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BMW Adds A Caring Car Feature To Its Cars That Helps You Relax

BMW Adds A Caring Car Feature To Its Cars That Helps You Relax

Once upon a time, driving was a way to escape the hassle of life. You could get in and drive without worrying about anything for the next hour or two. However, with the permanent traffic jams, fender benders and unruly motorists, it’s becoming stressful to own a car. BMW recognizes that and now offers a caring car feature that sets a relaxing or revitalizing mood in the car. The BMW 7.0 operating system is available in the new F40 1 Series, 3 Series, G11/G12 7 Series LCI, 8 Series, X5, G07 X7 and G29 Z4. It contains a number of impressive technology including the one-of-a-kind mood-boosting mode known as the “Caring car”. It can be activated through a simple touch on the infotainment screen or voice command using BMW’s voice assistant. For example, you can say, “Hey BMW, I feel tired.” which will automatically…

The Meaning Behind A Number Plate In Kenya

The Meaning Behind A Number Plate In Kenya

A number plate is an indication of status or rank in society. It’s also a way to distinguish dignitaries on the road. This is why many strive to customize their number plates such as getting their name or favourite number permanently linked to their automobile. Additionally, there’s a meaning behind every number plate that many aren’t aware of. The first vehicle to be registered in Kenya was in 1920 and they adopted a rather simple numbering system. Each district had an assigned letter. For instance, Kiambu district was N and Kisumu was E, followed by a serial number of Y-XXXX. The K-prefix system started in the 1950s. This system has evolved to accommodate more registration. If you’re observant, you will notice so many different types of number plates on Kenyan roads. Some are a different colour and others are a different shape. Here’s what…

5 Dashboard Cameras You Should Consider Buying

5 Dashboard Cameras You Should Consider Buying

With the prevalent cases of car parts theft, hit and runs and reckless driving in Kenya, it’s more important than ever to invest in a dashboard camera for your car. There are even more benefits to owning a dashboard camera than security purposes. Luckily, the camera doesn’t have to be very high quality or expensive. In fact, there are a number of affordable dashboard cameras in the market right now that don’t compromise on image quality or durability. They range from Ksh 5,000 to Ksh. 20,000 and can shoot up to 4K quality. Here are our top 5 dashboard cameras you should consider buying. Nextbase 422GW This is one of the more expensive on the list got for Ksh 16,000 on Amazon. The price is justified as this camera offers an array of impressive features including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, built-In Alexa for voice…

How To Check If Your Car Needs New Tyres

How To Check If Your Car Needs New Tyres

Car tyres undergo the most wear since they’re in direct contact with the road. Did you know that there’s a minimum car tyre tread depth? In most countries, including Kenya, the minimum tread depth is 1.6mm. This is the minimum thickness between the top of the tread rubber to the bottom of the tyre’s deepest grooves. Therefore, depending on the use, it’s important to check whether your tyres need replacement both for legal and safety purposes. Here are some tips on how to check if your car needs new tyres. Check The Tread Indicators You may have noticed that your tyres have small bumps or bars molded in the pattern. These are the manufacturer’s safety precautions known as the tread indicators and they’re used to tell if your tyres are worn out. They’re usually invisible when the tyres are new. However, if you notice multiple of them, then…

A Guide On How To Do A Car Trade In

A Guide On How To Do A Car Trade In

Many car dealerships in the country offer car trade-in as a method to finance your new car. Since the concept is fairly new, most people are oblivious to its benefits and how it actually works. Doing a car trade-in is a fairly simple process and when done right, you get your money’s worth. Usually, the main concern people have while doing a car trade-in is how get the best value. Of course, most dealerships will try and shortchange you. However, with the right information, you’ll be able to get the right price for your car. Here’s a detailed guide on how to do a car trade-in. Always Do Your Research Research is important to know what the market price is for your car. If you go to a dealership blindly, they will give you the lowest figure to get you to cough up more…

What To Look For When Test Driving A Car

What To Look For When Test Driving A Car

Test driving a car is more than just taking it to the road. This is an opportunity to do a personal inspection of the car. Whether you’re buying a new or used car, it’s important to do a thorough test drive to ensure that you are fully satisfied with its condition. Due to the changing car technology, newer model cars are much different from older models. Therefore, it’s highly likely that you’ll be unfamiliar with certain functions. Here are some essential things to look for once you get that test driving appointment. Documentation First, if the dealership or owner asks for a copy of your driver’s license, bring your own copies. After you’re done with the test drive, ask for them back and destroy them. The point is, never leave such personal information with anyone. With the rising cases of car theft, this information…

Dangers Of Using Counterfeit Spare Parts

Dangers Of Using Counterfeit Spare Parts

Counterfeit spare parts are wreaking havoc in all African markets and Kenya has not been spared. This is a challenge that seems to have established strong roots and it’s not only endangering the lives of drivers and passengers, but also affecting the performance of the vehicles.   The list of spares that are usually counterfeited include light bulbs, spark plugs, brake pads, oil, filters, oil pumps, water pumps, steering linkages and airbags. Unsuspecting customers are misled by spare parts that are packaged in exactly the same way as the original brands. It’s mostly experienced mechanics and spare parts dealer that are able to tell them apart. Counterfeit parts are usually way much cheaper than the original brands, though unscrupulous dealers sometimes sell them at the same price to unsuspecting buyers.   While pricing seems to influence purchase decisions in Africa, one needs to understand…

5 Car Noises You Should Never Ignore

5 Car Noises You Should Never Ignore

They say a car is like a child when it needs something, it will make noise. Car noises can range from normal to horrible and it’s up to the driver to determine which noises need your immediate attention. Unfortunately, many drivers, especially new ones, have no idea what different car noises mean. This could cause unnecessary panic or worse, further damage to your car. It is, therefore, important to be acquainted with different car noises. Here are some car noises you should never ignore. Noise When Shifting Gears Any noise when shifting gears is a clear indication that something isn’t right. It could be a problem with the clutch, torque converter or transmission fluid. Failure to address the issue immediately could lead to further damage to the gearbox which can be quite costly. It’s important to bring your car to a specialist who will…

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