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IndyCar Tragedy

IndyCar Tragedy

Dan Wheldon, who just won the IndyCar championship last May, is the latest fatality in racing. This story reminded me of Ayrton Senna, a champion driver in F1 who also got into a fatal accident. Dan Wheldon’s cause of death is the same as Ayrton Senna’s: Head Trauma.

The incident happened last October 16 at the 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship in Las Vegas. A 15 car pile up ensued leaving a number of drivers injured and taking the life of the former champion.

This is another sad day for racing fans and for the entire racing industry. And hopefully F1 and IndyCar will learn something from this tragedy in order to avoid future pile ups and fatal injuries.


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Car damaged by arguing ex-couple

A few weeks back I was called on to check on my car because of a recent fight that ensued near the place where I parked it. I was a bit nervous but more than that I was angry and wanted to take my anger out on the couple that caused the problem.

When I got to my car though I was thankful because there was very minimal damage. I was then saddened at what happened to the girl’s car which was really wrecked. In the end the offending parties decided to pay for the minor repairs and rightfully so. At least I didn’t have a problem while on the road in which I’d hope I have an rv emergency roadside assistance coverage.


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Bus falling from the Sky

It might sound crazy but yes, there was a bus that fell from the Sky, the SkyWay that is, which is an elevated expressway here. During the midst of heavy rainfall the driver of the said bus was probably running in excess of 100 Kph, and probably hit a puddle of water. The story goes that he lost control, hit the side railings of the road a couple of times before finally falling the road below causing casualties and severe injuries. If only the injured have access to an Austin personal injury attorney. Like the guys from O’Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath – Personal Injury Lawyers – 808 West Avenue, Austin, TX. 78701 – 512-494-9949. They will at least get proper care and benefits from the bus company.

Sadly people had to die just because a bus driver was not properly trained and was not careful. This is one of the reasons why I dislike driving at roads where bus drivers roam. Hopefully the bus companies will be more strict and supply better training and screening for their drivers after this incident.


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Truck driving with Z

Z has just discovered a new favorite game at a local video games arcade. And yes it is a racing game, the only difference is that you are driving a huge truck which carries different types of loads. The graphics are nice and the game takes you through the US – with very nice cinematics. The best part and Z’s favorite is the huge steering wheel! You can really feel it shake as you turn and drive, and with the help of nice audio and a map system like the best trucker gps, it really feels like driving the real thing. We real1ly enjoyed the game, and hopefully in the future we can try driving a real truck! I’m sure Z will be so excited!


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Travel time

I’ve been commuting all my life. I studied at schools that are a hours away from home and it takes me a number of different jeepney, bus and electric train rides to get to places. Even when I started working – I had to travel 3 to 4 hours to get to and from work. The daily commute is tiring, unsafe and stressful. When we got our car – the travel is less tiring, less unsafe, but sadly it was more stressful (gas prices going up and maintenance costs!). So I was hoping for a change of pace, working at home.

And now that our prayers were answered -I will be working at home – I’m beginning to miss the tiring travel that I used to endure. I will miss seeing countless strangers – bearing their multiple emotions, frustrations and dreams. Also, I’m worried about our car – we don’t want to worry about thrust bearings getting rusted because it is not used enough. So our plan is that we will have a set time for going out and traveling, both for exercise and leisure. I guess the saying is true – even for things that you feel are unnecessary, you don’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone.


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Car Mufflers

Mufflers are integral components of the exhaust system of a vehicle’s engine. They serve to main functions: 1) they reduce the gas emissions of the engine and 2) they reduce the noise that the engine produces.

