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Does negligent driving affect insurance?
I was ticketed for negligent driving earlier this month. While I paid the fine and everything is good legally speaking, I’m worried that my upcoming car insurance renewal will increase my rate. Will a negligent driving ticket affect my insurance?
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Eric Schad
Feb 11, 2022
How do you fix a stuck seat belt retractor in a Toyota Camry?
I live in Pennsylvania and drive a Toyota. About a week ago, my front passenger seat belt stopped retracting. I’d like to repair it myself instead of taking it to a mechanic, but I don’t know how. What’s the best way to fix a stuck seat belt retractor in my Toyota Camry?
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Joshua Levy
Dec 30, 2021
How do you turn on TRC on a Toyota Hilux?
My wife was driving my car and I think she turned off the TRC, and I have no clue how to turn it back on. How can I turn on the TRC on my Toyota Hilux for future reference?
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Chloe Jenkins
Dec 29, 2021
What are the ABC’s of defensive driving?
I want to keep my insurance rates low, so I’m trying to make sure I avoid accidents. What are the three basic principles driving defensively?
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Olivia Rose
Jan 27, 2022
Can a 4-year-old travel without a car seat?
I have a 4-year-old child who I take with me on all my errands. She’s gotten quite a bit bigger in the last few months, and she’s starting to outgrow her car seat. I’m not sure how long my child needs to remain in a car seat. Can a 4-year-old travel without a car seat if I live in Ohio?
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Eric Schad
Jan 27, 2022
What is an example of aggressive driving?
I’ve come across the term aggressive driving several times now. I thought it was just the opposite of defensive driving, but apparently, it’s something you can be ticketed for. What are aggressive driving behaviors?
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Michelle Ballestrasse
Jan 26, 2022
How do you gauge distance while driving?
I know I’m supposed to keep a certain amount of space between me and the person in front of me, but how am I supposed to gauge distance while I’m driving? Do I just make my best guess?
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Liz Jenson
Jan 24, 2022
Can dogs travel in a car’s footwell?
When I picked up my adult daughter the other day, she was shocked to find my Pomeranian in the passenger seat’s footwell. After putting my dog in the back seat, she gave me a big lecture. Is she right? Can dogs travel in a car’s footwell or is it unsafe?
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Rachel Rigolino
Jan 26, 2022
How can I keep my windshield from freezing while I’m driving?
I recently moved to New York from California, so it’s safe to say that I’ve never faced a winter quite like this one. My windshield fogs up every time I start my car, which is a real pain when I have to drive to work every morning! How do I keep ice from forming on my windshield while driving?
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Samuel Todd
Jan 26, 2022
When driving on snow, how much should I reduce my speed by?
Weather reports are saying that my town will be hit by heavy snowfall in the next few days, but we’re not equipped to remove large volumes of snow quickly. How much should I reduce my speed when driving on snow to prevent slipping?
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Tiffany Leung
Jan 27, 2022
When driving in work zones, what should you do?
The city is about to construct a new highway near my house. Construction will be heavy, but it’s still my fastest way to get to work. What rules should I adhere to when driving through a work zone?
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Max Werner
Feb 11, 2022
Are hybrid cars good for long-distance driving?
I would love to feel better about making greener decisions on the road, so I’m thinking about buying a hybrid car. My family loves to go on long road trips to Florida every year, though. Are hybrids able to handle long-distance driving?
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Kaitlin May
Nov 08, 2022
How do I turn off the LKAS in a Honda Accord?
The roads in my area have messy lines and they confuse my Honda Accord’s lane keep assist system. How do I turn off my Honda Accord’s LKAS when I don’t need it?
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Matthew Macgugan
Dec 21, 2021
Why does aggressive driving cause crashes?
I’ve always loved driving fast. While I try not to drive aggressively, I sometimes do it unknowingly—but I’ve never had an accident. How do aggressive drivers cause crashes?
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Eric Schad
Jan 24, 2022
What is the most important thing to consider when choosing your driving speed?
My friends and I got into an argument while on a road trip the other day about how fast we were driving. I said it was fine because the roads were empty. One said it wasn’t, because it was windy, and the other said the road was too bumpy to drive at full speed. What’s the most important thing to consider when determining how fast you drive?
