In 2007, a Gallup survey found that American workers spend an average of 46 minutes commuting to and from work each day. With roughly 260 work days in a year, that amounts to just fewer than 200 hours per year. Outside of home and work, there isn’t a place in which you spend more time,

Roadside Preparedness

Thursday, October 13th, 2011 by

Being prepared in an emergency, or even if it is less dire and you just become stranded, is an important part of being a responsible driver. Now it is likely that many motorists will have a mobile phone or GPS, so the idea of being stranded seems practically impossible, but it is not out of

Most everyone has fallen asleep as a passenger on a long car trip. If the sandman catches you unaware and with an upright seat, the result is often a stiff neck, stiff back, or stiff everything. So it’s easy to see why reclining your seat if you’re feeling sleepy would make for a more comfortable

  I enjoy looking after my vehicle. When I drive a vehicle that looks and operates effectively, I feel more in control of it. Knowing my vehicle will respond correctly when I need it to is important for me. Knowing the brakes will stop my vehicle when I press the pedal is important. Knowing the

Today, the latest info on cell phone-related distracting driving isn’t so much disappointing and outrageous as it is terrifying: according to researchers at Texas A&M University’s Transportation Institute, texting while driving is even more dangerous than previously thought.   Specifically – texting while driving is so distracting that it can double drivers’ reaction times.   For

As a parent, you want to make sure your teenage driver stays safe behind the wheel year-round.   Winter is notorious for bad driving conditions, but each season brings road hazards that require drivers to take extra caution. Teach your teen driver to prepare and look out for these potential hazards:   Winter Black ice

If you want to be a safer diver you should think about enrolling in a defensive driving course.  You can never have too much schooling when it comes to something as important as driving.       The basic rules of the road may not change, but laws do.  It is a good idea to

Are you a good communicator?

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 by

Would you consider yourself to be a good communicator? I know many people who say they have good communications with their family members. As a member of a busy family of 6 people, it can become very difficult to keep good communication between members of the family all the time. How well do you communicate

9 ways to save on auto insurance

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 by

Auto insurance can’t be taken for a test drive. But you can get a good deal — if you shop around and take some steps you might not have considered.   See, you don’t just buy auto insurance. You actually buy several different types of insurance: collision, comprehensive, uninsured motorists, bodily injury and so on.

We all have to worry about fuel costs.   “Can you tell me how to get to the Holiday Inn?” “Sure.  You want to stay on this road for about $6.00 worth, then turn right at the stop sign, go about $1.25, then keep to your left and you will be there in about $3.15.”

The Michelin Man recently went to therapy and found that he needed to get in touch with his inner tube. This need to get in touch with one’s inner self has been true since the dawn of man.   For example, stone-age man did not drive. But the legacy of his hunting, aggressive and risk-taking

My grandfather helped to teach me to drive. He used to say, “Predicting what another driver might do, is like trying to predict the direction of a cat parade.” It turns out that cats may have a lot more to do with our driving than my grandfather ever imagined! If I told you that an

How To Spot A Lemon

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 by

Just like a remodeling contractor, it isn’t always easy to find a reliable used car. Here are some tips that can save you costly repairs and unwanted headaches. Check the reliability record: I once owned a car whose “check engine” light came on so many times, I had to replace the light bulb. To avoid

Why You Should Love Your Car

Friday, October 29th, 2010 by

Gas prices are causing people to change their vacation plans. My neighbor recently loaded up his SUV, drove 30 feet, and he and his family camped at the end of their driveway. So today I want to offer a few tips on how a little extra care here and there, when it comes to your

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