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It’s that time of year again when kids emulate their favorite princess, superhero or even become a scary monster in hopes of scaring others. What most don’t know about Halloween is that it’s the deadliest night for pedestrians, which see twice as many child pedestrians killed out of any other day of the year. In order to protect our current and future GasBuddies, we’ve collected some of the best tips from INRIX and USDOT to keep you all safe:

Avoid driving in the early evening. This is when the most pedestrian traffic will be out an particularly residential roads will be very slow

Let other motorists know what you are doing. Use hazard lights when dropping off and collecting trick-or-treaters.

Limit your speed. Residential speed limits across the country vary, but it’s best to travel below the posted limit. Children can be unpredictable and may appear in your path of travel unexpectedly. The stopping distance for a car traveling at 50mph is 175 feet or 13 car lengths. For a car traveling at 20mph, the stopping distance is 40 feet or 3 car lengths. The difference can be life changing.

The Energy Information Administration released its weekly report today on the status of petroleum inventories in the United States.  

Here are some highlights:

CRUDE INVENTORIES:
Crude oil inventories decreased by 1.4 million barrels to a total of 356.6 million barrels. At 356.6 million barrels, inventories are 7.1 million barrels below last year (2.0%) and are near the upper half of the average range for this time of year.

GASOLINE INVENTORIES:
Gasoline inventories decreased by 1.8 million barrels to 208.5 million barrels. At 208.5 million barrels, inventories are down 11.2 million barrels, or 5.1% lower than one year ago. Here's how individual regions and their gasoline inventory fared last week: East Coast (-1.9mb); Midwest (+0.3mb); Gulf Coast (+0.2mb); Rockies (even / no change); and West Coast (-0.5mb). It is important to note which regions saw increases/decreases as this information likely drives prices up (in the case of falling inventories), or down (in the case of rising inventories).

DISTILLATE (diesel, heating oil) INVENTORIES:
Distillate inventories decreased by 2.9 million barrels to a total of 125.7 million barrels. At 125.7 million barrels, inventories are now down 3.5 million barrels, or 2.7% lower vs. a year ago.
Beware of the zombie drivers with allergies! We blogged back in July about how drivers with allergies are similar to drunk drivers, so its time to follow up on this issue.
Americans who spend half their time sneezing, rubbing itchy eyes and wiping their noses know all too well the reality of hay fever and the allergies that strikes both in spring and fall. In the United States, it is estimated that a whopping 60 million people suffer from pollen allergies.
And where you have people irritated by allergies you can also have motorists who might be too drowsy to drive. 
According to hay fever solutions.com, some of the most pollen-heavy trees are Oak, Ash, Elm and Mountain cedar.


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As part of the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, an annual gathering of engineers and other researchers in Detroit, Honda announced plans to introduce a car that safely drives itself on the freeway while the driver's hands are off the wheel.

While the car is just a prototype, Honda says the technology could start appearing on Honda cars in 2020 and beyond.

The prototype -- an Acura RLX sedan -- has cameras that monitor lane marking and multiple radar sensors on the front and sides. On top is a beacon that uses laser beams to continually scan the car's surroundings, similar to self-driving prototypes already introduced by Google, Ford and Toyota. GPS also helps the car stay on a previously mapped course and follow the speed limit.

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What do women want?  Is what they say really what they mean?  Like most men, the answers evade me.  But, when it comes to buying a car, TrueCar.com, an auto buying website that regularly surveys car buyers, thinks they've discovered the hidden truth.  

They say women want the same things that men do, but with some subtle differences. Exterior styling and overall value are the most important things to new car buyers of both sexes, according to TrueCar. Past experience with the brand and driving performance are next on the list.

But while men usually give an edge to styling and driving performance, women tend to rank safety and fuel economy more highly than men do, TrueCar says.

U.S. DOT
Every year, millions of vehicles are recalled in the United States due to safety defects or noncompliance with federal safety standards. To help car buyers, owners and renters know that their vehicles are safe and their safety defects have been address, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today unveiled a new, free, online search tool consumers can use to find out if a vehicle is directly impacted by a recall.

The new tool is available on www.safercar.gov/vinlookup and provides consumers with a quick and easy way to identify uncompleted recalls by entering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). All major light vehicle and motorcycle brands can be searched.

Two veterans of the Wounded Warrior Project are touring Southcentral Alaska in a modified Nissan truck that's been airlifted to Anchorage on a C-130. Nissan calls the Alaska adventure “Project Titan,” with two Army veterans putting the V-8 crewcab to the “ultimate test” on and off the road for the next two weeks. The truck is the vehicle of choice for a series on YouTube.

According to the Alaska Dispatch News, the company solicited votes this summer from its Facebook fans for 10 modifications to beef up the truck, everything from an "ARB Deluxe Bull Bar" to replace the front bumper to leather seats, a roof rack, Bulldog LED lights, a superior sound system, a stronger suspension and a military-inspired camo covering for a look called  “Recon Titan.”

Can the Titan handle 'the baddest terrain on the planet'?

