Written by a Guest Blogger
If you’ve ever wondered why you can’t scuttle the morning traffic jam and sail through the skies to work like George Jetson does, you’re not alone. There are really a lot of everyday gadgets we take for granted now that seem to be inspired from watching The Jetsons cartoons on TV, leaving many people wondering why are there no hovercars like George’s available today. Apparently, real life is a lot more complicated than cartoon living.
How do you envision a successful hovercar? What does it look like? Does it have wheels for use on the ground or is up, up, and away its only option? Where will you keep it when you’re not cruising the friendly skies and how will it get there?
Maybe garages of the future will have a garage-top garage specially built for the hovercar. Just drop down and call it a done deal, no need to land on terra firma and maneuver into a closed building with a roof. Of course, a hover car, especially the first one, will be a toy to be babied. Hover cars will surely require hover car covers to keep them pretty, especially in a garage with no roof. But where will you store the hover car covers when you’re flying like an eagle?
The Wayward Wind
A strong wind can make driving difficult, even when the wind is coming in mere strong gusts. Think tornado or hurricane and a lighter-than-air machine may get hurled all the way to the merry old land of Oz. It could take a lot more than a pair of magic ruby slippers to return you safely to the farm.
If you’re one of those people who has to have the first of every new gadget that comes along, you already know the first model is the most expensive. With a whole new technology, a hovercar will be quite pricey in the beginning and probably for a long time afterward. It will need to be insured. It doesn’t take more than filing a claim or two to discover the insurance industry is not one for thinking outside the box. Things don’t move very quickly there and new, inventive claim applications seem to get pigeon-holed into old claim codes.
Speaking of pigeons, just imagine the delay in processing that would be caused when you say your vehicle got totaled because you sucked up a pigeon into your exhaust system. Or drove into the 13th floor of a very tall building. Or you dropped your purse and gave a man on the street a concussion.
The 3D Danger Zone
Traffic fatalities are considered a preventable form of death and yet there were 45,800 people killed on America’s roadways in the year 2000 alone. Another 2.4 million people suffered injury. If traffic accidents already claim the #6 spot in cause of preventable death in the US and we’re only traveling in two dimensions (left and right, forward and reverse), are we ready to add another dimension — up and down — to the equation?
The injuries would skyrocket, too, and change in nature as falling out of the sky became more common — ouch! The more safety features built into an aircraft, the heavier it gets. The heavier it is, the more fuel it consumes and steering becomes sluggish. All those crazy drivers on the road make a jaunt across town treacherous enough without expecting them to make room for incoming flying machines, too.
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA): Actual Causes of Death in the United States, 2000
The Gas Tank
There are lots of grumpy people pumping gas these days and that’s just to travel in two dimensions. Add a third, gravity-defying dimension to the fuel load and you break the bank. A hovercar might also need a gas tank so big it defeats the anti-gravity mechanisms that got you shopping for a hover car in the first place. If you don’t like traffic jams now, imagine the commuter nightmare you’ll be facing when you have to juggle multi-jobs to keep your hovercraft’s tank full.
ABC News: Jetson-Like Flying Car in Production
Dust Bunnies from Hell
Ecologically minded technologies have cleaned up the air around our landlocked vehicles and, for that, many people are grateful. When we take clean air for granted, all it takes is one look at footage from Beijing on a smog-filled day to be thankful for unleaded gasoline.
A hovercar may never use gasoline to get up and go but, whatever the fuel, lift-off will likely require a down draft that will stir up the dust and the dirt in all directions. Not so bad when you soar above it all but the people on the ground will not be happy. If you dread housework now, you’ll absolutely loathe the litter of dust bunnies from hell your family hovercar will create.
To get a license to drive a hovercar, would you need to take driving lessons or flying lessons? Get a driver’s license or a pilot’s license? Whether a license from the state department of motor vehicles or the FAA, you can be sure Johnny Law will be up there, too. It would be nice to leave road rage on the ground but we’ll need a whole new rulebook so we can keep the friendly skies friendly.
