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Car Amplifier Basics You Must Know

All those who have an amplifier installed in their car will agree that having it is indeed great since it helps in enhancing the overall music listening experience. Car amplifiers are quite common in many cars nowadays. Here are some basic information and tips which could help you getting a good amplifier for your car.

Majority of you out there will agree that without a high quality amplifier, even a new car audio system will not provide the highest quality sound which you can achieve from a amplifier for cars. Another important thing to keep in mind is that you should always look for an amplifier which can be supported by your car battery. It is because of the fact that the car amplifier derives its power from the battery. If the battery could not support it, your car might face many issues.

It is recommended that you place your extra amplifier away from the radio and other gadgets which produce electricity since the heat generated by the car amplifier can cause damage to the electronic items. Hence those who would like to install a huge size amplifier for their car should place it at the back or at the trunk. These days the latest models of amplifiers are accommodated with ridges on its surface like a radiator and it helps in keeping this instrument comparatively cool.

While purchasing an amplifier for your car it is important that you check the minimum and maximum amount of energy that it tends to release so that you have an idea and backup plan in case you require extra source of energy for your car amplifier. Other than the features, it is also important to read opinions and recommendations from users. Websites such as Amazon allows people to post their feedbacks and rate the products. Forums are also good place to read and ask for recommendations.

Another important thing is to keep in mind is your car model and the type of amplifier which will be best suitable for your car. There has been lot of instances where the car owners buy the amplifier and it turns out to be incompatible with the car’s capacity to sustain and which in turn leads to the malfunction of the car amplifier as well as the car. In fact some car owners even prefer going for personalized car amplifiers when the design and the model which they are looking for are not available.

Do You Have Plastic Shopping Bags In Front Of The Radiator?

I went out to the mailbox one morning to mail a letter.

I noticed the local sanitation truck losing several plastic Wal-Mart shopping bags.

About an hour later this guy pulls up to the shop.

His car was running hot…steam was coming from underneath

the hood.

The temperature was 110o in the shade and the humidity was

so heavy you had to have a machete just to walk around

outside…well, maybe not that thick, but it was heavy.

We raised the hood on his Thunder Chicken. “Even Ford’s

get hot in this kind of weather,” I stated.

The engine had cooled down, some, so I removed the cap from the radiator…

it was just barely low of coolant.

I told him to crank the engine and I put some water in it,

then we’d look for a leak.

As I was spraying water on top of the radiator to cool it,

I noticed a blue plastic bag, in front of the a/c condenser.

I showed it to him.

“There’s probably the reason she heated up,” I told him as I pointed to it.

“I was following a garbage truck earlier,” he said, “but

I passed him cause some trash was falling out.”

“Well, you helped him,” I said as I removed not one, but

three of the plastic shopping bags.

“How’s that?” he asked.

“You’ve been picking up what he was losing.”

He thanked me and said, “If she starts heating up again,

I’ll be back,” with a grin as he drove off.

I guess that cured it, cause he never came back.

English Measure Adjectives For the Instructor of Advanced ESL Students

1) This unit introduces the student to seven English adjectives that are used to describe and question linear dimensions of physical objects in space, and to state and question the age of something physical or abstract. That is, they have to do with space and time. The adjectives are long, wide, deep, thick, high, tall, and old ; they occur in a specification of such a dimension, an indirect or direct question about it, or – if ellipsis is inappropriate – a brief answer to the question. Thus we can have:

A1) The table is two meters long.

A2) Tell me [how long the table is]. The bracketed matter [….] is an indirect question.

A3) How long is the table?

A4) (It’s) two meters (long).

B1) The table is three feet wide.

B2) Tell me [how wide the table is].

B3) How wide is the table?

B4) (It’s) three feet (wide).

C1) The pond is eight centimeters deep.

C2) Tell me [how deep the pond is].

C3) How deep is the pond?

C4) (It’s) eight centimeters (deep).

D1) The ice is two inches thick.

D2) Tell me [how thick the ice is].

D3) How thick is the ice?

D4) (It’s) two inches (thick).

E1) The mountain is two miles high.

E2) Tell me [how high the mountain is].

