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PostHeaderIcon A Simple Guide to Scrapping Your Car

Have you got an old or accident damaged car that you’d like to scrap?

If the answer’s yes, then it can be difficult to know exactly where to start – especially since the price you’ll be offered can vary enormously; as can the work that’ll be involved on your behalf.

Here, we’ll explain exactly what you need to do if you’d like to make sure you get an excellent deal when you scrap your vehicle – including one or two pitfalls you should do your best to avoid…

Do you have a personalised number plate?

Although this won’t apply to everyone, you should take particular notice of this first point if you’ve got a personalised number plate on your car.

In terms of your registration, scrapping a car is similar to selling it – so, if you leave your private plate on the car, it can be tricky (or sometimes impossible) to get it back. Fortunately, it’s quick and easy to remove it from your vehicle. To do so, you should visit the DVLA’s dedicated number plate removal webpage. It’s possible to take the number plate off your car through the post – but it will take a while longer.

How much is your car worth?

Scrap car values can be significantly different from model to model – so, it’s worth calling around to get some quotes. Don’t be surprised if some scrap dealers start low – and be ready to ask for a little more if you feel the price isn’t good enough.

If you’re the kind of person that prefers not to haggle, there are plenty of services that will do it for you. For instance, if you use Car.co.uk’s instant quote system, you’ll be offered the maximum price that they’ve found in your area for your exact make and model – saving you a lot of time and effort.

Moving the car

The majority of cars that are heading for a scrap yard have either failed an MOT or have been damaged in an accident – and, this virtually always makes scrap cars illegal to drive.

There are no exemptions to the normal rules of the road for cars that are going to a scrap yard – so, you’ll almost always need to have your car collected by a dismantler with a suitable recovery vehicle. To avoid any additional cost, it’s worth making sure your quote includes this collection.

Handling your paperwork

Even though your car is being dismantled and recycled, as the current registered keeper, you still have an obligation to let the DVLA know that the ownership is changing.

The easiest way to do this is with section 9 of the V5C form – the yellow slip from the log book document. On here, you’ll need to complete the name and address of the scrap dealer buying your car – as well as the date of the transfer. When this is signed by you and the scrap yard handling your car, you should send it back to the DVLA address on the rear.

 

The dismantler will take the rest of the log book with the car – and, when the yellow slip is received by the DVLA, your responsibility for the vehicle officially ends.

Don’t worry if you’ve lost or don’t have the V5C form; it’s possible to scrap a car without this document. To do so, you’ll simply need to send a letter to the DVLA, stating the date of the transfer – and the name and address of the dealer you have sold the vehicle to. Again, have this signed by you and the person collecting your car – and your responsibility is covered.

Things to watch out for

Most scrap dealers run excellent businesses – but, like in any industry, there are one or two that don’t play by the rules.

Scrap yards who have proved they abide by the law surrounding scrap metal purchasing and handling are awarded ‘Authorised Treatment Facility’ (ATF) accreditation. For your safety, it’s important to deal with an ATF – as they will follow DVLA procedures; creating the paperwork needed to prove the car is no longer yours.

Be wary of dealers who say they’ll purchase your vehicle for cash. The Scrap Metal Act (2013) makes buying scrap metal for cash illegal – so anyone offering cash will not be an ATF.

Don’t be fooled into taking a reduced price for your car if you don’t have the V5C document. Providing one for the scrap yard purchasing your car isn’t a legal requirement – so don’t let them knock the £25 replacement fee off your price!

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PostHeaderIcon How to Get the Most Out of Waxing Your Car

It’s perfectly natural to have a degree of affection and appreciation for your vehicle. After all, it safely enables you to get from Point A to Point B in comfort and in as little time as possible, so it makes sense that you’d want to take care of it.

Besides the maintenance of all of the internal portions of the car, it’s also essential that you take proper care of the car’s exterior. Apart from washing your car now and again to prevent the buildup of dirt and grime, applying a wax finish is another way to ensure your car remains as beautiful and functional as it was the day it was driven off of the lot. Unfortunately, many people don’t completely understand how to go about waxing their car properly. Here’s a guide.

Preparation is key

You should never just immediately go into waxing your car without first properly preparing the entirety of the surface. You should never wax over dirt and rocks, so you’ll need to make sure the car is entirely free from debris before proceeding. After that, you should apply a product that will remove all of the previous layers of sealant and other waxes, so you’re starting with a fresh canvas and won’t have other products getting in the way of yours. The next step is to use a clay bar to remove debris that has become embedded into the paint of the car and won’t come out with a simple rinse. This way, no foreign objects will become sealed in after the wax has been applied.

Finally, use masking tape to cover all of the trim of your car, so you can wax right up to the edge of the trim without it being a stressful endeavor.

Don’t overdo it.

Less is more in the realm of waxing. Using too much wax will prevent the wax from curing correctly, and will also make things a hassle the next time you want to remove this layer and start all over. Spray wax is effective in this case as it applies a very thin layer that you can’t spread out yourself. Vehicle Lab provides an excellent resource of waxes that will go on as thin as possible. You should definitely keep your layer of wax thin, but for more shine, it’s recommended that you apply at least two or three layers of wax in total. Ideally, you should apply your first thin coat and allow it to cure properly, and then apply some more wax after buffering off any extra.

Buff properly

The material of the piece of fabric you use to buff your car after the wax has been applied will have a huge effect on the overall shine. The standard dishrag should be avoided, and you should instead opt for a microfiber cloth each time. This way, the car will be adequately buffed without any risk of you being too forceful.

Conclusion

Properly waxing a car is a labor of love. It shouldn’t be done in a rush, and careful attention should be paid during every step. Waxing your car is one of those things that’s only worth doing if you’re willing to do it right.

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PostHeaderIcon Accessories You Absolutely Need for Your Truck in 2019

Whether you have just invested in your very first truck, or you have had the vehicle for a while, you want to make sure that you are well prepared for any scenario that life throws at you. The most frustrating thing is the world is finding yourself in a situation whereby you need to use a particular item and then you realize that you forgot to buy it!

Where cars and trucks are concerned, forgetting such items can actually wind up leaving you in a bit of a pickle if you breakdown or have an accident. Fortunately, we are here to help. Say hello to our ultimate list of items that you absolutely must have in your truck in 2019.

Truck Bed Liner

Truck bed liners are something that you absolutely must have in the back of your truck. Liners help to protect the bed of your truck so that it doesn’t get damaged, scratched or torn when you are loading it up with items. Frequently carrying cargo around in your truck without a bed liner is a sure fire way to make it look worn and tatty after just a matter of months.

In case you were wondering, yes there absolutely is a difference between investing in a high quality, purpose built bed liner and just laying down a piece of tarp in the back of your truck. A good truck bed liner should be plastic. It will also be mold, wear and water resistant. To clean it, all you need to do is detach it and hose it down. Meanwhile, your truck bed is looking good as new. Perfect!

Truck Bed Lights

If you are ever traveling and transporting items around early in the morning or late at night then truck bed lights could well be your new best friend. These kind of lights help you to see the contents of your truck bed when the visibility and lighting outside is low. Instead of rummaging around in the darkness, you can simply press a button and turn on lights that illuminate your entire truck bed. This is the perfect addition for those who are likely to embark on early morning fishing trips or weekend camping expeditions.

Pick Up Tool Boxes

Pick up tool boxes can offer you a lot of reassurance about your safety and security when out on the road with your truck. They offer easy and secure storage for the items that you may need in case of a breakdown or an emergency. Good quality tool boxes lock firmly into place within your truck bed so that you know they are secure and the items are not sliding around once you drive.

