Archive for August, 2010

Merging into freeway or road, speed up when nescessary – By Mr. MC

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

If you are merging into the freeway, or a bigger road, and you see that the heavy traffic are approaching about 1/2 miles down the road, and if you have no patient to wait for such heavy group traffic to pass by until you could merge in, you MUST speed up to avoiding blocking them, or even being rear-ended. If you are to be hit by them, you are at fault since you are from a small road.

This morning while I was driving eastbound on University Ave. towards Hwy 84 to Union City, CA, I got a phone call. So, I pulled over into a safe area under the Hwy 84 (Dumbarton Bridge), and continue my phone conversation. Afterward, I had to merge back into Hwy 84 eastbound. However, there were a huge group of cars approaching about 1/2 mile down, and they were at around 60 MPH. [Note: you MUST be able to estimate the speed. Otherwise, don't merge yet !!!!] Since I don’t want to wait for them, I merge in front of them immediately, and sped up to 70 MPH within 10 seconds (No, my car is not a sports car, but it has a 20 yrs old V8 engine with 250 HP and 250 lb-ft of torque). I could see the RPM went up to 7000 or 8000 RPM. Oh, I should have turned on that “ETC Power” which will allow the engine to go crazier and remains at a higher RPM for a long period of time. (Wait, this sounds like the Viagra commercial, heh huh!) Anyway, I should get a sportier car next time.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Drivers slowed down suddenly at the middle of the road for a right turn – By Mr. MC

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Again, two drivers slowed down suddenly in front of my car for a right turn. And, both did not signaled. It was on University Ave of Palo Alto, CA between Hwy 101 and Hwy 84 (Dumbarton Bridge). Then, the 3rd driver with a middle size truck almost did the same thing to me. He stepped on the brake a 30 feet before each intersection for a a few intersection, and again, without signal lights on. I was not tailgating any of them, I was about 2-car length behind them at 30 MPH. So, for this truck, as soon as I figured out his intention without signal light, I just changed lane, and cut in front of him. My prediction was right, the truck driver turned right into some street without signal lights on. Annoying !!! Man, I used to turn or switch lane without signal lights when I was a teenage or early-twenty driver, but I figured out that is impolite, so I stopped that ill-habit.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Check your tire and tire pressure every two weeks – By Mr. MC

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Please check your tire pressure every two weeks. It is good for you gas mileage, and tires. Also, it is a safety issue. It would also be nice to check your tire and its pressure when you just arrived home. You never know, perhaps, you drove by a construction site, and your tire already has a nail on it, and the air is leaking a little bit by a little every day. If you pump your tire a week ago, and you find that you tire is getting close to flat, you know there must be a nail somewhere. How to check ? Use soap water, spray on the tire, and you should see bubbles. If you live in a quiet place, you should be able to hear a little bit of air leaking sound at 1 AM in the morning. Anyway, also remember to do tire rotation every 3000 miles. I have been buying tires from American Tire Company since the sales are honest, and the price is reasonable. My friend had a bad experience at Costco where they did not balance your tire after an installation of all 4 new tires. Costco is always busy, and if they don’t do certain things, it will be a total WASTE OF TIME when you have to go back, and ask them to re-do what they are SUPPOSE to do!!!! So, I won’t border to buy new tires there. Let’s get back to the flat tire thing, most places like American Tire Company or Gas Station (with mechanical shop) will fix or patch your tire for $10. Remember, the best way to patch a flat tire is to put a think piece of rubber inside your tire to cover the hole, or holes. The tire has to be complete TAKEN OUT of the rim in order to perform this step. Most people just don’t do it, and they just put a small rubin-like plastic from the hole to stop the leak. I know that’s bad since it may still leak. If they did not fix your flat tire completely, don’t pay for it, or ask for a refund after a few days if it flat or its tire pleasure is un-reasonably low again.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

$2.79/gallon: Cheapest gas station nearby San Jose, CA – By Mr. MC

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Recently, I have been pumping gas from one of the two gas stations on McKee Rd -x- Hwy 101 (N 33rd St to be exact) of San Jose, CA. The price today is $2.79 per gallon for CASH price. Since there is always a LONG LONG LINE at these gas stations, you should only go there in the morning before 7:15 AM. If you miss that time frame, then, don’t border to go there.
The gas station with the red roof has three types of gas: Octane 87, 89, 9x, and the one with a blue roof has only Octane 87. Since you have to pay cash before pumping, make sure you ask for the receipt, and make sure the Pump # is given correctly. They are no responsible if someone pump the gas from your Pump #. If you are planning to bring a few portable gas container to take extra gas with you, make sure you ground your gas container on the ground, or appropriately. And, please don’t talk on the cell while pumping. It’s dangerous!!!

Finally, Happy Pumping…..

