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Elderly Drivers Wanted Off The Road

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A poll was conducted in Great Britain. It asked respondents if they thought that the streets and roads in the country were getting congested. And according to the survey, many Britons thought that this was true.

The poll was created and conducted by one of the Britain's online insurance brokers and they did the survey through their website. The survey also asked if these who thought that the streets were congested had any solutions or answers to such a problem. Almost half of the respondents answered by saying that elderly drivers should be taken off the roads during the peak hours of driving. Some 49% of the whole lot gave such a solution to the congestion problem. It did not even make a difference if you used quality Pontiac performance parts for your well maintained vehicle. If you are old, then you should also be off the streets.

Of course, this has been quite a surprise for everybody. Even Paul Cosh, who is the managing director of the organization which conducted the research, could not help but comment about such an outcome of their survey. He says, "The impact of congestion on the UK economy in terms of lost time, fuel costs and general stress runs to billions, yet we continue to drive our cars more and drive further than the rest of Europe. However, I do not think that picking on this nation's most careful and experienced drivers is really the answer. To be honest, the views shown by this poll are quite shocking and simply do not stand up against the facts."

Analysis of the survey conducted that aside more than half of the drivers who answered the survey said that these elderly drivers should be banned because they believe that the elderly drivers are quite slow when it comes to coping with the new conditions of traffic and of the roads.

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The Five Years Of The Daewoo Lanos

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Owning up to an overall length of only 160.4 inches for the hatchback version and only 166.8 inches for the sedan version, the Daewoo Lanos has been considered to be one of the smallest cars in the business. But do not think it is much smaller than one of the smallest cars, the Mini Cooper. The Daewoo Lanos is not that small.

The Daewoo Lanos has actually been crafted in two versions, as mentioned, the hatchback and the sedan. The hatchback holds two doors while there are four doors for the sedan version. The wheelbase of the vehicle is some 99.2 inches, and it stands 56.4 inches and is 66.1 inches wide. Its fuel tank can take in some 12.8 gallons of gas and both versions can actually seat and take in five passengers.

Manufactured by Daewoo, the Daewoo Lanos has been in production starting from 1997. However, this vehicle line's saga ended after a couple of years in 2002. When its production was halted, the space and niche that it left blank was filled in by the Daewoo Kalos late in the year 2002. It has been said that its competition were actually the Toyota Echo, the Hyundai Accent, the Suzuki Swift, the Dodge/Plymouth Neon, the Ford Focus, the Ford Escort/ZX2, the Honda Civic, and the Kia Rio. The Hyundai Accent was considered to be the Daewoo Lanos' main competition.

The Daewoo Lanos is indeed a subcompact car. The design and style that it sported was the masterpiece of Giorgetto Giugiaro. The power of this vehicle came from the GM Family 1 D-TEC engines. These engines ranged from a 1.5 L SOHC to a 1.6 L DOHC. These engines were dual-overhead and held four cylinders. Each were offered to work with either a five speed manual shift transmission system or the optional four speed automatic transmission system.

It has been said that the Daewoo Lanos is a small car. However, this was possibly on the basis that it is the smallest vehicle of the trio of passenger cars that came out to the automobile market in the year 1999 from its manufacturer, Daewoo. It was a front wheel drive vehicle and it was made available in three trim levels which comprised of the S, the SE, and the SX. The latter was considered to be the top of the line trim level among all three levels of the Daewoo Lanos.

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Hummer H2 A Balance Between Interior Comfort And On Off Road Capabilities

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The Hummer H2 that was restyled and refreshed for 2005 boasts of a spacious and comfortable interior. This is because Hummer is known for its capacity and capability to perform and deliver on off road travails as well as on on-road journeys. And the Hummer H2 is no exception. There is no need to dwell much into the fact that it can outlast any road challenges. That is why this time around, the Hummer H2 is focusing on providing extra space and more easy comfort for its passengers. Truth is Hummer claims that this vehicle is just the perfect balance between interior comfort, on road capability, and off road adventures.

