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Don’t text, #justdrive Central Florida

Do you text, Tweet, Facebook, take selfies or otherwise busy yourself while driving? Be honest. We won’t judge.

We’ll fess up, Some of us at Central Florida Top 5 have, on a few occasions, sent a text or email while driving. We’re not admitting this because we’re proud of it, we share this in an effort to hold ourselves accountable. In covering so many of Central Florida’s events our writers are on the road a lot, en route to locations several times a week. Like everyone else on the road, we get busy. Unfortunately time stops for no one, not even us.

Currently there’s no law here in Florida banning cell phones while driving. Texting, yes, but not an overall ban. But, you know what? None of this is an excuse to drive while distracted. You or your family may be driving distracted out of habit – even in the littlest bits – and not even realize it. The effect can be the same as if you were under the influence. Generally, if you are facing DUI charges, it it better to employ the services of a DUI lawyer. Check out https://www.attorneylehiutah.com/dont-represent-yourself-call-a-dui-attorney/ for details.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines distracted driving as, “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.”

Included in the types of distractions are;

  • Texting
  • Using a mobile or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, cd player, or MP3 Player
Take action at distracted.gov

Take action at distracted.gov

Today our friends at Ford Southeast are teaming up with Florida’s Chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to spread a message: Don’t text, #justdrive.

Take the pledge today at http://www.distraction.gov/take-action/take-the-pledge.html

Top 5 things we want to see at #CES2015

by @jenvargas

What’s that you say? What’s a “CES?” Does it need ointment? Is THIS post safe to view at work? For the benefit of our readers who are not familiar, I’ll explain…

Don’t worry, dear Top 5ers. CES stands for Consumer Electronics Show. It’s produced by the Consumer Electronics Association and it’s the big – no wait – HUGE international electronics event that happens every year in Las Vegas. CES is the place for what’s next in electronics. The industry reveals their newest, hottest most techiest gadgets, devices and items.  And you need to buy them all. RIGHT NOW. Or at least the businesses who participate hope you do, your family does and all of your friends.

Next week Twitter will be flooded with tons talk and photos of gadget pr0n. (I’ll save you some spam bait and not type out the ‘other’ spelling of that last word.) The next, biggest, up-and-coming 4k television, smartphone, smart fridge, smart charger or drone copter will most likely debut to the world in Vegas. It’s the only thing Vegas isn’t keeping a secret!

What am I looking forward to most? In no particular order, here is a very small list of our gadget geek outs:

FORD’S SYNC 3

Photo credit: Ford Motor Company

Photo credit: Ford Motor Company

Our longtime friends at Ford Motor Company are making your car even smarter than it was waaay back in 2014. Sync 3 is an entertainment and communications hub for your car. Ford let me borrow a car last year, a C-MAX hybrid, to drive to New Orleans when our award-winning short film TechSquad screened at the legendary Joy Theater. This was my first experience with (then Microsoft) SYNC technology, and it was great! You could play music, find a place to eat, get directions control the climate (and more), access your contacts and make calls all using your voice, USB and Bluetooth technology. iPhone or Android, connecting was easy. It even recognized my Google Glass. I can’t wait to try it out in person! (Building efficiency leaves via the SmartGauge is ADDICTING, and I mastered the BreakCoach!)

#throughglass: This is about as nerdy as it gets, folks!

The (IoT) Internet of Things Showcase

Check out the highlight reel from last year’s Internet of Things, then imagine that even BIGGER. This year’s Internet of Things Showcase will be the largest in the world! Products, services and technologies from over 900 exhibitors will be shown at CES 2015. “The ‘Internet of Things’ is the hottest topic in tech right now,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA. “It’s all about the opportunity to connect everyday items  like cars, home security systems and kitchen appliances to networked devices like PCs and smartphones for greater control and management of our everyday lives. We’re excited that the 2015 CES will bring together all of the companies and products that are making this a reality.” Think Back to the Future Part II. Jaws 19, Self-lacing Nikes, controlling your appliances by voice, using smart glasses in Augmented and Virtual Reality environments (think E.P.C.O.T or Carousel of Progress)… the future is NOW people! (Well, maybe not the Nikes or Jaws 19. Not yet. But! Where there’s a Spielberg, there’s a way!)

