Techie truckers

Not only do truckers drive on the open roads but they also travel down the information super highway! Technology gives truckers a big boost in many areas and has made life a lot easier or at least more tolerable when they are away from home. Trucking software makes all the bookkeeping and paperwork easier to handle and stay organized. Laptop computers help with keeping in touch with family, friends and even the trucking company they work for. Cell phones and satellite radio help keep an ear open to the world beyond the road well-traveled. Let’s talk some more about these technological tools for truckers these days. Trucking companies are installing more and more Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in their trucks. These little technological wonders are great in providing detailed directions, down to the last turn.

However, they are only as good as the trucking software that goes with it. Road conditions, traffic and detours are not updated often enough so truckers run into occasional problems when using their GPS. Overall though, they are worth the expense. Laptops are more common place these days with truckers. After all, with the internet and email, communication with friends, family and their trucking company is all at their fingertips. And with wireless broadband (Wi-Fi) access popping up in truck stops, truckers can touch base more often, which makes being on the road for days at a time a little more bearable. Other things that truckers can do, thanks to the laptop computer and wireless broadband access, is check their bank account information online as well as the weather and the latest breaking news happening around the country. Other techie stuff that makes life for truck drivers a little easier is the trucking software that tracks each tank of fuel consumed as well as the mileage and driving hours. This trucking software also can keep track of loads of cargo that has been picked up or dropped off. Different programs will do different things, depending on what the trucker wants it to do. Today’s techie truckers kick that stereotypical “bubba” persona to the curb. To function in today’s society; you cannot get away from technology. It is everywhere, from the fuel pumps to the ATM machines. These days, truckers are embracing that technology and using it for their own purposes.

The 2005 gmc savana 1500 series scores a big triumph earning top safety ratings in federal frontal crash test

The GMC Savana is a very useful van that can either be used for business or for passenger. It has been known as a work horse and its safety has always been very impressive and remarkable. With all the features and parts you can put in it, the Savana is very functional. Garnering the highest rating in Federal Front Crash Test, the Savana continues to uphold its legacy of being a safe and durable van. These tests are conducted by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) to determine which vehicles are road worthy and safe. General Motors Corporation is the world's largest vehicle manufacturer; they employ 325,000 people globally in its core automotive business and subsidiaries. Founded in 1908, GM has been the global automotive sales leader since 1931.

GM today has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in more than 190 countries. GM's global headquarters is at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. "The GMC Savana was designed and built with safety as a priority," said Ray Chess, vehicle line executive for full-size vans. "The Savana is equipped with segment-leading features that enhance both safety and security for our customers." The rating is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). In this frontal impact test, vehicles are crashed into a fixed barrier at 35 miles per hour, equivalent to a head-on collision between two similar vehicles each moving at 35 mph. A five-star rating ranks the likelihood of serious injury in a 35-mph frontal crash at 10 percent or less. For this NCAP test, NHTSA crashed a 1500 Series (1/2-ton), 8-passenger, two-wheel-drive GMC Savana. Initially introduced in 1965, GMC's full-size van has since undergone only one complete redesign. Constant improvements throughout the '70s, '80s and '90s kept it somewhat up to date, but not until a full redesign in 1995 did the Savana become a legitimately modern vehicle. A new exterior look, new engines, extended body styles and improved ergonomics made the previous Savana hard to overlook when compared with the aging Econoline from Ford. The latest version incorporates some significant improvements like electronic stability control and powerful V8 engines that make the Savana safer and more capable than ever before. The Savana delivers a host of safety features, including trade-leading safety firsts such as standard electronic stability on all one-ton passenger vans, available all-wheel drive; and the available OnStar safety and security system on passenger and conversion models. The extended version Express and the Savana vans also feature the longest wheelbases in the ! business, which further enhance stability. The 2005 GMC Savana vans offer a choice of three power plants and all-wheel drive. The standard engine on two-wheel-drive half-ton models is a 4.3-liter V6 rated at 195 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A 5.3-liter V8 with 295 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque is standard on all-wheel-drive half-tons and optional on two-wheel-drive versions. Three-quarter - and one-ton models come standard with a 6.0-liter V8 rated at 300 hp and 360 lb-ft of torque. The 2005 Savana provides the room you need with the comfort you want. Whether you're looking for a passenger or a conversion van, Savana is equipped with an optional driver-side 60/40 swing out door, available all-wheel drive and seating for up to 15 people. Savana is engineered to offer you extraordinary versatility helping to keep you safe and getting you there comfortably. At work or play, Savana is professional grade. If you’re looking for a van that has a powerful engine, some fantastically unique features and doesn’t look like it has been designed two decades ago, then the 2005 GMC Savana is for you. Not only is it strong, beautiful and full of use, it is also very safe. It is built to guarantee safety. But anyway, no matter how durable a car is, it is still susceptible to wear and tear through constant use. This are facts of life (a car’s life actually) that cannot be denied. One good thing though, you can prolong the deteriorating process and double a cars life by using only top-quality GMC parts in maintaining your GMC Savana or any other GMC vehicle. Auto Parts Train is your leading authority when it comes to high quality GMC parts. They have in their folds a multitude of GMC part that offers true value to the dollar. With an experience that has a range of 25 years; Auto Parts Train has never laid their reputation ion the line by purchasing inferior GMC auto parts. Only the best and the finest are passed in their meticulous testing and product placement. You can see their wide array of top-notch GMC replacement parts in their 24 hour online shop (http:// partstrain. com/ShopByVehicle/GMC) and be impressed by the variety of five star quality GMC auto parts they possess. Auto Parts Train has a bunch of well-trained service crew who’s there 12 hours a day and six days a week standing by their phones just waiting to here from you. 1-888-251-1214 is their toll-free number and don’t hesitate to give them a call for any questions you may have on their products and services. They are also very proud of their high quality GMC collision parts and they guarantee all their precise original equipment specifications. You can be rest assured that the part you order will have a nice snug fit. Their expeditious manner of processing orders will have your superb GMC auto part to you as soon as possible. The great part is, they offer these GMC car parts to you at such a great deal. They have lowered their prices and offer discounts to give you savings on your GMC part purchases. So for all your GMC parts needs, only Auto Parts Train will deliver in quality, pricing and services.

