The Indian Government’s Ministry of Road Transport and Highways latest directive regarding the safety of riders will send manufacturers and sellers of non-ISI branded helmets into a clearance frenzy over the next two months. As per the new directive, anyone found selling or manufacturing non-ISI branded helmets will be arrested without the need of a warrant. First-time offenders breaking this new rule will face jail time of up to 2 years and/or a fine of Rs. 2 lakh. Subsequent offences will attract higher fines.
While this isn’t the first time that the law has come down hard on non-ISI mark helmets worn by riders, with Bangalore’s police force trying to force riders to wear ISI-branded helmets last year. However, the new directive sees the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways actually laying down the law with regard to helmets, on sale to the nation’s riders, after the recent updates to the ISI standards regarding helmet safety.
Any new helmet being manufactured to be sold in India will be obliged by law to comply with IS 4151: 2015 standards for Protective Helmets for Two-Wheeler Riders and must bear the ISI mark. Any helmet manufactured or sold without the ISI mark for use by Indian riders will see the manufacturer/seller being hauled to the courts.
The new changes to laws regarding helmets have been made to ensure that riders use helmets that will assure their safety in the unfortunate event of a crash. The government’s directive has been welcomed by the Two-Wheeler Helmet Manufacturers Association, whose President Rajeev Kapur (who is also the MD of Steelbird) welcomed the move by the government stating that the decision would help in doing away with the sale, manufacture, storage and use of non-ISI-marked helmets.
The latest changes to the ISI standards for the safety of helmets, which will come into effect on 15 January 2019 state that the maximum permissible weight for helmets will be reduced by 300 grams, from 1.5 kg to 1.2 kilos. To deal with the loss of weight, the Bureau of Indian Standards has also introduced more tests to ensure that the safety of helmets isn’t compromised by the size reduction.
Oil Filters 101- How to use?
If you own a car or truck, you’ve likely heard of your oil filter. However, you may not know what it is. Understanding some of the essentials of engine maintenance and how your vehicle works can help you keep your car or truck in better shape. This is the guide for you if you’ve ever asked what do oil filters do?
Oil Filters: The Basics
Unsurprisingly, the main purpose of your oil filter is to filter out contaminants from your car or truck’s oil. Engine oil is used by your vehicle to lubricate the moving parts inside your engine including gears, cams, piston, bearings and more.
Your oil is not consumed by the engine running. Instead, the same oil is used continuously and repeatedly until you change it. Therefore, it can pick up unwanted contaminants during its journey around your engine. This is where the oil filter comes into play. The filter helps to keep your oil cleaner for longer. Without it, you would constantly be needing an oil change.
As your oil finishes a loop of the engine and is about to start again, it passes through the oil filter. The benefits of the filter include:
- Catches contaminants in the oil including dirt, soot, varnish and sludge
- Keeps your oil cleaner for longer
- Helps oil flow around the engine more freely
- Improves engine performance
Changing Your Oil Filter
Clearly, the oil filter is an essential part of your engine’s regular operations. It is important to change your oil filter every time you change your oil. If you don’t, the new clean oil will be immediately exposed to the contaminants that were removed from the old oil. Additionally, the oil filter will not be effective in removing contaminants from the new oil.
You may be wondering how long does an oil change take? Depending on whether you do it yourself or have a professional do it, the process can take 15 to 60 minutes. If you are experienced or you take it to a shop that can see your vehicle right away, it will only take about 15 minutes. Otherwise, it can take a while longer.
During your oil change process, replace the filter once you have removed the old engine oil. Keep in mind that it may contain old oil, so you should place your drain pan beneath the filter before removing it. Simple losing the filter with a wrench then clean the mounting surface, ensuring you haven’t removed the gasket with the old filter.
Lubricate the new filter then screw it into place by hand. Typically, you do not need to use a wrench to tighten the filter. However, you should consult the filter’s instructions. Once the new filter is positioned, you can continue with your oil change.
Changing your oil and oil filter is a simple maintenance task. Anyone can learn how to do it. Head down to the best auto parts store near you and pick up a drain pan, wrench, funnel, oil and oil filter. You’ll be taking care of your own car or truck in no time.
