You’re roaring up the motorway, racing over B roads and C roads in your latest supercar. The smooth ride of the Maserati feels like heaven and, as the pedal hits the metal, you steer this machine with the grace of a pirouetting ballerina.

But then disaster strikes – out of nowhere, a stuttering boxcar slams into your car door. You scream as your car swerves off-road, smashing into a nearby ditch with the dull thud of a football hitting a damp pitch.

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Your legs feel like jelly and your neck feels like it’s unscrewed, but you’re alive – which is much luckier than some people.

According to government figures, 24, 580 people were killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads in 2014, a three per cent rise from 2013.

Yet, not every injury from a car accident is blameless, and when human error comes into play it’s time to phone the injury claim lawyers.

Just imagine a world where injury claims didn’t exist – those smirking, baseball cap-sporting petrolheads and piston-stomping Top Gear obsessives would treat the roads like it was Silverstone.

But with the claims process, these nitro-loving menaces will have to think twice before they endanger the lives of others.

And it’s not all about civic duty – you could also rake in the cash if a claim is successful.

The legal ins and outs

With that in mind, what does the claims process involve?

First, you’ll have to pick up the phone and get in touch with a solicitor. Detail everything about your accident to them – the date, severity of injuries, its emotional impact – and your representation will decide if your case has a leg to stand on.

Next up, you’ll have to get your Sherlock hat on and help your representation gather evidence for your claim. CCTV footage, speed camera recordings, police reports, witness statements – everything, no matter how trivial, could be viable in your case.

If you’ve ever watched a courtroom drama, you’ll know that even the smallest piece of evidence can prove to the linchpin of any argument, so make sure you gather everything you can.

After this, you’ll mainly take a back seat in proceedings as your lawyer tries to wangle an out of court settlement.

But if they don’t pull it off, it’s off to court with you. This can be a nerve-racking process for some people, but don’t let the nerves get to you. Provided your case is solid and you put your trust in your representation, you stand a good chance of winning.

Seeking a claim can provide you with closure after a horrendous accident. So if you’ve suffered from a crash, you know exactly who to call.

If you live in Canada, or you frequently travel to the “True North,” you know how cold and harsh a Canadian winter can be—especially with another Polar Vortex moving in.

Aside from toes and noses, these winters are acutely hard on automobile batteries, and,because of how exposed they are, motorcycle batteries in particular.

Extreme cold can cause cracking or leaking in your battery case, which has the potential of causing expensive damage to your motorcycle (or a malfunction, leaving you stranded somewhere you don’t want to be).

 

So when choosing a new motorcycle battery, you need to be sure that it will stand up against the bitter cold of another Canadian winter.

Finding a good battery for your motorcyclerequires some care. In general,you always have to make sure it’s lightweight, of good quality, maneuverable, and reliable. When you have to add “winter resistant” to your list,it’s going to make your search that much harder. However, AGM batteries, or Absorbed Glass Mat batteries, are a perfect option when facing extreme wind and cold. AGM batteries are extremely lightweight, and are resilient through any sort of winter weather conditions. Commonly used in Arctic ice monitoring systems, they never crack or leak because they don’t contain free electrolytes. Instead, their electrolytes are held in glass mats, keeping them from free floating and freeze-free. Since these batteries won’t leak, you won’t have to worry about a spill in case of an accident, and they can be placed in whatever position they need to be in to fit your motorcycle! Read more about AGM batteries and start understanding the science behind the energy you use to rev down the road.

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When you choose your battery, it only makes sense to purchase it from a provider who understands the type of environmental situations you’ll be putting it through. That’s why a battery that’s manufactured, tested, and sold in Canada will be your most reliable bet. When you purchase motorcycle batteries from Canadian Energy you’ll get fast answers to questions about winter care, maintenance, and storage, and you’ll get honest helpfinding the best warranty—long lasting and without any hassles—for your upcoming winter sojourn. Canadian suppliers will also often make solid promises about recycled parts and commitment to environmental preservation—something you don’t find in every battery seller around the world. When you’re taking in the sights of another beautiful (and yes, sometimes brutal) Canadian winter, you’ll feel much better knowing your impact is lessened, and you’re leaving something behind for those who come after.

