Author Archives: Lorraine

Drivers of big rigs continue to collide into bridges and overpasses, despite clearly marked warning signs

Originally published: January 23, 2015 Bridge porn. Overpass porn. I don’t care what you call it; it’s too hard not to keep watching. A while ago, car site Jalopnik featured a website that in turn features truck after truck piling … Continue reading

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Allowing insurance companies to spy on your driving habits can have some unforeseen consequences

Originally published: January 12, 2015 “Telematics are an interdisciplinary field encompassing telecommunications, vehicular technologies, road transportation, road safety, electrical engineering” That’s the definition from Wikipedia, which I tell my kid is not a reliable source, but for now that definition … Continue reading

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A deployed airbag inflates at about 320 km/h, and you don’t want your legs to be in the way when it does

Originally published: January 5, 2015 For Bethany Benson, 22, it should have been an uneventful drive back from her aunt’s house in Michigan to her own in Oshawa. It was August 2, 2010, around 5 p.m. With her boyfriend at … Continue reading

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There was a reason I dreaded parking in the old family garage

Originally published: December 29, 2014 I know people who suspend a tennis ball from a string in their garage so they can line up their windshield when they park. This is a fascinating concept: keeping an expensive car in the … Continue reading

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Sharing drunk driving checkpoint locations solves nothing

Originally published: December 22, 2014 I was 17 when I walked into the kitchen one cold January morning. It was just after 6 a.m., and the radio that sat perched on a shelf was churning out the news. My Dad … Continue reading

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Whether it be hogging the passing lane or listening to the radio at full blast, these seven driving infractions may be legal, but they’re still infuriating

Originally published: December 15, 2014 We rattle on at length about the stupid, illegal things people do while they’re driving. What about the stupid legal – or debatably and/or grey area legal – things that people do? I’ve watched this … Continue reading

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Self-entitled drivers continue to use and abuse specially designated parking spots

Originally published: December 8, 2014 When I recently did a Top Ten parking violations column, I was taken to task for leaving out the most grievous one. That was intentional, because it deserves a column of its own. And I … Continue reading

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What do you do when your loved one is a bad driver?

Originally published: December 1, 2014 I love you but I hate driving with you. Forget all the awkward conversations you do your best to avoid; this is the worst. It’s easy to bellow and bitch at “The Others”, those on … Continue reading

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There are things you can, and should, do yourself to get your vehicle prepared for winter

Originally published: November 24, 2014 – there’s a video for this on the driving.ca website I have this terrific way of getting my tires changed. I drop my car off to my mechanic and then I pick it up. Though … Continue reading

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Keeping traffic moving outside the country’s busiest airport is no easy feat

Originally published: November 17, 2014 “Oh, now do not put on those flashing lights, sir, that’s just like bees to honey when they see those,” yells Christine Heinz. She is wearing a neon safety vest over a down parka, hood … Continue reading

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