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Written By: admin on June 21, 2013 No Comment

Introduction

As friends or family of young children, we all know how adorable to watch confused kids try to put a square peg in a round hole. It truly is amazing to watch how they develop as they grow up, and see them discover how to match the right shape with the right hole.

Unfortunately, when we reach adulthood, this fact doesn't stay with us 100% of the time. It has a particular tendency to exit our minds at the pumps of a petrol station, when we fill up our diesel car with petrol. Here's what to do when managing that exact catastrophe.

An Easy Mistake?

Although it might seem a silly thing to do, many drivers forget that they drive a diesel motor. Most diesel engines drive so smoothly and quietly today that it's not uncommon to slip back into petrol mode. This is especially the case since there are more diesels on the road than there used to be and most mistakes come from drivers who have switched.

Making sure you make the right decisions with your petrol is important.

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The first thing to do in the petrol catastrophe is not to panic. Stop kicking yourself and getting into a fluster; if you're worrying about the 'wasted' money in fuel that you just put into your engine, then you've got your focus all wrong. What you should be worrying about is the damage it could be doing to your car while your mind is wandering. Proceed quickly to the next step!

Stop Before You Start

The most important thing to do as soon as you realise is to stop petrol flowing through your car's internals. Basically, don't start the ignition. If you realise while you're still at the pump, then damage should be minimal as it hasn't worked its way through the system yet. Diesel engines can handle a small amount of petrol, so if you've added less than 10% of petrol then you need to fill the rest with diesel and you should be ok to carry on as normal. You should still get your car checked out by a professional as soon as you can though, and make sure things are running ok. If it's more than 10% then don't even consider making a move, your tank needs draining!

If you're already on the road when you realise then things could be a little bit more difficult. However don't panic if you have put petrol in a diesel car, just pull over in a safe place and turn off your engine. You can either opt for a rubber tube and a foul taste in your mouth, or try the safer option of making a phone call. This brings us on to step 3…

 

Picking the right petrol in the first place will save you a lot of hassle.

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Phone a Friend

D.I.Y is great, but as far as your car is concerned it's probably not the best option unless you're a mechanic by trade. The right tools for the job are only a quick call away, so the good news is that you could be back on the road and damage-free within the hour. There are dedicated teams and companies that specialise in mis-fuelling; they will help assess any damage, advise you on the proper action to take next, as well as drain/re-fill your car. The important thing is patience; sit tight once you've called in the pros, and deploy your safety signals if necessary. Make sure you've got that lucky telephone number on hand; you never know when you might need it!

Conclusion

Most car owners would agree that they couldn't manage their schedules and lifestyles without the luxury and benefits that a car brings. But your invaluable vehicle needn't be out of action for long if you opt for the right plan of attack. Knowing these little tips will help you do your part, and let the experts take care of the rest. Don't end up paying through the teeth for a new engine, parts or even a complete new set of wheels. Stop a car catastrophe before it starts; make the right call the next time you find yourself facing a petrol/diesel disaster.

 

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Written By: admin on April 30, 2013 No Comment

If you’ve always wondered whether there was an app designed to make the business side of courier work easier and better, worry no more. There are lots! Whether you’re looking for business communication software, storage, accounting and more, there are plenty of programs created for your smartphone that are designed to help make your efforts more profitable.

Of course, it makes sense.  Courier work is a mobile business after all and as such,  mobile apps are definitely designed to match the needs of the courier-businessman!  No wonder  more and more couriers are relying  on their smartphones for their business needs!

If you are into  courier work here are some business apps you surely won’t be able to do without.

Email and Documents


Whether it’s  communications, storage, documentation, tracking and other needs of a growing business,  courier work will surely involve one aspect of  Google Apps or another. It’s so versatile,  giving access to web-based e-mail, calendars, and documents from anywhere, for free!

Documents can stored on the Google Drive up to 10GB. Once on this cloud-based system accessible on the Web and a variety of mobile devices, including the iPad, iPhone, and Android phones and tablets– which makes it perfect for those  who do courier work–they can  then these be shared and collaborated on. Google Apps is free for up to ten userson the same account.

