Friday, February 28, 2014

New Law in Georgia to Combat Slow Driving in the Left Lane

The state of Georgia will soon have some new laws to combat those left lane loungers.  Just a quick look at the comment section of this article and it will be apparent just how pervasive a problem this is and how unaware most American drivers are.  Many of the commentators are offended that they do not have the right to sit in the left lane doing the speed limit.  These drivers feel that if their speedometer indicates they are driving at or below the speed limit, they can hang out in the left lane.  There isn't even a thought that their speedometer may not be 100 percent accurate due to mechanical issues, tire size or tire wear, or that the other vehicles on the road may be faced with an emergency.  It doesn't matter what your opinion is of those that travel or appear to be traveling above the posted speed limit is because it is not your job to use your vehicle to enforce traffic regulations.
  The biggest risk these left lane loungers present is the unsafe conditions created by other vehicles attempting to navigate around their road block.  They force vehicles to overtake on the right side of the road, make multiple lane changes and also back up traffic for miles.  Because these other drivers behind them have to apply their brakes to slow down, they create an accordion effect of increased braking by subsequent drivers.  When you see a large line of cars and brake lights, the standard and safe reaction is to apply your brakes, further adding to the traffic and creating a dangerous condition. There is a huge risk that the large trucks and heavy vehicles on the road, unable to brake as quickly, will rear end those vehicles stopping for the left lane loungers.
   It's unfortunate that the government needs to get involved with creating more laws and penalties just to elicit safe and courteous driving etiquette.   American drivers need more training in the rules of the road and probably a better license testing process.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

GM Recall now includes 842,000 vehicles.

The list of vehicles on the GM recall has been expanded to 842,000 vehicles including the Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 built from through 2007 model years; Saturn Ion compacts built from 2003 to 2007, Chevrolet HHR SUV/Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky sports cars from 2006 and 2007.
  If you own one of these or know someone that does, make sure to see a dealer. This issue is affecting the electrical systems and is believed to have caused multiple accidents and at least 13 deaths.  Some of the airbags of those vehicles failed to deploy during the accident.  

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cars and Coffee Wilmington's March Meet

The Wilmington Cars and Coffee with be holding their March meet this weekend at the Wilmington Chili's.  It's a great opportunity to check out some cool cars from all different makes, models and years while enjoy some coffee, doughnuts and socializing with fellow gear heads. Check out their Facebook page event here.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Joy of Super Car Ownership - Video Log Part 2

Rob Ferretti, from Superspeeders and his YouTube Channel superspeedersRob have published their second video in their "Owning a Ferrari" series.  Check it out to see the headaches, dedication and some slightly deep pockets needed to maintain and drive a finicky Italian Super Car.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Jay Leno's Garage - 25 Years of Miata

   Jay Leno's Garage just published a great video celebrating the 25 Years of Miata.  He met with the designers and talked about how the vehicle was designed in Irvin California for sports car enthusiasts.  The Miata was never and will never be the fastest car out there but it will always be a great driver's car.

Check out the video below and then head over to the Official Jay Leno's Garage site for more info and to join the discussion.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

84th International Geneva Motor Show 6-16 March 2014

The 84th International Geneva Motor Show is less than a month away.  The show will run from 6 to 16 March and as always, there are sure to be a few interesting concept cars and world premiers.
  The only downside I've ever experienced with the Geneva motor show is the extreme cost associated.  Good luck trying to find a place to sleep for less than a few hundred dollars.  If you do, expect a long drive and expensive parking at the show.  Unlike the shows in Paris and Frankfurt, Switzerland is a very expensive country and there are not many ways to do this one cheap.