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Things to do around Philadelphia with a car

We live in Philadelphia and just bought a car. Help us think of things to do and places to go outside of the city! [more inside]
posted by The Michael The on Sep 3, 2014 - 20 answers

Can I register a car in NY and drive it into Canada right away? How?

I'm leaving NYC on Friday and driving to Canada for 12 days. I have a rental booked, but also just bought a car out of state and had it delivered to a mechanic. They did a safety inspection and some minor work that will not be completed until Friday, the same day I need to leave. The car does not have temporary out of state tags or license plates but I have an appointment with the DMV on Thursday. If possible, I'd like to drive this vehicle to Canada but am very skeptical of the timeline. [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell on Jul 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Neighbors, drunk driving, and car damage - what to do?

How to get our unemployed and non-insured neighbors to pay for car damage? Our downstairs neighbors (we split a house) are borrowing an (uninsured) car from their friend over the summer. After getting super drunk early Mon, they somehow barrelled out of the garage, hitting our car and (we think) another car parked in the street. They didn't confess to hitting our car until we approached them with evidence and long after I had already filed a hit-and-run report.... [more inside]
posted by ch3ch2oh on Jul 9, 2014 - 34 answers

How to make driving more comfortable/fun?

My boyfriend drives a lot for work, maybe a couple of hours a day, a few days a week. I'm looking for things that will make his drive more comfortable. [more inside]
posted by brynna on Jul 9, 2014 - 26 answers

Filling out an insurance form given a lot of flux

What do I put on a car insurance quote form? I am moving (NJ/NY/CA), changing jobs, and going through at least 3 unique stages of driving frequency/behavior over the next few months. And it really feels like most of this isn't the insurance company's business. But clearly I need to put *something* in each field. :) Help? Here are my facts, what parts of this should be put into the form? Work 1) I've worked full time in NY for just over a year now 2) I am unemployed between now and the end of June and for most of August 3) I have a full time, residential job in NY during July 3) I'm interviewing for jobs in CA that will begin in late August/early September and have already gotten at least one offer. But I haven't made the choice yet and won't for at least another month. Location 1) I've lived in NJ for just over a year now 2) I'm buying a used car from a friend in NC (my home state) next week 3) But I'm moving to CA and the car will be parked in CA starting in July 4) I myself will be in NY for the duration of July 5) I will begin renting and driving in CA in August Driving Behavior 1) Between June 1st and June 30th, I'm doing quite a bit of inter-state driving, although not all at once. 2) I'm parking the car and not driving it at all in July 3) I'm using the car to commute in CA in August and beyond [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on May 20, 2014 - 4 answers

Moving violation ticket - shady, but isn't it just easier to just pay?

So, this is frustrating, but do we just have to suck it up? Partner was driving car at night about 15 miles an hour down a poorly lit and deserted intersection in San Francisco and got photographed by a police camera before the reached the crosswalk. They were so surprised, they did not come to a full stop as they made a rolling right turn at that 10-15 mph speed. They then got photographed again and a ticket for $500 for not stopping in the intersection. I do think that the first flash of the photograph is probably a shady trick to do exactly what happened - startle the driver into committing an error, but I'm tempted to just have them pay. They feel like they were ambushed by the bright flash and are scheduled to contest in court. What say you, hive mind - what would you do? [more inside]
posted by It's a Parasox on May 16, 2014 - 16 answers

To snow tire or not to snow tire?

We're driving in snowy weather for the first time in our lives. Do we need snow tires, or is it better to just get a new set of all weathers if we are spending the money? Cars are a Corolla and a Focus.
posted by chaiminda on Jan 5, 2014 - 33 answers

How might I squeeze a little extra mpg out of my old truck?

I've become mildly obsessed with trying to improve the fuel efficiency of my old truck. I've already done all the basic things and I realize that I'm fighting physics at this point, but what else might I consider if I wanted to make a bit of a hobby out of it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 19, 2013 - 28 answers

What should I keep in my truck's toolbox?

So I have an old truck. I'd like to hear your suggestions for tools, spare parts, fluids, etc that I should keep on hand in the truck either in case something goes wrong or in case I find myself having to do something tool-related while I'm out of the house. Hit me with your best suggestions! [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 5, 2013 - 20 answers

Airbag off by design with 100 pound passenger. What to do?

I frequently drive with an adult passenger who weighs about 100 pounds. The car is designed so the Passenger Airbag Off light turns on for a passenger under about 100 pounds, which the car assumes is a child. This isn't a defect. It's definitely by design. I'm concerned about safety with the airbag off. What to do? [more inside]
posted by cnc on Sep 17, 2013 - 16 answers

How should I cope when sharing a car with a dangerous driver?

