A Brief Guide to Petrol Octane Ratings: RON, MON, and AKI

Whenever we Malaysian drivers stand in front of a petrol pump, we see quite a few options in front of us. Regardless of which petrol brand we use, each one offers selections that are differentiated with abbreviations and numbers such as “RON 95” or “RON 97”. We may be surprised, however, when we visit other countries and see that their petrol pumps offer different options with labels like “MON” or “AKI”. But do we really know what all of these terms mean? The truth is that not all fuels are equal, and we should be using the right fuels that are rated for the engine we have in our car.


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The Basics of Power Steering

One of the most important abilities in a car is its ability to turn safely at all speeds. Did you know that there are many complex mechanisms that take place as you turn your steering wheel? These mechanisms ensure that the tires turn the right amount and at just the right angles to go in the direction you want it to without causing the car to skid out of control. The most important of these many mechanisms is the power steering system.

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How Many Cars Does Your Family Need?

Car’s aren’t cheap. Even in Malaysia which has a wide selection of locally-made cars to choose from, each one represents a significant investment on the buyer’s part regardless of what their income might look like. Some families ease their daily routines by owning multiple cars. Perhaps there’s one car for dad, one for mum, and if the kids are old enough to drive, sometimes a family may also buy cars for them to drive to college or work every day. So this begs the question: how many cars does a family truly need?


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Is This The Next Generation Of Tires?

For the past century or so, most vehicles have been using the classic pneumatic tires, filled with air and encased in rubber. The classic tire has served drivers and their passengers very well, but now, Michelin is looking to improve on the classic. Introducing the Tweel Airless Tire. Tweel is a play on words for Tire & Wheel because the Tweel doesn’t use a traditional wheel hub assembly. It’s essentially a solid inner hub mounted to the axle and surrounded by polyurethane spokes arrayed in a pattern of wedges

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This Company Is Changing Course: From Vacuums To Cars!

Dyson, the brand name that is more known for its expensive range of vacuums, hand dryers and fans seems to be expanding its scope to other areas; namely cars. Last year, James Dyson announced that Dyson was planning to build an electric car. That was all. There were no specs, vehicle models, or costing announced after that bombshell. However, three new patent applications by Dyson offer an early look at how the company is designing its vehicles.

 

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After Balik Kampung: Inspecting Your Car

No matter the festive season, be it Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Chinese New Year, Deepavali or any other, most Malaysians share one thing in common: we all share the ‘balik kampung’ tradition. Most people usually travel by hopping into their family cars and spending hours upon hours driving on our nation’s highways. We’ll go over a few reasons why you should give your vehicle a little extra care after your balik kampung adventures, just as much as you would do before you go on your long road trip.

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5 Signs that You are an Aggressive Driver

You are constantly running late, time-starved and in a frantic rush to get to where you need to go. So you speed, hoping to cut even 5 minutes of travel time. While we may rationalise it as “living on the fast lane”, having too many commitments and, dare we say, “being efficient” by cutting down on travel time, travelling at a high variance from the average traffic speed is dangerous. Speed limits were invented with safety in mind.



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9 Strange Traffic Laws Around the World

For the most part, traffic laws are enforced to ensure order on our roads. While most of them are purposeful, and its function immediately apparent, there are some laws that may seem downright strange to others. Here are 9 of the most unique traffic laws we’ve found within Asia and Europe, ranging from the downright hilarious to “that actually does makes sense!”.


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The Origin and Evolution of Traffic Lights

Especially when running late, we often see these tri-coloured poles on intersections as the bane of our existence. However, the frustration borne from a few minutes of inconvenient delay is quickly forgotten when faced with the anarchy of a dysfunctioning traffic light. Let’s have a closer look at how traffic lights came about and how they’ve evolved through time.



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Driving Past Accident Sites Safely

Car accidents are a common occurrence on Malaysian roads and highways. This behaviour, which is known as ‘rubbernecking’, not only causes congestion because of drivers who slow their vehicles down more than they need to, it also poses great danger both to those doing it and to those around them. Your objective as a responsible driver is to get past the accident site as swiftly as possible, in a manner that keeps you and those around you as safe as possible. Here are few ways to do that!


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Driving While Fasting

It’s 2019 and the holy month of Ramadan is upon yet again in Malaysia and the rest of the world. During this month, Muslims all over the world begin fasting during the day and only eat at night. Did you know that throughout the rest of the year, people fast for many other reasons as well? It’s true! People fast for both religious and nonreligious reasons, like for medical purposes, for fitness (like with intermittent fasting), or even simply as a method to detoxify the body. Here’s a couple of things you need to know about your body when it’s in a fasted state, along with how it might affect your driving and what steps to take to manage the challenges involved.

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5 Types of Motorbikes!

Nowadays, in this era there are various type of motorbikes that catches our eyes! There are pros and cons for every of it! You may have heard the word “KAPCAI” if you are a local. For those who don’t, it is your common conventional motorcycle that you normally see on the road. Some would prefer to call it “Underbone” instead. DO u think you are pro enough about motorbikes? Let’s find out!

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