Drugs or Direction, that is the question….
Yesterday walking through the airport between an eatery and the wireless electronics store there was a big yellow sign that said something like this:
Are you distracted? Do you lose focus easily? Do you forget things? You could have ADHD, send us a text or find us on the web at (some website).
The website isn’t really their site of course. After reading the sign and looking around for a minute it hit me. What better place to try and convince people they have ADHD than an airport. Everyone is either in a hurry so they forget something, or bored out of their mind so they lose focus and are easily distracted.
Our entire society and system of marketing is based on these principles. Is everyone that buys a “keyfinder” an ADHD candidate? Who knows. What I do know is that like all things in life this was another organization looking to recruit candidates in an ideal location. Just about everyone with normal brain function is going to have some level of ADHD. If you have five Starbucks cards in your wallet or do like I do, and drink three 32 oz Diet Cokes before lunch, you might be a higher level of ADHD until the caffeine wears off.
We live in a society filled with distractions. iPods, cell phones, pocket cameras that film HD for You Tube and bright yellow signs with ADHD messages right when you are looking for your lost boarding pass all are designed to keep us distracted. Maybe they are just trying to keep us entertained and busy?
The truth is we live in a world where the absolute need for focus is almost zero. My generation and people younger than me rarely have any kind of dedicated focus. Our parents tell us “you can do anything you want to do”. If we pick something and change our mind, they just say “It’s OK dear.” To make matters worse we live in a “right now” information society. When someone calls us or texts us we are expected to answer right away.
The reality is, until we find what it is that drives us, we will always be a little distracted and out of focus. If we could each just find our true calling and put all of the rest of the distractions in a drawer we would be better off. Some of us get lucky and our parents instill that focus in us like Tiger Woods (sexting aside), and others get lucky and find their passion on their own or by accident..
After seeing a couple of pretty good accidents as a result of texting, I took a hard look at my own cell phone and texting habits in the car. Since then I have stopped answering calls for two reasons. First, I was going into autopilot when on the phone and would sometimes fly right by my off ramp or destination. Any time I saved by answering the call was then lost.
Second and more important I realized that I have so much going on, I couldn’t focus on what I was doing or what I was talking to the person on the other end of the conversation about. This is one where I needed to just take my own advice. Don’t take any calls you aren’t ready to take. If you call and I am on the road, chances are good I will forget any appointment we set or any thing I was supposed to order for you. If I take a your call in the office at the computer, then I am ready, and we both get more out of it.
While writing my book, “So, Now What?” I observed a lot of highly successful people. What I started doing was following the advice I was giving in my book as a result of those observations. I get way more done every day be being prepared to do what I am doing when I am doing it. Life is better this way. It feels slower and you have more time to do what you want to do.
Is it ADHD or lack of self discipline in a world of distractions?
A CarsGuide survey has showed that 85% of vehicle buying decisions are made by or influenced by women – and we’re not talking about the colour of the car! Women will often have different priorities to men when it comes to important features in their cars, with many looking for fuel efficiency and safety over power and performance.
When choosing the right vehicle, you’ll need to decide in advance what you’re looking for in order to secure a good deal. Think about financing options and do your research in advance. Here are some good tips for girls – and guys – to make note of.
Research research research – before you visit any car dealer, think about the car you’re looking for and how you’ll use your vehicle. Are you driving in the city or are you looking for a good family car? Get an idea of the price by consulting RedBook and find a model that will fit your budget.
Consider the cost – once you have an idea about the type of vehicle you’re looking for, start thinking your budget. It’s a good idea to think about your car finance options before you visit a dealership so you have an idea of the type of car loan or leasing options that are available.
Visit a dealer – there are a number of great dealerships to check out for new and used cars if you live in the Sydney area – you’ll want to visit a number of lots, especially if you’re looking for a used car. Head to a specific dealer if you have a particular model in mind – you’ll find the popular Holden Commodore at a number of Holden dealers throughout the city.
