Extroverted and Introverted car Drivers

Introverts are more apt to be more focused and zen and less likely to show a carefree attitude. They are more likely to plan where they are going and leave the house early but this may not be a universal thing – there must be some introverts who don’t want to get where they are going and leave late?

When it comes to driving, the extrovert is prone to distraction and easily get into a situation that inspire road rage. They even become dangerous behind the wheel. They could possibly answer an “important text” thus putting their life in danger.

Many introverts recharge themselves behind the wheel. Though extroverts hate driving alone, the reverse is true of an introvert, it gives them a strong feeling of peace and exhilaration. So it’s important when they’re driving to leave them be.

Another thing you may notice is that the split second decision is less likely to occur with introverted types. Accidents occur by not just attempting to make a split second decision but also trying to reverse them. An introvert will continue on the wrong path if it keeps them safe even if it seems frustrating to the passengers in the car, an extrovert less so. But if you know anything about introverts this all seems like common sense. The surprising thing is just about to be revealed.

Surprising Thing about Introverts

The surprising thing is that introverts are likely to race cars. It surprises us because they are in the spotlight, watched by thousands of cheering fans. However, they are inside a car, with a helmet on and they perform in a much more focused way. Introverts are less likely to make any major errors behind the wheel and as any sportsman knows major errors is what may cost the win or in this case, risks their lives.

Are introverts confident enough to race though? Introvert extrovert is mainly about how you recharge and how you tend to prioritise your attention. There are those who lack confidence and those who are very bold. It’s not the same skills needed to make a speech or run a company. They need to rely on their own mind when making decisions though there is a bit of feedback from the crew. They have this ability to think before they speak and have this tendency to “zone out”. This seems a shocking way to drive but it does seem to work.

Car Buying

If you are an introvert you probably don’t want to deal with that many people so try to speak to a person you spoke to before and bring a dealer along with you. Bringing a mechanic with you would help a lot.

SUV, van and truck owners tend to be more extroverted. Sports cars are bought to gain a certain status, but introverts worry about their status as well.

A sports car doesn’t suit everyone but introverts may appreciate the smooth drive. Car handling tends to be a mixture of smoothness of speed so it would figure that the more mid-range person may talk about this, also known as an ambivert.

The introvert tends to look towards comfortableness and smoothness. We don’t associate performance cars with introverts but maybe we should.

The extrovert tends to like a bit of movement and a bit of music.

Choosing the Right Large SUV

Some people look for a compact SUV but what about those who are looking for something more substantial? The larger SUV provides an alternative to the 4×4 or MPV. They can be used for camping and helpful for navigating both tricky terrain and difficult weather conditions. They also provide more than sufficient cargo space.

Some Large SUV’s to Consider

The large SUV Tarraco by SEAT for instance has seven seats, the second row of which can be flattened to the floor. Other features include alloy wheels, digital cockpit and a bucket seat. This is a seat which encloses and supports a body more than a regular car seat.

The Kodiaq is also a seven-seater which has several refined models all with luxurious seating. The acceleration in particular is exhilarating.

The Ever Evolving Expedition

Ford Explorer 2021

The Ford Expedition has easy to understand controls for tech with a huge cabin seating 5-8. The horsepower is between 375 and 400 hp and has either two or three rows of seats. The 2018 update included both the fuel system and the cabin (to increase space and add new safety features). The 2020 model added a new breed of trim as well as the driver assist (the proper name being the CoPilot 360).

The next model in 2021 relies on two rows rather than three. It has an extended wheelbase as you might expect from a large SUV. The latch collectors in the second and the third row allow you to connect child seats. It has a six-speaker stereo allowing for improved sound quality.

The Chevrolet Suburban…

Reintroduced for 2021 with a turbodiesel engine, the Suburban gives you collision detection and will brake by itself in an emergency. Whether gas or diesel the engine is enormous, but sadly no electric model yet. There are certain difficulties to driving this model, you have to squeeze down narrow roads. It is good on rough terrain thanks to great suspension.

There were no changes to the Suburban in 2020 but 2019 saw the introduction of a 420 hp engine and automatic transmission with 10 different speeds. It’s a variation of the Chevrolet Tahao essentially, and despite the reinvented interior, it drives more or less the same. The Tahoe may be a better bet as it’s about a foot less in size.

