What To Keep In Your Car this Winter

Many of us do a tremendous amount of driving in winter months. Whether you are traveling miles for SnowCarStuckthe perfect gift or you’re headed home for the holidays, you should be prepared for potential weather threats when traveling. Consider putting the following into your car to prepare for this winter:

Blankets

You should always keep blankets in your car during the winter. Blankets can keep your warm if you ever find yourself unable to start your car when stranded. Remaining warm is vital to your overall health and survival. You should also consider keeping hand warmers in your glove compartment as well.

First-Aid Kit

You should keep a first-aid kit in your car at all times. You never know when you might need one. However, you are more likely of getting into an accident during winter months when roads are iced over. If you do end up in an accident or stranded in a storm, a first-aid kit can supply you with what you might need before emergency personnel arrives.

Bag of Sand

If you live in a region that gets a significant amount of snow or ice, you should keep a bag of sand in your trunk. The bag of sand can improve traction because it weighs down your car. Also, If you are stuck in a slick spot, pouring the sand around your tire can give you the grip you need to get out.

Non-Perishable Foods

If you get stuck in winter-related traffic or end up in a snow drift, you should have food that can be easily eaten. Keep protein bars, assorted nuts, raisins, or beef jerky in your car. If you do find yourself stuck, you’ll have snacks that will give you energy while you wait for help. You should also travel with a significant amount of water in order to stay hydrated in an emergency.

Flashlights or Flares

Having a light source in your car is an absolute must. A flashlight can help you signal for help and it will help you avoid sitting in the dark overnight. Flares can also help draw attention to your car if you are stuck somewhere that emergency personnel might not see you. Make sure you have extra batteries for your flashlight too.

Consider these recommendations when you pack your car for winter months. There is no such thing as being over-prepared for severe winter weather, and your car is no exception.

New Technology Keeps Eyes on the Road

From switching the radio station to adjusting the temperature of the car, many of us are not always as focused as we should be when driving.

Distracted Driving

Cars now come equipped with a tremendous amount of technology but that technology can prevent us from focusing on the road.

However, new technology was recently developed that is meant to prevent us from getting distracted by technology. (Ironic, we know!)

The new gadget is called Navdy and it is meant to provide us with the information that we want access to while driving without distracting us.

The device connects to your personal smartphone (including Androids and iPhones). It mounts on the dashboard between the steering wheel and windshield, directly in front of the driver. The device also plugs into your car’s diagnostics port which powers the technology and provides engine information.

Navdy is mounted directly behind the steering wheel so it can display Google maps, call alerts, and so forth directly within your line of sight.

Google maps will be accessible through Navdy in order to prevent people from looking down at their phone in their lap for directions. There will also be a steering wheel mounted dial that will allow drivers to interact with the non-touch screen device.

Many people are curious to know how Navdy is safer than mounting a cellphone or a GPS system to your dashboard, and that really is up for debate.

Navdy is hoping to serve as more of a “teleprompter,” which drivers can glance at quickly without turning their head away from the road, making it the safer alternative.

Navdy is currently priced at $799 which is not obviously affordable for the average American. However, before the company even shipped a single product, it received $6 million in preorders and more than $20 million in investment capital.

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Americans are Doing Whatever They Can to Keep Their Cars

The average American cannot afford to replace their car frequently. In recent years, the majority of Americans are purchasing cars that they believe will last long-term. In fact, holding onto your car long-term has become a trend in the United States especially over the past year. Americans are Doing Whatever They Can to Keep Their Cars

The estimated lifespan of a car has reached about 11.6 years old, which has slightly increased from 2015. The long-lasting lifespan of cars and light trucks are gradually improving thus allowing people in the U.S. to hang onto their cars as long as they possibly can.
Director of IHS Markit, Mark Seng, is predicting that in 2021, 20 million cars on the road will be a quarter of a century old. Seng also believes that there will be 81 million cars that are 16 years or older by the year 2021.

