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Water in the Coolant Compartment of a Dacia Sandero
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So today started off quite well, except for my 2-year-old getting up at 6am, I managed to get him back off to sleep until 7.30am and then we got up. We had a pleasant Sunday Morning, played some games, watched some films. Well some bits of some films, we watched half of Inside Out, some of Cars and some of the Lion King. He is 2 he gets bored easily. Then he went for his nap and slept which hardly ever happens anymore.

So, I got him up from his nap, gave him some lunch and we decided to go out to the garden to play on his slide as it was Sunny. I thought I would hoover the car while he played. It may sound strange that I can hover my car while in the garden but my house is a strange layout and my Garage is between the house and the Garden.

What might also sound strange is that my next-door neighbour was in my garden doing some gardening, but she is my landlord’s mum and the garden used to be hers. She loves gardening and we don’t have the time to do it so she keeps it tidy when she wants to.

Anyway, I didn’t want to leave my son in the garden with my neighbour as I didn’t want her to think I was expecting her to watch him, as I could see him from the car but I know she would worry. So, I stayed in the garden with them for half an hour or so and played ball and all the slide.

Then he started helping her with the gardening, just picking up the leaves and putting them in the bucket, that sort of thing. While he did that I managed to hover some of the car. Then my neighbour decided it would be fun to get my son to help wash the car. Well I wasn’t even planning to wash the car but it did need doing so I agreed.

He did a very good job for a 2-year-old and left the wheels alone as instructed. He got bored quick so it was a struggle to finish and watch him but we managed.

I then thought I should top up the windscreen wash as it had been empty for too long and with the weather warming up the windows get dirty quite quickly.

I opened the bonnet and looked around for the washer fluid compartment, while trying to keep an eye on my son. My neighbour looked as well but we couldn’t see anywhere obvious where it went. There was a compartment with a picture of steam and a hand and I thought well steam comes from water maybe it’s there. Thinking straight now that makes no sense as there is no reason the windscreen washers would get hot, but being distracted by a 2-year-old does funny things to your head.

So, I went ahead and poured it in, it was at this exact moment that my neighbour found the right compartment. We both panicked a bit worrying that I may have put it in the oil compartment but we followed the pipes and we’re sure it was the radiator.

I did a bit of searching around online and I shouldn’t have done any damage but I guess I won’t know until I drive it. I will try and top it up with neat coolant as soon as I can to elevate any potential damage I may have done.

I am going to drive it on the nursery and work run tomorrow so fingers crossed I don’t break down as I live in the middle of nowhere so that would be disastrous.

Wish me luck.

 

P.S The image is of the bottle ca I removed to add the water, that is not where the water is meant to go. That is where the coolant is meant to go.

How To Avoid Getting Caught In Road Rage While Driving
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Many of us have to commute from our residences to offices daily. This is a routine we all have to follow as we have to work and receive our monthly pay which helps run our lives smoothly. Many of the cities all over the world have grown into vast concrete jungles. The mad pace at which life goes from morning till night is frightening and overwhelming to an individual.  Many have deadlines to meet at each place at all times which has made life into a rat race literally. Hence one cannot avoid getting caught on the  roads in traffic jams or snarls. Which may result in loss of pay. Each of us who is a traveler is tensed up at the time of travel and would want to reach office in a dash. Sometimes we end up getting caught in a road rage incident while driving. Here let us see how we can avoid getting this ugly side of us to come out and do the damage.

 

Being Calm: Before starting your journey tell yourself that I am going to be calm while driving and not get provoked by anybody or any incident which may happen on the road with me and others. I will not retaliate to any verbal abuse nor physical abuse by anyone. It is very easy to say this and difficult to follow one may say but getting ourselves disciplined and making it into a habit over a period of time will definitely help. At least one can try to do this and an attempt or a start can be made and built upon.

 

Monitoring  Speed – Accidents or mistakes tend to happen if we over speed and cause damage not only to our lives but to others lives too. Tell yourself you want to be a safe driver for all 365 days of the year. Motivate yourself by telling I will reach office and home safely after finishing work. I will not harm anyone else because of my rash driving. I will see that no one is injured by my vehicle and especially when I am the driver. This self discipline will help work wonders as it brings a sense of responsibility towards to you, your family and others. Check speed levels while driving regularly and get vehicle checked and do the servicing required.

