“How to drive in India”

That’s the title of an amusing article at The Foreign Challenge.  Having visited India, I should say the best way to drive is to let someone else do it, while you close your eyes, pray very hard, and hope to survive!  However, if you can’t do that, the article has some useful information.  I’m here to tell you, it’s largely accurate.  Here’s an excerpt. If you are planning to drive in India, then you can consider yourself as madman.First of all it is best to forget your home countries traffic laws and rules. Indian traffic is nothing like any other traffic you

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I think the President has a point about General Motors

Angry over General Motors’ decision to shutter several US and Canadian auto manufacturing plants, President Trump recently tweeted: A lot of left-wing and progressive sources are claiming that this is inaccurate, and that GM has repaid all the loans given to it as part of the auto industry bailout.  However, that ignores the reality that the US taxpayer lost almost $11.4 billion on the overall GM bailout package, as Pro Publica confirms.  Click the image to be taken to a full-size view at the organization’s Web site. There are those who claim that the GM bankruptcy deal cost the US taxpayer a lot more than

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A real traffic hazard – mandated by Uncle Sam

The always interesting Eric Peters reports: Something strange – and dangerous – happened to me the other day while I was out test-driving a new Toyota Prius.The car decided it was time to stop. In the middle of the road. For reasons known only to the emperor.Or the software.I found myself parked in the middle of the road – with traffic not parked coming up behind me, fast. Other drivers were probably were wondering why that idiot in the Prius had decided to stop in the middle of the road.But it wasn’t me. I was just the meatsack behind the wheel. The Prius was driving.Well, stopping.Like almost

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Kids on the road: a scary situation

A UPS driver recently had a scary experience with a small child hiding in leaves piled up on the edge of a road. Driver Jordan Weaver was in Elkhart, a town about 150 miles north of Indianapolis, on Nov. 5 when he spotted the barely visible boy hiding in a leaf pile inches from the road … He first walked across the street to give a parcel to a woman who turned out to be the boy’s mother.“I couldn’t believe it at first — my heart completely stopped,” Weaver said when he saw the boy on the ground. “Luckily, I parked across

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“The 10 most stolen cars in America”

That’s the title of an article in the Minnesota Post-Bulletin.  It looks at the most frequently stolen vehicles in the USA during 2017.  I’ll leave you to read the details for yourself at the link. What I’m curious about is, why those particular vehicles?  What is it that makes a car or SUV or pickup more or less likely to be stolen?  I can think of several factors, but there must be more: Local popularity – if there are more of a given make or model of car in a given location, it’s more likely to be stolen by sheer weight of

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Maserati lovers must be in tears

A fire in the Italian port of Savona has destroyed hundreds of Maseratis awaiting export.  The Local’s Italian edition reports: After sea waters rose and flooded the port last night, including the two parking areas, local media reports that the salt water caused car batteries to explode and catch fire in the early hours of this morning. Most of the vehicles destroyed in the blaze were brand new Maserati. Several hundred were reportedly stored at the terminal ready for export to the Middle East. . . . The car terminal fire is still ongoing, with the port reportedly enveloped in smoke and ‘continuous’

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Some more spectacular rally crashes for you

The video title refers to them as Finnish rallies (or is that Finnish rally drivers?), but some at least were filmed in other countries.  One can only admire the way the drivers hurl themselves at natural obstacles, seemingly intent on beating them into submission.  Of course, it usually ends up the other way round . . . Peter

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When car engines meet political correctness

Eric Peters blogs about the auto industry, and provides an insider’s perspective on many issues.  His blog is worth following, if you aren’t already doing so.  This morning, he takes on the issue of changing vehicle engine technology for the sake of fuel economy. It is becoming practice to put undersized engines in oversized vehicles … Today you pay [for this] in other ways [than just fuel economy]. Power/performance is one way. The [Mazda] CX-9’s no-longer-available 3.7 liter V6 was much stronger than the turbo 2.5 liter four which replaced it – 273 hp then vs. 225 hp now, a difference of almost

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