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Three Car Theft Misconceptions That Will Leave You without a Car

Car theft usually happens when you least expect it. You may be walking to your car after a hard day at the job only to find an empty spot where you thought you left it. As you walk through the parking lot, hoping against hope that you may have parked it in another spot, the awful feeling finally sinks home: your car was stolen. Unfortunately, this all too common experience happens to many people because they weren’t prepared. They thought it couldn’t happen to them because they acted on common car misconceptions about theft that left them without a car. Here are three of them: No One Will Steal My Car Because It’s an Old Clunker There are at least two reasons why this is a myth. First, old cars are easier to steal because they lack the latest anti-theft technology of the newest cars. While it’s true that smart thieves do find ways of defeating state of the art anti-theft devices, there are fewer of them around. It’s basically a bell-shaped-c ... read more

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5 Tips for Wakefulness — Keeping Yourself and Your Car on the Road

The holidays are not far away! And for many people that means road trips. Campanella’s would like to take a moment to remind you to stay safe during your travels, and to keep your car safely on the road. Keeping alert while driving is a major key to driving safety. Here are 5 tips to keep you awake and your car rolling down the highway, getting you to your destination safe and sound. Get adequate rest This tip may sound simple but its importance can’t be overstated. Driving while fatigued should be avoided at all costs. If you know you are going to start out on a trip, do whatever you need to do to ensure you get a good night’s sleep the night before leaving. That said, sometimes the act of driving itself can cause a person to become drowsy, particularly on long trips. Some call this phenomenon road hypnotism. Here are four more tips to prevent that from happening to you. Keep your eyes active Keep ... read more

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Synthetic Oil For Your Car

You depend on your vehicle to get you from Point A to Point B. However, there are certain things that you need to do to make sure your vehicle is in top shape at all times. One of those things is changing the oil on a regular basis. Oftentimes, people shy away from using synthetic oil because they believe it is bad for their vehicle. To help you make an informed decision on which oil is best for your ride, explore a couple of the following car misconceptions.Synthetic Oil is Going to Cause a Leak While synthetic oils did cause issues with the seals back in the 70s, things have changed since then. With all of the advancements in technology, that isn’t the case today. The synthetic oils of today don’t cause your engine seals to shrink and they aren’t going to cause leaks. Vehicles with more than 75,000 miles should consider using the high-mileage version of this oil. You Will be Stuck Using Synthetic Forever Conti ... read more

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Three Car Battery Misconceptions Debunked

Everyone likes offering advice to others. It makes them feel helpful, knowledgeable, and it helps someone in need. Unfortunately when it’s about cars, it’s often the wrong advice. When people don’t check their facts, their well intended advice perpetuates car misconceptions that do more harm than good. Here are three common myths about car batteries. Not Driving Your Car Much Means the Battery Is in Mint Condition While this may be true for some of your car parts, it isn’t for your car battery. If you only drive your car a few blocks down the road to the grocery store once a week, the battery will likely require more frequent replacements than your neighbor’s who drives hour-long daily work commutes. While his battery gets hour-long recharging twice a day, your battery steadily discharges as it sits in your driveway. Starting your car drains yet more charge from the battery and your short drive to the store doesn’t recharge the battery ... read more

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Owning the Night: 3 Misconceptions About Driving Your Car After Dusk

So you’re driving late at night and are having a hard time of it. The tip you picked up about reducing glare from oncoming traffic doesn’t help and only makes it harder to see, and you’re losing your battle against fatigue and drowsiness despite some “helpful” advice from a friend. What exactly were these useless words of wisdom? Read on to learn about these three car misconceptions about night driving. Yellow Tinted or Yellow Polarized Glasses Improve Your Night Vision Do an online search for night driving glasses and lots of sponsored ads appear showing yellow tinted or yellow polarized night glasses. They must work if companies are selling them, right? Wrong. While they may help during the day in foggy or hazy conditions, the tint only reduces the amount of light that reaches the eyes. At night your eyes need as much light as possible and anything that reduces it also reduces your night vision. If you aren’t required to wear glasses ... read more

