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Autos archive for Jan. 1, 2018

MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018

FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2018

SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2018

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018

MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018

By adding 4.4 inches to the overall length of the standard-issue RX 350, Toyota makes room for a kid-friendly, power-folding third-row bench.  (Lexus)

Lexus's RX 350L crossover adds third-row seating

In 1999, Lexus RX 300 brought the word crossover into America’s automotive lexicon. The upright near-luxury vehicle was based on a sedan’s unibody but looked like a truck-based sport-ute. It rode like a front-wheel-drive sedan, while available all-wheel-drive echoed an SUV’s utility. The distinction was...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018

TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2018

SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2018

Road trips ahead

Gas prices are rising again and airfare deals abound. But in spite of those realities, Americans will embark on millions of motor vehicle road trips this summer. These asphalt journeys may cover 2000, 5000, or even 7000 miles, where all-day, every-day seat duty is required.…

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MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2018

More than a mechanic

As I read of ever-evolving auto technology, including mechanical, electronic and computer advancements, I think of the individuals who diagnose, repair and service those systems. The simple term “mechanic” does not adequately label these people. Today’s auto technicians, or “techs” for short, must learn and…

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SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2018

TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2018

The details of driving matter

There are numerous benchmarks indicating achievement in driving proficiency. Avoiding crashes is one such mark and avoiding traffic tickets is another. But meeting those basic goals does not necessarily mean that you are driving perfectly. Some accident-free drivers may have straight fenders, but are only…

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SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018

MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018

Wildlife in the roadway

I recently wrote about the rapid emergence of pedestrians, bicycles and motorcycles occurring every spring. Along with that phenomenon, activity levels of deer, elk and other roaming animals rise with the warmer weather. I truly believe that instead of posting occasional “watch for deer” signs…

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SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018

MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018

The flashing yellow arrow

Flashing yellow arrows began appearing at certain intersections a few years ago. Initially, I was uncertain of their intent. Did it simply mean, as a typical yellow light indicates, that a red-light indication was imminent? If so, it might induce drivers to rush through that...

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SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018

MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018

70-degree pedestrian bloom

The first 70-degree days of 2018 occurred here last week. Sadly, it also marked a pedestrian death by way of automobile. The two events are somewhat related, with days warmer days putting people in peril as more of them venture out among motor vehicles. Worse,…

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MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018

U turns, squeaks and rollaways

U turn anxiety is a common driver affliction, as typified by a question from reader H.A. He observed and wondered, “I was researching because I see often drivers traveling west on the NE 124th Street in Redmond stopping and making an U turn [across double-yellow…

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