Way back in the archives of automotive history, there was a simple vehicle consisting of three wheels, two of which were driven by a single-speed transmission and an internal combustion engine. The Mercedes-Benz Patent Motorwagen powertrain was so simple, in fact, that it didn’t even need a clutch. Of course, fast-forward to the modern automobile, and it’s nearly the difference between a paper airplane and the Space Shuttle.
Over the last 120 years, major advances have been made in power, speed, and efficiency, most of which goes unnoticed by us, but there are still choices to be made. The modern automobile, in its many variations, comes with an engine, transmission, four wheels, power brakes and steering, and a myriad other comfort, convenience, and safety options. One option on many vehicles today is all-wheel drive. What is it, and what isn’t it? Finally, do you need it?
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The most popular new vehicles are only the most popular because they are the best. Sure, cheaper vehicles might steal the limelight, but not for very long. Poor quality or short-lived technology catches up with owners, sooner or later, and they quickly tire of paying for constant repairs. Of course, that's not the only reason people buy vehicles. Sometimes there is a certain brand appeal, which makes a vehicle popular. If you are looking for a good deal on a used vehicle, it is pretty much a sure bet that you will find the best used-car deals on the best-selling new cars. Continue reading “2015's Popular Sedan Selection” »
The remedy for a dead battery is not always to simply replace it. Sometimes, the solution is as easy as giving your car a jump start. It can safely be assumed that everyone who owns or operates a vehicle will come across this problem at least once in their life. However, what most people don’t realize is that knowing how to jump start a car is pretty easy.
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According to some sources, the roads in Africa range from “pretty good” to “impassible,” part of which depends on what vehicle you drive. A decent sedan is enough to handle all the “pretty good” roads in the city and suburbs, the occasional pothole, or even some of the rougher patches in undeveloped areas. Go any further, and you need a vehicle with a little more ground clearance, bigger tires, maybe all-wheel drive (AWD) or four-wheel drive (4WD), and an engine to match. Continue reading “Africa's Best-Selling Crossover SUV's 2015” »
Road trips are a fun getaway even when you just need to escape the monotonous reality for a couple of hours. As there are no rules governing how long a road trip should be, it could be a couple of hours long or even a couple of days or weeks long, the choice is entirely up to you. Prior to a good road trip though, proper planning is required. The last thing you would want is to be stranded in the middle of an isolated highway with a broken down car and without any hope for road rescue. So what are some of the preparations you could make in advance to ensure you have a great trip?
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When a person buys a vehicle, they normally expect it to perform three main functions: start, go and stop. While the failure to start or go are fairly harmless - more or less, it is the failure to stop that is the horror of every driver. Can you imagine what would happen if one day you were unable to stop your car? Quite a scary thought crosses your mind, right? Knowing how the brakes work may not be all that important; but knowing how to care for them should be of importance to you.
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Buying a new car is a major purchasing decision. Other than a home, a car is likely to be the most expensive item an individual or family will purchase. As with buying a home, a new car is probably going to be financed as well, making it a long term financial commitment. So why do so many people decide which make and model of car to buy based on current gas prices?
Seriously, the current price of gasoline should have little, if anything to do with which vehicle you decide to purchase! Continue reading “Why The Price Of Gas Shouldn't Have Anything To Do With Your Choice Of Vehicle” »
Riding a motorcycle has been described as a combination of hyper-sensitivity, pants-wetting fear, and mind-blowing exhilaration, and that combination is so liberating that millions of people choose to ride a motorcycle. Add in the fact that motorcycles are typically less expensive than their four-wheeled counterparts, and they get better fuel economy, and millions more choose a motorcycle as their first, and perhaps only, form of transportation. Continue reading “Motorcycle Safety Tips – Ride Safe, Drive Safe” »
Just uttering the words ''autonomous driving'' will stir a debate that can quickly rage into a fire burning as hot as any religious furor could hope to achieve. The tech minded, forward-thinkers see it as the future, the less inclined see it as a way to lose a small portion of our humanity and control over our daily lives. Whichever side of the fire that you are on, autonomous driving has arrived. It has moved beyond the research phase and is making deep inroads into full development. Implementation cannot be far from the horizon. With a self-driving car close to being in every driveway, let's have a look at the past and present of the autonomous vehicle as well as a few autonomous vehicle predictions for the future. Continue reading “Autonomous Driving Past, Present, and Future” »