About The Author

Richard Russell

Richard M. Russell is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology, a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals and American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association. He owns Advanced Driving Concepts, which designs, develops and conducts driver-training programs and related traffic safety products. Richard is a certified Driver Improvement Program instructor leader and has served as a primary consultant to the American Automobile Association (AAA) in the fields of curriculum development, instructor training and the establishment and operation of driving schools, Richard co-authored “Responsible Driving” - the high school driver training textbook used in American schools and edited the “How To Drive” manual used by most public and private driver training schools in Canada. He was a founding member and Past-President of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, chairs the Canadian Car Of The Year program and serves on the Canadian Automotive Technology of the Year and International Engine of the Year juries. Richard has been writing vehicle reviews, traffic safety and automobile industry articles for more than three decades. In the process he has driven more than 3,500 vehicles on roads and tracks throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

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Recent Posts

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2018 Honda Odyssey amps up family appeal of minivans

Minivans are life-cycle vehicles, perfectly suited to families with young children, and Honda has produced a new Odyssey specifically for that market.

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Can Porsche’s compact Macan CUV really cost $110,000?

Can any compact utility vehicle be worth more than $100,000? There are two answers – yes, if you can afford and want it, and no for everyone else.

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All you need to know about the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass

Jeep has replaced its boring old Patriot and Compass twins with a single, character-laden, all-new Compass model more worthy of the Jeep name.

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FIRST DRIVE: Hyundai Ioniq raises the hybrid/electric bar

With the Ioniq, Hyundai not only goes head-to-head with Toyota’s Prius hybrid and plug-in hybrid, it raises the stakes with a fully-electric model.

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At Porsche Camp4 winter driving is all about control

Porsche’s Camp4 winter driving program is more than just a fun time with some great cars, it can literally be a life-saver.

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The best new technology you've never heard of!

G-Vectoring Control initiates a subtle transfer of weight to the front wheels and tire contact patches at the first millisecond of steering input.

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Lost in the ‘50s in a brand-new Porsche Panamera

Porsche introduced us to the 2017 Panamera on the route of the infamous cross-country race for which it was named.

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13 tips for driving safely in winter whiteouts

Look for special notices and storm warnings that may include both snow and wind for the two together can compound an already treacherous situation.

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Get great gifts for gearheads and do a good deed as well!

Automakers and journalists have donated some great swag for auction with proceeds going to colleague Mark Atkinson, afflicted with Huntington’s.

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14 ways to prepare for driving in extreme cold

Knowing what to expect and being prepared just might make the difference between a bit of discomfort and deadly disaster.

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13 features you need in an ideal winter vehicle

Many new cars offer features to help cope with a Canadian winter. But few have everything we'd like in an ideal winter vehicle. Here are 13 things we'd include on our wish list.

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Driving Tips: Pickup trucks and winter

There are two key factors that help ensure your pickup has the greatest amount of grip or traction possible – tires and weight.

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Toyota TRD trucks get serious about off-roading

2017 Toyota TRD Pro series joins the Ford Raptor and Ram Rebel as factory-developed and warrantied off-road oriented trucks.

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Porsche Performance Tour fulfills your bucket-list fantasies

Three days, two five-star hotels, Michelin Star quality meals and more than $2-million worth of Porsches to play with on- and off-road and on track.

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What’s new at Toyota for 2017?

Toyota is making an extensive list of safety features standard equipment on most vehicles in its lineup, starting with 2017 models.

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What you should know about Toyota’s plug-in Prius Prime

With the arrival of the 2017 Prius Prime, Toyota offers a competitive plug-in hybrid that will go up to 35 kilometres in electric-only mode.

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Plug-in Prius Prime not coming to Canada – yet!

The Prius Prime will be introduced into the American market this fall but Canadians will have to wait until the spring of 2017 – at least.

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What’s to like about Porsche’s new 4-Cylinder Boxster/Cayman?

The new 718 Boxster and Cayman are more powerful, faster and handle even better, while using less fuel. So what’s the problem?

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Hybrid race cars develop technology with production car potential

How long can it be before we see high-performance hybrids in everyday production cars using lessons learned in WEC racing?

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All you need to know about Porsche’s new four-cylinder Macan

For 2017, Porsche has fleshed out the Macan line with a new four-cylinder base model that’s expected to account for 40% of the vehicle’s sales.

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