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In 1965, I went to Oregon with the Coast Guard and ended up in a small town, Depoe Bay, which had about 300 residents in the winter. The station was small, so we had to find an apartment in town. We had to be on the boat within three minutes of a boat call (siren), so I needed quick transportation to the station. I decided to buy a car, so I bought the only car for sale in town—a 1939 Dodge Coupe for $65!

In December 2011, my partner, Sarah, and I went up to her father's place in Denver. Besides seeing snow for the first time in over a decade, I was also excited to see his garage where he works on classic cars. I had seen a few pictures Sarah had taken before, but I wanted to see it with my own eyes.

I was driving on the entrance ramp to a highway yesterday when a huge crater suddenly presented itself before me. I was going about 55mph and the double lane was tapering into a single lane, so there was nothing I could do to avoid it. I braced myself and cringed when I went over the pothole, certain it would rip the entire suspension from my vehicle. It didn’t, but it sure sounded and felt like it.

We hear about recalls all of the time, but have you ever heard of a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) or a campaign? How do they differ from recalls? If a recall or TSB is issued for your car, do you have to pay for the repairs? 

I recently came across a very interesting article that stated that California is preparing a campaign to encourage motorists to wait longer than the “recommended 3000 mile” oil change. If you recall the other week, one our fellow bloggers discussed this very topic.

In August 2010, in Missouri, a nineteen-year-old pickup truck driver traveling at 55mph crashed into the back of a tractor truck, which caused a deadly chain reaction. After striking the tractor truck, the pickup truck was then rear-ended by a school bus, which was then rear-ended by another school bus. Among the casualties were the pickup driver and a fifteen-year-old student. Another thirty-eight people were injured.

Are you planning a road trip this winter? With just a little preparation, you can prevent a few common problems, the 4 Bs—blowouts, bad batteries, broken belts, and bugs!

With the holiday season upon us now, things are getting pretty hectic. We are constantly running around getting decorations, presents, attending parties, and sometimes just going for a nice car ride to look at the Christmas lights.

Today was just like any other day en route to work. Massive amounts of traffic interspersed in sections of the freeway that really didn’t make any sense. My drive to work is a neverending cycle of the scene from Office Space. You change lanes to the one that’s moving faster, which then stops and while old lane picks up. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s best to just bite the bullet and stick to the lane I’m in unless I want to experience massive amounts of road rage.

There are a lot of people who have strong objections to using cell phones while driving, but I am one of the staunchest opponents you will ever meet. I never use my phone in the car, nor will I talk with someone who is using the phone while driving. If I am in a car and the driver wants to use his or her phone, I won’t shut up about it.