 

Rushing Not To Be Late – This is one of the important things which is the cause of people who are driving getting caught in a road rage while driving. One can tell himself or herself that I will leave a bit early daily say at least by half an hour early than the usual time which is needed to reach the workplace. I will go early reach office and spend some time with my colleagues discussing work related issues before the office time starts. Or if you are the sort who would work only when the clock hits the starting hour you can just relax and read the new paper or set your desk. Tell yourself in case I get delayed due to some unforeseen incident which is rare and I end up losing pay as I am not reaching on time its Ok. I will take this cut as a lesson for my life and will not repeat it. But under no circumstance  will I rush to the office not to get late.

 

Others Fault –  Tell yourself before leaving the world is made up of different characters and I can face anyone if I am going to have a bad day. But I will see to it that it wont be a face off by getting caught in a road rage. Even if the other person is at fault and is being unreasonable and angry at me I wont talk back but be polite. If I end up getting hit I will take the help of law which is there to protect me. But I wont take law in my own hands under any cost. Tell yourself that if I do so I end up conceding that I too am a similar character which I am not.

 

Arms – In some countries people are allowed to carry arms like revolvers and the like so if you have one for your safety. Tell yourself under no circumstances will I be a trigger happy person if I am caught in a road rage incident. As it takes only a minute to take someones life in the heat of the moment. But one ends up regretting having done so later the whole of his life in jail. And no amount of regret is going to help revive the person who is gone. He too has a family or someone who is depending on him hence I will never do such a thing in my life. It is better to get hit by someone and file a case on him and claim damages than ending up killing him.

 

Anger Management – If you know that you are a hot headed person and have problems with anger management. Then tell yourself that first I need to get myself treated and heal from this. I will drive on my own only later when I am sure I will not be a threat to others. Till that time you have to request either one of your family member to do the driving, or you can go with a friend as a carpool, or you can take public transport, or you can take a private taxi. But tell yourselves no to driving till your anger management issues are resolved completely. Tell yourself that I will never allow my anger to spill on the streets and upset my and others  day.

 

Weather – If the weather is not normally what it is and it is going to rain or snow badly or there is going to be a storm. It is better one makes alternate arrangement on that day. Tell yourself you are spending this amount as a sort of insurance to see that you do not have any major accident or breakdown of vehicle. As all these cost a lot of pain, time, money and loss of pay. Whenever the weather is too bad try to pool a car or see that all concerned pool the amount and travel in a taxi safely. Professional taxi drivers are better drivers at such a time usually. It has been observed by me.

 

Meditation  – Regular meditation and deep breathing exercises with other exercises keeps your body alert and calm. If you practice this daily then chances of you getting caught in such situations will vastly reduce. It will also keep you in a happy and jovial mood and not in a grumpy one. People who are tensed up and anxious and in a grumpy mood are more likely to be caught  in a road rage incident. This has been observed in studies which have been conducted at many places.

 

Travel With Others – When you are traveling with others you usually tend to interact with others and also drive simultaneously. The attention of the mind is not focused on the road and chances of accidents and getting caught in road rage incidents are very high. Hence it is better the person driving focuses on the road rather than getting involved in talk. If you feel so much that you too feel like participating in the talk then stop the vehicle and talk as freely as possible for some time then continue driving. If this is not possible then better have a chauffeur to drive the car or the vehicle. Then you are relieved of the work of driving. Moreover you are doing things in a safe way which is good for one and all.

 

Alcohol etc. – Many people are involved in drunken driving and they end up ramming the vehicle on innocent bystanders or on other vehicles leading to loss of life and property. The person driving who is under the influence of alcohol does not really know what has happened at that time. Due to influence of alcohol he or she is not really in his or her real senses. It will take hours for them to realize what they have done, which they never intended in the first place. So if one is going to a party or to a club or bar and is going to have intoxicants like alcohol it is better he has a driver who can drive him back safely. It can be a driver or a friend who is a teetotaler. This is a safe and efficient  way to have a good time and return to ones home safely and also not caught in any road rage incidents. If one is caught for drunken driving the law in many countries is stringent and strict action is initiated by the law enforcement agencies.

 

 

Bad Roads – Many a times the roads where we travel is full of speed breakers, ditches, potholes, damaged roads. Sometimes their is oil spill on the road from other vehicles or they may be nails on the road. All these are a recipe for disaster which is in the waiting. The best thing when one is passing through such roads is to keep safety in mind first. Do not over speed  because you want to cover the bad patch faster or you want to compete with others in reaching you place first.  It is always better to be a mature and sober driver, rather than a rash and negligent killer.

