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Defensive Driving Tips For New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is one of the most dangerous times of the year to be on the road. Not only do you have to deal with the typical winter dangers (icy roads, freezing temperatures, etc.), but there’s the added danger of drunk drivers and dangerous revelers on the roads. While the easiest solution is to simply not drive on New Year’s Eve, that isn’t always an option. If you have to be out on the roads during the new year, here are some defensive driving tips for New Year’s Eve you should keep in mind. Tip #1: Predict What Others Will Do Under normal circumstances you trust that other drivers will stop, stay in their lanes, etc. While you should always be aware of what other drivers are doing on the roads, during New Year’s Eve you need to be a little extra cautious. That means you have to watch everyone, and be ready to react to what comes, whether that means a swift lane change to get out of the way, or braking hard when that other person runs a red ... read more

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8 Common Car Misconceptions That Drive Car Owners Nuts

There are many misconceptions out there about cars. You can hear them about everything to do with cars from maintenance, purchasing a car, selling a car, repairing cars, and much more. Of the many different misconceptions regarding cars there are 8 common car misconceptions that drive car owners nuts. Bad Experiences = Bad Cars – This is the biggest issue that drives car owner’s crazy. Why? Because once someone has a less than thrilling experience with a car they assume that every car from that company is exactly the same. Fortunately, this isn’t necessarily the case. Sometimes the issues stem from having bad luck with a particular model, sometimes there are recalls, sometimes it’s an issue with the dealership. There is no true justification for saying *insert car company* is horrible, never buy them! Car Speedometers – The car’s speedometer does not necessarily indicate how fast said car will go. Just because Ca ... read more

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What’s the Best Car Comparison Website?

15 years ago, it was just exciting to be able to get car information online. The ability to walk into a dealership with inside knowledge about car features and standard prices was a huge benefit.Now, comparison sites online have become so common that before you can even begin your car purchasing research, you feel like you have to narrow down the online websites that are offering to help you. So, what’s the best car comparison website? Here are a few sites that we think are simple to navigate and concentrate on information that is useful. TrueDelta.com True Delta offers the car research you want in the key areas you care about like overall prices and things that will cost you in the long run like gas mileage and reliabilty. Plus, the information on True Delta comes from actual vehicle owners, so you know you’re not just getting the manufacturers’ sales points. There is so much information here that you could spend a lot of time reading reviews and ... read more

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Beware of the Rack!

Two winters ago I was long overdue for some new tires for my Chevy Tahoe. I drive an older model Tahoe that has a really tight turning radius, and is notoriously heavy; which is great for pulling into tiny parking spaces in crowded lots, and keeping drivers safer on slick roads, but apparently this combination chews through tires (which I didn’t find out until much later). With snow, ice, and rain already posing a threat, and Christmas around the corner, I made the mistake of ordering tires online. My husband was against the idea at first, but I convinced him it would fine, and would be a big savings. A common misconception is that if you order tires online you will save big money, and then you just pay retail to have them installed. Well, we ordered them, took them to a tire store, had them installed, and literally no more than a year later, I needed a whole new set. What could have cost me about a thousand dollars the first time, ending up costing me almost two ... read more

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Traction Control and Your Car, Misconceptions About What it Does and Doesn’t Do

Traction control, anti-lock brakes, and stability control are safety features providing tires with a better grip on wet or slippery pavements. Although each is a component of a three-part part system in today’s car, misconceptions arise when people confuse the three or think they perform the exact same function. The Difference Anti-lock brakes and stability control work to stop the vehicle, while traction control deals with the opposite, acceleration. Anti-lock brakes keep the car from sliding when you apply the brakes, while stability control is designed to bring the car to a smooth stop should you have to jam on the brakes. Traction control helps the tires maintain contact with the pavement while the car accelerates. It optimizes control so the car doesn’t slip and side if you pass another car. If you’ve ever accelerated from a dead stop on wet pavement and felt and heard the screeching of the tires as they spun in place, you were d ... read more