Truck Cap

If you want to protect basic cargo items from the adverse effects of rain, sleet and snow during the winter months then a basic cargo net is all you need. If you want to consider doubling up your truck’s functionality as an awesome camping vehicle, a truck cap is the way to go! Not only does a truck cap offer additional protection for your cargo, it offers a shelter for a sleeping space if you ever decide that you want to venture off into the great outdoors with your truck.

A Tailgate Step

If you carry around a lot of items in the back of your truck, you are going to find yourself frequently climbing in and out of the truck bed. Even if you consider yourself a pretty tall person it can be a challenge to hoist yourself in and out. A tailgate step can be easily fitted to the back of your truck. When you need to use it, all you have to do is pull it down so that you can easily hop aboard. This is a far better alternative to carrying a mini step ladder around with you or hoisting yourself in and out of the truck.

Extendable Cargo Retriever

We’ve all been there: you’re incredibly tired and you see one last item right at the very back of your truck bed. Fiddling around with ladders, climbing aboard, and heading off to retrieve the item can feel like a bit of a hassle. Fortunately, extendable cargo retrievers exist to make the whole process easier. Instead of having to climb into the back of your truck bed, you can just extend the device and hook the item to bring it forwards. Best of all, these items are both cheap and pretty easy to store.

Underseat Storage

When you have a truck, you obviously have a lot of space in the back for transporting items and cargo. To be honest though, there are just some items that you want to have readily accessible in the vehicle itself. Instead of shoving loads of bags, boxes and tools on the backseat of the truck, underseat storage is a great way to go. This helps ensure that the items that you may need are right at hand, while not cluttering and dirtying up the chairs. Some of the storage units in the market today are compartmentalized making it incredibly easy to store different items. Everything from non perishable food items to flashlights and tools can fit right inside.

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PostHeaderIcon Benefits of Buying White Cars

We bet that most of you just thought that colors do not have any significance in a car? But guess what they are rather one of the most important things on cars. People among other things that they consider when buying a car one of them is color.

And one of the most common car colors people pick is white. And if you keep on reading you will read the reason why most people pick white cars. And this might make you want to go for a white car as well.

Scratches, dents do not show

Despite the fact that white looks gorgeous on anything there are other benefits. But you have to admit first that white on cars is just a brilliant idea. We are kidding, let’s get straight into it. The first issue that we mentioned is the issue about scratches. This is one thing that people do not want to see on their cars.

And the goodness of having a car that is white is that it doesn’t show. And even if gets to a stage that it shows, you should worry. You do not need to get an expensive type of pant to cover it up. Saving up more money for real money gambling, visit official website for more information. The reason is that the color white is all over and you won’t have to look for the right shade and what not. But that is often the case with other colors.

Less heat!

Have you ever heard that theory that black absorbs heat and white reflects? Well to those that live in countries that experience high temperature can testify. And no one wants to drive and leave butt sweat stains on the seat. So if that is the case to you, then we do recommend that you get a white car.

But in parts where there is snow, white cars are not ideal. The reason being that other cars on the road might fail to recognize your car when there is snow. And in cases of rain or mist, it is hard to identify a white car, in tragic moments you might be stranded.

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PostHeaderIcon Aspects that Go into a Bike Buying Decision

Gone are the days that you would walk into a bike shop and pick the first bike in sight. If you still do this, it is time to adjust your perspective. Bikes cater to various market segments. There are those looking for bikes that address the racing, ornamental, mountain cycling, or technology thrill needs. Thus the different bike choices in the market. Take a look at some important aspects that play a significant role in helping you decide on what bike to purchase.

Functionality

There is a need a bike buyer seeks to address when buying a bicycle. This need is functionality. Different bicycles are manufactured to address the various cycling desires exhibited by cyclists. For example, an adrenaline seeker may opt for a mountain bike to suit the cycling conditions in mountainous regions. A professional cyclist, on the other hand, will opt for a flat bar road bike.

The Bike’s Anatomy

You do not want to buy a bike to satisfy the need for one. A bike is a statement about who you are, your taste and preferences. It should, therefore, suit what you like. Analyze the features of the bicycle, that is, its frame, suspension, tires, color, brakes, and contact points. Satisfy yourself that these features when combined, give the right appeal; one that you are comfortable with. This will help you choose from the wide range of options available on xds bicycles official Websites.

Budget Friendliness

Bike purchases are no exception to the law of, ‘Spend what you can afford.’ You need a budget plan before you go bike shopping. The budget is key in shaping your decision. If you cannot purchase at the time, you can always opt for another day. If the price tag of the bicycle is well within your budget limits, you can then make the purchase. The plan is also critical when negotiating for some few dollars to be knocked off the asking price, all in a bid to help you buy a bike you can afford.

Vendors to Buy the Bicycles from

Different vendors offer various service packages. Some specialize on offering brand-specific bikes, and others pride themselves in selling better prices, while some have a wide-variety business concept. All these are options available to you. The selection of a bike vendor rests on what you as bike buyer value. If it is brand specificity you seek, go for brand specific vendors. If the price is your item of concern, seek out vendors with competitive prices. If variety is what you are looking for, then vendors with bike variety are your ideal choice. Therefore, it is best to know what you value the most and who in the market is best placed to offer what you seek.

No one aspect is said to be the only factor that can affect your buying choice. All the above elements plus more put together offer a holistic view of what you need to consider before buying a bike. The variety that xds bicycles official Websites provide is a testament to this school of thought.

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PostHeaderIcon What is a reasonable speed for long distances on a bike Publisher?

Bike accidents are generally more common as compared to car accidents. This is because bikes don’t contain any protective covering in its surroundings. There are many causes of bike accidents such as use of cell phones during driving, harshly driving, ignoring traffic signs, bad weather etc.

The major cause is speeding. Most of the people do not care about speed limits and as a result face catastrophic results. There are certain speed limits for every street and road which should be obeyed by every biker.

Controlling bike accidents:

Following are some tips that can prove helpful in controlling bike accidents:

Attentive driving:

One should never lose his concentration during riding a bike. This can cause severe accidents. Driver age ranging from 15-30 has highest percentage of distracted drivers. One should concentrate on his driving so that he can prevent himself from severe damage.

Careful driving on rough streets:

It is important not to over speed especially on rough streets. Always keep the speed slow within a reasonable limit. Tis will help you to cross the road more easily and will help you to balance yourself on your bike.

Speeding:

This is the major reason behind bike accidents. Although both cars and bikes do not have same speed but also doesn’t mean that bikes should ride as fast as possible. There are certain speed limits for every street in every country. The speed limit on most of the GT road is 60-70 kmph. Different countries have different speed limits in New Zealand motorbikes are limited to 40 kmph. In some areas you can see the white sign with the black strip it. This sign is generally used in rural areas where there is amalgam of straights and curves and where there could be hazards around the corner such as cattle on the road.

No use of cell phones:

Cell phones divert the concentration of the driver. About 60% of the accidents occur due to use of phones. You should never use your mobile if you really want to drive safely.

5 rated bikes and bike accessories:

Use of best bikes can also help in reducing bike accidents. One should do a complete survey before buying a bike. If you have a Honda bike you should thoroughly search best honda motorcycle accessories so that you can make your bike more advanced and comfortable. A best quality motorcycle consists of comfortable and valuable wheels. Honda 4 wheeler parts are considered to be the best wheeler parts. When you have a bike you should also know some best websites or stores where you can get parts of your bike in reasonable price. Everyone looks for discount atv parts so that he can buy parts of motorcycles in best price range.

