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  • Things You Can do to Protect your Ride from the Effects of Winter

    Winter Driving Survival

    People who live in Florida or California sometimes only know it is winter by looking at their calendars.  However, in the Midwest or Northeast, winter and its elements are bearing down on us creating travel nightmares and making many children happy with frequent school closings.  Winter is a season frequently attributed to depression because of the short, dark days and the stress the weather tends to inflict on people.   Driving to work on treacherous roadways, straining your back shoveling snow, and lining up childcare for snow days are just some of the reasons how winter can bring some major anxiety to those of us living in the throes of it.  What we sometimes fail to remember though is the stress our vehicles endure during these long, harsh winter months as well.  There are some simple things you can do to help prevent damage to your ride from the effects of the winter months.

    One of the easiest is to invest in a quality set of floor mats.  Tracking salt, sand, and snow into your vehicle is the quickest way to eat through the carpeting and possibly the floor causing extensive and expensive interior damage.

    The salt used to treat roads can eat away paint and cause corrosion.  It is important to treat your vehicle to a wash often during the winter months.  Mud flaps are a great way to keep salt from getting up underneath the tire well and causing possible body rot and erosion to your truck.

    Window visors are one of the most popular aftermarket accessories available today.  Although window visors do not offer protection for your vehicle they do allow you to have your windows open even in inclement weather.  Having a flow of fresh air aids in keeping your windows free of moisture build up while keeping rain and snow out of the car.

    Keeping your vehicle stocked with a few essential items will also prepare you for any weather emergency you might encounter on the roads.  Items that should be kept in your vehicle for an emergency include a flashlight, blanket, gallon of water, and a few granola bars.  During the winter a bag of cheap cat litter is a great investment.  The cat litter can give your vehicle traction should you get stuck in the snow.

    In the end, winter will leave us as it does every year.  We are looking forward to a beautiful spring where you can drop those convertible tops and leave winter far behind.

  • Countdown to the Detroit Auto Show 2014

     

    The countdown has begun to what many believe is the hottest new car showcase, not just the United States, but the rest of the automotive world as well.  The North American International Automotive Show, often called simply the Detroit Auto Show 2014, begins its twelve day run on January 13th.  The start of the show begins with two press only days where only the media has access to the show floor. The next two days are for automotive industry professionals only and that is followed by a charity preview day that will ultimately raise millions of dollars for different charities. The show concludes on the 25th after eight days of admission to the general public.

    This year’s lineup will includes over forty automotive manufacturers from around the globe, and as in past years, many will be introducing their new models as well as concept cars.  Some of the highlights of this year’s show is sure to be what Ford has done with the newly designed 2015 Ford F-150 pickup.
    The F-150 has been the best selling pickup in the market for thirty six straight years and Ford is not about to sit on its laurels as others update their full size pickups. This new design features a complete makeover for both the interior and exterior of the truck. A new, smaller, ecoboost engine is also expected to be offered in addition to their extensive use of aluminum for weight reduction which Ford feels may significantly change the truck’s fuel economy.  With other sleek modifications to the truck and new and impressive bells and whistles added, this truck is sure to impress at the NAIAS this year.

    Another vehicle that promises to attract a lot of attention is the GT 41 Stinger concept car being displayed by Kia. Best known as for their offering of cost conscious and fuel stingy cars, the Stinger is a sharp looking rear wheel drive sports car.  This concept car was designed at Kia’s U.S. design studio in Irvine California and is powered by a 315 hp 2.0liter engine. While many of the concept cars may never see the showroom floor, they often provide insight to the direction a car manufacturer may be heading in the upcoming years. Keep a look out for this one.

    The NAIAS show never disappoints and, without fail, brings us the latest and greatest in the future of the automotive world.  If you are lucky enough to attend this show please let us know what you thought was the coolest new ride on the floor.  We welcome your pictures and your thoughts and hope to see everyone in Detroit.

     

  • Tailgating at Super Bowl XLVIII

    Super Bowl  XLVIII (48) will be played on February 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This will be the first Super Bowl to be played outdoors in the extreme cold weather, as well as the first in 38 years to be played outdoors on artificial turf. It is also the first in which two US states New York and New Jersey will work together with hosting duties.