Inspect and test – give the car a once over to look for any signs of accidents or damage. Be sure to take it for a test drive – keep an eye and ear out for any problems while you’re on the road. If you’re not confident looking under the hood, take along a friend who knows about engines. It’s also not a bad idea to arrange for a professional inspection by a qualified mechanic for a later date before you make the final arrangements to buy.
Research some more – once you’ve test driven the vehicle, go home and look up some more information about the specific make and model of the car. Find out about pricing estimates for any extras. The more information you have, the more prepared you’ll be for negotiating a great deal.
Whether you’re looking for used Holdens for sale that will make great family cars or you’re after the perfect city vehicle – good information will be your most powerful tool to arrive at a fair price. Don’t fall in love with one particular car – visit a number of different dealerships and have a few options in mind so you can make an informed choice.
People who own electric vehicles often buy these products out of environmental consciousness. After all, “green” vehicles reduce a driver’s environmental footprint in a number of ways, including putting the brakes on pollution and conserving non-renewable fuel resources. However, this green initiative does require a little forward thinking to ensure that your automobile has the power it needs. From refueling to pricing, electric car charging stations are a crucial part of managing your vehicle’s operations.
Most recharging should occur at home to prepare your automobile for use. This process is simple and fast to perform, as it takes less than a minute to plug your automobile in when you return home.
To recharge in public, you will need to find a network that offers it. Networks are available throughout the country, but each one operates independently and uniquely to deliver power. Before utilizing this type of service, it’s helpful to learn a basic overview of how they work and how to use them.
Some stations are free, and others involve a fee for use. Fee structure varies, but it generally includes either a pay-as-you-use option or a monthly subscription. If you opt for a subscription service, one option would be an all-you-can-use service. The amount you can add to your vehicle per hour will depend on your car’s specific capabilities. A smaller or slower charger will cost more to refuel than a faster charger. Some areas may be more conducive for pay-as-you-go payments, while others will probably have special packages for EV drivers who want extensive plans with more options.
If you have a regular commute or traveling radius, it’s beneficial to explore this area to find the electric car charging stations available. Networks usually have multiple stations in a geographic area to provide EV drivers with plentiful options. Explore networks to learn the number of stations and their approximate locations to decide which one you want to use primarily, especially if you will be purchasing a plan.
Finding Electricity on the Go
When at home with a computer, it’s a simple task to view a locator map to find electric car charging stations. There may be times when you are driving and find yourself in need of an emergency charge. When this occurs, use a smartphone to search for charging points in your specific geographic area. The search engine results should provide you with options located near you.
You could also download an app to your smartphone to utilize location services in an even more streamlined fashion for finding the power you need.
If you’re lucky, your automobile may even help you with this search. Built-in navigation systems of EVs will often display your remaining range on a map. Also included in the map data will be the locations of all the nearby points for additional electricity.
Don’t neglect the recommendations of friends and family as you strive to find the electric car charging stations you want to use frequently. Personal recommendations often help you find the best spots for topping off your vehicle.
Several reasons come into place on why car buyers skip the planning process before buying their new car. Most often, they just trust their instincts without even consulting experts, former car dealers, or the internet for the right amount of car buying advice.
If you are one of those persons we’re talking about, perhaps you need to reexamine yourself before buying your new wheels. You might be thinking how you can get yourself into the best car deal. Well, searching for the right deal needs research on car buying and negotiation strategies. Below are some tips you can use for your car buying advice:
Search for the real invoice cost of your car. Naturally, salespersons will woo you with the best features on the car you desire. Without proper knowledge, their pursuit will triumph and you will trust them by buying the highly priced car. Hence, be careful with their strategies and arm yourself with the best car buying advice available.
List down your car preferences. If you already know what you want in a car model, car dealers will have difficulty in presenting you the expensive cars. Knowing what you want in a car is the best thing to know, so you will be able to set out your budget when buying a new car.
Go along shopping with a trusted friend. If you have a trusted friend who also knows the car negotiation tactics, better ask him or her to come with you. In this case, you can secure your decisions with your friend as your second adviser.
