Author Archives: Lorraine

What makes some (rude) drivers think they own the road?

An encounter with a belligerent pickup driver makes Lorraine Sommerfeld ask: When did we decide to forget our manners? Originally posted June 13, 2016 When I was a teenager, my sister and I used to drive around in her Volkswagen … Continue reading

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Autonomous cars don’t make sense for the rest of us

Sure, self-driving cars could work wonders in busy urban centres. But how well will they work up in pickup country? Originally posted June 6, 2016 Can we talk about the elephant in the room when we’re talking about autonomous cars? … Continue reading

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Texting in cars won’t go away with sneaky police photos

Texting in cars won’t go away with sneaky police photos Originally published May 30, 2016 Over the May long weekend, RCMP in British Columbia were setting up DSLR cameras with super-long lenses to snap drivers mucking with their phones and … Continue reading

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Car-sharing a leased vehicle? You’re playing with fire

This is a get-rich scheme that’s bound to fail Originally published: May 23, 2016 “In December 2015, it was possible to lease a Chevy Cruze for $18/month with $0 down. There was no catch – it was real and I … Continue reading

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Where are all the female crash test dummies?

Car safety has come a long way — particularly if you’re a male driver Originally published: May 16, 2016 You may not know it ladies, but there is a good chance that car you just purchased for its excellent crash … Continue reading

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Boneheaded drivers, stunt driving is not all about speed

Blocking a driver from changing lanes? Bolting off a light to make a left turn? Congratulations, you could be charged with stunt driving Originally published: May 9, 2016 You might remember when Ontario introduced its infamous stunt driving laws in … Continue reading

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Ontario licence plates need a serious overhaul

Government looks at problems of fading and peeling but little has been done for a permanent fix Originally published: May 2, 2016 If it’s my imagination, then it’s everybody else’s as well. It used to be a faded licence plate … Continue reading

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Spring inspections can save money down the road

Switching tires is the perfect time for a look-over after the trials of winter Originally published: April 27, 2016 Have you ever been to a palm reader? What if I told you a decent vehicle technician could do an equivalent … Continue reading

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Turo has a legal leg-up in car sharing field

Peer-to-peer car rental isn’t perfect, but insurance and roadside assistance cover users Originally published: April 20, 2016 I think the sharing economy is a crock. It started out warm enough; borrow my underused this, trade me an hour of babysitting … Continue reading

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Recalls slipping through the cracks can be deadly

Lax regulations mean there is no easy way to tell if a car has had its recall dealt with Originally published: April 11, 2016 A jury has awarded $15 million to the parents who filed a wrongful death lawsuit against … Continue reading

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