Author Archives: Lorraine

Nine easy steps to becoming a more considerate driver

Originally published: February 23, 2015 Forget the law for a moment, and let’s instead steer all the road warriors toward an etiquette book. Don’t worry, it’s not about soup spoons and white gloves, it’s about maintaining decorum from the driver’s … Continue reading

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Here’s a novel idea: Buy a car you can actually afford

Originally published: February 16, 2015 I’m following the saga of an Ontario woman who bought a used 2010 Mini, had the engine blow and now thinks BMW should pay the freight to make her whole. They actually did offer to … Continue reading

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Here’s the huge problem with push-button ignitions

Originally published: February 9, 2015 I don’t care if you take it personally; in fact, I think you should take it personally. What began as a no-doubt inspiring moment deep in the bowels of creation at Hoity Toity Carmakers has … Continue reading

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Should ‘personality disorders’ result in driving bans?

Originally published: February 2, 2015 If you had the power, who would you yank off our roads? This discussion got very real recently, when, on December 29th, 2014, Russia announced a new law that appeared to severely limit, block or … Continue reading

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Learning in a controlled environment allows teen drivers to make mistakes

Originally published: January 19, 2015 (Video included) There are beginner driver training programs that will call off a scheduled in-car session because of bad weather. The fact I think that is entirely counterproductive will not change their ways, but then … Continue reading

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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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