Accounting and Billing Software

Just because you’re bad at maths doesn’t mean you can forgo basic accounting, bookkkeeping, financial reporting and other business requirements if you do  courier work. Luckily, keeping track  of the money that goes in and out of your business as well as money you’ve already earned and have not yet collected. You’ll also want apps to keep track of the paperwork involved in the process of applying for, invoicing, billoing and general accounting.

Mint.com, on the other hand,  allows you to track different  transactions such as purchases and sales all in one place while Freshbooks is a simple bookkeeping and accounting  app that includes client and product/service records, easy invoice creation and dispatching, document-sharing and reports, and great integration/smartphone support.

For simple  invoicing and collections, Billing Manager is a great little app that lets you u easily create and e-mail free, unlimited one-time and recurring invoices, and tracks payments and sales taxes on your courier work.

Storage, Filing And More: Evernote

Evernote appears on may app sites as an all-around favourite of professionals in many industries,  courier work  included. Its capabilities range from storing all your notes, whether in audio, video or image formats, taking snapshots and copypasting relevant information from websites and even storing data from pictures taken with it by your phone. Its character recognition software makes it easier to store documents like receipts and other cards easily and conventiently without needing to retype words–  take a picture of the business cards you receive while networking or your receipts and Evernote stores the information in ythe relevant folders after converting them into documents.

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Written By: admin on April 24, 2013 No Comment

These days there are many traditional and also fresh and modern ways to keep up with the need to find new work agreements. Since much work is temporary and freelance, you need to keep an eye out even if you already have a role in haulage work,  If you are currently shifting a truck, hauling cargo with your fleet or searching for container for your cargo, why wouldn't you want to know when and where you can find the next bit of work?

But the competition for new work is high, especially when the economy is weak. So it behoves everyone to know to prepare well when they are hunting.

Your Presence in Public Ads

There is no need to wait for transport contract jobs when you put yourself out there and have them come to you. Public ads allow people who want cargo, crates, containers or a fleet to see that you are a fit when they see your ad. Billboards, newspaper ads and other public notices are excellent for this. Advertising both what you are willing to do and your branding and reputation is very effective to make sure that you can wait for people to come to you while you also are actively involved in the work of looking for work.

Working the Word-of-Mouth

There is a more basic means for you to be knowledgeable about a strong stream of work that could be waiting for you in the present moment or upcoming future. This tried and tested way to find transport contract jobs is simple word-of-mouth. The contacts people have made within a local grapevine can help build a presence in that industry that is not easily forgotten.

Networking

This means involves developing the right cargo, freight, fleet and shipping networks to help assure upcoming transport contract jobs. This can include travelling to conventions, social events, or organising meetings on your own. This works well with of word-of-mouth communication and public advertising, and insists you go out and work hard at stamping your presence in the haulage industry.

Newspaper

Newspapers are still the primary means of finding short-term and long-term work for a multifaceted number of purposes. It is simple and effective to go out and find transport contract jobs by scouring through the ink and paper of weekly periodicals on a constant basis. Most classifieds sections have a large number of ads for trucks, cars, containers and other means of haulage work for prospective drivers, transport organisations and people with cargo.

Online

Despite all these, getting stuck into the online world is simply the best way to latch on to new work, and this modern advent can often be automated so you can watch potential work feed in. The internet has replicated new and exciting mirrors to all of the above options. You should try and participate in online forums, advertise on web pages, blogs, and social media, network through live messaging and chat, and find classifieds on specialist online magazines and haulage exchanges.

Written By: admin on April 23, 2013 No Comment

Every time you get behind the wheel of an automobile you need to be aware of all your responsibilities. Bad driving habits not only get you in trouble with the police and will cause you to have higher insurance premiums, but they can also be deadly. Stop taking risks when you are driving and keep everyone around you safe. The worst habits are the ones you do not think are going to cause an accident.

Talking on a Cell Phone

In most states, it is now illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving unless you are doing so without using your hands. Some states do not even allow hands-free cell phone use. If you are seen, you will be pulled over and you will receive a citation. This could cause problems with your insurance company.

