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6 Auto Maintenance Tasks to Never Neglect

There are a number of simple but serious mistakes that individuals make when trying to keep their vehicles in good shape. The following include some of the most common auto maintenance tasks that we recommend you not forget. Properly inflating your tires An auto maintenance tasks that you must never forget is to regularly check your vehicle’s tires to ensure they have the proper air pressure. If they require air, ensure your fill them up to the desired level listed in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Note that if your tires are not properly inflated, they tend to wear faster and are normally unreliable on the road. Also, be sure to rotate the tires on a regular basis in order to ensure they wear evenly. Paying close mind to the brakes When brakes start to sound or feel differently, this is something that calls for urgent auto maintenance. However, most individual postpone until they forget completely. By doing so, they expose themselves t ... read more

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Best Car Washing and Maintenance Tips

Do I really need to wax my car? Below are some of the benefits and importance of car washing and waxing. Protection of the car Car waxing helps in protecting the car from different types of weather, like freezing temperatures or extreme heat. We also recommend purchasing a wax that will help keep the vehicle safe from damages that are usually caused by bad weather. In places that receive low temperatures, car owners are recommended to wash and wax their cars so as to avoid any beatings from salts on the road during the winter. If the car is not properly waxed during the winter, the vehicle’s body will rust and wear out. Cleanliness and looks of the vehicle Waxing and regular washing of the vehicle will help remove contaminants from the surface of the vehicle and therefore slow down the wear and tear of the body of the vehicle. It also helps in maintaining new looks and make the vehicle look clean and brand new through ... read more

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Used Car Buying Tips

Purchasing a used vehicle is not exactly a walk in the park. Make your experience far less stressful by utilizing available resources and following these tips: Decide what you’re willing to spend. Before considering what used car you’d like to purchase, establish an amount you’re willing to spend and calculate your max. monthly payments. Remember to factor in sales and property taxes, title and registration fees and insurance costs. Do your research. Find the vehicle that’s right for you and fits your needs without breaking the bank. Try making a list of everything you’ll need your vehicle to do (ie., get good gas mileage, haul kids, etc.) and find vehicles from those requirements. Find the car’s value. Purchasing a certified pre-owned vehicle means the vehicle goes through a full check and is reconditioned. This also means excellent warranties and a very clean car. If you’re purchasing from a private party, get as m ... read more

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How to Tell if It’s Time for New Tires

As years pass with your car, your tires are going to wear out. Regular tire maintenance and know when it’s time for new tires is very important. To get the most out of your tires, know what maintenance needs to be done and when. Rotation: Rotating your tires is a simple maintenance to keep them lasting longer. Ideally, you want the tread depth to be the same on the rear and front tires. A great way to remember to do this is to rotate them every other oil change. Air Pressure: If your air pressure is too low, you’ll wear out the sides of your tires much quicker. If the air pressure is too high, you’ll wear out the center tread more quickly. Regularly check your tire pressure and be sure it matches up with the rating on your driver’s side door or manual. Alignment: If your alignment is off, your tires are forced to work much harder. They will also wear in strange patterns. Alignment issues should be taken care of right away ... read more

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How to Keep Your Car Cool this Summer

With hot and humid conditions of summer weather, it’s important you’re aware of car safety. It’s common to be concerned about your comfort level, but you also need to be aware of how the heat affects your vehicle. Here are some suggestions to keep you and your car cool this summer: –Pay attention to the temperature of your air conditioner. If it’s not as cool as it once was, there may be an issue with the refrigerant level, or worse. –Make sure your battery is securely in place so that heat and vibration don’t lead to a failure. If your car’s battery is more than 3 years old, have a technician take a look. –Ensure all of your car’s fluids are topped regularly to keep your engine lubricated. Coolants will also carry heat away from the motor. When it’s extremely hot, there are several things you can do to keep the heat down inside your car. –Park in the shade to avoid direct sunlight. –Purchase a sunshade to keep your da ... read more

