Month: May 2019

Reverse Parking Camera

The reverse camera captures the overall backdrop and hence the real time footage is then displayed on the LCD screen. This stunt in turn ensures that reversing and parking is done with a lot of ease. The driver is also saved from the process of turning around to see the back view. Thanks to the reverse parking camera! Once the driver selects the reverse gear, the reverse camera system is involuntarily activated. The driver can now see what lies behind and this in turn can prevent a lot of accidents. This reverse parking camera system eliminates the risk of colliding with poles, walls and most importantly kids and pets. Saves precious lives and your pocket too. No more CRAASHHHHH!

Along with the above stated benefits, here is a list of some of the popular reverse camera system that you can consider buying.

  1. REAR VIEW MIRROR SYSTEM.
    This system involves a mirror integrated with a LCD screen and is a replacement to the simple and old rear view mirror. The LCD screen appears automatically once you hit the reverse gear. In this rear view mirror system, the mirror needs to be powered up.
  2. IN-DASH SYSTEM.
    There are many vehicles that come with fitted in-dash screens. The existing screen can serve the purpose of monitors in reversing camera system. The in-dash system features a vehicle-specific interface that has to be plugged into the already fitted screen.
  3. DASH / WINDOW MOUNT SYSTEM.
    You can choose to mount different sized screen on the dashboard or get it fitted to the roof or windshield.
  4. MULTI-FUNCTIONAL SYSTEM.
    Along with a screen, this system is equipped with GPS navigation, Bluetooth and DVD players. These additional features are also available in rear view system, in-dash system and dash mount system, depending on your choice and preference.

Reliable Roller Bearing Suppliers

A reliable bearing supplier will make sure that all its products are manufactured in compliance with the international quality standards, and its reputation should precede it as a leading bearing company in the region. To help you choose a trusted roller bearing supplier, here are some of the must-have characteristics you need to check:

  • Product range – besides roller bearings, the company should have other kinds of bearings, as well as other related products like universal joint, tools, grease, and oil seals, essential in giving their customers a one-stop shop for all their bearing needs.
  • Brand variety – look for a company that offers different bearing brands. In many cases, it is also important to look for ones that are the exclusive distributor of the most in-demand bearing brands. NSK, MBS, KBC, and ILJIN are among the most popular and in-demand bearing brands in the market. They are known for the product quality and if you find an exclusive distributor for these types of brands, then the company is the answer to your search. These types of company also usually has their own brand of bearings.
  • Business terms – companies should have customer-friendly business terms that can offer easy and convenient payment terms to its customers as well as allow them to place orders of any quantity.
  • Distant reach – companies that can reach is far allowing for delivery of goods anywhere in the world is important. Especially if you require a very specific type of bearing of a brand, you may only find one that is available overseas, hence the importance of a company’s far geographical reach.’
  • Competitive prices – suppliers that have reliable means of procurement as well as a long standing relationship with different manufacturers can offer lower prices for their products.

Steps in Shipping a Car

Choosing the right company

It may get a little confusing but once you choose the right company, it will be smooth sailing from there forward. Now, finding a company may be a little tricky. You may have to do some searching but, the internet will help you significantly! I’ve found that searching the internet and using the keyword “transport” plays a big factor in the choosing process. Also, try not to choose the company just because they are cheaper. Just because its less expensive does not mean that it’s the most reliable so before anything, read the reviews on the company. The internet will give you plenty of different companies to choose from. Once you have a company locked in, make sure you have all their information (I.E. fax number, email or another way to get in contact with the company). Once that is set, you will confirm the decision with the company by signing a binding contract.

Preparing your vehicle for transport

First and foremost, you must prepare your vehicle by removing all personal items from it. Next, you should make sure you have only a quarter tank of gas in your vehicle because the gas will add a significant amount of weight to the transport which will increase the amount of fuel that will be used to haul your vehicle as well as the price it will cost you to make the transport happen. Now that you have those factors out the way, you should then give your vehicle a nice wash. This will benefit you, as well as the inspector because they will be able to identify any damages made to the car before and after the transit. Lastly, this is not mandatory but it is recommended to, turn off any alarm system before the transport to ensure a safe, hassle free relocation.