The plastic in the Suburban, referred to as “soft-touch,” is the kind of quality you possibly could expect from an SUV, practical without being luxurious. It also comes with a 10.2 touch screen with extreme clarity of graphics with great definition.

Let’s look at a not so successful model…

…the Nissan Armada eats fuel and is basically a pig to drive, though it still has a passable entertainment system. The seats have this uncomfortable look – not that any car manufacturer purposely makes squirmy seats, but there’s something about the curves of it. Maybe a seat cover will improve it, but even so…

Nissan Armada 2020

It’s hard to find an example of a Volvo in this genre. The 2020 Volvo S90 was more a midsize SUV, but it did include a host of features such as spacious cabin, cruise control and heated front seats. It also has a moonroof – which in case you didn’t know is tinted glass which opens via tilting (if it opens at all) instead of sliding open like a sunroof.

A large SUV has plus points whether you live in the town or the city, it’s a family car which seems to dominate the road. All you need is to find the right engine and the right interior, and you’ve got it made.

Various Obstacles On The Road

It would be perfect if there was nothing encroaching on your driving, but the real world doesn’t work like that. You must navigate some problems out there–including slow moving vehicles, pets, bridges, barriers, and traffic cones.

Slow Moving Vehicles

Slow moving vehicles could be anything from horse drawn vehicles, tractors and ride on mowers even. If you are driving on an interstate highway you shouldn’t encounter them, it’s the little roads when they become an issue. If possible, you should look for a safe place to pass. Watch out for a long single line of traffic with no obvious explanation. Don’t just fly past everyone as there may be a horse drawn vehicle or a bicycle up ahead. If other vehicles seem reluctant to pass, there’s the flimsiest chance they are right?

Pet’s

Pets are a problem in more suburban areas, cats are especially likely to run into the road. It is always best to maintain a slower speed in order to watch out for animals crossing. If you hit an animal you must make contact with the owners. With farm animals and wild animals you should alert the authorities. It’s a rigmarole but it helps to obey the law in these matters.

Bridges

Virginia’s Oldest Covered Bridge

Hump bank bridges, draw bridges, or swing span bridges should be approached with caution as the road gets narrower. As you pass the top of the bridge the car has less traction and so becomes harder to brake and steer. Another reason to slow down is that your suspension can be damaged if you hit a bridge element at speed.

You should be prepared to stop as there tends to be one line of traffic or there may be pedestrians or cyclists on the bridge blocking your passage. You must check your mirrors to see if the way is clear. Move slowly until you’re completely satisfied.

There are additional problems if you are driving a long vehicle. If there is a curved approach you need to exercise caution and skill, you need to be sure how your vehicle turns. If at all possible, you should attempt to avoid the bridge altogether, try another route.

The sickness in the stomach which comes from crossing this type of bridge is due to it being linked to acceleration followed by deceleration.

If you keep going over humped bridges or road humps your tires will become distorted and the suspension will be affected. But it’s a little-known fact that cars going over bumps can cause damage to the roads, sidewalks and even nearby buildings. It may cause damage to your body – around the neck and lumbar (back) region.

Barriers

Barriers are meant to stop you from colliding with things such as rocks, buildings and so on as well as keeping you away from pedestrian areas. They may well harm your car more than whatever they’re keeping you from hitting.

Traffic cones date back to the 1940s – another obstacle to watch – they replaced wooden structures which indicated the road was being worked on, which sounds as if it created more accidents than it solved! A later innovation was to make traffic pillars, which aren’t as popular. Traffic cones are inexpensive, remarkably easy to see and can be used to close down lanes or guide drivers around obstacles in the road.

Here’s to an obstacle-free journey and the lure of the open road.

A Look At Alternative Fuels

Are alternative fuels just unprofitable? Well, it seems not. The market for alternative fuel was a massive $392 billion in 2019 and will reach $1,244 in 2027 as oil continues to lose some of its value. The problems at the beginning were due to the price of developing these alternative fuels but environmental incentives have covered some of those costs. Apart from electric cars it’s hard to pinpoint the strongest alternative fuels out there though.

