Melissa Preddy Published 3:41 p.m. UTC Aug 30, 2018 Aside from the recent cool nip in the night air, one harbinger of fall will be the appearance next week of big yellow buses, safety-vested crossing guards and other school transportation symbols. The morning and afternoon commutes — eased the last few months by the school hiatus and the thinning of freeway traffic by vacations and lax summer schedules — will be more crowded, more intense and more fraught with opportunities for costly driver error. In addition to the primary goal of not hurting anyone, you might want to brush up on traffic rules that pertain to school-related transport, because failing to do so can sting the pocketbook big time. I learned that the hard way last fall when driving down a very familiar road at a very unfamiliar time. Turns out that during school arrival periods, the speed limit drops from 40 miles per hour to 25, signaled by a flashing sign near a middle … [Read more...] about School’s starting … time to brush up on traffic rules, or pay the price
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Mary Wisniewski Chicago Tribune Published 10:04 p.m. UTC Aug 6, 2018 If you are a fan of electric cars, get ready. Electric planes could be coming soon to the commercial market. Zunum Aero, a startup based in Bothell, Wash., is designing a hybrid electric, 10-to-12-passenger plane it hopes can be used for commercial flights early in the next decade. Such an aircraft would produce fewer emissions than a conventional model and cost less to operate, according to Waleed Said, power chief technology officer. “We are laser-focused on doing a flight test,” said Said, who is working on the plane’s powertrain at the company’s Elgin, Ill., facility. A test is planned for next year. Zunum has to overcome two major challenges before a plane is ready for commercial use. The main technical problem is the weight of the battery, which has to be both light enough for the plane to get off the ground and powerful enough to fly it. The other hurdle is getting the plane … [Read more...] about Electric planes prepare to takeoff
Mary didn’t know anything was wrong with her old Ford SUV when it was loaded onto a container ship in Europe in mid-2015. But she found out the hard way when it caught fire below deck, taking $45 million worth of other cars with it, causing another $55 million in damage to the vessel and its cargo, and sparking a legal fight between two car companies and the U.S. Department of Justice that remains ongoing. Mary—a U.S. Department of Agriculture employee who was shipping her car to Belgium as part of a relocation—wasn’t aware of the 10 recall notices that went out for the Escape, including two defects that had the potential to start a fire while it was off, according to legal filings and a 2017 summary of an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. In total, the incident caused $100 million in damage, nearly half attributable to junked BMWs, Daimlers and Fords. The fire set off an intense legal dispute over the damage that roped in BMW, Ford … [Read more...] about How One Recalled SUV Destroyed $45 Million In Cars, Burned A Massive Ship, And Sparked A Legal Battle Between Ford And BMW
My first-ever job in this industry was working on Performance Ford Magazine. When I wasn't larking around the incredibly lax offices, my days were filled with writing about Escort RS Turbos, Focus STs, Fiesta XR2s and even the odd Mondeo. But the majority of my life was, by far, taken up by talking about the Sierra RS Cosworth. The Cosworth sat astride the world of Ford's performance cars like a vast, tattooed gorilla; for many enthusiasts, nothing else mattered. You could feature wonderful little track day Fiestas whose owners had poured love and time into them, or beautifully set-up homebuild rallycross Pumas until the cows came home; for many of our readers, if it didn't have a YB engine in it, it wasn't worth the time of day. As you might expect, then, we spent plenty of time writing about Cossies. Not to mention, marvelling at how much they cost. Back then, a good, clean two-wheel-drive Sapphire Cosworth could be had for £5,000 - not too unreasonable. But a three-door, as we … [Read more...] about PH Service History: Be Cos It’s Worth It?
A few years ago, I decided to have a heart-to-heart talk with my little brother, the artist currently known as Bark M., about something that had always puzzled me.“Dude,” I asked, “why did you quit being a performing musician? You were making halfway decent money, you were on the road all the time, you were playing music that you loved, you were hooking up with a different college girl every night. Why would you leave all of that behind and manage a Men’s Wearhouse, for Christ’s sake?” Bark gave me this very sour look and replied, “I got sick of being in a van.”I had to laugh, because at that point it made perfect sense. I’ve never met anybody else who is as picky as my brother when it comes to travel. Take this past weekend for example. I was on a two-stop Southwest flight that ended up taking ten and a half hours in the air to get me from Oakland to Columbus; he was on a nonstop from LAX to Cincinnati. When I finally landed after … [Read more...] about San Francisco Business Owner Defies Police To Get His Van Back, Is Lectured By Local Moonbats