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.