What’s Research is Getting Funded and by Whom?

The US government has been investing in a number of these areas such as hydrogen, biodiesel, ethanol, natural gas and propane. In addition to this they have given out tax incentives to companies such as Ford, Tesla and even Shell. It’s not just the US by the way, it’s happening all over the world.

Hydrogen

Hydrogen cars do produce emissions, but it’s just a mix of water and warm air, so they’re remarkably clean environmentally. They are run by a fuel cell and another plus point is that they contain less volatile potential energy when it’s being stored as fuel. There is an argument to be made that a malfunction in the process of burning the hydrogen could result in an explosion.

Biodiesel

Biodiesel uses hydrocarbons from animals and vegetables, usually in the form of vegetable and animal oils but it can use cooking grease. It can consist of a maximum of 95% regular diesel. If it was manufactured of pure vegetable oil it would increase in expense and would actually impact the environment significantly. The advantage here is when material that has already been used or is created as a biproduct of an existing process is collected and repurposed as fuel.

Biodiesel vehicles are more or less the same as regular diesel vehicles and can be easier to start. It is a better lubricant than conventional diesel as well.

Biogas

A similar substance is biogas made from natural waste; either food waste or sewage which is processed by a digester. Sweden has the largest number of biogas powered vehicles in the world although the UK has started using it for HGVs over the last fifteen years.

Alternate Gas?

Another gas used in engines – not to be confused with gasoline – may be thought of as compressed gas or liquified gas. It tends to be used for the bigger vehicles. As with diesel it harms the environment if enough is used. It must be stored cryogenically (similar to liquid nitrogen), making the gas as cold as possible.

Propane

Propane (also known as liquified petroleum gas) is another fuel produced as a result of refining crude oil. It may also include butane. It’s reasonably priced and has less carbon content than diesel, but unfortunately contains methane, which is considered damaging to the environment because it acts as a greenhouse gas. Propane is not used for heavy vehicles.

Flex-Fuel

Gasoline mixed with ethanol or methanol is called flex-fuel. The strongest sellers of flex-fuel cars are Brazil, then the US (mostly California) and Canada. Brazil grows a lot of sugar cain which makes a good ethanol, so they use higher amounts of it in their fuel.

In North America and Europe it is generally 85% ethanol with 15% gasoline hence the name E85. In Brazil they use E20 and even E100, both representing percentages of ethanol.

It is known as flexifuel or total flex or flex power, depending on the make of vehicle. Around six million vehicles have been created in Brazil since 1979, according to the statistics from the Brazilian Automobile’s yearbook.

A Possible Solution

Sadly, the automobile industry won’t become net zero any time soon but at least the markets are investing in the right areas to help keep cars and trucks on the road. It may still seem like a fad to use alternative fuel, but this could change.

It’s possible the right answer is for a variety or fuels to be employed depending on what’s locally the best option. This could avoid producing mass quantities of one type of pollutant and reduce the amount of fuel and raw fuel ingredients which are shipped long distances. If so we’re not only heading the right direction, Brazil is leading by example.

The Latest In Car Gadgets

There are a myriad of new car gadgets to improve your journey and make it safer. The coolness factor in these items should not be ruled out. In an ideal world, a device will save you money too- one example would be preventing you forking out after an accident. For some additional advice check out our last article on Car Must Haves.

Tips on Choosing your New Gadget

It is not always the best idea in the world to take the manufacturers marketing content as gospel. Reading a few reviews is a good start. We recommend reading at least one of the 5-star reviews and then reading at least one of the lowest star reviews.

Even relying on on-line reviews isn’t enough. An improved plan of attack is ask your friends and relatives which devices they swear by. Beware of anything too gimmicky, work out if you will still want to use this product in twelve months’ time.

Brand names may be important – have you heard of them? It’s nice to know that the company has been around awhile so they may care enough to fix any issues you encounter, or at least produce a good enough product hoping to avoid having to fix fewer issues. Sometimes buying a brand means that you are paying too much–so use your best judgment.

Head-up Displays

HUDs are a technology inspired by jet fighters, where it’s important to have the most crucial information closest to your view so you don’t have to look away to find it. It broadcasts a see-through picture of vital details over the view of your surroundings.