 

You can decide what you want to do to avoid getting caught in road rage incidents while driving.  Remember the people who are dependent on you and who will be eagerly expecting your return every evening. Do you want to end up smashing their dreams? It is for you to think about this and the consequences which follow in the case of road rage and accidents. At the end of the day peace of mind is more important than the feeling of guilt of having done something wrong you never intended to do. It is also important to be a safe driver. Promise yourself daily that I wont cause an accident or bad behavior on the roads while driving or end up hurting or killing people. Renew this pledge daily this will act as a good reminder as to how you are supposed to behave while driving on the roads. We can at least control ourselves if not others. Even others are as tensed up or have similar duties to perform. Share a thought for them and their families too. The next time you are on the road be composed, calm and cool and drive, do this for a year and see the difference in you. Remember speed thrills but kills.

Tips on How to sell your Used Car
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I have had my fair share of selling used cars in the past with my fiancé. He had a phase where he would switch cars all the time if not every few months. The free website where we would list the cars for sale is called, Craigslist. Craigslist is essentially a local classifieds where you can sell or buy: cars, houses, clothes, electronics, tickets, barter, find jobs, seek relationships, and so forth. It is free to list here just follow the restrictions and be safe!

~ My tips on How to Sell your Used Car ~

  • First off, you must know how much your car value is by referring to a site like www.KBB.com – Also put in consideration how much you paid for your car too. Even though the website may say your car is worth less, but it is a “hot trending car”, it can be worth over value but it is good to just have an idea of your car.
  • If you are not in a rush to sell, I would not recommend trading your car in. They will take the lowest value ever and end up re-sale to make profit. Unless you are in a rush and are getting a better value for your new car overall. I have never sold via dealership trade in because they will rip you off or there is some sort of catch. You are best selling in person and this is called “private party” sale.
  • Compare your car and car’s condition (mileage, title status – clean or salvage title, cosmetically and appearance) with other cars being sold locally for an idea of how much other’s are selling for. Then you would follow the crowd with the pricing. If you know your car is better post higher, if you know you car is fair/or around the same then list within their range. However, in general you should list your car higher than you expect especially if your car is a clean title because people like to negotiate. For instances, you know your car is worth and the lowest you would go is $10,000. I would recommend putting $10,800 – or like $10,900 because many will want to negotiate to even $10,000. That will be a win, win situation for you and the buyer. The buyer will think they got a deal on negotiation but in reality, you are getting what you wanted. Had you put $10,000, you will get offers in the $9,000’s. Do not leave a flat value, always put $10,550 something that shows your vehicle is negotiable.
  • Take clear photos of your vehicle, but do not necessarily point out cosmetic flaws like a ding, or a minor scratch of the car or zooming into flaws
    unless it is major because it is a used car. There will be minor wear here and there. Post several photos of your car, inside/outside, the speedometer. I would hide the license plate though, but that is just my personal preference and not post the Vin # online either.
  • When listing your car for sale in your description be clear as possible but do not write too much. The ad should get all the basics answered for example:
    • The car type, model, year, color
    • The cars condition and car title status (clean title or salvage – if salvage why briefly)
    • If you are the original owner that is a big selling advantage, but if you know your owner status if it is less than 3, I would mention that since people will trust your car more. If not, if you have owned your car for several years or longer, I would put that down. The more ‘original’ parts or paperwork, accessories of your car – better value of selling like if you have all the original keys, service records, and etc.
    • List recent maintenance you may have done or if the car has been recently maintained
    • Brief description why you are selling your car
    • Avoid price is firm, price is non negotiable, or not in a rush to sell – you do not have to list those points, they will not attract the potential buyer what so ever
  • If you know you are going to sell your car, I would clean the car out and keep it to a minimal just encase it sells fast. That way you will not be rushed to clean your car out on the spot and you do not want to forget anything in the car.
  • If you are car does not sale or receive attraction (emails/calls), then you should delete the post and repost. It could be the time or day you post and it does not get a lot of views. I would recommend posting noon to mid-day. At night, not many will be on the market to look at cars. Note: When you list your phone to call or text , to make sure it is not a scam you should conceal your number with letters. For instances your phone number is (  623 ) 394 – 0004 you would type  ( six two three ) 394 – 000 four to prevent any scam text messages. I have dealt with scam text messages before and emails. Never respond with those emails that say they would love to buy your car and give you money through those money gram or check. Those are lies, do not be sucked in!
  • When you meet up with someone interested, meet during an appropriate time and not too late. If it is late, I would reschedule or have someone go with you. Meet locally at a well known place like a grocery shopping parking lot. Always have someone go with you so you can have that person hold on to your car’s title.
  • If someone is interested in purchasing the car, do not give the title first. Make sure all the money is accounted for before transferring the title. Take a picture of the document and also the persons driver license and if you want to write a bill of sale just encase.

