What does DNA have in common with vehicle etching? More than you might think. Both have a unique code and both can be used to fight crime.Vehicle etching and DNA labels refer to a system that applies a car owner's specific and unique code to a vehicle in a number of apparent or concealed places (the corners of windows, on doors, etc.). Once a car is etched, a highly visible label is applied, letting potential thieves know it has been etched and the car's code is registered with a security company. Doing so makes it easier to track the car down if it is stolen-but it also makes the car less likely to be stolen in the first place. Here's how it works:• Owners apply an etching stencil to the outside, lower corners of windows and add an etch cream. After five minutes, owners peel the etching stickers off and the car is protected.• DNA labels are placed on car parts such as doorjambs, hoods and trunks, in places that are easy for you to find, but that do not affect the appearance of your vehicle. If a thief peels off a label, a hidden mark remains in its place. The mark can only be seen under a UV light. The idea is that when a vehicle is etched, its parts are less valuable to a car thief because they can't be sold off as easily as nonetched cars. A do-it-yourself kit, The Club DNA Vehicle Etching System, has been developed by Winner International. People using the system are assigned a code known only to them and then, should they choose to do so, they can store their codes in Winner's secure database. The codes can then be used to help identify a vehicle if it is stolen. The company recommends people use the etching system in conjunction with a steering wheel lock such as The Club. "When it comes to preventing car theft, a layered approach is always best. A steering wheel lock for visibility and deterrence, plus etching to decrease the attractiveness for chop shops, makes a vehicle more secure," says Karen Winner Hale of Winner International. "What's most important is that vehicle owners take the first steps in fighting auto theft by taking responsibility to deter the theft of their own vehicles."
The busy summer driving season is coming. Will your vehicle be ready? The experts at the nonprofit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) offer the following tips on getting your vehicle ready.* Read the owner's manual and follow the recommended service schedules.* If you are not a do-it-yourselfer, look for an orderly repair facility with modern equipment in the service bays. Also, look for evidence of qualified automotive technicians, such as trade-school diplomas, certificates of advanced course work and training, as well as national certification of the individual technicians by ASE.* Flush and refill the cooling system according to the service manual's recommendations. The level, condition and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. Make sure the engine has cooled down before removing the radiator cap.* Have engine performance problems -- hard starts, rough idling, stalling -- corrected. You'll get better gasoline mileage and could prevent more expensive repairs.* Have a qualified auto technician check the tightness and condition of belts, clamps and hoses. You should stay on the lookout for signs of wear, cracking or fraying.* Likewise, have a faulty air-conditioner system serviced by a technician qualified to handle refrigerants. Older units often contain ozone-depleting chemicals that could be released into the air through improper or incompetent service.* Change the oil and oil filter as specified in the owner's manual. This simple service alone can increase the life of your vehicle. Replace other filters as recommended in the service manual.* Check the condition of tires, including the spare. Let the tires "cool down" before checking their pressure. Uneven wear, "cupping," vibrations or pulling to one side indicate problems with your tires or suspension system. * Don't neglect your transmission. Costly repairs can be prevented by routine service.* Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned-out bulbs.* Replace worn wiper blades and keep plenty of washer solvent on hand to fight summer's dust and insects.ASE was founded in 1972 to improve the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians. ASE-certified technicians wear blue-and-white ASE shoulder insignia and carry credentials listing their exact areas of certification. Their employers often display the ASE sign.
The basic poker lesson is when to hold and when to fold. Knowing whether your initial deal is worth staying in the game or if you should call it a day, is one of the most important decisions to make at the beginning of the poker game. One of the most common beginners mistakes is holding onto the worst pair of hole cards instead of folding and protecting your money. Therefore, if you are a novice poker player, one of the first things you should memorize is which initial hands are worth holding and which hands leaves you no choice but to fold. Since Texas Holdem is the most popular poker variation, here you can find lists of the best and the worth Holdem poker starting hands. Best Poker HandsIf you are lucky to be dealt one of these initial hands, you are definitely having an excellent beginning:Pair of Aces: as known as American Airlines or pocket rockets, it is the best possible "Texas Holdem" starting hand.Pair of Kings: not as good as a pair of Aces but still an excellent way to open a game of Texas Holdem.Pair of Queens: if you want to look at the bright side, you will be beaten only by Kings and Aces. Ace and King: if they are of the same suit, your condition is even better, since you can form the nut flush at ease.Pair of Jacks: unless the flop shows either a Queen, King or an Ace, you have decent chances of winning with this promising starting hand.Ace and Queen: the same as Ace and King, a suited hand would increase your chances of stepping out as a winner.King and Queen: unless the community cards contain an Ace, you are in a good shape with this starting hand and even better if it is suitedAce and Jack: even if appears unsuited, this starting hand is still worth holding.King and Jack: still one of the best Texas Holdem starting hands, but be careful with it, especially when unsuited.Ace and Ten: the Ace upgrades it to a pretty good hand, although requires a cautious play since it can be beaten by any of the starting hands mentioned above.Worst Poker HandsThese hands would suit you well if you play some of the lowball variations, but if you play traditional Texas Holdem poker, the best advice would be to fold.2 and 7: if you are dealt this hand, especially unsuited, you cannot even make a straight. Even if suited you should be so lucky to form a low flush or the lowest pair. In one word: fold.2 and 8: same as the previous hand; pair of 8s is still a low pair.3 and 7: although it can beat the previous hands, it still a worthless pair of cards3 and 8: again, hardly even a low straight.2 and 6: only if the community cards will feature 3, 4 and 5, you will have a chance of forming a straight. However, do not count on it, especially if there are more than 3 attendances in the game.2 and 9: thanks to the presence of the 9 you are in better shape than with the former hands, still you cannot form a straight and even a pair of 9s would be beaten by pairs of 10s, Jacks, Queens, etc.3 and 9: the same thing: higher than 8 lower than almost any other hand.4 and 9: as mentioned above; foldem.2 and 10: even though Doyle Brunson had won two WSOP bracelets with this starting hand, unless you have the talent and experience of Brunson, do not hold this hand.5 and 9: also known as Dolly Parton, this hand would get you nowhere near the final table.
