Category: 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.

Shift the Transmission into Neutral, Part II

Since my previous article on an unintended acceleration incident, additional information has become available. Interviews with the driver, Lauri Ulvestad, confirm that, not only was she in contact with a police dispatcher, but that the dispatcher told her to, in fact shift the car into neutral. It didn’t work. Why is not addressed. She was then told to lift …

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Dazed and Confused: Automakers’ Education Dilemma

Drivers and automotive service personnel are often very different animals. But they share one trait. New technologies have them all dazed and confused: drivers trying to understand those technologies and service personnel saddled with trying to explain them, and getting it to stick. Despite years of failure, car companies continue to believe that education is …

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Shift the Transmission into Neutral…

A few days ago, there was yet another vehicle with a stuck accelerator. This one captured by a State Police dashcam. To her credit, the driver managed to avoid accidents at speeds in the neighborhood of 100 miles per hour. This all proved to be great fodder for a local news team, who insisted there …

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Automotive Warning Lights – Scrap a Useless System

Recent discussions in the automotive press have railed on the uselessness of the check engine light or called for an outright ban of the light. They’re on to something. Lets face it. The check engine light without the associated fault code or codes says nothing. However, in point of fact, the entire warning and indicator …

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The Trouble with Trifles: Keyless Ignition Headaches

The development of hybrid vehicles all but required a change in the way a car is started. A hybrid deems itself “Ready” (or not) with the ignition on, and the gasoline engine is started with a press of the gas pedal. Thus were born keyless ignition, or push button start, systems. Well what are perceived …

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