Good luck on your car sale! 

 

Tips on Buying a New or Used Car
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I have had my fair share of buying new cars, used cars and here is what I learned from these experiences.

Car acura NSX white , 2017 modelIf you are purchasing a used car:

  • If you are purchasing a used car from a private owner for instances from Craigslist, you want to:
    • Ask the owner if the car has a clean title or salvage title. If the car is salvage, I would not purchase it. Ask the owner, how long they have owned the car for? Why are they selling the car? Do they have records of the cars services? Inspect the car throughly.
    • You also want to check Kelly Blue Blue to know the value of the cars worth so you can factor in on the price to negotiate.
  • If you are purchasing a used car from the dealership? Make sure it is a reliable well known one and not from a smaller dealership. Smaller dealerships usually do not help you get a good loan if you are going that route and their cars tend to be on the lot longer. If you are getting a car from the bigger well known dealership, try to negotiate the price (never say you are interested or love the car) and get some sort of warranty included with the price.

Regardless of purchasing a car used from a private party, dealership or even new – you must test drive the car to see how you like the car. Throughly inspect the car inside and out. Ask any questions you may have – as it is better to be safe than sorry.

If you are purchasing a brand new car:

  • It would be a better deal if you bought a brand new car as the year is transitioning. For instances it is currently 2017, and say the 2018 model is coming out. You are better off buying the 2017 model as they would want to get rid of that year and you would get a better year.
  • Buy toward the end of the month or year because the dealerships want to meet a quota.
  • Never say you absolutely love a car because then they won’t give you much room to negotiate
  • Check local websites like True Value to know how much is a good price the car would be worth or should be sold to you at, to get an idea. Or read forums on how much other people paid for that particular car.
  • If the price is not right, do not hesitate to walk away. Try back again or a different dealership.

Overall: Not always the first car you see will be the first car you purchase. Sometimes it takes time, do not rush the process if you want a good deal and do not settle on a car you do not want or feel pressured to buy a car you do not want.

Stoplock Steering Wheel Lock shopping experience from Amazon seller (Street Rhino)
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Let us take a break from my usual product review article for this one. It is still a review but this one is a seller review from my recent Amazon buying experience.
I often buy from Amazon. I find they have good deals and there are times when it is a lot cheaper to buy from them in comparison to local shops here in Ireland. Especially if I am able to reach the “free shipping” option!
So we are recently trying to buy some car accessories one-by-one. And my husband’s first priority was the steering wheel lock. He chose Stoplock Steering Wheel Lock for this. We compared prices and checked the deals available here and we found that this seller from Amazon (Street Rhino) sells it for a competitive price. Shipping is not free but even if we take that into consideration, it still ends up about 20€ cheaper! Not only that, but the item available here is a “generic” Stoplock Steering Wheel Lock whereas the one we bought from Street Rhino was specially made for the brand and make of our car!
We ordered online and I received dispatch information after a couple of days. We arranged to use a third party shipping facility from UK to Ireland called Parcel Motel because it is more cost-effective (why else, right?).

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We received the goods after a week but we were quite disappointed to discover it was broken! My husband initially thought it was just a small crack but then after closer inspection, he realized that the plastic completely fell apart!
I took some photos and sent it to the seller – who responded within the same day. He was extremely apologetic and promised to dispatch a replacement for the faulty item. I responded asking whether I need to return the broken item and how to deal with the shipping cost (since we paid for shipping the first time and paying again would defeat the purpose of trying to save money). And I was so pleasantly surprised when he told me to send the receipt over for the shipping costs and he would refund it to me as an act of good will! Not only that! He also told me that I need not return the faulty product! WOW, that is brilliant customer service for sure!
I didn’t wait too long for the refund to occur – I received notification the next day that I got money on my Amazon account. I didn’t receive any dispatch notification for the replacement (unlike for the first item) item but was surprised to receive it 3 days after my correspondence with Street Rhino!
Overall, I am so pleased with my dealings with them, I wouldn’t think twice if I have to buy a few more car accessory in the future from them. I hope that I don’t encounter any more issues with a faulty product but it is reassuring to know that they have superb customer service if I need to count on it.

