that the DOT and the NHTSA fast-tracked their autonomous vehicle policy is that this technology could alter the future of driving substantially. The agencies have proposed that thoroughly tested and thoughtfully deployed autonomous vehicles could significantly improve driving across the nation. Self-driving vehicles could also lend greater mobility to elderly and disabled people as well as lower the cost of transportation for families from coast to coast. With more efficient vehicles and less road congestion, autonomous cars could even pave the way for more sustainable transit options. While the DOT and NHTSA guidelines cover several aspects of autonomous vehicles, the agencies still have extensive work to do. They intend to solicit feedback regarding the new guidelines, release best practices for autonomous vehicle cybersecurity, and work with cities across the country to launch initiatives that reshape the future of transportation.