Author: Sarah

Why is wearing a helmet so important when riding a motorcycle?


 

When riding a motorcycle, wearing a helmet is not an option – it’s an obligation, one that was born out of necessity. One of the leading causes of death in motorcycle accidents is head trauma, that’s why no matter who you consider yourself to be and how frequently you ride this vehicle, you should invest in a quality helmet that will keep you safe at all times.

Being reckless is not cool, and since now you can find helmets that are super comfortable and that have all the latest technology incorporated into them, you have no excuse for not wearing one. Let’s not forget that most organ donors that are brain-dead are motorcycle users who didn’t wear the proper gear.

 

 

A motorcycle helmet is a product meant to protect the rider’s head during impact and other types of trauma, which is something that makes the difference between life and death. This is vital especially in a world where car drivers disrespect the rights of motorcycle users.

Buying and wearing a good helmet will reduce the risk of injury by 70%, which only adds to the list of reasons to invest in a sturdy model. You can even find the right model if you need something to protect you against spinal cord injuries, which can lead to paralysis and death by asphyxiation – your spine is the one that controls the muscles which help you breathe.

If connectivity is something that matters to you, then you’ll be glad to learn that modern models come with Bluetooth. This guide for Bluetooth motorcycle helmets will further educate you when it comes to the best products the market has to offer. Features like these will allow you to answer urgent calls and to run last minute errands.

Other modern tweaks that the helmet has received are ventilation and intercom. Some even come with inbuilt speakers, a sturdy face shield, and ear protection. The latter is essential to prevent friction, which could hurt your ears especially when you increase the speed of your motorcycle to feel that specific excitement and the adrenaline release.

Wearing a helmet that comes with a face shield will also protect your eyes and your sight. When on the road, many things can get into your eyes. This includes flies, mosquitoes, and dirt. Having the right piece of equipment will protect you against any lesion and even from infection because the eyes are highly sensitive. It will also protect your eyes from toxic fumes and heavy winds, which can irritate them pretty badly.

To conclude, helmets are not a whim. They are Vital with capital V. To prevent any tragedy, some even worse than death, invest in a product that will have all the modern features that you need to make wearing it not a burden, but a pleasure.

 

Interesting facts about SEAT automobiles


 

SEAT is shortage from Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo and is the largest Spanish car retailer. Born in 1950 with the help of Fiat, since 1986 has become a subsidiary of the German Volkswagen Group. Ever since its beginnings, Seat has managed to produce and sell over 16 million cars worldwide, becoming an important competitor in the low-budget car sector.

Seat remains the only Spanish car manufacturer with the required infrastructure to create all its automobiles in-house, meaning there is a massive support for Spain’s annual GDP. However, there are plenty of interesting facts about Seat so feel free to improve your knowledge in the area.

 

About the legacy

Back in the 1950s, there were only three cars for every 1,000 people in Spain, so going into the automobile business was risky enough for a small company with zero infrastructure and knowledge. Nowadays, Seat has developed enough to build a sustainable infrastructure and offers thousands of workplaces for Spanish people in their factories near Barcelona.

By 2015, it is estimated that there are 593 vehicles for every 1,000 people in Spain, and this number is set to increase even more in the following years, meaning that Seat is still in a competitive sector with plenty of facilities to offer to their clients.

 

SEAT al Sol

The is probably the most ambitious in the area and is definitely one of the most interesting facts about Seat as it promises to use solar power to generate the required electricity for the Seat factory in Martorell to operate.

The project is now in its final phase and the company has already placed over 50000 solar panels on the roof of its Martorell factory. They cover the area of around 40 football pitches and are expected to produce around 15 million kWh per year, which means enough energy to put in production 25% of the current Seat Leon car production.

The company is one of the first to introduce solar panels on a large scale to reduce its costs and increase its productivity.

 

National and international recognition

Another cool fact about Seat is that until 1965 Seat only produced vehicles for the local Spanish market. Nowadays, Seat remains one of the best-selling cars in Spain also because of its local legacy and its affordable prices.

Currently, Seat exports its vehicles to 77 countries around the globe and the first country to deliver cars outside Spain was Columbia. However, it does not serve large geographic areas such as the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, and India.

Moreover, in 2017, the company’s first SUV car, Ateca, beat the BMW X1 and Range Rover Evoque in its attempt to win the best mid-size SUV market.