Completing the transport

now that the transport is complete, the last thing left to do is to receive the “bill of landing”. The Bill of Landing is a form that is completed by the inspector once the vehicle has reached it final destination. It will inform the owner any damages that have been made to the vehicle, only if the process of transportation may have not gone as expected. If there were any unexpected dents or scratches made, it is up to you to report it as well as sign the bill of landing to ensure that you have seen all the footnotes made by the carrier and that they were all correct.

Fuel Saving Ideas

Tire Pressures

Get used to checking your tire pressures regularly, at least once a week. Under-inflated tires cause excessive rolling resistance which results in burning more fuel. Conversely, the right tire pressures will reduce rolling resistance and therefore use less fuel.

How heavy is your load?

It makes sense that if your vehicle is loaded down with stuff your car is going to have to work harder in order to run, which means that it will take more gas to operate. Obviously there will be times when this cannot be avoided. But there may be an accumulation of stuff in your car that doesn’t really need to be there all the time, such as sporting equipment or tire chains. Lighten your load as often as possible and enjoy the perks of fuel saving.

Watch your lead foot

If you are one of those drivers who like to punch the accelerator to make quick manoeuvres, you are likely not going to enjoy any fuel saving. Try to maintain a more consistent speed, and even use cruise control when highway driving. These tips will help you to consume less fuel and may even have you arriving at your destination in a much calmer state!

It’s all about smooth

There’s a reason why jets are smooth and curved on the outside. They are specifically designed so that the air slides on by, rather than creating resistance to air flow. The same principle applies to your vehicle. If you have piled luggage on the roof and opened all your windows, the air can get “caught” and pull on your vehicle, slowing it down and causing it to work much harder to keep a steady pace. Once again, anything that works against efficiency will reduce your fuel saving.

Plan your trips carefully

Did you know that a cold car burns more fuel? Consider doing all of your errands in one trip rather than taking several trips from a cold start. A warm vehicle provides significant fuel saving over a cold one.

Premium versus regular fuel

Many people are under the impression that buying premium fuel improves their fuel saving. This is actually not true. Some studies have indicated that only about 6% of all vehicles on the road actually require premium fuel. If your car’s manufacturer isn’t recommending premium fuel then you are wasting your money!

About Car Covers

  • Indoor – These are required when parked inside the garage. A light car cover can be used for frequent usage with easy on and easy off; heavier material, if it is parked in a garage which sees a lot of movement of children, pets etc. to protect it from bumps and dents and if it is not taken out too often. In addition, they should be mildew resistant.
  • Outdoor – These are usually waterproof, high strength polyester fabrics that are built in with special polymers to shed dust, bird droppings, pollutants, water and tree sap. They are also UV resistant and breathable, allowing any heat or moisture trapped between the car and the car cover to escape easily.
  • Custom – They are specially tailored for your car. They fit every contour of your car and don’t rub and slide against your paintwork
  • SUV and truck and caravan covers are a category that are larger than car covers, but are basically made of the same material
  • Universal car covers – These are low quality one size fits all cars which are baggy, allowing the harsh elements in defeating the very purpose of a car cover. They also tend to rub against the paintwork.
  • They can be used to seal your vehicle in for extended periods, much like a giant ziplock bag for added protection.

If your car is a light color, it is best to go for a light colored ones. Light colored materials are also recommended for sunnier climates. If you are looking for style you could go for a vibrant color.

They are basically made from polyester and microfiber, with additions like flannel dinners, etc. For cars about to be launched, silky polyester that just drapes over the car, outlining its silhouette is available. Most are ultrasonically laminated, making them dust proof while remaining breathable and soft against any fine paint finish. They are also designed for easy storage.

Most sellers have an index of the car manufacturers and their model names. All the customer has to do is indicate the model of his car. With the full description of the product and easy and secure payment portals available on the website, delivery is guaranteed. There is also a toll free helpline number should the person have any query.

Stay Aware While Driving Far

Caffeine or coffee is probably the first thing that you would want to take before leaving for your trip. Caffeine is known to keep a person awake and to start the metabolism process. What you don’t want to do is overload it with sugar. If you have a higher sugar level you will end up shaking and noticing things that aren’t important. This is important during any night driving because of the darkness that has metaphorically swallowed the streets.

