What can my car do? Passive and active safety

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Imagine driving in a vehicle with an unpadded steel dashboard and just lap belts in the front seat – belts that were typically buried in the seat because nobody used them! Imagine a world without car seats, headrests and shoulder belts. Imagine no airbags, no ABS brake systems, and no passenger side mirror. Imagine a car without cup holders! For those of us over 60, these were realities as we grew up to become drivers ourselves.


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Home improvement: Contractor vs. do-it-yourself

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Should you do it yourself, or hire a contractor? This might not even have been a question a generation or two ago. In our grandparents’ time, most families had a skilled tradesperson such as a carpenter, plumber, electrician or bricklayer to turn to for assistance. The small neighborhood hardware store had few options, and the suppliers who carried fixtures and materials catered primarily to skilled contractors. But the increase in large home improvement retail centers allows today’s homeowner easy access to materials and product options to update your home and increase its value.


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