In 2021 many new cars come fitted with HUD as a standard feature but for those that don’t there are aftermarket models which can be affixed to the dashboard. It can tell you when your car gets too hot or if you seriously need a recharge. Some also come with a warning light.

When buying a HUD check whether it is compatible with Apple or Android. Being able to read clearly is a plus. With some HUDs you have to pay for the accompanying app so it is always best to check. If one with the free app has all the functions you require why pay.

Some gadgets designed to make your drive safer by removing blind spots or monitor tire pressure will work with your smart phone via blue tooth, but these can drain your battery.

Less Vital Gadgets

There are other devices out there and a few seem a bit wacky. Why for instance would you need to buy a step to reach the roof of your vehicle? If you are extremely short perhaps, or if you install a roof storage system. It’s plausible but think twice before adding this to the long list of things you drive around with in your trunk.

Do you really need a dashcam with a front and rear facing camera? Many suppliers believe so. Rideshare drivers love these because you want proof of what passengers do or say in your car in case, they complain about you. However, most people won’t need this…unless you get rear ended. It really comes in handy when you get hit from behind.

There are also devices which can inform you where the speed cameras are in your neighbourhood. Some people use an app on their smart phone. Either way, they rely on someone in your community has taken the time to update the location of the traps. Many people find it distracting though.

Alternately, you can buy a radar detection device so you can be told whether there is a speed trap up ahead. Which again will save you money if you often explore roads you have no prior knowledge of. A cheap one of these will run you under $100 dollars and will go off any time you pass a grocery store with automatic doors. The result is usually paranoia which causes you to stop speeding.

Strip lighting can be controlled via your mobile phone, possibly only useful if you happen to travel at night. It can be synced to your music device.

A subwoofer can be fitted underneath your seats if you are a music fan. A subwoofer is a speaker which produces frequencies at low bass.

Opinion is divided on whether an in-car fridge is a bit too decadent, though if you are going on a long road trip it could well be a necessity; how else will you store the ice cream and cold drinks?

Cars and Water – A Good Mix?

It would go without saying that automobiles do not go well with water – or do they?

Design

Most car design is inspired by planes, but are they any that are inspired by boats? Rolls Royce’s Nautical Wraith is one, but it may be a one-off. All we know about availability is – not for the UK. Possibly US? It has a dashboard made of Tudor Oak. For those who don’t know, Tudor Oak is a dark green version of oak with a noticeable number of knots.

Before the Wraith came the Nautical Phantom which had an anchor design.

Rolls Royce is being a bit cagey on the price of the Wraith too. It has a blue shade (known as Arabian blue) with a white roof. Definite a nod to a millionaire’s yachts.

Rolls Royce is one of the few bespoke car manufacturers to actually try their hand at boats – Ferrari, McLaren and Lamborghini have also produced examples too.

Yacht Rock

A now forgotten type of car was known as Yacht Rock. It was used in the 1970s and early 1980s and was named after certain jazzy songs on the West Coast, known as the West Coast Sound.

Acts Associated with Yacht Rock:

Yacht rock is a broad music style and aesthetic commonly associated with soft rock, one of the most commercially successful genres from the mid-1970s to early 1980s. 

Wikipedia

Examples of such cars are Lincoln Continental and Chevrolet Caprice. It’s not immediately clear the connection with nautical matters apart from the yachts in the background of their marketing.

The cars drew inspiration from the music, which drew inspiration from the yachts. There’s a certain feel to smooth music that suggests a nautical environment, which somehow made some people think of fast cars. The cars were mainly American, although there were some Japanese and British pretenders which also wanted to embody this type of music.

The Jeep Wrangler??

The Jeep Wrangler is inspired by a light sailboat which is apparently the reason for its strong white color. The interior resembles a sailboat too with naval white leather (naval officers generally wear white) as well as a deck floor mat. It also comes with a white awning.

Moving from cars slightly linked to water to those immersed in the substance…

Many cars that get caught in floods do not have the correct insurance, though if you usually park in a place and it suddenly becomes flooded then it should be covered by insurance.

When they are sold they tend to be in a substandard state—all dried out, but does that mean they’re good as they were before?

