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Roadway Tape Drives Hours of Racing Fun

Vroom, vroom! Need we say more? Credit: Sleek Identity
If your kid sleeps with toy cars instead of teddy bears and NASCAR already is part of his vocabulary, then this clever play set will definitely get a green light in your house. My First ...
If your kid sleeps with toy cars instead of teddy bears and NASCAR already is part of his vocabulary, then this clever play set will definitely get a green light in your house.

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...

Hot Diggity Death!

If you give a mouse a cookie, you get a cute little book. If you give a kid a hot dog, you could be booked for attempted manslaughter. That's what it's starting to sound like, anyway. Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a report o...

Miracle Baby Pinned Under SUV Survives Unharmed

A 22-month-old Massachusetts girl survived getting pinned under the tire of her parents' two-ton SUV with only a scratch on her neck, reports Good Morning America. While Sophia LaFauci's parents, Rachel and Anthony LaFauci, described the harrowin...

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 ...

Hot Wheels Have Heart

How often do you get to hear about a major corporation really doing the right thing without being forced into it? Well, here's one such instance. Young Jonathan Reyes has autism. He also had more than five hundred Hot Wheels cars. Unfortunately, all ...

Wall-E Comes to DVD

Next Tuesday, the latest Pixar film, Wall-E, comes to DVD. In our house, Lightning McQueen is still beloved, but I think Wall-E is getting more playtime these days. In case you haven't seen the film, Wall-E is a waste management robot left on earth t...

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...

Penalty for speeding: Catholic school girls

I won't say I've never exceeded the posted speed limit while behind the wheel of a car. In fact, I got my fair share of speeding tickets when I was younger. I'm not sure, but I might have gotten a lot fewer had I lived in Toronto, Ontario up in Canad...

Are you your kids' private chauffeur?

Kids drive parents crazy; parents drive kids everywhere else. I drive Jared and Sara a lot of places. I drive them to school in the morning and home in the evening. I drive them to their Acrosports classes on Saturdays and swim lessons on Sundays. I ...

'Kids and Cars' Act Passes Congress

There are days when I grumble about the weight-lifting chore it takes to hoist my son in his infant car seat into the car, out of the car, into the car, out of the car. Of course, that car seat serves to protect my child's safety in the case of a cra...

Sixteen-year-old converts pickup to electric

Auto shop was not an option at my high school, which is probably for the best. Bad things happen when I try to do anything more complicated than check the oil on a car. That isn't the case, apparently, for Andrew Angelloti who, at the tender age of s...

Eleven-year-old Aussie saves dad

They make 'em tough and rugged, down under. Take, for example, Lachlan "Lochie" Nally. He and his dad were driving along when something happened and their car ended up rolling over. A lot of kids would start crying and wait for help to arrive, especi...

Are GPS systems endangering kids?

Reader W. H. Heydt pointed me to this story about a Dutch research organization that tested a number of satellite navigation systems and found that all but one routed drivers through residential areas instead of sending them along major thoroughfares...

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