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Monthly Archive: June 2015

Exclusive Cars

postIn today’s world, everyone wants to stand out and get noticed. All you have to do to realize this is pull up your social media account and scroll through it. Everyone is trying to be someone and look like they made it. There are a number of ways to look like you made it, but what better way than to drive a car that turns heads and looks expensive. There is a reason that cars like Lamborghini and Ferrari are so desired carry such an aura with them. When you see someone driving one of those cars, you immediately assume they are somebody who makes a good bit of money.

When someone sees a Lamborghini or Ferrari, they assume that the owner or driver is part of some exclusive upper class group. You would be surprised by how many of these people drive these cars just to appear more well off than they really are. It goes back to the human nature of wanting to appear successful and making it. Now, I am not saying everyone who drives these cars can’t afford them, in fact, most can, but there are ways to drive these cars for very little cost if you know how to work the system. If you are willing to drive a used car instead of having the newest and baddest car on the road, you can save yourself a boat load of cash when purchasing these high-end cars. These cars take the biggest depreciation hits of any cars on the market.

Smart buyers will wait for the second-hand market to pick one up so they can save some money, and potentially make money if you buy the right car. When I say the right car, I mean a car with low miles, in a desirable color, and has a factory warranty still remaining. Those factors are all key when driving these exclusive cars and not losing tons of money on them. These are numerous people out there that know how to game the car industry so they can drive incredible cars and get paid to do it. The only issue with this, you need to have money to start because you need to put a down payment on the car, and you need to be able to cover the monthly payment. It would be very silly for you to over extend yourself just to look like you have much more than you do.

Which Motor Oil Is Right For Your Vehicle?

While motor oil is used in many different kinds of engines, we most often think of using it in our automobiles. Whether you change your oil at a dealership, in specialty business, or in your own garage, you will need to determine what kind is best for your car. It can make a big difference in how long your car’s engine will last.

Types of Oil

Consult your owner’s manual for the recommended viscosity (5W-20, 5W-30, 10W-20, etc.). You may also want to talk to a professional about the best choice for your vehicle, given your driving habits and the typical operating conditions for the area. Next, you’ll have to decide the type of motor oil you would like in your car.

Conventional: This type is used most often by dealerships and service companies. It is also the least costly. Most don’t have many other additives that may benefit your engine. If you are diligent about keeping your oil changed, about every three months or 3,000 miles, this kind should be fine.

Premium Conventional: Most new cars will be serviced with this type. It is available in the most common viscosities that are appropriate for nearly every light-duty vehicle.

Full Synthetic: This type is made for high-tech engines. They are rigorously tested to ensure they have a better, longer-lasting performance, including:

– Protection against engine deposits
– Enhanced flow at low temperatures
– Greatest lubrication at high temperatures

This type is more expensive than conventional, and not all engines need it. Refer to your owner’s guide, and if it doesn’t recommend this type, it may just be an additional cost that doesn’t add that much value to your engine.

Synthetic Blend: As the name suggests, this type is actually a blend of conventional and synthetic. It is designed to give the engine better protection during heavier loads and higher temperatures. It is frequently used in trucks and SUV’s. Even though there is the synthetic component, it does not cost much more than premium conventional types.

High Mileage: Once your vehicle has more than 75,000 miles on the engine, you may want to consider a motor oil designed for that purpose. This type is formulated with seal conditioners that help to keep the internal engine seals flexible.

Oil Additives

Once you’ve chosen among these different types, you will find there are additives that may be included to address specific engine performance conditions.

Detergents: These are designed to prevent high-temperature deposits, rust, and corrosion. They may even help remove some existing deposits.

Anti-Wear Additives: As the motor oil breaks down, it forms a film. These additives help protect the metal surfaces of your engine against that film.

Viscosity Index Improvers: Oil has a tendency to thin as the temperature increases. This additive reduces its ability to do that.

Foam Inhibitors: The crankshaft rotation causes foaming, which doesn’t lubricate as well. This additive disperses the foam.

Friction Modifiers: These additives reduce the friction in the engine, which results in improved gas mileage.

When it comes to motor oil for your vehicle, it’s best to start with the recommendation from your owner manual. Talk to your dealership or other service professionals about your particular driving habits and vehicle history. They can help you choose the product that’s right for your situation, in order to keep your vehicle running smoothly for as long as possible.

Driver Attitude, Is Yours Letting You Down?

postCan you choose your attitude? Some people will say yes! However, is it a learned behaviour or simply in us? I really don’t know the answer I wish I did!, What I do know is that it is our attitude that can let us down on the road.

One school of thought is that most drivers are not being involved in incidents because of their lack of technical skills behind the wheel; it is not even their lack of knowledge of the rules of the road. It is their attitude and behaviour behind the wheel that lets them down, time after time. Simply put, it is our attitude that drives our behaviour.

Our behaviour can actually change due to what we think the social norms are, people will often say “well everyone else does it, I don’t want to be the odd one out”. We simply want to fit in.

So what changes when we get in the car? Why does a lovely person who would hold the door open for you change behind the wheel? The very same person, who would forgive someone for making a genuine mistake. Yet on the road they would beep, use unsavoury hand signals, shout and swear at a person for simply making a genuine error.

Let’s face it we all make mistakes every day and we hope people will forgive us for them. Remember, when a driver makes a mistake near you don’t take it personal, it could have been the only mistake they have made all week! Now I know what you are thinking, “Well someone else’s mistake could cause damage to my car, injury or even death”.

Getting angry because of someone else’s mistake could be seen as just instinctive. But, allowing that anger to become counterproductive will only make matters worse, so yes be angry but control your anger, remember emotion plays a massive part in our ability to make rational decisions. You could end up making the wrong decision and end up being the person who does cause someone else to be hurt.

The good news is that there is way to keep you out of the reach of someone else’s mistake because there is not a driver out there who is so good they cannot be outwitted by someone else’s mistake!

Simply put keep plenty of space around your car, this will give you time to react or come up with plan B, to accommodate someone else’s mistake.