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NEWS (Full information on Products Follow After the News)

BRP Revolutionizes Multi-Passenger Performance Market with 2017 Maverick X3 Side-by-Side Vehicle -- New, four-person Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX side-by-side vehicle redefines family adventure with its levels of comfort, control and performance.

Tips on Cycling in the street

The Experience Auto Group unveils the Porsche of South Shore and exclusively announces the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art dealership

Browning's New Crossfire Flashlight - Great indoors or outdoors

There are strange driving laws in many countries, according to Carwow

UPS SURVEY Unveils automotive Aftermarket Online Consumer Preferences

The All-New 2016 Nissan Titan - A New Class of Truck

Check Out Upcoming Car Shows & New Dealerships

Queez-Away Travelers' Wristbands Fight the Unpleasant Effects of Travel

Getting a Charge, Going Green! Three Hotels on the West Coast Team With Tesla Motors to Offer Free Car Charging Services

Get Ready for a Spring Break Road Trip with these 10 GG Bailey Tips

Davis Instruments Versatile Mega-Lights Consume Little Power

ACCESSORIES

Queez-Away Travelers' Wristbands

I tried this new product and it worked great while I was on a choppy deep sea fishing boat. Made by Davis Instruments, and a non-drug aid, the product takes away the unplesant effecs of choppy seas, bumpy flights, winding roads, or even spinning Ferris Wheels - which can ruin an otherwise grea adventure. It helps tame the tummies of people on the go, and is used throughout the world - not only by me - but by yachtsmen, pilots, divers, pysicians, hospitals - and those who take car trips.

They work by exerting gentle pressure on points on each wrist to minimize or eliminate the miserable effecs of trvel and are made of tough, long-lasting washable materials. The one-size-fits-all Queez-Away Wristbands are safe and easy to use. There are no complicated buckles or adjustments. You simply slip a Queez-Away on your wrists, position the bands and continue to enjoy your travel!

A pair of DavisQueez-Away Wristbands comes with a handy carrying case and retails for only $9.99.

For more information, contact Davis Instruments at 3465 Diablo Avenue, Hayward, CA 94545; 510-732-9229 or e-mail at info@davisnet.com or check web site davisnet.com.

My Pee Pee Bottle

Can't find a public restroom? Need an easy on-the-go potty to use? Well, you no longer have to put up with dirty public restrooms -- not when you have the Pee Pee Bottle in your car. I've used it numerous times and it works great, washes easily and the wide mouth is excellent for male or female use. In fact, it comes in either blue or pink - so is easily identified.

For parents, it stops the worrying about having to protect their toddler from a dirty public restroom experience. The Bottle protects against baqcterial infections such as E-Coli and Rotavirus; works for girls and boys, men and women; is more sanitary than toilet seat covers; acts as an emergency toilet when traveling or a restroom cannot be found; is smaller than portable potty seats; packs easily into a diaper bag, even a purse because it's only 7" tall; is eco-friendly reusable and washes out easily wth soap and water or an antibacterial agent and is leak proof and odor proof.

Available for $9.99 at numerous stores or direct order from web site http://mypeepeebottle.net/shop.html.

TIE A KNOT, GET A Knot-A-BAG

            For people on the go, a clever little plastic bag dispenser is a handy tag-along product.  Holding 32.5' of tightly wound polyethylene film, Knot-A-Bag enables boat owners to create virtually any size bag for the task at hand.  Users just pull material from the center of the dispenser, cut it to the desired length with the built-in safety cutter and tie a knot in the end.

Knot-a-Bag material unfolds to approximately 8" in diameter, and is a recyclable Type 2 plastic.  It's ideal for holding everything from wet swimsuits to small spare boat parts and is safe for food storage.  The 0.36 mil. thick blend of high- and low-density polyethylene provides unmatched strength.  Knot-A-Bag handles dirty jobs like trash, diapers and dog droppings too.  Each bag is completely waterproof when tied at both ends.
Measuring just 4" H and weighing only 3 oz., the Knot-a-Bag dispenser easily clips to a belt, backpack or dog leash.  Its petite size fits neatly in a purse, tackle box, galley drawer, tool box or glove compartment.  The Knot-A-Bag is economical enough to keep a spare at home, in the car, with the camping gear or in the toolshop.  A 32.5' refill roll is included. 

            The suggested retail price of Knot-A-Bag from Davis Instruments is just $7.99.  A refill pack with three, 32.5' polyethylene rolls, costs $7.99.          

Contact Davis Instruments, 3465 Diablo Ave., Hayward, CA  94545.  510-732-9229; Fax: 510-732-9188.  info@davisnet.com; www.davisnet.com.

Road Trip Essentials -- Car trip-friendly gadgets and gear

JuiceBar Multi-Device Pocket Solar Charger - $40.21

The JuiceBar Multi-Device Solar Pocket Solar Charger allows you to charge your portable devices using the power of the sun. Reduces the need for multiple chargers or adapters and provides a totally clean energy source. Includes 12 of the most commonly used adapters for cell phones, iPods, MP3 players, portable gaming systems, and more. 

16oz Dual Auto/USB Heated Mug - $21.20

Simply plug the heater mug's power cord into a computer's USB port or vehicle's 12V DC power outlet and beverage stays warm indefinitely. Durable stainless steel construction ensures good insulation while the protective thermostat control maintains a safe temperature.

Pelican˙ i1010 and i1030 iPod® Cases - $24.78

Designed to protect your iPod® but not limited to this function it features all the great qualities of Pelican products such as: durability, strength, and the infamous feel and look that has made this brand world famous. Available colors include a few to match iPod® shades.

Cableyoyo˙ - $4.99

Mounts onto gadgets, walls or dashboards so you can wind up low voltage earbud, cell phone, and USB cables to exactly the length you need. 

12-Volt Spider Cigarette Lighter Light - $6.58

50's Nostalgia Lighter Light. Plugs Into Your Cigarette Lighter Socket. 

55-Piece Emergency Road Kit with Booster Cable First Aid Kit Flashlight & More - $23.99

Inside Pockets and Sleeves to Keep Items Organized. Includes Everything Needed for those Roadside Emergencies.The Power Station Traveler˙ multi-gadget charger: From cell phones to iPods to your child‚s GameBoy, gadgets hit the road as much as we do. But, most need to be charged to remain functional. For that person with so many gadgets to charge but so little time, multi-device chargers such as The Power Station Traveler˙, which can charge up to 3 small portable devices simultaneously, will allow the recipient to tote an array of fully functional electronics with ease. ($32.99)

Kurgo Auto Tray Table $23.58

An must-have for kids in the car! It's a tray for a quick in-car meal... it's a convenient fold-down desk... it's a sturdy shelf for the kids to set their video player on... this versatile fold-down tray table is all these things. Thanks to a simple but versatile clamp system, it can be hooked over the steering wheel or to any seat with a headrest.

Wheelmate Laptop Steering Wheel Desk $29.07

Hook Wheelmate to your steering wheel and you've got an instant ergonomic desk. Store it behind or under your car seat.

CellCup Auto Organizer $9.50

When you're on the road, the CellCup is the perfect home for your cell phone or MP3 player and a few often-lost accessories like pens, loose change or keys. The CellCup is molded from soft but durable foam that protects your cellphone, and it fits securely in standard cup holder slots in cars, trucks, SUVs, RVs and boats. There's a channel on the CellCup's bottom for your phone charger cord.

Klein Tools 12" Canvas Zipper Bag $8.99

When there's simply no room left in the glove compartment or center console, The this 12" Canvas Zipper Bag will come in very handy! Convenient storage for things like small tools, sunglasses, and important papers.

Port Authority2 MP3 to FM Car and Stereo Adapter $42.99

In just seconds, you can listen to your MP3s through any car or home stereo with our MP3 to Stereo Adapter. Installation is easy; just connect the Adapter to your MP3 player, select the frequency on the Adapter, and turn your stereo to the same frequency. It's your own personal radio station without all the commercials and songs you don't like. And you keep the standard functionality of your MP3 player, including skipping tracks and selecting play lists. This Adapter works with any MP3 player or with PDAs, portable CD players, and even laptops; you don't need to purchase a separate MP3 player.

12 Volt Map Light $25.41

With 6 super bright LEDs, you‚ll never strain your eyes to read a map, take notes or even read a book in your car; all without disturbing the driver! At half the size of a tennis ball and a sturdy construction, this map light illuminates a large area and will survive many road trips.

Hands Free Wireless LCD Bluetooth Speakerphone $69.74

Take your cell phone calls in the car safely--and legally--with this wireless Bluetooth speakerphone that clips to your sun visor. Its wide blue LCD shows the number of the caller, and the 2 buttons you need to take or end calls are prominent and easy to reach.

Universal Cell Phone Mounting Kit $29.46

Arkon's mobile phone car mounts and cell phone mounting brackets are high quality supports which allow you to get maximum use your phone's hands free functions. It mounts your cell phone so you can conveniently reach it and are sturdy so you can actually use the phone hassle free.

Folding Cargo Organizer $21.96

Keep all your gear secured and in place while you‚re on the road with Case Logic's foding cargo automotive organizer. Large enough to accommodate 3 shopping bags, this sturdy nylon catchall keeps bulky items from rolling around in the back of your car. Hook attachment strips hold fast to most carpeted floors.

Mini USB Pda Car Charger $13.26

PDAs, PSPs, GPSs or cell phones that use the mini type B (5-pin) male port for recharging can use this Mini USB Pda Car Charger to power up while driving with this convenient charger cable. It fits in the 12V automotive power socket and outputs 2 amps at 5V DC.

Sticky Shade $8.50

Harmful UV light blazing into your SUV? Then just fling a Sticky Shade up on the window, they stick like magic, and you"ll have your own little glare-free shady spot. Simple! Package contains two 11 x 13 shades.

EZWIND˙ Cord Organizer $5.99

This cord organizer is an inexpensive solution for keeping your jumper and other cables organized and under control. Not only is it comfortable to grip when winding up those heavy, stiff 12 awg. cords, but by adding a center post at each end, they help take the twists and tangles out of the cord as you wind it up. Just wrap the cord around the center post to change direction of the wind and presto, no more twists!

Easy Quick Jumper By Wagan $24.90

The Easy Quick Jumper charges a car‚s dead battery from another car through the cigarette lighter sockets. There‚s no need to open the hood or use dirty, scary jumper cables. Just connect the two car‚s lighter sockets with the extra-long 18‚ cable, wait 5-10 minutes and start the previously dead car. It‚s safe, easy and effective.

Velcro® ONE-WRAP® Cable Wraps $2.49

Keep a few of these Velcro® wraps in your glove compartment for a quick organizational fix that‚ll hold it all together∑ and not just cords. Sure, they‚re fantastic for keeping the jumper cables in your trunk neatly bundled, but they're also perfect for cinching together pens, toys and other small objects that are running free and cluttering up your car's storage compartments.

About CableOrganizer.com --

CableOrganizer.com offers around-the-clock, single-point access to the most complete selection of products that serve to manage cable, wire, hardware and other home or remote office equipment. They can be reached directly through their Web site at cableorganizer.com or via toll-free telephone at 1-866-222-0030.