    Not only does the Super Bowl mark the end of the Football season it also marks the last game for the tailgaters untill the start of the next Football season. Extreme-weather tailgating is the ultimate test of any football fanatic. A real fan must be willing to endure often brutal weather conditions that come with winter.  The trick is not letting Mother Nature put a damper on your team spirit by following these bad weather “bare essentials.”

    What To Eat

    A hearty bowl of chili or chowder, hot sandwiches and a tall mug of steaming hot chocolate with marshmallows says it all.. Also, plan your menu wisely to include foods that don’t require a fork and knife, or bare fingers instead opt for food on a stick or anything you can sip so that gloves can stay on while feasting.

    How To Dress

    Layers, layers, layers. If done correctly, the rule of three layers will retain body heat and keep you dry. The innermost layer should keep moisture away from the body, so look for garments that are made of “wicking” material. The middle layer(s) should trap in warm air – think wool, down and thermal garments. The outermost layer is for protection against the elements, whether rain, wind or snow. Even if you layer perfectly, a cold head or cold feet will counterbalance your success, so hats are critical at all times and shoes/boots should always be waterproof.

    The Truck

    Get In Bed- Add a rubber or carpeted bed floor or mats. Make a tent that can fit over the truck bed for protection against the cold.  Add a cap this will also keep it warmer in the bed of the truck. Fill the bed with lots of blankets, hand warmers and anything else you can think of that will help in keeping warm.

    There’s A Hitch- Load a trailer with your folding chairs, and if you can find some, grab some large sheets of Styrofoam to lay on the ground. The Styrofoam will keep your feet from being on the cold ground which will keep you warmer. Bring an extra grill for extra heat.

    Don’t miss the fun at the tailgate party because of the raw weather conditions. These tips for tailgating in cold weather will keep you warm and in the middle of the tailgating activities, you love so much.

  • What's In Your Winter Emergency Survival Kit

    Winter is tough on vehicles and travel. Snow, cold temperatures, ice, slush and salt play havoc on a vehicle and our driving. The odds of us having a driving emergency are much greater in winter than in the other three seasons. One of the primary concerns is the winter weather’s ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or office, sometimes for days at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region.  So, it pays to keep a kit in your trunk with all the things you are likely to need.

    1. Blanket: If you are stuck with a car that won't start, or that has conked out, and have to wait in cold weather for help, you will want a decent warm blanket as an extra layer.
    2. Snow shovel: Get a short-handled shovel, probably a coal-type shovel, to stow in the trunk in case you need to remove snow from around the wheels of your vehicle. You can buy plastic ones, but you may want to opt for a metal one in case you also need to chip at some ice or compacted snow.
    3. Flashlight: Self explanatory. Keep a good-sized, water-proof flashlight with fresh batteries in case your breakdown is at night. Pack emergency candles too, as a back-up.
    4. Hand warmers: Smash the bag and the chemical reaction inside creates warmth to defrost fingers that may be trying to change a tire or fiddle with an engine.
    5. Matches: You never know when you will have to manufacture heat. It's better than rubbing two cold, snowy sticks together, hoping for the best.
    6. Bottle of water and a few protein, snack bars. You hear of people surviving on ketchup packets that have fallen between the seats, but some planning will yield a better menu under emergency conditions.
    7. Syphon Pump: If being out of gas is your problem, and you get offered help by a good samaritan, you want t be able to get a gallon or two of gas out of another gas tank to get you going quickly.
    8. Light sticks: These cost almost nothing at a dollar store and can be used either as a light source or to wear in case you are shoveling snow around your wheels at night.
    9. Flares: These should be in your trunk in all seasons for putting next to your car if you are pulled over in distress.
    10. Whistle: It can be used to either signal for help to someone who can't hear you yell, or to scare someone who may be trying to take advantage of your distress.

    Some other items that may help are: first aid kit with pocket knife, battery-powered radio, extra hats, socks and mittens, tow chain or rope, road salt, sand or cat litter for traction, booster cables,  and an extra cell phone charger.

    During a winter accident or a breakdown, your vehicle becomes your shelter. By having a winter emergency survival kit, you and your passengers can await rescue safely, comfortably and without fear.