Fiddling with the Radio

While it is not truly illegal, it is never a good idea to take your eyes off the road, especially if one of your hands is off the steering wheel. It only takes a second to accidentally veer into oncoming traffic. It is always best to set the radio to one station and leave it there until you are completely stopped. Listening to a bad song is better than ending up in the hospital.

Speeding

While you may truly need to be somewhere in a short amount of time, but it is never a good idea to exceed the posted speed limit. In many cases, speeding will only get you someplace much later than had you stayed at the legal limit. If you get pulled over because of how fast you were going, waiting for the police officer to give you a ticket is going to take a lot of time and make you late. If you are in an accident, you might as well not go where you were headed if you are not in a hospital. In addition to a traffic fine, your insurance premiums will go up. You can always go to court and try to get the charge removed to avoid higher insurance.

No Turn Signal

It may not seem like a big deal, but letting everyone around you know what you are going to be doing is always a good thing when driving. You can avoid many accidents by being courteous and letting others know your intentions.

Tailgating

Driving too closely to the car in front of you is just asking for trouble. Anything can happen that will have you crashing into it. You cannot see what the other driver sees and have no idea what the other driver is thinking. Make sure you stay far enough behind to safely stop should the car in front slam on the brakes.

Safe driving is everyone's responsibility. Sometimes you can end up getting a traffic ticket for a simple misunderstanding that can cause you a lot of problems with the courts or your insurance company. If you need legal representation or information, visit BobCohenLawPasadena.com to find out what you can do to keep your license and your insurance company happy.

Wendy Lynn is a freelance writer specializing in medical and insurance areas. She has worked as an RN and is currently studying to become a paralegal.

Written By: admin on March 25, 2013 No Comment

Even if you're fairly new in the haulage industry, you have probably heard about the benefits of the back load. This is a practical strategy many haulage operators use in order to maximise their fuel consumption and other resources, while at the same time increasing income by accepting hauling jobs for the return journey of an outbound delivery.

The haulage market offers you several mechanisms to enjoy the benefits of this practice for partially laden or empty return journeys. There are numerous service providers who focus on matching appropriate cargo to return legs of the trip, for a minimal fee. If you have established your presence in the industry, you can also focus on building a strong network or partner up with other operators who share similar cargo and vehicle locations.

 

 

Below are some different options you can explore when sourcing opportunities:

Specialists

Back load specialists are operators that focus on managing part of their workload by offering specific loads to certain areas of the country on a sub-contract basis. For instance, if your vehicle is empty in a particular region, you can get in touch with these specialists in order to obtain a return cargo for the vehicle.

Load Matching Services

There are certain organisations that are often referred to as ‘clearing houses’ that focus on matching cargo with available vehicles. In the past, telephones were mainly used to coordinate and match spare capacity of return journey loads, but with the advances in technology and e-commerce, this type of service has grown more widespread and efficient. There are basically two types of back load matching services: the online freight exchange and the auction based trade exchange.

The online freight exchange refers to systems that provide a platform that generally allows carriers to communicate and coordinate freight traffic information with other operators, such as logistics and forwarder companies. Forwarders are allowed to advertise their freight, either publicly or privately, to a large number of freight operators who are in search of return journey cargo. Such online systems are typically subscription based, which means you pay a minimal amount for searching and advertising.

On the other hand, auction based trade exchanges offer companies a chance to advertise their shipping requirements online and obtain bids from prospective carriers. This type of exchange focuses on who can provide the best possible rate for the transportation of products or goods from point A to point B.

Freight Forwarders

Freight forwarders primarily focus on making the necessary arrangements for the movement of the freight, which include the logistics, customs, warehousing and bonding activities. Since most forwarders are not physical carriers of goods, they are known to be a lucrative source of back load jobs.

About the author

Norman Dulwich is a correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the world's largest neutral trading hub for same day back load jobs in the express freight exchange industry. Over 2,500 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment.

