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Front Seat Storage Bag Yields Safer Car Trips

Park it up front for a safer ride. Credit: The Silly Wagon
The Wisey Car Bag helps minimize distractions while driving alone with the kids, so you can keep your eyes on the road, where they belong. Designed to hang on the front passenger sea...

My Friend Named Her Baby After Auto Parts

Someone I know is having a baby boy, and her husband has a family tradition of giving car-related names, like Mercedes and Axel and such. I'm fine with that (it sounds like fun), but the name she wants to give is Jackford. I won't criticize her name ...

Mom Says Get Out, Drives Off

How frustrated do you have to be to drive off and leave your children behind on a street corner? One mom found out. Madlyn Primoff, a 45-year-old partner in a Manhattan law firm, did what many parents -- myself included -- often threaten: she pull...

High Schoolers Steal Car to Go to School

I don't know about you, but if I were going to steal a car, I don't think I'd bother going to school that day. I mean, if you're going to commit a felony, what's a little truancy on the side? I'd take that car and head for the beach or the mountains ...

Car Towed With Girl Inside - Tow Truck Operators Charged

Sometimes you get home and open up your package and find a little something extra in there. Sometimes it's a good thing, sometimes not. I think for tow truck drivers Jason Bryant and Derek Miller, what they found in the car they towed turned out to b...

Eleven-Year-Old Girl Saves Seven

Maddie McRae is being hailed a hero whose bravery saved the lives of seven people. After heavy rains washed out a section of roadway, two vehicles, including the one she was riding in with her mother and two siblings, ended up in the river. "I knew w...

Boy drives to Grandma's house - alone

File this one away in the 'scary but true' annals. Recently, a nine-year-old boy drove to his grandma's house unattended (not that attended would be much better!). The boy, of Gifu in Japan, claimed he learned how to drive from watching his father a...

Ford planning a car parents will love

All I can say is that I'm sure glad they didn't have this system when I was a teenager. Ford is introducing a system that allows parents to control a vehicle's maximum speed, limit the radio volume, and even ensure that seatbelts are worn. All of thi...

Heated seats not so good for wanna-be dads

Most machinery works best when kept cool, be it mechanical, electronic, or even biological. Your car's engine has a cooling system that's pretty darn important (he writes with an experienced air) and your computers really belong in an air-conditioned...

Riding the subway - to school?

How do your kids get to school? How did you get to school when you were a kid? Taking the yellow school bus, walking or riding a bike may all seem like normal methods of getting to school. In the modern world, we drive and carpool as well. But what ...

Need a lift to the bar? Just ask your kids.

Returning home from my company picnic yesterday, with my two thirteen-year-old nieces with me, I jokingly asked if either of them had their driver's license so that they could drive at least some of the way home and I could take a nap. (Neither one d...

Toddler takes SUV for a joyride

What kid doesn't like to play in the front seat of Mom and Dad's car? Whenever we're parked for any length of time, my kids beg to come up front and try out all of the buttons and knobs, so that when I finally turn the car back on, the radio is blast...

Cheap gifts for Father's day (the inexpensive kind, not the dinky kind)

Let's face it--the economy stinks. Or, maybe, we never had any money anyway. Still, we love dad and want to get him something special--or at least useful and not (too) gimmicky--for Father's Day. We don't have the money for the new watch he dese...

Travel with kids for less

With Spring here and Summer not too far behind, travel time for families is gearing up if not already upon us. Those of us not hitting the road for Spring Break are thinking ahead to that great American pastime, the family summer trip. I myself am...

The key to getting to school on time

Last Friday, Jared was late to school. In fact, we were all late. Jared, Sara, and I went outside and I got them into the car. I then went back in to bring my coffee mugs from the day before into the kitchen. A quick rinse and I was back outside -- m...

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