AutoGeeze | Latest Sport Car News Insurance Wallpapers Rentals Prices Parts and Reviews https://www.autogeeze.com Bringing super sports cars at your own showroom Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:06:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.4 Innovative vehicle technology: What will the next few years bring? https://www.autogeeze.com/2019/04/innovative-vehicle-technology-what-will-the-next-few-years-bring/ https://www.autogeeze.com/2019/04/innovative-vehicle-technology-what-will-the-next-few-years-bring/#respond Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:06:23 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10555

Whether it’s keeping drivers safe on the roads, or designing luxury comfort features, automotive manufacturers are always striving to improve their vehicle technology. But with technology moving at such a fast pace, what can we expect to see next? We’ve enlisted the help of Grange, who offer prestigious vehicles including the McLaren 570 Gt, to show us what the next few years will bring…

AI and autonomous technology

Self-driving cars have been a huge talking point in the industry for several years. Most manufacturers now offer self-driving technology as part of their latest models – with most used to improve road safety.

Let’s take a look at lane keeping systems and how they can improve driver safety. These intelligent systems keep you within your lane when driving on the motorway. When motorway driving, it’s vital that you stay firmly in your lane, unless you are overtaking. This system alerts you with a vibration on the steering wheel if your vehicle is unintentionally edging out of its lane – and in circumstances when the vehicle thinks you are reacting too slow, the vehicle will take control and provide steering torque to divert you back into the safe space on your lane. This is a safety feature to prevent drivers from veering out of their lane on motorways and dual carriageways where drivers around them are driving at high speeds.

Blind spot information systems (or BLIS) are another clever innovation designed to keep us safe on the roads. When a vehicle enters your blind spot zone, the BLIS system will alert you. The detection area is on both sides of your vehicle, extending rearward from the exterior mirrors to approximately 10 feet (3 meters) beyond the bumper. The system alerts you via a small light on your side wing mirrors – when there is a vehicle in your blind spot zone, the light will illuminate. When your blind spot zone is clear, the light will switch off.

When drivers exceed the speed limit, ISA (Intelligent Safety Assist) technology uses a combination of audio and visual signals to send an alert. By using GPS, the system is able to detect the vehicle location and reference this with a digital road map that is programmed with speed limit information for each road. The system can be used as an active speed limiter whereby it can take control of the vehicle and reduce the speed when travelling above the speed limit. It does this by reducing the throttle signal. Additionally, the system is also fitted with a speed limiting function that increases the pressure on the accelerator when you exceed the speed limit, so that it is harder to accelerate and break the speed limit.

Comfort and eco features

JLR are leading the way in weather adaptation, by equipping all of their new models with the technology. The system allows cars to autonomously adapt to weather changes and situations to make adjustments to drivetrain, suspension, traction control and climate control for optimum efficient driving. The system is said to be able to connect to present and future weather data via telematics and GPS to sensibly adapt both inside the cabin and around the exterior. One feature suggests that the system will automatically close your vehicle windows if it senses that rain is forecast. Onboard rain- and terrain-sensing mechanisms will be used to control the temperature, pressure and humidity inside the cabin, whilst interior and exterior lighting will be altered depending on the circumstances.

This helpful gadget should be rolled out by 2020, so we don’t have to wait much longer to see it in action!

Of course, the popularity of EV’s has led to manufacturers adapting their offerings to include more eco-friendly features and models. With news of how air pollution is negatively impacting our planet and quality of life, automotive manufacturers have been striving to develop all-electric models. An increase in EV charging services from suppliers such as Northern Powergrid and the widespread availability of charging points has meant that the market looks set to take off once again.

Another manufacturer who has been leading the way when it comes to innovative eco tech is Nissan. The new Nissan Leaf not only has double the mileage range of its previous model equivalents, but the one-pedal driving system allows for the accelerator pedal to be transformed into a multifunctioning e-pedal at a touch. The e-pedal functions as a start, stop, accelerate and breaking pedal when activated. Suitable for 90% of urban driving, the system means that the car will slow to a halt by itself with the ability to hold itself on an incline without the need of the brake pedal.