Aside from those mentioned, the Hummer H2 has also been designed, crafted, and manufactured to come with a good choice for exterior colors. The list includes Black, Birch White, Pewter Metallic, Slate Blue Metallic, Yellow, Desert Sand, Twilight Maroon Metallic, and Pacific Blue. This vehicle also has been crafted so as to feature a number of standard equipment.

The power of the Hummer H2 comes from a Vortec 6000 V8 engine. To work with the engine is a new heavy duty 4L65 E four speed automatic transmission system with overdrive. The combination of these two is the best in its class with regards to power and performance. Combined, these give the Hummer H2 the capacity to generate an estimated 325 hp and some 385 pound feet of torque.

Hummer has made sure that the Hummer H2 owners would be able to spruce up their vehicle any time they choose to. That is the very reason behind their creation of various Hummer H2 accessories and adds ons. The list includes brush grille guards, wrap around brush grille guards, chrome wrap around brush grille guards, grille guard mounted off road lamps, tubular assist steps, removable "U" steps, body color grilles, tubular tail lamp guards, trailer hitch and ball mounts, front hitch mounted portable winch, winching accessory kit, front hitch extenders, hitch covers, chrome fuel doors, chrome hood latches, chrome hood handles, rod hall shocks, performance exhaust systems, Neoprene seat covers, Mudder seat covers, cargo area mats, cargo area liner, custom carpet floor mats, rubber mudder floor mats, XM Satellite radios, roof rack crossbars, hard cargo carriers, soft cargo carriers, roof baskets, and roof mounted bike carriers among many others.

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Driving In The Fog Is Dangerous

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If you think that driving in the fog is much safer compared to driving in the snow or in a torrential downpour, then think again. The truth behind fogs is that driving through one increase your chances of meeting accidents or collisions much greater than you think.

If you happened to turn on your television set just recently, you would have learnt that there was an accident in China that was related to driving in foggy conditions. There were a dozen or so trucks that went colliding into one another. There were a couple of people dead and a greater number hurt and wounded. That just simply goes to show that we should not underestimate the power of the fog.

When driving during a foggy day, it is important that you drive slowly. With the fog, the usual thing that you would experience is a shortened range of vision. Now, if you are driving slowly, you would be able to stop your vehicle immediately if you need to. Also, it is important to turn on your lights. That way, you are letting others know that you are on the road.

If you are about to leave the road, make sure that you are completely out of it. you should turn off all your driving lights and keep in mind to turn on your flashers. This kind of situation actually gives other motorists the message that you are on somewhere off the road and you would not be driving back just yet.

Keeping your windows clear could be quite a problem for you. You can ask for the assistance of your windshield wipers as well as your defroster. These would help out greatly in keeping your windows and windshield clear.

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Buying Your First Classic Car

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For most people, owning classic or vintage cars is a dream-come true. Owning classic cars are considered a luxury. It is very expensive and most people cannot afford to buy one, much more to restore one.

If you are considering buying a classic car, you should first think about your budget, how much are you willing to spend on these antique machines? There are some people who spend their saving just to own one.

Vintage cars can also be an investment. After you restore one, the market value of the car would be better than you imagined. Depending on its model and condition, classic cars can be a potential profit maker.

These classics are usually sold in auctions and there are many classic car enthusiasts out there willing to spend a fortune on these cars.

However, before buying one you should consider the following:

Keep in mind that what you want to buy would be described as a collector car.

Decide what car fits your budget. This will probably eliminate those vintages you drool about in major car shows, unless you are very rich. Just one of those cars you see in major car shows can cost you at least hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Researching on where to buy classic cars is not easy. You have to spend a lot of time and effort just by searching one of these cars. Remember that these cars are not manufactured anymore and you do not often see these on your regular used car dealership.

You would probably find one on junk yards or on old people's houses that do sell or throw these classics away. You can even get them with a bargain price. However, these cars are probably covered with rust already and have engines that are in bad shape.

Another good way to look for a classic car is by going to auctions. If you can afford to travel, take time to go to car auctions in different places.

This will give you a chance to offer a bargain for it. You can also opt for a classic car that is in good condition and less restoration will be required.

If you found what you were looking for, compare them. If you are a mechanic you can probably do the comparison yourself, if not, try to bring your trusted mechanic along to help you decide which one to buy. Always remember that the less restoration required the better.

