This sounds like a really useful invention

I’m sure many of my readers have endured, like me, many miles of driving along a highway reduced to one lane width – or even less – by traffic cones, deployed to keep highway workers safe.  Unfortunately, they may be working in only one spot, but several miles of road on either side of that place may be coned off, to allow them to move up and down the road.  There’s no other way to do it – or, at least, there hasn’t been, until now. Wheeled ‘Robo-cones’ that trundle off when no longer required to shorten roadworks for motorists

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Courage, good tactics and gun-handling save a motorist

Courtesy of FerFAL, we find this video of an off-duty Argentinian policeman who was attacked by three armed muggers as he pulled his car into his garage one evening.  Despite being outnumbered by three men carrying firearms, he waited for the right moment, then pulled his own gun and killed two of them, critically injuring the third. Google Translate renders the Spanish video description as follows: Two criminals were killed and another was seriously wounded during an attack on a policeman on Thursday night at Isidro Casanova, La Matanza party. The incident occurred around 20.30 on the street Acassuso to

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Yes, I’m a prophet again . . . used car edition

Last year I warned readers about the dangers of unwittingly buying a flood-damaged car, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  It looks like the problem is still very real.  Old NFO passed the word that the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has just issued this warning (link is to an Adobe Acrobat file in .PDF format): More than eight months after Hurricane Harvey damaged an estimated 500,000 cars and trucks, Texans are still at risk of unknowingly purchasing flood-damaged vehicles. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) is urging Texans to do their research before buying a new or used

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Doofus Of The Day #1,010

Today’s award goes to a meth-befuddled motorist in Florida. A man was arrested Sunday after asking a Florida Highway Patrol trooper if he could run away from the scene of a crash, saying he could get the trooper more meth than he had found in his car. Scott Ecklund, 32, was arrested on charges of methamphetamine possession and driving with a suspended license. He was arrested earlier this month and accused of crashing a Chevrolet truck into a house in Winter Park and claiming to be an FBI agent with an AR-style rifle, police said at the time. . .

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When spectators get too close to the action

Sometimes people get too close to rally cars – or vice versa.  Here’s a collection of several such incidents.  I particularly liked the car that drove across two different vineyards, and took down a power pole.  Spectacular, that! It’s no wonder rallying – serious rallying, that is, not the enthusiastic amateur version I used to enjoy – is now a multi-million-dollar undertaking.  The mechanics’ and parts bills alone must be out of this world! Peter

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A big boy and his (VERY) big toys

I had to laugh at this “little big rig”, which I noticed at IOTWReport.com.  The initial video, in .GIF format, is silent. Intrigued, I looked for more information, and found this video on YouTube.  It’s clearly of the same vehicle. Apparently it was built by Walt Moss Trucking in Wisconsin.  You can read more about the project here.  Mr. Moss has produced several other highly modified vehicles using trucks and truck parts. Fun stuff!  Thanks to Mr. Moss for brightening up my day with his ingenuity. Peter

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A good reason to avoid valet parking – and perhaps Hyatt Hotels, too?

Courtesy of a link provided by Miguel at Gun Free Zone, we learn of this incident. And here’s one of the photographs accompanying the Facebook post. Miguel offers his own opinions on the incident. My take on this is that every employee involved should be summarily fired.  If this isn’t misconduct, I don’t know what is!  They might claim they were checking to see if the car contained anything that might be a security risk, but it’s pretty clear that they were just itching to check out a guest’s fancy ride.  So much for guest privacy and their rights to

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An unexpected road hazard

While driving home from Amarillo yesterday, Miss D. and I passed an 18-wheeler parked on the side of the road.  Two of its rear tires had blown out, and strips and fragments of rubber and steel littered the road for several hundred yards. Somewhere in that distance, without our being aware of it, a piece of tire rubber wrapped itself around the driver’s side front wheel steering arm and drive shaft, on the inside of the wheel.  We didn’t notice it at highway speeds, because it didn’t affect the handling of the car in any way;  but when we turned

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