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Truck Drivers – They Do More than Just the Driving

Let’s start at the beginning, what is a truck driver? Truck drivers are referred to as truckers or drivers; they are someone who earns a living as the driver of a truck, semi-truck, box-truck, or dump-truck. They transport goods and materials from one place to another, usually manufacturing companies. The drivers themselves are responsible for the upkeep and inspecting of their own vehicles making sure they are up to date with all safety measures. Also, some truck drivers are also sales representatives responsible to keep up with sales and customer service.

So what is the day of a trucker like? Well, they start out with inspecting their truck like I just mentioned, they have to check tires, bumpers, the hood brakes, everything for safety precautions. Then they have to fill out their working log, they need to jot all information from how many hours they drove, slept, refueled, they need to keep this log handy for whenever they are asked to present it. Now they contact dispatch, getting and giving all known information, where they are going, how long it should take to get there, are there any added or unexpected stops ahead. They get all directions needed and any items that will be needed for the days’ work load.

Now they are on their way, how far they will go will depend on the distance they are traveling, if they are going more than a day’s distance they will space out the driving, if they are likely to arrive in a few hours they will most likely continue till they hit their destination. There are laws that do not allow truck drivers to just drive all hours of the day and night till they get to where they are going, if they are headed a day or two away they must follow these laws. The most recent law says that a truck driver can drive for up to 11 hours in a 24 hour day with a 10 hour rest period. There needs to be a full 10 hour straight break from one day to the other, which cannot be split up, but with an additional 3 hours in the day there is still more time for afternoon breaks. Drivers stop when their schedule is open for the break, they eat, shower, use restrooms, even just a good stretch, always being sure to jot it all down in their log books. But in no way can they drive more than 11 hours in a day.

As for deliveries and pickups, it is up to the driver to have all the information of the person or company expecting to receive or deliver a shipment. They must call ahead to be sure someone will be expecting them; they carefully pull into the area allowed and either deliver or receive shipments. Once finished, the driver logs everything in and moves on to the next location.

Truck drivers are genuinely friendly people; they travel throughout the United States meeting lots of different people. Interacting with diverse individual’s every day; they listen to music, news or even sport games on the radio. Truck driving is a great job for anyone who loves peace and quiet mixed with meeting lots of different people all over the world, oh, and you have to like to drive too!

Parallel Parking A Step by Step Guide

In 1994, Ontario introduced a graduated licensing system that made parallel parking a requirement to get a final “G” license. Fast forward 18 years, many drivers still avoid parallel parking like the plague. And if they do attempt it – many parallel parking attempts end after second or third attempts still without full satisfaction.

The reasons for these failures may be attributed to the fear of hitting another vehicle; a confidence issue to properly parallel park; and the embarrassment of people watching your multiple failed attempts. One bad parallel park in the eyes of family and friends can instantly make you feel like a less than average driver.

How do we do eliminate your fears and perform a flawless parallel parking? There is no scripture or exact science to it; however these simple three steps can be your guide to impress everyone.

The approach: Sometimes we want a certain spot right in-front of our destination or have trouble finding a spot, so we try to squeeze in to the impossible small spot. In those instances, we’ve failed before we began, so be sure to find a space that your vehicle can fit in. Once your spot is located, signal to indicate your intention to other road users, lower your speed to a minimum level and check the traffic from all directions.

The process: Align your car with the other parked vehicle preferably mirror to mirror. Signal and check all mirrors for on-coming traffic and for any pedestrians in your blind spots. Change gears into reverse and start turning your steering wheel to the right for a full 360 degrees and slowly move your car backwards until you can see the plate number of that parked vehicle. At this point you should be at an angle of 45 degrees in a “V” shape. When your passenger door is aligned with the rear bumper start to slowly turn the steering wheel to the left until your car is straight. If you are not straight you should still have the space to rock your vehicle forwards and back until you reach a straightened position. Put your car into park, pull up your hand brake and you are finished.

The resumption: Start your car, signal, check for traffic, lower your hand brake and put your vehicle in reverse. Reverse back to see the back tire of the parked car in your front and then put your car into drive and slowly accelerate out. Cancel your signal and keep driving. Remember, the more you practice the easier it will be and the more skilled you become. Good luck!

Emotion Electric Bikes as a Lightest Means of Transport

Before getting yourself an electric mountain bike, you should be familiar with the rules and regulation that you should follow while using these electric mountain bikes. In some countries these electric bikes are against the law.

These electric mountain bikes are generally light weighted to fulfill the purpose for which they are used. They are made by combining three types of metals they are- titanium, steel and aluminum. The price of these bikes depends on the types of metal they are made of. The cheapest being steel and the costliest metal is titanium.

The battery packages and electric motor of the bike are parts that are upgradable. If you have an intention of travelling at a faster speed then, you can increase the power and size of your bike. You can also go for advanced lithium battery if you don’t want to recharge your battery regularly. If you buy an extra battery pack, then you can use it as a backup battery when your battery gets discharged. Other than this, if you want an electric bike, then you can go for BH emotions electric bikes.

