Selling my motorcycle, if a potential buyer wants a test drive how do I discourage them from stealing it?
My current motorcycle was purchased used after my son totaled my purchased new version.With the insurance money to replace it, I found a bike that I might want. When I arrived, the seller took a picture of me, my driver’s license and insurance card for motorcycle insurance and held the keys to my car, my house, and my airplane. He felt he had enough information on me that I would undoubtedly return. He was right and we competed the deal. Another option would have been if I brought my son and left him with the seller as collateral. :-)When I was serving in the Navy I worked with a man who had been offered the option by a Texas Judge of enlisting or going to prison. He enlisted. His crime? He took a used motorcycle for a short test ride in Austin Texas and was arrested a week later in Georgia!UPDATE: Before allowing someone to ride your motorcycle, it’s obvious that you should ensure that he/she has experience and good enough skills. It would be a shame to have the motorcycle totaled before you sell it. It’s so obvious that I didn’t mention it previously. Mea Culpa!
For hundreds of thousands of years, humans did not brush their teeth. What happens if I stop altogether?
I’m obsessed with my teeth. I got braces when I was 7, along with all kinds of apparatuses and headgear, and I saw the orthodontist every month for eight years. As a grown ass adult, I still wear retainers. Because of all the pain and effort and money that went into my teeth, I take care of them compulsively.Several dentists have told me that if everyone had teeth like mine, then they’d be out of business. That’s right. My teeth are so awesome I put dentists out of business. I only get them cleaned once a year, and even still the hygienists are always all “wow, there’s nothing for me to do here…” Dentists literally exclaim at how “beautiful” my teeth are.I don’t mind bragging about my teeth. My parents paid a lot of money to make them awesome, and I have put in an ungodly amount of effort into keeping them awesome.My whole point here is that I know about teeth and how much keeping them clean can pay off. So, when I first met my now-husband, I was horrified at the state of his mouth.I wish I had a picture. His gums weren’t pink — they were kind of purple and grey, and they bled. Seeing as I put my mouth near those gums, I had to confront him about it. I discovered that he hadn’t brushed or flossed or gone to the dentist in five years.I was horrified. By this time I was deeply in love, but I must admit that this made me second guess things, haha.So I packed him off to a dentist. First he had to have a really expensive root canal done by a specialist (apparently his teeth have three roots instead of just two, so he can’t get anything done by a regular dentist). And then they told us that he had periodontitis, which means that he had big pockets in his gums that were filled with calcified “bacteria fortresses” (those are the the dentists actual words).The good news was they thought he was young enough that he could be saved. He had to undergo several “deep cleaning” sessions. These were painful, since the doc had to get right up under the gums to attack the bacteria fortresses. They gave him valium and the gas just to get through the cleanings.Turned out that it was all worth it! Three years later, his gums are pink and healthy, and he doesn’t have any more pockets. Thanks to me, he got fixed up just in time to make a full recovery. If his anti-toothbrush lifestyle had gone on much longer, he would have ended up with irreversible gum damage and possibly even bone loss.So, brush your teeth. Don’t be like my (wonderful) husband.
How long does it take for an average person to sober up completely after being drunk?
There were a few universities that have tried to do this study.An average liver can process approximately 1 unit of alcohol per hour. This means that if you drink 12 units, it'll take you roughly 12 hours to fully sober up.In other words, the 73 answers that are collapsed, are correct. It mostly depends on how your body reacts and digests Alcohol. The average liver can clean out almost 55 mL of alcohol…. PER HOUR. So if you have 100% alcohol ingested, then the calculations you can do, if you are not too sober/drunk.If you consume 110 mL of Alcohol, then you are likely to be drunk for 2 hours, until the alcohol starts to wear off.Use this nifty calculator to calculate how long it will take you to sober up.When Will I Be Sober?Thanks,Yagna Patel
How can you figure out how fast you're going if your speedometer isn't working?
Assuming you have a tachometer and a working speedometer, while driving down the road in high gear at a given speed, if you note the RPMs at that speed, driving at that number of RPMs in that gear will ALWAYS be at that speed. (How’s that for a run-on sentence?).To prepare for the day you break your speedometer by going so fast that the needle sticks at the top, while in high gear drive the logical speeds for high gear and note the RPMs for each. You could, of course, do that for all speeds in all gears but from a use standpoint that get’s cumbersome. Instead, pick the logical speeds, maybe: 35, 45, 55, and 65 and record the RPMs while driving in high gear. For the lower speeds, say 15 and 25, figure out what gear your car’s most comfortable in at those speeds and record the gear and RPMs.For the speeds in between those speeds just interpolate.If 55 is 2200 RPMIf 65 is 2400 RPMThen 60 is going to be half way between, or 2300 RPM.Add this information to you Operator’s Manual and it will be there when you need it.Be aware that changing the tires diameter will effect the speedometer’s accuracy.One thing to keep in mind. If you hold pace with the traffic, most of the time you’ll be safe.In addition, many GPS can provide the current speed of the vehicle. I’ve found them to be reasonably accurate.
Should I disconnect battery if car parked long term?
From this reputable source:How To Prep Your Car for Long-Term Storage | EdmundsKeep It Charged An unattended battery will eventually lose its charge. Get someone to start the car every two weeks and drive it for about 15 minutes, if possible. Driving the car periodically has several benefits. It will maintain the battery's charge, help the car "stretch its legs" and keep the engine and other components properly lubricated. It is also a good idea to run the air-conditioner to keep the parts in working order and the air quality fresh.If you cannot arrange for someone to start the car, there are two other options. The low-tech solution is to disconnect the negative battery cable. You'll likely lose the stereo presets, time and other settings. If you want to keep those settings and ensure that your battery starts the moment you return, purchase a battery tender, also known as a trickle charger. This device hooks up to your car battery on one end and plugs into a wall outlet on the other. It delivers just enough electrical power to prevent the battery from discharging.
What would happen to my car if I suddenly take the car key out while driving?
I am sure that you got already the right answer.For cars with ignition key. Modern age cars (like last 30+years) will not allow this while driving. However, it is possible to remove the key due to some defect.If you do this without turning off the engine you risk locking the steering wheel. Thus no direction. So an accident waiting to happen.If you turn off the engine, you will lock the steering wheel. Also your brakes will become almost useless. Trust me, been there. ABS and ESP/VSC pumps are active only with the engine running. If you turn off the engine you will find that the brake pedal is behaving strange and inefficient. Basically it should still do the job and you should be prepared to press it repeatedly in case of emergency to build up pressure on the brakes.On cars without an ignition key, a very similar situation. I saw a video on youtube with a Ford suv with start/stop button. That guy did the test. Basically there were two scenarios. I cant find the link, but youtube is full of video like that.Speed under 20 mph. The engine would turn off if you keep pressed the button. I cant assume what happens to the steering wheel. Probably fine, but dont take my word.Speed over 20 mph. The button will not work, no matter how long you keep it pressed. So you are fine.However, I would stress that you should be aware of odd situations in traffic. Things that will happen maybe once in a lifetime. Like brake failure or engine failure. Be prepared mentally to act fast. Know the drill.It happened to me several times.Engine stopped while entering a roundabout. No steering and no effective brakes. Almost ran into someone. But I cold started the engine while the car still had momentum and it was in gear. It was to the limit, but it worked. You need a manual transmission for this. Newer cars have a system in place that automatically re-start the engine. (still an optional extra on most cars).