Don’t fret about getting stuck in the snow this winter because of a malfunctioning or cracked battery. Instead, stand up to the elements with a dependable, quality-made, and warrantied battery from a proud Canadian supplier, and never worry about the winter again.

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When driving past the car showrooms in your city, there’s bound to be that one set of wheels that stands out from the rest. The one that you really wish you had, but is just out of reach of your current finances. The truth is however, if you haven’t looked at all of your options then there’s a very good chance that the car is affordable – as long as it’s not way out of your price range. The most likely way of getting to drive to work in that dream car every week is through leasing. It may not be something you’ve considered before, but it’s definitely a good choice for many people.

Range Rover Sport by Caractere Exclusive

Leasing is similar to paying out finance on the car in that you pay a monthly fee for a set period of time. The difference however is that rather than paying out to cover the full cost of the vehicle, you’re actually only paying for the use of the car over the time you’ve got it. Ultimately, this means that your monthly payments are going to be a lot less in most cases. That car you thought was out of reach could actually be affordable.

Many people assume that leasing means buying a sensible diesel commuter car, but this isn’t the case at all – there’s a lot available, whether you’re after a Range Rover Sport or Toyota’s sporty little GT86. Check out car4leasing to get an idea of what you could get if you decided to lease.

Things to Think About

Now, there are a few extra things to think about when it comes to leasing versus purchasing.

Once the agreement is over, you hand the car back, because you’re not paying to own it. While this might sound like a negative, it does actually mean that you don’t need to worry about depreciation, which is one of the biggest costs to consider when purchasing a new vehicle. You can simply move on to a new agreement. Some leasing companies will actually let you pay a lump sum at the contract end if you do wish to purchase the car for yourself.

Mileage is another thing that you need to bear in mind. Any advertised monthly costs will be for a specific mileage limit. This means that once you go over the limit in a year you’ll start to pay additional fees, so ensure that you know what that limit is when comparing the different prices of cars. Use a mileage calculator to work out the distance you’re likely to cover in a year.

So if you want to keep costs down on a new car, then leasing could well be for you

One of the biggest events on the calendar for motoring fans is the SEMA Car Show, which sees people flock to Vegas to showcase classic and custom cars. The show has been a fixture on the calendar since 1967 and its blend of the crazy and the cool is what makes it so iconic for fans. This year’s show took place in early November at the Las Vegas Convention Centre and it’s also a big pulling factor for Vegas given the number of gambling punters crossing over to Macau and ipad casino sites nowadays.

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More than 60,000 people involved in the automobile industry travelled to Vegas for the show, as the SEMA Show is an in-house trade event, rather than something open to everyone. The big car manufacturers were all giving previews of new models as usual, with top American companies Ford and General Motors vying with Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, Mazda, Toyota and Fiat Chryslers Group and most of these companies produced something memorable. The Toyota Camry, which combined conservative bodywork with the engine of a drag racer, ranked as a particularly memorable customisation.

It’s not all about the vehicles though, as SEMA always features a number of special events – and the 2014 edition was no exception to this rule. Guest musical performers included Grammy winner Gary Clark Jr, who performed an impressive mix of rock, soul and blues music at the After-Party, while Miss HOT ROD model Kristian was there to sign posters of herself and demonstrate a 1935 Ford pickup. Another special event was SEMA Ignited, which is where the public, who are left out of much of the rest of SEMA, get the chance to check out the brilliant and baffling custom cars and bikes – with this year’s event taking place right in the heart of the casino strip.

However, for all of this, it is the actual cars and bikes that SEMA is all about – and it did not let anyone down again in 2014. Pride of place at the Ford exhibit went to the mighty Ford Mustang King Cobra, which carries a turbocharged 5.8-litre V8 engine that can hit over 600bph and features an eye-catching snakeskin body. For lovers of classic Fords though, the F-series model in superb condition represented a definite highlight. In terms of madness though, the Southern Crush mini monster truck (http://www.topgear.com/uk/photos/The-best-and-worst-of-the-SEMA-tuning-show-2014-11-07) would take some beating. Featuring tyres that look like they’re on steroids and a four-cylinder 1.6-litre engine, it’s not a vehicle for the faint-hearted.

