Los mejores consejos para el desempeño oportuno durante la conducción

Five words or less(NewsUSA) -; Como millones de estadounidenses saben, los desplazamientos diarios pueden ser estresantes y monótonos. Unido a qué con el clima de invierno, mantenerse alerta es primordial, especialmente cuando las condiciones de la carretera empiezan a deteriorarse.
Hasta ese momento, uno nunca sabe si va a necesitar convertirse en un conductor con desempeño oportuno.
Desempeño oportuno es un término que describe estar atento al momento de conducir para que pueda maximizar el rendimiento de su automóvil y reaccionar rápidamente a las situaciones sorprendentes en el camino. Basado en una encuesta reciente, el 75 por ciento de los adultos estadounidenses dicen que necesitan convertirse en “Conductores con Desempeño Oportuno” al menos una vez a la semana, y aquellos que reportaron una necesidad de reaccionar rápidamente a una situación de conducción dicen que lo hacen aproximadamente 6 veces por semana.
BFGoodrich Tires ha realizado una encuesta sobre los comportamientos durante la conducción. El grupo de estudio incluyó a 1 009 adultos (con 18 años de edad y mayores) que viven en el territorio continental de los Estados Unidos. La muestra fue representativa de la población general en términos de rasgos geográficos, demográficos y socioeconómicos.
En general, el 82 por ciento de los encuestados dice que los conductores a menudo se enfrentan a situaciones inesperadas en el camino, y el 54 por ciento está de acuerdo en que los conductores manejan mejor en situaciones potencialmente peligrosas.
Andrew Comrie-Picard, piloto profesional de autos de carreras, atleta de X-Games, y embajador de BFGoodrich, enfatiza que los conductores de cualquier edad pueden (y deben) practicar la Conducción con Desempeño Oportuno manteniéndose alerta para que puedan llevar su auto a su máximo rendimiento en los momentos que más importan.
De acuerdo con Comrie-Picard, los aspectos clave para el Desempeño Oportuno durante la Conducción incluyen:
* Mirar a lo lejos en el camino para anticipar los problemas potenciales y peligros de la carretera.
* Recordar la importancia de realizar con suavidad las entradas de mando tales como el frenado, la aceleración y la dirección.
* Anticiparse a las condiciones del camino, como el agua estancada y las carreteras resbaladizas.
* Conducir con las dos manos en el volante, sin excepciones.
* Mantener la distancia entre usted y el automóvil frente a usted.
Comrie-Picard también dice que es importante asegurarse de que sus neumáticos sean apropiados para su automóvil y estén bien mantenidos. Específicamente, a él le gusta el neumático
BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport por su estacionalidad y capacidad de rendimiento durante los duros meses de invierno, así como durante todo el año.
Información adicional sobre
BFGoodrich Tires, así como otros consejos de conducción, se puede encontrar en http://www.BFGoodrichTires.com.

Esta prueba de huella para los neumU+00E1ticos, Easy Tire, sU+00F3lo cuesta un centavo

