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Categories: Safety

Hanging Up the Keys

On: Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 9:10AM | By: Karen Cook

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Driving is a huge responsibility. You take your life and the lives of your passengers into your own hands. The decisions you make while driving could potentially change the lives of anyone on the road, including those not in vehicles. If you’ve read my other pieces you know I like to approach most subjects with a dose of humor. This topic is serious though and you won’t find much to laugh at. Hopefully you will find some food for thought.

I was Jaywalking When It Hit Me

On: Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 12:03PM | By: Karen Cook

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Way back in the 1970s when I was a youngster trying to make sense of the world I heard the term “jaywalking”. This was the decade of “streaking” and I’d also heard the phrase “naked as a jaybird”, so naturally I thought jaywalking was walking around naked. It seemed to be an unwise thing to do in traffic and thus illegal. It all made sense.

Nissan Sets 2020 Deadline for Self-Driving Vehicles

On: Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 9:36AM | By: Bill Wilson

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For most people, self-driving cars fit in the same category as jet backpacks, robot butlers, and personal spaceships. While they’re great topics for science-fiction writers, there’s very little chance that they will ever exist in the real world. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn begs to differ, however. He not only intends to build autonomous vehicles, he has announced that they will be available for public purchase by 2020.

To those in the know, including other auto executives, this goal sounds so ambitious as to be ridiculous. While Google has put several self-driving cars on the road, the search engine giant has no plans to market such vehicles to the public. Rather, company heads hope to sell the technology to established manufacturers like Ford, GM, and Toyota.

What Is A Parking Space?

On: Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 4:03PM | By: Karen Cook

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I am a perfectly sound and mobile individual. I am capable of parking anywhere in a parking lot and perambulating to the building without difficulty or assistance. I still try to find a close spot. I’m sure this applies to the majority of drivers in this country. Nobody wants to walk if they don’t have to, especially during a Florida summer.


Pardon Me, May I Cut In?

On: Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 8:09AM | By: Karen Cook

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If you sit down to a table with a full place setting, do you know which fork to use? How many people have you seen lately with a handkerchief, even when they’ve needed one? When was the last time men stood up when a lady entered the room? Unfortunately, manners are fast becoming something from the past, something our grandparents did, but are not needed in our current society. What a shame!

Did You See Me?

On: Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 12:54PM | By: Karen Cook

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Here they come again! The dreaded Red Light Cameras. We all hate them. There is huge debate over whether they are strictly legal, who is profiting from them, and whether they are actually making the intersections any safer. Google it. You’ll see tons of controversy. I’m not going to argue for or against. I just have some questions.

Hot Coffee and Common Sense

On: Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 7:16AM | By: Karen Cook

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It all started when a woman spilled hot coffee in her lap, which she had just ordered at a drive thru, and held the restaurant responsible for her burns. We know she didn’t order an iced coffee and we can be reasonably sure from what we know of her that she would have been miffed if the coffee had been cool. I think this was the beginning of the end of personal responsibility. This seems to be a recurring theme with me. It’s important, though.

WARNING! Accident Approaching!

On: Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 5:31PM | By: Karen Cook

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Apparently, there is an old controversy resurfacing over seat belts. Do you wear yours? If not, why not? In Florida it’s the law. It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle unless all passengers in the front seat buckled up. A violation will cost you $30. In addition, all children under 18 must wear a belt regardless of where they are sitting, or be restrained in a car seat. Ignoring this one is worth $60.

Are You Sure We're There?

On: Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 1:00PM | By: Karen Cook

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When we set off for places unknown most of us trust our GPS to get us there. Whether you use Garmin, Google Maps, or some other device, you probably ask technology to at least point you in the right direction. But, as with any technology, it’s not always perfect.

Editorial on Weavers

On: Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 1:08PM | By: Karen Cook

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My father bought his first motorcycle when he was sixteen. He still rides today. I was fascinated, but my mother wouldn’t let me ride with him until I was three. I’ve been riding since then. It’s a wonderful feeling! As long as it’s not raining, too cold, or love bug season. But, yes, it’s a little dangerous. That’s part of its appeal, though.

Toyota Recalls 342,000 Tacoma Trucks

On: Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 11:53AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

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Toyota has issued yet another recall. Yup, another one. Although this one isn't nearly as bad as the "Your brakes won't work" recall of a few years ago, but this one is still not to be taken lightly. Toyota is bringing back 342,451 Tacoma Access Cabs built from September 14, 2004 through September 7, 2011—reason being is that when the access doors are opened and closed over and over (a likely occurrence), the bolts that hold the seat belt tensioner to the retractor can loosen. Obviously, if these bolts loosen enough, the pre-tensioner can be rendered useless, thus making the seat belt virtually ineffective.  

Toyota has said it will bring back the affected trucks and inspect them for faults and fix the faulty pieces with some fairly basic remedies—thread lock and a retractor spring cover with stopper ribs in it to keep the bolts from rattling out. No timetable has been set as to when Toyota will begin contacting owners, but owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 with questions or to schedule a fix.