Experts debunk 4 winter driving myths
Traveling in the snow and ice is dangerous, especially in a car.
Drivers are often misinformed about the safest ways to operate and take care of a car in winter conditions.
Myth #1: You should always let a vehicle idle before driving it in cold weather
While it may be convenient to hop into an already warm vehicle, idling a car before driving it in cold conditions can be bad for your health, wallet and car.
The carbon monoxide an engine emits while running a car is dangerous and fuel is consumed faster.
Some argue that these sacrifices are worth it in order to protect their vehicles.
However, Dustin Stec, a Bridgestone AutoCare manager, argues that there is no benefit at all to letting your car run for a while before driving it.
Mike Roach, right, of New York, a junior at Towson University, clears snow from his car after getting stuck in Towson, Md., Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)
The common misconception stems from the fact that there was a time when “heating up” a car was necessary.
“Years ago when cars weren’t computer controlled or fuel injected, you had to rely on mechanic delivery of fuel,” Stec said.
“In the wintertime when it was exceptionally cold, that component of the carburetor didn’t work well, and it had to warm up before it worked efficiently.”
Stec said that today’s technology allows a car’s computer to compensate for the temperature difference in order to make it work immediately and efficiently.
Myth #2: Four-wheel drive makes a car safe to drive in the snow
Though four-wheel drive is a serious advantage in reaching a destination in the snow, it cannot assist in stopping a car.
“Stopping relies on driving correctly and having winter tires on your car in snow and ice,” Stec said.
He argued that driver education and safety trump reliance on a vehicle’s capabilities. Four-wheel drive is an asset, not a safety net.
Chris Welty, a Bridgestone tire specialist, also claimed that winter tires are a necessity and that they allow a driver to stop 30 percent faster in snow and ice.
“They are the most important part of the car in inclement weather,” Welty said. “When it is cold enough that you can see your breath outside, it is time to change your tires.”
He said that people often confuse winter tires with all-season tires, but that tires should change with the seasons.
He also finds that many people think letting air out of a vehicle’s tires will create better traction.
“Tires are designed and intended to operate at a certain pressure rating, and decreasing or changing that pressure rating in an attempt to get better performance decreases the performance of the tire,” Welty said.
Myth #3: Your parking brake can help you stop in winter weather
Experts argue that it may be best to stay away from the parking brake.
“By pulling the parking brake on a car in a panic situation, you would negate the ability of the car to enable its anti-lock braking system, therefore decreasing the stopping ability or the capacity of the car,” Stec said.
The parking brake also has the potential to freeze when trying to release it in extreme cold.
Tires will perform at 100 percent when braking, but steering will reduce the brake’s capabilities, Welty said.
“Steer away from an obstacle if you cannot brake,” Welty said.
Myth #4: It’s safe to pass other drivers who may be moving slower than you
A snow plow works on a road in Oregon. (Photo/Oregon Department of Transportation)
Though it’s tempting to pass a slow-moving car when you’re in a rush, it might be dangerous amid wintry conditions.
“If you encounter a snowplow, it means that what is in front of it may be difficult,” Welty said. This could signal that it’s best to hang back.
If you do decide to pass another driver, be sure to use caution.
“When you want to pass someone and your wheels go from dry or wet asphalt to ice or snow, the car can abruptly become out of control when you hit the gas pedal.”
By Randi Ivler, AccuWeather staff writer
Counting down the greatest thrash records of all time. Warning: heads will be banged.
Dominated by the old school (because we’re sentimental bastards) but undeniably diverse, our top 20 albums are essential listening for any dedicated thrasher. Disagree with our list? Too bad. We can’t hear you moaning because we’re listening to thrash! Cheers!
20) Annihilator – Alice In Hell (Roadrunner, 1989)
One of the finest metal guitarists of all time, Jeff Waters was always destined for greatness, but this precocious debut album was, if we’re honest, taking the piss. Incredible musicianship, wonderful songs and with energy levels permanently in the red, Alice… raised thrash’s IQ and put its Canadian contingent firmly on the map once and for all.
19) Sabbat – History Of A Time To Come (Noise, 1988)
While many of their UK peers simply emulated their cousins from across the Atlantic, Sabbat created their own world of paganised poetry and eccentric riffing, resulting in a debut album that eschewed the rule book in favour of a fiercely individual take on the thrash formula. An underground phenomenon, perhaps, but an album that sent ripples of inspiration through the metal world.