Pocket Peepers Reading Lens

I find it annoying to have to squint at a map while in my car, but with the new Pocket Peepers Reading Lens I no longer have to. The Pocket Peepers is a credit card size reading lens that fits in your wallet and is great for anywhere you travel; and is actual reading lens (not a magnifier); is high quality Universal strength; and comes in 25 different designs to choose from. It also makes a great gift.

The Pocket Peepers come in a universal strength that is 100% accurate, correcting reading vision loss from plus 125 to plus 250 by adjusting the lens away from yuor face until you find the right focal point. There is no need for lights or magnifiers with a Pocket Peepers Reading lens and it will never break!

Priced retail at $9.95 - $14.95 it is available at optical, gift, travel ware, apparel, botiques and other fine stores

AUTOMOBILE SURVEYS

UPS SURVEY Unveils AUTOMOTIVE Aftermarket ONLINE Consumer Preferences

A new study, UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper™ for Automotive Parts & Accessories Buyers,” highlights new findings about online consumers that can help aftermarket automotive suppliers compete more effectively.

Primary Findings were:

1.      Although price is a major factor in the online purchasing process, automotive parts and accessories (AP&A) survey respondents said non-price features, such as the seller’s return policy, product selection and shipping options make up 60% of all comparison-shopping considerations.

2.      Online sellers who can best meet and manage their online customers’ expectations may have a more meaningful advantage over their competition, according to recent comScore research.

3.      75% reported that they have added additional items to their shopping carts to qualify for free shipping.

4.      Online shoppers are willing to wait up to 7 days to receive their shipment in exchange for no additional fees.

Additional survey findings include:

Channel Preference and Usage

·         61% percent prefer to shop online while only 27% prefer to purchase in-store.  
·         46% of online shopping occurs between the hours of 6:00-9:00 p.m. For sellers, this means that later order cut-off times could be a potential differentiator and a customer service advantage over the competition.
·         39% of AP&A shoppers report spending $250 or more from their computer versus 11% on tablet devices and 9% through their smartphone. The growing adoption of mobile and tablet devices imply that sellers should closely monitor demand of this channel preference and adapt their sales channel strategy accordingly.
·         1 in 10 buyers prefer to shop using a mobile device or tablet.

Shopper Satisfaction

·         Although 81% of AP&A shoppers surveyed were satisfied overall with the shopping experience, they are the least satisfied with the amount of control and flexibility they have when it comes to the delivery of their purchases. Shoppers are looking for more flexibility to choose delivery dates and times, ability to pick up their order at a convenient retail location, flexibility to re-route packages and environmentally “green” shipping options.
·         53% of AP&A buyers said the availability of free or discounted shipping on automotive websites needs the most improvement. This was followed by 42% who would like ease of checkout improvements and 40% who were looking for more clear and easy understanding of the seller’s return policy. 
·         48% said they abandoned their online shopping cart if the shipping cost was higher than they expected or if they discovered that their order wasn’t large enough to qualify for free shipping.

Shipping

·         96% of respondents indicated the ability to track their shipment is important.

Returns

·         59% reported being satisfied with the ease of making returns and exchanges, indicating there is room for improvement in this area.
·         71% of online shoppers said they are more likely to purchase from a seller for the first time if that seller has a “hassle-free” returns policy.
·         Restocking fees were a deal breaker for most shoppers. Shoppers also said they are less likely to make a purchase if they have to pay a restocking fee, even if the actual return shipping is free. 

Survey Methodology: The data used for the study was extracted from the second annual UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper Study™ - a survey of 3,000 online consumers. The AP&A study on automotive aftermarket buyers was tabulated from nearly 200 respondents who shop online for automotive parts and accessories.

For a copy of the UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper for Automotive Parts & Accessories customer experience study, please visit www.ups.com/Automotive or email daryltoor@ups.com.

BOOKS

Don't Let Your Mechanic Pick Your Pocket! (George Moyer)

This very informative book is for anyone who drives a car, trailer, SUV or truck. Written by George A. Moyer - a retired mechanic and shop owner who was tired of seeing "people ripped off by less than honest mechanics" - it's complied with a list of the most common symptoms and what they mean. Moyer has translated them into terms anyone can understand, and thoughtfully put them into a book that's small enough to keep in the glove box. The 71 page book also contains helpful hints, a glossary of the most frequently used terms, what they mean, is filled with photos and diagrams and much more. The $12.99 cost of the book will no doubt save you hundreds of dollars in car repairs -- because you'll know what to look for and won't automatically believe what your mechanic says.

Available for $12.99 from amazon.com. For more information, go to web site mechanicscam.com.

Concept Cars - Designing for the Future (Thunder Bay Press)

Car buffs will love Concept Cars - Designing for the Future by Richard Dredge (Thunder Bay Press) -- for here, from futuristic, fantastic, and bizarre cars to cars that actually made it into production, you'll find a colorful celebration of the most evocative dream cars of the last thirty years. Whether they are strange like the IAD Allen, or just plain beautiful, like the Jaguar F-Type sports car, all the vehicles featured have one thing in ommon: they push the boundaries of automotive design imagination to the limit.

Divided by category into six chapters, including sports cars, supercars, family cars, luxury models, technological innovators, and production models - this book documents the key designs of recent times, including the cars that successfully evolved from the drawing board to the production line, such as the Dodge Viper, Mercedes-Benz Vision, and Porsche Boxter. Concepts include those from the world's leading vehicle manufacturers, such as Alfa Romeo, Bertone, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Jaguar, Pininfarina, Renault, and Volvo. Concept Cars also pays homage to the key car designers, men such as Harley Earl, the father of the 'dream' car, and Peter Schreyer, the man responsible for the devastatingly beautiful Audi TT.

Illustrated with a spectacular collection of more than two-hundred color and black-and-white photographs and original illustrations and providing an authoritative commentary on the world's most groundbreaking automotive designs, this book is available at bookstores and online.

For more information, contact Thunder Bay Press, 5880 Oberlin Drive, San Diego, CA 92121 or go to web site www.thunderbaybooks.com

CAR SEATS FOR CHILDREN

Britax Child Safety Inc. Offers Limited Edition Mossy Oak® Car Seat

Britax Child Safety Inc. has a special limited edition convertible child seat featuring Mossy Oak Break-Up®.

The Britax Marathon™ is the number one selling Britax convertible child seat and is ideal for parents seeking premium comfort and a higher, forward-facing harnessed weight capacity (up to 65 pounds). The Marathon starts with the premium cover made from Microfibres® fabric that is washable and the ultimate in soft, plush comfort.

Unique features include the tangle-free, five-point harness with four harness heights for a snug and secure fit. Premium push-button LATCH connectors and convenient harness adjuster make it easy to ensure a quick, simple and tight installation.

The Marathon features the patented Versa-Tether® energy managing top tether, which anchors the child seat to the vehicle, reducing movement in the event of impact or a sudden stop.  The Marathon is fully lined with expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam that gently cushions and distributes energy away from the child.

The Britax Marathon fits children rear facing from five to 33 pounds and children forward facing from at least one year old and 20 pounds, up to 65 pounds and is approved for aircraft use.

The Marathon featuring Mossy Oak Break-Up® is sold through select independent retailers nationwide. To find a retailer near you, log on to www.BritaxUSA.com and find out how you can own the Mossy Oak Break-Up limited edition car seat.

Note: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 213 is a set of strict standards to which child restraint systems must adhere. To read more about the regulations, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.

Britax Child Safety Inc. produces official licensed products of Mossy Oak/Haas Outdoors Inc. Haas Outdoors Inc., headquartered in West Point, Miss., was established in 1986 and is home of Mossy Oak (www.mossyoak.com). Mossy Oak specializes in developing and marketing modern camouflage designs for hunters and outdoorsmen. Mossy Oak patterns can be found on a multitude of products worldwide. Haas Outdoors Inc. is the outdoor industry leader in modern camouflage design, international licensing and marketing. Haas Outdoors Inc. markets its services and products under widely recognized brands including: Mossy Oak, BioLogic, Mossy Oak Productions and Mossy Oak Properties.

CAR SHOWS & NEW DEALERSHIPS

New Dealerships

The Experience Auto Group unveils the Porsche of South Shore grand opening of its new state-of-the-art dealership

The Experience Auto Group has announced the official opening of its newest dealership, Porsche of South Shore located in Freeport NY. Adding to their roster of luxury car dealerships, the auto group is proud to announce Porsche to their award winning automotive family that includes five dealerships, along the Eastern Seaboard. The Experience Auto group exclusively focuses on the management of dealership operations sales, restoration and auto body repair of exotic Ferrari, Maserati and now, Porsche automobiles.

The 2015 dealer rated “dealer of the year” showroom has revitalized their space from 6900 square foot into a dynamic 20,000 square foot facility which features a 15 vehicle showroom and 10 vehicle service drives. The modern and spacious dealership is home to a customer lounge with Café amenities that looks into the dedicated service department. While awaiting a vehicle guests can peruse Porsche merchandise in one of the three boutiques available: merchandise, equipment and parts. The innovative and sleek area contains 6’65” digital displays playing Porsche media. Catering to all audiences the showroom is made with energy efficiency in mind featuring, hybrid vehicle charging units as well as water saving technologies and recycled materials. Porsche of South Shore is powered by passion and thrives on providing its clientele with an array of services such as, Best service pricing on Long Island, Oil change price match guarantee, same day service, pick-up and delivery service as well as luxury loaner vehicles.

Porsche of South Shore is committed to pairing drivers from Freeport, Long Beach, Merrick, Rockville Center, Oceanside, Queens, the Rockaways, Nassau County and Long Island with the right 911, Boxster, Cayman, Cayenne, Macan or Panamera in order to truly enhance their driving experience. The dealership prides themselves in developing long-term relationships with clients and treating their valued customers like members of their family. With exemplary customer service always at the forefront, their goals are to pamper customers in an elegant car shopping environment.

Ranking in the top three luxury car dealerships with highest sales in the tri-state area, as well as in the top three dealership groups, while having the highest sales of luxury vehicles nationwide. The Experience Auto Group remains a key player in the luxury automobile business as well as providing exceptional customer service for over 20 years.

For more information, please visit porscheofsouthshore.com/

Thanks to GG Bailey, here is some information on upcoming car shows:

The SEMA Show

The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks.

It takes place each year at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This is an industry show and is not open to the public. Split into 12 different sections, the show brings together more that 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries. There are product demonstrations, educational seminars, networking opportunities and more.

LA Auto ShowThe Los Angeles Auto Show

The Los Angeles Auto Show was founded in 1907 and is one of the most influential and best-attended auto shows globally. The show’s trade days (Press Days) draw more than 12,000 auto industry decision makers and influencers including 4,000 media from more than 50 countries. ANSA Productions recently launched the Connected Car Expo (CCE). CCE is a three-day trade show held in conjunction with Press Days that brings together the entire eco-system driving the convergence of technology and the automobile. Following Press Days, the show opens its doors to the public and hosts approximately 900,000 guests over the course of ten exciting days.

