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What to Do If Charged with a DWI

By tinahamilton

After getting charged with a DWI, it can be difficult to determine your next course of action. While hiring a Houston DWI lawyer, or any DWI or DUI lawyer in your area has its benefits, for they are familiar with the court system, know what plea deals you are eligible for, and have the ability to navigate the complex judicial system, it can still be helpful to have a bit of prior knowledge about how to proceed.

If charged with a DWI or DUI, here are a few tips as to what your next step should be:

1. Should You Plead Guilty?

Pleading guilty can depend upon how many DWI’s you have been charged with. If it is your first offense, pleading guilty might be a wise choice, especially if there is certainly you would be convicted (i.e., your blood alcohol level was higher than .11 or there arresting officer testifying that you were driving erratically). However, before deciding to plead guilty, it is highly important you understand the DWI/DUI laws for your state. If there is any confusion, speaking with an attorney can help you understand your options.

If this is your first offense, keep in mind that if your blood alcohol level was between .08 and .11, there is the chance an attorney can plea-bargain your case. Also, typically with non-injury first offenses, judges often have a routine sentence that rarely differs from one case to another.

2. Sentence Bargaining

Many states also have something called sentence bargaining, which is useful if the conviction includes jail time. For multiple DWI or DUI offenders, this tool is critical, for you may be more willing to plead guilty if you are aware of how long your next sentence will be. Like the title suggests, you can bargain with the opposing attorney over the terms of your sentence in exchange for pleading guilty.

Likewise, the same is true with an aggravated DWI (a case where your blood alcohol level was .15 or an injury or death resulted). With these types of cases, it would be wise not to plead guilty until your sentence was determined, and it would be recommended you hire an attorney for this serious case.

3. Second Offenders

If this is your second offense (or more), hiring an attorney should be your first course of action. As you will most likely be tried in court, it is imperative you have an attorney on your side.

4. Who to Hire

When it comes to an attorney, it is important to find one who specializes in DWI’s and DUI’s. In order for him or her to represent your case and offer you the best legal representation, they should be well informed of the DWI or DUI laws. Most attorneys will be willing to schedule a free consultation where they can review your case and you can determine if they are the right fit for you.

If you are charged with a DWI/DUI, use these tips to determine how best to proceed.

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5 Tricks for Keeping a Car in Brand New Condition

By tinahamilton

No matter if the car way bought new or used, everyone wants to keep their car in the best condition possible. Making extra efforts to keep a car in mint condition keeps the resale value high and allows the driver to use the car for much longer. This is not even mentioning how great the car will look years from now with this kind of care.

There are a lot of things that car owners can do to protect their cars without obsessing over them all day, every day. Car owners can utilize a few simple tricks to maintain a car that they can be proud of for years to come. These are simple things that every car owner should consider doing to get the most miles from their car. Here are five tricks for keeping a car in brand new condition.

Do not skip the regularly scheduled maintenance

Cars have scheduled maintenance dates for a reason. The manufacturer knows that needs to be done and when in order to keep the car in the best condition, which is why they request those maintenance dates. Car owners should take their car to an authorized repair shop for these checkups on time to keep their car in its best condition.

Do at home checks regularly

Car owners can do a lot on their own in between regularly scheduled maintenance as well to keep their car in great condition. Car owners can perform regular checks on their cars to ensure that nothing has changed since the day the car was driven off the dealer’s lot. This includes checking the oil and listening for new sounds when the car is running.

Protect the car with good coverage

The best way to ensure that a car will be in good condition no matter what happens is to get really good car insurance. With good car insurance, the car will be able to be easily repaired if the driver ever gets into an accident. Car owners can compare auto insurance rates to get the best price for their car.

Defend the car from the elements

There are a lot of weather elements that can damage a car. From snow and ice in winter to extreme heat and dust in summer, car owners should be careful to prepare their car against any elements. Car owners can do this by storing their car indoors and having a survival kit inside their car for emergencies.