    We here at BUY AUTO TRUCK ACCESSORIES,  we want to know that you are safe during these next few months of winter weather. Happy Holidays and drive safe.

  • Where's Santa?

    We took our kids to see Santa two year ago, and it went pretty well considering that our youngest who was one and a half at the time fell asleep while waiting in line.  Last  year we  put a little more planning into our trip, when was a good time of the day, when would the lines be the shortest, was there a better day then the next, anything and everything to avoid any meltdowns. So last year our youngest was able to tell us that we were going to see Santa, but he didn’t really “get” Santa last year. On line at the mall we talked about how all the boys and girls were sitting on Santa’s lap and said when it was his turn that he could sit on Santa’s lap. He said “Santa’s lap” multiple times as we were approaching his turn. We thought great he is going to do it. Then he started saying, “Santa’s lap…no” while shaking his head. So…we were *those* parents. The ones forcing their toddler to sit on Santa’s lap, just so we can have a picture. Yep. That was us.

    This year no mall for us, as we will be traveling. I still want the Santa experience but not the mall experience, I want something different. So if you're traveling over the holidays like us, don't worry about missing Santa Claus. I have heard St. Nick will be making extra efforts to reach his pint-sized admirers by showing up on skis, trains, boats and much more. These unique Santa meet-and-greet experiences offer more than just the chance to report good behavior and make special gift requests! They make great childhood memories to be past down from generation to generation. Don’t know where you will be this Christmas season, but I have found some places that have something different to offer across the states. Here are what seems to be the top 8

    1. Santa's Workshop, Colorado   

    2. North Pole Experience, Arizona    

    3. Santa Claus, Indiana

    4. The Polar Express (offered in many states)  

    5. California Surf, California

    6. Skiing the Slopes (check for closest resort hosting Santa this season)

    7. In and Around Atlanta

    8. Stylish Arrivals (how about Santa on jet skis)

    How else would Santa arrive at the Jolly Beach Resort & Spa in Antigua other than by boat with gifts in his (waterproof) sack and ready for a party? In Rockland Maine, he didn't arrive by any old boat. Instead the Coast Guard gave him a lift earlier this month. When in Hawaii, Santa will do as the Hawaiians do ... yup, at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, the Big Guy arrives by outrigger canoe on December 14 where he'll be met by hundreds of Santa fans who are invited to join him for a meet-and-greet and photo-taking in the lobby.

    I'm sure the beach is a nice change of pace for St. Nick, but I suspect that he is most at home in the cold, so it came as no surprise that the Christmas season will find him on the slopes. Imagine a whole ski slope of skiing and snowboarding Santa’s. Sounds like that’s what you’ll find at Big White in British Columbia on December 21st during "Dress Like Santa or Mrs. Claus & Ride for Free Day" (for the first 30 people to arrive at the Village Centre Mall in full Santa or Mrs. Claus attire).

    Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be welcoming guests into their home, lovingly recreated in Busch Gardens' Christmas Town in Tampa and Williamsburg. Their house will be buzzing with Christmas cheer as elves busily prepare to help Santa bring joy to children around the world. Stop by Mrs. Claus' kitchen and snag a holiday cookie before an elf leads you into Santa's private study. There, Santa Claus eagerly awaits your company, where you can meet, share stories, take pictures and whisper your wish list to the jolliest man around.

    So sure, you can go visit Santa at the mall, wait in the long lines, listening to the screaming kids and hope that you get an “ok” picture ... but wouldn't it be more fun to find the old guy out on an adventure?

    We here at BuyAutoTruckAccessories would like to wish you and yours A Happy, Healthy, And Safe Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year!

  • What's In Your Glove Box?

    The glove box can be a useful treasure chest in cars, housing everything from important papers and receipts to tire gauges and extra fuses. It's a safe, easy-to-access place for crucial items, and almost every car has one. Even the best of us are sometimes guilty of littering our glove boxes with unnecessary items like CDs or cosmetics. Don't let yourself go down that path. Rather, be prepared and consider the following things to keep on hand.

    The crucial stuff

    License and registration: I feel it’s a good idea to keep all important documents like proof of insurance, automotive registration and a copy of your driver's license in the glove box.