Service providers and part makers are both directly benefiting from this trend. With consumers fixing their cars themselves, the service provider market is bringing in $54 billion each year. Stores such as AutoZone are doing better than ever before because consumers are investing their money into their products in order to keep their old car running.

Mechanics are seeing an increase in business as well because people are quicker to repair their car now. Dealerships, however, are seeing a decline in new car sales and some are suffering financially. Many dealerships are implementing service stations or body shops in order to generate more revenue.

People are taking better care of their cars to save money and many experts believe that the trend is just taking off.

PermaPlate can help you upkeep and maintain your current car so it also withstands the test of time.

You Could Soon Buy a Car from Amazon

The large majority of the world is familiar with Amazon. Amazon is an online shopping site that is packed with electronics, apparel, books, tools, and that is truly just naming a few.

You can pretty much find anything that you are looking for on Amazon, and soon, you might even be able to find the car of your dreams and purchase it.Online Car Shopping

Fiat Chrysler announced that it is partnering with Amazon to sell cars online through the online shopping outlet. As of right now, you will only be able to purchase these cars in Italy. Three models are being offered: the Panda, the 500, and the 500L.

A buyer will be able to shop for the car of their choice on Amazon and click on their choice.

At that point, they will be contacted by Amazon to complete the process. Amazon will have the buyer choose a dealership where they will pick up the car from in just two short weeks. The dealership will still be benefiting from the sale of the car; Amazon will just be where you shop for the car itself and serve as the payment “middleman.”

Not all of the details have been ironed out yet but it is certainly going to be a reality in Italy and is now being put into place.

In France, customers are already able to pay a car down payment through Amazon after a short phone interview.

Many people are thrilled at the news of car shopping from the comfort of their own home and being able to browse and research cars at their leisure.

Buyers would only have to leave their home to pick the car up from the dealership.

Although this concept is not being implemented into the United States yet, it could just be a matter of time. There are hurdles regarding specific dealer franchise laws and it would take time to develop in the states but it is not out of reach.

Automakers are Doing Away with Spare Tires

If you have recently purchased a new car, take a look inside of it to see if you can find a spare tire tucked away. Can’t seem to find one? You’re not alone.

The majority of new cars are no longer coming equipped with spare tires.

In fact, a AAA analysis revealed that over a third of the cars sold in 2015 did not have a spare tire included in them.

In 2016 thus far, just 22.9Automakers are Doing Away with Spare Tires percent of cars sold came with a spare tire.

In place of the spare tire, many car manufacturers are instead equipping cars with sealant kits to give drivers some sort of a solution if they do get a flat tire. These kits are supposed to repair and inflate a tire until you can get it somewhere to be repaired or replaced. However, just as many cars are being sold without sealant kits now as well.

Car manufacturers are getting rid of spare tires in cars to make the cars lighter.

The weight of a car affects the fuel efficiency of a car. By eliminating the spare tire, the car becomes lighter and more fuel-efficient. In some instances, leaving the spare tire out of the car can save up to 100 pounds. Car manufacturers are being held to high standards when it comes to fuel economy and the demise of the spare tire is a direct result of this.

To name a few, Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, and Honda are now being required to supply tire repair kits instead of spare tires. 28 percent of new cars sold in 2016 came with tire repairs kits and the number has been slowly increasing.

For drivers, not having a spare tire will mean calling and waiting for roadside assistance or waiting for a tow truck to come retrieve your car.

If you are planning to purchase a car soon, ask about getting a spare tire that will fit your vehicle.

You can now purchase spare tires as an add-on if they are not included, and chances are, your new car won’t come with one.

Electric Cars Now Required by Law to Make Noise

If you ever had an electric car drive by you, you likely were able to see it long before you were able to hear it. Electric cars are eElectric Cars Now Required by Law to Make Noise xceptionally quiet and they make little to no noise while they are in motion.

The United States Congress recently considered the risks of these cars.

