November 21, 2019 Life's too short to drive boring cars

Portrait of a Taxi Company

Taxi companies are part of small and large communities. They can be as small as one or two cars or big enough to have their own fleet with support staff including a mechanic with automotive technician training. Usually they are controlled by local laws that can effect both driver and vehicle, and what sort of profit can be made.

Laws and Regulations

Some cities regulate the look of their taxis, perhaps requiring a particular style of vehicle, while others are content to simply post a sign on the top of the cab. Some municipalities require special exams for the drivers and limit the pool of available taxi licences, while others permit anyone who can demonstrate that level of driving ability to take on the job. For the safety of passengers as well as a cap on competition, there’s usually some sort of fare control.

Inside the Cab

A taxi can be privately owned, or belong to the company. Taxi drivers might be paid by the hour or by commission. Some cars, if they belong to the company, are on the road pretty much all hours of the day and just swap off drivers. If a driver has a fixed vehicle however, that’s just like their office. They may decorate it with items that make them feel at home and even take naps between fares. Drivers have a solid background in road skills, which means they are generally either people with transport operations training, for example retired truck drivers, or newcomers to the country.

For ease of use, the cab will be clearly labeled with its status as a taxi. This might just be a lit sign that goes on the top of the cab, or decals for the door. There will also be signs posted for fares, for the reassurance of people unfamiliar with the service. Modern cabs often have a GPS mapping system and all cabs will have a radio.

Home Base

Each taxi can be considered almost like an ant in an ants nest. Though of course there are good drivers and bad, they are intentionally interchangeable, and they would be nothing without a home hive to keep them co-ordinated. They rely on at least one person with dispatcher training and a good map of the city. Individual cab drivers will generally get a good feel for the locations they visit, but the home office is their point of reference, not just for landmarks but local place name changes. It’s not uncommon for a street or venue to have changed names over the course of several decades and for passengers to ask for places by the old name. In case of confusion, the driver will radio in and get better instructions to take the fare on their way.…

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Car Accessories: Door Wind Deflectors

Believe it or not summer is almost with us. Those long hot days where you spend hours in the car sat in traffic jams on the way to a day at the seaside or in a queue on your way to work, only to arrive and find that the rest of the country has had exactly the same idea. There are no parking places within 5 miles of the sea front and to top it all the weather has closed in and you are surrounded by a thick sea fog. Oh to be in England now that summer is here, or not.

One thing is for sure driving along on a sunny day can be made a lot more pleasurable by fitting a set of wind deflectors to the doors of your vehicle. Quick and easy to fit, the acrylic wind deflectors are designed to fit into the wind channels of the doors. Held in place using the friction of the tight fit, the deflectors do not prevent the windows operating as normal and can be left in place once fitted. Designed to help reduce the levels of wind noise and turbulence you experience when travelling with your windows down.

In most cases deflectors are only available for the front door of the vehicle. The theory being that as the wind hits the front wind deflector it is pushed away from the side of the car, it is then not able to divert back to the side of the car until the rear window has passed the gap that has been created. So the rear windows will also benefit from reduced turbulence and noise when a front set of wind deflectors is fitted. Some manufacturers however do offer wind deflectors for the rear doors.

The wind deflectors do not completely eliminate the wind noise and turbulence but they do significantly reduce their levels. With the reduction of turbulence comes a reduction in noise within the vehicle. Making conversation easier and listening to music easier, as well as a more peaceful ride. The wind deflectors will also deflect small amounts of rain. Allowing you to leave the windows open even if the rain starts to fall. Something as we all know that is very rare in this country during the summer.

As always, it is important to remember that there are things that we can change about our vehicles to make our journeys more comfortable, all it takes is a little research.…

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Surefire Tips on Finding the Best Discounts and Coupons For Car Rental

In this article, five tips on finding the best discounts and coupons for car rental will save you a ton of money. There are so many companies competing for business that great deals and incentives are everywhere. Finding the right one will take a little bit of research, but savings is just a few mouse clicks and credit card swipes away.

The first place to look for great deals is look at your airline’s frequent flier program. Many airlines and their partner alliances often sign up with top car rental agencies. This gives their members tremendous access to deals, sales and one of a kind discounts. Most of these programs allow flight credits to be applied to all sorts of travel services as well as merchandise, so the more points you earn, the more free rentals you can find.

Many frequent flier programs also join up with credit card companies, that award miles for ordinary purchases. Finding the best discounts and coupons for car rental is as easy is logging into the credit card company’s website and look for some great deals. The more that particular credit card is used for purchases, the more rewards credits are earned. Spend enough, and those points can accumulate fast.

If you are not signed up with a frequent flier account, or your credit card is not a travel partner, see what kind of deals your card company offers. Almost every major credit company has a rewards program to encourage their members to make purchases. Great deals can be found in some of their member programs.

Additionally, booking travel through one of the large online travel sites can also get great results. Car rental agencies offer tons of deals and specials unique to these sites. As long as the reservation is made through their service, there are a variety of choices that may work for you.

Finally, check out the websites of rental car companies themselves. Sales happen all the time, and deals are always popping up. Remember, car companies love repeat business, so many of them offer incentives returning customers. Stick with one company for a while, and savings opportunities will start to appear on a regular basis.

Be flexible with the rental dates. Car companies often charge more on weekends and during big holiday travel times when a lot of people are on the road. So, if reservations can be made for slow times, savings will be greater. Another thing to think about is to plan ahead. The more time in advance you have, the less you will have to pay. Avoid those last minute price hikes and fees and try to be as prepared as possible.

