First time car owners (and sometimes even seasoned ones) are often bewildered and overwhelmed by the many different types of car insurance available. In this article, we explain in laymen terms the difference between the main types of car insurance. Hopefully this will help you decide which type of insurance is suitable for your particular needs. Continue Reading →
Wheelchair users are often at the receiving end of a world designed for able bodied people. Even seemingly routine tasks like shopping, a health check or a short commute to the workplace can be quite onerous and require them to seek help from others.
For wheelchair users who want greater independence and desire their own vehicle to get around, they are faced with the daunting task of finding and customizing a vehicle to make it suitable for their particular needs. This typically involves a huge cost in terms of money, time and effort. The price of the modified vehicle may come up to $80,000. The large financial outlay often puts these vehicles beyond the reach of wheelchair users. Needless to say, eco-friendly vehicles were but an even more distant dream.
Canada is a vast country filled with panoramic sights and rustic grandeur to delight any road trip enthusiast. But before packing your trunk and setting off, you need a car that will prove equal to the task as you cruise on the highways and off the road. Here are some suggestions on how you can get the perfect car for your Canadian road trip without busting your budget. Continue Reading →
This blog is broadly about cars, and I don’t normally blog about family related stuff, but today my son has become a fully qualified electrician, and I think he owes his new career partly to a love of cars. Look below to read the full story.
My son the electrician
I’ve always loved tinkering with cars and since he was four or five my son has loved coming out to help me. Maybe it was initially because he was fed up of spending time indoors with his four sisters (I’d prefer to think he just loved spending time with is Dad!) but as the years went by he really got into wanting to learn how cars worked and the thing he really enjoyed about the tinkering was the electrical side of things.
Well as of today my son has turned his passion into a career. He’s going to specialise in house electrics so he’s moved away a little from the car side of things, but I think he’ll earn well from his new job, so he can mainly invest in a car or two to do up a the weekends!
Tips from ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’
The strange thing about my sons new job is that I’d pushed against his career choice for ages, I’d always felt he should go to college rather than entering into trade.
In many ways my struggle with my son mirrors an experience Stephen Covey talks about in the book ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’, in the book Dr Covey speaks of how he and his wife worried relentlessly about one of their sons and how he wasn’t doing the right things or fitting in with what they wanted him to do. It was only when they stopped pushing him in certain directions and let him follow his own path that he became happy and relaxed, and once he was happy in himself then other good things followed.
In our case, we pushed and pushed for my son go to college, then despaired when he wasn’t that interested in his studies and didn’t know which career path to follow. I remember one week thinking “if he’d only spend as much time job searching as he did fixing the electrics in peoples cars he’d be sorted”. How stupid of me not to realise that he was avoiding job searching because he didn’t want a job in the fields we’d pushed him into, the answer to all his job worries was literally staring him (and me) in the face!
Turning a hobby into a job
Apparently, my son had already had always been interested in house electrics but they’re not easy to mess around with as car electrics so he’d stuck to automobile tinkering. Once he found a website (the excellent electrician instructor site) that gave him some basic pointers as to what he needed to do to start his career he set about devising a study plan for himself and working out how to go about getting an electrician certification.
Shamefully, he didn’t even tell me what he was doing as he worried about my reaction. I just wish I’d realised the error of my ways sonner! At least we’ve talked it all out now, and as a bonus I can get my car and my home electrics fixed for free!
When you buy a car, your first thoughts definitely isn’t “when is my first oil change going to be?” You start playing with all of the new buttons and gadgets in your car and try to see how fast you can get it to go. Then, a few thousand miles later the novelty of your new car has worn off and you need to take care of your baby.
There are different intervals that you should follow for each specific car maintenance service. The given intervals are a guideline, and each car will need different service timelines based on the type of car you are driving and more importantly, how you are driving it.
This is the one preventative maintenance that most people know about. Changing your oil regularly is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to make your car outlast the amount of time you plan on owning the vehicle. For newer cars, you can get 5,000-6,000 miles before you need to change your oil. Older vehicles should be changed every 3,000 miles though. Vehicles that are over 10 years old or have over 100,000 miles should be changed every 3,000 miles with special synthetic motor oil or high mileage motor oil.
Lots of companies like Firestone and National Tire & Battery will include a free tire rotation with an oil change. This is great because a lot of people will forget about this easy and cheap service that gets a lot more life out of your tires and keeps your driving a lot safer. A good practice to keep in mind is to get your tires rotated every other oil change, or twice a year if you don’t drive that much.
