Tag: emergencies

24 Posts

can i use my car as an emergency power source
May 01, 2003

Could your car be used as a source of electricity in an emergency?

Dear Car Talk

Here's a burning question that I have wanted to ask Can a car be used as an emergency source of electricity for a short period Here's the deal You can purchase converters that turn -volt power into -volt AC boxes...

emergencies

what are ways that emergency vehicles might better reach drivers who need to get out of their way
Mar 01, 2003

Readers weigh in on a previous post about emergency-response vehicles.

Dear Car Talk

mail regarding a column we wrote about emergency-response vehicles An EMT wrote us to ask what could be done about drivers failing to yield right of way to ambulances and rescue vehicles TOM Lots of you wrote to us with...

emergencies safety

do drivers who ignore emergency vehicles do it because they can't hear or don't care
Mar 01, 2003

More responses to our article about emergency-response vehicles.

Dear Car Talk

today about emergency vehicles and how to get people to shape up and get out of their way TOM We've talked in previous columns about several innovative technologies that broadcast alert messages from ambulances through existing car radios But here's...

emergencies

what can be done about people who don't heed emergency sirens
Feb 01, 2003

Drivers aren't yielding to emergency-response vehicles these days. Readers have some ideas.

Dear Car Talk

mail about emergency vehicles A few weeks ago we printed a letter from an EMT who said that drivers just don't get out of the way for ambulances anymore He blamed it on sound-insulated cars loud car stereo systems and...

emergencies

is there a system that could get drivers' attetntion better than traditional sirens
Jan 01, 2003

Suggestions to rememdy the problem of drivers ignoring emergency response vehicles.

Dear Car Talk

You recently wrote about the problem of distracted drivers ignoring the sirens of emergency vehicles Tom's suggestion of a transmitter so you could broadcast your siren through the sound systems of cars within a hundred feet of you got my...

emergencies distracted driving

Dec 01, 2002

What can be done about cars who don't yield to emergency vehicles?

Dear Car Talk

My name is Greg and I work as an emergency medical technician I'm writing to you about something that has become nearly pandemic -- people failing to hear our sirens or notice our lights because they are on cell phones...

emergencies safety

Oct 01, 2002

Aftermarket cruise control responsible for unintended acceleration?

Dear Car Talk

Help I bought a Toyota Echo drove it three weeks and it nearly killed me Twice The car suddenly accelerated in heavy traffic The brake had no effect -- it did not slow or stop the car I threw it...

cruise control aftermarket parts emergencies

May 01, 2001

What should I do if I see a burning car on the side of the road?

Dear Car Talk

While traveling the highways and byways I occasionally see cars on fire I would like to help out but I do not have a fire extinguisher Should I buy one and carry it with me What kind There must be...

fire emergencies

Jun 01, 1997

Why won't anyone repair my spare "temporary" tire?

Dear Car Talk

Could someone tell me why a space-saver spare cannot be fixed I went to five gas stations and a tire store and got the same answer Because it's a temporary tire So what It's still made of rubber like other...

tires emergencies

Aug 01, 1996

Advice on how to stop a runaway vehicle.

Dear Car Talk

We need a favor Some time ago you printed a letter about a runaway vehicle and you gave some advice about how to stop a runaway We clipped the article but lost it Our boss says you should turn off...

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