    ICE Card: “In case of emergency” card with important information about you and your passengers. On that card you should list emergency contacts, physicians, any medications used or allergies for you and your passengers

    Car Manual: We'd all like to keep our car's owner's manual in the glove box, but have you seen the size of these things lately, Keep just the main manual, the part with important info on engine care, wiper blade sizes and more

    Tire pressure gauge: Unless you have a new car with the Easy Fill Tire Alert System, tire pressure gauge is one of the most essential items to have in your glove box.

    Flashlight: LED flashlights take up only a little space but emit a lot of light. A flashlight will come in handy when trying to change a tire in the dark.

    Generic Cell Phone Charger or Power Converter: It's also nice to know you have a back-up charger when traveling down that long, dark country road and the cell phone is about to die. There is a wide assortment of lighter plug-ins that come in all sizes and configurations to support any digital appliance.

    Paper and Pencil: Having something to write with and something to write on are always good to have at the ready when driving. Whether it's writing down directions or exchanging auto insurance information, having a working pen and available paper, will prevent additional stress being added at the moment of need.

    The convenient stuff

    Napkins, travel wipes, tissues and hand sanitizer:  After touching the gasoline hose at your next fill-up, you’ll be glad to have something to wipe the odor off your hands.

    High-energy snacks: Stash a few granola bars in the glove box so you can last through an extra-long rush hour.

    Plastic grocery bags: Smash a few into a zip-top plastic bag and use them for trash as the need arises.

    Lint roller:  If you have pets, you know you can never have too many of these.

    Instead of stuffing it with napkins, ketchup packets and breath mints, turn your glove box into a useful tool, think of it as a survival kit. You may think of other objects that may be more of an importance to you, but in my opinion I find these items to be very useful.

     

    We here at BUY AUTO TRUCK ACCESSORIES would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving, remember this is the time of year when things can get crazy remember to drive safe, and enjoy.

  • Car-B-Que, Engine Cooking Part IV

    If you’ve been following our blog "Car-B-Que, Engine Cooking" you know that we’ve been giving you the recipes needed to cook your Thanksgiving Dinner this year on your car’s engine.  So far we’ve told you how to make the turkey, the apples, and the potatoes.  Our last segment gives you the recipe to make Carburetor Carrots.  These carrots are flavorful and are the perfect veggie to make on your car’s engine.

    I picked carrots because not only are they my favorite vegetable but also because you can’t really screw them up too easily.  Any carrot lover will tell you that short of burning them, carrots are vegetable that taste great no matter how they are served.  Cooking on your manifold has so many different variables including the length of the drive, the temperature of the engine, and the speed you are going, that a forgiving vegetable like the carrots seemed like a no brainer!

    As always, let’s discuss some of the basic Car-B-Que’ing guidelines.

    • Make sure that your food is wrapped in foil – at least 3 sheets.  We are cooking on a dirty engine so we need to protect or food.
    • As important as it is to protect our food it is also important to protect our engine.  Make sure the tin foil is sealed well – leaking liquid could damage an engine or start a fire.
    • Secure the food in a tight area.  Use wire tires to make sure the food packet isn’t moving around.
    • Use oven mitts to handle the food packets.  Car engines can get extremely hot and you may get burned if you don’t take the necessary precautions.
    • Lastly, check the temperature of your food before consuming it.  Cooking food to the proper is important so that you don’t become ill.  There are so many factors to cooking on a car’s engine that affect the temperature of the food – such as distance, speed, and placement on the engine.  Don’t take chances; use a thermometer when in doubt.

