Author Archives: Lorraine

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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McLaren a welcome visitor to Ronald McDonald House

For these families of Ronald McDonald House, the stunning McLaren 650S Spider proved to be a welcome sight Originally published: June 9, 2015 (with video) McKayla Warder is waiting for a new heart; her own was irreparably damaged by a … Continue reading

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This is the playground where Jeep comes to worship

The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk was made for trekking the trails of the Colorado River Originally published: June 8, 2015 As you wind your way along the Colorado River near Moab, Utah, the precision-cut cliffs and chasms in the distinctive red … Continue reading

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These egregious ‘dude bro’ driving offences must stop

Some men like to show off their masculinity on the road. But how far is too far? Originally published: June 1, 2015 What makes men do weird things to their vehicles? While I’m never going to understand women who put … Continue reading

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You’ve probably installed your child seat wrong. Here’s help.

Buying and installing a child car seat can be an exercise in confusion. But getting it wrong can have dire consequences Originally published: May 26, 2015 When it comes to child cars seats, the seat has to be properly installed … Continue reading

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Let’s face it, gender differences in driving exist

Yes, it’s true, gender differences exist behind the wheel. But let’s lay off the grand, sweeping generalizations Originally published: May 18, 2015 “Texas Study Suggests That Distracted Driving Laws Should Target Women” I love these kinds of headlines. Really, I … Continue reading

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