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See Like an Owl When You Drive!

Driving high speeds is exciting and sometimes it’s a guilty pleasure, especially for those who enjoy driving with the point of crossing towards racing in the future. Although it’s not really wise to travel at high speed, it can’t be denied that if only we were not as limited as having poor night vision, people could probably go for a more decent speed at night. Travelling at night in wide highways from one place to another can be dangerous. In fact a huge number of vehicular accidents occur at night times and most of them are through driving. Travelling by air is actually considered to be the safest means of travelling and the most prone to accidents is travelling by road. But people don’t need to become an owl to see perfectly at night while they drive, they can just enhance their automobiles with the use of HID Bulbs. With these bulbs drivers can now see at night more clearly which secures them because of the amount of light emitted through these bulbs.

Many thanks go to BMW for inventing HID Light Bulbs. Since then driving has become safer and more secure, especially at night. These bulbs that were invented by the German Automobile company contain a gas called Xenon that allows the bulbs to produce a sufficient amount of light which is comparably brighter than its predecessors. From the definition of HID which means High Intensity Discharge, the bulbs itself produces a very bright light which usually comes out in a blue a blue or white shade although most manufacturers are developing new colors. Like other products, they vary from one manufacturer to the other including prices because there are cheap as well as very expensive hid kits.

With the use of these bulbs, users are given many advantages. Aside from adding security to drivers and passengers alike with its bright light, the use of such is also proven to be economical as well. The Xenon component allows the German creation to produce a sustainable amount of light at a minimum amount of power. Despite this sustainable amount of light being emitted, the bulb only uses minimum amount of power thus consuming less fuel.

The thrill of having to go for a speedy rate at night will not worry anyone anymore with the use of HID bulbs. It secures driving at night because your vision is as clear as that of an owl and it allows you to save on fuel consumption! Its one light that maximizes its use at the same time minimizes its cost!

Approach Professionals For Car Stereo Installation

A lot of people think that installing car stereos is an easy task but slightest of the mistakes may cause unsightly marks or scratches on the interiors of the vehicle. Are you ready for this? Obviously nobody will be willing to take that risk. So it’s pretty good that you go to some professionals for its installation. Though there are lots of write-ups which tells that it’s quite easy to install such systems and you focus on the selection of the stereo only. But it’s absolutely wrong, you must hire an expert for this job.

It’s pretty advisable that you purchase the audio system from a company which provide installation service also. It will benefit you in three ways. The first benefit is that you will not have to conduct two searches for two different companies. You can easily find a company providing both products and services under one roof saving much of your time and effort. The second advantage is the saving. Most of the companies allow discounts on multiple and comprehensive deals. So having both the deals from one company will make you eligible for some rebate. And the third thing which goes in your favor is that the company will be wholly responsible for the work. If you go to different companies for purchase and installation of the car audio system and, god forbid, if anything goes wrong, both of them will put the blame on each other and you will have to suffer from their mistake.

The city of Denver is crammed with car stereo companies. You need to ensure excellent quality of the products and services offered by the company you want to deal with. You can select a perfect company among the huge multitude of these companies by paying attention to just a few things. At first, determine the experience of the company so that you don’t have to face any problems in the future. Experience brings efficiency to a company. It makes the organization able to tackle all the issues of their job area.

The second thing to notice here is the quality of products and services offered by the company. You can talk to your friends and colleagues about it. All your friends having cars may provide you some useful suggestions or opinions. You also have the option of visiting various sites which gather reviews from the customers of such companies and put it on display for those who seek information about them. Make sure that the company is outright perfect as a bad one may make you repent your decision in the future.

Information About Driver Medical Standards on Eyesight And Epilepsy And Diabetes

The measures are contained in a consultation on the implementation of European minimum medical standards for drivers. While UK standards must be at least at the level of a minimum standard, the UK is not required to relax existing domestic standards where these are justifiably higher than the EU standards. However, where the Secretary of State’s Medical Advisory Panel has advised that a relaxation in standards is consistent with road safety, the recommendation is that this is adopted as the UK standard.

