Senate Committee Votes to Keep Your Ride’s Black Box Data Private

A Senate committee just voted to keep your vehicle’s black box data private. Automotive black boxes were designed to help keep America’s drivers safe, and to assist law enforcement in figuring out exactly what happened in car crashes. But critics argued that the information stored on them may be used in questionable ways, violating citizens’ privacy rights. Turns out a Senate committee agrees. Members of the Senate Commerce Committee recently voted to grant bipartisan approval of legislation stipulating that the owner or lessee of a vehicle is the only person entitled to its black-box data. Of course, there are a few exceptions. First proposed by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) last year, the legislation does allow for law enforcement to access...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Digs Netherlands’ New Glowing Green Highways

The Netherlands’ new glow-in-the-dark highway markings may do away with streetlights. Not only is it designed to save energy, but we here at E3 Spark Plugs think it’s pretty darn cool, too. The Netherlands’ new “smart highway” features glow-in-the-dark markings in place of street lights. The result – a ride that feels a lot like you’ve been sucked into a futuristic video game. Designed by Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde and a Dutch civil engineering firm, Heijmans, the glowing green strips line just a 0.3-mile stretch of the Netherlands’ N329 highway in Oss. But it’s just a first step. If all goes well, highways across the entire country eventually will glow. Here’s the deal – Roosengarde was working to...

February 9, 2015
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Yellowed Headlights? Here are Three Ways to Shine ‘em Up

Got dull, yellow headlights? We’ve got three easy ways to clear and shine them up. Dull, yellowed headlights can are a bit like those few stray grays in an otherwise beautiful brunette head of hair. They’ll show a car’s true age quickly, and if you’re looking to sell or trade in your ride, they could cost you. E3 Spark Plugs offers four ways to rid your ride of the yellow and shine up those tell-tale headlights. Toothpaste: Turns out toothpaste is a bit of a cure-all. It can take clear away your toddler’s crayon masterpiece from your living room wall, water rings from your coffee table and scuffs from your shoes. And, it can help shine up your yellowed car headlights. Apply a little toothpaste to your headlights with a soft dry cloth and rub it in...

February 9, 2015
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Five Simple Ways to NOT Sink your Ride’s Resale Value

Drivers are keeping their cars for longer. Make sure you know how to maintain your ride’s resale value. With the economy still a bit tight, today’s drivers are waiting longer to trade in their vehicles. A 2012 survey showed that car owners reported plans to hold onto their cars for an average six years, up from four years in 2011. Now, a new survey shows 78 percent of vehicle owners are planning to wait nearly double that – ten years or more – before selling or trading in their rides. Of course, a whole lot can happen in a decade on the road. And much of it can sink your chances of getting a decent chunk of change for your long-beloved ride. E3 Spark Plugs offers a few tips for maintaining your vehicle’s resale value: Keep it smooth: Avoid denting and...

February 9, 2015
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Car-Tipping Vandals Hit San Francisco – and Five Harmlessly Hilarious Pranks Involving Cars

Police in San Francisco are investigating a series of smart car tipping. It was a dark and stormy night when eight hooded figures lurking in the shadows moved shiftily toward a lone parked car. Okay, so the storm was added for a dramatics boost. But those eight ne’er-do-well characters definitely were set on some vehicular hijinks. “I thought they looked like they were up to no good,” a witness told a San Francisco television news station about stepping outside to smoke a cigarette and seeing a crew of smart car-tipping vandals hit. “Sure enough they walk up to this smart car right here, all huddle around it and just lift it up and set it on its hind legs.” While authorities are unsure whether it’s the work of serial car tippers or unrelated cases,...

February 9, 2015
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Arizona Bike Week Revs Up

  The annual Arizona Bike Week is underway. The five day main “Cyclefest” event runs April 2-6 and promises to be the best ever – topping last year’s record 70,000 motorcyclist draw. Among the most anticipated features for the 2014 event is the Peace Out, Prostate Cancer ride hosted by 2012 Miss Arizona Bike Week Shelley Martin and dedicated to the memory of her father and grandfather. The ride is $25 per person and includes stops at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, Greaswood Flat and Dirty Dogg Saloon. Check out the amazing skills of riders in the FMX Freestyle Motocross Extreme Stunt Shows and the Yo’ Face Stunt Show, and of course, the gorgeous gams on the Miss Arizona Bike Week pageant contestants. Entertainers include former Staind frontman Aaron...

February 9, 2015
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Come 2018, All New Cars to Have Backup Cameras

The 2014 Volkswagen Passat already comes with a rearview camera to help make backing up safer. Come 2018, all new cars will have them. It’s a move that we here at E3 Spark Plugs can definitely support. After three years of delays and one passionately fought lawsuit, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has officially ruled that as of 2018, all new vehicles rolling off automobile manufacturing assembly lines will come standard with a backup camera. It’s not about high-tech gadgetry bragging rights. It’s about saving lives. About six years ago, after multiple incidents of small children being killed by vehicles backing over them, Congress mandated auto safety regulators to pass a federal standard by 2011 to help end such tragedies....

February 9, 2015
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Epic Embarrassment for GM as Massive Recalls Continue Over Decade-Old Ignition Problem

GM CEO Mary Barra testifies on Capitol Hill about her company’s decade-long delay in admitting a potentially deadly ignition issue. Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for General Motors. We’re guessing you’ve heard a little about this one – the massive recall of GM vehicles over a problem with the ignition that, as it turns out, the company has known about for over a decade. Well, things just got worse, and we here at E3 Spark Plugs want to make sure you know the risk if you’re driving one of the recalled rides. The controversy started in February with a recall of 780,000 GM vehicles, prompted by an ignition switch defect that can cause the engine to shut off unexpectedly and disable the airbags. GM officials attempted to at least partially pass the blame to car...

February 9, 2015
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Racing Technology Takes the Football Field

Former racer and longtime motorsports safety advocate is customizing his technology to better protect football players. Many racing enthusiasts also just happen to be football fans, too. That’s the case with us here at E3 Spark Plugs. And it’s certainly the case for Motorsports Hall of Famer Bill Simpson, whose taking his post-racing life’s work from the track to the gridiron. In 1958, an 18 year old Simpson, who would go on to race professionally from 1968 to 1977, broke both arms in a drag racing crash. He later recalled, “Until then, I was like most drivers. The only time I thought about safety was after I’d been hurt. This time, I was hurt bad enough to do a lot of thinking.” That thinking led to Simpson’s first foray into developing...

February 9, 2015
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Time to Spring Clean your Ride – E3 Spark Plugs Offer Tips

Time to spring clean your ride. Spring is in full swing. And you know what that means. Time for some spring cleaning – not just your house, but your ride, too. E3 Spark Plugs offers a few tips. Wash your car, over and under – Again. Yes, we know. That powdery, pale yellow pollen film will be back next week. Sorry ‘bout your luck. Gotta do it, or it’ll do a number on your paint job. This goes double if you live in an area where it snows in the wintertime. Chances are, there’s a buildup of road salt just waiting to corrode and rot out your car’s exhaust and muffler systems, coil springs and frame. Extra points for waxing your ride after a good wash. Not only will it shine her up, it helps protect your paint job, too. Clean the interior. And we...

February 9, 2015
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