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

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.

Porsche Joins Electric Vehicle Race With 2020 Taycan

Porsche unveiled its first electric sports car, the Taycan, and its plans for a sustainable future.

10 Factors That Affect Your Car's Resale Value

Trying to sell or trade in your car? Lots of things you might not expect will influence how much you can get for it.

The Fight Over the Right to Repair Rages On

The right to repair movement advocates for consumers' rights to repair and modify their own products. Who would be against that? We'll explain.

Is Parallel Parking Outdated?

Sure, it's a good skill to have, but for how much longer?

Meet the Adorable Honda E

The newest electric vehicle from Honda is a throwback to the 1970s Honda Civic, with charming headlights and endearing styling.

Womanikin: Overcoming the Stigma of Breasts and CPR

Performing CPR on a woman means that, yes, there will be some hand-to-breast contact. Womanikin is designed to help reduce the stress and hesitation.

Texas Law Would Let Parents Give Teen's Driving Test

Who needs the DMV? If Texas HB 409 passes, parents could soon bypass it altogether and make their novice teens legal to drive.