Author Archives: Lorraine

Want to talk to your kids? Stick them in the car

The car can be a sanctuary for a busy family – a place to just sit, talk and learn about life as the world passes by Originally published: August 24, 2015 We spend a lot of time offering tips and … Continue reading

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How to get cheaper insurance for your teen driver

There’s a cost benefit to enrolling a child in a Beginner Driver Education school, but make sure it’s government-approved first Originally published: August 17, 2015 Is there any way to get your kid’s car insurance rate down? Do you really … Continue reading

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Hit a car and thinking of running? Shame on you

A message to parking lot hit and runners: you are contributing to everything that is wrong with the current state of the world Originally published: August 10, 2015 Every time you scrape, scratch, dent or bash another car and take … Continue reading

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Emotional intelligence makes more harmonious roads

We’re on the road together, so it pays to make the community work Originally published: August 3, 2015 A dialogue between drivers takes place on our roads, and it’s often caustic and fraught with anger. We can wield our cars … Continue reading

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Are road tolls the solution for our traffic woes?

Applying tolls to highways or bridges can be tricky — and they don’t always work Originally published: July 27, 2015 Ask not for whom the road tolls … it might be tolling for thee. Annual polls often rate Vancouver, Toronto … Continue reading

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Who do you call if your new car is a lemon?

Sometimes, car purchases don’t always go as promised. Here’s how to set things straight when that happens Originally published: July 20, 2015 The number of “lemons” on the road is often still batted around at 10 per cent; that’s unfair … Continue reading

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Regret the extended warranty? It’s hard to fix costly mistakes

Remember, when you sign on the dotted line of a new car contract, there is no cooling off period Originally published: July 13, 2015 “When I got home I started going over my new car contract, and I realized that … Continue reading

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Using your car as a taxi? Don’t lie about your insurance

When it comes to working with hire-a-drive services like Uber, you can’t afford to ignore the insurance implications Originally published: July 6, 2015 “Uber drivers can use the HOV lanes,” read the headline. Upon closer observation, the sentence continued: providing … Continue reading

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Here’s how it feels to be locked in a hot car for an hour

Lorraine Sommerfeld endures 52 C heat inside a sweltering car and finds this is no place for any living thing Originally published: June 29, 2015 (With video) I made it to the 50-minute point before I thought I was going … Continue reading

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Lowering urban speed limits an exercise in futility

Dropping residential speed limits to 30 km/h is not only ludicrous, it’s ultimately pointless Originally published: June 22, 2015 Across Canada, the default urban speed limit is 50 km/h. It drops in school zones and construction zones, but by and … Continue reading

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