The ECO-pedal system can control the acceleration speed so that the engine doesn’t over-rev. The level of fuel-efficient driving is displayed through a colour and flashing Eco-P lamp. According to Nissan, studies have proven that effective eco-driving with the ECO-pedal can contribute to an improved fuel efficiency by 5-10%.

So, there we have it – there are a number of new tech innovations on the horizon. With a positive future of technology ahead of us, we can expect to see the driving process, and experience, completely transformed in the coming years.

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Protecting Our Environment: 5 Questions and Answers About Testing Your Car’s Emissions https://www.autogeeze.com/2019/04/questions-and-answers-about-testing-your-cars-emissions/ https://www.autogeeze.com/2019/04/questions-and-answers-about-testing-your-cars-emissions/#respond Wed, 17 Apr 2019 15:42:24 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10552 Emission Testing

In February 2019, Ford became the latest car manufacturer embroiled in an emissions testing controversy. The auto giant announced it would be launching a probe into its emissions testing procedures after employees raised several concerns. Ford has hired an outside company to look into its practices.

Vehicle emissions testing was thrust under the international spotlight in 2015 when Volkswagen, the German car manufacturer, was at the center of an emissions scandal. The carmaker had planted software within its diesel engines that could detect when they were being tested. When tested, the engines altered their performance to comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.

But emissions testing is not solely the manufacturer’s responsibility. To improve air quality, many states across the United States have legislation in place that requires vehicle owners to have their vehicle emissions tested periodically to identify vehicles with high carbon monoxide and hydrocarbon emissions. These are 5 answers to common questions about testing your car’s emissions.

Does my vehicle need testing?

Under the Gateway vehicle inspection program, any gas vehicle that was built after 1996, or diesel vehicle built after 1997, weighing less than 8,500 pounds needs to undergo regular emissions tests.

There are exemptions in place for vehicles that are two years old with less than 40,000 miles on the odometer. If the vehicle is older than four years old and has done less than 12,000 miles in the last two years it is also exempt from testing.

Plug-in, hybrid and electric vehicles are also exempt, as are motorcycles, scooters, government vehicles, school buses, historic vehicles (over 25-years-old) and specially constructed or kit vehicles. If you have any questions about vehicle exemptions, the individual state can provide further information.

How often does my car need testing?

Your car needs to have its emissions tested when your license plates needs renewing. Odd vehicle model years are testing on odd years, and even vehicle model years are tested on even years. You will need to show evidence that you had your vehicle emissions tested within the last 60 days when you try to renew your registration.

What are the penalties for not testing?

If you don’t get your vehicle emissions tested, you will not be able to renew the registration, you will not receive new stickers and your vehicle will be deemed off-road.

Will I be notified that my vehicle needs testing?

Yes, the state sends out notifications 60 days before your license plate renewal is due. This gives you plenty of time to organize for an emissions test and head to your nearest test location.

Do I have to take my vehicle in for its emission test?

The vehicle owner does not have to be present when the vehicle receives its test. Any licensed motorist can take the car in for testing at a recognized testing station.

Avoid having an unregistered vehicle by adequately preparing for you license expiration and organizing an emissions test. Contact your local tester today to arrange your emission test and stay on top of your legal responsibilities as a car owner.

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Size matters: how to choose the right vehicle for moving home https://www.autogeeze.com/2019/04/size-matters-how-to-choose-the-right-vehicle-for-moving-home/ Tue, 02 Apr 2019 15:11:56 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10546

Knowing that you are about to give yourself a complete change of scenery – by moving home – can feel very exciting. However, whether you are a student temporarily relocating for university, prompted to move because of a new job, or moving for another reason, how exactly will you move?

The vehicle you choose for transporting your items from one place to another will be a crucial part of this equation. Therefore, it pays to be selective by considering the following factors…

How much stuff do you really need transporting?

If you are moving for study purposes, then your student accommodation could be pretty limited in terms of how much it could contain, while leaving various superfluous items at your parents’ house is probably an option anyway. However, what if you will be permanently relocating?

In that instance, you should carefully assess what stuff would be imperative to bring with you and what items can be left out, perhaps because they were rendered redundant a long time ago. Now’s a good time to de-clutter your existing home, says The Spruce, and sell or donate surplus possessions.

