Friday Fun! Formula E vs. a Cheetah

It’s Friday. Take two minutes out of your day to watch a cool thing. I promise you will learn very little, and there will not be a quiz. Your tired brain does not need that right now. You will find out that cheetahs are very endangered, and climate change is a big factor in that.…

EnLighten traffic signal countdown timer

Signal Timers: Countdown to Instruction

We’ve all been there: approaching the stale green light. How long has it been green? Will it still be green when I get to that intersection? Should I speed up? Slow down? Wait, now it’s yellow, but stopping fast on this wet street might send me skidding. What’s my play, here?  And we’ve all done it:…

Fisker Emotion

What About Fisker?

There have been so many announcements from Tesla these days, it’s easy to forget that other EV companies exist. One of those companies is Fisker Inc. Named for its founder, Henrik Fisker, you may recall his first company, Fisker Automotive. In 2012, it turned heads with Mr. Fisker’s Karma plug-in hybrid sedan. Not long after,…

Jaguar XE diesel

What Is a Diesel Vehicle?

Excerpted from Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self by Kristen Hall-Geisler—new and improved and available November 2017! Back in the early days of the automobile, everybody and his brother (never his sister) thought they could build a better engine. The internal combustion engine we know and love and…

Volvo driving school

Relearning to Drive with Volvo

First of all, I love a driving school. I’ve taken on-track, off-road, rally, and autocross lessons as part of my job. But this time, I took lessons in driving at normal speeds in a normal car. It was not normal. Volvo is trying out its Advanced Driving Course as a pilot program during the press…

Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell

What Is a Hydrogen Vehicle?

Excerpted from Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self by Kristen Hall-Geisler—new and improved and available November 2017! To put it really basically, a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is an electric car that can be refueled at a hydrogen fuel station rather than recharging using a plug. To be…

Tesla Model S reliability

You Can Do It, EVs!

Conventional wisdom in car-reviewing circles is that consumers should stay away from brand-new models or models that have a significant update. There are simply too many glitches that need to be worked out in the first year, so it’s best to wait for the following year. Or more. Regarding reliability, industry expert Consumer Reports says,…

2016 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle

What Is an Electric Vehicle?

Excerpted from Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self by Kristen Hall-Geisler—new and improved and available November 2017! There are two kinds of people in this world: those who would make great electric car owners, and those who would rip out their hair and scream like a banshee if…

SafeCap prevents drowsy driving

Using Tech to Stay Awake and Stay Alive

Falling asleep at the wheel, aka drowsy driving, caused 83,000 crashes between 2005 and 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2014 alone, drowsy driving resulted in 846 deaths. And nearly half of all the drivers on the road between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. nod off while they’re driving. While we…

2016 Mercedes-Benz 350e plug-in hybrid vehicle

What Is a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle?

Excerpted from Take the Wheel: A Woman’s Guide to Buying a Car Her Own Damn Self by Kristen Hall-Geisler—new and improved and available November 2017! If a hybrid is dipping a toe in alternative fuels, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is rolling up your jeans and wading in to your knees. These are hybrids that…