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.

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What's keeping you from making the leap from your gas-guzzling car to an electric vehicle? We'll tell you why they're easier to buy and own than you think.

By Cherise Threewitt

Do you get easily bored with things like the color of your car? BMW is introducing a couple of concept cars that literally change color at your whim.

By Cherise Threewitt

Knowing how to make a dog throw up may help you save your dog's life. But how do you do it safely?

By Cherise Threewitt

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Holidays often bring on auto accidents with their mix of high traffic and high alcohol consumption. But is New Year's Eve the most dangerous day of the year?

By Cherise Threewitt

James Dean died at the young age of 24 when he crashed his Porsche 550 Spyder. The car and its parts have been connected to many mysterious deaths ever since. Is it cursed?

By Cherise Threewitt

Rummikub is a game based on the card game rummy, but it's played with tiles not cards. How do you play? We'll tell you how and what the Rummikub rules are.

By Cherise Threewitt

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.

By Cherise Threewitt

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The object of the Monopoly board game is to win a monopoly and become the wealthiest player. But the rules are complicated. Here's how to play and win.

By Cherise Threewitt

Riding roller coasters is supposed to be scary, but it's not supposed to kill you. That doesn't mean deaths don't happen. The 13 deadliest roller coaster accidents were flukes but no less tragic.

By Cherise Threewitt & Clint Pumphrey

The United States has emergency crude oil stored in its Strategic Petroleum Reserve that can be tapped only under certain terms and usually only by the president. So how much is in the reserve and how long can it last?

By Cherise Threewitt & Sarah Gleim

Here are six surprises that were uncovered around the globe when the heat rose and the water receded.

By Cherise Threewitt

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If your eyebrows have seen better days, maybe microblading is just what they need to look thicker and fuller.

By Cherise Threewitt

Sailfish are the fastest known animal in the ocean. Just how fast? As fast as a cheetah. That's how fast.

By Cherise Threewitt

There are a ton manufactured every year across the world. So what company makes the most? You'll probably be shocked to find out.

By Cherise Threewitt

The practice of tacking 9/10 of a cent on the end of a gas price goes back to a decades-old tax imposed by state and federal governments. It was supposed to expire but never did.

By Cherise Threewitt

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The United States is the world's top producer of oil, but it still depends on foreign countries for millions of barrels, as well. Will there ever be a time when the U.S. is totally independent when it comes to oil production?

By Cherise Threewitt & Sarah Gleim

Vehicle fires account for nearly one of every eight fires reported. But cars don't just burst into flames like we see in the movies. So how do they catch fire?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler & Cherise Threewitt

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.

By Cherise Threewitt

The meditative practice dates back to ancient times but is growing in popularity in the U.S. What are the benefits and are they real?

By Cherise Threewitt

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Planning to run your house completely on solar power? It will cost you up front, but it could also pay you back big in the long run.

By Cherise Threewitt

One super-cool perk to being POTUS? You get to be driven around in the heavily armored presidential limousine. One downside? You have to hand over your car keys — for life.

By Cherise Threewitt

President Joe Biden just signed a sweeping executive order that will create right-to-repair rules for cellphone companies, as well as big ag companies like John Deere. Who would be against that? We'll explain.

By Cherise Threewitt

You might think your car is fine for your upcoming summer road trip. But if it's more than 10 years old, you might want to think again.

By Cherise Threewitt

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We've all done it – looked down and suddenly realized we're almost out of gas. What kind of wear-and-tear does this put on your car?

By Cherise Threewitt

If you've sold a used car, the last thing you want to see is your buyer driving it back again with a bad case of remorse. But can they even do that, or are you protected?

By Cherise Threewitt