Once you’ve done that and determined what definitely needs to join you in the upcoming new phase of your life, list those items and consider their sizes. It would be useful to consider those sizes in cubic feet, as you might find that vehicle rental firms you consider record their vehicles’ sizes in feet.

Finding the right match between vehicle and items

There are many different vehicles from which you can pick for your move. These will vary in their sizes, and you shouldn’t be surprised if a particular rental firm of your consideration lists those sizes on its website. This will make it easier for you to get a rough idea of what type of vehicle you need.

The Don’t Panic… You’re Only Moving website usefully points out that a standard box of furniture spans 3 cubic feet, while a fridge freezer measures 30 cubic feet. Therefore, dozens of fridge freezers could be fitted into a 3.5-ton Luton body van, which has an internal volume of about 600 cubic feet.

If you remain unsure what size of vehicle to choose, go for something larger than you think you might need, property portal Zoopla advises. After all, it would mean fewer trips – and that can be particularly important if you need to be out of your soon-to-be-former home by a certain time.

Should you drive the van itself?

While that can be an option, it would require you to meet criteria like holding the right licence and presenting the van hire firm with a “check code” or “verification code” from the DVLA, allowing that van hire company to see your driving record.

You could see less hassle in hiring a driver to handle the van on your behalf. It isn’t difficult to utilise a service of man and van hire in Leeds, Newcastle and various other UK cities, allowing your move to proceed with less stress for you.

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When It Hits You out of the Blue: 5 Immediate Steps to Take If You Hit a Deer with Your Vehicle https://www.autogeeze.com/2019/02/immediate-steps-to-take-if-you-hit-a-deer-with-your-vehicle/ Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:24:46 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10542

So many of us are so used to driving every day of our lives that when something happens, which it mostly inevitably will at some point, it can take us at a bit of a shock. Think about how often you drive your car. You’ll be lucky if you only end up hitting something once in your life.

While a lot is known about what happens one of these incidents ends up being with another car and the process that follows, not many people know what to do if you end up hitting an animal like a deer.

Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re going to explore the five key steps you need to take if you hit a deer, and what the proper process is to make sure everything is handled legally and properly.

#1 – Get Safe

Whether you feel shocked or not, or regardless of what’s happened and how many cars or animals are involved, the first point of call is to make sure you’re safe. This means pulling over to the side of the road safely and turning on hazard lights.

If you have Hi-Viz jackets, or a torch to warn other cars, especially at night, it’s very important you implement them. Make sure you get out safely and move away from the road where you’re safe and won’t affect other cars.

#2 – Contact Authorities

The next step is to contact the authorities and the police. This helps to make sure nothing is missed legally; the case is made official, and the scene is sorted out professionally, so it’s safe for other road users. You may also need to fill out an official report on what happened and who you are.

#3 – Collect Evidence

Once everything is sorted, but before evidence is started to be moved (perhaps while the police are on their way), start taking evidence down to use in your own case. This means taking photos of the scene, any damage done to your vehicle and any injuries you may have sustained.

Also, gather witness reports and collect their contact information to prove what happened.

#4 – Contact Your Insurance Company

As soon as possible, probably when you get home, make sure you contact your insurance company,  or car accident attorneys, so you can officially start the claim relating to your injury or any damage to your vehicle. Make sure you give them as much information as possible in order to get the best result.

#5 – Always Avoid the Animal

This is the most important thing to remember throughout the case process. Always stay away from the animal. While it may seem in distress or not moving, you never know what condition the animal is in, and if it’s in distress, it could lash out and harm you further. Always wait for the police to arrive.

Summary

As you can see, even if hitting a deer seems like an abstract thing that ‘will never happen to you,’ it’s important you learn these steps in case you do ever find yourself in this situation and want the best outcome that’s most beneficial to you.

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Trials of the Road: 5 Facts Truck Drivers Should Keep in Mind About Fog and Low Visibility https://www.autogeeze.com/2019/01/truck-drivers-should-keep-in-mind-about-fog-low-visibility/ Thu, 24 Jan 2019 08:35:31 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10528

Driving in an environment of low visibility and foggy conditions is dangerous to anyone on the road. But when you are in control of a vehicle as heavy as an 18-wheeler semi-truck, they become potentially fatal.

