This article reviews the controversy surrounding the "frolic and detour" doctrine, looks at the Restatement (Second) of Agency position on the question, and examines a standard of automobile insurance policy containing the permissive user clause. Next, the results of an empirical test of whether the frequency of litigation has decreased in the "frolic and detour" area is presented.
William A. Wines, Automobile Insurance Policies Build "Write-Away" Around Frolic and Detour, a Persistent Problem on the Highway of Torts, 19 Campbell L. Rev. 85 (1996).