When buying a new car, it is best if you already have the right knowledge beforehand. This will prevent you from making bad decisions in buying a car.
Aeroporto di Firenze is Florence Airport’s other name. Then it was named Amerigo Vespucci Airport. While it is not located on the heart of the city, it serves Florence fairly well, along with Pisa’s Galileo Galilei Airport. These two airports are the major terminals in the Tuscany region. Comparing the two side by side, Florence Airport is the smaller one as it only has one runway.
To travel in and out of this airport through a bus, call upon the services of Volainbus airport shuttle. They officially serve the airport and follow a strict time table when driving passengers. Many coach lines serve the airport’s immediate area as well. One of such lines is operated by Terravision. Terravision offers a low-cost express coach to take you right to the city center of Florence. Private transfers are available as well. However, it is necessary that you book the service early. They won’t be able to accommodate your transfer request without prior arrangements. If you want a faster ride though, there’s a train that serves the city as well.
From all of these choices before you, opting for a hired car remains to be the best choice. If you do, you get total control of your local travels. Go wherever you wish in this part of Italy without putting your fate on the hands of the rather unreliable public mode of transportation. Consult with Budget, Avis, Sixt, and Hertz. They are competent enough to process your vehicle rental requests.
These car hire companies also have offices at the terminal of the airport. This makes booking a car from them rather simple. You can easily rent a car right as you arrive in Florence. However, the best method is to make all the preparations even before you arrive. To do that, simply log online. You can reserve the vehicle that you want through these companies’ web partners. They would also make sure that you’ll have the car ready just as you arrive. And so the only thing that you have to do when your plane lands is to pick up the keys and drive the car you rented all the way to your hotel and around town.
Wheels are among the most vital parts in the car. They are the
ones that keep it moving and thus, they are indispensable in a
vehicle. The size and the quality of the wheels significantly
affect your ride quality and handling so always make sure they
are in perfect shape and condition. Taking care of them is a
must so as not to sacrifice your vehicle’s performance. They
also need special attention since they are closest to the road;
hence, they are exposed to a lot corrosion-causing elements.
Aside from contributing to ride quality and handling abilities,
the wheels can also make the car look better and a lot
sportier. People have always been concerned with how their
vehicles should look and thus they replace or customize some of
the parts to make it different from the rest on the road. The
wheels are among those that are often replaced to achieve their
desired appearance. Accessories are also added to the wheels,
such as the hub caps and wheels covers. These auto accessories
are designed to match the user’s various driving needs and
In buying replacement wheels
for your car, there are important things you need to know,
especially if you are new to driving. You cannot just choose
any kind of wheel in lieu of the original wheel of your car.
There are different wheel specifications for every kind of
vehicle and car model since suspension design varies from one
vehicle to another. Take note that the wheels work hand in hand
with the suspension system whose job is to keep the tires in
tight contact with the road as the vehicle turns, brakes or is
driven down the road without sacrificing comfort of the
Three aspects of the wheels are relevant to the suspension
design: wheel offset, aspect ratio, and tire width. All these
should be considered in choosing the best replacement wheels
for your vehicle.
Offset refers to the distance from the very center of the wheel
to the mounting surface of the wheel disc at the hub. Wheel
offset can be positive, negative or zero. A “0” offset means
that the mounting surface of the wheel is in the center of the
wheel. This measurement is very important in positioning the
tire. This also provides for adequate dual spacing.
Aspect ratio is the ratio between the width of the tire and the
height of its side wall. A tire specified as “205/60/15” for
example, has a width of 205mm and 60% aspect ratio. The “15”
refers to the size of the wheel to which it is fitted. You
shouldn’t buy wheels or tires with lower aspect ratio than what
is required because this will wear them out easily as ride
quality will deteriorate. However, this could also result to
more precision in turning.
