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  2. Faqole

    Your Hobbies

    What other hobbies and interests do you have, besides cars? My favorite pass time activities/hobbies are reading, doing sports whenever I have some free time, like playing soccer, basketball and ping-pong.
  3. How did you find this forum? Was it through google search, my profile at Ipb, through the word of mouth or some other way?
  4. How tech savvy are you about cars? At first, when I started to drive I knew nothing at all. But after a while I thought that it would be better if I started to learn a thing or 2. I asked my father, who is a pretty tech savvy when it comes to cars and I learned the basics such as read a dipstick and changing the oil, changing a flat tyre, jump starting my car, measuring and setting the correct tyre pressure, buff out minor scratches and other minor stuff of that nature.
  5. Feb 27, 2018, 04:53 pm 1. Choosing the right car. Always research first so you can buy the car that best suits your needs and your budget. 2. Protect yourself. Shop around as many dealers as possible. It is risky to buy from an unlicensed dealer or a private seller. They are unregulated and there is little legal protection in the event of a problem. 3. Check the car. Walk around the car. Check for scratches, rust, missing pieces, etc. Look inside the car as well and make sure that everything is working properly. 4. Test drive. Don't do more than the most perfunctory test drive, be that for a new or used car. While driving the car, pay attention to things like how the steering feels in your hands, how the vehicle feels as it's turning and how the brakes respond. Does it make strange noises? And things of that nature. Make a note of anything that you notice. 5. Negotiate. After you have found the right car, do not be afraid to negotiate the price. 6. Get an independent inspection. Always have a used car inspected by a qualified mechanic before you buy it. Most importantly don't accept the car unless you are satisfied with its condition. 7. Check your contract. Never sign an incomplete contract. Always read and be sure you understand it before signing. Also be sure it is the car you want, can afford and that it is in a condition you will accept. Do you know any other tips for buying a new car? Please do share them.
  6. Personally I love road trips and I try to take one as often as I can. It gives me a sense of freedom. They are fun and exciting and it helps to de stress and forget my troubles for a while. I always like to prepare before I embark on my road trip. The following points are what I take into consideration to prepare beforehand.1. Car PreparationEnsure your car is serviceable before you depart. This means that your car should be within its servicing period, and the oil and filter should have been changed recently. All of the water reservoirs should also be full. Check your tyres to ensure they will remain within their wear limits during your trip and purchase and install new tyres if required.If you will be driving a long distance also consider getting your wheels aligned before you go as this will save on tyre wear later on. If you drive on any unsealed roads while you travel you should also plan to get the wheels aligned again after you return (lesson learnt from our road trip last year - we did not do this step and had to replace all four relatively new tyres within 12 months).If you will be hiring a vehicle have a close look at the quality of vehicle that they offer and support they will provide.2. Route PlanThe biggest killers on the road are fatigue and alcohol. Before you depart you should quickly research a rough plan of your route including the driving times and distances. If you will be stopping to sightsee en route you should plan a maximum of four hours of driving in a day. If you have a long distance driving day you should plan to have a non-driving day afterwards to recover. Make sure you don't drink alcohol and drive.Allow an extra day or two so you can be flexible if you decide to stay longer in a place or decide to break a longer drive into two shorter driving days, or if something unexpected occurs. Also do some initial research into sightseeing options along the way so you know where you are interested to visit and can build these into your plan.Online tools such as Google Maps enable you to quickly put together a route plan.3. MapsIf you are using a GPS ensure you have the latest map update before you depart. It is also worthwhile to purchase a large hardcopy map to enable a bigger picture view of your trip.4. What IfsEnsure you plan for 'What Ifs' while you are on your road trip.What will you do if your car breaks down? Have you got suitable roadside assistance for your destination? Will your vehicle hire company provide roadside assistance?What will you do if you have a car accident? Do you have suitable car insurance or travel insurance for your destination? Have you purchased insurance which will reduce your hire car excess?If you have a problem in a remote area how will you communicate? Will you have mobile phone coverage on your planned route, or is it a major road with a lot of traffic who should be able to help you? Should you take additional communications equipment such as a satellite phone, a two way radio or an EPIRB?Have you got a current first aid kit in your car and do you know how to use it?Should you pack some additional bottled water and food in case of break down or traffic stoppages, particularly if you are travelling in remote areas and the weather will be hot?If you will be travelling in a very cold environment do you have appropriate safety gear?5. EntertainmentLong boring roads require entertainment. If you have children in the car consider if you have a DVD player or other handheld electronic games which the children can use in the car. Ensure you can recharge or power the equipment using the car engine and battery, which may require the purchase of additional equipment. Consider how many items you will want to plug in at once and purchase additional equipment such as double adapters etc.Think about whether you like to listen to music as you travel. Ensure you have the equipment to play your own music through your car radio. Pre-purchase some new music prior to departure to enjoy along the way.Do you know any other tips for buying a new car? Please do share them.Bon voyage!
