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Autos archive for Sept. 2017


MONDAY, SEPT. 25, 2017

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

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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SUNDAY, SEPT. 17, 2017

MONDAY, SEPT. 11, 2017

Non-verbal communication

As owner-drivers, we expect faithful service from our automobiles whenever we start their engines. For the most part, they dutifully fulfill those expectations, supplying convenience, dependability, and safety. What do we offer in return? Too often, drivers take a use-and-abuse approach to vehicle operation, while…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2017

Trailer towing notes

We see vehicles towing trailers during every driving outing. Passenger vehicles operating “in tandem” have things affixed to their rears ranging from small utility trailers to lengthy homes on wheels and everything else in between. Many of these towables are infrequently used, sometimes resulting in…

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