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Watch Out! How To Steer Clear Of Low Clearance Bridges

Watch Out! How To Steer Clear Of Low Clearance Bridges

It happens to everyone. Everyone, that is, who drives a truck. When dealing with low clearance one has to face as a trucker, there’s a certain level of danger that you have to accept overcoming. It’s a matter of principle. You can’t be scared of every bridge you go under. That’s how the trolls end up winning, as a result.

Willem Hebbe | October 11th, 2016

Still, there’s got to be a smarter way of avoiding a destructive turn-of-events much like these ones. It’s the job of a trucker, after all, to see to it that the items shipped reach their final destination safely.

Here are some tips on how to make that happen with low clearance in consideration.

Map your route free of low clearance areas

You know where you’re going. Why not alter the route a little bit? Just to be on the safe side. God forbid it’s fourth of July and you scrape the top of the truck off to let loose a horde of fireworks.

Measure your truck’s trailer

Lest you’re looking to lose a couple pounds off the top, the trailer is not in dire need of having a haircut. So don’t give it one. Just find a friend, measure the height and get it taken care of so that you can avoid any close calls.

Get yourself a Trucker’s Atlas

By clenching your Trucker hands on a Trucker’s atlas, not only do you cement your foundation as the brooding lone wolf who drives a mean truck and an even more convincing summary of Dickens’ classics, you also are likely to be respected as the “low clearance bounty hunter.” That means you hunt them and you kill those low clearance areas by totally giving them the cold shoulder.


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Highest Safety Award Goes to 2021 Honda Odyssey

Highest Safety Award Goes to 2021 Honda Odyssey

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ award goes to the 2021 Honda Odyssey. It is the first minivan to garner this honor. The 2021 Honda Odyssey is also the only minivan on the market to earn the institute’s awards. Furthermore, making it, if you follow the IIHS’ ratings, the safest option in the segment. There is nothing better than feeling safe and secure in a vehicle you are driving in and transporting other people.

2020 Odyssey – Top Safety Pick

The 2020 Odyssey got Top Safety Pick last year. Unfortunately, the 2020 Odyssey missed out on the “+” designation because of its headlights. Even though the automaker offers three different headlight options, none got a “Good” rating. That is a requirement for the highest safety award. However, the 2021 Odyssey got some changes. Those changes include standard headlights. They got an “Acceptable” rating. The standard front-crash-prevention system earns a “Superior” rating.

Minivans Are Known for Being The Safest Vehicles on the Market

Minivans have a reputation as being some of the safest vehicles on the market. However, there are changes the IIHS made to its requirements. This is in regard to a vehicle earning one of its awards. It has decreased the number of Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ vehicles. It is a noteworthy achievement to earn an award with minivans garnering that spot.

Honda’s Seven Vehicles Earn IIHS’ Safety Awards

Honda has the distinction of having seven vehicles that earn either one of the IIHS’ safety awards. The Honda Civic Coupe is one. The Civic Hatchback is another. Then there is the Civic Sedan, Accord, and CR-V. All are Top Safety Pick vehicles. The Honda Odyssey and Honda Insight are Top Safety Pick+ vehicles. The 2021 Honda Odyssey got the IIHS’ highest safety award. Some improvements for models are facelifts for the Honda Accord and Honda Ridgeline shortly coming.

I-Beam Dream! 220-Foot Structure Trucks Through America

I-Beam Dream! 220-Foot Structure Trucks Through America

We bet you haven’t seen a big rig handle an I-beam this big before! And if you have, it must have only been in dreams! Heading towards Fife, Washington, this I-beam is going on the I-5.

As you can probably guess with the world’s longest tape measure, the I-beam is two hundred and twenty-feet long and around two hundred thirty one thousand pounds heavy. The Washington State Department of Transportation had to mobilize five girders to support what would be the new 70th Avenue East Bridge.

WSDOT themselves were unphased by the girders, stating that they’re each “the length of a 747-8 jet’s wingspan.”

Before this construction, a past record for the longest I-beam came from a Highway 99 overpass off of Seattle. The I-beam was 205-feet long.

