Driving in the rain sounds like a pretty simple task right? Not here in Southern California where I live. It hardly ever rains here and most folks here have absolutely no clue how to drive when it pours. Some drivers will continue to speed and weave in an out at 80 mph in a downpour while others are relegated to driving like a turtle at 20 mph while clutching the steering wheel for dear life. Here are a few tips to help you battle the rainy weather on the streets.
You will be able to see much clearer if you keep a large amount of space between your car and the vehicle ahead. The car in front of you will make huge splashes of water towards your direction making it nearly impossible to see anything. Since I am also not accustomed to driving in wet weather, I really assumed that it was my own auto making these splashes on the freeway and reducing my visibility. Once I changed lanes into a lane without any cars these splashes of water disappeared and I was able to see again! This made me realize that it was the car in front of me splashing water directly at me.
Leaving your home early gives you enough time to deal with obstacles on the road. Rain tends to cause a large number of problems in Southern California (where I reside) ranging from catastrophic accidents, mud slides, landslides, non-functioning stop lights and a host of other issues. Leaving earlier allows for extra time to deal with these issues.
Turn on your lights and use your turn signals- This shouldn’t be a tough one; obviously rain reduces your visibility and therefore it makes sense to turn on the lights in order to make yourself visible to your fellow drivers. But, I’ve seen many cases of idiots driving on the 405 freeway with their lights turned off in a pouring storm and as a result endangering all the drivers around them as well.
It’s a excellent thought to slow down since it takes a longer distance to brake on slipper roads. But, there’s really no need to drive like a turtle at thirty miles per hour on the freeway. Not only is this unnecessary but it can result in annoying fellow drivers on the road.
Check your tires first and make sure they got plenty of tread left before you head out. If you’re tires are near bald without much thread then you probably won’t want to head outside, unless you want to hydroplane or spin out on the street; both highly perilous incidents.
If you are looking for a car that’s affordable but still packs a massive personality then you might take a closer look at the Juke from Nissan. The Juke has an unusual look; it’s a crossover with a sporty edge and swooping muscular curves that are reminiscent of those on the Infiniti. This isn’t a car for the timid or shy; the Juke’s distinct and unusual shape will certainly ensure that all eyes will be on you when you’re cruising on the streets in this one-of-a-kind car. The new 2011 Juke from Nissan is competitively priced at around the $22k range for the base model.
The 370z was the inspiration for the taillights while the front lights are reminiscent of those found on rally cars. This vehicle belongs in the affordable compact wagon segment but it also competes with regular compact cars such as the Mini Copper and the Mazda3.
The engine that powers this car is a four cylinder 1.6 Liter with a total output of 188 horsepower. It’s not a race car by any means but it offers more than enough power for smooth and quick acceleration. Gas mileage stands at 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Keep in mind that this car does require premium fuel; that’s one expense that can add up throughout the years. But, the Juke offers brilliant handling and precise steering.
Three adults can be seated in the back although it’s more comfortable with two adults. Standard integrated Bluetooth capabilities allows for hands free calling while the USB input makes it simple for you to fire up your Ipod and blast your favorite songs. A rear view camera is available at an additional cost which facilitates backing up and parking in narrow spaces. Nissan’s Intelligent Key system allows you to open the door by just tapping on it; you won’t need to fumble with the hassle of fumbling for your keys anymore.
A large number of safety features were implemented in order to maximize safety for all occupants. Features include an advanced an air bag system and head restraints to protect the head and neck area during accidents. The Anti-Lock Brake System helps to maintain vehicle control and the Traction Control System works to apply pressure to the brakes as necessary during critical moments.
If you are looking for an affordable car that is unique in looks and offers a fun and zippy drive then you might want to consider this car. With standard features like Bluetooth wireless connectivity and keyless remote, the Juke is pretty tough to beat!
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Always wanted to drive a luxury car but worried of the exorbitant cost? Contrary to well loved belief, luxury cars don’t have to cost a small fortune. Upscale quality vehicles are more affordable than ever. We’ve rounded up three cool cars which can be bought for under $40k. Luxury cars offer advanced engineering, brilliant performance, a well- appointed interior, the most up to date safety features and of course status and brand recognition. Driving is always more fun behind the wheel of a top quality vehicle instead of just any ancient car.
