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PostHeaderIcon Safety Tips for Enjoying a Great Road Trip

Summer is almost upon us, the season for ice cream, pool parties, sunglasses, and of course, road trips. Packing one’s car with loved ones and hitting the road to get away from work and all the stresses of daily life is one of the most enjoyable perks of summertime. So it behooves one to ensure travel safety before embarking on a trip, because you don’t want a slight oversight to ruin your fun.

Prepping for a great road trip starts, naturally, at home. It begins with packing the right things, and packing them efficiently and safely. What you want to do is make sure you have the basic necessary kit for dealing with unforeseen situations. And you don’t need to get fancy about it, either. Just a small box containing a flashlight, a high-visibility jacket, some blankets, a regular first-aid kit, and preferably a Swiss Army knife would be enough. Also put a jug of water in the trunk, and make sure your spare tire or puncture repair kit is in tiptop shape.

Some say you should also pack jumper cables, but if you have a new-ish car that is not something you need to worry about. In any case, it is better to have your checked by a mechanic before the journey. Again, there is no need for elaborate check-ups. Just a once-over would do. You should pay special attention to the conditions of your tires, and check the engine, transmission, and cooling system’s fluid levels.

We’re not yet ready to hit the road! There are still a few more at-home tips to make sure your road trip is a nice and safe one, and they have to do with your own well-being as the driver and the peace of mind of the passengers. A good night’s sleep is about the most important safety tip for any car travel. It doesn’t matter if you need to hit the road in the early hours of the morning. Just make sure you get enough sleep before you start the journey and definitely take frequent breaks on the road if your destination is far away.

Also, and this is an important tip often overlooked, take some time to secure your house before you leave it for a long period of time. You don’t want to be on the road and constantly worry about whether you locked that door or shut that window. It spoils the fun and also cuts into the attention you have to be putting in your driving. So before you set off, shut off the main gas and water valves and switch off the power, unless you have an alarm system that requires electricity. Then set about locking the doors and windows and concealing your valuables. Ideally, you want to have a neighbor or a relative to come and check on your property regularly to make sure everything is tickety-boo.

Now you are on the road and looking forward to a great time with your family exploring the countryside or visiting the relatives. It goes without saying that you should always follow the speed limit and avoid dangerous behaviors, such as risky overtaking maneuvers. Going a step further than that, you need to minimize the distractions that could avert your attention from the job at hand: driving. If you have kids with you, make sure they are happily occupied in the back seat with a movie or a video game. If it’s just you and your bae, refrain from engaging in amorous activities while driving. It is also best to avoid eating and drinking and smoking while behind the wheel, but make sure you stay hydrated, as dehydration itself is a cause of diminished concentration. What’s more, ignore phone calls and text messages, and adjust your seat in a comfortable but upright position. You don’t want to do a gangsta lean, no matter how cool it might look, as it is too relax a posture for driving and limits your field of view as well.

Finally, make sure you have a GPS system with you, either on the car or on your phone, plus extra phone batteries and charging cables. If you are traveling somewhere with weak cell and satellite coverage, plan out your route beforehand and write down the location of emergency services and fuel stations as well as their distance. These quick and easy tips will ensure that you have the safety and peace of mind to spend a great time road-tripping this summer. In addition, the guys at Verti created a very good infographic with great tips for you to follow. These car travel tips in order to avoid accidents on the road.

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PostHeaderIcon The Top 5 Passenger Vans of 2018

Passenger vans are the perfect provider of comfort and space. Ever since they were first introduced to drivers back in the 1980s, they instantly became the favorite among big families. The very convenient features included in the manufacturing of most minivans are amazing for hauling cargo around, as well as transporting more people at once.

In the past, a passenger van was more about the basics than the details. Its sole purpose was to carry more people or cargo, but this has changed a lot since then. At this point, passenger vans offer high-tech comfort and variety of safety features for the entire family or group you are transporting. Most of the new passenger vans have safety equipment like adaptive cruise control, forward collision avoidance, blind spot monitoring, etc. All these features ensure your safety and the safety of your precious cargo.

If you are wondering which passenger van is the right one for you, here are the top picks this year:

1.    2018 Chrysler Pacifica

A couple of years ago, the most promising choice for a passenger van was something between the popular Honda and Toyota. Even since the Chrysler Pacifica was first introduced, there was a third racer in the game.

This vehicle offers very smooth handling, plenty of refinement, and a perfectly crafted cabin. The 2018 edition has many features that is great for family travels, as well as a big range of assistive amenities for the driver.

With a 287-hp V6 engine under the hood, this van is considered quite standard. But, when you add the plug-in hybrid variant in this equation, as well as those excellent features we mentioned, you get a very comfortable driving range of over 30 miles electric.

The price for this vehicle starts at approximately $28.535.

2.    2018 Honda Odyssey

This year’s Honda Odyssey is re-designed perfectly. It features a flexible cabin, smooth ride quality, and fuel efficiency. The pricing starts at $30.965 and the vehicle contains a 280-horsepower V6 engine under its hood.

3.    2018 Kia Sedona

The biggest strength of the Kia Sedona is the value. With pricing that starts at $27.990, you are getting some amazing features and an excellent passenger van at a highly reasonable price. This vehicle provides smooth drive and combines a roomy cabin and a variety of extra features. It is powered by an engine of 276-horsepower.

4.    2018 Toyota Sienna

For those who are frequently on the road and exposed to snow or rain, the new Toyota Sienna is the perfect, smooth companion. This van has the feature ‘all-wheel drive’, which can provide you with the traction you need under such weather conditions. This feature allows you to drive securely on very slippery roads, and the vehicle’s cabin provides a very comfortable and flexible ride. Compared to the 2014 Toyota Sienna, this is a much-improved version of an already quite popular, excellent vehicle.

The combination of safe drive and family-friendly features is absolutely perfect. The engine is of 296-horsepower and the Sienna will cost you around $31.745.

5.    2018 Mercedes-Benz Metris

Mercedes once again met all customers’ expectations and much more. The renewed Mercedes-Benz Metris van is characterized by high durability and very roomy interior. Considering that this passenger van is not-so-large, the designers obviously did an excellent job in providing the comfort the user needs.

This is the most popular vehicle for small business owners or families this year. Each model comes with a 208-horsepower, turbocharged, and 4-cylinder engine. The pricing begins at only $26.990.

Have you found the perfect passenger van on our list? There are many excellent choices for you to select from, but if you want to purchase a van that has reached the top lists this year, these five are your best picks for both value and quality. The best thing is – you don’t even have to buy one if you cannot afford it at the moment. If you really need a passenger van, for a trip or special event, you can always rent one from reliable companies like Flex Fleet.

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PostHeaderIcon Can Truck Accidents in Las Vegas be Preventable?

Las Vegas, in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, is a resort city famed for its vibrant life, centered around 24-hour casinos and other entertainment options.Las Vegas is a driver’s city, not a pedestrian’s city. Major streets have a speed limit of 45 mph.

Statistics

First off, over 1,300 people were killed in accidents in the state from 2010 to 2014. This comes out to an average of over 260 people a year. In 2014, the state’s rate of motor vehicle fatalities was greater than the national average, with 1.15 people being killed for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled. In Las Vegas itself, almost 200 people per year lost their lives over the three-year period from 2010 to 2014. Apart from the loss of life, such accidents cost Nevada residents over $2.4 billion in 2014, including medical costs, property damage, legal and court costs and emergency services costs.