Congress has now put a law in place that will require electric and hybrid cars to make noise.

Both plug-in hybrids as well as battery operated electric cars will be required to make noise while they are moving at slow speeds to ensure that pedestrians, especially those with poor eyesight, hear them. Electric motors found in these cars barely make noise in comparison to gasoline and diesel engines.

The law is being referred to as the “Quiet Car” rule. The National Highway Traffic Safety Admission stated that this could prevent up to 2,400 pedestrian injuries a year.

With pedestrian accidents at an all-time high, this law should help prevent pedestrian accidents from occurring.

The law states that “hybrid and electric vehicles must make an audible noise when in reverse or when traveling at speeds up to 19mph.”  The cars are not being required to make noise at faster speeds because noise caused by tires and wind speed will provide the necessary warning to pedestrians.

Manufacturers are being directly affected by this law.

Manufacturers are being given until September 1, 2019 to make sure that all new hybrid and electric cars are equipped with the audible sounds that meet the new federal safety standard.

Interested in the latest car news? Visit PermaPlate’s blog to stay up to date.

Protect Your Car from Winter Sand and Salt

Winter months and severe weather conditions can take a toll on our cars. Many stateProtect Your Car from Winter Sand and Salt s put down salt and sand to help manage the snow and ice coated roads. From frequent traffic jams to poor visibility, driving as temperatures drop can become frustrating.  Although the snow and salt mixtures help keep our roads safe, they can affect our car in a negative way if we do not care for our cars properly in winter months.

Importance of Salt and Sand

Salt and sand are heavily distributed across roads before and after severe storms. Salt lowers the freezing point which causes snow and ice to melt. The sand helps secure the salt in place on the roads and adds traction when roads are wet.

Plan for Winter Conditions

Salt and snow mixtures on our roads are inevitable in winter. Before snow falls, make a point to thoroughly wash your car, including the underside of it. Apply wax, along with a wax sealant, to keep the wax secure against the car’s paint. The wax will repel the salt, sand, and water. Salt and sand can cause brake and fuel line rust so consider sealing the undercarriage of your car to prevent this.

Keep It Clean

Washing your car in the winter will help upkeep your car and prevent the salt and sand from settling. Although you should not wash your car in below freezing temperatures, you can wash your car if temperatures are above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. After your initial wax, you can also get your car waxed and sealed periodically throughout winter to help protect the body.

Avoid Storms

If a big snowfall is expected, you can bet that salt and sand are already getting distributed onto roads. If you do not have to drive right before or after a large storm, you’ll be less likely to face sand and salt. It is not safe for you or your car to drive through severe winter storms. If you can, avoid doing so. Give the weather some time to disperse before hitting the roads.

It is important for salt and sand to be on our winter roads in order to make them safer for us to use. However, it does not benefit the body of our cars at all. By taking certain precautions, you can better protect your car this winter.

T-Mobile Earns a Role in the Connected Car Market

Technology has played a huge role in the development of cars.

From movie screens that descend out of the ceiling to sending texts without our hands, technology has changed what we expect our cars to do.

T-Mobile recently dT-Mobile Earns a Role in the Connected Car Marketeveloped new car-focused technology in an attempt to establish themselves within the connected car market. Many phone companies are jumping on board with this trend, working hard to develop technology that can be implemented into cars and intrigue drivers into purchasing.

T-Mobile just introduced a wireless plug-in module for cars called the SyncUp DRIVE.

The device plugs into a common data port in your car, tracking performance and maintenance while serving as a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The device connects into your car’s On-Board Diagnostics port which is typically located underneath the driver’s side dashboard in close proximity to the steering wheel, making it easy for anyone to install.

SyncUp DRIVE tracks your car’s performance, health, activity, and location. It provides drivers with information on driving behavior, family vehicle location, preventative maintenance, and can identify car troubles. Using SyncUp DRIVE also turns your car into a Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing you to connect up to five devices at a time without using data. SyncUp DRIVE is not yet compatible with electric, hybrid, or diesel engines.