Another fantastic option would be to use buy a certified pre-owned luxury car. Many auto brands offers certified pre-owned upscale cars that look excellent as new and come with brilliant warranty programs. Chances are that no one will be able to even tell that it’s pre-owned.
1.) Cadillac CTS Coupe – This luxury sports coupe isn’t nearly as expensive as it looks. The CTS is gorgeous and sports aggressive styling details through its angular rear and sleek lines. Despite its extravagant styling, the base model is priced at a reasonable $35k. The CTS’ best assets are its distinct and excellent looks along with its horsepower. It’s packed with a powerful V6 engine with 304 HP and 273 lb feet of torque. This is one quick coupe that will leave all the other cars behind in the dust.
2.) Lincoln MKZ – This vehicle was built for comfortable cruising and sports sleek excellent looks . The MKZ is based on the Ford Fusion but it a very finely tuned and dressed up one. Power is derived from a V6 3.5 Liter engine with 263 hp. The interior features Ford advanced SYNCH system, lots of tech gadgets and a dressed up interior. The seats are crafted out of rich leather and feature prominent detailed stitching.
3.) Cadillac Escalade – Of course groundbreaking new Escalades don’t sell for under $40k, a groundbreaking new base model would run around the $63k range, but you can get an brilliant deal on a pre-owned one. I’ve personally seen a few 2008 and 2007 Escalades priced under the $40k range. The Escalade is a large luxury SUV that will certainly get you noticed on the road. It boasts a V8 engine, bold aggressive styling and has enough room to seat eight of your closest friends.
A luxury car doesn’t necessarily have to cost six figures. All of these cars are reasonably priced yet offer high performance and luxury at a price that is simple to swallow. If you want to go even more upscale, it may be worth it to look into certified pre-owned cars. There are more options than ever to choose from and with a bit of research
Ford is well known for its high quality and durable vehicles and its crossover, the Edge, certainly fits the bill. For 2011 Ford has chose to give it a makeover inside and out. Revamped features consist of front fenders, a reshaped hood, grille and tail lamps. Despite its name, this crossover does not have any harsh lines. On the contrary, its lines are fluid and super sleek with smooth curves and well appointed chrome accents. The 2011 model is a lot more attractive and elegant than its predecessor.
The cabin is ultra room with plenty of leg room and sufficient seating for five adults. Cool tech gadgets include Ford’s Sync system which allows you to make outgoing and receive incoming calls and change your music by using simple voice commands. You can listen to personalized playlists, receive up to date traffic reports and access 911 Help in the event of an emergency. The MyFord Touch and SYNC system allows you driver to make a large amount of commands via voice and as a result keep your hands safely on the steering wheel.
Ford engineers addressed safety issues thoroughly and as a result the Edge is loaded with loads of safety features. An exclusive AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control which work to adjust the brakes in emergency situations. A tire pressure monitoring system lets you know when your tire pressure needs to be adjusted while the Blind Spot Information Systems makes it simpler for you to change lanes safely.
The Edge is in a class of its own when it comes to fuel economy, which is far better than that of its competitors including the Toyota Venza, Honda Crosstour, Nissan Murano, and the Equinox by Chevrolet. The new Edge also sports a ton more power. In fact, the 3.5-liter V6 engine with 285 horsepower comes packed with 20 more horses than the 2010 model.
The cabin has been intelligently designed with plenty of room and seating for five persons. The ambient lighting is a nice touch and can be easily adjusted to your liking. Soft touch upholstery, gorgeous silver and wood grain accents can be found throughout adding to the Edge’s upscale feel. The Edge also happens to be very practical and durable. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat and fold-flat front passenger seat allow for up to 68.9 cu. ft of cargo space and can accommodate large items.
All in all the Edge has been much improved for 2011; it offers brilliant mileage, has a ton of storage room and it’s received a ton of cosmetic touch ups on the outside. It would be a solid choice for someone in the market for a crossover SUV with a lot of cargo space and the latest tech gadgets.
