Cleaner Air When Traveling In Your New Car or Truck? Can it be?

I can appreciate all of the things that various manufacturers are doing to combat smog and emissions coming from our vehicles. It seems to me that at the moment it’s kind of at a stand still. I know it is getting better and is better than in years passed but we aren’t quite there yet. I watch the news I see the air quality alerts that we have daily in the DFW area. There has to be more than one way to combat this. Right? 

I found this article over on and I thought it was so interesting that I had to share it with you. This could be a major break through in the world of pollution and emissions. 

Researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology (EUT) may be on the brink of discovering a breakthrough that will lead to reduced pollution and cleaner air for all. According to the EUT, a roadway made of concrete blended with titanium dioxide can effectively remove up to 45 percent of the nitrogen oxides that it comes in contact with. The titanium dioxide, a photocatalytic material, captures airborne nitrogen oxides and, with the aid of the sun, converts it to nitrates that are harmlessly washed away by the rain.

The EUT conducted real-world studies on a 1,000-square-meter section of repaved road in the Netherlands. Such testing showed that the laced pavement could reduce nitrogen oxides by 25 to 45 percent more than traditional concrete. As Jos Brouwers, professor of building materials at the EUT remarked, “The air-purifying properties of the new paving stones had already been shown in the laboratory, but these results now show that they also work outdoors.” 

Additional testing is still underway and although the pavement laced with titanium dioxide does cost some 50 percent more than regular cement, overall road-building costs only increase by a marginal 10 percent. Costs aside, the advantages of the titanium dioxide are readily apparent, but the implementation of such a product requires repaving our roadways – a time intensive and costly endeavor. 

What are your thoughts on this latest information? Do you think it’s good?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

How Many Auto Makers Logos Can You Name?

This is a fun little game. See how many you can name and how fast you can do it. Can you name them all? See the original game here.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Would You Want Darth Vader Telling You Where To Go?

There are so many different types and brands of GPS systems out there but the makers of TomTom really out did themselves this time. How genius to have Darth Vader as the voice on your GPS system directing you to your next destination. I think this is awesome! So when you pick up your new or used truck from your Texas Chevy dealer make sure you pick up the navigation system that you either love or the one that doesn’t scare the crud out of you! Ha ha. What do you guys think? Would you like this? Or hate it?

Here’s the story from Consumer Reports:

TomTom portable navigation devices (PNDs) have been known for the ability to customize route guidance with downloadable voices, but this latest addition to the voice catalog takes the concept to a galaxy far, far away. TomTom has introduced the first of four scheduled officially licensed Star Wars voices: Darth Vader.

Available for $12.95, the authentic-sounding voice provides guidance as only a Sith Lord can, complete with references to the Dark Side. To complete the navigator upgrade, there are free Star Wars downloads with start-up screens, sound effects, and car icons.

The next character coming is C-3PO, with Yoda expected to follow in July and Han Solo in August. No word on offering Chewbacca. We imagine that the Yoda voice could be a challenge to interpret, given the big-eared Jedi’s tendency to transpose words.

Check out this hysterical video from TomTom of the recording session with Darth Vader….

Now all they need is to have a voice for Napoleon Dynamite and they will be on a roll. I can just hear it now.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Are The Seats In Your Car or Truck Killing Your Back?

I think we’ve all experienced back pain while driving at least a time or two. It’s usually always in the lower back… I wanted to find out what the connection was between driving and lower back pain. Research has come up with a few different things that can cause lower back pain. Vibration from the engine, sitting position and how long you are driving the car.

First things first is to make your seat more comfortable and here are some tips.

The Seat – You need to make sure that your bottom is sitting all the way in the back of the seat. When you slouch the lower back is not supported. Sitting up right with your bottom all the way to the back of the seat will help you sit more upright and minimize the stress on your spine.

The Backrest – You should place the seat at a 10-15 degree incline from the vertical position. If for some reason this feels unnatural to you then you need to make the seat more upright. It was unnatural for me so I had to play with it a few degrees. The main idea here is that if you are sitting at a bad angle it can strain your neck and your sitting bone.

The Headrest – This is good in helping your posture and it will help lower injuries in an accident. The bony bit at the back of your head (known as the ‘inion’) is a good guiding point, the headrest should be level with this. There should be about 1 inch between the back of your head and the headrest. This allows for the ligaments and the muscles of your neck to control the posture of your head better and giving better support in case of an accident.

Seat/Pedal distance – You want to make sure that you do not over stretch your legs and you also want to make sure you don’t have to twist your body in any way. If your knees are bent and you can’t move them very easily then you need to stretch out a bit. If you’re legs are completely straight when you push down the gas then you need to tighten up a bit. It is normal to have your knees bent at about a 45 degree angle.

The Arm position – Your arms should be as relaxed as possible, elbows bend around 20-30 degrees. You want to reduce any stress on your shoulders so you should adjust your steering wheel to a mid to lower position. And remember 10 and 2 on the steering wheel.

Take breaks – Just remember if you’re on a long trip to take a break. I once drove 14 hours without stopping unless it was a quick bathroom break then back to the car. My body was so stiff I was hurting the next day. It’s always better to travel with someone else but if you are alone stop at a rest stop every couple of hours and walk around a bit. It’ll help trust me.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

What Cool Equipment Is Most Important In A New Car Or Truck?

Sometimes equipment on your new car or truck can be very important to you. For instance if you have kids maybe you want DVD players to entertain them in the car, or if you’re a commuter you may want XM radio for those trips to school or work. Everyone wants something different. Maybe you want everything available…. What’s most important to you?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing