Dan Davis

Dan Davis

I love almost anything that has wheels and burns fossil fuels, with the lone exception being my snow blower. Why? Because I’m a car enthusiast, and if I’m blowing snow that means I likely won’t be doing any spirited driving (well, maybe a few parking lot donuts). I’m an amateur racer and performance driving coach with the Porsche Club of America, and have worked with programs that teach teens advanced driving skills to make them better, safer drivers. All of which means that I love tires and understand that how they roll plays a big role in making sure we get home safely, whether it’s from a quick trip to the corner store, a weekend at the racetrack or a cross-country adventure. So come along for the ride, and I’ll give you my perspective on why tires are the most important performance and safety feature on your vehicle. And BTW, you may notice that I’m the only RightTurn.com blogger whose name doesn’t start with a J. I wonder if I should change my name from “Dan” to “Jan…”

You can reach Dan at ddavis@dealertire.com.

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The Lost Art of Driving a Manual Transmission

There once was a time when a manual transmission–a three on the tree or a four on the floor–was known as a “standard” transmission. That’s because the “stick shift” was the basic transmission offered on every vehicle, while an automatic transmission was an expensive option. But the number of vehicles offered for sale with a manual transmission has been declining in the U.S., particularly in the last decade. In 2006, … Continue reading

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No Need to See a Blind Spot

A friend’s daughter recently failed her driver’s license test because she didn’t look over her left shoulder to check the “blind spot” while merging onto the interstate. She pleaded with her instructor that her side-view mirror was adjusted properly so that she didn’t have a blind spot and thus didn’t need to look over her shoulder, but he didn’t buy it. Unfortunately, that examiner was probably like the vast majority … Continue reading

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5 Amazing Car Apps

If you love your car and your smartphone, what could be better than apps that enhance your driving/ownership experience? We recently told you about some great apps that help you navigate traffic. With that in mind, here are five amazing car-related apps that will add add to your car and smartphone enjoyment. Gas Buddy Gas prices seem to fluctuate even more than my weight during the holidays. It’s not unusual … Continue reading

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Procrastination is Bad for Your Ride

It’s easy to put off today what can be done tomorrow…or the day after that, particularly when it comes to maintaining a vehicle. After all, who among us wouldn’t rather go out for dinner or buy some new clothes or audio gear rather than spend hard-earned money on an oil change or new tires or brakes? But there’s a price to be paid for delaying your vehicle’s maintenance. As the … Continue reading

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Women, Wheels and Equality

August 26th is Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the 97th anniversary of the enactment of the 19th Amendment that granted women the right to vote. Our country’s history is filled with women who’ve made big contributions to the automotive industry and served as inspirations to those who followed. Here’s a quick look at five women who currently have big roles in the automotive world and, like their predecessors, serve as mentors … Continue reading

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Good Passengers Make Better Drivers

There’s a myriad of ways to be distracted while driving, including: Talking on the phone Texting Singing loudly and proudly to a favorite song Eating food Reading the newspaper (yes, I’ve seen this!) Adjusting the heat/AC/sound system/navigation Trying to make the kids behave in the back seat Applying lipstick, eyeliner or other makeup Brushing hair and putting it into a ponytail (at highway speeds) Shaving with an electric razor (been … Continue reading

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How to Hold the Steering Wheel; Keep Those Hands at 9 and 3

When you get behind the wheel of your vehicle, are you a hooker? No, it’s not what you think! A hooker is someone who hooks his hand up under the top of the steering wheel, like in the photo above. This is a bad habit to get into because it severely limits your range of motion and steering control, allowing you to move the steering wheel only a quarter of … Continue reading

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Sharing the Road with Big Rigs

If you ever get a little nervous when driving a vehicle, you may have vehophobia, or fear of driving. If driving a two ton vehicle is unsettling, imagine what it must be like for a truck driver who’s steering a 40-ton, 18-wheeled big rig. Add in the other difficulties that go with the job, and it’s no wonder that a trucker’s life can be so stressful. One of the biggest stresses … Continue reading

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A Bride’s Guide to Insuring Her Ride

September and October are the most popular months for weddings in the U.S. also among the worst months for vehicle accidents. A coincidence? Likely so. As we head into the dog days of summer, thousands of brides-to-be will be busy going over last-minute details for their fall weddings. And while most of the items on a wedding checklist have big dollar signs attached to them, there’s one money-saving item that should be … Continue reading

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Summertime: The 100 Deadliest Days of Driving for Teens

Imagine if there was a disease in the United States that was killing 10 teens every day. It would no doubt be a trending topic on social media and a leading story on every major news network, and our political leaders would promise to pour money and resources into fighting the killer. Unfortunately, something is killing teens in record numbers in this country, yet few people are talking about it. Worse … Continue reading