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Autos archive for Jan. 1, 2015

SUNDAY, OCT. 25, 2015

SATURDAY, OCT. 24, 2015

MONDAY, OCT. 19, 2015

More on big wheels

Reader G.K. offered some additional data about buying bigger diameter wheels by writing, “In reading your article this morning regarding tire/wheel sizes, you neglected to point out one very important consideration. For two wheel sizes with the same overall tire diameter, the larger wheel will…

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MONDAY, OCT. 12, 2015

Develop a good defense

The defensive driving concept is not new, but many drivers have not adopted it. A defensive driver is adept at continually scanning for potential hazards and spotting them in time to accommodate them without incident. A good defense includes anticipation of mistakes by other drivers…

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SATURDAY, OCT. 10, 2015

THURSDAY, OCT. 8, 2015

MONDAY, OCT. 5, 2015

SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 2015

MONDAY, SEPT. 28, 2015

More on road rules

When I wrote of lesser-known rules of the road, reader M.S. took note. In an earlier column, I described the Washington law forbidding embrace of another while driving. It reminded M.S. of another behavior he feels should be prohibited by law. M.S. wrote, “Your column…

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 27, 2015

MONDAY, SEPT. 21, 2015

Autos steadily improving

I have an opinion of today’s new automobiles: It’s hard to buy a bad one. Healthy competition, modern engineering and high manufacturing standards have influenced current car and truck offerings in a good way. Automobile manufacturers have now been working to improve their offerings for…

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2015

FRIDAY, SEPT. 18, 2015

THURSDAY, SEPT. 17, 2015

MONDAY, SEPT. 14, 2015

Love the one you're with

Stephen Stills’ song lyric suggests loving the one you’re with, but while driving, Washington law cautions against showing it. Amorous relationships may “make the world go ‘round,” but a Revised Code of Washington traffic law reminds us to curb the distraction of affection while in…

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 12, 2015

TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2015

Car hacking: a potential threat

You likely caught a report last month about some computer whizzes hacking an automobile computer. As detailed in Wired magazine and endlessly reported elsewhere, cybersecurity researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek controlled a Jeep Cherokee’s onboard computer from their laptop. The skilled hackers spent years…

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MONDAY, AUG. 31, 2015

Why all the rage?

Road rage exists everywhere. Searching related news stories on the Internet regularly reveals the tragic outcomes of such events. Just last month, a Florida man was slain in front of his family when an outraged motorist followed him to his residence after an “aggressive interaction”…

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SATURDAY, AUG. 29, 2015

MONDAY, AUG. 24, 2015

Solutions from readers 

It’s open to discussion if their solutions are viable, but readers regularly send me their ideas for improving highway safety. For example, regarding phone distraction, R.B. suggested, “After reading your column today I had a thought; why can’t we get cell phone makers to make…

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SATURDAY, AUG. 22, 2015

MONDAY, AUG. 17, 2015

Horsepower making a comeback

Whether one calls it performance, muscle, throttle response, or something else, fast vehicles are making a comeback. Though it was predicted that the early 1970’s marked the beginning of the end for “muscle cars,” the specs and performance of many current production models belie that…

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