Honda Accord, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey Continue as America's Most Popular Vehicles in Their Segments With Individual U.S. Car Buyers in 2014
"Retail sales are simply a better yardstick for measuring real-world product appeal, and Honda's focus on retail sales translates to higher resale value and lower lifetime ownership costs for our customers," said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division.
"We're looking to build on our retail sales momentum in the light truck category in the year ahead with innovative new products including the new Honda HR-V crossover and redesigned Pilot SUV."
“Hitting the Slopes” – MY15 CR-V AWD LX
Q. Is it bad to regularly drive my car until the low gas light comes on?
A. It’s like dancing with the devil. All right, not really--but it’s still not a good idea. Running out of gas is a serious drag and depending on where and when it happens, it can turn into a dangerous situation.
Aside from the risk of getting stranded on the side of the road at the mercy of passersby, driving your car down to the bottom of your gas tank can actually do damage your car’s engine.
Gas has small particles of dirt and other gunk that accumulate and sink to the bottom of your tank. The lower your gas level goes, the more gunk gets stirred up and mixed with the remaining gas.
If you’re driving with a low tank, this sediment is pulled up into your engine. Some of it will be caught by your fuel filter, but some dirty gas will make it into your fuel line and finally to your engine where can do some serious damage, including ruining your fuel pump.
Mucking up your engine with dirty gas is easily avoidable. Just fill it up. Try not to let your tank get below a quarter of tank and you should be good to go.
Your doctor is the best resource available to you when it comes to information about your health and wellness. But though a doctor will do his or her best to give you all the information you need, it will take a little bit of preparation on your part if you want to get the most out of your doctor’s visit.
Clear knowledge of symptoms
The main clues that doctors use to diagnose potential problems are the symptoms that you have experienced. This is especially true if you are seeing the doctor for a specific issue. Details like the kind of symptoms you’re having, how often you’re having them, and how severe they are can all help the doctor reach a clear diagnoses.
To give your doctor the most accurate information regarding your symptoms, try keeping a journal of anything unusual that you experience. Write down the date, time, type, and severity of a symptom as soon as you feel it. That way, when you’re in the doctor’s office, you’ll be able to provide very clear information that will be much more helpful than if you tried to recall everything in the past weeks on the spot.
You don’t necessarily have to know you have an issue or illness to keep track of the way your body feels. Keep track of how you feel on a daily basis. That way, if something does change, you’ll have an accurate record of when it started.
Think of questions before you’re in the office
When you go to the doctor, it's your chance to ask any questions you have about specific concerns or general wellness. Don’t trust your health to the effectiveness of a mental list. Even if you have a great memory, why risk leaving something out? Write down questions as they come to you in the weeks before your doctor’s visit. If you use a notebook or calendar to track symptoms, write down your questions in the same place. That way everything stays together, and you won’t have to worry about gathering a lot of papers when you head to the office.
Let your doctor be the expert
In the days of self-diagnosis websites and persistent commercials for prescription drugs, you might feel like you have an idea of what your illness is before you see your doctor. But though online medical dictionaries can be helpful in making the decision to see a doctor in the first place, they are never a stand-in for a medical professional. Trust that your doctor knows how to diagnose your symptoms better than you, better than the internet, and better than prescription drug commercials.
Take notes on instructions
After your check-up, your doctor will give you information about your health and potentially recommendations about changes you need to make in personal care. Write down the recommendations your doctor gives you so that you don’t forget them. Even if everything looks normal, writing down information like your weight and blood pressure can help you keep track of how your body fluctuates between doctor visits.
Doctors train for a long time to be able to help you, but that doesn't mean that they can make the right diagnosis without the necessary information. By preparing for your appointment with accurate data, you’ll be helping your doctor do his or her job and ultimately helping yourself get the most out of your doctor’s visit.
Every year, many drivers become drowsy or fall asleep behind the wheel, putting themselves and other drivers at risk. Government statistics paint a disturbing picture that suggests that every driver should be careful to avoid driving while drowsy. By understanding the problem and taking some simple precautions, drivers can stay safe while on the road.
Sleep is primarily dependent on the circadian cycle, the body’s internal clock. When a person misses a night of sleep, he or she encounters a problem with short-term sleepiness. Long-term sleepiness results when a person sleeps 1 or 2 hours less than his or her body needs every day. According to an expert panel led by the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the only way to cure sleepiness is for a person to get more sleep.
Factors other than sleep loss that contribute to sleepiness include drivers who drive for long periods without a break or drive between midnight and 6:00 a.m. Older drivers are generally at higher risk of drowsy driving during the afternoon. Drivers who take certain medications can also be at higher risk of driving while drowsy. Patients should always be sure to read all the information that accompanies their prescriptions. Medical issues such as sleep apnea and narcolepsy can also contribute to problems with drowsiness. Alcohol is known to compound any other risk factors.
The effects of sleepiness on driving
Drivers who are experiencing problems with sleep have an impaired ability to react to road conditions. A general lack of attentiveness and an inability to receive and process information contributes to this condition. Although sleepy conditions most commonly occur late at night and early in the morning, drivers also often experience drowsy conditions during the middle of the afternoon.
