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Car Donation Resources

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http://www.zone-car.com

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Re: Help Me Choose My Next Car

On Oct 2, 10:28 pm, Scott in SoCal <scottenazt…@yahoo.com> wrote:

> I’m thinking about getting something a little less conspicuous to
> drive around in than a Safety Yellow C6 Corvette. Help me select
> something that:

> * Has sufficient power to foil the evil plans of MFFY/Sloth
> * Has excellent handling
> * Is low profile – does not attract unwanted attention
> * Has a high bang/buck ratio
> * A convertible would be a plus
> * Rear-wheel drive
> * Has an excellent safety rating
> * Has excellent quality, fit, finish, and reliability
> * Is cheap to insure  :)

I think a tricycle fits the bill, except it’s FWD.  Someone of your
skill could surely adapt.
 —–

- gpsman

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Re: How to Get Out of a Speeding Ticket

On Oct 2, 10:30 pm, Scott in SoCal <scottenazt…@yahoo.com> wrote:

> http://autos.aol.com/article/general/v2/_a/tough-states-for-tickets/2…

> Then there’s the guy who always drives around with a full water bottle
> at the ready. Anytime he’s pulled over, he pours a little out onto his
> lap, and then tells the approaching officer he’s been trying to rush
> home ahead of a bladder emergency.

> "He always gets out of tickets," Carrol says.

Seems unlikely.  If you’ve already pissed yourself,  the "emergency"
is past.

And the cited people are rank rookies.  There are methods to talk your
way out of a ticket for a "reasonable" excess of velocity, and these
people obviously don’t know them.
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- gpsman

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Re: GM Exec Says Driving is Dead

Scott in SoCal wrote:
> http://money.cnn.com/2006/05/02/Autos/ford_cartech_fortune/index.htm

[ ... ]

> GPS can also coordinate speed with location. Let’s say you’re in a
> state with a 75-mph limit and you cross into a state with a 65-mph
> limit. GPS knows that and can adjust your speed accordingly.

Why would we need arbitrary limits with this type of technology in
place.  I would expect it to be able to drive better than I can, meaning
that it should have no problems maintaining a 110+ mph average speed on
limited access highways (discounting the increased fuel usage).

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Car Donation Resources

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http://www.zone-car.com

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Re: Help Me Choose My Next Car

On Oct 2, 10:28 pm, Scott in SoCal <scottenazt…@yahoo.com> wrote:

> I’m thinking about getting something a little less conspicuous to
> drive around in than a Safety Yellow C6 Corvette. Help me select
> something that:

> * Has sufficient power to foil the evil plans of MFFY/Sloth
> * Has excellent handling
> * Is low profile – does not attract unwanted attention
> * Has a high bang/buck ratio
> * A convertible would be a plus
> * Rear-wheel drive
> * Has an excellent safety rating
> * Has excellent quality, fit, finish, and reliability
> * Is cheap to insure  :)

I think a tricycle fits the bill, except it’s FWD.  Someone of your
skill could surely adapt.
 —–

- gpsman

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Re: How to Get Out of a Speeding Ticket

On Oct 2, 10:30 pm, Scott in SoCal <scottenazt…@yahoo.com> wrote:

> http://autos.aol.com/article/general/v2/_a/tough-states-for-tickets/2…

> Then there’s the guy who always drives around with a full water bottle
> at the ready. Anytime he’s pulled over, he pours a little out onto his
> lap, and then tells the approaching officer he’s been trying to rush
> home ahead of a bladder emergency.

> "He always gets out of tickets," Carrol says.

Seems unlikely.  If you’ve already pissed yourself,  the "emergency"
is past.

And the cited people are rank rookies.  There are methods to talk your
way out of a ticket for a "reasonable" excess of velocity, and these
people obviously don’t know them.
 —–

- gpsman

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Car Donation Resources

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http://www.zone-car.com

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Real driver's ed?

http://www.sptimes.com/2007/10/01/Northpinellas/Teens_try_new_spin_on…

Teens try new spin on driver’s ed

    Young motorists learn survival skills from masters of the asphalt.

By ALEXANDRA ZAYAS, Times Staff Writer
Published October 1, 2007

<…>

Over the weekend, about 400 teenagers at Tampa Bay Downs experienced a
similar crash course during Driver’s Edge, a free educational nationwide
tour for young drivers that teaches real-life emergency techniques and
driver safety.

<…>

The screen dimmed. Everyone was fully awake now. Race car driver Jeff
Payne took the mike.

"Quite honestly, it just sucks to be you," he said. People see teens as
reckless, immature. "For some of you in here, that may be true."

They laughed. He told them people their age win Olympic medals, fly
planes, fight wars. But when it comes to driving, they just don’t get the
same training.

"Driver’s education in this country is sort of a joke," he said. "We
aren’t really taught how to drive. We’re taught how to pass the test."

Not this morning.

The teens were schooled on the anatomy of brakes, what makes cars skid,
what rollovers look like. Race car drivers taught them how to turn
without oversteering and how to brake properly.

Joe Wilkinson zoomed off and made a sharp right turn on wet pavement,
spinning out. The 16-year-old’s hands danced around the wheel, his eyes
glued to two cones. The object: regain control of the car.

His tires screeched and smoked. The smell of burning rubber filled the air.

"I’m glad it’s not my car," his mom, Julie Spencer, said from a safe
distance.

Spencer didn’t like that her son got only 15 minutes of behind-the-wheel
practice during his high school driver’s education class, so she made him
repeat it twice, in the summer. He’s still a little jerky with the
brakes, she said.

"I’ve been looking for a class like this for two years," said Spencer, of
Safety Harbor. "I don’t want the first time he goes into a skid to be on
the highway."

<…>

Stephanie has been driving for about a year, but hasn’t gotten her
driver’s license yet. She was scared. And the 16-year-old said her
school’s driver’s ed program didn’t make her feel prepared.

So she got into the BMW driver’s seat Sunday and buckled up.

"Floor it!" Speck called from the passenger’s seat. "Go, go, go!"

Eyes set dead ahead, she took off. At her instructor’s command, she
stepped on the brakes, and brought the almost 2-ton machine to a safe stop.

Out of the car, in front of the rest of the students, Speck commended
Stephanie.

"Your focus was razor-sharp. It was pretty cool to watch," he said,
adding that if we all drove with that kind of concentration all the time,
we’d be safe.

Stephanie walked away from the lesson and said she felt ready for her
driver’s license.

<…>

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Is speeding and drunk driving now legal on Michigan freeways.?

The state govt has shut down due to the budget crisis so it would appear
the  State HP has been reduced. Presumably city cops are still enforcing
traffic laws in the cities.

http://www.michigan.gov/som/0,1607,7-192–177036–,00.html

STATE POLICE:  The Michigan State Police will continue to protect
Michigan citizens during shutdown.  Though all MSP posts will be closed
to the public, a limited number of troopers will be maintained to
provide critical law enforcement services across the state.
Administrative and specialized operations will be curtailed, resulting
in the cessation of crime lab services, commercial vehicle enforcement,
drug and criminal investigations, detective services, disaster
assistance, and casino gaming oversight.

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