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We’re still not completely sold on electric cars as an eco-friendly alternative, mostly because of questions over how the batteries are created, but this commercial creatively links the Renault line of electric cars to how so many appliances and machines use electricity today.
If youâ€™re an environmentally conscious consumer, your old tires are either left with the tire replacement shop to be recycled, or taken to an approved landfill or recycling center in your area if you replaced them yourself. Most communities also offer recycling programs that allow homeowners to put tires, batteries and electronics curbside for pickup once or twice a year.
At one time, these used tires tended to pile up, creating a singularly ugly health and safety hazard that encourages breeding mosquitoes, rodents and â€“when heated by intense summer sun â€“ a source of almost inextinguishable fires (thanks to layers of compacted debris) that can seriously impact air quality.
Fortunately, a combination of advanced technology and an increasing awareness of the environment have led to a plethora of recycling options, some highly commendable, others somewhat peculiar (if no less desirable). For example, I can clearly see the value of tires as bumper guards. Tire art, on the other hand, leaves me frowning. Read more
Running out of gas is one of those things that we all hope as drivers weâ€™re never going to do. But, no driver is perfect. There comes a time where drivers decide to push it to the next gas station on a road trip, leave home in a rush only to discover the last driver left the tank low, or in some cases, even find that the gas gauge was deceiving. The gas light is never a welcome sign as no matter what the reason.
So what do you do when the unthinkable happens and you find yourself stranded on the side of the road after running out of gas? Donâ€™t bang your head on the steering wheel in frustration…follow these steps instead. Read more
Tire maintenance is something that many drivers overlook. Unless air pressure is drastically reducing, you canâ€™t tell that itâ€™s time to change your tires from behind the wheel of your car. But, neglecting to do so can cause damage to the suspension system of your vehicle, and it can increase your gas consumption if the car needs more power to run because of low air pressure or poor traction. There are also safety concerns, of course. Neglecting to change your tires when itâ€™s needed can increase the odds of a collision, especially when the roads are slick with water and ice.
Here are a few things you should know about replacing your tires: Read more
A writer for the New York Times Wheels section recently described his youth as â€œdriving down the back roads of America pretending his Volkswagen was a Porsche racecar.â€
The story (and the writer) may be old, but the dream hasnâ€™t changed. Teenage drivers, particularly males, still feel the need for speed â€“ a need that can be as devastating as it is enticing. According to the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, teenage car accidents are the leading cause of death among U.S. teens, with those in the 16-19-year-old group four times as likely to crash as older drivers. Read more
According to a brochure developed jointly by the NOAA, the American Red Cross, and FEMA, almost half of all deaths from flooding happen to people trapped in vehicles. In fact, only in recent years has heat surpassed flooding as the primary cause of fatalities in the U.S. Flash floods are the most dangerous type of flooding, largely because waters rise rapidly and unexpectedly, especially in arroyos and irrigation ditches not normally associated with water, leaving most drivers (and their passengers) unprepared.
More important, water itself is a tremendous force. It weighs 62.4 pounds per cubic foot, delivering 500 pounds of pressure per square inch to doors and windows. It also makes cars buoyant, subtracting 1500 pounds from the weight of the vehicle for each foot it rises. Water a mere two feet deep can sweep away a vehicle, even a heavy-duty truck or SUV, as well as the bridge it is trapped on. Vehicles trapped in underpasses during rapidly rising water are in even more danger, and when flooding occurs at night drivers often canâ€™t see such danger until it is too late. As Carblog.com notes, even a burst water main can trigger dangerous flooding in low-lying areas. Read more
The upside to families visiting that favorite vacation spot, be it Grandma and Grandpaâ€™s house or a to-die-for cabana on the Pacific near Mazatlan, is that gas prices remain well below 2008â€™s astronomical $4 a gallon or more.
These prices, which are also sparking a renewed interest in bigger vehicles (think crew-cab trucks and family-sized SUVs like the Ford Flex reviewed on Roadtripsforfamilies.com), average $2.72, offering hope that the family road trip is not a thing of the past (we werenâ€™t all that fond of staycations anyway, were we?). Read more