Top 10 Apps That Are Your Car’s Best Friends

Nowadays there’s apps for everything and anything. Having certain apps come in handy for things you plan for, perhaps a trip, and don’t plan for, mechanical problems. Also, performance testing of your car can come easy when you have the right app. That’s why we dedicated an article to save you time when you’re in these kind of situations.

1. GasBuddy (Free)

You don’t have to drive around to find the cheapest gas station around you. You might waste more than the fuel you’re saving once you get to the ideal gas station. Gasbuddy.com has an easy-to-use format app that includes the grades of gas and diesel around your current location. In addition, this app gives you driving directions.

2. Dynolicious Classic ($8.99)

This app uses your iPhone’s built-in accelerometers to measure lateral and longitudinal acceleration along with horsepower. it’s helpful whether you want compete or show off your car to your friends. You can graph, save and compare results, too. Compared to the Racelogic Vbox, this app saves you $19,990.

3. Repair Pal (Free)

If your car is down in and you’re stuck in an area you’re not familiar with or simply want to get your car fixed at a reasonable price, this app comes in handy. Plus, calling different mechanics around town for repair quotes can be a really tedious work when Repair Pal can do it for you.

4. Witness Driving ($0.99)

This app works as a dash cam, using it can be a great way to avoid insurance fraudsters, bad drivers, and undeserved tickets.

It comes with an accident detection feature and allows you to record time, date, speed, location and acceleration.

5. Waze (Free)

This app helps you save time and gas by detecting traffic. It shows a map that surrounds the streets of your current location and the traffic speed. Try using it before heading out to avoid looking at your phone while driving.

6. Honk ($0.99)

Do you constantly have to park in garages or in unfamiliar areas?  It can be stressful not to remember where you parked or how much time you have on the meter, especially if you’re tired after a long day. This app marks where you parked with a GPS pin and it works even if you parked in a subterranean structure. You can verify how much time you have left on the meter, move the pin, take a photo, and make notes of where you left the car.

7. Car Minder Plus ($2.99)

This app is like having a personal maintenance manager in your phone. It reminds you of your scheduled maintenance, tracks your fuel economy, and logs of all your services and repairs.

8) Real Racing 3 (Free)

It’s just a car game with amazing graphics but don’t underestimate its power. When you have kids in your car it can be hard to keep them well behaved so this is when this game can come in handy.

9) PlugShare (Free)

This app comes in handy if you have a plug-in hybrid or full-blown EV. It finds the closest charge station for you and even specifies which ones are home, public, quick-charge and in use.

10) Augmented Driving ($2.99)

This app provides a safer trip on the road by detecting vehicles in front of the host vehicle, alerting drivers when they are in danger.

10 Auto Inventions That Have Come And Gone

Car technology has evolved faster and faster throughout the years. What was once a mind-blowing innovation became simply outdated, unnecessary, or progress. Some of today’s car commodities evolved from people we know, or even ourselves, grew up with. Let’s take some time to appreciate them.

1. The 8 Track Tape Player (a.k.a Stereo 8)

From the mid 1960’s to late 70’s, the Stereo 8 was very popular in the United States. It was created by Bill Lear of Lear Jet Corporation, along with Ampex, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Motorola and RCA Victor Records.

2. Car Phones

From late 1970s to 1980s, car phones were “the” car accessory. However, its demand decreased severely with the mobile phone boom in the 1990s. Later on, the hands free kits for cellphones caused the complete discontinuation of Car Phones.

3. Headlight Wipers

In 1970s, Swedish car manufacturer Saab were the first to introduce headlight wipers in its 99 model. Designed to be introduced as a safety feature, the electronic headlight wiper combined with washer system. Manufacturers like Mercedes and BMW began to install these. In early 2000s, the headlight wipers were removed from most cars and just kept the headlight jet washer. After all, the wiper isn’t as essential on the headlights as it is on the windshield.

4. Landau Roof

It was popular in the 1960s, mostly because it was a “fake convertible”. Some used the term “Town Landau”, meaning a wider rear pillar with no quarter windows and they were made from vinyl.

5. T-Tops (in UK: T-Bar)

An automobile roof with removable panels to the sides from a rigid bar along from the center of one structural bar between pillars to the center of the next structural bar. They’re usually made out of auto grade safety glass. T-Tops became famous because it appeared in the movie Smokey & the Bandit. The first U.S T-Top built mobile was the Chevrolet Corvette coupe 1968. The T-Top made the Corvette so famous that it outsold.