Road Safety Minister, Mike Penning, said:

“Britain has some of the safest roads in the world and licensing rules have an important role in maintaining this position. We must make sure that only those who are safe driving are allowed on our roads, while at the same time avoiding placing unnecessary restrictions on people’s independence.

“We have taken expert advice on the latest evidence on eyesight, epilepsy and diabetes and believe these proposals strike the right balance in allowing as many people as possible to drive, without compromising safety. We would welcome views from anyone affected by the changes and will consider all representations before setting out our final decisions.”

The main aspects of the new standards are:

Eyesight:

Group 1 – Cars and Motorcycles – A reduction in the distance that a number plate can be read from to test visual acuity. Currently, a number plate test is conducted at a distance of 20 metres, this will be reduced to 17.5 metres.

Group 2 – Buses and Lorries – A change for those who wear spectacles in how they are assessed. The eyesight test will concentrate on vision standards with the driver wearing their glasses.

Epilepsy:

Group 1- Cars and Motorcycles – Drivers who only suffer seizures whilst asleep would be considered for a licence after one year instead of the current requirement of three years. Drivers who suffer seizures that have no impact on consciousness or the ability to act could, for the first time, be considered for a licence after one year.

Group 2 – Buses and Lorries – For the first time, there will be a definition of epilepsy. The new EU Directives provide a definition as being “two or more epileptic seizures less than five years apart”. The Secretary of State’s Medical Advisory Panel on neurology is content with this definition for Group 1 drivers. However, the panel recommends that for Group 2 drivers, the UK treats epilepsy as being “two or more epileptic seizures less than ten years apart”. Therefore, for Group 2 drivers the DVLA is proposing to adopt a higher standard than the EU standard.

Diabetes:

Group 1 – Cars and Motorcycles – Under the proposals, licences will not be issued or renewed for drivers with recurrent severe hypoglycaemia and/or impaired hypoglycaemic awareness.

Group 2 – Buses and Lorries – Drivers who are treated with insulin would be considered for all Group 2 driver licensing, providing strict medical monitoring is met. Currently, Group 2 drivers treated with insulin are restricted to certain categories of vehicle.

Source: DVLA

Upcoming Hybrids In The U.s. Market

American motorists have feared the increase in gas price since it reached the three dollar mark last summer. This resulted to the number of car buyers turning their backs on gas-guzzling vehicles which have dominated the roads of the United States in the past years.

The most common answer to car buyer’s need for a fuel efficient vehicle is a hybrid electric vehicle. Since Toyota introduced the Prius in the U.S. auto scene, hybrid vehicles are becoming more and more popular. Aside from the Toyota Prius, there is now a host of hybrid vehicles being offered in the market from different automobile manufacturers.

Aside from new models of hybrids, car manufacturers like Honda have produced hybrid versions of their popular models like the Accord.

The number of hybrid vehicles in the market will surely increase as the demand for these fuel misers increases. Different car manufacturers have already announced that they will be producing hybrid vehicles which will be available for American car buyers in the near future. These vehicles are hybrid versions of popular models from different brands.

Hybrid vehicles which will hit showrooms around the United States include the Audi Q7 Hybrid and two Chevy models with hybrid versions – the Malibu and the Tahoe. Ford will also introduce hybrid versions of their Fusion and Expedition models. The GMC Yukon Hybrid will also be offered soon as well as the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Other hybrid vehicles coming soon are the Mazda Tribute Hybrid, the Mercury Milan Hybrid, and the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid.

These vehicles uses electric motors to assist a small internal combustion engine which may be fitted with aftermarket parts like Plymouth cold air intake system to further save on fuel and provide a good performance.

Hybrid vehicles are differentiated into two. The first one is for fuel efficiency purposes. An example of vehicles using hybrid technology for fuel economy is the Toyota Prius. Vehicles using the technology to save on fuel are designed for city driving where frequent acceleration and deceleration increase the amount of fuel consumed by a vehicle. Hybrid technology allows the engine to shut down when decelerating or during brief stops on intersections or traffic lights.

The other use of hybrid technology is to improve performance. The electric motor gives additional power to the engine to give a vehicle good acceleration and the battery pack also supplies power to other system like electronic power steering system. In this use of hybrid technology, fuel consumption is reduced only slightly since the vehicle is not designed to run on electric motor power alone.