Jet chips and your car

One of several questions car enthusiasts ask about jet chips and other performance chips is whether they are legal in all states, provinces, etc. Well, I can’t answer that question for the rest of the world, but in the U. S. jet chips are legal even in California, home of some of the strictest automotive emission regulations in the world. As the saying goes, “As goes California, so goes the rest of the country,” or some variation on that theme! There is much more to jet chips than the name implies. Let’s take a look at this remarkable aftermarket product and its impact on North American drivers. First of all, like the name “Jeep” which represents a specific brand as well as a type of vehicle, Jet Chips is a brand as well as a type of chip. Confused yet? Don’t be. Because the name is so easy to remember and the company producing these chips is so well known, consumers have given all performance chips the nickname jet chips. Kind of like reaching for that box of “Kleenex” tissues even though the label obviously says “Marcal.” Secondly, jet chips will not cancel out your car’s warranty. Yes, if any aftermarket part damages the car or emissions equipment, then you DO have a problem. The chance of that happening with a jet chip is remote. Thirdly, jet chips are emissions legal. As mentioned previously, California which has the toughest emissions control laws, accepts jet chips because they have no effect on the emissions released from your car. Quite frankly, just because your car will get better fuel mileage, more horsepower, and better torque doesn’t mean that it will emit more pollution. A jet chip makes your engine work more efficiently and an efficiently tuned engine doesn’t over pollute. When shopping for a jet chip, you can buy the Jet Chip brand or one of several other brands of performance chips. Some manufacturers sell all new chips while others will take your current chip, recalibrate it, and send it back to you. Prices are all over the place, so shop around before selecting a jet chip that is right for your car. One final note: If you elect to go with a jet chip versus a performance tuner, you will have to either remove the dashboard or go underneath the hood to swap out the chip. Not so with a performance tuner as all you have to do is plug the tuner into your car’s under dash diagnostic connector, answer some simple yes/no questions, and before you know it you’re engine is super tuned. Of course, it all depends on what make/model of car you drive as not all jet chips and not all super tuners are made for every car out there.

Bmw and clean energy

BMW is committing its engineering resources to honing the technology that enables it to use hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuels. Though the hydrogen concept has long been espoused and may be old news to many, the recent engineering and marketing breakthroughs for the proliferation of more hydrogen powered BMW cars is something new. In the late 1990s, BMW was worried if its hydrogen fueled will actually gain a following despite its obvious environmental advantage. People have gotten used to the ease of driving through a gas station for refueling, that same comfort is not available with the hydrogen car. And though hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, energy companies will not be easy to convince to build hydrogen stations if the market is minimal. But BMW’s dedication and commitment to educate the public against preconceived notions such as vehicular performance and safety has paid of. Several years after the company first brought the idea to the public, BMW reports of unprecedented record sales in 2004. 2005 brought more success to the Bimmer as its H2R reaped accolades and awards proving that it can perform at par with its gas-guzzling contemporaries. BMW is the world leader in the development of hydrogen cars with internal combustion engines," said Tom Purves, chairman and CEO of BMW Group (U. S.). "We believe that in the output range above 140 horsepower, there is still no other clean, practical alternative to hydrogen. "The H2R concept car is more than a mere exercise. We will offer customers a production car with a hydrogen combustion engine during the production period of the current BMW 7 series." BMW owners can find BMW auto body parts at http:// partstrain. com/ShopByVehicle/BMW where an organized catalogue of the best quality BMW aftermarket parts is waiting to be perused. At Parts Train you will receive not just great products but an excellent customer service too. After 25 years in the biz, we have mastered the art of keeping our customers happy by providing them the lowest prices, the best BMW replacement auto body parts and service that is worthy of praise. Click on the link above and get a taste of the Parts Train shopping experience.

You can change your car s timing belt

So, how is your car's timing belt doing? Have you changed it lately? If, ever? If not, you must make certain that the timing belt hasn’t been driven too many miles or you could be driving on borrowed time. Typically, a timing belt will last anywhere from about 60,000 miles to just over 100,000 miles; your owner's manual will spell that information out for you. A failed timing belt can occur at any time, but if you are on top of things you can avoid being left stranded.

A timing belt is used to turn the camshaft at precisely half the speed as the crankshaft. The camshaft causes the intake and exhaust valves to open and shut in time with the pistons as they move up and down in the cylinders. When the timing belt breaks, you aren't going anywhere as the engine can no longer run. In some cases a timing belt failure could damage or even ruin a car's engine. Unfortunately, too many motorists do not replace their timing belt until it has broken. This can be a real problem when you are miles away from the nearest help! There is no absolute certain way to check that a timing belt has worn out. Instead, changing it at prescribed intervals will lessen the chance that the timing belt will break before it is replaced. In addition, many mechanics advise changing the water pump at the same time as the timing belt – even if it hasn't failed – as most of the labor related to replacing a water pump has already been accomplished when changing the timing belt.

This is your call as a water pump could last as long as your car or it could fail at some future point. If the latter, you could be faced with a big repair bill in addition to the inconvenience of having your car out of commission for several days. Many weekend mechanics feel comfortable enough to replace their car's timing belt themselves. With a trusty Chilton or Haynes auto maintenance and repair manual by your side you can pop the hood and remove and replace the timing belt in no time.

Shop via a reputable online wholesaler such as the Timing Belt Pros to compare your replacement timing belt options and to find a product that is right for you. Save a bundle of money by doing the work yourself and avoid the hassles and expense of traveling to your dealer's repair shop.

