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Cars have a lot of fun gadgets. The newer the car, the more fun the gadgets are. And they just keep getting better. Here are six top gadgets in car tech.
This Bluetooth car speakerphone links wirelessly with your phone and allows you to conduct hands-free calls while you’re driving. You can also use it to record memos and emails with just your voice. It comes equipped with Twin Speaker V Array technology for amplified audio power, and two speakers with a five watt audio output and a 5.4 watt amplifier. It’s the only audio and recording device you’ll need for your car, and is safe to use while driving.
Another hands-free device you’ll want to check out is the Cadillac CUE. With its combination of a smartphone and tablet, the CUE has voice recognition and responsive touch screen technology. It features a GPS, Doppler weather, Pandora Radio, and can access all of the contacts and songs you have stored on your smartphone via Bluetooth.
You can zoom in close on the map, swipe through your music, and place phone calls. Its proximity-sensing technology detects your hand as it approaches the screen, and pulses to acknowledge your commands, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road.
Back pain while driving is a thing of the past thanks to LUMOBack. This gadget notifies you when you lean forward, slouch, or shift to the side, allowing you to return to proper sitting posture and avoid future muscle pains. It coaches you on your posture while you wear it, helping you to improve it. continue reading…
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In the pursuit of happiness at the pump and lower emissions, two vehicles are leaders of the green car pack, the hybrid and the electric. But not all gas-sippers and charged vehicles are better than standard cars, especially when it comes to daily driving and long distance travel. So with fuel savings in mind, here are some pros and cons of driving hybrid and electric vehicles.
From Here to There With a Hybrid
Hybrids are the best of both driving worlds because they offer the distance and fueling conveniences of a regular vehicle, but with the added benefit of a gas saving electric motor. And when it comes to driving a crossbreed hybrid car, there are benefits as well as drawbacks.
Florida is known for our mild winters, but doesn’t mean you should skimp on winter maintenance tasks. We’ve come up with 4 must checks before the holiday season that will keep your car running in tip top shape.
1. Wiper Blades
Changing your wiper blades is a very important task. Being able to see well during the rain, sleet and snow of winter is essential, so take a few minutes to check your wiper blades and ensure they’re in good condition.
You need to be able to stop your car in traffic and it’s even more important in bad weather. Take this time to have your brakes inspected by a reputable mechanic who will give you an honest evaluation of their wear. Remember with brakes, any noise is a bad sign. Squealing indicates worn brakes and a grinding noise indicates damage to your rotors.
One of the hurdles that comes with car ownership is handling vehicle recall notices. Often these recalls are minor, but sometimes they can be major safety issues. That is why it’s important to know where to check to learn if your car has any recall notices. We often have customers who have questions about recall notices. When your car has a manufacture’s recall on it, the repair work should be completed free of charge.
There are several websites that have a list of current recall notices. You can check out AutoTVNet.com, CARFAX.com, AutoBytel.com or DMV.org. Each one of these sites has a free vehicle recall search.
Everyone knows when you have to take your car into the mechanic, you’re going to part with a pretty penny. Generally, the largest part of repairs is the cost of labor. We’ve found a great infographic courtesy of go-part.com that highlights some of the more basic repair tasks that you can take on yourself. One of the greatest features of this infographic is a scale to show you the difficulty, as well as the savings of doing the repair yourself and an estimate of time.
One fact about repairs that you may not have been aware of: Did you know that most do-it-yourself repairs can be completed with basic socket wrench and screwdriver set? Most people have a dusty set sitting in their garage. Check out this handy infographic and get motivated to tackle your own repair projects.
The term “transmission problem” can strike fear into the heart of the qualified do-it-yourself mechanic. Transmission problems almost always carry a high price tag and are more difficult to fix. As with most repairs, catching transmission problems early can save you a noticeable amount of money. If you let your transmission problems fester, they will cause more and more damage and the repair costs will rise.
We believe it is important to know what to look for to spot potential transmission issues. A slipping transmission is a common issue in older vehicles and can sometimes be fixed by replacing the transmission fluid.
Here are the signs to be on the lookout for if you suspect you have a slipping transmission.
Cell phones are not a new invention, but they are becoming a bigger distraction. Instant updates, app notices and texting can all easily distract the best driver. In 2011, nearly 25% of accidents in America were linked to cell phones. Taking your eyes off the road puts your vehicle danger, but also everyone on the road around you.
The risks associated with cell phones usage are not equal. For example, talking on your phone is less dangerous than texting. Although the conversation itself could be a distraction, keeping your eyes on the road is a key component of safe driving.
Remember the days when gas prices were well below $3.00 a gallon? Well, those days are long gone, and the best you can do is find the lowest price gas in town to fill up. Most drivers don’t know the difference between premium and regular gasoline. While it’s hard enough to shell out $3.50 a gallon for regular, what if you’re paying closer to $4.00 a gallon for premium and you may not even need it.
You are probably familiar with the octane readings, though you may not know exactly what they stand for. Regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating and premium has the highest, which is usually displayed on the gas pump. You’ll often find a mid-grade as well. Octane range varies with region and altitude difference, but the higher octane gasoline is designed to run on specialty engines. Most cars are designed to run on regular gas, but if you have a turbocharged engine or a sports car, your ride probably requires premium level gasoline.
When you’re in the market for a new car, you have many options. Purchasing a lightly used car can save you a great deal of money, but shopping for a new to you car can be even more stressful since you may be afraid that you’ll end up with a “lemon.” At Woodbridge Motors, we do our best to have only low mileage quality vehicles in our pre-owned inventory. Some dealerships do not follow our standards and there is a reason used car dealers have the reputation that they have. We’ve done our research and found some great ways to spot a lemon when you’re out shopping for a car.
When you’re a driving enthusiast, the ideal summer vacation means testing your skills on some interesting roadways. Narrow windy curves and climbing elevation are some key ingredients to a masterful stretch of road. We’ve scoured the Internet for the top roads across the United States for our readers. Florida didn’t house any of these Top 10 Most Challenging Highways but a few hours away is the Tail of the Dragon in Tennessee, also called US 129. Enjoy eleven miles of twists and turns, some so intense they’ve earned their own names like The Gravity Cavity. This stretch of road has become popular due to the serene beauty and the difficulty.
Don’t forget to check out Caramel Valley Road and Big Sur Coast Highway in California. These roads promise breathtaking views and zippy curves. Who would have guessed that the Number 1 slot would go to the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado! With an elevation of over 11,000 feet and narrow roads, it’s not so surprising.