Tag: driving tips

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is the distance saved by cutting curves on the highway significant
Jun 14, 2016

Picking the Smartest Line May be Dumb

Dear Car Talk

A reader asks if picking a line like a race car driver on the interstate saves gas. 

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It is better to ride the brake or use a lower gear
Feb 11, 2016

Lower Gear vs. Riding the Brakes: What's Best

Dear Car Talk

Joe's daily commute includes a steep mountain road. What's better for his Ford Explorer Sport Trac-using the brakes all the way down or relying on lower gear? Car Talk's answer here.

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How front-wheel cars work
Dec 26, 2014

A Wellspring of Misinformation!

Dear Car Talk

Today: Marc's dealership told him that if he wants to avoid getting stuck on ice in his front-wheel drive Nissan Altima, he should always make sure to park with his right tires on the dry pavement. Is this how front-wheel drive cars work, or does his dealer have his head up his differential? Car Talk explains, right here.

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Fast acceleration causes bad gas mileage
Jun 12, 2014

Husband to Blame for Bad Gas Mileage?

Dear Car Talk

Lois's husband gets terrible gas mileage when he drives, and Lois wants Tom and Ray to explain why. Her theory: That her husband's jackrabbit starts at lights are causing the drop in MPG. Whose side will Tom and Ray take? Find out here. 

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Winter driving tips from ski resort shuttle company
Jan 24, 2014

Winter Driving with the Pros: Alta Ski Area

Staff Blog

We asked a driver who makes daily trips up and down the single most avalanche-prone road in North America for his best winter driving tip. What is it? (Other than, "Don't get buried!"?) Find out, right here.

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Caring for your car in winter weather
Feb 17, 2014

Cars and Cold Snaps: FAQs

Staff Blog

How's your car holding up this winter? We’ve compiled some of Tom and Ray’s wisdom on the subject of getting your car started and keeping it going on frigid mornings.

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should i leave my foot off the clutch when i turn a corner in my car
Mar 11, 2013

God Save the Clutch

Dear Car Talk

Tesa has been driving stick for years but still harbors traumatic memories of learning to drive with her dad. She recently moved back to her home town and her dad thinks he's still obligated to remind her not to ride the clutch (which she wasn't doing anyway, thank you very much.) Is her dad right, or is he just being a pain in the tuchus? Find out what Tom and Ray think.

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is there a proper series of steps to park on a hill
Sep 12, 2012

Bad News for Lynnay: Her Mother Is Right

Dear Car Talk

Lynnay's mother is adamant that there is a right way to park, and equally adamant that Lynnay is doing it wrong. Tom and Ray explain how the transmission and the parking brake work together and weigh in on whether Lynnay is really destroying her transmission like mommy dearest says.

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How RPMs affect fuel efficency
Dec 27, 2011

Could driving a vehicle at higher RPMs be more efficient?

Dear Car Talk

Marie and her buddy both love to drive manual transmission vehicles, but their driving styles couldn't be more different. Which one of them is getting better gas mileage?

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 Best way to approach a speed bump
Aug 01, 2011

Today: What's the best way to approach a speed bump?

Dear Car Talk

I live in a gated community with lots of speed bumps to deter speeding I am always amazed at the ingenious techniques people use when they go over speed bumps There is the one-wheel technique the diagonal technique and of...

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