Monthly Archives: October 2013

How to Prepare for a 4WD Adventure

A memorable 4WD adventure will test the conditions of your vehicle, and you should prepare it for that challenge in a meticulous and proactive manner. With that in mind, let’s consider the essential aspects that an off-road adventurer must consider.

Basic Maintenance

Ideally, your 4WD vehicle is regularly serviced by experts such as Perform those steps again now, or if not, now is the right time to start. Change the oil and replace the oil filter. Top off fluids like antifreeze and windshield fluid, and be sure to inspect the brakes, transmission, steering system, radiator/cooling system and AC. Finally, install a new, well-sealed air cleaner.

Examine the Chassis

Strive to maintain the underside of the vehicle in a clean state; it makes it easier to inspect and maintain. If you haven’t done that, then clean it now at least enough that you can see the chassis. Then scrutinize all welds and joins for stress fractures and even any minor signs of fatigue. If you find any, have a professional attend to them immediately. Lastly, review the exhaust assembly and ensure that it’s solid.

Inspect the Wheels

If not already, jack the vehicle up for this phase. If you can jack it high to work on the wheels and tyres at standing level, that’s ideal. Spin the wheels. Ensure that they spin freely and without noise. Listen for any abrasive sounds. Spin them again and watch that they rotate in a true circle without any irregularities. Lastly, rock the wheels to make sure that there’s no play in them.

Preparing the Tyres

To appreciate the tyres fully, remove them. Be sure to examine the inner wall. Check for any sidewall damage and slashes. Assess the tread for proper depth, and inspect it for stones, nails and so forth. Just prior to departure, have a professional perform wheel alignment, tyre rotation and tyre balancing. Lastly, verify the air pressure at the last possible location before setting off the beaten path.

Tighten All Nuts

Off-road adventurers should be intimately familiar with their adventures. If you’re not yet, then this is the stage in the preparation where you’ll earn that experience. Plan to spend at least an hour or two. Grab a variety of spanners, get back under the vehicle and then tighten and test the integrity of each nut. Once you’re comfortable prepping your vehicle, feel free to combine this step with the chassis check.

Review the Shock Absorbers

While the 4WD vehicle is up, double-check the shock absorbers and all suspension components. Shocks should be visibly inspected for leaks and damage and then checked for compression. Hydraulic shocks should barely move in or out at all, and gas shocks should revert to their default position automatically.

Inspect All Aftermarket Components

Aftermarket components tend to be a problem area for off-road vehicles because they can never be as well affixed as stock items. Pay particular attention to items like aerials, roof racks and spotlights. Consider the abuse from off-road vibration and be proactive. If you discover a fastener that is loosened or a potential problem, then use nylock nuts, stud adhesives or a similar solution.

Your 4WD vehicle should now be well prepared to tackle any adventure. The next step should be preparation of an emergency kit, which should include a two-way radio. It’s also a good idea to have a comprehensive, illustrated service manual, which will be a great resource when calling for help.

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How to Enjoy Traveling During a Business Trip

business travelingIt might seem like a fun thing but not a lot of people enjoy traveling for business purposes. It is probably because of the fact that you know that you are going somewhere for work and not because you are going to roam around a certain place or country as a tourist. If you also do nothing but travel on a daily basis, it can get tiring. You also have to make sure that you pack all your essential things so that you will feel comfortable.

There may be some things that you can do to improve your current state of emotions aside from thinking about your responsibility of doing your work well. Here are just a few of those things:

  1. Make sure that you are wearing comfortable clothes. If you are going to travel for a long time, wearing clothes that you can move freely in will not stifle you as much. This can be a bit tricky though if you have a business meeting to attend to. Make sure that you are work appropriate and comfortable. Remember that the possibilities are endless.
  2. Just pack the things that you need. Business travelling is not the same with leisure travelling wherein you can go wherever you like. You also have limited time to do things so do not make it harder for yourself by packing things that you will not be able to use.
  3. It would be wise to arrive early especially if you have a flight to catch.

Feeling stressed about travelling can be hard to avoid especially if you know that you have to be away for a long period of time. You cannot help but miss your family and friends but do remember that there are now various ways by which people can communicate. It will not be the same, but it will lessen the stress caused by homesickness a bit.

The best way to deal with business travelling is to identify what is that main thing that is causing you much stress. Once you have figured out what it is, find a possible way that will help you eliminate it. You will be surprised with the difference that it will make in your life.

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The Best Places to Visit in Asia

Asia is the largest continent in the world and it is not surprising that there are a lot of tourist destinations that can be visited in different countries. The places that you would like to visit will vary on your preference but you will surely find a place that you can call paradise.

hongkong at night

If you would like to shop till you drop, Hong Kong is still the best place to visit. It is considered to be the shopping mecca of Asia with all the bargains and trendy clothes that you can purchase for a small amount of money.

tropical beach

If you are searching for a tropical paradise, Boracay Island in Visayas, Philippines should be visited for its long, white coastal sand area and its well known nightlife. It can be a great place to party till the morning light.

water sports thailand

If you are more into water sports though, Phuket, Thailand will be your perfect destination. For a tropical destination in the middle of Asia, Sri Lanka is the place to be. Be marveled by the wildlife that you can see in this popular tourist destination.

sri lanka

The number of places that you can visit are endless and it might be hard to choose but doing researches about the various places will help you reach the right decision on where you should go for your Asian vacation.

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