To repair a flooded vehicle requires an experienced mechanic. To do it yourself will cause too many problems. Even when they are fixed there will be chances of electric defects and so on.

You need to look at the suspension joints, which can be rusted, and get the car cleaned to remove mold. The lights and the brakes may also need replacing.

But all this is useless if it is flooded with sea water. Despite what you remember from James Bond films it’s completely undrivable and should be scrapped.

If the fuse box was submerged it should be replaced as should the control modules. The control modules are the various electrical engineering of the vehicle. If you don’t replace them it will fail after a while, even if it works okay now.

They are probably best being scrapped in any case as the interior will stink!

The Future of Racing

There’s not much coverage of electric cars in racing, we tend to associate it with gas guzzlers, even if these types of racers are out there. It’s noteworthy that hybrid powertrains replaced diesel more or less from 2014 on, so EV’s could be the future. As long as the car is lightweight the power source is open to interpretation. Unsurprisingly the racing fraternity is always after the next best thing so electric may just be the start.

Many countries and cities are looking to ban combustion engines so eventually electric cars will be the standard for all races.

Potential Adaptations

Just because the car is electric doesn’t mean needs look that different from a traditional racing car, which might surprise some early EV designers. One thing that is true of EV’s is that the lack of noise creeps out most people, so racing will need to find a way to add some noise or risk driving away their fans. Now the noise of traditional racing is excessive, potentially giving ear damage to pit crews, so maybe they don’t need to be as loud as they are now, but some accommodation must be made.

EV’s require charging a battery, presumably a race car would require more powerful chargers than domestic EV cars.

What Likely Won’t Change

Future cars will likely still be made of carbon fiber and they have to fit legal standards. Aerodynamics is important but each race also has a set of rules which you have to comply with. Le Mans for instance has more leeway than the more conventional races, such as Formula One.

Social media presence will remain a big component for teams. Pictures are currently uploaded to places like Facebook as well as “access all areas” content. (It’s not literally access to all areas by the way there will always be secrets withheld.)

Future Types of Races

Many sports have gone entirely virtual. The rise of Esports has created leagues in every traditional sport from bowling to basketball, as well as gladiatorial first person shooters. Racing is no exception and seems a natural fit since the racing industry pours millions into virtual simulators to enhance their ability to win IRL races.

Also many racing events are exceedingly short, about five minutes and so people tend to look at the esports or displays of rally cars at the track.

Esport play areas have proved popular in recent years, but you can also use computers to look at aerodynamics and performance as well as the physics of engines.

Future Broadcast

You could broadcast events on free to air channels which rely on advertising, a brilliant way to show the race to as many people as possible. Or we could see an uptake in Pay Per View events, or online only events coming out of Covid Lockdowns—however the latter seems extremely unlikely.

Future of Drivers?

Racing using automatic cars is quite a new phenomenon, the first Roborace, as it was called, was in 2015. Instead of relying on a driver to win, the strategy depends on programming the reflexes to be as strong as possible. Robodrivers all for analysing and re-analysing the statistics to see what works. Despite the name roborace its intention is to mix the skills of virtual and physical technology together.

The teams too are unfamiliar, namely the sponsors Arrival, Acronis, Michelin, Nvidia and Trimble. The robocars are built around a teardrop shape running on four electric motors using optics and radar in order to reach the speed of about 190mph.

The Near Future of Racing

For the new season of conventional racing which is due to start in 2022 they are looking at virtual design, experimenting with altering environmental changes such as weather in the simulated world, even looking at stress testing and which tires are the best.

The industry may be moving from America and towards Asia. There’s always a huge amount of competition out there; things will always evolve.

The First Time Driver’s Problems

A first-time driver should look to own a car that is both inexpensive and easy to maneuver. Although no safe car is truly inexpensive, when you are young it’s still important to get something reasonable.

When to Start Driving

Is 18 the best age to start driving? The most common answer is that it depends on how responsible you are. Not on is operating the vehicle a big responsibility but so is where and when you choose to drive. There’s also the matter of affording it. Gas prices are high, but for your drivers the insurance is the big expense.

