Why Are Car Taillights Red?

There’s a lot of things in life we’re so used to, it’s hard to imagine that they’re not just some law of nature, like gravity or running water over the toothpaste on your toothbrush to ‘set’ it. One of these fundamentals is the fact that the rear of cars have red lights on them. But why, exactly, is that? Why red,… » 4/08/15 3:39pm 4/08/15 3:39pm

Watch This Badass Kid ID Taillights Like A Boss On TV

The other day, I made what I assumed was the hardest taillight-identification quiz known to man. I now know I was wrong. Very wrong. The hardest, most badass taillight identification quiz happened in 1990, on a BBC game show. This is the high-water mark for competitive taillight IDing, my friends. Watch and learn. » 2/13/15 12:42pm 2/13/15 12:42pm

The Earth-Shaking Revelation Of The Forgotten Beetle Taillights

First, a warning. This article is going to be so geeky, so niche, so insanely VW Beetle-geek focused that those of you not crazily interested in Beetle minutia should probably just close the window now. Really. For those who can hang, get a drop cloth, because minds will be blown, Beetle-taillight-wise. » 6/27/14 7:30pm 6/27/14 7:30pm

Important: What Do We Think About Amber Rear Turn Indicators?

Last week, I wrote about the deceptive nature of the VW Tiguan's taillights — specifically, that they have an amber section that isn't used for the turn signal. The post proved much more popular than I'd have guessed, and sparked a lot of interesting debate about the use of amber rear indicators. Let's settle this… » 5/15/14 3:30pm 5/15/14 3:30pm

Now The Corvette Faithful Can Stop Bitching About 'Camaro Taillights'

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is, for lack of a better term, damn good. I saw it in person at the Detroit Auto Show, sat in it, grabbed the wheel and rocked from side to side while I made engine noises with my mouth, and walked away impressed. It looks and feels like a great American car, and I can't wait to actually… » 1/31/13 1:20pm 1/31/13 1:20pm