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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Chinese Man Throws Bicycle at Thieves

1. Snatching or ‘ragut’ is a unforgiving crime, which most of the time, the occurrence involves severe casualties to the victims. Since the incident occur on the road, I think this is part of road safety too. Am I right?

2. The videos, which entitled, "Chinese Man Throws Bicycle at Thieves on Scooter", show how a heroic China man arrested the snatchers by only using his bike. In my opinion, this noble action is commendable and worth emulating.

Resource: Melayu Kini

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Killer Water Ponding on the Road

1. Malaysia is located a few degrees north of the Equator and is one of the South East Asia nations. The climate is of equatorial type in which the temperature is quite uniform throughout the year with frequent downpour occurrence. However, during the heavy downpour season, the roads are wet and water pounding can be found everywhere ranging from the expressway to the state road.

2. It is recommended to be more careful during the rainy season which usually occurs from June to December. While many of Malaysians are being careful with the roads during the season, a bizarre incident was happening somewhere far from the country. Pretty funny occurrence but laughing to other misfortune is not what has been taught in Islam. Let us take the lesson and be careful driving on such road.

Images Resource: Putihtih

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Toronto Woman Dies Saving Her Baby

1. The news sounds like a scene in the movie. But it is not. This is the real incident that happened in the country of Canada. This is something we need to think over, over and over again. The question is who to be saved first, we or others? Of cource, the one who sacrifices is the best of all.

2. As far as I learned, we have to save ourselves first, and then when our safety are secure, we can save others. I still remembered news about three children wanted to save their drowning brother and in the end, all four died.

In what was likely a final heroic act, a Toronto-area mother may have saved the life of her 12-week-old son at the cost of her own when she pushed the child's stroller out of the path of a car that ran a red light Tuesday afternoon.

"I think what happened, is she pushed the stroller (out of the way) and was hit by the car," said Const. Isabelle Cotton, a Toronto police spokeswoman. "I am not sure exactly if the stroller was hit by the car also."

Miraculously, the baby boy was uninjured, but was taken to Sick Kids Hospital for observation. The boy's 28-year-old mother was pronounced dead by EMS paramedics after being dragged nine metres into the intersection and pinned under the car for 15 minutes.

The accident occurred at about 12:40 p.m. Police say the mother and her baby were crossing from the southwest to the southeast corner of an intersection on a green light, when a northbound green Toyota Camry driven by an 83-year-old woman failed to stop at the red light and collided with the mother. Chris Stanfield was sitting in his SUV waiting to make a left turn when the accident happened.

"I just heard the impact and saw the stroller and that was the first thing that caught my eye," he said, adding that the woman and her baby had just passed in front of his vehicle before being struck.

"I ... saw the stroller on its side with the baby partly out of it. Then somebody handed me the baby and then I noticed the mother underneath the car."

Const. Hugh Smith of Toronto Police Traffic Services said a bystander crossing the street in front of the mother and her baby helped save the child's life.

"She heard the collision and turned around just to see the baby fall out of the stroller," Smith said. "She picked up the child immediately and then approached the gentleman in the SUV, telling him to keep it warm.

"A hero here is the woman who stopped to pick up the baby."

Police say the victim's name won't be released, pending notification of next of kin. The 83-year-old driver of the Camry was also taken to hospital to be treated for shock.

The driver likely faces charges of either dangerous driving causing death or careless driving.

In Ontario, drivers aged 80 years or older must renew their licences every two years. The renewal process involves completing a vision test, a written test on the rules of the road and signs, and taking part in a group education session.

News Resource: Ottawa Citizen

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Slow Down, Wear Your Seatbelt..Or Else...

1. Or else...your daughter will come out from the car and hit your car...and maybe you too.

angry daughter

2. So please remember to (1) wear your seatbelt, (2) ask the occupants of the car to wear the seatbelt, (3) do not speeding, (4) give signals, (5) follow the road laws, and lastly (5) focus and focus...

Image Credit: Imgur

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Friday, January 8, 2010

The Most Expensive Speeding Ticket - $290000

1. Cough cough cough...$290,000? Are you kidding me? If the money converted to Malaysia Ringgit, I think the value is expected to be equal to about RM1 million. With that amount of money, I can buy a large mansion (with two or three maids) and a sport car (Mitsubishi Evo 10? maybe hehe).

Ferrari2. Regardless what I would do with the money, do you know how such expensive speeding ticket is possibly issued? Check this news out.

Speeding ticket fine record was broken for Switzerland after a St. Gallen court handed down a decision demanding a millionaire who was caught driving at 85 mph to pay $290,000, the Swiss media reported Thursday.

The speed is 35 mph faster than the limit which is at 50 mph. The unidentified millionaire was using a red Ferrari Testarossa when he was caught. The millionaire has a string of previous offenses.

