How To Properly Show Love For Safety


Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day to say ‘thank you’ in your sweetheart. It’s also a time and energy to thank those that make a difference every day. These change agents need to find out just how much these are loved and appreciated.

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman understands the importance of those that carry out the agency’s just work at the grassroots level. Our roads, waters and skies are safer, because of their actions and dedication to safety. Here’s a short passage from Chairman Hersman’s blog, NTSB Safety Compass. Look at the full post, “Show the love for safety,” and remember to thank the safety valentines around you today, too.

” … My Valentines would be the countless organizations and folks who work so hard and do so much to improve transportation safety. With all the current work these Valentines have performed to make aviation safer, travelers on U.S. airlines now live in the safest period in commercial aviation. You, dear Valentines, have shown the love for safety by making our vehicles and highways safer.”

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

You might be wondering the best way to do your behalf to help environmental surroundings and reduce your carbon footprint. With rising global temperatures, overflowing landfills, and increasing water and air pollution, we all have a responsibility to guard our planet. You can find a myriad of ways, small and big, that you can lessen your environmental impact on a daily basis without sacrificing modern convenience. Simply start implementing these eco-friendly changes into your lifestyle, and you’ll begin to play a role in helping the planet to thrive.

Start in your own home


Making some small changes to your home and exactly how you live in it is the easiest way to begin becoming environmentally friendly. For instance, switch to fluorescent light bulbs. If every American family replaced merely one standard incandescent light bulb for any soft-white compact fluorescent one, it would save enough energy to power over 3 million homes annually! Now that looks like a bright idea! Be sure you turn off every one of the lights when you leave an area, too. Although it sounds like a no brainer, most people forget to do it. Along with saving energy, you’ll save a ton on your power bill too. Another fantastic way to go green at home and reduce your household’s emissions is always to turn down your central heat. Use blankets or an energy-efficient space heater to heat instead.

Drive Smart


Automobile emissions are among the biggest causes of air pollution, and contribute to global warming. Do your share to reduce smog and to save non-renewable resources by driving responsibly. Consider carpooling on the office having a coworker if you’re a commuter. In addition to helping the environment, you’ll save time by reducing the quantity of cars on the road, benefit from using carpool lanes, and will reduce gas and parking costs. Consider purchasing an electric or hybrid vehicle if you’re in the market for a new car. With so many great new models on the market, there’s an energy-efficient car to fit the requirements of almost every family. We love the Nissan Leaf from Carson Nissan. After test driving one recently at, we’re convinced it’s one of the best and most affordable electric cars available today.

Reduce Paper Waste


There are so many methods to reduce your waste and save paper, it might be impossible to list out them all. By cutting back the amount of paper you use on a regular basis, you’ll be saving trees, reducing greenhouse gases, and reducing your contribution to the local landfill. Begin by switching to paperless billing for all your monthly utilities and expenses. All you have to do is visit your provider’s website and change to electronic billing. Some companies will even offer a discount, as paperless billing saves them on printing and postage. Go even more by bringing your own coffee cup around the morning trek to Starbucks, and registering with the Direct Marketing Association to reduce the junk mail that gets sent to your property.

Intelligent Speed Has Been Adapted


A method that can prevent you breaking the speed limit is just around the corner

Whether you would probably consider it a great gift from the gods or the complete opposite, a process that can prevent you breaking the speed limit is just nearby. The technology is known as Intelligent Speed Adaptation or ISA for short.

How exactly does ISA work?

Satnavs can already place you on a map, and are aware of the name of the road you will be on, and it’s easy for them to be programmed to be aware of speed limit.

Once the car knows where it is and what the local speed limit is then all that’s needed is a backlink to the throttle so the car won’t go beyond the limit.

What could ISA do?

There are three alternative alternatives for ISA:

Advisory – a straightforward device that tells you the rate limit, and offers a warning when you go over the limit

Controlling – hard wired into the car so that it becomes impossible to get rid of the speed limit

Discretionary – a half-way-house, where you can switch between ‘controlling’ and ‘advisory’, or even switch the device off altogether

Would fitting be mandatory?

Not currently, but if all worked well it would be supposed to be, for new cars, at some time in the future.

The government would be most unlikely to require existing cars to be retro-fitted with such a device.

We would expect some businesses to fit ISA to their fleet cars or vans, possibly in advisory form. Then car manufacturers might start offering ‘advisory’ or ‘discretionary’ systems as optional extras.

