Staying safe while driving on snow and ice takes practice. In addition, there are changes you can make to your vehicle to get where you need to go without putting yourself at excessive risk. Finally, it’s critically important that you allow plenty of time to get to your destination. Here are some things you should do to prepare your car for the winter season.
Check Your Tires
If you know snow is coming in or if temperatures have dropped suddenly in your area, make sure you check your tire pressure. Low tires are sloppy and handle poorly on slippery roads. In addition, check the condition of your tread. Worn tires won’t clear snow or slush, and they increase your risk of a skid. Finally, if conditions are going to be very bad and you have to be on the road, you should get snow chains on your tires, according to VicRoads.
Keeping your car in good repair from tires to window seals can extend the life of your vehicle, keep you safer while on the road, save on fuel economy and limit your risk of accidents. Stick to your maintenance schedule and work with a mechanic you trust. Here are a few reasons why taking care of your car regularly is a smart idea and what benefits you will gain from it.
It Keeps You Safe
If you notice a squeak, squeal, or knock, get it checked out. Your brakes aren’t supposed to be noisy, so if you notice any sound when braking, the pads might be wearing out. If you step on the gas and there’s a delay, there may be an issue with the fuel delivery system, spark or even the transmission. Again, getting these symptoms addressed early can save you a lot of worry and may even keep you safe. It’s important to [...]
Driving is safer now than it has been in decades, with deaths from automobile accidents trending downward for years. Technology is a big part of why this is the case. Technological advances in the past decade have helped prevent car accidents and keep drivers from putting themselves into dangerous driving situations. Here’s a quick look at a few pieces of recent technology that are helping to make the roads safer for drivers.
Any new car today must have a backup camera. This camera, which is mounted near your rear license plate, automatically displays on your dashboard when you put the car in reverse. According to Richardson Electronics, this makes it much easier to see behind you as you move backward, thus helping to ensure that you won’t hit anyone and that you can identify hard to see obstacles. This is particularly useful for identifying things that you may have missed even while looking [...]
In this day and age, virtually everyone wants the latest this or the newest that. Not only do many people upgrade their cell phones each year, but some even trade in their cars for newer models. While getting a new car can be ideal for obvious reasons, aside from the aesthetic benefit, newer cars tend to be safer than older models.
The Newer the Car, the Safer It Is
Because newer cars have improved safety features from side airbags, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and much more. The number of fatalities due to automobile accidents was significantly higher thirty years ago than it is today. Now, the number of deaths caused by collisions has dropped to virtually less than half the number it was years ago, and it is getting lower and lower as car safety features increase.
What’s the Caveat?
Although having all of these different safety features available does help to prevent [...]
Paying for car insurance is something you really cannot avoid. However, owning your own car does not have to leave a hole in your pocket. There are plenty of ways a car owner can lower his or her insurance rates as much as possible. The following list contains some of the best tactics you can begin to implement today to lower your insurance rates.
Maintain Good Credit
More and more car insurance companies are now using a person’s credit score to determine how much he or she is going to be charged. Thus, car owners and future car owners may want to hold off on making a purchase until they are within a good credit score range. Purchasing a new car may be an exciting time, but patience, in this instance, truly does pay off.
Purchasing a new vehicle is an exciting time. What you pick typically says a lot about you and your personality. People tend to pick a make and model based on a number of different characteristics in a vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at what the car you choose says about you.
There are many different makes and models of vehicles on the market right now. With so many different options to choose from, your personality can really shine through with your selection. For example, your adventurous personality might motivate you to choose something like a Jeep or Truck. These vehicles are perfect for an off-road adventure. You can also use them to tow things like boats or jet skis. If you’re a bit more conservative, you might be looking for a new vehicle based on the price [...]
Many of us have experienced the following situation before. We buy a product and take it home only to find out that it’s defective in some way. Most of us simply take it back to the store, and that’s it. However, this is a little more complicated when a car is involved. Taking it back to the dealer can be a legally tricky obstacle. So what are your options when you run into this type of issue?
Look at Your Warranty
One of the first things you should look for when you discover that you have an efficient car is the warranty attached to it. Most vehicles that are sold at dealerships do come with some form of warranty that would cover a defect. The issue that people tend to have is not lack of a warranty, but knowing what it actually covers. Most warranties only cover parts of the car that are meant to [...]
A new car can set you back tens of thousands of dollars or more. Therefore, it is important that you take steps to protect your investment. One of those steps is to keep your garage clean and dry to ensure that it stays looking and functioning its best. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Create an Auto History Museum
If you want your garage to look like a shrine to your vehicle, it could be a good idea to add automotive memorabilia. For instance, you could hang pictures of classic vehicles on the walls or anything else related to cars. You could also get a neon sign or other signage that makes you feel like you’ve been transferred from your home to an auto body shop.
Clear the Clutter
That’s not to say you can’t use the garage as storage. You absolutely can! However, organization is vital to making the space worthy, [...]
Vehicles that are new on the market right now are very different than how they used to be.There is some really innovative technology available in all areas of a vehicle. Whether you want to be able to park your vehicle safely or you need navigation to get from one place to another, you have everything that you need already installed into your vehicle. Here’s how technology can make new car purchases worth every penny compared to buying used.
A Smoother Ride
The main concern of vehicle drivers used to be just getting from point A to point B. Now, people are concerned with purchasing a vehicle that will provide them with a smooth and comfortable ride. Many vehicles are designed with specific types of suspensions that will make the ride smoother than ever.
There are so many different safety features available in vehicles from all manufacturers helping to prevent fewer accidents. The rearview [...]
The auto industry has experienced as much disruption as other business fields thanks to the expectations of the current young generation. While people may be purchasing and leasing fewer vehicles, at some point in most consumers’ lives, ridesharing will no longer be a viable option. At that point, you will have to decide if you want to rent a car or lease one. Here are the pros and cons of each to consider.
Renting is a service most often used at airports by travelers looking for independent transportation, but it’s handy for other uses like being able to get around when your car is at the mechanic for a day or two. You are not constrained by the number of miles you are going to drive or where you are going, and if you need something larger, you can pick it out of the lot. The downside to renting is that it’s an expensive [...]