 

 

My new Whistler Radar detector


After two years of throwing money on several second-hand radar detectors and a no-name new one that got me a ticket faster than I could mount it, I decided it was time to be responsible and invest a little in a new, branded device that could save me all the trouble the other ones didn’t. I did my research on the internet and started getting more and more curious about Whistler detectors and their prices, that promised quality and a lot of interesting features. After a few days, I said to myself I couldn’t do better than with a new CR93 Laser Radar Detector, so I bought it and I’ve been driving with it for the past month.

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My first thought when I got it out of the box was that it couldn’t be so accurate with such a simple design, but I couldn’t be more wrong. The buttons are very easy to reach and operate, and the display remains clear and gives you only the crucial information, so that your sight isn’t suffocated with data. What’s more, you can even modify the luminosity of the display.

 

ua8But let’s get to the heavy advantages I’m currently enjoying. First of all, this Whistler model detects all radar bands, laser and Pop alerts. Usually, you would think this means that I get a lot of false alarms and that I drive with a constant alarm noise in my car, but it is not the case with the CR93. In fact, it has a three-step city mode that allows me to limit the sensitivity on the X-band, and even to shut it down completely. Plus, it comes with Field Disturbance Sensor rejection and Traffic Flow Sensor rejection, to eliminate the false alerts caused by these sensors. As for the alarm sound, this model offers a quiet mode, that will eliminate all sound, and an Auto Quiet Mode, that will make the sound dim after 5 seconds. Also, you can set it to Voice Alert, both in English and Spanish, and I can guarantee, there’s no better way to keep your grandkids quiet on a car ride.

All jokes aside, the best part of this model, and a novelty on the market is the integrated GPS, that tells you where red light cameras, speed cameras and other immobile detectors are, so that you can avoid getting a ticket.

Age limits for convertible car seats


Any parent that owns a car probably knows the legal recommendations for child safety. We all heard about infant car seats, convertibles and boosters, but how much can you stretch the use of these safety seats?

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Most experts recommend to use an infant or toddler seat with rear-facing position until the child is at least 2 years old. But does that mean that we’re not allowed to use a rear-facing convertible until that age? The answer is no. The purpose of a convertible is to serve both as a rear-facing seat as well as a forward-facing one, thus satisfying the main requirement of an infant car seat. However, we do need to point out that a child under two also needs substantial body support, so you must make sure the convertible car seat you choose offers that.

 

From the age of two up until the age of eight, a child is supposed to be comfortable and safe in a convertible car seat, but we can make some arguments against being so definite about age in this particular matter.

 

ua4About the maximum limit of age for the use of a convertible car seat, most articles and studies say that it can go until 8 years of age, but you need to be aware that this is an approximation. All car seats, disregarding their type, have weight and height limits, and these are the real parameters which dictate their limits of use. If a child is 7 years old but has the constitution of a 12-year old, then he might not be safe in a convertible anymore, and you can see that just by looking at the way he/she fits in that seat. The same rule applies in the opposite case. Some children are petite until late in their grade school years, so they can still meet the weight and height requirements of a convertible, even if they’re 10 years old. They won’t sit in one willfully, but they could, and they would be safe.

 

For people like me who need to find a baby car seat for my SUV, but not only,  the best advice that anyone could give those of you who wonder about the limits of age for convertible car seats is to look past this reference point and follow the instructions of the manufacturer, for they know best what their products can support.

The best Revlon blow dryers


There is no such thing as a perfect blow dryer, mostly because different types of hair require different types of care. However, Revlon, as an experienced personal care products manufacturer who’s been in the business for over seven decades, knows that the key to finding it is constantly assessing the consumer needs and improving their products accordingly.

Revlon currently has three collections of blow dryers on the market, each designed for a certain level of styling. Amongst them, the Pro collection renders a perfect combination of top quality materials, durability and an impressive number of features designed to improve your experience and give your hair the best care possible. There are two models in this collection that need to be pointed out as they reach a high standard.

 

Pro Collection Salon AC Motor Styler

 

ua1This pink dream can trick the eye with its sweet, candy-like aspect, but beneath the layers of paint lies a great combination between tourmaline and ceramic coating that will protect your hair against overheating while getting rid of all the dampness. A stronger, faster airflow lets you limit your hairstyling time, while you chose between three levels of heat and two speed levels. Seal in the curls and bangs with the cool shot that will inhibit the heat that’s been building up, and get greater volume with the help of the volumizing diffuser attachment. What’s more, this blow dryer features a smoothing concentrator attachment, so you’re covered, whatever your hairstyle choice of the day is. The Styler offers not only great performance, but it also comes in a easy to use, compact design, that will turn it into your best travel buddy.