While the NHTSA understands the severity of the problem sleepy drivers pose to the nation’s motorists, data concerning it is sketchy. After all, authorities have no clear test to determine when drowsiness is the cause of an accident. However, the NCSDR/NHTSA panel paints a profile of what a typical sleep-related accident is like.
- Above-average severity
- Involves a single vehicle that veers off the road
- Often occurs on highways at high speeds
- Drivers make no apparent effort to avoid danger
- Sleepy drivers are often alone in the car when they crash
Avoiding drowsy driving
Drowsy driving is dangerous. Fortunately, drivers can take some definite steps to stay safe when they drive. One of the most important things drivers can do is plan to get extra sleep before a road trip. They should also plan to be off the road between the critical hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m.
No evidence exists that confirms that listening to the radio or driving with the car windows down are effective ways to combat sleepiness behind the wheel. However, the NHTSA has two recommendations for drivers who realize they have become drowsy while driving. First, drivers should pull off the road and sleep for fifteen minutes or so. Short naps have proven to be effective in remedying drowsiness. The other suggestion is for drivers to either drink two cups of coffee or take caffeine pills equal to two cups of coffee.
Fitness bootcamp just sounds scary. Bootcamp conjures up images of trying to crawl under barbed wire while the enemy is shooting at you. However, fitness bootcamp can be a great way for people to join a weight loss program with the support of a group. And you can enjoy the outdoors at the same time, instead of being stuck inside a gym.
A basic fitness bootcamp usually includes a mix of traditional cardio, body weight exercises, interval training and strength training. The bootcamp lasts about four to eight weeks depending on the camp. You’ll likely be required to get up early, run, do push ups, squats, lunges and interval training with little time in between exercises. You’ll probably also be asked to participate in obstacle courses and group or team competitions.
Yup, those thoughts of military bootcamp are coming right back.
While a fitness bootcamp may not be for everyone (check with your doctor before signing on the dotted line), there are benefits. For one, the exercise you’ll receive at the camp is a total body workout that will be taught by a certified instructor. It’ll be a combination of different exercises that will improve agility, balance and flexibility while burning calories and fat.
Because the fitness bootcamp is a group experience, you’ll have the support of the people around you. You can commiserate and complain together. You can also push each other harder to achieve your goals and work harder.
However, for those who enjoy a more personal experience and more one-on-one attention, fitness bootcamp may not be for you. You probably won’t get any personal attention from the trainer while you’re at the bootcamp.
When choosing a fitness bootcamp, make sure you do your research. Choose one that’s going to address your fitness needs and that will conduct the kind of fitness regime you enjoy doing. Different types of fitness bootcamps include women-only, fitness bootcamps for seniors, bridal bootcamps, sports, weight loss, general fitness and kids fitness bootcamps. There’s even a fitness bootcamp for owners and their dogs.
Also, make sure the instructor is reputable. If you have a bad instructor, you’ve just wasted a lot of time and money and you’re probably not getting as much out of it as you could.
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Many different recipes exist for St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes. This simple recipe utilizes pistachio pudding mix to give the cupcakes a pretty pastel color and a mild flavor, and handcrafted gummy shamrocks made from green gumdrops top off these festive treats. In addition to the ingredients listed below, you’ll need a rolling pin and a small heart-shaped cookie cutter (about 1 ½ inches across) to craft the green shamrocks. Whether it’s your turn to make the class party treat or contribute to the holiday bake sale, or if you just want to make something fun for your family to enjoy at home, these St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock cupcakes are sure to delight.
The directions for this recipe for St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Cupcakes are presented in three parts below. You’ll have time to prepare the cream cheese frosting and shamrocks while your cupcakes are baking or cooling. This recipe makes one dozen cupcakes, but you can easily double or even triple your ingredients to make more of these fun, festive goodies.
St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Cupcakes
Total prep time: 1 hour, plus cooling
Active time: 40 minutes
Inactive time: 20 minutes, plus cooling
Yield or number served: 12 cupcakes
1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 (3.4-ounce) package instant pistachio pudding mix
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ cup 2% milk
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For cream cheese frosting and shamrocks:
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
¼ cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Green food coloring, optional
Green gumdrops, for shamrocks
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place 12 muffin cups in a greased muffin tin and lightly grease the cups.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, Pistachio pudding mix, baking powder, and salt and stir to mix.
3. In a small bowl, beat the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring just to combine.
4. Fill each muffin cup three-fourths full and place the pan in the oven to bake 18-22 minutes, or until the cupcakes have set and a toothpick comes out clean.
5. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
6. Frost cupcakes using prepared cream cheese frosting.
For the frosting:
1. Cream the cream cheese and butter in a medium mixing bowl using an electric mixer until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Stir in the vanilla, then gradually add in confectioners’ sugar and stir until blended.
1. Using a rolling pin, flatten 3-4 gumdrops. If candies are sticking, sprinkle a little sugar on rolling pin.
2. Cut a heart shape from each flattened candy using the cookie cutter.
3. Arrange the green candy hearts together on the top of a frosted cupcake to create a shamrock. Use 3 hearts for a traditional shamrock or 4 to create a lucky four-leaf clover.
4. Using a sharp knife, cut a small stem from the excess flattened candy, and position below the hearts.
5. Repeat this process until all 12 cupcakes have candy shamrocks.