Make sure that you have a bottle of water whether it’s cold or temperate. You need water in your system to keep your body going and your brain aware. If the weather is extremely hot you might want to take more than one bottle. The brain uses more energy than the body so you will need to keep feeding it.

Eating before leaving keeps your energy levels up and keeps you going. You have to always give the brain fuel for thinking. Try to take fatty foods with you such as nuts or dried fruits to give you a bit more of a kick start.

Don’t allow adrenaline to take over your body. If you allow that feeling to take over your body you could end up in an accident. Take the trip slowly and calmly. Impulsiveness can be the result of your blood pumping due to anxiety.

The best idea when travelling far is to bring a person along with you. It’s never recommended to drive alone in case something happens to you. The person travelling with you could also point out road signs that you may not see because of your exhaustion.

Always make sure that your body is prepared to take on a road trip that is across the country. Stay focussed and keep your tyres on the road. Be calm and energized with the correct food and drink.

Avoid Aggressive Drivers

It’s Not Only Anger

It is a common belief that most aggressive drivers are neurotics with no outlet for their inner rage and of course angry people make a large portion of aggressive drivers. Impatient people in a hurry to get to their destination though can be just as aggressive. Unsafe driving may also be caused by stressed and irritated individuals. Aggression from one driver goads other drivers into aggression and we have a chain reaction to contend with. Your life is much too precious to lose over momentary anger, stress or boredom.

Congestion Breeds Aggression

Every passing year we get more and more new cars on the road. This leads to congestion on the roads and waiting on the crowded roads raises frustration that eventually leads some into aggressive driving.

Motorcycle Riders

More and more motorcycles are now on the road and many motorcycle drivers weave in and out of lines at full throttle. In developing countries motorcycle riders are a leading cause of fatalities and things are not much better in developed countries either. Be more alert when motorcycle riders are passing by your vehicle and slow down if feasible to let them overtake you.

A chain reaction

Aggressive drivers start a chain reaction by getting other drivers angry and frustrated. Too many otherwise good drivers become a part of the problem by reacting instinctively into unsafe driving

Around Larger Vehicles

Large vehicles as trucks and buses have larger blind spots and are not always able to see drivers that are following too closely or speeding past them. It also take a lot longer for larger vehicles to come to a stop; and, in a crash, a truck or bus on a car is like a sledge hammer on a tin can. All drivers need to keep a safe distance from larger vehicles. Pickup truck drivers feel more secure but increasingly pickup truck are being made of lighter materials and they are no match for large commercial trucks.

Here are some tips on how to avoid aggressive drivers.

  • Get out of their way and steer clear of them on the road.
  • Stay relaxed. Remember that reaching your destination safely and calmly is your goal.
  • Don’t challenge them. Avoid eye contact. Ignore rude gestures and refuse to return them.
  • Give them the benefit of the doubt. Not all aggressive driving behavior is directed at you.
  • Don’t block the passing lane, especially if you are driving slower than most of the traffic. Move to the right lane

How to avoid being an aggressive driver

  • Allow more travel time to get to your destination. It reduces stress dramatically.
  • Come to a full stop at red lights and stop signs. Never run yellow lights.
  • Let other drivers merge with you.
  • Obey posted speed limits.
  • Don’t ever follow other drivers too closely.
  • Resist temptation to teach someone “a lesson.”
  • Concentrate on driving, not on cell phones, stereo, passengers or other distractions.
  • Remember that you can’t control traffic, but you can control yourself, your driving, and your emotions.

Defensive Driving Tips

Watch the Traffic Signs

While driving, you should pay attention to the road signs. This will help you stay within the speed limit. Unlike most drivers, you shouldn’t do what the drivers ahead of you are doing. They may not be following the traffic rules. Make sure you don’t cross the speed limit or you may be at a higher risk of having an accident.

Keep a Distance

Keep a distance from the vehicle ahead of you. This will help you prevent a collision in case you have to apply brakes all of a sudden. If you don’t maintain enough distance, you may end up hitting the vehicle ahead of you.

If you are driving on icy roads or roads that are covered with snow, you may want to leave more room as you will take longer to stop. Vehicles tend to slip on icy surfaces when breaks are applied. So, keep this in mind.