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Written By: admin on March 15, 2013 No Comment

Every year auto enthusiasts eagerly await the latest automotive innovations as they are unleashed, but few prototype unveilings have caused the stir that a certain vehicle triggered when it was shown to the public this month in Austin, Texas.

It was at the eighth annual Texas Transportation Forum and the usual dialogue about state highways and long-haul trucks was put on the back burner as public officials and an eager public gathered round to see an automotive curiosity, one with the potential to change the face of not just the automotive industry, but also the nation’s entire transportation infrastructure.

Who was the developer behind this groundbreaking vehicle?  Was it automotive pioneer Ford?  Or the always innovative folks at Toyota?  Or maybe it was one of the foreign manufacturers.  Porsche?  Ferrari?

Nope.

It was Google.

That’s right; the Internet giant Google is the brains behind this state-of-the-art vehicle.  A quick glance at the model reveals little that would indicate this is anything but a normal luxury sedan; aside from the futuristic implement sitting on top of the vehicle, this could be your suburban neighbor’s car.

But it wasn’t the Jones’ car that had everyone stirring.  No, this automobile is quite different.

You see one constant in the history of automobiles -- from Henry Ford’s Model T to the Lamborghini Gallardo – is that a certain instrument must be in place for the automobile to operate.

The Google prototype doesn’t need this, however.  Unlike every other vehicle ever created for use on public roads, the Google vehicle has no need for one thing.  (And I’m not talking about tires.)

A driver.

That’s right!  Google, with the help of researchers at Stanford University, has now produced a fleet of ten vehicles that does all the driving itself.  It accelerates by itself.  It brakes and steers by itself and knows when to do so.  It changes lanes when appropriate.  It can see the road using laser technology and can go as fast as 85 miles per hour.

Google took the driverless car for a loop around the Austin area, including the traffic-packed Interstate 35.  This was quite a technological feat, considering that just a couple years ago the driverless cars could only travel a few city blocks at a time.

Sure it may yet be a few years before the driverless cars are whizzing around city streets, but the progress has been such that it no longer seems like a fantasy.  It’s going to happen, and it will change the transportation setup of our country.

Google claims that their driverless car will:

  • Reduce traffic accidents by 90%
  • Reduce wasted commute time and energy by 90%
  • Reduce the total number of cars we need by 90%

Think about that.

It’s a whole new ball game!

Jack Payton is an automotive enthusiast and a freelance writer for the online tire retailer tires-easy.com.  Though intrigued by the driverless car, he isn’t willing to give up his 4x4 excursions into the mountains.

Written By: admin on January 31, 2013 No Comment

Being a dedicated car guy, I get asked a lot of questions about cars and car repair. The question I am asked most is “which used car should I buy?” You would think that as many times as I am asked that, I would have a good response ready. The truth is, that isn’t always the case. There are many used car offerings on the market today, some are good and some are not so good. When it comes down to it, you have to like the car that you buy.

There are some guidelines that should affect your choices. You want to look for safety, reliability and availability. The first two are obvious, but why availability? When you have found the used car that you want, it makes purchasing it much easier if there are quite a few of them around. The better the availability, the better the price will be.

Here is a list of the top ten used cars to buy in 2013. Take note that these models should all be 2006 or newer and always do a complete check on every vehicle you intend to purchase.

  • Nissan Altima, a really good mid-size sedan with lots of power and good looks.
  • Hyundai Elantra, this offering from Hyundai has just what you want, good fuel economy, reliability and  safety.
  • BMW 3-series, a very sporty and safe car that has the looks and performance that many people like. The coupe version of the 3-series is an especially good deal.
  • Honda CRV, this crossover offers lots of cargo room and good fuel economy. It also has strong crash test ratings.
  • Ford Exporer, being a larger SUV model, you might have to sacrifice some gas mileage for the added safety and hauling capacity of this one.
  • Honda Odyssey, the perfect family hauler, the Odyssey gets decent gas mileage and can seat 7 people with comfort.
  • Ford F-150, this pickup has been around for a long time and seems to get better with age. You can use it as a work truck and still take it out on the town.
  • Toyota Prius, the newer versions of this hybrid have more room than its predecessors  and does really well in crash test safety.
  • Toyota Tacoma, looking for a mid-size truck? The Tacoma might fit the bill for you, with all of the features of a larger truck, it uses less fuel and takes up less space in the garage.
  • Honda Accord, this one comes as no surprise to anyone, the Accord has always been considered a best buy new or used because of its reliability and safety features.

