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Did you know the term "White Van Man" is attributed to Radio 2 DJ Sarah
Kennedy way back in 1997? A fact she has no doubt been dining out on ever
In the eleven years that has elapsed since white van man was singled out for
posing the greatest threat to society Autel
MaxiSys MS906BT, world and home events have meant that maybe there are worse
things in life than someone being discourteous towards us whilst driving.
I seem to remember though that white vans do seem to attract a certain amount
of attention not all of it welcomed. I hired a white van a while back to move
flat and within minutes a small group of dirty faced youths started hanging
around and I had to move them on by threatening to play my Richard Clayderman
As a consequence "white van man" has reinvented himself somewhat and
undergone a bit of an image change to reflect these changing times. For instance
mainly due to a loophole with VAT ratings many builders who in the past may have
driven dilapidated white vans a few years ago can now be found driving around in
swanky new 4x4 pick-ups. Especially the double cab versions which are now being
used on the school run amongst other things.
Also due to the rising costs of motoring a lot of vans have now become the
main vehicle in the household and with the image of the white van in crisis
other colours were being tried in an attempt to shake off the stereotypical
image of the occupant. Some time ago silver was deemed to be the new white for
the more image-conscious driver.
The term "New Van Man" was coined to reflect the trend of tradesmen who would
rather be seen drinking a tall latte rather than a mug of tea with maybe a copy
of The Guardian on the dashboard instead of The Sun.
People's expectations are a lot higher these days and the equipment level of
today's vans has improved to reflect this. I remember a friend of mine used to
be a delivery driver and I used to occasionally accompany him when I'd lost the
will to live. The problem being his van was so basic there was not even a
passenger seat! This did not put me off and I helped myself to one of my Mum's
dining room chairs Autel
MK808. This kind of worked in so far as I could put a seatbelt round me but
of course without being fixed to the floor it did have a tendency to catapult me
into the dashboard if we stopped quickly or alternatively sent me flying
backwards into a pile of discarded sandwich wrappers when we pulled away.
These days vans have airbags and air conditioning (so the sun-tanned right
arm has become a thing of the past) CD's and MP3 players and such like even
electric windows, in the past you would be lucky to have a window winder as it
would have fallen off long ago and be rattling around annoyingly somewhere under
the driver's seat.
Take the Vauxhall Vivaro I have just been reading about for instance, the
specification list reads better than a lot of cars currently available, there's
even a sport version. It comes with a choice of the latest common rail diesel
engines and some 16 different body variations and it's even made in Luton
England. Safety features include ABS with EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) and seat
belt pretensioners. The Vivaro is available in long and short wheelbase versions
including minibuses as well as a high roof option, always handy to avoid bashing
your head when loading.
All the vans I have looked at are shown in red but rest assured white is
still an option for the traditionalist!Jon Barlow reminisces about past
experiences in Vans and looks at the latest offerings available from Vauxhall
If you are looking for that extra special Valentines gift for your boyfriend
or husband, a gift that will linger in their memory for ever, why not take a
look at a Driving Experience.
With many of the cars costing around one hundred thousand pounds and some
costing far in excess, this really is a once in a lifetime opportunity for your
boyfriend or husband to get behind the wheel of a real supercar, racing car, or
even a real Formula 1 racing car.
Listed Below are six cars they can choose to drive when you get them a
driving experience gift for Valentines Day:
A firm favourite with many Premiership footballers, the Gallardo is an
astounding piece of Italian engineering. Powered by a 5 litre V10 producing 500
brake horsepower the Gallardo accelerates from 0 - 60 in just 4.2 seconds and
can reach a mind blowing top speed of 196 mph.
Audi took a long time to enter the supercar market, but it was well worth the
wait. Launched with superb plaudits from the press and a gushing endorsement
from Jeremy Clarkson autel
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speed of 187 mph, the R8 sticks to the track like glue, giving the driver a
confidence that just can't be found with other supercars.
Chevrolet Lumina V8 Touring Car
If it's raw, brutal power you are looking for then look no further than an
Australian V8 Touring car. Widely regarded as the world's most spectacular
touring car series, these Aussie beasts can get up to 160 mph and with no
traction control and rear wheel drive it's up to the driver to keep the beast
Ferrari 360 Modena
The Ferrari 360 Modena is for many people, everything a supercar should be,
stunningly good looking with performance to match. With a 0 - 60 time of 4.3
seconds and a top speed of 183 mph the Ferrari will leave him grinning from ear
to ear for days to come
The Ariel Atom may not have the largest engine, or indeed have the fastest
top speed, but with no doors, no roof and very few body panels it will out
accelerate all of them. With a 0 - 60 time of only 2.7 seconds the Atom really
is a pocket rocket, just a little bit crazy and certainly a lot of fun, this is
an experience that is impossible to forget.