Preliminary numbers show that 321 traffic fatalities occurred on Nevada roads in 2015, an increase of 31 deaths compared to the previous year, or a 10.3% increase.In   2017,traffic deaths across the state decreased for the first time since 2011, but more pedestrians died in Nevada than at any point in the state’s history, officials announced Friday.In 2017, 305 died in crashes statewide compared with numbers from 2016, when 329 people died on the roads, department data shows.

Causes

Driver-Related Causes:

The vast majority of motor vehicle accidents – including car, truck and motorcycle collisions – are caused by driver behavior.

  • Speeding

These accidents occur because a driver was exceeding the speed limit

  • Drunk Driving

A driver who has consumed alcohol,  can suffer from impair judgment, vision, reaction time and physical abilities. Nearly one-third of traffic fatalities in the U.S. each year involve a drunk driver.

  • Distracted Driving

Some common distractions include: talking on the phone, texting, eating, smoking and looking at in-vehicle navigation systems.

  • Texting While Driving

Texting takes all three forms of a driver’s attention from the road: visual, cognitive and manual.

  • Other Traffic Violations – Some examples include:
    • following too closely (tailgating),
    • running a red light,
    • failing to yield the right of way,
    • driving with broken headlights.
    • Not following the rules
    • Sleepy or irritated driver

External Causes:

  • Defective Auto Parts

When automobile parts are poorly designed or manufactured, they may malfunction. Brake failure, tire blowouts and unintended acceleration are all examples of vehicle defects .

  • Hazardous Roadways

Improperly designed and poorly maintained roads may cause serious collisions,

  • Weather Conditions

Rain, fog, snow and wind may all create dangerous driving conditions.

How to prevent ?

While considering, hitting by a truck due to bad conditions, there are many preventive measures which can be taken to avoid these accidents.

  • National Safety Council:

 study released last month indicates that seat belt use varies widely from state to state and the lack of drivers buckling up continues to be a leading cause of traffic accidents across America.

  • Use of seat belts:

In 1999, an estimated 9,500 people died unnecessarily because they were not wearing seat belts. As more and more Americans hit roadways and increase highway congestion this busy summer season.

  • Pull into traffic slowly:

Stop, Look, Listen. Be aware of blind spots, including those in rear view mirrors and behind windshield pillars or highway road signs. Also, when at an intersection making a right-hand turn, look both directions at least twice before proceeding.

  • Watch for red light runners:

Count to three before entering an intersection on a green light. Truck drivers have a large blind spot on their right-hand side, so be especially careful when driving next to an 18-wheeler.

  • Keep at least one hand on the steering wheel:

Reduce in-car distractions such as changing radio stations or CDs, cell phones, eating or momentarily taking a hand off the wheel.

  • Watch for kids:

Children and animals have a habit of suddenly popping out from between parked cars and into roadways.

  • Proper maintainance od vehicles:

Avoid sudden stalls or other vehicle failure by changing the oil regularly and keeping tires properly inflated.

  • Scan 12 seconds ahead:

Always concentrate on the area where you will be driving in 10-12 seconds.

  • Look backwards when backing out:

One should look backwards carefully when backing out.

  • Do not tailgate:

Leave a three-second cushion between you and the car in front of you

  • Be courteous to other drivers:

No one owns the roads, so treat others with respect and report any suspicious driving activity to authorities.

  • Say no to sleepy driving:
  • Never drive when you are tried fatigue or sleepy.
  • Law enforcements and attorneys :

Proper laws about road usage and drivers safety. Drivers should be fined when they use it carelessly.

  • Proper driving tests:

Liscence should be given after peoper and sternous testing.

  • Public awarness ans driving classes:

Proper orientation of public as well as drivers should be done

Conclusion

Road accidents is a preventable hazard. Enforcements on government level should be done as well as general public should be awared.

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PostHeaderIcon 6 Questions to Ask When Personalizing Your License Plates

Have you ever been behind a car with a humorous, quirky, or clever license plate, such as “DGSRULE,” “ROGER DAT,” “IM A CAR,” or “H8SKOOL?”

Chances are strong that at some point you’ve seen these personalized license plates on the road. After all, in 2015, the DMV earned $9.2 million from personalized plates alone.

If you’re interested in obtaining your own vanity license plates, here are six questions to ask your state’s DMV before applying for you own unique, customized license plates.

  1. What types of vehicles are eligible?

In most states, owners of the following vehicles are eligible for personalized plates:

  • Passenger vehicles including cars, SUVs, light trucks, buses, and motorhomes that you own
  • Private buses that can carry more than 10 passengers
  • Older vehicles that have a regular registration and are not registered as either Classic or Antique vehicles
  • Private trailers, such as light utility and boat trailers

If you’re leasing the vehicle, you’re not permitted to apply for personalized plates. States such as Illinois will also not allow vehicles in a trust or those registered to a business to obtain custom license plates.

  1. What can I use for a personalized plate combination?

This varies from state to state, but in New York, the maximum number of characters (number, letter, or space) you’re allowed to have on a standard license plate is eight. For motorcycles and picture plates, it’s six.

Additionally, some states may ask you to provide an explanation behind the meaning of your personalized plate combination.

  1. Are there any restrictions?

There are definitely restrictions when it comes to personalized plates. Again, this is different across each state, but it’s safe to say that the following combinations are restricted:

  • Combinations that have a sexual connotation
  • Combinations that are obscene, insulting, vulgar, or derogatory
  • Combinations that contain just one letter
  • Combinations that make it appear as if you’re an officer or government official
  • Slang words or phonetic spellings in combinations that are restricted

Although there are some instances of personalized plates getting around these restrictions, typically, the DMV will review the plate combination and deny your request if it contains any of the restrictions listed above.

Determine what’s permitted and what’s registered in your state before applying to obtain vanity license plates.

  1. Can special and picture plates be personalized?

In Florida, Illinois, and New York, special and picture plates such as Military and Veteran, Government, Counties, Collegiate, Sports, Disabled Person, Native American, Special Interest, Professions, and Historical Vehicle can be personalized.

  1. How do I apply for personalized license plates?

Before applying for a vanity license plate, make sure that it’s available. Most states allow you to see if the combination of letters and numbers you want to use on your license plate is available online. If available, you can apply for personalized license plates either in-person, by mail, or online.

Most states will require you to complete an application form, typically found online. If you’re only allowed to apply in person or by mail, you’ll need to print and fill out the application.

While the requirements are different in each state, make sure that you at least have your VIN, the last four digits of your SSN, and your driver’s license ready when applying. Don’t forget to have the payment as well, via a credit or debit card if done online or a check if done through the mail.

The cost of personalized plates varies. In North Carolina, it’s $30, while in New Jersey it costs $50 in addition to your standard registration fees.

  1. When do I have to renew my specialty plates?

This will also vary depending on the state in which you reside. However, many states require that license plate renewal occur annually, even if you have specialty plates.

