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Realtorsincars.Tumblr.com

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

That truck driver....

That truck driver you flipped off? Let me tell you his story.
posted by nevercalm on Aug 5, 2011 - 105 comments

Traffic Drives Nigerians Nuts, but a Trip to a Shrink May Go Too Far

People often think that other drivers are nuts. The Nigerian authorities have taken things a step further, now requiring drivers accused of going the wrong way down a one way street to get psychiatric exams.
posted by reenum on Jul 27, 2011 - 22 comments

Risking it all in Pakistan

Risking it all in Pakistan – Pakistani truck drivers face death at every turn.
posted by atomicmedia on May 28, 2011 - 17 comments

Moving Beyond the Automobile

Moving Beyond the Automobile is a series of ten short videos by Streetfilms that highlights new directions in urban transportation. It shows how cities in the U.S. are encouraging a shift away from car dependency and making it easier and more pleasant to get around by other means. [more inside]
posted by parudox on Apr 26, 2011 - 36 comments

The Supercommuter

Joe Simonetti is a 57-year-old psychotherapist who lives with his wife in Pound Ridge, New York. His commute takes him from the northern reaches of exurban Westchester County to his office just south of Central Park. It's about three and a half hours each way. By bike. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Feb 22, 2011 - 72 comments

letting some cars get ahead of you is NOTHING

10 years ago Metafilter discussed William Beaty's Traffic Wave theories about why traffic jams happen. Since then he's conducted some experiments that he says prove regular drivers can help stop them from happening. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 21, 2011 - 105 comments

That story is true I'm here to say, 'cause I was driving that Model A

I’m Jonathan Klinger and I’m spending one full year driving a 1930 Model A everywhere I go. (Starting October 13, 2010) Why? Because not everything a person owns should contain a computer. 365 days of A
posted by fixedgear on Feb 12, 2011 - 38 comments

Getting a buzz on while you drive

Heading out for a drive this weekend? Live near Lake Biwa in Japan? Then head over the O-hashi ('Big Bridge') and sing along with the music your car will make as it runs over the 'Melody Road'. These attractions (distractions?) - created by carving ridges into the surface of the road, causing your tires to play 'music' - have popped up all over Japan in recent years (here's an English-language news clip on the phenomenon). But if you are a road engineer, and are thinking of perhaps making one of these, you had better do the math properly, something the engineers on a similar project for a Honda commercial spectacularly failed to do. (Analysis of what went wrong on this interesting blog post).
posted by woodblock100 on Jan 6, 2011 - 11 comments

TXTNG & DRIVNG... IT CAN WAIT

The Last Text [more inside]
posted by P.o.B. on Dec 29, 2010 - 36 comments

Mirror, Mirror

It's crazy how a simple mirror filter can transform a video into something else. (via.) [more inside]
posted by Phire on Dec 21, 2010 - 26 comments

The Diverging Diamond

"The Diverging Diamond reduced traffic accidents by a remarkable 60 percent. The only complaint is the strangeness of being shifted to the wrong side of the road."
posted by jefficator on Oct 29, 2010 - 77 comments

A short drive through hell.

A short drive through hell. NSFW swearing (in Russian).
posted by seanmpuckett on Aug 2, 2010 - 69 comments

Which side are you on?

Why Some Countries Drive on the Right and Some Countries Drive on the Left. Primarily throughout history people used the “keep-left” rule. It has only been very recently that the world has predominately switched to the “keep-right” rule.
posted by Obscure Reference on Jun 29, 2010 - 78 comments

"You sound like my mom..... My camera was safely cradled on the dashboard, with both hands on the steering wheel."

My drive to work in the rainstorm 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 [more inside]
posted by defenestration on Dec 4, 2009 - 40 comments

A Little to the Left

The Independent State of Samoa has just 200,000 citizens, but you can be sure many are a little less than placid today. They are undergoing a shift that few nations have done; one that may be as jarring as when Jekyll changes to Hyde. They are about to change lanes. In a big way. [more inside]
posted by Hardcore Poser on Sep 7, 2009 - 46 comments

Cell time for cellphone drivers?

“We’ve spent billions on air bags, antilock brakes, better steering, safer cars and roads, but the number of fatalities has remained constant,” said David Strayer, a psychology professor at the University of Utah and a leading researcher in the field of distracted driving. “Our return on investment for those billions is zero,” he added. “And that’s because we’re using [cellphone and messaging] devices in our cars.” [more inside]
posted by storybored on Jul 19, 2009 - 179 comments

Somebody's watching you...

