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Where Did the Brake Come From?

The earliest evidence we have of the existence of the wheel dates back almost six thousand years. Presumably, it wouldn’t have been too long thereafter when the necessity of impeding the downhill progress of primitive carts became painfully apparent. The first brake might have been some sort of chock or anchor, or perhaps a sprag …

The Ultimate Test Drive

As an automotive journalist, I test drive dozens of cars a year. Each time I get into a new vehicle, I have to familiarize myself with all the basic functions, such as how to turn on the headlights or windshield wipers, not to mention determining how the vehicle performs and handles. While this process sometimes …