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"You don’t have to be a quilter – or own a barn!"

A barn quilt is a quilt block which is painted on a barn. Maybe you've seen one or two. A quilt trail is a driving route featuring a series of painted barn quilt blocks, often emphasizing architecture or landscapes and to attract tourism. There are quilt trails in 43 US states (large and small) and three Canadian provinces. Check to see if there is one near you.
posted by jessamyn on Sep 13, 2016 - 20 comments

good good splosions

BeamNG.drive is "a dynamic soft-body physics vehicle simulator capable of doing just about anything." Nick Robinson and Griffin McElroy are two guys who looked at that description and thought "...anything?" Welcome to CAR BOYS! (Currently there are only four episodes of this, but I hope and dream that there will be dozens or hundreds more.)
posted by showbiz_liz on Aug 21, 2016 - 71 comments

One Point Perspective on the Nullarbor Plain

The stretch of Eyre Highway between Balladonia and Caiguna is the longest straight road in Australia. This video compresses a run down the "90 Mile Straight" into five hypnotic minutes. [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Jul 19, 2016 - 22 comments

Driving in Great Britain on a non-GB licence

Use this tool to see if you can drive in Great Britain with your non-GB driving licence. Great Britain is England, Wales and Scotland. [more inside]
posted by gregglind on May 19, 2016 - 44 comments

It's not the asshole lane.

The Zipper Merge is the secret to reducing traffic backups, increasing safety, and minimizing road rage. [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on May 11, 2016 - 189 comments

The Evolution of the Petrol/Gas/Filling/Service Station

The Evolution of the Petrol/Gas/Filling/Service Station Gas stations might be boring or even ugly places, but for the most part, you can’t avoid stopping by one on a long trip. However, they have been so many more beyond the basic design of columns, roof and shop over their history. The following 60+1 filling stations encompass almost a century of architectural progression, showcasing some of the best Art Deco, Bauhaus, futurist, brutalist, minimalist, modernist, Googie building designs of the motorist history. Enjoy the ride!
posted by modernnomad on May 8, 2016 - 35 comments

“Right now, we have a reed, not a stick,”

Texting and Driving? Watch Out for the Textalyzer [The New York Times] The most provocative idea, from lawmakers in New York, is to give police officers a new device that is the digital equivalent of the Breathalyzer — a roadside test called the Textalyzer. It would work like this: An officer arriving at the scene of a crash could ask for the phones of any drivers involved and use the Textalyzer to tap into the operating system to check for recent activity.
posted by Fizz on May 2, 2016 - 171 comments

Put your passengers first. Drive Phone Free

Please drive phone free (SLYT) The New Zealand Transport Authority publishes a PSA about driving phone free. Quirky.
posted by vac2003 on Mar 30, 2016 - 105 comments

Oh my goodness! Jolly bad show old boy!

A 12-minute compilation of British drivers swearing. NSFW. SLYT.
posted by jontyjago on Feb 27, 2016 - 86 comments

George Hotz Is Taking On Google And Tesla By Himself.

The first person to hack the iPhone built a self-driving car. In his garage.
posted by ellieBOA on Jan 26, 2016 - 32 comments

I honestly don't know what you're talking about.

Driving lessons with Conan, Kevin Hart, and Ice Cube. SLYT
posted by allkindsoftime on Jan 6, 2016 - 40 comments

"This is a man's car."

Salesgirl drifts a pickup truck Professional motorsports athlete Leona Chin (dubbed Malaysia's Drift Queen), together with Mitsubishi Motors and Maxman.tv, pretends to be a sales girl on her first day selling the Mitsubishi Triton to unsuspecting male customers. Hijinks ensue during the testdrive. This isn't her first time: she's pranked driving instructors before.
posted by cendawanita on Jan 5, 2016 - 69 comments

"...unfamiliarity does not equate to impracticality."