Practice safe driving always

Safe driving is the next best way for car owners to protect their car from any issues that may damage it. Car owners should always drive cautiously and carefully in order to keep their cars in the best condition possible. This ranges from avoiding using a cell phone while driving to steering away from pot holes in the street. These little things may seem like they do not make a big difference in the condition of the car, but those who practice safe driving get to drive their cars for many more miles than those who do not.

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Building the Best Garage for Your Car

By tinahamilton

It is obvious that your car is one of your most prized possessions. Like anything else that you treasure, you will want to have the best space possible for it. A space that will not only keep your car safe, but also protect its condition and allow you to work on it to improve it as needed.

However, creating a space like this is not always easy, especially if you run into speed bumps like cost and space limitations. But with the right tools, anyone can create the perfect garage no matter the limitations. Here are some tips and tricks to help you build your best garage for your car.

Get creative with storage

Storage can be a big issue in your garage. You need space for your car of course, but you also want separate space for your tools and equipment that you use for your car. Many people have found really great ways to install shelving along the walls and even on the ceiling of their garages to create organized spaces for all the other things that go in your garage with your car. Most of these shelving units can be installed by you easily and inexpensively.
Include all the essentials

It is important to figure out what you think is essential to have in your garage. Most people will settle on the same things: fridge, tools, shop vacuum, etc., but if you are looking to make your garage a luxury spot for your car. Consider things like installation and heated floors if you are in a cold weather climate, or air conditioning if you are in a hot weather climate. Many people are also adding on mini car washes to their garages for the ultimate luxurious feel. If you decide something is essential, but you don’t have all the available funds for it at the moment, consider a site like TitleMax.comto get you the money you need.

Think about power


Power is always essential for your car. Think about the ways that you are going to preserve and create power in your garage. Having a separate circuit for charging and powering all the things you need in your garage is a good idea to have a reliable and efficient source of power. It is also a good idea, again, to insulate your garage, so that warming up or cooling off your car is easier and faster, not to mention making the time you spend in your garage more comfortable.

Make it more relaxing

A garage is the new best place to create the ultimate man cave. You can build a space that you will never want to leave. Include couches, a TV with surround sound, a bar and whatever else you love to enjoy most when you are relaxing. All the while you spend time in your garage, you can enjoy the car that you have worked so hard to preserve and improve in the perfect garage space that you created.

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Getting Extra Money for Your Car Upgrades

By tinahamilton

Sometimes it’s an old car that you need to fix up just to get it running again. Other times it’s a new car that you need to give some personality and individuality. No matter what the scenario is, car improvements can be expensive and finding the extra cash to get it done can be difficult to say the least.

Don’t lose hope yet, because there are a few things you can do to get extra cash for your car update. Being creative and exhausting some different options will help you get the car you always wanted while staying within your budget. Here are a few ways to find extra money for your car upgrades.

Improve your car’s function

Cosmetic improvements are always a great addition, but you might want to consider something a little more practical if you want to save money. Improving your car’s function is one way to make your investment worth the cost over time.

Think about improvements that increase the resale value of your car. These will help you save money on future repair costs and keep your car running longer. If you still want your car to stand out cosmetically, you can try combining the two ideas. An example would be adding new suspension in a bright color to pop underneath your car.

Check car forums for great used parts

Especially today with the addition of social media, there are vast amounts of good car forums in every part of the world where you can find great new ideas, parts and advice on all things cars. Do a quick search and find forums that have users located close to you and buy parts, make trades and learn some new tricks to make your car fantastic.

Social media is also a house for these types of interest groups. Search your preferred site and follow [url]forums in your niche[/url] to get news and other information about cars. You can easily then contact other members and communicate via social media to make trades and create a new base of networking.

Make changes that will lower your car insurance

As a continuation of the first point, you can actually earn the money back that you spend on your car upgrades by lowering your car insurance. Check with your provider to understand what is raising the price of your car insurance and what improvements you can make to your car to lower your monthly payments. Most options will probably involve making the car safer, like upgrading your airbags or installing a security alarm system.

