car infographics

car infographics

  We're compiling a list of some of the most important infographics to keep all drivers informed and well-prepared.

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Aspiring presidential candidates are already busy gearing up for the 2012 elections with hopes of becoming the most powerful man in the U.S. It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it, and luckily they have a presidential limo that can withstand the job.

At first glance, the Cadillac One just looks like a modified Cadillac DTS , but General Motors did not actually assign the presidential state car a specific model name. This may be due to the fact that it carries many different components from many different GM models, including Cadillac Escalade headlights, side mirrors, and door handles; Cadillac STS sedan taillights and back up lights; and what looks to be the GMC Topkick commercial truck’s chassis and driveline. GM went through a lot of trouble building the perfect presidential vehicle, but what happens to the car after the base build is what makes it capable of keeping our president utterly and unbelievably safe.

For starters, the car’s chassis has a 5" reinforced steel plate that runs underneath the car in case a bomb finds its way there. Then the entire bodywork is a combination of dual hardness steel, aluminum, titanium, and ceramic which breaks up projectiles upon impact. The doors and gas tank are armour plated, but the gas tank also receives a specially designed foam that prevents it from exploding. The tires are Kevlar reinforced and are shred and puncture resistant. If anyone successfully tears them apart, the steel rims underneath the tires will allow them to get the Cadillac One to safety.

The Cadillac One also has a number of accessories that enable it to solve problems quicker than they come around, including night vision cameras, pump action shotguns, tear gas cannons, and blood. Yes, that’s right. The Cadillac One is equipped with bottles of the president’s blood just in case he gets hurt and needs a blood transfusion. Take that, suckers!

Check back with us soon to find more interesting tidbits as part of our Car Infographics series.

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The 2006 film Fast and the Furious: Toyko Drift brought to light one of the many styles of driving competitions in existence, but this form of vehicular art didn’t originate on the big screen. Before Sean Boswell (played by Lucas Black) took to the fishing grounds for unique tutorials, people everywhere were learning how to slide sideways around tight corners. In fact, origins of drifting date back to the 1970s when Motorcycling legend turned driver, Kunimitsu Takahashi, used the technique to beat his competitors coming out of a turn.

So what is drifting ? Basically, it is a driving technique that allows drivers to skillfully slide their cars through turns by using either their brakes or clutch. When the braking technique is used, drivers have to hit their brake pedal or emergency brake when approaching the corner. Control is maintained with the use of steering and throttle input. This causes the rear tires to lose their grip on the road and swing outward. When using the clutch technique, the end result is the same, but the method is completely opposite. When the driver approaches the corner, he/she pushes in the clutch, downshifts, revs the engine, and then releases the clutch. The added power makes the tires spin so fast that they lose traction and spin outward. In both instances, the closer the rear end of the car gets to the wall and the more smoke the tires produce, the more points the driver will get in the competition.

Check back with us soon to find more interesting tidbits as part of our Car Infographics series.

Source: Mercury News
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Between preparing for the big day and dealing with the fact that this will be the last person they will ever sleep with, married couples have to go through a lot before and just after they get married. Of course, one of the most surprising changes after saying "I do" is the fact that their car insurance rates decrease. That’s right, one of the top culprits - making up about 25% of the deciding factor - in determining anyone’s car insurance rate is their age and whether or not they are married. This bit of information only plays second to the driver’s record and claim history, sitting at 35%.

What does this mean exactly? Well, if you’re a teenage boy with zero infractions, your rate on average is about $2,500 a year, leading the pack in terms of rates. Add in two infractions, and we’re talking about doubling that rate to about $5,000 a year. Change that infraction-ridden scenario to a female teenager and we’re only talking about $2,100 a year. Before all you boys get your boxers in a twist; once you hit 25, guys get a 20% discount whereas girls only get 15%. All in all, an average American will pay about $1,560 a year on car insurance, averaging out about $80,000 in a lifetime.

Other factors that affect your car insurance rate include your car (older, boring, cheaper models pay less), your gender (sorry boys), and your insurer (not everybody offers the same rate), among other things. Check them all out in the image above to get a full picture and stay tuned for the next installment of ourCar Infographics series!

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Toyota got a lot of crap last year for the millions of vehicles that were recalled due to problems with unintended acceleration, but where would the company fall in a list of the top automotive recalls? Our next piece in the Car Infographics series answers that very question with the largest recalls in our automotive history.

It happens more often than we would like, but recalls are just a part of the automotive business that we all have to become accustomed to. After all, these machines are man-made and as we all know, people can very easily make mistakes. So who tops the list?

Let’s step back to Toyota for a moment. In 2010, the company had to recall 5.3 million vehicles due to reports of the driver side floor mats getting wedged underneath the gas pedal, causing unintended acceleration. Models involved in this recall included the likes of the Camry and Prius , as well as other models ranging from 2004-2010. 5.3 million is a large number, but Toyota only captures the #4 spot.

Hit the jump for the top three position fillers.

Source: MSNBC
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Everyone remembers the year they got their license as a turning point in their adolescent life. From that point, there was no more waiting on relatives or older friends to take you where you needed to go because you now had the power in a little rectangular card that said you were legal. When I got my license, I remember my Driver’s Ed teacher telling me that a large percentage of teenage drivers will get into an accident within the first year of receiving their license. "Not me," I thought and went on my merry driving way. Eight months and a crashed front end later, I realized the old dude had been right.

