Most mornings of our lives we have to be woken up with an alarm clock of some sort. These devices cut into our slumber and interrupt or dreams only to tell us it’s time to get ready for the new day and what that day has to offer us. We need these devices so that we don’t miss out on events or schedules that we try to keep which can even mean our kids are counting on us to be able to get them up as we’re their alarm clocks, at least when they are young and need our help.
“E means Enough,” “the fuel gauge is just a guideline,” “I know my car,” are all things you’ve probably heard from a variety of people who have been stranded on the side of the road in one way or another. While cars of today will give you a ton of warnings when the fuel is low there are still many of us who ignore these warnings and still try and push the fuel to its last drop before adding more to the tank. This really is a bad practice to be in from a mechanical standpoint as much as from a safety one.
Many of us are fans of The Back to the Future series and admire the ingenuity that Doc Brown put into creating a time machine out of a DeLorean. This is a car that was made to be a sports car and offer a lightweight build that could go fast and give us the gullwing doors, which seemed to be a staple of 1980s supercars. The only problem was the fact that John DeLorean ended up out of business before he could get started, the DeLorean DMC-12 models became something of a collector’s item and a car that eventually stood for being the symbol of a time travelling device in Hollywood.
It’s still too early to have all your shopping done and you certainly don’t need to be concerned about the food you’ll serve yet, but with the holidays comes more travel and more time in the car than at any other time of the year. Whether you need to drag the kids around for the shopping excursions or you are preparing to head out on a long road trip to the family to see relatives you will have kids in the car that need to be kept occupied. It’s time to prepare to ward off their boredom now so you can survive the holiday travels in peace.
When it comes to driving one of the most important things to know is how to perform proper maintenance on your vehicle. While many of today’s drivers would be more likely to call someone for help and pay to have their car serviced, even for something simple, there was a time when vehicle maintenance was commonplace and more drivers knew how to fix their cars and stayed in tune with the vehicle, because they had to and because it was a rite of passage and part of the growing up phase of life to learn vehicle maintenance from the older generation.
It’s been a while, but many of us have heard some people joke about “E” on the fuel gauge representing “Enough” when it comes to the fuel that’s remaining in the tank. While this certainly isn’t the case and you should keep a proper amount of fuel in the tank to make sure you can drive at least to the next station, chances are the manufacturer of your vehicle already thought of this and took the time to do it for you.
If you want to be an actor you go to Hollywood, if you want to be on Broadway you head to New York, if you want to be country music singer is Nashville for you and if you want to be part of NASCAR you head to the fastest county in the country; Cabarrus County. This is where you’ll find the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the original home of nine if the 28 different NASCAR champions including “The Intimidator” himself, Dale Earnhardt who hailed from Kannapolis. Dubbed Carburetor County, this is where many of the famous NASCAR members learned their craft, no matter which part they played.
While most of us can easily recognize many of the automotive logos we see on vehicles around us, many don’t know the meaning behind them. Why does Ford have a blue oval, where did the Chevrolet bowtie come from and what in the world does the snake mean on the Alfa Romeo logo? These are all questions we can ask ourselves and maybe only wonder about on those long nights with nothing else to do. While this may not be a topic of everyday conversation you can impress your friends with your knowledge of what different car logos mean. You can also see this list in the form of a video, if you want.
With every generation vehicles receive upgrades and redesigns to give them a modern look and feel. Only a few vehicles on the road today look similar to what they did when they were first put on the market, the Jeep Wrangler and Porsche 911 come to mind, and these redesigns have worked out well for some manufacturers and not as well for others. Thankfully even when a redesign doesn’t work out the company can go back and try again when the new generation is over, here are some of the most dramatic redesigns we’ve seen recently.
Not that they actually went anywhere, but the Bonneville Salt Flats have been experiencing erosion over many years that has been attributed to mining operations in the area. The mining ins of the potash that is part of the underlying area under the actual salt crust of the flats. For years this mining has been slowly causing the flats to recede as the brine is siphoned through the underground aquifers that pump it out where needed. Unfortunately this has had a negative effect on the Salt Flats and for the past two years the Speed Week activities that are held at Bonneville have had to be cancelled.