Italian Forte Corsa 3 Litre Nicholson Mclaren Cosworth V8 Formula One Car
Once driven by Luca Badoer, the current Ferrari test driver, this really is
the daddy of all driving experiences. This is a full day driving experience
where the recipient gets to drive a sports saloon to learn the racing lines,
then a Porsche 911 Turbo, a Ferrari 360 Modena, a single seater racing car, a
Formula 3 car then finally the awesome F1 car. If your boyfriend is the ultimate
petrol head, then this experience is just perfect for him.
If you are looking for a Valentine gift that your husband or boyfriend will
never forget, then look no further than a supercar driving experience, memories
that will live forever.Dave Foord is the content writer for a number of
websites including the Racing School. has been offering driving experiences
since 1978 and specialises in Formula 1 driving experiences.
A digital multimeter is one the most versatile and useful instruments in your
auto shop. It is important to own a good model and understand how to use it
properly. A digital multimeter is actually three devices in one. It is a
voltmeter that measure electrical potential across a device in volts. It is an
ammeter that measures the amount of electric current through a device. This is
measured in amps. Finally, a digital multimeter is an ohmmeter that measures
electrical resistance of a device. Electrical resistance is measured in
Today, modern digital multimeters are designed to be rugged and easy to
operate. A good multimeter will have a rugged plastic case and large, easy to
use selector knobs. The top part contains the digital read out screen. This is
something you should thoroughly check out before you purchase one. Make sure the
screen is large enough to read it and make sure you see the readout in sunlight.
Chances are you will be using this instrument outside in direct sunlight.
Below the digital readout is a large knob called the function switch. The
function switch allows you to change the modes the digital multimeter operates
in. For example, you can easily change from voltmeter to ammeter to ohmmeter
with the turn of the dial. Again make sure the function switch is large and easy
to operate Autel
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Most have three V markings that measure voltage. They measure AC, DC and low
voltage currents in the millivolt range. Next there will be two positions marked
with A~ and A=. The A~ measures AC current in amps and the A= measures DC
current in amps. The upside down horseshoe Ω measures resistance in ohms.
In order to measure voltage, first turn on the digital multimeter and let it
go through its startup procedure. Generally the digital readout lights up and
the unit goes through its self diagnostic checkout. Once that is completed you
are ready to measure volts. Now turn the function switch to V= to measure DC
volts. Now you will need to connect the red and black leads to the digital
multimeter. Connect the red lead to the red input terminal labeled VΩ and
connect the black lead to the terminal labeled COM for common terminal. Now you
can measure volts by putting the red lead on the terminal with the higher
potential and the black lead on the lower one.
To measure amps, the leads must be connected in a different fashion. First
set the function switch to A= position. Connect the black lead to the COM
terminal. Now you must connect the red lead to the terminal labeled 300mA. Now
you are ready to connect the meter in series the device being measured by
opening up the circuit and inserting the meter between the open points. The
results will be in milliamps because you are using the 300mA terminal.
The third feature of a digital multimeter is its ability to measure to Ohms.
Ohms is a measurement of resistance in an electrical circuit. First disconnect
all wiring and power sources from the device being measured. Now turn the
function switch to the Ω position and connect your leads. The red lead is
connected to the terminal labeled VΩ and the black terminal connects to the COM
terminal. The display will indicate OL. This is normal and means there is an
overload. Now connect the leads across the device to measure the Ohms Autel
These are the basic functions of a digital multimeter. Remember to shut off
your multimeter before storing it back in the your toolbox. You do not want a
drained battery the next time you will need it. There are several good brands on
the market today. Fluke digital multimeters are probably the most popular and
you won't go wrong with one.Cooper is the webmaster for Red Hill Supply -
We'd all like to buy a new car straight off the production line, but
unfortunately that just isn't always an option. It can be costly and difficult
to finance a brand new car, and if you take out loans or pay in instalments Autel
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a much cheaper option, and you can find some great cars on the market,
especially if you're looking for a Used Volkswagen.
