Insanity on Wheels: Go With Throttle Up

You may recall from a previous post that we are considering buying a vehicle in another city without actually touching it and test driving it ourselves. We have a little bit of an advantage in that my brother-in-law lives near the vehicle in question and was able to test drive it today for us. The report came back that it drives and looks great.

So…we’re going for it. I’ve made a deposit on it and booked flights for me and the Older Daughter this weekend. We’re going to fly over in the morning, go take care of the paper work and payment, and then start driving.

The flight is with Alaska Airlines on a Bombardier CRJ-700. I really don’t like these planes. They are “tiny” and only seat 70. They bounce around way too much for my liking versus the big planes. Oh well, that’s how things go. I’ll update you soon…assuming we don’t die in a fiery crash.

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Insanity on Wheels?

Using our Ford F-250 as a commuter vehicle is killing us. Plus, we will soon have a licensed teenage driver (run for cover folks!) So, we decided that it was time for a third vehicle. The third vehicle will become The Wife’s primary commuter vehicle, but will also be driven by the Older Daughter quite a bit. Unfortunately, there has been no agreement on what type of vehicle is wanted. Here is what we were basically looking at:

  • Me: I’m the household accountant, so I want one of those coffins-on-wheels that gets like 67 miles per gallon.
  • The Wife: She wants a 4-wheel drive pickup. Wait, that’s what we are trying to replace as her commuter vehicle. What the heck? Okay, maybe a smaller truck would get slighter better mileage. That’s not very helpful.
  • Older Daughter: It has to be cute and/or hot…preferably both.

You can probably see that this is a very difficult situation to resolve. However, after much weeping and gnashing of teeth, we settled on the Toyota RAV4. It’s a 4-wheel drive (Wife: check), it gets great gas mileage (me: check), and according to the Older Daughter it’s cute (someone kill me now please).

Our budgeted price range put us at about the 1997-98 model year. We couldn’t find any locally, so we widened our search to places within a day’s driving range from home. This evening, we found this one in the Portland area:

I spent some time on the phone this evening with the salesman. He test drove it for me and checked it out. Of course, the report back is that it’s a great vehicle. Fortunately, my brother-in-law lives in the area and is going to check it out for us tomorrow. If he gives the green light, we’re going to buy it. Yes, Sunday morning I may be flying to Portland to buy a vehicle that I have never seen in person, touched, or test driven. Is that complete insanity? Stay tuned. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Punday, August 24th

I had a friend that worked at Victoria’s Secret, but then she got a pink slip.

Driver’s Edge

Several weeks ago, I took the Older Daughter to Reno for the Driver’s Edge program. This is a free program that takes driver’s education to the next level. Frankly, driver’s education in this country is pathetic. Teens are basically taught how to pass a driver’s test–not how handle extreme driving situations in a way that can save their lives. This is where Driver’s Edge comes in. It is a free half-day program to teach teens techniques that can save their lives.

There is short classroom component, but the most valuable portion of the training is the behind-the-wheel time. In a closed training facility, they are taught how to maneuver a car out of skid, evasive lane manuevers, proper use of anti-lock braking, and panic braking. Traditional driver’s education program may talk about these situations, but there’s nothing like hands-on learning.

Before going, I don’t think she was really looking forward to it nor did she think that it would be worthwhile. However, she admitted afterwards that it was worth attending and that she felt more confident about handling dangerous situations.

The number one killer of teens is not drugs, alcohol, or violence–it’s car crashes. I highly recommend this program for all teen drivers. Again, it is completely free. Unfortunately, they only tour to a little over a dozen cities at this time. If you have a teen driver, make a weekend of it and travel to a city where they are touring. If yours are still too young, keep this in mind when they get there.

Check out Driver’s Edge here.

Punday, August 3rd

Did you hear about the guy that got his whole left side cut off? He’s all right now.

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No, I’m Not Dead

Rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated. You see, I had hoped to keep up with you during my week camping a couple of weeks ago by posting in the evening just before bed. However, the wireless service wouldn’t work inside the trailer and I really didn’t want to sit outside getting bit by mosquitoes. Then last week was my first on the new job and I was simply not in a posting mood. Anyway, I’m back and hope to start posting at my former rates again.