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PostHeaderIcon Eaton eVaptive™ is one-size-fits-all solution for electronic fuel tank venting

Most consumers don’t give much thought to their vehicle’s gas tank, other than filling it up.  Yet for automakers, the gas tank is a critical element that requires careful consideration, specifically to its ventilation system to prevent leaking, vapor lock and harmful vapors from escaping into the atmosphere. Developing a ventilation system for each gas tank configuration takes time and money.

Eaton has developed a solution. It’s eVaptive™ electronic venting system is an electronically controlled fuel tank vapor venting system that can be optimized for any vehicle platform, eliminating the need for automakers to design unique venting systems for different vehicles.

eVaptive transmits fuel vapors to a charcoal canister while keeping liquid fuel confined to the fuel tank. For any given fuel tank application, the system can be optimized for all driving situations as well as stationary and refueling modes. The hardware is a “one-size-fits-all” unit that can be programmed to fit any vehicle platform.

How It Works

In a traditional fuel tank design, optimal vapor venting positions are determined at the top of the tank where vapors accumulate. Once these vent points are identified, Eaton’s eVaptive electronic venting system vent tubes are placed in them and can be opened and closed as needed for optimized venting via an actuator system. Any liquid fuel that enters the vent tubes is routed to a central liquid trap, where the liquid is drained back into the fuel tank. Afterthe vapor and the errant fuel are separated in the liquid trap, the vapor is routed to the charcoal canister for adsorption.

The actuator system is controlled by a computer algorithm that minimizes fuel carryover to the interior liquid trap in all situations and controls the fuel level during refueling. It also is used to mitigate the spillover that sometimes occurs when filling a tank to the top.

The Benefits

In today’s automotive industry, where new vehicles are introduced at an increasingly fast pace, designing new fuel and venting systems can lead to added costs, time and complexity. Add in the varying and evolving emission standards across the world and eVaptive’s ability to be applied to any number of vehicle platforms illustrates its advantage over competitive systems.

This new technology is an example of Eaton’s advanced engineering capabilities as it looks to provide customers with solutions that not only provide a single packaging option but also the flexibility to customize the system based on the specific vehicle design.

Eaton’s eVaptive electronic venting system offers numerous benefits over traditional systems.  It reduces complexity, development time and and cost by allowing automakers to use one set of hardware across all of its vehicle lines and tank variants.

eVaptive prevents liquid from leaving the tank when driving while still venting vapors, maintains overall lower tank pressures in dynamic situations and at high-fuel levels. Its On-Board Diagnostics II (OBDII) leak detection ensure no hydrocarbons escape into the atmosphere.  In addition, the eVaptive system can be used for plug-in hybrid vehicles to due to its customized pressure relief of the fuel tank needed prior to refueling.

At a time when automakers are trying to save costs, bring products to market faster and reduce harmful emissions, Eaton’s eVaptive electronic venting system addresses all three.

Eaton has present eVaptive at multiple industry conferences in the U.S., Germany and China, and has garnered interest and feedback from multiple global automakers and fuel tank suppliers.

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PostHeaderIcon Common Reasons Why Your Car Engine Overheats

While there are many reasons why your car engine could overheat. We have put together a few of the most common reasons for engine overheating. Many of these overheating problems are simple to fix, but some may be hard for you to detect. Here are the most common reasons.

  1. Thermostat Stuck Open or Closed

Sometimes a thermostat could cause your engine to overheat in a number of ways. It could either be that the thermostat is stuck open or closed. It could be broken or partially open as well. So, if your engine is overheating, make sure you always check the thermostat as this is the number one cause of overheating.

  1. Head Gasket Leaking Coolant

This is another serious problem. Your head gasket could be leaking or cracked. If you also notice bubbles in the car’s cooling system it’s a sign that the compression is mixing with the antifreeze. Getting an online car insurance policy would be beneficial in such cases.

  1. Radiator Airflow Block

Check to see if there is a blockage between the grill and radiator. Some of the most common things that could cause blocking are cardboard, plastic, trash, paper, etc. If there is any kind of obstruction in the grill or the front portion of the radiator, air wouldn’t be able to pass through the radiator.

  1. Fuse Blown or Cooling Fan Not Working

In order for your car to cool, the electric fan needs to turn on at certain times. If the fan is not working or does not come on, then there could be a number of reasons. Start with the fuse and see if it is proper. If the fuse is all fine, then check the sensors, fan motor. It’s also possible there could be a wire short as well.

  1. Water Pump is Leaking

Bad water pumps are difficult to detect. Sometimes it could be that the propeller is either broken or worn out. This is an internal issue and hence you wouldn’t be able to see the problem. If you’ve looked at most of the things and cannot find a reason why your engine is overheating then you need to check the water pump as they fail most of the time, but do not always leak.

  1. Gasket Leaks in Many Places

One of the easiest things to spot is a Gasket leak because you may either see dripping coolant or steam. Some of the few places where you can check for leaks are head gasket, thermostat housing gasket, and the water pump gasket.

Also, look up for a car insurance online as having a comprehensive car insurance policy would be beneficial if any part of your car encounters problems or damages of any sort. So, make sure you’re getting one to be on the safer side.

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PostHeaderIcon Buying a Car Online

It’s hard to believe that a mere twenty years ago, only the brave would order things online out of fear of scams and stolen identities. Now, online business is booming, and people buy everything from weekly groceries to vehicles with the click of a button.

There are numerous pros and cons to buying a car online, as well as tips and tricks to get the most out of your purchase. Here’s what you need to know before making the purchase.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Buying a car online can either be a breeze or a nightmare, depending on how you approach the situation and your level of caution. It is important to know all sides of the process before making the transaction.

The Pros

Purchasing a vehicle online allows you to choose from a global market. If you’re seeking a classic car or something rare in your area, you’ll be able to locate what you’re looking for and start the sales process. Before the internet became a staple, this wasn’t possible. Online vehicle shopping also gives you a better idea of the overall market. It provides you with the option to buy a vehicle that may be in better shape than vehicles sold in your area at the same price. For example, if you live in Canada where the roads are covered in salt all winter, ordering a car from the US is common practice.

The Cons

The biggest con with purchasing a vehicle online is that you can’t see it first. You may get to look at photos of the car, but you can’t closely inspect to detect signs of water damage, rust, or other flaws. How will you know if the car is as shown or if it has been Photoshopped to make the sale?

To expand upon that idea, online car shopping opens the doors to potential scammers. You need to be vigilant in checking references and confirming the validity of the sale before sending away your hard earned money.

Transporting a car can also be challenging. There are many ways to offset the car transport cost, but be sure to budget accordingly before buying.

How to Protect Yourself

Bill of Sale

When purchasing a car online, the main document that will help you protect your assets is the Bill of Sale. The Bill of Sale outlines the details of the transaction and legitimizes the claim. This form will outline the:

  • agreed upon price;
  • VIN;
  • odometer reading;
  • date of sale;
  • address and information of both the buyer and seller; and
  • a detailed description of the vehicle.

The document should be signed by both parties. Some areas require that a Bill of Sale be completed and the document protects both the seller and the buyer.

Scammers

Another way to protect yourself when buying a car online is to practice common sense and listen to your instincts. If the price seems unbelievably low, it is probably a scam. That price won’t seem so low when you’ve lost that amount of money and gotten nothing but regret in return. If the seller doesn’t seem to know much about the vehicle, asks for strange transaction methods, or has trouble communicating, get out fast.