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It’s the 21st Century, So Where Are the Flying Cars? The Flying Car Myth

The 20th century was an amazing period of technological advancement. It progressed from horse and buggies to moon landings, multi-megaton hydrogen bombs, and jet aircraft like the SR-71 that flew so fast (mach 3) and high (80,000 feet) that even missiles couldn’t come close to knocking it out of the sky. With explosive technological growth like that, surely by now we should have flying cars like the Jetsons. This car misconception that started after the 2nd world war and continued through the 1980s never materialized. Why? There are at least three reasons for this: physics, human limitations, and economics. For now, our knowledge of physics doesn’t allow for things like antigravity. Because gravity isn’t completely understood, antigravity can’t be completely ruled out. But this very unlikely possibility won’t happen anytime soon. This leaves us with using the air for providing lift which means using wings, propellers, rotors, or jet turbines. In short, a fly ... read more

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2 Sensible Car Misconceptions Debunked

Good old common sense. For the most part it works. It tells us that really hot things are best left untouched, that you shouldn’t jump in front of a fast car, or stepping off a cliff is a bad idea. However for more complicated things, you can’t always trust it. The reason for the technology that we see around us today is that common sense was rejected centuries ago in favor of the scientific method. The scientific method essentially says that your assertions must be tested first and be repeatable before they’re accepted. It’s the testing that matters, not common sense. In that vein, here are two car misconceptions that seem sensible on the surface but are actually false: Leaving Your Tailgate Open Improves Your Mileage This seems to make sense when you imagine air flowing across the top of your pickup and then down into the bed where it meets the vertical surface of your closed tailgate. Surely this must cause more drag when the airflo ... read more

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Car Misconceptions: The Myth of the American Made Car

Back in the 1960s, Ford, GM, and Chrysler (the big three) dominated car production in the United States. People who held manufacturing jobs with these companies were well paid, had great benefits, and lived the American dream. When the 1970s brought higher gasoline prices, small foreign-made cars became popular in this country because of their fuel efficiency. The big three lost their dominant share of the U.S. auto sales market and many American auto workers lost their jobs. Since then, there has been a lot of patriotic fervor for buying American made cars to support American jobs. Thanks to globalism, this is difficult to do because in fact, the American made car is a car-misconception, a myth. The sad fact is that buying American made today comes down to choosing a car that uses the highest percentage of American parts and labor. Is buying a Toyota Camry, buying American? Toyota is a Japanese auto maker that “makes” the Camry, a pop ... read more

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Three Car Misconceptions About Maintenance Checks

When it comes to car maintenance, three of the simplest (but important) checks are your tire pressures, oil level, and brake fluid level. Pretty simple, right? Make sure your tires are inflated to the right pressure using a tire pressure gauge, check your oil dip stick and add more oil as necessary, and check your brake-fluid reservoir. Very simple and straightforward. Yet thanks to common car misconceptions, even these simplest of maintenance activities are sometimes done incorrectly, causing damage to the car’s tires and engine. Your Tire Pressure Should Be the Same as Shown on the Tire Sidewall People often inflate their tires to the pressure indicated on the sidewall of the tire. However, that pressure is the tire’s maximum pressure rating. The correct pressure is given in your user’s man ... read more

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Christmas Travel Facts You Should Know

There’s no place like home for the holidays, but sometimes you have to get in your car to get there. If you’re planning on traveling around the Christmas holiday here are some figures you should keep in mind. Fact #1: 91 Percent of Holiday Travel is by Personal VehicleThat sounds like a lot of people on the roads, doesn’t it? If you’re worried about pile ups and traffic jams, though, it’s important to know that during the non-holiday periods 89 percent of travel is by personal vehicle. Fact #2: Travel Goes Up More During Thanksgiving Than Christmas Long-distance travel goes up by roughly 53 percent during the Thanksgiving holiday, but only about 23 percent during Christmas. It seems that if you have to choose, Turkey Day comes out as the winner. Fact #3: Holiday Travelers Are Younger Have you ever wondere ... read more

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