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Saw The Weirdest Thing …

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Sunday evening, the wife and I went for a walk along the Blue Ridge Parkway. As we were leaving, a guy on a newish Harley rolled into the overlook parking lot. And dropped his bike. I got out to help him get it back up. That done, I got back in the car and we began…

Don’t Be That Guy. . .

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You know – Clover. It’s actually pretty easy. The Don’t Do’s: * Don’t pull out in front of people – and then fail to accelerate quickly enough such that the driver you pulled out in front of is forced to brake hard or swerve to avoid rear-ending you. If your car’s not quick enough do…

2014 Nissan Rogue

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Pretty much every major automaker sells a compact crossover SUV. Some are front-wheel-drive, some all-wheel-drive, a few are rear-wheel-drive. You can get fours – and turbo fours. Diesels – and V-6s. A few even have manual transmissions. Some are “bread and butter” – others prestige-branded. But one thing there’s not a lot of in this segment…

Monkey Paw

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Since we’ve been discussing things simian (per my latest rant) I figured now would be as good a time as any to stick my paw out and remind everyone that this site depends on your support to stay afloat. We just upgraded to a new, higher capacity server – in order to serve you better,…

What Might That Leak (or Puddle) Mean?

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It’s a little odd to think of it this way, but cars and people are both machines, with systems (circulatory, cooling, hydraulic)  . . .  and when either leak, it’s cause for further investigation. * Black (or dark brown) drip – Usually, this is engine oil seepage – and it’s usually nothing to worry about…

Gorillas, Humans . . . and the NAP

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Sometimes I entertain the thought that those who have awakened to the NAP are the leading cohort of what might be called a fifth turning – or more profoundly, perhaps they are an evolutionary great leap forward, analogous to the transition from Homo Erectus to Homo Sapiens. The conscious – and reasoned – rejection of…

Dancing With Clovers

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Kevin Costner danced with wolves. It is my fate – and yours – to drive with Clovers. They are everywhere – and increasingly unavoidable. Like a virulent bacillus, ineptitude and passive aggressive behavior  behind the wheel spreads across the land. It’s possible to escape Clovers - temporarily – by moving far, far away from their hives in urban suburban…

2014 Toyota RAV4

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Toyota’s got these TV commercials featuring the Muppets, who assert the vehicles aren’t boring. But is boring bad? What if boring works? I’ve owned (and driven) a lot of vehicles that didn’t work – which can be exciting, in good ways and bad – depending on when and how they stop working. Toyotas hardly ever…

What Might That Smell Mean?

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You can guesstimate with some accuracy what might be wrong with your car just by using your nose. If you’re hip to what various smells suggest. Let’s have a look – or rather, a whiff! * Rotten egg smell – This is indicative of a problem downstream – in your car’s exhaust system. The egg…

Motorcycles Afflicted by The Car Sickness

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Have you gone shopping for a new sport bike lately? Try and find one that’s not encrusted with layers of electronics . . . just like any new car. ABS and linked brakes; traction (and launch/wheelie) control. Adjustable power delivery curves via “maps.” Naturlich, electronic fuel injection. Some of them even have air bags. Throw it in the…