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5 Ways To Stay Safe On Your Next Uber Ride

Taking an Uber alone is a scary prospect, especially if you’re one of those people who has read a lot of Stephen King novels. Just about anything can happen, if you think about it. Getting into a car with a stranger and trusting them with your life can leave you feeling anxious and even paranoid.

If you’ve ever been in an accident inside an Uber, you know how it feels. You might feel overwhelmed, panicked and might not know what to do. In situations like these, just call up a good Chicago Uber Accident Lawyer and they will take care of the rest. Accidents are just one way in which an Uber ride could be unsafe, however. Read on to find out how to stay safe in an Uber.

Check The License Plate

The first thing you should do is match the number on the license plate with the one from the app. You need to verify the driver’s identity to ensure it’s not someone posing as them who’ll drive you around and potentially harm you. Take your time before you get into the car. Once you’ve seen the license plate number, write it down somewhere or take a screenshot from the app just in case you need it later. If a car doesn’t have the license plate, or it’s broken or damaged, don’t get inside. Just cancel the ride and order another Uber. You can never be too safe!

Keep In Touch

As soon you get into the car, make sure to send your Uber number and route to a family member or friend. This way, they can keep a track of where you’re going, in case your driver tries to pull off something shady. You should also tell your driver that you have shared your location and route with someone else. This ensures that the driver will take the shortest possible route to drop you to your destination.

Sit In Back

If an Uber driver ever asks you to sit in the front, your hackles should immediately rise. No driver should tell you where you’re supposed to sit. Ask them why they’re asking you to choose that seat and if they insist on it, cancel the ride. You can always get another Uber but you can’t always be safe! 

Check For Red Flags

You will be able to pick up on potentially dangerous red flags if you stay vigilant and observe the situation. If your driver seems like he’s drunk a little too much, i.e. if his speech is slurry or you notice he’s not driving well, you should ask him to pull over. Similarly, look out for other types of shady activity such as if the driver has invited a friend along for the ride. Your driver should be focused on the road ahead and should not be talking on the phone either. If you see them breaking any of these laws, immediately ask them to pull over and leave.

Don’t Get Chatty

Some Uber drivers really like to start a conversation. This is fine, provided it’s within reasonable limits. However, if you find your driver is constantly grabbing your attention and speaking to you, indicate that they should stop. If at any point you feel the conversation becoming threatening or uncomfortable, ask them to stop the car and get out immediately. 

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LEGO Announces Batman’s 1989 Batmobile To Celebrate The 30th Anniversary of The Iconic Film

Celebrate  the  30th anniversary of Tim Burton’s iconic Batman movie with the incredible LEGO 1989 Batmobile launching on Black Friday. 

The Batmobile comes packed full of authentic features from the classic 1989 movie. The 1989 Batmobile is built from over 3,300 pieces, measuring over 23” long and sits on a rotating display plate. The sleek design makes this set a highly rewarding build that is perfect  for  displaying  at  home.  

This LEGO set includes three new-for-2019 minifigures: Batman with a new and unique cape, The Joker, with a new face and torso decoration and Vicki Vale featuring a brand new torso and legs. 

The  1989  Batmobile  comes  with  a  new-for-2019  wraparound  windshield  element  and decorative grappling hooks on both sides of the vehicle. Place the Batman minifigure into the car by opening the slide-open cockpit before turning the car’s turbine exhaust to make the two machine  guns  hidden  under  the  hood  pop  up. The  Batmobile  comes  with  detailed  Bat emblems on the wheel trim and a set of specially designed tires for the front wheels. 

  

The  1989  Batmobile  is  launching  as  part  of  LEGO  Black  Friday  events and  those  who purchase  the  set  between  November29th and  December 5th will  receive  an  exclusive  mini replica of the original model as a free gift available in limited quantities. 

The 1989 Batmobile comes with a rotating display stand, with an attached information plate detailing the cars statistics for easy viewing and a brick built minifigure display stand for the three minifigures. 

The 1989 Batmobile measures over 4” high, 23” long and 8” wide. The 3,306 piece set will retail for $249.99 and will be available directly from LEGO stores and LEGO.com on November 29th.

Features:

– This super-hero toy includes 3 new-for-November-2019 LEGO® minifigures: Batman (new torso decoration), The Joker (new face and torso decoration) and Vicki Vale (new torso and legs), plus a brick-built minifigure display stand.
– This LEGO brick version of the 1989 Batmobile features a slide-open cockpit with a new-for-November-2019 wraparound windshield element, 2 minifigure seats, a steering wheel, stick shift and dashboard stickers, 2 hidden, non-shooting machine guns under the hood with a pop-up function activated by rotating the turbine exhaust, 2 decorative grappling hooks, wheel trims with the Bat logo and specially designed tires for the front wheels, batwings and other iconic design details.
– This LEGO set also includes a brick-built rotating display stand for the Batman toy car with an attached information plate with 1989 Batmobile statistics.
– Weapons include Batman’s Batarang and a gun and The Joker’s gun. – Accessories include Batman’s new-for-November-2019 cape that matches his 1989 movie outfit and Vicki Vale’s brick-built camera.
– This LEGO Batman model car kit for adults includes over 3,300 pieces and makes a wonderful nostalgic holiday gift or birthday present for any Batman fan.
– 1989 Batmobile measures over 4” (12cm) high, 23” (60cm) long and 8” (22cm) wide.