Air Filter Replacement
There are two different types of air filters in most vehicles, and both with different recommended times to change them. The air filter in your engine, the air intake filter, keeps dust and dirt from entering your engine. These should be checked every oil change and replaced when they look coated in dust. The increase in dust and dirt can clog the filter leading to a lower fuel efficiency and a slower running vehicle. The other air filter is found inside of your car that filters the air running through your vents. This is the cabin air filter, which should be checked once per year for possible replacement.
There are a few things that you can actually check at home pretty easily to make sure your car is running right. Once a month you should plan on checking your tire pressure/treadwear, all lights, and windshield washer fluid. A good time to check any of these could even be when you are filling your tank with gas.
Given each car is built differently and we all drive with our own habits, the intervals mentioned in this article should be taken with a grain of salt. The average miles for an oil change or tire rotation may be different for your car. Midas has an easy guide that will tell you how often you should get your car maintained based on the specifications your car’s manufacturer recommends.
Just this past weekend my father and I went car shopping. Okay, to be exact, we went “pickup” shopping because he is in need of a new truck. What we found was quite shocking in many cases. What hit me right away was the amount of work that many of the cars needed. Now, I can understand not wanting to perform some major fixes or something along those lines as long as you’re up front with the possible buyers and as long as the price your asking reflects that. What we noticed mostly this weekend was quite a bit sillier though.
More often than not we found truck after truck that needed cleaned up. If you’re going to be selling a car or truck the one thing that you can do to increase value and make it more buy-able is to thoroughly clean out your vehicle. You won’t be out any significant amount of money and it will go along way to impress upon the future buyer the value of your offer.
When my dad and I were shopping around we ran into one man’s truck that was quite a disaster. He had just about everything in the cab of his truck that you can think of. He must have been a workout guy because there was his gym bag, some protein powder and some weight loss supplements. Interestingly enough, he had a bottle of pills called Leptiburn. After doing some research I found a BioTrust Leptiburn review Kevin from Fitness B&W wrote that talked about exactly what this supplement does. It actually sounded pretty cool. At either rate though, it was kind of a turn off to see a pile of workout misc. in the truck.
On the other hand, we did find one truck that was extremely clean and well maintained. The downside is that these guys were asking a fair amount above Kelly Blue Book value but when you think of how much less work the truck needed compared to others it is a little more reasonable to see why. Overall though, it was a little too high of price. Bottom line is that the truck at least made a good impression on us despite it’s high price simply because there were no personal items left in it an it was basically spotless.
So my recommendation is to do the following items thoroughly:
- Clean inside of windows
- Pickup and remove any personal items
- Wash outside
- Clean and quickly polish wheels
- Scrub tires (makes them appear newer and nicer)
Really, these should be considered as the bare minimums when thinking about putting your vehicle up for sale. If you do take the little extra time out and prepare your car to hit the market you will see it sell quicker and for a higher price. No buyer wants to buy a car and then have to do work on it afterwards, even if it is a minor amount of cleaning. So in the end, you don’t have to spend much money to make your car worth more, just a little elbow grease should do it.
My nephew Alex has always loved cars.
And in some ways, I like to think I had something to do with it.
When Alex was young I would visit my brother (his father) and spend time working on their families Chevy. Whenever we’d work on my brothers car Alex would plop down right by us as we worked. He would always carry an excited and inquisitive look in his eyes as he gazed at us working.
He was just a baby, but I sensed his love for mechanics from the get go.
Now i’ve always been a proud uncle to Alex – but as he grew into a teenager he began to test my confidence in him… Alex turned to abusing hard drugs .
His parents did what they could to help him out. But the kid was rebellious. They sent him on work trade in South America, but he got kicked out for drug abuse. They did a lot of research about spiritual drug rehabilitation and ended up sending him to an inpatient christian recovery center. That didn’t work out either.
My brother was really down about it all, so I invited him on a camping trip.
We talked about Alex and tried to think about his strengths. We decided that what might work best for the kid was to focus on what worked well for him rather than on what wasn’t working.
We came home with an idea that might have saved Alex’s life.
Two weeks after out camping trip, Alex was enrolled in an automotive mechanic program in our town. He shifted his attention to his studies, started spending his time with his class mates rather than his drugged up friends and – most importantly – gained the confidence he needed to move on with his life.
I’m happy to say that Alex is now clean, owns two cars of his own and is making progress towards opening up his own mechanic shop.