Suncor's Sarnia refinery
It's that time of year- refinery maintenance season. As gasoline demand wanes into the cooler months, refineries use this time to perform periodic maintenance to ensure supply thoughout the year. 
Suncor Energy said they have started planned maintenance at two of its refineries in Canada- at its 142,000bpd refinery in Edmonton, Alberta, and its 85,000bpd refinery in Sarnia, Ontario. Many other refineries also do maintenance, generally in two seasons- late winter/spring and late summer/fall, and this work sometimes can influence gas prices. Generally, work performed in the fall after driving season is over carries less risk of sharp spikes in gas prices, unlike maintenance in the spring.

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A Virginia company is developing a radar gunlike device that would help police catch drivers as they text, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

The technology works by detecting the telltale radio frequencies that emit from a vehicle when someone inside is using a cellphone, said Malcolm McIntyre of ComSonics. Cable repairmen use similar means to find where a cable is damaged - from a rodent, for instance - by looking for frequencies leaking in a transmission, McIntyre said.

A text message, phone call and data transfer emit different frequencies that can be distinguished by the device ComSonics is working on, according to McIntyre. That would prove particularly useful for law enforcement in states such as Virginia, where texting behind the wheel is banned but talking on the phone is legal for adult drivers.

In an effort to help build a movement to drive ethanol use, CHS, a leading energy, grains and foods company and the nation's leading farmer-owned co-op recently announced a new program to help Cenex stations offer E15 blends to its customers. 

"We are excited to offer a new Cenex® Tank Program, which further demonstrates CHS leadership in renewable fuels and helps keep the Cenex brand at the forefront in meeting consumer demand for ethanol blends," says Doug Dorfman, CHS vice president – refined fuels.
The program is only for Cenex retailers that want to offer E15, and would cover a major portion of the cost to purchased and install additional storage necessary for the purpose of selling E15. According to a release, Cenex was among the first in the country to offer ethanol blends under its brand and has seen significant increases in ethanol sales in the last five years.

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What do you get the pipeline that has everything (except a permit)?

Apparently, candy is the appropriate gift. At least, that’s the thinking behind the American Petroleum Institute’s decision to turn to Starbursts and plastic shovels as tokens to mark the sixth year since TransCanada Corp. first asked the U.S. government for approval to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

The trade group is sending the props — complete with a hangtag proclaiming “KXL: Shovel ready for six years and counting” — to reporters to highlight Keystone XL’s wait for the presidential permit.

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According to NOLA.com, a New Orleans Harbor Police office has been caught and arrested after an investigation revealed the office was using department-issued gas credit cards more than 50 times while he was supposed to be off-duty or out sick.
The officer in question, Terry Javery, is a 35 year old, 12-year veteran of the aforementioned police department, and was suspended last week after this arrest, according to department spokesman Matthew Gresham.
The investigation by police found that Javery purchased $669.44 worth of gasoline between July 7 and August 24 on a card that had a PIN number used, the PIN belonged to Javery. Another $1,215 in attempted purchases were declined, according to an arrest warrant issued. Even more charges could be added on in a different Parish, where the cop is accused of trying another 28 illegal transactions.
The Energy Information Administration released its weekly report today on the status of petroleum inventories in the United States.  

Here are some highlights:

CRUDE INVENTORIES:
Crude oil inventories decreased by 4.3 million barrels to a total of 358.0 million barrels. At 358.0 million barrels, inventories are 0.3 million barrels below last year (0.1%) and are near the upper half of the average range for this time of year.

GASOLINE INVENTORIES:
Gasoline inventories decreased by 0.4 million barrels to 210.3 million barrels. At 210.3 million barrels, inventories are down 5.9 million barrels, or 2.7% lower than one year ago. Here's how individual regions and their gasoline inventory fared last week: East Coast (+0.9mb); Midwest (-.2mb); Gulf Coast (-2.1mb); Rockies (+0.2mb); and West Coast (+0.9mb). It is important to note which regions saw increases/decreases as this information likely drives prices up (in the case of falling inventories), or down (in the case of rising inventories).

DISTILLATE (diesel, heating oil) INVENTORIES:
Distillate inventories increased by 0.8 million barrels to a total of 128.6 million barrels. At 128.6 million barrels, inventories are now down 2.3 million barrels, or 1.7% lower vs. a year ago.
Michigan is about to see the USA’s largest deployment of connected vehicle and highway technologies. The Michigan Department of Transportation is partnering with General Motors, Ford Motor Co, and a University of Michigan consortium to deploy vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication technology-enabled corridors on more than 120 miles of roadway in Detroit and surrounding suburbs, including stretches of I-696 and I-94. 
Several of the state’s leading car manufacturers are in the early stages of planning a production rollout of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technologies, while MDOT is working to initially deploy connected vehicle technology on a 50 mile long stretch of I-96/I-696 in the Detroit area.

One step forward, two steps back. General Motors is now recalling more than 220,000 Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala vehicles whose brake pads can stay partially engaged when not braking, which could ignite fires.

GM has already recalled several vehicles this year, including seven models, 15 million vehicles worldwide, for ignition switch issues and a massive recall of more than 700,000 vehicles linked to two crashes.

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