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Top 5 Upgrades You Can do to Your Ride

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Top 5 Upgrades You Can do to Your Ride

So you want to pimp your ride but you are sure where to begin or where is the best place to spend some money on your car.  Some upgrades are hella expensive while others you can easily do yourself to make your ride look good.  Here are some modifications that won’t break the bank that you can do to your car to make it look and perform better.

Upgrade the Wheels

Change out the rims on your car for alloy wheels or sport rims.  Your car is going to look fantastic with a new set of sport alloy wheels that are shiny and bigger than what came straight off the assembly line.  New rims or wheels can get pricey so shop around online and locally for a good deal.  Performance tires are also going to look good, here are some ideas for new wheels.

A New Sound System

The factory sound system that comes with your car has gotten better over the years but they are still mediocre at best.  There is no way it is going to come with bass powerful enough to shake the filling from your teeth.  For that you are going to have to put together your own sound system with a custom install.  You want a really good head unit and a kicking set of speakers.  The price can get out of control pretty quickly but you should be able to get something for under $2,000.

New Lights

The first thing anyone will notice about your car at night is the lights.  Not only can they make the road easier to see, but your car can look cool at the same time.  You don’t have to spend a fortune but grab some white LEDs and you’re ready to go.

Car Body Kit

This is one of the first things you are going to want to grab when you customize your car.  The right body kit doesn’t only look good but it can stabilize the car when you’re on the highway.  Don’t forget the speed limit, tickets are expensive.

Change the Muffler

There is nothing like hearing the growl of your engine, all good sports cars have big loud mufflers.  However if you can’t afford to redo your whole exhaust system you can just change the muffler tips.  If it is performance that you are after then go big and upgrade from the manifold to the muffler.

There you have it, everything you need to pimp your ride.


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Are We Ready for Self Driving Cars?

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Are We Ready for Self Driving Cars?

Self-driving cars are the latest big thing to hit the automotive industry and there are plenty of companies that are trying to bring this technology to market.  Up until the last couple of years the idea of self-driving cars was only to be found in science fiction, but today we are actually testing the technology.  Are we ready for self-driving cars or will that take the fun out of driving?  Yes, we are ready for this technology to become mainstream and here’s why.

Reducing the Number of Accidents

 

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More than 90% of accidents on our roads are caused by human error, most of them being driver distraction.  That can include everything from screaming kids in the backseat to texting while driving, getting distracted is easier than you think.  Self-driving cars don’t get distracted, they make fewer errors and they can process information a lot faster than you.  These cars take in information from cameras, sensors and other cars on the road allowing them to react much faster to what is happening on the roads, avoiding accidents.

Always Having a Designated Driver

Self-driving cars could totally eliminate drunk driving.  No longer would you have to worry about how much you drank, or whether there is a designated driver.  You don’t have to worry about finding a very expensive cab back home after a celebration.  Which bring us to the next point.

Cheaper Transportation

If you use services like taxis, Uber or Lyft on a regular basis then you know it can cost a pretty penny, especially if you live in a city like New York where owning a car isn’t always practical.  If a cab company could have a self-driving fleet it would cut their operating costs significantly that in turn leads to better priced fares for the consumer.

Productive Commutes

You’re busy and so is everyone around you.  Your daily commute can take up to 14 hours of you time each and every week.  This is time where you are doing nothing.  If you had a self-driving car you could have breakfast, read, do some actual work or even have a nap.  Anything but going through the frustration of being caught in yet another traffic jam.

These are just some of the reasons that the world is ready for self-driving cars, but no matter how many ticks there are in the plus column there will be some that are afraid of the technology.  There were probably the same fears when we moved away from the horse and buggy.  Give it a try before you knock the technology.