The Truth About Cars » Driving http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:22:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Driving http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Disabling ABS to Drive in The Snow Is An ‘Extremely Bad Idea’ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/disabling-abs-drive-snow-extremely-bad-idea/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/disabling-abs-drive-snow-extremely-bad-idea/#comments Mon, 25 Jan 2016 20:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1272953 Every other year or so, the same site/email/thread/rumor goes around: “Did you know that your car’s ABS system actually makes driving in snow WORSE?! And the worser part is, you can’t even turn it off! Automakers and the government are the worstest!” Except that’s not true. The origins of the rumor are relatively easy to […]

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Every other year or so, the same site/email/thread/rumor goes around: “Did you know that your car’s ABS system actually makes driving in snow WORSE?! And the worser part is, you can’t even turn it off! Automakers and the government are the worstest!” Except that’s not true. The origins of the rumor are relatively easy to […]

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An Unexpected Lesson: Making the Long Trip Home http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/an-unexpected-lesson-making-the-long-trip-home/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/an-unexpected-lesson-making-the-long-trip-home/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1158466 In addition to advice about the long-term benefits of wearing sunscreen, the world’s most famous commencement address included this bit of wisdom: “The real troubles in your life are apt to be the things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.” And so it […]

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In addition to advice about the long-term benefits of wearing sunscreen, the world’s most famous commencement address included this bit of wisdom: “The real troubles in your life are apt to be the things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.” And so it […]

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Cheap Gas, More Driving Leading To More Fatal Crashes http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/cheap-gas-driving-leading-fatal-crashes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/cheap-gas-driving-leading-fatal-crashes/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:00:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1145929 The number of fatal traffic crashes has risen 14 percent over last year, and deaths on the road could top 40,000 — the first time since 2007 — the National Safety Council is reporting (via Autoblog). The council points to lower gas prices and a better economy as reasons why people are driving more and crashing […]

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The number of fatal traffic crashes has risen 14 percent over last year, and deaths on the road could top 40,000 — the first time since 2007 — the National Safety Council is reporting (via Autoblog). The council points to lower gas prices and a better economy as reasons why people are driving more and crashing […]

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QOTD: At What Age Should You Let Your Kid Drive? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/qotd-age-let-kid-drive/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/qotd-age-let-kid-drive/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 12:26:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1062026 Max Verstappen. He’s the youngest competitor to ever pilot a Formula 1 car around a track. At the age of 17, the young Dutchman would likely have a restricted driving licence in many countries. But, here he is, racing wheel to wheel with World Champions as he waves his FIA Super Licence in the air. Sexist […]

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Max Verstappen. He’s the youngest competitor to ever pilot a Formula 1 car around a track. At the age of 17, the young Dutchman would likely have a restricted driving licence in many countries. But, here he is, racing wheel to wheel with World Champions as he waves his FIA Super Licence in the air. Sexist […]

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Chart Of The Day: Mass Transit Isn’t Hitting Critical Mass http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/chart-day-mass-transit-isnt-hitting-critical-mass/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/chart-day-mass-transit-isnt-hitting-critical-mass/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:51:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=999554 From  “Commuting in America 2013″ via AASHTO. Lots of growth in private transportation, but public transit, telecommuting and walking to work have stayed fairly flat. Despite prognostications of a newly urbanized populace that’s hungry for public transportation, the statistics seem to tell a different story. H/T Glenn Mercer

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From  “Commuting in America 2013″ via AASHTO. Lots of growth in private transportation, but public transit, telecommuting and walking to work have stayed fairly flat. Despite prognostications of a newly urbanized populace that’s hungry for public transportation, the statistics seem to tell a different story. H/T Glenn Mercer

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What’s Wrong With This Picture? Exhaust Systems Can Be Such A Drag Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/whats-wrong-picture-exhaust-systems-can-drag-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/whats-wrong-picture-exhaust-systems-can-drag-edition/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:12:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=950793 My daughter Tova usually rides to her job with a co-worker. She’d noticed the car they were using had been getting louder and already had mentioned to her friend that something might be amiss with the exhaust system. On the way to work today, it started to get even louder, and then there was a grinding noise. Tova suggested […]

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My daughter Tova usually rides to her job with a co-worker. She’d noticed the car they were using had been getting louder and already had mentioned to her friend that something might be amiss with the exhaust system. On the way to work today, it started to get even louder, and then there was a grinding noise. Tova suggested […]

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Review: 2015 Honda Fit http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/review-2015-honda-fit/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/review-2015-honda-fit/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:01:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=791401 There’s really no way to lead into this, so I’ll just come out and say it: the 2015 Honda Fit is a fantastic car. Around town, at speed on Southern California’s twisty canyon roads, on the highway, stuck in traffic- there wasn’t a single situation we put our EX and EX-L testers into that it […]

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There’s really no way to lead into this, so I’ll just come out and say it: the 2015 Honda Fit is a fantastic car. Around town, at speed on Southern California’s twisty canyon roads, on the highway, stuck in traffic- there wasn’t a single situation we put our EX and EX-L testers into that it […]

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Is Driving the new Smoking? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/is-driving-the-new-smoking/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/is-driving-the-new-smoking/#comments Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:30:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=521969   I love to smoke. That’s not a cool thing to admit; in fact it’s socially irresponsible. But there is something very satisfying about lighting up, and the sensation of that first drag. For me it’s not about nicotine. No I enjoy the act of smoking. Fortunately I also love to run and the two […]