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Tips for Safe Travels this Memorial Day

Many of you are probably taking off today to enjoy your Memorial Day weekend somewhere else. However, since many of us have the same idea, this is going to cause crowded highways and possibly some backed up traffic. Memorial Day Weekend is in fact one of the busiest for car travel; right up there with the Fourth of July. As you probably know, more cars on the road means more auto accidents. Because of this, law enforcement will be out in full force. Before heading to the lake this weekend (or wherever), we encourage drivers to: –Top off your vehicle’s fluids, especially the coolant –Have your batteries checked, especially if they’re a few years old –Make sure your tires have adequate air –If you’re going for a long drive, get an oil change Drinking and Driving – Don’t Even Try State and local law enforcement will be cracking down this weekend with sobriety checkpoints in an attempt to minimize alcohol-relat ... read more

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Is Your Car Ready for Summer?

If you live in an area with very hot and humid summer, it’s important to remember the toll it takes on mechanical components such as your car. Here are some ways to get your vehicle ready for the hot months of summer: Rotate Tires If you still have your snow tires, remove them in order to not wear them down on the dry pavement. If you don’t need to change your tires, have them rotated with the new season. Check Tire Pressure It is very critical for your car to be driving on properly inflated tires for safety and maintenance. You may need to check your owner’s manual for the optimal tire pressures. If you need to adjust the pressure, do so before you forget. Having the correct amount of pressure will help your tires last longer and even improve your gas mileage. Also, do not check your tire pressure during very high temperatures because the air pressure in a warm tire tends to rise. Oil Change This time when ... read more

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School Bus Safety

As the weather improves and the sun stays out longer, we find ourselves heading to more outdoor activities. This might mean that you take your pets with you more often. Maybe you drive them to the park or let them go with you while you run errands. Having your pets with you can be fun and, at times, necessary, but having pets in the car while you drive increases the risk of a crash. A recent study showed that both the overall and at-fault crash rates for drivers 70 years of age and older were higher for those who often let pets ride with them. Researchers at the University of Alabama-Birmingham completed this study. The results point out a part of distracted driving that we typically forget. While we usually recognize texting, passengers and cell phone conversations as big driver distractions, we don’t often discuss the dangers of pets in the car. Having your furry friend in the car, whether restrained or unrestrained, is a major distraction. Potential risks of ... read more

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Keeping Your Old Car Fresh

Old cars have the habit of making the owner feel run down and downtrodden. If this is the case, it might be time to take the time to boost an old car’s self esteem and create good habits to keep your car new and vibrant. 1. Clean even the darkest corners in the interior. Take the extra time to care for the inside of your car. This means vacuuming, wiping the interior, and paying attention to the parts that probably haven’t been cleaned for years. The thing to remember with an old car is that it has lived many years for dust and waste to build up and go unnoticed. 2. Replace outdated electronics. Your stereo system and speakers may be extremely outdated because of the age of your car. Maybe it is time to relieve that blown speaker and even replace your whole stereo system. Stereo systems do not have to cost an arm and a leg, and it is even a plus if you can install it yourself or have a friend who knows how. 3. Replace h ... read more

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Stay Calm and Prevent Road Rage

Road rage affects all drivers at some point. You may feel the rage on your morning commute, while your teen may sense it after school. Many factors trigger road rage, so there are several ways to calm yourself down when you feel the anger rising. Here are some simple steps to reducing road rage. Once you understand the ideas, ask your teenager if he or she ever gets angry when driving. Let them know that it is a common problem- you experience it, too. Plan your route before any trip to avoid traffic spots and rush hour. Your trip might not be direct, but avoiding the traffic hot spots will help you stay calm. Follow the traffic on an app on your phone or a local news site before you hop in the car. If you notice an aggressive driver who is trying to start something, do not make eye contact with him or her. Keep your distance and focus on your own driving. When another driver makes you angry, take several slow deep breaths. F ... read more

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