Don’t Drive in Bad Weather

Bad weather may cause accidents. So, we suggest that you don’t drive when it’s raining or snowing. This is more important for beginners. Driving at night is more difficult so you need to be more careful. However, you can driver at night if you have an expert driver with you. They can teach you how to drive in bad weather. Once you are confident enough, you can drive at night as well. However, you should avoid driving in bad weather to be on the safe side.

Don’t Make Haste

At times, while driving you may be in a situation where you may not know whether you should pass or let the other driver pass. This can happen in a four way stop. In this type of situations, you may want to let the other person have the right of way. In the worse scenario, if you and the other drive pull out at the same time, you may have a collision. So, it’s best that you wait a few seconds before you pull out.

Tricks to Prepare Vehicle for Winter

  • Battery – A thorough inspection of your battery, cables, terminals and fluid will help to make sure your car is ready for winter. The cold weather puts more stress on your battery. Many automotive parts stores will test your battery capacity free of charge.
  • Inspect Your Tires – If you’re not mounting winter tires on your vehicle, be sure to examine your current tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing and cupping as well as checking the sidewalls for cuts and nicks to help you to know if your tires are ready for the harsh weather. The colder weather will also reduce the pressure within your tires, causing them to perform poorly in the snow. You should frequently check your tire pressures.
  • Coolant – Along with regulating the engine temperature, a vehicle’s coolant system is responsible for protecting your engine against corrosion. For the winter season you will want to make sure that you are using the right ratio of coolant to water in your system as well as using the right type of coolant for your car. If you are unsure, you can check the effectiveness of your coolant with a simple and inexpensive test found at any car parts store.
  • Ice scraper – Keep your ice scraper in your vehicle and always clean off your car completely, not just a little peephole in the windshield. You must be able to see all your surroundings, your side mirrors and through your back window. Snow on top of your car could slide down and cover your windshield while you are slowing down or fly off onto someone else’s vehicle while you are driving. In some states it is the law that your vehicle is clear of snow and ice.
  • Survival Kit – Especially during times of slick road conditions and below freezing temperatures, you will want to keep a survival kit in the car at all times in case of emergency. Some items to consider include extra gloves, boots and blankets, flares, tire chains, a flashlight and extra batteries, car charger or portable cellphone charger, and a whistle. Also check your spare tire and make sure that your car jack is in good, working condition.
  • Keep Your Gas Tank Above Half – If you get stuck or stranded, the car’s engine will be your only source of heat and you will want to be sure you have enough fuel to keep you warm. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove snow from behind the tailpipe and keep it unobstructed to prevent lethal gas from accumulating in the vehicle.

Save Fuel Without a Driving Limit

The simple trick to using less gas is not to drive less, but to drive smarter. And a smart driver (YOU) makes sure they are staying current with all their factory scheduled vehicle maintenance. This includes fluid changes like motor oil, coolant, windshield wiper, and power steering. But also includes services like tire balancing and rotation, brake pad inspections and replacements, cabin filter replacements, air filter replacements, comprehensive inspections, and more.

Aside from what your trusted mechanic can provide for your vehicle in terms of routine maintenance, there are many things you can do yourself to keep your ride in tip-top condition, allowing it to utilize fuel efficiently and perform for years to come.

Take initiative into your own hands with DIY car care. There are many duties you can implement on your own to continue vehicle maintenance in between regular scheduled mechanic visits. You can start by making sure your tires are always properly inflated. When they are not, your vehicle must work harder to assume the same level of performance, which uses more fuel. Also, be sure to periodically inspect the gas cap for damages. This can cause fuel to vaporize into the air.

Another way to use your fuel efficiently is to obey the speed limit and accelerate slowly. This also protects several components of your vehicle, allowing optimal performance and safety. Last, try emptying the trunk and backseat of unneeded materials. This can reduce the overall weight of your car, thus reducing the amount of gas it needs to operate.

Although there is no magical way to truly “drive more and use less“, with routine car care you can optimize your vehicle’s fuel economy, which essentially delivers the same financial gratification. Talk to your trusted automotive service technician about your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule. You may refer to your vehicle’s owners’ manual for additional information as well.