Pricing is going to be a huge draw for consumers.

SyncUp DRIVE is just $149.99 but will be free for customers that choose to sign-up for a two-year agreement with T-Mobile at a two gigabyte plan or higher. Cars that come with built in Wi-Fi can be costly, making this an affordable alternative.

SyncDRIVE will be available for purchase on November 18.

Many wireless phone companies have been looking to create sales and revenue and they are using the connected car market to do so.

Why Electric Cars Are Still Relevant

Despite falling gas prices, electric cars are still desired by many drivers.

Gas prices often fluctuate, reaching extreme highs and lows on a monthly basis. In recent months, most of the United States saw a decrease in gas prices. As gas prices started to decrease, vehicles with lower MPG became more affordable. Regardless, demand for electric vehicles has increased.Electric Car Sales Are Still Relevant

Many people have committed to purchasing electric cars for environmental reasons.

In fact, the auto industry is working hard to produce cars that emit fewer pollutants, such as electrical cars, because many buyers are now demanding them. Audi believes 25% of the United Sates car sales will be electric cars in 10 years.

Some governments have mandated that cars have emission-reduction plans, forcing car companies to provide environmentally-friendly options when they normally would not have. Many countries have started to offer incentives for people that purchase electric cars, from cash bonuses to giveaways. Consumers have made it clear to the automotive industry that they want electric car options.

As demand for electric grows, engineers are working hard to make more affordable options.

In 2015, the Nissan Leaf traveled 107 miles without a charge. The benefits of electric cars are improving each year and their increasing sales reflect that.

Regardless of affordable gas prices, the United States could see an increase of electrical cars sold within the next few years.

Should You Repair or Replace Your Car?

Most of us spend a lot of time in our cars, which means we need them to function well. As your car ages, choosing to replace or repair your car is a tough decision. It’s important to understand what factors to consider when making that choice.

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If your car is older, it likely has limited safety features. Safety should be a top priority for you, whether you drive alone or have a family of four alongside you. Most new cars come equipped with advanced safety features, including advanced airbags, rearview cameras, and forward collision alert. If you do not feel safe when you are driving your car, it might be time to replace it.

Recognize When to Repair

Our cars work extremely hard on a daily basis.  It is inevitable that they will need to be repaired on occasion. However, if the costs of repairs are starting to cost you more than a replacement car would, it may be time to start shopping for a new vehicle.

Consider Insurance Costs

Insurance companies will consider a variety of factors to determine the cost of your car insurance. For instance, new cars often come with lower insurance costs because they have a multitude of safety features. However, you can often opt out of additional protections that might not be necessary for an old car, making your insurance likely to decrease with an old car as well. Your insurance company can help you determine your insurance costs for both options.

Whether you have a new or an old car, it is important to protect your car to ensure that it lasts as long as possible. PermaPlate can help you do that. 

General Motors and OnStar Collect Valuable Data to Serve Customers

driverGeneral Motors and OnStar have been collecting customer data for decades. All of the data collected is analyzed and used to better serve their faithful customers.

OnStar is constantly developing new programs and software. In fact, they typically file for a new patent every six days. OnStar uses advanced technology to communicate with customers, increasing the number of direct interactions they have with their customers. OnStar has 5 million conversations each month with their North American customers.

OnStar recently achieved a major accomplishment when they became accredited at the same level as a 911 advisor. OnStar employees are able to start providing medical support in the event of an accident or emergency situation while emergency responders travel to the scene. OnStar has developed relationships with 911 call centers nationwide and have priority lines at about 75% of them.

OnStar has also been monitoring weather activity nationwide and researching how to best communicate weather threats to their customers. OnStar is hoping that they will soon be able to alert drivers about potential weather threats. If a tornado was nearing the location of your OnStar equipped vehicle, you will be notified that you are in a county with an active emergency weather warning.