I hope this story has inspired you. If you, a family member or a friend are dealing with drug addiction, do your research, you might find that a recovery program to be just the right choice for you. But again, it should be accompanied by some soul searching and goal follow through.
But for many people, what’s they really need to do is focus on what they’re passionate about. On what makes them tick. When you do this you’re no longer putting energy into what isn’t working and what needs to change. Your putting your energy into what you love and what you find joy in changing. Once you’re able to shift focus like this you’re problems of addiction and abuse will fade to the background. They will simply be replaced.
And soon, you won’t even remember what it was like to struggle like you did before.
If you’re on this site then you too likely share a passion for automotive work like my nephew Alex does. If you haven’t been moving towards your biggest goals that are related to this field, what’s stopped you?
Have you shied away from a career in fixing cars because your lazy? Have you not updated your blog about engines because you’re afraid of what people might think about your writing?
And most importantly – have you been filling up this void in your life with drugs or other addictions?
Think about this often. Think about Alex. And never stop thinking about what you can do to change your life for the better.
Whenever I leave to head out to have a good time in the mountains near my house, I find someone has turned up there with a car that simply will not do the job. They have a low clearance vehicle and often end up hiking quite a ways to the trailhead or worse yet they end up getting stuck. I always try and help them out of their situation if they are around, but if not I just continue about my business and head for the trailhead.
I understand why people buy sedans and other low clearance cars. They are great on gas, they are comfortable and they are cheaper to purchase new and used than a larger car. Unfortunately, on the steep grades and other difficult terrain, they just dont quite cut it. I know it’s easy to keep using your car, but eventually you’re going to damage part of the undercarriage because you dont have the ground clearance and then you’ll be stuck wherever you happen to end up – and no one wants that. So here are a few great cars to use in the mountains.
One of the best options is a subaru in the mountains. They are still fairly sedan-like and they have pretty high ground clearance. If you get a model like the forester or the outback, they have plenty of room to store the gear that you bring with you as well. It doesnt matter if you’re rock climbing, camping or hiking, there is plenty of room for your gear when you’ve got a subaru. In addition to being good for mountain use, they are pretty good on gas as well, with the forester getting 24 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway. All in all, they are great cars for the mountains and they are fairly cost effective. Unfortunately, the used car market for subarus is kind of wonky so the used subarus are rather expensive.
If you’re looking for something a bit bigger with more ground clearance, you should consider getting a truck. There are plenty of great models out there and as Joe Diffy says “they’ve got an eight foot bed that doesnt have to be made”. There is usually more than enough ground clearance to get to wherever you need to be in the mountains and around town with a pickup. Also, if you’re a hunter a pick up is great because you can keep all your hunting gear in there like the best rangefinder around. Not only can you keep all your hunting gear in the truck, you can keep your spouse happy by not dirtying up the car when you carry harvest home. Win win. I’ve never see a truck have a problem in the mountains, no matter the conditions. Snow, rain, mud or anything else has never caused problems for truck owners. Unfortunately, trucks are rather expensive and dont get great gas mileage. On top of all that, they are kind of expensive to insure as well – but they are great in the mountains.
Sport Utility Vehicle
The last option for you if you want a great mountain car is a sport utility vehicle, or an SUV. They have the high ground clearance like a truck, but dont have the empty bed and can haul just as much stuff. The SUV was pretty popular as an off road vehicle for a while, but now has become the domain of suburban moms toting their kids off to soccer (because they dont want to be seen in a minivan). Of course, the high ground clearance helps as does all the space for getting you around when you’re headed out to kayak or river raft in the mountains. The good part about an SUV is that there is plenty of room for the family, but the bad part is that they are terrible on gas and expensive to drive around frequently. There is also plenty of room in your SUV to hold all the gear that you want to take. If you’re unsure of what to take on a hunting trip up to the mountains, check around online and you’ll be able to find some reviews of a lot of different hunting, climbing and outdoor gear, including rangefinder reviews.
So, if you ever find yourself wanting to spend more time in the mountains but are unsure if you’ve got the vehicle to get you there and back without any problems like getting stuck or causing damage to your car, there are plenty of good options. Make sure to find the best one you can that you can afford and get out there and have fun!
Traffic is the bane of our existence. According to some reports, the average commuter spends about 38 hours a year stuck in traffic. In London, it’s even worse—commuters are stuck in traffic for 82 hours a year!
