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MONDAY, DEC. 11, 2017

Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 10:40 a.m.

Defending the facts

After a column about studded tires, I received many email responses supporting their non-use. D.M. wished, “I would like your article to at least get more people to go from studs to quality winter tires.” J.C. reflected, “…in all the years of my driving I...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 10, 2017

MONDAY, DEC. 4, 2017

Mon., Dec. 4, 2017, 1:46 p.m.

Bike lane behavior

Drivers now notice ever-emerging stripes and symbols designating bicycle lanes adjacent to vehicular lanes. Though those markings may soon be snow-covered, readers have questions about operating automobiles amid them. Bike lane proliferation is generally a good thing, with a goal of improving safety for bicyclists...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 2, 2017

MONDAY, NOV. 27, 2017

Mon., Nov. 27, 2017, 11:26 a.m.

Get a grip

Winter tire choice still includes the option of studded versions. I dread debating the topic, but there are at least three inarguable facts about studded tires: They increase road wear. Any slight advantage is only on rare glare ice conditions. Their grip is inferior to...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 26, 2017

MONDAY, NOV. 20, 2017

Mon., Nov. 20, 2017, 11:21 a.m.

More on parking lots

My column about parking lot escapades struck a nerve with readers. The behavior of drivers in these automotive arenas has made lasting impressions on many participants. Reader L.M. remarked that my description of careless parking lot escapades certainly “rang true” with her. And she further...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 19, 2017

TUESDAY, NOV. 14, 2017

Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 1:36 p.m.

Left and right, right and wrong

I thought most drivers now realized that driving continuously in the left-hand lane of a multi-lane roadway without justification is illegal. Unfortunately, driver behavior observed on a recent road trip offered doubt to that supposition. I encountered drivers in many states gleefully occupying the passing...

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MONDAY, NOV. 13, 2017

TUESDAY, NOV. 7, 2017

Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 9:23 a.m.

Parking lot escapades

Why must parking lots often become free-for-alls? We could reduce parking lot angst with more courtesy and a loose application of road rules, but that is wishful thinking. Since most lots are private property, the only citations that can purportedly be issued to scofflaws thereon...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 5, 2017

MONDAY, OCT. 30, 2017

Mon., Oct. 30, 2017, 10 p.m.

Anticipation is a good thing

No driver has a crystal ball to predict traffic dangers. But fortunately, we do have the mental capacity to store driving experiences. Using this ability, we can anticipate what may happen in certain situations based on what we’ve witnessed before. One might say this helps...

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Mon., Oct. 30, 2017, 9:57 p.m.

Be winter-ready

Soon, we will experience additional driving challenges. With winter’s rain, fog, frost, snow and additional hours of darkness, we must prepare for safe vehicle operation. Don’t drive “over your head.” If weather and road conditions deteriorate beyond your comfort zone, don’t drive. It’s actually advisable...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 26, 2017

MONDAY, OCT. 16, 2017

Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 1:01 p.m.

Daylight wanes for drivers

As leaf colors change, available hours of daylight diminish. This annual waning begins naturally about now and accelerates when we discard daylight savings time just after Halloween. As winter wears on, hours of darkness predominate. This yearly phenomenon is relative to driving because we encounter...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 15, 2017

MONDAY, OCT. 9, 2017

Mon., Oct. 9, 2017, 10:03 a.m.

Debating bus belts

Children today are protected by rearward-facing seats, boosters and belts when they ride in vehicles beginning with their first ride home from the hospital. Given this indoctrination to safety, kids must perceive a mixed message when they find no belts on their school bus. The...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 8, 2017

MONDAY, OCT. 2, 2017

Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 2:09 p.m.

Avoid controlling others

Attempting to control or correct the behavior of other drivers is generally pointless and may even lead to road rage. Try to take appropriate action to accommodate their driving shortcomings, but otherwise avoid engagement. For example, when someone makes a right turn across the nose...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 25, 2017

Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 11:08 a.m.

It's not a free-for-all

When negotiating a four-way stop, driver behavior is not supposed to be a free-for-all. These intersections are not designed to be games of will, patience, aggression, or timidity either — but they often are. Such vehicular “crosshairs” may even become points of indecision or anger....

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 24, 2017

MONDAY, SEPT. 18, 2017

Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 11:14 a.m.

When children are present

We regularly see signs posted near school zones imposing a speed limit of 20 mph “when children are present.” It sounds fairly straightforward, but the signs leave some drivers confused and wondering, for example, if the limit applies only during school hours or at all...

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