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A First Look At The 2014 Kia Soul EV – Shaking Up North America

In October, Kia confirmed what Internet rumors had been suggesting; the Korean automaker is throwing its hat in the gas-free vehicle market in 2014 with a revamped take on the Kia Soul, called the EV. The specs of the Kia Soul EV suggest this all-electric “natural extension” of the boxy compact is an effort to compete with the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, and Chevy Volt.

Speaking about the evolution of the Soul EV, Kia Motors America executive director of product planning Orth Hedrick said in an official statement: “Eco-consciousness already comes standard on the all-new Soul with 85 percent of its materials able to be recycled at the end of its lifespan, and the Soul EV will further demonstrate Kia’s engineering capabilities as well as our commitment to producing vehicles with reduced environmental footprints.”

So Kia isn’t holding back on the environmental branding or their targeting of forward-thinking car buyers. Kia also said that the Soul EV would not be priced “to stimulate demand.” Experts speculate that this means somewhere around $35,000.

So that’s the first answer. They are marketing an upgrade on a car people already liked well. Some of the major specifications of the Soul EV suggest even more about what it will mean for the U.S. electric car markets. Experts have guessed that with a CVT transmission and the revamped Soul body, it will have a charge range of around 100 miles and top speeds near 80 mph. Information leaked from press events shows that the new Soul EV will also boast a smoother ride with better handling due to changes in the suspension, a reworked subframe and a number of other adjustments.

And based on how the new Soul was announced, we can further deduce that Kia expects the Soul EV to be a fun, enjoyable ride. Launch photos showing the Soul EV in and around the canyon roads of San Diego are a stark contrast to the Soul’s initial 2009 photos from pan-flat Miami. If you’re looking for a peppy electric vehicle to romp up and down hills, Kia wants you to think you’ve found it.

Based on this information and its early popularity, we can make a few guesses about what the 2014 Kia EV will mean for North American energy-efficient car markets. First, it will steal those potential customers from the Leaf, Focus EV, and Volt who prioritize image. The new body design is sleeker than the original boxy Soul, and has exactly the appeal this kind of EV buyer wants. Only the Nissan Leaf comes close to its aesthetic. In terms of price, it’s right in the same ballpark as all three major competitors.

The other significant impact is the simple fact that a new major player in a relatively small market means more options for consumers. There are a number of electric and hybrid vehicles, but very few in this niche offer the balance of youth-appeal, a dynamic ride, and a laser focus on relevant environmentalism.

It will be clearer what exactly the 2014 Kia Soul EV means for the United States after its official car show unveiling. But one thing is clear: Kia has found something that resonates with EV car aficionados, and they are distilling it very effectively for the roll out of their first foray into all-electric vehicles in the United States.

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Alex Gabriel is a writer at Reply! with several years of digital marketing and copywriting experience. A native of Portland and graduate of the University of Oregon, Alex has a passion for writing about new cars. To learn more about the latest Kia model lineup, read his Kia guide at Reply! today.

Guide To Shipping Motorcycles

Whether you pack them for a move across the country or ship them for shows and special events, motorcycles deserve special consideration. Although they’re rugged enough for street use, bikes need extra care during a move to protect finishes and fragile parts. Vintage motorcycles, showroom cycles and dirt bikes used in competitions can also be valuable, so transporting them also has unique challenges.

When moving motorcycles, you have a few possible options. A moving company can handle the process for you from crating to shipping to unpacking; this choice gives you the greatest security. Companies that specialize in shipping motorcycles and serving other special moving needs may be your best bet for valuable custom or antique models. These companies will even custom-design crates and packaging for you. You can also opt to pack your motorcycle yourself and let a moving company ship it. For an economical move, you might decide to pack and move a rental truck. No matter which method you use, keep these guidelines in mind.