Even for confident and experienced drivers, fog can cause serious problems. In most instances, the safest solution is to pull over and wait for conditions to improve. But in the world of trucking, time is money, and this isn’t always possible.

These are five facts truck drivers should bear in mind when driving in fog and conditions of low visibility to avoid collisions. If you are involved in a truck accident, contact Keller and Keller to find out how they can help you with your case.

High Beams Make It Harder to See

It can be tempting to put your high beams on in fog, but this actually makes visibility worse. The light reflects off moisture droplets in the air, making it more difficult to see the road and obstacles ahead.

Instead, if you don’t have fog lights, use low beams for better visibility and have your tail lights and hazards to give drivers behind you the best possible chance of seeing you.

Moisture on the Windshield will Create Glare

In foggy conditions, any moisture or ice on your windscreen will reflect light back at you as glare, further restricting visibility. To preserve the best possible view, use your windscreen wipers to wipe away moisture, even if it isn’t raining.

Fog Occurs in High Humidity

Because of the weather conditions that yield fog, decreased visibility outside the vehicle will often coincide with decreased visibility on the inside in the form of steamed-up windows and a steamed-up windshield.

To combat this, use your car or trucks interior defrost function. It can be tempting to wipe the windscreen with your hand or sleeve, but this will likely only result in a smeared windscreen, further reducing your visibility.

Yellow Light Increases Visibility

Yellow light is not reflected back at you in foggy conditions. This is why many cars have fog lights, lights which have a yellow hue instead of bright white.

If your car doesn’t have fog lights, you can make your own with yellow cellophane. Keep a roll of yellow cellophane and some tape in your glove box, and in foggy conditions, you can tape it over your headlights and continue driving with full beams on with good results.

The Safest Distance Between You and the Vehicle in Front is 9-12 Seconds in Fog

In foggy conditions, stopping distances are greatly increased because you may not have the luxury of foresight. It is possible you will only discover potential obstacles and hazards when you are a few feet in front of them, causing you to slam on your brakes.

The optimal distance between you and the vehicle in front in dense fog is 9-12 seconds. This should give you ample time to bring your vehicle to a halt, should the vehicle in front be forced to make a sudden stop.

 

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Your Complete Guide to Electronic Control Modules (ECM) in Your Truck https://www.autogeeze.com/2019/01/your-complete-guide-to-electronic-control-modules-ecm-in-your-truck/ Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:46:21 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10524

If you drive a truck, then you are familiar with the ECM or Electronic Control Modules as they control nearly everything in your truck. If a warning light shines on your dashboard, that is the ECM talking to you and tell you something needs attention. But, it is no longer easy to fix those problems with a few wrenches and screwdrivers. Now, you need to understand how to work with electronics in order to take good care of your truck.

 

What is an ECM?

Many describe the ECM as the brain of the truck as it functions like a nervous system, feeling out the engine, the electricity, the controls, the drivetrain, and so much more. All parts of the truck have sensors and solenoids that travel to and from the ECM. The sensors read resistance, voltage, pressure, electromagnetic fields, and more. The sensors come in a variety of shapes and styles so they can best fit in tight spaces. They send signals about those readings to the ECM, which has a complicated little circuit board inside of it.

Then, the ECM returns the favor by sending a signal back to the sensor to make adjustments or to maintain the status quo. If something goes wrong in those messages, then you get a light on your dashboard. To understand why the light is on, the ECM will provide a code, so you or the technician working on your truck knows what to check and possibly fix.

 

Data that flows through an ECM

Like a typical computer, ECM uses different types of memory: RAM (random-access), ROM (read-only), and PROM (programmable read-only). ROM is programmed into the ECM and is readable by the ECM only. RAM is always changing and is sent by the sensors and solenoids. RAM requires battery voltage, or the data will be lost. PROM is programmed by the factory or manufacturer so the ECM is calibrated for the individual vehicle’s specifications. The memory chip that includes PROM can be removed and installed in a new ECM if the ECM needs to be replaced, but some ECMs do not have removable chips so the entire unit has to be replaced and reprogrammed.

 

What do they monitor?

As engines and ECMs continue to evolve, they have become extremely specific. Interestingly, most truck manufacturers do not use the same brand of ECM, so a Volvo truck could easily have a Cummins ECM. Each ECM is customized for the model of the truck and the sensors can be updated as necessary. Each manufacturer has special requirements for sensors and ECM systems. As standards – like emissions and fuel economy – are changed by government officials, technicians can adjust existing systems to fit those needs so trucks can pass inspections.

