Even those who like to think of themselves as seasoned off road veterans will run into a situation where either their Jeep will stall, or they roll it over, or even find themselves stuck in the mud. But for those of you who are completely new to this expensive and thrilling hobby, we wanted to present you with what we feel are just a few of the basic things to remember when hitting the trail.
Tip Number One.
First and most important tip is to use your head. Don’t take on a terrain that you are uncomfortable with trying to tackle. Don’t push your vehicle to its limits, and most of all don’t assume you can make the climb, or the dash across the mud. Take a minute, step out of your vehicle even, talk to others and convey the possibilities, and express what you think is the best approach. Use your brain before taking drastic measures.
Tip Number Two.
Use your gears. Each terrain and each slope will be different, and based on that certain moment you need to know which gear is best to help you get over that bump or to help you get through that puddle. If you aren’t comfortable with shifting on the fly, then you may want to rethink off roading.
Tip Number Three.
Know what you might or might not face ahead. Do some research, talk to others who have ridden the trail in times past, and figure out what the situation is before you even take off. But also keep your eyes well ahead of what is just directly in front of you. If you are rock climbing the major thing you might face is that if you don’t survey the terrain, you might find yourself reaching that hill top only to realize the other side of the hill is even steeper and more dangerous.
These are just a few of the tips we could provide you on how to properly off road, and should be applied not just by newbie off-roading riders—but even the most veteran riders.
The 2013 Chrysler Town and Country not only has a lot to offer, it is one of the leaders of the minivan market. The equipment of the Town and Country Chrysler includes the usual V6 and uses of the typical transmission with six-speeds. The vehicle proves to be very fuel smart, both on the highway and through city driving situations, essentially right on par with other minivans. The Town & Country was one of four Dodge and Chrysler vehicles that earned “Best 2013 Total Quality” honors in Strategic Vision’s annual Total Quality IndexTM (TQI), which was put out this past Spring.
The Chrysler Town & Country was ranked highest in the minivan segment based on responses from owners of 2013 model-year vehicles in Strategic Vision’s quantitative study of 17,568 owners. Strategic Vision measures “Total Quality” by studying more than 440 variables that encompass positive and negative experiences, including reliability, emotional attachment, and overall sales and service satisfaction.
The Town & Country is one of the most family friendly minivans on the market. We swung by our local dealership, Sport Durst Chrysler near Raleigh, to check out this minivan in person. Plusses are the many unique and handy seating and storage features, and an impressive array of entertainment options. New for the 2013 model year the standard rear-seat DVD entertainment system gets a higher-resolution screen and available technology features include an HDMI input and two rear USB ports for charging mobile devices. There’s also an available Blu-ray dual-screen entertainment system. Trailer-sway control is now standard, and power-folding side mirrors are optional.
The engineers at Lincoln have developed some very advanced automotive technology with one goal in mind: your safety. In this article we will look at the Lincoln Lane Keeping System which is a combination of three interacting technologies: the Driver Alert System, Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid. Let’s take a look at all three and see how they work together.
Driver Alert System
This system is basically a “drowsiness detector” and senses if a driver drifts out of their lane when driving. The way it works is that a small forward-facing camera mounted behind the rearview mirror senses the position of lane marking on the road and looks for slow drift. If the system detects drift that fits the pattern of driver drowsiness, a small red coffee cup icon illuminates on the dash and a first-level chime will sound. This is a gentle indicator to alert the driver that it might be a good idea to pull over and take a break from driving. If the driver continues to drive and still seems fatigued, then another warming chime is issued. A life saver? According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than 40 percent of Americans say they have fallen asleep or nodded off while driving at some point.
Lane Keeping Alert
The Lane Keeping Alert is designed to help drivers avoid unintentional lane changes. When the system detects the vehicle drifting close to lane markings, it will alert the driver through a vibration in the steering wheel to naturally grab the driver’s attention. This vibration can be compared to the feeling that one feels when an automobile runs over highway “rumble strips”. This allows the driver time to react and steer the vehicle back into its lane. To calculate the lane position, the Lane Keeping Alert uses data from the front camera on the windshield in addition. A display in the dashboard instrument cluster lets the driver know when the system is operational as not all roads are well-marked and they system essentially pauses detection when this occurs.
Lane Keeping Aid
The Lincoln Lane Keeping Aid technology takes this previous two technologies even further by providing steering assist to alert the driver of the need to steer back toward the center of the lane. Essentially the car gives the driver an assist to steer back to where it should be. The system calculates the amount of steering required based on factors such as the distance to the lane markings, yaw angle and curve radius determined from the front camera and other sensors in the vehicle.
The sensitivity of the three system settings can be adjusted between normal and increased, which moves the warning zones in closer to the center of the lane. The intensity of the steering wheel vibrations can be adjusted as well between low, medium and high. The last-known setting for each selection is stored so it does not have to be set each time the system is activated.
Care to try out the fascinating Lincoln Lane Keeping System? You can find a Lincoln Dealer in the Philadelphia area by clicking the link and elsewhere in the country by visiting the Lincoln factory website.
People don’t care, people are in a rush, whatever the excuse, if you park like the people in this video I hate you. There is simply no excuse for some of the positions these vehicles have been placed in. Also, there are scum worse than this out there, that would most likely deface your vehicle if you did park like this. So, act accordingly.
Google has been making the rounds in the news because of their recently announced work on autonomous (driverless) vehicles. While questions remain as to why Google would want to get into the automotive space, driverless cars are fascinating. The experts from the CarInsurance Blog dug up the scoop on autonomous vehicles for us.