Motor Cars: Beauty and the Beast

Over sixty years of active motoring, one has observed with interest the changing styles followed by manufacturers in search of popularity and volume sales. From a British perspective it was always Ford of England that initiated a radical departure from the established norm, risking the derision of critics but, more often than not, capturing the imagination of a public always eager to be seen in something radically new. This pattern of progress continued virtually unchanged for five decades until it was overwhelmed by the Asian dominance of the new millennium.

In the 1950s, the new look in motor cars was ushered in by the Ford Prefect and Anglia saloons. The innovation may have had antecedents in the USA, where the evolution of private vehicles had continued while suspended in Britain during World War II, but, if so, it was reproduced without the ostentation and glittering chrome so characteristic of American cars of that era. At any rate, it proved immediately popular in Britain, and other motor manufacturers rushed to follow the new style, hoping at the same time to add some distinctive feature of their own.

The three-box style had a long life. It was amenable to great variation in detail and was readily adapted to two boxes in estate car or station wagon varieties. The influence of wind tunnel testing led to more streamlined shapes reputed to reduce air resistance and improve performance and fuel economy. Streamlines proved to be as aesthetically pleasing on cars as they were on aircraft and Ford continued to lead the way in an evolution that culminated in the universally popular KA model of the 1990s.

From there, there was nowhere to go. As far as is humanly possible, perfection had been achieved. The Ford KA inspired numerous copies from other manufacturers but all, in striving for a unique feature, degraded the beauty of the original. Many people, tired of constant pressure to buy something new, might have liked the KA to become a standard product in perpetuity. But the industry had now passed through Japan to South Korea and China, countries eager to promote worldwide sales of newly manufactured products.

Making something different from perfection means making something less pleasing to the eye and the Asian manufacturers have certainly succeeded in that quest. Yet so dominant is their global stance that the residual industry in the West has felt compelled to copy the Eastern degradation. It is an old English saying that after the Lord Mayor’s coach comes the corporation cart. In motor styling, the Lord Mayor’s coach has passed, and we are still waiting for the corporation cart.

Safe Vehicle Towing And Recovery Process

Towing and recovery services are designed to manage all kinds of roadway accidents. Some of the common situations where people can get an immediate assistance from a professional include vehicle breakdowns, collisions with other vehicles or objects, single vehicle crashes, and load shift. Regardless of the nature of an incident, a professional recovery team is expected to:

Ensure safety

Road accidents demand precautionary measures. Traffic approaching the scene, for instance, should be warned of the incidents. This is the first step in the process to safely recover a damaged vehicle. There are different techniques that can improve the visibility of accident scene. Flashing lights, cones, signs, barricades, and flaggers are some of the common tools experts use to prevent more vehicles from getting affected by the accident.

It is the responsibility of a recovery team to consider and maintain the sight distance to an overall recovery area. The recovery area should be inspected carefully for all the possible hazards. Fire explosions, equipment failure, health risks can further worsen the situation.

Recover the vehicle safely and quickly

It is important that a towing expert recovers and positions a vehicle for loading away from the scene as soon as possible. The process involves the use of various equipment such as winch and rigging. The equipment and tow truck must be in good working order. Vehicle manufacturers often provide a comprehensive guide on how to secure or tow the vehicle. Professional towing operators understand how to carry out the process without causing damage to property or human health.

Safe transportation

Road accidents can completely damage a vehicle. The damage sustained in an accident can lead to more problems if recovery process is not up to the standards. It is the prime responsibility of a towing company to transport accidental vehicles safely without causing any additional damage.

It is important to scrutinize a towing company before hiring it for the vehicle recovery purpose. Following are some of the considerations in this regard:

Make sure your towing contractor is trustworthy and that he conducts operations in compliance with established codes and procedures.
Sign a contract and discuss important things such as pricing in order to avoid being overcharged.
Make sure your towing expert is authorized and licensed to perform standard vehicle recovery operations.

Hiring a reliable and reputable towing company will save you time and money. Make sure you have the contact information of an emergency towing service in your town.

Trailers for Animals

If you are a landscaper or work in construction, chances are you have a trailer that you take with you to job sites. In this trailer is everything you need to do your job, the tools, the supplies and any odd shaped object that is hard to transport any other way. Trailers are safe on the road, many can be locked up at night, and there are many different kinds from those with no roof to those with slatted sides or those that look like a board with wheels, but they all serve their purpose well.

But what if you want to move animals? If you’re a farmer, a horse owner, a breeder, or work in any other animal related occupations, you may need to transport animals from point A to point B. Animals, unlike humans won’t be happy piling into the back of a station wagon or soccer mom van, so here we have a predicament.

This is when a trailer comes in, and of course there are trailers that are designed specifically for hauling animals, whether you are taking them to a vet appointment or to a show, doing a short haul or a long trip.

The most popular option for livestock is the stock trailer. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes but all do one thing and that is move animals. Most have partially slatted sides that allow air to get in and make it more comfortable for the animals, and some have solid tops whereas some have a soft top, this depends on what part of the country you live in and what the weather conditions are like where you live. You don’t want your animals getting too hot or too cold on the trip.

Likewise, the flooring is different with different trailers. If the flooring is wooden you’ll usually see rubber mats on top of it as wet wood does get slippery and becomes dangerous for the livestock. Some newer ones have rubber flooring options that are easier for the animals to be on for long periods. Add a ramp for ease of entry and exit and you have a livestock trailer that is humane enough to transport cattle, horses, sheep or whatever you need to haul easy and effectively. If you have new land to move your herd to, if you have a big competition coming up or if you just need to get that herd from point A to point B, you need a trailer.