At this show, you can see many concept cars, hybrids, models that use alternative fuels, project cars and aftermarket cars. You can test drive many cars, play games and even see art exhibits on cars. There are sessions in which you can meet famous drag racers and other famous names from racing.This show has world premiers as well as North American premiers of new cars, so this will be a good place to see what new vehicles the automakers will be rolling out next year.
Winter car shows

After fall ends and winter creeps in, there are several more big car show events to look forward to.

The Cincinnati Auto Expo is in February.

The Geneva Motor Show is in March.

CLEANING PRODUCTS

SnoPro Is Easy To Use and Works Fast in Removing Snow From Cars/Boats/more

• Weighs less than half the weight of brooms
• Non-abrasive foam head that will not harm paint
• Commercial quality made of industrial grade polyethylene foam that endures harsh conditions and hundreds of vehicle clearings
• Sturdy, four-foot handle for durability and maximum reach on full size vehicles
• Approved for use on Class A finishes and received the highest ratings possible from an independent testing lab for non-abrasiveness, freeze resistance and durability

It's used by auto dealers, municipal agencies, individuals, utility company fleets, valet services --- and I used and tried it myself dozens of times. It works GREAT. The head is made of polyethylene foam, it is 5.75" x 17" - weighs only 12 oz., and the handle is lacquered hardwood with die cast metal threads. It stretches to 48” long can can take the snow off a high vehicle easily.

For details go to web site www.angelguardproducts.com. 

Detail Magic, A New Line of Automotive Cleaners That Protect and Clean and Are Good for the Environment

For Life Products (<www.ForLifeProducts.com) has announced Detail Magic, a revolutionary line of Earth-friendly automobile care and cleaning products that were created to protect, clean and restore automobiles to their original showroom shine – all without wasting water or putting harmful chemicals into storm drains which creates polluted run-off that has been proven harmful to the environment. The line includes eight new products that will be available exclusively at The Home Depot’s new Automotive Section.  The entire line offers “best-in-class” performance without any of the harsh or harmful agents normally found in cleaning products,

To circumvent the staggering amount of water waste which occurs during a typical car wash (average is 50-gallons of water per home car wash), Detail Magic Waterless Wash & Wax Protectant was designed to create a beautiful shine without the use of water. Priced at $17.97, Detail Magic Waterless Wash & Wax Protectant has three main components that work to clean a vehicle without scratching. The formula also includes Camauba wax which creates a barrier to protect a vehicle from acid rain, water marks, bird droppings and oxidation, while also filling in swirl marks and minor scratches.

The Detail Magic Waterless Wash and Protectant works on all automotive finishes, including clear coats, exotic paint jobs, lacquer, aluminum, chrome, stainless steel, brass, acrylic, fiberglass, gel coat and Plexiglas, and is perfect for colder climates or urban areas where getting a hose wash isn’t easy or the norm.

Additional products in the Detail Magic line:

Detail Magic All Natural Carpet & Upholstery Spot & Stain Remover
Using the revolutionary bio-enzymatic formula, this product is designed to instantly remove stains from carpet, upholstery and fabrics. Excellent for oil/grease, grass stains, food stains, make-up, flavored juices, pet stains and more. "Keeps on cleaning long after you're done!" and is priced at $5.97.

Detail Magic Anti-Fog Window Cleaner
Great for colder or humid climates, this product cleans and improves visibility instantly. Works on windows, windshields, mirrors, and eye/sun glasses and is priced at $7.97. It's a brand new revolutionary formula designed to clean all glass and leave a residue free anti-fog protection without streaking.

Detail Magic Chrome Polish & Re-Plater
Specially formulated to clean and protect chrome surfaces, Detail Magic’s Chrome Polish & Re-Plater is designed for use on chrome wheels, automobile bumpers, trim, and motorcycle pipes and fixtures. Priced at $9.97, this product removes oxidation, re-plates chrome onto chrome plated surfaces and puts a protective coating to prevent further oxidation and prevents dirt and grime from adhering to surfaces.

Detail Magic Leather & Vinyl Cleaner
Give a new car look and feel to any car by using this product that safely cleans your leather and vinyl instantly. Excellent for all leather surfaces and is priced at $5.97.

Detail Magic Lens Renewer Kit (Detail Magic Lens Polish / Detail Magic Lens Protectant) - Twofer.
This two-step system, instantly removes hazing, UV damage, pitting and scratches from headlights, taillights, turn signals, and any reflective lens on an automobile. Priced at $14.97, this product will restore all lenses on one automobile, SUV or pick-up truck.

Detail Magic Leather & Vinyl Conditioner & Protectant
Priced at just $7.97, this product moisturizes and softens with one use. It also prevents cracking and restores a rich appearance. Its purpose is to re-hydrate and soften your leather and vinyl surfaces. Use this product on any leather and vinyl surfaces to make any car look new again.

Detail Magic Rich Leather Fragrance Spray
Say goodbye to any other fragrance refresher and have a car smell as good as a brand new Rolls Royce for the small price of $9.97 – this Detail Magic Rich Leather Fragrance Spray will leave users feeling as if they are always driving a new car.

Additional information on Detail Magic products is available by calling 1-877-959-1234. For online shoppers, the entire Detail Magic line can be found at www.detailmagic.com or direct from the For Life Products website,www.ForLifeProducts.com.

About For Life Products
For Life Products, (www.forlifeproducts.com), is an innovative company offering an assortment of merchandise made of high quality material, sold at more affordable prices. Started by entrepreneur Joe McDonnell, For Life Products is the manufacturer of the Rejuvenate line and other well-known household products.

Purosol Upgraded Microfiber Cloths for Efficient Cleaning

If you want to use safe products for cleaning the inside of your car, PUROSOL (www.PUROSOL.com ) has an upgraded microfiber cloth to efficiently supplement its product line of advanced, enzyme-based green cleaning products. 

The new cloth represents months of research and field testing and utilizes a new ultra-fine microfiber thread representing the next generation of refined microfiber fabric technology.  The cloth composition and weave is designed to deliver the proper absorbency and softness to insure proper delivery of the PUROSOL solution without harming the surface being cleaned.   The new cloth has a silk-like feel and can withstand repeated washings without the need for replacement.  Fabric softeners are not recommended when washing the cloth.  The new cloth is 6" x 6" and comes in a clear reusable vinyl envelop.  For larger cleaning application or commercial use, the Origin Labs also offers its large 12" x 16" commercial microfiber suede cloth. 

"Using an improper or unclean cloth to clean can cause as much damage and using the wrong solution," said Origin Laboratories, LLC vice president Steven D'Antoni.  "One of the most common mistakes is to use a cloth that was previously used with a solvent based cleaning agent or a fabric not designed for cleaning.  Extensive research and field testing was undertaken for our new cloth to insure it complemented our unique product formula."

The small PUROSOL microfiber cloth is sold separately from their environmentally safe cleaning solution and priced at $6.50 and the large cloth is sold for $9.95.  The small cloth is available on the company's web site www.PUROSOL.com or at leading retailers throughout the country.  The large microfiber cloth can be ordered by request at customerservice@PUROSOL.com. 

Unlike ordinary off-the-shelf cleaners, which are made up primarily of alcohol, ammonia, harsh solvents and colored dye, the PUROSOL line of products is completely organic and environmentally safe.  This advanced cleaner is non-toxic, hypo-allergenic, contains no CFCs, no detergents and no solvents of any kind (including alcohol, ammonia and chlorine) which can subtly eat away at porous electronic screens and strip away the crucial anti-glare coatings of today's high-priced glasses lenses.

As part of its unique formula, PUROSOL neutralizes the molecular charges on the lens surface, which normally attracts dust and dirt particles, thereby extending the life of the cleaning.  While this effect diminishes over time, the particles which do come to rest on the lens can be easily repelled by blowing or wiping (without the solution) following a recent cleaning.  Without having to clean as frequently, the surface remains protected longer and the life of the product (and solution) is extended.

 PUROSOL Optical is available at fine retailers. PUROSOL can also be purchased by visiting www.PUROSOL.com .

ELECTRIC CARS

Getting a Charge, Going Green! Three Hotels on the West Coast Team With Tesla Motors to Offer Free Car Charging Services

Three Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® properties in California and Washington State are setting new standards in sustainability, partnering with Tesla Motors, America’s premier manufacturer of electric cars, to offer the Tesla Destination Charging Program for guests with electric vehicles. The three properties include the LEED Platinum www.bardessono.com Bardessono in California’s Napa Valley, www.theinnatrsf.com The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe near San Diego and www.willowslodge.com Willows Lodge in Seattle’s wine country. 

These three Personal Luxury-brand properties join a rapidly growing network of luxury lodging accommodations in Tesla’s Destination Charging Program. Tesla partners with hotels, resorts, and restaurants around the world to offer High Power Connectors as an amenity for visitors, allowing them to charge their Tesla Model S automobile. The Model S offers 265 miles of range on a single charge so the High Power Wall Connector can easily top off the Tesla in just a few hours. Tesla High Power Wall Connectors add 58 miles of range per hour to Model S, charging the vehicle overnight and replicating the convenience Tesla owners are accustomed to at home.

“Personal Luxury properties are constantly finding new ways to heighten our guests’ green experience,” said Ted Davis, chief sales & marketing officer for Benchmark Hospitality International®, a leading US-based hospitality management company that includes the Personal Luxury brand in its portfolio of distinctive resorts and hotels. “The new partnership combines Tesla’s leading-edge technology with our commitment to service and to the environment. Personal Luxury properties have seen a growing number of requests for charging stations,” notes Mr. Davis. “We are confident that demand is going to increase as more electric cars are produced and green services and amenities become a major factor in consumer lodging decisions.”

Each Personal Luxury hotel claims an enviable record of environmental commitment in terms of land and water conservation, recycled building materials, historic preservation, organic gardens and locally sourced cuisine. Their efforts have won top environmental honors, including the coveted LEED Platinum status for Bardessono, one of only three hotels in the world honored with this designation.

All Tesla cars come with charging equipment for use in home garages and in the charging stations Tesla has positioned on Interstates throughout the US. The vehicles can travel approximately 170 miles without recharging. The process takes about 30 minutes.

About Tesla

Tesla Motors' (NASDAQ: TSLA) goal is to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable transport with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. California-based Tesla designs and manufactures electric vehicles, as well as EV powertrain components. Tesla has delivered more than 55,000 electric vehicles to customers worldwide.

About Model S

Model S is the world’s first premium sedan built from the ground up as an electric vehicle. It has been engineered to deliver unprecedented range and a thrilling drive experience. Model S is the world’s fastest-accelerating four-door vehicle ever built. With a rigid body structure, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a remarkably low center of gravity, Model S offers the responsiveness and agility expected from the world’s best sports cars while providing the ride quality of a luxury performance sedan.

Model S has received many awards and accolades, includingMotor Trend 2013 Car of the Year©, Car and Driver 10 Best 2015, AUTOMOBILE Magazine 2013 Automobile of the Year, the 2013 Yahoo! AUTOS Car of the Year, TIME’s Best Invention of the Year 2012, Consumer Reports’ highest score ever given to a car, and a NHTSA 5-star safety rating.

About Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels®

Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® includes unique hand-picked properties in spectacular U.S. destinations coast to coast. Each hotel and resort delivers personal luxury in a spirit true to its own distinctive locale, yet in keeping with the collection’s shared mission. They represent a select portfolio of Benchmark Hospitality International®, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for over 30 years. Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels is the preferred choice of guests who yearn for transformation over accommodation, customization over conformity, and inspiration over predictability. With Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels, luxury is always personal. www.personalluxuryresortsandhotels.com. 

ELECTRONICS

Black Box Stereo Offers Digital Music On the Move

A new, two-piece stereo makes listening to downloaded music while on a motorcycle or ATV possible. Compatible with modern technology, the state-of-the-art JBL MBB3 Black Box from Prospec Electronics was designed to play digital audio files.

Able to be used with headsets and helmet headphones, the innovative system features iPod, USB 2.0 and aux-in connections. Offering a built-in hard drive, the portable media edition Black Box provides 1GB of storage—the equivalent of up to 20 CDs worth of songs.

Designed for harsh weather conditions, the resilient Black Box features rust-proof, splash-resistant housing. Measuring just 8-1/8"W x 6-9/16"H x 1-5/8"D, including brackets, the compact unit can be mounted in a more secure location separate from its corresponding faceplate. This protects further against water damage.

The versatile JBL MBB3 provides a subwoofer output. A 4 channel x 45 watt stereo, it functions as an AM/FM receiver with European tuning and CD changer control. It is also Sirius Satellite Radio ready.

A convenient chrome JBL MC19-CH faceplate supplies simple control of the unit, as well as any attached electronic devices. An easy-to-read screen has a unique, two-line display.

With little depth, the sleek JBL MC19-CH measures only 6.73"W x 3.97"H and easily mounts where traditional stereos can't. Underwater submersible, the chrome commander/remote has full control features. A silver JBL MC19 or classic JBL REM45 faceplate is also intended to operate the Black Box.

Suggested retail price of the JBL MBB3 Black Box from Prospec Electronics is $299.95. The chrome JBL MC19-CH faceplate costs $149.95, the silver MC19 is $129.95 and the REM45 retails for $119.95. The JBL MBB319 package includes both the MBB3 and MC19 and retails for $349.95. Sirius Satellite Radio and a CD changer are available options.

For more information contact Prospec Electronics, 3325 Hwy. 17 N., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466. www.prospecelectronics.com.

FUEL FILTERS

Unique Fuel Filter Available

Water, dirt and other debris are unavoidable in stored fuel.  They can cause engine damage and compromise efficiency.  The Mr. Funnel Fuel Filter separates these harmful contaminants from fuel in order to keep engines operating properly.  This one-of-a-kind fuel filter is now easy to buy through Amazon.com, one of the world's leading e-commerce web sites.

Allowing only clean fuel to exit the funnel, the Mr. Funnel Fuel Filter improves performance and protects engines, fuel injectors and tanks.  Fast-flowing, the funnel filters gas, diesel, 2-cycle mixed gas, kerosene and heating oil. Crafted from industrial-strength polypropylene, the funnel is lightweight and portable.  Easy to use, it's self-cleaning and requires no maintenance or replacement parts.  As safe as it is effective, the funnel is conductive.  Its built-in, specially-coated filter is crafted from non-stick stainless steel.

The Mr. Funnel Fuel Filter comes in four models.  For transferring less than 5 gallons, the F1 and F3 are perfect, while the F8 is best for jobs over 5 gallons.  Employing dual filters, the F15 can be used at a fuel pump.

The Mr. Funnel Fuel Filter is available at Amazon.com and retails from $14 to $59.95.

For more information contact Mr. Funnel, 3119 SW 42nd Ave., Palm City, FL  34990.  sales@mrfunnel.com;  www.mrfunnel.com.

GARAGE FLOORING

trafficMASTER™ Garage Flooring Can Outfit Any Garage Within Hours!

Millennium Modular offers a new garage flooring option for car enthusiasts and homeowners - trafficMASTER™ Garage and Drain Tiles. For the first time in the flooring market, modular garage flooring is available for in-store purchase sold exclusively at The Home Depot®.

trafficMASTER™ Garage and Drain Tiles deliver the performance of commercial grade flooring at a great value. The availability of two designs garage (solid) and drain (open grates for flow-through), along with a variety of colors: silver, charcoal, red, blue, yellow, white and black provides consumers with endless options when it comes to personalizing their garage floor.

trafficMASTER™ Garage and Drain Tiles are easy to install using a simple overlap and tap process. No adhesives and minimal floor preparation are needed. These durable tiles are made from high impact polypropylene and can support up to 10,000 lbs with a 10 year residential guarantee. These 12" X 12" tiles retail for $2.49 per square foot. Now transforming the garage floor is a do-it-yourself project that takes as little as two hours and can be used immediately, unlike epoxy floor coatings.

Garage Tiles by trafficMASTER™ are the perfect solution to transforming your undressed floor to enhance your car, retail showroom, auto dealership, workshop or patio.

For more information, call 866-380-6481 or visit www.tmflooring.com

GAUGES & COMPASSES

Accutire Pressure Gauge

The Accutire Pressure Gauge is perfect for any year or make car, for it provides superior accuracy; has an easy-to-read digital display; an ergonomic grip handle; and its lithium battery is guaranteed for life.

To order, call L.L. Bean, Freeport, Maine, at 800-809-7057.

L.L. Bean's Digital Compass

Can’t tell where you are by the sun’s position? Neither can I, and that’s why L.L. Bean’s Deluxe Digital Vehicle Compass is so handy. It mounts on the dashboard and features large, easy-to-read display; has a trip timer displaying the hours, minutes and seconds; automatically avoids the car’s magnetic field; displays the outside air temperature; and automatically turns off and preserves battery power.

To order, call L.L. Bean, Freeport, Maine, at 800-809-7057.

HITCHES

Beckson Marine's Hitch-Safe Trailer Hitch & Ball Protective Trailer Hitch Cover Helps Prevent Injury

Exposed trailer hitches can cause a myriad of harm, from torn clothes to bruised and cut legs. These injuries are easily avoided with Beckson Marine's Hitch-Safe™ Trailer Hitch & Ball Safety Covers. Molded of soft, PVC plastic, they fit over the bar and ball to shield drivers and passengers from the protruding hitch.

Available in two styles, the black safety covers are UV-resistant. The convenient HH-TRB model protects 2" rounded hitch bars, while the HH-TSB is made for 2-5/8" squared bars. Both versions can be used with 1-7/8" and 2" trailer balls.

Beckson's Hitch-Safe Trailer Hitch & Ball Safety Covers have a suggested retail price of $14.95.  Beckson Marine also manufactures an array of high-quality pumps, ventilators, deck plates, ports, hatches and equipment holders.

Contact Beckson Marine, 165 Holland Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06605. sales@beckson.com; www.beckson.com.

Universal Tow Hitch Aids in Ice Fishing

Clam Corps Universal Tow Hitch is popular with owners of flip-over shelters, such as the Fish Trap. Once the heavy-duty spring loaded hitch is mounted to the sled, it attaches to the flipper/pin receiver on your snowmobile or ATV. Receivers are available through snowmobile and ATV dealers.

The Universal Tow Hitch, item #8241, is available at auto and sporting supply dealers for $59.99.

LIGHTS

Browning

Browning Crossfire Flashlight

Light up the darkness with the new Browning Crossfire Flashlight. This powerful little flashlight has the same power and distance as a flashlight that uses 2-CR123 lithium batteries but uses two standard AA batteries. Housed in a rugged lightweight polymer body and unbreakable LED bulb, the Crossfire Flashlight is ready for any outdoor adventure.

On High setting, the Crossfire Flashlight 125 lumen brightness reaches out to 100 meters and has a run time of 3 hours. The Crossfire will run for 24 hours on low setting and reaches out to 25 meters. The lockout tail cap helps keep the Crossfire from being turned on accidently. The crossfire also has an O-ring seal making it water resistant.

Available at sporting goods stores and on-line at a suggested retail price of $31.99. 

Davis Instruments

Versatile Mega-Lights Consume Little Power

Dependable light goes a long way to ensure safety, security and comfort onboard or outdoors. Because of limited battery capacity on vessels and RVs, minimal power draw is a must to keep a light shining. Requiring a miniscule 0.11 amp, Mega-Lights from Davis Instruments can run 12 hours on one amp-hour of 12V power.
Also capable of operating continuously for more than 700 hours on a 12V, 80 amp-hour battery, three Mega-Light models offer multiple features and functions. All feature a bulb that draws just 0.11 amp, roughly 1/10 of an amp, that's visible for two miles when used as an anchor light. Also included is a easily interchangeable, brighter bulb for reading or use as a cockpit or interior light. It draws a mere 0.32 amp, or 1/3 amp.

Convenient and versatile, Mega-Lights are great for marking boats, reading and close-work, inspecting an engine, fishing at night or preparing a campfire meal. The waterproof, dual-function Fresnel lens projects light visible up to two nautical miles. When hung upside-down, the clear 1:1 lens provides area lighting to illuminate decks, cockpits and campgrounds.

A built-in light sensor on the Mega-Light Utility and Masthead models automatically turns the light on at dusk and off at dawn to provide security while owners are away. Unlike inexpensive yard lights, Mega-Lights are completely sealed and won't corrode in saltwater air. Their incandescent bulbs also react more quickly to sensors than LEDs as twilight descends.

The Mega-Light Utility features a new energy-efficient circuit board. It comes with 15' of heavy-duty cord and plugs into a 12V lighter socket. The featherweight light hangs from an adjustable, triangular bracket. Easily installed on a masthead, interior wall, cockpit or bulkhead, Mega-Light Masthead comes fastened to an L-shaped stainless steel bracket. A 12" pigtail simplifies wiring directly into the power source. Along with the two incandescent bulbs, Mega-Light Ultimate Cockpit Light features a red and yellow LED controlled by a waterproof push button. Six modes include steady white, red or yellow as well as blinking and alternating flashing red and yellow. Myriad uses include vessel identification, reading charts at night or creating ambience while entertaining aboard. It comes with 15' of heavy-duty cord, a 12V socket plug-in and sturdy hanger. The LEDs are guaranteed for more than 100,000 hours.

A spare Mega-Light works well in the car for emergencies or for loading and unloading at night. These powerful little lights are perfect stocking-stuffers or for giving on any occasion.

Suggested retail pricing for the Davis Instruments Mega-Light starts at $49.99.
Contact Davis Instruments, 3465 Diablo Ave., Hayward, CA 94545. 510-732-9229; Fax: 510-732-9188. nfo@davisnet.com; www.davisnet.com.

INNOVATIVE LIGHTING

Innovative Bright LED Tail Lights Make Trailer Stand Out

Often, the key to preventing highway accidents is having trailer lights that are easily seen by other drivers.  Innovative Lighting's 250 series Slim Line LED Stop, Tail and Turn Light features a distinctive optical and lens design in a 15", 11-LED configuration for maximum visibility.

