Tag: driving tips

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Does blowing out the carbs help
Sep 01, 2009

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

Dear Car Talk

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...

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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...

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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

Nov 01, 2008

Is it bad for a car's engine if you "floor it" a lot?

Dear Car Talk

I got my driver's license about five months ago. I drive a 2006 Toyota Highlander, and each day I get on the highway and drive 45 minutes to get to school. When I get onto the highway, I like to floor it...

driving tips

Nov 01, 2008

Will shifting to the highest gear as quickly as you can, save gas?

Dear Car Talk

I have a son who has "gone green." He is passionate about the environment, recycles religiously and is very focused on gas mileage. He owns a '98 Honda Civic. He shifts to the highest gear possible, as soon as possible...

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Oct 01, 2008

Could starting a manual transmission in second gear actually be better for your car?

Dear Car Talk

I recently purchased a new, 2008 Nissan 350Z. I allowed a friend of mine (from Australia) to drive it to the airport yesterday, and noticed that after stopping at a red light, he would start the car in second (instead of...

manual transmissions driving tips

Feb 01, 2008

Today: Tom and Ray mediate a marital-manual shifting dispute.

Dear Car Talk

Please save me from the brutal verbal badgering I must endure every time my husband rides with me. We have a manual transmission. Sometime during my lifetime I developed what I perceive a harmless, if not helpful, habit. As I...

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is it good to drive your car only very short distances
Dec 01, 2007

Is it better to start your car every day-- or just let it sit in the cold?

Dear Car Talk

My car-knowledge-challenged son lives in North Conway, N.H. His job is about 300 yards from his apartment. Instead of walking, he starts his car every day and drives the three minutes to work. I told him that this is bad...

driving tips

Jun 01, 2007

Just what is the best way to brake, when headed towards a red light?

Dear Car Talk

If one anticipates stopping at 100 yards when the light ahead turns red, should one continue at speed and then press firmly one time when near the light to stop, should one intermittently and repetitively press firmly to slow down incrementally...

brakes driving tips

Apr 01, 2007

How long should Carolee let her VW warm up on those chilly Chicago mornings?

Dear Car Talk

I have a 2002 VW Passat. I live in the Chicago suburbs. I park it outside in a public lot all day while I'm at work. How long should I let the car warm up before driving it home at the...

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