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Why are drivers appearing to stop short more regularly now?

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]
posted by RaRa-SpaceRobot on May 13, 2016 - 31 answers

When can I get my license back

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]
posted by bigbadbehr on May 3, 2016 - 2 answers

What could neurologically account for my difficulty with driving?

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]
posted by JoannaC on Apr 28, 2016 - 36 answers

New GPS app for iOS

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]
posted by IndigoRain on Apr 25, 2016 - 8 answers

Prius Penske Canine Cat

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]
posted by meese on Apr 19, 2016 - 17 answers

Does this app exist?

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]
posted by southern_sky on Apr 15, 2016 - 7 answers

Cool Things between Charlotte and College Station

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]
posted by daikaisho on Feb 10, 2016 - 12 answers

Driving on the other side of the road?

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]
posted by handful of rain on Jan 26, 2016 - 41 answers

How comfortable would you be making this drive?

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]
posted by Automocar on Jan 21, 2016 - 35 answers

What's it like to drive for Uber?

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.
posted by maurreen on Jan 16, 2016 - 14 answers

Right turns and u turns

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.
posted by theshire on Jan 9, 2016 - 23 answers

New Mexico Driving Advice re: Tomorrow's "Storm"?

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]
posted by aoleary on Jan 7, 2016 - 8 answers

I need a good driving instructor in Toronto

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]
posted by JoannaC on Jan 7, 2016 - 6 answers

Driving in Morocco

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]
posted by kingoftonga86 on Dec 23, 2015 - 7 answers

Left turns from side streets and parking lots

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.
posted by theshire on Dec 13, 2015 - 5 answers

Cromulent cat carrier

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]
posted by k8lin on Dec 8, 2015 - 14 answers

Memphis to Mobile - what places to see in between?

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]
posted by deern the headlice on Nov 18, 2015 - 13 answers

How are Puerto Rico's highways for night driving?

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?
posted by aaronetc on Nov 10, 2015 - 9 answers

Why does driving make people angry?

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]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Oct 18, 2015 - 37 answers

Flatlander Problems

What's the best method of extricating yourself from a parallel parking spot when you're pointed downhill? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Sep 29, 2015 - 16 answers

Advice on driving around Georgia (the country, not the state)

I'm headed to Georgia on vacation in a few weeks. We're thinking of renting a car in Tblisi and traveling around the countryside- to Stepantsminda and Mtskheta. I'd appreciate any advice on driving in Georgia! Do we need to rent a 4 wheel drive? Or are the roads good enough that we can just use a regular economy-sized car? Thank you!
posted by b_alex_a on Aug 17, 2015 - 3 answers

How can I deal with anxieties about learning to drive as an adult?

I am 38 years old. I have to learn how to drive. I am absolutely terrified. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Aug 10, 2015 - 37 answers

Beyond License Plate Bingo

What do you do to stay entertained on a long road trip? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Aug 7, 2015 - 24 answers

Driving from Seattle to Alaska - best route?

I want to drive from Seattle and 'get to' Alaska, just so I can say I've been there. So-- no particular PLACE in Alaska, but officially "in Alaska". I want to drive, not fly. What's the more scenic place to enter Alaska-- Northway, or Haines? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Aug 5, 2015 - 12 answers

Any thoughts on a Euro-road trip in October?

northern Italy, southern Germany and Austria - what is a must see? [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson on Aug 2, 2015 - 9 answers

Driving from DC to Wilmington: Queer family filter

My little queer family is driving down to the Wilmington, NC area from the DC area and we are looking for tips for places to stop every few hours (small kids) that are also "safe" for a very visibly queer family. [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Jul 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Fun parts to not drive be on a freeway from St. Louis to Chicago?

