To Use or Not to Use Cruise Control in the Rain

NHTSA

Should speed or cruise control be used on wet roads. Curiously, we have seen this question answered more anecdotally than directly by the automotive community. Its frankly a safety issue, and thus deserves more attention than it has received. So first, the answer is no, do NOT use speed control on wet roads. Now we’ll …

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A Crazy Challenge for Manufacturers to Benefit New Drivers

Teen driver

We want to throw a truly crazy challenge at automakers. It falls out an item we saw in Consumer Reports, so we’ll start there. Every year, they put together a list of the best used cars for teens, and they did so again this year in late January. They range in price from a low …

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Why Do People Keep Flashing Their Lights??

We’d like to cover a relatively common phenomenon we all encounter – on one side or the other. Under certain circumstances, someone may flash their lights or high beams at you, or you may be moved to flash your lights at another driver. First up, and we’ll repeat this again later, never ever pull over …

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General Motors Gets Kudos for Landfill-free Facilities

Landfill-free facilities

We want to take a moment to give a car maker a pat on the back. We’ve spent more that a little time on General Motors case for a lack of standardization with its keyless start cars as well as inaccurate information owner’s manuals. Now the company gets a little back. On February 28, GM …

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A Plea to NHTSA to Simplify Nomenclature

On February 14, 2018, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator Heidi King testified before the House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee on Energy and Commerce. Among the topics was NHTSA’s goal of safe testing and deployment of Automated Driving Systems, and in the question and answer session noted that a simplification …

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