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Categories: Miscellaneous

Italy Invites Tattle-Tales

On: Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 4:59PM | By: Karen Cook

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Remember when you were young and there were those things that adults talked about and did that were either hidden from the “children” or not discussed in front of them? This covered everything from books and magazines to movies and certain topics of conversation. When I was old enough to be privy to these things, I found among my dad’s belongings a pad of “parking citations.” Now my father was a police officer, but they weren’t those kinds of citations. These were a novelty and were intended for non-police citizens to leave on the windshields of drivers who were caught doing those irritating things that we all hate (except for those who do them, I guess). There were several categories and they all came with some very adult name calling. Even without the fine I’m sure it made you feel better to leave one for the guy who took up two parking spaces.

Are You Tougher Than a Ford F-150?

On: Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 1:35PM | By: Karen Cook

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Are you a truck driver? Not the 18-wheel kind, but the regular kind of big truck. The people who usually drive this type of vehicle are hard working guys (or gals) who depend on their trucks to get the job done and perform as well as they do. They are a special breed. Ford is looking for five of these down-and-dirty guys (or gals) to take part in a special test drive opportunity.

To Warm or Not to Warm

On: Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 4:08PM | By: Karen Cook

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It’s cold in Ogden, Utah. It’s cold over a good portion of the United States right now. The residents in Ogden (and possibly where you live) are doing what many people do—starting their cars before they are ready to drive them in order to “warm them up.” This activity raises a few questions about the safety, necessity, and effectiveness of doing so.

NHTSA May Put the Brakes on Toyota

On: Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 9:10AM | By: Karen Cook

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Attention, Toyota Camry Hybrid owners! The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary evaluation of 2007-2008 Camry Hybrids due to a possible defect of the braking system. Owners have reported that they are experiencing “delayed braking actuation or increased brake pedal effort” meaning the brakes either don’t work or the pedal must be pushed harder to get the car to stop. So far there have been 59 complaints, 40% of which said the issue occurred at speeds of 40mph or more. It seems the problem is more likely as the car ages because 55% of the complaints have occurred in the last eight months.


Cadillac Offers a Freebie

On: Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 4:52PM | By: Karen Cook

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Almost every merchant establishment has sales. Car dealerships are no different, but it’s rare in the auto industry to get something for nothing. Cadillac is breaking away from the standard with the 2014 Cadillac ELR, its new Luxury plug-in hybrid coupe.

Questions Concerning Aluminum Cars

On: Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 7:09AM | By: Karen Cook

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With all the research being done on materials to lighten the weight of vehicles in order to make them fuel efficient, a little research needs to go into figuring the other costs associated with these products. Just because you save money on gas doesn’t mean that the savings apply to other areas of the cost of a vehicle. Take the new trend in using aluminum for car and truck bodies, for example.

Something Old, Something New

On: Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 5:48PM | By: Karen Cook

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They say everything old becomes new again. Fashions go out of style only to come back a few years later. The same happens with hairstyles, although I’m hoping we never get nostalgic for the afro. Cars are no different from any other trend. Shapes and colors come and go in cycles. Style and the coolness factor are not the only things that can bring back something from the past. Necessity plays its part too, and car manufacturers are digging into the history of the automobile to find ways to make modern vehicles lighter and more fuel efficient.

The Dalton Highway in Alaska: the Ultimate Scenic Road

On: Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 2:18PM | By: Bill Wilson

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There are plenty of scenic highways that offer spectacular beauty and closeness to nature. Most of them, however, never stray too far from civilization. These routes are fine, but for those who wish to really get away from it all, there’s the Dalton Highway in Alaska. This stretch of road comes as close as modern people can get to seeing America as it once was, before the days of sidewalks and shopping malls.

The Coldest Test Track in the US, and Why You're Safer Because of It

On: Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 11:22AM | By: Bill Wilson

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The next time you set out on a winter’s drive, you might want to give some thought to the tiny town of Baudette, MN, population 1100. Why? Because chances are that many of the cold weather features in your vehicle were tested in this icy little hamlet just below the Canadian border.

Nissan Ad Deemed Misleading

On: Sat, Jan 25, 2014 at 9:12AM | By: Karen Cook

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If you happen to be in the desert racing around in your dune buggy and it gets stuck, there’s a solution. If you drove out there in your Nissan Frontier, you can use it to push the dune buggy up the hill. Or can you?

Too Much Advertising?

On: Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 5:21PM | By: Karen Cook

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Remember when it was all the rage to have an app on your phone that would tell you which stores were having sales as you walked through the mall? Some even gave digital coupons that were good for only a very limited time. This is old news on hand-held devices, but BMW is trying out the concept in its vehicles, obviously on a much larger scale.