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Los neumU+00E1ticos pueden no ser la primera cosa que usted nota cuando mira un automU+00F3vil, sin embargo puede ser el elemento mU+00E1s importante para la seguridad y el funcionamiento de cualquier vehículo. Cuando lo piensa, ellos son la única parte de su auto que lo conecta a la carretera.
Mientras que los frenos paran sus ruedas, son sus neumU+00E1ticos los que detienen el auto, y ése es el porqué mantenerlos es absolutamente delicado. Afortunadamente, uno de los chequeos de neumU+00E1ticos mU+00E1s importantes no le costarU+00E1 mU+00E1s de un centavo!
Una vez al mes, o antes de dirigirse a un largo viaje por carretera, revise sus neumU+00E1ticos para verificar el desgaste y cualquier daño usando “la prueba del centavo”. SU+00F3lo tome un centavo y seleccione un punto en su neumU+00E1tico donde la banda de rodadura aparece mU+00E1s baja. Luego, manteniendo el cuerpo de Lincoln entre el pulgar y el índice, coloque la cabeza de Lincoln en uno de los surcos. Si cualquier parte de la cabeza de Abe Lincoln estU+00E1 cubierta por la banda de rodadura, usted estU+00E1 conduciendo con una cantidad legal y segura de la banda.
Sin embargo, si toda la cabeza de Lincoln es visible, es una señal de que es hora de conseguir neumU+00E1ticos nuevos.
“La tracciU+00F3n y la banda de rodadura estU+00E1n inextricablemente unidas. Las ranuras en su neumU+00E1tico son fundamentales para ayudar a levantar el agua y permitir que el neumU+00E1tico se agarre la carretera”, dice Sarah Robinson, experta en seguridad de Michelin. “Asegurarse de que estU+00E1 conduciendo con neumU+00E1ticos con una banda de rodadura adecuada puede ser la diferencia entre evitar un accidente y convertirse en parte de él”.
Si es hora de conseguir neumU+00E1ticos nuevos, considere estos dos factores en primer lugar:
1. Seguridad: La mayoría de los neumU+00E1ticos funcionan bien en situaciones cotidianas, pero en condiciones difíciles revelarU+00E1n sus diferencias. Elija neumU+00E1ticos que puedan funcionar bien en los peores tipos de clima o carreteras que encuentre. Por ejemplo, si usted vive en una regiU+00F3n con fuertes nevadas intensas e inviernos fríos, considere neumU+00E1ticos de invierno durante parte del año. La diferencia puede ser enorme.
2. Valor: Es importante recordar que no todos los neumU+00E1ticos son iguales. Los neumU+00E1ticos pueden parecer un gasto adicional al mantenimiento general del automU+00F3vil, pero invertir en neumU+00E1ticos de calidad conocidos por un rendimiento duradero, como Michelin Defender con su garantía de 80 000 millas, le ahorrarU+00E1 dinero con el tiempo a medida que sus neumU+00E1ticos no necesita ser reemplazados tan rU+00E1pidamente.
Para obtener mU+00E1s informaciU+00F3n, visite www.MichelinMan.com

Tackle Ice and Snow from the Ground Up

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Walking in a winter wonderland may inspire warm feelings, but winter driving has the opposite effect. Winter driving can be challenging, but keeping your car properly maintained goes a long way towards peace of mind when winter weather hits. Safe winter driving starts where the rubber meets the road–the tires.
A tire designed to perform in winter conditions can help drivers feel safer and more confident. The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 tire, is one such tire engineered to tackle icy roads and potentially hazardous driving conditions.
According to Ed Gliss, test driver and technical expert for Michelin, all-season tires are a safe bet for conditions below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, but “once the temperatures reach the freezing point, and lower, consider winter tires, which provide superior traction for handling on snowy, icy roads.”
When outfitting your car with winter tires, it’s important to consider and understand what features of the tire generate the traction grip and handling to confidently navigate in winter conditions.
–Tread: The greater the number of tread blocks on a tire, the better it performs, by increasing the tire’s ability to grip the road under icy, snowy conditions. The Michelin X-Ice Xi3 is designed with a 15- percent increase in biting edge for a reliable grip.
–Tread Rubber Compound: Chemistry plays a large role in developing the safest possible tires for winter driving conditions. A silica compound, such as Michelin Flex-Ice, can help maintain tire flexibility in sub-freezing temperatures, which contributes to more reliable tire performance on ice or snow-covered roads. Silica also maintains a tire’s firmness when temperatures are moderate, which improves grip and tire wear.
Whether or not you have winter tires, don’t forget to check your tire pressure regularly to help ensure your tires’ optimal performance. Regular pressure checks are especially important during winter months, as tires lose pressure as the temperature drops. Other tips for safe winter driving include checking the condition of windshield wiper blades and fluid levels, and checking headlights and brake lights to be sure they are fully functional.
For more winter car-care tips, visit www.MichelinMedia.com.

