Tag: etiquette

23 Posts

Slow and Steady Wins the Prius Race
Feb 06, 2020

Slow and Steady Wins the Prius Race

Dear Car Talk

But is the driver's high mileage raising your blood pressure?

fuel economy driving tips etiquette Toyota Prius

Feb 09, 2017

Have Thumb, Will Travel

Tim Cotton

Everybody used to hitchhike. But not anymore. What's changed?


Should I call the front seat?
Dec 23, 2016

The Hierarchy of Riding Shotgun

Tim Cotton

Who gets the front seat on a car trip? Tim Cotton explains the rules of engagement. 


How to borrow a trailer
Jul 16, 2016

A Brief History of Utility Trailers

Tim Cotton

How our blogger survived the 70s' era of DIY trailers and kids riding atop the sacks of garbage on the way to the town dump. Plus, etiquette for the modern trailer borrower. 

towing DIY kids etiquette

Automobile breakdowns and roadside assistance
Jun 20, 2016

Tool-less TC and the Ladies of the Pine Tree State

Tim Cotton

Broken down in Maine? The ladies of the Pine Tree State are standing by with the tools you forgot to pack. 

roadside assistance etiquette spouses

Nov 30, 2015

Are Luxury Drivers the Biggest Jerks on the Road?

Jim Motavalli

The public perceives that German and other high-end car owners act like selfish morons behind the wheel. And a University of California report backs up that impression.

etiquette luxury vehicles

Dangers of warming up the car in a garage
Dec 09, 2014

David vs. Neighbor: Who's Right?

Dear Car Talk

David lets his neighbor park in his spare garage. The problem? The neighbor likes to warm up the car, with the door closed. Will Car Talk tell him to cut it out?


How regenerative braking works
Oct 21, 2014

Is Braking Etiquette Different for Hybrids and EVs?

Dear Car Talk

John has always hated those drivers who race to the stoplight and then slam on the brakes. It wastes gas and doesn't save any time. But for electric or hybrid cars with regenerative braking, is this really such a stupid maneuver? Find out what Tom and Ray say, right here.  

etiquette brakes electric vehicles hybrids

Negative effects of idling in a car
Jun 24, 2014

Today: It's Ann Against the Idlers

Dear Car Talk

Ann does not care for engine idling. From the line of parents waiting to pick up their kids at the school where she works, to her own husband, who recently 'fessed up to having a favorite parking spot where he sits, drinks his coffee and listens to music with the engine running, Ann is completely surrounded by idlers. Can Tom and Ray help Ann convince these people they're wasting money and damaging the environment? 


Windshield wiper fliers
Mar 10, 2014

Today: Windshield Wiper Marketing Etiquette

Dear Car Talk

Andrew belongs to a car club and he leaves flyers on the windshields of cars that are the right make and model to benefit from the club's services. Fifteen years ago, new members would say they were happy to get the flyer; now the owners get upset if they catch Andrew in the act. What gives? Tom and Ray say the culture has changed. Find out why, and read their suggestions for having a bit of fun with these angry drivers, right here.