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Parking 101: How To Keep Tow Trucks From Towing Your Car

Photo credit: Tony Marengo/YouTube via DNA Info.

Photo credit: Tony Marengo/YouTube via DNA Info.

That video portraying the daring getaway of a Jeep owner escaping the hook and thwarting a tow truck’s attempt to tow it away has been all over the news the past week or so.

Which makes it a good excuse to discuss tips on preventing your vehicle from being towed.

First, don’t be stupid.

What we mean is, don’t park in places where there’s the possibility of being towed.

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

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Your transportation related headlines for Monday, April 13th, 2015

NFL draft to bring more traffic gridlock to the South Loop – time to investigate Lower Wacker as alternate (Chicago Tribune)

Mega Bus crash in Indiana is that state’s fourth since October (Chicago Tribune)

Gas Experts Predict Historically Low Summer Gas Prices

Graphic courtesy of

Graphic courtesy of

Gasoline price tracking website has good news for drivers for this summer–really low gas prices this summer.

GasBuddy is projecting motorists will be paying the lowest gas prices in ten years during the upcoming summer driving season (Memorial Day through Labor Day).

The website’s petroleum analysts point to a recent Energy Information Administration projection of an national average gas price of $2.45 per gallon. But GasBuddy’s experts believe the U.S. average will be $2.35 per gallon–10 cents per gallon than what the EIA is predicting.

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

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Your transportation related headlines for Friday, April 10th, 2015

Rahm re-elected, and the first plague – blood in the water – shows up right on cue (Chicago Tribune)

Downside of driverless cars – motion sickness (USA Today)

Cab driver charged with assault of 2 passengers he kicked out of his cab (Chicago Sun Times)

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

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Your transportation related headlines for Thursday, April 9th, 2015

2 of 7 Council candidates backed by Coalition to Abolish Red Light Cameras Win Runoffs (7th 18th); 3 other races too close to call (10th 16th 21st)

Neighbors debate traffic and parking issues in connection with Kennedy/North Avenue development (DNA Chicago)

Mysterious ‘Dead Zone’ Stops Drivers From Using Keyless Remotes

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For some reason, drivers who use keyless remote entry to lock and unlock their car cannot use them in a small section of an upscale Northside neighborhood according to Fox Chicago News.

“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

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Your transportation related headlines for Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Rahm wins but will have fewer stooges in the City Council for his anti-car agenda (DNA Chicago)

2 red light camera opponents may win, after endorsement from Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras (DNA Chicago-Toni Foulkes-16th) (DNAChicago-Derrick Curtis-18th)

Road Closure Epidemic Hits City This Weekend

Road Construction AheadChicago’s road construction season officially begins this weekend with an explosion of street closures across the city.


Starting the evening of Friday, April 10th, at least one lane of the Clark Street Bridge, which spans the Chicago River downtown, will be closed to begin a six-week project to paint it according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Weeknights all lanes will be closed overnight. And the weekend of April 24-27, the bridge will experience full closure.

The project will be completed by Memorial Day.


“The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective

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Your transportation related headlines for Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Prosecutors drop rape charge against former Uber driver (Chicago Tribune)

Cab driver accused of kicking out kissing couple (CBS 2 Chicago)

Anti-Camera Group Announces Endorsements For Runoff Election

Red Light Camera Pledge
Chicago’s red light and speed camera programs have become one of the major issues in the runoff election for mayor and a handful of city council seats.

Next to pensions, the cameras are a close second in the top tier of issues being discussed by the candidates. Even USA Today says so.

One group who’s done an effective job of making the automated traffic enforcement cameras a hot topic is the Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras. They’ve been holding protests around the city for the better part of two years and asked candidates to sign a pledge to dismantle both programs if elected.