There are a lot of cars on the road, and it seems like some of them have been around forever. The car manufacturers just keep improving and updating the cars year after year, while staying true to their core features. Sure, sometimes new models get introduced, but you can pretty much count on there being Corvettes, Mustangs, and Suburbans for sale. Here are some other vehicles that have been on the road for longer than you may realize.
This affordable roadster has just celebrated its 25th birthday and it is doing so in style. The new version features all of the modern upgrades you would expect while staying true to its original goal of providing a lightweight, reliable sports car. This mission has led the Miata to be the top selling two-seat roadster in the world, with 920,000 sold, most of which are still on the roads today. Continue reading →Posted in Defensive Driving Tips |
We all love the way that cell phones have evolved in the last decade. Nowadays, just about everyone is able to carry their own computer around with them wherever they go. However, this increased cell phone use has led to an increase in car accidents as a result of texting and driving. Texting while driving is incredibly dangerous; at best it will land you in online traffic school, and at worst it could land you in a cemetery. Taking that into consideration, those whose job it is to create a campaign against texting and driving naturally have a lot of material to draw from. Here are some of the most successful texting and driving campaigns.
1. “Cow” by Tredegar Comprehensive School and Gwent Police (UK)
A lot of people know that they are not supposed to text and drive, but continue to do so as they are not completely aware of the real-life consequences of their actions. Some of the best PSA videos are the ones that help people face those consequences. One of the most powerful examples of this is the PSA film entitled “Cow,” by a police force and comprehensive school in the United Kingdom. The PSA is a 30-minute film, in which a girl causes a devastating accident which results in the deaths of four people. As a result, her life falls apart. The trailer for this film went viral on YouTube, and it has received international attention, including multiple advertising awards.Defensive Driving Tips |
It may be too early to access the aftereffects of Ethan Couch’s sentence, where he avoided prison for killing four people in a drunk driving crash. Instead, the punishment was 10 years probation and two years in one of the most expensive (over $400,000.00 annually) rehabs in the country. The manner in which the media covered this story was appropriate in that the victims were able to talk about the pain this verdict caused them and the proper attention was placed squarely on the hired ‘expert’ who came up with the notion for a affluenza defense. Couch’s defense lawyers argued successfully was that their client was so spoiled and was never given any boundaries by his parents, that he didn’t know right from wrong. Continue reading →Posted in Defensive Driving Tips |
1. Lamborghini Veneno ($4m)
The Veneno (which can mean venom or poison, depending on which language you’re translating from), is a very, very nice car. The moment that you start the engine you can feel just how great the 740 horsepower engine will drive. It goes from 0-60 in under 3 seconds and has a top speed of 220 miles per hour. The car is built out of carbon fiber, which makes it one of the lightest cars on the market, but the extreme styling is a negative for many who have the 3.9 million dollars to spend on it.Defensive Driving Tips |
Okay, guys, it’s almost Valentine’s Day, which means it’s time to start planning a spectacular evening for your special someone. But this year, instead of just settling for the traditional chocolates, flowers, and dinner, why not step it up a notch? Pick her up in a classy car and take a romantic drive to Lookout Point. It’s like you’re teenagers again, only better. Not sure which car to rent? Here are our top choices when it comes to impressibility, sexiness, and general availability at national car rental chains (although not all of them are available everywhere).
Porsche 911 Carrera
If you really want to impress your date, this is the epitome of cool cars. Its red color and sensual curves will evoke feelings of passion all night long (not like you need any help). Found at: Hertz
Ford Mustang Coupe
Probably the most practical (i.e. affordable) car on the list, this classic car is the perfect way to show your date that you want to spoil her without looking like you are trying too hard. Found at: Avis
It may be considered a family car, but the 528i definitely is not lacking in sexiness or style. If you want to send the vibe to your date that you aren’t afraid of settling down, but you still expect life to be full of excitement, this is your ideal choice. Oh, and it has heated seats. Bonus! Found at: Avis
Tesla Roadster EV
Are you dating someone who is really into saving the environment? Impress her with this super sexy electric vehicle. You will look way hotter showing up in this instead of a Prius, and it’s way more fun to drive. But since it is a convertible, you might want to avoid this option if you live in, say, North Dakota. After all, it is only February. Found at: Hertz
If you want something with a little extra room inside, the G37 is a sexy and sophisticated option. Plus, it has decent power if you find yourself driving uphill to reach your secluded destination. Found at: National Car RentalPosted in Defensive Driving Tips |
What do you do when you need to get a large number of people somewhere and you don’t want to take more than one car? Well, if that number is less than 15, you probably use what is known as a passenger van. You know those huge, usually white, vans that you often avoid in desolate parking lots? They are very handy for transporting your kids (if you are brave enough to have that many), committees, or even sports teams. However, it is not the safest vehicle on the road.
