Hey everyone, welcome back to my vehicles and motors blog. Self driving cars are becoming increasingly trendy, and with that more companies are jumping onto the bandwagon to create their own driverless experience. Tech behemoth Apple is the latest to follow this trend after obtaining an autonomous testing permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles in California. Apple can now freely test three 2015 Lexus RX450h model vehicles on the public roads in California. The company has yet to divulge any information about when or where testing will begin, however six divers are authorized to be behind the wheels of the vehicles. The company will be due to publish a disengagement report signed off by all drivers on the first on January, 2019. Read more
Hello readers, and welcome to another educational post from my vehicles blog. A lot of people don’t realize that buying a car is a lot like buying a house in that the first time you do it there is a lot to do. You need to buy cleaning supplies, some tools and of course safety gear and that is just the recommended minimum. The costs for all the items can pile up, which is why I always looked for a used version whenever possible. My favourite site for this is http://www.for-sale.ie/, which has tons of used tools and general goods for sale. I got most of my car supplies on there, which meant that I could buy more. Consider these items to keep in your vehicle at all times. Read more
Tips for learner drivers
It’s extremely important for new learners not to get into bad vehicle habits from day one. Many people, or potential driving ‘teachers’, may of driven for decades, and since laws and the design of motor cars have changed a huge amount. Here are the basic do’s and don’t’s for new learners, that every qualified, or competent ‘teacher’ should drill into a new learner from the off. Read more
Hey everyone, welcome back to my vehicles blog. I hope you all enjoyed the holidays, I had a great time with the family all coming out to visit. My nephew just turned 17 this summer, so the rest of the family all chipped in and found a cheap Mazda 3 hatchback that made the perfect gift. We found it online, and it was actually no hassle at all to get all the information sorted out with Mazda and get the car here in time for Christmas. He absolutely loved the car, and I was really glad that we could make sure he got something safe and reliable for his first car. The Mazda3 was actually the first car I learned to drive on other than an old farm pick up, so I am glad we can continue this tradition, even if he did get a 2016 version. Read more
More stability with the latest model Honda CRF450R
The 2016 model is also the only 450 bike on the market with ⅞ inch Renthal handlebars. There is a map switch button on the right hand side handlebar allowing you to easily switch power modes, allowing you to change between 3 engine power maps easily, whilst riding. Read more
Car Stereo Deck
Hey everybody, I hope you all had a great weekend. I would like to welcome you guys back to my vehicle blog. I thought today I would spend a little time talking about something that as a driver born in the mid 90’s is very important to me-stereo decks. I recently bought a really shitty old car, like the first one I bought actually. I needed a stereo deck for it and was lucky enough to find some used ones online from this website selling used parts(http://www.for-sale.com/ has lots of used car parts) and it reminded me of when I had to do the exact same thing just over 5 years ago. I remember it very vividly, I had bought a new deck for my 2000 Saturn S series and found myself sitting in the small parking space behind my house trying for hours and hours to first get the original deck out and then get the fancy one in. As someone who had spent more time with a controller in my hand than a wrench this was a very, very difficult task. Read more
Hey there folks. How are you all? Welcome back to another edition from my vehicles blog. I have got a great little post for you today about what I consider to be the most fun, cheerful and colourful vehicle on the planet. The Filipino Jeepney! Have ever seen one? If you have ever visited the Philippines you will most definitely have done so. But if not you should definitely Google them and take a look at some photos. They are so cool! Jeepneys are the most popular form of public transport in the Philippines and, as such, the country is absolutely crammed with them. Their kitsch, in your face, decorations and styling have become a symbol for Filipino popular culture. Jeepneys were originally made from leftover US military Jeeps that were left behind in the Philippines after the cessation of hostilities at the end of the Second World War. The modern Jeepney is manufactured by a company called Sarao Motors and it is their style of vehicle that has become synonymous with the Jeepney worldwide. They really are unique in their look and character. There is no other vehicle type in the world quite like them and I personally think that a trip out to the Philippines just to see the jeepneys alone would be well worth the airfare if you are a vehicle nut like myself. Read more
Winter Tires - A Cold Cars Best Friend
Winter Tire BasicsIf you are lucky enough to have a big garage, a couple decent jacks and the right tools you can easily replace the tires yourself. It can actually be a little difficult looking at the tires and knowing if they are a winter, summer, or all year set so some tire companies such as Bridgestone have included snowflake images on the outside of all their winter tires. This also ensure you don't put the tires on backwards although it wouldn’t take too long after to figure that out. After you have put the tires on yourself and tested for safety or had them put on at a reputable shop you are almost ready for the winter. Well you are ready for that thing they call winter in some places in the US and Europe, but not in Canada.
Canada ColdWhen I grew up we had countless days below minus forty Celsius, and even a couple days past minus fifty. When that is your reality you have to do things a little different. For example, I would always have an empty pop can and a tea light candle in my car. Why I can already hear you asking? Well, have you ever been stuck in a car, on the side of a highway covered in snow with 3 hours between you and any rescue? I have and it is one of the worst experiences ever. Huddled in your seat, wrapped in all the clothes that were with you for when you got outside with a tea candle inside a tin can for warmth. This is also where that 6 year old nature valley bar in the glove compartment will come in handy. In reality I would try to keep a bit of honey and peanut butter in the glove box for this. Just get some of those travel shampoo containers and fill them with each. Excellent energy boost when you need a few more hours.
Emergency Kits - For Emergency use only
Overall winter titres are extremely important to us who live in snowy areas. Some places I visited in the summer that I would not be legally allowed to go to this winter without winter tires (this actually started last week as snowstorms in Canada start early.) Of course just because you have tires on (or four wheel drive for that matter)doesn’t mean you are invincible. Every year there is a major collision outside the town where my dad lives because some idiot is speeding up and down the highway right after it ices up and starts a chain reaction. One year I had a work site to get to via this road and it got cancelled for a week because of a 100+ car pile up that took at least 3 days to clear. Things like this are a common occurrence on Canadian roads, especially the busy ones. All it can take is one second, and it doesn't even have to be someone's fault. But buy some winter tires for your car and hopefully it won't be yours. Read more