  7. The open road, a feeling of freedom and no more buses; for some people, getting their driving licenses can be exhilarating. But for others, the thought of it is enough to make them break out in a sweat. Driving Lessons tips:1. Pick a driving instructor that you are comfortable with, this will help with your nerves massively if you can can get on and feel safe with your instructor. 2. Keep yourself busy right until your driving lesson so you don't have time to think about it and panic, watch some TV or read a book. 3. Talk to your driving instructor, don't be afraid to ask lots of questions even if you think they are silly, they are there is help you and want you to do your best! 4. Your instructor will more than likely have duel control in the car you are learning in so don't panic, if anything goes wrong they will take over if they need to. Everyone makes mistakes so don't worry!5. Try and pinpoint what makes you so nervous about driving , for example crashing the car. Explain this to your instructor and they will help you to overcome this fear. 6. Make sure you have regular lessons, 1-2 lessons a week if you can. If you have them regularly you will learn faster and your nerves will soon disappear the more you practice. 7. If you have access to a car try and get provisional insurance on it and get an adult to go out with you so you can get even more practice after your lessons. Start in a quite area and a quite time of day. 8. Enjoy the lessons, learning to drive is your own choice and it gives you more independence and freedom! Driving test tips:1. Get to know your car inside and outlift the bonnet and learn the basic workings of the engineOnce you've mastered the controls of your car, the more comfortable you'll feel driving it. So sit inside it and get to know what every lever, pedal and button does. This will stop you from fumbling around in a panic for the correct wipers, lights or heating controls the next time you need them. You should also lift the bonnet and learn the basic workings of the engine, including what and where the following are: brake fluid reservoir, dip stick, oil refill cap, engine coolant reservoir and windscreen washer reservoir - all things you could be asked about on the driving test.2. Consider the frequency of your lessonsIt's great if you find a friend or family member willing to take you out, but if you're relying on official driving instructor lessons alone, then don't space them out too much. Lessons are expensive but an hour of driving a week may not be enough to get you feeling comfortable every time you get behind the wheel. It's much better to do several hours in a week in the run up to a test instead. Some driving schools offer special intensive week-long courses for nervous drivers, with a test at the end, which are worth looking into.Some driving schools offer special intensive week-long courses for nervous drivers3. Pick the right instructorWhen learning to drive, it's important to learn how to drive safely and confidently from the beginning, without picking up bad habits. It's handy to have lessons from family and friends, but they must be over 21, have had a driving licence for three years and be qualified and insured to drive the vehicle you're learning in.Qualified driving instructors are specially trained and have lots of experience and knowledge. They won't let you get to a dangerous point and remember their vehicles have dual controls, a relaxing thought in itself.4. Remember, mistakes happen to everyoneStalling at a roundabout, pulling out of a junction when you shouldn't, being beeped at because you were taking too long to perform a manoeuvre; these are all experiences that every learner has and for some drivers, can become bigger incidents than they really are. So when they happen to you, learn from them and then move on. By dwelling on them, you'll just end up making even more mistakes.5. Try some breathing and visualisation techniquesDeep breathing exercises to relax your body can be used before and during your lessons.Deep breathing exercises to relax your body can be used before and during your lessons. Try this; count to five as you breathe in and counting to seven as you breathe out. By breating out more slowly than you breath in, you'll remove the focus from your anxiety and force your body into relaxing.Another tip is to keep visualising life after you get your licence. The feeling of throwing away your bus pass or hopping in the car to visit friends whenever you like is a useful tool to help you focus on your wider goal.6. After you've passed your testJust because you have officially been certified as having the right skills to drive, your nerves won't magically disappear, so get used to your newly found freedom slowly. Wait until you're really comfortable before taking passengers, keep your phone switched off and music on low. And if you feel nervous about driving on the motorway, you can always take a motorway lesson with a qualified instructor.
  8. Faqole

