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Did You Put Off Prepping Your Wheels for Winter?

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By Tom Barlow, dealnews contributor

Are you ready for your family holiday vacation? According to AAA,84 million people will take road trips between Christmas and New Year’s this year. And this time of year means freezing temperatures, snow, and ice for most of the country. So have you winterized your car yet? In case you forgot to prep your wheels in October (when the weather was oh-so nice), we’ve got tips on how to avoid and deal with what winter’s got in store for your car


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New York Move Over Law

On January 1, 2011, ( Yes, 1 year ago )  New York’s “move over” law went into effect and people have been issued a mover over traffic ticket ever since.  Did you even know about this law?

The move over law requires motorists on multi-lane highways to slow down and “move over” (when safe to do so) giving safe clearance to approaching stopped emergency vehicles with red flashing lights.  If you do not slow down and change lanes when approaching such vehicle, you can be issued a moving violation which carries 3 points and up to a $150 fine.  On single lane roads, motorists must slow down and use caution.

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Back into a Parking Spot… it’s just better!

I’m not talking about parallel parking.  I’m talking about parking in a normal parking spot, just making the back end go in first… Ya dig?  I’ve been doing it this way for years….. cause I’m awesome? has a great article title: “You’re Parking Wrong”, and it tells you all about the benefits and safety of backing it in.

Backing in has a few benefits.

1. When the spot you want has had a person who doesn’t understand how to park in the middle of their space head in and has over compensated to the right. In this case you can back in to the middle and exit your car without doing the “door squeeze.” This sadly happens more than I care to admit…. cause day walkers are careless and insensitive.

2. There is a real safety benefit. When backing into a space, the odds that there is a pedestrian or car in the space are much lower than the odds that when backing out there will be a pedestrian or car in the aisleway. Your situational awareness is just better when you pull in than when you first get into your auto.  It’s harder to see oncoming traffic when backing out than when moving out forward. When backing into a space, you don’t have to look left and right for someone about to tear the tail end off your car because you are backing into a closed in space not backing into traffic.

3.  In case my battery dies, or the car won’t start, it’s easier to get a “jump” with the front end facing out.
And It’s easier to back in a wide vehicle (pickup?) such as my van using the mirrors to see exactly where the cars are on either side of you. if you have problems with depth perception, this could help.

4.  Fourteen percent of car crashes occur in parking lots, according to a study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2001 and 2002. Many of these are “backover crashes,” in which drivers hit another car while backing out of a parking space.

You heard it here, bitches! Now back that car up!


And now, for your Spanish Otod Word of the Day…. “SpOtod

{ parking = estacionamiento }

Use it in a sentence: Abso~DudeWheresMyCar~lutely…….

I got mauled by a tiger in a parking lot.

Me mutilado por un tigre en una playa de estacionamiento.

Cops and Tickets on Vacation

I’m gonna try and keep it simple.  Just because you are on vacation, it doesnt mean you are above the law.  Wherever it is that you are visiting is most probably a real town with real laws that apply to everyone.

Did you rent a car?  Did you get a speeding ticket? Do you live 5 states away? You still need to pay it.  The ticket follows the driver, not the vehicle.  Get a parking ticket?  The rental agency has your license info, and it will be on your record.  Speed limit signs in  vacation spots are not suggestions.

Police are more likely to ticket drivers who come from some distance away or out of state than those who are neighbors. It makes sense on so many levels – the fact that it doesn’t happen to be fair doesn’t come into it. They’re also more likely to ticket men driving fire red sports cars than women in gray Volvos.  And with enough violations, you can lose your license.  It is easier to fight extradition to stay out of another state’s court for a serious crime than it is to avoid paying another state’s fines when it comes time to getting your own license renewed.  In fact, a few weeks ago I was driving through NYC, and there were cops blocking the street I was driving on, and they motioned me to the side, and asked for my license and registration.  I asked what it was about, and they said they’re just doing random checks.  I was good to go, but the guy in front of me…. He was driving with a suspended license, and they cuffed him, arrested him, and impounded his car…..

So remember….. Cops are assholes  Be respectful and aware of the law, even if you’re on vacation. It’s in your best interest.



And now, for your Spanish Otod Word of the Day…. “SpOtod

police policía }

Use it in a sentence: Abso~PigsAreOurFriendsNotFood~lutely……

Help….. police!

Ayuda ….. policía!

Keep Some Cash in Your Car….

Im not talking about thousands or even hundreds of dollars.  Im taking 30, 40 maybe 50 bucks.  For those times when you have to tip avalet…. or maybe you dont have ez-pass and you get to a toll and the toll is 1 dollar, and your on the side of the road trying to pick up pennies from the floor but you can only come up with 87 cents, and it’s not like you can just drive through the toll or you’ll hit the mechanical arm, so you decide to piggy back another car, which is not only dangerous but also illegal…… Yeah… Run-on sentences….

