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Neglected Maintenance 101: Wheel Bearings

Posted on May 25th, 2015 in , , | No Comments »

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

It’s the parts unseen — and unthought about — that end up living a hard life. And potentially, making life hard on you.

Wheel bearings, for instance. Read the rest of this article »

2015 Subaru Forester Review

Posted on May 22nd, 2015 in , | No Comments »

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist                                        Photo courtesy of CARICOS

You can learn some important stuff about cars by taking note of who buys what — and how the cars are used.

And whether they stand up to the uses to which they’re put. Read the rest of this article »

NMA Reboot: “Radargate” Revisited

Posted on May 21st, 2015 in , , | No Comments »

This weekly post features recent news stories that highlight and update themes previously covered throughout NMA E-Newsletters and Alerts.

Editor’s Note: The city of Asheville, North Carolina, recently announced it was refunding fines for approximately 500 speeding tickets. An audit revealed that the tickets had been issued using improperly calibrated radar guns or by officers who were not certified to use radar. Such errors are not uncommon and can sometimes be systemic throughout a department, as this account of the Pennsylvania State Police “Radargate” Scandal illustrates. It’s a long read, but worth it.  Read the rest of this article » Roundup: May 20, 2015

Posted on May 20th, 2015 in , , , , , , | No Comments »

Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that National Motorists Association members are interested in.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Florida: Yellow Light Refunds Highlight Engineering Failure
The Orange County, Florida Board of Commissioners agreed on Tuesday to refund $41,080 worth of red-light camera citations. American Traffic Solutions, the county’s vendor, issued the tickets at the intersection of Hiawassee Road and Clarcona-Ocoee Road between August 2012 and May 2013. Motorists only had 4.0 seconds of warning time, even though the state minimum for the intersection type was 4.3 seconds.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Florida Counties Caught With Uncalibrated Radar Guns
For most speeding tickets, the readout of a laser or radar device provides the only evidence of an offense. In Lee County, Florida, officials cannot prove that those readouts are accurate. As a result, Lee County and other jurisdictions throughout the state face the potential for substantial refunds from a federal class action lawsuit filed last week. Read the rest of this article »

Things to Know About Tires

Posted on May 18th, 2015 in , , | 2 Comments

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist

The invention of the wheel was a pretty big deal — rolling stuff being a lot easier than carrying (or pushing or dragging) it.

The invention of tires was the next great leap forward. Rubber tires allowed wheels to travel more smoothly on rough/uneven surfaces and at faster-than-walking pace without shaking themselves — and the cart or carriage or (eventually) car to which they were bolted to pieces. They also much improved traction — getting you going on slick/slippery surfaces, laterally (in the corners) as well as when you want to slow down (many people do not realize that a set of good tires contributes mightily to shorter stopping distances).

Ultimately, they’re the last thing between you and the road. So it’s a good idea to know a few things about them. Such as the fact that… . Read the rest of this article »

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