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What are your proven ways to stay safe on the roads these days?

How do you stay safe while barrelling down the highway in a tin can? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Jul 1, 2014 - 41 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

What can I do about soft brakes on my car?

I have a newly acquired 2007 Lexus ES350 sedan. It was my dad's, it is in excellent shape, has been well maintained, and has 50,000 miles on it. I drove a 2003 Lexus before this and had a similar issue to the one I'm having on the 2007, which is that the brakes are just too soft for my tastes. It seems it is part of Lexus' "feel" to keep the ride smooth but I really dislike that I have to press so far and so early to get a good stop. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Apr 22, 2014 - 5 answers

nyc speeding ticket - should I fight it?

Hello - just got a speeding ticket in manhattan (44 in a 30 zone). *I haven't had a ticket or violation of any kind in over 5 years (actually over 10 years). *honestly I was just passing an erratically driving bozo in front of me *it came out to $200, ouch. (plus probably 12% increase in insurance, which would come out to $80 to $100 per year). Ouch. Is this worth fighting? I'd wind up in tvb-land (harlem dmv office on 125th, i'm pretty sure). The cop got me on radar. I know it sounds like a lost cause - but would my spectacularly safe previous driving record, and that I was just passing a guy, help me at all? Is it worth trying? Whats your experience? Could I negotiate down to a non-moving violation based on the above? I've read elsewhere that having a clean previous record as I do can help? thanks for any advice.
posted by jak68 on Apr 1, 2014 - 6 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

When is E85 worth it in a FlexFuel vehicle?

Our vanpool just switched to a 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan. It's a FlexFuel vehicle and we'd like to know when/if it makes sense to use E85 fuel. We live in Minnesota. Our typical commute is 40 miles at highway speeds. Environmental concerns will be weighed, but so will economical ones.
posted by advicepig on Oct 9, 2013 - 8 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

Reluctant commitment-phobe driver seeks short term bulletproof wheels.

Can you help me solve my rapidly deteriorating transportation situation? I am a car dependent person who hates everything about cars, and my relatively beloved 1985 Mercedes 300 seems to have finally had it. In spite of the child's voice in my head screaming I DON'T WANT TO, I need to figure out how I'm going to get myself to and from work...maybe too many details below! Personal experience with car lease takeovers as well as general life advice about solving this problem like a grown up especially welcome! [more inside]
posted by justjess on Jun 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Visitors to L.A: Was traffic better or worse than you expected?

I reply to a fair number of L.A. travel questions here and many of the answers (including mine) often contain dire warnings about traffic. This happens even if traffic isn't directly related to the question being asked. So, visitors to our fair city, how bad was the traffic really, and what information/advice can I give to newbie LA tourists who drive? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Apr 29, 2013 - 60 answers

get it right

Any MeFites with experience adjusting to an imported right hand drive vehicle? [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Oct 25, 2012 - 19 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

Is NJ gas better than Massachusetts gas?

New Jersey gasoline is more efficient than Massachusetts gasoline? I seem to get much better gas mileage with both my cars when they are filled up in NJ. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello on Jul 26, 2012 - 23 answers

Road Trip Filter: Ithaca, Buffalo, Niagara Falls

I am going on a road trip next week that will include Ithaca, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and points in between. I'd love some suggestions of fun, amazing, quirky, or air conditioned things to do along the way. We'll be coordinating rest stops so any 'in between' suggestions would be especially appreciated. Moderately physically active OK, strenuous not so much. Trip includes very small children.
posted by bq on Jul 21, 2011 - 22 answers

Explain driving and cars.

Tell me about driving and about cars. [more inside]
posted by tumid dahlia on Jun 16, 2011 - 37 answers

Learning to love Austin, TX

How do I learn to love where I live? (South Austin,TX) [more inside]
posted by raccoon409 on May 24, 2011 - 27 answers

How do I develop spatial awareness for my car?

I'm learning to drive and I need your tips on sensing car position. [more inside]
posted by mossicle on May 2, 2011 - 23 answers

Panic attacks while driving!

I am terrified of driving cars. I don't have much experience driving (lived in a large city and used public transportation until recently). I find myself thinking that I will get into a car accident every time I get into the car. It is especially bad on the highway, and I even experience shortness of breath and major anxiety while on the highway. Help! [more inside]
posted by Equiprimordial on Apr 13, 2011 - 22 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

Is cruising in neutral really saving me gas?

I drive a 2003 Manual-Transmission Honda Element, and I've gotten into the habit of shifting into neutral at every opportunity, usually when I'm at the top of a large hill. I do this under the impression that this is saving me gas, but I'm curious about the specifics. [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Oct 13, 2010 - 24 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

Mythbust supermarket petrol for me, please.

Is supermarket petrol bad for my car? [more inside]
posted by Lorc on Aug 30, 2009 - 14 answers

What's important before a road test?

