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Is All-Wheel Drive Safer than Front-Wheel Drive in the Winter?

Is all-wheel drive safer than front-wheel drive in the winter? The short answer to this question is no for most consumers and yes for those who understand the strengths and limitations of all-wheel drive. The idea that all-wheel drive is automatically safer than two-wheel drive is among the most popular of car misconceptions out there. This is understandable given that car commercials showing all-wheel drive vehicles flying effortlessly through the mud or snow has become an advertising cliché. What All-Wheel Drive Means All-wheel drive does exactly what the name says, which is that the transmission delivers torque from the engine to all four wheels. When engine power is delivered to four wheels instead of two, does this mean that the car brakes better in slippery conditions than two-wheel drive? No. Engine torque delivered to the wheels makes a c ... read more

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Hot Cars and Child Safety

One of the worst tragedies that can happen to a parent is the loss of their child. Yet this happens every year when children die from heat exhaustion in parked cars. Many of these incidents weren’t the result of neglectful parenting but of an oversight or miscalculation caused by some very common car misconceptions surrounding overheated cars. I Never Leave My Kids in the Car, so It Won’t Happen to Me This can happen to anyone, no matter how caring the person is. This may occur in a number of ways. At some point in the lives of many people, they accidentally lock themselves out of their homes in spite of careful efforts to never let this happen. While one’s child can’t be compared to a set of keys, the very same reasons that cause people to lock themselves out of their homes can also cause them to forget their child in the backseat when leaving their car. It only takes sufficient stress or an unusual event that rattles them. People who ... read more

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3 Types of Tire Maintenance for Fall and Winter

The hot summer days are nearly behind us and fall is fast approaching. The changing of the seasons, especially with winter only a few months away, is always a good time to consider your tires‘ condition and schedule any needed maintenance. Tire pressure. Hot temperatures can over-inflate tires, and cold temperatures can under-inflate them, putting you at risk for a blowout. If your car’s tire pressure monitoring system gives a warning that your tires are under-inflated, it may be due to cooler temperatures causing your tires to lose air. Check your car’s owner’s manual or the driver’s side door well for the recommended PSI (it won’t be on the tire itself, as is a common misconception) and make sure your tire pressure is at recommended levels. Always check your tire pressure when your car is “cold,” as the heat and friction i ... read more

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Top 5 Christmas Travel Facts

While most of the population believes that they know holiday travel (lines of antlered mini-vans travelling significantly slower than Santa’s reindeer), they do not truly know the statistics behind the chaos. Here are some Christmas travel facts sure to turn any traffic-induced rant into an informational lecture. 1. 91% of travelers choose personal transportation More than any other time of the year, during the holiday season, travelers choose to travel by their own personal car. At 91%, the second most popular form of transportation is air travel, which accounts for only 5% of holiday travel. 2. People travel further for Christmas Christmas travel ranks up more miles, on average, than travel during any other time of the year. While the average travel distance for any other day of the year tends to be 261 miles, Christmas tends to bring travelers 15 miles further from home at roughly 275 miles per traveler ... read more

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3 Bad Driving Habits That will Cost You Money

3 Bad Driving Habits That will Cost You Money

We all know that speeding is a surefire way to wind up costing yourself money via traffic tickets, lawyer fees, and increased insurance rates. What many people are not aware of, however, is that there are a few other driving habits that will cost you money. Some of these habits may seem harmless initially, but are detrimental to your wallet over time. Here are some of the most common bad driving habits that will ultimately prove costly: Aggressive Driving Habits Some driving habits like the rush of adrenaline that aggressive driving provides is a lot of fun, but the short-lived feeling of excitement is not worth the cost to your car and your wallet. Constant stopping and starting strains your engine, increases the need for break repair, and wastes expensive gas. Instead, drivers should brake gradually and accelerate smoothly. Engine Revving We’ve all pu ... read more

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Top 5 New Car Design Flaws and Gripes

