The Dos and Don’ts For Children’s Britax Car Seats – Part 1

In this two part article we’ll be looking closely at something very important for any family with small children – the right and wrong things regarding child car seats. As parents it’s our responsibility to ensure that we are doing everything possible to protect our children when travelling in the car. Firstly we’ll take a look at the things you should be doing.

1. In order to ensure your child’s car seat will yield the maximum amount of protection you must obey the manufacturers guidelines which specify the child’s acceptable weight and size for the seats design.

2. The restraints on the seat should comply with the latest standards. This ensures that your child is protected with the full benefits of the most up to date specifications and standards recommended.

3. Installing the car seat correctly is essential. You should make sure that the restraints are suitable for your car model. You can ask that the seat be installed by the seller, phone the manufacturer for advice or check on the web for more information.

4. Wherever possible, children should be carried in the rear seats of the vehicle. If using a child’s car seat it must never be placed in the front seat of the vehicle. The harness should be adjusted correctly so that it’s secure and snug but also comfortable.

5. Perform regular maintenance checks on the seats installation to ensure that the straps or other important hardware are in perfect condition. Any worn parts or potential points of weakness should be replaced at once.

6. Finally, try to teach your child how important it is to be securely fastened in the seat for each car trip and cover the seat with a blanket on warm days to protect any metal parts from becoming too hot and causing potential burns.

Why Do I Need Commercial Truck Insurance?

Everything that has a motor has to be insured. Commercial trucks are no different. But what kind of commercial truck insurance is best for you and why is it important?

Commercial truck driving is a lucrative business. One can work for a major company or be an independent contractor and work for hire. Truck drivers can work alone or in groups, as well. There are several types of commercial truck insurance plans for drivers. The most important motor coverage is primary liability, which can cover a driver across state lines. Primary liability is required for all drivers. Tractor-trailers need, at most, $750,000 in coverage to operate. In the case of an accident, this type of coverage is used to cover property damages and bodily harm. An individual’s driving record, desired coverage, and the type of business operation can determine premiums.

Motor truck cargo insurance is another type of safeguard specifically for for-hire truck drivers. It is meant for liability in case your cargo is lost or damaged because of fire, collision, or load striking. It also covers debris removal and pollutant extractions from the road and water. When you buy a policy, you set a limit. It is not legally required, but the company you work for may request that you get it. Types of vehicles covered by this safeguard include dump trucks, box trucks, cement mixers, cargo vans, and car haulers. It does not cover garbage trucks, limousines, hearses, buses, passenger vans, or ice cream trucks. Vehicles that carry pharmaceutical-related items, live animals, and art items are also not covered.

Insurance can be bought either individually or through an employer. It can be issued to you the same day. It may also take up to one week, depending on the case log and information needed to proceed. Not having insurance for a moving vehicle can have negative consequences for the driver, from suspended licenses to jail time.

Payments are also accepted in many forms, especially check, credit card, and money order. Some can be paid over the telephone, online, or by mail. Check with your insurance carrier on what payment types are accepted, how they are accepted, and if there is a charge for paying commercial truck insurance by telephone or online, as some may charge a nominal fee.

Whoever you get your coverage from, make sure they are reputable. Ask around with other truck companies, check out other customers’ reviews, the Better Business Bureau, and state agencies. Choose a company that has grown over the years and is willing to grow with you and walk you through the process. More importantly, choose a company that, preferably, specializes in truck and fleet insurance. That can make a difference for claim purposes!

Used Mercedes Benz Cars and the CLK Class

Mercedes Used Cars: Mercedes cars are famous for their quality and reliability. Mercedes drivers are cautious, and keep their cars in good condition and in top maintenance. The Mercedes Benz used cars put up for auction are therefore in an excellent state, and they are usually equipped with top quality accessories like air conditioning, power steering, power windows, airbags, and more.

Mercedes Used Car Export: Toronto imports new and used Mercedes Benz cars, and all the essential spare parts. The collaboration of Mercedes all over the world, has given this market a distinction in their dealing of consumer’s needs, at reasonable prices obtained at Toronto. They maintain a state-of-the-art inventory with an inventory revenue rate updated regularly.

The cars in Toronto also remain in good shape because Canadian roads are great. Hence, despite being in use for a long time, Mercedes cars barely display any wear. The suspension is usually at 90% of its original condition, even after the car being driven for 6-7 years. Since repair costs are high in most cases, customers usually are forced to buy new cars, rather than repairing a broken down one. Hence, used cars have low mileage and are in good mechanical condition, which is what makes Toronto a very attractive used car market.

Many people in Toronto choose the CLK class because of its great features. The Mercedes-Benz CLK class includes a range of two-door, four-seat coupes and convertibles, with elegant design and interior luxury. With its responsive performance and superb high-speed stability, the CLK is even better on the open road. The CLK model is equipped with 17-inch wheels, 7.5-inch wide front wheels and 8.5-inch wide rear wheels. These wheels are made of a light alloy, five-spoke design, otherwise called a monoblock design. The CLK class’ V8 engines benefit from a five-speed automatic transmission. Such advanced technology can’t be undermined and that’s why Mercedes Benz is a popular choice.

RUST – The Enemy of All Car Owners Part 1 – Why Iron Rusts

Rust is the enemy of all car owners. Rust is that nasty brown stuff which destroys the bodywork of our cars, which causes our paintwork to bubble and blister, which is the downfall of our chassis and which causes our car to fail that vital MOT. Rust is the final dust into which our cars will crumble.

Rust is the oxide of iron that results from a chemical reaction: the oxidation of iron by atmospheric oxygen. There are in fact three kinds of iron oxides. These are known chemically as FeO, which is a black powder, Fe2O3 which is a brown-red powder, and Fe3O4 which is a mixture of the other two.

Iron will only rust in the presence of moisture. If you had an iron nail in a jar of oxygen with absolutely no moisture present the iron nail would never rust. Add some moisture and rusting will happen quite quickly, add a sprinkle of salt and it will happen very rapidly indeed.

When things go rusty a quite complex electro-chemical process is taking place. When iron is in contact with water that contains some dissolved oxygen, something called a solution tension is created. This will vary over the surface and will result in different electrical potentials. In the relatively electropositive regions the iron will dissolve forming positive iron II ions. At the electronegative regions negative hydroxyl ions (OH-) are formed. These react with the iron to form iron hydroxides which are insoluble. The iron II ions that are in solution react with hydrogen ions to form iron III ions which react with the hydroxide ions to form hydrated iron oxides. When these dry out they form rust. The greater the initial number of hydrogen ions (the lower the pH) and the more conductive the water (for instance the greater the concentration of road salt) the faster the rusting takes place.

When the rusting process has gone too far, the car parts that have corroded are irretrievable and will need to be replaced. Nowadays it is relatively easy to purchase these online, however prevention is better than cure and in the next article of this series we will examine ways to prevent rust.