So, I keep a 20 in my car, and about 10 singles.   Just for those emergencies. And I’ve used them plenty of times. But remember, it’s always important to replace what you use.  Go ahead…. The next time you’re in your car, open up your wallet, take out a 20 and stash it in your visor or seat pocket. It’s that easy!  God I’m sexy when I’m smart……

I also keep around 10 dollars in quarters in my car for those meters that still work on that ancient monetary system…. Effin cavemen. Seriously, when are we getting NFC enabled parking meters?  And don’t get me staahted on Paahking cops or Meitah Meids…. (Sorry, the last sentence was written in a crappy Australian accent…. But it was good, right?)

Here’s a creative tip on hiding money.  Create a “Pen Safe”.  Simply remove the end of a sharpie type marker pen or Expo marker with a pair of pliers. Next, remove the ink cartridge and place it on a paper towel. A hollow tube is what remains. Now simply roll the money into the hollow of your marker, and then re-insert the end of the marker. Nobody will think to look for money in this marker.


eHow has an article on how to stash money in your car, but it goes a little too far.  So here’s you Otod for today! Keep some a little money in your car, and your day may go just a little smoother.


And now, for your Spanish Otod Word of the Day…. “SpOtod

{ money dinero }

Use it in a sentence: Abso~WomenHideCashInTheirTaTa’s~lutely……

If money can’t buy you happiness, then you’re spending it wrong.

Si el dinero no puede comprar la felicidad, entonces usted está gastando mal.

Drive safely in Fog

Fog is a bitch!  Driving in heavy fog is like driving with a blindfold on.   Statistically it’s the most dangerous driving hazard in existence.  So what can you do?  Luckily this is a tip blog, and I’m gonna share some info with ya!

#1:  Use the wipers and front and rear defroster.

#2:  Turn on your low beam head lights.  Do not use the high beams.  It will reflect of the fog, and bounce back, creating a virtual wall that you cannot see through.  Whatever you do, don’t turn off your headlights in heavy fog, even if they interfere with your forward visibility a little.  Headlights are the only part of your vehicle that oncoming drivers can see at a distance.  Your lights may not help you to see in foggy conditions, however, they help others to see you.

#3:  Keep your distance from the car in front of you.  If they stop short you may see them too late.  Try to keep a distance of about 3 car lengths for every 25 mph.

#4:  If the fog is too thick to see, where visibility is zero, you should consider pulling over and moving away from the side of the road.

#5:  Use the right edge of the road (aka fog line) as a guide rather than the center line, to avoid running into oncoming traffic or becoming distracted by their headlights.   Don’t drive with your emergency flashers on or keep tapping your brake pedal, you’ll make them nervous and they may try and pass you, a procedure that places both your lives in danger.

#6:  Beware of Freezing Fog. In some climates, fog near the freezing point can freeze on contact with cold surfaces–including roads! This can cause black ice…… ice is bad.

#7:   Critters are assholes!  Animals, especially white tail deer, or as I like to cal them….. deer,  feel bolder under cover of fog and are much harder to see.

And remember, even though you are driving safe, it’s most probable that other drivers are not as smart and cautios as you, or maybe they dont read Otod.   So be careful how you drive through fog, but pay even more attention to how others do.

And now, for your Spanish Otod Word of the Day….SpOtod“ – { fog niebla }

Use it in a sentence: AbsoFogYoulutely…….

There’s so much fog, it’s hard to see where I’m going! 

Hay niebla tanto, es difícil ver dónde voy!

How to make a Stubborn Traffic Light Sensor work

I live in New York, somewhere north of NYC.  I’m not talking about Upstate. We have roads and traffic lights.  Well there’s this 1 traffic light near my home that has a very weak sensor. It’s one of those sensors thats built into the ground and the weight of the car triggers it to change the light.  But it barely works. Sometimes you can sit there for 5 minutes.

Well the last few times I came to that light, I figured something out. This may be a glitch, or it may be built into the sensor, but it’s been working for me.  I would pull up to the traffic light, with my car on the sensor. Then I would reverse off the sensor, and pull forward again onto the sensor. I dont know why, but every time I do it the light changes.

You’re welcome. And here’s an article on how these sensors work!

And now, for your second ever Spanish Otod Word of the Day…. “SpOtod“?

Tráfico.  (or in Latin America: Tránsito).   You guessed it. It means traffic.

Use it in a sentence? Certainly.  “Este tráfico se despierta tarde me.”  (This traffic will wake me late).

¡hasta mañana

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