OnStar’s command center is full of flashing lights, packed excel documents, and bustling employees. All of the lights and numbers serve a purpose to the employees looking at them. Employees are collecting data on the number of people on the road, how many miles those people are driving, and how many calls are coming through at the same time. They collect this data to identify their busiest times so they know how many advisors need to be scheduled during certain hours. Certain flashing lights mean an airbag has been activated and other flashing lights mean that someone needs directions; OnStar employees are quick to know the difference.

As more companies work to develop improved and innovative technology, many of them look to OnStar as a source of inspiration.

Gear Up Your Car for Winter Weather

For much of the United States East Coast, winter weather has arrived. In fact, a lot of the East Coast had their first measurable snow fall today. Winter can take a toll on cars and it’s important to know how to protect them before you have to brush those six inches of snow off.

Tire Check
If you live in an area that gets a significant amount of snowfall, it’s important to have winter tires put on your car before the snow settles in. Tires do a lot of the work when it comes to winter driving and if you upkeep your tires, you can get a lot more mileage out of them. Many people do choose to go with all-season tires to cover all of their bases but winter tires have incredible snow traction. If you find yourself crossing slippery intersections and icy bridges often, snow tires are a good idea.

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Make sure all fluids in your car are full. In the winter, we tend to use a lot more windshield wiper fluid because our windshield is dirty from the dirt, slush, and snow. Before winter weather begins, check your windshield wiper fluid to make sure it is full. You should also be checking your coolant in preparation for winter. If your coolant is low or it’s getting old, your car will not heat properly.

Swipe Your Wipers
Our windshield wipers get a good workout in the winter as they work to clean off snow, rain, sleet, and everything in between. If you’ve felt like your windshield wipers have not been giving you a clear view in recent months, you should replace them before it snows. Wipers should be replaced every six to twelve months. The winter takes a toll on our windshield wipers and we can’t risk them not working when we are in the middle of a snowstorm.

Seek Service
It is never a bad idea to get your car checked out by your mechanic before the winter begins. They can do a thorough inspection of your car and inform you of what you might need to replace before winter starts. Many car shops will offer inspection deals in the fall and early winter months, some even will do them for free. Call your mechanic and ask what it would cost for them to take a look at your car to prepare it for winter.

Can You Salvage Your Flooded Car?

Hurricane Matthew resulted in devastating damage in the Caribbean and the United Sates.  It washed away whatever stood in its path, destroying homes, lives, and of course, many cars. As the world recovers from the impact that Hurricane Matthew made, many people are left with flooded cars wondering what to do with them.
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It is important to have a professional look at your vehicle after water damage has occurred. If the car was in a garage, water damage could be minimal depending on how the garage withstood the storm. But if your vehicle experiences serious water damage, you should not attempt to drive the car or turn the car on. If the fuel or oil have been exposed to water, turning the car on will make the damage worse or make the car unrepairable. The best thing you can do is tow the car to a mechanic and let them decide if it should be turned on.

After water damage occurs, you can attempt to dry out the car. Get as much water and mud out of the car as possible with rags, buckets, or wet vacuums. Getting the water out will help you to avoid mold, corrosion and stains. You should also try and figure out how deep the water was and how far up the car it reached. If you believe water reached your dashboard, the car is likely not salvageable.

If water has reached either end of the dipstick, the oil will need to be changed before attempting to turn the car on. If the water was muddy, you should remove the oil pan and wash it off. Muddy water can easily get through engine seals in just a few hours. It is important to inspect the car the best you can to establish where what type of water got through.

Not all cars that face floods are lost causes. Some cars can be salvaged and some cars cannot, it usually depends on how deep the water was within the car. The best thing you can do is tow the car to a mechanic and get a professional opinion.

Cars May Eventually Monitor Your Health

Technology has changed many of the items we use every day including phones, watches, computers, and cars. From watches that tell us our heart rate to bracelets that monitor our every step, monitoring our health has become a focus of changing technology. Our cars may eventually monitor our health as well and the majority of the software is already developed but has not been put on the market yet.