When the economy slows down, ticket writing speeds up. Traffic cameras spark anger from citizens. Researchers find that they increase crashes. Find the red light cameras near you. Download a free warning system to your iPhone or Blackberry. In Mississippi? You're in luck. Red light cameras have been banned. In the Chicago area? Too bad. Speed cameras are coming too.
posted by desjardins on Mar 27, 2009 - 53 comments

Stupid Drivers

There's always a few things they don't teach you at Driver's Ed that everyone should know. Like making sure the car is in park and not reverse when you finally surrender to the police. If someone honks at you, don't threaten them with a python. Try not to sneeze when driving near rivers. Don't try to eat cereal while driving. The trunk isn't a good way to get into your car. A six day roadtrip is too much for a "test drive."
posted by Deflagro on Dec 2, 2008 - 36 comments

Being Productive on Salvia

Driving on Salvia, from the series Being Productive on Salvia. Previously
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Sep 14, 2008 - 134 comments

Fuelly tracks your gas mileage.

Fuelly tracks your gas mileage over time, helping you save fuel and expenses as you drive.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Aug 21, 2008 - 52 comments

The Great Automobile Race of 1908

On 30th July 1908, after 169 days of competition, the 4-cylinder, 60-horsepower Thomas Flyer, driven by George Schuster from America, crossed the finish line to win the Great 1908 New York-to-Paris Automobile Race. After driving to the West Coast, the vehicles were shipped to Vladivostok from where only three teams managed to continue with the race across Asia and Europe. [more inside]
posted by peacay on Jul 30, 2008 - 5 comments

Vector Portraits (1989-1997)

Los Angeles-based photographer Andrew Bush mounts a camera on the side of his car to capture freeway drivers in the southwestern United States. [more inside]
posted by dhammond on Jun 24, 2008 - 33 comments

Too pissed to drive?

Too pissed to drive? ("An interactive urinary experience - not to be mistaken with the Wii.") Those naughty but practical Germans have come up with a way to discourage men from driving drunk using a video game embedded in a urinal. I don't know how successful it's been in the real world, but it did win a silver Clio award for Innovative Use of Technology. If you don't plan to be in a Frankfurt bar any time soon, or if you lack the necessary equipment to play, you can try the wee-free simulation here.
posted by maudlin on May 19, 2008 - 11 comments

But Officer ...

The Unofficial Guide to the DMV ― This web site was created to provide easy-to-access information and resources for all your Department of Motor Vehicles needs for all 50 states. Details about driver’s licenses, driving records and ID cards, as well as vehicle registrations, title transfers, bills of sale and smog checks are available here. [more inside]
posted by netbros on May 11, 2008 - 12 comments

Kids These Days

A seven year old borrows his grandmother's car, hits a couple of mailboxes, two parked cars and two moving cars. And he's not sorry just one bit. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw on May 1, 2008 - 123 comments

Driving, How To

Some unusual thoughts on how to drive. Wait and See. Trucks. Bubbles and Barriers. [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Jan 16, 2008 - 30 comments

Signs?

The number of accidents at one intersection dropped by 95 percent, from 200 a year to about 10... "You can't deny the numbers," he added. "Half the world is eager to see what's going to happen with this program."
Apparently, people in India can handle it. (Surely you saw this on Reddit?)
posted by jaronson on Dec 26, 2007 - 63 comments

Smoking while driving

The UK Highway Code for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians has just been updated and expanded by 50%. New advice and recommendations include: 'Never show off or try to compete with other drivers, particularly if they are driving badly' and 'Smoking while driving is now classed as a 'distraction.'
posted by Lanark on Sep 28, 2007 - 22 comments

Papal Beep

The Vatican's new document - "Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road" - contains 10 Commandments for Drivers.
posted by chuckdarwin on Jun 19, 2007 - 28 comments

Libras are the worst drivers

The Zodiac made me do it.
posted by dov3 on Jan 22, 2007 - 49 comments

The McMissile Case

Virginia woman could get 2 years in prison for throwing McDonald's bag - a jury in Stafford County, Virginia has recommended a two-year prison sentence for Jessica Julia Hall, a 25-year-old mother of three, for throwing a bag with a soft drink inside into the car next to her. She was convicted of a felony offense after getting into an altercation with another driver on I-95 between Fredericksburg, VA and Washington, DC - widely considered to be one of the most congested stretches of road on the East Coast. Anyone who drives in the DC area can tell you how overcrowded the highways are. It gets worse in the summer when the tempratures rise and tempers flare. This could be an example of excessive justice, or perhaps juries in this area have had enough.
posted by smoothvirus on Jan 5, 2007 - 146 comments

No stop signs, speed limit, nobody's gonna slow me down

Are you annoyed with careless, rude, or stupid drivers? Instead of obscene gestures, obscenities, and aggressive tailgating, now you can snitch on them at PlateWire.com, a site where you can enter the license plate, vehicle make & model, and a description of the offensive behavior. Members can search for repeat offenders' license plates and contribute to the blogs.
posted by fandango_matt on Dec 20, 2006 - 37 comments

Grandma's Little Helper

Grandma's Little Helper Tired of bluehairs clogging up the left lane doing 20? Apparently, there are companies who feel the same way. Aware Car has developed a computer system that tracks other cars and compensates for the losses in reflex that accompany aging. This is only one example of the new industry of providing technology to the elderly, who will reach record numbers in the next 20 years as the Baby Boomers continue to age. Pictures show GPS tracking for wheelchairs, "caller ID on steroids", and the new driving system in action.
posted by PreacherTom on Dec 5, 2006 - 17 comments

Rendezvous 2.0?