Go Green and Save Green with a High-Efficiency Water Heater

(NewsUSA) – As energy costs rise, the "green" movement and conservation efforts have become popular topics. Energy-saving recommendations appear daily in the media, and consumers are being offered subsidies or state and federal tax credits to encourage the purchase of more efficient appliances. However, many homeowners fail to consider their water heater when it comes to going "green."Although today’s water heaters are expected to operate for an average of 13 years, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends shopping for a new water heater if your current unit is more than seven years old. This allows an adequate amount of time for homeowners to research and select a water heater that best meets their needs instead of waiting until their heater breaks down and selecting the cheapest quick fix for cold showers.Consumers are increasingly turning to high-efficiency water heaters when replacing older units or during remodeling and building projects. While these models may cost more initially, savings in water and energy usage continue throughout the lifetime of the appliance, offsetting the price difference. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that these units use 10 to 50 percent less energy, benefits to both your budget and the environment.A recent study by the Gas Technology Institute simulated the residential performance of high-efficiency water heaters and conventional units. The Vertex from A. O. Smith, a hybrid, gas-condensing, residential unit incorporating tank-type and tankless technology, provided the best overall performance at average and high-volume hot water usage, which is the consumption of 64-gallons or more per day of hot water.Endorsed by long-time environmental champion Ed Begley Jr. of the HGTV series "Living With Ed," the Vertex provides sufficient quantities of hot water for shower after shower and operates at 90 percent thermal efficiency. Additionally, it is designed to meet the demands that modern lifestyles require."Using more efficient combustion to produce hot water at lower operating costs and 90 percent thermal efficiency, the Vertex is a good choice for customers who want to save energy without skimping on hot water," said David Chisolm, A. O. Smith Water Heater brand manager.For more information on the A. O. Smith Vertex model, visit hotwater.com/resources/energy-star-qualified-products/.

Easy Ways to Make Your Media Space More Enjoyable

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The holiday season is right around the corner, which makes this the perfect time to spruce up your home before entertaining friends and family. Whether your guests are coming just to watch the big game or to stay for an extended period of time, your media space will no doubt be a popular gathering spot. The American Lighting Association (ALA) suggests a few ways to enhance everyone’s viewing experience.
No matter what kind of space you have, whether it’s a dedicated media room, a simple TV nook or something in between, the fundamental components are comfort and appropriate lighting. For the majority of homeowners, most media-related activity takes place in a multi-use space, which means the lighting must have the flexibility to go from everyday activities to TV viewing.
“One of the primary design objectives in a media space is to create the ability to achieve multiple and varied types of experiences, and lighting provides the key element to achieve that goal,” says Joe Rey-Barreau, AIA, IES, education consultant for ALA and associate professor at the University of Kentucky’s School of Interior Design.
Three necessary elements for the ultimate media viewing experience are the source of light, types and placement of light fixtures, and the use of smart dimmers.
Light source
Keep in mind that natural light from outside is as influential as light from indoor fixtures. Multi-purpose spaces generally have windows, which create the need to control that light during the daytime as well as at night when even minor reflections can be distracting.
Erik Anderson, national sales manager for Lutron Electronics Co., says that when it comes to lighting, “the sun is light bulb number one.” He suggests using motorized shades, which can be retrofitted to an existing window, as a convenient and effective way to manipulate ambient light. It is important to consider where your light is coming from as well as the time of day and season, which affect not only the amount of incoming light, but also the angle and intensity of the light.
Fixture type and placement
The types of fixtures used in a dedicated media room are different from those typically used in a family room. Selecting fixtures for any type of media space can be confusing. To get it right, your best bet is to consult with a professionally trained lighting consultant at an ALA-member showroom.
Smart dimmers
Using dimmers may seem like a no-brainer, especially considering they are easy to install and highly impactful. New wireless smart dimmers simply attach to a wall or sit on a tabletop. Anderson explains that Lutron’s Caséta Wireless dimmers are designed for simple, do-it-yourself installation. The inexpensive devices can be synced with a phone to control the lights, window shades and room temperature from a remote location.
“It can be inconvenient to turn each thing on and off every time you enter or leave a room,” says Anderson. “With Lutron’s Caséta Wireless, you can pre-set it to adjust everything at once, so that it all comes to life with one press of a button.”
For more ideas and advice for improving your media viewing experience while maintaining functionality in your multi-use space, stop by your local ALA-member lighting showroom or visit AmericanLightingAssoc.com.

Which Home Upgrades Really Pay Off?

