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Self Driving Cars on the Road Are Closer Than You Think

Self Driving Cars on the Road Are Closer Than You Think

Experts say self-driving cars, aren't that far off. Autonomous cars, also known as driverless cars or self-driving cars, can obey traffic laws, sense the environment, work around obstacles, and reach your desired destination. Welcome to the future! Experts are saying that we're just a few years away from this reality. Many significant car manufacturers already have semi-autonomous technologies in their cars, providing features such as adaptive cruise control, lane assist, and parallel parking capabilities. Google has been testing driverless cars and started allowing people to try out autonomous vehicle vehicles in Phoenix. Tesla’s electric vehicles are already on the autonomous bandwagon with cars with autopilot features. The automobile can automatically steer down the freeway, adjust speed, and change lanes. it can even search for that perfect parking space. Toyota has presented the e-Palette concept car, a driverless automobile that the business sees being used for r ... read more

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The History of the Stoplight

The History of the Stoplight

In 1914, the first electric traffic signal in the world was put on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue and in Cleveland, Ohio. Navigating the roads used to be chaotic with streetcars, bicycles pedestrians and horses all competing for the right of way. Before the first World War, it became clear that there needed to be some type of regulation put in place to keep traffic moving and people (and animals) safe. This system installed on August 5, 1914, in Cleveland was based on a design by James Hoge, who was given a patent for his “Municipal Traffic Control System” in 1918. This system had four pairs of green and red lights mounted on a corner post that acted as stop-go indications. They were queued by a manually operated switch that was located inside the control booth. The design was configured in a way that made signals that conflict impossible. The first four-way and three-color traffic were introduced in 1920 by William Potts, the main police Detroit, Michig ... read more

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How to Stay Alert While Driving

How to Stay Alert While Driving

When you're on the road for an extended amount of time, it's common to become drowsy. It's extremely dangerous to drive your car when you're unable to stay awake so take precautions to make sure that you're rested enough to keep you, your passengers, and other drivers on the road safe. Here are some suggestions that will help keep you alert and aware while on the road.   Eat some healthy food Healthy food gifts your body energy which is crucial to sustaining itself. Before the drive, eat a healthy meal of energizing foods that will keep your body healthy and awake. Protein and complex carbohydrates are the best things to eat to guarantee alertness. Stay away from high sugar foods that will rob your energy leaving you fatigued behind the wheel. Stay away from fast foods!   Vitamins Certain vitamins help you from dozing off at the wrong times. Taking a vitamin B or C tablet after a meal can be beneficial. Be sure to chat with your doctor if you ... read more

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Summer Getaways near Etna Green

  Our great state of Indiana has some beautiful options for appealing getaways. Curious vacationers with a sense of adventure can experience many great things in this part of the world. Here are some suggestions: Madison, Indiana: Madison, Indiana is a fabulous destination for a getaway because it has everything from antiquing and scenic routes, to wineries and galleries. Those who have an interest in speed boating also won't be disappointed. Several historic sites include the Historic District, Lanier Mansion, and the Schroeder Saddletree Factory Museum. The Lanthier Winery and Thomas Family Winery are a couple of the favorite wineries that should appeal to vino enthusiasts. Check the town's local event calendar for holiday events, parades, and craft fairs.   Patoka Lake: Indiana residents love their lakes. Dakota Lake is in southern Indiana and is the second largest reservoir in the state. It offers tubing, houseboats, cabins, power tours, cruises, and boa ... read more

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How to Get Car Financing

  Buying a car can be a wonderful experience—and also a major hassle if you haven't done your homework. The team at Mast Service Center wants to the process of getting financing to be comfortable and seamless for you. Check out this useful information on how to get an auto loan.   Your credit score is the most important factor in figuring out the rate that you'll get on an automobile loan. It's pretty simple. The higher your score, the lower your rate will be.   Your credit score is based on information obtained from your credit reports. Excellent credit is usually between 740 to 850 and poor credit ranges from 300-550.   Once you have figured out how much you want to pay for your vehicle, it's time to find a lender. Vehicle loans are generally offered through credit unions, dealerships, banks, and other financial institutions. When applying for an auto loan, be sure to have the following things to show the lender:   Proof of name ... read more