Inspection

If you can’t see the car in person, it is important to have an inspection completed by a licensed official. An inspector will be able to tell you if there is any damage that you or the seller hadn’t noticed and give the car a rating and value to better direct your price negotiations. Many online sellers will have an inspection and appraisal done in advance and will be able to provide the report. If they haven’t, feel free to request it or have it done at your expense.

When buying a car online, remember to be thorough in your investigations and cautious when dealing with sellers. If you do so, the process should yield great results.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi Gets Advanced Combustion System for Its Modern Engines

Finally! Audi introduces new combustion system in its high-efficiency engine to control the emissions.

As in this modern world, everyone knows that there is no place for carbon emissions and pollution because planet earth has already been molested by the greenhouse gases in the past. Now there is no room for these gases at the blue planet because they are a serious risk for the existence of life on the planet.

Thus the governments, emission regulatory authorities and other environmental protection agencies are pushing every source at the back foot who is actually involved in producing emissions. Everyone knows that after the industrial era in Europe, the automotive industry is a great source of carbon emissions.

All the regulatory authorities and agencies have turned their canons towards the automotive industry in the past decade and they have enforced a number of laws to restrict the emissions from the automotive industry.

In the expression of ever austere and even tightening carbon emission regulations have pushed the automotive industry to find out alternative means of energy with no or minimal carbon emissions. The automotive industry is struggling hard to find innovative ways to reduce the carbon emissions and cut the fuel consumption to very low.

The quest for fuel efficiency

This is a quest for ultra-higher fuel efficiency and manufacturers are trying to introduce most innovative ways to achieve the goal every day.

Audi has finally developed a four-cylinder TFSI engine with an ultra-advanced combustion system, Audi claims that the system gave birth to most efficient 2.0 litre petrol engine in the conventional combustion systems.

What is new combustion system?

Audi says that the new combustion system is very similar to Millar cycle and allows the 2.0 litre engines to generate 190 horsepower and returning just under 50 miles per gallon on new European driving cycle called NEDC.

These engines will produce 236 lb-ft of torque and all of this amount will be available from just 1450 rpm. This system will make the engine a perfect unit for surging into gaps when it will enter into lower speed traffic.

How Audi Achieved this?

In order to achieve these figures, Audi says that they have shortened the intake time on the engine by modifying the crankshafts of these engines. They modify the crank angle from 200 to 140 degrees.

Despite the shorter intake times, the engine is still able to achieve the optimal cylinder charges and has a higher boost pressure on the inlet side. The new system closes the intake valves early and allows the engine to run under ultra-boosted high compression ratios.

What Audi says?

Audi head of engine division, Stefan Knirsch says that a modern advancement is a rightsizing approach and the engines will enjoy the lower fuel consumptions while working at the same efficiency as they were in the past but they would emit minimal carbon emissions and at the higher loads these engines will work like the larger engines. The result is optimal performance and efficiency across the entire engine range.

The engine would debut in the next generation Audi A4 and has also been designed to warm up in minimal time as Audi has focused on internal friction in these engines. It is something Mercedes done on its engines with the help of nanoslide coating.

The engine was developed last year and it will make its way in the new generation of Audi A4 very soon.

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PostHeaderIcon How to Find the Best Cheap Car for You

If you’re looking for a new vehicle, this article could be for you. The cost of a car can be a lot — especially if you’re paying up front. We’re going to look at a few tips designed to reduce your vehicle cost so that you can get on the road as quickly as possible.

Consider your insurance costs carefully

One big mistake many people make when thinking about the cost of a vehicle is that they ignore additional costs — especially insurance. Not only will a more expensive car normally cost more to insure, but there are also a number of other factors that might make covering your car more expensive than you think.

Firstly, comprehensive insurance will cost you more than if you just want limited coverage — you probably knew this already. However, there are some other things that affect insurance cost that you might not have been aware of, like where the vehicle is going to be secured overnight, as well as how many miles you intend to do in it each year. If you live in an area that has a lot of crime, this could also make it more expensive. Obviously, your driving history is another major factor. All of these things need to be considered before you buy your car.

Think about a smaller model

You might think big is better, but it’s also normally more expensive. Not only will a bigger car normally cost more to buy, it’ll also be more expensive to run — whether you’re looking at fuel cost, insurance or repair.

Go second-hand

New cars depreciate more than older ones that have already depreciated. That means if you’re not that concerned about the age of the car but really need one for work, you should consider a cheaper, older car. However, don’t forget that an older car could cost more in maintenance and repair, so make sure you shop around and find a reliable model.

Consider leasing a car

If you don’t have the money to pay for a vehicle up front, leasing could be a great option for you. The best thing about leasing is that if you can fit the monthly cost into your finances, you can afford it without having lots of savings. Some leases do require a small deposit, but this is normally manageable.

While you won’t own the car at the end — you’ll normally be able to get a brand new factory model to drive for a while — you don’t have to worry about depreciation or selling it. You can even get a new one when the lease ends. Other things like services and breakdown coverage can also be included in the lease so you don’t get hit by unexpected costs.

If you need some help finding the best lease deal in your area, LeaseFetcher could be for you.

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PostHeaderIcon Tips for Cleaning Glass Car Windows

Keeping the car clean isn’t exactly easy, and it gets even more difficult when it comes to windows. If it’s not dirty from fingerprints, it’s from road dust and insects. There are dozens of ways glass windows for cars can get smudged and stuck-on gunk.

Cleaning the body of the car is great, but it’s mostly for aesthetic purposes. If your glass car windows are dirty it could be an actual safety hazard. If you need some tips for proper cleaning of car windows, then keep reading. These tips will hopefully help you clean up and stay safe.

Tips To Clean Glass Car Windows So They Are Spotless

It’s not that washing windows is difficult, it’s just incredibly important to do it regularly. So anything that makes it easier is a net win. To that end, try to do it in a shady, cool area. Not only will this make it easier for you, it keeps the cleaning solution from evaporating quickly and leaving ugly streaks.

Cleaning The Car Windshield

Tools Of The Trade

If you don’t have the right tools there’s no way you’ll be able to keep those windows clean!

4 clean clothes, two for cleaning and two for drying. According to Don’s Mobile Glass microfiber is the best material, but soft rags or washcloths will work fine.

Cleaning solution. Use one specifically for glass and not an all-purpose one. All-purpose cleaners tend to be thicker and heavier, which can leave residue on the glass.

A tool to help reach parts you can’t comfortably reach with your hand.

Cleaning The Outside

Roll down the windows so there’s a tiny crack of space. This lets you clean the top of the glass, which can often build up an oily residue and make it difficult to open and close.

Spray the cleaning solution along the glass evenly. Spray each window quickly, if you need more solution in a specific spot you can catch that on the second pass. If it’s a hot day then you should do each window one at a time. If you’ve found a cool, shady spot then you can do a quick wipe of each window and then come back for a second pass. You want to avoid leaving the solution on the glass long enough to evaporate, but you’ll also need to leave it on long enough to actually break through the dirt and grime.

Either way, take your rag and wipe the window from top to bottom. Some people use circular wiping motions, others wipe their windows either vertically or horizontally. Use the motion that works best for you and your windows.

Once you’ve wiped it down, you should have some streaks. This is where you use the second rag to wipe up the excess.