6. Automatic Seat Belts

The automatic seat belts worked once the door was closed and/or the engine was started. They were created as a counter measure against low usage rates of manual seat belts, mostly in the U.S. In 1975, the first commercial car to use them was Volkswagen Rabbit. Most car manufacturers discontinued the automatic seat belts once driver side airbags became mandatory on all passenger vehicles.

7. Talking Cars

In early 1980s, Toyota and Datsun put micro chips in their cars with phrases to remind the driver of certain things. For example, “Headlights are on” and “Parking Brake is On.”

8. Hood Mounted Tachometers

They were introduced during the 1960s and were mostly seen on muscle cars and when the muscle car era ended, the hood mounted tachometers did as well.

9. Hood Mounted Turn Signals

Similar story to the Hood Mounted Tachometers. This was very useful on v8 powered cars because they were so loud that it blocked the indicator sound of the turn signal being left on.

10. Cassette Tape Player

This was a great invention that had a good run of 30 years until they were being replaced by CDs. A key to its success was because of the small size of the tape which was more convenient than the 8-track. Cassette players in cars were the first to adopt automatic reverse of the tape, which allowed the cassette to be replayed over and over without manual intervention.

What Does Your Car Color Say About You?

Do you ever wonder how much you can tell about someone, whether consciously or subconsciously about a person based on their selection of car color? This blog will answer some of these questions. It’s based on an interview to color consultant and trend forecaster, Leatrice Eiseman.

BLACK

(Powerful, classic, elegant)

People who own black cars aren’t easy to manipulate and after all, black is the ultimate power color. They appreciate elegance and that which is classic and base their decisions on this appreciation. It’s very likely that this person wears a lot of black clothes because this color really speaks to empowerment.

Best car in this color: Jaguar XJL

WHITE

(Pure, pristine, direct)

White car owners are hard to please to a point of a fuss, according to Eiseman. They like clarity because there’s nothing you can hide under the color white. Women who own white cars tend to keep her car and her lifestyle very clean.

Best car in this color: Ford Escape in Oxford White

PEARL

(Glamorous, exciting, sophisticated)

There’s something chic, drama, and excitement to the people driving this car. This color shouts out glamour because adding the metallic surface gives a jewel-like quality.

Best car in this color: Lexus RX in Starfire Pearl

SILVER

(Futuristic, prestigious, elegant)

According to Eiseman, “Silver has a rather cool, futuristic connotation, yet with a dash of preciousness.” Any color that is naturally metallic, tends to have a perception of more worth. These people tend to appreciate elegance and are not satisfied with gray so they choose the metallic finish because they want to look more prestigious.

Best car in this color: Nissan Altima in Brilliant Silver

RED

(Sensual, dynamic, outgoing)

Red is known to be a very sensual color. People who drive red cars tend to have a lot of energy and they like to be seen as someone who stands out so they seek attention. These people are outgoing individuals. Depending on the depth of the color red shows the degree to which the person is bolder and obvious about it.

Best car in this color: Ferrari California

GRAY

(Neutral, sober, practical)

Owners of gray cars are usually straight-forward with a “you get what you see” characteristic. These people tend to be very pragmatic and practical, they make lists and talk things out.

Best car in this color: VW Tiguan in Pepper Gray Metallic

BLUE

(Light: Calm, faithful, true)                                                                                                                                                                (Dark: Confident, credible, authoritative)

It’s very likely that the driver of a blue car is very trustworthy. Light-to-mid blue cars are very cool to the eye and it’s safe to say that the drivers of this colored car have a calm behavior, are very faithful and loyal friends. Dark blue express more confidence and an authoritative figure

Best car in this color: Scion iQ in Pacific Blue Metallic

ORANGE

(Artistic, individual, complex)

Orange car drivers scream uniqueness. Eiseman shares that people who choose orange tend to be artistic, creative, original, and individualistically charming.

Best car in this color: Toyota Prius C in Habanero

BROWN

(Powerful, unique)

Brown and beige used to mean down-to-earth and no-nonsense because these colors were mostly associated with common sense. However, new connotation has appeared due to its association with chocolate and coffee browns. The new browns are complex. The driver of a brown car can come across as down to earth, or as someone who desires elegance, power, and high style but mostly unique.Beige is a very down to earth resemblance and nature is the keyword, according to Eiseman.

