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Coming Up: The 2007 New York International Auto Show

Anticipation is rising as the 2007 New York International Automobile Show goes back to the Jacob Javits Convention Center this April 6th. Many automobile enthusiasts are looking forward to feasting their eyes and satisfying their hunger for the freshest line-up that their favorite brands have to offer.

This auto show will feature more of the cars and trucks of the 2007 and 2008 production line and many of the concept vehicles that are projected to bring about change in the automobile dynamics. Many different cars will be put on the spotlight and all its intricate design details will be scrutinized. The inner working of the vehicles will also be one of the many attractions.

The show promises that critics and fanatics will have a difficult time comparing and contrasting the different creations presented to them. Each curve and swerve of the contour of each car has been perfected; every Mercedes headlights shows glare and brightness.

The opening day ceremonies will be held on the 7th of April at 9:30 to 11 in the morning. The show will run 11am to 10:30 pm Mondays to Saturdays and from 10 am to 7 pm on Sundays. This show is open to anyone who wants to get to know more about cars, cars collectors or just anyone who wants to see flashy and shiny steel that revolves on a platform.

Tickets can be availed of on line and can be printed from your homes and transferred in favor of other persons, or you can purchase them directly at the door or at the Credit Card Kiosk at the Javits Center.

There are many different events to be excited about, like the National Automotive Technology Competition Breakfast, Automotive Career Fair, the famous New York Bus Tour, TVB Breakout Sessions and Trade Show Exhibits, Symposium on World Traffic Safety, Competition for Safety Designs, a Hispanic Day Concert, and of course the closing of the event on the last day which is the 15th of April.

For enthusiasts from far places, many hotels are open near the venue site. Among these are the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, the Crown Plaza Times Square, the Hilton New York, Marriott Marquis, W Times Square Hotel and many others.

Next year’s New York International Auto Show will be held on March 21-30, 2008.

3 Key Components of Automotive Wiring Systems

A quick look under the hood or behind the dash can quickly overwhelm anyone not familiar with a cars wiring system. The wiring system in vehicles has continually become more complex and understanding is essential to diagnosing problems and repairing cars. While the details vary from one manufacturer to the next, there are three key components of a cars wiring system everyone should understand.

The first component is the wiring itself. The purpose of the wiring is to distribute power from the battery to devices located throughout the vehicle. As a result, there are a variety of different types of wires ranging from those which carry almost no current to those that provide the power required by electric motors. Every wire has four properties which affect how much current it can carry. They are the length, composition, gauge, and bundling.

Every type of wire has a specific amount of resistance per foot, which means the longer the wire, the more power it can carry. A majority of wires are composed of fine copper strands. The finer the strands, the more current it can carry. The gauge or size also determines how much resistance there is. Bundling allows wires to dissipate heat in order to carry more current without the threat of melting.

The second component is the fuses. They protect the wiring and often connect it to different types of car connectors. Most cars have fuse panels which houses the fuses for all of the major devices such as cooling fans and the engine control unit. Most fuses have two blade connectors made of a metal with a lower melting point than the wiring.

The car connectors should be considered the most critical element in today’s vehicles. Without functioning car connectors, it is nearly impossible to service a vehicle. A car connector is a component of the car which wires pass through. It can be removed in order to make repairs to wires. A single car connector often houses more than 100 wires.

Some of the most commonly used car connectors include hsg connectors, fuse connectors, and plug connectors although there are a variety of other car connectors as well. Connectors must be waterproof and corrosion proof in order to provide good electrical contact throughout the life of the vehicle.

Cars now have thousands of circuits which rely on all three components in order to operate efficiently and reliably. While every component has a variety of individual characteristics based upon its specific purpose, they can all be classified as wiring, fuses, or car connectors.

Custom Jeep Seat Covers: The Made-to-order Seat Covers

The fun of the driving a jeep is unexplainable. Just imagine driving your jeep in the place of your choice and you will be filled with pleasure and excitement. You will experience the thrill of exploring the nature. If the interiors, particularly the jeep seats are great looking, it?ll add pleasure to your driving. The custom jeep seat covers can actually provide you with the desired fun.

The jeeps are considered tough, macho, and stylish. For people who believe in macho look and feel, are style conscious, and nature lover; jeeps are of great use. However, your desire of the fun, thrill, and excitement cannot be fulfilled, if the seats are not comfortable. In order to make the jeep seats comfortable, the seats must be neat and clean, dust/dirt free, and damage free.

Because of the regular use, the seats of jeep attract a lot of dirt and dust. Moreover, since jeeps are used in different terrains, environments, and for odd activities and have open body, they attract a lot of dust, mud, stains, and scratches. The jeep seats also have to suffer much friction and wear and tear. These factors make getting the custom jeep seat covers more a necessity.

