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Monthly Archives: September 2014

The “New Car” Smell Can Be Bad For You!

The “New Car” Smell Can Be Bad For You!

Many people know right off that the new car smell is bad news. It makes their eyes water, gives them headaches, and nausea. Some even experience a sore throat and immune system disorders. These chemicals that cause the new car smell are toxic. The smell comes from volatile organic compounds. Even after the smell wears off you may notice a “fog” on the inside of your windshield and these same compounds cause that to happen. This mix of compounds can consist of over 100 different chemicals. The base of the compound is petroleum and it can be found in your car’s carpet, dashboard, solvent, and glue. If you have had new carpet installed in your home you may experience the same smell. I have heard of office workers having to go home after new carpet has been laid in their building because they got sick almost immediately from the fumes. Some countries limit the amount of these compounds manufacturers can use but so far the United States has not. Car manu ... read more

Captain Of Your Car

Captain Of Your Car

Imagine sitting in your car engaging with friends on Social Media, having a conference call, surfing the Internet all while your car does the driving for you! You will truly be the captain of your ship…er…I mean car! When I write about this many think this is still far into our future. It might surprise you to know that even now, on California highways, Google is shuttling its employees in its fleet of self-driving cars! Florida and Nevada have also allowed Google cars on their roads. They plan to have these vehicles on sale to the general public by 2020. Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Ford Motor Company have already developed the technology that takes certain controls out of the hands of drivers and puts them in control of the car. These cars can park, operate in traffic and brake without any help from the driver. GM is testing a system even now for its Cadillac models that will allow for hands-free lane following, braking and speed control ... read more