The overall concept of cars monitoring our health could be considered old news. Ford developed a Wi-Fi several years ago that made cars able to measure allergies, asthma, and diabete42210307 - concept illustrating on the road the wellness and good healths. With pollution becoming a growing concern every year, the car could also indicate the status of the air quality outside. If you fall asleep at the wheel, the technology could detect your exhaustion. In an emergency, the car could even contact paramedics. These cars could eventually be able to measure heart rate, mood, and stress level as well among many other things. For instance, if you have a high stress level and are listening to music that might contribute to it, the car could change the music to improve your mood.

Ford does have the patent on the technology that would monitor a driver’s health from a car and has for a few years. It was developed when it became known that people don’t monitor their health. People would have the option to share the data with their healthcare providers. If they do grant permission, the healthcare results would be sent wirelessly from the car. Health care professionals see this technology as an advantage.

Some people do consider the idea of your car measuring your health too invasive while others see it as a proactive way to take ownership of their personal well-being. Your car could eventually have an ongoing record of your health making a yearly checkup less relevant. This technology could also make it easier for you and your doctor to track your health and wellness. There are always advantages and disadvantages to changing technology and people have differing opinions on this concept.

Why People Still Love Antique Automobiles

People love Classic CarsPeople have been driving automobiles since the twentieth century. The world has watched cars evolve from man-made machines to becoming machine made.  Automobiles are now faster, cheaper, and more economical than they have ever been. With each year, automobiles rapidly improve and we find ourselves intrigued by safety features and touchscreen radios. However, when we see an antique automobile drive down the road, we turn our head to stare.

Antique automobiles manage to turn heads for several reasons. The shapes of old automobiles are atheistically pleasing to us, their sharp edges and curved lines are refreshing. When antique automobiles were being designed, they were sketched by hand. Computer software did not determine the shape of antique automobiles, people did. Automobiles now are designed to be safe and secure which is a great advantage to modern technology but they lack character. However, because of that, many current cars have a similar shape and appearance and few of them stand out.

Cars are now mass produced using computers, machines, and robots to meet efficiency and safety standards. Factories have specific standards that need to be met on every automobile. Automobiles have an electronic focus such as electronic steering and an electronic clutch. Automobiles used to be created manually to some extent, with tools and human hands.  Antique automobiles were often made with thousands of individual parts made to function as a unit. Many people loved driving antique automobiles because they are able to work on the engines and customize them to their preferences. They could step on the gas pedal and feel a rumble beneath their foot.
Antique automobiles also have stories. People can talk about where they came from, where they’ve been, and how old they are. They can tell you if they pride themselves on the fact that they preserved the original color. Antique automobiles are filled with memories of first dates and family vacations, making them nostalgic for many people. If you purchase an antique automobile, it can be a bit of a gamble. You don’t necessarily know how much refinishing and refurbishing you’ll have to do but it’s a game that many people love to play.

Owning an antique automobile is an investment that many automobile enthusiasts find well worth it. Do you own any antique automobiles? Does your antique automobile have a story? We would love to hear it. Share it with PermaPlate in the comments below.

Families Purchasing Vehicles Want More Space

Family VehicleMany families desire a large vehicle that is big enough for the whole family. Although safety is a huge priority for families, space has been the biggest factor when purchasing a vehicle in recent months. Families with several children prefer minivans and SUVs, increasing the demand for larger vehicles.

Gas, for many years, was a large reason that people opted into smaller vehicles because gas was too expensive to fill a large gas tank. People had to purchase smaller cars in order to be able to fill the tank as needed. With gas now hovering consistently around $2.00 or less, people are now able to afford a larger vehicle which has them choosing minivans and SUVs.

