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Coping with roadwork

Nobody looks forward to seeing “Road Work Ahead” signs while driving. Those warnings foreshadow miles of detours, single lanes, and lowered speed limits. But even though we dislike the slowdowns that accompany them, those warning signs also represent good things in our collective future: better...

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Finally 50

I am so thankful for the annual arrival of the spring equinox. My apologies to those who love winter, but I am markedly gratified when we experience the first 50-degree-plus temperatures accompanying the advent of spring, leaving the snow and ice behind. The satisfaction of...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018


Errors as learning tools

During driving, driving errors occur. Please tolerate other’s mistakes, but don’t tolerate your own. If you are lucky enough to live through their mistakes, you should learn from them. If another driver commits an infraction of driving’s formal rules or informal etiquette, give them consideration,...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018

It’s not enough for Mazda that its cars are comfortable, safe and stylish. Each model must also carry strands of the DNA that animates the MX-5 Miata sports car. (Mazda)

Mazda's CX-5 promises engagement — and delivers

Is it plagiarism if I quote myself? Hope not since I’ve borrowed, with obvious modifications, the next three paragraphs from my recent take on Mazda’s midsize CX-9 crossover. The CX-9 CX-5 isn’t the quickest, the roomiest or the most powerful of the three-row compact crossovers....

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Time issues

Many of our driving frustrations involve time and our real or perceived lack of it. When drivers express displeasure with others’ driving behavior, it’s often because they are unfairly, illegally, or unnecessarily detaining us. Whether the irritation stems from slow vehicles detaining long strings of...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2018


Precision driving pays off

Precision driving requires that drivers understand their vehicles, know the rules of the road and continually hone their driving skills. Good things happen, or at least bad things are less likely to, when we adhere to those basics while operating our vehicles. Given the principles...

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Too dark for comfort

Application of sun screening material to motor vehicle windows is a large business. The popularity of the concept has many vehicles coming directly from the manufacturer with this option chosen for the side and rear glass. Also, leaving open the potential for non-compliance, tinting is...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 25, 2018

SATURDAY, FEB. 24, 2018

Cameras finally mandatory

An iconic quote attributed to exotic car builder, Enzo Ferrari, asserts, “What’s behind you doesn’t matter.” Ferrari’s quote is a reference to going ever fast and forward, but no automaker would utter those words today. It turns out that what’s behind you matters very much...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 18, 2018

FRIDAY, FEB. 16, 2018

The dread of drowsiness

We can drive in any state in America, but should avoid driving in the state of drowsiness. Drowsiness holds its own when compared to drunkenness and distraction as a cause of motor vehicle accidents. In fact, drowsy drivers are responsible for as much death, injury...

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MONDAY, FEB. 12, 2018

Staying in charge

In a conversation the other day, T.H. told me that her relatively new battery sometimes fails to start her car. That likely happens because her trips are too short to fully charge a semi-drained battery. Today’s vehicles draw some battery power for computers even when...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 8, 2018

MONDAY, FEB. 5, 2018

It's showtime

Each February in Spokane, potential buyers, car buffs and those simply seeking that new car smell are lured to the Spokane County Fair and Expo center. There, they’ll get to view, sit in and drive new vehicles from American and foreign manufacturers. A year of...

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MONDAY, JAN. 29, 2018

Reasons to drive well

There are many reasons to drive well. If preservation of life is not a sufficient motive, consider costly tickets. If you drive as though the police are watching, you may make fewer errors. There are many things that can attract a law officer’s attention, so...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 28, 2018

MONDAY, JAN. 22, 2018

Abandon your aggression

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that aggressive driving is still in the growth phase on American roadways. That’s a sad report, due to aggression’s resultant road rage, wrecks and death. Do your part to curb this phenomenon by resisting your own aggression, and...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 21, 2018

MONDAY, JAN. 15, 2018

Shedding light on headlights

I’ve often marveled over automotive technology. It’s progressed during the last decade to a point where it is virtually impossible to buy a bad new car or truck. Nevertheless, newer cars I drive have varying and sometimes disappointing headlight performance. Although every new vehicle facing...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 12, 2018


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