Caught in the Cogs of a Bureaucratic Machine – A Driver’s Story

Caught in the Cogs of a Bureaucratic Machine – A Driver’s Story

This post first appeared as a November 2018 NMA Weekly E-Newsletter (#515). Since early August (2018), the Virginia Department of Motor vehicles continued to badger one of our Virginia members, Mike, about needing proof of insurance for a vehicle that only had, per agency records, 16 characters in its Vehicle Identification Number. Since VINs have […]

The Not-So-Hidden Cost of Vision Zero

The Not-So-Hidden Cost of Vision Zero

Originally posted on August 12, 2018, this NMA newsletter is #500. The implementation of Vision Zero programs, with the goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities through various means including reducing vehicle speed and movement, is spreading to many U.S. cities seemingly without concern for cost. If Vision Zero had a goal of minimizing road deaths […]

A Reflection on 5.5 Million Miles of Driving

A Reflection on 5.5 Million Miles of Driving

By NMA Alaska Member Merrill Gehman When we were young, we learned many things about driving from those that we saw driving. We learned from an early age, who can drive and who can’t. We started driving farm equipment as kids and graduated to cars and trucks later. Driving was something we could excel at […]

Newsletter Reboot: To Record or Not to Record, That is the Question

Newsletter Reboot: To Record or Not to Record, That is the Question

This newsletter originally appeared on the NMA website in November 2018. An interesting phenomenon is being reported by some members. Police officers approaching their vehicles during routine traffic stops are asking an opening question different than the traditional, “Do you know why I stopped you?” Rather, in this day of rising popularity of dashcams and […]

How Do We Solve the Distracted Driving Problem?

How Do We Solve the Distracted Driving Problem?

As Distracted Driving Month 2019 comes to a close, I thought it would be appropriate to give you the National Motorists Association take on how to solve distracted driving. The NMA believes that distracted driving, in all its forms, can best be addressed through efforts to educate the public on its dangers. Enforcement can be […]