Preparation

Before moving any bike, get it ready for the trip, suggests About.com author and motorsport enthusiast John Glimmerveen. Drain the fuel tank, the carburetor and all other fluids so the bike can ship dry. Empty shipping ensures greater safety for the motorcycle and full compliance with shipping and transportation regulations. Because the bike has no brake fluid or oil to drip and create a fire hazard or make a mess, you can pack and crate a dry bike with other items in a truck or trailer. Additionally, and this might seem so simple you overlook it — disconnect the battery before any type of shipment.

Removing small, detachable parts for packing and shipping protects them from breakage. Wheels, handlebars, mirrors and turn indicators on modern bikes are designed for easy removal and shipping. Antique or custom-built models that don’t disassemble readily should be securely tied down in crates that don’t permit much movement during shipping.

Depending on where you’re shipping, you may need to provide documentation on the motorcycle. When possible, check the manufacturer’s site for the paperwork needed to ship internationally. For example, Harley-Davidson owners can find what they need to make international shipping go smoothly.

Protection 

Any bulky item you ship must be secured in its container to prevent damage from shifting during the trip, and motorcycles and dirt bikes are no different; they just take a bigger box. Purpose-built motorcycle crates have brackets designed to hold motorcycles and dirt bikes upright and secure for transportation. Metal struts and brackets allow you or your moving company to bolt down the bike for greater stability.

For smaller parts shipped with the bike, treat them as you would any fragile item. Wrap them in bubble wrap and tape or tie the bundle of parts securely to the inside of the crate. Avoid taping anything to the bike itself, though; in a hot shipping container, the tape’s adhesive could bind to or damage paint finishes and seating. You can also ship parts separately, but you run the risk of packages arriving at different times. If you need your bike ready to go for a show, you don’t want to leave package arrivals up to chance. Put everything in one container.

Insurance 

Whether it’s new, used or vintage, bikes are valuable and should be insured during transportation. Established moving companies provide a range of insurance options. Ask your moving company about their insurance plans. Photograph the bike during every stage of its preparation and packing to document the process. While it’s unlikely that your motorcycle will suffer damage if you’ve taken proper precautions, those pictures serve as a record of the cycle’s condition.

If you’re shipping the motorcycle yourself, speak to an insurance provider about cargo protection. Insurance companies offer multiple coverage plans that protect you for the full value of the cargo in case of theft or accident. If your property is particularly valuable, ask about coverage limits and consider buying additional insurance for your vintage or custom motorcycle.

Your motorcycle can take you anywhere, but only if it arrives safely at your destination. Give it the care it deserves by crating and shipping carefully.

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Brandon’s a shipping and logistics writer with Craters & Freighters

5 Smartphone Tyre Apps That Make Life Easy…And Safe

Smartphone apps have revolutionised our lives. There is an app for maintaining your household budget, for losing weight, for practically everything. So why not for tyres? After all, they have the important job of ensuring your comfort, convenience and safety.

Here are some tyre apps that help you ensure that your tyres are indeed doing their job well.

1.    Tyretool

Available on the Android marketplace, this is a free app that helps you with the right wheel and tyre sizes for your car. Only the right size tyres can comfortably carry the weight of the vehicle and passengers. Undersized tyres compromise the car’s ability to respond quickly to emergency situations.

With this app, you can check what size tyres and alloys are best suited for your car. The ‘tyretool’ can calculate the total diameter, radius, circumference and sidewall height of the tyres (in inches/mm). It will also give you the difference in speedometer reading (km/h or mph) between different tyre sizes (for more information on this read below). It has an intuitive user friendly interface, easy to use with one hand.

2.    Tire Exchange Calculator

This iphone compatible free app informs you whether the new set of tyres will be compatible with your current tyre size.

Using different sized tyres (as compared to the original equipment) leads to inaccurate speedometer reading because the speedometer gear is set to the original tyre size. So if you plus-size your tyres, the speedometer will show a lower figure than the speed you are actually travelling at. The Tire Exchange Calculator app tells you the difference in speed from 60mph to 160 mph with existing and new tyre set. No more guesswork about speed.

3.    TyreSafe Tyre Pressure iphone App

This tyre pressure app has been developed by UK’s premier not-for-profit tyre safety organization TyreSafe.

