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Categories: Miscellaneous

Good News and Bad News

On: Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 1:20PM | By: Karen Cook

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The news is telling us that the economy is deep into recovery. The unemployment rate is consistently falling and most people who lost a job during the recession have managed to find one again. Sales in the auto industry, however, are not reflecting the upswing.

New Car At Christmas: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

On: Sat, Dec 6, 2014 at 9:16AM | By: Karen Cook

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The idea of waking up to a new car on Christmas morning is exciting and a dream come true, according to television commercials anyway. It would be great if Santa could deliver the perfect car for you with no strings attached. The scenario is definitely possible even if Santa doesn’t bring one, and if the Black Friday numbers are any indication, there will be cars under trees in a few weeks.

Teaching Computers to Be Impolite

On: Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 11:18AM | By: Karen Cook

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As we inch closer and closer to having self-driving vehicles become commonplace, Google is learning more and more about what an autonomous car will need to do and how it will need to behave to provide the most dependable, comfortable, and safest experience for the passenger. Recent findings suggest that the current versions are too polite and need to be able to be a little more aggressive.

Usher in the New Year With a New Car

On: Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 6:58AM | By: Gary P Garry

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Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now we get to stop eating leftover turkey and get down to the business of shopping for the next round of holidays. They say that giving is its own reward, and it can be fun to pick out the ideal gift for everyone on your list.


Puddle Lights: Make It Personal

On: Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 5:47PM | By: Karen Cook

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Auto makers are becoming more attuned to those little things that make driving a car a pleasure. As an example, many models have “puddle lights”, which are small lights mounted under the side mirrors and aimed at the ground in order to light up the area next to the car at night. This makes puddles or other “dangers” visible to anyone stepping out of the vehicle. It’s a nice touch to provide a little extra safety and convenience and it’s been available for years as standard on some models and optional on others.

Personal Safety Check

On: Fri, Nov 28, 2014 at 9:27AM | By: Karen Cook

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The news is full of safety recalls on all sorts of vehicles. We expect auto makers to produce vehicles with the highest level of safety possible. That’s a pretty tall order with all the technology involved in getting one to run. We had fewer problems when windows rolled down using a handle and doors unlocked using a key. I’m not so sure that cars weren’t safer without airbags as well. Anyway, manufacturers are doing what they can to ensure that our cars don’t kill us, but that’s not what this article is about.

Crossing the U.S.

On: Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 4:49PM | By: Karen Cook

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With all the travelers on the roads for the holiday, I wondered just how long it would take, if I lived on one side of the country and my dinner was on the other, to make it in time to eat. The easy answer is about 48 hours. This assumes that I have someone else to share driving duties and we stop only for gas. Not the best trip, if you ask me. If I want to sleep in motels, I could do it in four or five days as long as I drive 12 hours a day. Still not ideal. But if the journey is to be part of the fun, I have to allow seven to 10 days before I can sit down to my turkey and dressing.

Surviving Holiday Road Trips

On: Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:35AM | By: Karen Cook

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Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go; the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifted snow.

Perhaps horses can navigate dependably at this time of year but it seems to be a little more difficult for people driving gas-powered sleighs.

Winter Survival In Your Car

On: Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 10:19AM | By: Karen Cook

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The news from New York these last week was frightening to me. I’m a Florida native and I have to admit that with our temperatures in the 30s at night and barely reaching 60 during the day, I was freezing. I’m sure readers in New York are outraged, but my blood in as thin as water and not designed to deal with anything lower than 70 comfortably. Even so, I love cold weather and look forward to temperatures chilly enough to warrant hot chocolate and flannel. I started to think of what people do when they are stranded in their vehicles in a snowstorm. This isn’t likely to happen to me, but it does happen. Do people up north prepare for it? Do they have emergency kits in their cars? What’s in them?

Automobiles and Idioms

On: Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 9:31AM | By: Karen Cook

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When Bette Davis tells us to “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” we all know what she meant. She wasn’t referring to an actual trip in a vehicle. Speaking to someone from a little more than a hundred years ago, you would have to explain what a seat belt is. There is a lot of idioms in use based on the world of cars that would be incomprehensible to our great grandparents.

Putin to Build Fleet of State Super-Vehicles

On: Sat, Nov 15, 2014 at 12:57PM | By: Bill Wilson

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Being the head of Russia’s government has its perks, even in these post-Soviet days.  As proof, President Vladimir Putin is pushing ahead with plans for a fleet of custom-built vehicles that would turn even the wealthiest dot-com billionaires green with envy.  Dubbed “Project Cortege,” the initiative formally started in 2011, after earlier efforts were put on hold due to economic and financial issues.