The bottom line:

When you are going on a long distance, always keep speed limits of bike within reasonable range. You can also watch seed limits in every street. This will help you to make your journey safe and comfortable.

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PostHeaderIcon Mahindra XUV 300

Cars are a passion and dream which every young driver keeps in their eyes. Other than that, what matters is the passion which leaves us bewildered. The incredible car is all set to put the roads on fire. The announcement was made way back in the year 2018 second half, wherein we keep the fingers crossed the expectation meets reality or not. Here is all what you need to know about this wonderful car.

Launch Date

Mahindra has shared a couple of subtleties on XUV300. Nonetheless, the name has now been uncovered. The purpose behind a deferred dispatch of the vehicle is that it will accompany an all-new Powertrain. This won’t be the one seen on the Tivoli. The new Powertrain is suited for Indian conditions. Additionally, Mahindra did not have any desire to dominate the dispatch of the Alturas with the dispatch of a smaller SUV.

Price in India

The valuing of this SUV will definitely be forceful. The Mahindra XUV300 will be valued higher than the TUV300 and closer to the Scorpio, be that as it may, it will be situated in an unexpected way. It will be a greater amount of a urban five-seater SUV and will equal other reduced SUVs. Mahindra’s new reduced SUV; will be accessible in four variations and will divide Rs 8-12 lakh value section. Mahindra will attempt and separate it with the challenge based on execution and highlights.

Mileage

The oil XUV300 is relied upon to convey 12-15 km/l, in actuality, driving conditions. The diesel may return around 13-19 km/l. These new motors are relied upon to be more friendly than the current Mahindra motors. They will likewise be BSIV consistent. There will be an economy mode like we state in the Mahindra Marazzo as well.

Interior

The XUV300 will accompany a dark and beige inside subject in all probability. The SUV will get infotainment framework with a seven-inch touchscreen. It will have Bluetooth similarity, turning around camera, USB and AUX availability. It might likewise get Android Auto and Apple Car Play. The controlling wheel is another one. This will likewise have sound and Bluetooth controls mounted on it. What’s more, the Mahindra XUV 300 will likewise gain programmed atmosphere power, calfskin upholstery and a push-catch begin with keyless section. There will be a decent focus armrest with capacity as well. As found in the picture above and the government agent shots, the vehicle will likewise get capacity over the glove-box as well.

Design

The Mahindra XUV300 conveys forward the attributes of the XUV500 with its cheetah-motivated structure, cheetah-like nimbleness, exciting execution, and cutting edge innovation highlights. The XUV300 ‘s headlamps coordinate with the haze lights shaping a Cheetah-like tear-channel, while the articulated wheel curves are enlivened from the strong backside of the Cheetah. Its advanced grille, etched hat, articulated shoulder and body lines alongside a lifted position, give the XUV300 a strong and charming street nearness, while the double LED DRLs and intense LED tail lights, make a permanent visual mark.

The Seating Capacity

The Mahindra XUV 300 will be a five-seater SUV. In any case, it will be very roomy. As far as measurements, it is like other smaller SUVs. The back travelers will have better than average knee room and headroom. Likewise, their grownups are relied upon to have the capacity to be situated easily. Also check more details Tata Harrier SUV.

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PostHeaderIcon 5 Pieces of Technology That Re-Shaped the Way We Drive

If you’re alive and breathing in today’s world, then you know how technology has taken over every aspect of modern life as we know it. We’ve gotten to a point where we can’t function without our phone, and we definitely can’t get by without our cars.

The thing with technology and cars is that every time a new type of gadget comes out in the market, the automotive industry looks for ways to incorporate it into its products. Because of these innovations, we can enjoy our rides whenever we get behind the wheel! Who knows what the future will hold for the technology of cars

GPS

GPS has definitely come a very long way. Centuries ago, the world the world was reliant upon compasses and maps to get to where they needed to go. The navigation systems today, have kicked paper maps, compasses, and even Mapquest, to the curb!

We now have access to GPS through our mobile devices, as well as it being built-in through our cars. The ease and convenience of turn-by-turn navigation will ensure that you won’t ever get lost! It has also helped as far as safety. With the turn-by-turn navigation not only showing us where to go but also telling us where to go, it prevents us from flipping through paper maps, allowing us to keep our eyes more focused on the road.

GPS systems are not only used for giving directions either. There are actually GPS tracking devices out now too. These are devices used to locate a vehicle. It can be used to keep track of where your teenager is while fleet businesses use them to keep track of their commercial vehicles.

Touchscreen Technology

When smartphones hit the market, they changed the way we communicate, as well as it changed the way we interact with electronics as a whole. As the technology made it smaller and more responsive, it made it to a point where it could be incorporated into cars. Touchscreen technology in cars today can be seen by way of GPS, Bluetooth connectivity, and climate control.

Enhanced Safety Features

The safety features in cars are more advanced now more than ever. You can now rest your arm from coming across the body of your passenger when you happen to slam on the brakes a little hard. Cars now use optical radars to measure the speed and distance of cars or any other objects that are in front of your car. If the car senses a collision, then the car will automatically brake for you.

There’s also a feature in certain cars called attention-assist. It alerts drivers with a loud beeping sound if a driver becomes drowsy and starts to veer into the next lane. This safety feature won’t actually stop the vehicle from switching lanes, but it will alarm the drive to wake them up. It can protect the driver from any potentially dangerous situations.

Electric Cars

Hybrid cars are definitely on the rise, and rightfully so. These cars have done wonders on fuel economy! Companies have been developing mobile charging stations to accommodate electric cars. Before long, you’ll be looking for electric charging stations versus gas stations!

Connectivity in the Car

Long gone are the days of the radio, cassette tapes, and CDs… we can now listen to music from our wireless devices through our cars! You can even talk on the phone in the car, just by telling your car who you want it to call.

This is a feature in a lot of cars now, and it’s almost become a car standard. If you have this feature in your car, your phone will automatically connect to your phone giving your car access to your phone and some of its features. No more reaching for your phone to call someone… you can just have your car do it for you!

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PostHeaderIcon Need for Speed: Safety Tips to Consider When Riding a Motorcycle

Ever since we were kids, we had a fascination with speed. Our fascination with speed came in many forms. We ate our food fast, we would do our homework fast (just to hurry up and get done with it), and we even opened our Christmas and birthday gifts fast! So our need for speed is nothing new, it’s just that some of us have suppressed that need as we grew older.

Some people never lose that need for speed and seek other methods of fulfillment. One of the ways people fulfill that need is by riding motorcycles. It’s not necessarily the motorcycle itself that attracts people, it’s the speed that the motorcycle produces. Motorcycles can go as fast as 376.36 mph, and if that isn’t fast enough for you, then I don’t know what else can fulfill that need for you!

Just as speed comes with a motorcycle, the importance of safety also comes with it. Motorcycles have a bad reputation as far as safety is concerned, but is that really fair? Anytime we get into a car or hop on a motorcycle, we are putting our lives at risk, but that’s a risk we have to take when needing transportation. The key is safety. You want to be safe whether you’re driving a car or riding a motorcycle. Check out these safety tips to consider when riding a motorcycle.

Enroll in a Class

Before you were able to drive a car you had to take a class… why would it be any different for a motorcycle? The thought of taking a class might be a little daunting for you, but it’s something you definitely need to do. Attending that class will teach you the basics of riding as well as motorcycle laws and safety.

Do you remember how you had to study your driver’s book for your driving test? You knew all the speeding, stopping, and turning rules from the book, but once you actually got in the car to take your actual driving test, it was a totally different experience being in the car than taking the written/computer test wasn’t it? Of course. There’s no comparing actual hands-on training, and that’s the mindset you need to have with a motorcycle.

