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Autos archive for Jan. 1, 2017

SUNDAY, DEC. 31, 2017

TUESDAY, DEC. 26, 2017

The engine braking effect

When the roads get slick, a vehicle’s drive system — front, rear, all or four — affects handling. For example, an email from reader GC reminds drivers of the engine braking effect of a front-wheel drive system, warning, “I really enjoy your column but would...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 23, 2017

TUESDAY, DEC. 19, 2017

Avoid the holiday crash

While trying to beat, deal with or avoid the “holiday rush,” we must also strive to avoid the holiday crash. I believe that most “accidents” are preventable mishaps — especially if drivers identify and avoid the common causes. The majority of crashes are a result...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 16, 2017

MONDAY, DEC. 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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