Cherise Threewitt

Contributing Writer

Cherise Threewitt is a Chicago-based writer and editor with 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. At HowStuffWorks, Cherise enjoys researching and writing stories that make cars and car culture interesting and accessible for everyone. When Cherise isn't writing, she's probably at the gym, paddling on Lake Michigan, or driving her 2019 Subaru WRX.

Recent Contributions

Are Record Low Gas Prices Good or Bad for the Economy?

Gas prices have plummeted across the U.S. since the coronavirus pandemic. That might be a good thing for your wallet, but is it good for the economy? It depends.

Fenn's Treasure Has Been Found!

A reclusive millionaire hid a treasure somewhere in the Rocky Mountains between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Canadian border in 2010. Some lucky hunter finally found it.

Ford Software Update Lets Cop Cars Cook Away Coronavirus with Heat

A software update from Ford heats cars up to 133 degrees Fahrenheit to help police officers reduce the footprint of the COVID-19 virus in their patrol fleet.

A Dashcam Might Be Helpful if You Get Into a Car Accident

Dashcams are inexpensive and easy to install. And they might be provide critical evidence if you're involved in a car accident. So why don't you have one?

I Had a Baby During the Pandemic and This Is What Happened

HowStuffWorks contributor Cherise Threewitt was due to deliver her baby in late March. She never knew that would mean she'd be having her child in the midst of a global pandemic.

How to Keep Your Car Running While You're Sheltering in Place

It's important to exercise during quarantine to keep your body in shape. The same goes for your car. We'll tell you what to do to keep it running smoothly.

How to Future-proof Your Child's Credit From Fraud

The last thing you want for your child is to have their identity stolen before they're old enough to open a credit card. The good news is there are ways to protect them from financial fraud.

Is Your Junk in the Trunk or the 'Frunk'?

Frunks, usually reserved for VW Beetles and classic European sports cars, are moving into the mainstream, as trunks take a front seat.

Want an Emoji on Your License Plate? Move to Vermont!

The Green Mountain State has introduced a bill to allow motorists to include emojis on their license plates. And we are totally on board.

Is Jaywalking Still a Crime?

The history of jaywalking is probably way more complex than you'd expect. Criminalizing crossing the street has roots in the auto industry, class wars and even racism.

8 Tips for Buying a Car Online

Buying a car online makes it easy to avoid the high-pressure sales tactics of a dealership, but it also comes with its own set of pitfalls.

Could Electric Motor Conversions Save Classic Cars?

Crate motors are popular for breathing new life into classic cars. The newest trend? They're now available in electric, meaning your old classic car can go green.

Why Aren't Seat Belts Required on All School Buses?

School buses are some of the safest vehicles on the road. But most also don't have seat belts, leaving the children inside vulnerable to injury in a crash.

Your Car May Soon Say 'No' to Drunk Driving

Two U.S. Senators have introduced legislation to mandate technology that could end drunk driving as we know it by 2024.

How to Safely Transport Your Christmas Tree Home

Plan on buying a live Christmas tree this year? Don't be that guy who loses it on the road between the lot and your house. We've got tips to help you get it home safely.

How the Best Public Transportation Benefits Cities and Residents

A 2019 study evaluated public transportation in 100 U.S. cities and ranked them from best to worst. So who got top dibs, and how is theses cities and the residents benefiting?

Maintaining a Car's Matte Finish Is Easier Than You Think

We're here to debunk the myth that matte finish paint is super- high maintenance. It just needs proper upkeep to truly shine.

How to Escape a Sinking Car

The impossible happens. You're trapped in your car and it's sinking. Could you break a window to get out?

Can You Hotwire a Late-model Car?

Is hotwiring a car as easy as it looks in those heist flicks? Yes and no. We'll explain.