If effective and popular on an optional basis then – as was the truth with air bags, ABS brakes and electronic stability control – manufacturers might then start fitting ISA as standard, initially on more expensive models.

Car manufacturers are unlikely to fit ‘controlling’ systems unless there were legislation to make them do so.

Such legislation couldn’t be a British decision alone as vehicle standards are regulated from Brussels. However, most new car technologies that prove great at road safety terms have eventually become compulsory.

Euro NCAP to encourage fitment of ISA

ISA systems are positioned to become more widely available.

From January 2013 ISA systems that meet Euro NCAP’s requirements will be awarded points that contribute towards the car’s overall ‘Safety Assist’ rating.

Euro NCAP’s new protocols will award points for advisory and discretionary ISA systems depending on how they determine the local speed limit and how they communicate that information to the driver.

This is not the first time that Euro NCAP has helped drive the market by awarding points for safety technologies not required by law – Both Electronic Stability Control (which will have to be fitted as standard to all new cars from 2014) and seatbelt reminders are already widely available for many years as a direct result of Euro NCAP encouragement.

What may go wrong?

An ISA system could apply the incorrect speed limit, cutting motorway traffic to 30mph because of a close minor road for example, or allowing an auto on the minor road to do motorway speeds,. That’s one possibility.

Opponents will state that the merest chance of this ought to be enough to avoid the system ever taking on the roads.

Supporters on the other hand would argue that the motorway driver should be able to quickly notice the use of the lower limit and turn the system off, while traffic on the minor road would not have to accelerate, and also the driver will have to make a conscious decision to do so.

ISA would only ever stop you exceeding the limit, or warn you from the maximum speed limit, therefore you would still need to continue to be careful about your speed and be sure that it is ideal for the conditions and local situation.

How could ISA affect driving?

ISA could make overtaking difficult, and prevent accelerating from a misjudged situation sometimes. But it might be argued that drivers would just have to be sure you switch the device off when overtaking.

Similarly there could be problems if the speed limit changed to a lower speed during an overtaking manoeuvre, though again the system could possibly be turned off, and you also probably shouldn’t be attempting to overtake in such circumstances anyway.

It can be possible that ISA could lead to ‘bunches’ of cars, all travelling at the same speed, with a bit of drivers depressing the accelerator to the floor and driving just as fast as the car would let them. Most who have taken part in experiments with ISA systems have not done this.

What exactly do drivers think?

Much depends upon what sort of product is being proposed. In an AA Populus poll of 17,481 respondents, 43% thought the compulsory introduction of ‘controlling’ ISA could be acceptable compared to 49% who didn’t. So, drivers don’t want to buy forced about them.

If one was fitted on their car, but another survey showed that 61% of drivers said they would work with a device to prevent them exceeding the speed limit. This suggests greater support for discretionary ISA. The AA also gets calls from members wanting to know how they can get hold of this technique.

AA view

On balance, a voluntary, discretionary or advisory system probably has safety and practical benefits as it can remind us of speed limits and assist in preventing accidents and penalty points.

A mandatory, ‘controlling’ system would be a step too far as the human element of judgement must always govern our safe driving. Possibly the best answer is to allow time, and the market, to take its course as has happened with other in-car systems.

How To Fix Your Flat Tyres


Don’t try to change a wheel on the hard shoulder of your motorway or at the side of a road

To save space and weight, many new cars have a punture repair kit – sealant and compressor – rather than a spare wheel. If you do get a puncture, if you don’t have got a spare it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself using the kit provided so you’ll know where to start.

If your car does have a spare it’s a great idea to practise changing a wheel at home within the daylight when the weather’s warm and dry. Then, if you do suffer a puncture you’ll be capable of cope quicker, even if it’s dark, cold or wet.

Given a safe environment, the right tools and some basic knowledge, changing a wheel on any vehicle ought to be fairly straightforward. Check the handbook first as this might include vehicle specific advice.

Where the handbook and our advice appear to be in conflict, follow the advice from the handbook.

For your own personel safety

Don’t try to change a wheel on the hard shoulder of any motorway or at the side of a road. Turn off or pull over well away from the traffic and call for help.

Don’t attempt to change a wheel on soft, loose or uneven ground.

Don’t try to change a wheel with passengers still in a vehicle. Move everyone to a host to safety, well away from the vehicle and carriageway.

Don’t work under a car while it’s raised over a jack.