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored by GAF – If you don’t care about blowing tens of thousands of dollars on upgrades that add little or nothing to your house’s value, you might as well stop reading this and go Google "Pokemon Go" for updates on the latest weird mishaps to befall distracted players. But if you do care — and you’d especially better if you intend to ever sell — then Remodeling magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report for 2016 is must reading.Still there? Thought so.So let’s begin by acknowledging what’s perhaps the report’s biggest takeaway: All the academics and real-estate pros are right to "tout the value of projects that promote curb appeal." Read on to see why, and where else your money is or isn’t well spent.* Worth it: a new front door.You’re looking at returns on investment of 91.1 percent for a steel one and 82.3 percent for a more upscale (and expensive) fiberglass one. Of course, a fresh coat of paint on your existing door can help spiff things up too.* Not worth it: upscale bathroom remodeling.You may think everyone shares your dream of a huge bathroom with a whirlpool tub, heated towel bars, and stone countertops. Not so, warns Patsy O’Neill, a sales associate with Sotheby’s in Montclair, New Jersey: "You could spend $60,000 or so on it, and it still might not suit a buyer’s taste." Which helps explain why it has one of the worst returns on investment.* Worth it: fiberglass attic insulation.A huge win for greenies. The magazine finally agreed to add an energy-efficiency project, and it topped the list by recouping 116.9 percent of its cost.* Not worth it: composite deck addition.Another also-ran — and, no, Alaska didn’t skew the results. But be aware that sometimes even the seemingly coolest upgrades may simply be out of whack for a particular neighborhood. "You can turn your house into a palace, but the payoff will be small if it’s the only mansion on the block," Craig Webb, Remodeling’s editor-in-chief, tells Time.com.* Worth it: a new roof."Buyers pay a premium for one already in place," according to Credit.com. No kidding. A perennial Remodeling magazine A-lister, it’s the ultimate curb appeal enhancer when you consider that your roof is the first thing prospective buyers notice even before exiting their cars.And if yours looks like something out of "Twister"? "It’s a huge turn-off," says O’Neill, "and makes buyers predisposed to find even more things they don’t like." If your roof needs replacing, check out the Value Collection Lifetime Designer Shingles from GAF (gaf.com), North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, which have the look of luxury shingles at a very affordable price. And remember: Don’t be afraid to use a new roof as the "negotiating tool" with buyers that Credit.com says it is.Watch the video here.* Not worth it: an upscale master suite.Those same "taste" issues aside, returns of only about half your investment make this yet another expensive miss. 

Listos para la aventura con Elena de Avalor

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – La creatividad se dispara cuando los niños se disfrazan y se les da la oportunidad de expandir sus propias identidades personales.
Los disfraces pueden despertar la imaginación bien sea cuando es el momento de pensar en Halloween, o solo durante un día al disfrazarse para una fiesta del té con amigos imaginarios.
Los niños que aspiran gobernar el reinado pueden ir en búsqueda de Elena de Avalor, una adolescente valiente y aventurera que aprende a liderar su reinado como una princesa heredera.
Abajo podrás encontrar algunas divertidas maneras de equiparte para tu próxima aventura familiar de la misma forma en que Elena lo haría.
* Disfrázate para la aventura: Las princesas tienen que estar listas para gobernar, y qué mejor manera de hacerlo que usando el vestido rojo de Elena. Ningún vestido está completo si no se tienen los zapatos y accesorios tales como zarcillos, un brazalete y un cintillo de flores.
* El baile: las chicas se pueden disfrazar de la princesa heredera de Avalor con el vestido del baile real el cual pondrá el ritmo a la canción principal, “My Time”, que sonará en el show. Agrega más accesorios, como lo son zarcillos, una tiara, y zapatos.
* Canta. ¿Quieres inspirar a tu hija con música? La guitarra de Elena está personalizada con su firma y tiene tres modos de juego: puede tocarla usando cuerdas verdaderas, tocar tres canciones, o cantar con Elena.
* Gobierna el mundo. ¡La aventura de Elena no estaría completa sin su cetro! Así como Elena cree que la magia viene desde lo interno, las chicas podrían querer activar las luces y poderes mágicos en pleno show con la onda del cetro mágico de luz. La varita mágica también hace sonar la canción principal “My Time”, presentada en el show.
Para más información, por favor visite el sitio web www.jakks.com.