What makes someone a good driver? For starters, one has to be completely aware of the rules and regulations governed by the law. That being said, experience and know-how play a huge part in learning techniques to be a safe driver. Getting behind that wheel and putting these into practice may ultimately save your life which is why we are showcasing an Expert Driving Techniques Infographics created by iMingle Insurance. This image (found in the gallery provided) will provide much of the information needed to stay safe on the roads starting with the four different types of drivers, such as the Novice (Hello teenager!), the Intermediate (Many men would put women in this category), the Expert (Men boost their egos by sliding themselves in here), and the Expert (Think Race Car Driver). After that, this image will deliver information to benefit drivers of any caliber on techniques of a well-prepared driver, anticipating an accident and planning on what to do if an accident occurs, steering techniques, the Roadcraft system, and controlling your vehicle.

It’s a longer read than usual, but it’s absolutely worth the time. Novice drivers may want to start at the beginning and read the whole thing, while Experts can head straight to the tips of controlling your vehicle.

Check back with us soon to find more interesting tidbits as part of our Car Infographics series.

Source: iMingle
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Here’s another helpful infographic for all to ponder. Ever been hightailing it on the freeway when all of a sudden brake lights start lighting up like the Griswold house around Christmastime and you wonder why in the heck everyone has decided to slow down? It’s called a shockwave by traffic planners and it affects just about everyone at some point in time.

It starts off when one driver takes a bit too long to get into their lane or when something in the road catches their eye and they slow down to see if they should swerve or run over it. That minor change in one driver’s pattern begins a ripple effect that affects everyone behind them. All of a sudden, that driver is going 5mph slower than they were, making the person behind them slow down by 10mph to keep a safe driving distance. The more cars involved in this effect, the slower they have to drive to adjust to the change in flow. By the time everyone reaches the point where the original driver slowed down just a bit, there is no evidence as to why the change occurred and angry drivers chaulk it up to rubbernecking or bad driving.

It’s comparable to water flowing through a funnel. A slow drip flows smoothly down and exits freely; add a sudden rush of water and that funnel is now filling up and spilling over. Just something to think about next time you’re out on the freeway and are convinced some idiot just ruined your day.

Check back with us to find more interesting tidbits as part of our Car Infographics series.

Source: BuzzFeed
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In our efforts to gather some cool graphics for ourCar Infographics series, we’ve come across an interesting little tidbit about how much we pay for gas in comparison to the many other things we use on a daily basis. Yes, we may use a heckuva lot more gas than we do, say, nail polish, but the price tags associated with many of these items are a bit astronomical when looked at on a per gallon basis.

Let’s take shampoo, for instance. Americans pay about $28.60 per gallon of the stuff and that’s nothing compared to the $32 per gallon we pay for that delicious Starbucks Grande Latte. Even Fiji Water is emptying our pockets of $10.24 per gallon and that energy kick from Red Bull costs us $28.16 per gallon. The most expensive price per gallon on the list? Try justifying $1,024 per gallon of nail polish.

There’s plenty more comparisons in the image, including gallon prices for milk, orange juice, and even some alcoholic beverages. Make sure you check them out right before you go fill up your car’s gas tank. The prices may not be comparable to the usage of the product, but it may make us feel a bit better about paying $4 per gallon to get us from point A to point B.

Also, check back with us to find more interesting tidbits as part of our Car Infographics series.

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It’s happened to all of us at some point in time. You’re driving along with the windows down and the wind whipping around, just enjoying your day, or maybe you left your house just a few minutes too late and the boss has been on your case lately about your "tardiness." Either way, those flashing blue and red lights look the same and you spend the next 30 minutes of your time trying to talk yourself out of the ticket and waiting in your car until the police officer finishes whatever they do for the eternity they spend sitting in their cruiser.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gathers all kinds of information over a few years to get a good idea of the number of tickets issued and what that translates into when it comes to money. Every year roughly 41,000,000 Americans receive a speeding ticket, translating into one ticket for every second of every day that ticks by, and the average ticket is about $150. Okay Mathematicians, that’s about $6.15 Billion for speeding fines alone. $6.15 Billion. And that doesn’t include the money raked in by insurance companies when those little tickets hit their systems. The average person’s insurance goes up by about $900 for one speeding ticket received in a span of three years.

So, how do we avoid getting speeding tickets? Okay, the only real answer is to not speed, but if you must then you should probably move to a place where the fine is a little tamer than others. In Tennessee and Connecticut, the first violation of speed will only get you a fine of $50, while Pennsylvania will only charge you $42 for your first. The lowest speeding ticket assigned for the first violation is awarded to North Dakota, who only dishes out a $20 ticket.

Live in New York? That’s a whopping $600 fine for your first offense. Utah gets even worse at $750. Want to get a killer speeding ticket for your first offense? Bog down in Illinois, Nevada, or New Hampshire to receive a $1,000 speeding ticket, and that’s only for your first time.

The moral of the story is to be safe and not speed. Of course, if that’s not enough to convince you, then check out more of the specifics in the images provided.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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