ECMs can be in charge of vital systems like the engine, drive train, and cabin circulation. Some are responsible for continuously checking the air pressure in every tire. Some are responsible for controlling electric windows and adjustable mirrors. Trucks also have ECMs that look at the roll and yaw of the truck and the ability of the brakes to do their job. These machines are incredibly complex and involves data points that would blow the mind of statisticians. In fact, every vehicle made after 1996 has thousands of signals running through the car at any given time.

 

What if something goes wrong?

Usually, the modules will tell drivers when something is wrong with their trucks. But, there will be time when the modules themselves will go bad. When this happens, the truck will not run correctly. The first sign of a bad ECM is the engine light will come on. After that, the stall or misfire, which can be rather shocking in a big diesel truck. If this happens, it is important to get the ECM checked immediately.

Since ECMs control fuel injection, a bad ECM in that area can affect the performance of the engine. Acceleration or power might be affected and fuel efficiency might drop off dramatically. Each time you start your truck, the ECM recalibrates based on the status of the weather, the altitude, and other exterior data points. Since the ECM dictates how much fuel the engine needs at any given speed and RPM, you might find that too much is being used and that can cost you a pretty penny. In these situations, it is also important to have the ECM checked before any serious damage is done to the truck.

In most situations, when an ECM goes bad, it cannot be repaired. They usually need to be replaced. Most mechanics do not have the ability to repair them, but most know how to replace them. If you prefer to have someone repair the ECM in your truck, it is important to understand the process – because it is complicated, because it is more like a motherboard in a computer than a cylinder in an engine. One of the easiest ways to know whether it needs to be replaced or not is if it smells like burned metal, from electrical damage.

 

Routine maintenance saves money

There will be some situations where the best move is to clean the sensors. Considering that some sensors are responsible for reading airflow, acceleration, pressure, and temperature, it is likely that the air and liquids that need to be analyzed will make the sensors dirty. Not to mention the simple fact that engines and drivetrains pick up dirt from the road. Most sensors should be cleaned on a routine basis, every few months or so. It’s much less expensive to run routine maintenance on sensors than to replace them.

If you have modified your truck, there is a chance that the ECM might not be capable of handling what you’ve done. For example, if you have a security system on your truck, it might need to be connected to the ECM so the security system can have access to some of the sensors. A cheap modification might bypass the ECM, but since the ECM controls everything on the truck, bypassing it could create problems.

 

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0-60 in No Time: Your Guide to Installing a Performance Turbo Onto Your Car https://www.autogeeze.com/2019/01/guide-to-installing-a-performance-turbo-onto-your-car/ Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:13:01 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10521

Are you intending to turbocharge your car but are not sure where to begin? Maybe your car engine is not powerful enough to effectively perform the purpose at hand. Maybe you’ve been struggling to hit 0-60 with the current engine power. Installing a performance turbo onto your car could be the most effective solution to your problems. Perhaps an effective guide is all you need. And this piece contains all you need. Please read on.

Check Your Braking System

This should always be your primary consideration every time you’re planning to install a performance turbo onto your car. This is because it won’t be sensible to enhance your car’s power to perform if you’ll be lacking the power to efficiently stop it. If you hadn’t upgraded your braking system yet, consider upgrading it with a suitable brake system.

Ensure to have disc brakes – with anti-lock brake system – on all wheels. This process can be very challenging especially if you have little or no knowledge of how to effectively upgrade the system. You may consider getting help from a reputable professional to ensure the braking system meets the necessary requirements hence increasing your confidence and safety when driving.

Select the Right Turbocharger for Your Car

Yes, turbochargers are not the same. They vary in size, specifications, and age. Some are designed for small cars and others for trucks. This means that the turbocharger you’ll choose will directly affect the performance of your car. This calls for the need to be keen when selecting the turbo for your car. There are different business platforms, such as the Full Tilt Performance, where you can get quality turbos to install in your car.

