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Easy Tips & Tricks to Increase Fuel Efficiency

Easy Tips & Tricks to Increase Fuel Efficiency

Depending on how you handle your vehicle significantly impacts your fuel economy. Whether gas prices are rising or not, you can still save some coin by making minor adjustments to your driving habits. Here is our guide on how to get a bang for your buck when it comes to gas mileage. Tips on How to Get Improve MPG Avoid Heavy Acceleration & Excessive Braking. According to Consumer Reports, speeding on the highway can significantly decrease your car's fuel efficiency. As you can imagine, the more we accelerate, the more fuel is being burned. On the other hand, when we impulsively press on the brakes, we also waste the energy that we initially used to speed up before. To save money in the long run, avoid harsh acceleration and braking whenever possible.  Unload Junk or Heavy Items.  Unless you drive a U-Haul, heavy items are not suited for long-term storage in your car. Do your best to remove any unnecessary junk that has been sitting in your vehicle. Not only will yo ... read more

The Ultimate Gift For Your Car Lovers

The Ultimate Gift For Your Car Lovers

Nowadays, it's easy to go online shopping with the convenient click of a button. While online may be your preferred way to shop for your loved ones for the holiday season, how about getting something a little more thoughtful and practical? Most people tend to neglect their car care and maintenance, which is why gifting your loved ones a certificate for these services is a great idea! Here are four gift ideas for those who put off their car improvement game: An oil change and inspection: Regular oil changes are necessary for almost every car, but some drivers find it an exhausting chore. An oil change may be the perfect gift if this sounds like someone you know.  A car wash and detail: Keeping your car clean and detailed will help protect the exterior, interior, and wheels of your vehicle from the harsh Finksburg winter. A busy motorist in your life will thank you for a professional cleaning and detailing service as they can skip out on doing it themselves.  A vehicle e ... read more

How to Drive Home Safely for Thanksgiving

How to Drive Home Safely for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is one of the most celebrated holidays in the US. And traditionally, hundreds and thousands of individuals will drive miles and miles to celebrate with their loved ones. As excited as you may be for Thanksgiving and the delicious eats, you need to take extra precautions before leaving for your parents or grandparents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway and Safety, the day before Thanksgiving is one of the dangerous days of the year to drive. With that being said, here are five driving tips that will ensure your safety this holiday! Tip 1 - Practice safe driving etiquette Carelessness is the number cause of car accidents in the United States, so you should avoid them by practicing safe driving. Safe driving can be as basic as buckling up and checking your mirrors. Furthermore, make sure you have your hands on the steering wheel and your eyes on the road at all times.  Tip 2 - Put away your distractions The most dangerous threat to your driving is ... read more

Can Fall Leaves Hurt My Car?

Can Fall Leaves Hurt My Car?

In most parts of the US, fall's arrival means cooler weather, cozy sweaters, and football. Also, our trees transform into bright colors, and their leaves start to fall. It may cover the roads in your neighborhood and driveway. Unfortunately, an abundance of autumn leaves can cause costly damage to your vehicle in various ways. Affect Paint Finish Some fall leaves contain sap and pollen that can ruin your paint's finish. When leaves get wet, it becomes acidic, making it easy to penetrate your car's finish and leave behind marks or imperfections. Additionally, the damp leaves can even develop rust formation when they get caught behind trim and molding.  Make Your Wheels Slippery Roads covered in slimy leaves can cause your car to slip and slide when you try to brake. If you notice that the street is blanketed in leaves, it's more challenging to detect pavement markings, potholes, speed bumps, and other obstacles on the road. All these road hazards can also increa ... read more

Correcting Popular Tire Misconceptions

Correcting Popular Tire Misconceptions

Your tires are an essential function of your car, which is why it is so important to keep up with tire maintenance. From tire pressure, tire wear patterns to rotations, you have to know it all to keep your tires in good shape. However, there are also a lot of common misconceptions about tires that should be corrected. Here's what you should know:   Just because your car has a Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) does not mean you shouldn't manually measure your tire pressure. A tire-pressure monitoring system tracks your tire pressure using sensors on your tires. Once your tires run low on pressure, your dashboard will exhibit a warning light to tell you that your tires require attention. Though it may sound very reliable on the surface level, there are some flaws. The warning signal is only triggered when tires lose at least 25% of their recommended pressure. A loss in a quarter of your tire pressure is considered very unsafe, and you should avoid letting it get that ... read more