Coverage For Yourself and Others

Whether you’re in a car or a motorcycle, you have to drive insured. People drive uninsured all the time, but it’s not safe, and if they get caught, the consequences can be quite substantial, especially when driving a motorcycle. The dangers associated with riding a motorcycle are quite apparent. Your body is exposed to the road and other cars, plus the speed of some motorcycles exceed that of a car, so making sure you’re covered not only protects you but other drivers as well.

While you have your insurance in place, it’s also a good idea to have someone representing you with motorcycle experience, in case an accident does happen. The injuries associated with motorcycle accidents can be traumatic and life-changing, and even fatal. Knowing the risks of riding a motorcycle is all the more reason to take extra safety precautions.

Proper Safety Gear

You might be a bargain shopper, but when it comes to motorcycle gear, this is not an area where you want to get the biggest bang for your buck! You definitely want to invest in high-quality motorcycle gear. Yes, there is reasonably priced gear out there, but if the thought of something being too good to be true pops in your head, then you probably don’t need to get it.

Motorcycles are associated with “cool,” and if you have on all this protective and safety gear, you’ll probably feel like you don’t look so cool. Television has made us think that in order to look cool on your motorcycle you can’t wear any protective gear. You just need to wear a cool leather jacket and you’re good to go… that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Motorcycle gear has actually come a long way and has designs and styles that make both men and women look good, and still provide protection while riding. Motorcycle safety gear includes:

  • Helmets
  • Jackets
  • Boots
  • Pants
  • Gloves
  • Protection for eyes and ears
  • Guards for knees, elbows, and shins

Inspect Your Bike Before Each Drive

This is a good habit to have in general whether you have a car or motorcycle. Doing this pre-inspection can prevent you from getting on the road with a flat tire. Checking your tires before you hopped on the road would allow you to get your tire taken care of, and prevented any type of accident from happening.

The same applies to your motorcycle. A good kick to the tires will check to make sure there’s enough air in them, you can look on the ground to see if there are any oil leaks, and once you start your bike, you’ll want to check and make sure the lights work. These are just a few suggestions on checking your bike, but it’s definitely a good safety habit to maintain as long as you have your bike.

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PostHeaderIcon Why Car Brake Pads Need To Be Checked Regularly

 

Owning a car and keeping it running properly is something most people overlook. There is a common belief among car owners that for as long as the vehicle is usable, they are good to go. Unfortunately, this could result in certain consequences such as the automobile breaking down at the least time one expects or accidents, in the worst case scenarios.

Either way, these are car-related problems are something that can be avoided. Car maintenance is a must for car owners and the best person for the job is a mechanic. They can make the necessary diagnostics and have the necessary equipment and tools to make sure that a car runs smoothly.

Check the Brakes

A car that can start and run daily should not be the sole measure to determine if it is in top condition. And one part that needs to be checked regularly is the brake system.

It is one of the most important components of a car, particularly when it comes to making stops. Safety of the driver and passengers is the equally important, meaning having it checked on occasion is a must.

A car’s braking system is composed of different parts. This includes the brake pads which normally come at a price. The average brake pad replacement cost is $150 per axle and can range from $100 per axle up to $300 per axle.

Of course, there are other components in the brake system that need to be checked as well. Calipers and rotors are equally important, each of which can break down due to wear and tear. With the aid of handy torque wenches, a certified mechanic can loosen and tighten away those bolts and hinges – a standard when car repairs are underway.

So when is the right time to bring a car to the mechanic? For people who pay close attention to performance, hearing something odd or a sudden change in performance is already the cue to have a mechanic look at it. There are folks who would wait until it actually breaks down – a bad practice considering it could end up being an expensive repair.

Again, this is a belief that should be avoided. Repairs can either be minor or major, the former being the cost-efficient way. Brake pads do have a lifespan although this will also depend on different factors. But on the average, most brake pad companies claim that a standard one typically lasts between 30,000 to 70,000 miles.

Hence, the time to replace brake pads would depend on the frequency of use and distance traveled. This practice alone signified that folks who want to be safe and avoid the inconvenience of seeing their car conk out on the road.

Maintenance schedule frequently with older vehicles

The frequency of having a car checked will also depend on the model of an automobile. Brand new cars would be normally free from car worries in the first five years, although this depends on how a person drives their car. Normally, car retailers advise new car owners to bring their car back as part of their warranty program, spells where they would do a general check to see that each component is still in proper working order. On the average, a safe estimate would be every 6 months.

This, however, does not apply to vehicles that have been around. Vehicles 10 years and above would have to undergo car maintenance more often, something that is again tied to the years of service where some parts would understandably get worn off.

Also, it should be remembered that nothing beats the original. Ideally, replacement parts are the way to go for the budget-conscious consumer. However, this also means that the quality of that part is inferior compared to the original one when a person buys a vehicle.

This is one of the main reasons why some folks are advised to go for brand new cars for as long as they can afford it. If not, the best recourse is to get a reasonably priced vehicle, preferably a model that is not beyond 10 to 15 years.

Either way, a car needs annual or even bi-annual maintenance even if it is performing very well. Folks are reminded that while it may be a burden and time-consuming, they payoff is that they will not be caught off guard when something goes wrong. Looking further, it is a way of making sure that car owners are safe on the road.

Owning a car is not as simple as driving. People need to do their part as well for its safe upkeep. Addressing minor car issues can save people some bucks, better than worrying about expensive ones that some may not be able to afford. And if that should happen, one can only wonder – if a car cannot be fixed, it will end up idle and useless – yet another burden one will surely regret.

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PostHeaderIcon What do you do if your car starts sliding on Ice?

Car accidents are common all over the world. Car accidents can be devastating and the injuries can be catastrophic even if they seem to be of minor initially. There are many causes of car accidents such as night driving, improper turns, speed limits, drug driving etc. Also the designs of cars contribute a lot in the proper way of driving.  After any accident one should consult a lawyer who will help him in recovering his loss from that accident. Car wreck attorney in Portland  helps their clients a lot to understand and evaluate their options.

With the winter season approaching, snow is beginning to fall in many parts of the world. When snow coats the roads, it creates extremely dangerous driving conditions. Here are few tips to handle situation when car slides out of control:

Reduce your speed:

Reducing speed will prevent skidding. Usually fatal road accidents occur when speed is greater than 70km per hour. The faster you are driving, the greater will be the chance to lose the control on a patch of ice, which will result in a serious skid that could be fatal.

Watch for black ice:

Sometimes black ice cannot be avoided. The only way to keep yourself safe from black ice is to be aware of when you are going to drive on it. Avoid stamping on the brakes and you will be ok.

Do not brake:

When you lose control of your car, the first thought that comes in your mind is going to be to brake.  If you push down on your brakes, it will make the sliding worse. Decelerate your vehicle by taking your foot completely off. It will help the car to come in a straight line. The skid will already have enough momentum to keep going.

Applying brakes with caution:

In some occasions of skidding, it becomes necessary to use your brakes in order to handle the whole situation. Make sure that you do not slam on the brake pedal. It will make the problem worse and lose even more control of the car. If you want to use the brake, just tape on it. This will give you a chance to correct slide..

 

Steering into the skid:

When your car starts to slid, it will stop when you take your foot off the accelerator, but sometimes this is not enough. In such cases, you have to steer into the skid.  If the rear of the car is sliding to the left then turn the steering wheel to the right and vice versa. Steer in the direction you want to go. Make sure that the steering must be gentle otherwise it will cause dangerous results.