The SEMA Show is the best place to see the best and maddest cars around and Las Vegas, with its casino traditions, represents the best possible locale – as casino and car fans both tend to love life in the fast lane.
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Over the years, the demand for hybrid cars has been slowly rising and at this point of time most major car manufacturers have at least one hybrid model in their line-up. If you are in the market for one, it is important to understand the different types of hybrid systems available and how they work before you put your money down.

We are not going to go very deep into the technical aspects of each hybrid type. This guide is aimed to offer a potential hybrid owner, a basic understanding of the main types of hybrids. Generally hybrid vehicles can be classified into four different types – full, mild, micro and plug-in hybrids.

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Full/ True Hybrids

As the name suggests, full, or true, hybrid models perform their tasks more conventionally as opposed to other vehicles. A full hybrid vehicle is even capable of moving on electric power alone for a short distance. As a result, a full hybrid model drives smoother in stop and go traffic, as the shifts between petrol and electric power are barely noticeable.

The downside to this technology is that it’s complicated and expensive to produce, therefore full hybrid models demand higher prices than others. Examples of full hybrid models include the Audi A6 Hybrid, Toyota Prius and recently updated Prius c, all of which can get moving with electric power alone.

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Mild Hybrids

The electric motors in mild hybrids only aid the internal combustion engine rather than acting as an independent power source to get the car moving. What this means is that the petrol/diesel engine are still the main energy source, thus the fuel savings are less compared to a full hybrid.

The driving experience in a mild hybrid car will also be less smooth due to the fact that the internal combustion engine needs to be started in order for the car to move off the line. The benefit here is that, mild hybrid models are less expensive to build, therefore they are more affordable. Examples of mild hybrids include the Honda CR-Z, Honda Jazz/Fit Hybrid and also the Ferrari LaFerrari hypercar.

Important thing to note here is that in some rare scenarios, it is possible for a mild hybrid vehicle to glide along solely on electric power for a very short period. This only happens when the car has reached enough speed on an even flat road.

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Technically speaking, a micro-hybrid cannot be classified as a hybrid vehicle, as the electric motor does not provide any force to move the car, but do have some traits of full on hybrid vehicles.

For example, these type of vehicles come with features like energy regeneration, which recoups energy that would be wasted when a driver decelerates or brakes and automatic start stop system that shuts the engine down when idling in traffic, which can cut down fuel consumption by up to 10 percent.

Micro hybrids are not as efficient as mild or full hybrids, but the upside is that the features in micro hybrid vehicles are cheaper, less sophisticated and easier to apply, thus making them more affordable. Therefore micro hybrids are not heavy as they do not have ‘traction batteries’ like a Prius. BMW Efficient Dynamics models and the Nissan Serena S-Hybrid are examples of micro hybrid vehicles.

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Plug-In Hybrids

Plug-in hybrid vehicles have shown in a big way that they present an even more effective way of driving hybrid – combining the best of both worlds of zero emissions full electric vehicles, and a full or true hybrid.

Plug-in hybrids have the option of being charged via a wall socket, and typically pack a much more powerful traction battery than a full hybrid. And just like a full hybrid, they can also operate purely on electric power, via their internal combustion engines, or by combining the two.

Vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class S 500 Plug-in Hybrid offer a full electric driving range of 33km, but can along the way fire up its petrol engine to charge the batteries back up, or take over driving duties completely. On short-distance trips (i.e.: to work), you can rely on never using a single drop of fuel. On longer journeys, you can enjoy fuel consumption averages near the claimed 2.8-litres/100km mark.

The intention of a hybrid is to lower your fuel consumption, while also being more eco-friendly. Purchasing a hybrid vehicle may cost you more than a regular car at first, but in the long-run you will save a significant amount of money on fuel. We hope this article helped you understand how different types of hybrid systems work.