I've recently had occasion to take a multi-hour drive with someone who who very consistently drove in a matter that felt very dangerous to me. There was a lot of tailgating, sudden lane changing, and more than a few last-second turns. I sat quietly in the back seat. [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first on Sep 5, 2013 - 24 answers

Help me become a better, more confident driver

Until very recently, I lived in a college town where having a car was completely unnecessary. Though I had my license, I rarely drove. I am now in a place where having a car isn't absolutely necessary, but more convenient. At my parents' behest, I also now have a car, which I'm very grateful for. However, there's such a mental block for me to drive said car that I haven't driven anywhere for over a week. Any suggestions to overcome this general avoidance of driving? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Jul 18, 2013 - 32 answers

Driving barefoot.

Is it a bad idea to drive barefoot? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Jun 23, 2013 - 35 answers

Help me, a mid-twenties licensed adult in NYC, finally learn to drive!

Help me learn to drive! What's a good driving school or private instructor in NYC for a mid-twenties guy who's never been comfortable driving? I have the next 10-15 days and $500 to get as many hours behind the wheel as possible. [more inside]
posted by yaymukund on Apr 26, 2013 - 9 answers

How can I be more zen about driving, when everyone wants to kill me?

I've had a particularly awful experience on Friday that made me pull over and cry for a few minutes. LA freeways are a nightmare, and I really need ideas on how to internally deal with assholes on the road, and repeated incidents of dangerous aggression. I don't know how everyone else does it! [more inside]
posted by Tequila Mockingbird on Feb 16, 2013 - 47 answers

Help with minor accident.

My car slid into a pole on a slippery street. What now? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Feb 6, 2013 - 9 answers

How do you take the driving test in Maryland if you don't have a car?

I want to get my driver's licence but I don't have a car. What are my options in Maryland? Are their provisions for this?
posted by josher71 on Jan 31, 2013 - 17 answers

Is Bali drivable?

We're planning a trip next year and will be staying (for free!) near Lovina on the North-central coast. We'd like to rent a car for the week and day-trip to see the other parts of the island. Is this realistic and/or advisable? How are the roads in reality? [more inside]
posted by scottatdrake on Jan 16, 2013 - 8 answers

What. The hell. Did I do.

Driving home this afternoon, I spun my car 360 degrees. I have no idea what happened. Please help me figure out what it was so that it never, ever, dear god ever happens again. [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Dec 15, 2012 - 24 answers

How much extra safety would a crash helmet offer a highway driver wearing a seatbelt?

How much extra safety would a crash helmet offer a highway driver wearing a seatbelt? [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Dec 5, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me be a better driver

Please help me become a better driver. Recently, I rear-ended a car while driving on a local road and it was raining at that time. This is a wake up call for me. I have to pay ~$2000 for car body repair and my insurance premium will go up. We are only lucky that nobody was hurt (my kids were in carseats and not harmed). I need tips on how to be a better driver. [more inside]
posted by akomom on Nov 11, 2012 - 49 answers

How do I get the most mileage out of my manual-transmission car?

Can you help me understand, once and for all, what I need to do to get the best mileage out of my manual-transmission car? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 2, 2012 - 27 answers

How often do I really need to drive my car?

How often do I really need to drive my car? (goal: keeping the battery charged, engine happy, etc.) [more inside]
posted by dizziest on Sep 11, 2012 - 17 answers

Pitfalls or advice for a family of 4 driving a rental car from upstate NY to FL right before X-mas?

Got any advice or pitfall warnings for a family of 4 who may be driving a rental car from upstate NY to St. Augustine, FL, on December 22-23 (weekend)? [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y on Aug 20, 2012 - 15 answers

How dangerous is a flaming car?

If a car becomes engulfed in flames, will it eventually explode like it does in the movies? [more inside]
posted by gentian on Jun 30, 2012 - 20 answers

Buying a minivan....

Looking to buy a used minivan and need recommendations and resource suggestions. If anyone reading this is currently driving a minivan and would like to mention what they like or dislike about it, I'd love your input and recommendations. Also, is there a site that charts what the most reliable, low-maintenance fuel efficient models were, from years 2006-2011? [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 21, 2012 - 9 answers

How to teach an adult beginner how to drive?

What's the best way for me to teach a beginner how to drive? [more inside]
posted by schmichael on May 19, 2012 - 31 answers

What is the best way to drive in traffic? --bumper-to-bumper or allowing some space?