5 Useful Phone Apps for Every Driver

5 Useful Phone Apps for Every Driver

The smartphone has become an integral part of our lives, and it extends well beyond taking phone calls. Nearly every automobile manufacturer has incorporated Apple CarPlay or Android Auto into their vehicles. At the same time, the app stores on our phones offer an endless collection of apps that have replaced the traditional paper road map. Even better, some apps can save you time, money and streamline the driving process. Here is our list of apps that every driver should use on their commute. Waze: You're probably used to using Apple Maps and Google Maps. However, those navigational apps don't even come close to the benefits of using Waze. This app delivers navigation, but its primary benefits include its real-time, user-submitted data. You can see current traffic conditions and hazards instantaneously, such as hidden police traps, stopped vehicles, potholes, and even roadkill. Parkopedia: If you are driving to an unfamiliar location, you'll probably spend a great deal o ... read more

Fun Car Activities To Do This Summer

Fun Car Activities To Do This Summer

Most of us heavily depend on our cars, but it's even more important for us to have a functioning one in the summer. With the decline in COVID cases, some people are more than ready to get out of their homes. If you don't have your summer schedule set yet, that's okay. There are plenty of fun and exciting activities to do this summer, and they all usually will involve your car. Here are some excellent ways to spend your summer days (and nights):   Go Stargazing Stargazing is a relaxing and calming experience. Take a trip out of the inner city to somewhere dark and quaint. You'll notice that the stars in the sky at night are a lot bigger, brighter, and prettier than usual. If you have a convertible, you can remain seated in your car. However, if you want to optimize the experience, bring a telescope. We recommend that you research beforehand to scope out when the next meteor shower or cosmic event is happening.   Road Trip Across the Country This idea is a ... read more

When Should I Use My Parking Brake?

When Should I Use My Parking Brake?

  There are two brake systems in every vehicle. The one that we commonly use is the service brake, and that is the primary brake system that is activated when you step on the brake pedal. The secondary brake system, which is often overlooked, functions as a backup if the service brake fails. Since many view the secondary brake as a backup, this is why the secondary brake system is often referred to as the emergency brake. However, it is also often called the parking brake, e-brake, or handbrake.   Most people assume that since it is called an emergency brake, it means you hardly should ever use it. "Only in case of emergencies," people might think. However, that is a common myth. You should almost always use your parking brake whenever and wherever you park. Yes - that applies to both manual and automatic cars.  Why Should I Always Use It? Your car's brakes are controlled by a parking pawl, which is a device that locks up your transmission when you put ... read more

5 Signs That Your Battery Is Dying

5 Signs That Your Battery Is Dying

The battery of your car plays an important role in its operation. Powering the electrical components of the vehicle - most importantly the starter - is an essential part of the engine. A weak battery may leave you unable to use your vehicle, and should this happen in the winter, it could be a danger to your health. That's why you should watch out for these warning signs that your battery may be nearing the end of its life cycle. Dim Headlights As the source of power to your vehicle's electrical system, a weak battery will not provide the required power to the electrical components, which will cause your headlights to shine less brightly than usual. This can be extremely dangerous for people who drive at night.   Clicking Noise / Slow Start With a well-functioning battery, your vehicle should start as you turn the key. Any delays during this process, such as clicking noises or the engine simply not turni ... read more

When Should I Replace My Timing Belt?

When Should I Replace My Timing Belt?

Everyone that has a vehicle knows just how important it is to do all you can to keep your car in top shape in order to do that maintenance is required! While changing oil, fluids, filters, keeping gas in your vehicle, and maintaining your tires may be the things that stand out to you, there are other things that need to be done that fall under the maintenance umbrella! There are some things that you may not realize are just as important as those other maintenance thing, that is replacing your timing belt. While it is essential to do so, you need to know when you should replace your timing belt. Your timing belt is essential to your engine; in fact, it is an integral part of the internal combustion engine. The purpose of the timing belt is to synchronize the rotation of the crankshaft as well as the camshaft - this allows the valves of the engine to open and close at the correct time during every cylinder's intake and exhaust pump. There are some engines where the belt is made to p ... read more

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