It’s Not Lonely at the Top
Here on the ground we’ve got crowds to deal with when we drive. Some of the crowd drives cars or trucks but there are trains and buses, too. And motorcycles, bicycles, tricycles, vans, SUVs, even boats in tow, and pedestrians, too. It’s not lonely at the top, either.
The skies are filled with really, really big machines that travel much, much faster than a personal hover car likely ever will. Some of us are pretty stubborn about yielding the right of way on land but these giant flying machines coming at us at hundreds of miles an hour will make history out of our cute little hovercraft long before we can even think ‘blinker.”
So why are there no hovercars flitting through the skies? We’re just not ready for them. The technology is in constant study and the ability to make and use a hovercar is an almost-undeniable thing of the future but all technology needs people. Are we humans really ready for hovercars yet?
We may not be there yet but do keep CarCovers.com in mind for when we are. You’ll want a cover for your hovercar and CarCovers.com will have exactly the hover cover you need to protect the hovercar in your life. Betcha that’s where George Jetson gets his.
Author Bio: Jonathan Volk runs CarCovers.com, a leading online retailer of Car Covers, Jeep Covers, Truck Covers, and Ford F-150 Truck Cover. With tens of thousands of satisfied customers and an average customer rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, he constantly strives to sell top quality car covers at the lowest prices.
Written by a Guest Blogger
Often, when you see a nice looking car, you possibly don’t miss to look at its number plate just to understand what it says about the owner or which message does it bear? These days, almost all the vehicle owners want to have the number plates that would represent their relation to their cars, their professions or for something they’re passionate about. Thus, having personalised number plates have become a huge fad and designing them is really a creative process. It’s further a high approach to express one’s individuality in way that the onlookers would also enjoy.
But the question is why do people bother getting their own plates if they can get regular plates? Well, there must be something good on getting such plates. This is the reason why we regularly see beautifully designed personalised number plates in television series and films that show certain traits of the characters. Thus, these plates are just in a massive trend and that’s why last year Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency of UK raised £67m from the sale of personalised number plates. And if you do remember, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge drove the car during their wedding with its number plate read JU5T WED.
Thus, for those who’re thinking of getting such personalised number plates, needn’t give much thoughts as it’s certainly going to be exciting and personal on having such plates. Let’s check out some clear and concise reasons to go for your own personalised plates.
Personalises Your Car
Among the most common reasons to get such plates is to personalise a car. For all the owners, their vehicles are very important and they do give significant attention to them. Thus, they employ many personalisation options such as changing the colour, alloying wheels, tinted windows and many other modifications. This has, further led many owners wishing to put more personal touch on their vehicles by putting an array of personalised number plates that either indicates any messages or display their personality.
Promotes Your Business
You can also make the most of promotion with the help of personalised number plates. For example, if you run any business that you’d want to promote and it might require some travel, then personalised number plates are great ways to denote your business title and similarly marketing your company even though you’re out driving.
Moreover, even if your car is parked up somewhere, the passer-bys are more likely to drive their attention towards your number plate if it’s made uniquely. Thus, you never know how it could all advertise your business so effectively.
It’s an Investment
There is yet another amazing reason to think about having your vehicle personalised number plate is that it can be truly a good investment. If you get the plates that are highly looked for or probably to be desired by a whole lot of people, you can surely ascertain the value of your unique number plates goes up over the years. And in the upcoming days, if you want to sell out your number plate, it’ll surely fetch you thousands of pounds beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Thus, when it comes to get your personalised number plates, you should do a good research so that you can find out best plate that will surely add up to the value. Along with this, a personalised number plate can hide the age of your car and can give stunning appearance as well. So, opt for your very personal yet unique number plate and let your car go extra miles!
About The Author :
Ross Wright is a great car enthusiastic and he also has a huge collection of Private number plates in the UK. According to him having such number plates with unique National Numbers will surely make the most of any car as well as presenting special messages or persona.