What to do if you are in a car accident?
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A few months ago, I was rear ended and it was my first car accident I have been in alone and with me being behind the wheel. Of course, I had all sorts of emotions running in my mind, for instance: What happen? Am I okay? Are people around me okay? Is my car okay?

I got out of the car and spoke to the other driver. She was in a rush, did not apologize for the inconvenience and sort of just told me there was “no damage” and she needed to get going.

I pointed out the damage and mentioned my car was purchased brand new and I need her drivers license and insurance card to take a photo. I also snapped a photo of her car license plate.

What I really wished I would have done was:

  • Take a better photo of my car + her car but due to the location we were standing, it was a busy straight and I couldn’t, but perhaps record a video or figure out a better photo situation. I was however in “panic” mode and did not do that.

What should you do if you are in a car accident?

  • Take a deep breath and be calm – make sure you are okay, if you are in any pain/bleeding, anything major do not hesitate to call 911
  • Turn on your emergency signal, try to move out of the way toward the right hand side if possible
  • Report the car accident by calling the police if its something major or the other driver is not cooperating because it is better if you have a police report (very recommended)
  • Take down the drivers information, license, car license plate, pictures, videos, surrounding area, any witnesses and their phone number
  • Afterwards, when you go home report the incident / time / your side of the story to your insurance to let them know. If you are at fault, you will have to deal with your insurance, or their insurance if it was not your fault

Regardless, her was at her fault and after going back/forth – her insurance paid for my car’s damages but I am still unhappy at the fact that, she should have paid better attention as I have been at that red light for a long time awaiting a green light.

Photo is of a car key rental, my boyfriend and I were given years ago from a car service.

HOW TO AVOID BECOMING A VICTIM OF CARNAPPING
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No person want  to become a victim of a crime, becoming the victim of a crime may be avoided or the effects mitigated. Below are some avoidance tips that you may consider.

Consider varying your daily routines and habits. Do not take the same routes or go at the same time on your regular errands. This will avoid establishing a pattern that criminals may notice.
Ensure that your vehicle is in good working condition in order to avoid vehicle breakdowns in potentially dangerous circumstances.

Know the areas you travel through and take note of potential safe havens such as police stations, gasoline station, etc. so that in case of vehicle trouble, you have the option of trying to reach these areas if circumstances permit.

Avoid traveling during unholy hours of the night. If such is unavoidable (e.g. coming home from a party or a night out with friends), avoid traveling alone through areas likely to be favored by criminal elements such as those mentioned above.

Avoid hitch hikers, especially when you are driving alone.
Always be alert and aware of your surroundings. Constantly check your rear and side view mirrors, Note any suspicious looking vehicles that may be following you. Be wary of unmarked vehicles with flashers/sirens, without plate numbers/vanity plates or using unauthorized commemorative plates, carrying many passengers (predominantly male) and are more often that not, heavily tinted. Take note that the authorities normally travel in marked cars of with readily recognizable red government plates. Police and other law enforcement/military personnel in or out of uniforms are also required to have credentials such as ID’s and appropriate badges with them.

If you suspect surveillance, try taking a few turns to see if the suspected vehicle follows you constantly, be prepared to take evasive action and proceed to the nearest identified safe haven if possible.

Keep a means of emergency communications (e.g. mobile phone, handheld radio) handy for use in case of emergencies. Keep your colleagues/families/trusted friends aware of your whereabouts.
In the event that you get caught by suspected carjackers:
Stop the vehicle and remain calm. If they present themselves as persons in authority, politely ask for credentials such as cards/badges.

Do not alight from the vehicle immediately. However, if perpetrators ask you to alight, follow their instructions. Leave the door open as you get off. Put your hands up if requested to do so.
Apply the handbrake but keep the engine running.

Avoid looking directly at the perpetrators, be compliant with their demands. Your life is more valuable than any material possessions.
Allow the carjackers to depart without interference.

Take note of any details(e.g. license plates, distinguishable marks or features of the carjackers, etc) you can gather without unduly arousing their suspicions that you are gathering information for future investigations.