The custom jeep covers are made of superior material. The quality of material is most important aspect you need to consider. The breathability, softness, durability, look, affordable prices, perfect fit, and user friendliness are some of the most important features that custom jeep seat covers must have.

The seat covers such as Neoprene seat covers are very effective in preventing the hazards from causing any damage to your jeep seats. The seat covers are made of CR-grade Neoprene material. The material is very strong and effective in preventing water, UV rays, and dirt.

The custom jeep covers are designed and made keeping your active life style in mind. The quality seat covers provide your jeep seats with complete protection and cool look. With enhanced comfort and improved charm, the seat covers will provide you the hassle-free driving with no unpleasant , get the custom fit jeep seat covers for dirt/dust and stain-free jeep seats and add excitement to your driving with enhanced look and soft touch.

Man Drives Down Park Stairs after Blindly Following GPS

In another case of distracted driving, a man drove his car down the steps of a New York park after blindly following a GPS device.

There is a photograph of the incident which happened at Riverside Park floating online, which was snapped by a person at the park at the time of the incident.

Various reports state that the driver followed his electronic guide into the park partially down the stairs of 88th Street. The back wheels of the vehicle managed to remain on the sidewalk while the front wheels hung over the first few steps.

Some reports suggest that the car, with Rhode Island plates, may have been a front-wheel drive vehicle and had to be towed from the area.

There are various safety devices designed to improve automobile safety and efficiency. Completely relying solely on a GPS device is not safe. It simply does not replace a driver.

Distracted driving is a serious issue that cannot be taken lightly. Accident stemming from drivers who are not paying attention to the road could be eliminated but are not. Nationwide approximately 3,331 were killed in 2011 in distracted driving related accidents.

Those using a hand-held device while operating a vehicle face dangerous hazards. The drivers place themselves, their passengers and those sharing the road in unnecessary danger. Statistically, they are at least four times as likely to get into wreck that can cause serious injuries or kill someone than when not using the devices.

Inexperienced drivers under 20-year-old have the highest proportion of distracted-related fatal crashes, per various studies. It has been found that engaging in activities such as texting while driving can delay a driver’s reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver. Most understand that driving under the influence is dangerous because those who are drunk do not have the mental acuity or motor skills to operate a vehicle properly or react to obstacles on the road.

Next time you are going someplace new, review the directions prior to embarking on your trip. Turn off your phone and other distractions while driving and keep it that way until you’ve reached your destination and are no longer operating a vehicle. If you feel that you need to use a GPS device, set it up in way so that the directions are read out loud, that way you won’t have to keep looking away from the road at every street.

Auto Leasing: What The Dealers Don’t Want You To Know

Too often when it comes to auto-leasing, people get so dazzled by the myriad terms and the jargon thrown their way that they end-up paying through the nose, relying on a dealer’s “help” than their own informed decision.

Here is a look at some of the tricks dealers use to pad their profits and leave the customers shelling hundreds of dollars more than the deal should be worth.

Trick 1: Leasing always a better deal than buying

Dealers use the lure of lower-monthly payments to entice customers to sign for long-term loans, with terms stretching for five years or more, making the payments even lower. There are two catches with such lengthy contracts: higher mileage, exceeding the prescribed limit, and hefty repair costs. With leases charging on average 10 to 20 cents a mile for any extra mile over the agreed amount in the contract, and warranties only covering three years, you leave yourself wide open for hefty charges for excessive mileage and wear and tear.

Trick 2: Cheap 2-3% APR rate on your lease

The dealer is not quoting the interest rate you would be paying on your lease; he’s rather giving you the lease money factor. Whilst similar to an interest rate and important in determining your monthly payment, a more accurate rate is calculated by multiplying the money factor by 24. For example a “cheap” 3% money factor is 24 X 0.003 = 7.2%. This gives you a better sense of what your annual interest rate on your lease contract is.

Trick 3: Stress-free early lease termination

Dealers know consumer driving needs change and they would like to have the option of getting out of a lease commitment sometime down the road, before their lease ends. Truth of the matter is, when you sign for a lease, you are effectively saddled with monthly payments for the remainder of the lease term and there is little-choice of getting out early. Lease contracts carry hefty financial penalties for either defaulting on monthly payments or terminating the lease earlier than the scheduled term.

To avoid being on the receiving end of such tried-and-true tricks, educate yourself about leasing. Get down to the nitty-gritty and understand what the leasing terms used by dealers mean. Crunch the numbers along with him and understand how they arrived at the monthly payment figure. Don’t sign anything until you’ve understood all the terms and your numbers much those of the dealer. Do not let the dealer pressure you into signing; you are the one to determine whether the agreement is right for you.