What is the best way to drive in traffic in order to smooth out the flow and get to your destination quickly? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres on Apr 27, 2012 - 21 answers

Relearning to drive

I've got some questions about driving after a hiatus of several years. [more inside]
posted by pavane on Apr 26, 2012 - 14 answers

Driving without a (copy of my) driver's license

I'm taking a road trip from New Mexico to Washington state tonight and tomorrow. Although I am officially licensed to drive by the state of Colorado, I don't have a physical copy of my driver's license. What are the dangers of driving without a copy of my license, and how can I minimize them? [more inside]
posted by koeselitz on Mar 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me block out the sun!

I need a way to block sunlight (UVA/UVB) on the driver's side window of a car while I'm driving. Difficulty: I'm driving. [more inside]
posted by vorfeed on Mar 15, 2012 - 18 answers

We've got a car now, so what should we do in the next week to "test drive" our new lifestyle?

We've got a car now, so what should we do in the next week to "test drive" our new lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly on Mar 8, 2012 - 13 answers

Just me, my FJ, and the highway.

Help me make it through 2 days of driving alone! [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Feb 12, 2012 - 48 answers

What do you do when you're hit by someone without a driver's license or insurance?

My car was rear ended last night and it's starting to look like the guy who hit me does not have a driver's license or insurance. So I'm not really sure what my next move is. [more inside]
posted by dhammond on Nov 13, 2011 - 20 answers

Looking for a Lunch Break on Our Drive North?

We are looking for the best food-related stops on our drive from Washington D.C. to central Connecticut. [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Nov 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Road Trippin' questions. Driving from Denver, CO to Blue River, OR, down through California and back to CO. Here's the link to my tentative map.

Road Trippin' questions. Driving from Denver, CO to Blue River, OR, down through California and back to CO. Here's the link to my tentative map. [more inside]
posted by no bueno on Jun 18, 2011 - 17 answers

What movie has this car scene?

What movie has this scene? A guy loosely holds a handkerchief/piece of paper out a car window and talks about how he likes to see how loose he can hold on to something important without losing it. [more inside]
posted by slashee on Apr 5, 2011 - 4 answers

What I'm looking for is the Mario Andretti of everything.

How would I track down someone who holds the most or at least multiple licenses for driving? Ideally someone who's legally cleared to drive anything from a motorcycle to a locomotive. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Feb 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Professional offroad driving for power-chair user in UK?

I'm looking for a professional offroad driving facility in the UK that caters - well and without fuss - for disabled people and particularly for power-chair users. [more inside]
posted by vogel on Feb 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Intensive driving course = stupid idea?

I have to take two weeks off work in the next two months, and thought it would be a great idea to learn to drive. I've heard of 'intensive courses', which would theorically let you pass the driving test after 40+ hours -- in more or less 7 days. But! I'm not sure this is a great idea... (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Sijeka on Jan 30, 2011 - 10 answers

Help a city-slicker drive safely in the Pacific Northwest

How are the roads outside of Seattle in October? [more inside]
posted by larthegreat on Oct 10, 2010 - 21 answers

Do I need to change my car's fluids before this trip? Which ones? Anything else?

Taking my car (previously mentioned here) on a cross-country road trip on Saturday. Need some more advice. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Sep 1, 2010 - 21 answers

Cos I'm Freeeeeeeee

I'm looking for scenes in movies / TV shows where the characters are singing whilst driving. [more inside]
posted by jontyjago on Jul 31, 2010 - 57 answers

Please help me with a car problem

Doing 60mph on an incline, I pressed down on the accelerator and nothing happened. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 31, 2010 - 16 answers

Go West! ... then north.

What should I see and do on a roadtrip to northern BC? [more inside]
posted by ouchitburns on May 20, 2010 - 6 answers

A few volts here, a few amps there, and before you know it there might be nothing left!

Does leaving my phone's car charger plugged in to the car at all times significantly drain my car's battery? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on May 20, 2010 - 22 answers

Road trip best practices.

Roadtrip: Kansas City, MO to Fayetteville, NC [more inside]
posted by julie_of_the_jungle on Apr 19, 2010 - 6 answers

How to defog the windows without air-conditioning?

How do I de-fog my windshield without air-conditioning on a cold, rainy day? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist on Mar 30, 2010 - 28 answers

Optimal minimum driving

I have a car I don't use much, how much should I make myself drive it so that it doesn't fall into disrepair? [more inside]
posted by wrok on Mar 7, 2010 - 13 answers

What will protect my car from my garage?

Our new car is slightly larger than our old car. We have the same narrow one-car garage. It's a bit of a panic every time we make the sharp turn from the alley into the garage and suck in to avoid the edges. Sometimes it doesn't quite work. What can we use as corner padding on the edges to protect our parking miscues? [more inside]
posted by davebug on Mar 2, 2010 - 10 answers

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