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How to Drive in the Spring Season

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In Spring, we leave a long, long winter season of short days and long nights in which weather conditions limit traffic and cause drivers an additional precautionary and prudent effect. Then come the sunny days and warmer temperatures in which we tend to relax behind the wheel.

But, Spring is the season of unstable weather par excellence, and we can go from enjoying the Sun to withstand heavy rains in just a few minutes. That is why the accident rate increases because unconsciously, and we are less cautious just at the time of the year when the most abrupt changes in time occur.

Spring is also the allergy season. And a sneeze at the wrong time can be very dangerous if you are driving. Therefore, in Spring, it is essential to breathe clean air behind the wheel. What better way to do it than to go through your trusted workshop to have an air conditioning system set-up and check the cabin filter? By the way, you prepare the vehicle for any change in the weather conditions of this era. Here you have several allergies Spring. Especially the gram that is the type of allergy that affects those in pen does not prevent driving, but until June, the highest pollen levels of the year will record, so you have to take precautions. Today antihistamines are not as sleepy as they were years ago, but still, consult with your doctor about side effects and read the package leaflet carefully before driving.

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Tips for changing weather

The DGT offers recommendations to maintain the safety of driving in these adverse weather conditions since in these months we can be surprised by the showers, fog or hail, which must add to the driving premises in good weather that summarized in:

  • Respect signaling and speed limits, both specific and generic.
  • Keep safety distances between vehicles, that is, the one that allows us to stop without colliding with the one that precedes us in case of sudden braking. To calculate it on dry roads with good visibility, the rule of the square can be applied: divide the speed by ten and raise it to the square (in case of wet roads, the distance must be twice): At 50 km / h: 50/10 = 5. 5 × 5 = 25 meters away.
  • At 120 km / h: 120/10 = 12. 12 × 12 = 144 meters away.

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With rain

We remind you of the key points of our tips to drive in fog:

  • Turn on the low beam and fog lights.
  • Adapt speed and safety distance.
  • Do not follow another vehicle closely. Look at the brake lights of the one that precedes us.
  • In case of any incident, turn on the double turn signals, headlights, and fog lights.
  • If it is very dense, take as reference the road markings on the right of the road.
  • Pay special attention to the possible presence of two-wheelers and pedestrians, less visible with fog.
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The Classic Cars That We Still Aspire

classic cars

The classic cars that we can not stop wanting to have a special place in our hearts, although their maintenance is very expensive.

We guarantee that these cars will cost you a fortune, in repairs and maintenance, but we want them anyway.

It is still worth making some bad decisions. Here are some classics for which we still aspire, despite knowing better.

Porsche 928

The Porsche 928 is a beautiful car with a lovely V-8 engine. But like most old German machines, you need constant attention to stay on track. We recommend buying a cheap one so that your entrance price remains low. In this way, you save as much money as possible when something inevitably breaks. Here is one with manual transmission for sale on eBay at this time.

Maserati Shamal

The Shamal was one of Maserati’s most expensive cars in the early 1990s, intended to represent the top of the line in the BiTurbo vehicle series. It had a double V-8 turbo with 322 horsepower. The design has aged well, but Italian mechanics is a different story.

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From Tomaso Panther

Like the Jensen, the Panther used an American engine. The point is that the Italian engineering of the 70s was not much better than British engineering, which means that the construction rating was not the best in the first cars. Still, it is wonderful.

Alfa Romeo GTV6

The Alfa Romeo GTV6 still looks beautiful after all these years, but it is also astute. Try to fall asleep to think that it is a sensitive hatchback that has a little more space than your typical exotic and could be a bit practical. The truth is that it is an Italian car from an era in which Italian reliability was a key point. Still, we love the style.

Aston Martin Lagonda

Most people who see an Aston Martin Lagonda in the street will look further and continue with their day. But for someone who knows, it is a model worth getting excited. As much as we would love to be seen in one, can you imagine trying to have one repaired? Or having to find spare parts for that crazy futuristic digital dashboard?