    Some interesting car facts

    1. The world's first speeding ticket was issued in 1902How fast was the offending motorist travelling? A scandalous 45mph.2. 1 in 4 cars on the UK's road were made in ChinaWhich is a lot, given that there are around 35 million cars in the UK.3. A modern Formula 1 car can drive upside down in a tunnel at 120mphF1 cars produce around 3.5G while cornering, meaning they've enough aerodynamic downforce to drive upside down in a tunnel.4. 60 million cars are produced every yearThat's 165,000 a day, 6,875 an hour and 115 a minute -- crazy right?5. 1 billion cars are currently in use around the worldCompared to the world's population, that's around one car for every seven people on Earth. Amazing.6. The average British driver will spend around 99 days of their life stuck in trafficSorry to be depressing, but it's true. Our advice is to try not to think about it.7. It would take less than a month to get to the moon by carThat's right -- drive straight up at an average of 60mph, and you could get to the moon in under a month.8. The average car contains over 30,000 unique partsWhen you think about it, it's a miracle they don't break down more often.9. 75% of all cars produced by Rolls Royce are still on the roadIt seems Rolls Royce owners really love their cars.10. Volkswagen owns twelve well-known car brands from 7 European countriesIncluding Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commerical Vehicles, Scania and MAN.11. The first ever car accident occurred in 1891This prompted the introduction of better safety equipment for drivers.12. The largest speeding fine ever produced was €1,000,000This was levelled at a man in Sweden, who was clocked doing 180mph. In Sweden, speeding fines are proportionate to the amount someone earns.13. The world record for removing and replacing a car engine is 42 secondsThis record was set by mechanics working on a Ford Escort on 21 November, 1985.14. The odds of dying in a car accident are around 1 in 5,000Compare that to the odds of dying in a plane crash (1 in 11 million), and driving sounds pretty dangerous!15. The man who invented cruise control was blindHis name was Ralph Teetor, and he was inspired to invent cruise control by his lawyer, who was apparently a very poor driver.16. The highest total mileage clocked by a single car is 2,850,000 million milesThat's equivalent to driving around the Earth 100 times.17. The Hennessey Venom GT is the world's fastest production carIts top speed is 270.49mph, making it faster than the Bugatti Veyron by around 0.8 of a second.
  9. Faqole

    What car are you driving?

    I am driving a Benz-Mercedes 190. It is an old model, but it still runs very smooth and it is in good technical condition. The car has been in the possesion of my father since when he bought it some 30 years ago. He has taken real good care of the car. Now he thought himself too old to still drive it and gave it to me last year. What car are you guys drivng?
  10. I love the the sense of freedom and personal independence. Sometimes when things become too much or I feel a little down I go for a drive to clear my head. When I start concentrate on driving, on the road ahead of me, reading the traffic signs, I can feel my head clearing up and I become very relaxed. It feels like I become one with the car. The scenery, time, colors, the foliage, it's all so much better. And I have a feeling that all is right with the world. It is such a great feeling. What about you guys? What do you love most about driving?
  11. Faqole

    Are you a safe driver?

    Small habits make a huge difference. Look over this checklist (recommended by the State of California DMV) and ask yourself if you really do all of these things. If you don't, make a conscious effort to begin doing them. When starting your car, do you: Put on your seat belt and make sure others are buckled? Make sure your mirrors and seat are adjusted properly? Know where all the controls are located? When moving forward, do you: Turn on your signal? Check your mirrors and look over your shoulder before pulling into traffic? Use both hands on opposite sides of the steering wheel? When stopping, do you: Check traffic all around? Stop behind crosswalks and limit lines? Stop without keeping your foot on the gas? When turning, do you: Slow down? Yield right of way when necessary? Begin and end turns in the correct lane? Accept legal right of way when safe? See and react appropriately to hazards? When backing up, do you: Check your mirrors? Look over both shoulders? When changing lanes, do you: Signal and check your mirror? Check over your shoulder to see your blind spot? Change lanes safely? Maintain your speed? When driving on the freeway, do you: Check the traffic flow? Time your entry onto the freeway? Check your mirrors and over your shoulder before merging into traffic? Signal early and slow on the exit ramp? Adjust your speed to the current road conditions? When it comes to defensive driving, do you: Keep a lookout all around, including way up ahead? Check your mirrors before braking? Follow at a safe distance? Check cross streets before passing? Check for signal lights and hand signs? Keep a "space cushion" around your car?
  12. I have owned 4 car so far. They were all used cars. Not rich enogh to buy a brand new car 😄 How about you guys?
  13. Faqole

    Monthly costs?

