Monthly Archives: January 2016

Self-Dimming Windows Coming Up In The Automotive Industry

Drivers have found numerous ways to block the sun out of their eyes, but having a visor in the way isn’t always safe, so that’s where this technology will come into play.
Computer-controlled “intelligent” components are rapidly remaking the modern automobile, and the next step may be self-dimming window glass.
In January, Continental AG plans to demonstrate a new type of film that can be sandwiched between sheets of glass and change the transparency of windows and windshields through electronic controls. When voltage is applied to the film, the particles in the material line up in a way that blocks sunlight.
Andreas Wolf, head of Continental’s Body & Security business unit, said in a statement that the technology could be used to create cars with windows that block sunlight while parked and then become transparent when a key fob or smartphone communicates to the car that the driver is approaching.
He said the technology can improve driver safety because a darkened strip at the top of a windshield could shield the driver from the glare of a low morning or evening sun while maintaining a full field of vision. Sun visors found in cars today block the sun but also truncate the driver’s view of the road.
Films that can darken vehicle windows have been available for several years but have until now been practical only for glass roofs in luxury vehicles.
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What’s The Best Car To Get Your Teenager On The Road

Are you ready for your teenager to drive, if so what type of car should you look at? So your teenager needs a car. Or maybe you need the teenager to have a car so you can get out of the chauffeuring business.
First of all, it’s not necessary to buy a new car. No child needs that. Still, it has to be safe, with all of the latest safety equipment so if the driver does get careless, possibly as a result of texting, the car electronics will step in to help avoid a crash.
The car calculus has changed for parents, as technology that senses lane departures and collision hazards on the road ahead has become more widely available. And while indulgent parents the world over continue to use safety as an excuse for tying a red ribbon around a new car for their teenagers, it probably is not necessary.
If safety comes first — and it should with adolescent drivers — consider the statistics and then examine the options.
In 2013, the most recent year for which statistics were available, 2,839 teenage drivers were involved in crashes in which they or others died, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In those accidents, 294 of the drivers were distracted and 45 were using mobile phones.
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How To Survive Driving In The Snow

Driving during the winter can be dangerous at the best of times, but without the proper mechanics on the car it can be even more dangerous.
Purchase Winter Tires
Few drivers understand winter tire design, or what “all-season” really means. All-season tires are a major compromise and can increase stopping distances in slippery conditions by more than 300 per cent compared with dedicated winter tires.
The key to maintaining traction in cold conditions is a tire made with rubber compounds that remains flexible when the temperature falls. Winter-tire engineers spend millions of dollars on rubber research and tread design and their work can save your life.
There are a number of top-quality winter tires on the market. To see which ones work best, consult an independent testing agency such as Consumer Reports.
Be Aware of Winter’s Tricks
Expert winter drivers are keenly aware of the traps Mother Nature can create. If the temperature climbs above the freezing point and falls again, snow can melt, then refreeze, creating areas of glare ice.
Be aware also that shadowed areas can remain icy even after other areas have thawed. Then there’s the thermal difference between bridges and the rest of the road – bridges gain and lose temperature faster, so they are especially prone to icing.
Do Not Place False Hope in All-Wheel Drive
Countless drivers believe all-wheel drive (AWD) increases traction and cancels the need for winter tires. Unfortunately, AWD only helps with acceleration. An AWD vehicle doesn’t stop or corner any better than one with two-wheel drive.
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New Year, Same Commute, Make It Better

Do you take the same way to work everyday? Do you bus it, drive or take a train, is there a better way to get there? Make a new New Years Resolution to make your way to work less stressful.
With average commutes stretching longer than ever and more cars on the road, it’s no surprise we’re spending more time behind the wheel. But what part can you play in making your commute the best it can be? “There are things people can check, and there are things they can actually do,” says Phil Reed, senior consumer advice editor at Edmunds.com. “You hear all kinds of recommendations but you always have to ask, is that reasonable?”
Being more attuned to your vehicle is as much a state of mind as it is a prescription to avoid the repair shop. With some easy maintenance maneuvers, the perfect drive is within your reach, and you don’t necessarily need to don a pair of mechanic’s rubber gloves to get there.
Experts offer five ways to start your day as a master of the road.
Clean your windshield wipers
That nasty streak deposited across your wipers every time the snow is less than pristine? It doesn’t have to be that way. Remove grit from your wipers regularly, running a cloth along the bottoms. Replace wipers annually, either sliding or snapping them out by hand, tilting the wiper arms upward for easy removal. “When the weather gets tough with heavy rain or slush or snow, visibility can be compromised and safety impacted,” says James Bell, head of consumer affairs at General Motors. In warmer weather, the rubber in the wipers can lose elasticity.
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