Motorcycle parts and a good helmet

The most important part or accessory for a motorcycle is not its tires or the engine {although they are nearly as important} but there can only be a matter of life and death if you chose the wrong helmet. Not all the helmets offered provide you with the same benefits like those of the best ones. Confused? Lets analyze a little… Always remember the full-face helmets are the safest ones, as nobody knows in case of an accident where you are going to be hit. You always need a helmet wherever you ride. Make sure your helmet fits to get all the protection you are paying for. See these statistics-- careful bike riders’ crash every 4,500 miles on the average. Is not that scary? Well we all feel we are too good a rider to wear a helmet but wear helmet not only for the laws but also for the safety of your own. Never under-estimate the need of a helmet. Long rides or small ones an accident you never know might be on its way. I don’t mean to be apprehensive but facts are facts. Now-a-days driving motorcycle has changed from safe driving to defensive driving. Who knows what state the other driver is in? Drunk? Or full of fun? They are the same for me and beware they are the same for too and everybody too. When buying a helmet remember they meet the standard criteria. Helmets made for U. S. sale after 1999 must meet the US Consumer Product Safety Commission standard, so look for a CPSC sticker. ASTM's standard is comparable. Coolness, ventilation, fit and sweat control are the most critical comfort needs. Make sure you use the best helmets with most of the comforts in case you are a long distance traveler. Here are a few helmets companies we recommend. Bell helmets-- Visit their site for our brand new helmet line. HJC helmets— In case you are very serious about helmets then here is a book we suggest you read—Risk by John Adams Motorcycle helmets are available at monster market place. Also helmet city and helmet shop provide good ones. Now it's time to enjoy your motorcycle ride.

Best car loan rate how to get the most from your credit score

Your credit score is the most important factor to getting the best car loan rate. Many shoppers make the mistake of going to the car dealership and applying for a loan before checking their credit report and score. By checking your credit score ahead of time, you will know where you stand before seeking a lender. If you have an excellent credit score, you should expect the best car loan rate possible. Do not expect the lender to tell you that you could save money by applying for a loan elsewhere.

Make sure you do your homework before applying for the loan. The little time that it takes to receive your credit report from the three major agencies could end up saving you a lot of money. Understanding Your Credit Score Your FICO credit score is more than just a number. Understanding how your credit score is determined can help you to maintain or improve your credit rating. Most credit scores will range in number from 300-850 points. The higher your number, the better your credit rating. Your credit score will be determined by five different categories. Some items will have a greater affect on your credit score than others. 1) How timely you pay your bills carries the greatest amount of weight on your credit rating. While it is a good idea to always pay your bills on time, lenders will look more at your recent payment history. 2) Amount of debt - lenders will look at your total debt and the outstanding debt on your credit cards. It is a good idea to keep credit card balances well below the maximum amount allowed. 3) Length of your credit history - how long have you had open credit accounts? Do you use credit on a regular basis. 4) How many credit accounts do you have open? What types of credit accounts do you have? 5) Recent credit inquiries and newly opened accounts – lenders will look unfavorably upon your credit record if you have had numerous recent credit inquiries or if you have opened several new credit accounts in a short period of time.

Differentiating the mazda tribute from the rest

One of the crossover sport utility vehicles in the market, the Mazda Tribute is considered to be one of the smallest in this segment. This vehicle is actually based on the platform of the Mazda 626 which is a front wheel drive vehicle. The Mazda Tribute is also the basis for the Ford Escape sport utility vehicle. In fact, this vehicle is very similar to the Mazda Tribute. Both the Mazda Tribute and the Ford Escape made its way to public knowledge in the year 2001. Both offered a front wheel drive and an all wheel drive. Also, as per the engine, interested parties were given the choice of either a 2.0 L Mazda engine with four cylinders or a 3.0 L Ford Duratec V6 engine. The Mazda Tribute was actually sold in Europe as the Ford Maverick. This time, it held a Ford 2.0 L Zetec engine. To assist it in its performance and delivery, installed in the vehicle is a manual transmission system.

Given as an option is the 3.0 L Duratec engine that was assisted by an automatic transmission system. The Mazda Tribute has a suspension is that is very tuned finely so much so that it gives and provides a firmer ride compared to the Ford Escape. This is because the Mazda Tribute has been specially designed so as to be a sporty vehicle. If you are interested in purchasing a Mazda Tribute, you would be actually given a couple of choices when it comes to its seats and its exterior colors. The seats could be actually covered in either cloth of leather. The color choices are either Dark Flint or Medium Pebble. As per the colors of the exterior, one is given a list of colors that includes Blazing Copper, Stormfront Gray, Classic White, Dark Titanium, Mystic Black, Pebble Ash, Platinum, Red Fire, and Lapis Blue. This gives interested parties the opportunity to customize and choose a vehicle color that would suit their own fashion tastes and sense as well as their preferences. The Mazda Tribute is said to be directly competing with the Jeep Liberty, the Toyota RAV4, the Hyundai Tucson, and the Honda CR-V. To continue Mazda’s tradition of offering outstanding vehicles in class and value, as well as vehicles that hold great amenities, auto parts companies like http:// mzpart. com offers top of the line Mazda Tribute parts and Mazda auto parts. The customer is given a choice from a vast array of Mazda parts and products. It also offers new and used Mazda parts and accessories like Mazda Tribute mechanical engine parts, and fuel injection parts among many others.

Tips for buying a used car and avoiding a lemon

Do some homework before you start shopping for a used vehicle. Think about what your needs are, what your driving habits are, and what your budget is. You can learn about vehicle models, options, and prices by reading dealership ads in the newspaper as well as reading the classifieds. There is also a host of information about used cars on the Internet. Enter the words USED CAR as keywords for searching and you will find information such as how to buy a used car, how to conduct a pre-purchase inspection, ads for cars available for sale, as well as other information. Your local library and book stores are another source of good information. They have publications that compare car models, options, and costs; as well as offer information about frequency-of-repair records, safety tests, and mileage. Once you've narrowed your car choices, research the frequency of repair and the maintenance costs on those models in auto-related consumer magazines. For information on recalls, contact The U. S. Department of Transportation's Auto Safety Hotline at 1-800-424-9393. When you find a vehicle you are seriously interested in, considering using one of the vehicle history services available online to find out what that vehicle’s history is. Some of the services available include an odometer check to help you make sure the mileage on the vehicle is accurate; checking the registration to find out if the vehicle was a rental, a lease, private party, or fleet vehicle; a title check; as well as finding out if the vehicle is a lemon, was in a major accident, was a salvage vehicle, or was ever reported stolen.