    CARBURETOR CARROTS

    6 carrots

    1 small red pepper

    2 tablespoons of olive oil

                                              3 tablespoons of honey

                                                Salt and pepper to taste

    Wash and peel carrots.  Finely julienne carrots (the thinner the carrots, the faster they cook).  Wash and cut the red pepper into very thin strips.  Toss carrots with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Drizzle carrots with honey.  Place carrots on a sheet of foil and fold into a packet.  Repeat this process two more times making sure the foil packets are sealed tightly.  Place food packet in a tight spot on the engine and secure it with wire ties.  The readiness  of these carrots is completely subjective.  Some people like their carrots firm and crunchy while others prefer a softer, more pliable carrot.  The degree of your carrots readiness will have many factors such as how thinly your carrot was sliced, how long of a trip you are taking, and the temperature of the spot in which you placed your food packet.  A fair guesstimate is that your carrots should be yummy after a one hour drive at 50 miles per hour.
    The staff at BuyAutoTruckAccessories.com wishes you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.  This year as we sit around our Thanksgiving tables we will be giving thanks to all our loyal readers and customers.  Without you, we would not be – so thank you for shopping with us and referring us to your friends and family.  BuyAutoTruckAccessories.com appreciates, and is thankful, for you and your business!

  • Car-B-Que, Engine Cooking Part III

    Here is the 3rd installment of “How to Car-B-Que Your Thanksgiving Day Dinner”.  To recap, so far we’ve made a side dish of apples and, the star of the dinner, the turkey all on the engine.  Today we are going to talk about cooking my favorite dish, the potatoes!

    Traditionally, potatoes are served creamed or mashed on Thanksgiving.  This Thanksgiving we are going to shake things up and make “Piston Potatoes”.  This potato is will cook perfectly on your car’s manifold and will be bursting with lots of flavor.  Now, while I agree that it’s not traditional, it’s certainly unique to serve potatoes that were made on the car engine while driving to Grandma’s house.

    As always, let’s go over some important tips before we start.

    • Make sure that your food is wrapped in foil – at least 3 sheets.  We are cooking on a dirty engine so we need to protect or food.
    • As important as it is to protect our food it is also important to protect our engine.  Make sure the tin foil is sealed well – leaking liquid could damage an engine or start a fire.
    • Secure the food in a tight area.  Use wire tires to make sure the food packet isn’t moving around.
    • Use oven mitts to handle the food packets.  Car engines can get extremely hot and you may get burned if you don’t take the necessary precautions.
    • Lastly, check the temperature of your food before consuming it.  Cooking food to the proper is important so that you don’t become ill.  There are so many factors to cooking on a car’s engine that affect the temperature of the food – such as distance, speed, and placement on the engine.  Don’t take chances; use a thermometer when in doubt.

     

    Piston Potatoes

    4 russet potatoes

    1 small yellow onion

    1 small red pepper

    3 Tablespoons butter

    3 cloves of garlic

    Salt and pepper

     Wash and peel potatoes.  Slice the potatoes into ½ inch pieces.  Peel onion and slice thinly.  Thinly julienne the red pepper.  Place potatoes, onion, and peppers in tin foil packet.  Top with butter, garlic, salt and pepper.  Seal packet tightly making sure that liquid can’t escape.  We estimate a 45 minute drive time should be sufficient to make an awesome potato dish for your Thanksgiving dinner!

  • SEMA Trade Show

    Automotive enthusiasts from all over the world are watching their calendars as the SEMA show is due to take over Las Vegas yet again.  For those who do not know what the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show is, it is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world and it is where over 2,000 new automotive related products are revealed each year.

    The most popular reason to attend has to be the unveiling of all the cool, new stuff that’s about to hit the market.  What really help these products to stand out are the almost 2,000 unbelievably tricked out rides displaying the new products.  Manufacturers from all over the world bring the sickest cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUV’s, and UTV’s out to Vegas to showcase their new products.   These vehicles themselves are worth a trip to Vegas.

    While the new products definitely take center stage, don’t forget that there are lots of other activities that you can participate in to grow your business.  SEMA offers educational seminars, product demonstrations, and networking opportunities that will yield you important connections and the tools you need to make your business more profitable.

    One of the main attractions at SEMA is the chance to personally meet celebrities.  This show is a huge draw and many celebrities, both in and out of industry, take the opportunity to appear.  You will see not only the biggest names in the NHRA & Nascar but also a wide variety of comedians and actors.

    This trade show is not open to the public but you can rest assured that when SEMA is in town, what happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas!  This is such a major event in the automotive aftermarket world that you will be brought updates and highlights by T.V., newspapers, radio, and all of social media several times a day.  You will also be able to catch all of the shows highlights on YouTube.  So if you are not one of the 60,000 domestic or international buyers attending the show, don’t worry – BuyAutoTruckAccessories.com will bring you back some of the highlights from the show.