E3) How high is the mountain?

E4) (It’s) two miles ( high).

F1) The woman is two meters tall.

F2) Tell me [how tall the woman is].

F2) How tall is the woman?

F3) (She’s) two meters (tall).

G1) That guy is eighty-five years old.

G2) Tell me [how old that guy is].

G2) How old is that guy?

G3) (He’s) eighty-five (years old).

Other measure words are used in how questions, but they don’t occur in a description of, or answer about, the item questioned:

How often do you see her?

* Twice a week often.

How many are still here?

*Five bags many.

How much did that cost?

* Thirty euros much.

How big is your apartment?

* It’s five rooms big.

Long, wide, deep, thick tall, high, and old are the only adjectives in the English language that are used as I’ve indicated , and knowledge of them is essential to anyone – be (s)he six-year-old or astrophysicist – who has to function in the real physical world of an Anglophone firm or country.

2) The instructor will have noticed that when a how + adjective question is answered, the answer often consists of a noun phrase made up of a cardinal number and a noun (phrase) :

How old is she?

Two (years old).

If the class members are really advanced students of English grammar, it might be worthwhile at this juncture to point out that attributive nouns in English (especially in North America) don’t usually inflect for the plural: A factory that produces automobiles is an automobile factory, not an automobiles factory; a person who edits books is a book editor, not a books editor; a bed of flowers is a flower bed, not a flowers bed; a brush for the teeth is a tooth brush, not a teeth brush. Even when a number greater than one modifies the attributive noun, the prohibition against plural inflection for such a noun applies: a plan covering five years is a five-year plan, not a five-years plan; a girl who is two years old is a two-year-old girl, not a two-years-old girl. (Year is not the grammatical head of the modifying phrase, old is, but year is a noun that is part of a phrase modifying the noun girl, so non-inflection still obtains.)

The students should be told that age is specified either with a simple cardinal number or with such a number followed by the phrase year(s) old; years old is usually ellipted because we know that the age of someone at least two years old is always described in terms of years..

She’s five years old

She’s five

But never

She’s five years or

She’s five old.

If year(s) is used, so must old be; if old is used, it must be preceded by year(s) [or, when appropriate, day(s) or month(s)].

And the instructor will of course add that human beings are tall or short, never high or low.

3) The instructor will also have noticed that the word used after how inquires about the position of something on a scale, and that the word itself is also the one used to indicate the position at the high, or farther, end of that scale. We say, not How young is the baby? but How old is the baby? ; How deep is the lake? not How shallow is the lake?; How long is the pole? not How short is the pole? Bring this feature of English to the students’ attention.

4) The questions in Par. 1) are complex, in that they require inversion of the subject and the (first) auxiliary and they also require the fronting of the sentence component that how constitutes or is part of. A lot of ESL texts that touch on such areas delay teaching them until the students are fairly well advanced, but a mother talking to (i.e. teaching) her baby doesn’t refrain from using advanced grammatical devices, and the real world that our adult students are thrust into doesn’t, either. The teacher might accordingly try introducing them early rather than late in the course.

5) The lesson(s) can be quite simple and straightforward. All that’s needed is a ruler or tape measure and a table or desk for length, width, and thickness; a container (cup, can ) for depth; the ceiling or a person for height (tall/high) ; and almost anything (town, building, person) for age. (My experience suggests that nouns used in linear space measurement – length, width, depth, height, etc. – should probably be saved, if possible, for another lesson, as should long and length as time- measure words) . These measure questions are pretty hard for learners, not because of the concept of dimension in space and time but because of the rather complex grammar of the English question system.

Begin the lesson with an order, and then a question, about the dimension you’re interested in:

Tell me how long that table is.

How long is that table?

This provides practice with direct and indirect questions {some grammarians call the indirect question a nominal relative clause}. When you get an answer – any kind of answer – model the correct appropriate response, both full and elliptical:

The table is five feet long.

(It’s) five feet.

Make every student measure and express all seven of these dimensions in both the English and the metric system. (Almost all rulers and tapes now sold in North America are marked for both systems.) I think you’ll find that the students have fun doing this – there are always lots of good-natured insults and deliberately confusing suggestions.

