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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May 31

How Does the 2017 Ford GT Stack Up?

download (16)How will it compare to the competition?

The GT is by no means a Shelby GT 350 R, not even close. Besides the over $350,000 jump in price and the additional 100 or more horsepower. The new GT is even more track-focused then the previous ones. And the mid-engine layout, combined with the GT’s carbon-fiber construction it much more than a muscle car and more of a Super car.

Even though Ford has not decided on a specific horse power, the new GT with 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 will produce more than 600 horsepower. Standing up well to the Corvette Z 06 and its’ 650 horses. Now Ford says it is working on the power-to-weight ratios to be the best of any production car. Even if they can’t hit the ratio of the Koenigsegg One with its 2.2 lbs / hp and make it to the range of the McLauren P1 with its 3.5 lbs / hp. Even with its aerodynamics the approx. 3500-lb Corvette Z06 may be a little overweight to held ground with the new GT.

Priced like a Lamborghini Aventador

Knowing it’s expected price range points to the real competition of the new 2017 GT. Granted the Lamborghini Aventador is packing 691 horse power, but outweighing the Corvette Z06 in curb weight by another 500 pounds, it may have a hard time keeping up with the new GT on the track. When you consider the Aventador holds twice the cylinders as the GT’s twin-turbo V6, and the fact that the Aventador is a naturally aspirated V12 all wheel drive, you can expect it to be faster off the line.

It will be interesting to see how the GT compares to the McLaren 657LT the car that feels like a competition vehicle. Weighing in at less than 3000 lbs, the 657 is pretty light, but the GT will probably weigh less. The Mc Laren 675LT is also a limited-production car, with only 500 units slated to built and cost about $50,000 less than the Lamborghini.

Then there is the Ferrari F12tdf with a price point just under $500,000 with a substantial increase in power. Touting a 6.3-liter V12 with 770 horsepower hitting 0 to 60 in under 3 seconds. The Ferrari will be a head over the GT by more than 100 horsepower, but the based on Fords claims the GT should be much more light weight.

With Ford skipping a hybrid-electric system, it will be something to pit the new and severely less expensive Acura NSX with its hybrid tech and all-wheel drive against the new GT and its focus on light weight. With the NSX and its 573 horsepower will it be enough to hold its own against the GT? Time will tell.

The real tell will be to put our all-American Ford GT with its carbon-fiber ultra-light track ready super car favorite against the competition in a head to head on the track to see what she really has

 

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May 25

Reasons for Popularity of Vehicle Locksmith Service Among Car Owners

download (15)A vehicle locksmith can act like an ultimate solution if the car locks are broken or damaged in any case. They are ready with effective solutions if you are anxious with broken or lost key issues, or with messed up lock programming. Look at the Locksmiths’ association’s site to find more about the planning they give and about their pros. A specialist lock repairer has years of planning and practice in opening auto locks for a tailor made the combination of specific models of cars. He should have most of the essential instruments and aptitudes that would complete the job quickly and without any sort of damage to the car.

Who Is An Auto Locksmith?

A locksmith, who has some expertise in car lock repairing administration, is known as an auto lock repairer. They, for the most part, perform some tasks like an expansion of new keys, broken key extractions, transponder keys, and passage and ignition lock repairs.

Numerous individuals feel a prompt feeling of frenzy or nervousness when they understand that they have bolted their keys inside their car. While these are typical responses, it is essential to resist the urge to panic. It is an intelligent thought to keep a telephone number of nearby vehicle locksmith service for crisis circumstances like this. Most automotive repairers are accessible round the clock a day and offer quick reaction times for crises.

What proficient personals from vehicle locksmith service can do?

Experienced lock repairers can even fix the problems regarding broken key from the ignition, without harming the dashboard. They can even discover their way around high-security cars and split into the refined system. The U.S.A. is abounding with lock repairer administrations, which can be profited immediately. These faculties work round the clock, and can be called anytime of the day or night. Certain organizations don’t charge additional cash for giving lock repairers amid the weekends.