The advantages of LED technology are many. Brighter than incandescent bulbs, the 250 Slim Line can provide drivers following a trailer an extra 24' of stopping distance at 60 mph. Drawing 90% less power than incandescent bulbs, LEDs reduce the load on electrical systems. The Slim Line LED is rated for 100,000 hours, compared to 3,000 hours for an incandescent bulb, and it will last over 20 years.

Innovative Lighting's Slim Line is particularly appropriate for trailer and RV applications. With no brittle metal filaments to break, it stands up to shock and vibration. Having the electronic chip inside an epoxy substrate thoroughly protects the LEDs from the elements.

The unique design of Innovative Lighting's 250 Slim Line LED meets SAE/DOT specifications and Class A reflectance standards, minimizing the need for additional reflectors on a trailer or towed camper. Innovative Lighting has long been on the forefront of LED technology. Using sophisticated lens software, scientists collect, measure and redistribute the light energy to a calculated surface. A virtual modeling system optimizes the lens design so the light output loses the least amount of energy, assuring an accurate and reliable optical system.

The 250 series Slim Line LED Stop, Tail and Turn Light operates on 9-16 volt DC systems and draws 250 milliamps. The 15.5" L x 1.6" W x .8" D Slim Line can be mounted vertically, horizontally or at a 45˚angle.  Innovative Lighting offers a choice of red or clear lens in a sealed polycarbonate housing. It retails for $32.99.

For more information ontact Innovative Lighting, 109 Progressive Ave., Roland, IA 50236. 515-388-1011; Fax: 515-388-5549. sales@innovativelight.com.

PiSAT SOLAR

PiSAT's New K Light

Great in an emergency on the road or for looking under the hood, this light -- usable as a flashlight or lantern -- retails for $49.95 and available at web site www.pisatsolar.com and select retail stores, this light functions as a lantern or flashlight, has a removable cap, 1:1 charging (one hour of light for one hour of charge. It is highly water resistant, has 120 Lumens and two power settings - low and high. Packaged in a safe, durable case with handles that rotate 360 degrees, locking every 30 degrees for 12 different positions. It comes with 16 bright white LEDs (100,000 hours of light), is rechargeable, has 7.2 volt, 1.6 Ahr, a•NiMH battery said to last more than 3000 charges, with a lifespan of ten years (full daily use), and lifetime (recreational and/or emergency use) Furthermore, the 1.5 watt solar panel is unbreakable, lightweight at approximately 22 ounces, and is compliant with regulations for restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS compliant).

About the company: PiSAT Solar, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was founded by four individuals who share a common passion for improving the quality of life for the world's most challenging environments. They believe in renewable energy and the K light, small and rugged, is the company's first commercially available product - and is one of the only solar-powered light emitting diode (LED) lanterns available in the world today. The light is perfect not only for use in and out of cars, but for outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, boating and as an emergency light and is designed to be used either as a flashlight or lantern.

For more information go to web site www.pisatsolar.com or e-mail info@pisatsolar.com .

MAPS

MYTOPO.COM Releases A New Product -- A navigation-Ready TopophotoTM Map

Landowners and outdoor enthusiasts who have for years relied on the United States Geological Survey (USGS) topographic map series now have a new option. MyTopo.com, an innovator in the mapping industry, has created a TopoPhotoTM map, which combines information from the reliable USGS topographic map with a recent color aerial photograph, creating a navigation-ready hybrid map.

"The TopophotoTM maps take the best available topographic data and aerial photographs and combines them to create a more updated map, which we think will replace or at least be a useful supplement to the aging USGS topo maps we have relied upon for years," said Toohill. The maps are available now to order via the company’s online ordering system, and, like the company’s other maps, can be centered any place in the US, printed on large sheets of waterproof or glossy paper, personalized with a name and title, and shipped to the customer’s doorstep within 24-48 hours.

The maps provide the ability to see the elevation contours, roads, buildings, and geographic features labeled on a color aerial photograph taken in 2003-2006. "The TopoPhotoTM maps reveal recent changes on the landscape, including vegetation and development, but they maintain the traditional reliability of the USGS topographic maps," added Toohill.

MyTopo.com specializes in providing an easy and convenient process for outdoor enthusiasts to order large-format printed maps, including topo maps, aerial photos, and the new TopophotoTM maps. Customers use a five step process to customize their maps online; the maps are printed and shipped within 24-48 hours. The ordering process allows the customer to center their map any place in the US, chose the map’s scale, provide a title, and personalize further with the map owner’s name. The maps can be printed in several size choices and on waterproof, glossy or laminated paper. They range in price from $9.95 to $59.95, depending on map type and paper size.

The new TopophotoTM maps are available in more than 25 states, with the remaining states becoming available over the next several months. Current customers can reorder previously ordered topo or aerial photo maps in the TopophotoTM format by logging into their accounts and selecting the option to "start a new map here." The TopophotoTM maps are available in all three sizes and paper types and start at $29.95.

MyTopo.com is a private company based in Billings, MT. The company sells maps directly via web site www.mytopo.com, and also resells its maps via many popular websites including Topozone.com, MapTech.com, Cabelas.com, Remington.com, Realtree.com, the Digital Map Store and many more mapping and outdoor-related sites.

To learn more about the company, visit www.mytopo.com or call 866-587-9015.

OFF-ROAD VEHICLES

BRP Revolutionizes Multi-Passenger Performance Market with 2017 Maverick X3 Side-by-Side Vehicle -- New, four-person Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX side-by-side vehicle redefines family adventure with its levels of comfort, control and performance.

BRP (TSX:DOO) unveiled a new four-person flagship Maverick X3 MAX side-by-side vehicle in Reno, Nevada, furthering its push to reshape the super sport market segment. The game-changing Maverick X3 MAX vehicle features the same sophisticated blend of defiant design, precision handling and exceptional power the two-seat Maverick X3 vehicle delivers, but also presents new levels of comfort and control to the multi-passenger segment of the off-road market.

The two-seat Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle has established itself as one of the off-road industry's most appealing off-road vehicles from its initial launch. It has received high praise and elite recognition from the press, earned victories on the most famous race tracks and is more and more chosen by the off-road enthusiasts, further proving its performance and elevating the showroom experience for customers and dealers alike.

"The 2017 Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX side-by-side vehicle builds upon the industry-altering advancements achieved with the two-seat Maverick X3 unveiled last year by delivering new levels of performance, handling and passenger comfort to the four-seat segment of the market," explained Anne-Marie LaBerge, senior vice president, Global Brands, Marketing and Communications at BRP. "It positions Can-Am to meet market demands for a clear leader in the four-person sport segment and adheres to our forward-thinking approach when it comes to innovation, design and refining the consumer experience."

DEFIANT
The all-new Maverick X3 MAX side-by-side vehicle goes all-out in delivering its own blend of off-road dynamism for multiple passengers. The extremely bold Can-Am character and Maverick X3 family DNA is instantly enhanced with the expanded and spacious Ergo-Lok cockpit and longer chassis.

All four seats in the Maverick X3 MAX vehicle are on the same level, giving every passenger a similar experience while seated low in the cockpit. All four Ergoprint seats are four-way adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of passengers, enhance comfort and better connect each occupant with the vehicle. The rear seats have 2" (5.1 cm) of height adjustment and up to 4" (10.2 cm) of forward adjustment. The rear passenger space also has up to 18% more seat pitch than the closest industry competitor for ample legroom. Full rear quarter doors and strategically placed passenger grab handles and footrests further enrich passenger ergonomics and comfort.

PRECISE
The Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX vehicle leads its class with a high-performance, trophy-truck-inspired 4-link TTX rear suspension and recalibrated, premium FOX shocks supplying 22" (55.9 cm) of rear travel (Maverick X3 MAX X rs). Front arched A-arms provide up to 14" (35.6. cm) of ground clearance, while a full HMW (high-molecular weight) skid plate protects the underside of the vehicle. A high-rigidity chassis, made from fully welded DP980 steel, delivers precise handling, stiffer torsion and exceptional strength.

The Maverick X3 MAX vehicle has a 135" (342.9 cm) wheelbase that is 15% longer (18") than the closest competition for enhanced off-road confidence at higher speeds and additional room for both rear passengers. A quick-ratio steering system, next generation Tri-Mode Dynamic Power Steering, selectable driving modes and intelligent throttle control (iTC) contribute to the Maverick X3 MAX side-by-side vehicle's and enhanced high-speed control. Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 tires, up to 30" (76.2 cm) in size, provide superior grip, while large 262mm front disc brakes provide ample stopping performance.

POWERFUL
The Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX side-by-side vehicle's 154-HP turbocharged and intercooled inline triple-cylinder Rotax ACE engine offers immediate and impressive power delivery and an all-out adrenaline-filled performance experience. Three dedicated air intakes, placed high and dry, are combined with a premium, high-flow exhaust to create advanced airflow dynamics and a signature sound. An efficient, high-response QRS-X CVT transmission is calibrated to virtually eliminate turbo lag and enhance throttle response. Paired with the precision-engineered airflow system, the Maverick X3 MAX vehicle receives advanced cooling properties to maintain optimal performance levels at all times.

The Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX family, includes three available packages: The Maverick X3 MAX and Maverick X3 MAX X ds vehicles are 64" (162.5 cm) wide, while the game-changing 72" (182.9 cm) wide Maverick X3 MAX X rs package presents two painted color options as well as 22" (55.9 cm) of class-leading suspension travel coupled with its fully adjustable FOX 3.0 Podium RC2 bypass shocks.

Can-Am Accessories
The Can-Am Maverick X3 MAX vehicle is designed in tandem with hundreds of genuine Can-Am accessories to deliver industry-leading fitment, improved convenience and enhanced performance. Exclusive accessory collaborations with established aftermarket companies have also been strategically developed to enrich the ownership experience by offering advanced customization options and new levels of comfort. The co-branded accessories were specifically developed for the Maverick X3 and Maverick X3 MAX lineups.

About BRP
BRP (TSX:DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories and clothing business. With annual sales of over CA$3.8 billion from over 100 countries, the Company employs approximately 7,900 people worldwide.
www.brp.com

SAFETY PRODUCTS

Queaz-Away Travelers' Wristbands Fight the Unpleasant Effects of Travel

The unpleasant effects of choppy seas, bumpy flights, winding roads or even spinning Ferris wheels can ruin an otherwise great adventure. A non-drug aid, Queaz-Away Travelers' Wristbands from Davis Instruments help tame the tummies of people on the go. Queaz-Away is used throughout the world by yachtsmen, pilots, divers, physicians and hospitals.

I tried Queaz-Away and found that even my neighbor's 10 year-old child didn't throw up on a long drive with lots of twists and turns as she normally does when driving in her parents' car. These wristbands exert gentle pressure on points on each wrist to minimize or eliminate the miserable effects of travel. They're made of tough, long-lasting, washable materials. The one-size-fits-all Queaz-Away Wristbands are safe and easy to use. There are no complicated buckles or adjustments. Owners simply slip a Queaz-Away on their wrists, position the bands and continue to enjoy their travel.

A pair of Davis Queaz-Away Travelers' Wristbands comes with a handy carrying case and retails for just $9.99.