Smart Homes, Smart Body and… Smart Pets?!

2015 seems to be the year where everything in your home connects with you – literally. Smartphones, Smart TVs in 4K, devices inside your home, on your feet,  on your wrist, on your head, on your face, in the kitchen, at the hospital, to monitor your health – on yourself AND your pet. All this and more will explode on to the scene even more than it did in 2014.

Make sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram and get a sneak peek of what’s to come!

Top 5 Reasons To Drive a Manual

by Kelly Green

As part of our mission to #GoFurtherORL, I drove a manual (read about the adventure here and here). It had been a while, so I confess I was nervous. Once I got over my initial trepidation, I discovered a manual had lots to offer.

Here are the Top 5 Reasons To Drive a Manual:

1) Interactive driving = fewer distractions and no hands free to text. (Parents: Help your new Processed with Moldivdriver by removing the temptation.)

2) Great fuel economy

3) It’s a skill builder

4) Lower cost to operate (not just in fuel economy, but maintenance

5) More control and FUN!

 

Let’s #GoFurtherORL With Ford Fiesta

By Kelly Green

How would you #GoFurtherORL? That was the question posed to Central Florida Top 5 before being given the keys for a week-long test drive.

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Center photo: The Ford Fiesta in front of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Deciding how much further depended on a number of factors. As a budget-conscious family, we wondered about fuel economy. As weekend wanderers we wanted to know how comfortable our ride would be if we ventured far. And as parents of a child who has his own travel bed, toys, books, etc., we really wanted to know: Can an economy car possibly hold all the stuff we take on our Florida adventures?

Our first query was easily answered. A quick look-see online revealed the great 28/36 mpg. Manual transmissions are notoriously good achievers in the fuel economy world and did not disappoint. Our first tank-full netted a 395 mile trip!

Then to the comfy question. Is it nice to drive in/ride in?

Confession—My first thought on hearing of this project: It’s been years since I’ve driven a manual. Will I remember how to do it?

Reminding my foot how to operate the clutch did take a try or two, but once the memory kicked in, it was a fun, interactive ride.

As for passenger comfort, in the front there was plenty of leg room, though the seat-back adjustment was a little tricky to operate. Overall, though, it didn’t feel like a small car. Rear seat adult passengers reported nice back support and enough leg room to ride comfortably (read about our ride to Taste of the Nation here). Seven-year-old test rider Daniel had no trouble operating the rear seat belt around his booster and liked that there were accessible USB ports, a good sound system, and a “very effective” a/c. (Anyone else laughing that a 7-year-old is clued into the technology of the vehicle?!)

Our last hurdle centered around the inordinate amount of stuff we take on trips. How would the Fiesta handle it all?

As part of our test drive, we took the Ford Fiesta on a mini-vacation to Bonita Springs (read about the trip here), a 3-hour drive from Orlando. As residents of Central Florida, we have the luxury of being close to all the beautiful beaches, incredible activities, and amazing destinations our state has to offer. No time for a traditional vacation? No problem. Hop in the car and in just a few hours you’re in yet another fabulous corner of the Sunshine State.

On a jaunt like this we carry a travel bed for our son. (He once rolled up and over the pool noodles we put under hotel bed fitted sheets as bumpers and smashed his mouth on the only sharp thing in the room—the corner of the nightstand. Since then: travel bed that’s low to the ground!) It’s kind of bulky, and I wondered if the Fiesta could accommodate IT and the suitcases, toys, cameras…

Color me surprised, but despite its compact size, the Ford Fiesta was up to the task.

One travel bed, two suitcases, a LEGO travel box and a bag of stuffed animals, two parents and one kid all fit!

Whether we went out of town, or were tooling about Central Florida, the Ford Fiesta took us where we wanted to go with fun, fuel economy, and sporting a ‘tude. The Ford Fiesta may be small, but it’s full of features and FUNctionality.

I know I’d like to #GoFurther again.