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Always Double Check Your Car’s Dash Clocks!!!Oct. 21, 2015. Not only was the picture shared thousands of times and became a viral hit in just a few hours, it wasn’t the first time the same hoax happened. Here’s what happened. Steve Berry, a social media manager for mobile checkout company Simply Tap, designed the image to promote the Back to the Future trilogy Blu-ray box set for his client. The photo which used Wednesday’s date as “the future”. “We promoted the image fully confident in the knowledge that everyone was familiar with the original hoax from a couple of years ago,” Berry told Mashable. “We figured that no one would fall for the same joke twice, so the caption was deliberately replicated it word for word so people would get the reference.” Yet…the new image started to gain steam and develop a life of its own. It was reposted on several Facebook pages, including the Facebook page of craft company Colour Me Fun, which received more than 10,000 shares, nearly 1,000 Likes and 300 comments!
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For all drivers that have never had the pleasure of owning a truck, 2012 is your year to experience the benefits of truck ownership.
You need one because:They’re super useful - Anyone that has ever owned a truck knows how useful it can be. All of their friends and family are constantly asking to borrow it. The bed can be used for everything under the sun.
- People without trucks are limited in the type of projects they can do around the house by what they can fit in their cars at the hardware store. With a truck, home improvement projects are unlimited because the owner has the ability to get everything home that they will need.
- Moving is impossible without a truck. Fitting small boxes into a car can be a backbreaking task, but sliding large objects into the back of a truck is a snap.
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Your vehicles’s alternator will hopefully last for the life of the car, but they do fail sometimes. What should you do to replace your alternator?alternator do? The alternator is driven by a belt from the crankshaft, along with the air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, water pump, and a couple other accessories. The alternator is designed to generate electricity as it turns, keeping a charge in the battery, as well as providing electric power for the car’s ignition, taillights, headlights, radio, and all other parts. How to know if the alternator is going bad? Faulty alternators are often mistaken for a failing battery, since a bad alternator won’t keep a battery charged up enough for positive starts. However, a driver can try this test:
- Turn on the car’s headlights with the engine running. Rev the engine with the car in park; if the headlights dim or get brighter with more engine RPMs are generated, there’s a good chance the alternator is failing. If the headlights stay just as bright, you’re probably just fine.
So, you’ve just bought a new car, or have finally found all the parts you have been searching for from ProvenAutoParts.com, and your project is finally roadworthy. You have filled it up with gas, had it checked over by a mechanic, and bought a pair of fuzzy dice to hang off the mirror. You might think that you are ready to get on the road, but you also might want to consider equipping your car with a dash camera before you start. A Dash Camera Helps You to be a Good Citizen A dash camera serves as a record of everything you witness and are part of while you are out driving. The benefits to you as a good citizen are obvious — if you witness a crime, dangerous driving or a road accident, your dash cam could be used as important evidence in bringing a criminal to justice. Even the most attentive human witness will miss or misremember details, whereas your dash cam will take a perfect record. A Dash Camera Protects You Should you be involved in an accident yourself, then your dash camera could serve as important evidence for your insurance company and the police. In a he-said, she-said situation, your dash camera could be the only thing you need to prove that your version of events is the truth. In the very worst-case scenario, it could form an important part of your defense if you are accused of a road crime. If your car is stolen and recovered, the dash camera could provide the police with a positive identification of the perpetrators if they walked past the field of view of your dash camera. While there are few things more frustrating than being the victim of a crime, seeing those responsible brought to justice is also highly satisfying. A Dash Camera Allows You to Supervise Other Drivers If you have a teenager at home who borrows your car or an employer with drivers on the payroll, using a dash camera to record the driving habits of those who use your vehicle could be quite illuminating. Not only can you see whether or not their driving habits need correcting, the very fact that you have a dash camera installed could cause them to drive more safely – giving you added peace of mind. A Dash Camera can be Fun Whether you see a hilarious incident while out and about on the roads, or drive past an incredible view on a road-trip, your dash cam allows you to share these moments with others. While probably not enough of a reason to get one on its own, it is a perk to having a dash cam. This is a guest post by CJ who blogs on technology from dash cameras and other car accessories to where to find CJ Pony Parts Ford Mustang parts.