Inflating tyres to the right air pressure is one of the crucial aspects for vehicle safety. Research shows that many people do not check their tyre air pressures because they have no clue what it should be.

This iphone Tyre Safe app has compiled a vast database of recommended tyre pressures for different vehicles. Simply by entering your vehicle registration number, the right tyre pressure for your car is displayed.

4.    TireCheck

This free iOS app helps check your tyre pressure remotely, doing away with all the dirty work and gadgetry. First select your car from the list. Then point the phone camera towards each tyre to know the estimated (though not precise) tyre pressure. The app also calculates and informs you how much money you are wasting due to underinflated tyres. Strong motivation to inflate those tyres! The app also helpfully provides location of the nearest air pump and how much air you need to add. A comprehensive app, don’t you think?

 5.    CEAT Tyre Assist App

Indian tyre manufacturer CEAT recently launched this road assistance app particularly to help motorists tackle the vagaries of the rainy season. The app available for free download at the Google Play Store, features road quality indicators, water clogging alerts, mileage tracker and tyre dealer locations. In addition, it offers tyre care tips, timely reminders for oil change, tyre change and vehicle service.

Tyre purchase and maintenance, ladies and gentlemen is now at your arm’s length…literally.

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This article has been written by Azzam Sheikh, associate at TyreShopper- UK’s leading online tyre retailer.

Windshield Worries: What To Look For While On The Road

There are many road hazards that can cause your windshield to chip or crack. Rocks are the most common culprit, but hail, birds and temperature changes can also cause chips, cracks and weakening of your auto glass. Getting your windshield fixed as soon as possible is important for both appearance and safety. A damaged windshield impairs your vision and may cause your vehicle to be less safe if you’re involved in an accident.

Road Hazards that Cause Cracks

Loose gravel is the most common cause of windshield cracks and chips. A rock can hit your windshield at any time, even if you’re nowhere near a dirt road. You can’t prevent gravel from hitting your windshield, but you can keep a safe following distance, especially when you’re following a dump truck or semi. This will limit the chances of your car being hit by flying gravel.

Hail is another common cause of windshield damage. Some areas of the country are more prone to hail than others, but few places are totally immune. When large hailstorms strike they are likely to damage your entire vehicle. It’s best to park your car in the garage if you know that a hailstorm is coming. If you are suddenly caught in a hailstorm while you are driving, slow down so that the force of impact is lessened.

You have no way of knowing when a bird will fly into your vehicle, and there is nothing you can do to stop it. Most of the time a bird will fly into the side of your vehicle, but sometimes they do fly straight into the windshield and cause damage. Don’t try to avoid a bird when it’s headed toward your vehicle because you are more likely to cause an accident than avoid damage.

Temperature changes can cause your windshield to crack because the glass expands and contracts with the air temperature. Avoid extreme temperatures by not blasting the air conditioning on a very hot day or turning the heat on high on a frosty day. Inspect your windshield regularly for small cracks and weakening and get any damaged fixed as soon as you can.

What to do if Your Windshield Cracks

The first thing you should do if your windshield chips or cracks is avoid panicking. Causing an accident because you are panicking will only cause more damage to your vehicle and can also cause injury to you or others. Your windshield is made of two layers of glass with a layer of laminate between them. The sheet of laminate will usually hold the glass in place even if it’s completely shattered. It’s best to pull over to the side of the road as soon as you can. This will give you time to calm down and decide if the crack or chip is so large that it makes the vehicle unsafe to drive.

Most of the time a rock chip won’t interfere with your vision enough to make your vehicle unsafe to drive. It’s best to continue to your destination if you can. Put a piece of clear tape on the windshield over the damaged area as soon as possible. This will keep the windshield chip clean until you can get it in for repairs. Dirt and debris will accumulate in the crack if you leave it uncovered. It will look much better after it is repaired if you are able to keep dirt out of the chipped area.

Windshield damage makes your car less safe in an accident even if the crack doesn’t directly affect the driver’s vision. It’s imperative that the windshield is repaired as soon as possible. Many car insurance companies cover windshield repairs at no charge, so check with your insurer before you pay to get the crack or chip fixed.