Best car in this color: Volkswagen Jetta in Toffee Brown Metallic

YELLOW

(Joyful, sense of humor)

Owners of yellow cars tend to be young at heart. According to Wiseman, “A person who chooses yellow really knows that they’re going to be noticed and they usually have a great sense of humor”

Best car in this color: Chevrolet Camaro

GREEN

(Dark Green: Well-Balanced, trustworthy, traditional)                                                                                                                    (Light Green: Organic, no-fuss, understated)

Acknowledged as the most-balanced color in nature, especially a yellowish green. According to Eiseman, as the green color goes darker the more trustworthy.

Best car in this color: Dodge Dart in Citrus Peel Pearl

GOLD

(Warm, intelligent, glamorous)

Acknowledged as the most precious. According to Eisden, gold implies warmth, intelligence, and is a glamorous attention grabber. People who are fans of gold like comfort and will pay for it.

Best car in this color: Toyota Sienna in Sandy Beach Metallic

For more information: http://www.today.com/home/what-does-your-car-color-say-about-you-1D80229892

Car Colors Facts

We’ve all heard different comments about car colors, whether it’s about trend/safety/personal opinion. When we’re choosing the color of the car we’re buying so many questions come to mind; for example, Should I pick a daring/reserved color? Is there such thing as a safe color? Should I just follow the crowd? etc. Here are the truths and myths about car colors that might help you out.

According to color experts, most people play it safe when it comes to picking a car color. They predict that this might be changing that people are becoming more adventurous with their picks. A palate of this spectrum might include Bright White, smokey gray(Anvil), Flame Red, and rich brown (Pearl).

Follow The Crowd

Men tend to mind less about the color of a car than women.The most popular car color in North America is white, it has been since 2006 and actually increased its popularity by 6% in 2013. In the past few years, white car color popularity has taken off globally.

According Chrysler Group’s head of exterior car color, Jim Parker says people’s selection of car color is based on two things, “It’s either what they feel about themselves or what they think they would like to feel about themselves.” He used a black muscle car as an example of what a “badass” energy perception. Another expert said that people who feel the need to escape from the interactive world are more likely to choose white because of its meaning of simplicity, and peacefulness.

The Daring Color Year

As time has gone by, in the past year people has played it less safe and been going more for the color they want(inner decision). Susan Lampinen from Ford says that this new inner decision related to people becoming ousted to brighter color appliances and technology. There are pretty bright color choices out there, including Blue Candy and Stryker Green.

Safest Color

According to an Australian study, white cars were 10% less likely to be in a crash during daylight hours than other colors (black, blue, green, grey, red, and silver). Russ Rader, from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, warned that it wasn’t worth counting on color for a safety feature because it’s a very small percent of the difference. Theft Proof Avoiding mainstream colors for your car will reduce the likeliness of being stolen. Looking through vehicle theft data, dutch economist Ben Vollard found that blue and silver-grey cars were stolen 40% more often than cars in less popular colors. He says that the color chosen plays a big role for thieves because they steal what sells easily, such as popular colors. It’s recommended to check the theft rates of colors in different parts of the world.

Red Cars

Many people believe that red cars equal tickets, or accidents. Jeanne Salvatore, from the Insurance Institute, says that the color of the car is not a criteria. What really matters is your driving record and the car you drive because that’s what will really make an impact on the protection of the car, how expensive or cheap it’s to repair or replace a part of the car.

For more information: http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/car-color-facts-and-fictions.html

Top 10 Cheapest Cars Worth Your Money

The nature of economic cars has changed through the years, with the result that the concept of a basic car has expanded considerably. We can prove this by letting you know that the cheapest car on this list includes air-conditioning, a height adjustable driver’s seat, stability control, traction control, and a trip computer.. Cheap cars don’t necessarily mean poor quality or unworthy:

1. Nissan Versa Sedan – $10,990

Nissan Versa Sedan is the cheapest model on our list. It has a lot of head room for four passengers. It includes cd player, two-speaker stereo, auxiliary jack input, air-conditioning, a height adjustable driver’s seat, stability control, traction control, and a trip computer. This is a 109-horsepower, 1.60-liter four-cylinder engine car. Its fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon in the city, 38 miles per gallon on the highway.