But even 38 hours a year is too much. Driving in heavy traffic can be really stressful, and we all know stress is bad. You have to find the space to pass through for your vehicle, you worry that someone might bump your car, and you gnash your teeth when someone cuts you off.
When you get stuck in traffic long enough, you begin to worry about your fuel and how your engine might be affected. Then you worry about being late for an important meeting, for a major exam, or for a first date with the woman of your dreams (…maybe). All these things can really raise your blood pressure to unhealthy levels.
But there’s a cure that often works: music.
The right music can soothe your nerves and help you to calm down. But if you don’t have a speaker in your car and you have to use a headset, you need to make sure that you are doing it right.
Here are some things you need to know:
1. Make sure it’s legal in your state to use a headset when you drive. In the US, different states have different laws on driving while wearing a headset. You need to make sure about this because laws change all the time.
Based on our latest research, the states which do not have any laws prohibiting wearing of headsets while driving include:
Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Wests, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
2. Don’t wear noise canceling earphones. It’s enough that the earphones can tone down the blare of the horns and sirens, but you need to be able to listen to what’s going on around you. This is important to keep you out of harm’s way.
Believe it or not, some people are actually crazy enough to install video game systems in their cars or SUVs. Sure, it’s no big deal if the kids in the backseat are playing a PS4 game and shut the world out with their brand new headset. That doesn’t affect your job. However, we question the general safety of activities that affect the general awareness of all passengers. After all, just because somebody isn’t driving doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be paying attention as well!
3. Avoid headache triggers while driving. This means lowering the volume and making sure that the headphones aren’t too heavy. You need a pair that fits you well. Loud music and heavy headphones are notorious for causing headaches, which can be a very bad thing when you’re driving.
4. Get a cradle for your mobile. This needs no further explanation. Adjustable cradles are best.
5. Get a phone with Bluetooth function or any type of wireless answering system. This will enable you to answer your phone without actually having to touch it. When driving, you always want to keep both hands on the wheel.
6. Get a phone with a voice command feature. Even if the law prevents you from reading your texts and emails, you can skirt the law by just telling your phone to read those messages out loud. You simply need to make sure that activating the voice command feature doesn’t require you to actually handle the phone with your hands.
7. If you want to be safe while driving, just switch your phone to silent mode. You don’t have to turn it off completely because music helps you to pass the time and also calms you down.
Traffic can be a killer in more ways than most people realize. But music can actually save your life while you’re on the road because it relieves you of traffic-induced stress and also allows you to answer calls without having to look at your phone. Just make sure you buy the right headset so that you can get the most out of it.
Car buffs certainly know their stuff when it comes to automobiles. Very few long time car lovers are going to make bad decisions when it comes to buying a new or used auto. However, they might find themselves a little stuck when the time arrives to buy a new lawn mower. With spring right around the corner, a new lawn mower is going to be a huge asset. What can should a car aficionado buying a new mower requires a smart purchasing decision? Basically, all you need to do is apply the same approach to buying a lawn mower you would with a car. In other words, you have to employ good, common sense consumerism and follow some basic tips for making the right buy.
Defining the job intended for the lawn mower is important. Different mowers can handle big or small jobs depending on their design. If you only want to trim your front lawn and a medium sized backyard, you are not going to need a huge mower. A basic push mower will do fine. Those who live on very large properties and have a lot of work to do may wish to purchase a riding mower. A Honda riding lawn mower could cut down a day’s worth of work into just a couple of hours.
You might even wish to seriously think about whether a gas or electric mower is better. A gas mower can deliver a bit more horsepower, but an electric one may be easier to power. Electric mowers are more environmentally friendly.
The electric mowers can be either battery powered or require a cord to be plugged into a wall socket. Obviously, cords can only go so far without an extension. For maximum flexibility, a battery powered mower might be the wiser choice.
Look for a mower that has been designed for the landscape of your yard and property. Lower mowers are most certainly not one size fits all. Some lawns are flat which others may be outright uneven. Natural or artificial obstacles might be present on the property and the selected mower has to be able to navigate these problems.
The lawn mower should be able to easily affix accessories if they are needed. Trying to connect lawn mower trailers should not require any extra effort and such accessories should remain safely in place when the mower is riding or being pushed. Certain lawnmowers are going to be better at such a task than others.
With Spring Looming, What Should the Car Buff Look for in a Lawn Mower?
Those who live in harsh winter environments do want to purchase a mower that will be fine during the cold months and require very little winterizing. Very little is worse than discovering during the spring your lawn mower is not working efficiently if at all.
