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LA Official Is Starting to Get Fed Up With Waze's Habit of Directing Drivers Down a Death Slalom LA Official Is Starting to Get Fed Up With Waze's Habit of Directing Drivers Down a Death Slalom

A Los Angeles city councilman alleges that Google is still refusing to fix Waze, its GPS software, so that it stops routing drivers down a dangerous 32 percent grade street, Ars Technica writes.

What to Do When You Get Pulled Over In Another Country What to Do When You Get Pulled Over In Another Country

Getting pulled over in America is already nerve-wracking, but when it happens somewhere far from home it can be even scarier. Laws are different, customs vary, and you may have to pay a fine on the spot. Here’s what you need to know before you get behind the wheel outside of the U.S.

Do You Need Special Car Rental Insurance When Driving Abroad? Do You Need Special Car Rental Insurance When Driving Abroad?

With so many types of driving coverage, either from your personal car insurance or your credit cards, it’s hard to tell what insurance covers what when you drive a rental car. It gets even more complicated when you want to rent a car abroad. Here’s what you need to know.

Don’t Use Gordon Ramsay's Trick to Get Out of Speeding Tickets Don’t Use Gordon Ramsay's Trick to Get Out of Speeding Tickets

Follow Gordon Ramsay’s cooking hacks, not his traffic hacks. Ramsay claims (or jokes) that he covers his license plates in plastic wrap so he can avoid traffic cameras when he speeds his Ferrari around L.A. in the middle of the night. This, is, of course, illegal in California, as in many states. It also might not…

A Guide To How You Should Buy Winter Tires A Guide To How You Should Buy Winter Tires

Winter is officially here and that means it’s time for winter tires. It might seem like a great expense—if the tires on my car weren’t made for all seasons, why do they call them all season tires?—but trust us, they’re worth it. Really. Not sure which kind is best? Here’s what you need to know before buying some.

How to Rock Your Car Out of a Snowbank How to Rock Your Car Out of a Snowbank

The morning after a big snowfall here in Brooklyn, us city-dwellers always awake to the same awful, desperate noise: The sound of a million New Yorkers trying to pull their cars out of parking spaces that haven’t been adequately shoveled out. This means an ongoing high-pitched whirring of tires and revving of engines,…

There Is an Insufficient Variety of Windshield Wiper Speeds There Is an Insufficient Variety of Windshield Wiper Speeds

Ever driven through the rain? If not, you are not old enough to be reading this “R rated” blog. If so—read on....

Tailgating Officially Makes Traffic Worse, Jerks Tailgating Officially Makes Traffic Worse, Jerks

If you’ve ever encountered a “phantom traffic jam,” or traffic slowdown that doesn’t seem to have an apparent cause, it was probably some jackwagon tailgating somebody. Researchers at MIT found that not only does tailgating not get you anywhere faster, it actually creates traffic jams that shouldn’t exist.

How to Survive Deadly Black Ice On Winter Roads How to Survive Deadly Black Ice On Winter Roads

Black ice is nearly impossible to see, can form almost anywhere on the road, and has the potential to send your vehicle careening into oncoming traffic. It’s bad news. Here’s how you can spot that nasty black ice and avoid accidents when you hit the road during the holidays.

Some Brilliant Toronto Residents Fixed This Intersection With Chalk And Leaves Some Brilliant Toronto Residents Fixed This Intersection With Chalk And Leaves

Where Regal Road and Springmount Avenue meet in Toronto, there’s quite a bit of pavement, and, importantly, all-way stop signs. The problem is that not a lot of drivers stop, probably in part because of all that space, and because it’s a rush-hour alternative to busy streets nearby. Some residents recently took it…

The Most Common Causes of Car Crashes The Most Common Causes of Car Crashes

As you drive along the road to grandma’s house this holiday season, safety should be your number one priority. No one wants their holiday marred by something like a totaled car or hurt family members. These are the types of accidents that happen to drivers the most, as well as how you can easily avoid them.

Silence Annoying Gas Pump TV Ads With This Button Silence Annoying Gas Pump TV Ads With This Button

Some newer gas station pumps have small TVs built into them that blast ads, or even worse, the news at full volume. Here’s how you can turn that sound off and pump gas in peace.

This Is Probably Why You See So Many Shoes on the Highway This Is Probably Why You See So Many Shoes on the Highway

Ever seen a pair of shoes on the road and wondered how in the heck they got there? No, it’s not the remnants of some horrible accident. There are actually some pretty simple explanations.

What Angry Big City Drivers Can Learn From The Rest Of Us What Angry Big City Drivers Can Learn From The Rest Of Us

I grew up in Northeast Ohio, where driving, like in most of the non-urbanized and subway-ified world, is just a part of life, like shitting. And—not dissimilar to Midwestern defecation, come to think of it—Ohioans tend to drive very slowly, while honking is mostly unheard of and speed limits are generally abided by.…

How to Put Together the Perfect In-Car Setup for Your Phone How to Put Together the Perfect In-Car Setup for Your Phone

When you’re on the road, your phone can be the perfect companion—as long as you’ve got it set up right. Here we’ll explain everything you need to know about the hardware and the apps you can install to get a sweet and safe in-car system up and running, powered by your phone.

Why Your Car Thermometer Is So Bad at Telling the Temperature Why Your Car Thermometer Is So Bad at Telling the Temperature

Sometimes outside car thermometers are so inaccurate that they feel like random number generators. They’re basically the worst feature of the car, next to the car’s infotainment systems. That’s because they’re not actually thermometers, they’re actually thermistors.

Livestreaming On Twitch Gets Dangerous When Streamers Drive Livestreaming On Twitch Gets Dangerous When Streamers Drive

Twitch’s non-video-game IRL section is a Wild West where people are figuring out what works and what doesn’t. On a platform where people already felt pressured to stream and interact with audiences as much as possible, even mundane activities like driving pose a problem.

Where Is the Exact Right Place to Stop When
Waiting to Make a Left-Hand Turn? Where Is the Exact Right Place to Stop When Waiting to Make a Left-Hand Turn?

Here is a question that has plagued me for most of my driving life: How far into the intersection should you pull when waiting to make a left-hand turn against oncoming traffic?

How to Learn to Drive When You Don't Own a Car How to Learn to Drive When You Don't Own a Car

Almost a third of Americans now exit their teen years without a driver’s license, and license ownership is down over the past decade among all age groups. More of us are learning to drive as an adult—a time in our lives when we can’t easily borrow Mom and Dad’s car or take a high-school class. Many of us don’t want to …

Where Do You Hate To Drive Through The Most? Where Do You Hate To Drive Through The Most?

At first, the fact that there’s nothing here except farmland with a near absence of topographical features is sort of beautiful. It’s surreal. You pass through miles and miles of nothing but cornstalks waving in the wind. But then you pass through more miles of it, get bored and slowly devolve into madness.

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