You should research your vehicle by reading different forums in order to understand the type of turbocharger that will best suit your power goals and needs and at the same time not exceeding what your engine internals are able to support. Are there any supporting modifications that can be relevant to maintaining the reliability of your car with the new turbocharger?

Having a bigger turbocharger may not be a guarantee for better performance. In fact, a bigger turbocharger requires a longer time to spool up as compared to a significantly smaller turbocharger. This condition is what is termed as a turbo lag – the time of lag before you start feeling the power from the turbo.

Purchasing a new turbocharger is the better option to avoid possible problems that could come with a used one. Besides, most new turbochargers come with good warranties and are an assurance to quality. A used turbocharger may not be able to last and its efficiency could be significantly lower than your power goals. Therefore, always prefer a new turbocharger or if you’ll opt for a reconditioned turbocharger, ensure to get it from a trusted supplier.  

Check Your Combustion and Cooling System

Turbocharged engines tend to produce more heat, unlike the regular car engines. Because of this reason and for the engine to run effectively, you’ll need to have to upgrade the water pump and cooling system. Proper engine lubrication is also vital; hence you should ensure to use a fully synthetic type of oil.

For your engine and turbocharger to function effectively, there are properties that you must be having. You need an oil cooler to ensure the oil in the car is maintained at an optimum temperature to avoid it from boiling or burning. A front-mount intercooler will be essential to ensure your car’s turbo pumps cool air into the engine. Also, larger fuel injectors coupled with a fuel pressure regulator and a high-pressure fuel pump are essential to ensure your vehicle receives enough fuel for effective combustion.

Some of the exhaust gas normally gets rerouted to power the turbo. This requires an effective exhaust system to ensure the re-routing process is done correctly and that your turbo is rotated at its maximum. A custom exhaust system can be effective in ensuring your car’s engine exhales at the same rate it inhales.

Cam Mods and Pistons

Modifications to your engine are important when you want to enhance its functional lifespan. There are different modifications that you can implement in your car in terms of cam mods and pistons. You’ll need to apply some porting and polishing on your cylinder-head to ensure low resistance to air flow and to prevent heat build-up that could easily lead to damage or warping of the cylinder head.

Low-compression pistons and a camshaft will ensure very little overlap (a situation where the camshaft keeps open both the intake and exhaust valves at the same time) which is vital to avoid losing the turbocharger pressure. Overlap can make the turbo to only push pressure straight through the combustion chamber unused.  

Effective Management System

The settings for your turbo setup have to be fine-tuned for efficient performance, economy, or both – balanced. This calls for a new form of the management system which you’ll need to be keen when selecting one. Most systems can constantly adjust the available settings based on your driving style. Some have modes – economy, race, and balance modes – able to preset and could be selected at will.   

Drive Components

Turbocharging your car could affect the lifespan of such components as drive-shafts, half-shafts, and transmission depending on how you handle your right foot. Therefore, you should consider upgrading these and other related components like using an aftermarket performance clutch system. This will ensure engine’s power is not transferred into damaging components before reaching the wheels but that the transfer goes to the wheels directly.

Assembling and Final Tuning

You may need to hire a helping hand from a professional during the assembling process. Most of the items you’ll purchase are costly and a professional understands how to handle and install them properly. Plus, hiring a professional allows you to enjoy the warranty in case of an issue. After the assembly is complete, you’ll need to tune your car with the new management system installed before hitting the streets in your turbo ride. But remember, your safety should be your #1 consideration each time you’re behind the wheel.

Conclusion

Turbocharging can have a lot of benefits in your car whether you’re intending to use it for personal use, racing, or business purposes. However, the process of installing the turbo can be very challenging without the right guidelines. With this guide, you’ll be able to choose the right components and the right upgrades for turbocharging your car. A reputable professional will help when choosing different components and anything relevant to effectively install the performance turbo. Turbocharge your car today and enjoy hitting 0-60 within a very short period of time. Good luck!

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Six Things to Check Before Driving in Snowy Weather https://www.autogeeze.com/2019/01/six-things-to-check-before-driving-in-snowy-weather/ Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:16:54 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10518

Driving in snowy weather can be dangerous, but sometimes you can’t avoid it. But before you get onto the road, there are a few things that you should check out. Doing so will help to keep you safe while you’re on the road, largely by ensuring that your car is in good enough shape for the drive. So, if there’s snow falling outside, here are six things you should check before you get into your car.