You might be thinking of getting wider wheels to give your car
a racing car look. Better think about this again. While is it
true that wider wheels and tires can give your car a chunk of
gutsy looks, they can also ruin your driving satisfaction. This
is because the weight of the vehicle would not be evenly spread
over the wheel and tire width. Resistance is also increased,
thus you wheels and tires could wear out fast.
If you want to know more about car wheels, you can search for
car enthusiasts’ sites that feature different kinds of wheels
or go to the car manufacturer’s site and check out your car
model’s wheel specifications.
As a “no-fault” state, Minnesota motorists are responsible for their own repairs and medical expenses if in an accident…no matter which driver is at fault. This places the burden of financial responsibility on everyone involved in the accident, so MN motorists are required to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) of at least $40,000. Bodily Injury Liability is required as well, with limits of $30,000 per individual and up to $60,000 coverage per accident. Minnesota also requires a minimum Property Damage Liability policy of $10,000. Another type of auto insurance that’s required in Minnesota is Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage, which has a limit of $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident.
With these protections, you’ll have adequate coverage to protect you in most accidents, whether a “hit and run” occurs, if you have an accident with someone who does not have car insurance, or if you are in an accident due to someone else’s negligence.
Collision and Comprehensive Coverage in Minnesota
Minnesota does not require collision or comprehensive coverage; however, your lender will likely require collision insurance if you are still paying back a car loan. Collision covers your own vehicle’s repairs or replacement if you are in an accident with another automobile, if your vehicle hits a fence or building, or if lose control and your car rolls over. Most drivers that own an expensive car or classic restored model, or even a newer car do opt to purchase collision insurance.
Comprehensive coverage gives protection for damages caused by freak acts of nature or weather elements, fire, theft, vandalism and impacts with animals. Comprehensive coverage can provide peace of mind if you live in a high crime area or where severe weather with hail or high winds occurs frequently.
Depending on where you live in MN – whether in Minneapolis, Rochester, Plymouth, Burnsville, or another city – the type of coverage will not solely determine the amount of your car insurance rate. Other factors will also affect the premium. For example, the distance of your daily commute, your driving history, your age, your marital status, the type of vehicle you own, and where you live. Auto insurance providers may offer discounts for safe driving, driver’s training, a good credit score, good school grades for student motorists, multiple policies in your household, etc. So there’s really no set rate for various types of coverage. Every premium is calculated based on facts about you, your vehicle and where you live as well as risk factors.
As you shop for Minnesota car insurance, be sure to visit a quote comparison website to compare several providers in your area. Look for a provider with a great rating and good customer service reputation. Make your comparison by comparing apples with apples among providers. In other words, don’t expect policies with different deductibles or coverage amounts to have similar rates. Consider all your options before purchasing auto insurance in Minnesota.
In, driving around the state without having obtained the prescribed car insurance is illegal and thus punishable by law. Such is the usual case not only in several states in the US, but in some other countries as well where elaborate transportation laws apply. While there may be drivers who view insurance policies as a whim of bureaucracy, it is worth noting that auto insurance policies have actually helped save thousands of people by cushioning the impact of road accidents on their finances. Hence, mandated or not, some drivers still choose to invest in this security.
The only logical reason why there are vehicle owners who never get their cars insured is that insurance policies today are mostly expensive. Much as they wanted to be financially secured when the dreaded road mishaps occur, it is the cost of availing the coverage that makes it difficult for them to consider having car insurance. However, what many people don’t know is that they can lower the prices of their preferred coverage if they choose to do so. Here is list of practical tips on how you can save on car insurance policies:
- Minimize Risk – This strategy actually falls under the category of self-insuring since the idea is to lower the insurance quote as much as one can afford. Through minimizing the odds of danger in your part and proving the insurers that you can very well handle your car on the road, the actuaries can give you reasonably priced premiums.
One way to lower the risk of getting into car accidents is to become a responsible driver. Always remember that every speeding ticket is a point against your insurance quote; it will reflect badly on your record and insurers may take you for a high-risk driver. In, they have this compulsory “no-fault insurance system” which orders the insurers to pay for the damages to properties and injuries incurred regardless of whether the holders of auto insurance policies are responsible for the accident or not. The catch is that the drivers will never be paid for the damages to their own vehicles in the event of theft or a collision. This is why vehicle owners are often advised to take defensive driving lessons and precautionary measures to protect their cars if they do not wish to avail of a comprehensive insurance.
