New State Regulations for Rideshare Companies

Ridesharing is an Internet-based service concept that arranges for one-time shared rides on very short notice. Uber and Lyft are two well-known rideshare apps that allow persons needing a lift to use the Internet for instant connectivity. This popular mode of modern transportation has taken cities across the nation and around the world by surprise. In some cases, municipal transportation systems have already embraced the concept and are creating their own apps to improve the flow of mass-transit. But, along with innovation comes the need for regulation. According to rstreet.org,* the states listed below have either enacted legislation, pending legislation or no legislation regarding rideshare companies like Uber or Lyft: Alabama: Enacted Legislation (SB...

October 20, 2017
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When Does Your Vehicle Need an Ignition Tune Up?

Engine tune-ups and ignition system services are vital to keep your car or truck operating at peak performance. Refer to your owner's manual for recommended tune-up intervals, but be aware that it's in your best interest to routinely check that your vehicle's working at peak efficiency. Before you start work on your vehicle's electrical system, please be aware that there are components that you shouldn't attempt to deal with yourself unless you've worked on them before. Ignition system service is often overlooked, which could prove to be a serious mistake. Ignition cables (also known as spark plug wires) are an important part of your car's ignition system. Since these wires transfer the spark from the ignition coil, there performance is critical to thoroughly ignite the air-fuel...

October 18, 2017
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John Force Racing Takes Home the Gold at Texas NHRA Nationals

What's ten minutes southeast of Waxahachie TX? Locals and E3 Spark Plug drag racing fans know that it is Texas Motorplex, home to the quickest and fastest form of motorsports. Drivers, teams and sponsors have looked forward to the NHRA Nationals at the all-concrete facility for more than three decades of racing. Opened in 1986, it was the first super-stadium built specifically for drag racing and has seen all the great names in the sport burn rubber in championship-clinching performances at the historic track. With drivers hitting 0 to 100 mph in less than half a second, it all happens in the blink of an eye at the 32nd Annual AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals. This year's fourth round in the Countdown to the Championship was no exception. On Friday the 13th, Texan Steve Torrence showed...

October 16, 2017
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NASCAR Hall of Fame Owner Robert Yates Has Died

Robert Yates, a longtime NASCAR team owner and engine builder, lost his battle with liver cancer Monday night after months of immunotherapy. The 74-year old son of a Baptist minister is probably best known as the guy who was always looking for a competitive advantage. Having won the NASCAR Cup Championship as a car owner in 1999, Yates was probably stock car racing's most elite engine builder and co-founder of Roush Yates Engines. From 1983 to present, Yates engines rolled into the winner's circle 134 times. A pioneer in the sport, Yates began his NASCAR career working for the legendary team at Holman Moody Racing. In 1988, he invested everything to purchase Rainer-Lundy Racing and put a budding young star, Davey Allison, behind the wheel. Allison drove the No. 28 Texaco-Havoline...

October 3, 2017
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AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals: Countdown to the Championship

The third round of the 2017 NHRA Countdown to the Championship saw the cream rise to the top at the Midwest Nationals from Gateway Motorsports Park this past weekend. Since its inception in 2007, the Countdown has been the nail-bitting portion of the NHRA season for drivers, teams and spectators. When the NHRA decided to split the racing calendar into two segments, many race fans wondered if the new format would be able to determine who really was best that year. Now, there is no doubt. In Friday's opening round of qualifying, Robert Hight set a new track record in Funny Car when he posted a 3.830 ET at 333.91 mph in his AAA Missouri Cheverolet Camaro SS. The time held up during Saturday's second round to earn the John Force Team driver the number one spot for the seventh time this...

October 1, 2017
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Are Tomorrow's Auto Mechanics Looking at Six-Figure Incomes?

When combined the labor charges reported for National Automotive Dealers Association, show that customers spent $18.9 billion dollars last year at dealership service departments for mechanical and body repairs. On top of that was nearly $10 billion was spent by the automotive industry on labor charges for warranty work and recall programs. These are significant numbers and account for a large portion of a dealership's profitable cash flow. It also means that today's auto technician have a great opportunity to earn a substantial annual income as a well-paid problem solver. You would think the opportunity to train and advance more quickly through the ranks when compared to many other careers would have young people standing in line for jobs. But, that is simply not the case. In the...

September 28, 2017
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N.T.S.B. Rules on Fatal Crash with Tesla's Autopilot

In May of 2016, Tesla's Autopilot system came under federal scrutiny after Ohio resident Joshua Brown was killed on a state highway outside Williston FL. The 40-year old driver was operating his 2015 Tesla Model S on Autopilot when the car crashed into a tractor-trailer that crossed the road in front of him. With Brown's car traveling at 74 miles per hour, the autonomous driving system failed to activate the brakes in time to avoid a collision. After more than a year, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the system controlling the car had played a major role in the fatal crash. The N.T.S.B. concluded that Tesla's Autopilot system that is capable of automatically steering and controlling the vehicle had performed as intended but lacked the safeguards to lock-out a...

September 27, 2017
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Updated NHRA Countdown to the Championship Standings

Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton PA has a history of bringing out the best in the top NHRA teams and drivers and the 2017 Dodge NHRA Nationals were no exception. With the Countdown to the Championship in full swing, drivers looked to improve their position in the point's standings on one of the series most historic high-speed venues. At the end of Sunday's final rounds, Brittany Force, Ron Capps, Bo Butner and Eddie Krawiec had all claimed victories in their respective classes at the second of six playoff events. Krawiec piloted his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson to his fifth victory of the season in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Having switched back to last year's chassis, Krawiec put the team on top of the podium for the third consecutive time taking top honors in both...

September 25, 2017
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Pros and Cons for Alternative Fuel Vehicles

With concerns over global warming and the high price of petroleum-based products, major auto manufacturer are exploring a broad range of alternative sources of energy to power the vehicles rolling off their assembly lines. Currently, propane is the third most commonly used fuel for transportation behind gasoline and diesel fuels. Unfortunately, propane is produced as a by-product of crude oil refining and natural gas processing. So, it is a fossil fuel but it does burn cleaner than more traditional products. The U.S. Department of Energy and most states provide an array of incentives for applying the technology of alternative fuels. This trend is expected to continue until the best solutions are identified and implemented. A green vehicle, clean vehicle, eco-friendly vehicle or...

September 22, 2017
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It's Time to Talk About Fall Maintenance for Your Vehicle

With the days getting shorter and kids headed back to school, summer is officially over. So now is a perfect time to invest a little effort into refurbishing the family wagon as well as giving attention to the other vehicles lining your driveway. After all, the added heat and travel associated with summertime fun can take a toll on your car or truck. If you spent more time pulling your boat and trailer to the lake, it may be time to flush the transmission and top off all the fluids. For anyone who took a summer road trip, or two, you should check your tire wear and consider rotating your wheels to increase the life of your tread. It is always prudent to take care of routine maintenance items before the cold weather arrives. Summer months are typically hard on your engine's oil,...

September 18, 2017
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