At Test Fest, we basically jump from one car to the next, and drive them on a prescribed route back-to-back within the categories, to make sure we compare them as fairly as possible.
Which means each of us gets into a car after one of our colleagues has driven it.
And two things are really bugging me this week.
First, virtually every car I get into has its side-view mirrors adjusted incorrectly.
Regular readers know the drill; for newbies, you crank them WAY farther out than they taught you in high school driver's ed.
"See the side of your own car," you were told. Why? You know perfectly well where the side of your own car is - IT'S RIGHT THERE WHERE YOU FOUND IT THIS MORNING.
It hasn't moved. No need to keep track of it.
It's what's BESIDE the side of your own car in the adjacent lane that you need to watch out for.
Anyway, apparently most of Canada's car 'experts' don't know this simple rule.
BTW, it isn't just me any more. The Society of Automotive Engineers did a paper a few years ago proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is how to do it.
Second, and this applies to their personal cars as well as their test cars - it's
stunning how many of these 'experts' don't know enough to back into parking spots. This is best because you can see if anything is in the spot as you drive past it to prepare to reverse into it; it is much more dangerous to back out of the spot when you don't - often cannot - see what's coming behind you.
Tokyo (Motor Show) last week, the Niagara on the Lake Regional Airport (Automobile Journalists Association of Canada Car/Truck of the Year Test Fest) this week.
This past weekend, I didn't know what day it was, let alone what time.
I'm going to try and file tidbits from here as we proceed through what is by far the most exhaustive and comprehensive annual car evaluation process in the universe. Internet access from the site hasn't always been perfect, but we'll give it a try.
There are no airline tickets issued in my name to anywhere in said universe next week; I REALLY promise to use that time at home to catch up on your comments, and to dial up some more umbrage over idiocies like this counter-productive truck speed limiter nonsense.
Fortunately, our various levels of government provide me with endless fodder!