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Hazard lights while driving in the rain!

hazard lights 2You might think that putting your hazard lights (“four way flashers”) on while driving in the rain so that other drivers see you is a good idea.  Well, it’s a bad idea because it becomes a distraction to other drivers and makes it more dangerous for them not knowing where you want to go, either left or right or to stop.

hazard lights 4Rain or shine, you should keep your hazards off unless you are stalled, sitting on the side of the road or backing-up. Some drivers think it is easier to see and be seen with blinking lights on in a blinding rainstorm, fog or when smoke from a somewhere reduces visibility.

Again, hazard lights are only supposed to be used when you are stationary or backing-up. If it is raining too hard to see, the best thing to do is to pull off the road and then switch on your hazards to wait out the blinding rain or smoke. If other drivers can’t anticipate your next move, your accident risk could increase.

Another issue with using your hazards is that it may cause confusion for other drivers. Most people expect to see hazards when there is a specific danger to look out for. If drivers are busy looking for a hazard or slowing down in anticipation of one, it means they may be taking their eyes of the road, as well as disrupting the flow of traffic.

hazard lights 1Confusion, unnecessary slowdowns, bad weather … seems like a recipe for disaster or, at the very least, a traffic jam. Instead, turn on your low beams and avoid driving in bad weather whenever possible.

Hazards disable the turn signals. They also make it harder to tell if the motorist ahead is stepping on the brakes. Other drivers might assume the hazard lights are being properly used and they swerve to avoid a vehicle they think has stopped in the highway.

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One common exception is when you are part of a funeral procession. This is so the other vehicles who are not part of  the procession will let you pass together with the procession itself.

Another thing, I can understand using your hazards when your vehicle is traveling exceptionally slow as compared to other traffic (and in that case, you should consider why you have to be driving so slow; if you’re truly a hazard you shouldn’t be driving at all).

Be cautious and mindful of others.
Drive safely and be alive.


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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Automobiles, Education


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Petition to STOP Cruelty to dogs in China: Pls. sign in the comments area

Reposted from here

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Through Mr. Obama (US President) and
Mr. Barroso (President of the European Commission),

We are all world citizens and were shocked to see how the Dogs are treated and killed in China, as you can see directly from the snapshots above and in this video below.

We do not need words, because we don’t have any word, to comment on the brutality and ferocity of what we saw, and we don’t have the courage and strength to review the video twice.

The DOG is always considered, by all civilizations, man’s best friend and it never hesitated to sacrifice its life for men.

For this and other many reasons, we want all together to make our voices heard because this senseless cruelty is stopped, the dogs’ dignity, as well as that of every living creature is respected, and it will be sent an official note by the European Commission and US Government to the Chinese Government because this brutal and uncivilized practice will be stopped immediately.


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How to Jump Start a Vehicle

A dead battery can be a bummer. It can also be a dangerous job jump starting it. Some do it differently. This is how I do it in 12 simple steps.

What you need

  • Jumper cables
  • Another car with good battery


Step 1: Position cars

  • Position the working car as close to the “dead” car as possible. Ideally, that means hood to hood with a few inches in between.

Step 2: Turn off both engines

  • Turn off both engines.
  • Tip: Never light a match or smoke near a car battery. The battery contains hydrogen, a highly explosive gas.

Step 3: Open hoods of both cars

  • Open the hoods of both cars.

Step 4: Identify terminals on car batteries

  • Identify the positive and negatives terminals on both car batteries. They will be labeled with a plus sign for positive and minus sign for negative.

Step 5: Connect red clamp to dead battery

  • Connect one of the red clamps on the jumper cables to the positive terminal on the dead battery.

Step 6: Connect red clamp to working battery

  • Connect the other red clamp to the positive terminal on the working car’s battery.

Step 7: Connect black clamp to working battery

  • Connect the black clamp on the jumper cables to the negative terminal on the working car’s battery.

Step 8: Clip black clamp to dead car’s engine

  • Clip the remaining black clamp to a clean metal part of the dead car’s engine to ground the circuit.

Step 9: Attempt to start dead car

  • Attempt to start the dead car. If it doesn’t start, disconnect the jumper cables in the reverse order: first the black clamps (starting with the once-dead car), then the red clamps (starting with the working car). Start the engine of the working car and allow it to run for about five minutes to boost its battery.

Step 10: Attempt to start again

  • Turn off the working car and again attempt to jump the dead car by connecting the cables—in order—and starting the ignition.

Step 11: Disconnect jumper cables

  • Once the car starts, disconnect all the clamps in the reverse order.

Step 12: Charge battery or go to repair shop

Simple as that. God luck!

Here’s How:


  • Be careful not to cause a spark. This could make a battery blow up.
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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in Automobiles


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Gasoline / Diesel Rollback Starts Today

ROLLBACK (all effective today): 

Chevron, Shell, Petron, Phoenix Petroleum and Unioil decreased today its gasoline prices by P1.5/L.

Chevron, Shell and Petron implemented a P1.7/L rollback on diesel and kerosene; P1.7/L rollback on diesel for Phoenix Petroleum and Unioil. Seaoil, meanwhile, cut its prices of diesel, kerosene & regular gas by P1.85/L; premium and unleaded gas by P1.75/L.



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No more parking fees for Elderly in QC

Good news for elderly residents of Quezon City who are vehicle owners.

15Aug2011, 12:02AM: With the recent signing of city ordinance that took effect on August 8, senior citizens are now exempted from paying parking fees in city-based establishments. According to Mayor Herbert Bautista, the exemption was “part of the continuing benefits for [the] elderly in the Quezon City.”

For those who want to avail themselves of the privilege, they must present a valid senior citizens identification card upon entry into establishments such as malls, hospitals or any similar businesses which charge parking fees.

Overnight parking excluded

The exemption, however, will not extend to overnight parking, Bautista said. He added that parking lot operators who insist on collecting payment from qualified senior citizens would be penalized.

Based on a provision in the ordinance, cashiers or booth tellers (who violate) the ordinance shall be penalized with a fine of P500 or imprisonment of one to 30 days, or both at the discretion of the court.

The approved resolution, which was passed by the 26-member city council in June, also imposes a fine of P2,000 or  imprisonment of one to 30 days for any operator or manager caught violating it. The license of parking operators may also also be suspended or revoked if they fail to give an exemption to qualified senior citizens living in the city, Bautista said.


By Nancy C. Carvajal for the Philippine Daily Inquirer


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