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Honda, Acura would like to give you feedback on your driving habits, free of charge

Honda and Acura are giving customers the opportunity to get feedback on their driving habits.

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Vehicles enabled with AcuraLink and HondaLink are now able to give owners feedback on their driving habits - free of charge. In fact, it may actually save you some money.

The new Driver Feedback app-based feature can provide vehicle sensor-based driving score. The scores are designed to encourage better, more fuel-efficient driving techniques by giving drivers insights into their behind-the-wheel behaviors that have a proven correlation with insurance claims, including crash occurrences.

2020 Acura RDX Drivers of the current-generation Acura RDX are eligible to participate in the program. Photo courtesy of Acura

Components of the drive experience that are analyzed include smooth driving (smooth accelerations and gentle braking), speed responsibility (speed and fuel economy), consistent driving (time of driving each day - commuters are less likely to crash when they travel at the same time each day), driving time (what hours driving takes place, avoiding risky driving hours), and time behind the wheel (there is a correlation between time behind-the-wheel and the average likelihood of being involved in a crash).

The feature is powered by Verisk Analytics. When customers agree to the program's terms, Verisk will analyze the data the vehicle's sensors provides and push a driving score to the owner's app.

According to Verisk's analysis of driving behaviors and insurance risk, the lowest scoring drivers are seven times more likely to be involved in a crash or have an insurance claim than those with the highest scores.

Those who are eligible for the program include owners who have ever signed up for a complementary trial trial or subscribed to any AcuraLink or HondaLink package.

Eligible Acura models include:

Eligible Honda models include:

Discounts are available on insurance rates in 42 U.S. states. The amount of discounts and ability to apply for them varies by states and insurance companies.

Some participants may receive score-based offers for insurance discounts after three months of participating in the program.

Participation in Driver Feedback is optional at all times, and no specific vehicle or personal information is shared with any third parties, including insurance providers, without authorization from the subscriber.

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Teachers from Houston, Tampa, and Detroit can be entered to win.

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With more parents having a larger hand in educating their children for the last seven months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's become apparent to many just how tough being a teacher can be. Maaco, the world's largest provider of auto paint and collision services, is rewarding one lucky teacher with a free MAACOver as part of a new giveaway.

The giveaway can include an exterior paint job, deep cleaning, and collision/damage repair. These are all services that Maaco offers as part of its menu.

Teachers of grades K-12 can nominate themselves or students and community members can nominate a deserving educator via Macao.com. Only teachers in Houston, Tampa, and Detroit are eligible.

Nominations must be submitted by October 5. Winners will be announced October 19.

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If you've got a reservation, you can now order your 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E.

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In a memo to dealers, Ford has announced that it is lowering the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of its 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, the long-awaited all-electric crossover.

According to a post on the Mach-E forum, the price of the Mustang Mach-E will be $1,000 to $3,000 than initially promoted. The memo states that the Mustang Mach-E Premium will be $3,000 lower than initially anticipated with the all-wheel drive version dropping to $50,800 and rear-wheel drive model now coming in at $48,100.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E The Ford Mustang Mach-E will begin arriving at dealership lots soon. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Mach-E First Edition, a sold-out top-of-the-line model, will get a $1,000 price deduction. That same drop applies to the Mach-E Select, the base model. That base model has a 230-mile range. Higher price point versions of the Mach-E can achieve up to 300 miles of range.

The price of each vehicle includes a $1,100 delivery charge. Customers are eligible to receive a $7,500 federal tax credit with purchase.

Pricing will apply to all models that have been ordered since the Mach-E was unveiled at the 2019 L.A. Auto Show. The first deliveries of the crossover are expected to arrive in customer hands later this year.

How does the new price compare? The freshly-unveiled Volkswagen ID.4 will start at $41,990 including the cost of delivery, making it about $2,000 less than the new price of the Mach-E Select, which comes in at $43,995 for front-wheel drive models and $46,695 for all-wheel drive variants. The ID.4 will get up to 250 miles on a single charge.

The Tesla Model Y comes in at $49,990 but has more range than the Mustang Mach-E at 316 miles on a single charge and comes standard with all-wheel drive.

Ford and Volkswagen vehicles will rely on private charging opportunities. Both companies have recently announced partnerships with Electrify America, which has two cross-country charging routes available and is working to rapidly install charging stations at private enterprises and in public spaces nationwide.

Volkswagen ID.4 buyers get three years of free charging with purchase. Mustang Mach-E owners get 250-kilowatt-hours of free charging when they buy a Mach-E.

Tesla has a fully built-out electric vehicle charging infrastructure that allows for fast charging of the Model Y. With that capability it can relain 158 miles of charge in just 15 minutes while at a Supercharger. There are 17,000 Superchargers worldwide and six new locations open each week according to the Tesla website.

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