Category Archive: Articles & Commentaries

Discussions on topics of interest to drivers concerning things they may not understand about their vehicles as well as articles on the future of the auto industry.

Your Floor Mats Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

Young reality TV star Savannah Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best was recently seriously injured in a car accident. She is recovering nicely. The connection here is that she reported that the accident occurred when her floor mat got stuck behind the pedals of her car and she looked down to move them. She used the …

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A Warning Light When ESC Is Active? Who Needs it!

Warning lights and telltales generally share one thing in common: they activate when there is a problem with a vehicle function with one exception. The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) or Slip indicator. It is seen when the system is activated and doing its job as well as when there is a problem. That is, just …

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Killer Cars to Killer Loans, the Top of 2016

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The year 2016 was a roller coaster for the auto industry. Sales rode the edge of growth, finally to set a new record, and tariffs threaten manufacturing across the border. While most of the industry remains fixated on numbers and costs, other news occupied our time. Here are our personal top three stories of 2106. #3) …

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View from the Street: Do Salespeople Understand the Tech They Sell?

An article appeared recently in Automotive News that essentially asked if salespeople know the technology in the cars they are selling. As someone who was recently employed at an auto dealer, I can say that the short answer is all too often no. We’ll go with the long answer here. In the article, a vehicle …

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NHTSA Issues Distraction Guidelines: Industry Group Wets Itself

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued voluntary guidelines to device makers and app developers such as Apple, Google, etc., aimed at keeping drivers off their phones while actually driving. The Consumer Technology Association lost it, calling the guidelines “de-facto” regulations. Association CEO Gary Shapiro was quoted as saying, “NHTSA doesn’t have the …

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