There is No Fire Suppression System in a Car

I thought when your car lights ablaze the vehicle’s built-in automatic fire suppression system kicks on and saves you but was I ever wrong, because there isn’t one.

Read it online at Autonet.

Favourite line:

A car lighting on fire is a rare event, but a smoking engine is more common. Check the colour of the smoke – white is water, black is rubber, and blue is oil. White is the colour you’re hoping for – steam – as it’s the least damaging and dangerous.

Don’t open the hood, and never open the coolant cap – hot liquid will shoot out and burn your face off.


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Review the Reviewers

Before relying on the opinion in a car review, check the source. Like, why read about a minivan from someone who usually drives performance vehicles? I prefer minimal and don’t like autonomous aids, so if you do, you probably won’t like my stuff.

Read reviews by both genders, and all ages too, because auto journalism is a game of history; like, I’m at 2.7 years now and am still considered the new kid.

Read it online at Autonet.

Favourite line:

The nature of a car guy is to document, share, and debate; that’s why car forums remain one of the largest, most popular genres online. Don’t be shy about asking questions – car guys are an enthusiastic, gentlemanly group! Post precisely and concisely, and you’ll get back some great advice.


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Celebrating my Column’s 150th Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to my ‘Keri on Driving‘ column!

Big milestone for me! That’s 150 different topics, 45,000 words, and am pleased to report since its debut in August 2012, I’ve only took 4 weeks off.

My editor summed up its tone in the lede lol:

Read it online at Autonet.

Happy 150th anniversary to my column!

We learned there’s no way out of paying the destination charge when buying a car, and the “Solomon Curve” parabola mathematically proves “speed doesn’t kill, slowness does.” We learned that Santa is a trucker, and Ford’s toughest F-150 test involved men hired from Craigslist.

We now know an Enhanced Driver’s Licence can be used to cross the border, and that while dancing in your car, air vents can double as a wind machine. We also found out it’s more difficult to obtain your licence in Germany versus Canada.

To those without a driver’s licence, “why design your life so that you’re always relying on someone else?”

Valets should be tipped twice, and you should clean your dirty car because “you wouldn’t sit in your living room surrounded by fast food bags.”

Best lines I got printed in the paper, just to see if I could: “my rats-nest hairdo” and “50 Shades of EyeRoll.

I rewrote the rulebook on “what to do after an accident,” investigated the mystery behind the checkered flag, and realized that motorsports boils down to concentration, which gave me the idea to “put a monk behind the wheel of a race car.”

Safety aids are overrated, because “when was the last time you checked that the sensor was clean of debris?” And I’m still not excited about autonomous cars, and suggested everyone should “go get lost this weekend, while you still can.”

Did you know “there are over 100 computers (ECUs) in a car?” With the introduction of WiFi hotspots “we’ll all stream YouTube nonsense as we motor along.

We peered inside a car’s “black box” (EDR), and its OBDII port, now let’s go “wardriving.”

From armoured cars to cloaking a car in camouflage, I specialized in auto security. We solved crimes using car clues, warned that “stick family” stickers are still a terrible idea, and the main takeaway on car hacking is that if someone who is that specialized is chasing you, you have bigger things to worry about than your car being hacked.

The most commented topic online (at 125 comments) was “Fight Speeding Tickets,” but I’m more proud of my least-commented column, because angry hippies hidden behind a keyboard love to comment, and “Down with hybrids” published to crickets. Logic!

One third of traffic is caused by people looking to park, and it makes no sense getting worked up about it since “you knew (the traffic) was there, and still pointed your car at it and drove right in.”

Thanks for reading – here’s to 150 more!

Favourite line:

All of it, because the whole thing is composed of all my favourite lines. If you read no other column by me, please make it this one.


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Updated my About Page on Autonet


The old one was from when I started in August 2012, and it was terrible. Not funny-terrible, like I think my LinkedIn account is, but written-in-the-3rd-person-wtf-Keri? terrible.

New one is below: 

Hi I’m Keri –

Like cars, love driving.

Write the news, reviews and a weekly column, ‘Keri on Driving’ – 300 words on whatever I like. Recently celebrated its 150th anniversary!

For a sample of my reviews, read about the all-new 2015 Ford Edge, and Mazda’s 25th Anniversary Edition of the 2015 MX-5. Starting to specialize in auto security.

Or meet me via my blog,, which is how I ended up with this amazing job.



@KeriBlog on Twitter & Instagram

Here’s the paper page – Keri Potipcoe on Autonet – scroll the links to all my stuff.

Like cars, love driving – here.



Refresh VS Redesign – What’s the Difference

Sounds similar, but there’s a huge difference – refresh means a slightly updated from the previous model year, whereas redesign means all-new from the ground up.

How to know which it is? Use the 5-year Test – typically, a vehicle is redesigned once every five years.

Read it online at Autonet.

Use this to your advantage when shopping, because all-new doesn’t mean it’s all-better (see last 3 paragraphs)

Favourite line:

Say to the salesman: Next year the car is being redesigned, so who is going to want this year’s model? It’s about to become outdated, so give me a better price!

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