18) Overkill – The Years Of Decay (Atlantic, 1989)
Already veterans of the east coast metal scene by the time they made it, Overkill flexed their muscles on The Years Of Decay and the results were remarkable. Both unashamedly committed to thrash ethics and admirably adventurous within those parameters, this was a formidable show of strength from a band that have never strayed from the righteous thrash path.
17) Nuclear Assault – Handle With Care (In-Effect, 1989)
The opening impact of Nuclear Assault’s third album still wrenches breath from lungs. Handle With Care was turbocharged thrash imbued with the spirit of hardcore: remorseless aggression and speed married to astutely crafted metallic anthems (and the occasional joke). Nuclear Assault seldom get the props they deserve, but no thrash collection is complete without them.
16) Kreator – Extreme Aggression (Noise, 1989)
By the time Kreator reached their fourth album, their youthful belligerence had mutated into something far more controlled and precise, but the ferocity that drove their early records remained in evidence on this gleaming monument to cutting edge thrash. As the incredible title track and the epic Some Pain Will Last prove, Kreator were on fire and making sure everyone else got burned too.
15) Metallica – Kill ‘Em All (Megaforce, 1983)
It is faintly terrifying to see how young they look on the back cover of the debut album, but Metallica were already much more than naive dreamers when they pieced this raw masterwork together. The bullish clatter of Hit The Lights, the visceral sprint of Whiplash, the ageless might of Seek & Destroy… yeah, Metallica were pretty fucking amazing from the very start.
14) Voivod – Dimension Hatröss (Noise, 1988)
The most distinctive and daring of all the 80s thrash bands, Voivod strode along their singular path making albums that sounded like nothing else on earth. Dimension Hatröss is the best of them: a turbulent sci-fi nightmare, brimming with grotesque hooks, exquisite lyrical weirdness and the late, great Piggy’s idiosyncratic and deeply peculiar riffs. It’s thrash, Lars, but not as we know it.
13) Metallica – …And Justice For All (Elektra, 1988)
Progressive thrash masterpiece or bass-free self-indulgence? Oh fuck off, it’s obviously the former. From the pummelling of Blackened onwards, AJFA repositioned Metallica as metal’s premier sonic explorers, with songs that defied convention while never forgetting to be seriously fucking heavy. Harvester Of Sorrow, One, Dyer’s Eve, The Frayed Ends Of Sanity… classics, each and every one.
12) Sepultura – Beneath The Remains (Roadrunner, 1989)
Restless souls from the mean streets of Belo Horizonte, Sepultura had already outgrown their primitive death metal roots when they made this, their third album. They would continue to evolve on later albums, but BTR was the Brazilians‘ incisive love letter to thrash and its inherent energy and strength. 25 years later, it will still kick your face off.
11) Testament – The Legacy (Altantic, 1987)
Although a year or two too late to qualify for thrash’s Big Four, Testament are many metalheads’ choice for an imagined fifth position. The Legacy bulges with skull- shattering heaviness and bewildering displays of technical prowess, but it is the sheer quality of the Bay Area band’s songwriting that made their debut album such an unequivocal triumph.
10) Anthrax – Among The Living (Island, 1987)
Forget the shorts, the jokes and the detours into rap territory: Anthrax have always been a kickass metal band, and Among The Living thoroughly deserves its place in our top 10. With countless infectious refrains, razor sharp lyrics and some of the beefiest riffs ever written, songs like I Am The Law, Caught In A Mosh and Indians offer nothing less than metal perfection.
9) Megadeth – Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? (Capitol, 1986)
An audacious second effort by Dave Mustaine and his prodigiously gifted band, Peace Sells… still startles to this day. Complex and unsettling, its finest moments – Wake Up Dead, The Conjuring, Devils Island and that title track – contributed hugely to thrash’s expanding vocabulary, not least due to Mustaine and Chris Poland’s extraordinary six-string chops.
8) Possessed – Seven Churches (Relativity, 1985)
Our top 20 purposefully avoids bands that blurred the boundaries between thrash, death and (early) black metal, but Possessed are the one exception we had to make. Seven Churches is a thrash album through and through – it’s just darker, heavier and more brilliantly blasphemous than anything else that existed at the time. And yes, death metal began in earnest here too.
7) Exodus – Bonded By Blood (Combat, 1985)
Talismanic standard bearers for the Bay Area thrash scene, Exodus defined the entire genre with their debut album. Led by the none-more-diehard Paul Baloff, they tore through nine flawless lessons in hard-riffing violence and deftly nailed the thrash blueprint for all time. ‘Metal takes hold, death starts to unfold… it’s loud like the world’s at and end!’ sums it up.
