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Don't grip too tight! ~ Four-wheeled vehicles version ~

Don't grip too tight! ~ Four-wheeled vehicles version ~

Hello everyone!

Are you driving safely? Or are you driving like a maniac?

Whichever you do, it doesn't matter.
Let's drive in a way that doesn't bother others!

In this article I will talk about the method that I was taught to use to control the steering wheel during cornering and how to apply pressure.

 This is not a technique or knowledge to turn a corner quickly, but a trick for stable cornering.

I was taught this when I was 22 or 23 years old....

A few years ago, there was a story about a test driver of a car manufacturer in Japan in NHK's program "Professional".  

This test driver was talking about 'holding the steering wheel with three fingers'*.
The reason he said was "to feel the behavior of the car"
*Usually it's thumb, index finger and middle finger.

What I was told at that time was, "Don't gouge the steering wheel."

"If you turn the steering wheel while braking, there are places where it gets heavy.
When you turn the wheel while accelerating, there are places where the steering wheel gets heavier."

The tyres exert their force in the direction of rotation, but applying it laterally with the steering wheel increases the burden on the tyres.
"If the road surface is good, the tyre will do its best, but it will lose quickly, it will sag quickly.
In bad conditions, you lose grip.
If you let the tyres do their simple job, they will last longer and not slip."

If you drive with this in mind, you should not squeeze.
If you tighten your grip, you won't be able to feel the kickback from the steering wheel.
You can feel the behaviour that the cars dislike.

If this behaviour and load transfer can be done smoothly, the passenger will not get motion sickness.

If you can do this, your safety margin will expand.

~AdPower engineer staff~

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Before Summer!

Before Summer!

How is your car doing?

It's easy to get sick when the seasons change, so please take care of your health.
Yes, let's take care of our cars and motorcycles too.
With the weather getting warmer, is your radiator fan spinning a lot?

Even if the coolant is changed at the time of vehicle inspection, if the radiator core* is covered with debris or dead insects, the air cannot escape through the gaps in the radiator core and overheating may occur.

* This is the radiator core.

radiator core

If you feel that your fan is spinning a lot recently, there is no doubt.
The cooling effect is reduced. You had better wash the radiator core with a high pressure washer or a soft brush.

If you think, " I don't care yet," it may be too late.
The signs of overheating are hard to see during the rainy season because it is wet with rain, so overheating may occur in mid-summer after the rainy season.

Especially for motorcycles, the radiator is located right behind the front wheel, so sand particles bouncing up from the front wheel can also get caught in the radiator.

It's time to start taking precautions against the heat!

~AdPower engineer staff~

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Prevent flat tire with "driving method". ~I will teach you how to prevent a flat tire~

Prevent flat tire with "driving method". ~I will teach you how to prevent a flat tire~


How is your car? Is the engine working powerfully?
Do you wash the car, refuel, and check the engine oil, cooling water, tire pressure, etc. before going out? Trouble on the go is the worst.

Typical car troubles on the highway are "overheat" and "flat tires".
For those who use the highway frequently, checking the cooling water, or "cleaning", can prevent most of the overheating.
However, the prevention of flat tire is prevented by the usual "driving method".


1. Flat tire on the highway

The reason why there are many flat tire troubles on the highway is that you are entering the highway without knowing it with tires that are already flat.

Even if you step on a nail or screw and get a flat tire, if the air is not deflated, you are supposed to drive every day without knowing that it is a flat tire.

Then, when the tires are worn out, you will notice that the air has escaped, and when the tires rotate at high speed on the highway, the nails and screws will come off due to centrifugal force, and the nose air will come out and you will have a flat tire.

Therefore, when checking the air pressure, it is also necessary to check the tread surface of the tire.


2. Why does the flat tire?

Flat tire

Why do you get a flat tire?

Just stepping on a nail or screw will almost never stick to the tire. Stepping on a lying nail or screw from above is no different than stepping on a pebble. It is flipped up and rolled by the momentum stepped on. At this time, if you are unlucky and step on the pointed nail or screw in the direction of sticking to the tire, you will get a flat tire.

The basic rear tire of a car running normally has a flat tire.
That's right, "the nails and screws that bounced up in front stick in later" is common.People who often "flat tire in front" often say, "The distance between cars are short."

Your front tire is flat tire the nails and screws that the front car bounced up.
Also, the nails and screws that everyone stepped on and bounced off were thrown away and eventually fell toward the end of the road. Like pebbles and trash on the side of the road.

And compared to the surrounding cars, the car on the right side and the left side has more flat tires. It's easier to get a flat tire if you drive in a way that disturbs the convoy.


3. Keep in mind flat tire prevention driving

What is flat tire prevention driving?

"Ensure a sufficient distance between vehicles and drive in line with the vehicle in front."
"Do not drive on steps or cat's eyes"
It is driving that keeps these two things in mind. Yes, driving safely will prevent flat tires.

"Where was the flat tire?"
"Is the side of the tire cut or bulging like a lump?"
I haven't had a flat tire for over 10 years.

For those who often get a flat tire, please remember your usual driving such as "parking on the street", "distance between cars", and "disturbing the convoy".


4. Summary

Car trouble is a barometer of your driving and how you use your car.
To prevent troubles, keep in mind "care" and "safe driving".


~AdPower engineer staff~

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