"Ask Topspeed"
The automotive column with attitude.

Better Gas Mileage In Summer Than Winter

Hello Topspeed,
My car gets better gas mileage in summer than in winter. Any idea why?

Robin K. from Stamford, Connecticut

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Avoiding Truck Accidents

Hi Topspeed,
What is the safest way to pass a truck on the highway?

Deborah C. from Kansas City, Missouri

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Charitable Car Donations

Hi Topspeed,
Does donating a used car to charity really help people in need? What happens to the car?

Jennifer M. from College Park, Maryland

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NASCAR in Staten Island - No Way

Hey Topspeed,
I keep hearing all this talk of a NASCAR track getting built on Staten Island. Do you think putting a racetrack on Staten Island is a good idea?

Sal A. from Staten Island, New York

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Racing Genes

Hi Topspeed,
There are so many race car drivers whose fathers also raced cars. Is the ability to drive well hereditary?

Kirk O. from Dallas, Texas

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Driving Phobia

Dear Topspeed,
I've realized I have a fear of driving, especially on highways. It seems like everyone goes faster than me and I'm especially afraid of curves. Do you have any suggestions to help me get over my driving phobia?

Elaine M. from Arlington, Virginia

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Drifting - Hazardous Fad or Spectacular Sport

Dear Topspeed,
What exactly is "drifting"?

Julie N. from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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Harmful Car Care Products

Hi Topspeed,
Is it true that tire shine products are harmful for tires and other surfaces due to their silicone or petroleum contents? What can safely be used to shine tires and dashboards?

Colonel Von Ryan from Yonkers, New York

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Senior Driving Statistics and Laws

Hi Topspeed,
Should seniors over the age of 65 be allowed to drive since they have diminished capacities?

Roger K. from Birmingham, Alabama

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Race Car Heat

Dear Topspeed,
How hot does it get inside of a race car?

Jeanine H. from Denver, Colorado

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Race Car Fuels

Hello Topspeed,
What kind of fuel do race cars use?

Bill T. from Sonoma, California

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New Yorkers Can't Drive

Hey Topspeed,
Why does New York have so many bad drivers?

Mike D. from Brooklyn, New York

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Pick Your Favorite Race Track

Dear Topspeed,
What is your favorite track to race on?

Jane C. from Spring Valley, New York

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The Dangers of Racing

Hello Topspeed,
Paul Dana, a driver in the Indy Racing League, was recently killed in an on-track accident. What do you think about this?

Bob W. from Yonkers, New York

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The Origin of Topspeed

Dear Topspeed,
How did you get your nickname "Topspeed"?

Emily O. from Dallas, Texas

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2006 Formula One Championship Predictions

Hi Topspeed,
Which driver do you think will win this year's Formula One Championship?

Kenji H. from Tokyo, Japan

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Race Car Cockpit Thoughts

Dear Topspeed,
What goes through your mind as you are zooming around the racetrack?

Shafina A. from Brooklyn, New York

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Blind Driving

Greetings Topspeed,
I have been blind my whole life but there now exists an extensive surgical procedure that could give me the ability to see. It has been my lifelong ambition to become one of the truly great female race car drivers in this century but I am obviously unable to do so due to my condition. If I had this extensive surgery performed, do you think I could be a race car driver?

Pilar M. from Tilton, New Hampshire

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Race Car Driver Diets

Dear Topspeed,
What do you enjoy eating before the big race? Is it important to watch your diet whilst racing?

Angola P. from Johnsonburg, New Jersey

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Formula One - The Best Drivers?

Dear Topspeed,
Are Formula One drivers the best drivers in the world?

Tim W. from Los Angeles, California

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Do Speed Bumps Save Lives?

Hi Topspeed,
My friend says that the speed bumps in our neighborhood save lives. I think they are useless. Which one of us is right?

Eric S. from Queens, New York

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Open Wheel Racing vs Stock Car Racing

Hello Topspeed,
I'm a big fan of open wheel racing but it seems like NASCAR is more popular. Why is that?

John H. from Newark, New Jersey

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Highway Speeding

Dear Topspeed,
I like to drive at 90 mph on open highways. Some of my friends get scared when I drive at this speed but I'm not really going that fast, am I?

Marc A. from Billings, Montana

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