Prepare for your winter trip ahead of time

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Although there no seems to be as many cooking tips for this time as year as driving tips; all are useful: especially if you want to arrive safely at grandma’s house after traveling over the river and through the highways.

With the season’s rising and falling temperatures, windows ice up and fog up faster than ever. Rain-X has provided some tips for a clean windshield and what you should pack in case the unexpected comes to fruition.

Five Tips to Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Travel

  1. Perform a thorough inspection of tires, checking for proper inflation and good tread. Be sure to have a spare tire and inspect it before leaving as well.
  2. Inspect the engine, battery, hoses, belts, lights and fluids, especially the radiation system and antifreeze levels.
  3. Glass-and-Windshield_2-in-1-Glass-Cleaner+Rain-Repellent-23oz-605x1024Test the lights and windshield wipers ahead of time, in case of nighttime travel or inclement weather. Also, be sure to clean all windows inside and out for the clearest vision while driving. Rain-X 2-in-1 Glass Cleaner with Rain Repellent not only leaves a streak-free finish on automotive glass, but it also repels sleet, snow and ice by causing water to bead up and roll away, enhancing visibility in wintry conditions.
  4. Brakes are an essential component to safety on the road. Brakes need to be replaced when the lining on the brake pad or brake shoe is worn down past the minimum thickness specifications. If you’re unsure how to check brake linings, have them checked at a service shop or by a brake specialist.
  5. Even the most well-prepared driver can run into unexpected conditions. Create an emergency kit for your vehicle in case of any car troubles. The kit should include items like a first aid kit, an extra coat or blanket, flashlight, flares, jumper cables, tire jack, basic tools and extra windshield wiper fluid. If possible, keep nonperishable food items and water on hand as well.

Bentley’s GT3-R atop Wired’s most desired car

Contgt3RBY GERRY MILES

It’s not hard to believe that many of us have champagne wishes and caviar dreams despite a beer budget in reality.

It’s also little surprise that a Bentley, and not just any Bentley, is found atop a magazines top gear and gadget year end edition.

Bentley’s Continental GT3-R, the rarest and most dynamic member of the esteemed Continental family of Grand Tourers, is the top dog in Wired magazine’s annual Gear of the Year special edition.

Jeremy White, product editor, noted: “The Bentley GT3-R was chosen to be in the Rides section as we thought it was superb and a truly innovative piece of engineering – taking inspiration from the brand’s racing heritage and marrying this with cutting edge materials, manufacturing and technology to produce a superlative car.”

The Continental GT3-R made its global debut on the Bentley Stand at the Goodwood Festival of Speed – the fastest-accelerating Bentley ever produced. Inspired by Bentley’s race-winning Continental GT3 racer, the GT3-R is powered by Bentley’s race- and road-proven 4.0 litre V8 engine, producing 580 PS and 700 Nm of torque. A weight reduction of 100 kg combines with torque vectoring and shorter gearing to deliver a breathtaking driving experience.

The Continental GT3-R is limited to just 300 copies, which are all hand-built in Crewe.

In February 2015, the GT3-R will be in the icy north of Finland for Power on Ice, the flagship experience that elevates the concept of ice driving to the extreme. The Continental GT3-R completes the most powerful Bentley line up yet, making its debut on the frozen lakes piloted by four-time World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen.

Bentley Continental GT3-R

Bentley Continental GT3-R

Why ‘toy’ around when you can drive the real thing?

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With the arrival of the $240,000 Lamborghini Huracán Exotics Racing invites drivers to get behind the wheel and drive. Sitting in your “every day” car on the highway vs. racing the new Lamborghini around a track is comparing a child to a man.

As a kid, a toy Lamborghini was a gift creating memories for years, as a man, driving a Lamborghini on a racetrack creates a memory for a lifetime. Exotics Racing asks, “Why play with a toy when you can drive the real thing?” French stunt, racecar driver and Exotics Racing co-CEO Romain Thievin is featured in the latest EXR promotional video; a departure from the typical high adrenaline promotional video shoots at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The speeds and stunts are slightly subdued as guest video star Matis Thievin Mortaud takes to the screen.

Romain’s ideas for stunts were stunted in part because his wife, Miss France 2009, Chloe Mortaud who filled the role of Director. Matis, 19 months old, was being closely watched and guarded by his mom, Chloe Mortaud, throughout the shoot. The video artfully shows the play between the Thievin’s, dad and son, and the Lamborghini, toy and actual.

Isn’t it time you got behind the wheel of a Lamborghini supercar and tested your track driving skills? Drive the new Huracán on Exotics Racing private racetracks and for only $399 for 5 laps, you’ll race up to 130mph on the straights, feel the G-Forces on the turns and fulfill your childhood and adult fantasies; legally.

Here is the YouTube link:

About Exotics Racing: Founded by French stunt driver and racecar driver Romain Thievin and David Perisset, Exotics Racing brings you the original supercar track driving experience, with the world’s largest fleet of exotic cars. Launched in 2009 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Exotics Racing has hosted over 130,000 satisfied customers. Guests visit the track from around the world to drive today’s most exciting supercars with professional racing instruction on real race tracks in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Details for the racing school can be found on www.exoticsracing.com or calling (702) 405-7223.

