Going on vacation is supposed to be a fun time, but packing can be a nightmare. Space is often limited, due to luggage restrictions or your own personal preferences, and most people end up packing in a rush, making themselves liable to forget something important.

That’s why it’s handy to have a general packing checklist—you won’t have to worry about forgetting something important, so long as you capture all the items on the list (even if you’re pressed for time).

Check out this ultimate packing checklist when you prepare for your next vacation. 

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Getting rid of an old car is a challenging task for most people, especially those who have established strong connections with their automobiles. Many people who choose to keep their old cars enjoy reduced payments and other perks associated with such models. However, there are times when common sense needs to kick in. It does not make sense to have a car that has a mileage of more than 300,000 and produces unhealthy smoke from its engine. Here are three classic signs that indicate it is time to get a new car.

Rising Cost of Insurance

Insurance companies do not like older cars. The most common reason is for this distaste is that older cars have few safety features when compared to new models. Hence, they are more likely to get involved in accidents. Even if you have a spotless driving record, the insurance premiums will begin to rise as the car gets older. You need to pay close attention to your insurance premiums and determine whether it is cost-effective to keep the car. Consider replacing the car if the insurance premiums surpass the regular maintenance costs. Some insurance companies will notify you about the significant increase. Some companies will even require you to sign a new contract or terminate the current policy.

Repair Costs Exceed the Value of the Car

It is normal to repair cars occasionally. But an increased number of visits to the mechanic can have a significant impact on your budget. A vehicle that stalls on the road and at the traffic lights will waste your time and cost a fortune to repair. Old vehicles usually exhibit the same mechanical problems repeatedly. There are some people who have even parted with more than $2,000 to repair a vehicle that is worth $500. It would be foolish to pay such colossal amounts of money to have the vehicle fixed when you could replace it with a new one.

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Investing in reliable transportation doesn’t mean spending money you cannot afford on a vehicle that’s got all the bells, whistles, and luxury. It doesn’t mean buying a luxury car so you can keep up with the neighbors or driving something you’re not comfortable in. It means buying a vehicle you can count on to get you where you want to go when you need to go. It means driving a vehicle that’s safe, reliable, and doesn’t leave you wondering if you’ll make it where you need to go at the end of the day. If you’re not convinced it’s time to invest in reliable transportation, perhaps you haven’t found a compelling reason to spend the money.

Minimize Your Chance of Accidents

It’s not always something drivers think about, but it’s worth considering. If you drive a vehicle that has a specific lack of reliability, you run the risk of being involved in an accident that’s potentially greater than the traditional risk. Let’s use the example of someone who drives a vehicle with numerous mechanical issues that breaks down regularly. If you’re driving 75 miles per hour during heavy traffic on a five-lane highway and your car stalls or stops in the middle of the road, you run a huge risk of being hit by vehicles driving very fast.

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Automobile safety involves implementation of design, equipment, construction and regulation to minimize the occurrence and effects of traffic accidents. Early studies about automobile safety were carried out at the Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory that is based in New York. His studies explained the essence of padded dashboards and seat belts. However, the primary cause of traffic related deaths was due to excess mass or speeding and not the pedestrian’s fault. In fact, statistics from the United States showed that a pedestrian is injured every eight minutes, this being almost double the chance of an occupant of a vehicle being injured. Again, work related roadway crushes are the leading cause of injuries in the U.S., truck drivers making the majority of these.

Automotive safety can be of two types: active and passive. Active safety is the technology assisting in the prevention of a crash. They include vehicles headlamps, reflectors, mirrors, brakes, steering and suspension systems. Passive safety, on the other hand, refers to components of the vehicle. Such components include airbags, seatbelts and the physical structure of the body.

There are subsets of crash avoidance systems, which help the driver to detect obstacles and control the vehicle. Driver Alertness Detection system, otherwise known as DADS, is installed to ensure that crashes resulting from fatigue are eliminated. Automatic braking is a crucial component to reduce the severity of collision, while infrared night vision systems were used to see objects beyond the headlamp range. Adaptive headlamps are designed to control the direction and range of the headlight beams, thus enhances the diver’s vision without blinding other motorists. Other devices used include the reverse backup detectors to alert drivers to be aware of objects in their way when reversing, traction control systems that restore grip if driven wheels begin to spin, adaptive cruise control to keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead and the electronic stability control, which helps to deter an impending loss of control. Some vehicles may have a backup camera, tire pressure monitoring system, anti-lock braking system, pre-crash system and an automated parking system.

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