The Case for More Traffic Roundabouts — "Here’s why: Using simple principles of physics, roundabouts dramatically reduce crash rates, as well as injuries and deaths. They diminish vehicle emissions. They are a more effective use of road space, and cost less to maintain than traditional four-way intersections. And it’s time that America learns to love them."
posted by tonycpsu on Sep 18, 2015 - 141 comments

because a single traveller can't see it all

Let's Travel Somewhere [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on May 17, 2015 - 11 comments

СтопХам: Young Russians defend pedestrian space from rogue drivers.

Russia has a problem: Driving on the sidewalk. The remarkably brave activist group СтопХам ('stop him') are responding with cameras, windshield stickers and by putting their bodies in the way.

Episodes:A Clash with Chechen MafiaNo Driving on SidewalksA Dude Shows Up with AK-47A Brawl with an MMA FighterCrazy Guy with a CrowbarGuy With a Gun and a Bat Confrontation with Nightclub Owner & BouncersWannabe Gangster & His MotherA Fight on CampusLadies' DayWoman Goes BerserkHit & RunBully Vs. WrestlerBully Vs. Wrestler 2Magic StickersPasserby Punches DriverSticker for the Lady [more inside]
posted by anemone of the state on Feb 7, 2015 - 44 comments

"East bound and down, loaded up and truckin'..."

Have you ever wanted to quit your job and head out on the open road? Perhaps long distance trucking might suit you? Yes? No? No worries. We can go on a trip right here and see what the life of a long distance trucker is really like. Being an over-the-road driver has the reputation of being tough and hazardous. Why do they do it? Schneider National 11 Western Regional. Cincinnati, OH to Toledo, OH. Jeffersonville, IN to East Chicago, IN. What truck driving is all about. A Truckers View. An Office With a View. The long haul - OTR truck driving. This trip will be North American-centric, because it's what I'm familiar with. So with that proviso in mind, let's ride. We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there. [more inside]
posted by cwest on Dec 13, 2014 - 43 comments

Safely crossing solid centerlines

Crossing the Double Yellow Line
If you are like most motorists, you take the first opportunity to pass the cyclist safely, regardless of the stripe. After all, the purpose of the solid yellow line is to indicate where it is unsafe to pass, and the purpose of prohibiting drivers from crossing a solid yellow line to pass another driver is to prevent unsafe passing. So if it is safe to pass, then why is the solid yellow line there in the first place?
[more inside] posted by aniola on Oct 7, 2014 - 50 comments

Do not drive into smoke

The Worst Highways in America. "There are bad, bad roads in America. None have I-40's ability to warp time itself, and turn what should be a three-hour drive with traffic into a creeping space-time anomaly broken only by the words "hey, there's the exit for Bucksnort." I am convinced a person could extend their lifespan near infinitely and live to biblical ages provided they drove only on this stretch of I-40. No one will ever prove this, because no one would subject themselves to this even in the name of near-immortality. They would rather die, and wisely so."
posted by HumanComplex on Aug 5, 2014 - 155 comments

Glow-in-the-dark roads make debut in Netherlands

Glow-in-the-dark roads make debut in Netherlands. It's just making way for this, really.
posted by SpacemanStix on Apr 13, 2014 - 37 comments

"this collision ... won't be an isolated incident"

Broken Stride
There's an ongoing culture war in America between fitness enthusiasts and automobiles — a quiet, persistent, and almost entirely one-sided battle that creates new casualties every day. The legal skirmish surrounding the death of Ashley Poissant reveals this stark divide. The Clinton County District Attorney and Poissant's friends insist that when an 85-year-old man with an unsafe level of alcohol in his blood and a steering wheel in his hand collides with and kills a 27-year-old woman, it is a crime, a form of homicide. Trombly's attorney says it's a horrible accident, one that the women contributed to by running at dusk on the wrong side of the road. He believes an accident, even a fatal one, doesn't warrant sending an octogenarian to a New York state penitentiary.
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 10, 2014 - 95 comments

Metropolis II

Metropolis II - A film about a sculpture by Chris Burden
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Mar 3, 2014 - 8 comments