Why are they unsafe?
It all comes down to their center of gravity. Since it is such a large vehicle on such tiny wheels, it doesn’t take much for it to roll over. If the tires are improperly inflated, this risk is increased tenfold. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also points out that many drivers do not have the experience in one of these vehicles that is needed to manhandle it properly.
What can I do to make it safer?
There are actually several things you can do to make sure that your safety in a 15-passenger van is at its best:
Drive smart. Every person that sits behind that steering wheel should understand that the vehicle he is driving is not like a regular car. He needs to drive extra defensively and take each turn with extreme caution.
Load carefully. A big contributor to the rollover risk is a van that is not loaded evenly. If you only have a few passengers, make sure their weights are distributed equally on both sides of the van. The same goes for your cargo.
Remember that it’s not a school bus. Even though its size is not far off from that of a small school bus, it is always important to remember that a passenger van is very far from one. A school bus has extra safety measure throughout it to ensure the children’s safety, while a passenger van simply does not. Everyone always needs to have a seatbelt on and stay seated at all times.
Check tires. There is no vehicle where it is more important to check the tire pressure than in the 15-seater. No other vehicle has such a high rollover risk, which is contingent, in part, on the pressure of the tires.
Whether or not Paul Walker died from street racing is still up for debate, but one thing is clear: street racing is a very serious problem that happens a lot more than you think. Out of the 122 crashes (from 2001 to 2010) caused by street racing, 153 people were killed, according to USA Today. That means that most accidents from street racing end with at least one person dead. The scariest part is that the true number of accidents from street racing isn’t even known. If the driver dies, it is hard to pinpoint street racing as a cause (instead of just speeding), as evidenced by Paul Walker’s tragic death.
So why do people do it?
It all comes down to the adrenaline rush that the drivers get when they push the limits. The risk of cruising at speeds that are not even recordable on all odometers pumps the blood through their veins like very few things can. The main demographic for street racing is young males between the ages of 16 and 24, so they likely lack the life experience and knowhow to truly understand the risks involved. They think they are invincible and that they are racing the right way.
Why not just go to a track?
Yes, there are racetracks open for people to safely feel the thrill that only racing can provide, but they usually charge a steep fee, and they often control who can race each other (which is not what young males want). Not only that, but they are only open for very limited hours and, due to their unpopularity, are getting harder and harder to find. Which leaves the street as the only viable option. While many racers aim for deserted streets during desolate hours, not all street races are planned. Often times, two people will just be at a stoplight when the urge to race strikes them.
This is when it really gets dangerous.
Of course, any driving at immeasurable speeds is dangerous, but when other automobiles, bicyclists, and pedestrians are around, these dangers are increased dramatically. Innocent people are killed every year by “invincible” drivers who felt the need for speed.
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As much as you want to get a shiny new car for the New Year, it just doesn’t seem practical to you. You’d rather spend less money and drive a car that is a little bit older, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a nice, reliable automobile. Here’s a rundown of the best used cars made in 2009 or 2010 (you don’t want to go too old, right?), according to MSN Autos. When deciding which cars to include, MSN looked at overall performance, safety ratings, reliability, and value. And the winners are (drumroll please):
2009 Toyota Prius
You may be sick of hearing about the Prius, but hey, it gets so much face time for a reason: It’s a reliable car that has amazing fuel efficiency. And it is even more comfortable than it looks. The 2009 model originally sold for about $25K, but you can easily find a 2009 version for $14K. If you really want to make your ride sweet, look for the optional backup camera, but regardless, you can enjoy getting an average of 46 miles per gallon (more if you drive defensively).