Conclusion:

When it comes to driving in snow, you may feel nervous at first but do not let that fear over your driving. Don’t be panic. Believe on yourself. You need to calm down so that you don’t over-correcting the skid. Just remember the steps above.

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PostHeaderIcon How to Pick Up the Perfect Car Battery Charger

If you’ve ever been out on the road, or ready to head out to work in the morning, and turned the key in the ignition to hear nothing but a clicking sound, you’re not alone. Plenty of us have had our entire day turned upside down by sitting in the car, only to discover that the battery is completely flat and we’re going nowhere. All batteries run down but having a battery charger at hand, when your car is getting low on energy, is essential to keep you moving and can help prevent you having to go to an auto shop.

Of course, like most things, not all battery chargers are the same, and choosing the right one for you and your car is extremely important. Getting it wrong can be just as bad as not buying one at all. Take the time to research and understand what you’re looking for before making a decision, whether you’re a commercial mechanic or a car enthusiast. Zena Racing has a great selection of reviews if you get stuck.

Choosing the Perfect Charger

What exactly should you be looking for in a car battery charger? There are a few criteria that need to be taken into account. First up – the all-important voltage.

Most modern chargers have variable voltage settings that cover 6, 12, and 24-volt batteries. Check your battery voltage before deciding. Getting the wrong voltage can permanently damage the battery. Some chargers also have a scalable voltage, and allow you to increase their charging capacity by adding extra chargers.

Next up is the amperage. Most basic chargers designed for home garages have 10 or 20-amp currents, and work really well for people that need to avoid a flat battery, and a car stuck on the driveway. These low-amperage chargers are great for domestic use, but commercial auto shops need much higher amperage, and you should be looking for something that’s up to 275 amps to get the jump-start you’re looking for. 100-amp chargers are also widely available, and are an excellent option for motorsport fans who need just a little extra juice.

It’s also a great idea to choose a charger that can diagnose issues with the battery. These smart chargers will let you know if the battery has been connected correctly, what its charging status is, and use feedback between the charger and the battery to determine what condition the battery is in. Trickle charge is another excellent feature. This means that once the battery is completely charged, it will remain at 100% as long as it stays connected to the unit, and won’t start running down until it’s unplugged. You can leave your battery to do its thing as you go about your day!

You can also choose a charger that uses maintenance mode. These make sure your battery charge is maintained but doesn’t recharge a drained battery. If you’re running low, you’ll need to switch out of this mode. And don’t forget the short-circuit protection. This is essential to avoid battery blowouts.

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PostHeaderIcon Car Dealership Upgrades You Should Never Buy

Cars are one prime example of our ability to create and to innovate. These beautiful machines are not less than masterpieces of technology. The only drawback, however, is that they often come with a costly price tag. And if they come at a lower-than-market-value price tag, then you’re bound to raise a few eyebrows in suspicion.

But those types of market values aren’t the only things you should be wary of. Picture this: You’ve found the perfect car for you. It’s within budget, it runs well, and most important of all, you want it. But this is where things get tricky.

An old friend of mine shared an observation with me once. When buying a basket full of eggs, the most likely moment that you trip and drop those eggs is when you’re almost home. And in this car purchase, this is exactly when you’re almost home with your basket of eggs. This is exactly when car dealerships try to get you to drop some eggs.

I’m talking about the car upgrades that they try to sell you in an attempt to get more cash out of you. So, what exactly are these egg-wasting upgrades?

Extended Warranties

These may sound like essentials at first, but they are frivolous at best. This is because most modern cars already come with warranties that are good enough for their usage. Modern cars are very unlikely to suffer from a failure of non-essential components. What’s more is that these non-essentials can be repaired by third-party shops that won’t charge you as much as your car dealer would.

Weatherproof Paint

Much like extended warranties, most modern cars already come with weatherproof paint. You’d essentially be buying something that already comes standard with every modern car. Don’t waste your money.

Nitrogen Tires

Sure, nitrogen-filled tires may sound really cool but these wouldn’t be of much use for the average car. Their usefulness comes into play during F1 and rally races. If your car isn’t meant for either, then it would be like putting afterburners on a turtle—useless.

Roof Racks

Roof racks are relatively inexpensive if you buy them from a third party manufacturer. What’s more is that most off-road vehicles, like Fords, already have these as a stock option. Car dealerships often put a premium on these upgrades and the installation fees do not justify what you get out of it.

High-End Entertainment Systems

You don’t need them. Simple as that. Driving is a big responsibility. The driver is responsible for the lives of the passengers. Anything that can cause a distraction is a bad addition to your car.

But, if you must insist on getting a high-end entertainment system, remember that you’re going to pay a lot less for better hardware and more customizations from a professional auto sound system shop.

Rust Proofing

Rust protection already comes standard with most modern cars. However, this upgrade might have been relevant for old models. This upgrade does not only costs a lot of money (an average of $1,250), but some manufacturers even void warranties if this “upgrade” is applied because it can weaken the paint job.

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PostHeaderIcon We Buy Cars Today – How is this pioneering company shifting trends in the automotive industry?

The automotive industry has always prided itself on innovation and transformation. With new and advanced technologies introduced by the day, the industry has become one of the most profitable sectors. The global sale of 79.02 million vehicles in 2017 alone is an indication of the pace at which the industry is moving forward in the digital world. With the advent of electric vehicles and self-driving technology, these stats are predicted to increase further.

Beside incorporation of technology in vehicles from the manufacturer’s side, other related companies and platforms have similarly made use of the technological advancements to shift trends in the automotive industry.

One such company is the We Buy Cars Today which has enabled consumers to sell their cars at the click of a button. Due to the penetration of the internet, more and more people tend to search for solutions on the web; be it purchasing a product or service, finding a nearby doctor or selling a car, the majority of people tend to research from their beds with ease and comfort.

The company aims at reducing the stresses involved in selling your vehicle the old-fashioned way where you would step onto a dealer to mark a beginning of tense back and forth negotiation that would take several hours or days. Even then, the process would leave you unhappy as you would face time wasters and car salesmen who would offer an unfair trade-in price for the vehicle.

At WeBuyCarsToday, you are put at the center of the deal and given full control of the sale process. The company’s motto ‘we want any car’ projects that the company buys a car in any condition, new or used, and also make the car of choice available to its clients.

Here is how the company is making strides to shift trends in the automotive industry.

  1. Selling cars the smart way:

Buying and selling a car the traditional way comes with a lot of stresses especially if you are not confident enough in your knowledge of cars. Thanks to websites like WeBuyCarsToday, consumers can get in touch with buyers and get all the pertinent information to make a deal. Selling a car does not involve visiting dealers and salesmen and engaging in lengthy and stressful discussions now.

You can sell your car by contacting the professional service provider using a smartphone who will buy your car for cash. They will ensure that the entire process of car selling remains hassle-free.

  1. Free and impartial car valuation:

WeBuyCarsToday offers a free, simple and instant car valuation. You only need to enter your vehicle’s registration number in the registration box to begin your online car valuation. You will be asked information about you and the vehicle including the registration number, mileage of the vehicle, postal code, your contact number, and the email address. The information required is used to provide a free online valuation for your car.

The privacy of data is taken seriously, and it is made sure that the information remains secure. The entire process is transparent, and the impartiality in the valuation system guarantees quality. The same price is offered at the appointment that was provided during the online valuation of the vehicle, given that the vehicle is in the same condition you say it is. This makes the sale process reliable and comfortable like never before.