Peter Wendt is a freelance writer and photographer living in Austin, Texas. Being a photographer, he is on the road for a lot of his gigs. Whenever he needs windshield repair, or auto glass replacement, he always goes to this Austin glass repair and replacement shop. He relies on their quick and affordable service, and is always happy with the result.

Audi’s New 188mpg E-tron

With an MPG of 188, an emission of just 35g/km of CO2 and a 0-62mph time of just 7.6 seconds, it’s fair to say that the Audi A3 e-tron packs some rather interesting facts and figures. But with a tag price of nearly £33,000 and real-world driving fuel economy at around 62mpg it doesn’t look quite as much of an intelligent buy as you might think.

Why?

The problem with Hybrid cars is efficiency. You see every time you use the batteries on your Hybrid car they need recharging and that recharging is done by your primitive combustion engine. Electric engines have a efficiency of around 85 per cent whereas a petrol engine only has an efficiency of around 20 per cent, meaning the expensive part of running your hybrid car is the charging of the batteries by the petrol engine. It’s far more efficient to plug the car into the mains and let a power station deal with that and that’s what Audi have done with the e-tron. The battery will charge in three hours and forty-five minutes using a typical household plug socket at home.

The Drive

Power is delivered to the front wheels via a six speed sequential twin clutch transmission with power coming from a 1.4 litre TSI petrol engine producing 148bhp and a 99bhp electric motor. Audi has also very cleverly replaced the usual separate starter motor with a system that works directly using the electric motor. This powertrain setup see’s the car start-up and drive up to 31 miles fully in electric mode with the driver being able to instantly activate the additional petrol engine, either through kickdown or by switching from pure electric mode to hybrid mode manually.

When in hybrid mode the e-tron will get to 62mph in just 7.6 seconds and move on to a top speed of 138bhp. Handling is extremely good with the car benefiting from a lower centre of gravity than the standard A3.

Design and Technology

The e-tron comes as a Sportback five door model and apart from some subtle badging you wouldn’t really notice any difference to the standard A3 Sportback model. The charging socket is cleverly hidden behind the Audi bonnet badge, which nicely slides to the side to reveal. Inside the car has a visual system to show the car’s, showing how far you should be able to travel on petrol and electric power. There are the usual four circular airvents protruding the dash along with a 7” satnav system that rises from the top.

Back to the intelligence of buying an e-tron. With a tag price of roughly £8,000 more than the 2.0 TDI 184bhp diesel model, you could use that money to buy around 65k miles worth of diesel. This means that even if you were to just drive the maximum 31miles each day using electric only, over a three year period you would only clock up 23k miles, so in short the extra £8k price tag over the diesel makes it difficult to justify buying, unless you intend to keep for a long time at least.

Audi claim the e-tron is capable of 188mpg but I find that questionable at the very least. Look at it this way,  the e-tron has a 40 litre fuel tank so with a fully charged battery and a full tank of fuel the total range is going to be 584 miles so that works out to an mpg of around 66. This said with the CO2 figure being so low there are going to be good tax savings if purchasing the car for company use.

To Sum Up

Glancing at the promoted figures of 188mpg, a 0-62mpg time of 7.6 seconds and the excellent low emission levels make the e-tron look like a class leader, but analysing the figures a  little bit deeper you will see things aren’t exactly what they seem.

The A3 Sportback diesel 184bhp is £8,000 cheaper, more economical, faster and has a better traveling range. That said if you are buying for tiny traveling distances and are looking to keep for some time the full electric ability of the e-tron will be worth looking at, especially if it’s to be used for company use taking into account the savings in company car tax.

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I’m an avid car fan and love anything to do with motoring. I have written for various car publications and websites including autotrader and the car selling website dealerbid.co.uk

Long Live Your Car!

Tired of mechanics, auto shops and having to purchase a new vehicle every few years? So was I, so I did some research and found some great tips and vehicle longevity. So,If you love your car and want to extend its life and long term quality, then take a second and read these vehicle friendly tips that can be used for preserving your car.