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  I love to smoke. That’s not a cool thing to admit; in fact it’s socially irresponsible. But there is something very satisfying about lighting up, and the sensation of that first drag. For me it’s not about nicotine. No I enjoy the act of smoking. Fortunately I also love to run and the two […]

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Is America’s Love Affair With The Car Over? Americans Driving Less http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/is-americas-love-affair-with-the-car-over-americans-driving-less/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/is-americas-love-affair-with-the-car-over-americans-driving-less/#comments Mon, 02 Sep 2013 16:39:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=503297 Is the American love affair with the automobile over? Total miles driven in the United States peaked in August of 2007, then dropped during the recession and has leveled off since then, though the economy is growing slightly and the population is increasing. According to the Detroit News, the Federal Highway Administration just reported that […]

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Is the American love affair with the automobile over? Total miles driven in the United States peaked in August of 2007, then dropped during the recession and has leveled off since then, though the economy is growing slightly and the population is increasing. According to the Detroit News, the Federal Highway Administration just reported that […]

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Piston Slap: Limited Use but Unlimited Potential? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/piston-slap-limited-use-but-unlimited-potential/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/piston-slap-limited-use-but-unlimited-potential/#comments Tue, 09 Apr 2013 11:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484077 TTAC commentator jdmcomp writes: I own a Jaguar (Ford Era) that gets driven only about once a week, with jaunts of a few miles to several hundred. I keep syn oil in the engine. I have owned this car for several years and the only problem to date is the flat spotting of the tires. […]

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TTAC commentator jdmcomp writes: I own a Jaguar (Ford Era) that gets driven only about once a week, with jaunts of a few miles to several hundred. I keep syn oil in the engine. I have owned this car for several years and the only problem to date is the flat spotting of the tires. […]

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San Francisco Begins Investigating Cost-Per-Mile Driving http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/san-francisco-begins-investigating-cost-per-mile-driving/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/san-francisco-begins-investigating-cost-per-mile-driving/#comments Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:45:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453997 The San Francisco Bay area will investigate a proposal to implement cost-per-mile driving, as a way to raise money for public transit and road repair while reducing pollution and congestion. MercuryNews.com reports that “…drivers could be required to install GPS-like odometers or other devices in their vehicles and pay from less than a penny to […]

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The San Francisco Bay area will investigate a proposal to implement cost-per-mile driving, as a way to raise money for public transit and road repair while reducing pollution and congestion. MercuryNews.com reports that “…drivers could be required to install GPS-like odometers or other devices in their vehicles and pay from less than a penny to […]

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Generation Why: If You Are Under 25 Or An Idiot, Please Don’t Buy A Scion FR-S Or Subaru BRZ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/generation-why-if-you-are-under-25-or-an-idiot-please-dont-buy-a-scion-fr-s-or-subaru-brz/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/generation-why-if-you-are-under-25-or-an-idiot-please-dont-buy-a-scion-fr-s-or-subaru-brz/#comments Sat, 21 Apr 2012 13:00:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=441007 With the release of the SciBaru FRZ just weeks away, everyone’s been caught up in the sticker price, available options and aftermarket support for the car, but nobody has asked a crucial question; what about insurance? Insurance premiums tend to vary by jurisdiction, but under-25 males (such as myself) always suffer from financial trauma when […]

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With the release of the SciBaru FRZ just weeks away, everyone’s been caught up in the sticker price, available options and aftermarket support for the car, but nobody has asked a crucial question; what about insurance? Insurance premiums tend to vary by jurisdiction, but under-25 males (such as myself) always suffer from financial trauma when […]

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The War On Drivers: “Car-To-X” Communication System Testing Begins http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/the-war-on-drivers-car-to-x-communication-system-testing-begins/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/the-war-on-drivers-car-to-x-communication-system-testing-begins/#comments Sat, 22 Oct 2011 19:30:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=415617 Though the idea that there is a “war on cars” appeals to certain segments of society, there’s little evidence for any such effort. On the other hand, it’s pretty clear that there’s a “war on drivers” on, and it’s being led by the automotive industry. On the one hand, cars are being ever-more laden with […]

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Though the idea that there is a “war on cars” appeals to certain segments of society, there’s little evidence for any such effort. On the other hand, it’s pretty clear that there’s a “war on drivers” on, and it’s being led by the automotive industry. On the one hand, cars are being ever-more laden with […]

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Fuel Economy: It’s Your Problem Too http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/fuel-economy-its-your-problem-too/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/fuel-economy-its-your-problem-too/#comments Mon, 17 Oct 2011 16:29:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=415036 A University of Michigan study [PDF] shows that, in the 85 years between 1923 and 2008, average on-road fuel economy in the US has improved a mere 3.5 MPG. In fact, the study shows that driving a car is even more energy-intensive (per occupant-mile) than flying on an airplane (3,501 BTU per mile versus 2,931 […]

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A University of Michigan study [PDF] shows that, in the 85 years between 1923 and 2008, average on-road fuel economy in the US has improved a mere 3.5 MPG. In fact, the study shows that driving a car is even more energy-intensive (per occupant-mile) than flying on an airplane (3,501 BTU per mile versus 2,931 […]

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