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January 2006 Newsletter
Sidorov Precision Driver Training
Issue 2 January 20, 2006
*Snakes, Hamsters and Saab
I picked up an odd bit of news from the Internet last week.
The story took place in a Japanese zoo. A few months ago, a
young rat snake was given a dwarf hamster, which was
intended to be a quick meal. Instead, the two creatures
became friends, and now share the same cage. This goes to
show that sometimes the most unlikely partners can have a
decent relationship. Unfortunately, that doesn't appear
true of General Motors and Saab, the quirky Swedish
Rumour has it that the General is itching to dump its
Scandinavian acquisition. A potential buyer could be
Renault, which could use a prestige nameplate and recently
failed to purchase Volvo. This could be Saab's chance to
regain the path of righteous idiosyncrasy with which the
company made its reputation.
*More Dope on Pot
A standard local joke in Whistler is that our Olympic
snowboard medalist, Ross Rebagliati, should be given a
extra medal if he did indeed have a puff or two of pot
before the big event. After all, the wicked weed is
hardly considered a performance enhancer.
While I am not against the legalization of marijuana, I am
pretty sure that it is not a safe substance to use while
driving or doing any risky activity. The coroner's report
regarding a recent logging truck crash and fatality in
British Columbia stated that the driver had enough cannabis
in his system to impair his ability to operate a motor
vehicle. Enough said. If you smoke the stuff, be smart
about it, not complacent, arrogant or self-righteous.
*Winter Slop and Weird Noises
This seems more common on newer vehicles. Snow, slush,and
grime can build up under the wheels and around suspension
components, inhibiting the wheel's free movement and making
all kinds of nasty mechanical sounds. I know of several
cases on Ontario's Highway 401, which has long straight
stretches, where motorists have crashed trying to make an
off-ramp, because frozen slush in the front wheelwells
prevented them from steering enough to turn the corner.
Kick those slushy lumps off if possible, or find a hand
operated car wash and rinse the underside of the vehicle.
In addition, be aware that odd noises on bumps, in winter
conditions, might signal some of that nasty build-up.
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