Why You May Need to Change Your Car Seat Today

Written by: The Foam Factory

Summary: After years of pressure and tension, your car seat may need to be replaced to maintain optimal safety conditions.

There are numerous reasons why you might find yourself needing to purchase a replacement seat for your car. For some, there might be the need to improve the safety of the existing car seat. Or, you could be in the market for a replacement car seat due to a previous accident. Whatever the case may be, this guide is designed to help you through the entire process.

Considerations

Before you purchase the first car seat that you find on your manufacturer’s website, you also have the option of buying a used one instead. It’ll save you some money if you’re on a tight budget, and if kept in good condition, could be a solid replacement for years on end. Additionally, you’ll want to consider the type of seat that you’ll be replacing. Is it an automatic (powered) or a fixed design? What are the approximate measurements of the entire seat backs? Will it be compatible with your current design?

Look to Replace Your Seats After an Accident

Depending on the impact of the collision, you’ll want to consider finding yourself a new car seat due to the fact that unseen damage could have partially destroyed your current seat. If you have children, be sure that you inspect the entire seat, as well as the mechanism itself, to ensure that nothing’s loose or bent in any particular way.

Don’t Estimate Your Seat Size

After determining what seat you’re going to buy, you must then move on to accurately measuring the seats of the car that you’re looking to replace. You can either get a custom fit (which is obviously more expensive) or find one that’s meant for the model/make of your vehicle. You can even go all out and include custom foam cushions that put less strain on your back and is designed for maximum pressure. Regardless, keep each measurement accurate to the millimeter. Some seats will differentiate in that they won’t sit snug with some car models. Be sure to keep them secure and don’t forget to properly install them – car seats that are poorly installed may result in fatal injury.

The Bottom Line

Whether you’re looking to switch out to replacement cushions or are looking to swap out an entire seat, nothing should be overlooked. Proper installation, inspection, and adaptation to the model are all important factors that help keep you and your family safe.

The Economics of Building a Racetrack

Building a race track used to be fairly simple. If you owned a plot of land big enough to accommodate one, and you had the consent of your local government, then you were most of the way there. A bit of elbow grease and some safety measures, and you could basically start hosting races. As time, and a few lawsuits, passed, states and regions started having tighter restrictions on building a race track. In addition to the costs of land, you needed to factor in amenities and other concerns the public expects at a track. The economics behind building a race track today are quite complex, it takes engineering minds like Robbie Dickson.

How Much Land do You Need?

Let’s begin with the actual land you have to build on, which carries some caveats. It’s not as simple as mapping out each turn and straightaway, you’ll need to factor in whatever the city needs on your track, which will significantly expand (usually) or decrease the size you have to work with. That means more of your budget going toward real estate. A good sized track can cover anywhere from 500 to 1500 acres, increasing as regulation increases. What does that mean? Be prepared to add a clubhouse, multiple garages and anything else your local region says that you need in order to accommodate your guests. Dickson’s group negotiated a lease with the Osoyoos Indian Band, and immediately went to work. One of the founders owned a construction company, so they got the excavations started fairly quickly. The company used GPS guided earth movers to get the layout of the track just right, and 12,139 feet of concrete wall space keeps racers safe on the track.

Your Target Market

Finally, you have to have a target market in mind. Dickson built a true F-1 experience in Canada. It’s not easy to get out and drive your car to the fullest in the snow, so a race track designed for true racing fanatics was like a promise unfulfilled. Dickson knew his kind existed, he just didn’t know how to find them. The answer was to give them a place to gather, and that’s why it’s so important to build something unique and alluring. To solve both of those challenges, he turned to Jacques Villeneuve, Canadian F-1 driver, who shared his dream of creating a true race track experience in Canada.

Under Dickson, Area27 became more than a track. He installed a clubhouse, a spa, a private lounge and a full time restaurant for true immersion. When Dickson’s work was completed, one could move into Area27 and receive full service without ever leaving the track. By encouraging car owners to get out and meet one another, Dickson has created more than a business venture for himself. He’s established a community, which is how race tracks last.

Basic Costs

So, after you’ve evaluated your land, what kind of basic costs are you looking at to make the track work on a practical level? You can’t just use cheap materials on a race track, first and foremost. For Area27, Dickson’s team did more than one pass through, layering asphalt for a perfectly levelled surface with minor gradations. Everything from temperature changes to levelling of the ground can affect a turn. It required their team spending upwards of 10-12 hour days getting it just right.