Looking at a cross-section of a muffler, one will find that it contains special chambers and cylinders. These serve to trap particles and gases that are being emitted by the engine, so that less dirty air is being released from the tailpipe of the car. If the muffler becomes smogged, sooty air comes out of the tailpipe which will be measured by a car inspector on the degree of smog emission. These chambers and cylinders also function by capturing the pressure waves that are emitted by the car engine when its valves open and close. It is these pressure waves that cause the characteristic rumbling and roar of the engine. Because these waves are circulated inside the chambers of the muffler, they baffle or cancel each other out, so that less noise is being emitted by the car.
Mufflers can be found in the undercarriage of the car. With lack of maintenance, the muffler may rust and deteriorate, causing it to rot and even to fall off. Most car service centers offer muffler maintenance. In the event that a muffler needs to be replaced, you can simply go to your local car parts dealer or check out online parts sites.


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Be Prepared for Flat Tire – Here’s How

Be Prepared for Flat Tire – Here’s How

Nowadays, when you get a flat tire, most likely you will just whip out your cell phone and make a service call.  That’s pretty convenient but there will come a time when that would not be probably. Most probably than not someday you actually will need to get down and get dirty to change your tire. When that day finally comes, you’ll want to be ready or you’ll be sorry. You want the deed done as fast and as efficient as you possibly could without stressing yourself out. How? Read to find out.

1. Learn the ropes. The last thing you need when changing your tire is to still be reading the instruction manual. Allot a time, when you’re not busy, to practice changing your tire in your driveway or parking lot. This will allow you to learn the ropes and get familiar with the procedure. Don’t just practice during the day, try it also at night.

2. Keep the necessary equipment in your vehicle. Here is the list of the things you ought to have: a spare tire (preferably inflated), a car jack, a brick (to wedge versus a front tire, if you’re changing a rear one), a cross wrench, an air-pressure gauge, a flashlight, a clip-mounted light, and road flares. Also store extra lug nuts in the suitable size and work gloves in your trunk.

3. Move the car to a safe place. When you’re driving and feel the tire blow out, make an effort to get the car off the route and away from traffic. Try to avoid stopping on a bend so that you won’t be in a blind spot for oncoming cars.

4. Remain visible. Leave your headlights and hazard blinkers on. Put the flares far out making certain that they’re far sufficient enough away from your car to give drivers sufficient response time to steer clear of your vehicle.

5. Prepare your work area. Gather all the rest of your tire-changing equipment and put it next to the flattened tire so that you have all your gear close to hand. If you’ve compiled your “emergency kit” into a single container or bag as noted before, these items will be effective and easy to carry; you won’t have to worry with regards to dropping items and losing them in the dark, or having to make extra trips.

6. Get down to business. Go in front and modify the tire, exactly as you practiced. Just in case, always remain aware of oncoming traffic as you work. Be ready to get out of the way rapidly if necessary.

7. Wrap up loose ends. Once the tire is changed, you may be on your way. . . But you’re not done yet. Most spare tires are called “50-milers” for good reason. They’re not made for long-term or high-speed travel, so keep your speed under 50 miles per hour and stop at the closest establishment where you may have your initial tire fixed, or purchase a new tire as a replacement.

In the context of our busy lives, it may seem foolish or pointless to devote treasured time to preparing for a “what if” situation. We tend to think that our time could be better expended on other, more generative enterprises. When that fateful day comes, though–that day, or that night, when you find yourself stranded on a deserted highway with your cell phone on the blink–those few hours of preparation will remunerate off, and you’ll be glad you expended them as you did.


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IndyCar Tragedy

Dan Wheldon, who just won the IndyCar championship last May, is the latest fatality in...
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Car damaged by arguing ex-couple

A few weeks back I was called on to check on my car because of a recent fight that ensued...
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Bus falling from the Sky

It might sound crazy but yes, there was a bus that fell from the Sky, the SkyWay that is,...
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Truck driving with Z

Z has just discovered a new favorite game at a local video games arcade. And yes it is a...
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Travel time

I’ve been commuting all my life. I studied at schools that are a hours away from...
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Car Mufflers

Mufflers are integral components of the exhaust system of a vehicle’s engine. They...
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Be Prepared for Flat Tire – Here’s How

Nowadays, when you get a flat tire, most likely you will just whip out your cell phone...
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