Gasoline Tips

When a gasoline tanker fills up the tanks at the gas station a problem that can occur is that all the turbulence can stir up sediment that’s been lying at the bottom. So either go to another gas station or wait a day to fill up. Excess debris in your gas tank can cause serious problems to your fuel pump. It can also cause problems for your fuel injectors and fuel filters.

To avoid dirty gasoline, ask if the gasoline is filtered at the pump and if there is any policy they enforce about pump filers. If the answer is “no”, or you suspect it is “no” then don’t leave and make sure you don’t waste any more money on dirty gasoline.

For more car tips check out the pros at Edmunds.

Stuck?

If you find that you’ve gotten your vehicle stuck in mud, snow or sand, then be careful on your approach to getting your car unstuck. You can very easily damage your car by trying to get it loose. Throwing your car into drive then reverse repeatedly can do some damage. It’s very easy to damage your transmission and/or clutch by spinning your tires too much. First just attempt to rock your vehicle back and forth, but only for a little while and if that doesn’t work then it might be time to call a tow truck as this approach could save you a lot of money in the long run.

Key Chain Trouble

You might not realize it, but the weight and size of your key chain can either help or hurt your vehicle. Specifically, the tumblers inside the ignition can wear out due to the combination of bouncing and the weight of your keys. Your ignition could even end up failing if your keychain is too burdensome.

So, be practical and only keep the keys on your key chain that you need and use on a daily basis. And try to stay away from adding “knick knacks” or useless gadgets to your keychain.

Keychain ideas from Etsy.

Auto Log

Be pro-active when it comes to car care and maintenance. Keep an auto log in your glove compartment or center console. A simple pad and pen will do or even a smartphone will work. Whatever you use, make sure you use it to keep track of things like gas mileage. If you notice your gas mileage is getting worse then that could be an early warning sign of something much more severe looming around the corner.

You can also use your auto log to keep track of oil changes, tire rotations and other routine vehicle maintenance you deem necessary.

These few tips can drastically extend the life of your vehicle and save you a lot of money.

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Henry Hernandez is a mechanic, DIY guru and an automotive blogger. He writes for a Window Tinting Company out of Austin www.shadesoftexas.com. You can find out more about Henry and his business by checking out his Google+.

Oil Change DIY

Every 3,000 to 5,000 miles or so, we are encourage by our mechanic and/or car manual to change out the oil in our car. Though it’s not terribly expensive to have an auto shop do this it can be inconvenient to find the time. Changing the oil in a vehicle is one of those skills that are very attainable even if you’re not mechanically savvy. It’s actually a quick process with only a few steps. Learning to do this skill will save you time and money.

Here are some tips for those of you willing to venture out and give it a try.

Drain Old Oil

First things first, you’ll need to drain the old oil in your car. To do this, locate the drain plug and unscrew the cap. Typically the drain plug is located towards the back of the engine on the bottom of the oil pan. Once you have done unscrewed the drain plug oil should start draining out, so make sure you have something to catch the oil.

Dumping oil on the ground or down a drain is extremely damaging to the environment and is illegal. So, when getting rid of your oil you can take the used oil to your mechanic or an auto shop and ask them to dispose of it. Usually this will cost you something, but not much.

The Oil Filter

Locate the oil filter and drain that as well. For best results, leave your filter upside down draining overnight. Though you won’t be using the same filter it is necessary to drain it so as to not have it leak anywhere else and cause damage to the environment.

Once your old oil filter has been removed replace it with a new one. If you’ve never changed your own filter before then it can be a difficult task as filters are not put placed in a standard position. Once you spot the old filter simply grab twist until loose with your hand.

New Filter

First, rub some oil around the gasket of the new filter as this will help it it screw on easily. Then, simply screw on your new filter for the next step, making sure that you follow the specific instructions provided by the filter box. Always make sure that you don’t over tighten the oil filter. You want it to be tight, but if you tighten in too much then you could damage the filter.