Report the incident as soon as possible to the authorities. Cooperate to the fullest extent possible during investigations.
The following mitigation measures may also be considered:
Consider getting comprehensive insurance for your vehicle if such has not yet been done. New vehicles are routinely insured as such and it may be a good idea to continue this comprehensive insurance for a period of time as recommended by your insurance provider or auto dealer. Ensure that such insurance covers theft of your vehicle and other accessories thereof.

Keep a note of articles which you commonly place in your vehicle. It may also be useful to take a picture of your vehicle from various angles to assist in description to authorities in case of a car napping/carjacking.

It may be prudent to avoid leaving the original paperwork (e.g. registration, insurance cover) inside your vehicle. This may make it easier for criminals to sell your vehicle to unsuspecting buyers. Have photocopies of such paperwork made and place them in your vehicle for use in case legitimate authorities wish to verify them (e.g. at checkpoints).

Consider having the vehicle plate number and other identifying marks/numbers etched/engraved on strategic areas (e.g. windshield, window glass, chassis ) in order to make it harder for criminals to sell and to facilitate identification in case it is recovered by the authorities.

Post-vehicle recovery recommendations:
In the event that your vehicle is recovered by the authorities, this will be communicated to you.

Bring appropriate identification and proof of ownership (e.g. registration papers, driver’s license, deed of sale) when claiming your recovered vehicle.

Ensure that the authorities have removed your vehicle from the so-called “All Points Bulletin” (APB) prior to using it. This is to avoid possible misencounters with anti-carnapping elements.
Before buying a vehicle, whether brand new or 2nd hand, please make sure that you are buying the same from a reputable car dealer or a car owner.

Particularly on 2nd hand vehicles, obtain clearance from the proper authorities before buying the same just to make sure that what you are buying is not a ‘hot car’.

Always park your car in well-lit places, away from walls and hedges where crooks may lie in wait.

Have your keys ready even as you approach your car. If you pause to look for your keys, you leave yourself vulnerable to an attack.
Take note of suspicious looking people or cars near your vehicle.
Before getting into your vehicle, check for possible intruders hiding behind.

In case of a vehicle breakdown or any emergency, have a cellphone ready.

Avoid parking in unsecured places. If you have no garage, it may be advisable to pay in a pay parking area rather than in an unattended street parking slot.

You are vulnerable to attack if you stay behind, inside your vehicle, waiting for any companions. As a deterrent, leave your vehicle when parked and stay in a safe area.

Lastly, secure your vehicle before leaving the same. Do not leave any valuables inside as these will easily attract attention. This won’t guarantee you in being 100% safe in different crimes but can strongly minimize the probability of you becoming the next target of bad persons.

Cycle Rickshaw :The MOST CONVENIENT TRANSPORT
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As soon as I got down from the Train I felt very happy to find the cycle rickshaws plying on the roads in and around VARANASI  Railway Station.

Cycle Rickshaw though was a cheap mode of transport of a common man, it has disappeared In most of the cosmopolitan cities in India. But, it is still surviving in some remote areas on the outskirts of a city and in some interior districts of certain  Sates like Maharashtra, Kolkata.

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I have seen and used almost all modern transport systems as a traveler but the urge to experience the cycle-rickshaw as a mode of transport came on the roads of Varanasi very late after a long gap as this transport system is totally not available in Hyderabad and vanished now.  I have seen cycle rickshaws on the roads of Calcutta/Kolkata only on the T.V.

The experience to take a ride of the city in the cycle rickshaw is really thrilling.

In Varanasi, this is the most preferred transport by tourists. Whenever you have to reach distinations  far flung at 2 or 3 km this is the only transport more convenient and safe to reach than by engaging an auto rickshaw.

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The advantage of cycle rickshaw is that it throws a challenge to the strength of your knees as more often you have to get into it by pushing your body into it on the strength of your knee.

The rickshaw man pulls the vehicle slowly as soon as you get into it. As soon as it is pulled to some distance he starts peddling it steadily without any exertion. Of course, you have to bear with the shocks the roads give you for their poor maintenance when he takes you into a narrow lanes as more often the lanes and by lanes  will be quite narrow and it is only this transport that can conveniently take you to your destination which otherwise would be not possible  with an auto rickshaw.  .

It is only this transport that exposes the true condition of roads of any place and you can measure the length and breadth of every road by sight while passing through leisurely.

