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Automotive News Briefs: December 24, 1922

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

Automotive News Briefs: December 25, 1922

A Safety Scheme in Connecticut.

Washington Times-Herald

A motorist on entering the State of Connecticut is handed a card, which lists a set of rules for the safety and convenience of everybody.  The operator is expected to co-operate to successfully perform his duty whereby any accident may be avoided.

A Suggestion.

Washington Times-Herald

When storing a car it is a good plan to release the tension on the clutch spring by propping a stick between the clutch pedal and the front seat.

A Test for Weak Battery.

Washington Times-Herald

Always watch the lights when the starting motor is used.  If they dim noticeably, the battery is low, or the starter may be dirty and draw an excessive amount of current.

Common Causes of Knocks.

Washington Times-Herald

Knocking in an engine is most commonly caused by loose bearings, carbon in cylinders, causing pre-ignition, and knocking at high spark, opening the throttle too quickly, of driving with spark too far advanced.

If the Radiator Boils.

Washington Times-Herald

When the radiator begins to steam, the proper method is to open the drain cock and remove some of the water.  This permits the steam to expand and lowers the pressure.  This can be accomplished without damage.

Joy-Riding Auto Thieves.

Washington Times-Herald

Twenty-eight automobiles, valued at more than $65,000, were recently reported stolen over a week-end in Philadelphia, Pa.  More than half of the cars were taken on Saturday afternoon by joy-riders, who after running out of "gas" abandoned them on the highways.

Morality on Wheels.

Washington Times-Herald

Twenty women, representing welfare organizations of Des Moines, Iowa, recently demanded that the city council pass an ordinance prohibiting the loading of automobiles to a point "that the girls have to sit on the men's laps."

Motor Busses for School Children.

Washington Times-Herald

The state of Colorado, with its good roads, operates more than 400 motor busses for the transportation of school children.  Over 90 per cent of the children transported ride in the auto busses.

Passports for Motorists.

Washington Times-Herald

To comply with the motor vehicle laws of New York city, every operator must carry a card bearing his photograph, complete identification data, and enough blank space for police to record an account of each and every infringement of the laws.

Position at Steering Wheel.

Washington Times-Herald

Never drive with the hands sprawled over the steering wheel sector.  There is danger of getting a finger or two wedged between a spider of the wheel and the gas control.

Rate They Travel Fixes Speeder's Fines

Washington Times-Herald

MILWAUKEE, Dec. 23.—Fines of $1 for each mile over twenty-five miles an hour in addition to the regular $25 fine for speeding was the scale of Judge George E. Page.

He fined H. F. Boots $50 and costs and Osborne Goodrich $35 and costs.

Speedometer Needs Grease

Washington Times-Herald

It is the consensus of opinion that most speedometer trouble is caused by a lack of lubrication in the speedometer shaft.  Unscrew the coupling from the speedometer twice a year, and pour into the casing the best grade of heavy oil.  A little grease on the driving gears will save wear and tear, and permit easier running.  Let the speedometer be a positive indicator in observing the intervals for inspection and lubrication of the car.

To Reduce Traffic Congestion.

Washington Times-Herald

An operator of an automobile should turn off to a side street when temporary repairs are needed so that traffic on the main highway may not be interfered with.

To Save a Bump.

Washington Times-Herald

Place blocks of wood on the garage floor near the rear wall.  This will check the car when the driver fails to apply the brakes, and save the front or rear of the car from a possible smash.

Trucks for Delivering Mail.

Washington Times-Herald

The Postoffice Department operates 5,705 Government-owned motor mail trucks in 278 cities.  Alaska is the only place where the truck is unable to establish itself as a reliable conveyor of mails.  There the cars give place to dog and reindeer teams.

Women Drivers Less Defiant.

Washington Times-Herald

For every 100 men motorists arrested for violating traffic regulations in New York city only one woman driver ever gets a "ticket."  Women, it is said, rarely need appear in court for the second offense.

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Washington Times-Herald

Oversized tires should be used if a car is subject to frequent overloading.

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Washington Times-Herald

Before driving away in a car that has been blocked on a steep grade, throw the loose stones or other material off the road.  They are dangerous to drivers coming along later.

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Washington Times-Herald

Do not permit the motor to labor on hills.  It is cheaper to change gears than to buy new parts.

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Washington Times-Herald

All motor vehicles, when approaching an intersecting highway, should do so carefully and under full control, the operator being prepared to stop if necessary.

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