Buying a name brand mode is well advised. Name brands are known in the consumer market for a very good reason. The quality the manufacturer delivers has long since been established. A Honda riding lawn mower likely is going to be far more reliably that a no name brand. Investing a little extra for the name brand just might be worth it if reliability in performance is what you are after.
All of the steps required for buying a solid lawn mower are fairly straight forward. You just have to be a little deliberate in your purchasing. Doing so ensures you buy the right model for both your lawn and budget.
The helmet is the most vital piece of equipment when riding a motorcycle. Protecting your head isn’t something that anyone should take lightly. However, choosing the right helmet isn’t exactly an easy task. The many different styles, types and prices out there can be very overwhelming. So I have come up with a few tips to consider when choosing a motorcycle helmet.
The first factor you should consider is the fit of the helmet. If the helmet doesn’t fit properly it won’t protect your head the way it was designed to. Finding the right size is the first step. By using a cloth measuring tape you can calculate your head size and then use a conversion chart to find your helmet size. Keep in mind that everyone’s head is different. Finding the helmet that best fits your head shape is important. There are 3 main head shapes that motorcycle helmets are designed for. Most people have what is called an intermediate-oval shape head. Others have either more of a long-oval shape head, which is narrower, or round-oval shape head, which is wider. You can figure this out by basically tilting your head down and looking in the mirror. Visit helmethelp.com for a head shape guide.
The next step to choosing the right motorcycle helmet is to figure out your price range. Motorcycle helmets can range anywhere from $50 all the way to $5000. Obviously the highest priced helmets are meant more for the extreme riders or professional racers. If you are a more casual rider then a $200-$300 helmet would do just fine.
Another factor to consider is the type of motorcycle helmet you want. Full face and modular/flip up helmets are the safest because they protect your entire head. Helmets that only protect the top of your head are basically useless on a motorcycle because your entire face is exposed. That’s why I would stay away from those types of helmets. A flip up helmet has many advantages that a full face helmet doesn’t. It is easier to take a quick drink or talk to someone with a flip up helmet. However, they tend to be noisier because the seal isn’t as good as a full face helmet. Riders who do mostly short distance riding aren’t usually too concerned with noise compared to someone who usually rides long distance for obvious reasons. Thinking about what type of riding you will be doing will help you narrow down the most important features to look for.
Finally there is technology. Many motorcycle helmets these days are equipped with some cool technology features. Bluetooth is very useful in a helmet because it can do a lot of things wirelessly. Some riders like to talk on the phone or listen to music while riding, that is when Bluetooth can really come in handy. Some helmets even have earphone cutouts to make it more comfortable when listening to music. These are just a couple cool features that helmet companies are starting to introduce.
So remember to think about these things when buying a motorcycle helmet. Hopefully these tips made it a bit easier for you. After all protecting you head is pretty important, so take some time and do your research before buying.
A large amount of money and your savings is spent when you buy any vehicle, be it an SUV or a boat. Washing the SUV and boat is one of the many tasks considered maintenance. This article is all about how best to complete this task and hopefully you find the car cleaning advice and comments helpful.
Here are some of the best tips for washing your SUV so as to protect and maintain it well. The first thing you need to make sure while washing and cleaning your SUV is that you do not harm the car and make the cure worse than the disease itself. As an example, if you have to clean a stain from the car seat then make sure the methods and equipments used to clean are gentle on the fabric of the seat. When the car is hot, say after a long drive or in the middle of the day, washing the hot car may cause harm to the rims and breaks, so make sure when you introduce cold water to the brake rotors and windshield, it is not done straight after using the vehicle.
Before you start cleaning the car surface with a brush or sponge, wet the surface of the car as water acts as a lubricant to avoid any swirl marks and scratches. Wetting the car will also remove the loose dirt stuck on the surface. Ensure you always use lots of water. Washing the SUV regularly will require less aggressive cleaning and keep it protected. As a general rule, it should be washed at least twice a month to protect the dust and dirt from collecting on the paint and binding with it.
A low pressure hose should always be preferred over a power washer or pressure washer. High pressure washers are very good at washing away the dirt from some of the less accessible parts of the SUV but the high pressure of the water may cause some of the fine dirt or dust to push into the paint on the surface and tiny scratches may appear. Using the correct car wash is very important as the usual dish washing liquids are harsh on the wax or sealant of the car. Along with the dirt, the polish of the surface is also removed. It is always preferable to use a car wash soap suited for any type of car paints and coatings.
