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The Dreaded Roundabout

June 12, 2014

Roundabouts.  Many people seem to curse their existence, and at times lament them being installed in new communities that never had them before.  While often new ideas or the requirement of new skill sets can be daunting; often education and understanding can go a long way towards relieving some of the major concerns.  And as for navigating roundabouts, just like the way to get to Carnegie Hall, it can take practice, practice, practice.Read the rest of this entry »

Moped Users Are Drivers Too

June 2, 2014

The sun is shinning, and as we put away our heavy winter jackets, many people are taking things out of storage that they use during the warmer months; cleaning the grill, opening and prepping the pool and getting set to ride some variation of a two wheel mode of transportation; which might be a bicycle, a motorcycle or a moped.  A “bike,” and by whatever means it’s propelled, may not be your speed – so to speak – but any driver on the road must be certain not to completely disregard them either.  They’re out there; ignoring them also means ignoring state and municipal traffic laws, which is not only illegal, but it recklessly endangers the lives of the people you’d just as soon pretend aren’t there, who are just minding their business.Read the rest of this entry »

Check your 710

March 28, 2014

Have you looked under the 710 cap in your car lately? If you haven’t, you should; it’s vital to your car, and if the 710 is too low, you could damage your car. You may be asking, “What is 710? Why can’t I find it on my car?” Read the rest of this entry »

All Season Skid Control

February 5, 2014

With few exceptions, most sequels never seem to quite live up to the original that spawned them.  You may enjoy them for what they are, but it’s just never the same as the first time.  Then there are the follow-ups you can unequivocally ask, “Was that really necessary?”  Case in point, take “Polar Vortex 2;” also known as “I will never complain about 90 degree weather again.”

“The Polar Vortex” might sound like a plot device for the latest science fiction disaster film; featuring Miley Cyrus as an improbable quantum physicist, trying to save the world from some sort of frozen apocalypse, with flashy special effects.  But the polar vortex is real and has had severe consequences for people all over the United States.  Schools were canceled preemptively, businesses were closed; all for the second time this winter, for the reason of expected steep sub-zero temperatures.  And with good reason; no matter how bundled up you are, the freezing temperatures that were achieved were such that it posed an exceptional danger even to those taking precautions, which for many, the benefit of braving just wasn’t worth the risk.Read the rest of this entry »

Give Your Engine the (Good) Cold Shoulder

January 20, 2014

Polar vortices have conjured a whole new concept of cold recently, with parts of the US being dominated by sub-zero temperatures for a considerable stretch of time.  Some might recall from high school science class, that “cold” is just an abstraction; and that what we perceive as cold is actually an absence, to some degree, of heat or energy.  The last thing any of us want during this frigid winter is a lack of heat, especially in our cars as we drive to work, or while running errands.  It’s essential then that we ensure that the fluid levels in our vehicle’s radiator system are good, adding antifreeze as needed; so that we don’t find ourselves with an extreme absence of heat.Read the rest of this entry »

Driving Tips to be Thankful For

December 2, 2013

So with another Thanksgiving and the subsequent spree of store bargains in the books, let’s take a look at some things to be thankful for this year.

  1. Turn      signals.  This, like many things, is      something to be grateful for year round.       Everyone should be thankful when other drivers are apt to      communicate to other cars and pedestrians what they’re doing.  Nothing’s worse, let alone dangerous,      than to be a driver entering or crossing traffic, thinking you’re clear,      because a car in another lane of traffic, about to turn into the path      you’re headed, didn’t communicate where they’re going.  So use your blinker, even when you’re      changing lanes; and make sure it’s turned off once you no longer need it,      so as not to confuse others.Read the rest of this entry »

Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter

November 6, 2013

Baby it’s cold outside.  It may not be the coldest it can be yet, but with Thanksgiving just a couple of short weeks away and Christmas not long after that, winter and all the weather that comes with it, is well on its way.  Unlike the hordes of visiting relatives who will be making their annual pilgrimage to pinch your cheeks and eat pumpkin pie; winter weather and road conditions will (hopefully) be staying a little longer.  This makes now the perfect time to prepare yourself, as well as your car, for the winter season.Read the rest of this entry »

SimuRide Driving Simulations

October 9, 2013

Sim Driver            In previous blogs we’ve mentioned the line of 3-dimensional PC driving simulators available through our very own Aplusb Software, called SimuRide.  With our this installment we’re going to delve more into the different versions of SimuRide Aplusb offers and how specifically they can aid you with your driver education.

For commercial driving instructors, Aplusb Software offers an immersive driving experience, starting with the cornerstone software, SimuRide Professional Edition.  SimuRide PE offers a panoramic view of the virtual driving course, by displaying across 3 computer monitors, networked together with the TripleHead2Go Digital splitter box, also available through our online store.  The monitors and driving controls can be mounted to the specially designed Simulator Seat driving station, which provides a realistic driver’s seat and placement for all of your SimuRide Pro hardware, which includes pedals (with clutch), gear shift column, steering wheel, PC tower and mounting brackets for your three monitors.Read the rest of this entry »

Teachers Lounge Driver Education Discussion Forum Now Open

September 9, 2013

Aplusb Software prides itself on the pursuit of highlighting the importance of strong driver education and helping to advance that edification through a variety of tools, including their own written test review programs Road Rules and CDL Manual and the PC driving simulator, SimuRide, available for both Professional and Home use.  That is why SimuRide.com and Aplusb Software are pleased to unveil their latest sponsored utility in driver education:

The Teacher’s Lounge is a dedicated discussion forum for those in the world of driver education to communicate and network; from commercial driving instructors to parents and students learning how to drive.  Share driving tips, anecdotes and learn about the latest tools to help educate students to become the best drivers possible.

Parents who have teenagers about to learn to drive can seek input from driving professionals and other parRead the rest of this entry »

Driving in Flood Conditions

August 19, 2013

Growing up in the northern mid-west, you’re used to a variety of adverse weather conditions; blizzards, hail, tornados – I’ve seen it torrentially rain on one side of town and bright, clear and sunny on the other side of town just a few miles away.  One phenomenon not greatly accustomed in the area I grew up and have spent most of my life, are floods.  There are the occasional flood warnings, which locally don’t generally amount to much; and devastating floods can be seen at times on the news, but never experienced first hand, until a few years ago.  A powerful storm rolled in, blanketing a large area spanning a considerable portion of several states; and the rain, at times light, but mostly dense, kept pouring down.  At that time my mother lived and worked in another town, but the public transportation had stopped running because of the storm and she needed a ride home from work.  My dad and I went to get her, cautiously braving the storm in a little Chevy pick-up.Read the rest of this entry »