The five girders were brought in overnight from August 28th through August 29th. They were meant to support the strength of the bridge.

If you’re a into large loads, do me a favor and get somebody to call Guinness World Records for their Heavy Haul Of Fame. Secondly, it stands to reason that this one can make your whole face beam, happily, ear-to-ear.

You’re in luck, dear reader! Here is a video of our favorite, available for you to watch. This video clip appeared two weeks ago, at first travel. The following video is a link on Facebook. This is from a trucker who goes by Daryl Patrick.

New record for North America,

Posted by Daryl Patrick on Friday, August 28, 2020

As for the bridge project in Fife, Washington of the United States of America, the actual construction had closed all lanes between State Route 18 and 54th Avenue East, upon the I-5.

Fuel For Thought: I Spy An I-Beam

Finally, think; the next time you see an I-beam on the back of a truck, ask yourself “how long would it take me to carry that on foot?”

Tesla Is Making Major EV Moves

Tesla Is Making Major EV Moves

Tesla is the most widely talked about in the automotive company. Its current endeavors are continuing to put in on the fast-track to success.

Last week alone saw a number of advancements for the company. The first being that the company is almost complete with stage-5 self-driving cars. Stage-5 is the end-game for fully autonomous driving. While other major companies have moved their efforts into competing with Tesla on the electric car field, the company is already there, done with it, and ready to move into other territories.

Another mention goes out to the law-suit the company filed with Rivian. Rivian was an electric car start-up that supposedly stole patents and plans from Tesla. Unfortunately, according to Elon Musk “They’re doing a lot of stuff wrong.” It looks like one of the largest competitors to the automotive spearhead might not be what we thought they were.

Tesla Peaks Global EV Auto Sales

Auto sales are currently dragging in America due to COVID-19. The company made itself very clear that moving out of California will probably be best for itself. With a new “Gigafactory” being established in Texas, and another one in China, the US auto market might see is a shift in focus from them. China boasts the largest populace in the world. What better place to put your new automobile on the market? Add to that the ability to drive a 1-million mile battery. Make the battery cheaper and an overall drop in price for its vehicles. It’s no wonder we can see the company moving faster and better than the rest.

The future continues for Tesla. Despite global shortcomings for all manufacturers, they seem to be the one coming out on top. While they have taken a drastic hit, the impact isn’t felt as hard as the rest of the industry.

It seems that nothing can stop them now that they are rolling.

July 4th: A Look at “What to the Slave is the 4th of July?”

July 4th: A Look at “What to the Slave is the 4th of July?”

July 4th is a joyous and patriotism-fueled occasion for some Americans. But for others, it acts as a bitter reminder that our nation still does not value the freedom of all its citizens equally. Today, we invite you to consider the words of Frederick Douglass. When asked to speak on July 5, 1852, he shared some unexpected words. His podium stood in Rochester New York just 34 years after he’d been born into slavery.

Douglass summed up the heart of the speech pretty early on. The third line reads: “Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us?” He echoes this feeling throughout the rest of his address. Again and again, he asked the crowd to consider: did they really expect the black community to celebrate freedom only white citizens possessed?

July 4th: Then and Now

In the time since Douglass’ speech, we have made progress. But that doesn’t mean we have reached equality. The effects of slavery are far-reaching.

Consider how we live in America today. At the root of most comfort and success is one thing: money. We can argue that drive and ambition act as accessories, but the fact remains: it’s difficult to get anything done without financial backing. Statistics show that Black citizens are twice as likely to experience poverty as their White or Asian friends. For years, quiet laws and ordinances have continued to segregate our country.

Keep in mind that the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964. Not even sixty years have passed. And while hard work and good luck can help propel individuals in this country, wealth is often multi-generational. The opportunities afforded to us frequently depend upon our ability to pay for them.

So during this holiday weekend, let’s keep in mind that there is still work to be done. July 4th does not, in fact, celebrate the freedom of all American citizens. If you have friends who seem reluctant to celebrate, be sensitive. This holiday might not mean to them what it means to you.