6) The instructor should always be aware of every device he or she is presenting. In this unit, the student is exposed to

a) The interesting syntax and semantics of the seven unique measure adjectives.

b) The inversion, in questions, of the subject and operator. (The operator is the auxiliary verb, or the first auxiliary if there’s more than one in the verb phrase.)

c) The fronting of how and the rest of the clause component it’s part of: How deep is the ocean?

7) In their deservedly famous Side by Side series, Steve Molinsky and Bill Bliss used a dialogue featuring a wh- word questioning the identity of a subject complement (What is your name?) and one questioning the identity of a prepositional complement (Where are you from?) in the very first lesson of the first volume of the series. It makes sense to start off this way for the reason stated in Par. 4): It’s the way people really talk.

By Hal Niergarth

Waterless Car Cleaners: How to Get the Best Results

Let’s face it. We lead busy lives and few of us have the time to wash and wax our vehicles on a regular basis. Nevertheless, we want to keep our cars looking as good as possible. One convenient way to accomplish this feat is through the use of waterless car cleaners, which also help to conserve water and protect the environment.

Waterless auto cleaning products that wash and wax your car at the same time allow you to keep your vehicle clean, shiny, and protected without the fuss. The whole process only takes around 30 minutes, and it’s possible to achieve amazing results with minimal effort. Below are some tips that will help you make the most of these products.

Do Not Use Them on Excessively Dirty Cars

For the best results, do not use waterless wash and wax on excessively dirty cars. These products perform the best on cars with light to moderate dirt. If the surface of your car is caked with dirt, rinse it off first.

Shake the Can Well

To maximize the results of waterless car cleaners, shake the can well before applying it to your vehicle. In addition, if you have sensitive skin, wear rubber gloves when you wash your car to protect your skin and prevent it from becoming irritated.

Spray One Section at a Time

Whatever brand you use, be sure to spray a light coating on one small section of your vehicle at a time, so the formula coats the surface of your vehicle evenly. Moreover, hold the can 6-12 inches away from the surface of your car. To remove scuff marks, tree sap, road tar, or bugs, spray a heavier coating of the wash and wax onto your car and let it soak for a few minutes before removing it with a terry cloth.

Use a 100% Cotton Terry Cloth

Once you spray the formula onto the surface of your vehicle and let it sit for a bit, use an absorbent, 100% cotton terry cloth to rub it in a circular motion and spread it evenly, so it picks up loosened dirt. For the best results, change the cloths regularly, so they don’t get too dirty or too wet.

Use a Microfiber Cloth to Buff Your Vehicle

Use a microfiber cloth to buff the wax haze that remains and bring out a high gloss shine. Once you finish buffing the entire painted surface of your vehicle, you can use the excess product on the terry cloth to wipe down your vehicle’s windows and rims.

The shine and protective finish that waterless car cleaners leave on your vehicle bead water for several months. For optimal results, however, you should apply waterless wash at least once a month. Cleaning your car on a regular basis will keep it in tip-top shape because it will remove harmful elements that corrode the paint while sealing it with a protective coating. Fortunately, cleaning your car with a waterless product is far quicker and easier than traditional washing and waxing, so the process of maintaining your vehicle’s good looks won’t take away hours of your precious time.

What Is Geofencing and How Is It Used for IVMS?

Geofencing is a technology that defines a virtual boundary around a real-world geographical area. A geofence can be dynamically generated-as in a radius around a mine site or office, or a geofence can be a predefined set of boundaries (i.e. school zones or neighbourhood boundaries).

Geofencing is an integral part of In Vehicle Management System (IVMS) (also known as GPS tracking or Telematics) hardware and software. It allows system users to draw zones around places of work, client sites and high risk, dangerous or secure areas. Geofencing can be a valuable tool. Examples of situations where it may be utilised include:

  • Formally mark ‘no-go’ zones
    Example: Could be used to ensure employees avoid construction zones or environmentally protected areas.
  • Create speed awareness
    Example: Speed limits can be associated with certain areas such as a school zone or worksite.
  • Record entry, exit and duration within certain zone
    Example: May be used to verify that driver routes are followed or that certain KPIs are met.
  • Block high risk/dangerous areas
    Example: Aids employees in avoiding unsafe areas such as a train line or explosive area at a mine site.
  • Theft Prevention Tool
    Example: When a car is parked with the ignition off, it can be programmed to put up a geofence. Should the vehicle move from that geofence the user or operator will be notified.