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Misconceptions: Bad Beliefs About Cars

Want to make your mechanic crazy? Tell him that you’re pretty sure the engine is knocking because you let the gas tank get almost empty last week and the gas tank sludge has invaded your engine. Chances are he will politely nod and then walk away wondering where all these car misconceptions get their start. Or, tell him about that one when you bought a Tram air filter that was bad, so all their products are bad and you never, ever want them put on your car. Ever. Whether it’s just a misconception handed down through the ages — like that only Ford and General Motors make American-made cars and imports are unAmerican — or willful ignorance claiming that women can’t drive a manual without burning out the clutch, mechanics hear a lot of garbage about cars. Some may have been true at one time or about one model of a specific brand, but for the most part, these misconceptions have become urban legends, things we believe even though we probably know be ... read more

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Misconceptions About OBD Codes: Why Your Car Still Needs a Qualified Mechanic

Misconceptions about Scanning Your Car It’s happening again… your trusty car is failing and you have no idea why. You call your best friend for a lift who mentions that all you need to do is get your car scanned and the code will tell you exactly what’s wrong. Who needs a qualified mechanic? What is an OBD (On-Board Diagnostic) Code? Your friend is partially correct. Mechanics use what are called OBD-II or OBD2 trouble codes to help figure out what is wrong with your automobile. Mechanics plug a portable scanner into your car or truck’s diagnostic computer and receive a code that explains where the trouble is originating. For example, code P0087 indicates that the fuel rail/system pressure is low. Why OBD Codes Aren’t Enough While more specific than a simple “check engine” light, codes can still be vague and do not fully specify the nature of the problem. A scanner may report multiple OBD c ... read more

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Misconceptions About Using Cars After Storage

A common car misconception is using a vehicle immediately after long-term storage. Many car owners vaguely examine the car, crank it up and drive. The reality is the car isn’t safe to drive. Because it remained idle, you have no idea how damaged, rusty, or dirty the car really is. Cars in storage for a week or more need a thorough manual and car shop inspection. Look for leaks – Look underneath the automobile. If there a puddle underneath, there’s a leak somewhere. Investigate the car thoroughly if a leak isn’t underneath the car. Check tires – Vehicles that rest in one position for a long time will have low tires. Since tires keep the car from touching the ground, problems will pop up. Check the tire pressure. Fill the tires up to the correct pressure level. The exclusion to this rule is placing your car on top of jack stands. Jack stands keep the tires in good condition. Pests – When rodents see something that hasn’t been active in a while, it becomes thei ... read more

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I Don’t Need to Turn Around: Common Misconceptions About Backup Cameras

Car owners across America are demanding the integration of backup cameras into more vehicles. These cameras are designed to eliminate blind spots by giving you a nearly real-time view of the area behind your car. The use of these cameras has given rise to the car misconception that checking mirrors and blind spots is unnecessary. That’s simply not the case. How Backup Cameras Work Backup cameras use a variety of video equipment to display what is located behind your car in positions you cannot see in your rear view or side mirrors. They display an area about 10-by-20 feet in size. When you put your car into reverse, a rear view image will pop up two seconds later. This images gives you a nearly full-range view of what’s located behind your car and eliminates blind spots. Why They Aren’t Perfect While these cameras are useful when backing ... read more

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Car Owners Misconceptions about Warning Light Indicators

In an age when cars seem to be able to do everything but drive themselves, and that day may be just around the corner, many car owners abdicate their duty to do routine maintenance checks on their cars. One of today’s car misconceptions is trusting that all’s well as long as none of that array of dashboard warning lights that shine brightly each time they start their cars, go out, and don’t go back on. The Continued Importance of Owner Vigilance Yes, those indicators will come on when things get below a certain level, but at that point filling the tires, adding oil, coolant, or brake fluid becomes a priority that may not fit in with a driver’s schedule. On the other hand, by making a routine walk-around check part of weekend chores, the wise car owner can respond to his car’s needs before any of them become a full-blown ... read more

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