6) Dark Angel – Darkness Descends (Combat, 1986)
Released mere months after Reign In Blood and Pleasure To Kill, Dark Angel’s second album managed to outstrip both in terms of speed and fury. With the mighty Gene Hoglan on the drums, this was always going to slay, but the LA crew also had the songs to back up their ferocity. It’s impossible to listen to The Burning Of Sodom without smashing something.
5) Kreator – Pleasure To Kill (Noise, 1986)
The States may have dominated the thrash scene, but Germany‘s contribution was huge. Kreator’s second album remains one of the few to challenge Slayer in the violence and mayhem stakes, its blistering tempos and Mille Petrozza’s deranged screeching conspiring to wrench open the gates of hell and let its nastiest demons run rampage. Rage has never sounded more exciting.
4) Metallica – Ride The Lightning (Megaforce, 1984)
The album that sealed Metallica’s reputation as the new metal band of the early 80s, Ride The Lightning was a staggering achievement from such young musicians. The depth, ambition and musicality evident in Creeping Death, For Whom The Bell Tolls and Fade To Black still take the breath away over 30 years later. If you love thrash, you must love this.
3) Megadeth – Rust In Peace (Capitol, 1990)
Thrash may have faded badly during the 90s, but it certainly entered the decade in supreme form. Megadeth’s greatest album upped the ante for the entire metal genre with songwriting, technicality and production all hitting unprecedented levels of efficacy. Holy Wars… The Punishment Due, Hangar 18 and Tornado Of Souls have become revered classics. Say what you like about Dave Mustaine, but he’s a genius.
2) Metallica – Master Of Puppets (Elektra, 1986)
Younger Metallica fans may wonder why so many people bemoan the band’s meandering creativity over the last 20 years: Master Of Puppets explains why. Epic, ingenious, overwhelmingly muscular and precise, every one of its eight songs is a timeless classic. It was both Cliff Burton’s swansong and the album that propelled Metallica towards stardom. If you don’t own it, you suck at metal.
1) Slayer – Reign In Blood (Def Jam, 1986)
Is there such a thing as a perfect album? Yes. It’s called Reign In Blood. Not quite 30 minutes of the most brutal, explosive and unrelenting extreme metal ever conceived, Slayer’s third album still sounds staggeringly powerful nearly three decades on. From the cudgelling attack of the opening Angel Of Death to the bleak horror of Raining Blood, Reign In Blood towers above every other thrash album for several reasons, but the most important of them is its swivel-eyed intensity: something that no other metal band have ever quite equalled. The evil riffs of Hanneman and King, Tom Araya’s menacing proclamations, Dave Lombardo’s octopus-like mastery of the kit… this is thrash metal at its purest and most destructive. It may never be surpassed.
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Doe no — Arby’s is selling a venison sandwich
Oh deer — Arby’s is making a venison sandwich.
The fast food chain known for hot roast beef and brisket is embracing its “We Have the Meats” slogan by adding wild game to the menu this hunting season.
Arby’s is rolling out a thick-cut venison steak starting Monday sourced from “free-range farmed deer that feed on fresh grass from New Zealand,” according to an Arby’s spokesperson. The steak is marinated in garlic, salt and pepper, and cooked for three hours. It will be topped with crispy onions and juniper berry sauce.
The $5 speciality sandwich will be available in 17 stores at select “heavy deer hunting areas” in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Georgia through Nov. 27, according to the press release.
“Hunters hunt the meats, and we have the meats, so it makes sense for us to connect with them and offer a sandwich that they can’t get at any other restaurant chain,” said Arby’s chief marketing officer Rob Lynch in a statement.
Venison is notoriously tough to cook without getting gamey, however, and even Lynch admits the new sandwich is “probably the biggest stretch for us yet.”
A rep told The News that if enough diners fawn over it, however, Arby’s could consider selling the venison sammie nationally.
LAPD Admits Error In Announcing Death Of Tom Petty — Who’s Still Off Life Support
October 2, 2017 at 1:33 PM (PT)
Tom Petty (Shutterstock)
Despite an avalanche of media reports reporting on the death of TOM PETTY, one of the original sources for the information, the The LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT, has backtracked in a series of tweets. “The LAPD has no information about the passing of singer TOM PETTY. Initial information was inadvertently provided to some media sources,” the first one stated, followed by, “However, the LAPD has no investigative role in this matter. We apologize for any inconvenience in this reporting.”
