Tag: driving tips

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What happenes if you press the gas and brake at the same time
Mar 01, 2011

Today: an age-old automotive conundrum gets answered.

Dear Car Talk

For as long as I can remember, my dad has known the answer to everything practical; he's not the guy to talk to about matters of the heart, but for anything else he remains my go-to guy -- with one...

driving tips

Is using both feet while driving bad for the car
Jan 01, 2011

Today: is two-footed driving bad for your car?

Dear Car Talk

My husband, a dear, loving Englishman, drives with one foot on the brake and one foot on the gas. At a red light, the poor car is trying desperately to move forward, as told by the right foot, but is...

driving tips brakes

Can spinning the wheels damage your tires
Dec 01, 2010

Can spinning a wheel in deep snow cause tire damage?

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Last week my boyfriend and I went backpacking in Montana and woke up to more than a foot of fresh heavy snow. My 2005 FWD Pontiac Vibe got stuck in the parking lot, and we spun the front passenger tire a...

winter driving tips

is it bad to not press the button when shifting
Jun 01, 2010

Is Elaine's partner driving her beloved VW a tad too aggressively?

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We are Americans living in England, and have a 2000 VW Beetle automatic that I named Betty. I hope you can settle a domestic argument for us (preferably by siding with me). The VW is my "baby," and until I started...

driving tips manual transmissions shifters

does fast braking save brakes
Apr 01, 2010

Does braking at the last minute save wear and tear?

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My wife's grandfather drives like an idiot. Specifically, he never touches the brake pedal until the very last second, at which point he slams on the brake, throwing everyone forward and sending various objects hurtling about the car. Someone finally...

brakes driving tips

Nov 01, 2009

Is keeping your clutch pressed in such a bad idea? Find out.

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A friend of mine at work and I have a disagreement regarding using the clutch on a standard-shift car. He says that keeping the clutch pressed in will wear out the throw-out bearing, and I say it won't. For example...

manual transmissions driving tips clutches

Nov 01, 2009

Why using the transmission to stop your car isn't such a great idea.

Dear Car Talk

My husband actually said this: "If you ask Click and Clack, and they say I did something wrong, I'll stop doing it." So here we go: When my husband backs my new Toyota minivan out of our driveway (he's backing...

transmissions driving tips

Does blowing out the carbs help
Sep 01, 2009

Do you still need to "blow out the cobs" from time to time?

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I know we are supposed to drive our cars gently ... accelerate gently, brake gently, etc. But is there any benefit from occasional and brief full-throttle blast, for, say, a mile or so? As a boy in the 1960s, I recall...

driving tips carburetors

The importance of first gear
May 01, 2009

Today: why first gear matters. A lot.

Dear Car Talk

My wife and I recently bought a 5-speed Saturn VUE. Whenever she comes to a complete stop, she puts the car in second gear and takes off in second gear. When I ask her why she does that, she says...

manual transmissions driving tips

What is the B setting on the Prius transmission
Jan 01, 2009

What's the "B" mode in a hybrid all about? Find out.

Dear Car Talk

We recently bought a 2008 Prius, and just love it, love it, love it. But we're having a bit of a discussion about how to use the "B" on the gearshift. I say it's like a downshift, and you should use...

hybrids driving tips