There is typically a fee for these services, but spending a little money to find out the exact history of the vehicle can save you serious money and headaches down the road. In order to use one of these services, you will need the VIN from the vehicle. Enter the keywords VEHICLE HISTORY in an Internet search engine such as Google or Yahoo. It will yield results for several organizations that offer these services such as http:// carfax. com and http:// autocheck. com For financing you have two choices. One is to pay in full at the time of purchase. The other option is to finance over time. If you finance, the total cost of the vehicle increases because you are also paying for the cost of credit which includes interest and other loan costs. If you are going to finance, consider how much money you can put down on the car, your monthly payment, the length of the loan, and the annual percentage rate. Keep in mind that annual percentage rates are typically higher on used vehicles. The loan period is typically shorter on a used vehicle as well. Dealers and lenders offer a variety of loan terms and payments schedules. Shop around. Compare offers. Negotiate the best deal you can. Be very careful about advertisements that offer financing to first time buyers and to people with bad credit. They typically require a big down payment and have a high annual percentage interest rate. If you agree to financing that carries a high interest rate, you might be taking a big risk. If you decide to sell the car before the loan is paid in full, the amount you receive from the sale of the vehicle may be far less than the amount you need to pay off the loan. If the car is repossessed or declared a total loss because of an accident, you could be obligated to pay a considerable amount to repay the loan even after the proceeds from the sale of the car or the insurance payment have been deducted. If you decide to finance, make sure you understand the following aspects of the loan agreement before you sign any documents: 1) the exact price you are paying for the vehicle, not just what the monthly payments are 2) the amount of your finance charges (the exact dollar around the credit will cost you) 3) the annual percentage rate (APR) 4) the number of monthly payments and the amount of each monthly payment 5) the total cost of the vehicle (including tax, title, registration, finance costs, etc.) Used cars are sold through numerous types of outlets: franchise dealers, independent dealers, rental car companies, leasing companies, used car superstores, private party sales and the Internet. Check with family and friends for recommendations on where to buy a vehicle. It is also a good idea to call your local Better Business Bureau and/or the State Attorney General office to find out if any unresolved complaints are on file about a particular dealer before you decide to do business with them. There is a lot of hype in ads you will see. Some dealers are attracting customers with no-haggle prices, factory certified used cars and better warranties. Consider the dealer’s reputation when evaluating these ads. By law, dealers are not required to give used car buyers a three day right to cancel. The right to return a car in a few days for a refund exists only if the dealer grants this privilege to buyers. Before you purchase from a dealer, ask about the return policy. Get the return policy in writing and read it carefully to be sure you understand it. The Federal Trade Commission's Used Car Rule requires dealers to post a Buyers Guide in every used car they offer for sale. This includes light-duty vans, light-duty trucks, demonstrators, and program cars. Demonstrator vehicles are new vehicles that have not been owned, leased, or used as rentals, but they have been driven by the dealer staff. Program cars are low-mileage, current-model-year vehicles returned from short-term leases or rentals. Buyers Guides do not have to be posted on motorcycles and most recreational vehicles. Anyone who sells less than six cars a year does not have to post a Buyers Guide. The Buyers Guide must tell you the following: 1) whether the vehicle is being sold “as is" or with a warranty 2) what percentage of the repair costs a dealer will pay under the warranty 3) that spoken promises are difficult to enforce 4) to get all promises in writing 5) to keep the Buyer's Guide for reference after the sale 6) the major mechanical and electrical systems on the car, including some of the major problems you should look out for 7) to ask to have the car inspected by an independent mechanic before you buy. When you buy a used car from a dealer, get the original Buyers Guide that was posted in the vehicle, or a copy. The Guide has to reflect any negotiated changes in the warranty coverage. It also becomes part of your sales contract and overrides any contrary provisions. For example, if the Buyers Guide says the car comes with a warranty and the contract says the car is sold "as is," the dealer must give you the warranty described in the Guide. When the dealer offers a vehicle "as is," the box next to the "As Is - No Warranty" disclosure on the Buyers Guide must be checked. If the box is checked but the dealer promises to repair the vehicle or cancel the sale if you're not satisfied, make sure the promise is written on the Buyers Guide. Some states, do not allow “as is” sales for many used vehicles and some states require different disclosures than those on the Buyers Guide. Check with you state Attorney General office to find out what the laws are in your state.

Partstrain to launch its first corporate blog

For more than twenty five years in existence as the online store that provides hard to find auto parts and truck parts, Auto Parts Online will be launching its very first corporate blog as part of its commitment in bringing customers and automobile enthusiasts and aficionados information about vehicles and automobiles. This auto parts blog will provide further information regarding the website’s vast array of automobile parts that ranges from engine parts, to electrical parts, to wheels and fenders, and also includes comprehensive data on automobile how to’s, new advances, innovations and revolutions in the automobile industry, and reviews and news covering the world of automobiles, vehicles, and automobile parts and accessories. Automobile how to’s would provide automobile enthusiasts in-depth knowledge on matters that involve owner to vehicle check ups so as to guarantee better performance of their vehicles. Safety reminders would be added up to secure drivers and their passengers a better driving experience no matter what kind, model, or brand their vehicles would be. Technical how to’s would also give each and every car owner the essential knowledge needed to tackle any changes or problems in their cars if any part of their automobile start to act up unusual than it is supposed to. Tips would also be provided so as to ensure proper maintenance and care for cars. Advances, revolutions and innovations in the automobile industry would keep vehicle aficionados and interested parties up to date. Information would be posted for easy reference and guidance. Any changes or improvements would be a great help so as to provide a wider range of options for vehicle owners experiencing trouble with their vehicles or for people who want to upgrade their automobile parts and accessories with the latest in the market. This auto blog would serve as a bulletin board for interested parties to check on the latest advances on their choice of vehicles or vehicle parts and replacement parts.