The SUV has certainly taken off in recent years and sales are up 8% within the past year. SUVs are no longer seen as “large cars” but an extremely practical option. Families are eager for more space and an SUV has that. The minivan also used to get a bad reputation and was not desired by families for several years. People did not find them visually appealing. However, the minivan is back in style as well. In the past year, sales of minivans have gone up 19.4%. With screens that come down from the ceiling and the ability to control your own air conditioning, minivans sales are at an all-time high because they are comfortable and spacious.

The amount of “extras” that come along with vehicles now is continuously evolving. From touchscreen navigation, rearview cameras, USB plugs, and three-zone climate controls, families can essentially live in their vehicles. Between daily commutes to work and constant trips to school, families need space. In fact, many vehicle owners have said that they would leave all of the extras on their vehicle behind as long as it still has the space they desire.

Parents spend almost every week day driving their kids back and forth to school events such as sports, concerts, drama club, and rehearsal, not to mention what children are involved in outside of school. With families spending so much time in their car, it’s clear why space is a big desire. With family dinners frequently happening within the four walls of their vehicle, parents prefer a larger vehicle.

If you’re shopping for a new car in the near future for your family, PermaPlate can help you enjoy that car with confidence by protecting the interior and exterior of your vehicle. With your children piling in and out, you’ll likely need it!

Earn Income by Renting Your Car to Strangers

In Europe and the United States, many carpooling services are adding a peer-to-peer car rental option. People can now rent out their car to strangers that might need a car to use because they are traveling or they are having car issues. The people that rent out their cars make money from the rental which can help cover the cost of owning and maintaining their own car.

To rent a car on a “peer-to-peer” basis in Europe, it is about $30 a day. In the U.S., it is roughly $60 for ten hours. The type of car you are renting determines the price so luxury cars can command a higher price. You can also charge a long-term fee if the person is renting for several days to a week instead of a daily or hourly rate. People who own two cars especially find this to be a good option because they don’t always need to drive their second car but they do need the money to care for it.

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In Austria, Belgium, Germany, and Spain about 38,000 cars are listed for rent with one million registered users searching for a car to rent. The United Sates has several thousand cars listed as of now. It is believed that this concept will be worth billions by 2024 because it is faster, cheaper, and more convenient for people searching.

This concept has only grown since it was originally started and it is still taking off. Before registering your car as an available rental, make sure your car is meeting all of the standards of a safe, well-maintained car.

Permaplate provides a range of automotive protection programs, ranging from theft protection to paint protection film. Consider taking advantage of these protections for your car if you choose to participate in a peer-to-peer rental option.

Protecting Your Vehicle During Hurricane Season

Weather is unpredictable, and although
we take precautions to protect Hurricane1ourselves and our homes from severe weather threats, we should be protecting our car as well. Hurricane season has picked up in the United States and several parts of the world, bringing heavy rain and strong winds, but there are precautions you can take to protect your car from the threat of severe storms.

Cover Your Vehicle

Covering your vehicle is a simple yet proven way to protect it in a hurricane. Whether your car is parked inside a garage or outside, covering it will help protect it. Use a waterproof tarp, or a padded tarp for extra protection, to protect the car from falling debris, drywall, branches, and more. This can prevent dents, scratches, and other forms of impact. If your car is parked in a garage, be sure to take anything down that might be hanging on the walls that could hit the car such as bikes.

Secure Documentation

Cars come with a lot of paperwork from titles, registration, and insurance. Secure all documents relating to your vehicle in a sealed bag in a locked waterproof and fireproof safe. If you don’t have one and live in an area affected by severe weather, it’s worth purchasing one. Make copies of your documents and your car keys and mail to a family member out of the eye of the storm to have incase yours are washed away. Be sure to understand your insurance policies to see if your car is protected from severe weather.

Take Pictures

Insurance will want to see documentation of what your vehicle was before the storm hit. Take extensive pictures of the interior of your car along with the outside of your car. This will give you pictures to show insurance exactly what damaged occurred. These pictures will help you gain the most back from your insurance if your car is damaged in the hurricane.