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Long line at exit lane – Mr. MC

Friday, August 27th, 2010

This evening while I was traveling on the northbound Hwy 280 from Hwy 880 towards Lawrence Expwy, there was a long line at the exit lane. To make the situation worse, everyone were facing the sunlight, and no one was able to see clearly at the front. Also, there was an accident at the opposite direction of Hwy 280 (southbound), and there were a couple fire trucks, and CHP blocking a few lanes. So, most drivers were checking out the accident over that side, and with sunlight blocking their eye sight, it was extremely had for drivers to stop on time behind the long line at the exit lane towards Lawrence Expwy. It was the same situation for the exit lane towards Saratoga Ave southbound. I saw a Toyota Corolla had to change lane to the left quickly to avoid rear ending another car.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Almost hit a motorcycle while merging right – By Mr. MC

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Today, while I was going to De Anza College area from Union City, CA, I almost hit a motorcycle while merging right. I was on Hwy 85 southbound, and I need to merge to the right for 3 lanes. However, there were many cars from Hwy 280 southbound, and I could only use my convex rear mirror to check my blind spot at the right. So, I did checked, there were no cars at my blind spot, so I sped up to cut into the right lanes. At the very last moment, I double check my right rear blind spot again, and suddenly, I saw a motorcycle approaching my rear bumper at the right, and it was at a much higher speed than my 80 MPH. I guess that motorcycle was going like 90 MPH. So, I slowed down immediately, and pulled back to my original lane, and wait until that motorcycle passed, and then, immediately merge to the right again. My convex mirror must have saved the day, and the cyclist’s life! Today, without this convex rear view mirror, I am very sure I will get into an accident and killed that cyclist. And again, I highly recommend every driver to have one of this convex rear view mirror.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Being tailgated by Year 2000 BMW 750iL – By Mr. MC

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Today, while I was driving Hwy 880 southbound from Union City, CA to Hwy 280, I was being tailgated by a gray BMW 750iL. The driver of the BMW was a young dude, but he does not have the skills a BMW driver expected to have. Two things: he did not fully utilize his BMW’s V8 326 HP @ 5,000 rpm; 361 ft lb , 489 Nm @ 3,900 rpm. If I were him, I would not tailgate someone at 75 MPH with 326 HP. You must be kidding me. I would just slam on the gas pedal and BOOM…like a rocket to 100+ MPH !!!! Secondly, he does not know the 3 seconds rule for aggressive driving style I blogged about in my previous post. I did tested on him. As he was tailgating me at the fastest lane at the left, once I saw an opportunity to merge right, and cut in front of the car which was blocking us, I notice that the BMW driver was not able to response to such opportunity. He picked up slowly, and when he had a chance to cut a few cars, he did not step on the gas pedal like the way I did. When I did step on the gas pedal, I see the RPM go up quickly at about 7000 – 8000 RPM, and I could feel the car is pushing me forward like turbo, rocket, you name it… But, that BMW driver was not stepping on the gas in this manner, and he was cutting other cars with slower response, and without signal lights. Anyway, I was not jealous because he was driving a BMW 750iL. That car is old, it was around year 2000, almost 11 years old. The used car price is about $6500 according to a website. So, almost anyone could afford it.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Avoid changing flat tire at freeway’s emergency lane – By Mr. MC

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

This morning while I was traveling northbound Hwy 101 from Mountain View, CA to Palo Alto, CA, I saw a guy trying to change his flat tire nearby the freeway’s emergency lane. First of all, I would highly recommend NOT to stop anywhere at the freeway. If I have a flat tire, I would try to exit the freeway into a parking lot. I won’t take chance to stop at the freeway and change the flat tire. It’s too dangerous. There are many Highway Patrol Officer crashed by cars, and killed on the freeway. That’s why there is a new “Move Over” law of CVC 21809. And, if an Officer could get killed, anyone could get killed. So, if you think you have a flat tire, just do your best to drive away from the freeway. It may hurt your car, but you can choose between being killed by a car, or damaging your car’s rim and wheels. It’s up to you. If you cannot, call AAA for help.

Also, notice that was a guy changing tire by himself. See the difference ? If that was a lady or woman, some guys may stop, and help her out especially if she is young and hot!

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

CHP on Hwy 84 (Dumbarton Bridge) westbound – By Mr. MC

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

This morning, I saw a black Infinity G20 got pulled over by a CHP on the westbound of Dumbarton Bridge (Hwy 84). Then, I begin to question at which time of the day and where on the bridge that the CHP look for traffic violators. I am not sure about this, but I am sure that they sometimes hide at the end of eastbound Dumbarton Bridge nearby the CalTran office with their RADAR/Lidar guns. As for the other side (westbound), I am not sure where would they hide. But, I have seen CHP pacing violators on both sides of the bridge.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com

Slow driver at fast lane is annoying – By Mr. MC

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

So, this evening while I was driving from my friend’s home to another friend’s home on Hwy 237 westbound, there was a blue Toyota Hybrid driving at 60 MPH at the fastest lane blocking a few cars at the back. I wonder if the driver pay attention on the road at all. This is a selfish act. I hate that unless the driver was talking to the passenger, and he did not notice his speed. To avoid this, I usually set my speed with cruise control at 70-75 MPH, and I would check my rear mirror frequently.┬áSo, after a few minutes, I have to cut that blue car from the right for which I would try to avoid as much as possible.┬áSince that blue car driver did not realize there were a few cars already blocked at his lane, I just cut in front of him anyway.

Mr. MC
The Founder of MotherCopper.com