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4 Things You Need To Remember For Your 4th Of July Road Trip

4th of july road trip

If you think about it, the American Independence Day on the 4th of July is simply about celebrating with your friends and family. Sure, it has its historical implications, but now more than ever, we should remember to celebrate the freedom we’re enjoying through eating hotdogs and lighting fireworks.

Aside from these activities, the American Automobile Association (AAA) also predicts that a record-breaking 39.7 million Americans will embark on a 4th of July road trip, and they will be traveling at least 50 miles away from their homes over the holidays. The numbers do not include Americans who will be taking other means of transportation.

If you’re one of the people who will be taking a 4th of July road trip, you should remember to abide by these four cardinal rules of driving during the Independence Day celebration:

1. Your Travel Time Will Be Doubled

4th of july traffic

If the average time it will take you from Point A to Point B is four hours, expect that duration to go as high as seven to eight hours. Travel time will double on one of the busiest holidays of the year.

People are going to be packed in their cars, probably heading to the same cities as you are. New York, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles are going to be the worst, according to research.

The night of July 3 will be hellish for all kinds of motor vehicles because people are going to leave work early to head to their vacations.

2. The Budget For Gas Money Will Go Up

4th of july road trip gas

The prices of gas will go up before the holiday, and you will also need to spend more on gas because you’ll be stuck on traffic for a long time. Vehicles will use up more of your gas when it’s stalled on the road, so expect to cough up more money than you intend to.

3. Ready Your Supplies

emergency supplies for 4th of july road trip

Don’t just bring drinks and food in the car. Make sure your car is well-tuned and if you didn’t have the time to go to the mechanic, just bring an emergency kit with you. Your kit should include a wheel wrench, a battery jumper cable, flashlight, backup batteries, reflective triangles, a multipurpose tool, and a charger for your phone, among others.

4. Be Extra Careful

4th of july road trip

We tend to get distracted when we’re too happy singing and eating with our friends while driving down the road. Reduce your risk of being part of the accident statistics by making sure that you’ve put on your seatbelt, you don’t drink and drive, and you abide by the traffic rules particularly the speed limits.

 

3 Ways The 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible Will Amaze Us

Xtomi Design's rendering of the 2020 BMW 8-Series Convertible.

X-Tomi Design’s rendering of the 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible.

The BMW 8 Series is back and it will officially replace the 6 Series. The 8 Series will be revived both in racing and full production forms. A BMW 8 Series Convertible model is expected to follow soon, and X-Tomi Design just came up with a rendering of the car.

1. Exterior

The 8 Series convertible will have a wide and low stance, making it look a lot like the coupe version. The electrically retractable soft top is made from fabric, and it will be the replacement for the roof that’s on the coupe model. The majority of the body will be like the coupe version—from the new kidney grille design on the nose down to the long wheelbase and set of air vents placed behind the front wheels.

The rear end will set the convertible apart from the coupe though because its trunk lid has to accommodate the retractable top.

2. Interior

The rendering shows that the interior of the convertible will be similar to the coupe version, too. That means high-end materials such as leather and aluminum are going to be used on the dashboard, the side panels, and the seats. The horizontal orientation of the Bimmer’s new dashboard and center console will be an added bonus since a lot of users have come to love the layout.

The screen behind the dashboard will be measured 12.3 inches while the digital infotainment screen is a 10.25-inch display on the center console. There will be a bevy of technology such as safety standards and more advanced systems like the gesture control.

3. Powertrain

The convertible will carry over the coupe’s twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8, which is also known as the N63. The unit can produce 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque in the coupe. The output for the convertible will likely be the same.

The engine of the 8 Series can reach 60 mph from a complete standstill in just 3.6 seconds while its top speed is 155 mph.

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