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

Chevrolet fulfills the long-term promise of the iconic Corvette with the introduction of the 2020 Stingray, the brand’s first-ever production mid-engine Corvette. The sum of everything that came before it, the 2020 Stingray is re-imagined to bring customers new levels of performance, technology, craftsmanship and luxury.

The 2020 Stingray’s exterior has a bold, futuristic expression with mid-engine exotic proportions, but it is still unmistakably Corvette. It’s lean and muscular, with an athletic sculptural shape conveying a sense of motion and power from every angle.

A supercar level of craftsmanship, premium materials and attention to detail were critical in designing every component of the Stingray. The new location of the engine is truly the focal point for the car’s design. It’s the heart of this next generation Corvette and it sits like a jewel in a showcase, visible through the large rear hatch window. The added attention to detail optimized the appearance of every wire, tube, bolt and fastener, similar to those found in modern track and all-road motorcycle design.  

True to its aeronautical and racing roots, the 2020 Stingray’s canopy-forward stance was inspired by F22s, F35s and other modern fighter jets and Formula One racing. Other classic Corvette signatures adapted to the Stingray include a distinctive face that communicates the purpose of the vehicle’s mission, a classic horizontal crease, aggressive front fenders and familiar positioning of the dual-element headlamps.

Corvette’s structure is built around its backbone: the center tunnel. This enables a light, stiff structure to serve as the foundation for the suspension system to perform in an optimized manner. By removing unwanted body compliance, Corvette customers will experience the ultimate in ride performance with outstanding lateral grip capabilities. The car has a solid, connected-to-the-road feel with minimal vibrations at high speeds or on long road trips.

The 2020 Stingray’s heart is Chevy’s next-generation 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine, the only naturally aspirated V-8 in the segment. It will produce 495 horsepower (369 kW) and 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque when equipped with performance exhaust — the most horsepower and torque for any entry Corvette.

The entry 2020 Stingray continues that tradition as a no-compromise value proposition, as it will start under $60,000. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray goes into production at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly in late 2019. 

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Watch The New Trailer For Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

Hop in for a ride with Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy, Seth Rogen, Melissa Villaseñor, Ricky Gervais, Martin Short Jamie Foxx, and many more in a new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. 

Streaming July 19 on Netflix.

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LEGO 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0

Porsche fans will love to build, race and proudly display the LEGO Speed Champions 75895 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0. This white, collectible toy car model for kids of one of the world’s most recognizable classic sports cars features a minifigure cockpit with a removable windshield and is packed with authentic details, including the iconic ‘whale tail’ rear spoiler.

A classic Porsche 911 driver minifigure and 3 cones to play out race scenarios are also included in this LEGO car set.

-This model car kit includes a new-for-August-2019 classic Porsche 911 driver minifigure.
-The white, buildable 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 toy car for kids features a minifigure cockpit with removable windshield, wheels with rubber racing tires and authentic design details such as the 911 Turbo’s iconic ‘whale tail’ rear spoiler.
-Remove the windshield to place the minifigure in the car.
-Accessory elements include the Porsche 911 driver’s helmet, plus 3 cones for racing play action.
-This cool toy model car for kids makes a great birthday gift.
-1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 measures over 1” (4cm) high, 5” (15cm) long and 2” (6cm) wide.

The 180 piece set will be available on August 1, 2019 and retail for $14.99.

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Jada Toys Animated Series Batmobile With Die Cast Batman Figure San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive 

While at 2019 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive, stop by the Jada Toys Booth (#3746) and pick up this exclusive Animated Series Batmobile with a die cast Batman figure.

In honor of The Dark Knight’s 80th anniversary, Jada will sell this 1:24 scale (about 7.5″) for $50 and it will be limited to only 300 pieces.

The Batmobile features a black chrome finish and comes in a special foil and matte finished enclosed collector package with a 2.75″ die-cast Batman figure.

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Mattel Unveils San Diego Comic Con Exclusive 1989 Batmobile Set

Mattel is celebrating Batman’s 80th anniversary and the 30th anniversary of Tim Burton’s Batman with an exclusive Hot Wheels set that will be available at San Diego Comic Con.