Citroen SM

Neither the French nor the Italians are known for building cars with bulletproof reliability. The solution was to conspire together to build a car. The result was the undoubtedly wonderful Citroen SM. Yes, certain parts can also be time bombs, but who cares? The Citroën SM is amazing.

Ferrari 308 GTB / GTS

The Ferrari 308 looks amazing, and it’s a car that a normal enthusiast could afford. For a little less than the cost of a Porsche 911 base, you could have an exotic Ferrari with a closed gearshift. But even if nothing broke, we don’t want to think about how much maintenance it would be. And things are probably going to break.

Ferrari F355

Of course, buying a new Ferrari does not mean it will be cheaper. The F355 is famous for its high routine maintenance costs and its fragility. Any engine exit service will take you north of 10,000 euros.

Porsche 924 Turbo

Originally the 924 was supposed to be a Volkswagen, but it ended up sold as a Porsche. The Turbo model was the one it had because it had the guts to support its good looks. But 1979 was a long time ago, and most Turbos now need constant attention.

Jaguar E-Type

Often called the most beautiful car ever manufactured, the E-Type is known for many things, but reliability is not one of them. The most beautiful cars of the Series I are especially prone to problems.

Jaguar XJS

The XJS is not as desirable as the E-Type, but you get a lot for your money. Even V-12 versions of these models can obtain for not much money. During the first months, it could look good driving a Jaguar V-12, but after that? Something will probably go wrong, it will probably be electric, and it will almost certainly be a big problem.

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Lotus Elan

We are quite sure that anyone who has driven a Lotus Elan has loved it. That opinion may not base on the most scientific surveys, but it cannot pretend that it is not an exciting car to drive. You have to be fine with a lot of repair time.

Lotus Esprit

The Elan is not the only Lotus with a reputation for breaking. Most Lotus are unreliable. The Esprit stands out thanks to its medium engine design difficult to work and its range of turbocharged engines.

Lamborghini Miura

It is Italian. It has a V-12. It is one of the most beautiful cars ever built. Those are legitimate reasons to want to have a Lamborghini Miura, and if we had the money, we would do it. We would have to make sure we prepared for the huge maintenance costs.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

The great tourism of the seventies with the appearance of Mustang by Aston Martin is an impressive piece of machinery if you can keep it running, of course. Typical British reliability combined with more than 40 years of aging means that you will probably have your speed dial mechanic. Still, the look makes it worthwhile.

Range Rover

Yes, there are many SUVs that we could probably buy that would still be great. Hell, Land Rover will gladly sell you a new Range Rover that is excellent. But the original Range Rover is almost as cool as an SUV, and that’s what we want. The list of things that will probably go wrong is virtually endless, but who cares? It is a Range Rover.

Mazda FB RX-7

The first-generation RX-7 was an immediate success among enthusiasts worldwide thanks to its fantastic handling attributes and trouble-free power delivery. But as with any rotary engine, expensive vertex seal replacements are a common sight. Still, we wouldn’t mind having one in our garage.

BMW 850i

How safe would you feel if you knew that there are a lot of 30-year-old computers that control the V-12 engine in your car? That is the reality with the first generation of the 8 Series. Still, that gentle power delivery and fantastic style will make people come back no matter what.

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Tips to Help You Get the Car Keys Inside the Car

Car Keys

Having a spare key is one of those things that never seems necessary until it is needed. You may ever lose it, steal it, or leave it inside the car, and it has closed while you are out. It is normal that it is embarrassing and posing a bitch trying to open the door. Think that, like you, another 100,000 Spaniards a year forget the keys inside.

So how could you open your car door without using the key? You can call a professional and charge you several tens of euros for five minutes of work, but several free methods can solve the problem. And no, it is not necessary to resort to breaking the window to recover the keys. Please do not get frustrated with yourself, they are things that happen, and here we are going to see some solutions that can be useful.