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In spite of what you might believe, you can’t simply choose a tire based on outside appearances. A tire might be a dud when you can’t even tell, especially if you’re unfamiliar with tire selection in general. There are ways to determine which types of tires will fit your car, and how durable they are. Sometimes you may even want to consider purchasing tires based on the season, depending on how drastically the climate can change.
Here are some tips to help increase your shrewdness when tire shopping.
Maintain Your Tires
Never forget to rotate your tires. Some will tell you to rotate them every 3,000 to 7,000 miles, while others might recommend it every 5,000 to 10,000. Ideally, your owner’s manual will tell you when you should rotate your tires. You can also rotate them every time you go in for an oil change, if you want to be thorough. And of course you should always keep your tires sufficiently inflated.
Know When to Change Them
Few things can waste more money on a vehicle than replacing tires when they cause damage to your car in a blowout. Of course blowouts are dangerous enough for drivers and those around them, and have been responsible for some of the nastiest accidents. If you suspect your tires require replacements, examine them for even the most miniscule signs of wear and tear.
Some high tech tires contain colored bars on the tread that are exposed when it wears down. If that isn’t the case with your vehicle, another way to be sure your tires are okay is to administer the penny test: simply place a penny in your tire’s tread, Lincoln’s face sticking outward. If the head protrudes at all when the penny’s tucked in there, then it’s time for a tire change.
Check Out Your Tire Size
Before you go in for replacement tires, always know what your tire size is by looking at the top of your tires. Common measurements will read something like “P***/**R**” with the “*” replaced by numbers. Here is a basic mini-guide to help you decipher the numbers and letters appearing on the rubber:
- The preceding “P” in a measurement means that it’s a passenger tire.
- Numbers following the “P” indicate the tire’s width measured in millimeters.
- The first double-digit number after the “/” is the tire’s height-to-width ratio.
- “R” signifies a radial tire.
- The last two digits is the wheel’s diameter measured in inches.
- It’s mandatory that each tire’s style and measurement is the same when purchasing.
Take a Close Look at Tread Life and Speed Ratings
On the search for tires, always inspect tread life to determine the durability of the tire. Tire companies might come up with unique designs for their treads, but in reality their level of quality is relatively similar. Speed ratings indicate whether or not a tire is built to handle high speeds. If you often travel on highways during a daily commute or other occasions, you’ll want to consider a tire with a high speed rating. Some states may typically have higher speed limits than others, which is another reason to pay attention to the speed rating.
Understand Your Driving Routine
The longer your commute to work is, or the farther and more frequent those road trips are, the more often you need to check your tires. Always pay close attention to your travel distances, as this way you can best gauge how often you use your tires, and even on what terrain. Consistently bad conditions may warrant year-round tires meant to handle that weather. And depending on how often you travel, you may want to go for tires that remain in good condition through heavy use.
For more assistance when searching for the ideal tires, talk with the experts at your local tire store for more comprehensive assistance with matching tires to your vehicle.
Bio: Lauren Feely is a guest writer for Auto Tech Centers, an auto repair center and tire shop providing extensive services to customers all over Illinois.
Automobiles are expensive to own and operate. But if you are thinking of skipping the step of insuring your vehicle so you can put gas in it, think again. You risk getting fined, your license suspended, vehicle impounded, or even jail time if you don’t comply with your state’s law. Minimum insurance coverage levels vary by state, so you’ll need to find out what the minimum requirements are in your area and purchase at LEAST that coverage.
How to Read Liability Insurance Numbers
Insurance numbers are listed in a series. For example, one policy might be listed as 20/40/10. What do these mean? The first number in a liability policy indicates the bodily injury coverage level. In this example, the policy would cover up to $20,000 per person. The second number identifies the total limit of bodily injury for the accident for all the occupants in the vehicle combined. In this example, the policy would cover up to a total of $40,000. The last number indicates the property damage limit. In this example, the policy would cover a total of $10,000 in property damage per accident.
How Much Auto Insurance is Enough?