Nevertheless, the use of hybrid technology is a good step towards improvement of the performance and fuel economy of mass produced vehicles. Currently though, the price of hybrid vehicles are significantly higher than conventional gasoline engined vehicles.

The Admirable Passage Of Time: The 2006 Chrysler 300

In 1955, when the Chrysler 300 was first introduced to the American public, the nation’s population was 151,684,000, the average annual salary was $2,992, and the cost for a loaf of bread was $0.14. Times sure have changed. DaimlerChrysler has built the 2006 Chrysler 300 to meet the challenge of a modern America. The new car, which was launched in 2005 ? has a bold new look, sumptuous leather interior, refined handling, four choices for engines, and shares many components including the chassis with the Mercedes-Benz E Class. But the MSRP of $23,525 to $39,920 suggests the company has kept pace with the vision of the Company founder Walter P. Chrysler to build mid-size cars that were technologically advanced and priced adequately to meet the needs of the American people.

On May 8, 1998 when Daimler-Benz merged with Chrysler, resulted in the co-development of the company’s new car, the Chrysler 300. The car features engineering from both companies. Its large headlights, full front grill, and a boxy cut complements its bodacious exterior making the car resemble the more expensive Bentley Continental coupe. Step inside the cabin and you?ll be surprised with the amount of space. The full size cabin is comfortable, as legibly put together. Look around, and you?ll see large, clear dials that have a retro appeal, yet are easy to read. Turn on the engine and listen to the Hemi? growl, engage the gear, and the 2006 Chrysler 300 is ready to rock.

At the heart of the 2006 Chrysler 300 is the re-engineered Hemi? engine that gained infamy by winning Le Mans in the original 1955 Chrysler 300. For 2006, the Chrysler 300 gives you choice of the 2.7 -liter V6 engine tweaked with 200 horsepower, the 3.5-liter 250 horsepower; the 5.7-liter V8 Hemi? with 340 horsepower, and the top of the range SRT-8 with 6.1-liter Hemi? with 425 horsepower (torque of 420 feet/pound at 6,000 rpm) that can go from 0 ? 60 mph in the low 5 seconds. Fuel efficiency ranges from 21 mpg city, to 28 mpg in the highway but also depends on how you drive.

The handling of the 2006 Chrysler 300 mimics that of the Mercedes Benz E-Class. The rear wheel drive car shares the same suspension with the Mercedes E-Class, and the 50:50 weight distribution helps deliver a smooth, supple ride with enhanced cornering capabilities. The 120-inch wheelbase provides greater stability. Moreover, there are subtle differences depending on which trim you choose. For example, the ride in the Touring trim is supple and controlled, while the 300C with the more powerful Hemi? is stiff. But the more you drive it, the more familiar you?ll get with its agile feel and responsive handling.

Safety is also a vital component of the design in all DaimlerChrysler automobiles. The 2006 Chrysler 300 has attained the five star front-impact crash test rating (the highest government safety standard for evaluating vehicle management of crash energy). All 300 models use steel Unibody? safety cage construction and standard multi-stage airbags with Occupant Classification System? that evaluates forces to determine which bags should be inflated, when and how fully. Front and rear side-curtain airbags are available as options, and we strongly urge you to get these to complement the vehicle’s otherwise exceptional safety reputation.

On January 5, 1924, the same year Lee Iacocca was born, the first Chrysler car model was launched. It was called the Chrysler Six; it was a statement that enshrined Walter P. Chrysler’s philosophy of beating Henry Ford at the automotive game by building technologically advanced cars. For its time, the Chrysler Six was way ahead of the curve offering the industry’s first high-compression engine with aluminum pistons, detachable cylinder heads, vacuum fuel feed and uniquely expressive design. The Chrysler Six served as inspiration for the original 1955 Chrysler 300, which in-turn inspired the current Chrysler 300. What would make these cars better would be the availability of a Hybrid engine, and word has it DaimlerChrysler, BMW, and Ford and jointly developing one which should be ready for the market in 2009. The passage of time is glorious indeed.

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