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Posted On October 8, 2014By adminIn People and what they drive

The Church and driving

To establish the strength of belief, many people count the number of worshippers who attend church on a regular basis. On this basis, the Christian religion is not doing so well in Europe as the number of regular attendees declines. It seems the young are progressively less interested in the practice of any religion. However, in America, the Christian faith remains strong. It may therefore come as a surprise to discover that one country is about to rise to the top of the list. Yes, China is about to becomeRead More

Posted On October 8, 2014By adminIn What's government doing?

Drunk driving as teens

It’s sometimes useful to compare what happens in other countries to give us a sense of perspective on our own systems. When we see how other countries react to problems, we can ask whether we should be doing the same. Take Britain as an example. They have set seventeen as the magic age at which young people can apply for a permit to drive. To get a full driver’s license, a young person must pass a theory test and then a practical test. Despite this later arrival on the road,Read More
This is another of these stories where we feel sorry for the poor saps who live in other countries, confident the same problems could not possibly affect us. Alarmed by the large deficit and determined to cut back on the amount paid to run government services, the British have been facing cuts to almost all their services. There are now fewer people to run the services and those who remain are paid less. One of the places this is hitting is in the agency which administers the practical driving tests.Read More

Posted On October 3, 2014By adminIn What's the news?

Reckless men are better

If you look at the ordinary run of statistics, the evidence could not be clearer. Women are safer drivers than men. As evidence, you need look no further than the lower car insurance rates they pay. Socially, there’s also a general sense of gender equality. Women are slowly being given access to higher status jobs and earning bigger pay checks. It should therefore not surprise us that a woman should have been moving into contention to drive an F1 car. The Sauber team had given Simona de Silvestro “affiliated” status,Read More

Posted On October 3, 2014By adminIn What's the news?

Heroes with feet of clay

When people become heroes, we always hope for the best from them. They inspired us then. They should not disappoint us now. This makes the fall of Michael Phelps disappointing. Here’s a man who became the swimming icon for his Age because of his exploits in the Olympic Games—he won eighteen gold medals. To become this good in sport, you have to be fit. Your body is your temple. So it’s sad to read that this great athlete was exceeding the speed limit by 40mph and, when stopped, was foundRead More
This is the digital age so, no matter where you look, there are videos of bad driving available for you to watch 24/7. In fact only a few minutes of viewing will convince you there are some really bad drivers out there. And then you realize you have only viewed a tiny fraction of one percent of all the videos uploaded for just this month. In fact, watching local, state, and national news should convince you we are in the midst of an epidemic of bad driving. The result? EvenRead More

Posted On September 29, 2014By adminIn Comment and fun

Gas consumption is down

This week, President Obama has yet again emphasized the need the break our dependence of fossil fuels. No matter what you think of the question of global warming, no one doubts the link between vehicle emissions and air quality. So if you want to be able to see across the road without your eyes watering, you want the design of vehicles to change. Less fuel is good for the air. Cleaner air is good for our lungs. We and our children benefit. So here comes the news we should allRead More
This is a strange story about the attitude of both local and state police when a death occurs on private land. This is not, you understand, a murder in which a deranged killer comes on to private land and hacks a helpless man into small pieces. There’s no doubt this would be headline news and cops would be all over the crime scene. Rather this is a death on the Kentucky Speedway when Stephen Cox was involved in a crash. He had bought a package with the Rusty Wallace RacingRead More

Posted On September 24, 2014By adminIn Insurance

The insurance requirements are clarified

The principle underlying the requirement for mandatory auto insurance is “financial responsibility”. Put simply, this says anyone who engages in an activity that puts others at risk of injury or financial loss, should be able to take responsibility to make good all losses. As applied to driving, every state requires the owners of vehicles to be able to show they could pay a guaranteed minimum amount should they cause loss or damage. In most states, this duty can be satisfied by the owner buying a valid car insurance policy. WhenRead More

Posted On September 23, 2014By adminIn What's the news?

Is the navy tougher on drunks?

Everyone with even a passing interest in road safety knows that the combination of alcohol and driving is a recipe for injury and death. That’s why, in theory, the law enforcement process aims to deter drunks from driving. It’s therefore quite revealing to see a report of the navy’s response to a drunk driving incident involving an officer on a guided missile cruiser. We’re used to the idea of PTSD affecting soldiers who have had tours in combat zones. One of the ways in which they can attempt to dealRead More