Here are some answers to recent questions from readers. How many drivers are estimated to be illegally using their cellphones at any given time? At our last driving school convention, a policeman reported the illegal use of the handheld cellphone is about 11 per cent in the U.S. There are no equivalent statistics for Canada that I am aware of, but we do follow trends from south of the border. If there are pertinent stats for any Canadian provinces or national information, send them my way.
After last week’s column, several readers replied with their own New Year’s resolutions. Here are some of them. Bennett would lobby government to make it mandatory for every type of transportation option to be equipped with front and back running lights. This includes not only motor vehicles, but also apparel worn when riding scooters, bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, and the like. This type of attention to safety is even more important during the winter months.
Most conscientious driving instructors take part in several professional-development exercises. One of them is a ride-check of one another, from the back seat, in a typical driving lesson. My New Year’s driving resolution resulted from one of these ride-check sessions. A simple shoulder check, in the area commonly referred to as a blind spot, is very important. It is the only way to see if there is someone or something not normally visible in the side-view mirrors.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".