After purchasing the car, the next step would be restoring it. Be prepared to spend a lot of time and money on this phase, since good car parts for classic cars are hard to come by and are usually very expensive to manufacture.

Obtaining the car parts necessary for restoration will be very time consuming and will require you to make many calls in shops that sells antique car parts. One way of easily obtaining classic car parts is by searching in the Internet.

Here, you can obtain hard-to-find parts for the model of your car.

If you do not find one, you can ask a machine shop to manufacture one for you. All you have to do is bring the old part to the shop and they will do the rest.

If you don't know much about repairing cars, much more restoring it, it is probably best if you hire a mechanic to do the restoration or go to one of those classic car restoration shops. These kinds of shops are usually very expensive and not recommended if you bought the car for investment purposes.

This is because some classic cars restored are valued less than what it costs to do the restoration.

After the restoration and paying huge bills for the mechanic or restoration shops, you can now fully enjoy your vintage car for years to come.

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Time To Change Batteries

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One of the major components of your car is the battery. Imagine just how your car would start if it had no battery. Well, your car would actually not start without a battery and this simply goes to illustrate just how important this part is. It is your car's main power source.

Your car's battery actually functions to supply electric energy to your starter motor as well as the ignition system. These two mentioned parts are found in your vehicle's engine. However, the life of batteries do not last that long. If you do pick a quality one, you might be able to have it for around 60 months, that is if you use it properly. Otherwise, you might be only able to use it for less than that amount of time.

Now, if you do have a battery that just would not function anymore, then it is time to replace it. In just a couple of steps, you can do this thing yourself and you need not ask for assistance or service from any mechanic or auto center personnel. However, keep in mind that a car's battery has corrosive elements that could be harmful to you and your car so be careful when changing your car's battery.

You should be able to start the whole scheme by turning your car's engine off and locating the battery under the hood. To detach the negative battery cable, which is the black one, from the battery, you should first loosen the nut using a combination wrench. After doing such, twist it and pull up on the end of the cable with your hand. If your battery has been there long enough, there might be some need for you to provided greater force and pry the cable end loose using a screwdriver. Do the same steps in removing the positive cable which is the red one.

Remove the battery hold-down clamp with the assistance of a combination wrench. You can also use a socket and a ratchet for this task. Then, your battery should be loose by this time so you can now take it out of the tray. Be sure to grab them firmly from the bottom for they can be quite heavy.

When the battery has been removed, check the battery tray and hold-down clamp. If there are any signs of corrosion and dirt, clean them up first. You can use water as well as a wire brush to make it clean. You should also clean the battery cable connectors.

With everything clean, it is now time to put in the new battery. Put the new one in the tray and secure using the clamp. Attach and tighten the battery cables and make sure that you attach the positive ends first followed by the negative ones. Before putting down the hood, check first if all the connections are tight. Remember that loose connections equate to your car not starting.

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Installing Custom Sheepkin Seat Covers

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Installing your new seat covers can be a pain at time. But by following these simple instructions you will find the installation will go a lot smoother.

First off, if your car has removeable headrests you will need to take those off first. Most of the time there will be a release button at the top of your seat.

Now once you have the headrests off, if there were any, it's time to start putting on the seat covers. Just follow these easy 7 steps.

1. Begin at the top of the seat, slowly pulling the seat cover down over the shoulder of the seat. Take a moment to make sure that the seat cover is centered on the seat.

2. Take the centre straps and push them through the space in between the backrest and the seat cushion. You will need to reach around and pull them all the way through from the other side. This process can be done easily by kneeling on the seat cushion to create a larger space, or tilting the seat back.

3. From the back of the seat, grab the center straps and hook them to the underside of the seat. The hooks can be fastened to the springs or any metal edges down there. Note: Do not hook the straps to the sliding track of the seat or any electrical wiring there may be.

Be careful to keep your head clear when attaching the straps, if they slip out they can shoot back and cause injury.

For 2 door cars, be sure to leave enough slack for the seat to move forward, allowing people to get into the back seat. If the straps are too taught, they may break when the seat in tilted forward.

