Do As I Say, Not As I’ve Done: Ezra Dyer’s Driving Rules

Ezra Dyer

Ezra Dyer in BigFoot, “which I drove at the dirt track/monster truck course in Charlotte. Highlight of my life.”

Ezra Dyer is one of the industry’s top automotive writers – he started his career as something of a legend, as hilariously detailed by Automobile magazine, when, at only 23-years old, he got a foot in the door by pitching them a piece about his first car. It was a 1985 Camaro IROC Z28, which he’d bought off a Catholic priest (The vanity plate read “CHRISTN.”).

Since then, Dyer has written for NY Times, Esquire, Men’s Journal, Robb Report, the Improper Bostonian, Yahoo! Autos and Car and Driver (among others) and he’s now automotive editor at Popular Mechanics.

In his younger days, before his career enabled him access to cover serious topics – like driving BigFoot, or joining the U.S. Border Patrol in Yuma (donning a fake mustache and driving Ford Raptor, so he’d blend) – Dyer was prone to breaking the rules while behind the wheel. Now, he’s got a couple of kids, and when they’re of driving age, he’ll be laying down some serious rules.


Ezra Dyer’s “Do As I Say, Not As I’ve Done” Rules for the Road

  • “Don’t build a snow bank for the express purpose of crashing through it with your truck.
  • Don’t shoot fireworks out of a moving car.
  • Don’t put a driver ed school sign on the roof and then do 110 mph down I95.
  • Don’t overdrive your headlights by about a half-mile.
  • Don’t try to jump your truck, even if there’s a really sweet place to do that.
  • Don’t get a vanity plate that says “Eat Me” in the rearview mirror, because the cops will pull you over to ask about that.
  • Don’t put shopping carts in front of your car, get them going about 30 mph and then hit the brakes to send them whizzing off into the woods.”
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Dyer in his driveway with an Aston Martin DBS and a Rolls Royce Ghost. Rather than take himself seriously, he poses with a fake lion, like the “Rich Guys with Lions of Instagram.”

“Maybe the ‘overdriving your headlights’ example is a good one for non-morons.”

“I’d also add that if you want to figure out how your car really handles, do it in the snow. Or at least, at low speeds. The only times I lost it (spun) with the IROC were in first gear. So I had an idea of what not to do while going, say, 50 or 60. Or faster.”

Here’s Ezra’s IROC, minus the “CHRISTN” vanity plate.


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Drive safely!