Escort Passport Radar

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Modern day driving has its pros and cons. There is a decent review here http://www.my5starproductreviews.com/escortpassport9500ix/ so go and check it out.

Having a nice new motor car can be the ultimate goal of some people. A nice sports car, convertible perhaps or a family saloon to get the kids to school. Lets face it if you own a vehicle then you are one of the lucky ones regardless of the brand of automobile there are plenty of people that would step in your shoes.

Some of the obvious money traps can be repair costs, car insurance, parking fines and even tow aways for parking in the wrong place. But by biggest bug bear is speeding fines.

Speeding Fines

Now don’t get me wrong I am not defending reckless driving nor speeding motorists. I’m writing from my perspective as a family guy who occasionally likes a good drive down an open road on a weekend. It was only the other week where I nearly cost myself a heap of problems. Nearly I hear you say…..

Well yes, I was literally seconds away from a speeding fine and points not  to mention the hassle and stress that these silent crimes serve up. I was driving down the freeway and was traveling a steady 10km/h above the speed limit with no one else on the road when bam a siren went off!!!

Sorry Mr Police Officer

Now its not what you think that siren was not the ensuing police car or speed camera going off in a carefully setup speed trap! This was my new radar detecting piece of kit warning me about an imminent speed fine.

Less than a few hundred metres away lied a static state trooper car hidden in the underpass waiting for unsuspecting speeding motorists, ie me. Now count me lucky but this early warning radar detection from my escort passport 9500ix saved my bacon and has swiftly become the best present anyone has bought me. I had told my wife about this piece of kit some months previously and to my amazement my better half had done a bit of research online, which had led her to read a few positive reviews on Amazon and took the plunge and bought me this radar detection unit.

Birthday Present on my Radar

escortradarpassport9500It also helped my best friend owned one of these so I know and my wife also knew that he never shut up about it. I have to say since this device has been setup in my car I have the confidence to drive again. There’s nothing more demoralizing that being hit for a ticket to make up your local police forces monthly targets. I had been guilty in the past for a few speeding fines two punished and one let off so I see myself as a prime candidate for being an owner of the new Passport 9500ix. Its not the cheapest on the market at over 400 dollars but this unit has saved me this already and its only 3 months old.

Escort Buying Summary

Now there are plenty of other radar detectors on the market and Escort / Passport make other models so please do your own research for whats good for you and your budget, but cheaper radar models can have poor sensitivity and use cheaper components. This generally leads to cost savings and an overall cheaper price but you will be buying an inferior product. If you want to dig deeper and read some impartial reviews to see for yourself try these Amazon Passport 9500ix reviews or catch up on the radar detector techy details over at wiki

 

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Dubai Hotel Industry Booms In First Half Of 2012

The city’s hotels and hotel apartments have seen a growth of 10 per cent over the same six-month period in 2011

The Dubai hotel industry continues to boom with hotels and hotel apartments hosting 5,027,223 guests in the first six months of this year, an increase of 10 per cent over the same period in 2011.

Khalid bin Sulayem, director general, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing in Dubai (DTCM), announced the news at the annual Natalie Tours Congress “Guestnights of Dubai hotel facilities amounted to 19,209,370 nights in H1 this year, an increase of 18 per cent against H1 2011,” he said. “Likewise, revenues of both Dubai hotels and hotel apartments in the first six months of the year amounted to Dh9,797,283,000, a rise of 22 per cent in comparison to the same period in 2011.”

Russian Market Booms

Bin Sulayem added that Russia was one of the fastest-growing and most important tourist markets for Dubai.

“DTCM has always been very keen on participating in all tourist fairs and exhibitions in Russia, most recently the Moscow Autumn Travel Industry Week or ‘Leisure 2012’, in which we won three awards.” Bin Sulayem’s positive analysis of Dubai’s hotel rates was confirmed in a new study which showed a boom in hotel rates in the whole region, including in the holy city of Madinah, the Middle East and North Africa.

Mena Destinations Thrive

Leading hotel price comparison site HotelsCombined’s year-over-year price index showed that throughout June, July and August, the majority of Mena destinations experienced a spike in price compared with the 2011 summer. The calculation was based upon average hotel rates aggregated from dozens of top travel websites.

Dubai recorded one of the highest hotel rate increases in the world with an impressive 57 per cent rise from an average nightly fee of Dh601.17 in 2011 to Dh941.10 in 2012. Dubai’s buoyant hotel industry sustained its upturn in the first six months of 2012 with a 10 per cent surge in hotel guests compared to the corresponding period in 2011. Dubai’s hotels and hotel apartments played hosts to 5,027,223 guests in the first half of this year, the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing in Dubai has said.

“The impressive price increase could potentially be linked to Dubai’s recent tourism campaign in overseas markets aimed at generating awareness on the city’s numerous leisure activities and high-end resorts,” HotelsCombined said in a statement.

Property Market Flourishes

Dubai’s upsurge was followed by pilgrimage centre holy city of Madinah with an increase of 44 per cent and Sousse with an increase of 43 per cent. Abu Dhabi experienced a more humble rate increase of 12 per cent.
The booming hotel rates are evidence of the growing cult of Dubai throughout the world. This should spark interest in the many new hotel and hotel apartment developments, such as The First Group’s newly released project in Dubai Marina – TFG Marina Hotel.

This adds to The First Group’s already launched Metro Central, First Central and Grand Central in the business district of Tecom. The hotel market in Dubai seems to continue to grow steadily with strong occupancy rates.

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Car Advice

Car Makers Regulators

In an era when regulatory creep and the recession increasingly hamstring car makers’ abilities to cater to enthusiasts, I respect that they must do whatever they can to survive.

With many manufacturers fielding compelling offerings in some segments but duds in others, collaboration to optimize consumer choice initially seems like a good thing. However, when all is said and done,there is something to be said for finding the strength to stand on one’s own two feet. A full review can be read here www.seektires.com

Twenty years from now when the separate Subaru and Toyota enthusiast camps look back on the BRZ/FR-S, it is difficult to think that either group will feel the level of satisfaction that it could have felt had its preferred automaker undertaken the task of rolling out a new, affordable rear-wheel drive platform on its own in this difficult climate. If these partnerships are absolutely essential to attaining the mass market segment margins necessary to build the good stuff, then so be it. But for the good stuff to actually be good stuff, it needs the purity that only independence can provide.

SUVs heavy or rubbish?

Weighing In Show some respect. I’m really disappointed at the choice of words you have used to describe the high performance SUVs in your intro of the comparison test “Heavenly Heathens!”.

Not every performance car has to be a direct copy of a Chevrolet Corvette or a BMW 3-series. I’ve experienced a few red-hot SUVs myself and I can tell you there’s just something unique about a vehicle like that being able to deliver amazing performance numbers. It’s called fun, not to mention the priceless confusion of so many drivers who underestimate the acceleration capabilities of such SUVs out on the road.Oh, and when you’re done with all the fun,you can load them up to the gills and take the entire family on a camping trip, or just tear through 10 inches of snow on your way to work in the morning. Try that in a Camaro or an M5 and then let me know how it went.

Rubber Rankings

I just completed reading the August 2012 tire test called “Monsters of Grip.” My tire dealer outfitted my 2005 Infiniti G35 6MT with Michelin Pilot Super Sports several months ago. I can fully attest to your results—this tire is unreal. I recently spent a weekend on the roads in the north west Georgia mountains. I certainly have more tire than car, but it was enjoyable to surprise more than one elitist BMW owner during our outing. If Michelin only made this tire in a 16-inch size for my 1980 Porsche 911 SC!

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