There are different car washing mitts and soft brushes available in the market which are gentle on the surface of your SUV as they hold ample amount of water and soap so as to avoid any swirl marks. Cleaning the car with such brushes becomes easy. Always start washing your SUV from top to bottom to avoid missing some of the areas or washing same areas twice. Drying the car with either a water blade or a good quality towel as it gives you a nicely dried and scratch free surface. These clothes or towels used for drying should be washed separately to avoid any polish or shiners spot on them. The soap or detergent used for washing the wheels can be the same as for washing the surface of the SUV but separate sponge/ brush should be used as they are the most dirt containing parts of the car and to avoid spreading this dirt all over the car.
The cleaning equipment and other products used to clean a boat depend on the type of boat and its design. Using the right tools to wash your boat will let you save time, money and efforts. The cleaning brush should be strong enough to remove the grime, dirt and salt present on the boat surface without harming the gel coat. A long handle brush will help you clean some of the less accessible portions of the boat without straining your body.
The selection of detergent for cleaning the boat should be made such that it is good at cleaning the salt, fish blood, grime, and dirt. The qualities of the best suited soap should have neutral pH, be biodegradable, and not super concentrated. Use the soap in fresh water to remove the salt. Chamois drying mops or soft clothes are best suited for soaking the water on the boat surface without harming the gel coat. After drying the boat, a good quality wax can be applied once or twice a season to protect the shine and fiberglass. Several coats should be applied to preserve the hull luster.
The automotive industry is a very wide field, but with objectives which revolve around just one thing, a vehicle. This field mainly deals with making, selling and servicing vehicles. Being a wide field, the automotive industry absorbs so many people ranging from mechanics and engineers to sales and marketers. Manufacturers in this industry might seem unlike other simpler manufacturing organizations, like, for example, the manufacturers of the best ironing board, but essentially, they are the same. There are thousands of careers in both the automotive and ironing board industries but to thrive in any industry, you need to have interest in whatever industry you are engaged in. Careers in automotive industry may take time to be found but you need not to lose hope in searching any job you want job in this field as long as you want it and you are skilled in it, as it is there in this field and you will eventually get it. Careers in this field can be divided into three main categories. These are.
1. Manufacturing and production
This is the core career in the automotive industry. A person whose career is in manufacturing and production in this field is employed in the car manufacturing factories and his job is making cars. People in manufacturing and production make up the largest number of workers in the automotive industry. As far as the auto careers is concerned this is the most common career available and the easiest to find in the automotive industry. Whether you have mechanical background or you do not have this is the entry point to skilled auto careers as works in this field can be learned even through apprehensive. It is not a must to be skilled to work here but you should have the fashion for cars and be willing to learn fast.
2. Auto sales
This is another great career in the automotive industry but it is normally overlooked by people. Salesmen are very important in automotive industry as the company cannot survive without selling its products. Automobile salesmen are responsible for marketing and selling cars. They help to brand the company dealing with cars and make the cars to be bought by the general public. This is the most time consuming career in the automotive industry and requires skills. It can be frustrating if you are not patient but with patience and work ethic it is easy.
This is the most known career in the automotive industry and is the most considered by people. People in this auto career deal with repairs of cars. It is a less brand oriented position in the automotive industry. It is more of a technical job with little training required. It is the dirtiest and the most involving compared to the other automotive careers but it is rewarding as it is always on demand due to need to repair and service vehicles.
The automotive industry has so many career opportunities along these three categories. Skills in this industry are easy to grasp as long as you have the interest and patience to learn.
Modern cars come with a lot of tools and gear to help you when you might be in a bit of trouble, from a spare wheel for when you have a flat tire, reflecting triangles to make you visible to other cars when you have stopped next to the road; and a first aid kit for when someone might have gotten hurt. But a tool that we believe every car should also have is a really good flashlight.
Why should you keep a flashlight in your car?
1. A flashlight is one of your most valuable tools if your car had to break down next to the road or get stuck at night. Chances are, you will be in a dark area where there is little to no light. If you want to check out what the problem might be, whether in the engine or beneath the car or a flat tire, you are going to need to have a flashlight to see what is going on.
2. Not only is a flashlight a really handy tool, but it could also save your life as a self-defense weapon. A lot of people do not carry guns with them, so what to do if you suddenly have an aggressive stranger banging on your window?! Quality tactical flashlights are small enough to be kept in your car, in your pocket or in a hand-bag, yet is bright enough to blind a possible attacker. This will hopefully give you enough time to get away or get someone’s attention to help you. Most tactical flashlights also come with a strobe function, which you can use to signal down passing cars in order to get some help.