Car Window Cleaning

Cleaning The Interior Car Glass Windows

For interior glass, you’ll want to spray the solution directly on the rag. This keeps it from spreading onto the dashboard or seats and causing other problems.

Whatever wiping motion you used, use a different one for the inside glass. This makes it easier to identify any streaks that may have been left behind on the outside.

If you have a long-tilted windshield then you’ll want a tool to reach the nose point. Use whatever method is comfortable for you. However, it’s generally better to have a reach and clean tool. This one is a great example. It has a triangular head, which makes it easier to get into the corners, and the cleaning pad is soft rather than rough and coarse.

Just like with the outside of the windows, wipe them dry after.

Removing Stubborn Substances

Oil, tree sap, bugs, and tar are all common things on the road, which means they can all get stuck to your car on a regular basis. This is where a second pass is a good idea. If you have any stuck-on gunk you can spray cleaning solution directly so it can more easily soften it up.

If you find the gunk simply won’t come off, a foam cleaner such as Mixra Glass Cleaner can work wonders. The foaming solution can attach itself to the residue more easily, allowing you to scrape it off and wipe the glass without leaving streaks. Remember, if you have to scrub then you’re going to scratch your window!

Cleaning Headlights Made Of Plastic

If you have plastic headlights, they can be their own problem.

Since headlights are also a matter of safety, it’s important to keep them as clean as your windows. The plastic covering is easy enough to clean by simply washing the car, but check it regularly to see if anything has been stubbornly clinging for life.

Car Wash

Even if you keep your plastic headlight covers clean, over time they will develop the same filmy haze as any other plastic parts. This can be fixed with a few simple items you probably have on hand. Get some toothpaste and some car wax and use the mixture to scrub the plastic cover. After a few minutes of scrubbing, you’ll have a clean and clear headlight cover!

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PostHeaderIcon Car Buying Made Easy Through Internet

Key Takeaway

Home to many global automobile companies, the U.S vaunts one of the largest car markets in the world. It stands second in terms of sale and production of the vehicle. An industry that is driven by the dealership, accounts for approximately 3 to 3.5 percent of U.S GDP. Most of the world’s leading auto companies have a presence in the U.S.

In recent years, U.S vehicle inventory has been significantly invigorated, driven by high discounts, cheap consumer loans and financing. As a result, 17.23 million new vehicles were sold in the United States last year making it the fourth best year in the history of the country. These numbers are still down from the all-time record of 17.55 million in 2016. For the year 2018, March sale came in at 1.65 million units, the highest sale total in over a year.

Shoppers are not just buying new cars but the industry is also seeing a boom in the used car market which climbed to an all-time high of 39.2 million vehicles in 2017. It reflects a 1.6 percent increase in sales from 2016 and a 4.3 percent increase from 2012.

Online Car Buying – The Game Changer

The traditional way of car buying can be a pleasant experience but you must have the art of bargaining. Fortunately, things have improved for good. Most of the car buyers these days are going online, not just to research their next car but are also completing most of the purchasing process.

Buying cars over the internet not only makes buying cars more transparent but it also enhances overall user experience. You get a plethora of dealers at fingertip where you can compare price and discounts. There are also websites and blogs that provide in-depth reviews of cars in different categories that can help you when you go out buying one.

Carhp.com is one such blog that provides in-depth reviews of different U.S based cars. Established, in 2017 the blog aims at helping car buyers by providing them data-centric insight. Reviews are unbiased and intended toward providing the reader with best shopping tips. Carhp also briefs the reader about the competitors of a particular car along with final verdict and suggesting better choice if available. You also get to know which trim or package you should go with.

After reading some of the reviews, I contacted Carhp team through a query form asking them about their future prospects. They were quick to respond to the query and generous enough to tell me how they are planning to make this a million-dollar website in the next two years. The first thing they told me is that Carhp will not just be a blog it will become a classified car website in near future. They are also inclined toward providing best online car buying experience across the United States and generate authentic leads for different car dealers in the region.

Curious How Online Car Buying Works?

Buying a car at Carhp opens up a wide array of dealer’s inventory where you can search for the car that best fits your needs. You can then reach out to the dealership’s internet sales manager over email, text or phone to confirm whether the car is in stock or not. A test drive is scheduled accordingly and you are also given pricing detail. Once you are done with the test drive, you can make the rest of the deal online or over the phone, working with the internet team. In some cases, you also get your car delivered to your doorstep.

The Bottom Line

It’s difficult to enumerate the saving you make by going over the internet for buying a car instead of using the traditional method. But it is safe to say that you will be saving more shopping online. There is also no denying the fact that internet is less time consuming and also causes less stress. You also have the leverage of comparing technical specifications and features among multiple cars in the segment.

Shopping at the dealership directly brings added risks, you might make costly decisions on financing and addons. Using internet minimizes this risk and it also helps you if you are not a good negotiator. Internet provides a nice relaxed environment for the purchase while informing you about all the aspects at the same time.

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PostHeaderIcon Best SUVs With Sunroof in India

Cars in India are still a status symbol, more than being a utility. Although, there is a section that looks for mileage and performance over looks, however, the majority of the car-buyers in India look at cars as a way to stamp their position in the society. We look for the latest fancy features, along with the brand name. The newest inclusion to this feature-list is the sunroof.

Currently, there are a number of sedans and SUVs that come with a sunroof. Here, we are going to talk about the best SUV with sunroof running on Indian roads.

Honda WR-V

The Honda WR-V is the most inexpensive SUV that comes with a sunroof in India. This impressive looking vehicle also offers a 7-inch Digipad that supports Wi-Fi and can even be used as a display for the back-view camera. The car comes with two engine variants – a 1.5-litre diesel engine, along with a 1.2-litre petrol engine. The diesel engine is capable of delivering an average mileage of 25 kmpl, whereas, the petrol engine gives a mileage of 17 kmpl. The price of the Honda WR-V ranges between Rs. 7.95 lakhs to 10.21 lakhs.

Jeep Compass

The iconic SUV is surely a status symbol. But more than just being one of the most glamorous vehicles around, the Compass is also a powerful vehicle. Its Active Drive 4×4 transmission system ensures great performance. It also gets a number of driving modes including Mud, Snow, Sand, etc so that you can take on any terrain. The Jeep Compass comes with a great set of safety features that include 6 airbags, Hill Start Assist (HSA), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) along with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). The price of the Jeep Compass varies between Rs.15.20-21.97 lakhs.

Ford Endeavour

The last entrant on our list is the Ford Endeavour that comes at a price between 25.65 – 32.39 lakhs. The Endeavour boasts off an impressive exterior, which is well complemented by its spacious interior. It maximizes the vehicle’s traction and stability with the help of its Terrain Management System. It gets electronic foldable seats, which means the 3rd row seats can fold-flat with just the press of a button offering you a lot more boot space when required. Ford has also blessed the Endeavour with signature LED lightings around the headlights, offering the driver added visibility.

So, these are our top three picks based on a number of factors other than the sunroof, of course! There are a number of other amazing SUVs too, that come with the sunroof feature, however, we could not add them to our list. Some of those cars are Skoda Kodiaq, Mahindra XUV500, Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Audi Q3 and Mahindra Thar.