- Do Comparative Shopping – You don’t need to scour the local agencies in your area and do all the stressful footwork just to find a desirable insurance quote. All you have to do is search the web for online insurance providers and check the kinds of coverage that they offer. After studying each policy and weighing up your options, you can now choose which coverage is best for you, budget-wise.
- Choose Your Car Wisely – If it is your first time to drive a car, you should also consider the cost of insurance that your desired car is likely to be quoted. For drivers who want to add special coverage to their existing car insurance, it is best to insure the vehicles which are unlikely to figure in accidents.
A car alarm is a device installed in a car to protect your vehicle from theft. It is designed to be activated by vibrations, tilting or touching of the car, or when special switches are tampered with. The alarm consists of a remote transmitter, wiring harness, onboard sensor device and a horn. If one of the doors, trunk or the bonnet is opened, the alarm will activate the flashlights and the siren. It works by sensing small and rapid changes in battery voltage, or by using infra red or ultrasound sensors.
A car alarm is equipped with impact sensors, radar or motion sensors, and a loud siren or sequence of tones in the 120-decibel range. It is a great criminal deterrent and helps to defend your valuables such as car stereo. There are two major types of systems: passive alarms and active alarms. Passive alarms are automatically switched on when the doors are closed and the ignition is off. If the car is opened incorrectly, the alarm will sound. Active alarms are manually activated by the user.
Car alarm accessories include input for adding trunk pin, door pin, hood pin, door sensors, air horns, tilt sensors, starter disable relays, power window control modules, trunk release modules, starter-kill protection, and output for parking light flash. The majority have door opening protection, adjustable shock sensors, LED lights, and sirens. Some of them offer extra protection against glass breakage and other intrusions into your vehicle.
The common features of today’s car alarm systems are automatic rearm, ignition controlled door locks, factory alarm arm or disarm, grounded output when armed, trunk output, dome light supervision, parking light output, and car finder mode. Most insurance companies give cheap car insurance premium to customers who install approved car alarm systems.
Caring for your car can be done very easily at home. Of course, it is different to car maintenance. If you wish to have your car clean and nice smelling, it can very easily be done with some car care products. These products often have been developed especially for cars, and thus, will be able to make your car look very cool and clean when utilized even on a daily basis. Hence, this article will serve as an easy to follow guide on some of the most useful and common car care products that are used and available today.
Cleaners for such things as leather inside a car are very popular these days. This is because many cars, especially cars that are in the category of luxury cars, have leather seating and leather fittings. Anyone who owns leather furniture knows the importance of maintaining leather. Leather can degrade and become very dirty if it is not properly treated and cleaned on a regular basis. It would certainly be embarrassing for a person with a luxury car to have stained, dirty and ugly-looking leather seats. Hence, getting cleaners for leather seating and fittings is something that is essential for lots of people looking to make their car look as good as possible.
Another very common car care product that is being utilized very frequently around the world is window cleaners. These days you will find a window cleaner in every other home, as any home with glass windows will get dirty over time if not cleaned properly. Hence, to make sure that all of the windows inside a home look crystal clear, window cleaners are used. The same principle applies when talking about the glass windows of a car. In fact, it probably applies even more to car windows as they are affected by a large number of external forces such as dust and pollution on an everyday basis.
Window cleaners are available specifically for cars because the windows that are used inside a home are very different to the windows that are often installed in a car. Hence, using your home window cleaner will not be effective for cleaning your car windows. Thus, getting proper car window cleaner should be of high priority for anyone who wants to ensure that their car has crystal clear windows. These cleaners often do not cost too much and are available from many of the most popular car maintenance shops in America. This kind of product is essential for any kind of car owner, no matter how old or new their car may be.