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Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Tired Tires?

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Tired Tires?

Q: We’ve got a beautiful old Mustang we drive only about 3,000 miles a year, usually for a couple of long trips. The tires have only 30,000 miles on them, but they’re nine or 10 years old. Is that a problem?

March 05, 2014 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Jump Smarts

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Jump Smarts

Q: We’ve been trying to impress on our son the importance of being much less sloppy when he’s jumpstarting his friends’ cars. He’s not especially detail oriented, and we’ve told him it’s possible to injure himself or someone else badly if he doesn’t slow down and make sure the jumper cables …

February 26, 2014 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Redesign Reservations

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Redesign Reservations

Q: We’re looking at the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, and we’re enthusiastic about it, but we’re afraid that all the bad press about the redesign will spoil its resale value in five or six years. What do you think?

February 19, 2014 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters:Compact Takeover

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters:Compact Takeover

Q: It seems to me that there’s an exorbitant amount of attention given to compact SUVs compared to sedans and other types of vehicles that appear, when I’m driving around town, to be a lot more popular. So tell me. What percentage of vehicles that are sold every year fall into that compact S…

February 12, 2014 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters:Puff, Puff, Gone

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters:Puff, Puff, Gone

Q: We have a law in our city against “puffing” – a term they use for starting your car and leaving it running in the driveway to warm it up (and that’s something that we all like to do during these sub-zero days). I can’t imagine we’re the only place in the country where puffing is illegal a…

February 05, 2014 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: VW’s New Nav

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: VW’s New Nav

Q: We’re in the very early stages of researching for a new car purchase next year, and are hearing GM’s OnStar will be in Volkswagens soon. What do you know about that?

January 29, 2014 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: In and out with ease

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: In and out with ease

Q: My mother-in-law is a good and cautious driver. But she has begun having trouble, due to a failing left knee, getting out of her car. Any suggestions?

January 22, 2014 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Rule Breaker Rant

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Rule Breaker Rant

I heard from a reader regarding my recent rant against hideously self-absorbed drivers who ignore traffic rules and put the rest of us at risk. This gentleman put forth a different point of view, and one that I hear (different words/same message) often lately:

January 15, 2014 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Plug-In Minivan

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Plug-In Minivan

Q: Some time ago I heard Nissan would be launching an all-electric minivan. We’ve had Nissans for years, and would like to go this way, but the last time I checked with the dealership they couldn’t say when the minivan would be coming.

January 08, 2014 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: End of the Road

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: End of the Road

Q: I own a 2002 Pontiac Bonneville. It is my third Bonneville. They have all been great cars that drive well and I always have felt very safe and comfortable in them. I had my current one at the dealer yesterday and the service person commented that I probably have a few more years of good d…

January 01, 2014 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Head Gear

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Head Gear

Q: This may sound bizarre, but given that we know teen drivers are often badly injured or killed the first year of driving because they haven’t had time to develop skills, wouldn’t it make sense to require them to wear some sort of head protector, like helmets, for the first year or so that …

December 18, 2013 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Reader Roundup

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Reader Roundup

Q: I heard part of a report that seemed to be indicating that Great Britain is banning all non-hybrids sometime in the future. Can this be true?

December 11, 2013 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Know Your Lease

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Know Your Lease

Q: I’ve never leased a car, and am considering doing so. I’d like some information on several matters, including what kind of penalties there are if you go over the agreed-upon mileage when the car is turned in.

December 04, 2013 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Label Liability

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Label Liability

Q: I was researching the 2013 Highlander because we might buy one, and saw that it was recalled because of a labeling issue. Cars are being recalled now because they’re mislabeled? Seriously?

November 27, 2013 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Still Circling

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Still Circling

The matter of roundabouts continues to generate passion. I recently shared some of the positive comments about roundabouts that came after a column in which I expressed skepticism that the proliferation of roundabouts would accomplish every traffic-control miracle promised by the “experts.” …

November 20, 2013 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Plug Options

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Plug Options

Q: I’ve recently moved to a condominium with internal parking. There are several hybrid cars in the garage. In preparation for the next generation of plug-ins/electric cars, I’ve been trying to compile a list of current and proposed plug-ins to present to the board of directors. The object i…

November 13, 2013 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters:Bad Drivers, Bad People?

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters:Bad Drivers, Bad People?

I seem to have driven a pickaxe into a nerve: My recent rant about the profound degradation in skill, concentration and good sense among the driving public prompted a flood of email. Turns out many people agree that something really disturbing is happening.

November 06, 2013 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Six Is Enough

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Six Is Enough

Q: Our 23-year-old son is close to buying a car, and he stunned us by telling us he’s probably going to get a 72-month loan. Six years?! Who permits such a thing? Anyhow, what’s your feeling about financing a car for such a long time?

October 30, 2013 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Eco Push

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Eco Push

Q: The cars we’ve been test-driving, including the Honda CR-Z and the Toyota RAV4, have this little button called the “Eco” button. It purportedly shifts the car into some sort of fuel-conserving green mode. What’s the deal with these things? Do they do anything?