 

Pro Collection Salon One-Step Hair-Dryer and Volumizer

 

ua2This hair tool by Revlon is the best in a series designed to combine the action of a blow dryer and styling brush. While keeping the ceramic coating and ionic technology, the manufacturer has yet to improve it with tourmaline, but instead featured it with an oval brush, perfect for shaping even the most stubborn ends.

The brush has nylon pins with ball tips that are designed to spread the heat evenly while forming the curls and waves you’ve been getting only at the salon. Multiple heat settings let you adapt the tool to the specific needs of your hair, while its professional design make it easy for you to store it, carry it, and keep it handy at all times.

How much power should your next vacuum cleaner have


Our society seems to be on the hunt for everything that’s faster and stronger, and we’ve been telling ourselves these two features are always worth investing in. But should we pause for a second and really consider their advantages in everyday objects and tools, maybe we would discover that we don’t really have use for too high a performance.

An interminable discussion on forums and manufacturer’s websites regards the suction power of vacuum cleaners and we just want to make a few points.

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When you’re choosing a new vacuum cleaner, you are taking into consideration the type of surfaces you are going to need cleaned. This is also a factor in deciding the amount of suction power you will be needing. An area covered with carpets will require a stronger air flow in order to break the resistance of the carpet threads, whereas a small, wooden or tiled floor will be okay with a medium and even low suction power. The size of your space matters as well, and while a canister with a high suction power will work for large areas, you can confidently use an upright with medium power on smaller areas, such as a two-rooms apartment or a small office space.

Generally, canister vacuum cleaners are known to have more suction power than an upright model, but it all depends on the type of surface you have – the upright model usually has a rotating brushroll that shakes the carpet threads, allowing the vacuum to collect more, even if its suction power isn’t maximized.

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When you’re shopping for vacuum cleaners, the best way to assess their suction power is to look at their CFM number, which represents their airflow capacity, telling you the number of cubic feet of air that the machine will suck in 1 minute. As a reference point, you should know that the standard vacuum will have between 50 CFM and 100 CFM.

However, this measurement isn’t always listed by the manufacturer, but you can look for the number of air watts (AW) which can give you an accurate idea. This measurements tells you the number of watts that the vacuum consumes in order to suck a unit of air through the nozzle. While an upright vacuum can be very efficient for pet hair because of his 180-200 AW, a canister will need to have more, since it also has the job of pulling the air through the hose. Therefore, you should look for one with at least 300 AW.

The best GPS manufacturers


 

 

When buying a GPS unit, the first question that comes to mind is which brand offers the best and safest technology. Accuracy and versatility also weigh in on such a decision, and with the growing number of manufacturers and insane rise of the use of smartphones and tablets as substitutes, the decision becomes more and more difficult. Certainly, we are inclined to look for brands that have years of experience in the field of automotive navigation systems, but the real measurement system of a product is the satisfaction it provides for the buyer.

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Looking at the customer reviews everywhere, you can easily spot Garmin as one of the most appreciated GPS manufacturers, and here are a few reasons why. First of all, Garmin has been on a continuous race towards improving the features of its products even since 1998, when it first released the StreetPilot, and ua5finishing with the versatile Garmin Nuvi series, that completely raised the bar for GPS units feature combinations. The major advantages that a Garmin unit offers are its incredible ease of use, its friendly interface and the details that it offers the driver so that not only does he/she know the road, but also the traffic, relevant info about the surroundings, and possible obstructions on the road. High-resolution screen, touch -screen, wi-fi, text-to-speech capability, route-planning, voice guidance, these are just a few of the features Garmin has included in the design of its GPS units, and it all culminates with its large number of models and the long lifespan of the units.

Another beloved brand is TomTom, who covers from the automotive GPS market to fitness and outdoor gear. As an European company, one might expect it to have less impact on the American market, but the quality of its products have overpowered any reluctance one might have had and now, this Dutch manufacturer is the top competitor for Garmin. With a much more information displayed at once, a much more accurate HD real-time traffic service, an ad-free interface, and all the connectivity features that will let you access the internet and read your text messages on the GPS screen.

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Naturally, the features themselves don’t make them “the best”, but the decades of time invested in perfecting the technology, and most of all, the incredible amount of confidence that the American driver has given these two brands make us believe you won’t be safer with anything else.