For millions of drivers, safety is a paramount concern that affects nearly every aspect of their automotive experience. The same applies to those looking to purchase a new vehicle. When it comes to buying a large family hauler for kids and cargo or a new sedan for young teens and loved ones, buyers want vehicles capable of protecting the lives of all on board with as few injuries as possible. In prior decades, finding the safest vehicles at an affordable price range was a daunting task for many shoppers. With advanced technology and breakthrough designs, many of today’s cars, trucks, SUVs and CUVs meet the criteria for being safe. What People Look For When It Comes to Safety Power, styling and utility are high on most people’s lists, but safety stands out the most in the mind of many car buyers. Safety-minded buyers tend to look for vehicles that can stand up to the most serious auto collisions while keeping occupants safe. SUVs and CUVs were often the most obvious choice due to their large size and weight. However, buyers are trending towards fuel efficient compact and midsize cars in response to higher gas prices and raised environmental awareness. The average automobile features an amazing array of safety features that protect passengers, fellow motorists and even pedestrians. Multiple air bags protect driver and passengers from frontal, offset and side impacts. In addition, most cars now offer some form of electronic stability control and traction control to keep drivers safe under wet and icy road conditions. These systems activate automatically to prevent vehicles from losing control at high speeds. When it comes to finding the safest cars on the road, buyers often turn to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Picks” list. The IIHS selected over 115 cars, trucks, SUVs and CUVs from various makes as their top picks for overall automotive safety. The IIHS utilizes several stringent tests to gauge a vehicle’s capabilities in a number of areas, including: • Frontal and side impact protection • Rollover protection • Rear crash protection • Head restraint effectiveness • Bumper impact damage • Vehicle stability during emergency maneuvers • Supplemental restraint system effectiveness The IIHS classifies tested vehicles as being “good,” “acceptable,” “marginal,” or “poor” when it comes to performance in frontal impact, side impact, rollover and rear crash safety. Vehicles that receive top marks are included in the “Top Safety Picks” list. Safest Cars on the Road Fiat’s 500 subcompact, Ford’s Fiesta sedan and hatchback and the 2012 Honda Fit were rated as being among the safest subcompact vehicles on the market, according to the IIHS’s battery of crash safety tests. The Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris hatchback are also excellent choices for those in search of safe and fuel efficient vehicles. Midsize cars such as the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry Subaru Legacy and Hyundai Sonata are perennial favorites for excellent overall safety. Honda made a concerted effort to improve the roof strength of its vehicles in response to marginal ratings on rollover protection. Subaru is notable for having all five of its currently sold vehicles featured as top picks on the IIHS list. Buyers interested in affordable small, midsize and large SUVs have their pick of safe, comfortable and capable vehicles to choose from. The Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson and Chevrolet Equinox received plenty of praise for being among the safest vehicles on the road. Other notable SUVs include the Dodge Durango, Ford Edge, Volkswagen Touareg and GMC Acadia. The best-selling Ford F150 found a place on the “Top Safety Picks” list after receiving “good” marks across the board. Other notable top picks include the Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tundra. It also helps that these trucks are much heavier than most other vehicles on the road and offer greater visibility due to a higher ride height. Of the nine minivans currently on the market, five made the cut for the “Top Safety Picks” list. The 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country and the related Volkswagen Routan received “good” ratings across the board. The Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna also received “good” marks in all four testing areas. References http://www.iihs.org/ratings/default.aspx http://www.iihs.org/brochures/pdf/sfsc.pdf http://autos.yahoo.com/news/the-safest-cars-on-the-road-for-2012.html http://news.consumerreports.org/cars/2011/12/18-new-models-earn-iihs-top-safety-pick-award-115-for-2012.html Going online to do a quote comparison to find the cheapest quotes on auto insurance can save you a substantial amount of money. If you go to Kanetix.ca, you can easily compare the quotes from the top insurance providers in Canada in just minutes.