The newest vehicles to be manufactured, introduced or crafted would be highlighted as well. New models out in the market would be given its opportunity to its own claim to fame, along with their specifications to give interested readers a glimpse on the vehicles’ changes, styles, furnishings, look, price ranges, interior, exterior fascia, options and more. Reviews for new vehicles to be set out in the market would be put in to provide a broader feel for readers who are interested in them. The latest news, updates and broadcasts regarding anything in the world of automobiles, vehicles, and automobile parts and accessories would also be set out in Auto Parts Online Blog for further awareness and information. Readers would be kept up to date and in the mainstream as per any breakthroughs, news, events, and recalls to name a few. Also, information and reviews regarding vehicles that are not quite so new would be added up for easy access.

Automobile enthusiasts, aficionados, and followers could diverge from the usual, come together, and share any piece of information regarding anything in the automobile industry through this blog found at http:// partstrain. com/blog for http:// partstrain. com. Other than that, this auto blog would serve as Auto Parts Online’s instrument in its continued commitment for quality information on the car and automobile industry.

Car pools could reduce risk of road accidents

Motorists carrying passengers are half as likely to be involved in an accident than those driving solo, the research reveals. One in ten drivers say they have been involved in an accident when driving alone, compared to just one in twenty who were driving with a passenger. And it is not just accidents that are reduced by driving with a passenger, it seems. Four in ten motorists (39 per cent) have lost concentration while driving, but only two in ten (22 per cent) have done so when driving with a passenger. One in five drivers have been pulled over by the police when driving alone due to the poor quality of their driving, compared to just nine per cent who have been pulled over when driving with someone else in the car. And as drivers realise the safety benefits of sharing car journeys, they are flocking to the ‘car pool’ concept favoured by their US cousins, 15m of whom car pool every day . More than one in twenty British motorists (six per cent) currently have a car pool arrangement in place for their drive to work, according to Privilege’s findings. By the end of the 2006, over four million drivers expect to be sharing car journeys on a regular basis (12 per cent) , and by 2010 this will increase to nearer six million (17 per cent). However, one in five drivers (21 per cent) believe they would be more likely to car pool if special lanes were introduced. Just under half (48 per cent) of all drivers surveyed by Privilege support the introduction of car pool lanes on key commuter routes. And among those who support such plans, three quarters (76 per cent) would like to see car pool lanes combined with existing or new bus lanes. Philip Igoe, Director of Car Plus, a national car sharing charity, commented on Privilege’s research: “Car pooling is easy on the pocket and kind on the environment. In addition, Privilege’s new research suggests that sharing a journey may also reduce the risk of accidents. “We welcome the findings that almost half of the driving public support the introduction of car pool lanes on commuter routes. The evidence from ‘high occupancy vehicle’ lanes in Leeds, which gives priority to the majority of commuters who share journeys in cars or buses, is that journey times have reduced both for commuters in the HOV lane and also for those driving solo. “Given the many benefits of car sharing, drivers should perhaps be asking themselves

2007 chevrolet tahoe leaning towards safety

The 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe has been designed and crafted by Chevrolet the automobile manufacturer with family safety in mind. Just like any other vehicle from Chevrolet, the 2007 Tahoe has made it a point to be able to perform well as well as provide safety before a crash, during a crash, as well as after a crash. This vehicle comes in three trim levels that comprise of the LS, the LT, and the LTZ. The 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe is one of the first creations of General Motors as per new full size sport utility vehicles. The interior layout of this vehicle is quite symmetrical and very engaging. It also incorporates a build quality that is vastly superior to any other previous vehicles crafted by the company. The vehicle had dropped off the hard plastic trim framing controls and put in its place modern and cohesive construction that provides and exudes a more European look. The new interior holds beautiful import materials thus providing a premium-touch surface and a tasteful element in styling. As per noise, this hubbub from the road and the wind is well hidden and kept away from its passengers. It holds the capacity to absorb persistent surface degradation. The whole vehicle is very rattle-free. As per the company’s leaning towards safety, they have included several features so as to showcase their efforts in providing extreme safety during inevitable accidents, crashes, and collisions. Antilock brake systems, or also known as ABS, has been designed so as to assist in maintaining steering control. This system does this by reducing wheel lockup during hard braking on slippery surfaces. The StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System has been added in so as to improve vehicle stability especially on slick surfaces. When this feature senses that the 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe is not responding to steering input, it automatically adjusts the engine torque and brake pressure at each wheel so as to assist the driver in getting the Tahoe back on track. Other safety features include Daytime Running Lamps, the OnStar system, the Lower Anchors and Top tethers for Children, or LATCH, system, frontal air bags, side-impact airbags, head-curtain side air bags, and front air bags with passenger sensing system. Other features of the 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe include bumpers, power doors, black door handles, halogen fog lamps, a luggage rack with center rails, heated mirrors, a rear parking assist, 17-inch aluminum wheels, cargo mats, cargo shades for the third row, a cruise control, climate controls, an electric defogger, a remote keyless entry, an adjusted and tilt wheel steering column, a sunroof, sun visors, temperature control and a theft-deterrent system among many others. Whether having a journey on extreme conditions or on sleepy town roads, the 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe deserves excellent maintenance so as to be able for this vehicle to continuously offer the best functionality and longevity. Maintenance involves taking care of its parts as well as involving replace worn out parts. Worn out parts could jeopardize the health of the 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe and could pose to be a danger for its driver and passengers. Excellent and quality Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet car parts could be found at Auto Parts Discount’s online store. http:// carpartswholesale. com is one of the leading online stores where owners can get guaranteed high quality parts at low prices.