Racial Profiling Lands Couple in Hot Water

Racial Profiling Lands Couple in Hot Water

The racial profiling of a neighborhood activist has landed locals in some trouble. Wife Lisa Alexander and husband Robert Larkins stand accused of implicit bias in the court of public opinion. And while they may not see legal action, their discriminatory behavior has cost them.

Resident James Juanillo posted a video to Twitter last week which has since gone viral. In the two minute clip, Alexander and Larkins approach Juanillo as he uses chalk to stencil a Black Lives Matter logo in front of his own home. Juanillo has lived at this address for nearly twenty years. Yet Alexander presses him, claiming she knows the owners. Juanillo invites her and Larkins to call the cops if they are concerned. Finally, the couple walks away.

In the days since, both Larkins and Alexander have faced backlash. Raymond James, a San Francisco financial form, fired Larkins from his position with them. Their statement reads: “Raymond James has zero tolerance for racism or discrimination of any kind. An inclusive workplace is fundamental to our culture, one in which people are free to bring their whole selves to their careers. We expect our associates to conduct themselves appropriately inside and outside of the workplace.”

Alexander serves as CEO of LA FACE but has since deactivated the company’s site. She has also deleted her Twitter. Distributors such as Birchbox have since ceased their working relationships with LA FACE. They do not intend to work together in the future, either.

Reflecting on Racial Profiling

The consequences of the couple’s actions have had a lasting impact. Alexander issued an apology upon reviewing the video for herself. “There are not enough words to describe how truly sorry I am for being disrespectful. Last Tuesday, I made the decision to question him about what he was doing in front of his home. I should have minded my own business.”

She cites the lesson as “painful.” But she also admits being naive and ignorant. An apology may be too little, too late. Still, we are seeing the impact of holding people accountable. Hopefully, this becomes a teaching moment for many.

The cops did make an appearance that day. Being familiar with the area, they recognized Juanillo. He claims they didn’t even exit their patrol car. Even so, he remains bothered by the whole event. He identifies as Filipino. And he recognizes the role that plays.

A recent tweet reads: “People should ask themselves if this Karen would have believed me if I said, ‘Yes Maam, I sure do live in this multi-million dollar mansion, for almost 18 years now!’ If she was capable of believing that in the first place, she would never have bothered me.”

The Chevy Vega: Worst Car Ever

The Chevy Vega: Worst Car Ever

The Chevy Vega is heralded as one of the worst cars to ever grace the market. From its mechanical failures to its awful longevity, the vehicle is nothing short of a disaster.

The Vega Beginnings

During the late 60s to early 70s, muscle cars were all the rage. Everyone had to get their hands on the next Chevy Chevelle, Ford Mustang, Pontiac Firebird, or Chevy Camaro. The Vega was meant to take the sporty ride and turn it into a more affordable consumer car.

Then the oil embargo hit. This would help sales in the short run. With the embargo came limited gas consumption for all vehicles. That awesome, new Trans-Am your neighbor has? Well, it took up too much gas and he had to sell it. That super sport Chevelle? Too much of a gas hog.

The Vega was designed as a compact sports car. It…sort of delivered? Sales were awesome during its first run. With over 2-million Vegas sold in the US, this car was hyped to be the next big thing. Unfortunately it had some problems.

Actually, The Car Had A Ton Of Problems.

From mechanical failures in the engine to hoses leaking the Vega was ill-designed. Some may say that it was doomed from the start.

The car was designed to compete in the newly emerging compact car industry. This was a failure as the car was still relatively large by compact standards. The engine had multiple failing parts, and the body would rust jut one year after a New England winter.

The car proved to be so much of a terrible idea that Chevy was forced to cancel it by 1977.

Some may say this is the worst car ever built, but forget that it was built in competition against the Ford Pinto. Take that as you may.

Solving The Climate Crisis

Solving The Climate Crisis

The current climate crisis has been put on the back burner due to current COVID-19 issues. While the media has pushed this issue aside, many are still wondering when and how the current issues facing our global climate will be solved.