  1. Simple process and instant payment:

The automotive industry is so far renowned for having lengthy and complex sales cycles, but the internet is changing the whole buying/selling game. Platforms like WeBuyCarsToday has reduced the car buying duration to a few minutes. It all happens in few steps that were never as simple before. After the valuation of the vehicle, you receive an online quote. In the next step, a check over is arranged in which the car is investigated to ensure that the vehicle’s interior and exterior are in the condition that the owner claimed earlier. The time and date can be arranged by calling an advisor with your unique quote number.

After reaching an agreement, the vehicle is collected, and instant payment is made after checking your documents and documents relevant to the car.

The Bottom Line:

Our purchase and selling behaviors are changing drastically, as technology continues to creep into a large part of our daily lives. It comes as no surprise that digital channels are being increasingly used to gather primary information about products and services. From the convenience of searching a local service provider to ordering products online using a smartphone, it is no secret that the internet has created a new era of convenient access to almost all the industries and services. This has also inspired WeBuyCarsToday to revamp the car selling process, which was once a pretty face to face process, into a convenient, safer and revolutionary online process. It asks for your vehicle’s registration number and other relevant data to provide an online valuation for your car. After receiving a unique quote, a check over of the car is arranged.

After reaching an agreement, the vehicle is collected, and payment instantly made. The process has eliminated most of the stresses involved in automobile buying and selling. As the online valuation and transaction become mainstream, we will see more solutions to revolutionize the automotive industry which will make our lives more comfortable.

This article is a collaboration between Motorward and Michelle Joe. Michelle Joe is a blogger by choice. She loves to discover the world around her. She likes to share her discoveries, experiences, and express herself through her blogs. You can find her on twitter: @michellejoe524

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PostHeaderIcon What Are The Best Vehicle Cover Materials?

Do you have a truck, van, SUV or car you love the most? Probably, you should get a cover for it, especially if you keep your car away for a long time without using it.

The primary function of vehicle covers is to offer protection to your car to exterior factors such as:

  • Hail
  • Dust
  • Rain
  • Ice
  • Snow
  • Leaves

Each cover you encounter varies from one another by a variety of elements including form or shape such as the ability to stretch, overall length, and the material from which it’s manufactured.

In this in-depth article, we’re going to discuss the best vehicle covers and the materials you need to get to offer excellent protection and provide privacy against wary eyes. The vehicles cover discussed here are the most affordable, provide ultimate satisfaction and works to the expectations of the user.

The Best Vehicle Cover Materials

Xcar Universal Breathable Dust Prevention Car Cover

The car covers under this category include the Hatch Automotive cover and XCAR Universal Sedan. These covers:

  • Are affordable, they go as low as $30
  • Features a cable and lock for maximum security from wind
  • Offers protection against various elements ranging from moistures, dust, debris to UV rays which are very detrimental to the paint of your vehicle.
  • The covers have a variety of length which mostly appears in the following ranges, 170-185-inches, 185-200-inches, 200-228inches.
  • The covers are designed with elastic hems to allow them to be snug fit and minimized loose areas.

OxGord Signature Waterproof Car Cover

OxGord signature waterproof car covers include the Read-Fit-Semi custom. This cover is meant for small cars such as the Mazda Miata. This special is functional from its onset from the bag and works excellently on both the 2 door and 4 door automobiles.

The covers features:

  • 5 layers of to offer protection against the storm so that you can stave off all the hazardous elements such as the snow, fog condensation, and rain. Has breathable and reflective materials that offer protection to both your interior and exterior against UV rays. The UV rays are harmful as they cause oxidation to your paint and cracks the interior and fade quickly.
  • The cover has tie-down grommets and reinforced seems to enable the cover to stay on top of your vehicle even with very high winds. The covers come in 7 different sizes to offer a wide range of service to vehicles ranging from 97-inches to 229-inches.

Motor Trend Auto Armor All Weather Proof Universal Fit Car Cover

Motor Trend Auto Armor All Weather Proof Coupe and Sedan cover come in quite a variety number of sizes covering all the dimensions- small, medium, large, extra-large and xx- large.

This cover has a reliable strength to provide the required protection to your vehicles against elements such as the:

  • Rain
  • UV rays
  • Tree sap
  • Storm
  • Bird Droppings

These elements have no chance to cause any harm to your car with this particular cover. Additionally, the cover is heat resistant. This means even if you leave your vehicle in direct sunlight no damage will occur to your paint. The interior of your car will not be subjected to heat.

The cover has breathable fabric to fight against corrosion and toff mildly and it goes at a reasonable price of around 30 to 40 US Dollars.

Classic Accessories Overdrive Polypro Full-Size Sedan Car Cover

Classic Accessories OverDrive Polypro III for the mid-sized sedan is a heavy-duty car cover that can endure all the harsh elements that would cause significant harm to your vehicle.

This cover is manufactured specially for 4-door enabled sedan vehicles.

The cover has the following features:

  • It comes in an excellent package of length ranging from 175-inches to 210-inches long.
  • On the driver’s door, there’s a zipper for quick access.
  • It has an antenna reinforcement patch for vehicles with a permanently extended antenna.
  • The cover is not limited to offering protection to a particular season, but it rather works well across all the elements like dirt, dust, rain, snow, and wind.
  • The cover is elastic to create extra wiggle room when fitting the cover on your vehicle.

Budge Lite Sedan Car Cover

This cover is designed in a variety of sizes starting from 157-inches all the way to 170-inches, 200-inches, 228-inches and to a whopping 264-inches long. The long size is specifically meant for large sedan family vehicles.

The cover also features a double stitched seems to last long even against serious mother natures of elements. It comes with a storage bag for storing the cover when not in use. The cover is strong enough to offer the protection you need against wind, dust, water and UV rays. The cover costs the same size whether you buy a small, medium or the largest size.

Budge Lite Medium SUV Cover

The budget lite SUV cover is made from a polypro pane synthetic material. The cover protects your car against all the outside elements like moisture or light rain, UV rays, dust, bird droppings, and wind.

  • The cover is lightweight weighing about 4 lbs.
  • The cover has a wiggle room when fitting it on your vehicle because its elastic.
  • It comes in various sizes like 162’’, 186’’, 210’’, and 229’’ long. Therefore, with the many dimensions in which it comes, you can various choices to select from.

These are some of the best vehicle covers in the market today. Not only are they affordable but they also offer your car the best protection against the elements.

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PostHeaderIcon Why do we have speed limits?

Car accidents are very common all over the world. Although the ratio of car accidents is very large all over the world but it is significantly high in Georgia. According to some data collected by Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia, there were 3,162 accidents reported in 2016 alone out of which 812 injuries were reported in Newton County only.

In order to recover any penny regarding a particular accident or to find out the major cause behind an accident, anyone can consult car accidents attorneys. Newton County car accident attorney provide maximum financial support and help in recovering each penny.

Why car accidents usually occur?

There are many reasons of car accidents. Drugs cause severe accidents and even death. Marijuana is most common drug use by the drivers.  Another important reason behind any car accident is taking improper turns. In unfamiliar areas, most of the people usually ignore street signs and as a result they face dangerous results. Use of mobile phones is also a major cause of any car accident. About 1.6 million car accidents are reported each year due to cell phones.  Other causes are speeding, night driving, reckless driving, old designs of the cars etc.

How the ratio of road crashes can be reduced?

Speeding is also major cause of traffic crashes. According to NHTSA, the economic cost of speeding related road crashes is estimated to be 40.4 billion per year. In order to reduce the ratio of car accidents, drivers should follow the speed limits. Most of the drivers choose the speed in which they personally feel comfortable but this not right. They should follow the speed limits for different areas. It is also important to use the cars of latest designs having advanced technologies. Brabus 700 WIDESTAR  and Schnitxer BMW X4 are one the most advanced cars these days.

