eric

Author of "Automotive Atrocities" and "Road Hogs" (MBI). Currently living amongst the Edentulites in rural SW Virginia.

Will We Make It?

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A quick (and big) thanks to Alan, John G and EPautos’ stalwart supporter, SafeRide. We just crested the halfway mark. But we’re still far from out of the red – and it’s not looking good. This may be the first “red” month for the site in about six months. It’s a bear month all around, it…

High Heels and Four-Wheel-Drive

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It’s a good idea to skip the high heels if you’re going out for a hike. Similarly, a two-wheel-drive truck is just about the worst possible choice for attempting to make your way up a steep gravel driveway in summer. Forget winter. I rediscovered this truth the other day after not making it up my…

Clovers Ed

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As a rule, poor drivers aren’t born. They are made. The other day, I came upon one such in process. She (as it happened) was obstructing five or six cars, all bunched up behind her. The speed limit was 55. She was doing between 40 and 45. On the roof of her car, a placard read:…

2016 Kia Sedona

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Minivans have become kind of like timeshares. Not many people seem to want to buy in. Part of the problem is image. Minivans are the automotive equivalent of middle-aged ED. Or at least, likely to be associated with it. A much bigger problem for minivans is the availability of crossovers – many of which have everything a traditional minivan…

Getting There…

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A progress report: We’re still about 55 percent away from pulling out of the red for the month, but since my last post about this a couple of days ago, a number of people have stepped up. At least we’re not 78 percent in the red! Still, the dipstick is way low. As you all know,…

When Speed Doesn’t Even Scratch The Paint

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There are fast drivers and there are sloppy, incompetent drivers. They are not necessarily the same drivers. This is a distinction I have been trying to make for years in my writing about the “speed” issue. It’s one of the least understood, most demagogued issues I know of. And it has caused generations of pointless…

2016 Mercedes Sprinter Van

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Living in a van down by the river may not be such a bad thing. Especially if your van is a Mercedes Sprinter van. It’s in the same class (and useful for the same purposes) as the Nissan NV van (and the new Ram ProMaster van). But what sets it apart from those utilitarian appliances is…

KY Heroes “Lock Down” Hospital

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America has become a prison… complete with “lock downs” of entire towns: DANVILLE, KY — A central Kentucky hospital was surrounded with marked squad cars and police officers over a case of varicella — also known as chicken pox. The dramatic scene occurred on the afternoon of Saturday, August 1st, 2015.  Concerned of a “public…

Texas Heroes Conduct “Wellness Check”

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PFLUGERVILLE, TX — A woman has filed a formal complaint after police entered and searched her home — without consent or a warrant — all to conduct a so-called “welfare check” on her absent roommate. The incident occurred in the early morning hours of August 2nd, 2015, as Tori Thayer was home alone sleeping a…