There is a very solid argument to make that the Chevrolet Corvette is the most influential sports car ever to come out of a major American manufacturer.

Sure, Chrysler had its Viper; Ford had its GT; and even AMC had its AMX.

However, none of them has had the longevity or the prolonged cultural significance of the Corvette.

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When the Stingray was introduced, Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles called Valet Mode “a baby monitor for your car” and said in a statement: “Anyone who has felt apprehension about handing over their keys will appreciate the peace of mind of knowing exactly what happened while their baby was out of sight.” The system, which can record speed, engine r.p.ms and g-forces during laps on a race track or on rally routes, allowed owners to monitor how another person drove the car, such as when it was being parked, serviced or cleaned. The feature included a voice recorder.

In some states, it is illegal to record an audio conversation without first informing the other party and getting their consent. Otherwise, it is a felony if you do so. Ultimately, it may not be the responsibility of Chevrolet, but rather of Corvette owners, not to violate state laws. With a top speed of 178 miles per hour, it is easy for the car to exceed posted limits, but Chevrolet is not responsible for owners who choose to speed.

True to its bargain-performance sports car heritage, the Chevrolet Corvette started at just $52,000. For that price, the seventh-generation Corvette came with an all-new 6.2-liter V8 making 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. It had a standard seven-speed manual transmission, limited-slip differential, aluminum frame and carbon fiber hood. Also standard was a free two-year/24,000-mile scheduled maintenance plan.

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Chrysler’s redesigned 2015 200 is hoping for a piece of the Accord’s action, and considering that last year’s version of the car essentially rolled off assembly lines and into rental car company parking lots, it will be deemed successful even if it merely nudges the sales needle. This new 200 is a far better car than the old 200. But does it have what it takes to woo Accord buyers?

Chrysler 200 sales have been on a roll since inventories reached sufficient levels beginning in August, when deliveries soared 10.5% vs. like-2013 to 10,810 units. In September, sales jumped 9.9% to 10,995.

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The 200 debuts a beautiful exterior design featuring the new “face” of the Chrysler brand – a thoughtful, exquisitely crafted interior and an exceptional driving experience, complements of a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission and an Alfa Romeo-based chassis. With the choice of two world-class engines, an innovative all-wheel-drive system, available sport mode and paddle shifters for an engaged driving experience, and estimated highway fuel economy of 35 miles per gallon (mpg), the all-new Chrysler 200 makes the commute something drivers will look forward to.

For the record, the top fuel mileage ratings from the federal government for the 2015 200 are 23 miles per gallon in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway with the base, four-cylinder engine. The new 200 is ninth best in fuel mileage in U.S. government ratings among 2015 mid-size, non-hybrid, gasoline-only sedans, according to the government’s fuel economy website.

For this and a lot of other good reasons, the 2015 Chrysler 200 isn’t anything like the outgoing model. It’s all very nice, comfortable and affordable, if something starting around $22,000 fits your budget.

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Nothing else announces itself quite like a car crash: In a sickening instant of crunching metal, it upends what you expected to be just another day.

You already know how to keep yourself in check to avoid a car accident.

You always turn down for pedestrians or bad weather conditions.

It is a sad truth, however, that you can be the most considerate person on the road, but that does not mean you are immune to driving accidents.

Car Accident

Before you start gathering information from the other driver after a crash, it is important to get to safety as quickly as possible. If you had a minor fender bender, you do not have to leave the cars where they are. Often, the police will not come to file a report on a minor accident. Safely move out of the way of traffic, but if you cannot move your car without causing further damage, do not try. Your insurance company should be able to hire a tow truck to move it for you.

Make sure everyone involved in the accident is okay. Get medical attention for anyone who needs it. If a person is unconscious or has neck or back pain, do not move them until qualified medical help arrives, unless a hazard requires moving the person. If anyone is injured, request emergency services as well. Police are not necessarily required for every auto accident, but they do make the claims service go more smoothly. Once you have ensured that the police are on their way, you can return to your vehicle to wait for them.