Written by Jacqueline Star: If you are looking for an Edge in Huntington Beach, browse the inventory at Huntington Beach Ford. If you are looking for used cars in Carrollton check out Carrollton Used Cars
Let’s face it there are two types of car buyers: practical individuals who just need something to get them to and from their daily destinations and car fanatics who forge a like affair with their automobiles. The Ford Mustang has been a prize possession the ‘enthusiasts’ group for decades and as the Ford Motor Company continues to make improvements on this dearly loved American icon the romance continues.
A favorite among car aficionados is the Mustang GT500. Now 2011 marks the return of the 5.4 liter aluminum engine. Impressive power numbers will make your head spin at 550 horsepower. In addition to the return of the 5.4 liter engine, the all new Shelby GT 500 is lighter and much quicker than previous models. A lighter structure, enhanced horsepower and awesome speed are a fantastic combination for a muscle car. In addition this model is tuned by SVT Performance which added components to the suspension. This new 2011 Ford Shelby also gets lightweight wheels with better performing rubber.
The 2011 Shelby GT500 weighs about 3820 lbs. which is 100 pounds lighter than the 2010 model. Also the weight is better distributed at 57/43 front to rear weight distribution. This is close to Ferrari territory, all coming from a car with a gigantic 5.0 liter V-8 engine under the hood. Speaking of the engine lets crack this puppy open. Most significantly the engine block is not made of aluminum rather than iron. The aluminum block is not only lighter, but it can distribute heat simpler. Why is heat vital? Well, the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 has a huge supercharger sting on top of the engine. The Shelby also has DOHC which control 32 valves for effectively moving air and exhaust out of the cylinder. Out back the 550 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque is distributed to the road through a 3.37 limited-slip rear end.
Supercharged muscle cars deliver performance times and the 2011 Ford Shelby is no exception. The 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 can clip off 0-60 MPH in the low 4-second range. The mile drag is conquered in 12 seconds flat at 115 MPH. This all from a car with a price tag of $50,000. Till now, this level of performance was reserved for the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini. Believe it or not the car gets excellent gas mileage. Avoiding the additional gas tax imposed on gas guzzlers, the 2011 Shelby GT500 gets 15 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway. These are phenomenal numbers considering you have 540 HP available under your foot.
As far as safety goes the GT500 has front and side curtain airbags. The NTHSA and the IIHS both gave the new Shelby excellent scores on crash test safety. These are the two governing bodies on crash test safety and data in the U.S. Outstanding traction control to avoid spinouts and unfailing stability control to avoid collisions were two of the top reasons for the high marks by both entities. In addition to the peace of mind these safety measures serve up a 60 month/60,00 mile warranty is standard with all new models.
If the last few years of sales numbers are any indicator; you should see a Shelby GT500 prowling the streets near you. With a price tag of around $50,000, the 2011 Ford Shelby is well within reach of Mustang enthusiasts everywhere. Oh and the sport stripes are awesome!
If you are thinking about a hybrid car, you may be hearing quite a bit of “gossip”. Some people reckon the hybrid car is the best thing on the market. Other people say it will just pass. Yet other people again say they reckon they can save a packet, but you’re not sure it’s really worth it. What’s the truth, and how do you separate myth from fact with all of the stuff that is being thrown at you? Below, you can read and consider the common hybrid vehicle myths.
Hybrid cars are just the same as electric cars: This is not right because hybrid vehicles are fuel-powered for the most part. But they have what are called ‘battery assists’. The help is powered by a nickel-metal hydride battery pack that is rechargeable.
You are guaranteed to save money with a hybrid car: If you are doing town motoring, you may save gas and you may not. The same goes for highway driving. There are just many different factors. It has been said that if everyone bought hybrid cars, the fuel consumption would drop by only 10%. That’s not a very huge difference.
A hybrid vehicle’s battery can run flat: A hybrid car’s battery should not run out when you are really driving it. The engine of a hybrid car does not idle when stopped (at a red traffic light for example). What does it do then? Well, it recharges its battery. So there’s no need to worry about a hybrid vehicle stopping for that reason.