3. Last but not least, how often have you dropped something in your car beneath the seat in the dark and not been able to find it? A flashlight is really handy to find that pair of dropped keys or credit card in a really dark car!
Choosing a flashlight for your car
When choosing a flashlight for your car, there are a few guidelines to choosing a flashlight.
Size – You want something small and convenient. Having a large flashlight is just going to get in the way and be bothersome. A smaller flashlight will allow you to be able to shine the light into small and tight spaces.
Batteries – You can either get the usual AA or AAA battery powered flashlight, or you can go the rechargeable battery route with lithium ion battery. The rechargeable battery powered flashlights might be a bit more expensive, but in the long run you will save that money back in not having to buy a new set of AA or AAA batteries every month. Rechargeable batteries also tend to last longer than the traditional batteries.
Functions – We recommend having a flashlight with a strobe function. The strobe function can be used to signal other passing cars in order to get help. Also, a flashlight that can easily attach to surfaces, such as the car’s hood, will allow you to have a light while having your hands free to work on the car. A headlamp is often a preferred choice in such situations.
A good flashlight is an essential piece of any car’s inventory. Not only is it a useful tool to help you investigate problems on your car, but it can also save your life as a self-defense weapon or to signal someone for help.
When deciding to purchase a new vehicle there are many decisions that need to be made. Here are just to name a couple to get your mind going:
1. Are you going to buy new?
2. Are you going to get a loan?
3. Are you going to pay cash.
4. Are you going to buy from a dealer?
5. Are you going to buy from a friend.
Really, we could go on and on with a list of questions that could be asked. Bottom line though, you obviously need to know what kind of car (SUV, coupe, sedan, truck, pickup, etc.) and you need to narrow down they makes and models you like most. Deciding to buy a Land Cruiser, for example, is great. But are you going to buy a two door, a pre 1999 model, or newer. You can see where this is going! There are many, many options. For a fully detailed explanation, checkout Edmonds on how to buy a car.
One piece of advice that should always be followed by everyone is to only buy a car (or anything else for that matter) that you can actually afford to buy. If you decide to spend every last dime of your savings account on a car then what are you going to do when it needs new tires, an oil change or even a new transmission? You’re stuck!
Then again, if you decide to finance a brand new or even an newer, but used car what are your payments going to look like? Are you getting a loan for 100% or more of the car’s value or are you going to be able to put down a big down payment.
It’s always good practice to put enough money down on the car so that you are not upside in a couple years. There’s only one thing in life that is constant that is that there is always going to be change. For some reason or another you just may need to get rid of the car. Maybe you want to purchase a nicer and newer model. Or maybe you want to downsize because your kids have moved out or you just don’t use the four wheel drive as much as you thought you would. Who knows, maybe you lost a bunch of weight following the man diet so you don’t need a full size rig anymore! Whatever it is, you want to be able to sell or trade in the old car for at least what you owe, preferably for a profit (not that you’ll actually make money buying, driving and then selling a car) so that you can put that money towards the new purchase.
Basically, it’s just important to really look and plan ahead as much as possible. But of course there are always exceptions to the rules. Sometimes and in some situations in life you simply need to go out and buy a car with a 100% loan. If this is the case just be as smart as you can for your circumstances. You don’t need the best, most flashy and expensive car but you should also not buy the cheapest made car that in reality probably wont’ last more than 5 years.
Moderation is key as it is with most things in life. Your car doesn’t really define you if you don’t let it. You don’t need the biggest and the best.
With service labor increasing each year, many consumers are turning to DIY car care to save money. While a car part may be less than $50, the labor added to that part could be in the hundreds, for example. When working on a car, a person must observe some basic safety tips to stay injury-free. With vehicles weighing thousands of pounds, safety is critical to avoid potentially fatal problems.
Wear Proper Clothing
It is always important to wear the proper clothing for safety. Spill resistant clothing can be helpful to protect the skin from chemical mishaps, such as with antifreeze or oil. Steel toed boots are also important to protect the feet from injury. Many steel toed boots do not provide adequate support to stand on for long periods of time. Boot insoles, similar to these, can be helpful to increase the support of some work boots.
