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Around the World in 15 Taxis

It’s late, you’re tired, you’re not quite sure where you are, and you need a ride home. How do you get back?

As this infographic (and accompanying article ) from The Taxi Centre shows, your answer is likely to differ wildly depending on where in the world you live. If you’re from London or New York, you’ll simply need to hail an iconic hackney or yellow cab, state your destination, and remember to tip your cabbie.

However, if you’re in Venice, Beijing, rural Thailand or Nigeria, getting home might not be so simple. Boats, bikes, rickety “share taxis” and even elephants are some of the inventive options people worldwide can rely on to get home.

Take a look at the full range of vehicles, and see info on etiquette, payment, and tipping below

Tips to Maintain Your Vehicle

Wet and Wild Vehicle Washing Tips

There are some people who love nothing better than spending their Sunday morning lovingly washing and polishing their car to within an inch of its life. And then there are others who don’t see the point in wasting two hours slaving over a bucket of water when the local car wash is cheap and cheerful.

Environmental toxins can wreak havoc on car bodywork. There are all kinds of acidic chemicals in the muck we drive through on a daily basis and if you park your car under a tree, you are already likely to be familiar with the damage caused by tree resin. And let’s not forget bird poo! Birds have an irritating habit of . If you leave the droppings for any length of time, they will mark your car’s paintwork, which could affect the resale value if you want to sell at a later date. Finally, did you know that a clean car is more aerodynamic? Yes, dirty cars are slower and less fuel efficient because of the drag effect caused by dirt, so if you want to be a speed machine, keep your car clean.

The traditional way to wash a car is to fill a bucket with hot, soapy water and attack the dirt with a big sponge. This generally works a treat and if you can persuade your kids to wash the car for free, they can end the task with a water fight.

However, even though the bucket and sponge method is simple, if you want to do the job properly, there are some things you should take care to avoid. One of these is dropping the sponge and then picking it up to wash the car again. What will happen if you do this is that lots of grit will stick to the sponge and then scratch your car. For this reason it is worth investing in a bucket with a sieve in the bottom to keep dirt and grit away from the sponge during the washing stage. This is highly recommended if you love your vehicle more than life itself.

Pressure washers are a popular way to wash cars (and clean the patio at the same time). Big brand name , Vax and Evolution make the task of washing larger vehicles such as 4x4s and people carriers a lot easier. Instead of dragging buckets of water to and from the house, you can . It is also possible to buy soap attachments to remove heavy grime.

Many detergents contain wax, but if you want to do a more professional valeting job, you are advised to wax and polish the body work once it is dry. Applying a layer of wax and buffing it up will protect the paintwork from dirt and environmental toxins.

There is no law that says you have to wash your car, but if you want it to stay in pristine condition, it is a seriously good idea to clean it every few weeks, especially during the winter.

2016 Nissan TITAN XD makes world debut at Detroit Auto Show

Mitsubishi Outlander still a solid crossover option

There are plenty of good options in the compact crossover space, but the Mitsubishi Outlander remains a solid option. Not too much has changed for 2015 but overall this offers good value for the price.

Fist off, the styling is very appealing with an attractive front end. The interior is also clean and functional. Basically the designers aren't trying to win awards here. Instead they've created a sporty package that most consumers can appreciate.

The handling is fine, though it doesn't have much power. If you really want performance you'll have to look elsewhere are probably consider options outside the compact crossover segment. But this vehicle looks nice and is very practical with decent gas mileage, so it's an option worth checking out.

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Classic Meets Iconic with FIAT 500x

Step aside 500, the X is in town.

FIAT introduces their first true crossover model with the AWD FIAT 500x. It shares a lot of the same platform design and cues that were introduced with the smaller Jeep Renegade. Where the Jeep succeeds, the FIAT does not. The Jeep Renegade is obviously designed for urban dwellers, but it is also contains a lot of the Jeep off road sustainability, where as the FIAT 500x is doesn’t quite offer that feel. But what it does offer is that iconic Italian flare.

The FIAT 500x is the first vehicle in the North American FIAT lineup to offer an advanced all-wheel drive system. This is a major breakthrough for the automaker, and many ponder on why it took them so long to implement such a model. But as the saying goes, better late than never right? The beauty of this new FIAT is the facts that it still has that fun, playful FIAT feel that you can expect from the other FIAT models, it just happens to be larger, and more comfortable. It is i suitable for the North American market who has been use to larger vehicle models since the dawn of age.

The 500x still retains a lot of the Italian styling cues and feel, as it was designed in Turin, Italy—the same place where the FIAT 500 was redesigned from the normal European model. The all new 2016 FIAT 500x is expected to hit NA showrooms as soon as 2015 Q1. For more information on the techs and specs of this new FIAT, you can read it at or at .

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