To Kill a Child, by Stig Dagerman

To Kill a Child, by Stig Dagerman (Wikipedia). Translated by Steven Hartman. For a meager fee of seventy-five kronor Dagerman was commissioned by the National Society for Road Safety to write a cautionary tale as part of a campaign designed to get Swedish motorists to slow down on highways when speeding was becoming an increasingly difficult social issue with serious consequences for public safety. What could have been an ephemeral and gimmicky work of public service fiction became perhaps the greatest short short story in the history of Swedish letters, for in this tale Dagerman took the simple redressing of a particular social problem as the starting point rather than as an end in itself and out of these mundane materials created a poignant tale of choice, chance, and human loss that rises to the highest levels of art, literary balance, and philosophical concision.
posted by russilwvong on Feb 2, 2014 - 13 comments

Other People Make Mistakes, Slow Down

An astonishing driving safety PSA from the New Zealand government (SLYT), via
posted by beisny on Jan 10, 2014 - 89 comments

"Abysmally poor judges of their true incapacitation from sleep loss"

Taming the Hidden Drowsiness Epidemic
posted by IvoShandor on Dec 3, 2013 - 31 comments

Courtesy of the University of Oklahoma Institute for Quality Communities

The U.S. Cities Where the Fewest Commuters Get to Work By Car
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 28, 2013 - 41 comments

Home James, and Don’t Spare the Horses

Auto Correct — Has the self-driving car at last arrived? From The New Yorker, November 25, 2013.
posted by cenoxo on Nov 18, 2013 - 173 comments

Somehow not sponsored by Red Bull

Meet the guy who drove across the USA in a record 28 hours 50 minutes.
posted by allkindsoftime on Oct 31, 2013 - 130 comments

Driving While Female: Saudi women risk imprisonment to protest the ban

Women in Saudi Arabia may not drive. Today, many take to the road in protest, despite grave risks. Even cyber support may be grounds for arrest and the movement's primary website has been blocked. It's been an issue for decades; here's a writer remembering women donning disguises to drive and the sad case of a mother unable to take her injured child to the hospital. Driving may be the point of a sword aimed at securing other freedoms and attaining more autonomy.
posted by carmicha on Oct 26, 2013 - 34 comments

It Can Wait

The Superior Court of New Jersey's Appellate Division ruled on August 27 that if, as you text someone, you have special reason to know that the intended recipient is driving and is likely to read the text message while driving, you as the texter have a duty to users of the public roads to refrain from sending the driver a text at that time. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 8, 2013 - 66 comments


"A perfect little stoner play put on by three adorable children." [more inside]
posted by Sebmojo on Sep 16, 2013 - 28 comments

Kant Stop The Trolley

The Ethics of Saving Lives With Autonomous Cars Are Far Murkier Than You Think
posted by spiderskull on Jul 30, 2013 - 58 comments

Woman Motorists? Ain't that the Berries!

In 1929, three young women (Edith, Dorothy, and Evelyn), ages 23 and 25, went on a three-month-long, 12,353-mile road trip. Learn more about their experience, and follow an effort to recreate the journey, at Three Months by Car. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jan 27, 2013 - 22 comments

Car-toons, with the emphasis on 'Car'

Cartoon Brew's animation historian Amid Amidi posted an almost-definitive collection of Automobile-themed cartoons from the 1950s and 1960s. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Jan 17, 2013 - 6 comments

Autonomous cars and the law

Can autonomous vehicles navigate the law? This year has been full of big news about the progress of self-driving cars. They are currently street legal in three states and Google says that on a given day, they have a dozen autonomous cars on the road. This August, they passed 300,000 driver-hours. In Spain this summer, Volvo drove a convoy of three cars through 200 kilometers of desert highway with just one driver and a police escort. Cadillac's newest models park themselves. The writing, one might think, is on the wall. But objects in the media may be farther off than they appear.
posted by modernnomad on Dec 14, 2012 - 83 comments

Driving in Russia

Driving in Russia. (SLYT) (warning: contains footage of many many car accidents.)
posted by alms on Dec 14, 2012 - 118 comments

Take me to Barking, driver

Meet Monty, your designated driver. Don't be alarmed, GOOD BOY! he's trained. [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on Dec 6, 2012 - 25 comments


Spend an hour tooling around 1920s-Era NYC via the magic of video
posted by The Whelk on Nov 10, 2012 - 11 comments

Nothing bothers me about Janet's driving ever.

