October 29, 2010

Bonus Columns!

If you're a daily reader of the Star, you may have noticed something this week. Something awesome. Ahem.

I've had a series of columns running in the A section. Yes, kids - the A section!

They're auto-based pieces on such topical things, but these small works of art started running on Wednesday as part of a bigger campaign for Chev.

Here's the first one: Fuel Economy in Olden Times. If you ever took a family trip, you'll get this.

Thursday, I got all preachy, for a change. Snort. Here.

More as they post.


Anonymous jmd said...

My youngest son drives in sort of a surging motion - speed up, slow down, speed up, slow down, until I want to scream "Pick a speed and stay with it!" Not to mention it makes me a little nauseous.

October 29, 2010 10:35 AM  
Anonymous B1 said...

Guy I knew had a Dodge 440 Magnum Six Pack. (Super Bee? Can't remember.)

When he put his foot in it hard, you could almost see the gas gauge needle moving.

October 29, 2010 11:16 AM  
Anonymous B1 said...

And I should have said congrats....

October 29, 2010 11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My first job was at a gas station and I'll never forget that the price was 29.9!

October 29, 2010 11:19 AM  
Blogger Lucywestie said...

My mum, who is back in the UK now [yes, sanity and peace has returned to our house], well she was happy to let me know that gas in the UK is currently the equivalent of about $1.80 a litre. A couple of years ago I rented a Fiat in the UK, it was about the size of a shoe box and we used it for one day of touristy stuff. Well at the end of the day I had to refuel that thing, I figured its gas tank was probably the size of a box of Hamburger Helper but noooo!!! It cost me the equivalent of $60 to put half a tank of gas in it. I swear I was looking under the car to see if there was a leak in it.
We have it so good here in Canada and sometimes its takes someone elses view to show how great things are here.

October 29, 2010 2:10 PM  
Blogger DJW said...

I have driven with people whom I call 'binary' drivers, either on or off, gas or brakes, no feathering.

One of the driving courses I've taken showed the point of view of a truck driver in the city, adjusting his speed to match the traffic lights two lights ahead, almost always getting a green.

Another course, on driving VIP's, taught the skill of braking to a stop without the little 'bump' at the end.

When stopped in traffic on the QEW, I almost always wait for the car ahead to be a full 3 or 4 lengths ahead before I start moving, even then I only idle along, keeping a space and keeping my lane moving till things open up.

These are skills that aren't taught anymore, based on the driving I see everyday.

How many of us have lifted or braked because the driver coming up the side street doesn't brake till the last possible second, always testing their stopping distance?

Easy on the gas, easy on the brakes, easy on the car, easy on the wallet.


October 29, 2010 10:02 PM  

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