Caution: Don’t Settle Your ATV Accident Claim Too Quickly

While ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles) have a reputation for being unwieldy and dangerous, it is also an opportunity for a lot of fun. Being properly instructed in how to care for and operate the ATV can make all the difference between having great outdoor fun, or a tragic accident. It’s all too common to hear about a terrible accident with adults and children who have been seriously injured or killed riding these vehicles. People don’t keep in mind that like any other type of vehicle, an ATV can be dangerous. You need to learn how to operate one in much the same way as a car, sports utility vehicle, motorcycle or truck. People don’t just buy a car or other vehicle and expect to take it out and drive it fast and still be safe. They take instruction, pass a test, and practice, practice practice. Unfortunately, this is not always the case when talking about an All Terrain Vehicle.

What can you do if you or your children want to be involved in this fun sport? Learn the right way to operate your vehicle, and learn the laws regarding what you can do and cannot do. Most accidents which involve an ATV are due to the vehicle being used improperly, or by ignorance on the part of the rider. While there are no guarantees for safety, taking sound precautions in operating them will help to minimize the risk of an ATV accident.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, no one under the age of 16 should be allowed to operate a full sized ATV. This is one of the reasons that many manufacturers are producing ones that have less powerful engines, which are easier for a child to control. Also, before any child is allowed to ride an ATV they must be made aware of the correct rules and procedures for operating such vehicles. There are many training courses available which will teach the correct procedures for driving and how to handle any problems which may come up. Children and ATVs can have a great time, or be a great danger. Education is the key.

If you have been involved in an ATV accident, use caution before reaching a claim settlement agreement with the insurance company. Do you really know the cause of the All Terrain Vehicle accident? You may think you do, but many accidents are caused by improperly functioning elements of the vehicle. This is certainly a case where you would want to consult with an ATV lawyer who has both the experience with actual cases, and with knowledge of how to use and operate the vehicles themselves.

Nissan 300ZX Cold Air Intakes

So your next drag race competition, car show or drift competition is coming up you want to add something new to your already impressive 300ZX. You already have a lot of horsepower, but then again, you can never have too much horse power, and your engine styling has added nice touch to your already immaculate Fairlady Z…but there is still something missing. After a little investigative work, you realize that one of the best performance parts that you can add to your ZX that will increase your horsepower and give your engine that sexier look you are seeking is a cold air intake system.

Air intake systems were first available in the automotive market in the 1980s, but were relatively limited in the types of materials that they came in. However, within 10 years, manufacturers had produced air intakes and their accessories in new materials, such as, heat resistant plastics, in an effort to give consumers more variety. These heat resistant plastics are available in a variety of colors that give the Z owner a personal touch to the customization of their car, along with increased horsepower. In short, manufacturers found a way to satisfy the two biggest desires of a 300ZX owner, increase horsepower and improve looks.

Manufacturers such as MimoUSA, Greddy and Weapon R have designed their cold air intake systems around a theory of the mass of colder air as opposed to warm air. These intake systems work by increasing the quantity of oxygen that is offered for ignition with fuel. By introducing cooler air into the engine, the system creates an environment in which the engine has the ability to run cooler, thereby increasing horsepower. There are five dominant strategies that manufacturers use when they design an air intake system:

1. Magnify the period of the air intake.

2. Leveling the center of the intake.

3. Supply the most direct course to the intake.

4. Amend the distance end to end of the intake.

5. Utilization of more adept, less restraining air filters.

When shopping for an air intake system, air shields, or filters, the 300ZX owner has a lot of choices. They can use a nation-wide chain that will sell them their “name brand” that was made who-knows-where by someone that could care less about their Z, they can find someone who knows nothing about cold air intakes selling them on some auction site or they can buy their air intake system and accessories from someone they trust to carry high-quality name brands that will out-last the “store brand” every single time. It comes down to simple buyer awareness. When purchasing performance parts and accessories for your 300ZX, you have to know what you are getting! The possibly of buying a product that is not designed for your car is very real, and can cause serious damage to your vehicle.

However, when you buy from a reputable, authorized dealer of brands that you know and trust, such as Greddy, Weapon R’s Secret Weapon, MimoUSA and Injen, then you know that you are protected, and that you are providing your 300 with the best possible parts. With the cost of living increasing rapidly, we often seek what appears to be the cheapest route. For example, you may find that the cold air intakes and filters that you are looking for appear to be cheaper somewhere other than where you typically find your aftermarket parts and accessories, but when the cost of shipping is added in, the price skyrockets to well above what you would have paid. So now, not only have you paid more, but you also don’t have the comfort of dealing with someone you know or the brands that you trust.

