Kristin Shaw is a freelance writer frequently featured at the TODAY show Parents site and The Washington Post. Based in Austin, Texas. Specializes in aviation, automotive, parenting topics, and tech.
Before I had my son, I escaped from an unhealthy marriage to my first husband. What I learned from that experience are some of the lessons I also want my son to know about his self-worth and how to stand up for others and treat all people with respect.
In my son’s room, there are two world maps – one large paper atlas of the world, longitudinal and latitudinal lines criss-crossing the flattened globe; and one, a laminated, cartoonish version with small pictures of animals and names in whimsical font. The second one arrived with a dry-erase marker, and my son and his friends have put that to use, “decorating” it with toilet humor words and adding the word “butt” to random locations from sea to shining sea. It’s a map only an 8-year-old could...
In the fall of 2008, world champion drag racer Doug Herbert received the phone call that changed his life. His two boys, Jon, 17, and James, 12, had been killed in a car crash.
The police estimated that Jon was driving 80 mph in a 45-mph zone when he lost control of his Mazda and struck a Hummer traveling the opposite direction. Both he and his brother were killed instantly. The passengers in the Hummer were injured, but both survived.
Courtesy Doug Herbert
Devastated, Herbert made it his mis...
Elizabeth Myers-Suarez has had a need for speed since she was old enough to drive.
It wasn’t long before the teenager was racing on the street, challenging other drivers — mostly young men — to a duel.
When she became a mom ten years ago and subsequently discovered her daughter had autism, she put her fast cars and street racing on the back burner. Last year, she heard about a new program called Street Racing Made Safe, and she was intrigued.
Myers-Suarez found her way ...
I had to learn to stop splurging on my son - The W...
Distracted Driving Has Been Around Longer than Smart Phones
When I was in high school, summer was a free-for-all, teenagers piling into vehicles as if we were clowns in a circus.
“I can fit 5 in my car!”
“Squeeze into the hatch! We’re not going far.”
And so it went. We squeezed in and somehow all of my friends made it to the destinations alive.
Back then, we didn’t have cell phones. Distracted driving wasn’t a topic. But crashes still occurred. Teenagers were still killed. Many of those crash...
When researching the new Airbus aeroplex in Mobile, Alabama, the reporter discovered this was much more than a facility build. It is boosting the entire community with an economic upturn and better educational opportunities for families.
Comfort, luxury, speed… what’s not to like?
According to Lexus Vice President of Marketing Cooper Ericksen, 80% of the Lexus LS sedan buyers will be men, most in their late 50s. The price tag elicits a vision of someone well-to-do, for certain: base models will be priced around $75,000. This is not a first car, for most. When you check out the design features and feel what it’s like to drive this vehicle, you’ll probably agree that this is one of the best luxury sedans on the market for both ...
When you think of cities with large high-tech and engineering sectors, you probably think of San Jose, CA. Or Austin, TX. Or maybe even Huntsville, AL. But Melbourne, FL, is a powerhouse of its own, with key facilities for Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, L3, General Dynamics, Thales, Embraer Executive Jets, and the world headquarters of Harris Corp.
I had a boyfriend with a motorcycle when I was 19 – it was a blazing red Kawasaki Ninja and it was FAST.
As in, oh-my-stars-this-is-insane fast. Once, he let me drive it and he sat behind me and helped me shift. It was an exhilarating feeling, the wind rushing past me, and I wanted to keep going.
Alas, it was not meant to be –the relationship nor the motorcycle. But I never lost my love for that feeling. As a mom in my 40s, though, my perception was that maybe I should be past the motorcycle ...
No such thing as an accident?
“The DMV estimates there will be 20 million car crashes this year,” says Don Kitch, Jr, former racecar driver and now safe driving expert. Then he pauses: “And there is no such thing as an accident.”
What does he mean by that? Explaining further at a Volvo Advanced Driving Program in Los Angeles, Kitch says all car crashes are a result of some failure to drive defensively. And unfortunately, most drivers in the US don’t know how to drive effectively in challengin...
The range of the Tesla battery is a game changer for the electric car industry, and it’s important to know how to best take care of it. Tesla recommends that you bring your Tesla vehicle into the nearest Service Center for maintenance service every 12,500 miles or once a year, whichever comes first. At 50,000, they’ll replace the battery coolant, but other than that, it’s a low maintenance vehicle.
Batteries are big business, especially for Tesla, which is growing at a phenomenal pace. In fac...