Women and Car’s Early Years

8 06 2017

Dale BertramWomen played a role in the history of the car.  Here are a few facts that are interesting to know!

1903 – Mary Anderson was granted a patent for the windshield wiper in 1903. The first windshield wiper was a swinging arm with a rubber blade that could be operated manually from inside the car. She first tried to sell her idea to a Canadian firm in 1905 but they decided it was “not of such commercial use as would warrant the undertaking of its sale.” Hmmm…big mistake!  Wipers became standard in cars by 1916.

1909 – Alice Huyler Ramsey, at age 22, drove cross country (3,800 miles) from New York to San Francisco. It took 59 days! Keep in mind that most of those miles were on unpaved roads and she didn’t have maps (those things we used before GPS!). Alice had to change 11 tires, repair a broken brake pedal, and clean spark plugs! She became the first woman inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

1913 – Can’t imagine a car without turn signals or brake lights?  Isn’t it annoying to drive behind someone without them? Silent film star, Florence Lawrence certainly felt they were necessary.  She invented an “auto signaling arm” which was activated by pressing a button.  It would raise or lower an arm that had a sign, showing which way the driver was turning. When the driver wanted to stop, a “stop sign” would pop up.

1915 – Wilma K. Russey became the first female New York City taxi driver…on New Year’s Day!  She dressed very elegantly as a taxi driver and was also an expert (and stylish) auto mechanic.

1943 – Helene Rother became the first female automotive designer. She was hired by General Motors to create stylish and glamourous interior designs for cars. Helene was the first woman to address the Society of Automotive Engineers and was awarded the Jackson Medal for excellence of design.

The next time you use your wiper blades, turn signals or brake lights…think of these innovative women!

 

 





Starting the New Year with a Little Auto Trivia!

12 01 2017

Dale BertramIn 1916, 55 percent of the cars in the world were Model T Fords, a record that has never been beaten.

The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.

The city with the most Rolls Royce’s per capita is Hong Kong.

Windshield wipers were invented by a woman.

The brake light in the rear windows was put there after a suggestion by Elizabeth Dole.

The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At the time, the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

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How’s The View?

2 10 2014

Dale BertramHow is the view from your windshield? Now I’m a person who is amazed when I am talking to someone and notice their eyeglasses are a smudgy mess…how can they stand it? More importantly, how can they see? Then I look at their windshield and it is also smudgy. Mr. Magoo somehow comes to mind.

It is interesting that 80 percent of vehicle accidents are contributed to poor visibility and yet the average driver gets their wipers replaced every two and a half years. They should be replaced every six months or at most every year. Think of what your windshield encounters!

• Rain
• Insects coming to a messy end
• Dust
• Pollen
• Bird droppings

All these need to be cleared from your windshield when you are driving. If your wipers are worn and you turn them on to clear buildup you could end up with an even smearier blur instead of clear glass.

Most wiper blades are made with rubber that breakdown over time just like your belts and hoses. The ozone oxidizes the rubber causing cracks to form on the surface. Hot summer days are hard on wipers too because a windshield can get very hot. This makes the rubber lose flexibility and crack. All of this causes the chattering and smearing when you turn them on to clear the windshield. What is this telling you? “This is a sign…please replace us!” They even make blades now that tell you when they need to be replaced! If you are a procrastinator in this department they might be worth checking out! If you have a rear wiper blade don’t forget to replace that too!

Hopefully this has convinced you that good wiper blades are a must. Keep in mind though those wiper blades don’t function by themselves. If the nozzle isn’t squirting fluid properly onto the windshield (I’ve seen some squirt the car behind them or beside them!) the nozzle may need adjusting. If it doesn’t squirt fluid out at all it either needs fluid added or the nozzle is clogged. I’ve also seen weak washer pumps.

If your vision isn’t as clear as it should be, please make it a priority to get it taken care of sooner rather than later. Oh…and if you wear glasses…they need to be clean and clear too!

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How’s The View?

21 06 2012

Dale BertramHow is the view from your windshield?  Now I’m a person who is amazed when I am talking to someone and notice their eyeglasses are a smudgy mess…how can they stand it?  More importantly, how can they see?  Then I look at their windshield and it is also smudgy.  Mr. Magoo somehow comes to mind.

It is interesting that 80 percent of vehicle accidents are contributed to poor visibility and yet the average driver gets their wipers replaced every two and a half years.  They should be replaced every six months or at most every year.  Think of what your windshield encounters!

  • Rain
  • Insects coming to a messy end
  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Bird droppings

All these need to be cleared from your windshield when you are driving. If your wipers are worn and you turn them on to clear buildup you could end up with an even smearier blur instead of clear glass.

Most wiper blades are made with rubber that breakdown over time just like your belts and hoses.  The ozone oxidizes the rubber causing cracks to form on the surface.  Hot summer days are hard on wipers too because a windshield can get very hot.  This makes the rubber lose flexibility and crack.  All of this causes the chattering and smearing when you turn them on to clear the windshield.  What is this telling you? “This is a sign…please replace us!” They even make blades now that tell you when they need to be replaced!  If you are a procrastinator in this department they might be worth checking out! If you have a rear wiper blade don’t forget to replace that too!

Hopefully this has convinced you that good wiper blades are a must.  Keep in mind though those wiper blades don’t function by themselves.  If the nozzle isn’t squirting fluid properly onto the windshield (I’ve seen some squirt the car behind them or beside them!) the nozzle may need adjusting.  If it doesn’t squirt fluid out at all it either needs fluid added or the nozzle is clogged.  I’ve also seen weak washer pumps.

If your vision isn’t as clear as it should be, please make it a priority to get it taken care of sooner rather than later. Oh…and if you wear glasses…they need to be clean and clear too!

Happy Motoring!