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Michelle Ballestrasse
Jan 24, 2022
When should I look over my shoulder while driving?
I recently took my driving test for the first time, and I failed! The examiner said I didn’t look over my shoulder at key points. I thought I was only supposed to look over my shoulder when reversing. When should you do a shoulder check while driving?
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Michelle Ballestrasse
Jan 26, 2022
How do you view a rearview camera while driving?
I have a car with a backup camera, and it makes parking and backing up so much easier! However, I want to use it to look behind me while I’m driving forward. How can I view a rearview camera in this fashion?
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Eric Schad
Mar 19, 2022
What’s an example of risk while driving?
I’ve been studying for my driver’s test, and I just started learning about common risks. I feel like these lessons are really important to know well. What are the risks of driving?
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Michelle Ballestrasse
Jan 26, 2022
What’s the difference between careless and dangerous driving?
I recently got pulled over. I was eating while I was driving. The police officer made a comment that it was a good thing I wasn’t speeding because I would’ve gotten a dangerous driving ticket. What’s the difference between that and careless driving?
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Kaitlin May
Apr 14, 2022
Where can I rent a car for my driving test?
My parents typically use public transportation if they need to get somewhere since they work from home. Since I have my driving test coming up, is there somewhere I can rent a car just for the test?
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Kaitlin May
Feb 22, 2022
How do I turn on the defrost setting in my Toyota Corolla?
My sister recently moved to Seattle and I’m driving up from LA to visit her this Christmas. As I get further north, I’m having trouble keeping my windows clear with so much cold, wet weather. How can I activate the defrost setting in my Toyota Corolla SE?
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Chloe Jenkins
Dec 30, 2021
When feeling ill, should I take medication before driving?
I’ve been feeling sick for a while, but I need to go to the store and run errands. Being sick makes me groggy, which isn’t great for driving. Is taking medication before driving safe?
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Michelle Ballestrasse
Jan 26, 2022
Is it illegal to eat while driving in Florida?
I’m constantly busy, so I eat in my car fairly often. A friend told me that eating in my car is illegal, but I’m not so sure. Can I eat while driving if I live in Florida?
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Eric Schad
Mar 19, 2022
What should I do when driving on a multi-lane street with two-way traffic?
I already have my license, but I have a question about driving. When you’re on a multi-lane street with two-way traffic, what is the proper way to drive?
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Eric Schad
Jan 24, 2022
Where should I look when driving a car?
I’m trying to make myself a better driver after getting in an accident about a month ago. While I feel better about turning, braking, and accelerating, I’m still not 100% sure where to look when I’m behind the wheel. Where should I look while I’m driving my car?
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Eric Schad
Feb 11, 2022
Why does my leg hurt after driving?
I have almost an hour-long commute one way. It can be even longer with traffic, and I’ve recently noticed that my leg hurts when I drive. Why would driving cause leg pain?
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Kaitlin May
Feb 11, 2022
Can dogs travel in rental cars?
I’m renting a car to drive from Chicago to my parent’s lake house in northern Michigan. Can I bring my Welsh Corgi along? Can dogs travel in rental cars?
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Rachel Rigolino
Jan 26, 2022
Why is good peripheral vision so important for safe driving?
My friend usually wears glasses to drive, but she’s thinking about trying contact lenses. She’s afraid to make the switch because she thinks it’ll feel too weird and different while driving, but I’m trying to convince her that contact lenses are actually the safer and better choice. Can you help me explain why peripheral vision is so important for safe driving?
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Maxine Boyko
Jan 26, 2022
When should I use hazard lights while driving?
I was driving on the highway recently when it started downpouring rain. I always notice other drivers turning on their hazard lights in harsh weather. Is that required? When should I use my hazard lights?
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Kaitlin May
Nov 08, 2022
What should you do in a dust storm while driving?
I recently moved to Arizona and some new friends told me to be aware of dust storms while I’m driving. They didn’t go into detail about what I should do, though. What steps should I take if I encounter a dust storm while I’m driving?
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Eric Schad
Feb 11, 2022

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