Say What?
The staff speaks and you listen. It's that simple. This month's question is:

It's time to gamble. Mike and Calin are taking their chances by embarking on a 4,600-mile cross-country road trip in a truck that will have about 300 test miles on it prior to departure. What are the odds they'll make it the whole nine yards, what's going to break on the truck first, and how far into the trip will they get before being stranded in the '73 Chevy?

CALIN: I'm not going to jinx us by answering this question. I'm not the gambling type. I will be packing plenty of smokes and my iPod will be fully charged just in case. Hey I thought you were going to bring the pit bike just in case we did break down. What happened to that?

Mike: I have absolute faith that if something does break we can fix it because we are gearhead ninjas, so I'm not gonna bring the pit bike with us. Besides, I'm too lazy to change the flat tire on it before we leave.

MONICA: I think they are going to make it just fine, as they have been working out any kinks on the truck these past few weeks. I am much more worried about them surviving each other for that many miles! The truck will leave CA sounding good and return to CA looking good.

ANDY: I'm putting my money on the truck surviving the trip without a hitch. I've seen the engine and everything else under the hood and it's all ready to go. Now, Mike surviving Calin after a few stops at the diners, drive-ins, and dives along the way... that's highly questionable.

Just What Is Excessive Noise Anyway?
The SEMA Action Network was successful in defeating new legislation in Connecticut that would have required "motor vehicles and devices to be operated, constructed, and adjusted to prevent unnecessary or unusual noise." Fortunately for our friends in Connecticut, "unnecessary and unusual noise" wasn't defined in the legislation and SAN not only stopped that bad idea cold in its tracks, but SAN also talked lawmakers into not passing more legislation that would have provided incentive to local law enforcement to hand out more tickets for vehicle noise regulation violations.

Obscure Vehicle Code Of The Month
California CVC 27602:
A person may not drive a motor vehicle if a television receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video screen, or any other, similar means of visually displaying a television broadcast or video signal that produces entertainment or business applications, is operating and is located in the motor vehicle at any point forward of the back of the driver's seat, or is operating and visible to the driver while driving the motor vehicle.

Basically you can't watch "Smokey and the Bandit" while you drive.