NMA Reboot: New Headlight Law is Arbitrary and Unnecessary

This weekly post features recent news stories that highlight and update themes previously covered throughout NMA E-Newsletters and Alerts. Editor’s Note: The drivers’ paradise of Massachusetts just became the 18th state to require that drivers turn on their headlights whenever their windshield wipers are on. At best, the new law is arbitrary and unnecessary; at […]

Safety Winners – And Losers

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist Government is always a zero-sum game. There are winners — and losers. It is said — that is, we are told — air bags “save lives.” Well, yes. They do save some lives. Other lives have been lost as a result of air bags, though. You’ve probably seen the news […]

Has Toyota Become the New GM?

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist I used to (and still do) bash GM for having adopted the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” strategy when it came to “safety” features and — far worse — going farther (and sooner) than government demanded. Daytime Running Lamps, for instance. Not required by law — but force-fed […]

Stay Safe While Driving at Night

With the holidays just around the corner, many of us will be traveling home to be with our families, and with shorter winter days, it’s likely much of this driving will occur at night. According to a nationwide survey conducted on behalf of Road & Travel magazine and ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses, nearly one of […]

Flashing Third Eye

By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist My pal Dom alerted me to a new annoyance — inevitably touted (and likely, soon to be mandated) as a “safety” measure: Third brake lights that flash or blink instead of merely illuminating, along with the main brake lights. He posted a video of this phenomenon over at Clover Cam, […]