Holiday driving trips to stay safe on the roads

BY GERRY MILES
We’re coming into perhaps the busiest time of the year for family, fun, food and road trips  and that doesn’t even count trying to get to the malls for Christmas shopping.
According to the folks at Coverhound insurance, between Thanksgiving and New Years, roughly 27,900 Americans were seriously injured in auto accidents and over 250 died according to AAA.
The good folks at Coverhound.com passed along these tips of reason for the road, which actually make sense 12 months of the year as well.
Don’t drive under the influence

While holiday parties and family occasions are to be celebrated, getting on the road after having a few drinks is a big no-no. The Thanksgiving holiday has more citations for drunk driving than any other holiday. To avoid getting pulled over or being involved in an accident from driving under the influence, don’t combine substances and vehicles. Instead, consider taking a cab or designating a sober driver.

Buckle up
Most states require all passengers to wear seat belts at all times, and there’s a reason for it – wearing your seat belt could save your life in the event of an accident.

Slow down in bad weather
The holidays can be a bright spot during the harsh winter months, but foul weather can make driving more dangerous. Slowing down when there’s snow or ice on the road can give you better control of a vehicle. It is particularly important to be extra careful driving in rain or snow when it first falls. The oils from the road can mix with the first splashes of rainwater and create a slick road.

Avoid distractions
Almost half of all traffic accidents are caused by distracted driving. Whether it’s from a cellphone, texting, the radio or other passengers, distracted drivers are more dangerous and likely to get into an accident. To prevent distracted driving, eliminate anything that might make you less focused on the road. Instead of keeping your cellphone near you, leave it in the backseat or the trunk so you aren’t tempted to check it while driving. If you are feeling extremely tired, don’t drive, as fatigue can also increase your risk of getting injured in an accident.

Vehicle maintenance
During the winter, cars may need more attention to continue running properly. Therefore, it is important to continue to maintain your car by checking simple things like fluids and oil. Tire traction should also be considered if you live in an area that typically sees a lot of snow in the winter. You might need to get new tires to stay safe on the road.

RIP Tom Magliozzi, RIP

Ray and Tom Magliozzi with their cartoon likenesses for their cartoon show years ago.

Ray and Tom Magliozzi with their cartoon likenesses for their cartoon show years ago.

BY GERRY MILES

The world lost one of its greatest laughs today.

Tom Magliozzi, the second half of “Click and Clack” on NPR’s famed radio show, passed away due to Alzheimer’s disease it was revealed today on their website at the age of 77.

The sad news from “Car Talk Plaza” read:

Dear Friends and Family,

It’s my sad duty to report that our friend and colleague, Tom Magliozzi, passed away this morning due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
Tom was the most buoyant, engaging, brilliant and funny person I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.  I know many of you feel the same way.  The legacy he and his brother leave us, Car Talk, has changed radio broadcasting, and has had a life-altering affect on millions and millions of listeners over several generations—many who have never met Tom, but feel like he’s a close friend.
There is little we can do today except be grateful we knew this unusual, creative, fun-loving, uncompromising, endearingly honest man.  I know you join me in sending your thoughts to his loved ones today.
For those of you who work with us, we will be in touch in the coming days to discuss our on-going projects.  We are celebrating Tom’s public life on the show’s web site, cartalk.com, and we invite you to join us there.
For those who care to, his family has asked that in lieu of flowers, friends and listeners make a contribution in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association or their favorite public radio stations.
With gratitude,
Doug

Having known Tom and Ray for years, he was as down to earth as anyone could be, without any desire for the fame they had achieved across the airwaves and will no doubt fill the http://www.cartalk.com website and journals in telling tributes.

They were rock stars without the band…as one of their CDs is titled “Born NOT to Run” with Tommy spoofing on Bruce Springsteen’s pose of his musical CD.

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To go on a press trip and have someone learn I’m from Boston – it’s easier to say that then explain what and where New Hampshire is even though we hold the first in the nation primary – invariably the next question would be: have you ever met Click and Clack?

I’d say yes, I’ve known them for a while now and they’re great guys.

When I’d respond positively the very next question was always: So what are they really like? Is all that laughing and joking an act? And who’s the one that laughs like a hyena?

Yes they’re really like that.

They liked nothing better than to have a laugh and joke and smile every single day: especially if it was a trick at someone else’s expense. Staffers have retold that if you ever “went to lunch” with them to never visit the restroom or chances were strong you’d find an empty table with a bunch of noses pressed against the glass watching you have to pick up the entire bill.

The hyena laugh belonged to Tommy. And yes he got quasi-gassed from his laughter.

Tommy often described himself as the Italian brother who looked like a rabbi with the Don King fly-away hairdo and falsetto laugh with an attraction for cheap Hawaiian shirts.

 

That was spot on, too.

At the New England Motor Press Association, we were honored to have them at our annual Christmas party where when pressed they’d harmonize acapella and toss in some soft-shoe shuffling that wowed everyone. It was just Tom and Ray having fun, making people smile and enjoying a laugh.

Click and Clack, both MIT graduates, finally addressed their alma mater in 1998.

Click and Clack, both MIT graduates, finally addressed their alma mater in 1998.

You just can’t split up a duo that needs one half to play off the other.

Imagine the Smothers Brother?

Mutt without Jeff.

Abbott without Costello?

Ralph Kramden without Norton to chase out of the apartment?

Click and Clack aka the Tappett Brothers of NPR will continue in reruns on the airwaves, but one of the nicest, genuine human beings I ever met has left us.

As NEMPA president Craig Fitzgerald wrote today, “Who ever said ‘never meet your heroes’ never met Tom Magliozzi. He was one of the kindest, most welcoming, unpretentious people I ever met.”

And so is his brother, Ray.

I wish Tommy eternal peace in Heaven with an MG that runs, doesn’t drip oil, and an endless supply of couches upon which to nap whenever he wants. He’s earned it.

RIP Tommy. RIP.