Thursday, January 17, 2019




Street Racing: Putting The Brakes On Tragedy

Street Racing: Putting The Brakes On Tragedy

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Street Racing: Putting The Brakes On Tragedy

Young teens are impressionable and many of today’s movies and television shows depict street racing as glamorous. However, educating them on the dangers surrounding this activity can help alleviate the tragedy that often follows these aggressive stunts.

What Is Street Racing?

Known as an illegal activity common among young adults, street racing is typically performed in front of a crowd of other teens who cheer on the active participants. Because it’s an unplanned event and can take place when emotions are at their highest, street racing fails to meet current safety standards. It can also injure and kill the drivers, spectators and other innocent people passing by.

Street Racing And Teens

One of the leading causes of death among teens is car accidents and road racing is a contributing factor to the numbers. The pressures to fit in can weigh heavily on a teen, making them participate in illegal activities. Street racing started in the Prohibition era when bootleggers made it a sport of trying to outrun the police. It became more prevalent in the 1950s when well-known movies such as “American Graffiti” popularized this dangerous pastime.

In today’s culture, movies such as “The Fast and the Furious” glamorized it as a way for teens to have fun. Although the filmmakers warn teens of the dangers involved in street racing, it may be opening the doors to the idea of the activity.

The Need for Speed

Street racing can take place for a number of reasons that can begin with performance. If a teen owns a vehicle that can take excessive rates of speed, they can boast about their vehicle’s actions. They typically also prove it by meeting in parking lots to show off their vehicles and test the performance. This dangerous activity also takes place on quiet country roads. Law enforcement officials are doing their best to curtail speed racing in teens but a mob mentality can often ensue, especially if there are a host of teens to witness the event.

Education and Prevention

While most prevalent in areas of high crime and gang activity, you’ll find street racing to be popular with teens everywhere. However, focus has been placed heavily on its prevention. There are groups in place such as Racers Against Street Racing that educate teens on the dangers of the activity and consequences of their actions. Injuries, jail, fines and even death can often be the outcome of their behaviors.

By addressing the realities to street racing through classrooms, graphic videos and driver’s education courses, educators can address the hazardous repercussions to teens. They also provide alternative methods for teens who want to prove how fast their vehicles can go. Local racetracks now offer legal street racing programs to teens and provide proof of the performance of their vehicle. Some of the local law enforcement agencies are even supporting the programs to ensure that teens stay safe.

Unfortunately, teens enjoy the thrill of speed and are willing to do whatever it takes to experience it. It’s up to the parents of the teens and cities where they reside to come up with alternative methods to ensure their safety and monitor their behavior.

Writer Nadine Swayne presents this article to help give insight to the underworld of street racing. While researching online, she came across the site http://dgtucson.com/, which offered valuable material regarding car accidents and what your rights are if injured in a race or as a result of one.

Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindsayshaver/3265505273/

 



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Weird Cars on Our Streets

Weird Cars on Our Streets

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OK, cars? I am not sure. OK, on our streets?, I am not sure too.

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Classic Old Cars Sold in the Past

Classic Old Cars Sold in the Past

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Here is a collection of top car images for the lovers of classic old cars to fresh up our memories. OK, not so old. The first vehicle which used its own power to move forward was designed by Nicholas Joseph Cugnot and constructed by M. Brezin in 1769. The first practical gas engine was designed in Paris in 1860 by Etienne Lenoir. Two years later, he drove a car based on this design from Paris to Joinville. Carl Benz built a motorized tricycle in 1886 and later his first four-wheeler, the Victoria, in 1893. Brothers Charles and Frank Duryea built the first gasoline powered car in America in 1893. Henry Ford begun production of the Model A car in 1903, applying later his mass production techniques which resulted that the price of Model T fell from $1,000 to $360 until 1916.

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Most Fuel Efficient Cars for 2010

Most Fuel Efficient Cars for 2010

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This is the top list of the most efficient cars for upcoming year 2010. Because a fuel prices are going up, fuel consumption parameter is becoming really important when goes about buying new car.

Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius is a full hybrid electric mid-size car developed and manufactured by the Toyota Motor Corporation.
Estimates: 48 MPG city/45 highway/46 combined.

1 Most Fuel Efficient Cars for 2010

Smart Fortwo Convertible

The Smart Fortwo is a two-seat subcompact that is offered in either hatchback coupe or convertible (cabriolet) forms.
Estimates: 33 MPG city/41 highway/36 combined.

2 Most Fuel Efficient Cars for 2010

Smart Fortwo Coupe

The Smart Fortwo is built as a 2-door, 2-passenger coupe or convertible.
Estimates: 36 MPG combined.

3 Most Fuel Efficient Cars for 2010

Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 is a two-seater roadster sports car built by Mazda.
Estimates: MPG: 28 MPG highway, 22 MPG city.

4 Most Fuel Efficient Cars for 2010

MINI Cooper

The Mini Cooper is true to its British predecessors from the 1960s. The base model has modest power, lots of glass and an acceptable price.
Estimates: 32 MPG combined.

5 Most Fuel Efficient Cars for 2010

MINI Cooper Convertible

The MINI Cooper Convertible has a naturally aspirated, 118 horsepower version of the same four-cylinder engine found in the S, and averages 32 mpg.
Estimates: 34 MPG highway, 26 MPG city, 32/24 MPG (automatic).

6 Most Fuel Efficient Cars for 2010

Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris offers advanced design, safety & technology, This compact city car has a spacious interior within a pleasingly compact exterior.
Estimates: 29 MPG city/36 highway/32 combined (manual), 29/35/31 (automatic).

7 Most Fuel Efficient Cars for 2010

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Japanese gangster vans

Japanese gangster vans

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We must say that these are both bizarre and cool. Japanese gangsters are very creative in modifying their cars. Take a look at some pictures. Do you think you can find this on the Japanese road?

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