Category Archives: Drive She Said

Want to keep teen insurance costs in check? Start them young, start them early

Originally published: April 14, 2014 How old were you when you got your licence? Most of us were champing at the bit within days of our 16th birthdays. Your kids might be handling the issue much differently. Technology lets them … Continue reading

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GM’s post-bailout honeymoon is over and this dramatic recall is just making it worse

Originally published: April 7, 2014 I like watching Judge Judy while I make dinner. The yelling (hers) and outbursts (the litigants) on the show shut out the yelling (mine) and outbursts (the kids) in my kitchen. Judy sits up high … Continue reading

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Can we make drivers to be more considerate? Should we?

Winter storms have left snow piled over the curbs, and swinging temperatures are producing more runoff than the infrastructure can cope with. That nasty swill of water, salt and, in some cases, beet juice, means drivers and pedestrians alike are … Continue reading

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Is the auto show the place to buy a car?

Marc Riehm and his wife Anna, looking to replace their 2003 Acura, headed to the Canadian International Auto Show on Monday with a pretty good idea of what they would be looking for, in a new vehicle. Anna is the … Continue reading

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The cars and the courtship

The love affair began with a 1939 Buick convertible. The only hitch for Marion Nicholson? Her father bought it for her brother, not for her. For the “car-mad” young woman, it would be the start of a decades long passion … Continue reading

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New driver’s test for older drivers. Is it fair? Yes.

On April 21 in Ontario, new changes to the over- 80 licence testing take effect. The new evaluation has a vision assessment, in- class group education, review of the driver’s record and two short exercises, determining if further assessment is … Continue reading

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Ditch the distractions, or end up in the ditch

It’s easy to follow studies, some decades old, which report a disproportionate number of teenagers and young adults who die or are injured behind the wheel. This age group, especially the males, pay exorbitant insurance costs because insurance companies use … Continue reading

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Trapped and alone in a wrecked car, the voice guides me through

The back of a Ford Taurus is wedged on the hood of my car. I can see little outside the window except its precariously balanced rear axle. Everything feels too tight, too close. I’m pinned in the driver’s seat. I … Continue reading

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Winter drivers: the good, the bad and the ugly

“There were collisions every two minutes,” announced the OPP during the region’s first blast of winter. Every two minutes. This is Canada; this is winter; what the heck is wrong with our drivers? Tim Danter, an instructor with Drivewise in … Continue reading

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It’s gotcha tickets that are the worst

It’s when they lie in wait. If there is a single, recurring cause of parking ticket angst, it’s that. People can understand when they’ve blown by their metered time; nearly 80% of tickets in the city of Toronto are paid … Continue reading

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