4. Now take the side straps and push them through centre at each side of the seat. Pull the straps down and back and hook them to the underside of the seat, again being careful not to put the straps in the way of the sliding track.

5. Pull seatcover forward and smooth out over seat cushions and sides. Pull straps at front and hook to underside of the seat.

6. Sit down in your seat and check to make sure that the cover is fitted properly to the seat and not off centre.

If your car has adjustable headrests, you may now need to get a sharp knife and make a small cut to allow you to re-insert your headrests. This can be done from sitting in the back of the seat. Line up the knife with the headrest holes in the seat and then move the sheepskin away from the seat (by lifting up) when cutting holes. Make sure you cut through the sheepskin and lining.

You're done, now go for a drive and enjoy.

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Mazda 626 Mazda S Family Car

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After the Mazda 616 and the Mazda 618 and also before the Mazda Mazda6 came the Mazda 626. The former mentioned vehicles, the Mazda 616 and the Mazda 618, were the predecessors of the Mazda 626. Of course, this vehicle is the product of the Mazda Motor Company's hard work and efforts. They have been able to build the Mazda 626 as a compact and midsize car. Its competition in the automobile market includes the Toyota Camry, the Honda Accord, the Nissan Stanza, and the Hyundai Sonata.

The Mazda Motor Corporation targeted the Mazda 626 to be designed and marketed as a car that could be utilized by families. Also, they made the vehicle as a commodity that could be exported to other areas and regions. It was actually based on the Mazda Capella which was a vehicle that the company only sold in Japan. In 1979, the Mazda 626 replaced the spot that was the Mazda 616's, Mazda 618's, and the Mazda RX 2's. Up until 2002, the Mazda 626 was in production. However, soon enough, the Mazda Mazda6 took over the family car market and the Mazda 626's production was completely halted.

If you travel to other parts of the globe, you would see that the Mazda 626 was sold under various names. In Asia, in Australasia, and in Southern Africa, this family car was known and marketed as the Ford Telstar. However, it only lived for a short while since the Ford Mondeo, which was sourced from Europe, came into these markets and took over the Ford Telstar.

This vehicle is actually known one of the very first Japanese brand cars that were built in the United States. However, it was certified as a domestic car by the United States government after ten long years. In last years of the Mazda 626, it was built and restyled to have exterior upgrades and interior upgrades. These upgrades gave the Mazda 626 a sportier look and it also provided the vehicle a better performance and handling.

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Car Finance Through A Car Dealer

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All of us require proper car finance at the time of purchasing a car. The procedure to buy a car from a car dealer would be simpler rather than walking directly into a company. Car dealers arrange for some useful services of automobiles loans and automobile insurance. Dealer financing is probably the best route for a low interest car loan as they deal in large volume. If you are not satisfied with the car finance provided by your dealer you can always opt for automobile refinancing.

The following information will help you understand the importance of Automobile Loans, Automobile refinancing, and Automobile Insurance. All three factors play an important role at the time of purchasing a car.

1) Automobile Loans

All of us need a car but to buy a car we need to obtain financial loan. Automobile Loans are very important source of helping the buyers to finance their cars. An automobile loan route is the direct automobile financing route. Automobile dealership will help you get a better bargaining power with an approved automobile loan. Automobile loan terms can be shorter or longer. If you go for a higher car loan term you will have to pay a high interest rate and vice versa. Since the car dealers have access to multiple financial institutions you can be assured a low interest rate.

2) Automobile Insurance

It would always be advisable to have an automobile insurance if you own and have a car. All you have to do is apply for an automobile insurance and pay the premium to the insurance company once a year. If you meet with a an accident, damage your vehicle and spent lots of funds on its repairs all you have to do is just inform the insurance company and get all your money back. A car dealer will help you with the service of automobile insurance.

3) Automobiles refinancing

If you have a poor credit history you can submit your application to the automobile refinancing. Your poor credit scores can make you to pay a much higher rate of interest on the loan. One does not need an appraisal for refinancing the automobile loan. You also need to make a note of all the reasons you need to refinance. Consumers who do not pay enough attention to the automobile financing can encourage trouble and might have to pay a higher interest rate. Automobile refinancing is seeing a boom mainly on account of the lowest mortgage rates in 45 years.

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