13 Car Battery Tips You Must Know

Defective car batteries are the first cause of breakdown on the road. This is indicated by a study carried out by the insurance company DeepCycleMarineBattery, which indicates that road assistance due to battery failures represent 53 % of the total operations carried out.

1.- Extreme heat weakens the batteries

Extreme heat weakens car batteries. “If you want to get through the winter without any breakdowns, you have to go to the workshop to have your battery checked well in advance,” they advise. 

High summer temperatures lead to self-discharge, which makes the battery age faster. When it’s uncomfortable to be outdoors, many people prefer to travel short distances by car rather than on foot or bicycle. Batteries are under great strain again, with little or no opportunity to recharge.

The high temperatures recorded this summer far exceed the optimum temperature of 20 °C for car batteries, especially as they get much warmer when parked in the sun. Together with harsh winters it could cause more breakdowns than in previous years. And when temperatures drop, a lot of batteries run out at the same time.

2.- Batteries: new technologies influence their performance

Defective batteries account for about 50 % of failure statistics year after year. On the one hand, it is due to the ageing of the car fleet. In many vehicles, the battery has never been replaced or the replacement has been carried out recently. In addition, with modern vehicle electronics and fuel-saving measures, such as stop-and-start technology, which increasingly requires

2019 Genesis G80 Sport 3.3T Review & Test Drive

2019 genesis g80 sport

The Genesis car brand entered into the automotive market as somewhat of a sleeping giant residing on the heels of where the Hyundai Genesis Sedan left its mark just before Genesis as a stand-alone brand was conceived. With that, the Genesis lineup has remained to offer just sedans, which are notable vehicles covering the compact luxury, midsized luxury, and full-sized luxury sedan spectrums with the G70, G80, and G90 respectfully. Having had the latest iteration of the Genesis G80 two years ago for review, I was certain that the brand would do well to gain notoriety and deserved recognition. After two years in reviewing Genesis vehicles, with the G70 taking the 2019 North American Car of the Year award among many other accolades, the G80 Sport lands in my driveway for another once-over reminding me why Genesis is getting the warranted looks from others, because it’s a good product.

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To chart the changes for the 2019 model year of the Genesis G80, it receives a slightly refreshed 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that appears to have an easier flow of the menu sets. Additionally, the less-powerful 3.8-liter V6 engine can now be with an optional Sport package. My Genesis G80 Sport test vehicle happens to have the brand’s delightful 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, which is a gem in my book with its 365 horsepower and 376 ft-lbs. of torque.

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Entrepreneurs Embrace In-House Fitness

The popularity of health and fitness services is driving many entrepreneurs to start home-based businesses.

For those innovative individuals, Fitbomb, a patented fitness tool, may be the perfect fit.

This “fitness sauna”allows individuals to provide an entire gym’s worth of in-house fitness services easily.

David Shurtleff, a disabled veteran, created FitBomb as an option for those looking to improve athletic performance, enhance their health, or simply reduce the effects of aging.

“It’s like having your own fitness center without the overhead,” says Mr. Shurtleff.

“The FitBomb has everything you need to start a business, providing live video instruction for … martial arts, dance, barre, [and] hot yoga,” he says.

Other benefits include healthy detox and heated massage.

Combining sauna and fitness works by incorporating infrared heat to warm the muscles, thus helping users perform high-intensity resistance exercises with reduced risk of injury.

“Like most gym owners, you don’t even have to be a personal trainer yourself,” says Mr. Shurleff. “Just turn on the Wi-Fi and your choice of training videos instantly appears,” he explains.

As a testament to the potential to enhance your bottom line is Cheryl Murray, a fitness instructor and mother of two who set up a studio in her basement. Within months, she is making $15,000 a month for a combination of fitness training and deep fascia massage services inside the FitBomb.

Other entrepreneurs have taken the studio mobile.

A Canadian team set up a FitBomb in a box truck and promoted it with the slogan, “FitBomb: …

5 Tips for Balancing A Career and Caregiving

An estimated 34 million Americans provide unpaid care to adults age 50 or older every year, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, and that number is rapidly growing. More than half of those caregivers feel they have to make compromises at work to care for their aging parents, according to a new survey from Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network.

With the rise in our aging population, more and more adult children are assuming the role of caregiver while also maintaining a full- or part-time job. This pressure to balance work and caregiving responsibilities has left 61 percent of working caregivers feeling as if they must choose between being a good employee and being a good daughter or son. To make matters worse, only 29 percent of these caregivers are satisfied with their employer’s family leave policy.

As this issue grows to impact a larger percentage of the workforce, it will be essential that employees and employers work together to find solutions. Consider the following recommendations as ways to get started:

1. Ask for help – For caregivers, it can be extremely difficult, but also tremendously beneficial, to ask their employer for help. For employers, create opportunities for employees to express their needs. Schedule brief weekly meetings to check in and ask how they are doing. Transparency helps eliminate pressure on the employees to keep their concerns to themselves.

2. Create a flexible policy -When it comes to caring for a loved …

New Research Shows Big Opportunities for Small Businesses

Today’s technology has changed the shopping experience. While many of us still enjoy trying on clothes at our favorite department store, we also relish the ability to buy specific and unique items through an e-commerce app, or research product details via our smartphone.

The changing nature of retail has opened tremendous opportunities for small businesses in the past decade. According to new research, “Charting the Growth Journey: From Product to Profitable Business” from GS1 US, a not-for-profit product identification and standards organization, the most successful small businesses are those that develop diverse strategies for growth. Specifically, small brands that demonstrate a solid understanding of retailer requirements and seek the expert advice and services of external partners are better equipped to take advantage of today’s “always open” shopping environment.

There are three ways small brands are finding growth opportunities in today’s rapidly-evolving retail landscape: They focus on their product, build a complete channel strategy, and partner with professionals to accelerate success.

Focusing on the product

Small business owners are often driven by a passion for bringing their unique product to market. According to the study, 61 percent of respondents cite customer demand for personalized services and products as a top trend. Almost as many (58 percent) anticipate that changing customer habits – such as where they make purchases (online or in-store) – will impact their brand’s growth.

“Building the story, the brand, and trust, is critical. Otherwise, it’s a race to the bottom on cost,” says Steve Lange, co-founder …