Tag Archive for driving

State Permission Slips

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Licenses are chicken and egg. To qualify for, say, a road racing or heavy truck (commercial) license, one must already have attained the necessary skill. The license is a kind of after-the-fact “yep, he can do that.” But the fact is he could already do that. Was he any less able as a road racer…

Why The Young Hate Cars

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Well, maybe hate is too strong. But they sure seem not to like them very much. As evidenced by the fact that a record-high percentage haven’t even got a driver’s license – and have no intention (according to what they tell researchers) of ever getting one. How high? Pushing 30 percent (and upticking each year) of…

Drive at Your Own Pace

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On the main road that bisects my rural county, I typically lope along at 75 or so. This, to me – for me – is a reasonable speed. It’s within my comfort zone. Not so fast that I feel I’m pushing my limits as a driver – or the limits of the car. I state…

Winter Driving . . . in a Modern Car

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Times have, as the saying goes, changed. If you learned how to drive before – roughly – the mid-1980s, you probably learned how to drive in a car without anti-lock brakes or traction/stability control. The skills acquired (hopefully!) such as learning to apply just enough braking pressure to slow the car without locking up the…

Cold Weather Crutches

You think it’s hard on you when it’s 10 degrees outside? Think about your car. You may feel cold. Your car is cold. If it’s 10 degrees outside, that’s the temperature of your car. Its engine. The oil in the engine. Everything else, too. Now imagine being subjected to sudden extremes of pressure, friction and…

It’s Not That They’re Old…

Are older drivers by definition bad drivers? I doubt it. In all likelihood, today’s “bad old drivers” were also bad middle aged (and young) drivers. They didn’t become bad drivers because they got old; they were never good drivers to begin with. Old age just made them worse. And because the population has roughly doubled…

Five Winter Car Essentials

What’s the best car for winter driving? It’s one of those questions with no one size-fits-all answer. But I’ll tell you what I think makes for a good winter car: * It’s older … and it’s paid for – Driving on ice/snow – and among Clovers who don’t know how to – is a lot…

Stability Control and Idiot Proofing

Electronic stability control will be a mandatory feature on all new cars by 2012. Unlike seat belts, padded dashboards and air bags – which are so-called “passive” safety features that are there to prevent or at least reduce injury when a crash happens – electronic stability control is an “active” system designed to help prevent…