Park Safely

Ideally, your car would be parked in a garage to protect it from the outside elements. If you do not have a garage, park on the highest ground possible. By parking on higher ground, you are less likely to run into flooding which could wash your car away. If you can park by a large building, the structure can protect your call from high winds, trees, and power lines.

Fill Gas Tank

Car3Before the hurricane hits, be sure to go out and fill your gas tank. If possible, fill a gas can to go as well. Even if you are not driving your car to evacuate, it is important that your car has gas before the storm begins. If you lose power in the house, you can use your car to charge your phone or run the heat or air conditioner if you need to sleep in it when the storm passes if your house suffers damages. If you do need to evacuate on short notice, you may not have time to go get gas.

Check out our blog for more automotive news.

Self-Driving Cars are Real But They Are Not Yet a Reality

Self-driving vehicles are being developed and tweaked every day, and although a human could never safely get into one today, we might find ourselves in one eventually.

Congested traffic is a nightmare that people despise.  It is believed traffic jams are frequently caused by poor driver reaction times. Human beings are slow to react to traffic when it is stop and go, which causes slowdowns and standstill traffic. Self-driving cars would have advanced abilities to reduce the occurrence of traffic jams. In fact, they are being designed with this feature in mind. However, self-driving vehicles cannot safely transport humans at this point.

Not one self-driving vehicle to date can be operated without a human behind the wheel to adjust the vehicle when something goes wrong, 52661010 - driverless self driving car technology concept. side profile young handsome man using laptop computer while driving a carwhich obviously does not make it self-driving. Currently, self-driving cars can only get so far before they face an issue they do not know how to respond to. Certain cars, such as Mercedes for instance, cannot operate in self-driving mode for long before they require human hands on the wheel. Most self-driving cars are still experiencing autopilot crashes as well thus making them unsafe for human passengers.

In order for self-driving cars to work, vehicle-to-vehicle communication must work, which essentially means cars within a hundred meters of each other will be able to communicate their speed, position, brake status, and more to each other. Vehicle-to-infrastructure would also have to work, which means infrastructures around the road would gather information on traffic and suggest certain behaviors on certain traffic.

Self-driving vehicles are certainly far off in the future, but it could, and likely will, one day happen. We may be able to drive distracted in the future while remaining safe but for now, your full attention is required.

Mitsubishi EVO Production Coming To An End

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has been around for nearly the last decade, but Mitsubishi has announced it’s time to say goodbye to the high-performance vehicle.

A Dramatic Send-Off

The Mitsubishi company has stated there will be no replacement for the car, however, it’s not going out without a bang. The 1600th Final Edition will be auctioned off on eBay by Mitsubishi Motors North America and the proceeds given to charity. While many are disappointed by the end of its production, fans may not necessarily be surprised by the news, as the Evo was canceled in several other markets across the globe.

The Final Edition

Mitsubishi EVO Production While the Final Edition vehicle resembles the debut Evo with its manual transmission, the tenth-generation vehicle has added trim upgrades, sleek wheels, and better suspension. The 1600 limited-edition vehicles were designed with a numbered interior plaque that marks its place in history. Car and Driver’s speed tests of the Evo indicate the all-wheel drive vehicle can reach 60 miles an hour in 4.4 seconds and 104 miles an hour in 13.3 seconds. While this shows that the 303 horsepower vehicle isn’t shabby in terms of speed, drivers can’t ignore the fact the technology is a decade old. The lack of updates is considered part of the vehicle’s downfall.

An Auction to Remember

The Final Edition car, referred to as US1600 by Mitsubishi, will be shown on eBay Motors subsite for a week. Proceeds from the sale of the car will go to two foodbanks, Feeding America Riverside of San Bernardino and Second Harvest Food Bank, which serves Orange County. The final Evo is sure to fetch a premium price, but is expected to have a turnout of Evo fans who are willing to pay whatever price it takes to own the limited-edition vehicle.