Monthly Archives: March 2016

Why We Love Cars

download (7)This is one of those questions that seems like a no-brainer until you try to tackle it. Why do people fall in love with their mode of transportation? The simple answer is that many people do not. While many claim to be enthusiasts and purchase their brand new Porsche as evidence, only a select few use excuses to hit the open road. These people are the true lovers and their lives would simply not be the same without cars.

Part of the reason we love cars is likely due to the fact that our parents, brothers, or friends loved cars and influenced us to take part in the culture. Similar to a dad bringing his kids to a baseball game and they in turn fall in love with the game, cars are typically something we learn to love over time. For me, it was riding in my dad’s 1997 Mustang Cobra convertible that forever turned me into a car lover. The burble and crackling of the 4 valve V8 making all the right noises has quite the impression on a 5-year-old. I think, however, that there is another aspect of why we love cars. This lies more in the connection between man and machine. Having control over something so powerful and forceful is a feeling that can hardly be replicated by any other experience. The shove in the back on acceleration and g loads in corners make us feel powerful and contributes to our want to discuss these feelings with other people. So much of the car magazines and auto blogs are purely describing how a particular car feels to drive. Just imagining these feelings is enough to spark interest in the automotive community. The ability to bond over what “looks” and “feels” best allows us share these experiences; allowing people to come together with a common passion. Like any passion, loving cars becomes much more enjoyable once you can discuss it with others. This can be seen in the automotive community with the popularity of car magazines and online forums. This has even developed into “cars and coffee” events and other car meets where enthusiasts can come together and bond over their love of cars.

In short, I think that loving cars boils down to the way we were raised and having an experience that makes us interested in these machines. From there, meeting others who share our knowledge for these machines makes us truly love them.

 

How To Make Your “Average” Car More Fun

download (6)Step 1: Understand that any car can become something special.

The first step in making your car more fun is to have the right mindset. Many people think that their 2003 Toyota Camry is destined for a life of A-to-B commuting and that there is no way to be able to actually enjoy the driving experience. This is a common misconception and many people would be shocked to see the difference even light modifications have on the driving experience of their own car.

Step 2: Research your car

If you don’t already know all of the features your car has, look through your owner’s manual or do a Google search and find out what type of engine, suspension setup, and wheels/tires came with the car from the factory. This allows you to have a greater understanding what is and isn’t possible when it comes to modifying your car.

Step 3: Lose Weight.

Reducing weight is truly a win-win as virtually everything from a driving perspective is improved. The simplest way to reduce weight involves exactly what you think, taking unnecessary parts off of your car. The first way to do this is to make sure that you aren’t carrying any extra baggage along with you that you will never need. Clear out your glove box, center console, and trunk and you’ll be amazed how much weight you’ll actually be removing. From there weight loss may need to come in the form of lighter replacement parts like an aluminum hood.

Step 4: Improve Handling Characteristics

By far the most important upgrade you will make to your car is upgrading your tires. As this is the only part of the car that actually makes contact with the road, choosing the right tire is crucial. Dedicated summer tires will improve grip drastically over even the best all-season tires.

Step 5: More Power

The cheapest ways to add power to your car include chip tunes and allowing your car to “breathe” easier. Chip tunes can do everything from removing the limiter on your car to adjusting the level of boost on a turbocharged engine. Allowing your car to “breathe” involves adding things like cold air intakes or installing a less-restrictive exhaust system.

Step 6: Keep Honing Your Car

Those on a budget will likely not be able to do all of these things at the same time. Modifying your car is a continuous process that almost never ends in a finished product. For those that follow these instructions, you will gain a better understanding of how cars work and own a vehicle that is truly one-of-a-kind.

 

What You Need To Know About Speed Bumps

download (5)Speed bumps are important as they help you to slow down thus preventing you from making an accident. While they are important, they can destroy your car if you don’t tackle them properly.

How bumps can destroy your car

Speed bumps can destroy different parts of your car. The most affected areas are shocks. These are units that absorb road imperfections. While the units are designed to take the pressure, they have their limit. If you hit bumps at high speeds you can cause them to bend in many different ways thus forcing you to buy new ones.

Bumps can also destroy your steering where they can break the steering rack mounts, throw the wheels out of alignment or even cause leaks in the power steering. Car experts have also shown that bumps can also damage your car tires. Tires are designed to touch the ground using only the flat surface. When you don’t tackle the bumps properly you force the sides of the tires to scrape the ground thus damaging them.

Guide on how to properly tackle bumps

The key to avoiding damaging your car is slowing down as you come across a bump. When you slow down you allow your vehicle to have full suspension travel. This not only prevents your car from getting damaged, it also prevents the jarring feeling.

In addition to slowing down, you also need to be cautious of how you approach the bump. The best way of going about it is approaching it at an angle. You should maneuver one wheel to the side first and then approach the bump at an angle. When you get over the bump, slightly turn the wheel the other direction so that you can go over the bump diagonally. This prevents the underside of the vehicle from getting damaged.

Regardless of how careful you are, it’s common to be caught by surprise where you unexpectedly come across a speed bump. When you find yourself in this scenario you should first reduce your speed by slamming on the brakes. To be on the safe side brake to the extent that you are almost stopping and then right before you get to the bump, take off your foot from the brake and let the vehicle gently traverse the bump.

 

Things to Consider When Getting a Cheap Hoverboard

download (4)If you plan on buying a hoverboard sometime in the near future then you should weigh down your options and get the best possible hoverboard through proper research. Not all hoverboards are of the same quality of having the same features. To make sure that you get the best possible product you need to know what’s under the hood and how to choose from the wide range of options available in the market.

Choose the right manufacturer: One of the things that you need to keep in mind is that you should always settle in for a reliable manufacturer who can get you the right products. Getting a quality product means you need to choose from reputed manufacturers that can offer you quality products. The brand reputation is something that can prove the legitimacy of a company and you should try to get reliable products instead of opting in for something that is cheap. Good products do not always come cheap and the brand value gets added to the prices of these high-quality products as well. It is just one of the tradeoffs that you need to make to ensure you get a product that lasts.

Return policies: You need to make sure that you are properly covered through return policies. Your product should be covered through a return policy that ensures that you do not get scammed if you receive a faulty product. You might not find a cheap hoverboard that lives up to your expectations the first time around so be sure to check all of the return policies and have the peace of mind that protects your investment. You should always try to get at least 30 days of coverage to make sure you have enough time in hand to test things out and check if all parts are functioning properly.

Battery: One of the things that are of utmost importance is that you get a good battery for your cheap hoverboard. Reputed manufacturers use high-quality materials. Cheap brands often tend to use volatile materials that do not last long enough and can break down at any point in time. Samsung and LG are known to be reputed manufacturer and they offer quality batteries that work well on these products. If you happen to notice excessive overheating when charging your battery, then it is more than likely that your battery is faulty. Safe batteries are essential because low-quality products may explode and lead to serious consequences. Generic batteries can be risky and you should always avoid them.

Size: Size is one of the biggest factors that you need to keep in mind when getting your first board. There are different weight considerations that you need to keep in mind. If you get a board that is too small or too big you will not be able to get a proper experience when riding. You should contact the seller to find out what the right sized board is to be on the safe side.

These are some of the basic considerations that you need to keep in mind when choosing your first board to ensure you get the best possible quality without any compromises.