A Dobbs Summer Driving Primer

Summer is here, and “hot and humid” is the norm in St. Louis. Sun and storms fight it out from time to time, offering respite from the humidity. Trails, pools, lakes, and the river are welcome diversions, too. While we usually think about how great it feels – or not –...

Safe Driving – Survive a Car Accident

Ask people what they’re most afraid of, and “car accident” almost never tops the list. Usually, you’ll get responses such as “shark attack,” or “robbery.” Statistically-speaking, however, there’s a greater chance of being killed by your car – car accidents account for...

A Short Hybrid Cars Primer

In modern times, usually the word “hybrid” immediately calls to mind vehicles like “Prius” and “Volt,” but the history of hybrid cars goes much further back, and the breadth of hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) is certainly much wider! Today, we’re looking at hybrid...

How Vehicle Safety Systems Work – Part III

In the last of this three-part series, we’re continuing to look at how safety systems keep you safe on the road. Previously, we read about adaptive cruise control, traction control, electronic stability control, blind spot warning, backup camera, and parking...

Automatic Transmission, An Anatomy Lesson

Put simply, the modern automatic transmission is a marvel of engineering, pulling together multiple disciplines, including physics, hydraulics, electronics, and mechanical theory. Made up of hundreds of both moving and stationary parts, a bevy of sensors and solenoid...

How Vehicle Safety Systems Work – Part II

Previously, we talked about a few vehicle safety systems that you’re likely to find on a modern vehicle and how they work. We covered the basics on anti-lock brakes, brake assist, seatbelt pretensioners, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and...