Rais­ing the car isn’t good op­tion

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shield­ing that im­proves air­flow un­der­neath the car. But since this car starts out low to the ground for aero­dy­namic pur­poses, you also could be risk­ing a more im­por­tant com­po­nent. So my ad­vice would be: If it scrapes, look for a dif­fer­ent car.

Tom: You’re not go­ing to raise the car a few inches. That’s im­prac­ti­cal, and it’s dif­fi­cult to do. Plus, you’d change the car’s han­dling and de­crease its mileage. You might get half an inch out of larger tires, but if you need more than that, try some­thing else.

Ray: There are sev­eral other Prius models now — the Prius V and Prius C — and you might find that one is bet­ter suited to your par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion. If not, there are other great hy­brids out there made by other com­pa­nies, and you’ll just have to con­sider one of those in­stead.

Tom: But be­fore you buy any of them, make your drive­way part of the test drive. You don’t want to drive your brand-new car home for the first time only to dis­cover that you now have to sell the house and move!

— Shirley Tom: No. He’s try­ing to kill you, Shirley. Keep a close eye on him.

Ray: And don’t lis­ten to his ad­vice about how it’s quicker to use the el­e­va­tor shaft in­stead of wait­ing for the el­e­va­tor. Dear Tom and Ray: My hus­band tells me I should “wig­gle” my steer­ing wheel when I take a curve be­cause it gives you bet­ter trac­tion, es­pe­cially in rain or snow. ... Is this so?

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