Meet Flexdrive, Philly Region’s First Car Subscription Service

Photo via Twitter

Philadelphians looking for more modern alternatives to car ownership may soon be in luck, thanks to burgeoning auto app Flexdrive.

Think of Flexdrive as a sort of longer-term Zipcar. While the popular Zipcar and other car sharing services allow drivers to rent a vehicle for as little as an hour at a time, “subscription service” Flexdrive’s vehicles are available for a minimum of one week. Read more »

Pa. Police Are Cracking Down on Aggressive Drivers

State police and officers from 58 municipalities in Southeastern Pennsylvania are launching a major crackdown on aggressive drivers.

The statewide mobilization kicked off yesterday and will run through August 26th. Officers will be on the lookout for motorists who run red lights, speed and tailgate, as well as those who violate the state’s School Bus Stopping Law.  Read more »

Almost All of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Now Has a 70 MPH Speed Limit

Photo | Pa. Internet News Service

Photo | Pa. Internet News Service

Gather ’round, children, for this tale of yore: Time was, the maximum speed for Pennsylvanians was 55 miles per hour. You’d head out in a Pontiac or a Saturn or an Oldsmobile, and cruise the interstate highways. But if you went more than 55 miles per hour, you were speeding.

Okay, it wasn’t really that long ago — even though those three makes of cars are long gone. But not only is the 55 miles per hour speed limit gone from Pennsylvania, you don’t even have to drive 65 miles per hour on some roads. After a successful pilot program, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced today that the speed limit has been raised to 70 miles per hour on most of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

“Before moving ahead, we looked very closely at a number of factors, such as speed and traffic data and the physical characteristics of the highways, in deciding where 70 mph limits could be safely permitted,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said in a release. Read more »

Philly Could See Up to Two Feet of Snow This Weekend

The National Weather Service’s latest snowfall prediction map as of 4 p.m. Friday.

The National Weather Service’s latest snowfall prediction map as of 5 p.m. Friday.

According to the reliable folks at Phillywx.com Facebook Group, the storm looks like it’s going to hit Philadelphia a little earlier than we expected. Their latest estimate is between 5 and 8 p.m. in the city, and even earlier south of the city. NBC10 meteorologist Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz is predicting it will start snowing around 6 or 7 p.m. Snow is already falling in the Washington, D.C., area. It’s coming, people. 

As such, the conditions could start to get slippery on the roads earlier than many people expected. Drivers should use caution while traveling this evening (and all weekend). Drive slowly. Use your windshield wipers. The road might look wet, but it could just be ice. Read more »

Philly Among Worst Cities for Drivers, WalletHub Says

Traffic on the Ben Franklin Bridge

Photo | Jeff Fusco

If it wasn’t already obvious based on your morning commute — or Sandy Hingston’s — Philadelphia is a really bad city for drivers.

WalletHub found that Philly is the third-worst U.S. city for driving, based on factors such as a vehicle’s operating costs, traffic, weather, and risk of theft, among other criteria, CBSPhilly reported earlier today. The ranking compared the 100 biggest cities in the U.S. (based on population), of which Philly is the fifth-largest overall, with around 1.5 million residents. Read more »

Fix It: The Terrifying Unmarked On-Ramp Near Eakins Oval

Screenshot via Google Maps

Screenshot via Google Maps

The unmarked on-ramp on 24th Street in Philadelphia is a death trap. I mean, look at it on the right.

Located alongside Eakin’s Oval on the Parkway, the I-676 entrance is inappropriately and dangerously labeled “24th St.” That’s it. There is no sign nearby indicating that an expressway is right around the corner.

“Someone in a car or on a bike could easily think this is a local street or maybe a winding entrance into a gated community,” said David Curtis, co-founder of the urbanist PAC The 5th Square. “Then it suddenly dumps you onto three lanes of freeway traffic.” Read more »

These Are the 10 Worst Drivers on the Schuylkill Expressway

Illustration | Hawk Krall

Illustrations | Hawk Krall

This wasn’t the best day for my editor to ask if I wanted to write about driving on the Schuylkill Expressway. Today it took me an hour and 39 minutes to get from my front door to the parking garage across the street from our office building — a total distance of 37 of the most heavily traveled highway miles in the United States. That’s not bad. It’s about average, in fact, for my morning ride. Along the way, I encountered four pothole crews, three miscellaneous lane restrictions, two disabled vehicles, eight dead deer, countless rotting raccoons, and the same sweet company I have every single morning and night on this road.

Then again, this morning, for the first time in the 20-plus years I’ve made this commute, I found myself forming my hand into the shape of a gun and firing it at another driver. So yeah, maybe this is the right day to introduce you to my favorite traveling companions. In ascending order of assholedom, here are the 10 Worst Drivers on the Schuylkill Expressway. Read more »

WATCH: What It’s Like to Drive an Ugly Yellow Hummer in Philly

Screen grab from Doug DeMuro's video

Screen grab from Doug DeMuro’s video

If you drive a giant, appallingly ugly Hummer around Philadelphia, is it hard to sleep at night? Do all your neighbors hate you? Or is it heavenly because you can soar over potholes without feeling a thing?

If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions, author Doug DeMuro, who writes for Jalopnik, has answers for you. Read more »

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