When it comes to buying a Used Volkswagen, there are endless options
available. Whether you're after a small city run around or a large family
estate, you're bound to find something which is in top condition and offers
great value for money. There are several places to start looking for your Used
Volkswagen. Individual sellers can be cheaper than dealers Autel
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an approved dealer can. Not all individuals are reliable, and it's best to get
the car and its history checked out by a third party.
Another way to pick-up some great deals is by buying from auction, which can
be more reliable than going through an individual, although it's unlikely you'll
be able to take your Used Volkswagen for a test spin before buying.
One of the best ways to buy a Used Volkswagen is through an approved Used
Volkswagen dealer. Not only are they reputable and reliable, but they also offer
a large range of cars to choose from, so you can be sure that the Used
Volkswagen you drive away in is the perfect one for you.
Buying a Used Volkswagen from an official dealer means you're getting a car
which is reliable and in a good working condition. Volkswagen inspect all cars
and fix any problems found before selling them, which means you shouldn't be
landed with any costly repairs after you sign. The Volkswagen team will also
check the car's history and mileage, so you won't receive any nasty surprises.
Not only that, but you can feel reassured by the warranty that comes with your
vehicle, just in case any problems do occur.
Volkswagens are renowned for their build quality and reliability, and Used
Volkswagens aren't any different. They might not come with that new car smell,
but they certainly come with everything else you would expect from a Volkswagen,
at only a fraction of the price.
Buying a Used Volkswagen is a great investment for the future, and with so
much choice, you'll wonder why you ever wanted to buy new in the first
I personally have owned and driven a Used Volkswagen for a year or so now, so
I can attest to the kind of quality and driveability that you get when you are
handed the keys to one of these marvellous machines. With their robustness,
sporty qualities and the other myriad of positive qualities, you can plainly see
why they are so popular with the car buying public.Pete J Ridgard is a
writer and a car enthusiast. He currently writes for the automotive industry.
Here he discusses Used Volkswagen cars.
The new Phantom's have been described by Rolls-Royce as their car for the
21st Century. The name has been around since the early 20th century, having two
series in Rolls 100 year history, but now they have updated the series for a
modern market. Whether you're a fan of the brand or not, you can't help but
admire the cars they produce. The Phantom's have several types which cater to
certain purposes; the Phantom, Phantom Family, Phantom Coupe, and the Drop Head
MaxiSys MS906TS, each similar but all different. The Phantom Coupe for
example is driver orientated, with all the classic proportions you would expect
of a classic Rolls-Royce, which concentrates on giving the driver a pure Royce
experience, whereas the Drop head Coupe is a more relaxed interpretation of the
classic design Autel
21st Century hasn't been taken to the extreme though, and Rolls-Royce still
takes inspiration from the 20th Century. The Drophead Coupe pays homage to the
classic J racing yachts of the 1930s, but Rolls has updated it for a motoring
audience of today. In fact, the entire Phantom series is noticeable not just
from the shapes, but from the coach doors.
You don't have to watch from afar to appreciate the cars, and you don't have
to buy a Rolls Royce brand new to get to experience them first hand.
Used Rolls-Royce of all ages are available from all good online dealers, with
the price dropping from its original price by around 65 percent within three
years of being released. A Phantom for example, after three years can be
obtained online for just £100,000 - £250,000. Although by any average standards
this is not a cheap buy, it's a slashed price by half from their debut prices,
and considering the history and reputation of the company behind them. Luxury
isn't just a myth, it's a guarantee. The difference between a used Phantom and
other models being sold used is that the quality isn't lost over time.
Some may not appreciate the shape of the cars. If you are for example not a
fan of the classic design; short front overhang, long rear overhang and other
familiar proportions, maybe because you prefer smaller and more rounded cars
then this series may not be for you; they really have stayed true to their
routes. But in terms of quality, most cars will begin to deteriorate within
years of being bought, but when put together with as much care as they do at
Rolls Royce, they are like new even if they have a large mileage, so long as
they are looked after properly. Phantom over the years has been Rolls Royce main
product, but this series of the iconic name is the first attempt at Phantom
since they were taken over by BMW in 2003. The first Phantom wasn't as popular
as later phantoms but it is still an amazing car. Buying a used car from the
Phantom series, you can guarantee they will be in expected luxurious
condition.Pete J Ridgard is a writer and a car enthusiast. He currently
writes for the automotive industry. Here he discusses Used Rolls Royce cars.
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