WHY DO WE HAVE SPEED LIMITS?

To reduce accidents: Speed limits are placed along the highways and roads to aware the drivers about the maximum speed they are allowed to travel on that road. Speed limits are designed to enhance safety and to reduce the number of accidents otherwise the drivers would be traveling on different rates which will result in a collision.

 To control traffic flow: Another reason for implementing speed limits is to control traffic flow. It I also related to traffic safety. If there is a collision on a highway due to lack of speed limit, other vehicles on the road would acquire attention and thus the overall flow of the traffic would be slow down.

For providing safety to local communes: Speed limits are also used to provide safety to local communes so that the street roads can be used by people out of cars. Tis will reduce the environmental impact of road traffic.

Common Speed Limits:

On narrow road with frequent curves, drivers should maintain the speed of 20-25 mph. residential areas have typically speed limits between 30-35 mph. major highways have usually 65 mph. Thus different roads have different speed limits.

Conclusion:

Thus speed limits are very important in reducing road crashes. They not only limit the ratio of car accidents but also provide safety to the residents. These limits should be strictly obeyed so that the goal of peaceful driving can be achieved.

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PostHeaderIcon Top 5 Race Tracks in the World

Ok. Let’s start by putting out there that this is a highly subjective topic. From person to person, the opinions on the top five or even top ten tracks in the world are likely to vary substantially. The only criteria we are using here is that the tracks have to be cool and interesting to motorsports enthusiasts.

They also have to hold major events that race fans are interested enough in that top sportsbooks set lines for the events.

Believe us when we say that this list could be a lot bigger and we realize that we are leaving out some tracks that should at least get an honorable mention, like Daytona, Talladega, Mount Panorama Circuit, and the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. But if we were to put down every great track in the world, this article would never end!

Suzuka International Racing Course, Japan

As a motorsports fan and gearhead, this track is really cool. It has an entire complex loaded with a race-themed amusement park and various restaurants. One of the best things about Suzuka International (top image) is the fact that you can easily set an appointment to drive the track! One of the things that makes this track so unique is it is the only F1 destination with a figure-eight type layout. The long straightaway between that spans through turns fourteen and fifteen crosses over the short stretch that runs between turns nine and ten just before the left turn into turn fifteen. Who wouldn’t want to drive this circuit?

The Redbull Ring, Austria

MotoGP, DTM, and of course, the Austrian Grand Prix are all held here. The former Österreichring track layout, pre-1995 is vastly different than it is now. Not only do sparks fly when high-speed vehicles hit the gnarly turns through thirteen, fourteen, and fifteen, but planes fly here too. The Red Bull Air Race World Championships is held here as well, which adds a whole other element of excitement to this track.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Four left turns and a whole bunch of room to party in the middle (infield). We couldn’t leave out the home of the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400. At average speeds that break 187 miles per hour, this track is as historic as it is iconic. It hosted its first major race over 100 years ago in 1911. The 2.5-mile asphalt and brick track is a beast that can hold 235,000 people in the stands and an additional 165,000 in the infield. There is energy to the place that is incomparable to anywhere else.

Nürburgring Nordschleife, Germany

Speaking of beasts … the Nürburgring Nordschleife is over 25,000 meters long or in American terms thirteen miles of strut-stress turns. The top drivers in the world have difficulties running a lap at this titan course in under seven minutes. There are more than 150 turns which makes it arguably the most difficult major track on the planet. And the great part is they don’t leave us fans out. When you buy a ticket to the races, you get an opportunity to test your lap-time on the track as well.

Monaco Grand Prix Circuit, Monaco

Street racing extreme! Monaco tops our list because it’s, well … Monaco! The street course is visually stunning as it winds up and downhill through the Monte Carlo city-scape of highrise buildings and stretches out along the water of past multimillion-dollar yachts in the marinas of LA Condamine. There is something special about this 2.075-mile circuit. Maybe because it feels like literally driving through money.

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PostHeaderIcon Top 5 Race Tracks in the World

Ok. Let’s start by putting out there that this is a highly subjective topic. From person to person, the opinions on the top five or even top ten tracks in the world are likely to vary substantially. The only criteria we are using here is that the tracks have to be cool and interesting to motorsports enthusiasts.

They also have to hold major events that race fans are interested enough in that top sportsbooks set lines for the events.

Believe us when we say that this list could be a lot bigger and we realize that we are leaving out some tracks that should at least get an honorable mention, like Daytona, Talladega, Mount Panorama Circuit, and the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. But if we were to put down every great track in the world, this article would never end!

Suzuka International Racing Course, Japan

As a motorsports fan and gearhead, this track is really cool. It has an entire complex loaded with a race-themed amusement park and various restaurants. One of the best things about Suzuka International (top image) is the fact that you can easily set an appointment to drive the track! One of the things that makes this track so unique is it is the only F1 destination with a figure-eight type layout. The long straightaway between that spans through turns fourteen and fifteen crosses over the short stretch that runs between turns nine and ten just before the left turn into turn fifteen. Who wouldn’t want to drive this circuit?

The Redbull Ring, Austria

MotoGP, DTM, and of course, the Austrian Grand Prix are all held here. The former Österreichring track layout, pre-1995 is vastly different than it is now. Not only do sparks fly when high-speed vehicles hit the gnarly turns through thirteen, fourteen, and fifteen, but planes fly here too. The Red Bull Air Race World Championships is held here as well, which adds a whole other element of excitement to this track.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Four left turns and a whole bunch of room to party in the middle (infield). We couldn’t leave out the home of the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400. At average speeds that break 187 miles per hour, this track is as historic as it is iconic. It hosted its first major race over 100 years ago in 1911. The 2.5-mile asphalt and brick track is a beast that can hold 235,000 people in the stands and an additional 165,000 in the infield. There is energy to the place that is incomparable to anywhere else.

Nürburgring Nordschleife, Germany

Speaking of beasts … the Nürburgring Nordschleife is over 25,000 meters long or in American terms thirteen miles of strut-stress turns. The top drivers in the world have difficulties running a lap at this titan course in under seven minutes. There are more than 150 turns which makes it arguably the most difficult major track on the planet. And the great part is they don’t leave us fans out. When you buy a ticket to the races, you get an opportunity to test your lap-time on the track as well.

Monaco Grand Prix Circuit, Monaco

Street racing extreme! Monaco tops our list because it’s, well … Monaco! The street course is visually stunning as it winds up and downhill through the Monte Carlo city-scape of highrise buildings and stretches out along the water of past multimillion-dollar yachts in the marinas of LA Condamine. There is something special about this 2.075-mile circuit. Maybe because it feels like literally driving through money.

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PostHeaderIcon 5 Things to Know Before Starting a Rideshare Company

Any time you use a popular rideshare app, you probably think that you could start a similar company of your own. After all, all you need are some drivers and an app to connect them with people needing a ride. How hard can it really be?

The fact is, it’s a little more involved than simply launching an app and recruiting drivers with reliable vehicles. That’s not to say that it cannot be done, but before you start down the road toward becoming a ridesharing mogul, there are a few things that you need to know.

1.You Need a Niche

As a startup, it’s going to be hard to compete with large, household name companies like Uber or Lyft. If you are going to be successful in this industry, you need to find a way to differentiate yourself from the established companies, and that means finding an unmet need to fill or a specific niche. For example, in some markets, entrepreneurs have capitalized on Uber’s policy of not giving rides to unaccompanied minors by creating ride services specifically designed for children to bring them to school or activities. These ride services offer additional security and protection for children via background checks, dash cams and more, while meeting a demand in their communities. As you develop your business plan, try to determine how you can differentiate your company from others, perhaps by serving a specific demographic, destination or service type.

