I'm finally buying myself a newer car, and having only owned cars 2005 and older, every new feature sounds like a magical car wonderland. What are the most useful ones you've experienced? [more inside]
Hey everyone, I'm looking for a PDF copy of the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport AWD manual. Hyundai's website hasn't been much help and the only other manuals I've been able to find are for the regular Santa Fe. While I'm sure there's a lot of similarity, I wanted to get the manual for this specific model. Does anyone know where I might find it?
I just watched the very informative series of videos at Icy Road Safety. It says that freezing rain is the most dangerous driving condition there is. As a new Vermonter, I have so many followup questions, some general and some specific to this winter storm... [more inside]
In short: I made a mistake merging onto the motorway yesterday and kind of cut a woman off. She followed me and when I stopped at a stop light, she jumped out of her car, threw my door open and screamed at me. I'm shaken. How can I make peace with this stressful situation? [more inside]
What will I need for my car to drive from Iowa to Salt Lake City, Utah, and then to Arizona? [more inside]
With another cold winter here, I'm looking for recommendations for a warm pair of women's gloves for driving. My hands get pretty cold and my current pair isn't cutting it. Ideally they'd keep my hands warm without losing a lot of dexterity. No particular material preference, and touchscreen capability isn't necessary. Thanks Mefites!
How can I drive most of the way from Boston to New York, park, and then take commuter rail (or similar) into Manhattan? [more inside]
I will be driving from Austin, Texas to Columbia, Missouri to visit family next month. My two children, 10 and 12, will be with me and I'd like to break up the 12-ish hour trip with an interesting stop along the way. What's good? [more inside]
I am moving to Boston at the end of December. I have never lived north of DC before and thus have never had a need for snow tires before. Help a displaced Southerner out. [more inside]
I am looking for a recommendation for a left foot accelerator pedal for a friend who has mobility issues with his right foot. Googling has lead me to several models, and I'd like to hear from anyone who actually uses one. [more inside]
I am debating getting a car and becoming an Uber driver. Is this a good plan? [more inside]
To put it bluntly my mother's driving is terrifying and sometimes dangerous. To put in context she is 70 next year and its getting worse. She speeds, drives too close to other cars, lacks concentration and acts as though she owns the road. How can my sister and I tell her things need to change and she either needs a refresher driving course or to not drive at all? We have tried telling her that her driving is scary. (Snowflakes follow) [more inside]
Do drivers of a vehicle on a road perpendicular to a road with a school bus stopped with flashing red lights have to stop for that school bus? I'm in Maryland. [more inside]
I sold my car. After a bad experience at a car dealership, I'm now wondering: do I actually need a car? [more inside]
I want to sing in the car, both because I won't be overheard and because I'll feel happier driving (an activity that I find inherently tense and unpleasant). But, it's difficult for me to find albums whose songs mostly have a manageable vocal range and lyrics that are either familiar or somewhat accessible. What albums have you enjoyed singing along to while you drive? Thanks in advance for any help.
I am considering renting a car for good portion of an upcoming two-week trip to Portugal and possibly Spain. I have never rented a car or driven outside North America. I have some questions about this. [more inside]
I'm driving from Portland to the Painted Hills (Mitchell, OR specifically) in a few days and would love to see the sights along the way. What route should I take, and what should I see? [more inside]
My family is looking for a last minute beach or lake house getaway within driving distance of NYC. Any recommendations? [more inside]
What I can I do to reduce thigh pain while driving long distances? [more inside]
We are looking to take advantage of the current extraordinary airfare rates to Ireland. We would like to plan a trip similar to our week in the Cotswolds a few years ago, but we don't know enough about Ireland to be secure in our choices. [more inside]
As much as it pains me to admit it, I'm a grown-ass woman who can't drive. 33 years old, living in Seattle. Looking for help/advice, places to practice driving. [more inside]
My husband and I are driving from Nashville to Austin via Memphis. The plan is to spend one night in Nashville, one in Memphis, and then end up in Austin. A few questions: 1.) Lodging recommendations in Nashville (between $100-$150 a night and centrally located) 2.) Is it possible to drive from Memphis to Austin in one day? I saw this post detailing the horrors of I-35. Is there an alternative? Google maps says it will take approximately 10 hours. Is that accurate? 3.) Is it better to split the drive between Memphis and Austin into 2 days? If so, where should be stop for the night? 3.) Lodging recommendations in Memphis. 4.) If you could spend an additional night in either Nashville or Memphis, which would be preferable? We are a young couple who like spicy local food, cheap outings, scenic views, and live music.
So this summer, we're all off for the last two weeks of July. We originally didn't plan a vacation because our budget has been tight, but we now have a little wiggle room and would like to do a short getaway with our 12 month old daughter. We'd like to stay in Canada due to the exchange rate, and would prefer to stay within a reasonable driving distance from Montreal for baby. Where can we go? [more inside]
Seeking hacks or vehicle recommendations for safely navigating cramped urban neighborhood intersections with too many parked cars and poor visibility. [more inside]
Is there an Uber for learning how to drive a manual car in the UK? The driving school market has collapsed and it is very difficult to find anyone at the moment.
