What Can You Really Fit in a Tool Box?

Unless you’re one of these guys, chances are you’re going to end up with a lot more tools than you ever will cars. By now you’ve likely moved on from that little red box you started with to something with a lot more space. Not content with just sticking a few socket wrenches and a screwdriver in there, the folks over at SGS Engineering decided to be a little more creative with the contents of their tool boxes and really test the limits of what they could get in there.

After finding they could fit just over seventy cans of Coca Cola in a regular fold-up, they moved on to stuffing 569 DVDs in an eight-drawer cabinet, and, of course, being Brits they just couldn’t help but finish off by seeing how many cans of baked beans they could cram in a monster, thirty-three drawer cabinet (it was 1,238, for the record).

Check out the full list to see all oddities they tried and give us your best estimates for any other items in the comments. Have any ideas about new tests they could try? Tweet them some suggestions or find them on Facebook.

Why Silverstone is the Home of Classic British Motoring

Ask anyone to name a racing circuit in Britain, and in just about every case, Silverstone will be the first one that comes to mind. It’s incredibly famous, even amongst people who aren’t even racing or car enthusiasts. It is of course home to the Silverstone Classic, a huge event which is known to be the largest classic racing festival anywhere in the world. If you’re interested in watching classic hurtle round a track, then this is undoubtedly the place to be.

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Fake vintage cars?

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The car above is a real vintage car. I saw this at the 2011 Councours d”Elegance at Pebble Beach. But now that it’s so easy to recreate parts, there are tons of fake vintage cars out there. Check out this story from BusinessWeek and do your research, and you’ll be a lot more careful before opening your wallet on that gorgeous vintage auto someone is trying to peddle. Prices are skyrocketing, but that’s just driving more fakes into the market. Buyer beware!

Don’t get left behind: Latest accessories for your 4WD trip

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Taking a four-wheel-drive vehicle into difficult terrain is a recreational activity that continues to grow in popularity. While modern 4WD vehicles come with off-road equipment that once could only be imagined, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few other optional extras to take on your next 4WD adventure.

Engine snorkel

Snorkels fitted to diesel engines not only enhance efficiency, but help you take your 4WD through flooded creeks where you would otherwise be stopped short. Indeed, if fitted correctly, you should theoretically be able to cross your vehicle through water to roof height, though this is inadvisable and should be tried only in an emergency. Other advantages of a snorkel include cleaner air through dust filtration and cooler engine operation. However, before fitting a snorkel to your 4WD, contact an engine specialist such as Hi Tech Diesel for advice on the best product.

Front protective bars

A protective bar at the front of a vehicle is considered by many 4X4 enthusiasts to be the must have accessory. Going by a variety of names, such as roo bar in Australia or bull bar in the United States, these were once heavy constructions that protected vehicles from front end collisions with animals, trees and other objects. Today, they come in a range of light-weight materials, shapes and sizes, with many sporting accessories of their own such as infra-red sensors, storage spaces and ultimate lighting systems.

Recovery Kit

If you are travelling into the unpopulated wilds, it’s always best to be prepared for the worst. A recovery kit is the ultimate accessory if you’re stuck in a gully or creek bed. The kits come in a range of sizes; from basic pulley systems to help drag your vehicle from its resting place to deluxe packages that include pulley blocks, snatch straps, tree trunk protectors, extension straps, drag chains, bow shackles and rigger gloves.

Personal locator devices

Should the unthinkable happen and you become hopelessly stranded through breakdown or accident, it may be necessary for authorities to launch a search. A personal locator will help them pinpoint your exact location. These come in a range of prices and are invaluable if you’re stuck and someone needs to know where you are.

Tyres and wheels

All new and used 4WD vehicles come equipped with at least five wheels and tyres but they aren’t always to the standard your need. Some manufacturers cut corners and provide tyres that only meet the requirements for on-road use. If you’re going on an adventure, ensure your tyres can handle the off-road tracks you are negotiating, and consider adding a second spare tyre to your vehicle. These second spare accessories can be bolted to the rear of the vehicle, next to the existing spare tyre and rim.

Tyre pressure monitoring system

Once you have the perfect tyres, ensure they maintain perfect pressure with an electronic tyre monitoring system. Sensors attached to each tyre valve send real-time messages to a monitor in the car or via Bluetooth to your smart phone. Visual and audio alerts also warn of slow leaks and punctures.

There are literally hundreds of gadgets and devices available to make your 4WD trip more exciting, enjoyable and safe. Check them out and make sure you don’t get left behind.

10 Ways of Getting Cheap Auto Insurance Rates

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Regardless of financial position nobody likes to spend more money than they should. While we are counting pennies on one hand we may be burning down $100 bills on the other. Spending your money wisely is another way of increasing your living standards. You need to look at your household spending closely. First area to look at is the type of expenditures that keeps repeating like utilities, mortgage and vehicle insurance.
Here are some of the ways to bring your automobile insurance premiums down.

Buy Safer Cars: Auto insurers closely monitor the safety features on cars that reduce accidents and injuries. This means that they pay less for claims. As the risks of injuries and accidents go down so the premiums. Before you buy a car, shortlist several of them and check their insurance ratings. There is a high chance you can still purchase the type of car you want and get premium discounts for years to come.

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