Don’t try to use the jack anywhere other than on the specified jacking points – attaching the jack from the wrong place can damage the car or risks it collapsing when lifted.

What you’ll need

handbook – showing the best places to attach the jack

spare wheel – with adequate tread and correctly inflated

vehicle jack

wheel-nut wrenchwith extension bar and locking wheel nut adaptor if fitted

at least one wheel chock

gloves – the wheel/tyre will be dirty

something to kneel on – the ground is going to be dirty too

If these are used to hold wheel trims in plac, sharp knife or cutters to remove cable tiese


reflective jacket and sensible/strong shoes for your very own safety

Before lifting the automobile

Plan the task so that the vehicle is raised for the minimum amount of time.

Shut down the engine and activate the hazard lights.

Apply the handbrake and engage first gear (or ‘P’ if an automatic).

Chock the path wheel diagonally opposite the main one to be replaced.

Remove the spare from the boot/carrier – a carrier underneath the vehicle might be rusty and difficult to advance.

Lay the spare on the ground where it will be convenient for fitting.

Take away the wheel trim (if fitted) – you might have to cut cable ties and/or lever the trim off.

Place the jack in the recommended lifting point closest to the wheel to be removed. Ensure that the jack head engages correctly (as shown in the handbook) and extend the jack until it really starts to lift the car on its springs. Don’t lift the car any longer yet.

Slacken off the wheel nuts/bolts (most turn anti-clockwise to undo) using the vehicle’s wheel brace and locking wheel-nut adapter if required. (There may be a protective cover over locking wheel nuts.)

Keep your back straight and body weight evenly distributed on both feet. Apply effort downward and also in a controlled way to ensure when the nut finally ‘breaks’ you won’t lose your balance or fall over. Only if you can support your upper body, even if you can achieve greater efficiency by applying controlled effort from the foot.

Lifting the car

Raise the jack to lift the car sufficiently in order that the wheel is merely clear of the floor.

Remove the slackened wheel nuts/bolts while keeping the wheel constantly in place on the hub using a knee or toe – leave the top one until last so that both hands are free to lift the wheel from the hub.

Fitting the spare

Fitting the spare is the reverse in the removal procedure – secure the wheel by refitting the top bolt/nut first, and tighten each of the nuts by hand first in stages and also in a diagonal sequence.

Don’t oil the bolts/nuts before refitting them, as as a result them more likely to work lose.

Carefully lower the wheel to make contact with the earth before fully tightening the wheel nuts – again in diagonal sequence.

Stow the damaged wheel safety. Replace it within the carrier or boot well.

And finally

Note any restrictions on use – they’re typically confined to 50mph and should be replaced using a normal tyre as soon as possible in case the spare can be a temporary-use ‘skinny’ spare. Traction control and some automatic gearboxes may be upset by odd tyre sizes, some dashboard lights may come on while a place saver spare is used because systems like ABS.

Check/adjust the pressure within the ‘new’ tyre as soon as possible.

Obtain the wheel nuts tightened to the correct torque figure as quickly as possible.

Get the damaged tyre replaced or repaired as soon as possible.

Don’t Speed Into Buying a Car


Making a huge investment, such as a new car, is not something to rush into. At Ontario Nissan, and virtually any Nissan dealership you visit, sales people know that it takes time and energy to find exactly what you’re trying to find. No one wants to push you into buying the wrong car just to produce a sale. Actually, they would rather you not buy anything at all until you find exactly what you require. Everyone has different wants and needs in a new car and it’s vital that you take these into consideration when you’re making such a huge purchase.


When you first start seeking a new car, you can begin by perusing a dealership website, like Here you’ll can get an idea of what kinds of vehicles the maker makes. From sedans to SUVs, you’ll begin to see what your options are. You will see exactly what’s in stock on that particular car lot at any time. Looking at cars likes this enables you to start to get a concept of what you don’t like, and also what you do, and sometimes it’s easier to begin with ruling things out as opposed to rushing into picking a particular car at the beginning of your search. After you have excluded some options, you can then go to a dealership having a better concept of exactly what you require in a car. Any salesperson can show you around, let you sit in the cars, and even take them for a test drive. This is always the easiest way to get a sense of a car and be sure you’re really happy with it and how it drives. A good salesperson knows that taking it slow is key to finding an auto you’ll love.

Google Glass Ceiling And How It Works


Thrill’em all and let God sort’em out.

