22 Blog Posts From January 2008

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Tires

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist You probably know tires are made of rubber — but how much more do you know? Here’s a run-through of some important tire-related terminology: 1) Aspect ratio This technical-sounding term refers to the relationship between the width of a tire and the height of the tire’s sidewall. High-performance “low profile” […]

Do Speeding Tickets Deter Drivers From Speeding?

The oos has long held that drivers will travel at a speed that is reasonable to them regardless of the speed limit. With arbitrarily low speed limits in place across much of the country, it’s no surprise that the majority of drivers choose to travel above the speed limit. The response of government has always […]

Legislator Legislates A Faster Ride Home

Just in case you were living under the illusion that traffic laws are set by trained professionals (traffic engineers) and not politicians, here comes a story from TheNewspaper.com that is sure to change your mind: Just one day after Kentucky’s new Secretary of Transportation, Joe Prather, assumed control of traffic issues in the state, the […]

Virginia’s “Abuser Fees” Get Dumped… For The Moment

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Sometimes, the frog leaps before he’s cooked. Remember the story about the frog and the pot of boiling water? So long as you raise the water temperature gradually, Mr. Frog doesn’t notice the increasing temperature until it’s too late too get away. The analogy is used to convey, in easy […]

8 Traffic Stop Safety Tips For Women

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Traffic stops are no fun irrespective of your sex — but probably, they’re a bit more stressful (and potentially dangerous) for women than for men — especially at night and especially when the stop takes place on a rural/not-well-traveled road… and it’s just you and the cop. If it is, […]