A hybrid vehicle’s rechargeable battery lasts only for 2 years: A hybrid car certainly would not be worth purchasing if this was right. A hybrid car’s rechargeable batteries usually come with an eight-year guaranty.
If I run out of fuel, I can keep driving on the hybrid vehicle battery: Bear in mind that, a hybrid’s battery is an help. That means that hybrid cars still run on fuel. After you run out of gas, the battery may keep the car running for a small while. But, the car will stop running pretty soon.
Hybrid cars will soon place conventional car dealers out of business: This probably won’t take place anytime soon. The reason for the delay has to do with the how much hybrids cost. Many people just can’t afford one. Also, people just aren’t certain whether they will really save money by buying a hybrid car. Therefore, they are loathe to join the rush of people who want to buy a hybrid vehicle.
Hybrid cars will only save you about 88 dollars a year: I did see something on the news once, but it may not be right. If there’s something you really want and there’s a lot of rumour surrounding it, you simply have got to do some research yourself. There are many different types of hybrid vehicle, and many different manufacturers make them. This means that there may be much more involved than we have time to discuss here. A hybrid car may be of use to you, and it may not, but at the end of the day, is up to you.
Therefore, please don’t worry too much about what people say. They probably have only listened to others passing on rumours Do your own due diligence and make up your own mind. Try the Internet to get your information. The manufacturer’s advertising is also rather useful, if you stick to reading the facts and gloss over the gloss. Check that what the literature claims is also in the warranty.
Want the attention of every guy on the road? Just roll up in a hot red-blooded tough truck like the F-150 and get ready for all heads to turn your way. No need to bother with the stiletto heels or that low-cut top; nothing compares to the sight of a confident woman who isn’t worried to handle an eight cylinder Ford truck.
There is a reason why Ford Trucks are among the best selling in the nation; these trucks are durable, versatile and get the job done every single time. Customers get to select from four different engines; the 3.7L V6 or the 5.0L V8, both with twin independent variable cam technology, a 6.2L V8 engine which delivers the most horsepower and torque and coming soon is an innovative EcoBoost engine powered with direct injection technology. Even though these vehicles boast an immense amount of power and are quite heavy, they are still quite simple to navigate. The electric power steering which is usually found in smaller cars and crossovers is now standard in the 2011 Ford F-150, which makes it a breeze to handle this powerful beast.
There is a reason why we often hear the slogan “Built Ford Tough”. This vehicle consists of a fully boxed frame that is the strongest in its class and it is able to haul more cargo and tow a heavier trailer than any other truck on the market. So ladies, be prepared for that hot guy to question you to help him haul his stuff! As you would expect from Ford, this auto is packed with a ton of safety features. A significant roll frame structure as well as six front and side airbags and a safety canopy system surround and protect all passengers.
This truck may be rugged and super tough on the inside but it offers a very comfortable and smooth ride. Ford is known for its quality vehicles and the F-150 is no different. Its extremely silent inside the cabin even when you’re traveling at top speeds. The seats are comfortable and crafted out of high quality leather. Infinite entertainment and communication features are also available if you include the optional satellite radio and Ford’s revolutionary SYNC system which allows you to change your music by voice commands and place hands free telephone calls.
If you need additional room, a excellent pick would be the F-150 Super Crew which boasts a lot of room and clever ways of storing your belongings such as a lockable, hanging file bin capable of storing all of your files and even a laptop pc. This model also comes standard with an exclusive flat-load floor made by simply folding down the rear seats for up to fifty seven cubic feet of storage space. The F-150 SuperCab features a 60/40 rear split seat, which can be adjusted in numerous ways in order to give you the space that you need.
So ladies, don’t be worried to get that macho truck and drive it around town and when that hot hunk needs a lift he’ll be quite impressed when stepping inside the cabin of your rugged truck. This truck is so versatile; since it’s so comfortable you can utilize it as a daily commuter but it’s also quite handy to have on hand when you need to tow a heavy object or go. The F150′s base price starts around $22k; a solid price for a vehicle with so much to offer.