The Forecast

First, you should check the weather. While it might be snowing now, that doesn’t mean it will continue while you’re on the road. By checking the weather, you may find that it’s supposed to clear up in an hour, in which case it would be safer to wait. On the other hand, you may find that the light flurries outside are about to turn into a bad snowstorm, so you’re better off not going out at all. Knowing the weather can help you to make a better decision about whether you should go out at all, so do a quick check before you go.

The Windshield Wipers

If you do decide to go out, you’ll want to quickly inspect your car before you go. Start with the windshield wipers. Make sure there is no damage to the blades, and that they are able to fully clear your window. Nothing is worse than driving along in a snowstorm when suddenly your wipers break down. If you spot any signs of damage, don’t risk it, and get them replaced before you drive anywhere.

The Tires

Next, look at the tires. Bald tires have a hard time gripping the road, and this is even more true when there is snow on the ground. Worn tires happen to everyone, so it’s important that you check them regularly, but especially before driving in bad weather. According to this Hutchinson KS tire dealer, “If your tires are worn, you’ll notice a change in ride, handling and performance. There are many factors that can cause tire wear, such as your driving style and tire maintenance habits. Tire replacement is absolutely needed when the tread wear indicators appear. Built-in tread wear indicators look like narrow strips of smooth rubber across the tread and become visible as the tire surface wears.”

The Braking System

It’s one thing if your car won’t start in the snow – it’s another if it won’t stop. Brakes are always important, but they get used a lot more during snowy weather. If you’ve been having some trouble with your brakes lately, don’t test them out during a snowstorm. And if you’re unsure, take your car for a slow spin around the block before taking it on the highway. Test your brakes a few times and ensure that your car can stop before going at higher speeds.

The Heat

The last major component of your car that you’ll want to check is the heat. You never know what can happen on the road, and you may end up stuck in your car for a while. If you don’t have good heat in your car, this can quickly become a nightmare. While you may think it’s fine for a short trip if your heat doesn’t work, short trips can turn into long ones during snowy weather. Don’t pull out of the driveway until you’re sure the heat is working, and if it isn’t, consider packing some extra blankets or clothing just in case.

Your Cell Phone

Finally, you’ll want to check your cell phone before you go. Don’t leave the house in a snowstorm with your battery almost dead. Emergencies happen all the time during snowstorms, and a cell phone is essential. If you don’t have time to charge it in the home, then at least have a car charger with you to charge it while you drive. When something goes wrong, you’ll be glad you took the time to give yourself full battery.

Take Snowy Weather Seriously

You may look at the snow outside and think it’s not that big of a deal. But those white flakes can cause a lot of problems, especially if you don’t take precautions before you go. So the next time it’s snowing out and you have some place to be, take a few moments to ensure your car is in good condition, and that you’re prepared for any emergency. It only takes a couple of minutes, but it could save you from a lot of headaches down the road.

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Is a car loan the same as a personal loan? https://www.autogeeze.com/2018/12/is-a-car-loan-the-same-as-a-personal-loan/ Fri, 21 Dec 2018 13:52:54 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10515

Let’s face it, there’s nothing more convenient than being able to drive to and from any place you want. However, considering your current daily expenses, buying a car, whether brand new or second-hand, may be problematic. For this reason, taking out a loan could be your best bet.

The most common loans to choose from are car loans and personal loans. Assuming you’re able to provide all the requirements needed for each one, it is fairly easy to get one. Today, applying for either personal or car loans is mae much easier thanks to online applications. You can easily look at car loan rates and figure which choice is the best for you.

But what is the main difference between the two?

Personal Loans versus Car Loans

There are two kinds of personal loans, secured and unsecured. The former requires you to secure your loan against something of value like your house so that the lender can seize ownership of the asset if the loan is not repaid. The latter, on the other hand, considers only your credit status.

Car loans is a kind of personal loan used solely for the use of purchasing cars, as the name implies. It becomes a secured loan if you put up your car as the asset of value in the event that you are not able to repay the loan. This type of loan considers the depreciation value of the car over time and may require you to make a downpayment early in the term. Just like mortgages, the lender technically owns your car until you have made the final payment.