Most legitimate organizations will have the capacity to give you an evaluation of how much the administration will cost before the specialist arrives. Some offensive lock repairer organizations may attempt to exploit stranded drivers by expanding the value. However, you get an appraisal that sounds outlandish, hang up and take a stab at calling another respectable organization. Most authentic automotive repairers will be satisfied to give you an evaluation before the administration starts.

If you happen to get bolted out of your vehicle, it is encouraging to realize that there are educated lock repairers accessible and willing to offer assistance. Doing some arranging and research before you go for an individual is an intelligent thought to provide effective results on account of a crisis.

 

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May 17

Handy Tips For Lubricating Electric Motor Bearings With Grease

download (14)Machines and vehicles depend on proper lubrication so that friction forces are reduced. If friction forces are not reduced, the machine or vehicle’s life cycle will be decreased. As such, if you want to get the most out of your equipment or vehicles, it is essential that their roller bearings are lubricated regularly and correctly.

Today, motor experts are recommending machine and vehicle owners to do or carry out optimized lubrication. Optimized lubrication means applying new grease on bearings when needed and using just the right amount and type of grease to return friction levels to an acceptable level.

To carry out optimized lubrication properly, here are some useful tips you should follow:

Identify when you need to lubricate the bearings.

It can be tricky to know how often to apply grease. Keep in mind that lubricating bearings, when they don’t need grease, will cause them to malfunction and get damaged, too.

The frequency of lubrication can be influenced by various factors, including heat and humidity, the dimensions of the ball bearings or roller bearings, frequency of use and duration of running time when in use, and type of grease used.

To get the timing right, read the machine or vehicle’s user manual or guidelines and follow the instructions on lubrication of ball bearings. However, you also need to be willing to adapt the rules to a specific situation. Always keep a vigilant eye on the bearings as well.

Choose a brand and type of grease that is compatible to the bearings and the one you used before.

Make sure the type of grease you are using is compatible with the grease which may have been used before on the bearing. If they are incompatible, the two types can react with each other and become obsolete. You can get some sort of chart which indicates compatibility from the supplier, but it is always best to get in touch with the manufacturers of both types of grease to find out if they can be used in conjunction.

Select a type and brand of grease that won’t cause the bearings and the machine to overheat.

A 10°C degree increase in temperature cab cut a bearing’s life expectancy in half. As such, make sure your lubrication won’t crank up the temperature of the machine while it is in use since this is just counterproductive.

Don’t lubricate a bearing in a machine or vehicle that has not been used for more than two years.

Lastly, this is an important tip to remember since the old grease on an unused bearing will have hardened and can prevent even distribution of the new grease and sometimes force the new grease through a seal.

 

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May 2

Five Tips To Keeping Your Tyres In Good Condition

download (13)Check the treads:

Car tyres wear down from time to time. Every tyre has its own lifetime and you need to make sure that tyre you are using is in its optimum life. When that time exceeds, the chance of getting trapped into a road accident increases. It is like the sole of a shoe! You can’t use the shoe once the sole has eroded. So you need to take a note of the lifetime of the tyre you are using for your case. There is a tread depth mark available in every country. You need to meet the representative from tyre companies of your locality in order to know the actual tyre tread depth mark of your country and try to follow that.

Keep your tyres align:

Suppose one of your tyres has worn down and you need to replace it with someone else. If the new tyre is not in sync with the rest three, the tyres will wear down at different times! So you need to make sure that tyres are aligned and at least you can curb down the chance of accident while driving on the roads!

Check the tyre pressure:

We all know that it is important for us to maintain a certain tyre pressure in the tyres we are using. Depending on the distance we are going to travel and the number of people travelling the pressure requirement changes. But it is important for you to make sure that there is a certain pressure exists in the tyre! The wheel and tyre companies of your locality can help you with it. He will be the best person to tell you the perfect air pressure that needs to be in the tyres.

Keep the second one:

While you are travelling to a good distance, it is important for you to keep a spare tyre for your use. You never know what happens in the car. So it is important for you to keep an extra tyre in your car. No matter how far you are travelling, if you have adequate amount of fuel in your car and an extra tyre, you can drive with a contended heart!