We're renting a tiny sports car and driving from Chicago to St. Louis and back on a 5 day weekend to visit some family. On the way back I would love to take the car off the freeway and maybe drive around some corners. [more inside]
posted by Uncle on Jul 9, 2015 - 13 answers

The Best of Virginia Wine Country: Vineyards edition

What are your favorite vineyards (the vineyard property, not just the wines they produce) in the northern Virginia area, specifically Fauquier County and Rappahannock County? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Jul 8, 2015 - 2 answers

A few points of concern about driving for an anxious person

I struggle with anxiety and ocd and this can make it hard sometimes for me to tell the difference between safe and overly cautious driving. An outside perspective would be extremely helpful. And yes, I am receiving treatment for the aforementioned issues. [more inside]
posted by theshire on Jun 13, 2015 - 14 answers

Pay $100 more for a UK car rental with an automatic transmission?

I'm renting a car in England this summer and I'm a little anxious about driving on the opposite side. Added to my concern is left-hand shifting. I don't know if left-hand shifting is difficult to master... especially in an airport carpark. Should I pay the extra $100 to get an automatic or am I worrying too much?
posted by Bushmiller on Jun 6, 2015 - 18 answers

Three day professional driving courses in Africa?

I'm interested in paying for a professional driving course (2-3 days) for my Dad. He's a experienced normal driver who has done one or two super casual track days. He's interested in taking his skills to the next level, particularly doing some higher-speed track driving with an instructor. Any recommendations for what I should be searching for? Complexity level: in South Africa or Kenya. [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on May 24, 2015 - 5 answers

Very specific driving advice needed, ABQ to Smyer TX and back

My wife and I will be in eastern NM/NW TX from Friday to Sunday for a funeral. We will have a Mustang convertible, a tight time schedule, and a first-timers perspective to the area. We need some good advice. [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Apr 29, 2015 - 4 answers

Best driving school in Manhattan, NYC?

Looking for a good, reliable driving school in Manhattan. Have checked Yelp and come up with a couple of names, but there are some negative reviews of all of them, including criticisms such as the school taking your money and then not having enough instructor times available. This is for a 22-year-old first-time driver who does not have a car available and will need to hire the school for lessons plus driving him to test at the end.
posted by DMelanogaster on Apr 27, 2015 - 3 answers

Best Driving Route from Vegas to Boston

Leaving for Boston in 7 hours. Should I drive Vegas to Albuquerque or Vegas to Denver? Driving a small 2 seater if that matters. Trying to avoid bad weather. Leaving at 8am Vegas time. Won't drive after dark. Any tips on best route to Cambridge would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
posted by camfys on Apr 22, 2015 - 7 answers

Best way to get a driver's license in Ontario?

I'm finally getting off of my ass and getting my driver's license after 20+ years of not needing or having one. Some friends have recommended Young Drivers as the best way to get the training necessary to pass the test (and learn how to drive) but it's pretty expensive ($1000+ the last time I checked). Does anyone have any other suggestions for someone like me who knows mostly nothing about driving? [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch on Apr 2, 2015 - 8 answers

Ambulances and civilian drivers: a traffic etiquette question!

The other day, I was driving home from work and an ambulance was coming up from behind. I didn't pull over because it didn't seem useful, a nearby motorcyclist chewed me out through my open window: "You're supposed to pull over when there's an ambulance!!" Due to the not-so-snowflakey details inside, I'm struggling to understand what the right thing to do would've been. [more inside]
posted by witchen on Mar 26, 2015 - 52 answers

How do I pass my driving test after multiple fails?

Several yrs ago I failed my test a monumental.. 9 times. The first couple of times I wasn't arced as it seemed within a normal range. Then I had the same examiner 3 times on the trot (who obviously recognised me because I'd failed before) I suspect this was one of the things that threw me. I feel there was nothing I didn't try - I tried a hypnotist/beta blockers/NLP/different instructors/Acupuncture/An intense course. Everyone finds it HILARIOUS.. except me. I've probably spent 7,000 pounds. [more inside]
posted by tanktop on Mar 24, 2015 - 40 answers

Rear ended- how do I move on?