Turn Signal Neglect Now Causing Millions of Crashes per Year
Worse than Distracted Driving, Turn Signal Neglect is No Longer Just an Annoyance
In a revealing new report published by the Society of Automotive Engineers this week at the 2012 SAE World Congress, an in-depth observation study of turn signal rate-of-neglect not only exposes how widespread the problem is, but how simple the solution is.A total of 12,000 turning and lane-changing vehicles were observed with visible turn signal usage (or neglect) data recorded. The study shows that the neglect rate for lane changing vehicles is 48% and the neglect rate for turning vehicles is 25%. That translates to an astonishing 750 billion times a year that drivers neglect turn signals on U.S. roadways, or over 2 billion times per day. Each incident of neglect elevates the risk of a multi-vehicle crash. Obviously, not every absent turn signal results in a crash, but the study concludes that the collective result of turn signal neglect is as many as 2 million crashes per year. In comparison, the U.S. Department of Transportation states that Distracted Driving causes about 950,000 crashes per year, so Turn Signal Neglect is actually a more significant safety issue. While the causes and remedies to combat Distracted Driving remain a matter of ongoing debate, the remedy for Turn Signal Neglect is simple, direct, effective, and cost-saving: The singular cause is driver neglect and the solution is the Smart Turn Signal. Smart Turn Signals use vehicle sensors and computer control to not only shut off the turn signal appropriately and accurately under every conceivable driving situation, but also assists the driver to assure that the turn signal is used regularly. The Turn Signal Assist feature is similar to a seat belt reminder – If you habitually neglect the use of your turn signal when you execute turns, you will eventually get a friendly reminder display. For drivers who use turn signals nearly every time, no display will ever appear, so it is never a nuisance for most drivers. Drivers who neglect their turn signals will quickly improve their habits and therefore reduce their overall risk of involvement in a crash as well as reducing the risk of getting a traffic citation. Smart Turn Signals actually use the information from the very same vehicle sensors used for the Stability Control System (now standard on all new cars), so no cost is added to the vehicle. In fact, there are savings in cost, space and weight because the turn signal trip mechanism is eliminated. Advances in vehicle computer control have exposed the defects of the trip mechanism, which first went into production in 1940 and has remained unimproved for 72 years. “This is a first of its kind report on a subject that amazingly, has never been studied. The turn signal is one of the very original automotive crash prevention devices and this simple driver to driver communication device remains extremely effective, but only when it is accurately displayed as required by law”, states Richard Ponziani, P.E., President of RLP Engineering and author of the report. “The turn signal can no longer be considered ‘optional’ and all drivers have an ongoing duty to use it, just as they have a duty to stop at a stop sign or at a red light” he added. Ponziani further stated: “Smart Turn Signals are the perfect complement to the Stability Control System since Stability Control predominately prevents single-vehicle crashes, whereas the Smart Turn Signal prevents multi-vehicle crashes”. The Smart Turn Signal system has been in development for the past several years and the highly favorable cost to benefit ratio makes the urgent need for Smart Turn Signals even more obvious. It is anticipated that this life-saving technology will be integrated into production vehicles in the near future. This breakthrough represents a perfect opportunity to significantly reduce multi-vehicle crash rates, reduce vehicle cost and make driving a lot more friendly and courteous across the U.S. The SAE report, publication number 2012-01-0261 is available at http://www.sae.org. RLP Engineering is a consulting firm in Dayton, Ohio specializing in vehicle safety design.
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If Money Were No Object, Which car Would You Drive?Are you a Ferrari man, or do you prefer Porsches? Perhaps a BMW is the car of your dreams. Almost everyone has spent a little while drooling over Top Gear, or staring wistfully through the window of the local luxury dealership. Why not refresh your wish list with a look at some of the modern luxury cars in the “best that money can buy” range:
Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead CoupeThe Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe is a convertible Rolls Royce – the first one to be released in quite a few years. It features motorized rear doors that open forwards, rather than backwards, and has a stainless steel bonnet and a teak rear deck. It can manage 0 to 60 in 5.7 seconds, and costs around £400,000 if you go for the added extras.
Bentley AzureThe Bentley Azure is another convertible. It’s a four-seater, and it’s hand made. The engine is a 6.8 litre V8, similar to the one that’s been the trademark of Bentley’s for the last 40+ years. The dash is made of wood, the seats are leather, and the entire thing feels incredibly well made, which it should, considering it costs about £200,000.
BMW 7 SeriesThe BMW 7 Series is a little more affordable than some of the other cars in this list, but it’s still a great car. It’s energy efficient, low emissions, spacious, and comfortable. It features a 3.0 litre diesel engine which is fast but economical. You can pick one of these cars up for around £60,000 – making it a great choice for a first luxury car. The only thing that mars the experience is that, while this car is great to drive, the riding experience feels a little rougher than it should.
Aston Martin DBSThe Aston Martin is a great choice for anyone wanting the distinguished “James Bond” look. The DBS is more expensive than its younger brother, the DB9 model, but for the extra cash you get a more interesting body style, and a nice powerful engine. The DBS has a manual transmission, so it might not suit everyone, but if you like that sort of thing it’s a great vehicle with a lot of “oomph” to it.
BMW Gran CoupeIf you’re looking for something a little sleeker than the 7 series, and softer than the Aston Martin DBS, then the BMW Gran Coupe is a nice choice. It costs £75,000, and for that you get a stylish four door car with four full-size seats and a small central rear seat. The engine is a 444bhp 4.4 litre V8. There is a diesel option available too, which has a 309bhp, 3,0litre, six cylinder engine. The above is just a selection of the luxury cars on the market at the moment. There are many other options, such as the Chrysler 300c, the Audi A7 Sportback, the Mercedes Benz CLS, and the Ferrari F599. Which one would you opt for? Article by guest author Amy Fowler on behalf of BMW servicing experts, Main Dealer Discount. Photos by Jason Pier, Philipp Lucke, Ed Callow, Matuzda, and automotive rhythms.