October 23, 2013 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Doggie Damage?

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Doggie Damage?

Q: I’m a dog walker at the animal shelter, and they’ve recently posted signs everywhere saying, “Don’t let dogs urinate on tires.” When I asked why, the answer was, “There were complaints.” I agree that letting a dog pee on someone’s tire is rude, and it probably means you’re not paying enou…

October 16, 2013 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Tint Exceptions

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Tint Exceptions

Q: My sister is moving from Kentucky to Illinois to live with us. She has lupus, which makes her extremely sensitive to light, and her car windows are tinted far darker than I think allowed in this state. Naturally, we want to avoid a traffic stop or a fine. Do you have any idea how we can g…

October 09, 2013 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Teen Precaution

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Teen Precaution

Q: During our family summer vacation to Washington, D.C. this year, we kept seeing cars with big yellow signs on the back saying, “New Driver. Be Patient.” I loved those signs. Our oldest will get her license early next year, and it would be great to have this on our car so people will under…

October 02, 2013 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Idle Waste

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Idle Waste

Q: You recently discouraged people from turning off their cars at stoplights – a maneuver some people use to reduce idle-time fuel wasting. I agree with you. I hate waiting while the four people ahead of me take the time, once the light changes, to put down their cell phones (if they do put …

September 25, 2013 8:00 am
Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Straight and Steady

Steering You Right with Sharon Peters: Straight and Steady

Q: We test drove an Acura RLX that supposedly steers the car back on course if it goes over the center lane. How does it know we’re off course?

September 18, 2013 8:00 am
Steering You Right: Round Again

Steering You Right: Round Again

My recent response to a reader who wondered if his impression that the U.S. is engaged in a sudden burst of constructing roundabouts is correct (it is—they are the latest, greatest thing in traffic control, proliferating like weeds in a ditch) prompted several readers to weigh in. All had ha…

September 11, 2013 9:00 am
Steering You Right: ‘Active’ Head Safety

Steering You Right: ‘Active’ Head Safety

Q: We’ve been trying out some new cars for the first time in seven years. Many have “active head restraint.” What does that mean?

September 04, 2013 9:00 am
Steering You Right: Old for Young?

Steering You Right: Old for Young?

Q: My 17-year old daughter is obsessed with vintage (late 1960s, early ‘70s) VW Westfalia vans and wants to purchase one with money she has been saving since she was 13. Of course, we are concerned with her safety, being a new and inexperienced driver, and want to make sure it has airbags. T…

August 28, 2013 9:00 am
Steering You Right: Credit Car

Steering You Right: Credit Car

Q: My daughter’s best friend’s brother told her he never pays for routine service for his car because he uses his “reward dollars” that he earns with a car-brand credit card. We want in on that! But she doesn’t remember the make of the car and he’s teaching abroad for a few months. Is there …

August 21, 2013 9:00 am
Steering You Right: Legal Lease

Steering You Right: Legal Lease

Q: Our 26-year-old son made the extremely bad decision of leasing a Lexus. After about one year on this three-year lease, he’ been transferred overseas by his company, an arrangement that will last at least 18 months. He’s not taking the car with him, of course, and has asked us to “deal wit…

August 14, 2013 9:00 am
Steering you right: Alternative Fuel-iverse

Steering you right: Alternative Fuel-iverse

Q: We’re thinking of getting a mid-size hybrid sedan (gasoline-electric). We know about the Kia Optima because our friends have one that we’ve driven. We think it’s fine, but we want to test drive some other cars so we’ll have a frame of context to compare the Optima against. Can you give us…

August 07, 2013 9:00 am

Big Wheels

Q. We’re looking at two vehicles. The Subaru Forester has 16-inch wheels that come standard, but you can get 17-inch wheels, and the Ford Escape’s range from 17 to 19 inches. The bigger ones cost more. What’s with the emphasis on wheel sizes, and why spend more for bigger?

July 31, 2013 12:00 am

Back at the Wheel

Q: My father-in-law had a bad traffic accident (not his fault) and has had surgeries and been in rehab for weeks. He’s moving across the country to be with us for a few months. I know he’ll want his independence, but I’m not sure he’s really capable of driving yet. What are your suggestions …

July 24, 2013 12:00 am
Steering you right: The circle game

Steering you right: The circle game

Q: It seems that wherever we go these days – shopping centers, new subdivisions, even well traveled routes that used to be straight lines – there are roundabouts, those goofy traffic circles that no one seems to know how to maneuver. Must be the new trend in traffic engineering. But it seems…

July 16, 2013 12:05 pm

Old Gas & Seatbelts

Q: I need to know how to dispose of old gasoline, please. My late husband always kept a five-gallon container of gas for emergencies and now I’ve discovered an almost-full container that must be at least eight years old. I won’t put it in my car because it’s so old, but I need to get rid of …

July 10, 2013 12:00 am

Sparked for Life?

Q: Are there really, as my brother insists, “lifetime” sparkplugs these days?

June 19, 2013 12:00 am
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