That’s virtually the logic of technological innovation as it snowballs into our already weary millenium. In a way, it always has been. We make fun of new machines, we make use of them in every conceivable way they are often used, therefore we live with the fallout as best we could.

The first ticket for using Google Glass while driving (wearing Google Glasses doesn’t seem to have entered the lexicon yet) is just the latest example of a radical new technology presenting a danger we don’t know how to handle – a minimum of not yet.

Cars are pretty dangerous independently. When they were invented, they suddenly endangered lives in ways the horse and buggy just couldn’t match. It took an incredibly long while for the excitement over our new toy to wear off enough to get a little good sense to win the day: seat belts were introduced nearly 70 years after the invention of the automobile, dramatically lowering the fatality rate in road collisions.

During the last 30 years, hard-won gains happen to be made in making driving safer for everyone – especially the more vulnerable in our midst, like teens, whose accident rate is twice as high as the standard. Today, using a flood newest technologies burning a hole within our pockets, those scary statistics are starting to acquire worse. The craze towards fewer accidents, less distraction, and less loss of life is reversing – and it has a great deal to do with the device you can’t stop taking a look at.

It’s a degree of technological immersion that affects how you do everything, including drive. Half of teens text while behind the wheel, helping to make a crash 23 times very likely. Teen fatalities have gone steadily up as cellphones have become incorporated into our daily lives.

And now we have a technology which allows users – or wearers – to examine the entire world through the internet. Your web time, your glances in your phone, your searches, along with your texting never stop. Distraction, and thus distracted driving, gets to be a state of being.

How is that this going to affect how drivers focus? The number of accidents will be caused by drivers watching the street through Googles? If you ask me.) We already know that people’s use – or, to be fair, misuse – of cellphones has resulted in a bevy of crashes, including a large number of deaths, (Another botched trademark. Despite nationwide laws against cellphone use while driving, the problem persists, as most drivers can attest.

Rushing headlong into a new technology that promises much more distraction for drivers is both odd and form of fascinating. How much do our gadgets mean to us that we’re willing to live with this kind of fallout – the kind of social ill that can basically be tamed over years, perhaps decades, of persistent struggle? Why, at the very least, wasn’t the danger one of the first things we addressed once the products made their debut?

We like to act first, to make first, to promote first, and request questions later. But that’s not planning to prevent the damage, to people and property, that these particular new technologies enable. Let’s be realistic folks, although we can say it’s an issue of choice and education: any future problems brought on by people looking through the internet throughout the windshield are entirely predictable.

The promise of new technologies can’t help but make us feel excited – even optimistic about the chance of things going a lot better than they did before. But for both the future and the road, it doesn’t do anything good to look through rose-colored Googles.

What To Say When People Pullover


Have you ever been pulled over? It’s ok to admit it, most of us have. Most of the time, the officer will start by asking “Do you know why I pulled you over? ” At this point, you are given a choice. You could:

1.) Admit you were breaking the law: However, you just could be admitting guilt to something the officer didn’t even notice in the first place.

2.) Say you weren’t doing anything wrong: This one is risky, since they probably pulled you over for something.

3.) Play dumb: I’d say the majority of us that have been pulled over use this tactic. “Sorry officer, I was unaware,” hoping it will get us from a ticket. SPOILER ALERT: It usually doesn’t work.

Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can attempt one of these, and let us know the way goes:

The 8 Worst Responses To “Do You Realize Why I Pulled You Over? ”

1. Do that:

It’s that honesty is the best policy if we’ve learned everything from Jim Carrey.

2. “*! #%@&! ” (a string of expletives). Cursing at anyone is a great way to inform them they have made you angry. Cursing in an officer is a great way to convince him to provide a ride down to the station in the back of his car.

3. “Hold on, I’m in the middle of an incredibly important call.” This shows the officer that you’re an essential business person, and so he should let you go (not! )

4. “Man, you need to have been driving fast to hook me! If something, you both should get tickets, ” This is a polite means of letting the officer understand that he, too, was speeding, so.

5. “What will you mean, I can’t drive on the left? I do this all the time in England! ”People from England are worldly and cultured. Really sell this particular one with an over-the-top accent.

6. “How am I meant to answer each one of these questions when I’m barely awake? ” Turn it around on him with the ol’ answer-a-question-with-a-question bit.

7. “You’ll have to speak up, I’m not turning this music down.” Music soothes the savage beast. Especially if he likes to rock out as much as you do.

