Wheels are FUN

Most of the times road trips are only fun in movies. If you are used to driving long distances regularly, chances are you won’t get too excited for another week on the road. Nevertheless, there are plenty of ways to help time pass faster and reach your destination safely.

 

Establish a comfortable driving time

If you have a long road ahead, the smartest choice is to divide it into a few driving days with as many hours of driving as you feel comfortable. There is no point in testing your limits behind the wheel if you want to avoid exhaustion, fatigue, and accidents.

Although it may take a bit longer to reach your destination, if you want to stay safe you shouldn’t drive more than 7-8 hours a day. A ten-hour driving day will only work if you had enough rest the previous night and you ate well.

 

Use smart tools

If you don’t know exactly how to get to your destination or you’re looking for alternative routes, it is best to use GPS apps such as Google Maps or Waze to guide you. What we like the most about the latter is that it provides detailed and real-time information about the road, including roadkills, traffic jams, potholes, and even alerts you about police patrols.

 

Take breaks as often as possible

Whether you travel alone or with a companion, breaks are mandatory for your sanity and your health. As a general rule, you should take a ten-minute break every two hours of driving or 130 miles. We suggest stopping at gas stations or crowded places where you can get something to eat or drink.

If you travel alone at night and use highways or back roads, you should consider making fewer stops for your own safety.

 

Eat, sleep, drive

As we’ve previously stated, catching a good night’s rest before your road trip is mandatory if you want to stay focused and avoid mistakes. No matter the hour you decide to start your journey, make sure you have enough sleep before.

Also keep in mind that during “dead hours” (dawn and dusk) it may take longer for your eyes to adjust to the new lighting conditions, which could increase the possibility of an accident.

Another way to stay focused on the road is to have a light meal or snack before you get into the car and drink plenty of water. Avoid drinking sodas or sugary beverages as they will only make you more agitated and anxious. Coffee is almost the norm for all drivers but avoid large quantities at once as they will get you dehydrated and may even mess up your reflexes.

 

Wheels are FUN

 

Having a vehicle is more of a necessity instead of trifle nowadays, but looking after it is no easy job. No matter if you purchase an old vehicle or a brand new one, some investments need to be made in order to ensure your safety and comfort.

Apart from gas and friction pads, you also need to look after your engine’s good function, and this can only be made using the proper products. Coolants and antifreeze gels are mandatory, but picking the right one could prove a challenge, especially if you’re a newbie in the field. Here is everything you need to know about them.

 

Coolant vs. antifreeze gel

Although these two may seem alike, there are plenty of differences you need to learn about. A coolant is a liquid running through an engine to help it maintain its optimum temperature and prevent it from overheating. Most vehicles, no matter if we talk about motorbikes, four-wheelers or cars, use these coolants to keep their engines working properly.

An antifreeze gel has the exact same properties and serves the same role, so what’s the actual difference between these two? A coolant represents a pre-mixed solution that is ready to use outside the box, while an anti-freeze is a more concentrated solution that should be diluted with water before pouring it into the cooling system of your vehicle. Plus, an anti-freeze serves the purpose its name suggests, to prevent the coolant (water) from freezing when temperatures are below 32 degrees F.

 

What is a coolant made of?

Although each product comes with its own concentration and ingredient list, there are certain substances that you’ll most likely find in all coolers and antifreeze gels on the market. A coolant is mainly made of water and Ethylene glycol, a colorless, odorless, and sweet-tasting viscous liquid.

This chemical compound is not only used as a vehicle coolant but also represents the number one ingredient for chilled-water air-conditioning systems.

Pure ethylene glycol freezes at a temperature of 10.4 degrees Fahrenheit but, when combined with water, will change its properties and freeze at lower temperatures, depending on the mixture’s concentration. For instance, adding just 40% water, it will determine the ethylene glycol to freeze at a temperature of -49 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

What is the lifespan of a coolant?

There is no general rule for this, and we strongly suggest you read the car manufacturer’s guide to address this matter properly. Each vehicle is different and, with new technologies being constantly developed, you may not need to replace the coolant too often.

However, it is estimated that you should change your coolant every 20,000 miles or approximately two years.

 

Safety measures

Be extra careful when handling a vehicle coolant as it is highly poisonous and dangerous for your health. They can cause damage to your brain, kidneys or heart, and this is why it would be best to stay away from it.

Keep in mind that the smell of antifreeze gels and coolants might be appealing to animals and children.

Wheels are FUN

 

Bike covers used to be the go-to for those of us who couldn’t afford an expensive garage. But that is not the case anymore, as time and the great quality of these products have convinced even the rich and famous of their efficiency at protecting bikes from all kinds of damaging factors.

You can use them to keep pigeon waste away from the sensible paint, or to keep the rain at bay. Or, if you live in a place where the weather is hectic, you can even use a waterproof cover to protect the vehicle of choice against frost and strong winds. There’s no limit when it comes to the ways you can use a cover.

Sometimes they get a bad reputation for being inefficient. That is not the case anymore, as most products are made from high-grade materials like plastic, polyurethane and even from breathable elements, which are ideal from all points of view when it comes to protecting your belongings.

