June 30

Who Is Making Our Roads Unsafe?

download (20)Much of my time is spent driving on highways for work, and I’m shocked to see how careless drivers have become. Where I live it is like the left hand lane is the autobahn in Germany, not the passing lane which it is meant to be. Not many drivers including myself actually go the speed limit, but if the sign reads 60 miles per hour, going 70 miles per hour is acceptable to the police. However, watching people zoom by me regularly in all-weather going 90-100 miles per hour is deplorable. The situation is if you need to switch lanes because a driver has his/her hazards on at the side, there is always someone coming-up like a rocket. When you switch they now tailgate expecting you to move faster, even though your going the 70 miles an hour. Who are the real culprits making our road unsafe… ?

The answer in all fairness is all of us, but I’ve noticed a few that make it that much more. Maybe this will not make me popular, it’s not sexist but the truth. Ladies seem to be very impatient driving, and being on the road so much the ratio is 1-3 women speeding by me over men. I find them to be very aggressive drivers cutting people off, no consideration for others on the road, even with kids in their back seats. I get it fast busy stressful lives, but ladies really!!

Next are people from other countries, I don’t blame them they have been taught to drive somewhere else, different rules of conduct when driving. Maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea making drivers education mandatory for those who immigrate here. Learning our rules of road, and not driving like they’re still in their countries.

There are many amazing truck drivers out there who follow the rules, are considerate, and maintain the speed limit of 60 miles per hour. According to what I’ve heard where we live, they also have governors in the trucks not allowing them to go over the speed limit. However, what I don’t get is those who seem to be able to speed. These folks do it in the worst weather passing fast blinding other drivers in the right lanes this is not safe for anyone driving. Also passing a truck a head of them doing 60 miles an hour at what seems 65 miles an hour makes no sense to me as well.

We all know that a vehicle is a weapon that can kill people, why are we playing the odds with ours and other people’s lives. Perhaps if we leave earlier we wouldn’t be in such a rush all the time, if more police were on the highways I guarantee speeds would be reduced, or simply being a responsible citizen following the laws of the road. I just think there are too many senseless deaths on the roads today that could have been avoided driving more careful. I know the insurance companies focus on men 18 to 25 who have the most accidents. That doesn’t mean a huge percentage of population isn’t driving as reckless, just lucky not getting injured or killed as much statistically

 

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June 24

Storage Trays For All Types Of Vehicles

download (19)Trucks are designed for much more than just daily travel and driving. In fact, most truck owners utilize their cars for hauling groceries, tools, and lumber and even glass sheets for home or office remodeling projects. While all trucks have either short or long beds, storage trays can be installed to secure additional storage for all items and accessories.

These units are mainly comprised of steel, however, aluminum and alloy designs are available as well. The first step in securing installation is to visit local car accessory shops. With years of extensive industry experience, area technicians have the tools and expertise to install these units on trucks, SUVs, and even luxury sedans.

Storage and compartment trays come in an array of different styles and designs. While some are open, others are closed and have formidable covers on them. The latter is perfect for storing work related tools, equipment, Sheetrock, and other items. Flat versions are perfect for glass sheets and large aluminum trays, which you may utilize in your work or hauling to local recycling plants.

Traditional units almost resemble lock boxes. These brands are very popular in smaller trucks but can also be customized and fitted for any car. Whether looking for portable or permanent installations, there are so many options and choices available.

Local technicians will measure the width and length of beds on trucks. This enables them to find the best units to meet your needs within time and budget. Installations can take a few hours or even an entire day in some shops. This is to determine if the unit has set in right, along with testing it while on the road.

There are some customers that purchase caged brands as well. These, however, are not for dogs and pets but to keep items secure while in transit. It is best to discuss your options with area professionals before any work commences. Most technicians offer complimentary quotes and free estimates on all work performed.

For those in construction and industrial occupations, tray units are perfect for sliding items in and out. In fact, these brands can easily be customized with multiple compartments if needed. They also help secure large planks of wood, building materials, and all items needed for your work or projects. No matter which style or design you select, you are guaranteed timely services and installations across the board.

Whether for large trucks, vans, or regular cars, there are so many benefits of having side storage compartments. For one, you never have to worry about items shuffling while en route to your destinations. Storage containers are able to hold a full range of items for daily living and work. It simply depends on your personal needs and preferences.

Comparing products is a great way to find the best ute trays for your vehicle. Do not settle for just generic or standard items that are simply inferior. Ask questions, do research, and speak to installation experts about recommending high grade and durable compartments that will last for years to come.

 

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June 19

The Full Car Care Checklist

download (18)Vehicles are an integral part of day-to-day life and require attention to prevent unexpected tragedies and high costs. Carrying out a basic check-up will not only reduce the cost of repairs in the long run but also keep your vehicle in good condition for a considerable time.

Things you need to always check are Engine Oil, Break Oil, Transmission Fluid, Power Steering Fluid and Coolant as all of these contribute to a smooth and safe drive.