A long time ago, a friend and I were driving around our town and typically just wasting gas. We had talked about our long drives going nowhere and realized that our carbon footprint must have been large due to our overuse of fuel. This was also the time that gas had reached the high record to date. We were both 16 in 2006 and at that time we had been questioning everything.

Climate Crisis From a 16-Year-Old’s Perspective

“Let’s just buy an old VW Bus and convert it to run bio-fuel”, my friend said. So, at 16, my friend and I got side work. He cut lawns and got a paid internship at a law firm…and I hung wallpaper. We saved enough money to purchase a 1982 VW Vanagon. It was a heap of junk and needed most parts replaced in order to get it running. Once we rebuilt it, we decided to put straight vegetable oil into the gas tank. It was a diesel engine so it had the durability to handle fuels other than traditional gasoline.

We had it running for about 4-months of just throwing raw canola oil into the engine. Since we were practically neighbors, we took turns having the bus in our driveways. One fateful morning we went to start it up and heard the very distinct knocking sound of a blown head gasket. This ended our first attempt and becoming environmentally conscious. For 16, we impressed most people especially ourselves.

How This Has Helped Us Get a Better Idea of Climate Change

At the time, gas was approaching $4/per gallon. We were pretty fortunate to have that due to the rest of the country facing even harsher gas prices. We didn’t spend a dime on fuel. Honestly, we thought we were giving a big metaphorical middle finger to “the man”. Our fuel source came from a deal with a local restaurant to use their used oil. We would put it through the filtering process and use the remains to get us to school and back.

Through this process, we realized that our carbon footprint was 1/16th that of a traditional car. Through self-analysis, we were able to deduce that if most people running this way (which we hoped would actually happen) then carbon emissions would help in the world’s fight against the climate crisis.

The Naivet Of Youth

Being naive is one of the best functions of youth. It allows younger people to experiment with solving problems. This holds true with all younger generations learning to solve problems. When we built our bus, my parents thought we were doing it to be cool. Little did they know we learned and developed our own ability to help the environment and I urge all younger generations to do the same.

COVID-19 Driving Rules

COVID-19 Driving Rules

COVID-19 has affected large parts of the country. With places like New York City and Los Angeles under strict quarantine enforcement, many are not traveling. Empty streets and highway across the US are susceptible to poor driving practices. Many often view this as the perfect time to take their suped-up sports car out for a test drive. Despite the limited amount of cars currently on the road, the dangers of reckless driving are still whole-heartedly prevalent.

Unnecessary Speeding

One of the largest issues facing the COVID-19 self-isolation period is speeding. With multiple-lane city highways now open, many are finding an opportune moment to gun it home. This has still lead to multiple car accidents. This also not only takes police away from handling the current crisis, but also if something serious comes from a crash i.e. a life-threatening injury, or injury, then a medical professional is now taken away from his position of helping those suffering. The goal is to limit the overextension of resources that can be used for people who aren’t being reckless and are in need of serious help. 

Double Parking In Populated Areas

The issue with highly populated areas is double parking. Many large cities have relaxed on the restrictions of parking to better accommodate everyone living at home. This also ensures that people need to leave their home as little as possible. The issue is that many are assuming that cars will not be moving for a while and will double park for extended periods of time. This has worked to create issues in case of emergencies. First responders, as well as paramedics, are finding that certain areas that are designated for emergency use are being blocked. The same goes for residents in apartment buildings. If an emergency were to occur, and a resident must receive medical help or go see a doctor, they are finding they are unable to due to being double-parked. In order to prevent these issues from happening, the cities have done away with many parking restrictions.

COVID-19 Means Staying Home

One of the most important things to maintain during this time is social distancing. Unesseary trips out increase the risk of contracting and spreading the current pandemic. It is imperative that trips out of the home are for essential purposes only. Getting gas, food, prescriptions, and work are the main reasons why someone should leave their home at this time. Staying home and being safe is the best way to fight against this issue in order for everything to bounce-back to normal.