YANMD or ML. I was rear ended this morning, with minimal damage to my car. How worried should I be about physical injuries, and how can I get past my fear that every car behind me is going to hit me? [more inside]
posted by casualinference on Mar 20, 2015 - 17 answers

Street Navigation App for Android Tablet: Italy edition

We spend a few months in Italy each year, and duplicate our lives from Australia over there. Last year we purchased a second-hand car, and find it really useful to use a GPS for navigation. Our TelCo also gave us two Samsung Note 3 Android Tablets. We have smartphones and iPads, and are hoping to use the android tablet in the vehicle for navigation when required. Would Google Maps be the best? There is the provision for SIM cards in the Samsung, however I would probably prefer to link it to a portable hotspot if needed. PREFERABLY a navigation app for Italy which works well off-line. Any suggestions? TIA
posted by Flashduck on Mar 20, 2015 - 2 answers

How do I get rid of this driving anxiety?

I am suffering driving anxiety but not sure how to fix it. I'm looking for ideas on how to proceed. Extended (long) details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2015 - 9 answers

Calling All Road Scholars!

I'm trying to decide between two routes from Columbia, MD to Scranton, PA. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by tckma on Mar 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Should we drive or take the train in Europe?

We are finalizing our plans for our honeymoon, and we're wondering whether train or car travel would be the best approach. [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved on Mar 4, 2015 - 15 answers

Experiencing extreme fatigue after driving

If I drive for about an hour, city or highway, I am extremely tired when I get to my destination. This happens during times of day when I am otherwise perfectly alert. I usually have no problem staying awake during the day, but if I have to drive, my body is screaming for a nap afterwards. [more inside]
posted by triceryclops on Mar 4, 2015 - 11 answers

Best (least treacherous) driving route over the Rockies?

Driving from Cincinnati to Portland near the end of March. Bit concerned about the mountain passes in late winter. The basic options are I-80 to Salt Lake, then on to I-84. Or a more northern route through S. Dakota and Montana on I-90 into Washington before heading southwest. Both drives would be ~34-35 hours—any compelling reasons to choose one over the other?
posted by cramer on Feb 26, 2015 - 15 answers

Advice on brighter car headlights?

I just replaced my 1995 300zx turbo's burned-out headlights with some cheap factory 9006 bulbs and can barely see anything at night. I don't want to get HIDs but would like to find a headlight that actually illuminates the road and makes driving safer. I've narrowed it down to three options: Philips X-treme Vision, Philips HIR2 9012, or Sylvania SilverStar Ultra (which I may rule out, because apparently they burn out really quickly). Does anyone have any advice on these, or any other suggestions? I do plan to clean out the headlights as well, if there's anything to clean out.
posted by roxie110 on Feb 25, 2015 - 6 answers

60 miles of driving before smog test?

Today I took my car in for a smog test. Apparently it was passing all of the steps, but one of the final ones (maybe the final one?) kept malfunctioning. [more inside]
posted by tan_coul on Feb 23, 2015 - 6 answers

Why don't drivers use their turn signals?

Why don't drivers at least in California don't use their turn signals? [more inside]
posted by Mac-Expert on Jan 23, 2015 - 62 answers

Should I drive or fly from Baltimore to Nashville and Knoxville Tenessee

Should I drive or fly from Baltimore to Nashville and Knoxville Tenessee? [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Jan 20, 2015 - 12 answers

Question about Ontario driving records

I would like to buy a used car, drive it all summer (commuting to a short-term job), then sell it. I'm a newish driver, first car, first time getting auto insurance. Recently I got a major traffic ticket, for which I've already requested a trial. It's likely I'll be done with the car before the trial date arrives. How will this pending ticket affect my insurance? Also, I don't know if my infraction is potentially worth demerit points- how would I find that out? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Jan 20, 2015 - 4 answers

Hiring in-home help for someone with Parkinson's: where do I start?

My mom is 65 years old and has Parkinson's. She lives alone in a large 2 story home with large yard, all of which requires a lot of maintenance work. Physically she is getting worse (more frequent falling) as well as mentally (confused about day to day details and recent conversations, etc). She still drives, and has gotten in multiple small accidents (with inanimate objects like signs). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2015 - 14 answers

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