Let’s take a close look at three vehicles in Nissan’s impressive lineup. The 370Z Roadster is a fun and youthful convertible while the Cube is unique due to its square and distinct appearance. The Nismo is a high performance ride that is a newcomer on the U.S market; it’s only been available in Japan prior to this year.
First, let’s get acquainted with the cute and quirky Cube; this is a car for people who don’t take themselves too seriously due to the funky square and unconventional look. The Cube is quite new in the US automotive market even though it’s been available in Japan for quite some time now. When it comes to the micro van niche, the Cube is surely gaining a dedicated following. As a matter of fact, there are many Cubes out running the roads this very minute. The Cube uses the same platform as the Versa and as a result it is powered by the same engine. The engine is a 1.8 Liter with 122 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque. This vehicle is also available with front wheel drive.
Highly controlled springs and dampeners work together for a tighter suspension resulting in a much tighter handling and steering response. Pricing starts at around the $37k range which is around six thousand dollars costlier than the regular 370Z, but the list of extras is huge. Thanks to a high flow exhaust and remapped ECU it gets 18 more hp.
Vast improvements have been made to the suspension thanks to stiffer dampeners and springs with larger roll and sway bars. This results in this vehicle offering a much tighter handling and more precise steering. The base cost is around the $37k range which is around six thousand dollars costlier than the regular 370Z, but the list of extras is huge. Nissan tuners have extracted 18 more horsepower via a high flow exhaust and a remapped ECU.
Tires are high performance Yokohama Advan Sport Tires which are accentuated by nineteen inch Rays rims. Inside there are Nismo logos and customized embroidered seats. The shifters and pedals were built to perform plus there is a special Nismo badge prominently on show. Speed for this vehicle is quite quick thanks to a robust 350 horsepower. It zooms from zero to sixty in just 5.5 seconds and easily reaches the quarter mile in 14.1 seconds at 103 mph. It takes just 77 feet for this auto to come to a complete halt from 60 miles per hour.
Last is the Cube. This is a funky and edgy car suitable for fun loving people who don’t take themselves too seriously. The Cube is quite new in the US automotive market even though it’s been available in Japan for quite some time now. It has proved itself to be a competitive contender in the micro van niche. As a matter of fact, there are many Cubes out running the roads this very minute. The Cube uses the same platform as the Versa and as a result it is powered by the same engine. The engine is a 1.8 Liter with 122 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque.
The use of security devices nowadays is continuously rising ranging from very simple fire alarm devices to car alarm methods. These devices entered each imaginable corner reassuring the users that they are at the very least warned whenever negative items happen. Well, the improvement of burglar alarms has gone a very extended way. Their sorts have even reached to the thousands.The most vital aim of automobile burglar methods would be to discourage any attempts of achievable theft. It protects your automobile from burglars from stealing some vital car accessories like vehicle stereos, and even your auto.
When you look at the alarm market in common, you may learn that you will learn lots of diversified offer you which differs in prices, functions, and uniqueness. It’s not challenging to uncover a single vehicle burglar alarm method to fit your wants because the web has come to be a beneficial marketing tool for every single individual. There is no specified figure of varieties though but keep in mind that most car insurance companies usually focus on the functions. Bear in mind, the cause why these devices are rising common inside the trading environment is because of its functionality and objective.
Automobile burglar alarm systems attract younger clients. The size and price of it has a reasonable high ratio but its improvements are continuously made to maintain the interest of the costumers fresh.As the car burglar alarm method enters the on-line marketplace, take an extra caution whenever purchasing 1. Shopping on-line for automobile burglar alarms is incredibly effortless and accessible. With just a single click, hundreds and even thousands of alternatives are already readily available. Diverse on-line stores and manufacturers give wide varieties of their alarm systems designs. Then you may choose on whatever suits your desires.
There are numerous honest and right retailers on the net; nevertheless, internet scams are as well present. Some products could be too very excellent to be right in its supplied advertisement. Make sure which you could avail services permitting recuperation for any quantity of income whenever you became a victim of a scam. As much as achievable buy your vehicle burglar alarm program with minimum dangers and hassles.Take note that there’s a higher percentage on competition inside the promoting market particularly on the high quality and costs of various automobile burglar alarm methods. So, it’s much better in case you locate adequate time to shop about and compare costs as well as its functionality and effectiveness to stay away from achievable scams.
