Browsing All posts tagged under »Driving«

Joan Larsen’s Travel: The World’s Most Spectacular Road – America’s Big Sur, Up Close and Personal

July 5, 2017

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By Joan Larsen We needed to have our breath taken away by an array of magnificent scenery, of stunning beauty that cannot be equaled – anywhere. We all seem to need beautiful “getaways” from the world we live in now.  And so, with a truly wonderful lifetime of adventures ‘round the world,  again we searched […]

Stay Out of My Driveway!

May 15, 2017

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Maybe it’s some kind of equivalent to the crotchety old man yelling, “Hey, you kids!  Keep off my lawn!”  You have seen the signs as you drive around:  Keep Out.  No Trespassing.  Private Property.  Then there are the hand-lettered signs in spray paint, on plywood:  No Turning Around in Driveway!!!  and similar sentiments.  “Geez, touchy, […]

Why are Women Criminals for Drunk Driving, but “Victims” of Drunk Sex?

October 19, 2015

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The live social-media broadcast of a DUI in progress should remind us about who is really responsible for drunken decisions.   23-year-old Whitney Beall live-streamed her own drunk driving misadventure via Periscope, and ended up arrested for DUI. No surprise, but check out the 11-minute video at Huffington Post. Listen to her repeated comments about […]

10-4, Driver: CB Radios Still Have Their Uses

February 9, 2015

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Many years ago, when cell phones were still as big as your head and probably cost as much as your car, my husband and I were reassigned from one coast of the US to the other coast.  We decided to drive our two vehicles in our own mini-convoy, and bought two CB radios for this […]

Classic Car Buffs, Beware Cuba’s Time-Capsule Vehicles

January 26, 2015

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When diplomatic relations were restored between Havana and Washington, one of my first thoughts was that Havana would soon be a shopper’s paradise for fans of classic cars. Many of the same cars that were on the roads in 1959, when relations were severed, are still being driven today — an estimated 60,000 classic cars. […]

Consumer Electronics 2015: Beyond Distraction, Making Drivers Blind and Stupid

January 16, 2015

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Last weekend, the Consumer Electronics Show rolled out more examples of jet-fighter-style heads-up displays (HUDs) for car windshields. Fittingly, perhaps, last weekend also saw a nearly 200-car pileup in both directions of I-94 in Michigan. HUDs are sexy, glitzy, futuristic, badass. Marketers compare the automotive versions to the displays jet fighter pilots have. Advocates claim […]

Safety Tip From Lila’s Dad: Drive Like You Know Where You Are… Even When You Don’t

September 5, 2014

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Lila has had the misfortune to live in one of the nation’s worst-rated cities when it comes to traffic. The traffic gurus define this as congestion and length of commutes. I would like to add to that: the sheer density of clueless drivers, who seem completely incompetent to maintain a steady speed or even to […]

Using the Internet to See the Traffic Mess in Atlanta in Real Time

January 31, 2014

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Need to know what to pack, what route to take, or traffic conditions?  The information is probably at your fingertips. Hubby’s Mom lives in Atlanta, which was pummeled by a rare snowstorm Tuesday night.  Over the phone, she told him how traffic was paralyzed everywhere in the city.   Just a few years ago, that phone […]

A Mileage Tax in the Land of Suburban Sprawl? Not Likely

December 6, 2013

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Writes Tom Curry for NBC News:  “By driving more fuel-efficient cars and by driving fewer miles than they did back before the 2008-09 recession, Americans are starving federal funding for highways and commuter rail and bus systems across the nation.” Why, those inconsiderate jerks, with their accursed fuel efficiency!  How dare they! So, of course, […]

Saudi Women and the Driving Ban: Every Woman in a Gilded Cage

October 29, 2013

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There is no legal ban.  There is no religious ban.  But Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that refuses to issue driver’s licenses to women.  Last Saturday, women once again got behind the wheel in protest. During my initial training as a young officer, there was a Saudi officer in one of […]

Gloria Allred: Don’t Go After the Wrong Person

October 7, 2013

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As a terrified auto driver fled from a threatening mob of motorcyclists in Manhattan, one of the bikers, Edwin Mieses, was run over and injured.  Now Gloria Allred is in the act, but I suspect she’s looking in the wrong direction for someone to blame. As O’Ryan Johnson reports for the Boston Herald: The lawyer […]

Lawsuit Over Backup-Camera Mandate: No Substitute for Paying Attention

September 27, 2013

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I do not accept the premise that “I backed my car over my kid, so now the government needs to mandate backup cameras on all new vehicles to make sure this never happens again.”  I am sorry for those families’ pain, but making sweeping laws that increase costs for everyone, based on the tragic accidents […]

Aggressive Driving? How About Clueless Driving?

September 12, 2013

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“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” ― George Carlin As Lila drives around the Washington, DC area – which is routinely listed as one of the nation’s worst, as far as traffic goes – she keeps her radio tuned […]

Should Texting a Driver Make You Liable for His Accident?

September 6, 2013

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I don’t think so, but a New Jersey appeals court has opened a Pandora’s Box of possible lawsuits against people who are nowhere near an accident scene – maybe even people and businesses who don’t even know you. As CNN reports, a New Jersey couple who were maimed in a horrific accident caused by a […]

Stay Out of My Driveway!

August 22, 2013

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Maybe it’s some kind of equivalent to the crotchety old man yelling, “Hey, you kids!  Keep off my lawn!”  You have seen the signs as you drive around:  Keep Out.  No Trespassing.  Private Property.  Then there are the hand-lettered signs in spray paint, on plywood:  No Turning Around in Driveway!!!  and similar sentiments.  “Geez, touchy, […]

Are Americans Too Stupid for Diesel Cars?

July 23, 2013

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Lila is the happy owner of a Volkswagen diesel car.  Last year, I received a letter from Volkswagen; it was basically a reminder to only put diesel fuel in the vehicle (duh!) and included some helpful neon-yellow warning stickers to plaster around near your fuel cap.  I was vaguely miffed at the insinuation that I […]

Starry Night

February 26, 2013

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By Lauriate Roly My story is not spectacular. It is just something quite simple and I don’t want to make it appear to be anything else. But a lot happened that day. Our aim was to leave Paris very early in the morning intending to go as far south as we could to reach Cannes […]

10-4, Driver: CB Radios Still Have Their Uses

June 21, 2012

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Many years ago, when cell phones were still as big as your head and probably cost as much as your car, my husband and I were reassigned from one coast of the US to the other coast.  We decided to drive our two vehicles in our own mini-convoy, and bought two CB radios for this […]