Author Archives: Lorraine

Now Uber’s own drivers are steamrolled by tech giant

With autonomous cars in Pittsburgh, Uber is on its way to getting rid of people behind the wheel Originally published August 22, 2016 Hey, Uber driver. Your overlord hasn’t just spent years breaking laws, leaving you unprotected and endangering your … Continue reading

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Kindness makes road trip mishaps a minor bump in road

When filling a tire with air resulted in an injury and a frustrating quest for a loonie, the politeness of bystanders outweighed the annoyances Originally published August 15, 2016 I have a good-sized gouge out of my left foot and … Continue reading

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Young drivers need to know they can rely on you

Teaching good driving habits and being there when they need you will help keep them safe Originally published August 8, 2016 “Did you know that almost 20 per cent of reported collisions in Canada happen during July and August?” – … Continue reading

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The Lamborghini Aventador draws a crowd via social media

Lorraine Sommerfeld took to Twitter to recruit a few eager passengers, and made some special connections along the way Originally published August 2, 2016 (with video) 2016 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. It’s a mouthful as well as an eyeful; slung as … Continue reading

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Expanded Uber insurance is good news, but still not perfect

‘There are going to be gaps in coverage … because there are loopholes,’ says one insurance broker – and there are larger issues to consider Originally published July 25, 2016 Uber may have been a breech birth – all feet … Continue reading

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Driving while Pokémon is now a thing, and it’s dangerous

New game craze isn’t meant for the car, and it’s just as bad as texting or being drunk Originally published July 18, 2016 The headlines about the crashes started within hours of the game being released. Actually, it hadn’t even … Continue reading

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Feet still on the dash? I’ve got a bone to pick with you

Your dangerous driving habits may not be my problem, but they are my business Originally published July 11, 2016 When does your dumbassery become my business? When it becomes my problem, like when you cut me off with no signal … Continue reading

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Picking up strangers in a McLaren is harder than you think

Intent on sharing the wealth, Lorraine Sommerfeld tries to give commuters a lift in a McLaren 570S. But finding willing passengers isn’t easy Originally published July 4, 2016 with video Though my colleague David Booth cautioned back in the fall … Continue reading

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The best car inventions for normal people

These six inventions have really helped make our day-to-day lives behind the wheel that much easier Originally published June 27, 2016 I know fuel injected engines were a major upshift from carburetors, and I appreciate them. And the use of … Continue reading

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Kids continue to be left in hot cars. It’s time for a real solution

Automaker-installed back seat alarms seem like a common-sense solution. So why isn’t it a reality yet? Originally published June 20, 2016 A recent press release from GM headlined “GM leads industry with new Rear Seat Reminder” had me excited. Briefly. … Continue reading

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