Ten cars that you should consider when buying a used car this year. All of them very different, yet they have all made this list for the same reason, they are good cars that will last a long time and keep you on the road.

About the Author.

Peter Smith is a car writing journalist for Car Hut Australia.  Where you can buy new and used cars online.   If your asking yourself how can I sell my car for free ?  It’s quick and easy with Car Hut Australia!

Written By: blarson on January 17, 2013 No Comment


The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) kicked off bright and early on January 14th, and shortly afterward the winners of the 2013 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year were announced. While last year’s winners were the Hyundai Elantra and Land Rover Evoque, finalists in this year’s Car category were the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Cadillac ATS, and finalists in this year’s Truck/Utility category were the Mazda CX-5, Ford C-MAX and Ram 1500. Ultimately, the 2013 North American Car of the Year award went to the Cadillac ATS, and the North American Truck/Utility of the Year award went to the Ram 1500.

According to a press release issued by the North American Car of the Year Organizing Committee, the winners were chosen by a panel of 49 automotive journalists.  The journalists hailed from both the United States and Canada, and represented various websites, newspapers, magazines, and television and radio stations.  In the release, the organization said that in order to select a winner, the journalists were instructed to evaluate each vehicle in terms of comfort, design, driver satisfaction, safety, handling and value for the dollar. To be eligible for the award in the first place, a vehicle had to be “substantially changed” from the prior model year.

This year, the Cadillac ATS beat out the other finalists with a score of 207 points to the Honda Accord’s 159 points and the Ford Fusion’s 124 points.  Things weren’t as tight in the Truck/Utility category as the Ram 1500 earned 261 points to the Mazda CX-5’s 142 points and the Ford C-MAX’s 81 points. The Ram 1500 win marked the third time a Chrysler vehicle has been named the North American Truck of the Year.  Similarly, the win for Cadillac marked the fifth such win for a General Motors vehicle.  The Dodge Ram 1500 won the award previously in 1994, but this was the first win for the Cadillac ATS.

About the Award

The North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year awards were initially inspired by Europe’s “Car of the Year” awards and have now been given out at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) for the last 20 years.  Domesticautomakers have taken home 11 North American Car of the Year awards and thirteen North American Truck of the Year awards. European automakers have won in the Car category four times and in the Truck/Utility category three times.  The rest of the awards were won by Japanese automakers or South Korea’s Hyundai.

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Written By: Guest Author on January 12, 2013 No Comment

Who doesn’t love a car that makes driving exhibitionist at a fraction of the cost of high end luxury cars that turn heads? I know I do. That is why I followed the entry of the ‘limited edition’ Ford Fiesta Metal into the Ford catalogue with a keen eye.

The raven-black Fiesta Metal is definitely sexy, with a mean metallic exterior that is a far cry from any of the generic cars on the streets today. But when it comes to performance, the appearance is somewhat deceptive. Of course this tiny pocket rocket packs as strong a punch as a standard Ford compact car, but it’s more the aesthetics of it that will make you want to have one in the garage.

That is not to say that I didn’t like the handling, but if you’re expecting meanness, this is not the car to go for. If you’re a car enthusiast like me, it is a great car to have. Here’s a look at some of the elements of the car that sets it apart.

The Manly Exterior and Interior Detailing

The Fiesta Metal has 17 inch black alloy wheels and a mean-looking front spoiler with a silver painted front grille surround that adds to its sharp look. In external aesthetics, this car is in the league of a Fabia RS (Skoda) or a Polo GT (Volkswagen). Another great feature is the twin exhaust tips that sneak out of the back to complete its battle-ready appearance.

