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- Top Tips for Personalized Number Plates
- 5 Things to Remember When Shopping for Tires
Personalized plates are fun. They're also a great way of getting a laugh out of total strangers, mobile mechanics and re-humanizing the road. There's almost no limit to what you can do with your plates, and you can have a ball in the process.
Your plates will take a bit of thought, but let your imagination go into overdrive.
When personal plates first became fashionable, they were for the very rich. They're now almost an essential, particularly for people who don't want to be bored to death with mere letters and numbers. It's an identity thing, and a way of interacting with other people on the road.
Personalized plates, ironically, instead of implying status, now give status to drivers. Good personal plates are appreciated, whether you're driving a fossil or a Ferrari. By rights, they should have awards for the best new plates conducted annually to keep the standards rising.
Great plates contain humor and a certain level of extended logic, cultural values and even heartfelt messages. If you check out some of the more inspired plates on the road, you'll be reassured that some sort of mental life is behind the wheels of the cars.
- IAMLATE: A sort of diagnosis, as well as a statement and an explanation.
- GRIMRPR: Suitable for hearses, probationary drivers, and commuters.
- WHOME: An expression of innocence.
- MADSOD: Just being honest, usually unnecessarily.
- BRSTRD: Character reference and complete genealogy.
- RATBAG: Official Australian driving award.
- NUTKS: American driver, probably lost.
- ALLBLACK: New Zealand driver, requires scrum slow down.
- DSVYDNYA: Russian driver, can't read signs.
- REDNEK: The car is the driver's mother.
- 5OFNDTUF: A policy statement.
- GODUTRUST: "I can afford to drive like this, you can't."
- HORMONES: Enough to worry anyone.
- WERHAPPY: A plate capable of tripling the income of psychologists and social workers anywhere on Earth.
- ROADKILL: A mission statement, either way you look at it.
- OWHYME: A plate which will guarantee privacy even if parked in front of Buckingham Palace.
- DUMSOD: "You shouldn't have got behind me or in front of me."
- OMIGOD: Irish driving proverb.
- 9CNICHT: German driving proverb.
- COCHON: French driving proverb.
- UKWIT: British driving proverb.
- WETNWILD: Dutch driver, didn't use ferry.
- DELHIPLS: Desperate appeal for help from Indian driver.
- LIVER: Timely reminder to organ donors who aren't paying attention.
A really good plate is a good joke which makes other people feel like idiots when they can't read it properly and far worse when they understand it. Wherever you are, you can always be sure of driving somebody mad trying to figure out your plates. Just remember to gloat properly, when it happens. When roadside assistance arrives, you can always be sure you'll get full attention, and maybe even counseling.
The first thing one should assess is if one really needs new tires. Sub standard tire performance through gripping and braking are signs that new tires may be required. One should then have a look at the tires to confirm such suspicions. While car insurance may make motorists feel at ease when on the road, on should minimise the chances of any accident, and this includes keeping your tires in good condition.
Having a look at one's tires from time to time will tell you whether it's getting closer to the time one should be looking for a new set or not. Making a habit of this will mean that one can prepare for the time that tires need replacing. This is much more preferable than being alerted to this need by poor or even dangerous tire performance on the road. If one knows that it's almost time for new tires, the alert consumer can keep an eye on any special deals advertising car tires.
Performance Warning Signs
If traction seems to be slipping (excuse the pun) then this may suggest that tire tread is getting worn down. One should always be extra careful when driving in wet weather. This includes driving defensively. If tires perform poorly despite all these precautions, then new tires are probably needed. If tires do not bring the car to a halt as quickly as expected during braking, then this is also a warning sign.
Tire rubber does wear out with age, even if an inspection doesn't highlight any startling wear and tear of tire tread. If one is unsure, it is better to err on the side of safety, as a newer set of tires is most surely going to perform better than an old set. If a car is used regularly, then it is likely that tires will wear out before they become too old. Tire age becomes a factor for spare tires, and for cars that are used rarely.
Tires are a motorist's safety net, separating the driver from the road. They are therefore very important. Two factors come into play here. One is how well a tire grips the road. The better it grips though, the quicker the rubber wears out. On the flip-side is durability. The less well a tire grips the road, the longer it might last. The consumer needs to find the appropriate balance here in finding a tire that is reasonably durable without sacrificing passengers' safety.
Tires are often fitted to your car free of change by the mechanic selling them to you. Having your wheels aligned is usually extra. Wheel alignments ensure that your tires wear evenly on both sides. If the tires you are replacing have uneven wear then a wheel alignment is quite probably required.
It's important for the motorist to be aware of the ongoing condition of his or her car, and this includes tire condition. It is essential not to ignore any tire performance warning signs. Safety and reliability should then be top of mind when purchasing new tires. In a similar manner to obtaining car insurance quotes, one will feel protected once the right product has been selected.