Road test in Toronto (G1 exit for those familiar with Ontario's graduated permits). I've never taken a road test before and want to know what specific little details they look for that people commonly forget. [more inside]
posted by thenormshow on Jul 12, 2009 - 13 answers

help me learn to drive a car

I don't drive and I need to figure out how. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Jun 10, 2009 - 16 answers

Need to become a driver, fast, for Californian job

29 year old UK resident without a driver's license and I've just been offered a six month job swap in California from later this year. How do I best go about procuring a license in the UK and then a car in the US? [more inside]
posted by Molesome on Aug 4, 2008 - 14 answers

On your bumper and accelerating

Why to people tailgate on the interstate? [more inside]
posted by quin on Jul 23, 2008 - 50 answers

Am I destroying my clutch?

Is it bad to keep my clutch pedal pushed all the way in as I brake for stop signs and turns? Should I instead shift to neutral, let the pedal out, and then shift back into gear when I need it? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I on Jun 20, 2008 - 33 answers

How do I teach someone to drive?

Tips for teaching someone to drive who is not familiar with USA car culture? [more inside]
posted by selfmedicating on May 21, 2008 - 22 answers

Help me increase my milage.

Will I save gas by turning my car off at long red lights? [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher on Feb 27, 2008 - 38 answers

Should I drive and get the car, or pay to have it shipped?

Should I drive from Austin to Minneapolis to pick up a free car, and then drive it back to Austin spending approximately $380 on hotels and gas, or should I pay $750 to get the car shipped? [more inside]
posted by jeffxl on Dec 25, 2007 - 15 answers

How's I-70 in January?

Can I make it through Colorado? [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Dec 16, 2007 - 12 answers

Incredibly ignorant automobile question, and such bad timing, too

The "check tire inflation" warning light just on my dashboard is on. Am I safe to drive to Thanksgiving dinner? [more inside]
posted by arianell on Nov 22, 2007 - 23 answers

What's wrong with Ludwig's Van?

Help me figure out what's wrong with my old crappy van. [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Nov 1, 2007 - 9 answers

Help me conquer my fear of driving

I need to learn to drive, but the idea scares the crap out of me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 12, 2007 - 33 answers

Tips on driving standard?

I've recently purchased a standard because I used to drive one and loved it, but I've never really been properly trained in how to drive one. The car I bought is much more powerful than the one I've learned on, and I'd appreciate some answers to a few questions and any general tips you've got to help me get the most of out my new clutch (and car). [more inside]
posted by patr1ck on Sep 21, 2007 - 37 answers

Help a hick drive out of the sticks.

What are your best tips and techniques for driving in a big city? [more inside]
posted by barchan on Aug 27, 2007 - 52 answers

My tank's on empty.

I'm afraid of the Interstate. What can I do about this fear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2007 - 22 answers

Failure to stop and render aid

Do I have to stop and render aid when witnessing an accident? [more inside]
posted by chitlin on Apr 2, 2007 - 16 answers

Should I go easy on potholes or speed right over them?

[Dynamics Filter] Is it less damaging to the wheels to hit a pothole at higher or lower speeds? [more inside]
posted by AnyGuelmann on Mar 6, 2007 - 19 answers

Learn to Drive in 30 (-13) Days

Seventeen days to become a licensed driver and buy a used car. Can I do it? How? [more inside]
posted by dmaterialized on Nov 27, 2006 - 17 answers

How can I improve my parking skills?

I am horrible at parking:-( Thanks to the great advice in this thread, I was able to pass my driver's test. Unfortunately, my parking skills are all over the map. Is this something that will improve with more practice, or are there certain tricks and techniques that I should know? [more inside]
posted by Esther Festers on Jun 30, 2006 - 23 answers

Can I get a driver's license without a car?

Is it possible to get a driver's license without a car? [more inside]
posted by IshmaelGraves on May 9, 2006 - 12 answers

Is the 3,000-mile oil change a scam?

Is the 3,000-mile oil change a scam? [more inside]
posted by holgate on Dec 29, 2005 - 24 answers

How do I get over driving fears?

I live in L.A. I'm terrified of, and suck at, driving; can I improve? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Oct 25, 2005 - 20 answers

to park, perchance to dream

What's a good safe place to park a car for maybe 4 days along the I-80 corridor, south/west of Davis CA and north/east of the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by luriete on Sep 7, 2005 - 3 answers

More people throwing trash from car windows?

CigaretteFilter -- Lately I notice a LOT more pig-people throwing cigarette butts and other trash from their car windows. Is it just me noticing? If not, WTF?
posted by ZenMasterThis on Sep 2, 2005 - 24 answers

Waiting for a Mini Cooper

AutomotiveFilter: Adult (over 35) learning to drive for the first time. The car of my dreams, a Mini Cooper, would be waitlisted approximately 11 months. What to do in the meantime? More inside. [more inside]
posted by matildaben on Feb 2, 2005 - 16 answers

What are your best habits and techniques for safe, defensive driving?

What are your best habits and techniques for safe, defensive driving? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Nov 1, 2004 - 48 answers

Preparing for a Road Trip

Road trip help please! Can my car survive a 7 hour drive? And what I can do to improve survivability? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by mcsweetie on Feb 10, 2004 - 8 answers

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