8. (With mouth full) “You care to try this soup? Careful, it’s hot! ” Sharing is caring, and if you are offering the officer some of your lunch he might decide to enable you to go.

Do some of these sound like you? Share them on our Facebook wall and tell us what happened, or share what actually worked for you!

Businesses That Absolutely Must Upgrade Their Promotional Tactics

Sometimes things do a great job at updating for that new times and sometimes things don’t. In the world of computers and gadgets, they’re always updating the machines to be cooler and smaller, yet being more powerful. Good job at checking up on the times! However some businesses need to update and change the way they attract business and customers. Soda companies and fast food companies are never changing their food, but they start new ad campaigns that get new attention for the same old product. The following types of businesses could learn from them and update how they approach things.

Second Hand Car Dealers


Can there be any form of business more seemingly despicable compared to the used car business? Even mentioning the words “used cars” causes most folks to shake with uncontrollable fear and worry. You generally know what you’re in store for with a pushy car dealer who knows more than you do in regards to the car in general and specifically the historical past of this particular one. And he’s going to try to convince you to have it and as soon as you do you’ll know you most likely bought the clunker he’s been looking to unload. If you go into fullerton used cars you may get a different experience, but probably not. It’s probably best to go online at by way of example and perform shopping first without the pushy sales person.

Music Sales


It’s amazing that CD stores even exist anymore. Who even buys CD’s? Everybody is listening to their music on their own phones or on vinyl again. It’s true! So, you might want to think about foregoing CD’s altogether if you’re a band. The only people who buy CD’s are those who do so to reluctantly support a band they either like or pity. I once had to bring many heavy boxes of CD’s where I moved to, and from now on I couldn’t even let you know where all of my CD’s have reached, probably scattered at my parents’ houses. So if you are thinking about selling music, either as an artist or as a retail store, you might actually want to contemplate focusing on vinyl or other methods of selling music.



On paper, PETA is an organization that has a mission that we can all agree with, preventing the unethical management of animals. But has ever an organization won more enemies who are actually supporters in the cause than has PETA? They go about their mission in the most divisive and despicable way that there’s no way to feel sympathy toward their mission and actually it almost makes one want to unethically treat an animal. We wouldn’t do it, but usually when somebody makes such repellant arguments it makes you want to do the opposite. It’s almost the same tactics as the Religious Right, you’re left wondering if animals deserve protection. For that they need to update their way of reaching out.

C6 Production On Its Final Scale


Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 8: 04 a.m., the final 2013 Corvette came off of the line at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. The celebration was short lived, as less than 30 minutes after the last car was built, workers began remodeling the plant to prepare for the launch in the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray.

A total of 215,100 sixth-generation C6 Corvettes were made at Bowling Green since production began in 2005, the very last of which was the exclusive 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition outfitted with the 60th Anniversary design package. This package boasts an Arctic White exterior along with a Blue Diamond leather-wrapped interior with suede-microfiber accents.

In the middle of the 427 Convertible is definitely the 7.-liter (427 ci) LS7 aluminum-block V8, which is handcrafted by skilled engine craftsmen at the GM Performance Build Center. For your LS7 destined for the last C6 produced, the engine was built by Corvette executive chief engineer Tadge Juechter.

The last C6 Corvette will join other historic General Motors vehicles at the GM Heritage Center in Warren, Mich.

“Leading up to producing the last C6 has been all business,” said Bowling Green plant manager Dave Tatman. “We take our responsibility seriously and consider it the privilege that it is. But you can’t do what we should do instead of get emotionally attached to the car.”

Even as the team celebrated building the very last C6, Tatman said we have seen a great deal of anticipation and excitement toward building the all-new Stingray.

“The last C6 rolls away from the line at 8: 04 a.m. and I’ll have folks here at 8: 30 a.m. to start tearing down and setting up new tools,” Tatman said.

The work will require that 120 workers take just four weeks to change the Bowling Green plant around, completing a job that frequently takes months to accomplish. All employees are slated to return to work on March 25, where they may learn the entirely new process required to build the Stingray.

Bowling Green Assembly, which hosts as much as 50,000 visitors each year, is currently closed to the public to facilitate the remodeling of the line. Tatman said he offers to reopen the plant to outside tours as soon as possible, knowing that everyone is excited to see this new generation of Corvette built.

“As I always say, we don’t build cars, we build dreams,” Tatman said.

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