For more information contact Davis Instruments, 3465 Diablo Ave., Hayward, CA 94545. 510-732-9229; Fax: 510-732-9188. E-mail: info@davisnet.com; Web site: www.davisnet.com.

Aspirinpod -- Can Save A Life!

You're driving. Suddenly, you feel terrible pain spreading across your chest. It may be a heart attack and, heart attacks can kill. The Aspirinpod could make all the difference and save your - or someone else's life should they feel sudden pain coming on. How? it's a fact that chewing aspirin at the first sign of a heart attack can significantly improve the chances for survival, and the FDA reports that taking aspirin immediately when heart attack symptoms occur not only saves lives, but can also decrease heart damage. Studies show that chewing one uncoated 325 mg or four uncoated 81 mg aspirin immediately when heart attack symptoms first occur can increase your chances of survival.

New products are always coming out, but when I saw the Aspirinpod, I knew, immediately, that this product was not only unique, but a 'must have' for every member of my family and for friends as well.

The Aspirinpod is a red plastic tiny heart-shaped tiny container that holds one or two aspirin. It comes with a key chain that it can easily be placed in your glovebox, gym bag, bicycle, tool kit, handbag, yoga gear, ski jacket, golf bag, lunch box, bedside, tackle box, hunting vest, and dozens of other places. In less than a second, the container can be opened, the aspirin inside chewed, and together with calling 911, can save your life or that of a loved one. I placed one on my key ring so it will always be available.

Note: Do not take aspirin if allergic and ask your physician if aspirin is appropriate for you.

Aspirinpod can be purchased at drug stores, sporting goods stores, or is available by checking web site www.aspirinpod.com.

Coghlan's Sight-Grid Signal Mirror Can Help Save Your Life

Picture yourself with a flat tire or off the road, alone, with no one around to help. Or, you've been in an accident and can't walk or drive. No one knows exactly where you are, but with Coghlan's Sight-Grid Signal Mirror, the newest piece of adventure gear, you can send an SOS to anyone passing by in the area. Carry the Signal Mirror in your pocket or glove compartment -- it's highly reflective shatter resistant glass is encased in a shatter resistant acrylic case; it can signal up to 25 miles on a clear day; the grid mesh in center of the mirror allows the user to target the beam by framing object; it's small 2"x3" size and 1/4" width fits anywhere and, it floats in water.

Available for $12.99. To locate a retailer go to Coghlan's web site at www.coghlans.com

TIPS & STRANGE FACTS

Strange Facts

There are strange driving laws in many countries, according to Carwow

Thailand: It is illegal to drive shirtless. The penalty is a ticket and a small fine!

Russia: It is illegal to drive a dirty car. The penalty is an On-the-spot fine for $38!

Denmark: Drivers in Denmark must check for sleeping children underneath their cars before they set off. The penalty is a stern word from officials!

Singapore: Drivers must keep at least 50 meters away from pedestrians.The penalty is a fixed penalty charge.

Clinton, Oklahoma, USA: It is illegal to molest a car – whatever that means, and the penalty is Arrest and possible criminal charges.

Denver, Colorado, USA: It is illegal to drive a black car on a Sunday (the exact reasons are unclear). The penalty for doing so is a ticket!

Spain: In Spain driving in flip-flops, high-heels, backless shoes, barefooted or with open-front shoes is illegal. The penalty is a fine up to $225! Also in Spain, drivers who need glasses must keep a spare pair in their vehicles at all times! The penalty is a small fine!

France: You must have a breathalyser in your car at all times. The penalty is a small fine. Also, in France, having a speed camera notification set up on your sat-nav is illegal. The penalty is a confiscated license and impounded vehicle.

Saudi Arabia: In Saudi Arabia, women are allowed to own cars, but not to drive them. The penalty is up to 10 lashes!

Germany: In Germany it is illegal to stop on the Autobahn even if you run out of petrol! The penalty is a ticket and small fine!

Sweden: In Sweden you must have headlights switched on 24 hours per day. The penalty is an on-the-spot fine!

Finland: In Finland, cab drivers must have a licence to play recorded music while carrying passengers. The penalty is $45 per year charge for license.

Country: Cyprus: In Cyprus, drivers must keep their hands on the wheel at all times (even when eating, drinking or gesturing). The penalty is a small fine and four penalty points!

Alabama, USA: In Alabama (USA), it is illegal to drive a car blindfolded (not sure why that needs to be specified). The penalty is a fine!

Costa Rica: In Costa Rica, it’s OK to drink at the wheel as long as you stop before you get drunk. It is technically legal to drink and drive in Costa Rica. Drivers can openly drink alcohol at the wheel providing they stop before they get ‘drunk’. There is no penalty if you are not drunk!

Manila, Philippines: In Manila, the number of days you can drive per week is limited (depending on the last 4 digits of your licence plate). The penalty is a small fine!

Japan and UK: Splashing a pedestrian with your car is illegal in both the UK & Japan. The penalty is a fine of around $60 in Japan, and a court appearance in the UK!

South Africa: Drivers must let any bovine animal - horse or ostrich - pass. The fine is up to $600!

Ontario, Canada: In Ontario (Canada) you are not allowed to get into a cab with bad breath. There is no penalty!

Italy: In Italy, driving in certain historic zones without a permit is illegal. The penalty is a fine of $115!

Finland: Not reporting an accident involving a large animal is illegal. The penalty is a fine linked to your income!

UK: In the UK it is illegal to urinate in public – unless you’re by the rear wheel touching your car. The penalty is a public indecency charge.

Austria: In Austria, police officers can use their eyes to judge if someone is speeding in zones of 30 km/h or less. The penalty is a speeding ticket!

DID YOU KNOW?

NEW CAR AROMAS:

The aroma of a new car appeals to many people, but according to 2012 study from the non-profit Ecology Center and Healthy Stuff.org that "new car smell" may include toxic fumes from chemicals used to create the car's interior. Some indications are that the smell is generated from more than 50 volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, that are off-gassing in a relatively confined space. The flame retardants and plastics used in cars have been linked to illnesses when they have been used in other applications. To speed up the process of removing VOCs from a car, open all of the windows and let it sit in the hot sun.

SOME INTERESTING FACTS:

According to web site ThePeopleHistory.com, the average price for a new car in 1986 was $9,255. In 2015, the automotive resource Kelley Blue Book (www.kbb.com) reported that the average price for light vehicles in August 215 was $33,543. This illustrates how much more expensive new cars have become over the last three decades. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index inflation calculator indicates that $9,255 in 1986 had the same buying power as $20,041.47 in 2015, leaving consumers in 2015 well short of the necessary funds needed to purchase new vehicles. If new vehicle buyers in 1986 were faced with similar average car costs as buyers in 2015 faced, they would have needed $15,489.91 to drive a new car home from the dealership.

TIPS

Cycling in the street

In 2014, the latest year for which data is available, 726 cyclists were killed in collisions with motor vehicles in the United States. There are, of course, things that cyclists can do to avoid joining this grim statistic—not riding at night without lights and while dressed in dark clothes springs to mind. But drivers of two-ton hunks of speeding metal clearly have a major responsibility in not killing those with whom they share the road. Here are five simple strategies every driver should employ.

1. See cyclists

The classic response of motorists who strike cyclists is something in the order of “But officer, I didn’t see her! She just came out of nowhere!” As noted in a Houston Press analysis of bike crashes in the Houston area, almost all drivers, if they gave a statement to the police, said they just didn’t see the cyclist at all or in time to avoid hitting him or her. The reports then generated by police almost always reflect the driver’s account, and with the cyclist no longer alive, often there is little to counter that version of events.

“Motorists need to see cyclists,” says Steve Taylor, communications director of the League of American Bicyclists. “Be aware that cyclists are in the road, and that they have a right to be in the road. That is one of the biggest things that motorists do not realize: Cyclists have every bit as much right to be in the road as they do. And, depending on the situation, they can be in the middle of the road. Cyclists are real vehicles.”

2. Allow three feet when passing

If cyclists are real vehicles, it follows that motorists need to share the road with them. (Those “Share the Road” signs, however, are going out of fashion, because it turned out that many motorists took them as a directive to cyclists that they should get the hell out of the way. Many are now being replaced with far more useful “Bicycles May Use Full Lane” signs.) That means that drivers can only pass when it is safe to do so. In fact, roughly half the states require that vehicles pass cyclists at least three feet away:

It’s important to note, says the League of American Bicyclists’ Taylor, that states with such laws generally allow motorists to cross double yellow lines in order to pass cyclists safely. Be sure you have clear sight lines, though—crossing into the opposing lane around a blind curve is just asking for trouble.

3. Use the “Dutch reach”

Car drivers can kill or maim cyclists even after the engine is off, when they open their doors in the path of an oncoming bicycle—a hazard known to cyclists as “dooring.” The impact often throws the cyclist into the adjoining lane, where they can be run over by passing traffic.

Drivers can avoid this hazard through an ingenious method known as the “Dutch reach” (so called because it is supposedly included in Dutch driving tests). When getting out of your car, instead of opening the door with your left hand, reach around with the right. This forces you to turn your head—and to see if any cyclists are approaching. Here’s a primer, from our friends at Outside:

4. Advocate for protected bike lanes

Motorists wouldn’t have to worry about safely passing or dooring cyclists if the cyclists had their very own lane of traffic separate from that used by motorized vehicles. These are called protected bike lanes, and they’re what makes cycling in countries like Denmark so popular and enjoyable. They generally run next to sidewalks and are physically separated from car lanes by parked cars or some other barrier. Danish ones look like this:

There’s no problem with passing, no problem with dooring (on the driver’s side, at least), and the only time the cyclist has to enter the main roadway is to turn left. I ride on one daily commuting to Sierra’s Oakland office and can attest that it is remarkably liberating to ride free of fear of vehicular assault.

5. Leave your car behind

One of the most important determinants of cycling safety is numbers: The more cyclists there are, the more motorists are aware of them, and the safer everyone is. Cycling infrastructure—like the protected bike lanes above—attracts many otherwise risk-averse riders, including older people and parents with children. Motorists benefit as well, Taylor points out: By narrowing the roadway, protected bike lanes lower the top speeds for motorists. “That doesn’t mean that a safe driver gets there more slowly; it means that unsafe drivers tend to drive more slowly. It’s not taking away from motorists.”

So drivers, put down your keys and pick up a bike helmet. The safest car is the one that’s parked in the driveway.

Note: These tips were written by Paul Rauber, senior editor at Sierra. You can follow him on Twitter @paulraubser

Get Ready for a Spring Break Road Trip with these 10 GG Bailey Tips

The first day of spring is less than two weeks away, which means spring break and road trips are just around the corner. Millions of drivers will be hitting the highway, taking to the road to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine after a particularly harsh winter in most of the U.S. 

Road travel, and especially long trips, can sometimes be a hassle, because riding in a vehicle for long periods of time can be rough on the body and the nerves, but the stress can mostly be avoided with a little preparation.

Check out GG Bailey's ten tips for spring break road trip travel to make sure you and your friends or family are prepared for the challenges of of the road.