“The accused ignored elementary traffic rules with a powerful vehicle out of a pure desire for speed,” the court said in its judgment. The court based the fine on how rich the man is. He has assets of up to $22.7 million which includes a villa with a garage for his five luxury cars.

The previous record was $107,000–handed to a driver using a Porsche in Zurich in 2008.

Sometime in October 2009, another driver was pulled for speeding. He committed 15 traffic offenses in 10 minutes.

News Resource: Daily Contributor

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Friday, January 1, 2010

10 Tips To Maintain Your Car

Before I start, I think it is good to know that car maintenance is actually proportional with safety on the road. The more time and money you spent, the safer you will be on the road. What is the example of consequence of not doing car maintenance properly? As a two-years-experienced crash investigator, I have seen many fatal accidents that caused by poor maintenance of the vehicle such as using expired tires and bad brake pad.

10. Pick your Pump

A tank of 97 octane fuel will not turn your Proton Wira into a Mitsubishi Evo Lancer, sorry. The extra octane in premium unleaded gas does no special favors for engines with low to moderate compression, that are designed to run on regular 92 octane. And while “over-octaning” at the gas station won’t necessarily harm the average engine, it is a waste of money -- cash that could be better spent on the upcoming tips to maintain your car.

9. Wash, Rinse, and Repeat

Here’s a great example of how to spend the money saved by following my No. 10 tip to maintain your car. Let’s say you save RM0.40 per litre by skipping unnecessarily high-octane gas and filling with regular. If you have a 20-litre tank, that’s an instant RM8 saved with every fill-up; that’s enough for a basic car wash in many places. Regular washing and waxing preserves paint and prevents rust from gaining a foothold. Remember to show the interior some love too, by vacuuming and detailing.

8. Prepare for the Seasons

Whether it’s the impending gloom of raining season, hot road trips or anything in between, seasonal changes mean you need to prep your car accordingly. For many drivers, raining and hot season are the most demanding on their cars‘ batteries, coolant and tires, among other components. Extra attention to those critical areas could mean the difference between getting there and getting stranded.

7. Research Recalls

Recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs) are sometimes issued by manufacturers, but not all make the evening news. It’s up to you to research them and keep your car alive longer by heeding their information. This tip to maintain your car is easy to follow by signing up for newsletter alerts like Automotive News who just informed us to remove the floor mats from certain Perodua models because they may cause the gas pedal to stick, causing unintended acceleration. Read up and maintain your car.

6. See the "Check Engine" Light

The notorious "Check Engine" light gets a bad rap for overdramatizing trivial onboard diagnostic (OBD) codes like a tabloid newspaper, but in fairness, it also reports news you can use. Most shops and auto-parts stores can scan the codes and translate the issues. It could be a loose gas cap or it could be a serious powertrain issue developing -- knowing makes all the difference.

5. Play Nice

You should already understand that your car’s redline is not the starting point for throttle position; if you don’t, the painful sound of bouncing off the rev limiter should smack some sense into you. Less obvious is that you can also damage your car by spending too much time at the lower end of the performance spectrum: Extended idling, even in cold climates, is pointless and wasteful. At the very least, it can promote carbon buildup and catalytic converter deterioration, all while wasting gas and pumping more emissions into the atmosphere than necessary.

4. Do as You're Told

Following the engine and transmission maintenance recommendations in your owner’s manual will extend your car’s life and save you money in the long run. Don’t delude yourself into thinking that you can skip the cost of upkeep and still have a vehicle that runs efficiently for very long. When you try to buy time, there’s a good chance you’ll also buy more parts and labor in the future.

3. Know Your Stats

To follow through on the previous tip to maintain your car, you can’t just turn the key and drive every time, and you can’t just roll into the shop every day for maintenance. You need to keep tabs on fluid levels and tire pressure. Checking lights and signals at the same time doesn’t hurt, either. Make it a regular habit and you’re less likely to get caught by surprise.

2. Use the Right Oil for Your Car

Don’t overthink it, just do what you need to do when it comes to engine oil. Your owner’s manual spells out accepted viscosities and possibly even the recommended brand. If you see Mobil 1 listed, for example, don’t take it as none-too-subtle advertising: It probably means your car was born with that brand in the crankcase and was designed to run best with it.

1. When in Doubt, Ask

When your car acts up between maintenance intervals but no obvious repairs are needed and the Check Engine light isn’t lit, don’t just hope the issue will go away. Don’t avoid taking action because it hasn’t been 15,000, 10,000 or even 3,000 KM, either. If you sense even the slightest odd behavior, have your auto tech check your car. It’s better to heed this top tip to maintain your car and spend a little time at the shop than to allow conditions to worsen and repairs to become even more expensive.


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