These tips on finding the best discounts and coupons for car rental will work for you. Hook up with a strong rewards partner for your travel and shopping needs, and use credit cards that have car rental benefits. Also, check travel sites and plan ahead. The more resources that are available will give …

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First test drive of the 2017 Mazda CX-5 Diesel: we want to like it

Mazda has been bothering us with diesel engines for far too long. It is now available in the Mazda CX-5, but is it too little, too late? In fact, too expensive and too late may be the best way to formulate it. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel unveiled at the latest New York International Auto Show is available exclusively in the Signature Edition at a high price of $ 45,950. It is rare that we start a first test drive talking about price, but in this case, we must.

First test drive of the 2017 Mazda CX-5 Diesel: we want to like it

You see, while I was driving to Toronto to drive the Mazda CX-5 Diesel for the first time, the only thing that really made me curious was how Mazda intended to position his diesel. I expected very good performance from the diesel version of the Mazda CX-5. I expected it to be more enjoyable than a GMC Terrain Diesel or a Chevrolet Equinox diesel (more on those two later) and a quick comparison test in the first test drive confirmed it. I had no worries about the vehicle itself, just the market it was about to enter car cover.

Mazda says there are still diesel enthusiasts and they have nowhere to go. They are right about it. If you really wanted a compact diesel SUV, your only options were the aforementioned GM products, which probably did not resonate with diesel fans. Mazda is known for its driving dynamics and the sportiness inherent in its products is more likely to appeal to diesel enthusiasts who also tend to be driving enthusiasts.

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 Diesel makes sense, but it would have made more sense if the price was more reasonable. As a Signature model, the CX-5 Diesel is fully equipped and includes several additions, including 19-inch wheels, abaci wood, cocoa Napa leather seats, heated and cooled seats, dual-mode air conditioning, the Bose Premium audio system, i-Activsense active safety technology, power-operated seats and, basically, everything you could need in your CX-5.

But that’s $ 45,000, which is over $ 4,000 more than the CX-5 GT. That’s a lot of money for a compact SUV and will probably dissuade many buyers who were waiting to learn more about diesel before making a final decision. Those who will stay are fans of diesel with a budget above average and are willing to spend to enjoy their favorite engine. Just how many of these people there are, I’ll let you guess. Even Mazda does not know. You can say that Mazda will play a waiting game with the CX-5 diesel. They bring it to the market and adjust the supply according to the demand. Now let’s talk about the vehicle itself.

On the road in the Mazda CX-5 Diesel 2019

The 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel is powered by a 2.2-liter SkyActiv-D engine producing 168 horsepower and a 290-pound-foot torque. Mazda’s philosophy has always been to try to get the most out of each engine by tweaking each component. The SkyActiv diesel power train is …

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Audi Q4 e-torn concept: Audi shows the fifth model of its e-torn family in Geneva

A week from Geneva, Audi is unveiling four new plug-in hybrid models, the Q5, A6, A7 and A8 TFSI e. Audi is ready for the Geneva Motor Show with the announcement of four new plug-in hybrid variants of the Q5, A6, A7 and A8. Ready to make their debut next week, the new TFSI e will have a 100% electric range of 40 km. With this announcement, the German manufacturer mentions that from now on, the e-torn nomenclature will now be used for 100% electric models only. For this reason, the announced plug-in hybrid variants will carry the seal “TFSI e”.

Audi Q4 e-torn concept: Audi shows the fifth model of its e-torn family in Geneva

The lithium-ion battery in the Audi Q5, A6, A7 and A8 TFSI will have a capacity of 14.1 kWh. Each model will be available in two distinct versions, a comfort version and a performance version with a sportier design. According to the British magazine Auto Express, these variants will endorse the names 50 TFSI e or 55 TFSI e for Audi Q5, A6 and A7. As for her, the Audi A8 will come under 55 TFSI e and 60 TFSI e. The 50 TFSI e versions will be powered by a 2.0L 4-cyl turbo engine while the 55 TFSI e will be powered by a 3.0L V6.

Three different modes will be offered to the drivers of these rechargeable hybrids: “EV”, “Auto” and “Hold”. The “Auto” mode allows the system to choose, on its own, when to use the gasoline engine or electric motor, for maximum efficiency. Hold mode controls the power train so that the current state of charge of the battery is maintained. Obviously, the “EV” mode prioritizes driving in electric mode car covers.

In addition to the three modes mentioned above, the driver will be able to select different driving modes, namely “comfort”, “efficiency”, “auto”, and “dynamic”, which will thus influence the configuration of the pipe, suspension and from the direction. My Audi app will also be available to buyers. The latter will remotely control battery status and battery life, start the charging process, program the charge timer and view the car’s charging and consumption statistics. Programming pre-board temperature control settings is also available with my Audi app. A quick start of climate components is also possible when unlocking the vehicle with the key.

The sketch of the Audi Q4 e-torn shows a new electric SUV

After weeks of rumors and speculation, we have a preview of the upcoming Audi e-torn model for the Geneva Motor Show. Called Audi Q4 e-torn, this is a smaller version of the current and new Audi e-torn that rivals the I-Pace Jaguar and the future Mercedes-Benz EQC. The Q4 e-torn, on the other hand, has no direct competition at the moment. It could change everything if Tesla introduces Model Y later this year, but it will have to be patient.

Expected in 2020, the new Audi Q4 e-torn seems to fit between Q3 and Q5 in terms of dimensions. The sketch shows a compact coupe SUV in the same …

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