Archive for the ‘Tips and Tricks’ Category
Tips for Driving on Ice and Snow
With the winter months coming up once again, it will soon be time to face snow and ice driving. With significantly more collisions happening during this season, it is important that you take as many precautions as possible to stay as safe as you can out on the road during this season. Between maintenance of your car and specific driving methods, here are some tips for driving on ice and snow. (more…)
When should you stop putting money into your car?
You have a close, personal relationship with your car. You named it Rolls McGillicutty III, and ole Rolls has been with you through some tough times, and some good ones, too. Rolls was always there for you, but lately things have been looking a little rough. The car is already quite old, and it has seen better days. You’ve become a regular customer at the local service center, and not just for oil changes. Everything seems to be going wrong, and you are starting to wonder if it is time to throw in the towel. When should you stop putting money into your car? We have some answers. (more…)
Let us paint you a picture. You are cruising along on the highway minding your own business when suddenly your instrument panel lights up behind your steering wheel. At the same time, you notice smoke pouring out from underneath your hood. Oh no! It’s the classic car breakdown scenario! The temperature gauge on your instrument panel is burying the needle. Your engine is overheating. What now? Read ahead for tips on what to do if your vehicle overheats while driving. (more…)
Things to remember when test driving a car
When you are shopping for a new or used car, you’re spending quite a bit of time researching different brands and styles, reading expert and customer reviews, and taking a look at your budget, among other things. One of the final pieces in the research puzzle is the test drive. This is an absolutely critical moment, and likely the last thing you do before you decide to actually make the commitment to a specific model. There are a number of things to remember when test driving a car that will help benefit you before you make that down payment. Read on for our tips and suggestions. (more…)
How to protect yourself in a public parking garage
If you have ever traveled to a big city, or even if your commute requires a trip downtown, you have likely used a public parking garage. These are handy ways to fit a lot of parking spaces into one lot, however, they can also be a bit daunting at times, particularly at night. They can be vast and intimidating, and it is easy to get turned around. It is important to practice certain precautions when using one. Read on for some tips on how to protect yourself in a public parking garage. (more…)
How often should you change your car’s oil?
Driving is such a routine experience for many people that it is easy to forget that when you sit behind the wheel and press the accelerator, you are operating an impressive and complicated machine. Cars have so many different moving parts and components, and when one thing goes wrong, it seems like it can cause a domino effect. One such important factor in any vehicle is the oil. Proper oil lubrication is necessary to make the works run smoothly, and the oil needs to be changed regularly to help keep the car in good shape. How often should you change your car’s oil? Read on for more details! (more…)
How to prepare for a safe road trip
Summer has arrived, and that means it is time for late nights by the campfire, afternoons with giant ice cream cones, weekends watching blockbuster films at the multiplex, and, of course, summer vacations. This season has long been a time for people to get together and head out to enjoy the various sites and sounds of the summer, and road trips are exceptional ways to live life to the fullest. As with any fun part of life, taking off on a lengthy road trip is not without its potential perils, but there are ways you can help to ensure a good time is had by all. Read on for some suggestions on how to prepare for a safe road trip. (more…)
What to keep in your car in case of an emergency
In a perfect world, things would always go as planned. As you already know, this world is not perfect, and calamities can happen. This is particularly true when it comes to driving. The road is full of perilous pitfalls that can turn even the most mundane commute into a roadside nightmare. Potholes, bad weather, and yes, bad drivers, can all create nasty situations for you. Even without those external problems, your vehicle may have some trouble all its own that can cause a breakdown. It is important that you are prepared for such situations, so we are offering this list of suggestions of what to keep in your car in case of an emergency. (more…)
What should you do if you encounter a flood while driving?
As warmer weather begins to permeate the land, the chances of severe weather are increasing. Living in the middle of the country, we are subject to any number of different severe weather incidents, and that includes flash floods. While these events may sometimes seem like no big deal, flash floods are extremely dangerous and should not be taken lightly. They can appear with little to no warning, especially in low-lying areas. What should you do if you encounter a flood while driving? Read on for a few safety reminders. (more…)
What are the worst distracted driving behaviors?
Driving is a daily activity for many people all over the world, and certainly right here in the United States. While that itself is not a problem, it can sometimes lead to being thought of as second nature, as if it doesn’t require all of your attention and thought. This could not be further from the truth. When you are driving any vehicle, you are commanding literally tons of machinery down busy streets, and disaster could strike at any moment, even if you are driving with your full attention. Unfortunately, in today’s world full of such impressive technology and “always-on” connectivity, it is easier than ever to be distracted while driving. That is why April has been declared Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the National Safety Council (NSC). What are the worst distracted driving behaviors? Read on for more details. (more…)