When it comes to choosing the preferred model for your motorcycle or ATV, you need to keep in mind that there are plenty of manufactures on the market, which offer incredible products of good quality. Several companies make heavy-duty outdoor covers, and I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them.

You can go for either low budget or expensive models. The other option is to choose mid-grade units, which are flexible and portable, at a balanced price. Moreover, they are quite compact, so even if you go camping, you can still take your cover with you, to protect it from bad weather and debris.

These can be tarps or PVC covers, which have a certain degree of water-resistance. Another style of cover is made mainly for summer protection from the sun’s UV rays and it is known as a half-cover, or a bikini top, if you ask someone from the South what it is called.

If you want to get a quality product, think about where you are going to keep your motorcycle. If outside, then besides having UV protection, it should also be heat-resistant. This way, you can use it even if the vehicle is hot after you’ve returned from a day of riding, without fearing the fabric will melt. If the model you prefer isn’t heat-resistant, just let your two or four wheeler cool for a bit.

A clever tip I can give you is to buy simple covers, which don’t attract any unwanted attention. It’s something that will keep thieves away. Even if you or your family are proud owners of a Harley-Davidson, it is still a good idea to buy a bland, black cover, as thieves will think your vehicle is not worth stealing.

Healthy Life

 

Dengue fever is a very serious condition that affects millions of people every year. About four hundred million infections are occurring on a yearly basis and approximately one hundred million of those cause symptoms and illness. The condition is caused by a virus which is closely related to those that cause yellow fever and West Nile infection, respectively.

Dengue fever occurs in many tropical areas of the world, but those that are most affected by the virus are the Indian continent, Southern China, Taiwan, the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, Mexico, Africa, and The Caribbean. There have been cases reported in Paraguay, Chile, and Argentina, too.

In the United States, there’s no risk of the disease occurring naturally, but the infection is not absent as people contract it when they travel abroad. There are certain risks for those who live in the Texas-Mexico region and in various other southern regions of the United States. Despite not being that common in this country, there was an outbreak in Key West, Florida, back in 2009.

 

What are the symptoms of the disease?

Unfortunately, there aren’t any specific signs of this disease. There are some that could be considered clues, but they are not as evident so as to be considered specific. The disease starts with high fever, headaches, muscle and joint pain, as well as pain behind the eyes. Patients might experience vomiting and might also have skin rashes and mild bleeding from the nose or even bleeding gums.

Because it is often that the symptoms of the disease are more or less mild, the condition can be mistaken for a somewhat severe flu.

 

How is it diagnosed?

The simplest way of finding out whether a person suffers from Dengue fever or not is for that individual to have a blood test. There are kits that doctors can utilize to discover the pathogen. The recommendation is that you always have a talk with your physician if you are experiencing some of these symptoms and you have traveled to a tropical location recently.

Treatment and prevention

As of this date, there is no way of preventing Dengue fever because there are no vaccines. Although it might be close to impossible, the safest way of avoiding to contract the infection is to prevent bites from mosquitoes. Use repellents even when you’re indoors and wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to avoid exposing your skin. Tuck your pants into your socks to make sure that no skin is left out.

As for treatment, there’s no specific medicine invented for this disease. You can use all sorts of pain relievers, but you should avoid aspirin as it can worsen the bleeding.

Wheels are FUN

 

Most people think that just because they have Google Maps on their smartphone, there’s no need for a GPS when they go on an outdoor adventure with their ATV. However, that is a rookie mistake from any point of view. You will realize this too if you pay attention to the following information.

First of all, the battery life of a dedicated GPS doesn’t even compare to the one of a smartphone. Most cell phones on the market have a battery that lasts maybe one or two days tops. But a GPS bought from a trusted seller can last up to a week. This guarantees you can find your way even if there’s a blackout or if you’re going on an extended trip.

 

 

Additionally, GPS devices have hundreds of maps stored in them, all of which you can access offline, without relying on a data plan or an internet connection. Unlike apps, these products offer a lot more detail, and they are incredibly accurate.

Moreover, an excellent GPS for an ATV will also have an audio guide, so you won’t be forced to take your eyes off of any dangerous road. Take a look at what I think are some good gps for ATVs here.

Speaking of data, most GPS units use a satellite connection to get your location, meaning they won’t waste money by eating your provided megabytes in your monthly data plan. You will also be able to use them in areas where there’s no cell phone coverage like a forest or in the middle of the desert, or anywhere you might want to ride your ATV.

Also, there’s the comfort factor. You can buy a quality GPS holder for your four-wheel vehicle so that you can access it with just a swift movement of your hand. Holders can be permanent, or you can detach them so they won’t get stolen if you live in a sketchy area, which is definitely a bonus.

Another big selling point for GPS devices made for your ATV is the fact that their bodies and displays are made to resist harsh environments. You can smash them to the ground, keep them next to you in a sandstorm or drop them in the water, and they will still survive. Most models are dirt and waterproof, meaning you won’t have to worry about cracks.

This is a big difference between them and mobile phones, which do have better screens, but they are also more delicate. Not only that, but they can also be more expensive to replace because the OLED technology is very expensive. So take all of these GPS factors into consideration, and see if you would need such a smart and handy device in your life.