Being a careless or bad driver isn’t something that should be taken lightly. It’s irresponsible and dangerous we should all strive to be better. Because until all the cars become autonomous, this is what we’ve got.
As drivers, though we sit in our own private spaces in our own private cars, we actually spend our time sharing the road with other drivers. Drivers who aren’t the best at driving.
We love our cars. As much as we like to think that they’ll be there for us forever, sometimes that just isn’t the case.
Have you gotten stuck before? Was it a cold and stormy night? Dear God—did you have to sleep in your car before help arrived?
Here’s the thing about phobias and paranoia: it only has to happen to you once for it to be totally justified. Which is why some of these seem totally plausible to me.
A while back, I wrote about what spaceship would be best to convert into a car. Somehow, we’ve never managed to bring up the equally-important inverse of that question: what car would make the best spaceship?
We can’t help it: we get a new car and we just gotta make it our own. This sometimes includes distasteful and bad mods. But it’s okay! We’re allowed to learn from our mistakes.
Car culture is weird and bizarre and, thankfully, gives us no shortage of whack shit to be afraid of. Do you have strange and totally irrational fears when it comes to cars and driving?
Take a car. Give it bigger off-road tires. Rip stuff off the body if you need to. Add a roof rack, some aggro exterior parts and get it ready for the apocalypse. You’ve made your car into a Battle Car, our latest obsession around these parts.
We learn in psychology that the last part of the brain to fully develop is the prefrontal cortex, which is involved in handy things like judgment, impulse control, learning from mistakes and forethought. This development can extend into a person’s mid-twenties. Which means that most teenagers have poor judgement when…
Whether or not you’re still together, you can never change your feelings regarding That Car.
Engines have to be designed not only to work, but to be fixed when they stop working. But whether through compromises, poor design or just a lack of regard for who the second or third or fourth owners might be, some engines are far more of a pain to wrench on than others.
To answer this question, first you have to answer how you define “best.”
I should be honest and mention that our editor-in-chief, Patrick George, doesn’t think this is A Thing. Raph and David, my co-writers and fellow shitbox-owners, do. So now I’m curious as to how widespread this practice is. Manual transmission drivers: do you ever shift in such a way as to help keep you from speeding?
I am of the opinion that if more animals had opposable thumbs, they’d be driving the cars. But, since more than likely they don’t, they just sit in the cars. And you know what? That’s perfectly fine!
We can choose our lovers, but we can’t choose their cars.
You probably know (or could have guessed) that white, black and silver/gray are perennially the most popular colors for cars. But do tastes change when you go from one vehicle to another? What does your history of car ownership look like in colors?
There are so many car brands out there that once stood tall and proud, but have now dissolved into irrelevance, with nobody really give the slightest crap anymore. What current car brand disappoints you the most? I’ll tell you the one that makes me sick: it’s Chrysler.
Any car more than a couple of decades old that’s still on the road has likely been the recipient of some serious, time-consuming repair work. This means that, at some point, a previous owner decided the car was worthy of being kept alive. But what is it about certain cars that makes them deserving of a second chance,…