Auto parts online auto parts online blog updating consumers

It is very hard to locate good blogs. It is much harder to locate satisfactory automobile blogs. And yet, it is even harder to find an automobile blog that would give you precise and correct yet striking information regarding the latest news and features in the automobile world. It is a good thing, though, that Auto Parts Online has already set up its own corporate blog. Of course, just like Auto Parts Online itself, Auto Parts Online Blog holds updated information, news, tips, and auto tidbits. Auto Parts Online has been constantly and continuously providing consumers with quality and durable auto parts, replacement parts, performance parts, and accessories. This online store has also been offering unmatched, sturdy, and up to date auto parts and accessories for various vehicles. And just like Auto Parts Online, the Auto Parts Online Blog is also constantly and continuously providing updated and latest information on automobiles and cars that would help out consumers, owners, enthusiasts, and aficionados in their search for excellent auto information. The latest information you can find at the Auto Parts Online Blog pertains to new developments and models in the automobile world. There is an article on the Mercedes Benz S Class that delves into this vehicle’s bagging in of the Euro Car Body Award for 2005.

A post on the upcoming 2006 Chicago Auto Show enthralls readers on some updates regarding the said event. A post on a new innovation in the seatbelt industry will unveil new heights in technology and safety. And an article on an innovation done with regards to vehicle navigation systems would keep you interested and looking forward to it. Of course, there are other articles and posts available at the Auto Parts Online Blog. Guests and readers would still be able to go back to the oldest item on the blog list if by any chance they missed out on something. Other pieces of information regarding the automobile and car industry have also been posted and made available through this online blog. Each and every article and post that you can find at the Auto Parts Online Blog has been carefully thought over. In-depth research has also been facilitated so as to provide you ample yet content-rich articles. Articles in this online blog also have been carefully checked and creatively written so as to hold the readers’ interests. Automobile enthusiasts, aficionados, and followers could deviate themselves from the usual happenings of their everyday lives and come together through this blog. If you have any reactions, comments, or interesting facts to share, the Auto Parts Online Blog gives its visitors and readers to speak their mind through its comments portion. This comments portion is available at each and every article. The Auto Parts Online Blog currently serves as http:// partstrain. com instrument and channel in its continued commitment in providing loyal service for its customer base. This blog also functions as the online store’s source of excellent, quality, and up to date information on the car and automobile industry.

Coming to a car dealer near you

The 2006 cars are fresh in dealer showrooms and already talk is raging about several upcoming cars set for release in model year 2007 or later. The styles are great, the engineering is advanced, and you simply haven’t seen anything yet. Let’s take a peak at what is coming down the pike. One of these future cars just may be what you end up driving! Hyundai Equus – Can you say, V8 Hyundai? That’s right, the Equus which is already sold in Korea, may make its debut here in North America as a 2008 model.

Reports have it that the car, which is larger than the Sonata, will be a rear wheel drive four door sedan outfitted with wood, leather, and all the latest electronic gadgetry. Saturn Outlook – Things are certainly changing for Saturn, now that GM has killed off the Oldsmobile division. Still trying to find its footing amongst Chevrolet, Pontiac, Buick, and Cadillac, the division will get its first big crossover vehicle when the 8 passenger Outlook debuts as a 2007 model. Look for V6 power standard with the first Saturn equipped V8 as an option. Ford Edge – If a Ford model starts with an “E” it likely is an SUV. The Edge is an SUV and it isn’t an SUV. More of a crossover vehicle, the 2007 Edge will be based on the Ford Fusion which borrows its platform from the Mazda 6. Positioned between the Escape and the Explorer, the Edge is meant to be Ford’s answer to other car based people movers including the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander.

Volvo C30 – Can you say, subcompact Volvo? Yes, it is true: Volvo will be introducing the C30, a three door hatchback coupe. Some eight inches shorter than the compact S40, the car will run on a small inline four and it may be the first Volvo to have an optional hybrid engine. The C30 is to debut as a 2007 model. Chevrolet Sport Wagon – GM’s purchase of Daewoo is having some positive side effects in the development of the 2008 Sport Wagon. A joint Daewoo-Chevrolet venture, this five seat model will be a crossover vehicle and share some components with Chevy’s larger Equinox. Planned as a world car, the Sport Wagon is likely to wear Daewoo, Chevrolet, Suzuki, and Opel nameplates. Are you excited yet? If not, there are hundreds of additional models on the drawing boards and concept cars on display at an auto show near you. Hang on, change is in the air and you haven’t seen anything yet!

Perform your own automobile maintenance

Today’s cars can typically be expected to pass the 200,000 mile mark with consistent automobile maintenance. With the price of automobiles, you will want to protect that investment by performing regular maintenance. If you can do much of the work yourself, you will save a lot of money in labor. Invest in a good set of tools and choose quality parts when performing your own automobile maintenance. If you have some skill, but want to learn more look for courses in general repairs and maintenance. These can often be found at your local community center, Community College or an automotive technical school in your area. Consider investing in a good repair manual for your car, such as a Chilton’s manual. The internet is a good place to look for articles and information. There are many sites devoted to auto repair and maintenance. You will want to keep track of all maintenance performed on your car. You can do this in a log, a notebook or on your home computer.

There is software available to help you keep track of maintenance. These programs track repairs, maintenance, replacement parts used on the vehicle and fuel consumption. You can use the same software for multiple vehicles. Most software allows you to create a service schedule and will remind you when it’s time to perform maintenance tasks on each vehicle in your household. The software contains a wide variety of tips for car care. In addition, many have reference and diagnostic tools to help you diagnose various problems with your cars. Many companies offer a free trial that can be downloaded on the internet. This allows you to try out the program before investing your money.