There are a variety of reasons why you may have to may have to use an auto transport service to ship your car or truck, van or SUV, when driving it from place to place just isnt practical or possible. Lucky, there are likewise a variety of ways which you can go about doing the transporting, based on your budget, or the urgency with which you need your car to arrive.If you currently own a car and are in the process of moving, the most annoying thing to have to consider is how youll get your vehicle or vehicles from your current residence to your next one. You may be moving a great distance, or even overseas, and yet you dont have the opportunity or time to move your car by yourself. Of course, you need your car at your new home, and you need it there as soon as possible, so youll have to consult an automobile transporter to ship your car from A to B. Most transport companies, whether they ship your car by train or by truck, have fully computerized shipping services, so that you can track the status and position of your car in transit, just in case youre the worrying type.But before you send your car on a cross country or international trip, youll want to make sure you have it in tip-top shape, and get a thorough record of inspection that will make note of your cars mileage, any noticeable dents scratches or nicks, any cracked glass, or other imperfections. Make sure that all is well covered and accounted for when you purchase insurance for your car, so that it will be made clear within the legal contract both you and the transport company will draft. This becomes important just in case any physical damage is done to your car during transport, so youll have proof and justification with which to hold the company accountable.And then theres the question of whether to ship your car by train or by truck. In person, of course, youll probably be flying to your destination, but if you were traveling on the ground you might choose train travel over car travel just because its the romantic thing to do. But your car doesnt know anything about romance, so youll want to choose the fastest, easiest way to get it shipped so that you can minimize hassle. If you choose to go by train, the biggest inconvenience may be that you will have to pick up your car from the terminal they ship it to. Thats a problem if you want to get your car right to your new front door, or just wont have the time to head out and pick up your car from the lot theyve deposited it in. In this case, your best option is to go with shipping your automobile by truck, which, in most instances, can do direct shipment to a specific street address with a not unreasonable difference in price.In case you need a specific date for delivery because you wont be able to receive your car at any other possible time, then it is important to let the "auto transport" company you choose know this, as there may be a holding fee at their terminal.For shipping overseas, obviously the same kinds of inspections and precautions need to be taken to ensure you receive your car in the same shape you left it. Theres nothing worse than finding out weeks after youve received your car that theres a jagged scratch in the paint you didnt at first notice, and which you cant prove the company responsible for. So be cautious, be careful, and know just what you want from your automobile transporter.
An extended warranty is something extrasomething you add-on when you purchase a vehicle. It is different from a regular warranty. Often, a regular warranty will be thrown-in when you buy a vehicle, and it will cover some repair work on certain parts. Usually, such warranties are for a specific amount of time or vehicle use, such as 3 years or 25,000 miles.An extended warranty, though, covers your vehicle for a longer period of time, for example, 5 years or 50,000 miles. You can usually buy an extended warranty when you buy a vehicle. An extended warranty will be added on to your purchase and worked in to your monthly payment. For as little as it will cost, you will receive peace-of-mind, knowing that your vehicle is covered around the time when you might expect something to go wrong.You can buy an extended warranty from the dealer, through a broker, or even from the manufacturer. Take the Ford extended warranty, for example. They offer a number of extended warranties for their vehicles. If you drive a Ford Focus, you are offered these Ford extended warranty options: pre-paid maintenance plan, powertraincare extended service plan (covers 29 components), basecare extended service plan (covers 84 components), extracare extended service plan (covers 113 components), and the premiumcare extended service plan (covers over 500 components).There are many options for a Ford extended warranty. You need to look at your vehicle, study the plans, and decide how much comfort and peace-of-mind you want or need. For example, if you trust Ford, you might select the pre-paid maintenance plan. This plan will cover basic maintenance, and make sure that your car is kept optimal. But if you want more protection, you might choose the powertrain plan, or any of the other plans that offer more-and-more protection.A Ford extended warranty offers you the peace-of-mind directly from the manufacturer and helps you feel secure driving your vehicle.