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PostHeaderIcon Do These 3 Things Before You Hop on Your Ride

You learned about motorcycle safety during your riding class but do you really put into play the advice your instructors gave you? Nothing is more dangerous than riding a motorcycle unsafely, so don’t even go there! It’s not worth getting injured or worse. Keep in mind these four things, because safety goes way beyond the momentarily enjoyments of fooling around. Seriously, it does.

  1. Yes, Buy the Helmet

Looking cool on your ride is the name of the game, whether you ride everywhere, for leisure, or for sport. Thankfully, there is plenty of gear to keep you looking awesome while you’re shredding. Make certain you have a protective helmet that fits properly. Check these motorcycle helmets for sale to keep your head safe. Factual data and reports suggest that a rider without a helmet is 40 percent more likely to suffer a fatal head injury and three times more likely to suffer brain injuries in events of a crash.

  1. Check Your Bike Out

No, don’t check your bike out because it’s so freaking awesome. Check it out to make certain all systems are go. Make sure your lights work and also check your mirrors. Gauge your tire pressure and check the brakes. Don’t hit the road on deflated tires or with leaky brakes. Another thing to watch for is loose bolts. When you ride, the vibrations loosen them, so make sure everything is tight. Also check out these Alpinestars motorcycle jacket  to wear even when it’s warm outside. You don’t want road or dirt rash, so gear up!

  1. Check Your Mood

Finally, get yourself in the right frame of mind before you get on your bike. Even if you bought the best of the best gear, if you hit the road or track in a bad mood it will affect your ride. Road rage is even more dangerous on a motorcycle, and you want to win the race but not by taking out your opponents on the dirt track. Go to your happy place, and then fire your baby up. Keep the air around your head clear as it will help you make quick and safe choices in events of an approaching hazard.

  1. Don’t Show Off!

Yes, you have got a cool bike and it may be faster than the other rider’s. But that doesn’t mean that you should flaunt risk and pick a race with him. Roads are dangerous and bikers tend to drive rashly as to control the vehicle. Sports bikes tend to accelerate faster than cars because of their light weight. This also means that there is very little control because of this acceleration and light weight and the bike may lose control over the tiniest miscalculation. Also don’t take part in stunts like wheelies and stoppies at a crowded place because your devil-may-care attitude can injure someone fatally.

The best motorcycle helmets for sale can be found on BikeBandit.com. The company specializes in all things powersports, so check out their selection today. Once safe, enjoy your ride!

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PostHeaderIcon How the Tesla Truck is Going to Change the Trucking Industry

CEO, co-founder and product architect Elon Musk is betting his Tesla truck will be a game changer for the $726 billion trucking industry. Musk unveiled prototypes of this Tesla truck on November 16th to a raving crowd that applauded all of the truck’s features. So, we’ve already seen electrical cars hit the market in the form of hybrids as well as fully electric, environmentally-friendly cars. But, what will set Tesla trucks apart from the rest? Well, besides not relying on fossil fuel, Tesla trucks will also be faster and loaded with semi-autonomous driving features making it a first-in-class, self-driving truck for certain scenarios. The benefits they hope to see come to fruition are more accurate just-in-time deliveries, lower-than-average operating expenses, and reduced labor requirements.

“The technological change that benefits trucking and delivery businesses has been widely reported, but in my experience most people that I ask about it focus on the potential negatives rather than looking for opportunities,” wrote Nasdaq.com contributor Martin Tillier. “(Critics) ignore the biggest beneficiary of all: trucking companies. They are looking at a future where two of their major costs, fuel and drivers, will be dramatically lower.”1

 

What Sets the Tesla Semi Apart from the Rest?

There’s a lot of innovations in the Tesla truck compared to its predecessors. The truck has an “bullet-shaped” aerodynamic design, electric motor and electric powertrain on each axle, amazing speed, travels for an impressive range of miles, and the charging system is pretty mind-blowing too. But, let’s take an even closer look:2

  • Speed seems to be the first and most highly touted feature of the Tesla truck. Unloaded, the Tesla semi-truck can go from 0 to 60 m.p.h. in just 5 seconds. Whereas, it takes a conventional diesel semi-truck about 20 seconds to get from 0 to 60 m.p.h.
  • The Tesla truck can also climb a 5 percent grade uphill with a full load (80,000 lbs.) at 65 m.p.h. By comparison, a conventional diesel semi truck that is fully loaded can only climb a 5 percent grade uphill at 45 m.p.h.
  • Tesla has disclosed that they will use industrial cell batteries for its trucks. A fully charged battery pack will allow the Tesla truck to travel 500 miles. Tesla also announced that they will build a network of high-speed, solar-powered charging systems they call “megachargers.” Tesla claims it will only take 30 minutes to charge the battery pack enough to provide the truck with an additional 400 miles of range. Musk also claims the megacharger will cost approximately 7 cents per kilowatt.
  • There are actually four electric motors (same kind used in Tesla’s Model 3 sedan) that operate independently to adjust for pitch, yaw and traction.
  • These Tesla trucks will come standard with a sophisticated autopilot system that will keep the truck self-driving and in its lane, as well as make lane changes, make transitions to other freeways, and match speeds of other traffic on the road. The truck is also able to pull in and out of parking spaces by itself.
  • Pricing was just announced with a 300-mile version costing $150,000, while a 500-mile version would run $180,000. A ‘Founders Series’ version will also be available for $200,000. Musk says the Tesla semi will cost less than other conventional Class 8 diesel-powered trucks from “Day One.” Musk claims the Tesla truck will cost $1.26 per mile to operate, compared to $1.51 per mile to operate a diesel truck.
  • In the cockpit, the driver will have two 15-inch touchscreen displays that will provide navigation mapping, blind-spot monitoring, telematics, maintenance readings, and a fleet management system. There will also be an assortment of cameras strategically placed around the truck.

However, it’s the self-driving technology that has most people worried, since the first death of a pedestrian by a self-driving Uber is still fresh in people’s minds, says attorney Devin McNulty of the Houston-based law firm Chandler McNulty, which specializes in truck accident cases. “The industry is putting a lot of faith into a new technology that is still unproven to a certain degree. Obviously, those companies buying these trucks have also got to weigh the liability involved.”

How Will Tesla’s Entry into the Trucking Marketplace Revolutionized the Industry?

Well, other manufactures have now seen the writing is on the wall. The technology and advancements in electronics, software, and technology are an inescapable inevitability. In fact, most manufacturers of commercial Class 8 trucks are secretly designing their own electronic models to counter Tesla’s. They also know the value of automation and how government standards are starting to require a certain amount of crash avoidance technology in all vehicles. Here are some of the commercial manufactures already researching and developing prototypes for electronic trucks:

  • Cummins (engine manufacturer)
  • Daimler
  • Paccar (Kenworth and Peterbilt)
  • Tesla
  • Volvo
  • Nikola

Initially, electric trucks like the Tesla will be outrageously expensive. But, over time as the price comes down on the batteries that will fuel these trucks, it will become a much more efficient alternative to diesel-powered motors. By using electricity, commercial trucking companies will save approximately one-quarter of the fuel costs associated with trucking operations. The entire commercial trucking industry currently doles out roughly $152 billion for diesel fuel each year, so the conversion would end up being a $38 billion savings yearly. No one can know for sure if Musk’s Tesla trucks will be the first to market, but the change to electric trucking is coming. The push for it is real.

