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Autos archive for Jan. 1, 2016

MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2016

Winter driving considerations

Hopefully, we’ve honed our winter driving skills during the December appearance of snow-covered roads. The basics of slowing according to conditions, effecting gentle input to steering, throttle and brakes, and leaving extra space around your vehicle should be habit by now. But there are other…

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MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2016

Dubious road to autonomy

The availability of self-driving cars is imminent, but the route leading to them is still somewhat dubious. Much of the confusion stems from the current approach by automakers. Given corporate competition and secrecy, each manufacturer is on a different page as to the how, what,…

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SUNDAY, DEC. 18, 2016

MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2016

Fans of full-time headlights 

My column, “Seeing the light,” elicited many responses, answering my query of where readers stand on full-time vehicle lighting. The column was meant to open debate on the merits or faults of daytime headlight use. But while nearly 20 drivers responded, the debate was non-existent,…

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SUNDAY, DEC. 11, 2016

MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2016

195: A four-lane plea

I think we’ve all heard of frequent fatalities occurring on U S Highway 195, which is better known around here as the Pullman Highway. There are serious mishaps on just about every bit of that 95-mile stretch of mainly two-lane roadway on a regular basis.…

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SUNDAY, DEC. 4, 2016

SATURDAY, DEC. 3, 2016

MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2016

Motoring miscellany

I always appreciate reader input. The comments and questions you send provide a real-world glimpse of items on drivers’ minds. Here’s a sample of those communications. A common query came in from L.H., who wrote, “What is the passing rule for passing a school bus…

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SUNDAY, NOV. 27, 2016

MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2016

Seeing the light

After returning to standard time, there’s an earlier advent of evening darkness. As we adjust our biological clocks to our physical ones, the reality is that it now gets dark an hour earlier than it did during daylight savings time. Judging by their behavior at…

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MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2016

Curbing road rage

Perpetually, news reports remind us that road rage is an impetus for collisions, fights and even death. Stress can escalate during the holiday season; don’t exacerbate it with road rage. Remember, other drivers may be as angry with you as you are with them. The…

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MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2016

What happened to EVs?

A few years back, during a big gas price spike, electric vehicles (EVs) were all the talk. Now, in the midst of a gasoline price rollback, much of that talk has subsided. Nevertheless, automotive engineers are quietly working on advancing the technology. For most consumers,…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 5, 2016

MONDAY, OCT. 31, 2016

The need for speed

When the first car was built, I’ll bet its builder wanted to see how fast it would go. As soon as a second car was assembled, I suspect it raced the first car. Since their inception, an exhibition of speed has always been associated with…

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MONDAY, OCT. 24, 2016

It doesn't make sense

Conclusions derived from analyzing driving topics are not always definitive. In fact, there is sometimes only one conclusion on a topic: It doesn’t make sense. One of those instances regards the non-existence of school bus seat belts. On an airplane? Yes. In a car or...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 23, 2016

MONDAY, OCT. 17, 2016

Global love affair

It’s evident that Americans love their automobiles. First, we keep buying them in spite of ever-growing “sticker shock.” Despite an initial cost, operating expense and depreciation that few consumer goods rival, the love affair (maybe love/hate at times) continues. The ubiquitous array of clubs, collector…

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SUNDAY, OCT. 16, 2016

MONDAY, OCT. 10, 2016

Auto detailing details

A well-detailed car or truck shows pride of ownership. Besides that, it helps protect your dollar investment by averting the ravaging effects that exposure to the elements heaps on your ride. Dirt roads and foul weather are not the only culprits in the detrimental mix…

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SATURDAY, OCT. 8, 2016

MONDAY, OCT. 3, 2016

Look out for the little guy

For many, the bicycling and motorcycling season is coming to a close. But for others, who ride two-wheelers all year, a possibly more perilous period may be coming. Automobile drivers often have a difficult time recognizing bikes and cycles in the summer when they are…

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SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 2016

MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2016

The driving end game

The time to quit driving arrives for everyone. The decision to hang up the keys does not come as readily, however, as the symptoms indicating that the time has come. For starters, drivers with an advanced age or medical condition impairing their ability to safely…

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 25, 2016


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