Tag: driving tips

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Car Trains Drivers to Be Less Aggressive
Jan 16, 2018

Car Trains Drivers to Be Less Aggressive

Dear Car Talk

The calming nature of Mike's Prius is driving him nuts.

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Subaru buried in snow
Jan 07, 2018

Seven Winter Driving Tips You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Before

Jim Motavalli

You know all about checking the antifreeze and properly inflating the tires. Here are some life lessons learned through bitter (cold) experience. Written with the thermometer at 9 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Road in desert
Jul 21, 2017

Car Talk's Summer Driving Tips

Staff Blog

Summer driving tips from Car Talk. Print these out for trouble-free motoring on your summer road trips.  

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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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