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Does Car Sharing Reduce Your Driving?

A spirited debate broke out a few weeks back on the Car-free Living listserv run by Livable City about the merits of car sharing. Does it reduce driving and car ownership or increase the impetus to drive among the car-free? One poster who didn’t own his own car called car-sharing a gateway drug that encouraged him to increase the number of times he uses a vehicle for all manner of trips, while others argued that VMT is reduced when fewer people own their own cars and share more.

Electric Car Information

Back in 2008, global crude oil prices reached its historical peak. The event has created a lot of havoc on the world transportation system. Since gasoline is directly derived from crude oil, gas prices also shot through the roof during that period. Many car owners were finding it difficult to make end meets. Some has no other choice but to abandon their car at home and use the public transportation. How can we shield ourselves from future energy cost increase? One solution is to utilize renewable energy such as electricity to power our vehicle.

Man admits reckless driving in fatal accident

A Royersford man has admitted that he acted recklessly or negligently in connection with a March 2008 car wreck that killed a 16-year-old girl who was a passenger in his car.

Patrick John Sullivan, 20, of the 200 block of Union Street, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to a misdemeanor charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the 8 p.m. March 10 one-vehicle crash that claimed the life of Ashley Bouher, a sophomore at Perkiomen Valley High School.

“When he first began driving the car he floored the accelerator, taking off in a jack-rabbit start, which is unsafe in any location, but even more so in the particular surroundings he was in,” alleged Assistant District Attorney Bradford Richman. “He continued to drive at an excessive speed until, as a result, his car made contact with a storage trailer on the side of the road.”

Sullivan, who purchased the car earlier in the day, was traveling approximately 35 miles over the 25 mph posted speed limit, authorities alleged. Prosecutors alleged Sullivan lost control of the car and that it was his inability to maneuver the car at the high speed that caused the car to crash into the storage trailer.

The roadway at the site of the crash was plagued with potholes, investigators said. The area also was home to railroad tracks and the parked storage trailers.

There was no evidence that Sullivan was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, according to the investigation.

Man charged in drunk-driving crash

A city man was arrested and charged with drunken driving after his car sideswiped another at Saratoga and Fern streets early Sunday morning, police said.

Advice on driving in snow and ice

• Keep an eye on the local and national weather forecasts before heading out on the roads

• Allow extra time before and during your journey

• Beware of black ice, taking extra care in shaded areas

• Use major roads for journeys rather than smaller, quieter roads

• Keep warm clothes or a blanket in the car

• Ensure tyres are in good condition and have adequate (and legal) tread depth (1.6mm) to ensure maximum traction on wet or slippery roads

• Once caught in deep snow, do not rev or ‘gun’ the engine, as this will cause the wheels to dig deeper into the snow. Instead, put the car into as high a gear as possible and slowly manoeuvre the car lightly forwards and backwards to gently creep out of the snow

• If you are stuck fast in snow, stay in the car, unless help is visible within 100 yards

• Keep moving to maintain body circulation, but avoid over-exertion as cold weather puts added strain on the heart. Shovelling snow or pushing a car in deep snow should be avoided

Dan Robinson, Head of Green Flag comments, “During this snap of extreme weather, we’d advise motorists to avoid any travelling that isn’t essential.

Driving in icy and snowy conditions is hazardous and is never easy. In these sorts of conditions it is really important to take your time on the roads, keep your distance from the car in front, avoid rushing and give more warning than usual to other drivers when turning, stopping or changing lanes even if the roads are gritted.”

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