    I am curious what are the monthly costs associated with your car? For me, including gas, insurance, taxes and the odd reparation now and then, it goes to around 150 euro per month. Yes, tell me about it, keeping and maintaing a car is not cheap
  14. Faqole

    Favorite Car Show

    Mine is Top Gear. It has the typical british off beat humor, a gorgeous cinematography, and amazing vehicles. I find it highly educational too.
  15. Driving on the left side of the road or converting the speed limit from kilometers to miles per hour is challenging enough. But in some places, you have a whole host of weird traffic laws to contend with, too. Here are 10 crazy laws that could really drive you mad!Have a Beer While Driving in Costa RicaIn Costa Rica, you can drink an alcoholic beverage while driving -- as long as you don't get drunk. Sipping a beer with one hand and navigating the windy and treacherous roads of Costa Rica with the other? Totally legal. Driving with a blood-alcohol level of more than 0.75 percent? You're going to jail. We'll stick to water while we're behind the wheel, thanks.Don't Eat While Driving in CyprusIn Cyprus, eating or drinking (even water) while driving is illegal. That's right, grabbing a quick snack at a drive-through and chowing down while driving with your knees will net you an €85 fine. And don't even think about taking a sip of that soda!Keep Your Car Clean in RussiaBetter keep your car looking shiny and clean if you're in Russia, as driving a dirty car can get you fined up to 2,000 rubles (about $57 according to XE.com).Don't Run Out of Gas on Germany's AutobahnMake sure you have enough fuel in your tank to accommodate your inner speed demon on the world-famous Autobahn. If you run out of gas and have to pull over, you're breaking the law. It's illegal to stop unnecessarily on the Autobahn, and running out of fuel is considered unnecessary, since it could have been avoided.Carry an Extra Pair of Glasses While Driving in SpainAnyone with a Mr. Magoo-esque prescription for thick spectacles will understand the reasoning behind this law. In Spain, those who require vision-correcting glasses in order to drive must keep a spare set in their car at all times.Use Your Headlights 24 Hours a Day in SwedenWhen in Sweden, don't honk at passing motorists whose headlights are on in broad daylight -- they're legally required to keep them on 24 hours a day. Yes, even in the month of June when, in certain parts of the country, the sun never sets.BYOB (Bring Your Own Breathalyzer) in FranceDid that last drink at the bar put you over the limit for driving home? If you're following the law in France, you should be able to find out easily -- drivers are required to carry a breathalyzer kit in their vehicle (or motorcycle). Originally, drivers who didn't have one were required to pay a fine of €11, but enforcement has been delayed indefinitely.Don't Ride with a Drunk Driver in JapanIf you're sober, why would you ever get in a car that has an intoxicated driver behind the wheel? In Japan, besides risking your life, you're also risking legal trouble -- sober passengers in the car with a drunk driver can be punished under the law.Don't Shake Your Fist at Other Drivers in CyprusAs tempting as it is to flip off or shake your fist at an annoying driver, you'd better keep both hands on the wheel in Cyprus. Drivers who unnecessarily raise a hand from the steering wheel can face fines -- although we argue that making obscene gestures at bad drivers is sometimes required for our mental health.Don't Drive Blindfolded in AlabamaWe'd love to hear the story around why this law was created. In Alabama, it's illegal for people to drive while blindfolded. So much for proving you know your route so well you could get there blindfolded!--By Caroline Morse
  16. What are you guys driving, stick or automatic transmission? I used both myself. I like driving stick better. It gives me something to do so to speak. Nothing connects man to machine more than a good stick and clutch Another reason that I prefer stick over automatic transmission is because manual trasmissions are more durable, reliable and chipper to repair which keeps the repar costs low. And more economic in gas usage.
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