Use Proper Tooling
Don’t force an improper tool to work when you are removing, adjusting or replacing a part. Observe the screws, bolts and nuts used to hold a particular section together. Collect all the proper tools, from wrenches to screwdrivers, and keep them near the working area. If a person is unsure of the right tool, there are many online resources to help decipher the proper one. Using unsuitable tools leads to stripped screws and possible injury. Tools slip from the fasteners, striking the person or falling deeply into the engine itself.
The floor may be level, but a vehicle can lurch from a lifted position at any time. Use chocks on any tires that are still touching the ground. Chocks are essentially metal or wood wedges that people place behind car wheels. They stop the vehicle from moving out of a parked position. For example, the car’s front end is lifted off the ground for a tire change. Chock the two rear wheels for extra safety. Chocks are typically found at car repair shops and sold in pairs.
Test The Jack
Most car repairs require the vehicle to be lifted. Before sliding the jack under the chassis, test its lift. Place the jack on the floor. Simulate a lifting motion by activating the jack’s lever. The lift should move firmly upward without any downward settling action. Press on the jack’s lift to feel for any give. If the jack operates normally, place it under the vehicle’s chassis and lift it up. Avoid a high lift, however. Only lift the car as much as necessary to keep the center of gravity low.
Use Wood Blocks
If the car is being lifted with two jacks on opposite sides, it is good practice to replace the jacks with wood blocks. Although a tested jack should be perfectly safe, extended work under the car can strain the mechanism. For extensive work, add wood blocks under the car. Place them directly beside the jack. Stack them as perfectly as possible to distribute the vehicle’s weight. Carefully lower the car using the jacks. If properly positioned, the wood blocks take over the car’s weight so the jacks can be completely removed from the area.
Whether a person is jump-starting a car or replacing the battery, always match colors. For example, the positive battery terminal is usually red. The negative, or ground, terminal is black. Any jumping cables need to match these colors on both car batteries to avoid a spark and possible injury. When replacing the battery, keep the black and red wires separate from one another. Match them to the new battery for safe auto repair every time.
Auto repair for the DIYer is relatively simple when following some rules. Electrical shock and car weight are true threats to the novice mechanic. Paying attention to details will keep everyone safe and the car running smoothly.
When starting a family some couples dread the “soccer mom” cars or becoming the “mini-van” family. This is especially true for working nurses or medical coders. It is 2014 and car companies know better than to provide their customers with the “typical” vehicle.
Car companies, like Honda, Nissan, Chevy and more, have stepped up their game for the year and are bringing the best of the best to car seekers.
The first on our list is the Chevy Impala. With its sleek exterior and high-tech interior it is difficult to say ‘no’ to a car like this. There are quite a few convenient factors involved in the design of this car. One of my favorites is the USB port in the center counsel. With so many phones being sold separately from the car chargers, it is nice to have the USB accessibility instead of spending $20 on a whole other charger. The other technological aspect about this car is that it offers a touch screen capabilities, allowing you to control what icons are dominant on the screen based on what you use more. The more important family aspect of the Impala is its safety features. The Impala was awarded five stars for its safety features like StabiliTrak to Crash Imminent Breaking.
The second on the list is the Nissan Altima that took #1 in the previous months Mid-Size Sedan sales. The Altima has unique features like the In-mirror Rearview mirror to help improve your view of what is behind you. Nissan also includes a remote control starter for your car so instead of sending someone out with the keys you can just point and click. Nissan is all about their safety like Chevy is. In the Altima there is available ‘Blind Spot Warning,’ ‘Moving Object Detection’ and ‘Lane Departure Warning.’ Not all car companies have all three features, so keep that in mind while you are out searching for your next family car.
And last but not least the dreaded option of a van. Do not worry, the 2014 Honda Odyssey is not like any “soccer mom” car you have ever seen or heard of. The Odyssey has similar features to the Altima and Impala like the Multi-Angle Rearview camera but the next few features are going to be very useful for a starting family or any family in general. Singles may even want to get their hands on this car after the big reveal. Honda does not mess around when it comes to designing family-friendly cars. This Odyssey comes equipped with its own built in vacuum cleaner because we all know how kids can be and even parents when they are chomping away on a snack. Speaking of snacks…how about juice box or pudding cup? How do you keep those cold on the go? Honda’s got you covered. They have supplied you with a “Cool Box” that can hold up to six 12-ounce cans. This car also includes Bluetooth capabilities to help cover you for the new hands-free cell phone law. There are so many other features that I could mention but you just need to go to your local dealership to find out.
If you are in need of a family car check these three out and others at your local dealerships. Take a test drive and see which one fits your family the best.