Day: February 21, 2020

Tips for veteran rideshare drivers

Are you a veteran Uber and Lyft driver? If so, have you been letting your game slip?

Rideshare drivers, like all other workers, have a tendency to get lax after they’ve been in the same job for some time. At first the job is all new and fun, but over time the newness wears off as the grind sets in.

At first, drivers are full of energy and enthusiasm and determined to be the best driver there ever was. They keep their cars spotless, they’re kind and polite to every passenger, they load up on water and snacks for their passengers, and they may even open the door for riders.

But over time, once drivers have been taken advantage of a few times or become aware of how unfairly they can be treated by Uber and Lyft, the desire

Tire makers look to create airless tires for autonomous and electric vehicles.

TOKYO — Makers of airless tires such as Japan’s Bridgestone Corp. hope driverless cars will herald a breakthrough for their niche technology, which is more than a decade old but underperforms standard tires in every way except resistance to puncture.

Autonomous driving — and the eventual introduction of self-driving taxis — could mean greater demand for puncture-resistant tires as greater usage of vehicles exposes them to more flat tires.

“In the past, a car would be driven about 20% of the time and spend the other 80% in the garage,” Atsushi Ueshima of Bridgestone said at the biennial Tokyo Motor Show on Thursday.

“In the age of shared, autonomous vehicles, it will be the opposite, and preventing breakdowns will be a top priority.”

France’s Michelin pioneered the technology, showcasing the first prototype in 2005 on a wheelchair. The commercial

Best Cars for Grads and First-Time Car Buyers

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The Graduate: What to buy when out of school and on their own

We’ve created a list of vehicles that should be good for grads or first-time car buyers. We capped our hypothetical investment at $25,000. With 20 percent down plus tax, title and license, that leaves a finance balance of $20,000. And that, over 60 months, gives us payments of approximately $370/month. Although that isn’t a small amount, within the context of college graduation and two years without payments we’re hoping it’s a formula that would work.

We’ve generally focused on cars with some utility such as hatchbacks and small crossovers. Frequent moves can be a fact of life for post grads, and having a versatile vehicle can be indispensable. We’ve also put a priority on fuel economy, general long-term running costs,