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Monthly Archives: March 2015

CONNECTED VEHICLES – IS IT OUR MINDS OR ACTIONS THAT CAUSE DISTRACTIONS?

CONNECTED VEHICLES – IS IT OUR MINDS OR ACTIONS THAT CAUSE DISTRACTIONS?

Those who are in the process of making our rides connected feel that the distractions while driving can be kept to a minimum if the amount of “touch interaction” is kept to a minimum. I have to think about that one. I was in a line of stopped traffic at a red light next to another car just yesterday and the woman was obviously talking on a cell phone and had about four car lengths in front of her. She was seriously distracted by the conversation. I feel many drivers … even though they are hands free are not concentrating on their driving. I feel some are totally unaware of their surroundings even…they are so in tune to the conversation they are having. More than half of drivers surveyed recently feel they would have a hard time managing multiple, non-integrated applications while driving though they feel the technology would be helpful as they can do local search, navigation and mapping easily from their car. •    Wouldn’t it ... read more

Brake Dust

Brake Dust

I’m sure most of us have experienced this…you drive through an automatic car wash and when you get home you notice the clean shine of your entire vehicle…until you look down at the wheels. What is that grime on the wheels? That is brake dust… metallic particles, carbon fibers and adhesive residue from your vehicle’s brake pads that attaches to your wheels. To keep it from building up it should be removed weekly as it essentially bakes on to the surface of alloy wheels. It is recommended that you wash the wheels when they are cool to avoid streaking, discoloration and pitting. The adhesive residue in the dust causes it to bond firmly with the wheels and since they are most often acidic it starts a corrosion process. The metal filings in the dust usually oxidize with the metal of the rims causing galvanic corrosion to occur. If you are removing the dust yourself be careful not to inhale the dust or the vapor from cleaning products especially designed to ... read more