Your owner’s manual will give you some basic information about when certain maintenance tasks should be done. Most tasks will be listed according to the mileage on the car. 3000 Mile Maintenance Change the oil in your engine every 3000 miles. The filter should be changed at the same time. Newer synthetic oils are said to last longer without breaking down. When you change the oil, check the fluids, the air filter, tires, hoses and belts. At this time check the battery cables and terminals for corrosion. This can be removed with a wire brush or sandpaper. 5000-10,000 Miles: Have your tires rotated and balanced every five to ten thousand miles. This helps the tires wear evenly and extends the life. The best tires should be put in the front of the car. Check the tire pressure regularly and check the tread for signs of uneven wear or damage. 15,000 Miles: Change the air filter every 15,000 miles. A clean air filter improves the fuel economy of your car. A dirty air filter can cause the engine to run rough and stall. At this time you should also check the pads and shoes on your brake system. Check the brake fluid and top it of, as needed. The fluid should be clear. If you notice noise when the brakes are applied or the steering wheel shakes or vibrates, this can be an indication that the brakes need replacing. In this case, don’t wait check the brakes and replace as needed. 30,000 Miles: Check the fluid level on your transmission. The owner’s manual will have information about the kind of fluid that should be used in your car. The manual should have directions on how to drain and replace the fluid. The pan gasket should be changed when the fluid is drained. Also at this time, give the car a tune up. Replace all spark plugs and wires. 50,000 Miles: Change the coolant at 50,000 miles. See the owner’s manual for directions on how to perform this task. Remember to take care of your car’s finish. You want the paint to remain in good condition for as long as possible. Wash the car regularly, even in the winter when salt from the roads can ruin the finish. Apply wax to protect the paint from the sun, salt and weather conditions. Don’t neglect the headlights, which can become cloudy and won’t operate as well. New Lite Headlight Cleaner and Restorer will return cloudy headlights to like new condition. Learn more about this product at http:// mdwholesale. com

Best condition check up of a used car when old gets better

Today, buying a used car is as important as buying a new car. This is because the growing necessity and demand for cars is extremely important in an individual’s everyday life, especially if the daily activities require a lot of commuting and traveling. So, buying used cars can be very feasible especially to those who have limited budgets. Actually, buying a used car, say, 2 to 4-year old cars will definitely save an individual as much as 25% to 50% when compared to buying a new one. But, used cars are not created equal or they are not being maintained on the same level. Hence, it is important to know the proper way to choose used cars and the details to look for when buying one. With all the many tips that are being offered these days, checking the condition of the used car is the best tip ever. Here’s a list of the things to be checked before getting the car: 1. Exterior check Buyers should check on the exterior portion of the car like the paint. Buyers should take note if there are any rusty places present on the exterior body. Buyers should also make certain that the car is level when inspecting it. It should not sag to one side. If it does that is an indication of frame or spring damage. The tires should be well inflated and the lights should be in good condition. Buyers should also check the other outer parts of the car like the disc brakes, the glass, the wheel rims, etc. 2. Interior check It is best if the buyer inspects the interior portion of the car for things like its odor, the controls, the seats and the seat covers, and the pedal rubber. Everything should still be workable. 3. The air-conditioning unit of the car should be working well. 4. Trunk check The trunk is the most neglected part of the car. Hence, it is important to know if the used car’s trunk area is still in good condition. It should never show any sign of rust accumulation and water entry due to holes and cracks. 5. The under hood test The buyer of the used car should be aware of the wirings, fluids, belts, hoses, battery, and radiator of his car-to-be. It should not show any signs of damage, rust, or dents. Best of all, before an individual finally decides on buying a particular used car, it is best if he or she will do a test drive first. In fact, it is one of the most important check-up in order to ensure the efficiency of the used car.

Motorcycle shipping vs car shipping

Two of the most widely used vehicles are cars and motorcycles. The problem now is that they are entertaining qualms about shipping. How different can is each from the other? More and more people are fascinated by bikes – sports bike, touring bikes, big bikes, dirt bikes and a lot more. Name it and you’ll find a community for that!

Car fanatics also share the same plight. Nonetheless, let us discuss the difference between the shipping. Car has handbrake and four wheels for extra stability. It is different for motorcycles in the sense that it only 2 motorcycle parts to make it stable - the two wheels and the stand. Perhaps you are thinking that motorcycle shipping is cheaper because it is far too small compared to cars but this is not true in the real case. Motorcycle shipping uses closed carriers. These carriers are usually same size with the room for cars when shipped.

They have specially designed palettes for the purpose of shipping. In addition, these make shipping service a little high. However, if you are clever in asking for discounts, you’ll have your motorcycle or car at a minimum cost. So, the best thing to do is to look around for a reliable shipping company that transports safely and offers a reasonable shipping cost. Aside from the aforementioned, a reliable shipping company is that which include insurance in their quotes so as to ensure that if ever there are scratches due to reckless driving as well as ‘acts of God’ like sinking and damage due to rough waters.

You can be bothered by these incidents and accidents thus, you have to have insurance that will compensate the future damage and accident. Another characteristic is that it gives clear and straightforward policies that will help their clients understand their responsibilities and limits. Now, you can wait for your motorcycle with tranquility and peace of mind. Your joy of having your new motorcycle untouched and sparkling new cannot be overemphasized. Forget about the worries because you can ride your motorcycle or car in their best condition. Choose wisely to enjoy the coolness and ruggedness of your vehicle hassle-free!