  • You Can Fix A Flat Tire!

    It can happen to anyone, no matter how new or old your car. And, it can happen in the most unlikely of places in the most inconvenient circumstances. A flat tire is something that everyone should know how to fix and/or change, especially in cases where you are not a member of a travel club that can come out and fix it for you or you are in a remote area where you cannot call for help. Read the following tips of what to do from pulling off to the side of the road, to driving away with your doughnut.

    Find a flat, stable and safe place to change your tire. You need a solid, level surface that will restrict the car from rolling. If you are near a road, park as far from traffic as possible and turn on your emergency flashers (hazard lights). Avoid soft ground and hills.

    Apply the parking brake and put car into "Park" position. If you have a standard transmission, put your vehicle in first or reverse.

    Place a heavy object (e.g., rock, concrete, spare wheel, etc.) in front of the front and back tires. This is an extra safety step.

    Take out the spare tire and the jack. Place the jack under the frame near the tire that you are going to change. Ensure that the jack is in contact with the metal portion of your car's frame.

    • Many cars have molded plastic along the bottom. If you don't place the jack in the right spot, it will crack the plastic when you start lifting. If you're not sure about the right place to put the jack, read your owner's manual.
    • For most modern uni-body cars, there is a small notch or mark just behind the front wheel wells, or in front of the rear wheel wells where the jack is intended to be placed.
    • For most trucks or older cars that have a frame, look to place the jack on one of the beams of the frame just behind the front tire or in front of the rear tire.

    Raise the jack until it is supporting (but not lifting) the car. The jack should be firmly in place against the underside of the vehicle. Check to make sure that the jack is perpendicular to the ground.

    Remove the hub cap and loosen the nuts by turning counterclockwise. Don't take them all the way off; just break the resistance. By keeping the wheel on the ground when you first loosen the nuts, you'll make that you're turning the nuts instead of the wheel.

    • Use the wrench that came with your car or a standard cross wrench. Your wrench may have different sizes of openings on different ends. A correctly-sized wrench will slip easily over the nut, but will not rattle.
    • It can take quite a lot of force to break your lug nuts free. If all else fails, you can use your body weight or stomp on the wrench (be absolutely certain you are turning it the correct way - counter clockwise).
    • A cross wrench will give you much more torque than a standard single-handled wrench.

    Pump or crank the jack to lift the tire off the ground. You need to lift it high enough to remove the flat tire and replace it with a spare.

    • As you lift, make sure that the car is stable. If you notice any instability, lower the jack and fix the problem before fully lifting the car.
    • If you notice the jack lifting at an angle or leaning, lower and reposition it so that it can lift straight up.

    Remove the nuts the rest of the way. Turn them counter clockwise until they are loose. Repeat with all lug nuts, then remove the nuts completely.

    Remove the tire. Place the flat tire under the vehicle so in the event of a jack failure the vehicle will fall on the old wheel, hopefully preventing injury. If the jack is placed on a flat, solid base, you shouldn't have any problems.

    • The tire might be stuck due to rust. You could try hitting the inside half of the tire with a rubber mallet to loosen the tire, or use the spare tire to hit the outside half.

    Place the spare tire on the hub. Take care to align the rim of the spare tire with the wheel bolts, then put on the lug nuts.

    Tighten the nuts by hand until they are all snug. They should turn easily at first.

    • Using the wrench, tighten the nuts as much as possible using a star pattern. To ensure the tire is balanced, don't completely tighten the nuts one at a time. Going in a star pattern around the tire, one nut across from another, give each nut a full turn until they are equally tight.
    • Avoid using so much force that you risk upsetting the jack. You will tighten the lug nuts again once the car is down and there is no risk of it falling.

    Lower the car without applying full weight on the tire. Tighten the nuts as much as possible.

    Lower the car to the ground fully and remove the jack. Finish tightening the nuts and replace the hubcap.

    Put the old tire in your trunk and take it to a mechanic. Get an estimate for the cost of repair. Small punctures can usually be repaired for less than $15. If the tire is not repairable, they can dispose of it properly and sell you a replacement.

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