Steve Wozniak explains his rules of the road. My best habits include use of blinkers and not blocking others. I keep a good distance behind the car in front of me. I never tailgate. Also, I buy and study the large DMV handbooks from the first page to the last. I would never lie in traffic court. Once I was asked if I could have been going 75 mph and I told the truth, that I didn't know because I hadn't looked at my speedometer. I lost on that one. Steve Wozniak (Mefi's own-ish) fills in for San Jose Mercury News columnist Mr. Roadshow.
posted by purpleclover on Jul 24, 2012 - 32 comments

Bill Burr Drives Around L.A., Boston, and NYC

Comedian Bill Burr drives the streets of three major cities and yaps away. From his bio: "I love my dog. I hate bankers. I have issues with women. In my head, I’m a great guy."
posted by The ____ of Justice on Jul 13, 2012 - 8 comments

You are on a highway. You are likely to hear music.

Enter a starting point and an ending point, and get a road trip mix tape created for you featuring music from artists from whatever area you may be driving through. How it works. [more inside]
posted by PapaLobo on Jul 13, 2012 - 25 comments

You *must* be able to use your mobile phone while driving

How do you convince people not to text while driving? Oblige them to text while driving. (SLYT)
posted by Zarkonnen on May 4, 2012 - 78 comments

Is DriveABLE reasonABLE?

DriveABLE, is a driver testing program, primarily for seniors, implemented across Canada and in the United States and Australia. Questions have been raised about the lack of consistency and accuracy in the testing. With only a 15% pass rate, drivers are complaining about the unfamiliar technology (youtube - DriveABLE computer use demo) and the lack of services in rural areas, where a senior may have to drive several hundred kilometres, to complete the mandatory computer test. [more inside]
posted by what's her name on Mar 25, 2012 - 56 comments

Friday Non-Flash Racing Fun

Trigger Rally is "a fast-paced single-player racing game for Linux" and now, thanks to WebGL, Three.JS, and Jasmine Kent, everyone can play in a browser.
posted by mrgrimm on Mar 2, 2012 - 17 comments

Breathalyzers set to become fixtures of French parties

France has passed a law that all cars must carry a road safety kit that includes a breathalyzer, .. [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Feb 27, 2012 - 78 comments

The price of parking

“I truly believe that when men and women think about parking, their mental capacity reverts to the reptilian cortex of the brain,”
posted by latkes on Dec 29, 2011 - 66 comments

A Call to Action

After investigating a tragic crash involving two school buses and a third passenger vehicle in Missouri last year the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended this week that state and local governments ban all forms of cellphone communication while driving, including texting and talking using handsfree devices. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Dec 15, 2011 - 131 comments

Human GPS

"Piloting London’s distinctive black cabs (taxis to everyone else) is no easy feat. To earn the privilege, drivers have to pass an intense intellectual ordeal, known charmingly as The Knowledge. Ever since 1865, they’ve had to memorise the location of every street within six miles of Charing Cross – all 25,000 of the capital’s arteries, veins and capillaries. They also need to know the locations of 20,000 landmarks – museums, police stations, theatres, clubs, and more – and 320 routes that connect everything up." Acquiring The Knowledge changes the brains of those who acquire it.
posted by vidur on Dec 8, 2011 - 73 comments

And this is how you die

How do people die in motor "accidents"? I'll tell you. With the Christmas "Silly Season" is upon us, the Age has republished And this is how you die by journalist Roger Aldridge. A warning - it's pretty graphic. Scroll up for the rest of the article.
posted by mattoxic on Dec 2, 2011 - 95 comments

Google's Self-Driving Car, a Presentation

Here's a really cool presentation on how Google's self-driving car works: Part 1, History. Part 2, Implementation. Part 3, Use Case [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Nov 8, 2011 - 55 comments


Realtors in Cars is one of the strangest sites I've seen in some time. I have no idea how these agencies got their realtors wedged into their cars, or why.
posted by mek on Aug 24, 2011 - 36 comments

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