Unlock a car door without a key

The locking mechanisms vary widely depending on the vehicle. The newest ones have remote locks to open and close them, and in the oldest ones, the wrist turning movement must use to open it manually. Some have the bowler in the upper inner part of the door, right next to the window, while others have it in the handle. First of all, you have to know for sure where the unlocking mechanism is.

Method 1: Shoelace

It seems too good to be true, but the truth is that this method only works with the internal locking mechanisms that have a vertical spring to be operated. Of course, it is possibly the fastest option, low cost, and simple in a moment of trouble.

You will have to remove the cord from your footwear and make a small slip knot that, at the moment of hugging the pivot of the insurance, can be tightened. Place the rope inside the car through the space between the door and the rest of the body, preferably from the upper right corner (referring to the driver’s door). Then, try to put the loop in the lock, tighten it, pull up it.

Method 2: A hanger

This method, like the previous one, can be frustrating. Unless you are a professional, you will need many attempts until you leave. Don’t faint, in the end, and you always get it. You will need a wire hanger and pliers (or brute force) to give it an elongated hook shape that goes inside the window.

Once you have it, there are two options:

  • Your car has the unlock button on the armrest. If you reach the button, press it, and problem-solving.
  • Move the wire until you find the unlocking mechanism, being careful always to know its position. When you find the spring and notice that you have, it hooked, pull (or push, depending on the vehicle).

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Method 3: Rod and screwdriver

All you need is a flathead screwdriver, a steel rod (although any long, thin and rigid instrument will serve you) and a few seconds of your precious time. Use the screwdriver to pry the door frame and try to open it just enough and necessary to insert the rod. Find the unlock button and press it. Be aware that any metallic object can damage the exterior and interior, so be careful.

Method 4: Slim Jim

You may not know what a Slim Jim is, but surely you have seen him on more than one occasion. It is a pick that inserted through the tires surround the window of the car and overlooks the keyhole at the time of opening the door. It is a tool that had appeared on the big screen on numerous occasions, although the police also usually carry them.

This method also designed for older locking mechanisms. Insert the finest stopper inside the door in the same way you would with the hanger, and look for the spring in charge of unlocking the doors. If this tool is used improperly, instead of solving your problem, you will add new ones. You can break the window, break the internal wiring, or leave the door locked.

Method 5: Tennis Ball

Perhaps this is one of the most controversial methods of those explained so far. It assumed that, with a tennis ball, the lock of a car could force to unlock the locking mechanism. A technique that requires some skill and strength, and is not a great complication, at least on paper.

Using a drill, a screwdriver, or any other sharp object, make a hole in the ball thick enough to fit into the keyhole. Place the tennis ball on top of the bowler and push hard. The pressure created in the ball will force the mechanism, and as if by magic, the door can open, or so they say.

The truth is that it seems that the tennis ball method is not the most effective because it does not always come out. Myth? Reality? If you want to check if it works or not, it is best to try it yourself.

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Method 6: Inflatable Wedge

The principle is the same as that of the rod and the screwdriver. Still, instead of forcing the door with a metal device that can damage the body of our car, an inflatable airbag is used using a manual pump that will wedge to open the door a few centimeters.

With the right and necessary hole, introduce the stick, rod, tuned hanger, or whatever you have more at hand, and look for the opening button. With a minimally decent pulse and some patience, you will hit the right button. The negative aspect? This tool is not something common to walk around the house, and getting one of them is somewhat more expensive than a screwdriver, from about 15 euros, approximately.

Method 7: Through the trunk door

If for some bizarre reason, the trunk door of your car is not closed, you may be able to access the cabin from there. In some vehicles, there is a handle somewhere in the trunk that serves to lower the second row of seats. If this is the case, pull it and crawl to unlock the doors and get your keys.

Method 8: Shuffle other alternatives

If none of these methods is valid, many alternatives may be equally useful but, perhaps, are not as practical:

  • Call a locksmith.
  • Call the roadside assistance you have hired.
  • Call the police.
  • Ask a friend or family member to pick you up.
  • Think about traveling by public transport.
  • Use the legs with which life has blessed you.