You Can Easily Fix HID Lights on Your Car

August 12th, 2013 by admin No comments »

Even though the HID lights appearing at the front of your car may appear quite attractive, there is more to them than that good appearance they give your car, they play a big role in assisting with illumination especially during those times when there is low light. These lights first made their debut with luxury car models especially the BMW 7 series and as time has moved on they have found their way into many other models. These lights which are more expensive than your ordinary car lights or halogen bulbs can easily be identified because of their blue hue. Apart from being used in trucks, cars and bikes they are also used in lighting different other areas.

HID lights are produced in different shapes as opposed to the regular headlamps that are almost always rectangular in shape. Most drivers have come to love them because they produce brighter light than what you get with your every day car headlights. If that is not enough, you should probably know by now that they are also friendly because they consume very little power thereby increasing your car’s battery life. These lights come with an inbuilt intelligent microprocessor that can automatically sense different types of lamps so as to determine the correct voltage depending on its use.

The initials HID mean high intensity discharge and instead of the normal filament found in bulbs, they contain xenon gas. The bulbs come in different strengths such as the 4300K, 600K or 8000K; you only need to learn that the 4300K specification has its color closest to sunlight and will therefore be more comfortable to the eyes; the later models have special features that make them easier to use. It may appear that as time is moving on it will only be a matter of time before we forget about the use of the regular halogen lamps since HID lights are becoming the order of the day. They give so much light in comparison to the small amount of energy they consume.

The best thing about the energy efficient lamps is that if you are a DIY person you can actually fix them on your own. When you buy them you will receive special instructions that come along with the kit so that you have a step by step procedure on how to do the installation. When you buy your kit, you just need to ensure that they have a sufficient warranty period. Before you begin the process of installation it always important to make sure you have in your possession all the components and that there is a good position where you can mount them. There should also be sufficient wiring for both your bulbs that is long enough to do a clean job. As soon as you decide where you are going to mount them, ensure that you fasten them securely so that they don’t fall off from your vehicle. The next step will include plugging the HID bulb inside the housing of the headlight before you finally secure them and you are good to go.

Driving Under the Influence for Minors in Texas

April 1st, 2013 by admin No comments »

As driving schools throughout Texas are doing their best to highlight; the Lone Star State does have issues with drunk driving. For the past several years, Texas has led the country in drunken driving fatalities. Texas is also the only state in the country to consistently clear 1,000 fatalities (1,235 in 2009, 1,258 in 2010, and 1270 in 2011). These statistics aren’t even including alcohol related injury and property damage, which are numbers that climb even higher.

The truth that must be confronted is that Texas has a clear problem with intoxication and driving. Driving schools continue to teach and inform the gravity of the ever increasing drunk driving penalties. Good habits begin in driving school and stretch into the future, as roughly 15% of drunken driving fatalities are due to the impairment of a driver under 21 years old (the legal drinking limit). Harsher laws have been developed in an attempt to curb the increasing mortalities; laws that can severely debilitate a young driver’s financial and driving independence. The following is a rundown of some of the underage drinking and driving laws in Texas, and how those laws can make things harder for a minor who runs the risk and is caught.

Zero Tolerance
Firstly, Texas is a Zero Tolerance state. This means that if a minor who is pulled over under suspicion is found to have ANY DETECTABLE amount of alcohol in their system, they have immediately committed a DUIA (Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol) crime; even if their BAC is under the legal limit. As a minor, they should have no contact with alcohol to begin with, thus driving while drinking any amount is that much more serious.

The Test
When pulled over, the minor will be asked to submit to a breathalyzer test to check their BAC. Once again, if any BAC level is blown, the minor will be charged. However, refusing the test could be much worse. Refusing the breathalyzer, blood test, or field sobriety test will result in IMMEDIATE license suspension for a minimum of 120 days, with suspension increasing for a second and third offense. On top of the suspension, the minor can be placed in jail and held until bond is made or they appear before a magistrate of Juvenile Court.

The penalties themselves are very much reliant on oh the judge’s discretion, though there are definite benchmarks of minimum and maximum. The givens laws for DUIA offenses are:

1st Offense DUIA – Class C misdemeanor with up to a $500.00 fine and between 20-40 hours community service. Driver’s license can be suspended for up to a full year, and completion of an Alcohol Awareness Course at driving school is required. If the minor is under 18, their parent may be required to take the course as well.

2nd Offense DUIA – Class C misdemeanor with up to a $500.00 fine and between 40-60 hours community service. License suspension for up to a full year as well as the Alcohol Awareness Course is required.

3rd Offense DUIA – If the driver is under 17, the DUIA is filed as “Delinquent Conduct.” Punishment is up to a $500.00 fine and between 40-60 hours community service. License will be suspended until the minor is 19 years or older

- If the minor is 17 years or older, the DUIA is a class B misdemeanor that carries a fine of at least $500.00 up to $2,000.00, 40-60 hours community service, and up to 180 days in jail.

The trouble simply is not worth the risk. Thousands of adults and children meet their end each year due to a preventable drunken driving accident. These laws are in place to deter and prevent fatalities so that we can begin to chip away at these regrettable statistics. For more information, contact your local driving school. And remember, Zero Tolerance.