Many people don’t have much choice, they land a job and need the transportation. Others might need to drop a younger sibling off at school for a parent that works odd hours.

Again, the insurance is the big cost for young drivers, so maybe you should only start driving when you can afford to do so?

On the Topic of Insurance

It’s always a good idea to have one of your parent’s names on the insurance even if they don’t drive it just to keep the premiums down. Many states require all licenced drivers who live in the same home to be insured on all the vehicles registered to that address. It must be nice to be in an industry where you get to assume things about your client’s behaviour and charge accordingly.

Black Box Insurance

You see insurance companies advertise how you can get a great rate by letting them plug a device into your car that monitors your driving. You may be inclined to try it out, but is “black box” insurance worth it? It depends on how good a driver you are and what time you drive. If you are a bad driver, it can give you feedback on your driving but also penalize you with high premiums. It will give your insurance company information on whether you drive late at night and will penalize you for it. Most students have work nights after school so it doesn’t work out as a good idea.

There are problems too if you exceed your stated mileage for a year this will also mean your premiums increase. Other information gathered by the “black box” is how well or how badly you accelerate, your braking skills and the errors you perform while attempting to park. Skills a young driver may be yet to acquire. It also knows when you speed so to sum up it’s not a good idea for most young drivers.

Taking your Car to College

When you take a car to college it’s so much easier to run errands like filling up the fridge but then again you are spending a sizable amount on gas and maintaining the vehicle. There’s the dilemma over where you park it too. If you are parking on campus, there will almost certainly be a charge.

SmartCar

Finally, onto Types of Cars.

Smart ForFour has the advantage of a turbocharged engine located in the trunk. Another plus point is its turning ability, helpful if attempting this maneuver has ever caused you to stall.

The Mini Hatchback may not be ideal for the first-time driver’s budget unless you are a late starter or have rich parents. Still there are a huge number of customizing options – just more a second or third car really.

Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 has rather a vintage feel, though your fellow students may not like sitting in the back-it feels more like a family car in this respect. There’s a range of pastel hues to choose from, though a student might be interested in red.

When you buy the first car look into such items as emergency braking and how reliable it is. Do you have the option of low-rate finance? As with any car it’s always best to take it for a test drive before you commit, and get it examined by a car inspection service like Tire Kickers.

How Does Marriage Affect Car Driving?

One good thing about marriage is that it’s improves your ability to finance a car. Well maybe that’s not a good reason to get married, but a happy biproduct none the less. The co-borrower has to be a spouse, in order to take joint responsibility for the car they own. But is owning one car together good for your marriage? Does it create togetherness or strife?

More and more, a wife is responsible for her own car, but it all depends on how much she earns. Gone are the days of a “little woman” who can wait to go to the supermarket until the bread winner comes home from work. Women have their own incomes and buy their own cars, which is a reality that car makers are well aware of. They market to women, but single and married.

The x-factor is that married women often arrive at major purchase decisions as part of a team, so car makers must market at the couple in many cases. Though you are allowed to buy a car for your spouse, and you needn’t involve your spouse at all.

Cars that Market to Married Couples:

Married men may look to something like the Alfa Romeo which is marketed both for a couple and a young family. It has a choice of twin turbo or 2 liter, but both have a large amount of trunk space and legroom. So is the Porsche Panamera, though it may be thought of as a pre-family car.

Passat Arteon

The married woman may look towards a VW Passat Arteon in a strong yellow. A popular family car is the SUV such as Jaguar’s new F-Pace. It is seen as aggressive but apparently wife friendly, according to reports on the vehicle.

F-Pace by Jag

This all seems like strange old-fashioned marketing, but it’s out there. And possibly men still buy more cars for their wives than wives buy cars for their husbands. (It’s not clear where this leaves gay couples, maybe there’s a bit of cross over but there’s not currently stats on what cars market specifically gay couples.)

Car makers do market specifically to newly married couples differently than longer married couples. The latter opting towards a family car.

Different Driving Habits and Reputations:

On the topic of being old-fashioned, they are still stereotyping of woman being bad drivers and this unfortunately does seem to hold water as far as married women are concerned. Aviva, a car insurance company found that 53% of women feel nervous and even stressed when driving in front of their husband which in turn affects their driving.