2010 Honda Accord
It should be no surprise to see a Honda on the list, as they are consistently known for their reliability, and the Accord is no exception. This eighth-generation beauty contains the holy grail of sedans: power and fuel efficiency. It boasts 190 horsepower and gets about 26 miles per gallon. On top of that, it is just plain comfortable, for both the driver and the passengers (in all seats). The cargo space it offers isn’t bad either considering its size. You get all of this for the small price of $17K, which is a decent drop from its original $25K price tag.
2010 Ford Mustang
Okay, we’ve covered the practical cars, but what if you want something a little sportier? In 2010, Ford decided to revamp the nostalgic Mustang by giving it a facelift, and the result is one to be desired. Its sexy styling, impressive handling, and included bluetooth and USB connectors make the 2010 Mustang the perfect option if you want a little excitement in your life. The best part is, you can probably find one for about $16K, which is quite the bargain considering they were over $30K just a few years ago.Posted in Defensive Driving Tips |
Whether you are a car enthusiast or not, you can’t deny a beautiful car. This year, MSN Autos attended every car show worldwide in search of the most stunning, make-you-stop-in-your-tracks automobiles, and the list they compiled is nothing short of extraordinary. From the sexy curves to the impeccable styling, here are some of the most notable cars introduced in 2013.
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
If there was one car’s release that was the most anticipated, it was this one. The buzz surrounding this vehicle has been going on for longer than a year, and Chevy didn’t disappoint. The new Corvette, definitely worthy of its Stingray name, was unveiled at Detroit’s own North American International Auto Show. It features out-of-the box styling that brings its wow factor up a notch, and its powerful V8, 460-horsepower engine leaves nothing to be desired.
What do you get when you combine an electric motor with the minds behind Ferrari’s Formula One racing team? You get the LaFerrari, easily one of the most powerful hybrid cars in existence. Its V12 engine and the battery-powered motor together surprisingly yield 950 horsepower, which makes it capable of reaching 60 miles per hour within three seconds. If you feel the need for speed while still being eco-friendly, the LaFerrari can reach speeds of 217 miles per hour. But before you get too excited, they are only making 499 of them, and by the time it was debuted in Geneva, it already had over 700 written orders.
Few cars garner attention like the McLaren, for good reason. It looks like a car only created for Hollywood and driven by superheroes. But it is actually available to the public; that is, if you have $1.3 million to spend and are one of the first 375 people to express interest. So what do you get for this price tag? You get a super-powered hybrid vehicle that combines an electric motor with an enhanced twin-turbo V8 engine (inspired by the engine in the McLaren MP4-12C). It produces 727 horsepower, which is less than the LaFerrari, but its acceleration and top speed are almost identical to it. However, unlike the LaFerrari, the McLaren has a handy electric-only mode that can be used at speeds less than 30 miles per hour for up to 12 miles.Posted in Defensive Driving Tips |
You want a new car so bad that you spend your time daydreaming of how good you will look cruising in it. Well, it’s time to stop imagining and start making your automobile desires a reality. There is no better time than the New Year to decide to start saving so that you can soon be the owner of your very own new (or new to you) car. Here are a few tips to help you on your way:
Keep Making Payments
Maybe you are still making payments on your current car, and maybe you are not. If you are not, you should still be setting this money aside. You have become accustom to living without this money each month, so it will not be any extra sacrifice on your part. By the end of the year you will have a solid down payment that you can put towards your dream car.
Open a New Account
When you are setting money aside for your new car aspirations, it is a good idea to do so in a completely separate account so that you are not tempted to spend the cash on something frivolous. Plus, you can set up automatic transfers between your accounts, or have a portion of your paycheck directly deposited, to make the process effortless.
Take Care of Your Current Car
Once you decide that you are going to be getting rid of your current ride soon, it can be easy to just let the maintenance go. However, this can come back and bite you when it comes to your trade-in value. Instead, you should always drive defensively and get all of your scheduled maintenance, like oil changes and tire rotations, completed on schedule.
Forget About It
If you just aren’t that great at saving, it is okay to just stick with your current vehicle until it doesn’t run anymore. There is something great about life without a car payment, even if it does mean your car isn’t exactly as shiny or sporty as you would like it to be. Just think of all of the things you will be able to buy each month instead.Posted in Defensive Driving Tips | ← Older posts