Automotive Industries Volume N . 45

Automotive Industries Volume N . 45

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...gear to be engaged. This latter operation is a rather delicate one and is fully mastered only by few drivers. Generally speaking, gear shifting is the easier the less the difference in the ratio between successive gears. With a four-speed gear the ratios between successive gear speeds are smaller, as a rule. than with a three-speed gear, and a four-speed gear should, therefore, be easier to handle than a three-speed. Of course, the inertia of the clutch is an important factor in every case. When the gears are meshed, the speeds of the clutch and of the car are brought into a definite relation, which generally means that one has to speed up and the other slow down. As the inertia of the clutch is ever so much less than THE AUTOMOBILE NO statement is quite so misleading as a halftruth. Advocates of the gasoline tax in various states have pointed out that such a tax is fair because it is a somewhat accurate gage of the degree to which a vehicle uses the roads. There is a certain degree of truth in this assertion, but the other factors bearing on the situation are such as to entirely destroy its validity for argumentative and legislative purposes. To begin with, all gasoline is subjected to the tax. Thus, many gallons areltaxed which never find their way into motor vehicles used over the roads. The chief fallacy of the argument, however, lies in the fact that many other motor vehicle taxes operate simultaneously with the fuel tax, thus obviating the function of the fuel tax as a proportioning medium. Ten new states have added a gasoline tax within the last year, yet in no case has there been any diminution of other motor vehicle taxes. The fuel tax has simply been placed on top of other taxes in every instance. It is not a substitute tax, but more

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  • Paperback | 392 pages
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236487443
  • 9781236487445