Joe Carbon is a former driving instructor and crew chief for the internationally renowned Skip Barber Racing School and current kart and motorcycle racer. His automotive repair company, “Good Old-Fashioned Auto Repair”, in Mooresville, North Carolina pairs his over 40+ years of automotive service and repair experience with well over 3 million miles of driving experience in all types of vehicles. Joe's insight from road and track will help you stay safe on your “road of life”.

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“THE BIG BLOW-DRIVING ON A WINDY DAY!”

Recently, Terri and I were on our way home from a road trip in Wilmington. The weather was less than wonderful with periods of fast moving, ominous clouds constantly in my line of sight as we approached. I began to do what I always do: look at tree tops in front and alongside the road… Continue Reading

HOLIDAY “NEED FOR SPEED”!

How many of you out there have either purchased or received as a gift, a racing driving experience? Whether it be based on NASCAR style stock cars, Indy Cars, Sprint cars or even Exotic cars, there is one for every type of enthusiast! Schools are named after some of the most notable in their fields like: Richard Petty,… Continue Reading

“DON’T GET “HOSED” ON YOUR NEXT USED CAR!”

WE are Good Old-Fashioned Auto Repair, the “guardian angels of automotive service”! With that in mind, we’re switching gears from our usual driving tips and putting on our automotive consumer hat instead.   Since our focus last month was on “Hydroplaning” with 2 major hurricanes under our belt and more recently 4 straight days of… Continue Reading

“HYDROPLANING!”

Yeah! I know. We’ve been spending an awful lot of time this year dealing with wet-weather driving. Fact is: It’s been raining. A LOT! That’s what two hurricanes will do!     Chances are good that you’ve been driving down a road or an interstate somewhere and suddenly you hit a patch of “deep water”. This can… Continue Reading

“MORE BRAKES FOR YOUR BUCK!”

Let’s talk about brakes, shall we? Everyone has them, replacing them are part of routine service, and one of the more costly repairs. So, let’s start with Brakes 101.   The rotor is what your wheels are attached to and rotates with it. Imagine it as a spinning doughnut: your hand is like the caliper… Continue Reading

“CHANGING A FLAT-WHAT NOT TO DO!”

I know last month we promised you an article on “How To Change A Flat Tire”. If you go online, you can find plenty of step-by-step instructions on how to do just that. This is “NOT” going to be one of those articles. Changing a flat on the side of the road can get you seriously… Continue Reading

“REACTING TO/RECOVERING FROM A BLOWOUT!”

If you drive long enough, the chances are really good you will experience a blowout of some sort in your lifetime. If you’ve put in the millions of miles I have, perhaps a few times. How you respond will make all the difference in the outcome. Expect to hear 3 key sounds that may vary… Continue Reading

“THE I-77 SHUFFLE!”

Life as we know it on I-77 seems to be a never ending ballet of stop and go, stop and go. Cars, trucks, motorcycles; they all have different rates of acceleration, braking, and speed. Add in various levels of distracted driving and you have the modern day congestion we have in most bigger cities and the… Continue Reading

“WHO’S DRIVING WHO?”

As the summer approaches, many of us will be making long holiday and vacation driving trips. Some of these may be 5, 10, or more hours long. Long range driving comes with its fair share of discomfort, fatigue, pain, distractions, and loss of focus. Which begs the question: Are you driving the car or is… Continue Reading

“PARKING-BACKING IN VS. PULLING IN!”

How often do we experience someone struggling (or might be you) to pull a car into a space in a parking lot or trying to back out? Being able to judge the distance between your front fenders and the cars around you as you go through the arc of pulling in or backing out can… Continue Reading

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