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 |  Feb 17 2012, 7:01 PM

Think you’ve got an original excuse to explain your speeding? Think again. A traffic unit from London, Canada released a list of the most common excuses for speeding with some amusing results.

Take a look through and see if you’ve used any of the following:

  • “I’m running out of gas and need to get to the next gas station.”
  • “I have to go to the bathroom.”
  • “I’m late for work.”
  • One speeder told the officer that it was a new car and he wasn’t used to it.
  • Another told the officer that his father had passed away. It turned out to have happened — 6 weeks prior.
  • One motorist said he was speeding to get home because his father was possibly dying. The officer led the way and called an ambulance only to find out it was all a lie.
  • Another motorist sped past a police cruiser and when stopped his excuse was that he thought police didn’t like to be tailgated so he wanted to get in front.
  • Recently a woman was ticketed for speeding on her own street. Police were conducting speed enforcement near her home. The fire department attended the area as well for an unrelated matter. When the woman saw the fire department she raced toward her home to see what was going on only to be given a ticket for speeding.

We imagine that these excuses aren’t specific to Canadians… what excuses have you ever tried to get out of a ticket? Have you tried one of these? Tell us in the comments, or better yet tweet us @AutoGuide.

 |  Feb 16 2012, 9:00 PM

Listen kids, if you thought it was tough to get your driver’s license in America, wait until you see China’s test. Sure it’s filled with questions on road laws, dangerous chemicals and safety concerns, but some of these questions are ridiculous.

Traditional true or false sections are replaced with right or wrong statements and some of them make sense, for example:

“When a motorized vehicle breaks down on the expressway, the persons on board should swiftly move to the front of the vehicle for hiding.”

Answer: Wrong.

After looking through the 120 page document of test questions and answers, there are a few that are a bit more puzzling.

One question that shows the strict nature of the driving laws in China states:

“When a motorized vehicle is on the road, the people inside the vehicle are not allowed to stick their heads out of the window but may stretch their hands out of the window.”

Answer: Wrong.

So drivers and passengers may never get the chance to feel the wind blowing through their hands as they drive on a warm summers day… But our heads? Sure!

The sign in the picture means _______.

 

A. Danger

B. No passing for all motor vehicles

C. No tailgating

D. Accident-prone section

Answer: D

Thanks for the heads up…

[Source: The Globe and Mail]

 |  Feb 01 2012, 9:15 AM

Volkswagen‘s Super Bowl ad was teased last week with a musical performance of  dog’s barking the imperial march, which was very entertaining by itself, but it was not evident how VW would tie together both dogs and Star Wars. Well now we know as the company just released the entire commercial for our viewing pleasure.

It is actually two commercials rolled into one, a clever trick to keep both the dog and star wars theme alive. While the dog is cute, it’s only fitting that Volkswagen kept their Star Wars ties strong following the success of last years Super Bowl ad featuring the “Vader kid.”

Well done Volkswagen, well done.

Watch the ad after the jump and tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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 |  May 23 2011, 4:57 PM

Today, President Barack Obama opened a four-country, 6-day European tour. The President briefly visited the American Embassy in Dublin, where Michelle and Barack encountered an amusing hiccup in their trip. While Cadillac One (aka The Beast) was exiting the embassy driveway, the limo bottomed out and got stuck on a bump crippling the vehicle.

It is unclear whether the limo was a decoy or if Michelle and Barack were even inside the limo at the time but it is quite funny to watch especially with the crowd cheering. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

Check out the video after the jump!

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 |  Nov 09 2010, 12:48 PM

Karting is one of the most fun things you can do with an engine and four wheels, but it takes a toll on your body even in the best cases. Without any springs or shocks, your body is basically the suspension, and if you’re unfortunate enough to crash, well, there’s nothing there to protect you either.

This kart race in M0naco is an extreme example of what happens in a kart crash – absolute mayhem thanks to wet weather and no seatbelts. But we still laughed.

[Source: The Garage Blog]

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 |  Oct 15 2010, 5:32 PM

What better way is there to celebrate your freshly minted driver’s license than to crash your car through the DMV?

According to the Associated Press, the new driver had just finished dropping his examiner off when the driver burst through the office. Apparently, he thought the car was in Park, but was mistaken. Unfortunately, DMV officials were unable to revoke his passing grade.

Hit the jump to watch a new driver crash through the DMV

[Source: Associated Press]

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 |  Jul 29 2010, 1:09 PM

Everyone who has attended a track day will be able to relate to this video, mocking the over-enthusiastic poseurs who populate lapping days across the nation.

Much like the photographers lampooned in a previous video, these folks can be spotted their $100 motorcycle helmets that cost as much as their Nomex driving gloves. They’re never afraid to whip out the AIM data loggers and HeroCams, and are always ready to educate you on the merits of different R-Compound tires despite being unable to hold the steering wheel properly. These are folks inevitably get spanked by someone in a very low key econobox, and always ready to blame the equipment (like any good driver does).

For these track day heroes, who brag to their friends about “going racing” and are more concerned with playing to an imaginary audience than becoming good drivers, we salute you with this video that lampoons your showboating and inflated egos. Remember; you can never win a track day, but you can lose it all in one second.

[Thanks to Brian Makse for the video]

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 |  Jun 01 2010, 2:35 PM

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Eight Afghanis, four Iraquis, and four Vietnamese nationals were arrested at the UK border after a border patrol agent noticed the side door to Aston Martin Racing’s trailer appeared to have been forced open. The illegal immigrants had stashed away on the top shelf of the trailer, hiding behind the $1,000,000 LMP1 Race Car.

This news comes just a few days after several other illegal immigrants were arrested while trying to sneak into the UK on one of Bernie Ecclestone’s Formula 1 Management Trucks, carrying F1 Broadcasting equipment. When the driver arrived home, he discovered the immigrants and called authorities, who arrested them all.

What is it about racing rigs that they have become such popular methods of transport for illegals? It’s possible that at many checkpoints, especially before and after a well-known race, the folks in charge will simply wave race teams through, since it costs so much money to race they wouldn’t even bother smuggling drugs, but on the other hand…..

[Source: UK Telegraph]

 |  Apr 26 2010, 12:21 PM
I see what you did there. According to Jalopnik.com, BMW advertisers in Hong Kong took advantage of an Audi dealer’s storefront by hanging a large-format ad for the all-new 5-Series.
The two German luxury carmakers have a history of one-upmanship with regards to advertising, and we’re not surprised given the highly competitive, put-LEDs-on-everything segment.
We wonder how Audi will respond…may we suggest hiring the stunt driving team from Ronin and jumping an S8 over the BMW dealership? If you don’t know what we’re on about, check out the video after the jump…
[Source: Jalopnik via Chris Junker]

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According to Jalopnik, BMW advertisers in Hong Kong took advantage of an Audi dealer’s storefront by hanging a large-format ad for the all-new 5-Series right above the showroom.

The two German luxury carmakers have a history of one-upmanship with regards to advertising, and we’re not surprised given the highly competitive, put-LEDs-on-everything segment.

We wonder how Audi will respond…may we suggest hiring the stunt driving team from Ronin and jumping an S8 over the BMW dealership? If you don’t know what we’re on about, check out the video after the jump…

[Source: Jalopnik via Chris Junker]