It reduces the distance sometimes as the rickshaw man will take short-cuts driving his vehicle into small and narrow lanes of the street avoiding the main road.

This convenient and cheap transport is meant not only for children but also for carrying heavy loads of goods from one corner to the other corner of an area safely and promptly as the ultimate control lies in the hands of Puller only who relies on the strength of his feet irrespective of his age and without having any prescribed uniform and drives it in rain, scorching sun, cold and hot breeze on the allurement of some extra pennies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do You Miss The Cars Of The Past?
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When I brought my 2014 Nissan, I felt like I had arrived. Great state of the art. All you had to do is press a button on the ignition and you were set to go. Also, it had a great air conditioning system as well as a device for weather conditions.  It, also, had a smooth ride but I had a rude awakening. First, I was, partially, covered and did not have a full warranty. I, deliberately, chose that option because a full warranty would have upped the monthly payments. I figured that since it was fairly new, it would not give me any problems down the road. I was in for a rude awakening.

My son's Caprice.

My son’s Caprice.

Trouble Along the Road.

 

Soon, I started seeing the Check Engine light lit up. So, I took it to the Nissan dealership. They had to put it on a scanning device and, unfortunately,  it was not covered. I had to pay $112.00 for that  scanning device. Then, I found out that it need about $400 worth of repairs. Thank God, there were minor repairs and did not affect my car, overall. Bearing this in mind, me and my son (The mechanic) fixed it at a lower price. Then, there was the keys. My son misplaced the keys and I needed to have the spare. It would have cost me $300 to get a new set of keys and update it on the computer. Hail to the age of technology!

Somehow, I found the keys and saved myself about $300–Thank God. As time passed by, my son decided to   purchase a 1984 Caprice. (Picture listed on the top of this article). I liked the fact that the keys were affordable if they got lost ($2.00), plus it did not have all those ridiculous tech items.  Old cars can go up in value and if you know what you are doing, you can make a nice profit.  New cars do not hold any value and as soon as you drive it off the lot, it diminishes in value. That is why you need a good car insurance with the GAP option.

 

Closing Thoughts.

 

Please do not misunderstand me. I am happy with my Nissan Altima but if I had seen the whole picture, I would have invested in an older car, fixed it and had it accumulate value throughout the years. My wife, also, has a 2010 Blue Focus. That car is very reliable and has blessed us along the way. If you are going to get a new car, I would recommend a Ford Focus. My Nissan is, alright, too but it came with some minor defects and I was a little disappointed. Nevertheless, it has, also, treated us nice and is a good gas saver when you take it to the highway. Anyway, that is my two cents concerning cars. Hope it helps someone down the road.

No One Stood To Give A Seat To a Girl Inside The Jeepney
January 23, 2017
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Inside d jeep

Actually, this is a throwback from months ago, when I was still commuting to work.

Now, I seldom commute because my gay brother-in-law is already assigned at our place, so he now stays full time at my parents-in-law’s house where we live also, thus I always ride on his car in the morning.

One time when I commuted, the jeepney where I rode to work in the morning was already full as to its seating capacity. There were even two men in the step outside of the jeepney clinging to the railings while they ride standing up.

I didn’t notice it stopped, but suddenly a small girl, came in.

But the seats were all occupied and the jeepney started traversing. How come the driver still stopped, to let her in?

Seeing that there’s no seat anymore, she backed up and instead stood at the door of the jeepney and clung to the balustrade. Maybe she’s in a hurry that’s why she didn’t just alighted and wait for another passing jeepney.

No one from the men inside, stood up to give her a seat. There was a burly man by the door and he could have instead offered his seat.

He was suddenly asleep, when before that he was so awake, ogling at the girls in front of him. lol

My seatmate, a girl too, and I am afraid for her that she might fall if ever the jeepney will suddenly halt, so even if we are already squeezed we coaxed her to come and let her sit between us and just squeezed ourselves more to give her space.

Luckiiy, in a little while, somebody alighted and she was able to seat comfortably. I was relieved too because we can now all seat comfortably.

And suddenly too, the burly man at the doorway is already awake. lol

I know, I don’t have to judge this man because I don’t know if he has a medical condition that can’t make him offer his seat to the little girl. But he could have said it so he could be excused and not accused of pretending to sleep.

Chivalry is now rare. Gone are those days when men offer their seat to the elderly or women.

Sad, but this is true nowadays, here.

What about in your place?