Rotation of tyres:

You need to make sure that the tyres wear down is in an even way. So you need to rotate your tyres on every 8000 miles. You can take help from experts for this task or can call the expert from the tyre companies for more information on this

 

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April 29

How a Mobile Car Valeting Service Could Help to Increase the Value of Your Vehicle?

download (12)Cleaning the car is just one of those things which most vehicle owners do not look forward to. In these modern times where everybody appears to be consumed with work, friends and family, there does not seem to be any time left to drop the car by the wash station. Fortunately, this issue is handled by mobile car valeting firms. There is no need to go outside and leave one’s work to find time to clean the vehicle. A mobile car valeting firm could restore a car’s look to its original condition, which can reflect positively on the owner. Here are a few advantages of hiring valeting services.

1. Save precious time

Time is a key resource and lots of vehicle owners know that they could lose a lot when they drive down to the closest car wash station. Time usually costs money, therefore numerous owners are forced to constantly put off having their vehicles cleaned. Car valeting firms give the benefit of saving time as they’re able to go to the customer’s location and do all of the cleaning there. This enables the person to see exactly the kind of service the firm offers. The customer doesn’t have to be there while the service is completed and that gives them flexibility to get on with other things.

2. Well trained cleaners

Several people believe that cleaning a car doesn’t need to be done by specialists, but, if one aims for the best quality service, then it’s important that only very skilled professionals clean the vehicle. In fact, a vehicle is a big investment and any damage to it could easily cost lots of money. Car valeting businesses have a team of knowledgeable and insured cleaners who are able to use all types of machines and products well, ensuring there will be no damage of all types to the car.

3. Excellent quality products

In most cases, car wash businesses use detergents that aren’t considered high quality. Additionally, some of these detergents may contain dangerous substances which are detrimental to one’s health. Mobile car valeting firms, subsequently, use expert detergents that are guaranteed safe and effective. Microfiber fabrics or PVA could be used to dry the car and ensure that there aren’t any scratches.

4. Spend less

One might believe that mobile car valeting services cost more in comparison to stationed car washing services. However many vehicle owners get surprised upon learning that they spend less money by booking the services of a valeting firm. This is because they don’t need to drive to a fixed place, reducing fuel charges. There is also no reason to buy superior quality detergents, because these agencies would already have all of the required detergents and machines.

These are some of the advantages of using car valeting services. Regardless of the sort of cleaning required, car owners can rest assured that these businesses can finish the task right away. Car owners may even give recommendations as to how they need the vehicle to be cleaned.

 

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April 21

Used Cars Are a Safer Bet – Here’s Why

download (11)Are you getting ready to buy your next car? If so, you’ve probably started to search through lots at local dealerships. Browsing all the latest performance and technology features can make new vehicles look very tempting. However, slow down before you make that big purchase. Here are a few things to consider that might save you time, money, and a whole lot of stress.

The Market
Buying a previously owned vehicle is becoming much more common because many automobiles last much longer than previous models. Advancements in auto technology and improved maintenance practices have extended the lifespan of most cars to upwards of 200,000 miles. An option already on the market could still operate like new for many for miles and road trips.

The Value
Most importantly, used cars typically represent a great value. Even just a basic web search will reveal how much you can save for a vehicle that’s just a few years old. For example, a new option that retails for around $30,000 can be acquired a few years later for $20,000 or less. This choice will often be in nearly new condition but have a cheaper price tag because of depreciation. If you are the second owner, you can get the most value for each dollar you spend.

Getting Started
Before you begin test-driving, consider your needs and lifestyle. Will this be your primary vehicle? Will it be used for work? What about your family? Knowing exactly what type of car you and your family need will help you resist the lure of an option that is either out of your budget or extravagant for your lifestyle.

When entering the used cars market, be mindful of the number of previous owners a vehicle has had. Use the VIN to research the history for all accidents and repairs. There are some things you just won’t notice during a test-drive that will show up on a history report. Also, how long will you need the car? If you are looking for longevity, be sure to limit your search to options with lower total mileage.

Look for Closeouts
Lastly, every manufacturer releases new models each year. As a result, prices of previous versions get slashed right before and after the launch. If you can plan accordingly, you can align your next purchase alongside the time of year when sales are common at dealerships.

There’s no doubt that buying new can be tempting. However, if done properly, buying used can get you into a high-quality vehicle at a much lower price

 

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