Bernard Mendelman

In The Driver's Seat

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Before logging all those miles on your family road trip this summer, remember to follow the advice found on many automotive check lists. Depending on the age a mileage on your vehicle, you might want to inspect the radiator, pressure cap, belts, and hoses to make sure they are in good shape …

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Along with texting and talking on cell phones there are many other distractions that take your eyes off the road and might cause an accident while you’re driving. Inside the car they include playing loud music; constantly changing radio stations; fiddling with your GPS; glancing at books and…

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The colour of the car that you’re driving is probably black, grey or white — but blue is making a comeback. Judging by the colours of new cars in the dealer’s showrooms and in the brochures, blue looks like an emerging colour option for cars in the next few years.

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One of the few advantages of winter driving is that I don’t encounter too many cyclists. However, once spring arrives, they sprout out, just like tulips. Seems to me that bicycle commuting keeps increasing every year in Montreal. With cars and bikes competing for the same road space, the ten…

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Google’s driverless car is just around the corner and semi-autonomous cars are already here. Cars like the Volvo XC90, the Tesla Model S, and the Mercedes S-Class can almost drive themselves and all can be bought today — if you have a lot of money. However, most of us would like to hold on t…

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Fifty years ago, Toyota sent out the following press release: “The Toyota Corolla is a five-passenger vehicle from Japan that is positioned as the most accessible car in the market. In the development of the Corolla, Toyota’s engineers have spent years bringing together the best of the compa…

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The Art Deco movement of vehicles produced from the 1920s through 1940s is examined in an awesome exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. The designers of these cars weren’t concerned as much with function as they were consumed with style. Fuel economy, safety, crash resis…

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One of the biggest challenges of driving at night is seeing people walking on the road ahead. While headlights often provide enough brightness to drive safely during the night, objects at distances farther than 40 metres are usually not seen by a driver. At night, reduced visibility puts ped…

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SUVs have gone way beyond the stage of being the no-frill vehicle moms and dads used to load up hockey equipment to schlep kids to their games. The more expensive ones now come with leather seating surfaces, heated front seats, wood or metal interior trim, upsized alloy wheels, the latest sa…

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Fear of misinterpretation due to doctor’s illegible handwriting may be a thing of the past in India as the government has ordered them to write their prescriptions in capital letters. Health Ministry officials said that when the prescription is written in capital letters and is legible, it h…

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Based in Traverse City, Michigan, McKeel Hagerty is the CEO of Hagerty Insurance Agency and a respected collector car valuation expert who every year compiles his Hagerty’s Hot List of 10 cars that will become top collectibles within the next 25 years. Hagerty says all the cars picked this y…