Drivers learning to driver should avoid distractions and concentrate on the fundamentals before they attempt more advanced. Photo by State Farm / Flickr Question: Is it better to learn to drive in a manual-shift car, or an automatic? Answer: While manual transmissions used to dominate the automotive landscape, today, automatics are the industry standard. Only about 50 vehicles sold out of more than 250 nameplates offer a manual transmission. It’s quite possible that many drivers will never push in clutch and shift a vehicle’s gear during their lifetime. J.C Fawcett of Defensive Driving School, which offers driver training in addition to teen and adult students, said while both are good to know how to use, the student would be better off learning in an automatic.
According to the professionals, you start with elbow grease: “We advise our customers to remove what they can by using warm water and several absorbent towels to prevent seepage,” says Ken Rosenfield, CEO of Detail USA. “After treating with the enzyme and letting sit for a few hours, you can shampoo.” Yes, a few hours. Removing car stench is not for the faint of heart. “It is an ozone generator and will work after the above (work) has been completed,” Shargel said. “The ozone generator is the best way to remove cigarette smells as well.” These machines don’t come cheap, an ozone generator runs about $300 for a car-sized model. However, they are a well-documented way to remove vomit, pet scents and even the dreaded smoker’s mark on a vehicle.
A few more pounds of air might give you better gas mileage but it’s likely to do more damage in the long run. Question: How much does over-inflating car tires increase fuel efficiency? Over-inflating tires to improve gas mileage is akin to taking a larger-than-recommended dose of painkillers, thinking it will work even better than the prescribed amount.
Not all sounds coming off of your brakes mean the same thing. Photo by Ian Cameron / Flickr Question: What makes brakes squeak? The component parts of a car’s braking system – things like the rotors, the brake pads, and the wheels—can vibrate and that vibration makes noise. The brake pads are designed to disintegrate slowly under pressure. The grinding is lower in pitch and more like nails on a chalkboard.) Photo by Emil / Flickr Just like squeaking, brake dust is a fact of life.
Starting a car requires lots of energy from a battery, but can other things draw power at the same time and cause the battery to wear out faster?
Those blurry windshields can be dangerous and it is easy to stop windshields from smearing in the rain with just some simple maintenance.
California is a distant second for roads, but remains close to many car fanatics for its sunshine, diverse landscape and generally dry climate. “California car enthusiasts may be the luckiest in the world,” said Scott Martin, a photojournalist and California native. Certainly car culture remains strong in California, America’s most populated state, but other states offer many the benefits of California rust-free zones with even more photogenic vistas.
Question: What can’t I put on a vanity plate? Every state has a process for reviewing personalized plate requests and the decision of what is appropriate depends on who reviews it. Artemio Armenta, Public Information Officer at the California Department of Motor Vehicles says, “DMV has a thorough process for vetting personalized plate applications.
Question: I hit a parked car in the school parking lot! Even though there wasn’t any visible damage, I left a note on their windshield. Answer: So you’ve hit a parked car. What should you do if, unlike in this stressed-out student’s example, there is some visible damage?
Answer: Right-turn-on-red rules are more complex than simply stopping at an intersection and then turning right when oncoming traffic has cleared. Right turn on red rules (known as RTOR by bureaucrats and civil engineers) are overseen by individual states, which have jurisdiction over traffic laws.
So, how did 18 wheels become a standard for semi trucks? Finally, offloaded cargo would be stored in a warehouse before trucks came to bring those goods to their final destination. Inklings of a different method containerization appeared as early as the late 18th century in the form of coal-ferrying English box boats and wagon trains. From there, the boxes can be placed directly onto the back of a truck and driven to its final destination.
Question: Why did so many muscle cars in the 1980’s have speedometer that maxed out at 85 mph? Answer: It wasn’t just muscle cars that had speedometers that could only go to 85 mph. Every vehicle manufactured and sold in the United States during the 1980s had a speed cap. No matter the car, the needle on the speedometer couldn’t be pegged any further right than 85 mph. The reason for this had very little to do with speed, and everything to do with energy conservation, sparked by a shortage of oil in the 1970s. In 1973, the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries – OAPEC (every Arab member nation of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC, plus Egypt and Syria) – began an oil embargo on every nation that supported Israel during the Yom Kippur War in October that year.
I have a car that meets their standards for my area and I’ve just been notified that I’ve passed their background check. Is it really worth it though? Driving for Uber, the get-a-ride service that’s giving the traditional taxi industry a run for its money, is probably one of the most popular side hustles in the country. So, to help you decide if joining the world of Uber is worth your while, we went straight to the source for advice: current and former Uber drivers. “I decided to do Uber because I thought it would be a good break away from sitting in front of a computer all day,” says Peris Meeks, a Los Angeles-based freelance web developer who’s been driving for Uber for about two months. “I also needed an extra form of income, and I thought it would be a good, flexible alternative to a 9-5 (job).” Flexibility is perhaps one of the biggest draws to becoming an Uber driver.
Question: My car insurance is asking who lives with me and for all their information and they won’t quote me unless I tell them. So, in an effort to combat that unpredictability and bring a tiny bit of control back into the hands of drivers, the auto insurance industry was born. “The benefit of car insurance is the transfer of risk from the customer to the insurance provider for a fee or premium,” says Greg Isaacs, president of CoverHound Insurance Solutions. It also provides people with peace of mind.” Car insurance is a requirement in every state except New Hampshire, which “allows drivers to be licensed and register vehicles without prior proof,” continues Isaacs.
Question: Can anyone list all 2015 car models that support CarPlay? When Apple announced CarPlay at last year’s Geneva motor show, it sounded as though a knock-out infotainment interface would soon be hitting showroom floors. Yet automakers have quietly pushed back the release date, with more hype and delays than the Conor McGregor vs Jose Aldo bout. Figuring out what cars have CarPlay is difficult because often even manufacturer’s websites make little mention of it.