Tuesday, May 3, 2016

College vs. High School: Which one is harder

Being close to completing my second semester of college, I begun to compare college and high school, and have noticed that they are very different but in a surprising way. For starts college is a lot easier than I expected. Sure you get a good amount of papers to write but you don't get homework everyday , and if you do, then its due in two days. In high school you have homework every single night and its always due the next day. Another thing that i found to be interesting is that both college and high school are both stressful,but in different ways. In high school I was freaking out about my grades, getting work done on time, and AP Tests. In college I feel i have more time to worry about school so school work is not as stressful but what is stressful is the whole financial aspect of college. Applying for FAFSA and filling out all the paper work for every semester and trying to figure out what the financial offices still need has given me such a headache that no amount of ibuprofen will help. In the end i'm glad i'm in college because I do feel less stressed out than I was in high school

Monday, May 2, 2016

How to properly buy a used car

Buying a car is always a fun, exciting, and stressful experience, and buying a used car is a great way to save a ton of money. Sometimes you stumble upon a gem, but other times you might end up with a lemon. There are a lot of things you can do to ensure your new used car is not a lemon.
First thing that you want to do is when you finally decide on what car you want it is wise to check the forums for that vehicle to see what problems the owners of these vehicles are reporting. There are also websites like carcomplaints.com that will show you a list of the most common issues reported to the site by owners.
Second, if you dont know a lot about cars, bring a friend along with you that does, so that maybe they can notice some problems with the vehicle you are looking at. If you do not have any friends who are mechanics you can usually have the seller take the car to a mechanic and have it checked. These types of check ups usually cost around $150, but they will save you from repairs or give you a peace of mind when you drive your car home.
Third is make sure the owner of the vehicle has taken car of the car. Check and make sure the car is clean, has a service record, or check to see if the car has ever been in a wreck. you can check to see if a car has had an accident my opening the trunk or the hood and looking for paint abnormalities along the body of the car.
If you use these three tips you should be able to make a good informed purchase and hopefully enjoy your new ride.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Tesla's autopilot is saving lives

Recently at a talk in Norway, Tesla's CEO Elon Musk stated that "The probability of having an accident is 50% lower if you have autopilot on". Now it is simple to understand why autopilot would be safer and that is without humans you do not have human error. Tesla's Autopilot, even in its early from, still helps keep drivers safe from their own mistakes. In autopilot mode if a driver wants to switch lanes the car will not let them if there is another vehicle in the opposite lane. I do not have enough fingers to count the amount of times when someone has almost crashed in to me when they are switching lanes and forget to check their blind spots. Another thing about the autopilot is that it will always maintain a safe following distance, which means that if someone suddenly decides to slam on their brakes the system will apply the breaks before the driver even realizes what is going on. It will be interesting to see how far Tesla's autopilot technology can go and it will certainly be good to see how many crashes it has prevented.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Gumball 3000

Gumball 3000 sounds like a name for some kind of a crazy gumball machine but in reality its is actually a really cool event. Gumball 3000 is a car rally where multiple celebrities and car enthusiasts participate in a roughly 3000 mile long rally. This year they are travelling from Dublin, Ireland to Bucharest, Romania. Any one can participate in the rally, as long as they pay the entrance fee, which this year was set at £35,000. Many different celebrities participate in this yearly event like the Deadmau5, David Hasselhoff, Tony Hawk, Snoop Dogg, and even some race car drivers life Ken Block and F1 driver Kimi Räikkönen. The point of the event is to try and get to the end destination first, and this is where people have a lot of problems with this event. Many drivers are pulled over and given tickets, some have their license suspended, others even have their cars impounded. Overall it is a really great event that in the end raises money to help underprivelaged kids. It will definitely be exciting to see who wins this years rally.

Friday, April 29, 2016

People need to learn how to protest

We have seen it numerous times, people upset with their government so they take to the streets to voice their opinions. Now this is a good thing, showing your government that you are not happy with they way things are being run, but when i becomes a problem is when things begin to get violent. We have seen it more and more, "protesters" going to events or out on the street and destroying everyone's property. Most recently these types of protests have been happening at Donald Trump rallies and after police involved shootings. What people need to learn is that by destroying cop cars and shutting down entire events like, Trumps speech in Chicago, or destroying your city, like Ferguson Missouri, does not help you get your point across.  There is a difference between protesting and rioting and people need to learn that difference.

The Hennessey Venom GT: the car that wants to kill you

Most people have probably never heard of Hennessey let alone the Venom GT. Well Hennessey is a small tuner company created by John Hennessey. His company has grown significantly over the years and now is able to offer tuning packages for people who buy powerful cars and don't think they have enough power. Now the Venom GT. The Venom GT is one of Hennessey's own production cars. It is based on the Lotus Exige chassis but, unlike the Lotus, the Venom GT has a 7.0L twin turbo V8 for a heart. This V8 will put out 1200hp. Now this sounds crazy enough but when you consider the fact that the car has a curb weight of 1200kg you begin to see how ridicuolos this ca really is. The Venom GT comes with a six-speed manual transmission, no ABS, and no traction control. This makes this very powerful and light car an absolute nightmare to drive. Many people who have reviewed the Venom GT feared for their lives when driving the car. John Hennessey was interviewed as part of a review of the Venom for /Drive, a popular car YouTube channel. Mr. Hennessey said in the interview said that every time he drive a Venom GT it thrills him and it scares him. Matt Farah, a popular car journalist, described the Venom GT as the I-want-to-scare-myself-every-time-I-get-in-it car. The Venom GT is probably the scariest car to come onto the market in a very long time. Too bad only a select few will be able to drive it considering the car has a price tag of over a million dollars.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Why Dodge is the cool company

Dodge is not known for its reliability, like Honda. Dodge is also not known for its luxury, like Mercedes. But what Dodge is known for is the Hellcat, a 6.2L supercharged HEMI V8 that produces a crazy 707hp all for a reasonable price. That is not the only reason why Dodge is a cool company. While its competitors decide to take their muscle cars and turn them into sports cars, Dodge has stayed true to what makes a muscle car a muscle car in every aspect. From the engine, to the looks, to the way it drives Dodge has been able to capture the spirit of the classic muscle car in a new modern way. But this is still not the reason why Dodge is the coolest. The reason Dodge is the cool company is because they listen to their consumers more than anyone. For example Dodge heard people talking about how they wanted a Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat and so Dodge is know in the works of making that happen. Now is this a great move in terms of sales? Not really, these will probably be a rare sight on the road. Dodge seems to have that screw-it-lets-do-something-awesome mentality and that's why I think Dodge is one of the coolest companies out there.