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What’s The Difference Between Winter and All Season Tires

The winter season is upon us, which means cold temperatures, snow, and ice will cause adverse driving conditions.  Which tire you equip your vehicle with can have a positive or negative effect on your winter driving ability.  This article will talk about the differences between winter and summer tires, more typically called summer tires.

Let’s look at the most obvious difference, tread pattern.  The tread pattern on winter tires are designed to assist in slush, ice, and snow.  The ability to channel snow and slush will assist in keeping rubber contact with the road.  This contact will ultimately lead to a more stable control of your automobile, whether it’s a front wheel drive car, minivan or 4×4 SUV.

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Hybrid Cars and Global Warming

This is a guest opinion article on hybrid cars and global warming.

[ad#Google Adsense]Hybrid electric car uses two source of engine power which are ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) and electric motor.  The most well received hybrid electric car is the gas electric hybrid cars. The hybrid electric car sold on the market can be either full hybrids or mild hybrids.

The emission of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels contributes significantly to the environmental issues. The United States Department of Energy study has shown that 26% of the pollution is attributed to the carbon dioxide emissions from the road vehicles. With a hybrid car, you can do your part in helping to reduce the environment pollution without having to relinquish the benefits of a traditional car.

The Environmental Protection Agency reports a global warming trend due to increasing number of pollutions since the late 19th century. Most of the global warming is caused by the greenhouse gases including the carbon dioxide gas which are emit from the vehicle. The global warming issue will become more serious if nothing is done to reduce the greenhouse gases. Global warming will produce a negative impact on all aspects including agriculture, forests, and health.

On average, a gasoline powered vehicle will burn 6 – 9 tons of carbon dioxide every year. If you buy a hybrid car, you can reduce this number because it relies on an electric battery to operate the engine.

Buying a hybrid car can save the oil resources on the earth. Most standard vehicles rely on the oil to power the engine. As the oil becomes scarcer, the automobile industry should use the hybrid technology as the new type of energy in the future production of their cars.

According to a research carried out by Hybridcars.com, if every hybrid driver drives 40 miles daily, they would be able to save up to 350,000 gallons of petrol fuel per day.

Hybrid Cars and Global WarmingDue to global warming, the arctic ice is becoming thinner. The ice shelves in the Antarctic is breaking faster due to the heat. The ocean levels increases and causes flooding in low land country. The flooding is estimated to affect 20 – 50 millions of people.  Global warming also causes the dangerous epidemic of contagious diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and etc. The timing of the season has change drastically. For example, spring comes earlier and fall arrives later than the usual date. As a result, the agricultural output in poor countries has considerably reduced.  It is estimated that 80 – 90 million people will suffer from hunger in the 21st century due to global warming. The increase in temperature will cause certain animals to become extinct and cease to exist so that the ecosystem may be lost. The 2004 Pentagon report shows that global climate change increases the possibility of countries fighting for food and energy supplies.

If we heed these warning signs, we can help to reduce the severity of the environment problem significantly.  Moving the automobile industry toward hybrid technology could be one of the most comprehensive energy to reduce global warming effects.

Spring Maintenance

Ahh, the birds are starting to chirp and the air has finally decided not to bite.  For automotive enthusiasts, this means the start of spring maintenance on our vehicles.  Gone is the concern of salt and road chemical eating away at our paint, replaced by the fear of dirt, rocks, and the occasional kid chasing a ball across the street.  It’s time to consider what your car needs now that spring is approaching.

I always start by giving my vehicles a nice bath and not just one of these quickies at the car wash either.  It’s time to pull out the garden hoses, fill up a soapy bucket, and apply the elbow grease to the corners that are missed by drive through.  Try to take a little extra care and use bug remover to get the deceased off the front bumper.  Also, after a thorough cleaning it might be warm enough to actually touch up those nicks you received in the mall parking lot during the holiday rushes.  Don’t forget the clear coat.

What about those windshield wipers that took a beating from the ice?  It’s a good idea to replace those with some fresh wiper blades in preparation for the spring rain.  I prefer to spend a little extra money and buy Bosch Wiper Blades, in my experience they seem to last the longest.  New blades and a fresh coat of Rainx makes for a safer spring.

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Warmer temperatures means a fluctuation in tire pressure.  It’s a good idea to get your tires looked over for wear and adjust pressure as necessary.  This will become even more important as spring leaves and summer approaches and temperatures have a habit of scorching.  Also, if you live in an area that requires snow tires, don’t forget to switch back over to your summer driving tires now.

California DusterA good interior purging is also recommended, from being closed up all winter my vehicle has developed a unique aroma.  Too many fast food bags in the back seat have created their own ecosystem, generally a scrubbing is long overdue.  Take special attention to apply the proper cleaner to your seats, dash, and carpet if applicable.  Again, attention to detail will last much longer than a quick California Duster once over.  Any significant others forced to ride along with you will appreciate a subtle air freshener as well.

Lastly, if you had been putting up any upgrades now might be the time to cash in.  Often companies will run specials in the spring time to entice buyers to pull the trigger on a modification decision.  It seems that I always end up putting window tint on either my vehicle or someone else’s in the spring.  This time of year is the start to a hopefully long and beautiful warm weather stretch.

Hail Damaged Cars

Mother Nature can be a real bitch, especially when she decides to drop mini bombs on our pride and joys.  Earlier this year I personally experienced some golf ball sized hail, luckily I was able to park my vehicles in a garage, so we didn’t get any damage.  However, not everyone is so lucky.

Check out these pictures of hail damaged cars, it’ll make you want to start parking your car in a garage or under a car port.

Of course, not everyone can afford a proper garage to park their vehicles in out of the weather.  So, next time your local weatherman is calling for storms and possible chance of hail, protect your car the cheap way.

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