Writing off vehicles as tax deductions

You’ve heard it a hundred times: That shiny new car your buddy just bought? It doesn’t really cost him anything. He writes off the car as a tax deduction. Your first thought is usually, “That can’t be right.” Your second thought is, ‘I got to figure out how to enjoy that loophole.” But what does the law say? And what are the rules for writing off vehicles? It turns out that you can write off the cost of buying and using a car if you’re self-employed and use your vehicle in your business. Specifically, you can probably deduct the business portion of your vehicle expenses on your business tax return. But this deduction is trickier than most people realize. Here’s the first big thing that goofs many people up. You need substantiation to prove your business use. Ideally, in fact, the Internal Revenue Service wants you to keep a log of your business miles, your commuting miles, and your personal miles. With this information, you can then either deduct an amount equal to the business miles times a standard per-mile rate of roughly $.35 or $.40 a mile (depending on the year)… or you can deduct the percentage of your vehicle expenses equal to the percentage that your business miles represent. Note that only your business miles—and not your commuting miles or personal miles are deductible. For example, if your business use equals 5,000 miles, personal use equals 3000, and commuting equals 2000 miles, your total miles for the year equal 10,000. Business miles as a percentage of total miles equal 50% because 5,000 divided by 10,000 equals .5 or 50%. In this example, you could therefore deduct 50% of your fuel, 50% of your insurance, 50% of your maintenance and repairs, 50% of the car loan interest, 50% of the depreciation, and so on, as a business deduction. This means you can’t ever deduct all the costs of owning and running vehicle—only the business use of a vehicle. If you don’t have exact records about your business use, you can sometimes use good sampling. For example, if you keep a good appointment calendar of your business activities, one popular tax reference suggests that you can look at the total business, personal and commuting miles driven during one week each month. Then, you can average this data to get good weekly estimates of your business, personal, and commuting miles. Finally, you can multiple these weekly estimates by 52 (the number of weeks in a year) to get reasonable estimates of your business, personal and commuting miles. But before you go out and buy a new luxury auto, you need to know there’s another complication. Congress limits in most cases the amount of depreciation or lease rental that you can include in your vehicle expense calculations. The rules are a bit tricky, but essentially, for purposes of vehicle depreciation and lease payments, you only get to look at the first $17,000 (roughly) of vehicle cost. In other words, if you buy a $60,000 vehicle and your friend buys a $15,000 vehicle, you may both have the same business depreciation expense—even though your vehicle costs four times what your friend’s does. One other related point: You may have heard about the sport utility vehicle loophole. This SUV loophole really does exist. Specifically, the luxury auto limits mentioned above don’t apply to sport utility vehicles that weigh more than 6,000 lbs. Note that Congress partially closed that loophole in 2004, however, by saying that a special, super-accelerated form of depreciation called Sec. 179 depreciation can’t be used to write off all of the cost of an expensive SUV in the year the vehicle is purchased.

Power steering pump failure or is it the steering rack

Has your car’s power steering suddenly quit working? If so, it could be that your power steering pump has failed. The unit itself may be shot or it could be a loss of steering fluid through a bad hose that is causing the problem. Regardless, you better tend to the problem now or you will soon be struggling with steering a car that seems to be working against you, not with you. Before pump failure becomes obvious, you will usually hear buzzing or whining noises coming from underneath the hood. On the other hand, if you notice a gradual loss of power as evidenced by an increasingly difficult time moving the steering wheel [as when attempting to parallel park] or if you notice the problem when you first start up your car in the morning, then your steering rack may be going. Steering racks fail gradually, but when they do you must take action before total failure occurs. Otherwise, control of your car becomes impossible and failure could then happen at any time, as in those times you are on the interstate. A real threat to your safety and to the safety of other drivers! To find out if it is the steering rack causing the problem, check the power steering fluid closely to see if you notice small metallic pieces of metal floating around in it. If you do, then your steering rack is wearing out and the metallic pieces are the evidence that the rack is coming apart piece by piece. Either way you slice it, you can expect that a major repair bill is looming for you. Not the news you want to hear, but not the news you have to hear either. Yes, taking your car in to your local garage or to your dealer’s repair department will cost you dearly. You will pay a mint for labor and pay a premium for a replacement steering pump or steering rack. High labor costs and huge replacement parts price mark ups are all part of the equation. Fortunately, if you are even somewhat handy you can do either job yourself. Many weekend mechanics love grabbing a hold of their Haynes repair manual and with the replacement part at their side, go after the job. Of course, where you buy the replacement part can really matter, but strong savings can be gained if you shop online. Yes, auto parts wholesalers such as the Steering Rack Pros have what you want and at deep, discount prices. Reputable online wholesalers buy directly from the manufacturers and pass on big savings to you. No dealer mark ups, no third party charges. Just every day low prices on the parts you want and need. So, go ahead and replace your power steering pump or steering rack today and save big on labor costs and replacement parts. There isn’t much better in life than to do a job yourself and gain a strong sense of satisfaction when you know you have successfully overcome a challenge and saved a bundle of money in the process.

Top tricks dealers use to keep you from getting rid of your lemon

Taking back your “LEMON” or compensating you for your inconvenience is the Legal obligation of the car company. Unfortunately, this costs them money and many will go to great lengths to keep you from taking advantage of your rights under the Lemon Laws. Here are five (5) common "tricks" car companies use to avoid their Legal obligations to consumers: • Dealer Trick #1 - Saying you do not have the right number of repair attempts. The Law is very specific in regards to this matter. But dealers commonly mis-code the reason for the visit so it "appears" that you have not been there for the same reason. • Dealer Trick #2 - Saying the defect never existed or it’s not the same defect. This is one of our favorites - the old "Loophole." A bit insulting isn't it - as if you were imagining the car breaking down on Interstate 70. • Dealer Trick #3 - Saying the defect is not "Substantial." The fact is that the defect does not need to be substantial under the Federal Lemon Law. The defect must substantially impair the use, value or safety under the State Lemon Law only. And you do not want the dealer determining if it was "substantial" anyway! • Dealer Trick #4 - Saying the consumer abused or neglected the vehicle. This is the quick "responsibility shift"- your fault not ours. This is typically a bunch of baloney. For example, if the vehicle is advertised as an off road vehicle, it can be taken off road. If you have kept reasonable service records this "trick" is easily dealt with. • Dealer Trick #5 - Saying "That's Normal" or "They All Do That." Today's vehicles should be reliable and operate as advertised. Settling for defects you "can live with" was never part of the bargain when you bought your new vehicle.

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