The amount of insurance that you purchase is totally up to you, as long as you meet the minimum state coverage. If your budget is tight and you need to get by month to month with the lowest premium possible, then purchasing the minimum coverage may be right for you. But remember, if you get into an accident and you are found at-fault, you will be held responsible for any amount that exceeds your minimum policy. To find out the minimum required in your state, complete an internet search with the keywords “minimum motor vehicle insurance coverage in _______” – and insert your state’s name in the search. Be sure to look for the official Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) state site to get the most up-to-date info. Or call you local DMV office to find what the minimum requirements are.
Are You a High Risk Driver?
Insurance policy costs can vary dramatically between low risk drivers and high risk drivers. What constitutes whether or not you are a “high risk driver”? Understandably, having a DUI/DWI on your record can increase your policy. Another risk factor is your age. While this may seem unfair, if you are a teen or elderly driver you may be put into a high risk category. The key is to keep your driving record clean, don’t get traffic violations, stay out of accidents, and keep at least the minimum motor vehicle coverage.
OK, I am High Risk…Now What Do I Do?
If you are classified as a high risk driver and have a limited budget, you should research auto insurance companies that specialize in providing minimum car insurance costs at a discounted rate. Some auto insurance companies specialize in providing coverage in specific states. For example, Good2Go Auto Insurance offers policies in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.
Look at your finances and develop a budget. If you don’t want a fine or possibly jail time, then you need the minimum state coverage. Increase your liability insurance numbers as your budget allows if you want even less risk. Some insurance companies allow you to pay either monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, or annually to meet your specific budget. Insurance is just as important as motor vehicle registration, gas in the tank, and oil in the engine.
School’s out! Guess what this means? Road trips! But before you jump in the car and hit the road, check your tires thoroughly. An improperly inflated tire can lead to a blowout. Insufficient tread on your tire can make you hydroplane. And if your tire is reaching its useful age limit, you might have a sleeping hazard awaiting you. Whether you are in a part of the world that spells car tires with an “i” or car tyres with a “y”, tires (tyres) are your only link to a rural road, interstate highway, expressway, or autobahn.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Follow these steps from the Auto Upkeep text and any specific procedures in your owner’s manual to properly inflate your tires. Important: Always check tires when they are cold and when you have access to an air compressor.
Measure the Tread Depth
If your tires are properly inflated, but don’t have sufficient tread on them, you are putting you and your family in danger. Go to an auto parts store or online and purchase an inexpensive tread depth gauge. Tread depth is measured in 32nds of an inch or in millimeters (mm), depending what part of the world you live. If you have anywhere close to (or less than) 2/32nds of an inch or 1.6 mm, you need to purchase new tires. New tires commonly come with 11/32nds (or 8.73 mm) of tread. You may have read about methods of using a US penny to measure tire tread. This may be OK in a pinch, but it is best to purchase a quality tire pressure gauge and tread depth gauge and put them in your glove box so you always have them. As a last resort, tires also have “wear indicator bars” manufactured into and that run perpendicular to the tread. When the tread reaches these indicator bars, it is essential that you replace the tires.
Find Out When Your Tires Were Manufactured
Checking your tires’ birthday is another critical (but often overlooked) important check before you get on the road for vacation. As a tire ages, they begin to degrade. ABC 20/20 did an outstanding investigative piece on the dangers of old tires. It is your job as the car owner and driver to check this date code. Look on your tire’s sidewall for the DOT code (see picture). If your tires are older than 6 years but still have significant tread on them, you should still consider replacing them. And remember, when you purchase new tires check the code too! A tire reseller may be selling you a new “old” tire!
Written by a Guest Blogger
I’m often asked how it’s possible to pro-form high quality SMART repairs where others often fail, giving the industry a bad name. Experience helps, being 40 something and having been in the trade since leaving school is a benefit.
However, the truth to success is very simple and applicable all walks of life. Attention to detail!
