Sun Protective Clothing for Driving

Got so burnt in early June – in a coupe too – that I realized I can no longer drive without special protective UV clothing.  So I investigated.

Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating – 15 is good, but 50+ is what you want. And turns out China is really into this idea of protective-driving-clothing.

Read it online at Autonet.

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Use the search term “summer driving clothing” and click on results from DHGate or AliExpress, two of China’s largest online retailers. Below are “arm mittens.”

I’m going to order the above hat, gloves and shawl, really.

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(taken during the 2014 Mazda Adventure Rally)

 

 

Ever Checked your Spare Tire?

In the back of your mind is probably your spare tire, “it’ll protect me.” But when did you last check its condition? In the 7 years I owned my old Jetta, it never occurred to me once. And we’re making a mistake.

Check these 3 things on your spare – age, inflation, and tread wear.

Read it online at Autonet.

Favourite line

Pull two other people into your field of vision. Of the three of you, one will get a flat tire this year.

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About Sound Systems in Cars

Speaking with an audio expert if it’s worth it to buy the audio system upgrade, how a siren will pierce through the cabin filled with music, can your ears really bleed, and the dumbest thing someone’s asked him to install.

Read it online at Autonet.

Favourite line

A siren’s frequency, around 2,000 hertz (Hz), is what pierces through my music, ensuring it is heard.

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For a barometer of how loud stuff is, click here.

 

 

 

There is No Fire Suppression System in a Car

I thought when your car lights ablaze the vehicle’s built-in automatic fire suppression system kicks on and saves you but was I ever wrong, because there isn’t one.

Read it online at Autonet.

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A car lighting on fire is a rare event, but a smoking engine is more common. Check the colour of the smoke – white is water, black is rubber, and blue is oil. White is the colour you’re hoping for – steam – as it’s the least damaging and dangerous.

Don’t open the hood, and never open the coolant cap – hot liquid will shoot out and burn your face off.

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Review the Reviewers

Before relying on the opinion in a car review, check the source. Like, why read about a minivan from someone who usually drives performance vehicles? I prefer minimal and don’t like autonomous aids, so if you do, you probably won’t like my stuff.

Read reviews by both genders, and all ages too, because auto journalism is a game of history; like, I’m at 2.7 years now and am still considered the new kid.

Read it online at Autonet.

Favourite line:

The nature of a car guy is to document, share, and debate; that’s why car forums remain one of the largest, most popular genres online. Don’t be shy about asking questions – car guys are an enthusiastic, gentlemanly group! Post precisely and concisely, and you’ll get back some great advice.

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