Tip: Before you place your new filter on make sure that you replace the drain plug on the oil pan.

New Oil

At this point of the project it’s finally time to add new oil to the car. The amount needed for your vehicle can be found in the owner’s manual for your car. If for some reason you don’t have the owner’s manual then you can always check out Mobil Oil for answers.

When changing your oil, always make sure you use caution and use the right tools. And if you really don’t feel confident in doing it yourself, then don’t be afraid to throw in the towel and ask a proffesional.

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Henry Hernandez has been an honest mechanic for years in Giddings, TX. He has always worked on his own vehicles and used a Window Tinting Company out of Austin, TX for tinting his windows www.shadesoftexas.com. You can learn more about Henry by checking out his Google+ Page.

How To Change Your Oil In 8 Easy Steps

Proper vehicle maintenance is necessary to ensure that you don’t have to deal with extra hassles and expenses in the long run, but it can also be extremely pricy. The best way to save cash, is to avoid hiring a professional when you’re perfectly capable of performing the same task yourself. With that in mind, we’re happy to provide you with our guide of how to change your vehicle’s oil in 8 easy steps!

Step 1

Be prepared and have everything you need ready for your venture underneath your car. Make sure you can reach everything and you know what each item is or know what it does. Make sure you can see what your doing and use a flash light.

You will need:

  • Newspaper/ Tarp to protect your driveway or garage floor
  • Pan or container to collect the old oil
  • Wrench
  • New Filter
  • New oil
  • Flashlight

Step 2

Heat up the oil in your car a little. It’ll be easier to drain your old oil. Make sure you don’t burn yourself though on the engine though. Another handy tip is to open the oil cap under the hood of your car. This will allow the oil to drain out smoothly.

Step 3

Open the drain plug on the bottom of the oil pan, usually located at the back of the engine, with a wrench. Try and catch the oil that spills out because it will drain out fast. Don’t misplace your plug and don’t let it drop into the old oil. It’ll be a messy job trying to retrieve it.

Step 4

Locate your car’s filter. All cars are different, so take a look around your engine. Once you have found it, remove it with a twist and find a replacement at your local dealership, hardware store or mechanic. It can be tough to remove, so keep at it. You should also be mindful of any oil that drips out and be prepared to catch it in a pan.

Step 5

Now you must replace the oil pan’s drain plug.You should also remember to install a new gasket or washer to prevent leakage. The plug should fit closely, but not too tight.

Step 6

Now you have to screw on your new lube filter. Be sure not to cross the threads and make sure you replace the o-ring (if applicable) so as to prevent leakage.

Step 7

Add the new oil to the car. The oil is to be poured into the fill hole, underneath the hood of the car.  Find out how much to use in the user’s handbook. You can find out how much to use in the ‘capacities’ section. Double-check the levels the next morning using the dipstick. The oil would have leveled and cooled by then.

Step 8




Replace the fill cap, close the hood and start the engine. Check your dashboard display and make sure the oil pressure light turns off. Let the engine run for a minute or so and take a look under the car to make sure there aren’t any drips. That’s it; you’ve just changed your car’s oil!

Michael C Nelson is an expert blogger and an interior designer by profession. He supports Garage Living, that design garage storage cabinets, in Toronto. You can contact him through Facebook or Twitter.

5 Tips To Avoid Accidents On The Highway

Blink and you may potentially cause a fatal car crash. Driving on the highway isn’t the same as driving on normal roads. The stakes are high in this game. Considering the higher speed limits on the highway, it’s almost impossible not to worry about accidents. It’s true that accidents can occur anywhere at any time. However, if you look at the statistics, most fatal car crashes take place on the highway. This gives you an added incentive to remain vigilant while driving on highways. Although rudimentary, these tips will help you avoid those fatal car crashes you hear about on the evening news.

There’s still a speed limit

Since highways have higher speed limits, drivers use this as an excuse to put the pedal to the metal. Highways have higher speed limits; they are not devoid of one. It’s important not only for your safety, but also the safety of others that you abide by the speed limit. The rules have been set by someone smarter than you, so it’s best not to break them. One extra minute won’t get you anywhere faster, except the hospital.