Every vehicle needs a proper service at given time intervals, make sure you hire a proper professional to check your car as his inputs what he does are essential for maintaining your vehicle. In addition, if the need arises to replace spare parts and fluids, make sure that you use high quality original products, such as 3M Products, to maximize performance. Here are a few things you need to make sure your mechanic does.

Check and change Engine Oil and the Oil Filter

The Engine Oil and Filter needs to be replaced every 5,000 KM for better performance. Engine oil keeps the engine running smooth while the filter makes sure that particles do not circulate in the engine.

Check the Fuel Filter

Though the Fuel Filter does not require frequent replacement, it’s always better to check it and replace if necessary.

Inspect and replace Wiper Blades

Wipers are very important if you’re driving in the rain; make sure that your mechanic checks them for wear and tear and performance.

Inspect Tyre Wear and Air Pressure

Good Tyre condition and Air Pressure will not only make your drive smooth, but will avoid exerting your engine and save fuel considerably. The Ideal Tyre pressure for your vehicle can be found in the owner’s manual.

Wheel Alignment

Over time the alignments of tyres change making it difficult to steer. This is extremely dangerous! If you find yourself having trouble with your tyres, have them checked immediately.

Inspect and change Break Pads and Oil

Obviously, breaks are essential for any vehicle, over time the Break Pads wear as well as Break Oil depreciates reducing effectiveness.

Inspect and change Radiator Coolant

Coolant keeps the engine cool by absorbing excess heat generated through the combustion of fuel in the engine chamber. While only one third of the fuel is consumed to actually move the vehicle, the remaining is either moved out by the exhaust or left in the engine requiring cooling for the engine to operate smoothly. Car care products like the 3M Car Care Radiator Coolant will help improve performance.

Inspect and change Spark Plugs

Spark plugs wear or get clouded by matter during use. Cleaning them or changing them on time will help the vehicle to perform at optimal levels as well as reduce fuel consumption.

Inspect and change the Air Filer

The Air Filter plays a vital role in the overall process of fuel combustion. The engine requires not only fuel but also Air to successfully operate. The air filter stops dust and particles from reaching the engine.

Inspect and change the Timing Belt and other Belts

Belts are what keep the engine operating and transfers power from one location to another. With time these belts loosen or wear off reducing performance.

Degrease and Grease engine parts and other spares

Greasing spares reduces friction for smooth operation as well as it acts as a protection layer reducing chances of corrosion.

Make sure that the mechanic also tightens all Nuts and bolts, Tests Electronic, Checks the Lights and lubricate locks, latches and hinges. Ask him to read fault codes from the engine control unit to identify possible issues to reduce later complications.

Finally, give your vehicle a good Wash and Wax not only for a newer, fresher look, but also to reduce chances of corrosion. Products such as 3M Car Wash Soap and Quick Wax will give you a prefect finish. Maintaining your vehicle does not take long, there are a few things you can do at home and it’s better to follow those steps to keep your car up and running till your next visit to the Service Station.

 

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June 8

How To Get Your Taxi Ready For Winter

download (17)Winter is definitely the trickiest season for most drivers. Fog, heavy rains, high winds and ice and snow are some of the problems motorists encounter. If you are a taxi driver, then you know the importance of getting ready for the season, especially because you will be helping clients commute from one point to another regardless of how bad the roads in the given area might be. Unfortunately, this is the season when the majority of motoring accidents takes place and taxi insurance definitely is most important to keep you covered for the unexpected.

But apart from ensuring that your taxi insurance policy is valid and valuable in terms of coverage, there are a few other things you can do to make sure that your taxi remains ready for the tough days ahead.

Windows and windscreen

Low sun with a combination of heavy rains can be hazardous when driving. It is important that you keep up with cleaning the cab windows and windscreen; not just outside, but also inside to improve the visibility. If you must use a cleaner, then ensure it is designed for car glass. Dip a piece of tissue in neat screen wash additive and clean the wiper blade edges to minimize smearing. It is also helpful to keep them propped up for the night to minimize chances of them sticking to the screen.

Lights

The last thing you want is to have poor light in heavy rain, snow or most even during the day. Visibility remains very important and this means that you must ensure the exterior lights of the taxi are clean and working properly. If need be, replace shuttered bulbs or those which are not working as they should. You can do the replacing yourself or get help from a service center of the garage.

Bonnet

What lies under your bonnet is what should matter. To start with, check to see that the coolant reservoir remains at the right levels and consider mixing with a solution of antifreeze and water. The antifreeze concentration you have in the cooling system should also remain adequate enough and ensure that the battery terminals are not corroded and remain tight to avoid the frustrating flat batteries common in winter. If there is a need, then have your taxi battery replaced on time. Avoid switching on the blower and headlights unless the engine is running to save your battery.

Tires

The pressure should be checked every week, including that of your spare tire. It is also very important that you check the pressure before embarking on dropping or picking your customer just to avoid issues along the way. The cabs tires should have a good enough grip on the wet roads so make sure that tread depth is proper. If you are sure you will drive through roads that are snow covered, then investing in winter tires or even snow socks is great and will come in handy.

Air con, fuel, emergency kit and lock de-icer are the other things you should think about when getting your taxi ready for winter.

 

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