Notification Integration Options

There are many ways that geofence-related notifications can be incorporated into an IVMS system.

  • Events and notifications can be programmed to be automatically sent via email or SMS to multiple parties. Various criteria can be set up (i.e. when an employee enters or exits a certain area a notification is sent to the operations manager, or if a no-go zone is breached, management is notified)
  • IVMS can be connected to trigger an audible or visible warning in-cab to create driver awareness (i.e. if a driver enters a high risk area, they will be warned with a flashing light or buzzer)
  • In high risk areas IVMS can be programmed to report more often for added safety and security

Electronic notifications usually includes the time, date and location that the virtual boundary was crossed, allowing for an immediate investigation or response to the situation.

Geofencing Benefits

Aside from just being a way to track activity within a specific geographical location, geofencing is a powerful tool for:

  • Improving driver safety and awareness
  • Establishing driver accountability
  • Streamlining daily operations
  • Increasing overall company productivity
  • Tracking inventory and high valued assets

Social & Economic Impacts of Advertising

In recent times, the word ‘Advertising’ has become a fiercely mooted topic. Advertising has positive as well as negative, social and economic impacts on our society. Considering advertising as a public welfare is a positive social impact whereas exposing women as a sex tool comes at the negative side. As far as economic factors are concerned, funding for the media and stimulating an active and competitive economy, are the major examples.

Assorted techniques are enforced for persuading consumers that they want the product which is being advertised. These techniques usually give attention to the benefits that would be brought to the consumers rather than focusing on the actual products. For instance, an automobile advertisement adverting the mechanical attributes of a vehicle, most likely concentrates the exhilaration, reputation and social progression it may bring to the buyer. This swarming advancement is habitually sexual, or involving the opposite gender to attract the consumers with the glamorous women/men’s fancy car.

There are various blames that advertising is causing a negative social impact on the lives. The chief unfavorable judgment for advertising is that it hales the public to buy things that they are not their real want. It is arrogated that advertising plays with emotions and encourages people to think that buying and depleting are the activities of life.

According to advertisers, they state that people are capable enough to set their mind and no one can force them to buy anything which they dislike or which they think is not a necessity. Advertisers also think that there are positive impacts of advertising on our society and culture. For example, it can be used to generate awareness among the public that which product is OK or to which they should say NO. In other words, advertising also acts as an educator in the sense that it educates people what is good and what is bad for them and puts a ceiling on the harmful products like smoking and drinking etc.

There are not only social benefits of advertising, but it also has some economic advantages. Without advertising, the media, including newspapers, television and radio would never be much strong. Advertising provides revenue for commercial mediums which would otherwise need to be funded by the actual consumer of these mediums. So, we can see a major economic infrastructure based around advertising, in which the big companies fund and subsidize the commercial media by the way of advertisements.

The major economic negative aspect of advertising is that it boosts the price of goods and services. The source of this contention is that, when organizations subsidize the mass media with advertising, we, the purchaser, subsidize advertising by compensating a grossly increased price for heavily advertised goods and services. An easy example of this is that a box of Omo washing powder generally costs around two to three dollars while the market price of the product would be seven to eight dollars. The fact behind this is that the remaining proportion goes in heavy advertising in television and print media.

So, the impact of advertising on our society is in a jumble form, depending on the functions and implementations of numerous campaigns. Our society and the marketing of products depend very badly upon advertising. The companies have become much dependent of advertising that even its negative impacts can never outweigh the many positive social and economic effects.

Is It Easier To Lease Or Buy A Car With Bad Credit?