1. Make sure your vehicle is road trip ready
The warm weather of spring allows you the perfect opportunity to make sure your vehicle is ready for a long trip. There are several parts of your vehicle that should be inspected and, if necessary, repaired before spending so much time on the road. The five most important things to look at, or to have someone look at for you, are:

Your tires -- Check for uneven wear and proper inflation (don't forget to check the spare too)
Your battery -- Make sure the terminals are free from corrosion and the connections are snug
Your fluids -- Check the levels of the engine coolant, the oil, and transmission and brake fluid. Change or top off as needed per your vehicle manufacturer’s instructions
Your belts -- Look for signs of cracking or fraying
Your brakes -- Rubbing or scrubbing noises generally mean your brake pads need to be replaced, but it is still a good idea to make sure they are at least 3 millimeters thick

2. Consider your comfort
If you are going to be in a car for a few hours or more, then you are going to want to be as comfortable as you can be. For the driver, this starts with the position of the seat, which most driving experts agree you probably have wrong. First, the back of the seat should be positioned between 90 and 100 degrees, and the driver should place their rear and lower back as far back in the seat as they can. Sitting like this reduces the strain on your lower back and ensures as much as of the spine as possible is being supported. It may feel uncomfortable at first, but it will result in much less pain down the road (literally and metaphorically). Next, slide the seat forward so that you are close enough to fully depress all pedals and still have a bend in the knee, but not so close that your knees come into contact with the steering column or dash. When you reach for the steering wheel you should be able to comfortably control it while still having a slight bend in the elbows and wrists. You can adjust the tilt of the wheel to your liking, but be sure it does not obstruct your view of the instruments.
If you want to add an extra layer of comfort, you can also add a Sheepskin Seat Vest Cover or Sheepskin Bucket or Bench Seat Cushion. Available in seven colors, GG Bailey's sheepskin seat accessories are universal fit for all seat types and they are every bit as durable and elegant as they are comfortable. These car accessories give you an extra bit of comfort and a whole lot of style. 
Finally, with your driver’s seat properly adjusted, you will need to adjust your mirrors. There are plenty of ideas about the best way to do this, but the obvious answer is to make sure you have the most visibility from each mirror. Blind spots are going to happen, so be aware of your blindspots and always glance that way before changing lanes.

3. Give your vehicle a spring cleaning
For driving peace, make sure your vehicle has been recently cleaned. Since your road trip is likely to have you spending a significant amount of time behind the wheel, making sure your interior and exterior is freshly cleaned should be considered a priority. There are plenty of products out there that will get the job done, but GG Bailey prefers to suggest products that will allow you to clean your vehicle with a touch of luxury and style.

First, for the outside, pamper your vehicle with the company's Sheepskin Washmitts, made of 100 percent Merino sheepskin. These are soft enough to be ideal for dusting, polishing, and washing your car, truck, or SUV without damaging the paint. Available in black or grey, our washmitts can be used both wet and dry and with any soap that is safe for vehicle paint. Simply rinse your mitt afterward and it will last a lifetime.
For the interior, GG Bailey offers Sheepskin Duster, ideal for safe dusting and debris removal for your vehicle dash, and the Oreck XLAUTO Car Vacuum. The lightweight sleek silver vacuum plugs into the cigarette lighter and has a 15-foot cord for reaching into the trunk, cargo, and other hard-to-reach places. And it’s small enough to store in your vehicle, so you can take it along on your road trip.

4. Pack your vehicle the day before departure
The morning of many road trips are often filled with a chaotic rush of passengers attempting to pack their bags, load the car, and hit the road. But all that stress can be easily avoided with some proper planning. Pack your bags the day before and load up the trunk or cargo area before you go to bed and you can avoid the morning travel hustle. Just picture getting up the morning of your trip, enjoying some breakfast, and pulling out of the driveway on time and in a great mood.
All you need to do to make it happen is pack the night before. You won’t feel as rushed, which means you are less likely to forget something and more likely to load your vehicle in an efficient way. If you'd like to protect your vehicle and add some style GG Bailey has a multitiude of cargo mats. Pick an animal, Oriental, camo, or plaid pattern from the company's  Car Couture™ line, or design your own custom cargo or trunk mat complete with personalization in the Design Your Mats™ section of Bailey's website.
5. Check your road trip essentials list
If you packed your bags and loaded the vehicle the night before, the morning of departure should be easy, but to avoid being so relaxed and carefree that you forget something essential (like your cell phone charger, for example), create a road trip essentials list and be sure to check off the items you need to bring before heading out. Because most of the big things are already loaded, this will likely be a short list. Think about things like the digital devices and their necessary accessories that power our lives and keep the younger travelers in the backseat occupied, the toiletries you might not have packed the night before because you needed them in the morning, and snacks. Plenty of snacks.

6. Bring your furry friend
If you are a pet owner, then you probably consider Fido or Fluffy to be a four-legged family member, so why not take your pet with you? It’s better than boarding your animal and will make your pet happy too. More and more hotels are friendly toward pets, and few things engage house pets as much as exploring new locations. Just remember to pack treats and a leash and consider the stops your pet might require. If your pet travels with you often, you can protect your seats from eager paws with a GG Bailey Pet Car Mat. Available in two sizes and 10 patterns, the Pet Car Mats give your pooch a cushy seat that protects your interior from dirt and debris in style. Pet placemats available in the same patterns.

7. Plan the route
Distracted driving comes in many forms, and trying to adjust the GPS or zooming in on the map on your cell phone while driving can be dangerous. Be sure to plan your route ahead of time and leave the navigation up to your passengers so you can keep your eyes on the road. And you don't have to stress about missing your exit. Allow some time for traffic congestion and unexpected stops and you will be sure to make your destination on time. If you luck out and the trip is traffic-free, you can use that extra time to visit a roadside attraction or skip the drive-thrus and sit down to a nice meal.

8. Comfort makes passengers happy
If you are going to be on the road for a while, some passengers might nap along the way, so be sure to carry a pillow. A blanket is a good idea too because someone might be cold when everyone else is comfortable. Another thing to consider is entertainment for everyone, whether that is books, toys, music players, or portable gaming devices. You can also add some luxury and style with a custom touch by ordering personalized car floor mats from GG Bailey. The company encourages you to Design Your Mats™ or pick a pattern in its Car Couture™ section. The custom-fit floor mats will protect your vehicle while also adding comfort and class. There are only four steps to Design Your Mats, but thousands of possible design combinations.

9. Drive safely!
We know that you always obey speed limits and other traffic laws, but it still has to be said: Obey traffic laws and be safe. Nothing ruins the road trip mood like getting a speeding ticket in some far flung city or county. Know ahead of time that you will likely encounter drivers who aren't as careful as you are, as well as traffic problems. Try not to stress out when these things happen. Take your time, enjoy the journey, and be safe. After all, we don’t want all this preparation to be for naught, so you need to arrive at your destination safely.

10. But be prepared just in case
Driving safely is the surest way to avoid a wreck, but sometimes crashes happen that aren’t your fault, so it is a good idea to always be prepared for such situations. Consider keeping a first aid kit in the vehicle, and make sure the products inside are up-to-date. Think about letting someone know your travel plans, including the route and anticipated arrival time. And be sure to have the auto insurance and the medical insurance of everyone in your vehicle handy. No one ever expects to be in a car crash, but you should still be prepared for it just in case.

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5 Tips for Winterizing Your Vehicle from GGBailey.com

With most of the East Coast of the United States being bombarded by snow and ice recently, now is a good time to consider the ways you can protect your vehicle, and yourself, from harsh winter weather.  Extreme temperatures can severely affect your car's performance and driveability, and driving in snowy and icy conditions can be dangerous. If you live in a cold weather climate, there are several steps you can take to winterzie your car. 

Even if winter weather in your region is typically mild, one thing we have learned this winter thanks to recent storms is that freezing temperatures can hit almost any part of the country, so it is probably better to be overly cautious and take the preventative steps now so you don't have to worry about repairs later. 

1. Consider your engine oil
The oil in your engine can change depending on how hot or cold the engine may be running. Outside temperatures will influence the internal temperature of your engine, so you need to make sure you are using the proper oil for the conditions, especially if you live in a region with extreme temperatures. 

During the winter months, if you live where temperatures get below freezing, you'll want to switch over to thinner (less viscous) oil. If you run a 10W-30 in the summer, for example, try moving to a 5W-30 when changing your oil in the fall or winter. If the oil is too thick, it will flow too slowly between parts and your engine will get too hot. In the winter time, cold temperatures cause oil to thicken, but you can overcome this problem by filling your engine with an oil of a lower viscosity. 

2. Check the battery
Most vehicle batteries last for about three to five years, and most batteries have the manufacture date printed on the side. Winter months are tough on your engine and cause it to work harder, and this puts more pressure on the battery. A thorough inspection of your battery, cables, terminals, and fluid will help you make sure your car is ready for the winter. If you need to buy a new one, make sure it has a recent manufacture date. A car battery ages, even while it sits unused on a shelf. 

Even if your battery isn't that old, it's still a good idea to take a look and make sure nothing's wrong. Check the battery cables and clamps for fraying or corrosion. If there's a white, powdery substance around the clamps, that's corrosion from battery acid. You can buy cleaning products made just for this issue, but baking soda, a toothbrush, and water will work too. Your battery is also filled with fluid, so make sure it has enough inside. Most batteries have caps on top, and you can check the level by removing the caps. If it's low, fill the holes with distilled water, but be careful not to fill past the bottom of the cap.

3. Care for your windshield
An often overlooked part of the  winterizing process is your vehicle windshield. If you have ever driven behind another vehicle kicking up dirty road snow, then you already have a true appreciation for good wipers and windshield washer fluid. Low visibility can make driving in cold, snowy weather dangerous, so it is important to make sure the wiper blades are in good shape.

Your wiper blades are made out of rubber, and with time and usage they can crack, split, rip, and deteriorate. A good rule of thumb is to replace your windshield wipers every six to 12 months. This especially important during the winter because extreme cold can cause damage to the rubber, giving your wipers a shorter lifespan. 

To clean the road grime from your windshield, you need to make sure your wiper fluid is full. For best results, select a washer fluid with an antifreeze solution. But beware, as some washer fluids can be harsh and damage your car's paint. Read the labels carefully and make sure to get a fluid that won't damage your paint. 

Also, check out Bailey's Sheepskin Scrapermitts, which are made from 100% Merino Sheepskin to provide long-lasting durability. Each mitt is designed to provide ultimate warmth and luxurious comfort while protecting your hand from the cold.

4. Tire pressure is important
When it comes to driving in nasty winter weather, your tires are literally what keep your vehicle on the road. Driving in snowy and icy conditions is dangerous, but if you have to brave the elements, you can at least take a couple of steps to prepare. 

If you choose to use regular tires on your car, check the air pressure on every tire, including your spare. Under-inflated tires close up the tread and significantly decrease traction, increasing the likelihood of sliding on icy patches. Many gas stations have the tools available for you to check tire pressure, and it costs nothing or next to nothing to fill your tires with the right amount of air. Your owner's manual will list the appropriate pounds for square inch for your tires, and most tires have the PSI requirements listed on the sidewall. 

