In searching for a new car seat, you often encounter terminology that you may not understand. What is this EPS and EPP foam the car seat manufacturer keeps boasting about? And what does it mean for me and my child? It is important to have as much knowledge and understanding of your child’s safety seat as possible. Your child’s life literally depends on it. Here, you will gain a better understanding of some of the most important safety features included in many of today’s car seats.
EPS stands for Expanded Polystyrene and is most commonly known as Styrofoam. It is often used in items such as portable coolers and bicycle helmets. It is made up of thousands of mini beads that can be molded into various shapes and sizes. EPS foam has the ability to withstand a lot of abuse, but can also snap or tear. EPS is relatively inflexible and breaks easily when compared to EPP.
EPP stands for Expanded Polypropylene. This is a high-grade engineering foam that has an elastic nature, allowing it to regain its shape when deformed. EPP foam has such extreme strength in fact, that it is often used in automotive bumpers. EPP usually recovers completely from impacts and is harder to tear than EPS.
So what does all of this information mean for you and your kids? Basically, since all car seats must meet certain government regulations for safety, both EPS and EPP foam provide adequate protection in a collision. Many high-end child safety seat companies will use EPP foam, which often costs up to four times that of EPS foam. EPP foam is flexible, which means it may not become permanently damaged as readily as that of EPS. This means that after an accident, the car seat with EPP foam may sustain its original shape better than the one with EPS. Some parents feel more comfortable using safety seats made up of EPP, as it is a higher-end product. However, since any car seat that has been in an accident should be deemed ineffective, it should be replaced, regardless of the type of energy-absorbing material inside of it. This is a personal decision to be considered. The important thing is that you have an understanding of what these different “ingredients” inside your child’s seat mean.
Driving has become such a mundane, every day activity that it is easy to forget how dangerous it can be. When it comes to the safety of your children, it is imperative that they are as protected as possible.
If your car looks a little on the girly side, there are a lot of modifications you can do to give it a more masculine touch. Making your car more masculine will make you confident when you pick up your date, and will make you enjoy it much more when you’re riding in it alone. Below are some ideas on how to make your car a male.
- Change the Rims: Adding custom rims to your wheels will definitely give your car a manly personality. They not only make your car look really cool, but they also help your car’s traction and steering. Take a car with custom rims for a ride and you’ll definitely feel the difference. Most rims come in standard colors of silver, grey, chrome or black. But you can also get custom colors like white, gold or blue. If you really want to attract attention, get spinner wheels that rotate even after the car has stopped moving.
- Get Custom Car Seat Covers: This is another great way to add the masculine personality to your car that you’re looking for. You can get solid colors like black, brown or tan in cloth fabric, or you can get nice leather covers if you can splurge a little more. You can also have your car seat covers customized by adding your initials or a design embroidered somewhere on the side of the cover. They also come in dual colors, like tan and black or red and black. An added bonus of having car seat covers is that they protect your seats from dirt, and other debris, making your car easier to clean. Since they keep food and drinks from getting trapped inside the cushions of your seats, seat covers keep your car smelling fresher longer. They also make an excellent gift for any male in your family or office.
- Get a Steering Wheel Cover: A thick black or brown leather cover on your steering wheel will definitely add some masculinity to your automobile. There are many options when it comes to steering wheel covers. You can get them in leather, suede, polyester, or a soft fabric like sheepskin. The most popular colors amongst men are black and brown, but they also make custom steering wheel covers with different logos on them. You can get a cover with a logo of your favorite sports team on it. And you don’t have to stop there. You can also get floor mats to match. There is no way your car would be considered girly with all these accessories.
When you are purchasing parts and putting together a turbo system, the blow off valve is a fairly important part of the system. Not only does it release all the excess pressure built up in the intercooler piping after the intake manifold closes, but a turbo BOV also creates a unique BOV sound, which can make your car sound like it’s quality tuned and unique. The HKS Super SQV (SSQV) turbo blow off valve is a BOV every turbo tuner should consider purchasing, as this specific BOV has many benefits to its unique construction.
In 1994, HKS released the first blow off valve, the SSQV BOV, containing the “pull” valve design, which was unlike the usual “push” valved blow off valves turbo tuners have always used. The “push” blow off valves have been the traditional type of turbo BOV used and they allow pressure to build up until the valve spring cannot hold anymore pressure, or the valve reaches its threshold, and then pushes the excess pressure out of the valve.
HKS created a design with the “pull” valve system, found on the HKS SSQV BOV, which uses and alters the pressure to pull open a dual valve system. The primary valve is the smaller valve, which opens up during smaller pressure conditions. When heavier pressure conditions are encountered, the SSQV BOV will open the larger, secondary valve, which allows all the excess pressure out during heavier and faster driving conditions.
Having the pull valve system allows the HKS SSQV BOV to prevent leaking, even when the car is idling or under extreme conditions. This system also allows a cleaner, more solid BOV sound, as it releases all the pressure with a fresh tuned sound, once the valve is pulled open.