AGV Corsa Helmet SR Tested
Your helmet may be the most important piece of motorcycle gear. It can make all the difference in a crash. While everyone’s preferences are different, there are always a few helmets that stand above the rest. AGV’s Corsa helmet is one such helmet. It combines great styling with a high standard of quality into a product that is as comfortable and effective as it is eye-catching.
AGV’s Extreme Standards
For years AGV struggled to create a helmet that was just right. While many helmets were good, almost all had some issue that kept them from being great. The brand’s solution to this is its Extreme Standards project. The main element of this project is a series of head scans used to better profile helmet fitment to a wider range of head sizes and shapes.
The results of this project have been strong. The Corsa and fully carbon fiber Pista GP are both great helmets that fit and feel better than any of AGV’s previous offerings.
AGV’s designers have significantly changed the size of the Corsa to make it a better fit for most riders. Smaller upper and frontal sections, as well as a shrunk visor mechanism, have allowed some major improvements to the helmet:
- The impact absorption material is thicker, offering greater head protection.
- The helmet features AGV’s Super Super Light shell made from composite fiber, aramid and carbon-fiber materials. This is very lightweight but also strong.
- The padding is made from Lycra and Shalimar that is breathable and comfortable.
- A sanitizing treatment helps keep the padding clear and fresh.
- The window is nine percent larger than previous helmets. It provides superior visibility in both track and street settings.
- The helmet is very aerodynamic, especially in a slightly tucked position.
- The helmet feels stable even in high-speed situations.
The chin strap doesn’t always fit comfortably. Additionally, the visor locking mechanism and airflow vents are difficult to operate with gloves on. However, the visor can be locked in three positions: one that is completely open, one for some air flow at low speeds and one for full closure.
All in all, the Corsa offers some of the best head protection combined with an aggressive look, comfortable feel and good aerodynamics. It represents a new day for AGV. It is the motorcycle helmet many riders are dreaming of being able to find.
Choosing the Right Helmet
Every rider has his or her list of favorite helmets. These won’t be the same for everyone because different people have different heads. However, the right helmet is always one that provides effective protection while fitting securely and comfortably. No number of extra features or bargain pricing will overcome inadequate protection or a helmet that is too uncomfortable to wear.
With its Extreme Standards project and the Corsa helmet, AGV will undoubtedly be on many motorcyclists’ lists of favorites. The strong shell, effective impact absorption and comfortable shape check all the most important boxes.
Own the Road With These Popular Semitruck Accessories
Your semitruck is durable and functional, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring! There are plenty of inexpensive accessories that can be quickly installed and take your truck to another level. Here are some popular items that will give your truck a stylish new look.
Stainless Steel Vent Visors
Do you crave fresh air when you cruise down the highway but hate the wind noise? Stainless steel truck vent visors are perfect for you. They cover the tops of your windows, which allows you to keep your windows open while quieting wind noise, keeping your windows from fogging and preventing snow, rain or hail from entering your cab. The stainless steel is durable and won’t rust. These visors come in a wide range of sizes, making it easy to find one that fits your truck. These are sold in pairs.
Spike Rear Axle Cover With 33-Millimeter Thread-on Nut Covers
Want to add some originality to your axles while protecting them, too? These spiked chrome axle covers protect your axles from moisture, grease and dirt while hiding existing stains. Chrome is a durable material that will ensure your axles stay safe from the elements. They are designed for the unimount hub pilot wheels that are 20, 22.5 and 24.5 inches. Each wheel requires one kit, which comes with the cover, ten 33-millimeter threaded nut covers and a detachable hubcap.
Four-Inch 16 LED Tiger Eye Marker Lights
Tiger Eye Marker Lights are popular and extra bright LED marker lights for trucks. With 16 LED bulbs each, there is no doubt you’ll be spotted on the road. The bulbs are available in red and amber, and the lenses are available in clear, red and amber. These are 12-volt lights with two wires each. They’re inexpensive and sold individually.
Contact an expert today for more information about these accessories and make a statement on the road.
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