Roads Report

David Matthews
Article November 01, 2017
Leap of faith Parents: “Did you have fun playing at the Naphys’ house today?”   Daughter: “I sure did! First their dad jumped his car over an open drawbridge with all of us in it, then we . . . ”   Parents: “Hold on, he jumped his car over what?!”   This is not the conversation you expect to have...
David Matthews
Article October 05, 2017
Buyer beware Life isn’t always fair. Sometimes things go your way, and sometimes you get screwed over by a municipal tax sale property auction.   Such was the case with Norma Parnell when she bid on a “vacant lot” in her neighborhood at a New York City property auction. She bid $30,000 and won the...
David Matthews
Article September 07, 2017
Stark raving mad A wildlife documentary producer was caught on video in a feral fit of road rage over an accident that he wasn’t even involved in.   The incident began as Mom Louise, Dad Simon, their 11-year-old son and Grandma Victoria were driving home from a classic car show on a Saturday...
David Matthews
Article August 08, 2017
Get in gear It’s always the simple things that trip you up.   Recently, two would-be thieves in two different countries were both foiled by the same basic automobile control: the clutch pedal.   In June, a man in Sydney, Australia, approached a vehicle stopped at a traffic light and ordered the...
Article July 05, 2017
Catching heat Most communities have their share of bad drivers. However, not many have a driver who is so notorious that she has earned herself a nickname and a community-run Facebook page.   Patricia McDonald of Topeka, Kan., is just that driver. Nicknamed “The CRV Lady” for the blue 2008 Honda...
Article June 06, 2017
I’m lovin’ it Workers at a McDonald’s in East Palestine, Ohio, thought they were being pranked when a van rolled through the drive-thru driven by an 8-year-old boy.   But this was no hidden camera show, and there were no grown-ups hiding in the backseat.   The boy and his 4-year-old sister were...
Article May 02, 2017
Death defying James Sundby is lucky to be alive after surviving two near-death experiences in one night.   Late one Friday night this past March, Sundby ran a stop sign at a T-intersection in Alexandria, Minn., barreling over the curb, through someone’s yard and straight off a 40-ft embankment....
Article April 03, 2017
Going out with a bang Police in Cumbria, England, are trying to figure out what led to an embarrassing discharge at their station this winter.   In February, a Vauxhall Corsa had been parked outside of the Workington police station for nearly a week before officers on the overnight shift noticed...
Article March 01, 2017
Totally crushed In the face of devastating misfortune, Georgiy Karpekin still feels like “the luckiest guy.”   One blustery day earlier this year, Karpekin was leaving Sacramento City College when he discovered that strong wind gusts had caused his truck to be, in his words, “taco’d” by a very...
Article February 08, 2017
Melt down Winter is here, and millions of tons of salt are being sprayed on roads and streets across North America.    That’s 10 times the amount of salt that we’ll use for food production this year. But all that salt doesn’t just disappear with the snow in spring.   Scientists say much of the...
Article January 03, 2017
Suspend your fears More than 26 million people cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland every year, and for most the scenic 4-mile bridge offers breathtaking views.   But for those with gephyrophobia—a fear of bridges—it’s one of the most terrifying places on the planet.   Drivers on the double-...
Article December 05, 2016
Burning up the road They say that nothing has a greater influence on a child than a parent. If that is true, then as motorists we are all in deep trouble.   Take the Australian father who believes that getting kids interested in cars at an early age can keep them out of trouble later on.   Alex...
Article November 04, 2016
Memory blanks Earlier this year, the Automobile Association in England discovered an alarming phenomenon: More than one in seven drivers regularly experiences memory gaps while behind the wheel.   Researchers polled more than 27,000 drivers and found that 15% were “quite often or very often” unable...
Article October 06, 2016
Teaching stray dogs new tricks The Moscow Metro is one of the busiest rapid transit systems in the world, used by nearly 10 million riders each day, including 20 stray dogs.   Of the estimated 35,000 stray dogs roaming Moscow, a few hundred live in the subway stations and about two dozen have...
Article September 06, 2016
Divided attention Hands-free technology is supposed to be the solution to driver distraction, right? Now it turns out it might be part of the problem.   Researchers in Ireland found that even listening to the radio can be enough of a distraction to hinder your driving.   They blame it on the...
Article August 11, 2016
Bigger isn’t always better While the auto industry may love SUV owners and the high prices they are willing to pay, it turns out most other people find them annoying.   In his book, “100 Things You’re Not Supposed to Know,” author Russ Kick reveals the results of the auto industry’s extensive...
Article July 07, 2016
Miles from nowhere Residents of King Cove, Alaska, an isolated fishing village of 900, are pretty tense individuals.   Their hometown is located between two volcanic mountains in the Aleutian Islands, which may actually be the literal edge of nowhere.   There are no roads connecting King Cove to...
Article June 07, 2016
Pedal like it’s 1999 Father’s Day is a time to celebrate the indelible contributions that dads make in our lives. So this year, let’s do better than another coffee mug and a fart joke card.   Does Dad love music, exercise and dress-up? If so, you can’t go wrong with this month’s Pedalpalooza...
Article May 09, 2016
The buck don’t stop here Did you know that deer are among the deadliest animals in North America? It’s not because of their superior attacking skills—it’s just that they’re really bad at crossing the street.   In fact, deer-vehicle collisions are responsible for around 150 fatalities and 10,000...
News October 12, 2015
South Carolina transportation officials report that more than 300 roads and bridges are still closed over a week after rain and floods struck the cities and surrounding areas of Charleston and Columbia, S.C.   The South Carolina Department (SCDOT) also said 98 bridges remain closed to inspect...
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