Biodiesel: Extraction Process

Biodiesel: Extraction Process

Biodiesel has everyone turning their old diesel engines into recycled veggie cars. With the world constantly searching for alternative fuels, what makes biodiesel such a sought after fuel source? Also, how can one make it in their own back yard?

THE FIRST STEP: KNOWING IF YOUR CAR CAN USE BIODIESEL

The first thing is first, do you own a diesel engine? If so, then the answer is yes. Almost all diesel engines can run on alternative biofuels. Even Rudolph Diesel (the guy who invented the diesel engine) developed alternative fuels by converting cooking oil into fuel. This was on August 10th, 1893….so it’s been around for a while.

WHERE TO OBTAIN BIODIESEL

Essentially anywhere. From the back of any restaurant to the grocery store, these oils can be found, or purchased and brought home. Now, going to the grocery store for this oil can actually put you further behind on your budget which is why so many people “loot” the back of restaurants for their used cooking oil. This will typically cost you nothing (if you play it smart), but we’re not here to tell you to rob anyone of their hard-earned grease. ost places, you can actually work out a deal with the owner or pay them some money. Just be careful and respectful.

FILTERING

Once you know that your car can handle biofuels and you have access to a large quantity of oil, now comes time to bring it home and filter it out. Many people will use window screens in their vat to filter out the “used” components (you wouldn’t want to stick a french fry in your gas tank). Depending on how refined you want your cooking oil to be, you can use a thinner strainer. I have used everything from window screens (for the big stuff) to cheesecloths.

There are a lot of steps you can take when filtering, but once everything is filtered through a couple of times, you can (essentially) use this oil. I typically put 8 hours-1 days worth of straining (its a process). Many others like to heat the oil and extract the fatty acids that rise to the top. You can do this too! This works to remove the “gunk” that can potentially clog up your engine.

BIOFUEL KITS

This is where I am typically “hazy” on the matter. I have people tell me that they put the oil straight into their gas tank. I have also seen (and from my own experience) people using modification tanks specifically for the oil. For the people who put the oil straight into their gas tank, I can picture issues happening down the line sooner than later.

POURING IT STRAIGHT INTO THE TANK: ISSUES

Many of the older engines that Mercedes and VW use have components that might corrode faster than you’d expect. Not only because they are old, but the rubbers and materials used aren’t necessarily meant to handle french fry oil. From rubber stops to hoses and lines, make sure everything that you are using can handle this transition. If not, the whole process will be for not. The principle here is to either save money, be more environmentally friendly or, dare I say – both.

BACKYARD CHEMISTRY SETS

You’ll find that many people have some backyard laboratory. You don’t need this. Simple essentials can take you just as far. The people with the backyard lab are utilizing a larger-than-most scale quantity. Still, it’s cool to watch. They want things done as correctly as possible. As from my own experience, every part of the process is done correctly, but some people put more time into the setup than others. Don’t feel like you need to have this in order to start your journey into bio-fuel.

BIODIESEL FUEL EFFICIENCY

Once everything is said, done and filtered, you can go ahead and add the oil to your car. Many individuals take the diesel route due to their car maintaining a far better gas mileage than regular petroleum-based fuels. Where my Mercedes can reach up to 33.4 miles per gallon, you will notice that by using cooking oil, your car will have lower efficiency, but don’t worry. The average drop is about 8-10% depending on how you drive. This is due to the combustion rate of cooking oil. On the plus side, chances are you didn’t pay (or paid very little) for the oil in the first place, so you’re still going to be set for a long time.

BE CAREFUL

Colder areas can lead to some issues. The first is, yes, it is still a diesel engine and cold-starting can drastically affect how it runs. The second is with colder areas – the biofuel will coagulate. This will cause your fuel lines to clog up as well as your fuel injectors. For those individuals who utilize biofuels in colder areas, there are just a few more rounds of extraction. You want to get those fatty acids out of your mix as much as you can.

Another issue to watch out for is making sure your fuel is clean enough for your tank. Yes, it can be a process, but hey, its practically free, so it’s worth putting your time into it. The better you become at the extraction process, the better your driving lifestyle will become.

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