Watch your back

While driving on the highway most drivers concentrate on the cars ahead of them and neglect the ones making their way from the rear. They think it’s the responsibility of those drivers to be careful. This might be true, but the resulting force of impact is going to affect you as well. Look at your rear view mirror from time to time to make sure no unhinged maniacs are speeding their way towards you.

Indicate the change

Changing lanes can be tricky when driving at high speeds. You may forget to turn on the indicators in a hurry and this may surprise the people behind you when you finally move in for the change. You may get away clean, but the drivers behind you may not be so lucky. Always remember to signal the lane change to avoid this situation, especially on highways. You don’t want to leave behind a trail of carnage, do you?

Road rage equals to road accidents

We all know that road rage is a catalyst for road accidents. In the case of highways it’s all the more true. If you take your mind off the road to flip someone off, you could be the one who ends up paying the price. Mark Twain once brilliantly said, “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored, than to anything on which it is poured”.

Please remain in your vehicle

Sometimes naivety can also lead to accidents. Highways are the worst possible place for your car to break down. When this happens you may feel the need to get out of the car and push it to a corner. Avoid this feeling at all costs or you might end up sharing the fate of a deer caught in the headlights. A stationary car on the highway is a nuisance, but a man walking about is trouble.

Highway fatalities are on the rise each year, these tips will help you bring those numbers down. After all, each of us must do our part for the collective good.

 

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Today’s featured writer, James Espino, is a part of the team at TranEx, leading providers of fabricated barriers in Australia. He is an expert mechanic and he shares his opinions on cars and bikes via blogging.

What Are The Risks When You Drive Your Car Whilst Drunk?

Everybody knows by now that driving while under the influence of alcohol is a really bad idea. You’d think that it would now be a thing of the past, but the truth is that it is still far too common. No matter how tempting it may be to get behind the wheel of your car when you’ve had one too many, it is just never a good idea. Far too many lives have been lost for it to even be an option. Even if nobody gets hurt, there is still the risk that you could cause damage to other people’s vehicles and/or property, and of course there is the very real chance that your license could be confiscated. Ending up in court on a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) charge is not a very nice prospect and so it’s important that you make a pledge to yourself to never, ever drive while drunk.

The Risks

The risks of driving under the influence are many. Lots of accidents could have been avoided had the driver not been drinking before he or she took to the wheel. Could you imagine having somebody’s death or serious injury on your conscience for the rest of your life? It is something that is not nice to think about, but it’s a very real risk. Of course, you will also be accountable to the law and it is not uncommon for a person to be jailed if they cause death or serious injury to another person. Another huge risk that people take is to drive in the morning after a heavy night – you will still have alcohol in your system and therefore still be liable for prosecution should you get caught.

How to Prevent Yourself from Being Tempted

We all know that, once you’ve had a drink, your voice of reason gets quieter. It happens to everybody – it’s why so many people wake up in the morning after a big night out cringing at what they did. At best, you’ll wake up and shudder about your ‘interpretive’ dance moves the night before, but at worst, you could wake up to a much worse nightmare. Leave your car at home when you go out – that way you can’t drive home even if you wanted to. If you have to have your car with you, then leave your keys behind the bar or with a trusted friend and tell them not to give them to you even if you beg. As for the morning, make sure you are completely sober before contemplating driving – and get a lift or catch a bus to work if you must travel early.

The Repercussions

Drink driving causes no end of horrible repercussions, not just for you but also for those that cross your path. You are likely to hurt yourself or other people, and you are also likely to crash your car leaving you with a very big bill. Your license will likely be taken away even if you are the slightest bit over the limit.

The only way that you’ll know that you are safe to drive is to not even risk having one drink.

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Mitch Stevenson, the author of this article, is an associate with, Mark T. Stern, LLC, renowned real estate attorney’s in Fairfield, CT. He takes keen interest in the economic and political issues affecting the country and is in the process of drafting a bill for oil subsidisation.