Monday, May 19, 2014

SAVE ON GAS! Brake-O-Rama Rates Cheapest Cars to Drive Now!

Brake-O-Rama wants customers to save money on gasoline. Our mechanics see alot of cars and they know the best cars to drive to same money on gas. Gasoline prices have gone up and are hurting the budgets of many people. It is important information Brake-O-Rama mechanics share with you on saving money on gas.
High-MPG cars are surging in sales: Small cars made up about 25% of sales in March. But it is important to know which cars are best on mileage?Car-shopping site Edmunds.comhas done the math on monthly costs at recent gas prices; it recently ranked wallet-busters and super-savers in different categories of 2011 models. The range of costs was startling: Within the same size class, the thirstiest can run up a gas bill two to three times that of the best gas sippers.
Compact Cars
This ranking shows the most intriguing range of costs. The plug-in Nissan Leaf shows monthly charging costs of just $41 a month; its competitor the Chevrolet Volt – which uses some gas for a back-up generator – takes $58 in monthly costs. (See Chevrolet Volt: What Will the Car of the Year Really Cost You?) The Honda Civic GX, fueled by natural gas, would cost $46 a month if you had a home fueling station and $87 a month if you bought from commercial stations. (See Save Money on Gas: Buy a Natural Gas Fueled Car). The monthly gas bill for a Toyota Prius hybrid (51 mpg city, 48 highway) – at  left – would be $89.
Midsize Cars
With no plug-ins in this category, the lowest mid-size fuel costs belong to the Ford Fusion Hybrid, at right. Ranked by the EPA at 41 mpg city, 36 highway, its monthly fuel bill is $108. Just behind is the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (35 mpg city, 40 highway) at $111.
Most costly in this segment is the Volkswagen CC VR6 -another all-wheel-drive performance model with a six-cylinder engine ranked at 17 mpg in city, 15 highway. Its monthly fuel bill is $225 – just more than twice that of the hybrids
Compact SUVs
Hybrids rule here too, with the Ford Escape Hybrid (34 mpg city, 31 highway) topping this list at $132 in monthly fuel costs. That’s half as much as “worst” pick: off-roading champion Jeep Wrangler (15 mpg city, 17 highway), at $263.
As Edmunds analyst John O’Dell notes, “Unless your daily commute is across the Rubicon Trail, it might make sense to bank the $131 a month you would save with a Ford hybrid and use it to rent a Wrangler for your annual two-week trek into the wilderness.”
Midsize SUVs
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid (28 mpg city, 28 highway) tops this list at $158 monthly fuel costs but the Chevrolet Equinox, at right, with a standard gas engine ranked at 22 mpg city, 32 highway, is not far behind at $172.
The four-wheel-drive Nissan Pathfinder, with a 5.6-liter V-8 engine rated at 13 mpg city, 18 highway, is worst at $343 a month – among several Nissan, Toyota Mitsubishi and Mazda models in that part of the rankings. “You know it’s a brave new world out there when a list of the most fuel [efficient] midsize SUVs includes a domestic model – the Chevrolet Equinox – while the worst fuel economy in the segment is being racked up almost entirely by import models,” says analyst John O’Dell.
We at Brake-O-Rama hope this information is helpful to you. If you want more car information that can help you maintain your automobile, check out our other Brake-O-Rama websites!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Zalman Silber Sky Walk

As his successes multiply, serial entrepreneur Zalman Silber has branched out into other forms of family entertainment. Starting with the Skyride in New York and then the Australian version called Oztrek in Sydney, he one-ups himself by offering the incomparable Skywalk (formerly known as a SkyTour), the most exciting thing to do at the Sydney Tower. Just as he seemed to have reasoned of his New York Skyride, located at the Empire State Building, "People want to go to the observation deck in order to see the city as the birds do, so why not a virtual helicopter fly-over located at just the same place?" it seems that Zalman Silber has also reasoned, "People want to go to the observation deck of the Sydney Tower to see the city from the air - so why not let them out from behind the window to do just that?"

Crazy? That's the Zalman Silber SkyWalk in Sydney for you - an incredible experience like no other, where you are out in the open air, with no glass to separate you from the stunning view at almost a thousand feet up! Distant beaches and mountains hug the curvature of the earth before your eyes as you scan the horizon all around, the wind in your hair and your heart in your throat while safely thethered in special protective suits. Professional guides provide colorful commentary, and a photographer is on hand to record the whole experience for the purchase of souvenirs later on; no loose items are allowed due to obvious safety concerns.

And on account of safety, the minimum age for guests is ten years-old, with all visitors required to sign medical liability waivers beforehand. Wheelchair accessibility is available with prior notice of at least forty-eight hours. Lockers are available to accommodate small to medium-sized items, and rain coats are provided in cases of inclement weather. The sixty-five Australian dollar ticket covers the Skywalk as well as admission to the observation deck proper and Zalman Silber's other operation at the Sydney Tower, the Oztrek, a fifteen-minute IMAX-like experience incorporating motion seating for kinetic feedback synchronized with onscreen action. Immersive surround sound and a hundred and eighty-degree wraparound vista help tell the story of Australia's history and its national treasures.

But honestly, nothing can compare with the feeling of first stepping out onto the fully transparent glass floor of the Skywalk and looking straight down! That's probably the single biggest reaons why this attraction is such a success, probably the most exciting one of all in the whole of Sydney.