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A radar detector that is good for city driving

 

A radar detector is a must have gadget for your car. It not only saves you from speed tickets, but also provides you with a sense of comfort and relief when driving in the city. I spend approximately 3 to 4 hours in the city every day driving my car as my office is located at the heart of the city. Therefore, when I decided to buy a radar detector, I wanted one that is specifically designed for city driving.

Today, you can find good radar detectors at a price around $400. They have the option to switch to city mode so that you don’t get false alarms. When you switch the mode to city mode, the device will limit the sensitivity so that it does not generate a false alarm.

If you have a radar detector that is not up to the standard, when you change the mode to city, the sensitivity will become so low that it will not detect certain radar guns used by traffic police in the city. So, you will end up paying speed tickets even when you have a radar detector installed in your car.

When I went to the shop to buy a radar detector, the first thing I told the salesperson was that I need a model that would give optimum performance while I am in city. After checking various models, I selected the Beltronics GT-7. It is the most affordable radar detector you can get having extreme radar detecting capability.  

 

Beltronics GT-7 is a wonder gadget to have in your car. It can easily alert you about red-light cameras, speed traps and highway patrol. When you are in a city, you need to turn the mode to “Auto No X” to get the maximum benefit. It will give you only positive alerts and remove all false ones. It has got a clear digital display and smarter vocal alarms that make it one of the best in this price range.

If price is not a constraint for you, I would recommend you to go for Beltronics GT-7, the best city drive radar detector. It offers you excellent performance, a complete no-false alarm and world class protection against red-lights and speed traps. What more do you need when you are driving in high traffic city roads? At $350, it is the best radar detector you can buy for driving on the city roads. And Beltronics GT-7 works well on highways too; all you need to do is to change the mode to “Highway”.

Why I don’t recommend convertible car seats

 

When my daughter was born I was unsure about what kind of things I would need for her. So, I made sure to spend minimum on the fancy baby items that are available in the market. I never wanted to get things just for the sake of purchasing for my baby and stuffing her room with all sort of gadgets.

Even after being so careful about needs of my daughter I ended up with many things that seem to be really useless. One of these is a convertible car seat gifted by one of my friends. I tried to use it many times while travelling. I always felt uncomfortable to place my daughter in this robust looking but uncomfortable car seat.

One thing I really dislike about it is that it is fixed. It has to be fixed in the car to use it and once fixed you cannot detach it at will. Its versatility ends in the car. I appreciate a baby basket that can be easily picked up and carried to any place.

When my daughter was three months old, she was really tiny in physique. She could not stay in the car seat as such, without help of some extra cushions. So, I had to buy a regular car seat to travel with her.

The most disappointing thing is the harness. It is same for a toddler as well as for a kid. The harness can be adjusted, but only to a certain extent. It is too loose for a tiny baby and too tight for an older kid. So, it was not of much help at any stage of my daughter’s childhood.

It is always in upright position, so it is not very comfortable for the babies. If you want them to lie down and sleep during a long drive, you will really be unhappy with the limit posed by the upright position.

Though it was a gift, but still I am pretty dissatisfied with the utility of this car seat. I don’t think that the huge price tag attached to the convertible car seat is justified considering its features.

Finally..

I have used other furniture and gadgets for my daughter like a crib and a stroller, but somehow I am not very content with the utility of a convertible car seat. You may have a difference of opinion but, I would always recommend a regular car seat than a convertible car seat. Still if you are looking to acquire a convertible car seat here a few resources I recommend:

a. Babycenter

b. Bestconvertiblecarseats2017.com

c. Consumer Reports

 

How to configure a new GPS for your car?

 

Have you just purchased a new GPS for your car? Do you need help in configuring the new GPS system? I did not have a GPS system in my car and was always looking out to buy one. Finally, last month, I purchased a brand new GPS system for my car. After buying, I decided to configure it myself as I wanted to learn how to do it on my own.

According to multiple GPS reviews, there are actually two kinds of GPS systems- one is battery powered which is easy to install whereas the other one is vehicle powered which is a bit difficult to configure. The first step is to insert your SIM card into the GPS device you just bought.

After inserting the SIM card into my GPS device, I switched on the GPS device and kept it in a secure place in my car. To avoid annoying signal problems, I made sure there are no other electronic devices close to the GPS device.

Now, for setting up GPS device to send and receive data, I went through the manual. I have read in many websites that it is better to follow the instructions given in the manual for configuring GPS. After setting up the GPS system, the next step is to install the software that is usually available with the GPS system in your laptop. You can also download the latest version by providing the unique GPS ID to install in your Smartphone.

One point to note here is that your laptop or computer should have a GPS modem for linking with the GPS system. Now, follow the instructions given in the instruction manual to manage the GPS system using your laptop or Smartphone.

If you are going for a vehicle powered GPS system, then there are some additional points to configure. There will be many wires present when you connect a GPS system that is vehicle powered. You need to ensure the wires are not in those areas where it can get pinched. Keep the GPS antenna in the windshield of the vehicle. Keep it as flat as possible to get the maximum signal. You should choose a power lead that can constantly supply a power of 12 volts. If the power goes beyond 9 volts, there are chances of your GPS system getting damaged.

I was able to successfully install GPS system by following the instructions given in the manual and keeping in mind the points mentioned above. I would recommend you to read the instructions in the manual once before you start installing the GPS system on your own.

 

 

2 cheap crib models that are worth your consideration

Having a baby comes with the giggles and the groans. It may seem like your little one needs her own bank account. All things with tag ‘for baby’ are expensive, due to the high quality and testing requirements, safety standards, child-safe material used etc. The most expensive purchase in your new nursery would most definitely be the crib.

If you don’t wish to make a large dent in your pocket for an item that you would probably use for only a few months, here are two affordable cribs we’re looking at, that are under 150$.

The Union 3-in-1 convertible crib:

This pocket friendly crib clocks in at 110$ and comes in four pastel colors. This model allows you to convert the crib into a daybed, a toddler bed, and a full bed. The crib is made of imported New Zealand Pine wood to give you a feeling of warmth. The crib, is elegant and minimalistic, perfect for a sleek little nursery!

For baby’s comfort, the crib provides four adjustable mattress levels as well. A point to note here would be, that the crib mattresses and crib converters are sold separately.

You may want to purchase ‘Safety 1st’ baby mattress for the crib at around 48$.

The crib weighs around 40 lbs and is 53.5 x 30.5 x 33.5 inches in dimension.

Its sturdy stature and easy assembly is a hit with many parents as well!

The Graco Hayden convertible crib:

For a slightly higher price of 143$, you get the Graco Hayden crib which offers 4-in-1 convertibility. This cherry wood crib is slightly more embellished and comes in fun colors like cherry and espresso and classic white. Just like in the Union, this crib also comes stand-alone and other accessories like crib mattresses or trundle drawers will have to be purchased separately. The Graco Hayden comes with fixed sides to provide support, durability and most importantly, child safety.

This model converts from crib to daybed to toddler bed and to a full-size headboard. It also offers three adjustable mattress support positions. Suitable for most nurseries, this crib is 50 lbs in weight. The dimensions are 30 X 60 X 45 inches.

Quick shipping, clearly labeled parts for quick assembly and pretty colors gave this crib a big ‘thumbs up’ by parents.

Both cribs discussed above are well liked and rated high by Amazon customers. They are easy to put together and are convertible to meet your growing baby’s needs. They also come with a standard limited 1 year warranty.