If you are able to gather all of the information and details, then you should have no problems in the future with asserting your rights to a claim or protecting yourself against a false claim. Printing the list above and storing it in your glove compartment, next to your registration and insurance, will help guarantee that you do not forget any relevant information related to the accident.

Do not forget to call your insurance company. The claim will usually take 10-15 minutes to complete, so wait until you will have an uninterrupted space of time to report the accident. Most of the information your insurance company will ask should be on the police report, so filing the claim should be straightforward.

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After wowing the world with her arm and becoming the first female pitcher ever to win a game at the Little League World Series, the 13-year-old Philadelphian Mo’ne Davis is now starring in an ad for Chevrolet.

13-year-old Little League star Mo’ne Davis had the one of the best summers of any athlete in sports, as she captivated a nation in Williamsport, made an appearance on the Tonight Show, and sent her jersey to Cooperstown. Chevrolet released a new commercial starring Davis Tuesday.

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Noted film director Spike Lee and Spike DDB, Chevrolet’s ad agency of record, developed a 10-minute documentary, “I Throw Like a Girl,” which features interviews of Davis, her family, teammates and coaches.

The NCAA. That proactive and ahead-of-the-times trailblazer issued a statement shortly after the ad aired:

“Since January, NCAA Division 1 membership gave staff more flexibility to consider unique circumstances when determining eligibility. The NCAA staff’s decision was made within this process and based on a combination of considerations. This waiver narrowly extends the rules — which allow Davis to accept the payment and still be eligible in any other sport — to include baseball. The NCAA staff also considered the historically limited opportunities for women to participate in professional baseball. In addition, Davis is much younger than when the vast majority of the prospect rules apply. While this situation is unusual, the flexible approach utilized in this decision is not.”

Davis has expressed her desire to play college sports, but not baseball or softball.

“I want to go to the University of Connecticut and be the point guard on the basketball team,” Davis told ESPN in August, while her team was still alive in the Little League World Series. “That’s like my dream and then go into the WNBA. That’s for [UConn women’s coach] Geno [Auriemma]. Geno has to know.”

The biggest consideration is that NCAA eligibility does not begin until ninth grade, so Davis was safe to strike while the iron was hot, said Lee, who appeared on Mike Francesa’s WFAN show this week. He added that all of Davis’ ad money would be going into a trust fund.

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Man’s best friend is going to be getting less table scraps now that they can be used to fuel the new 2015 Bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala. The CNG vehicle can motor around town on food and beer waste. Cleveland-based quasar energy group uses organic waste to produce biogas that is converted into Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).

The methane gas that is produced from biogas is processed, removing all carbon dioxide and impurities to make Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). When compressed, RNG is a direct replacement for CNG.

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The 2015 Chevrolet Bi-fuel Impala can run not only on gasoline and on compressed natural gas, but also renewable natural gas made from food scraps and sewage.

The Bi-fuel Impala powered by gasoline or compressed natural gas can run on biogas equivalents sourced from fuel providers who process it. One of these is Cleveland-based Quasar Energy Group, which uses organic waste to produce the renewable energy source, which is then converted into Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) – one of two fuels Chevrolet said can power the 2015 Chevrolet Bi-fuel Impala.

Other biogas sources for Quasar are Anheuser-Busch’s brewery in Columbus (waste grain) and sewage from the city of Columbus’ Department of Public Utilities. Progressive Field’s biogas work is part of an aggressive waste-reduction effort. It produced 1,261 tons of waste in 2007, and that was down to 923 as early as 2008.

Sadly, the Chevrolet Impala CNG is not a car intended for European launch, but if you live in the US, then running this model on natural gas is expected to save you nearly $1.13 per gasoline-gallon-equivalent based on a national average of $3.24 per gallon for gasoline.

The CNG tank mounted in the trunk has the equivalent capacity of 7.8 gallons of gasoline, which is expected to offer approximately 150 city miles of range on compressed natural gas based on GM testing. With gasoline and compressed natural gas combined, expected range is 500 city miles based on GM testing. EPA estimates are not yet available.

With a full range estimated at nearly 500 miles, the Bi-fuel Impala expects to go on sale later this year for $38,210.

Source: East Hills Chevrolet