BH stands for “Beistegui Hermanous”. It is a Spanish company that has been creating bicycles for more than a century. This company is really innovative. It always comes up with a technology which is very reliable. Their bikes are stiff, light and durable. Not only this, they come at a cheap and affordable cost. Bikes generally weigh 24-25 kg and also include battery. As these bikes are made up of light frames and aluminum, they are very easy to handle. You can always go for emotions electric bike with a cross bar which is produced by leading industry BH.

These electric bikes can be considered as a greenest and cheap means of transportation. Recently Consumer Product Safety Commission has also accepted it. By using an electric bike you can move freely. Some of the bikes are also folding and thus it adds to your convenience. If you are a college going person then folding electric bikes can be a great help for you. These bikes are really cost effective and are very efficient in serving their purpose.

Do You Know About The UK Driving Test Changes?

This year has seen some important changes to the UK driving test. While some have challenged the wisdom of the changes, they are in my view, a step forward – and they are here now, so you should understand them if you are taking the test.

Independent driving

Since early October 2010, the UK Driving Test includes a section of ‘independent driving’ – about 10 minutes without direction from the examiner, in contrast to the step-by-step instructions issued during the other sections of the test, and throughout the previous test format.

In the new test, during the independent driving phase, the examiner will issue directions or instruct the candidate to follow traffic signs – or perhaps a combination of the two.

With many drivers relying on technology such as satellite navigation to find their way to their destination, the old-fashioned way of using a map and reading road signs is fast becoming out of date. Whilst for the most part sat navs are useful, it is important that new drivers remain fully alert and are able to demonstrate that they can follow signs on their own and and not rely on other people or gadgets to help them.

The Directgov site stresses that, if the candidate forgets the route or otherwise gets lost, they will not be penalised. This is because the examiner is not testing orientation and navigation skills. However, driving faults will be penalised.

Instead, the examiner will help the candidate get back on the route – indeed, if you do get lost or otherwise confused, it’s best to come clean and the examiner will help you get back on track.

Test routes and manoeuvres

Test routes are no longer published: Until early October 2010, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) published details of test routes online, but no longer. This supports the Independent Driving section of the test by not allowing candidates to drive and/or memorise the route they will be tested over.

There’s only one manoeuvre: While there were previously two manoeuvres in the test, there’s now only one. While manoeuvres are obviously an important part of driving, it seems logical that by testing just one, candidates will have more driving time on the roads, experiencing more junctions and roundabouts, which are normally the areas that a few drivers are less confident and serious accidents are more likely to happen.

Future changes

Future changes may be to scrap the Pass Plus scheme, introducing a driver attitude test, implementing a minimum learning time of 12 months to match the rest of Europe, retesting drivers every five to 10 years and motorway testing. Lowering the the drink drive limit to 20mg per 100ml for newly-qualified drivers has also been under discussion.

Advent Of Xenon Lighting

Currently, xenon lamps are replacing halogen lamps in the headlights of automobiles. These lamps are more preferred in headlights because these lamps result to lower light reflection thus reducing the glare of oncoming cars. This is so because transition from light to darkness of Xenon light is more defined than Halogen light.

The arc created between two electrodes of tungsten makes the xenon bulb lights up. The xenon bulb contains noble gases, including xenon gas, and does not have any filaments like the incandescent bulbs. Xenon light has an electronic starter and a ballast to start and maintain the arc that will light up the lamp.

Xenon bulbs are used widely for lighting large areas such as gyms and courts, warehouses and parking lots, and cinemas. Xenon bulbs are more preferred than incandescent bulbs in that it has a brightness that is close to that of daylight. Although more expensive than other types of lamp, investing in a xenon bulb is worth it and can even save you a lot of money in the long run since it will last you a lifetime. You do not have to change your xenon bulb like you do your incandescent or fluorescent bulbs.

There are two different types of xenon lamps, namely the xenon compact arc lamps and the mercury-xenon lamps. Both lamps however function on the basic concept of xenon lighting which utilizes the arc that is created between the two electrodes in the bulb. With xenon short arc lamps, the arc is formed with the electrodes only a few millimeters apart. Further, these lamps contain several atmospheres of xenon gas. Reaching 80% of final output can be done in less than ten minutes for this type of xenon lamp. Xenon compact arc lamps are designed for direct current operation and are done for better stability and longer life. Xenon lamps come in different wattage and can be operated in the vertical or horizontal position. A mercury-xenon lamp is a lamp that contains both small amounts of xenon and mercury. Xenon is used to start and maintain the arc, which creates the light, until mercury has vaporized.

Xenon lighting or better known as HID (High Intensity Discharge) lighting is a very popular with car enthusiasts as they install this type of light into their cars. Although, xenon lighting is more expensive than other forms of lighting, the quality of light being given by the lamp is very appropriate for night driving. As part of a style statement, xenon lighting does not only come in its natural white color but also comes in a variety of colors that can match the car’s theme. Xenon lighting comes in golden light, sun light color, different shades of blue and purple.