Take out a small loan

If you have a big project that you want to tackle with your car and the spare change from your cup holders is not enough to make the difference, you can take out a small, easily repayable loan. Check out sites like InstaLoan.com that will actually let you use your car as collateral to get the money you need now. You might have to reduce the amount of gas you burn each month to make the payments, but your new and improved car will thank you for it.

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Keeping Your Car Safe Wherever You May Park

By tinahamilton

Car theft, vandalism and damage are real and apparent dangers in any city. Some cities across America have even seen rising levels in the number of car theft cases annually. Thieves will find any excuse or other reason to make the choice to break into your car, and it only takes a second. Even if you will only be leaving your car for a few short minutes, it only takes a thief a few seconds to break in, steal what they want and take off without you seeing anything but your newly damaged or even missing car.

Fortunately, there are some easy precautionary measures that you can take to make sure your car is safe, wherever you leave it. Here are a few ideas for keeping your car safe at home and in parking lots, garages and ramps.

Car safety at home

You chose a safe neighborhood to live in with trustworthy neighbors, so you think that you do not need to worry about your car when you are at home. The truth is that burglars choose those kinds of neighborhoods because the residents tend to have more money and they let their guard don more easily.

The best way to keep your car safe at all times while you are at home is to park it in the garage and invest in a good home security alarm system, like ADT home alarms. This is not only the best idea to keep your home safe, but also to alert you if someone tries to break into your car. You can even install cameras outside your home to watch your car outside your garage.

A neighborhood watch program is also a smart idea to keep your entire area safe from car theft. Organize a group to do patrols during various times of the day and help each other out. If you see suspicious activity outside a neighbor’s home, you can call the police and alert your neighbor before the incident even happens, and vice versa. Request that the police do a patrol too for extra precaution.

Car safety in a parking lot/garage/ramp

We all have to park in lots, ramps or garages in public on a regular basis. Whether we are going to work or to the grocery store, we have to leave our cars exposed daily to do almost anything outside of our homes. There are a few measures to can take to make sure your car does not become a target.

Never leave a set of keys outside of your car. Many people leave a spare in the gas cap or other hidden, but still easily accessible area in case of emergency. Unfortunately, burglars have caught on to this and will look in these places for a chance to get into your car. Keep you spare set with you instead.

Never leave valuables in plain view inside your car. Take with you or hide away all cell phones, media players, and stereo systems. If you cannot hide it well, like a stereo system, create a dashboard cover to conceal it the best you can.

 

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Four Unexpected Ways to Use Your Car

By tinahamilton

Most people spend a large chunk of their day in the car. Commuting to work or chauffeuring kids from soccer practice to dance lessons, driving takes a lot of time. So why not turn your car into a place where you actually want to hang out? Here are four unusual ways to use your vehicle both on and off the road.

1. SUV Camper

For light travelers who love the outdoors but don’t want to haul a trailer, use your SUV as a camper. Some vehicles come with pop-up camper shells. Others can be converted with some rudimentary materials. Popping out the back seats and converting a platform bed, is all you need to enjoy campgrounds across the country.

National Geographic Young Explorers, Annie Agonne and Kevin Weidner flipped their Honda CRV into a tiny camper by constructing a back seat bed with storage underneath. Using plywood, a tarp and two-by-fours, they built this great backseat bed to travel with, using it to spend the night at trailheads, on mountaintops and even in Walmart parking lots. Agonne and Weidner spent three months traveling 15,000 miles through 31 states in their cost-effective car-bed.

2. Entertainment on the Road

Whether it is going to an old fashioned drive-in movie or simply cranking up the stereo for a sing-along or steering wheel jam session, cars are often where people enjoy their media. Bluetooth accessories can help you remain hands free while using your cell phone to make calls. Mobile Internet can connect your tablet or other device to the web, letting kids in the backseat stream music or drivers navigate better and listen to streamed music. With mobile technology at an all time high, it has never been easier to turn your car into a total entertainment center. The only problem might be keeping your focus on the road.