It is going to be difficult to lease or buy a car with bad credit. Leasing a car with bad credit is out of the question, lenders won’t even consider you for a lease. If you have judgments, foreclosures, collections or repossessions on your history report, forget about getting approved for a lease. (Keep in mind there are different levels of “bad credit”). However, if you have a co-signer with good credit you could lease a vehicle. You are better off rebuilding your credit and trying to buy a car if you have really bad credit.

Now, having said that…

Leasing Possibilities

If you have lots of cash to put down as the down payment and let’s say that your credit is only a little less-than-ideal. You may be able to lease a vehicle. There are some lease programs that may work for you. Ford’s Red Carpet leasing program has been known for working with those who have lower credit score ratings.

Pull your credit report so you can see exactly what you are working with. Your FICO score is what the majority of car dealers and manufactures look at when considering you for a lease program. When you go into a dealership or talk with an auto broker, show them your score and see if they can get you approved before they run your credit score again. You are working at raising your credit score, credit checks count mildly negatively toward your rating. Once they see your score they should be able to tell you if they can get you approved or not.

Buying Options

If you don’t have a copy of your credit report, you will need to get it so you know how you score and what you are dealing with. Clean up your credit history as much as possible before going out looking for a car. Pay off any collection actions and remove any negative information that isn’t true or was put on your report in error. After paying off any collections get a letter from the creditor stating that you paid them. If you are paying them over time, get a letter each time you send a check to them.

Getting an auto loan is one of the easier loans to get if you have bad credit. This is because your loan is secured by the car. The bank is protected in the event you default on the loan. They will just come and get their car if you don’t make the payments.

You won’t necessarily get the best interest rates or be able to get the most expensive car on the lot. However, getting financing shouldn’t be a problem.

Save at least $500 or more for the down payment, unless you are going to be trading-in a car that is worth more than that. Now locate a dealer or auto-broker that works with people who have bad credit.

Choose a car that fits your budget. Once you get your loan, make all your payments on time so you can keep improving your credit score ratings.

Fun Things To Do In Your Pickup Truck Bed

Tailgating parties are a fun way to gather in a crowd, have good food, cold beer and conversation. Not only is it a good excuse for a party, it’s fun to watch sporting events, concerts or large events with a crowd of friends. Typically, the food is usual BBQ menu, yet I have been to some tailgate parties where the variety of dishes some people come up was absolutely amazing. It’s like going to the best food show ever.

Have you ever been to an autumn hay ride in a pickup truck. I remember snuggling with my wife one chilly October night during a hay ride that was offered locally. They offered hot mulled cider and donuts while we toured a huge 6 mile pumpkin patch and tree farm, and a guy played a banjo. I always thought a hay ride was on a wagon, but these guys with three pickup trucks offered this experience and it was really fun.

Another fun thing to do with your pickup truck is make money plowing snow. There’s something therapeutic about moving big piles of snow. It sure beats getting wind whipped using a snow blower. My wife would disagree because she doesn’t like the jerking of the truck during snow removal.

How about sleeping under the stars, weather permitting, of course? Or, just plain stargazing? If you are a nature lover, there’s nothing more romantic than an air mattress, a blanket, an old transistor radio, and a beautiful summer night to enjoy the outdoors and whatever happens next. For the younger generation who are wondering what the heck a transistor radio is, you would use your play list on your iPhone in place of that. Hahahahahaa

Many local communities use truck beds in parades in place of “floats.”I’ve seen everything from mayors to county fair queens waving and cheering from the back of pickup trucks.

A buddy of mine was about to propose to his girlfriend. Together we concocted this elaborate scheme and he decorated his truck bed with 4 dozen red roses, a cooler with a bottle of champagne, a picnic basket of some of her favorite foods and helium balloons. When he opened his bed cover, his girlfriend was in shock. I have to admit he created quite the picnic area to pop the question. I guess you don’t have to be proposing to do the same for someone special in your life.

Well, I hope I got you thinking about some fun things you can do with your pickup instead of the usual tasks you use it for. If you’ve done some new and adventurous things with your pickup, I’d love to hear about it (keep it clean, OK) Head on over to truckworldaccessories.com and tell me about it and I just might try it.

