Have you been a little jealous of those cool heads-up displays in sports and luxury cars? You know, the one that let you monitor vehicle functions right in the windshield where you don’t have to take your eyes off the road. Or maybe you’ve already been enjoying this perk in your current ride. According to an article over at Automotive News, they’re now beginning to hit the mass market. Also, according to Edmunds.com, this year there are 38 US car models offer standard or optional heads-up displays.
That’s up from 13 models just five years ago. These displays project light onto the windshield, creating an image that appears just above the hood about five to eight feet beyond the windshield. They’re quite useful for showing navigation routes, audio channels and other vehicle data. Some of the new displays can overlay a turn arrow on a street ahead, showing drivers exactly where to turn en route. There are still some financial challenges to offering this on more and more models, but several companies are stepping up to the plate to make it work. To read more on this click here.
Your axles are the last link in transferring power from the engine to your wheels. They’re strong parts that last a long time, but they can run into trouble. Of course, axles just wear out over time and need to be replaced, and sometimes axle seals leak, causing the axle to wear out prematurely. Lubricant leaks out and water and dirt can get in and contaminate the gears. When this happens, you might hear strange noises coming from your axle.
There are many things we all carry around in our cars. Usually, however, these things are items that we don’t really need–books, an extra set of clothing, maybe even some snacks. But there are some things that everyone truly does need to have in their cars in case of emergencies. If you’re ever stuck on the side of the road or lost, here are some of the items you should have in your car.