When I access any repair I always ask myself whether I would pro-form this on my car or use a bodyshop? Recently I sent my partner’s car to Furrows bodyshop due to damage being beyond my abilities when done outside.
Knowing your limitations will serve you well.
So, I’ve accessed the damage and confident the repair will be good. Next, I find the paint code on the car and check the paint manufacturers paint swatch to determine the correct variant.
In this example, the car had a large dent in the rear quarter. I removed the paint and welded 6 pins to the bare metal and carefully lifted the dent using a slide hammer. Once I was happy with the basic shape I sanded the surrounding area down with 80 grit sand paper, blow away any debris and degreased with panel wipe and a clean tissue. Body filler was carefully applied and allowed to dry thoroughly before being sanded back into shape using 80 grit and a 30cm ‘Dura’ block to ensure the shape was correct. Again, the area was cleaned and finishing glaze was applied over the repair. This time I used 240 grit, followed by 320 grit and a light dusting of black aerosol paint so expose any defects such as high/low points, pin holes or scratch marks.
Next step was to ‘scotch’ the repair area and thoroughly degrease the area requiring paint and mask off the car. Primer was applied and allowed to cure before guide coating was applied. The repair was then 600 grit wet and dry blocked before again cleaning, drying and degreasing and finally tack clothed.
Paint was applied, using an Iwata LPH 50 1.0ml E4 gun in the usual way. Warmed to c 20 degrees, gripper coat followed by several slightly heavier coats, dried and tacked in between applications until the repair was properly covered. A drift coat was then applied over and beyond the repair area to ensure the repair is well hidden and no colour issues could be noticed. I’m now happy with the repair and all that sands in my way of a excellent repair is the clear coating.
Clear coat and panel should be warmed to c 20 degrees before application, gripper to half coat with 5 minute interval before applying the final wet coat. Allow to ‘flow out’ for a further 10 minutes before adding infra red red heat at 70 degrees for required time, allow to cool and de nib with 2000 grit wet and dry before a light compound and final polish. De mask, job done.
Paint Medic provides mobile car repairs and scratch repairs in and around Shrewsbury, UK
Michael and Linda Gray, authors of Auto Upkeep, were interviewed for the Advance Auto Parts DIY Garage. You can read the full article HERE.
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Whether you want to save money or you can’t afford to purchase a new auto parts form a retailer, it’s often possible to find a quality car part at a low price. In some instances, this may mean purchasing used car parts or from an individual dealers, but buyers should have caution when shopping to ensure they’re getting the parts that best suit to their cars. In order to avoid troubles when shopping, consider the following guidelines.
Although in most cases the difference isn’t great, rates for some auto parts usually vary from one dealer to another. Generally, there are a lot of regional or national chain parts dealers in most areas. Before purchasing a car part, you should contact each dealer in the area to know the price offered. Most car part stores usually ship parts to your home address, so you can shop from those stores that don’t have a retail presence in your area.
Online Part Dealers
In addition to the car parts dealers with brick-and-mortar stores, there are also a lot of dealers that trade online. Try to check these online stores for a price quote. However, you must have caution when dealing with these online stores as there are a lot of online scams and con artists nowadays. When dealing with unknown retailers, you could verify their reputation with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
Junk and Salvage Yards
The most common source for cheap car parts is the local salvage or junk yards. In addition, you can check the directory of yards nationwide with the use of online database or part finder websites. Always have caution when buying electronic parts, such as fuel pumps, ignition modules, etc., as the retailer may accidentally sell a part that doesn’t work from a junk car. It may be a hassle for you to return the product for a refund.
Similar to a large newspaper classified, most areas have also a publication where people can list car items for sale. For most common vehicles and parts, these listings can be a good source of cheap auto parts. However, auto parts from these listings may be used, so you should have caution when buying. Moreover, Ebay, Craigslist, or online listings like the parts section of ISeeCars are potential sources of cheap auto parts. These online stores list both new and used parts from dealers as well as individuals. Although not perfect, these stores provide tools that help consumers make sure they’re buying the right car part.