Posts tagged "driving"

Marijuana Users Are Way Less Likely To Get In An Accident Than Alcohol Users

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a study comparing the relative driving safety risk of alcohol use and marijuana use, respectively, and it has a few important takeaways, as explained in depth by the Washington Post. Basically, it boils down to “marijuana users are less likely to be in accidents than alcohol users,” but…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 10, 2015

A Superstitious, Non-Mechanically Inclined Person’s Guide To DIY Car Repair

My 13-year-old VW Jetta seems to be entering the phase of an automobile’s life where there’s never not something wrong with it. It’s been in and out of the repair shop pretty much constantly over the past few months, and lately it only starts on the first try when it feels like it. I’m determined…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 2, 2014

Woman Arrested In Saudi Arabia For Driving Her Sick Father To The Hospital

Police in Saudi Arabia arrested a woman for driving, despite the fact that she was taking her diabetic father to a hospital. Perhaps the cops just wanted to warn her that driving ruins women’s ovaries? [Kuwait Times]
Illinois has advanced a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.  The bill now heads to the state…

Jessica Wakeman / November 5, 2013

Driving Ruins Women’s Ovaries, Warns Saudi Cleric

Listen up, women of childbearing age! Do you ever want to have kids some day? Are you concerned about your fertility? Then never, ever get behind the wheel of a car again. Driving is bad for your ovaries. A Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia, where it is illegal for women to drive, explained that only…

Jessica Wakeman / September 30, 2013

Watch This: The Worst First Driving Lesson Ever

Due to a confluence of events including me moving across the country, misplacing my driver’s license, and the Oregon DMV refusing to emerge from the dark ages, I might have to take the Tennessee driving test to get a replacement license. The prospect of taking the road test again makes me feel almost exactly a…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / August 2, 2013

Today In Things That Actually Exist: The Steering Wheel Desk

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Wheelmate steering wheel desk. According to the product description, the Wheelmate is “light enough to carry, but sturdy enough to support a notepad, lunch, or even a laptop.” In the very last sentence, the company cautions against using the product while driving (apparently it’s made for parking lot lunch enthusiasts),…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 10, 2013

3,000 Saudis Want Women To Be Allowed To Drive

Three thousand Saudis have signed a petition asking a conservative Muslim council to consider allowing women to legally drive. The council is said to be consideribg a debate on this wild and crazy idea. Women in cars! Who’d have thunk?! [Raw Story]
Meet the blogger behind the Steubenville rape case who screengrabbed to…

Jessica Wakeman / March 18, 2013

Teaching Old Dogs Really, Really New Tricks

There’s a joke about how there’s more sheep than people in New Zealand. And now, there’s more driving dogs than anywhere else in the world, too. Members of the New Zealand Society For the Prevention of Animals wanted to prove how intelligent their shelter dogs were — so they taught them to drive. Like, really.

Julie Gerstein / December 7, 2012

7 Essentials For A Perfect Fall Road Trip

Last week, I wrote about a Pendleton plaid satchel that had me yearning to pack it up and hit the road for a fall road trip, and as the leaves have started changing colors, my road trip excitement has increased exponentially. Fall is the perfect time to take a long, lazy drive, because the weather…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 3, 2012

The President Reveals What Malia Obama’s First Car Will Be

“It’s only a matter of time until Malia gets her learner’s permit so I’m hoping to see one of those models that gets a top speed of 15 miles an hour and the ejector seat any time boys are in the car. So, hopefully you guys have some of those in the pipeline.”

Jessica Wakeman / August 6, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Saudi Women Flout The Driving Ban

Today is the day Saudi Arabian women are holding a mass protest by breaking the law and driving. Our thoughts are with them! [Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Beast]
Brazil is considering a quota for Sao Paulo Fashion Week which requires that 20 percent of its models be black. If only American fashio…

Jessica Wakeman / June 17, 2011

Snooki Hits A Police Car In Italy, Italian-American Relations Plunge Southward

Snooki rear-ended a cop car in Florence, Italy, this weekend, sending two police officers to the hospital with whiplash. Snooki, her pal Deena, and a “Jersey Shore” film crew member were being escorted by the cop car, which pinned Snooki’s car against a highway wall after the crash. This surely won’t do any good to…

Jessica Wakeman / May 31, 2011

Saudi Women Plan Major Protest Of Driving Ban On June 17

On June 17, women in Saudi Arabia are planning a protest of the country’s ban on women drivers en masse by getting behind the wheel. Women in Saudi Arabia are forced to rely on male relatives or male drivers to get anywhere by car, and are not allowed to travel outside the country without a

Jessica Wakeman / May 24, 2011

Girl Talk: How I Almost Died In This Weekend’s Blizzard

Yesterday I almost died. Not in a “life flashing before me” kind of way – but in a cold, painful, this-blizzard-totally-sucks kind of way. I got stuck in the Snowpocalypse.

You know, the Snowpocalypse—the weekend storm that’s currently blanketing the East Coast. I spent Christmas in Philadelphia, DJing an annual Christmas night party.

Julie Gerstein / December 27, 2010

Norway Giving Its Reindeer Reflective Collars, And Not Just So They Look Cute

In Norway, reindeer are the noble animals that help Santa deliver presents. But they’re also a road hazard—500 of them are hit and killed each year, and many of these crashes leave drivers and passengers severely injured. And so the Norwegian government is tagging the animals with reflective collars or antler tags to make them…

Kate Torgovnick/ / December 24, 2010

Men Need To Stop Diddling While Driving

Dear Men: A recent survey will reveal that 11-percent of those of you under 30 are masturbating while driving. WHAT THE HELL? I mean, what are you doing? What are you thinking? Why are you masturbating and driving at the same time? I have so many questions, and too few answers. Is it a privacy…

Susannah Breslin / June 23, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Teen Girl Drivers Admit To Speeding More Than Boys

Teenage boys have generally had worse driving records, and car insurance rates across the country have reflected as much. But a recent study of teen drivers by the Allstate Foundation found that 27 percent of teen girls admit to driving over 10 miles over the speed limit, compared with only 19 percent of boys.

Jessica Wakeman / February 16, 2010

10 Activities That Should Be Illegal To Do While Driving

After hearing the appeal of a man who was caught using his mobile phone while driving and fined $350, a German judge is making the argument that this shouldn’t be illegal in the first place. In his ruling, Judge Albert Bartz wrote that if it is against the law to use a phone while driving,…

Catherine Strawn / August 21, 2009

Virginia Is For Frowners

People with ugly driver’s license photos, the state of Virginia feels your pain. The Department of Motor Vehicles in Virginia banned smiles—yes, smiles—and ordered all new photo-takers to make a “neutral expression” in their portraits. The DMV would like to develop a facial recognition system to standardize documentation and thwart fraudsters and identity thieves. OK,…

Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2009

Soon, You’ll Be Able To Create Your Own Energy

You know how your feet get tired when you walk a lot? Well, all that pounding might soon be used to generate electricity. Engineers calculated the amount of energy that the 34,000 travelers who pass through the Victoria Underground station in London generate every hour, and they say it’s enough to power 6,500 light bul…

Catherine Strawn / June 9, 2008