Inside, the car features a Piano Black centre stack bezel and ebony black leather sports seats. There are little details inside, such as the stainless steel cuff plates, the silver contrast stitching on the black seats and silver piping on the floor mats, which make this car attractive. It’s not a luxury cabin by any means and doesn’t have the refinement of one, but it is good enough for the $22,990 plus on-road costs that the hatchback was priced at.

Matchless Smooth Steering

The 1.6 litre engine in the car offers 98 kW, so I wasn’t expecting too much speed from this little car. But I was pleasantly surprised with its superb handling and steering for its size and affordability. The wheel offered little resistance and the steering is light yet tactile at the same time.

The sports suspension allowed me to take the car out comfortably on rough roads and not compromise on speed. The dampers and springs in the system smoothed over the bumps, and definitely didn’t rattle my teeth.

I was also pleasantly surprised to find that I didn’t need the stability control. It was fun to turn it off and discover that the chassis design allowed me to take the car through tight bends (within its limits of course) without a glitch.

The verdict: I found the Fiesta Metal well deserving of its limited edition status. It’s not as mean as it looks, but it looks good enough to keep if I’m looking for a family hatchback. I would be proud to take one of these little charmers out for a spin on a weekend, to a soccer game or a symphony.

Josh White is a dealer of used cars in Sydney. His store carries various brands and models but he personally uses Ford small cars.

Written By: Guest Author on January 11, 2013 No Comment

Honestly, in some cases, the garage just doesn’t provide you with the necessary settings to work on your automobile. For example, if you have just purchased an antiquated car for a restoration project and your family's automobiles are already taking up all the space in the garage, than you would have no choice but to conduct the repairs under the clear blue sky.

Rain, the scorching sun or even a hailstorm would prevent you from focusing on fixing up the car or working at all. Not to mention the fact that all your electric power tools would be exposed to the elements. A temporary shelter, on the other hand, would eliminate all these issues.

What are temporary shelters? 

Basically, a temporary shelter consists of a waterproofed fabric roofing supported by a structure of pylons. These constructions can be installed and disassembled with only the basic tools in a matter of minutes, effectively providing a versatile enclosure to work on your automobile. By shielding the car from the rainwater, snow and UV, they allow a car owner to focus on the task at hand, whether it means spending some quality time with your son and teaching him about the mechanics of automobiles, waxing/painting your family vehicle, changing the tires/oil or any number of other tasks.

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Temporary shelters versus permanent structures  

A permanent shelter has certain benefits over the temporary version, namely superior temperature/humidity control via insulation. However, the problems associated with obtaining the building permits, the numerous building code specifications you have to adhere to, the sheer "permanence" and immovability of the structure make these solutions less attractive compared to temporary canopies.

To put it simply, once you have erected a permanent structure, you will not be able to make use of that yard space when it is no longer in use without tearing it down. That is, if you can get the approval of authorities to build it in the first place. At the same time, building a permanent structure is substantially more expensive than purchasing a temporary canopy.

Selecting a temporary shelter for your workshop purposes

First of all, you will have to consider the dimensions of the car and the working space required around it. The larger the vehicle, the more space it will require. In addition to that, you need to decide whether you plan to work exclusively on a single car at a time or conduct repairs simultaneously on two or more vehicles.

Next, make sure that the materials, meaning the fabric of the rooftop and the support pylons are appropriate for the typical weather conditions in your area. If the roof is not robust enough, a stronger gust of wind may tear it right off. Alternatively, if the pylons are not constructed from stainless alloys, they will eventually rust. Lastly, go for a shelter that doesn’t require an intricate or lengthy assembly procedure, for versatility purposes.

Alternative utilizations

A temporary shelter is not exclusively useful for DIY automobile overhauling projects. Due to their portable nature, these canopies can provide excellent protection for your car when you go camping or temporary automobile storage solutions. And, if your car needs repairs when you are away on a trip, at least you have a dry and protected enclosure to perform them!

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Karen Young is an avid travel blogger. She advises people to check their car canopy and it's accessories regularly.

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