How to Avoid Neck and Back Pain from Backpacks

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If you’re like most parents, you remember sending your kindergartener off to school with a backpack bigger than they were. While your child may be able to shoulder it, students are now weighed down more than ever by these cumbersome packs.

Which is why, say experts, more kids than ever before are complaining about back and neck pain. With school starting up again, a likely reason for the complaints is the heavy load they’re carrying (and we’re not talking about classes), with everything from textbooks to laptops to musical instruments crammed inside.

Want to Fly a Jet or Perform Surgery? Florida’s Virtual Classrooms Make It Possible

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Florida has always been known for its white-sand beaches and palm trees. Now, however, the Sunshine State is being recognized as the next high-tech corridor for modeling, simulation and training (MS&T).To understand what this means from a real-world perspective, consider this: If you’ve ever flown on a major airline, the pilot has most likely logged hundreds of hours in a simulator. Requiring emergency health care? You can bet the doctor has honed their life-saving skills inside a virtual emergency room.At the heart of it all is the National Center for Simulation, a nonprofit trade association, and the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation Training. Both are located in a 1,000-plus-acre research park in Central Florida. The research park is also home to more than 100 companies, the majority of which are related to MS&T, including Lockheed Martin, which helped develop the park along with the Dept. of Defense; and Cole Engineering, an engineering and technology company that develops simulation-based training and offers technical services to a variety of clients.For Lt. General Tom Baptiste, USAF (Ret.), president and CEO of the association, the merit of MS&T — especially for the nation’s military — is indefinable."To be able to immerse single or groups of soldiers and [allow them to] move through a city in a virtual environment and create what they would do on a live range in a space no bigger than a classroom is important for all branches of the service," said Baptiste.At a time of economic uncertainty and budget cuts, being able to send students or professionals through real-life scenarios without the huge price tag is yet another benefit."In an austere budget environment, one of the big challenges for combatant commanders is to maintain the readiness of the force with less money," Baptiste told Florida Trend magazine in an interview. "And simulation in many ways is a safety valve, a stopgap that is part of the solution. It’s a cost-effective alternative to high-cost live training."So whether the innovation occurs on the high-tech corridor in Central Florida, in medical simulation technology in Northeast Florida, or in flight simulators and commercial aviation training in South Florida, the state has built an $11.6 billion business on MS&T, an industry that shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.For more information, visit www.simulationinformation.com

How to Prevent Mosquito Bites

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Across the country, families are taking advantage of the warmer weather by spending more quality time outdoors. This year, as families prepare to host a variety of outdoor gatherings, mosquito prevention and protecting against mosquito bites should be top of mind.Mosquitoes transmit numerous diseases and are often described as one of the deadliest animals on the planet. This year, the Zika virus has made the mainstream news and has become a cause for public concern, especially for women who are or planning to become pregnant. As it is unknown how Zika will spread, particularly in the U.S., practicing caution is warranted."Proactivity and public cooperation are huge components of mosquito prevention," said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs at the National Pest Management Association. "Homeowners play an important role in helping to reduce mosquito populations and can work to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds throughout the season."Fortunately, there are several important measures the American public can take in protecting against the diseases transmitted by mosquitoes. The NPMA is urging homeowners to help in eliminate mosquito breeding grounds on their properties and practice vigilance in wearing proper attire to protect against bites:* Remove all sources of stagnant water. Standing water can be found in areas such as gutters, buckets, flowerpots and bird baths. Mosquitoes only need 1/2 inch of standing water to breed, so it is essential to minimize these areas to reduce offspring.* Wear an insect repellent containing DEET or another EPA-registered ingredient to help prevent mosquito bites. The NPMA, in partnership with the CDC, developed an instructional video on how to properly apply insect repellent.* Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. Also take proactive measures during the day to protect against daytime biters like the Asian tiger mosquito, the main carrier of Zika.* When outdoors, wear long-sleeve shirts, long pants, socks and closed-toe shoes.* When hosting guests outside, keep the air moving. Using a fan where you and your guests may lounge makes it less likely mosquitoes will land on you. These pests are not strong fliers, so circulating air can make an outside gathering more pleasant.By following these tips and actively working to prevent mosquitoes on the home front, you will help reduce the risk of you and your family getting bitten by mosquitoes this season.