Looking for fiction and nonfiction about road trips. Ideally the narrative would be 80% about the journey rather than the destination, but that's not a hard rule. [more inside]
I'm driving from Memphis to Seattle alone with a dog in July. What can I do, aside from the obvious podcasts, audiobooks, etc., to make the trip minimally stressful and (hopefully) fun? [more inside]
I turn 30 in a few months. I still do not have my driver's license, but not for lack of trying. I feel like there's a brick wall keeping me from passing my test and feeling comfortable driving. What else can I try? [more inside]
Help me solve my transportation conundrum! [more inside]
You're driving from Michigan to Wisconsin, taking I-94 to I-90. You'll inevitably have to drive around Chicago, and want to stop for lunch or dinner somewhere in there. Where do you go? Difficulty level: no cheese-centric cuisine. [more inside]
Is this an insurance claim scam (i.e. purposefully intending to set up a rear-ending)? Is this because of the proliferation of hybrids that "drive differently"? I'm noticing it at least once a day now--maybe more-- mostly on city streets, and I've been driving for three decades. I think I'm noticing it in newer cars, hence the hybrid hypothesis. [more inside]
I lost my license to a medical suspense when I lived in Virginia. I currently live in Colorado. Which state laws do I have to follow? [more inside]
I was discussing my driving difficulties with an aunt, who told me that at least four other family members share these same traits. I am wondering what neurological or physiological issue might explain these traits. [more inside]
MotionX, the company who made my favorite GPS app, GPS Drive, has gotten out of the business of driving apps, citing an inability to compete with Apple and Google. I'm looking for a new app for iOS with a few specific features. [more inside]
Me, my husband, my dog, and my cat are all piling into two vehicles (our Prius and a moving truck) and driving 2000 miles. How do we keep from killing each other (especially the dog)? [more inside]
I want to drive around my city while an app tracks my route. As I pass certain buildings, I want to be able to touch a button that marks that location on the route, so that I can find those landmarks again later. Does something like this exist? [more inside]
This is going to be a first for us - an extended family road trip that's not entirely about driving overnight and getting to the destination ASAP. And so, we are turning to you for some help. [more inside]
We're in the US and are considering matching with an au pair from the UK. We need her to drive our kids. How hard is it to switch sides of the road when driving? Can we expect her to adjust to this quickly? [more inside]
I'm thinking of driving from Portland to Las Vegas in August in a 20-year-old car (1996 Nissan Altima) with 183,000 miles on it. Owning a car is still new to me so I'm trying to figure out if I'm being overly cautious. Would you make this drive? [more inside]
I’m considering driving for Uber in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am curious: If you are or have been a Uber driver, please tell me your experiences -- the good, the bad and the ugly. If you have been a Uber rider, I’m also curious about your experiences.
It occurred to me if you're making a right turn from, say, a parking lot, you would be in obvious conflict with someone in the left turn lane who decides to make a u turn (which you would have no way of knowing beforehand). When you're making a right on red or from a parking lot, do you usually wait for the left turn lane to be clear of cars? Or is that overkill? I never see people taking that precaution and I think lots of honking would result if you did.
Tomorrow night around 6pm, I am driving with my mom from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. My parents are watching the Weather Channel and FREAKING OUT that they think a coming storm is going to make our 1 hour drive impossible or *horribly dangerous.* Is this true? [more inside]
I took a complete driver training program in Toronto. I had a bad experience. I still need more lessons, but don't want to continue with this school. Can anyone recommend a good instructor who can take me out driving, for a reasonable rate? [more inside]
We're planning a honeymoon in March in Morocco. We'd like to rent a car there - are we overestimating our own abilities? [more inside]
I know it's not safe to make a left in front of a car that has stopped for you, or in front of backed up traffic, when entering the main road from a side street or parking lot since they are blocking your view. But that made me wonder about when there is cross hatching on the road specifically indicating to keep the intersection clear, and the backed up traffic is obeying those instructions. Will you turn left in such a situation? Or is that still unsafe? I have a hard time drawing the line between safe driving and just being a timid driver sometimes.
I'm looking for an excellent cat carrier in which to place my anxious, ridiculous fluff of a cat for long car rides. [more inside]
I'm driving from Memphis to Mobile next week and have 2-3 days to spare in between. What places should I see? [more inside]
My wife and I are heading to Puerto Rico for a few days, and plan to explore the island and see a couple baseball games. One is in Mayaguez, but it's only just occurred to me that means driving back to San Juan at probably a little before 10pm. We live in the middle of nowhere, so I'm used to hours-long drives home late after we do something in the city, but my only experience driving in PR is from San Juan to the rainforest, during the day. Are highway conditions OK for driving at night if I only have tourist Spanish and don't really know where I'm going? I'll have an iPhone, but should I spring for the GPS with the rental car?
Yesterday I had a rather disturbing encounter with a fellow suffering badly from road rage. Having worked as a commercial driver, I really don't understand what causes this? [more inside]
What's the best method of extricating yourself from a parallel parking spot when you're pointed downhill? [more inside]