Only 41% of men said their driving suffered with their wives in the car, though it could be that men may be more used to driving in front of their spouse.

More information may be gained (possibly misinformation?) from a poll in 2018 from Budget Insurance. Women were concerned more about aggressive driving from their spouse, which 27% decided was bad enough to be known as “road rage” and men felt they had the opposite predicament: their wives were too cautious.

The poll also stated that 20% of those surveyed felt their partner was dangerous behind the wheel, though more – 25% – had refused a trip with their partner due to fears over their safety. Many did state they could talk to their partner about their misdeeds.

There was other interesting things to learn from this poll: women worried about anger as well as speed, but with men it was total lack of ability, “doing silly things like hesitating at junctions”… Around 75% of men said they were the better driver, less than half of women (43%) said they were the better driver which means a sizable minority of couples consists of two people who think they are both the better driver and their partner can’t drive. Sounds like potential for fireworks.

So, what can we learn? It seems the secret to successful marriage is each partner having their own vehicle, and married couples know this because they buy more cars It best if they should stay away from each other’s vehicle as much as humanly possible. That’s if they wish to stay in marital bliss.

Car Explosions – Fact & Fiction

Op-Ed from Editors (Wimsett & Bunch)

I think my mom watched too many episodes of chips in the 80’s. She’s pretty sure that if you hit a curb at 25 MPH the car will flip into the air, roll three times and land on its top, only to explode instantly. Try as I might, nothing seems to change her beliefs around cars and explosions. (The following post contains references to some of the ways in which journalists have reported car explosions, which have mislead the public into believing they’re driving about in a bomb.)

The Truth

When a car explodes, something is definitely wrong. It’s reassuring that a car can’t simply blow up, something needs to happen first.

Cars do catch fire, in fact, they’re quite flammable and they burn quickly. But an explosion tends to be a slow process which always starts with a fire. Even when the flames hit the gas tank it doesn’t always explode. As long as you attempt to remove yourself from the car as quickly as possible before calling 911 you should be fine.

But they can explode, right?

Okay, so cars are rarely explosive, but it does happen, only not like it happens in movies. A car hit by bullets for instance wouldn’t necessarily explode.

When the battery blows up it looks like the car explodes. An oil leak can cause fires, as can faulty wiring in items like car stereos. It’s important that a mechanic deals with all of these as well as making sure any seals are secure. Shoddy work is more likely to lead to a fire.

The problem is that journalists aren’t explosive experts or mechanics, they don’t always come up with the real reason a car explodes.

This explains reports in the media of items like car fresheners causing explosions, when in fact only the front window was blown out (which may have had more to do with the heat). Whatever the real cause a blown-out window is not an “explosion.”

Can a car explode by hitting a lamp post? Reports seem to suggest so, but it may well have had more to do with the gas leak.

A car may also explode if it should crash through a house and hit the natural gas line. Sometimes explosions are a complete mystery, or at least according to the reporter.

Obviously, cars can be exploded.

Some cars are the victims of controlled explosions if they are in the wrong place or believed to have something explosive in it.

It is possible to trigger an explosion by attempting to unlock a door by laser if there is an acetylene tank in the car. Fortunately, not many people carry acetylene tanks in their car.

So, what does it take for a car to explode on it’s own?

A build-up of pressure inside a gas cylinder leads to a gas explosion. It may shatter nearby windows.

Sometimes the car explodes from the gas in gas stations. But the flames around petrol do not always lead to an explosion. The fumes from gas are more explosive than the liquid gas, however the pressure needs to reach a certain point.

It’s more dangerous when an electric car catches fire. So, it’s especially important to keep away from these types of fires.

On screen Explosions

It should come as no surprise that when a car explodes on-screen things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes it’s only a plastic shell with nothing inside it. Or it may be swapped for a much older model just before the explosion.

Alternatively, a car could look pristine outside but suffer from some kind of damage inside (water damage, no seating and so on).

There are some explosions which aren’t explosions at all – it’s pure CGI (computer generated imagery), allowing the car to look as photogenic as possible despite exploding into bits.

This goes to show that what films well in the movies isn’t really like real life, but at least in this instance it should put our minds at ease.