Important things to consider

Before you choose one on a whim, make sure you know the details involved in each type of loan. Consider the following items first:

Terms of payment

Look at how much you need to pay monthly and see if it falls within your budget. What you want is a monthly payment with low interest so that paying for the car would not put a dent in your expenses. You should also look at the payment terms. Note that longer payment terms will most likely have a lower monthly payment amount, but will have a higher interest over the agreed loan term. On the other hand, short payment terms have higher monthly payments, but will have less interest since you will have paid the principal rate immediately.

Interest rates

Interest is what you pay the lender for providing the payment to purchase your car. The amount is usually based off of the car’s list price and your current financial status. Personal loans have higher interest rates than car loans, but it can still be lowered if it is a secured personal loan.

Credit score

If you decide on getting a personal loan, make sure that you have good credit standing. The lender will want to see if you have the capacity to make the monthly payments or have a history of not paying debts. In case you have a less than ideal credit score, you try your chances in getting a car loan instead; but do note that they can increase the interest rate because of it.  Regardless of the type of loan you choose, make sure you have good credit standing so that the lender feels at ease.

Consider all of these before settling on a loan type. You should also look for other lenders and compare interest prices and term flexibility. This can help you see which can fit in your current financial situation and allow you to make the payments without any problems.

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One Fateful Moment That Changes All: What Are the Top 10 Most Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents? https://www.autogeeze.com/2018/12/most-common-causes-motorcycle-accidents/ Tue, 18 Dec 2018 14:14:49 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10509

There are not many feelings more amazing than riding a motorcycle and feeling truly free while out on the road. However, riding a motorcycle on any road can be extremely dangerous, and far more fatal due to the lack of protection in comparison to a car or a truck. 

Nevertheless, understanding the risks and dangers of the causes of motorcycle accidents can help you stay mindful while you’re riding and help identify and prevent accidents. With this in mind, here are the top 10 common causes to remember.

 

#1 – Speeding

Perhaps the most common cause of accidents of motorcyclists is caused by speeding. Traveling at high speeds reduces the amount of reaction time you have to combat obstacles and dangers ahead of you.

 

#2 – Lane Splitting

Lane splitting’ is a type of riding where a motorcyclist will drive between two lanes of traffic, right down the middle. This can cause serious problems, especially in slow-moving traffic where drivers are least expecting it and may try and jump lanes.

 

#3 – Lane Changes

Whether you’re changing lanes yourself, or the cars around you are changing lanes, one of the most common accidents is people missing, or not properly checking, their mirrors while changing lines on a highway.

 

#4 – Right of Way Errors

Another common cause of dangerous and fatal motorcycle accidents is where someone is not paying attention at a right of way or the rules of an intersection.

 

#5 – Poor Road Conditions

If you’re traveling high-speeds on a bike across a road that’s poorly maintained, or there are poor weather conditions, this is a hugely increased risk of causing an accident due to losing of vehicle control.

 

#6 – DUI

If you’re riding your bike, or another biker is riding theirs, while under the influence of drugs, alcohol or powerful medication, this can be a huge risk to themselves and other drivers on the road.

 

#7 – Opening Vehicle Doors

This might seem like something out of the sketch, but the risk is very real, and common, when someone opens their vehicle door without checking, creating an obstacle for a motorcyclist.

 

#8 – Poor Bike Maintenance

If you own a motorcycle, you need to make sure you’re keeping it in perfect/optimal working condition. Otherwise, you run the risk of causing an accident at high-speeds.

 

#9 – Quick/Instant/Sudden Stops

If you’re riding a motorcycle close to someone’s, rear-end, following another bike, or just in general traffic, a sudden stop can bring you far closer to danger than you would if you were in a car. Keep your distance.

 

#10 – Inexperienced/Learner Drivers

While this is something outside of your control, it’s so important you’re aware of it. If someone is learning or recently passed (displaying stickers), you need to pay extra attention to them because they might not know how to react to a high-speed motorbike passing them.

 

Summary

As you can see, there are a lot of risks you want to think about and consider when it comes to riding a motorcycle. Be mindful of the risks while you’re riding, and you can actively help to prevent these incidents.

For more advice, or if you’ve found yourself involved in an accident, get in touch with an injury lawyer for help.

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