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David Traver Adolphus

The changing seasons bring with them many problems. Many of these are well known and easily dealt with (watch out for drunk drivers on New Years’; it gets cold so wear warmer clothing). Some of the ones that can really ruin your day, however ... more

Nov 23, 2016 10:37 AM Air Bag

Winter weather is more than just snow, although I don’t think anyone would be surprised by anything this year. As far as your car is concerned, temperatures below 40° are winter, and by Monday, Nov. 7th, the average low is 43, dropping to 40 ... more

Oct 26, 2016 1:08 PM Air Bag

Ford, and Morgan. It’s an unlikely pair: the conservative, patriarchal American ur-manufacturer and the family of English handcrafters. What is the secret that has allowed these car companies to be the only ones that have gone through most ... more

Sep 21, 2016 11:59 AM Air Bag

In the April AirBag I talked about my love for road trips and a half-baked scheme to find the literal end of the road, which it turns out is in Quebec about 1,552 miles north of Chattanooga in a straight line (2,141 miles by road, each way) ... more

Aug 24, 2016 2:44 PM Air Bag

Wolf Blitzer: Good evening America, and welcome to CNN’s 2016 Presidential Town Hall Meeting here at the Dora, Alabama, Town Hall. I’d like to thank Dora Mayor Robert “Robbie” Busby and the City Council for hosting this event. more

Jul 28, 2016 10:46 AM Air Bag

Nothing was settled in the early days of the car: Three wheels or four? How would you steer—a ship’s tiller? Which side would you drive on? Would you sit side by side, or facing each other, like a carriage? All of those answers ... more

Jul 13, 2016 10:07 AM Cover Story

In the old car world from which I come, there have been two great bubbles over the last few decades. The first, in the Eighties, was for Ferraris, some of which as much as quadrupled in value in less than 10 years and then, from about 1988-1991 ... more

Jun 22, 2016 11:49 AM Air Bag

As I wrote about back in February, I had a huge flood at my office and my entire reference library was destroyed—literally thousands of books and magazines, along with the other stuff a person accumulates ... more

May 25, 2016 2:17 PM Air Bag

As with many of my writing-about-cars peers, I’m an inveterate road tripper. I drag my family along back roads to everywhere, including taking the kids to school in the morning and when there’s an excuse to go somewhere, I take it. more

Apr 27, 2016 2:28 PM Air Bag

There are two ways you can think about car ownership. You can...not think about it, like you don’t think about any other appliance, until it breaks or otherwise doesn’t meet your needs. It’s never going to make you happy ... more

Mar 23, 2016 10:45 AM Air Bag

About 15 years ago, I quit (OK, was fired) from a retail job and decided that with nothing to lose, it was time to see if I could make a go of it writing about cars. Amazingly, it turned out I could. It also turned out that ... more

Feb 24, 2016 11:27 AM Air Bag

You may not have thought about it, but “the car” has been disappearing. Buyers, particularly people with young families, prefer small SUVs and crossovers. A lot. And crossovers aren’t cars. A car...well, you know what a car is. more

Jan 27, 2016 12:39 PM Air Bag

We can look around us anywhere, on any day, and literally see the effects cars have had on, well, everything. The existence of suburbs, paved roads, shopping malls, chestnut blight and rural electrification are related... more

Dec 23, 2015 12:14 PM Air Bag

In a recent debate with Pulse managing editor Gary Poole, he claimed someone said they never washed their car because it “wastes resources.” Gary said he kept his car washed because it “improves your gas mileage ... more

Nov 25, 2015 1:25 PM Air Bag

Whether we realize it or not, we’ve been benefiting from Dieselgate for years. When the modern TDi engine was introduced, VW took a loss on each one they sold—that was a $7,000 engine. more

Oct 21, 2015 12:38 PM Air Bag

In this third and final installment of “The Cheapskate’s Guide to New Cars,” it’s time for the vehicles you hate to love: Minivans. If you’ve playing along at home, you’ll remember this isn’t about quality, but quantity ... more

Sep 23, 2015 12:46 PM Air Bag

Last month I took a look at some quality sedans on which you should be able to get a great deal this fall. The key is that right now, dealership lots are really filling up with 2016 models—but there are still plenty of unsold ’15s. more

Aug 26, 2015 12:22 PM Air Bag

Cheap cars are kind of a hobby of mine. I want to see people get into the right vehicle and not get shafted in the process. There are many existing online tools to help you, like TrueCar pricing, Consumer Reports dealer invoices ... more

Jul 29, 2015 4:55 PM Air Bag

This year I have dedicated too much of “Airbag” to complaining about cars. That’s wrong, because I love cars. So as promised, this month is going to be about what many car nerds, like me, consider the single greatest car of the 20th century. more

Jun 24, 2015 3:47 PM Air Bag

I was recently reading Car and Driver’s 1969 road test of the Fiat 850 sedan, because that’s what I do in my free time. The 850 was was supposed to compete with imported economy cars, especially the Beetle, which, if not fast ... more

May 27, 2015 4:47 PM Air Bag

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