Author Archives: Lorraine

Will stronger penalties be enough to stop rise in aggressive driving?

Bill 213 is aimed to stop the growing fatalities from dangerous speeding, but some people still don’t get the message Originally published June 19, 2017 Ontario Provincial Police just came off a winter with a 14 year record high snowmobile … Continue reading

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The car that makes driving fun again is the anti-SUV

Mini Cooper S isn’t without its faults, but its lithe handling is a welcome change from the sea of big rigs on the road Originally published June 12, 2017 I’m tired of SUVs and CUVs, and it took a 2017 … Continue reading

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Would you buy a new car completely online?

Montreal dealership first to offer complete service, but it’s not like you’re buying a book from Amazon Originally published June 5, 2017 The first time I bought a computer I roamed around a store bewildered by dozens of different machines … Continue reading

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These five driving tips could save a road worker’s life

With our frustrations rising during construction season, don’t forget the people behind the orange cones Originally published May 31, 2017 A few years back, I spent months trying to get authorization to do a stint working as a flag person … Continue reading

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Cleaning the garage of junk, trying not to touch the memories

There’s much to deal with after a lifetime of tools, oil changes and car parts Originally published May 25, 2017 At one time it held a car. It seems impossible now, even though the cars I own are smaller than … Continue reading

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High-tech cars making the pool of mechanics smaller

The challenge isn’t finding jobs; it’s finding candidates with the required skillset who can adapt to an industry that’s evolving at warp speed Originally published May 15, 2017 We spend a lot of time questioning where technology is headed in … Continue reading

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Governments, drivers wade into murky waters with vanity plates

Even if you don’t mean to be offensive with a personalized plate, what’s good today may not be tomorrow Originally published May 12, 2017 Is it time to just ditch personalized licence plates? Licence plates are a tricky business. In … Continue reading

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Fixed VW diesels back on Canadian lots – but sell out quickly

Sitting since 2015, cars receive software fix and sold with high incentives, mostly to people already with deposits Originally published April 27, 2017 Wanna buy a new 2015 Volkswagen diesel? That’s a trick question. Even though the vehicles, those at … Continue reading

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Yes, Ontario insurance is a wreck, so you need to shop around

Recent report damning province’s system means it’s even more important for drivers to find the best deal Originally published April 24, 2017 Last week, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) told us what we already know: Auto insurance rates … Continue reading

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In the eyes of the law, where’s the breathalyzer for drugs?

If we can’t get our game together on alcohol, what’s going to happen when we add legalized marijuana to the mix? Originally published April 18, 2017 Canada loves being way up there, even number one, in those surveys about the … Continue reading

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