January 29, 2020 Life's too short to drive boring cars

Grand Rapids – The Furniture City of the US

Grand Rapids - The Furniture City of the US

One of the most industrialized and prosperous cities in the US is Grand Rapids. It is located on the banks of the River Grand, 30 miles from Lake Michigan. Grand Rapids is 114th largest city in the United States.

The city is nicknamed as the Furniture City as the furniture industry was once very strong here. Major portion of the economy was contributed by this industry. Over the period of time, many other industries too came up and the city lost its glory with regards to manufacturing furniture.

Today there is a more dynamic and diverse mix of economic activities in the city as well as the surrounding communities. Health care, automotive and consumer goods manufacturing industries play a major role in the present economy.

The people of Grand Rapids strictly follow the maxim “living today without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to live equally, as well, or better.” This is quite visible in the various initiatives that the agencies have taken to have a sustainable development of the city. The city is blessed with abundant natural resources and they strive to protect and preserve these resources. Hence the various Green Initiatives taken up by the city authorities.

Grand Rapids is the only city in the US which has more LEED-certified buildings per capita than any other city. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is the agency which specifies what constitutes a “Green Building.”

Grand Rapids is a leading center for arts and culture. It is home to fine dining and a scintillating night life. There are numerous beaches around the city and also a lake which brings out the beauty of the city to the fore. There is a great scope for outdoor activities in the area which attracts a lot of visitors all the year round.

There are multiple reasons as to why one should visit this city but below are given some of the major ones:

The Blues at the B.O.B: This is a multi-faceted entertainment center and restaurant complex which features five restaurants, a micro-brewery, a night club, comedy club and private rooms with a seating up to 500 people. Many known national blues artist perform here every Wednesday and it is an experience worth going for.

Glass Sculptures: one of the reasons for visiting Grand Rapids is the large scale exhibition of glass articles by Dale Chihuly who is an internationally known face in the field of glass sculpting. This event takes place in Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. These figures can be viewed from 30th April to 30th September.

Farmers Market: This is one of the most vibrant and lively places in the Grand Rapids which have to be seen to be believed. This Farmers Market offers the wholesome bounty of Michigan’s west Coast which includes fresh fruits, vegetables, beautiful flowers, plants and some very interesting homemade goods at various area farm markets.

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High Tech Developments Worthy of Making Automotive Industry News

High Tech Developments Worthy of Making Automotive Industry News

Everyone knows the current state of the economy; it appears in news reels every day. However, it is very common that bad news distracts the public from the good. The motor sector was hit hard in the past few years, but there is plenty of automotive industry news to be very excited about.

Public awareness has been consistently growing about issues such as global warming and man-made greenhouse gases. With this constant global environmental education comes a common urge to help the situation. Choices are being made with the earth’s wellbeing in mind and as such much stock is being put on improved efficiency and reduced emissions when people buy cars.

As indicated by the multiple new models released (and soon to be released), electric vehicle (EV) models have been grabbing a lot of attention. Already doing well in the USA, Japan and parts of Europe, EV designs seem to be the way forward. It fulfils all the green aspirations consumers have for their automobiles. There are a few issues though, namely the large cost of the lithium ion batteries core to most designs, and also the absence of sound EV infrastructure.

The bridge between fossil fuels and pure electric has been around for quite a while: the hybrid car. Since many can’t afford the extra initial capital costs of an EV, a hybrid seems like a suitable compromise. It has similar benefits to electric cars, but at a fraction of the price, and with less performance loss. It is no wonder then that hybrid sales have been so high in recent years – it is the logical choice, and the public know this.

Other imaginative innovations have been popping up. For example, in safety, many new models have radar and sensor technology allowing you better cruise control and collision detection. Things that were already impressive, such as airbags and anti-lock braking, are now being reshaped and improved.

Many cars now come equipped with airbags that take into account details to allow it to operate better, like weight and size. The latest in anti-lock braking applies brakes faster and harder, and controls out of control situations that lead to crashes. A common new feature is tire pressure sensors, letting you know when your tires need to be filled, much the same way as your oil and gas monitors work.

Don’t forget all those little extras that make an automobile that much more desirable. The latest gadgets are pushing the driving experience into the future. One clever little key design allows you to limit the top speed of the car, ensuring speed-hungry teens don’t crash the family vehicle. Another high tech addition is night vision, allowing a clear view of the road when headlights can’t help. Perfecting existing designs, new GPS systems provide constant instructions, as well as updated traffic reports.…

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Dubai Cheap Car Rental Guide

Dubai Cheap Car Rental Guide

Most of the tourists who visit Dubai and even some residents who live there feel that renting a car in Dubai is a better choice than using taxis or public transport; there are dozens of cheap car rental in Dubai and they provide  mostly to business travelers and short-term guests, while long-term rentals are accessible from most car rental companies.

Dubai is a city that is best experienced on wheels; the city is built for cars, as most major roads are kept in excellent condition. Apart from the experience of driving on clean wide roads here are several other benefits to cheap car rental and monthly car rental Dubai.

Travel budgeting for a cheap car rental and monthly car rental in Dubai.

Renting a car makes it relatively easy to visit nearby Emirates.

  • The risks of road accidents might increase dramatically while driving in a foreign country. If you ever encounter an accident while driving a rental car, the police will report the incident and the compensation of payments will be  made to the rental agency (provided you have all the correct legal documents and insurance policy) which will save you the burden of having to deal with it.
  • Most citizens here are satisfied with their cars and many luxury cars are available at rental agencies; if driving a Bentley or a Rolls-Royce is expensive for you, then there is no better place to find one than here in cheap car rental Dubai.

Driving License Requirements for cheap rental and monthly car rental in Dubai

There are lots of rules and regulations that are important to visitors who want to drive a car in Dubai; unfortunately, there are a lot of official resources and websites that provide contradictory information. So here is a summary of the most current laws.

  • The majority of the world’s  country passport as well as those from the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (GCC) including Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, can drive a rental car with their own home country’s driving license.
  • If you are from a country other than the ones listed above, you need to obtain a valid International Driving Permit (IDP). The IDP and the driving license must be issued from the same country and should be kept with you while driving.
  • UAE visitors cannot drive a private vehicle, they can only drive rental cars with proper license and insurance coverage. Visitors from the countries listed above can apply for a temporary driver’s license valid for 6 months, which permits them to legally drive a privately owned car. The process is relatively fast and the license can be obtained for a small fee with the proper documents on the same day. However, there may be some other rules if you drive to another Emirate or cross the border to another country.
  • Upon obtaining a UAE residence visa, you will be no longer permitted to drive with an international license and you must apply for a UAE driving license.

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