The set includes the iconic Batmobile from the 1989 film, along with a miniature die-cast figure of Michael Keaton’s Batman. The set also includes a shell that fits over the Batmobile and replicates the armored version of the car from the film. This set will cost $25 and you can pre-order it from Mattel on Monday, June 17.

In order to receive your pre-sale purchase, you will need to stop by the Mattel Booth (#2945) during regular SDCC hours to confirm your purchase. Mattel will ship your order after the event ends.

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Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy Exhibit To Open At The Petersen Automotive Museum

From its display at WonderCon 2019, the Petersen Automotive Museum announced a new exhibit which will feature over 40 Hollywood vehicles from cult classic films and video games. Opening May 5, 2019 in the Mullin Family Grand Salon, “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy” will be produced in collaboration with Comic-Con Museum, with additional support provided by Audi and Microsoft.

Along with iconic automobiles, the exhibit will showcase a selection of concept artwork, props and costumes to explore and analyze the ways in which the speculative fiction genre pushes the boundaries of human imagination. Series represented in the display will span the niches of speculative fiction with emphasis on dystopian future films such as “Back to the Future”, “Blade Runner,” “Ghost in the Shell,” “Transformers” and “I, Robot”.

Key vehicles on display will include the Warthog from “Halo,” the 2035 Audi RSQ from “I Robot,” the time machine from “Back to the Future”, the Weyland Industries RT01 Group Transport from “Prometheus,” the 2008 Audi R8 from “Iron Man,” Bumblebee from the “Transformers” series, the GM Ultralight from “Demolition Man,” Batmobiles, and more.

“’Hollywood Dream Machines’ will be the biggest exhibit of our 25th anniversary,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “With more than 40 vehicles from the silver screen spread across the museum, the exhibit is an ode to the industry that Los Angeles was built upon. We can’t wait to explore the fantasy and fictional concepts behind these extraordinary vehicles with the world.”

The exhibit will also feature a Microsoft HoloLens experience called “Worlds Reimagined.” The mixed reality experience will provide guests the opportunity to try this immersive technology, and see the Warthog from “Halo” and the “Back to the Future” time machine in a whole new way.

To kick off the exhibit, the Petersen will host an opening reception on the evening of May 4 with live entertainment, and gourmet appetizers and cocktails. VIP ticket holders will be given priority access to the exhibit beginning May 1 with a curator-led hard-hat tour.

“Hollywood Dream Machines” will run through March 15, 2020. To purchase tickets to the exhibit opening reception, please visit http://www.petersen.org/hollywood. For more information about the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit www.Petersen.org.

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Full Scale LEGO McLaren Senna

Taking nearly 5,000 hours to assemble and requiring nearly half a million bricks to complete, this Full-Scale LEGO McLaren Senna is as impressive as it is fun. The interactive model incorporates the infotainment system, carbon fiber seats, steering wheel, and pedals from the real car, as well as actual McLaren badges and real Pirelli tires. There’s also a start button in the roof, which activates the sound of the car roaring to life.

Overall, it took more than 40 men and women to design and build the model, using 467,854 individual LEGO bricks — so while it might be the same size as the road car, it weighs a full 1,102 lbs more.

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Are You Prepared For A Motorcycle Crash?

Nobody, whether driving a car or riding a motorcycle, plans to get into a crash. However, these collisions can and do occur every day. Ninety-six percent of single-vehicle motorcycle accidents, and 98 percent of multiple vehicle accidents, resulted in some kind of injury to the motorcyclist. 

The good news is that over half of those injuries, 55 percent, were minor. If the worst should happen and you’re ever in a motorcycle crash, you want to be part of the largely uninjured majority. You can prepare for the accident you hope will never happen by investing in motorcycle protective gear.

Types of Motorcycle Protective Gear

You’re probably familiar with more traditional types of motorcycle gear, like helmets, chaps, and boots.  However, products have evolved beyond those basic staples into different types of body armor. Armored motorcycle gear includes knee and elbow guards, back and chest protectors, armored shirts, jackets, and pants, and for those who don’t want to take any chances, full armored body suits. 

Some of these items have the armored portions built right into the fabric, while others, such as some protective shirts and jackets, have pockets allowing you to place armored inserts, with the option to remove and replace them as necessary. Some of the best motorcycle armor inserts are made of viscoelastic materials that combine the resistance to impact of GP armor with the comfort and flexibility of foam materials. 

Protective Capabilities

Some types of armored gear provide only padding to the areas of your body most likely to be impacted in an accident to absorb the force. Other, more advanced types of armored motorcycle gear also include a hard shell to distribute the force away from the vulnerable areas of your body. One way to judge the protective capability of protective motorcycle gear is to check for a CE rating. This is a standard used throughout Europe to gauge how much force a piece of gear can take, and therefore, how much protection it affords.

An investment in motorcycle body armor can help you be part of the 55 percent of riders who walk away from an accident. Check out the different types of armored motorcycle gear available today.

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