Self-Driving Vehicle

My eight year old Niece was absolutely obsessed with the new Tesla showcased at the mall this weekend. When I told her that it is a self-driving vehicle, she looked at me like “you’re just messing with me, right?” The same look she gave me at her Grandfather’s funeral when I told her that Grandpa…

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Holiday Car Safety Tips

Christmas is the time for giving! The Salvation Army’s bell ringer is almost “pavlovian” to our ears, reminding us that it is better to give than to receive. It also should remind us that not everyone is fortunate enough to afford buying gifts. And desperate times call for desperate measures. During busy holiday shopping, cars…

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Auto Insurance Discounts

My car is old, but my insurance company still gives me auto insurance discounts for its “three” safety features (the air bags, anti-lock brakes and the anti-theft system). So, with the latest safety features available now, I’m curious what discounts I would qualify for if I had a newer car. Of course, the real high-dollar…

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Auto Inspections

A bill to scrap auto inspections in Texas for noncommercial vehicles has failed. State lawmakers argument was that the once government-mandated check-ups amount to little more than a hassle and a tax for citizens. There are thirty four states don’t require an inspection. And the federal government quit requiring it in the 1970’s. The real…

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Dangerously Short Ramps

Whatever happened to the good old rule of accelerating when entering the freeway and decelerating when exiting? This is a question that was brought up in a recent defensive driving class. Well, there are a few factors that contribute to these problems. First of all, the entrance and exit ramps are generally too short. In…

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Merging Zipper

One thing that typically irks people is a crazy traffic jam caused because people don’t know how to merge (or, actually, they choose not to merge properly). Whatever happened to the good old “zipper” tactic when merging? Remember, the one car, per car merging zipper that you should have been taught in driver education? Traffic…

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