1“How Tesla’s Semi Will Dramatically Alter the Trucking Industry” published in Teslarati, Dec. 2017.

2“Tesla Semi FAQ: All the Facts” published in Trucks.com, Nov. 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon How to Successfully Keep Your Car Running During a Trip

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Road trip season is in full swing, but if your first thought is, “I hope my car can make it!” you have some preparations to make. Nothing ruins a trip faster than a broken down vehicle, which is why many Americans choose to rent a car for a road trip (even when they have a perfectly functional car of their own).

Renting a vehicle decreases the wear and tear of your own car while ensuring a fast swap-out from the rental company should something go awry. You don’t have to worry about tread on the tires, getting your vehicle messy with those snacks on the go, or anything else that comes with using your personal wheels for a long trip.

However, if you do want to take your car on the road, these essential tips are a must for keeping it running on the journey:

Get a maintenance check a month in advance. You should be taking your car to a trusted mechanic at least once a year anyway to make sure it’s in good working order. However, taking it in before a road trip is essential. Give yourself around a month so that any issues can be handled before the trip. Ask for a full diagnostic check for peace of mind and a car that runs like a dream.

Get the tires rotated. Tread doesn’t wear evenly, but this is a task that many people overlook. You can gauge the tire tread yourself and easily see if the tires look evenly worn. Use the penny test for the tread (if the tread isn’t deep enough to cover the tip of a president’s coif, you need new tires).

Make sure you have adequate roadside coverage. Whether it’s through your car’s financing package, your insurance, or a third party, you should always have fast, reliable roadside service available. Take the time before a road trip to learn about coverage including what’s included as well as any out of pocket expenses. It might be time to upgrade.

Utilize the emergency brake. This goes double if you’ll be driving in hilly areas like San Francisco. A lot of people don’t regularly use the e-brake, and that can be fine if you normally park on flat surfaces. However, a car that isn’t used to parking on steep hills might struggle without the e-brake—especially older cars. This is one of the easiest ways to make parking for vehicles easier and avoid sudden rolls.

Don’t drive when you’re tired. Driving when you’re tired is just as dangerous as driving drunk. Take turns with all suitable drivers in the car, and pull over for a nap if you start to get too groggy. Driving tired is life-threatening, and one of the most dangerous things you can do on a road trip.

Don’t wait until the last minute to fill up the tank. This is a game of chance you don’t want to lose. However, waiting until the tank is on empty to fill it up doesn’t just increase your odds of running out of gas. It’s also tough on the engine and can wear down a car faster over time. Download an app to find the nearest gas stations and commit to filling up by the time the tank hits the 25 percent mark.

Take care of check engine lights. If you notice the check engine light appear while on a trip, now isn’t the time to engage in a little road trip Russian Roulette. Immediately find a mechanic who can quickly diagnose and address any issues. The longer such a light is ignored, the more potential damage your car may sustain.

Staying safe on a road trip starts with making sure your vehicle is in great working order, and stays that way. Otherwise, a fun-filled trip might be spent booking a costly flight home.

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PostHeaderIcon The Best Cars for SMEs

Establishing a small business has become seamless over the years. As technology continues to advance, we are continuously provided with opportunities to make profits. Heck, even teenagers nowadays can build their own business empires for a minimum capital.

But we have to admit that there are challenges that every budding entrepreneur has to face. One of these challenges is logistics.

In this sense, choosing a vehicle for your business is crucial to getting things done and fast. Your choice of a ride doesn’t only provide convenience in the way you deliver your goods. It also determines how you run your business in the long-term.

After all, a vehicle is an investment in itself, and it’s best to find one that maximizes your operations and, eventually, help you with your revenue goals.

Pickup trucks

If you want your business to run efficiently, you can always count on light trucks to help you out. These types of vehicles can benefit SMEs in terms of medium distance logistics. If you happen to run a restaurant that sells organic ingredients picked fresh from the market, you can use trucks like the Ford Super Duty series or the Toyota Tundra to make the journey. The V-6 and V-8 engines they pack are ideal for long interstate travels. For sure, pickup trucks are not that hard to come by. You can find the best deals just about anywhere. As a start, you can find great deals on Ford 150 trucks from Bob Gillingham.

Vans

Exterminators usually use vans to transport their equipment to wherever they are  assigned. But it is face to say that vans are also fit for other types of businesses as well. A full-size van can help you out in making deliveries. Whether you are running a custom flower outfit or a vegetarian restaurant, a van is exactly what you need to carry out deliveries without any letup. A Ford Transit Courier or a Chevrolet Express are just some of the best options under this category. If you are out looking for a van that best suits your business, check the cargo space.

Box trucks

For businesses that deal with a lot of hauling, a box truck is always the vehicle of choice. It’s only a matter of finding one that has the best engine and provides maximum protection for precious cargo. Moving companies and independent logistics contractors can do well with vehicles that are categorized under class 5 to 7. The costs of purchasing one can be heavy, but the long-term benefits a box truck gives can offset your losses.

Hybrids

Having your own fleet of cars-for-hire promises high yields, that is if you know how to manage such a business model. Aside from that, it is crucial to look for cars to comprise your fleet, and hybrid cars are always best for passenger transport services. What you have to underscore is price and this something that shouldn’t be a problem. Because there are always new offers in the hybrid car market, you can find comfortable rides to get your business idea to start rolling.

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PostHeaderIcon The Best Cars for SMEs

Establishing a small business has become seamless over the years. As technology continues to advance, we are continuously provided with opportunities to make profits. Heck, even teenagers nowadays can build their own business empires for a minimum capital.

But we have to admit that there are challenges that every budding entrepreneur has to face. One of these challenges is logistics.

In this sense, choosing a vehicle for your business is crucial to getting things done and fast. Your choice of a ride doesn’t only provide convenience in the way you deliver your goods. It also determines how you run your business in the long-term.

After all, a vehicle is an investment in itself, and it’s best to find one that maximizes your operations and, eventually, help you with your revenue goals.

Pickup trucks

If you want your business to run efficiently, you can always count on light trucks to help you out. These types of vehicles can benefit SMEs in terms of medium distance logistics. If you happen to run a restaurant that sells organic ingredients picked fresh from the market, you can use trucks like the Ford Super Duty series or the Toyota Tundra to make the journey. The V-6 and V-8 engines they pack are ideal for long interstate travels. For sure, pickup trucks are not that hard to come by. You can find the best deals just about anywhere. As a start, you can find great deals on Ford 150 trucks from Bob Gillingham.

Vans

Exterminators usually use vans to transport their equipment to wherever they are  assigned. But it is face to say that vans are also fit for other types of businesses as well. A full-size van can help you out in making deliveries. Whether you are running a custom flower outfit or a vegetarian restaurant, a van is exactly what you need to carry out deliveries without any letup. A Ford Transit Courier or a Chevrolet Express are just some of the best options under this category. If you are out looking for a van that best suits your business, check the cargo space.

Box trucks

For businesses that deal with a lot of hauling, a box truck is always the vehicle of choice. It’s only a matter of finding one that has the best engine and provides maximum protection for precious cargo. Moving companies and independent logistics contractors can do well with vehicles that are categorized under class 5 to 7. The costs of purchasing one can be heavy, but the long-term benefits a box truck gives can offset your losses.