An Introduction to Bikes In India

Bikes have been ruling the automobile sector in India for more than 50 years now and are a favorite among young men for the look, style and speed it has. Apart for these, there are many advantages of having a bike in India. For example, it gives you the space to move in an extremely congested road. Moreover, you can use a bike to travel even on the very narrow roads with ease. Roads in India are full of bikes and while these are a passion for some, they are used for a number of practical purposes.

In the year 1955, reliable motorcycles were needed by the Indian Government suitable for its police and Army for patrolling the country’s border highways. This is when the first batch of 350cc Bullet was received and assembled in Madras (currently known as Chennai). Since then, India bikes have become the major segment in the two-wheeler industry.

Most of the leading India bike manufacturers get bike parts made in India itself. However, the latest designs and styles are quite similar to the ones which are manufactured internationally. Bikes which are made in India are especially designed for the Indian roads and have indicators that show increase mileage and maximum throttle. There are many different types of bikes that you can find on the Indian roads. You can find sports bikes, E-bikes, economy bikes and bikes that are suitable for all age groups.

You can find detailed information on different types of Indian bikes on a number of websites. With various types of bikes available on the Indian market, the two-wheeler industry has something to suit every individual’s taste. With leading bike manufacturers such as Bajaj, Hero Honda and Yamaha, the main concern is to provide comfortable and efficient bikes. You can find a lot of information about bike manufacturers, latest bikes launched and their features just be searching on the internet. Moreover, you can also compare different models along with their prices and specifications.

With a constant growth in the economy, a large number of people including women are turning to bikes. People who own cars are also purchasing bikes as it helps them move quickly on congested roads. Middle class families in India are able to afford a bike today as this option is economical, cost-effective and fuel-efficient. Manufacturers of bikes in India are in constant competition to launch the next best bike and many of them have been successful in doing so. With the introduction of innovative features and special technology, the Indian two-wheeler market potential has increased even further.

Excuses to Not Have Insurance

Have you ever wondered what goes through the minds of individuals who have a car but no car insurance? Do you ever let someone else drive your car? Have you ever wondered while driving if the person next to you has car Insurance? I think about it all the time. The truth is that there’s no real way to ever know who has insurance and who doesn’t have insurance until something drastic happens. I want to talk about some of the myths that I have heard either in person, on the radio driving or in court. Yes, I said court. You would be surprised of the responses someone gives a judge regarding not having car insurance.

One of the top excuses to not have car insurance is the mindset of not getting caught. If you have been in the car with someone without insurance you can normally tell by the way they’re driving. They are constantly looking in the mirrors, slowing down to avoid attention when they see a police car. As a car owner you should know that most states require drivers to have the states minimums for bodily injury and liability coverage to drive legally.

Another excuse is that their car is a piece of junk so no insurance is needed. Well, rather you think your car is junk or not they realize it or not the car gets you from one place to another. So, protecting your car is worth it. After all, working hard to purchase the car should give you the desire to preserve it? Just imagine your life without it. At the same time all vehicles require insurance no matter the condition.

You might hear someone say I have my own medical insurance and that should be enough to protect me if I get hurt. Personal insurance and car insurance are separate entities. If you think about it most people take out the bare amount of coverage on their jobs due to price. Do you realize when you’re in a car accident there are other cost involved? Will your work insurance pay for the ambulance expenses? These expenses can add up if there’s more than one car involved in the collision and it’s your fault. If you know you have the bare amount of coverage go ahead and get a quote for insurance that offers medical. That will give you one less thing to worry about.

I will never get sued is another saying people think is a reason to not have coverage for their cars. We live in a lawsuit happy society. People will sue you over the smallest of things and win because the either know the law or have a great lawyer. I learned from a popular movie that with the legal system that it’s not about what the crime is but rather what you can prove.

I got luck on my side. I can tell you right now that luck has nothing to do with someone wanting to steal, vandalized, or damaged your car. What happens if a storm comes and damages the car? Who pays for it? Can you afford to pay out-of-pocket expenses? Don’t risk the losses.

At the end of the day having a piece of mind is what comes when you’re covered. Great auto car insurance with a quality policy protects you against whatever may happen to you on the road.