3. Collateral

Many people are unaware that a vehicle can also serve as a powerful asset in a financial pinch. Lending companies like TitleBucks.com offer short term loans using your car title as collateral. In an emergency situation, your vehicle can come through to help you borrow extra cash.

4. Portable Jacuzzi

Affectionately referred to as the “redneck hot tub,” transforming the bed of a pick up into a Jacuzzi is a totally awesome way to trick out your truck. This DIY hot tub is pretty easy to outfit in the bed of any sized pick up. Use a sturdy plastic tarp without any rips, tears or holes and stretch it in the truck bed with sufficient extra material overhanging. Then take duct tape to secure the liner and make things completely leak proof.

All you have to do after this is make sure you are parked near a garden hose. Larger trucks can hold as much as 300 gallons of water, so it could take a while to fill up the tub. While you are waiting, you can take another hose and fasten it to the tailpipe of the truck. The hose can then transfer hot exhaust into the tank to provide warmth and bubbles. Just make sure you’re outside in a well-ventilated area.

With these great ideas you can get the most out of your vehicle.

 

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Miles Of Music: The Top 10 Road Songs

By tinahamilton

Like singers and songwriters, cars have a story to tell. Whether it’s the story of finding freedom for the first time behind the wheel, or a crazy road trip across the country, people forge memories with their cars.

Because of the memories both cars and music inspire, there is no greater marriage than the one between the music and auto industry. Whether it’s a song about a car, a song about a road trip, or a song that reminds someone of memory in their car, music and cars will forever be associated.

Whether you’re a teen saving for your first car, or an adult looking to remodel a classic car with help from TitleMax, start planning your road trip by adding these road-worthy songs to your playlist:

1. “Drive” by The Cars

The third single from the band’s Heartbeat City album, this song was one of their biggest hits. Full of electronic synth, this song embodies the heart and soul of the eighties. A melancholy ballad that reflects the obvious lyrical heartache, this song is perfect a night drive.

2. “Boys of Summer” by Don Henley

Road trips go hand in hand with summer, and this song is full of a summer love heartache most people have experienced at one time or another. Full of classic melodies and emotional lyrics, this song deserves a prime seat in every road trip playlist.

3. “Beat City” by The Flowerpot Men

Completely underrated and forgotten, every [url]Ferris Bueller[/url]fan knows this song deserves to be listened to while cruising the road at a top speed. Just like Ferris, Cameron, and Sloan, this song makes every person feel as if they ditched their responsibilities in favor of an unforgettable day of hooky.

4. “409” by The Beach Boys

Most any Beach Boys song deserves a space on the road trip mix, but their classic tune “409” represents the feeling every first time driver felt when cruising the streets with their friends for the first time.

5. “Drive My Car” by The Beatles

Heavy on the bass and filled with metaphorical undertones, “Drive My Car” symbolizes just how powerful and attractive cars are.

6. “Nightcall” by Kavinsky

Thanks to Drive, Kavinksy’s song allows each person behind the wheel imagine they are dangerously navigating the highway in a getaway car.

7. “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” by The Band

Though the song reflects American Civil War themes, the song cannot be ignored as a classic road tune. Sad and haunting, Levon Helm’s lilting voice is fit for a pensive night drive through empty streets.

8. “Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett

Raw with Pickett’s gravelly voice, “Mustang Sally’s” easy sound is the pinnacle for easy street coasting.

9. “Route 66” by The Rolling Stones

Though Nat King Cole originally recorded this song, there is something about Mick Jagger’s voice that makes their cover the best for motoring down California through the old Route 66.

10. “American Pie” by Don Mclean

This poetic song, full of vague metaphors and cryptic lyrics, is speculative and provocative, which is what most road trips end up being as well.
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