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Chevrolet Previews Performance-Oriented SEMA Concepts

Chevrolet Performance Sonic RS concept

Chevrolet today previewed several performance-oriented concepts of some of the brand’s most popular passenger cars, including the Sonic and all-new Impala. The cars will debut at the SEMA Show, Nov. 5-8, in Las Vegas. It’s the world’s largest convention of automotive aftermarket parts and accessories.

Chevrolet also showed a personalized version of the Malibu, which features new and enhanced technologies for 2014 that improve efficiency and personal connectivity. Stop/start engine technology contributes to 14-percent greater estimated city fuel economy (25 mpg), and new Siri with Eyes Free Mode and Text-to-Voice features allow hands-free texting via the available MyLink system. read more »

Scrap That: Tips To Make Quick Cash

Damaged car on the road

In today’s economic climate, it’s no surprise that many of us are looking to make some extra cash. But that doesn’t mean that you have to take on a second or third job! Hidden away are little money making ideas that you may not even know of and with a little know-how, you can turn rubbish and broken appliances, materials and everyday objects into cash for your pocket.

Scrap and recyclable metal allow you to dispose of items and products that are beyond repair, looking after our environment and making you some extra money. Many everyday products are made from metal materials from our cars to our kitchen appliances, metal plays an essential role. read more »

A History of the Modern Day Car

 

1886: The modern day car is born in the form of the , by German inventor .

1908: The , an affordable, manufactured car, was introduced – making driving an option for the general public.

Ford Model T

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1930s: Only 30 years after cars were becoming accessible means of transport, physicists in the US started to plead with manufacturers to include lap belts, believing they would keep drivers safe on the road.

1956: Volvo was a forerunner in car safety and introduced 2-point cross-chest belts in their Swedish cars.

1958: Two years after the introduction of the seatbelt, today’s three-point belt was designed and patented by Volvo designer and engineer, Nils Bohlin.

1959: The US followed Sweden by introducing seatbelt anchors in all of their cars.

1963: The first British public service TV advertising campaign was aired, encouraging drivers to use their seatbelt.

1970s: The infamous ‘Clunk Click Every Trip’ campaign began in the UK and continued on the air until 1998.

1983: The law changed: It was now compulsory to wear a seatbelt in the front of a car.

Figures showed 90% of front-seat passengers began routinely wearing seat belts after it became compulsory.

Seat belt

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1991: It became compulsory for passengers to belt up in the back seat. Figures showed an increase from 10% to 40% of backseat passengers wearing seatbelts

1993: The final ‘Clunk Click Every Trip’ aired in 1993, however, this final advert could be spotted on air right up until 1998.

1998: In 1998, campaigners turned their attention to back-seat passengers with this hard hitting advert:

2010: The popular TV campaign continues to this day, with the most recent advert being aired in 2010. In the same year Sussex Safer Roads commissioned this award winning advert in 2010, proving that the thought-provoking tactics started way back in 1973 are still massively successful today:

2013: UK Department for Transport (DfT) figures show the changing attitudes towards wearing a seatbelt. 81% of drivers consider it extremely unacceptable to not wear a seat belt in the front and 64% consider it extremely unacceptable to not wear one in the back.

It has been 30 years since the introduction of the seatbelt law and organisations across the country are keen to raise awareness of the necessity of a seatbelt. For example, road traffic experts, , are promoting a , sharing their experience of working with those who have been seriously injured in crashes and have had their lives saved by a seatbelt.

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