2. Smart Fortwo Coupe – $12,490

This is a smart choice for someone who just needs to get around town since maneuvering and parking are a breeze with this car. Its features include keyless entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel and two pre-wired speakers; however, in order to have radio and air conditioning the price will rise up a notch. It’s a 70-horsepower rear-mounted 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine. Its fuel economy is an EPA-estimated of 34 miles per gallon in the city, and 38 miles per gallon on the highway. This car requires premium fuel.

3.Hyundai Accent Sedan – $12,545

The features of this car includes power door locks, a tilt steering wheel, 60/40 split-folding rear setbacks, a trip computer and an audio prep package with four speakers. Like the previous Smart Fortwo Coupe earlier mentioned, the A/C and radio would be additional costs. There are many additional goods if you choose the optional automatic transmission; such as, CD player, satellite radio and iPod and auxiliary jack input. The horsepower of this car is 138 and 1.6-liter direct four-cylinder engine. Fuel economy-wise, EPA estimates at 30mpg in the city and 40 on the highway.

4. Ford Fiesta Sedan – $13,200

The features of this car include a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, a cap-free fuel filler, power mirrors, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, USB port for audio devices, input jack and a four-speaker AM/FM stereo. It has a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine generating 120 horsepower. EPA estimates its fuel economy at 29 miles per gallon in the city and 38 miles per gallon on the highway.

5. Kia Rio Sedan – $13,400

Kia Rio is less expensive than what it looks like. Many people are deceived by this because of its style and when they find out about the price they’re amazed at the standard equipment included at such reasonable price. The features include heated power adjustable mirrors, A/C, trip computer, tilt steering wheel, and a 60/40-split-folding rear seat. It has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine generating at 138 horsepower. EPA estimated its fuel economy at 30 miles per gallon in the city, and 40 miles per gallon on the highway.

6. Suzuki SX4 – $13,699

Even though Suzuki has inspired the hyper-bike world, the Suzuki SX4 has been successful at providing a good car for its cost. Its features include full power accessories, a trip computer, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, 60/40-split-folding rear back seats, and a tilt steering wheel. You’ll have to pay extra if you want A/C and radio but it might be worth it. Its engine is 2.0-liter four-cylinder generating at 150 horsepower. Fuel economy is rated at 23 miles per gallon in the city and 33 on the highway.

7. Chevrolet Sonic Sedan – $13,865

This is a challenger when it comes to reshaping people’s opinion about American subcompact cars. They’re cheap and includes good features. The standard includes alloy wheels, air-conditioning, a four-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a folding rear seat, a trip computer, OnStar, and FM/AM stereo with four speakers and input jack. Its engine is 1.8-liter inline-four cylinder with 138 horsepower. EPA estimates the Sonic Sedan’s fuel economy at 26 miles per gallon in the city and 35 miles per gallon on the highway.

8. Kia Soul – $13,900

Looking for a funky car? Kia Soul is the perfect fit for you. Its standard features include power door locks and mirrors, A/C, 60/40-split-folding rear seat, trip computer, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, and a four-speaker sound system, CD player, satellite radio, AUX audio input, and iPod/USB audio interface. Its engine is 1.6-liter four-cylinder at 138 horsepower. EPA estimates its fuel economy at 27 miles per gallon in the city and 35 miles per gallon on the highway.

9. Toyota Yaris – $14,115

The remade model for 2012 has many innovative features that keep it out of the “basic” transportation. The features include an intermittent mono front windshield wiper, a rear windshield wiper, power door locks, A/C, four-way-adjustable front seats, a tilt steering wheel, a trip computer, a fold-down rear bench seat, a cargo cover, and a four-speaker CD player, satellite radio, input jack, and a USB audio interface. Its engine is 1.6-liter four-cylinder at 138 horsepower. EPA estimates its fuel economy at 27 miles per gallon in the city and 35 miles per gallon on the highway.

10. Mazda Mazda2 – $14,530

Agile, light weight, great handling, low-price at entry…what is there not to like? Its features include A/C, full power accessories, a tilt steering wheel and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and AUX input jack. Its engine is a 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder producing 100 horsepower. EPA estimates its fuel economy at 29 miles per gallon in the city and 35 on the highway.

For more information: http://www.autobytel.com/car-buying-guides/features/more-bang-for-your-buck-top-10-cheapest-cars-113503/

5 Apps and Websites to Beat Traffic

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Even though we have GPS in our cars, it would be convenient to know traffic before heading out, especially to create a safer route from traffic before driving.

Search: 511 Traffic

See what’s available for your area. These sites tend to be hosted by the local government or a private company, easily available for every area, and transit-friendly (including bus, rail, cycling and walking.)

Search: “(State, City, or Zip Code here) Traffic”

If you’re searching for the traffic of a very small area that doesn’t appear in an App you can always search by zip code. This becomes handy especially when you’re traveling.

Search: Best Traffic App

Even though all apps tend to be cheap or free it takes a little time to find a reliable one. To find the ideal one faster, check the date of its release and when it was last updated. CHP Traffic is an app that has been highly recommended.

Beat The Traffic

It’s free with a lot of advertisement, or you can get it for $3.99 with all the ads removed. It’s available for all smartphone platforms and as a website. You can personalize this app by going to “Settings.” One of the settings even included setting the “incident severity” as high, medium, or low.

Inrix

This app works on multiple platforms such as BlackBerry, iPhone and Android. This app starts as free but has an upgrade fee of $24.99; however, the free app includes an “incidents” function that provides alternative routes around the reported incident.

*Extra Tip

This might sound exaggerated but when going to work or school in the morning if you leave 10 minutes earlier than you normally would, you’ll notice a big difference. Try it! it has worked for many people.

For more information: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lori-mccoy/apps-and-websites-to-beat-traffic_b_1391690.html

11 Ways To Save Fuel (Gas Mileage Tips)

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A driver’s fuel economy can be agressive or sloppy but in this article we’ll cover on how to be more efficient.

1. Monitor your fuel economy

By measuring your fuel economy you can check if changes you make to your driving are saving you fuel gas mileage. If you have a fuel economy estimate on your dash-board you can see and learn how to accelerate efficiently and find the sweet spot speed at which your car uses less fuel.

2. Maintain your motor

According to the EPA the gas mileage of your car can improve by 4% if you have it properly tuned, for tires inflated correctly by 3%, and using the right oil by 2%. Keep your car rolling smoothly, it’ll pay off.

3. Lose some weight

Excessive weight in the car wastes fuel, especially when accelerating. If there’s unecessary things in your car then remove them. Actually, The secret of the new fuel economic cars is making the cars lighter.                                                        *Losing 100 pounds will imrpove fuel economy by 2%.

4. Don’t be a drag

When a car goes beyond 30 MPH it starts using more energy to deal with wind resistance than for rolling. Having your sun roof open or windows down can increase the drag.

5. Be a smooth operator

As a rough idea you want to take 15-20 seconds to get to 50 mph (80 km/h).  This would combine a relatively gentle start in the low gears with a more rapid shift through the middle gears before settling at an economic speed (40-50 mph) in top gears.

Once your reach an efficient speed, maintaining a constant pace avoids wasting energy on decelerating and then accelerating again.  Cruise control can help with this, but some people also find pulse and glide techniques effective.

When it comes to braking, less is more.  Braking takes useful kinetic energy and turns it into waste heat.  Anticipating road conditions and coasting in gear to a stop makes the most of your car’s momentum, as long as it is done safely.

The EPA estimate aggressive driving can reduce gas mileage by up to 33% while Edmunds’ testing found similar results.

If done well smooth driving can also be safer, more relaxed and better for your car.

6. Don’t be a revhead

Over revving your car wastes fuel easily so try to have as a general rule to change up a gear under 2,500 revolutions. Check your car’s manual because sometimes there’s a guide for this.

7. Watch your top speed

*Research by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory compared the fuel economy of 74 cars at speeds 50, 60, 70, and 80 mph and results showed that for every additional 10 mph beyond 50 mph reduces fuel economy by about 14%. If you have a tendency to drive really fast on the highway, slowing down (by about 10mph) will save you a good portion of fuel.

 8. Roll with it
Flow with gravity by allowing your car to go slightly slower up a hill and then going down in gear. This will save you fuel by trading kinetic energy for stored energy of being higher.
9. Don’t be idle
If you’re waiting for someone or stationary in traffic you are better off turning the engine off (When it’s safe to do so). Modern cars don’t need much time to warm up.
10. Easy on the AC
Low AC, instead of high setting, can help your fuel economy to improve by more than 10%
11. Avoid traffic
The stop-start of traffic will ruin your fuel economy. Get phone APPs that show traffic flow to avoid jams and save fuel.
Source: shrinkthatfootprint.com