Hybrids

Having your own fleet of cars-for-hire promises high yields, that is if you know how to manage such a business model. Aside from that, it is crucial to look for cars to comprise your fleet, and hybrid cars are always best for passenger transport services. What you have to underscore is price and this something that shouldn’t be a problem. Because there are always new offers in the hybrid car market, you can find comfortable rides to get your business idea to start rolling.

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PostHeaderIcon How The Tekmetric Auto Repair Software Will Enhance Your Competitive Advantage

Do you want to grow your business? The majority, if not all managers and CEOs will answer yes to this question. If you want to do better than last year, you are going to have enhance your competitive advantage. In simple terms, you are going to have to make some changes to your organization that will allow it to outperform your competitors.

What’s so great about your business that customer John Doe is going to choose it over the next auto shop business? This is why it’s absolutely essential that you understand the nature of competive advantage and how you can wield it to win customers. One way of doing so is to make sure that you are using the latest up to date technology, which is why you should seriously consider getting your hands on the Tekmetric auto repair software.

What Role Does Information Technology Play in Competitive Advantage

Information technology plays a crucial role in augmenting your competitive advantage; however, businesses must ensure that money, time and energy are properly allocated in regards to your IT practices. Our auto repair software is capable of generating databases that will enhance sales and marketing strategies. Existing information is used as a resource to monitor customer purchases and identify their individual needs. This is essential to customer retention, when a client is made aware that a company cares about their needs, there is a high probability that they will remain loyal to you as opposed to a business that doesn’t.

Locking in Customers And Suppliers

When customers and suppliers are satisfied with the service that you provide, they will grow to trust you, continue to use you and refer others to you in the process. For example, an organization with a developed information system can offer its clients several benefits such as a faster delivery service, increased management support, reduced transaction costs and reliable order filling.

Reduce The Costs of Products and Services

Efficient information systems can help a company reduce their internal costs. This will allow them to out price their competitors with their products and services. Therefore, the Tekmetric auto repair software is capable of contributing to the growth and survival of your company.

The Value Chain And Leveraging Technology

Technology will allow you to pinpoint specific areas in your business where competitive strategies can be administered most efficiently, and where IT systems are more likely to have a greater impact.

Tekmetric is so passionate about the success of your automobile company that we have developed, what we consider to be the most effective auto repair software to assist you in maximizing your potential. We are so confident that our system is going to work for you that we are offering it completely FREE OF CHARGE for the remainder of 2018! You are not obliged to pay a dime at the end of the year if you don’t feel our software has enhanced your business.

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PostHeaderIcon The Benefits of Tekmetrics Auto Repair Software

Auto repair software is growing in popularity in repair shops as technology continues to advance and have a positive effect on the way car maintenance is handled. Repair shops can find it difficult to tend to the needs of their customers at the same time as run an efficient business. With the Tekmetric auto repair software, these problems are about to become a thing of the past. Here are some of the many benefits associated with our auto repair software.

Auto repair software explained

Auto repair software is a sophisticated business tool that enables auto stores to effectively create customer estimates, review technician work schedules, place purchase orders, manage inventory and much more. Since all this information sits in one system, it is available to you at the click of a button. You will find that the most efficient and reliable shops utilize some form of auto software to manage their business processes.

Maximum convenience

Our auto repair software will help to improve the customer experience by logging and tracking the repair history of each driver. For your regular customers, this means that once you have their information logged into your system, locating them is as simple as pressing a button. Everything from the amount of time spent at the cash desk, to repair estimate accuracy, you will never have to waste time searching for what you need.

Reduce customer wait times

What you don’t want is for your customers to get fed up of waiting for you to get it together and go to another store. From waiting for your employees to find the right products, to struggling to locate customer information that has been buried in files and folders. Therefore, efficiency should be your mantra. Our auto repair software will assist you in speeding up ordinary business processes so that you can respond to the needs of your customers in a timely manner.

Provides simple reports

All customer reports are automatically generated through the auto repair software. The customer is able to see a visual of the condition of their vehicle in picture form. They are simple and effective, eliminating the disconnect that takes place between bad handwriting and scratched out check boxes! You don’t even have to print the report; you can send it straight to your customer’s inbox.

Bonus

If you want to spend less time on accounting, inventory management and administrative tasks, the Tekmetric auto repair software is for you. We would love to able to give you a detailed explanation of every single benefit; however, the best way for you to find out is to give it a try. By the way, we provide a completely FREE TRIAL! Yes, you read right, and it gets even better, this is not a one, two or even a three month trial, Tekmetric is providing this free service until the end of 2018! Click here to find out more about our fantastic service, we look forward to hearing from you.

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PostHeaderIcon How to Execute a Drift – 4 Easy Tips

Drifting was developed in the mountains of Japan by chance. Over the years, the mere out of control sliding of the car has been turned into a form of art. The art of drifting requires loads of practice and mastery before you can execute a proper drift. Today, drifting is seen as a great sport that amplifiesyour adrenaline and makes you stand out in the crowd. Iwill provide you 4guidelines to learn and master the art of drifting.

Remember though, it takes a lot of practice using your rear wheel powered car and at least an extra set of tires.Not everyone has these luxuries,so I suggest you to start practicing on driftin.io game or any simulator game.It will help you master the angles and timing before you execute areal drift.

  1. Starting the Drift

Acar drifts when most of its weight is onthe front, however,almost all street-legal cars are built to have an equal weight distribution and prevent sliding. Amusingly, you need the car to slide out of control and lose its traction. Hence, you have to use a very simple trick to transfer weight to the front end of your vehicle. Simply, break hard when you are about toturn.This will shift more than half of the car’s body weight toward the front suspension, and will turn the steering wheel swiftly toward the turning direction. This maneuver will spin the rear of the car outwards entering you into the drift, which will take time for you to learn. There are other ways such as using the handbrake or simply flooring the car on the turn, however, these methods are not recommended for beginners.

  1. Maintaining the Drift

Once you have entered the drift and your car is sliding sideways at an angle, you need to maintain a balance between the centrifugal (force pulling you outwards) and centripetal (force pulling you inwards) forces. This is the most enjoyable part of drifting and perhaps the mostuncomplicated. If you feel the rear of your car is sliding too much outwards, go easy on the throttle allowing it to straighten a bit. In the opposite case, if the car is not sliding enough, pushthe throttle a little harder until you reach the ideal angle. Just make sure you are in an empty space to avoid any untoward accidents.

  1. Transitioning the Drift

So, you have learned how to enter the drift and maintain it but to truly earn the bragging rights you need to know how to transition from one drift to the other. Transitioning a drift is hard since it requires honing the above two steps. To achieve this, turn thesteering toward the opposite direction of your drift and lift your foot off the throttle, your car will moveto the other direction.Now,follow the second step of maintaining the drift and repeat as many times as you can.

  1. Ending the Drift

Exiting the drift is the easiest part.When you get to the right position, which is usually the straight angle, let off your foot from the throttle and calmly straighten the steering wheel.Your car will come out of the drift.

Although what I said above sounds easy, it will take you many days and cost you a lot of money before you couldactually call yourself a drifter.

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