Volkswagen Golf GTI: Sporting Icon Zooms In With Top Notch VW Performance Parts

The 2005 Volkswagen GTI is a 2-door, 5-passenger sports coupe, available in two trims, the 1.8T and the VR6. The new GTI boasts a top speed of 145mph and will hit 62mph from rest in just 7.2 seconds on the six-speed manual version combining for the first time FSI technology with a turbo charger. This unique combination also gives the added benefit of excellent fuel consumption for a hot hatch, averaging 35mpg.

The Golf is available in four models: GL and GLS in two door or four door configurations. Both trims can be equipped with either a 1.9L 100 horsepower turbo diesel engine or a 2.0L 115 horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. Available options on all models include an OnStar Telematics Communication System, electronic stability traction control, and port-installed six-disc compact disc changer and front and rear mudguards. The Cold Weather Package, available only on GLS models only, includes heated front seats and windshield washer nozzles. A Monsoon sound system comes standard on the all GLS model.

Overall length increases by 2.3 inches, it’s wider by one inch and it’s taller by 1.5 inches. Underneath the sheet metal is an all-new suspension with a strut-type front and multilink rear layout combined with electromechanical steering.

The GTI is powered by a turbo charged version of the 2.0 litre petrol engine first seen in the Audi A3 Sportback. It has six-speed manual gearbox or the DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) clutchless sequential shift set-up.

It has 80 percent increases in torsional rigidity and a 200-horsepower turbocharged version of the 2.0-liter engine. It also develops exactly twice the torque of the original 1.6-litre Mk1 GTI’s engine.

Other features include stability control, power lumbar seat adjustment, automatic climate control and a navigation system, a honeycomb grill, unique bumpers, roof spoiler, twin exhausts, 17-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers, GTi badging, some more features include unique bumpers, twin exhaust pipes, black sills and red brake calipers.

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Stars Shine Down on Toyota ‘Green Cars’

Toyota, the second largest automaker around the globe, is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the recently held Environmental Media Awards. The latter is a prestigious event aimed at promoting awareness of environment issues. The gala event displayed a powerhouse of stars and celebrities from film, music and television.

Previous honorees of Environmental Awards include Daryl Hannah, Cameron Diaz, Edward Norton, and programs like The Simpsons, Grey’s Anatomy, and Lilo & Stitch. “Entertainment is a potent vehicle for raising awareness of environmental issues,” said Dian Ogilvie, senior vice president and chief environmental officer of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “The creative teams who are honored with an Environmental Media Award are inspiring people to think and act in ways that benefit our planet.”

Toyota is the world’s leader in hybrid technology. It has unleashed several hybrid cars to help reduce air pollution. Toyota and its other division called Lexus, offered five hybrids in the United States. These hybrids are for the SUV, midsized sedan, and sports car segments. To sum it up, Toyota hybrid vehicles contribute in saving more than 150 gallons of gas in the United States. Moreover, it has avoided over 3 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

Toyota hybrid sales are led by Prius, which has a total of 500,000 worldwide sales in April. For 2006, Toyota is expected to sell more than 100,000 Prius in the U.S. Toyota Prius accessories amp performance parts are now enhanced to boost its new feature dubbed as Hybrid Synergy Drive.

Hybrid Synergy Drive is also integrated in the hybrid version for Toyota Highlander OEM parts. The crossover SUV hybrid with said feature was first introduced at the North American International Show in 2004.

The third hybrid in Toyota’s lineup is Camry Hybrid. The hybrid version for the automaker’s sedan was introduced for the model year 2007 in May 2006. Auto parts for Toyota Camry hybrid uses 4-cylinder gasoline engine with electric motors to generate a peak of 187 horsepower. Camry Hybrid is also equipped with Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive.

The Highlander and Camry hybrids are 70 percent cleaner for smog-forming emissions compared to other average new vehicles of today. “Worldwide, Toyota plans to offer hybrid engines in many of our products and we’ve set a goal of one million hybrids by 2010,” said Dian Ogilvie. “We’ve made a very big commitment to this technology because it gives people a way to drive what they want, but produce fewer emissions and get higher fuel mileage at the same time.”