Regular or premium?

In this week’s Straight Dope column, Cecil Adams addresses the question of how to choose between premium and regular gasoline. This topic is surely of great interest to everyone as the price of regular gas hovers around $2 per gallon. I thought I already knew the answer: use the lowest grade that doesn’t cause your…

Gas prices

The news media are doing a very good job of telling us something we already know: that gasoline prices are high and continuing to rise. (In fact, some news outlets are even saying that gas prices have reached record highs, which is not true if you correct for inflation.) But if you want to know…

Busted

I think I got a traffic ticket yesterday while driving home from work. Hang on a minute, you’re probably saying to yourself. How can you not be sure? Did a cop pull you over and give you a ticket, or not? Well, no. At the moment, I have no ticket in my possession. And no…

Now why didn’t I think of this?

James Lileks has come up with an idea that should have occurred to me in 1989. In a column about his daughter’s third birthday, he writes: I got her a car. A real one. No, she can’t drive it; she’s only 3. I’m just thinking ahead 13 years when she hints that a car would…

Wheels up

I usually begin this story by mentioning that I have never received a speeding ticket in my entire life, and then conceding that the truth of this statement depends on exactly how you define “speeding ticket.”

Friday Five: Behind the wheel

Now that I’m blogging again, the arrival of Friday means it’s time to answer the Friday Five. This week’s questions are about driving. 1. Do you have a car? If so, what kind of car is it? We have two vehicles, both of which are Chrysler products: a Plymouth Grand Voyager and a Dodge Neon…