Google Video + Google Maps + Rendezvous = Awesome Its been posted previously, but now with a map illustrating the route taken in real-time.
posted by lemonfridge on Aug 18, 2006 - 26 comments

Smash the Plate

NWTF | 2 DAGOS | JOHN316 | C9H13N | RDRAGE | XONSUX | UDINK | SHTHPNS | GOTMILF | HMFIC | TRY4FUN | LTRS
posted by Otis on Aug 9, 2006 - 99 comments

Bad choices, bad consequences.

You're 18. You got your driver's license in February, and you just graduated from high school. Last Wednesday night you're zooming down Hwy 101 at 100 mph, racing another car, and you smash into the side of an SUV, killing all three people inside.Turns out two of them were Prince Tu’ipelehake and Princess Kaimana Aleamotu’a Tuku’aho of the Tonga royal family, the only royal monarchy left in the Pacific. Now an entire nation is is mourning and your bail is $3 million.
posted by gottabefunky on Jul 8, 2006 - 192 comments

“the SOUND of the DEAFENING REVVING ROARS of the ENGINES and the SMASHING of METAL against FLESH and BONE"

Death Race 2000. Eric Red isn't the only celebrity to have killed someone in a car accident. But his story may be the most bizarre.
posted by you just lost the game on Jan 13, 2006 - 19 comments

brum brum beep beep

How motorways work (slightly NSFW - ever so slightly - I think it swears a couple o times). Why we hate UK motorway users hate using our motorways. See also Middle Lane Morons.
posted by 13twelve on Dec 19, 2005 - 50 comments

32 Hours 7 Minutes

32 Hours 7 Minutes is all it took to drive from New York to LA. via Gizmodo
posted by blue_beetle on Nov 23, 2005 - 43 comments

Road Rage

The Road Rage Quiz Take this test to gauge your ability to create rage in yourself & others. How do you deal with ragers? Here's two sites which advocate carrying & displaying Signs. This site likes the "Sorry" sign, while this site offers cards of a different nature.
posted by Mack Twain on Jul 1, 2005 - 52 comments

Right hand left hand cars

Okay, so why do they drive funny overseas? Blame it on swords , of course, but also on Pope Boniface (can this really be true?), and, of course, on the French. At least we all can agree on boats.
posted by IndigoJones on May 18, 2005 - 11 comments

sigalert.com

never get stuck on the 405 again? serving los angeles, san diego, san bernadino and riverside counties along with san francisco and miscellaneous cities throughout california, sigalert.com will give you up to the minute traffic information on almost any freeway in california, including average speeds, closed roads, detailed info re: traffic accidents, etc.
(if you're living in LA county, the only con is that it doesn't have information on the canyons...)
posted by mgkaelen on Mar 12, 2005 - 24 comments

But Hummers are made to float!

Stupid motorists, beware. Arizona goes it one step further. This should be a federal mandate, imho. (Breaking FPP cherry).
posted by Baby_Balrog on Feb 19, 2005 - 34 comments

I knew we were right!

I knew it would be proven one day...
posted by trinarian on Jan 24, 2005 - 36 comments

Roadtrip

In 2001, Kevin and Aimee set out on a 200-day, 48-state driving tour of the United States. These are their stories.
posted by Saucy Intruder on Jan 4, 2005 - 14 comments

F1 drivers using cocaine?

must drive fast faster faster The use of cocaine is widespread among Formula One drivers, a former Ferrari team doctor has claimed. Although random FIA tests have never returned a positive result, Benigno Bartoletti said in Rome that 'as many as one third' of the current field take the drug as a stimulant prior to grands prix.
posted by halekon on Jan 3, 2005 - 29 comments

Harris is.... Hard to Kill!

Missed Opportunity A Florida motorist was arrested on Wednesday on charges of trying to run down U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris.
posted by adamms222 on Oct 27, 2004 - 38 comments

Why $2 Gas Is Amazing

Why $2 Gas Is Amazing Gasoline is now selling at more than $2 a gallon, which, after inflation, is higher than it's been since 1981. But that's not the amazing part. Actually, there are three amazing parts.
posted by Postroad on May 22, 2004 - 99 comments

!ecaep rof sdrawkcab

Backwards . . . into the future A cab driver in India, who's driven only in reverse gear for the last two years (at speeds up to 85 kph, and without accident), hopes his upcoming trip will bring about peace with Pakistan.
posted by LeLiLo on Feb 26, 2004 - 10 comments

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