If you live in a region that is particularly hard hit by winter weather, then snow tires might be worth the investment. Snow tires give your vehicle a huge advantage over regular tires because the tread is designed and manufactured to perform in wet and icy conditions. Other options are all-weather tires, which feature some of the benefits of snow tires but can also be used year-round. Just remember, if you are going to change your tires, make sure you have the same type of tire on all four rims, as mixing and matching can potentially damage your vehicle. 

5. GG Bailey custom floors mats are great for winter

The custom designed floor mats from our Design Your Car Mats™ section, as well as the luxury car floor mat patterns in our Car Couture™ line, obviously add style and a personalized touch to your vehicle, but the most basic function of a car floor mat is to protect your vehicle's interior. Our mats are made of top quality material and resistant to stains, so they help hide dirt and absorb moisture so your car always looks good even in severe winter weather. 
Our personalized floor mats are also safe, because we make sure they don't move under foot, even when you track in rain, snow, or ice. We ensure that our mats stay put using three different methods:

1. Fit -- Our car floor mats are custom made to fit your make and model perfectly. This means your custom floor mats will fit the shape of your vehicle floorpan perfectly.
2. Backing -- Our specially designed Open Cell Foam™ backing adds an anti-slip backing that prevents the mat from moving, regardless of weather conditions, and it works without poking holes in your vehicle carpet like some mats.
3. Clips -- Our one-of-a-kind Mat-Loc™ Clips allow you to lock your custom floor mats into place and ensure they won't move underfoot. 
You can read more about our Design Your Car Mats™ and Car Couture™ options by clicking those links, click here to learn more about why our custom car floor mats are great for winter, or comment below to share your own car winterizing tips.
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GG Bailey's 10 Tips for Preparing Your Car for Summer

It's finally summer -- and, while temperatures in some parts of the country have already been on the climb, the weather is sure to become even hotter during the next couple of months, so you should consider taking steps to protect your car. 

Take the heat of summer, combine that with the extra travel associated with vacations, and your vehicle will be under a lot of stress during this time of year. There are simple maintenance steps you can take at home to ensure your vehicle is prepared for the stress of summer driving though. Others maybe require a professional, but every step you take to care for your car is a step in the right direction. 

Check out our Ten Ways to Prepare Your Car for Summer below, and check out our Design Your Mats™ and Car Couture™ lines of custom car mats to add some extra style to your vehicle this summer. 

AC system
The most important system in your car for keeping you comfortable during the summer months, your air conditioning system, needs regular service. A marginally operating system will fail from the extra use required by hot weather. You should consider having the system examined by a qualified technician. Additionally, newer model vehicles have cabin air filters that clean the air entering the heating and air conditioning system. Check your owner's manual to find the location of your filter and the suggested replacement interval. If it's time, or past time, replace the filter.

Cooling system
The most common source of summer breakdowns is overheating. Ideally, your vehicle's cooling system needs to be flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. A 50-50 mixture of antifreeze and water is usually recommended, and most coolants you buy at your local auto parts store are already mixed, but be sure to check the label. It is important to note that you should never remove your radiator cap until the vehicle's engine is completely cooled. If you notice any leaks, have a professional check the condition of all the clamps, hoses, and drive belts that comprise the system.

Engine performance
Check and replace as needed the other filters in your engine. This includes the air, fuel, and PCV filers. In addition to the heat, a lack of frequent rain usually results in dusty conditions, so it is a good idea to have clean filters to begin the summer months. If your vehicle is showing any sort of potential problems -- hard starts, rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc. -- have those checked out and fixed by a local repair shop ASAP. The stress of summer driving will only worsen any problems.

Engine oil
Oil and oil filter changes are especially important during the summer months. If you are going to be driving more often or further than normal, such as for vacation or while ferrying the kids back and forth to camps, consider having the oil changed more often than normal during the summer. It used to be that drivers were told they needed to change their engine oil weights during the summer to a heavier weight, but with modern oils this change is no longer beneficial. Modern oils are made to work in all seasons, so trust your owner's manual and use the weight suggested by your vehicle manufacturer. One change you can consider, however, is a switch to synthetic oil. Synthetic motor oil is really just natural oil that has been refined to a much higher degree and includes more complex additives for improving performance in both everyday and extreme conditions. Synthetics can resist heat better than conventionals and therefore will last longer while also extending the life of your motor. 

Battery
While we're under the hood, let's turn our attention to your car battery. Batteries can fail any time of year, but while doing seasonal maintenance elsewhere, you might as well take a look at your vehicle's source of electricity. Professional equipment is required to determine if your battery is weak, but there are some routine steps you can take to care for your battery.
Check the terminals and scrape away any corrosion from the posts and cable connections. Clean all surfaces with warm water and a degreaser. Make sure all connections are tight. If battery caps are removable, check the fluid level monthly. Be sure to avoid contact with corrosive deposits and battery acid and to wear eye protection and rubber gloves.

Tires
You should have your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles, and especially before any long distance trips. Check tire pressure about once a month in the morning while they're cold. Check your spare tire as well, because it won't do you any good if it is flat, and make sure the jack is in good condition. Make sure your tires have even wear and look for cuts and nicks in the sidewall. An alignment may be be required if you see uneven tread wear or if your vehicle pulls to one side while driving.

Brakes
Your brakes should be inspected as recommended in your manual, or sooner if you notice any vibrations, grabbing, odd noises, or a longer stopping distance. Even minor brake problems should be addressed quickly because those minor problems can become major problems in a hurry. If you change the brake pads yourself, be sure to check the rotors for grooves, as that can be a sign of wear. If you have your brakes serviced, be sure to ask for a rotor inspection. 

Wipers
A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. We mentioned before that summer weather can lead to more dust in the air, and that dust can collect on your windshield. If your wiper blades haven't been working well, the heat of summer will only cause more damage to the worn rubber. Replace worn blades and go ahead and top off your windshield washer fluid. Speaking of fluid, you might consider looking for one that helps remove bugs -- take a drive at night during the summer and your headlights will lure in hundreds of insects to crash into your windshield. 

Lights
While we're talking about night time driving, you should also inspect all your lights and bulbs. Replace any burned out bulbs, and remove any excess dirt and debris from your vehicle lenses. Use a quality lens restorer if you see any signs of yellowing or fogging.

Prepare for emergencies
It's a good idea to be prepared for the worst, and keeping an emergency kit in your trunk or cargo area is one way to do that. Make sure your kit has the basics: a first aid kit, flares, and a flashlight. You may also considering storing some water in your vehicle, just in case you need to protect yourself from the heat while addressing a roadside repair or waiting for help. 

When It's Raining ---

1) When the road is wet (and all other times), check your tires before driving. They should be inflated to the right pressure (found on the vehicle door edge, door post, glove box door or fuel door). Check the pressure at least once a month, and the tread depth. This will help prevent skids and aquaplaning.

2) Slow down. With water on the road, slick conditions follow where there may be oil on the road. Drive at a slower speed so you have better traction.

3) Remember how to maneuver in a skid. Should you go into a skid, don't slam on the brakes and do not pump the brakes. Instead, use firm, steady pressure and steer the car in the direction of the skid.

4) Keep a far distance from the car in front of you. Check your headlights before driving, as well as rear lights, brake lights and turn signals.

5) Drive in the tracks of the car in front of you and avoid using your brakes when possible. Always turn your headlights on uring rain, even a drizzle.

6) Know where you're going and leave plenty of time to get to your destination.

7) Aquaplaning occurs when the water in front of your tires build up faster than the car's weight can push it away. This causes the car to rise up and slide on a thin layer of water between the tires and the road. In fact, when this occurs, your car can be out of contact with the road and you can skid or drift out of your lane or off the road. To avoid this, keep your tires properly inflated, make certain there is good tread on the tires, slow down in wet weather, and stay away from puddles.

8) Is the rain coming down heavy? Then stop! The rain can overload the wiper blades so visibility will be very limited. Pull over where it's safe and wait for the rain to stop or ease.

9) Remember that cloudy weather reduces visibility so again extra caution is the brake shoes will lbe wet. And don't drive while tired. It's best to stop every couple of hours to rest.

For more information check web site GGBailey.com

TRAILERS

Innovative Bright LED Tail Lights Make Trailer Stand Out

Often, the key to preventing highway accidents is having trailer lights that are easily seen by other drivers.  Innovative Lighting's 250 series Slim Line LED Stop, Tail and Turn Light features a distinctive optical and lens design in a 15", 11-LED configuration for maximum visibility.

The advantages of LED technology are many. Brighter than incandescent bulbs, the 250 Slim Line can provide drivers following a trailer an extra 24' of stopping distance at 60 mph. Drawing 90% less power than incandescent bulbs, LEDs reduce the load on electrical systems. The Slim Line LED is rated for 100,000 hours, compared to 3,000 hours for an incandescent bulb, and it will last over 20 years.

Innovative Lighting's Slim Line is particularly appropriate for trailer and RV applications. With no brittle metal filaments to break, it stands up to shock and vibration. Having the electronic chip inside an epoxy substrate thoroughly protects the LEDs from the elements.

The unique design of Innovative Lighting's 250 Slim Line LED meets SAE/DOT specifications and Class A reflectance standards, minimizing the need for additional reflectors on a trailer or towed camper. Innovative Lighting has long been on the forefront of LED technology. Using sophisticated lens software, scientists collect, measure and redistribute the light energy to a calculated surface. A virtual modeling system optimizes the lens design so the light output loses the least amount of energy, assuring an accurate and reliable optical system.

The 250 series Slim Line LED Stop, Tail and Turn Light operates on 9-16 volt DC systems and draws 250 milliamps. The 15.5" L x 1.6" W x .8" D Slim Line can be mounted vertically, horizontally or at a 45˚angle.  Innovative Lighting offers a choice of red or clear lens in a sealed polycarbonate housing. It retails for $32.99.

For more information ontact Innovative Lighting, 109 Progressive Ave., Roland, IA 50236. 515-388-1011; Fax: 515-388-5549. sales@innovativelight.com.

TRUCKS/SUVs

The All-New 2016 Nissan Titan - A New Class of Truck

According to company officials, the 2016 titan XD. is in a class all its own -- from its Cummins Turbo Diesel to its Gooseneck Hitch. It brings a heavy-duty attitude to the full-size truck - the first in a line-up of all new trucks loaded with Nissan innovation.

If you're serious about towing bigger loads with grater stability, a gooseneck hitch is a necessity and one is engineered right into Titan's bed. Titan goes further than a fully boxed, full-length ladder frame -- having incorporated components developed from the Nissan Commerical Vehicles program.

The Cummins' Turbo Diesel under the Titan's hood is a 5.0-L V8 Cummins' Turbo Diesel, providing massive torque, impressive efficiency, and legendary Cummins' reliability.The Util-track' cargo system is huge, there is new bright LED lighting and Util-track' cargo bed rails. The inside of the cab is pure luxury. The American Titan was designed in California, engineered in Michigan, tested in Arizona, built in Mississippi and powered by Indiana.

For more information go to web site www.nissanUSA.com/Titanoftrucks.



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