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Best Cars To Have If You Have Young Children

Best Cars To Have If You Have Young Children

It's easier than ever to pick a vehicle made for your family's needs. There’s a lot to consider when searching for the perfect car:   Handling Fuel economy Safety Reliability   To help you narrow down your choices for an automobile that fits your family's needs, Mast Service Center has some suggestions:   Subaru Crosstrek This car's standard all-wheel drive allows you to have a tranquil ride in the most challenging of inclement conditions. It has great plush seats that are easy to clean, visibility, and fast, acceleration. You don't need to take your eyes off the road because the Subaru Crosstrek has voice command. It also boasts convenient safety features like adaptive cruise control and pre-collision braking.   Kia Soul If you like "boxier" shaped vehicles, this could be for you. There are all types of fun things inside the car like a six-speaker audio system and ergonomic controls, a USB port, XM Satellite radio, an ... read more

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Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Car

Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Car

  Make sure your vehicle is looking and running well as we move into the spring. Here are some automobile cleaning tips that will help you feel more comfortable in a clean safe car as the weather gets warmer and the days get longer:   1) The Trunk: Clean out that winter mess from your trunk. This is also the right time to be certain that your spare tire is in optimal condition should you need it down the line. It's also smart to make sure you have a stocked up emergency kit. If you're a clean freak, you might also want to vacuum.   2) Carpeting and Upholstery: Rock salt debris, dirt, and mud can pull a number on your vehicle. Washing down the seats with a damp towel will do the job. Also, consider using a carpet cleaning machine.   3) The Exterior Body: A solid spring car washing can remove the winter grime that often gets stuck under the edges and in cracks. Wash down your vehicle with a mild detergent and soft towel to bring back its sparkle.   ... read more

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Valentines Gifts for Car Lovers

Valentines Gifts for Car Lovers

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon. When it comes to this lovey-dovey holidays, it’s wise to stick with gifts that the recipient loves. If you have an automobile enthusiast in your life, think outside the box, get creative and give them something unique that they’ll be grateful for. Here are some suggestions:   Bluetooth Headset or Adapter This is the ideal present for not only an automobile lover, but also for a person who spends quite a bit of time driving. A Bluetooth speaker allows the driver to be safe and hands-free which is appealing to most drivers. Maintenance Items Individual maintenance items like windshield washer fluid isn’t a glamorous gift. However, if you add more helpful items and wrap it in a nice basket, you’ve created a gift most car enthusiasts would be excited about. You can include rags for drying, car wash formula, and windshield wipers. This is perfect for someone who enjoys detailing their vehicle. Satellite Radio This ... read more

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How Gas Prices Are Determined

How Gas Prices Are Determined

    The price of gas goes up every summer and the profit of oil companies go up just as Americans are getting ready to travel during the warmer months. It’s not coincidental that rising fuel prices coincide with increased travel by Americans. The price of gas is based on supply, demand, inflation, and taxes. The basic rules of supply and demand affect gas prices. Oil comes out of the ground in different forms in different places. Light/sweet crude oil is usually in the highest demand. As oil thickens, it has more impurities and takes longer to refine into gasoline. As the supply of this preferred oil becomes more challenging, the price increases. In contrast, heavy/sour crude is easily available all over the world so the price is less. Obviously, the number of people who are us ... read more

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Christmas Gifts For The Auto Enthusiast

Christmas Gifts For The Auto Enthusiast

Car enthusiasts don’t just have a passion for cars. They have a passion for anything related to cars! If you can’t buy your car enthusiast loved ones an actual automobile, you have the opportunity to gift other things related to the exciting world of driving. Bonus that these presents are much easier to wrap! Here are some gift suggestions for the car-loving folks in your life:   Puma Speed Cats Shoes There’s a reason Puma Speed Cats have been around for quite a while. These comfortable shoes were created to easily and swiftly move from the brakes to the throttle to the clutch. They’re incredibly stylish and have many color combinations to choose from.   High-Performance Booster seats. Perhaps you want a gift for a “high performance” child or a parent who would appreciate it for their child. A regular booster seat just doesn’t look exactly right in a sports Sedan or a high-performance SUV. Recaro designed a booster seat with a ... read more

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