Top 5 New Car Design Flaws and Gripes

Does complaining about new car design flaws mean that you’re getting old? Or are there valid objective reasons for not liking everything that product market research throws your way? In the case of cars, many technological changes truly are improvements. The motor starter was quite innovative years ago. Not having to stand outside in the rain while turning an engine hand crank must have been greatly appreciated. But not every car “innovation” makes driving more safe, convenient, or fun. Here are five new car issues that many experienced car owners take exception to: Who Cares About the Road, Look at the Computer. Touch screens are great on our smartphones and other mobile devices. Anyone who’s experienced sticking keys on old laptops will appreciate touch screen keyboards. However, many people take issue with them being used on car dashboards. The problem is you get no tactile f ... read more

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4 Tire Buying Tips Everyone Should Know

Buying tires is one of those necessary evils car owners simply have to deal with. Sooner or later your current set will get worn down, and you’ll need to replace them. Before you just grab a set and put them on your car, though, here are some simple tire buying tips to help you avoid problems while getting good value for your money. Tire Buying Tips Tip #1: Check Your Owner’s Manual While we trust the men and women who work in our auto parts stores, they’re only human and they do make mistakes. Rather than relying on someone else to tell you what sort of tires you need, you should check your owner’s manual along with the placard inside your driver’s side door. The recommended tire will be listed right there, telling you exactly what you need to get before you even walk in the door. Tip #2: Replace One, Replace Them All While it’s an expensive proposition, it’s a much better idea to get a complete set of tires than to just replace a few. The ... read more

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6 Car Tips That Will Increase Gas Mileage

6 Car Tips That Will Increase Gas Mileage

Heavy items weigh your car down. The additional weight forces the car to use more gas to travel to the destination. Removing the weight improves gas mileage. Taking away 100 pounds of heavy items in your car improves it by 2%. Keep Your Tires Filled Properly inflated tires last longer. Inflating tires to the proper pressure increases gas mileage by 3.3%. This tip is very important in the middle of winter when air temp drops. Tire pressure drops one to two pounds for every 10 degrees the temperature falls. This will add in fuel costs if unchecked. A Dirty Air Filter Stops Air Flow This is of the best tips that will increase gas mileage. Dirty air filters blow into the engine, The dirt and particles reduce the engine’s gas mileage. Changing it improves car performance and acceleration. Change Your Driving Habits This is one of the best all time tips that will inc ... read more

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Car Noises That Should Raise The Red Flag

Car Noises That Should Raise The Red Flag

Below are five car noises that should raise the red flag because they signal a more serious problem. #1. A Car Noise that Sounds Like the blade of a snowplow on pavement or a Spinning Squeak This car noise is likely due to brake pads that have worn completely through, causing them to press directly against the rotors. Worn brake pads could make it difficult to stop your car, and might even lead to rotor damage. If you hear this noise it’s time to consider break repair. #2.Whining or Groaning When Turning the Steering Wheel Whining or groaning when turning can indicate that your power-steering pump is failing. Problems like these are serious because your steering could fail. If you notice this car noise, stop driving immediately and have your power-steering pump checked. Schedule an appointment with us, we can help you. #3.Tapping ... read more

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The Top Car Emergency Kit Items

The Top Car Emergency Kit Items

Having an car emergency kit is often one of those details that people don’t think about– until the moment when they need them. Additionally, being enrolled in a roadside assistance program might give drivers a sense of security that results in the false belief that they don’t need a car emergency kit. The truth is, emergencies can happen anywhere– and that includes remote areas without cell phone reception. When that situation occurs, a car emergency kit can be a lifesaver. Below we will discuss some tips regarding the best items for your car emergency kit: Cell Phone Fully charged cell phone. Of course, this likely won’t be in your actual kit but should be with you in the car at all times– especially on a long road trip. Consider investing in a car charger. Did you know that you can charge your phone from your car battery without draining it? Your phone is too small to have much of an impact the batterie ... read more

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