Month: March 2017

When it comes to excuses for speeding, creativity is key

Do you recall your first traffic ticket? Whether for speeding or some other offense, you likely watched the officer approach your vehicle, all the while wondering if you had any chance of getting off with only a warning. How many potential excuses ran through your mind during those fleeting moments? Ten? Twenty? It’s amazing how creative we can become when we have to, isn’t it? For the officer, though, you can bet that whatever level of creativity you attain, he/she has heard it at least once. And forget the standard, “I didn’t realize …” or “I need to use the restroom,” because those are more overused than a teenager’s cell phone. If this leaves you wondering what, if anything, can be said to drive away with only a warning, check out some of these humorous, yet effective excuses from PoliceOne.com. After pulling over a young driver for going 23 mph over the speed limit, the officer asked why he was going so fast. The young man looked the officer “dead in the eye and said, ‘Because I’m just all kinds of stupid.’” (This one just may be my all-time favorite.) A woman who was pulled over for speeding was crying when the officer approached her window. Upon asking what was wrong, she “said she went shopping for the first time … Read More

What do you mean AWD and 4WD are not the same?

It’s a common myth that all-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) are the same. Shoppers, as well as some sales associates, use the terms interchangeably for what are, actually, two different systems. The mechanical differences between AWD and 4WD are significant, and most would consider them complicated. I prefer to keep things nice and easy. That’s why I’ve found, in most instances, it’s better to leave that to my mechanic. To keep it simple, if you are in the market for a more rugged vehicle (trucks and/or truck-platform SUVs) that can traverse harsh terrains, you’re most likely looking for a 4WD vehicle. But if you’re looking for a commuter or grocery-go-getter that performs well for every-day driving, AWD is a more logical choice. As an owner of both an AWD and a 4WD vehicle, I can unequivocally say that each drives very differently and serves its own purpose in our family. For instance, I live in an area that got a lot of snow this winter. Then, recent record-high temperatures melted more than half of the snow. What do you get when a lot of snow melts quickly? MUD. Lots and lots of mud. Choosing which vehicle to drive and best handle the extreme road conditions has been easy. In the snow and ice, I chose the AWD vehicle … Read More