Author Archives: Lorraine

Seniors surprised by own bad habits after driving retest

Originally published: September 8, 2014 Jan Thompson, 69, has been driving well over 50 years; instead of taking it for granted, he had a different thought. “I worry I’m getting too set in my ways. I’ve always driven as if … Continue reading

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Is it discriminatory to obligate someone who has been driving for 60 years to undergo retesting? Not one bit

Originally published: September 1, 2014 In April of this year, the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) introduced changes to testing for drivers who reach age 80. It’s a touchy subject. As our population ages, our idea of what constitutes … Continue reading

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Think twice about laughing off a ticket you get from across the border

Originally published: August 25, 2014 If you get a moving violation in a province not your own, do you have to pay? How about if you’re in Texas or New Hampshire? If a car breaks the speed limit in another … Continue reading

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Why there’s no such thing as a car ‘accident’

When it comes to describing the behaviour of the drivers on our roads, we have a language problem. When you are speeding and hit something, you didn’t have an accident, you caused a collision. When you blow off a stop … Continue reading

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There was a time when “going for a drive” meant hitting the road, getting lost, and just enjoying the sights

Originally published: August 11, 2014 Sweet Corn, $4.50 a dozen. I flew past the sign even though I wanted corn. I reasoned I’d see another sign a little farther down the road, because I was in the heart of corn … Continue reading

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What do we say we want? Efficient, eco-friendly small cars. What do we buy? Gas-guzzling pickups. Please do make sense of that

Originally published: August 4, 2014 Oops, I bought a new car. Not me, but apparently, a bunch of people are doing just that. GM has found as people have started bringing in their vehicles for repair for one of the … Continue reading

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Avocado green? What car colours say about us

Do you care what colour your car is? The most popular car colour in the world is white, according to PPG Industries, the biggest automotive paint supplier. For 2013, a whopping 25% of vehicles they supplied paint for were white. … Continue reading

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Who wants to be my Porsche-mate? Twitter answers the call

Originally published: July 21, 2014 Sometimes I get to drive outrageously beautiful cars, and it seems a shame to not share them with others who love them. When I recently had the new 2014 Porsche 911 Targa S, I decided … Continue reading

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Despite the stigma, many used car buyers aren’t deterred from purchasing recalled vehicles

Originally published: July 14, 2014 Would you buy a used car that has had a recall? How about one that has had multiple recalls? According to the Automobile Protection Association, Canada’s watchdog, you not only would, but you do – … Continue reading

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Embattled General Motors tries to buy back the public trust. But settlement could be 13 years too late

Originally published: July 7, 2014 GM is set to pay out at least $1-million for each death attributed to their faulty switches. They’ve finally worked out a formula calculating how much each person, now dead as a result of a … Continue reading

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