It truly is incredibly vital to know concerning the terms and conditions of the stores or manufacturer exactly where you are going to buy. Inquire about the shipping expense since it may well not be included in the actual cost of the alarm program. Check if there is an current return and refund policy in case the delivered product is defective. This could enable you to from any losses given that you can test the high quality of the auto burglar alarm right after the shipment. You ought to only cope with reputable online stores and producers. They will need to have superior credentials on supplying quality services to its clients. Read profiles, forums and reviews in regards to the business as well as the auto burglar alarm systems that they’re promoting and promoting.It isn’t terrible to do a careful investigation given that you are going to invest your dollars on the device for the safety of the automobile. You might surely find it to be worth your although inside the end.
Lincoln has been ignored for the past few years while Ford was busy concentration on its luxury brands which included Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover. Due to the current recession Ford has sold many of these divisions and has started to give Lincoln some much needed attention. The auto maker has finally infused some new life into its current lineup with additional power for the MKT, a complete redesign for the classic Taurus sedan and a new hybrid with brilliant mileage; the Fusion. Let’s take a closer look at these cars and see what Ford has been up to.
First let’s take a look at a Lincoln offering, the new MKT. Its design is based on the Ford Flex’s platform. But, the Lincoln MKT has a unique look due to its noticeable and aggressive front grille. The seats are crafted out of rich leather and accompanied by authentic walnut trim and the huge sunroof is a gorgeous sight to behold. A groundbreaking new Eco Boost engine powers up the MKT. This engine sports twin-turbos, six cylinders, and direct injection. Power is quite significant at 355 horsepower and 350 pound feet of torque. You can have a front wheel drive train, but all wheel drive is a better choice. When it comes to ride quality, the MKT offers one that is smooth and luxurious instead of sporty. The eco boost engine gets a respectable 17 city mpg and 23 highway mpg. Not shabby at all for such a powerful vehicle. The cost for a fully loaded Lincoln MKT is right at $50k.
Secondly, let’s take a look at a Lincoln offering, the new MKT. Its design is based on the Ford Flex’s platform. But, the Lincoln MKT has a unique look due to its noticeable and aggressive front grille. The seats are crafted out of rich leather and accompanied by authentic walnut trim and the huge sunroof is a gorgeous sight to behold. A groundbreaking new Eco Boost engine powers up the MKT. This engine sports twin-turbos, six cylinders, and direct injection. Power is quite significant at 355 horsepower and 350 pound feet of torque. You can have a front wheel drive train, but all wheel drive is a better choice. When it comes to ride quality, the MKT offers one that is smooth and luxurious instead of sporty. The eco boost engine gets a respectable 17 city mpg and 23 highway mpg. Not shabby at all for such a powerful vehicle. The cost for a fully loaded Lincoln MKT is right at $50k.
There are three trims available; ranging from the base SE model to the top of the line SHO model. The base model vehicle has a 3.5 liter six cylinder engine which puts out 263 hp and 249 lb-ft. of torque through a front wheel drive. Although the SHO model is a bit more expensive, it’s a better choice due to the fact that it offers the latest technology. The eco boost engine fuels the SHO model which has a twin turbo six cylinder engine. This power plant makes huge numbers and can literally breathe fire. Putting down 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque through an all wheel drive system can produce some fantastic acceleration times; it reaches the 60 mph mark in just 4.8 seconds.
Hybrids have become hugely well loved recently and the Fusion has made huge waves in the automotive field. One of the best qualities about the Fusion is its brilliant gas mileage. This fuel sipper rocked the world with its fantastic fuel economy figures. How does 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway grab you? This is one eco-conscious car; the interior is made out of recycled materials plus there is an eco gauge in place which encourages you to be a more efficient driver by giving you positive feedback when you reach optimum efficiency. The base cost of the Fusion is around the $28k mark. The 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine has an electric motor that combines to make 191 hp and 136 lb-ft. of torque.
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