TMZ now reports that “a chaplain was called to TOM’s hospital room on MONDAY morning, and that “the family has a do not resuscitate order on TOM. The singer is not expected to live throughout the day, but he’s still clinging to life.”
Furthermore, besides backtracking on its initial claims, the LAPD noted that the L.A. COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT. handled the emergency.
PETTY was rushed to the hospital SUNDAY night (10/1) after being found unconscious in his MALIBU home. There they found he had no brain activity. Earlier today (10/2), a decision was made to pull life support.
Most Dangerous Celebrities: All the famous people you shouldn’t Google
Who doesn’t have a pop celebrity fan in their family? You know, people who constantly scour the web for the latest news on a particular movie star or musical artist.
Well, cybercriminals are on the lookout for the latest celebrity trends too, and they exploit the public’s obsession with the most popular celebrities to lure fans into giving up more than their admiration.
Here are the names and terms you, your kids and your friends should watch out for when you search for them online.
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2017’s most dangerous celebrities
This year, female pop-rock celebrity Avril Lavigne has dethroned Amy Schumer as “the most dangerous celebrity to search online.”
This dubious title is courtesy of McAfee, and for the 11th year in a row, the computer security company has listed the top 10 riskiest celebrities you shouldn’t Google. This year, Lavigne ousted last year’s “winner,” Amy Schumer, to take the top spot.
According to McAfee, searching for these celebrities return the most dangerous results that can expose users to malicious links and websites.
Additionally, searching for the celebrity name plus “free mp3″ generated the most links for potentially malicious websites. This helps propel musicians to regularly make the list but this is actually the first time the top 10 is wholly dominated by musical celebrities.
Here’s McAfee’s list of top 10 most dangerous celebrities in 2017:
- Avril Lavigne
- Bruno Mars
- Carly Rae Jepsen
- Zayn Malik
- Celine Dion
- Calvin Harris
- Justin Bieber
- Katy Perry
By exploiting the consuming public’s fascination with celebrities, cybercriminals are using these names to lure online denizens to potentially dangerous websites that can install malware and steal personal information.
“In today’s digital world, we want the latest hit albums, videos, movies and more, immediately available on our devices,” said McAfee’s Gary Davis. “Consumers often prioritize their convenience over security by engaging in risky behavior like clicking on suspicious links that promise the latest content from celebrities.
“It’s imperative that they slow down and consider the risks associated with searching for downloadable content. Thinking before clicking goes a long way to stay safe online,” he continued.
Who is Avril Lavigne?
Well, she’s just the second best-selling Canadian female artist of all time, selling more than 40 million albums worldwide.
Lavigne took a musical hiatus the last four years due to her battle with Lyme disease. She recently announced that she’s putting out new music soon and this may be the reason for the resurgence in online searches for her name.
According to McAfee, if you search for “Avril Lavigne free mp3″ right now, you have a 22 percent chance of landing on a malicious website.
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Stewart Copeland’s Gizmodrome announce debut album
Gizmodrome, featuring Stewart Copeland, Adrian Belew, Mark King and Vittorio Cosma, will release their debut album in September
Gizmodrome have announced that they will release their self-titled debut album later this year.
The all-star band consists of Stewart Copeland, Adrian Belew, Mark King and Vittorio Cosma, with the record scheduled for a September 15 launch via earMUSIC.
One of the album tracks is called Strange Things Happen – and Copeland says the title is appropriate to the way the project came together.
He explains: “Vittorio and I have been playing together for years in Italy, but it got serious when Adrian and Mark joined us for 15 days of wild creativity in a Milan recording studio.
“If you put the right guys together in a rehearsal room, ‘strange things’ definitely happen!”
King recalls: “Stewart texted me and asked if I fancied joining him and some of his friends in a studio in Milan – and next thing, I’m banging out basslines to his ferocious beats with Mr Adrian Belew bouncing sounds off the walls that I never heard before. And Vittorio, who somehow always pulls it all together. That is Gizmodrome!”
“Gizmodrome totally surprised me,” Adrian Belew says. “I went into a studio in Italy not knowing what to expect and by the end of day one of recording I knew two things – the musical chemistry was incredibly exciting and we were having incredible fun!”
Further album details will be revealed in due course but a work in progress version of the track Amaka Pipa can be heard below.