2. You Need Cash

Starting a rideshare company is not an inexpensive proposition. You need to have access to funding if you are going to be successful, as every aspect of launching your company costs money. On average, a rideshare company earns about 25 percent of each ride. Consider the costs of app development, driver recruitment, marketing, licensing and insurance and other overhead costs; they add up quickly. Don’t forget that you need to pay your drivers, so you’ll only be taking a percentage of each ride. You need a solid strategy from the start to get the company off the ground. Some companies, including Uber, have started adding fees on to every ride to help cover the cost of insurance, but you need to factor in all of those costs as you launch your business.

3. Creating an App is the Easy Part  

The foundation of any ridesharing company is its app. It needs to be simple to use, and easily connect people needing rides with drivers, accept payments, and include features like GPS monitoring and a rating system. Before you begin developing your app, you should know that you do not have to reinvent the wheel. Options like the Ridecell platform make it easy to set up a functioning ridesharing app without a costly and time-consuming development process. Instead of investing in a proprietary app that has the similar features to existing apps, use one of these platforms to save time and money.

4. You Need to Follow the Law

As with any business, there are strict legal requirements governing the operation of ride sharing companies. State laws vary, but most require new companies to register as a transportation company, often with the Public Utilities Commission. In California, for example, ridesharing companies must pay a $1,000 fee for an operating license, pay a quarterly fee based on revenues, and meet strict requirements for driver training and background checks. Keep in mind as well that not all cities or states allow ridesharing, and you may be restricted from offering certain types of rides (i.e., you may not be able to pick up passengers at the airport.)

5. You Need to Explore Your Insurance Options

Insurance is one of the biggest expenses for any ridesharing company; one company reported spending 25 percent of its revenue on commercial insurance coverage for death, personal injury and property damage. Even though rideshare drivers have their own personal insurance coverage, when they are transporting customers, they are covered by the company insurance. Again, every state has its own requirements, but meeting the state minimum coverage amounts is typically very expensive and a business cost you must be prepared to manage.

Starting a rideshare company can be a lucrative business option, but only if you know exactly what you’re getting into before you launch the app and are prepared to handle all aspects of the business. When you do, you’ll have a better strategy and be better positioned to become a leader in your market.

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PostHeaderIcon How Fast Will Electric Cars Charge in the Future?

Electric cars have a lot going for them. Many governments have subsidies for consumers, they’re cheaper to fuel, they have reduced emissions, the maintenance is cheaper and so on.

However, they also have a bunch of disadvantages. They’re more expensive to buy, lack recharging infrastructure and, as we’re going to discuss today, they take significantly longer to refuel.

While you can fuel a petrol car from empty to full in under a minute, an electric car will take ten times that at a minimum!

In this article, I’m going to explore past, present and future charging times to see if electric cars will ever be able to compete with petrol and diesel alternatives.

A Short History

In 1834, Professor Sibrandus Stratingh invented the world’s first electric vehicle. (I’m not counting  Ányos Jedlik’s 1828 car since it operated on a short, electrified track and that’s cheating.)

Admittedly, Stratingh’s car was small and, yes, it used non-rechargeable primary cells that had to be replaced every time they went flat but it was an electric car nonetheless.

The next step towards proper electric vehicles — rechargeable batteries — would take a little longer to enter the scene, finally arriving in 1859 when French physicist Gaston Planté invented the lead–acid battery.

The first production electric car with rechargeable batteries arrived in 1884 from a young English engineer called Tomas Parker.

These first electric cars were nothing like the Tesla Roadsters and BMWs i3s of today. In fact, they looked more like horse-drawn carts than cars and had a top speed of 25mp/h.

Unfortunately, the emergence of petrol and diesel-powered engines stymied the development of electric technology and it would take another 150 years until electric cars broke into the mainstream again.

The Current Electric Market

The emergence of Tesla in 2004, combined with increasing environmental concerns, really kickstarted the electric revolution. Nowadays, there’s a raft of all-electric vehicles on the market and many more in the pipeline.

However, motorists still have to deal with the problem of recharging. A motorist can fill up a petrol-powered car in one or two minutes but it still takes substantially longer to recharge an electric car’s battery.

At the slowest end of the scale, are slow charging units, which are rated up to 3 kW. These primarily domestic chargers are designed to top up vehicles overnight. They typically take between 6 and 12 hours.

In the middle, you’ve got fast chargers, which are rated between 7 kW and 22kW. Most chargers you see on the street are fast chargers and can recharge most compatible cars in under two hours.

At the top end of the scale, you’ve got rapid chargers, which are rated between 43 kW and 120 kW. These chargers can recharge most compatible cars in under 40 minutes.

Beyond these commercially available options, are some new R&D options. Swiss firm ABB, for example, has just unveiled their Terra High Power DC Fast Charger, which can top up an electric car in just eight minutes.

While AAB’s charger is impressive, it still lags behind the speed and practicality of petrol or diesel.

So, what does the future hold for electric charging times in the future?

My Future Charging Predictions

Unfortunately for impatient electric car enthusiasts, the science behind battery charging is a bit of a problem.

Charging a battery is a little like filling a conference hall. At the start, the conference hall is empty and it’s easy for people to find a seat. As it fills up, there are fewer available seats so it takes longer for each person to find somewhere to sit.

It’s the same sort of process in a battery. When a battery is flat, electrons find places to land very easily but when it fills up it takes longer and longer.

Here’s a graph from Fastned that illustrates the drop off in charging speed.

Charging with a BMW i3 (Source: Fastned)

The drop off in charging speed makes it practically impossible to fill a battery instantaneously.

So, how do we solve the problem of charging? Well, I think there’s good reason to believe we won’t need to. I think two pieces of technology — wireless charging and autonomous control — will alter our approach to charging so comprehensively that longer charge times won’t be an issue.

Let’s start with wireless charging.

Wireless charging isn’t exactly new, although it’s commercial application has been limited to low power devices like smartphones and input devices. But what if you could take that technology and install it into cars?

You’d end up with a car that you never had to plug in and automatically charged itself so long as it was parked in the correct place.

Well, that’s exactly what’s happening. Although we’re still in the early days, manufacturers are starting to experiment with wireless charging tech in cars and we’re seeing it applied in two different ways.

First, a more traditional application. You have a charging pad affixed to the floor and one fixed to the car. When you park over the pad, your car charges. These charging pads could be installed in residential garages or public car parks.

This application isn’t that inventive until it’s implemented alongside autonomous technology. Imagine you drive to work and hop out your car. Your car then locates the nearest charging pad and parks itself over it. When you finish work, your car comes to greet you at the front door with a fully charged battery and you haven’t done a thing.

However, this approach still doesn’t solve the problem of long-distance driving. Say your car has a range of 100 miles and you want to drive 200 miles. Do you sit at a service station for a couple of hours until your batteries have recharged?

That’s where the second application comes in.

Second, we have a more radical approach. Instead of installing charging pads away from the road, why not install them in the road? So instead of parking a car over a charging pad and leaving it to charge, you simply drive along the road with your car charging all the while.

Both options will require substantial research, development and infrastructure developments but I think it’s the most likely direction for the industry to take, especially considering the hard limits on charging times.

What do you think? Do you think charging technology will pursue a wireless approach or something entirely different? Let me know in the comments!

Article originally written by Tom Butcher. Tom Butcher is a freelance writer, covering a wide range of topics, including finance, business and motoring. At the moment, he is helping LeaseFetcher tell the world about car leasing.

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