What would you say if we told you you can save money by slightly modifying a few driving habits? Ford has done an excellent job of highlighting several habits that can increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. We’ve mentioned before in our 5 Ways to Spend Less at the Gas Pump post that removing excess weight and fixtures that increase drag can improve gas mileage. Ford also brings to light that minimizing the use of climate controls and planning your course can save you more over time.
Check out these 7 Eco-Driving Habits that promise to increase your fuel efficiency. You might unknowingly be costing yourself more money at the gas pump.
Believe it or not, when you take your car someplace to have the oil changed, you’re mostly paying for the convenience of someone else doing it. If you have the basic supplies at home, the only cost is the oil filter and the oil. Plus changing your oil is one of the easiest maintenance tasks there is. You will have to purchase an oil pan if you have not already, otherwise you’ll have quite a mess to clean up.
Though changing your own motor oil may sound intimidating, you can follow our simple steps to change your oil with confidence.
Step 1: Remove the drain plug and allow oil to drain into the oil pan.
Step 2: Clean the drain plug and replace it.
Step 3: Remove the old oil filter and replace with the new filter.
Step 4: Add new oil.
Now you’ve changed your oil and you’re good to go for another 3,000-7,000 miles depending on your manufacturer’s recommendations. You’ll be surprised how much you can save by completing your oil changes yourself and following the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Understandably, most people become more safety conscious after they become parents. Suddenly that muscle car is looking more like a weekend toy, rather than an everyday ride. There is a good reason for your concern, car crashes are the #1 killer of children under the age of 13. Most parents are well aware of the risks of a improperly installed car seat, but surveys are still finding 73% of child safety seats are misused or installed incorrectly. It’s a surprising amount, especially considering a properly installed safety car seat can increase chances of survival dramatically. We found an infographic (courtesy of www.carinsurance.org) that shares some startling statistics along with some interesting historical tidbits on safety seats.
After you check out this infographic, you’ll know how important it is that you install children’s car seats correctly. You’ll also be able identify the right car seat for your youngster. Even if you’re not a parent, be sure to read this infographic to learn how to keep even the youngest passengers safe while riding in the car.
It seems like drivers today practically live in their cars. With the commute to work, dropping kids of at random activities, and errands to run you might be surprised at how much time we spend in our cars. Did you know that the average American spends over 18 hours in the car a week! With that in mind, it’s not all that surprising that most cars are not the pinnacle of cleanliness. Between children, pets and convenient drive-thru restaurants make it nearly impossible for any car to escape without a stain. We know that you can’t always afford to have your car detailed, so we have come up with some sure-fire ways to clean common stains from your car.
Before attempting to remove stains, we recommend thoroughly vacuuming out your car, including seats. Be sure to vacuum any stained areas especially well. This will remove any dirt and debris that could create a bigger mess once the debris is wet. For leather interior, it’s always best to choose a leather safe cleaning solution and condition the leather after treatment.
Many times it is hard to tell you have a headlight out. Naturally, any passing law enforcement will be happy to let you know. Before you experience an unplanned stop, why not complete your due diligence and add checking your lights to your routine maintenance list. It only takes a few minutes to make a pass around your car looking for burnt out lights.
You may be surprised at how easy it is to change out a headlamp light bulb. In fact, in most cases it doesn’t even require tools! Since you have to change the bulb anyways, why not upgrade from standard light bulbs, and see even better at night. We talked about this in our post about seeing better while driving at night. We know the unknown can be an intimidating task, that’s why we will walk you through changing a headlight bulb.
Buying a car is a big investment, probably one of the biggest you’ll make in your lifetime. So it’s not surprising that it requires quite a bit of research to avoid buyer’s remorse on this big ticket item. In fact, we found a great infographic that can guide you to the best time to buy a new vehicle. It takes into account many factors, including what type of vehicle you’re interested in. Did you know you’ll get a better deal on a convertible in the winter? Also, you’ve probably heard that you’ll get the best deal towards the end of the month when salesmen are trying to meet their quota, but also take into account there are slow times during the week when salespeople are hungry for sales.
After you read this infographic, you can shop with confidence. You’ll know the best time of day, week, month and year to buy a car. Now all you need to do is decide on which model vehicle you really want.
Sure, this seems like a pretty basic topic, but not everyone knows the right way to wash their car. It doesn’t take an As Shown on TV gizmos or a pressure washer, you can get your car professionally clean and not spend much while doing it. We are going to walk you through the steps of washing your car.
First, make sure you have the following supplies:
- Car wash soap – Don’t make the mistake thinking that dish soap will be good enough. Dish soap is hard on rubber components and can strip your car’s wax coat
- A wash mitt – We recommend sheepskin or a microfiber cloth, these are ideal materials to avoid scratches
- 2 individual buckets – one for the soapy mix and one rinse bucket
- A detail brush or old toothbrush for stubborn spots
- A hose with a spray nozzle long enough to reach around the entire vehicle
- A drying cloth – An absorbent waffle-weave drying towel or an extra microfiber towel
Driving at night can be challenging for the most experienced driver, so it’s not surprising the rate of accidents increases after dark. In fact, just a quarter of driving occurs at night, but more than half the vehicle related deaths happen during this time. Certainly this has a lot to do with popular evening festivities and also limited visibility. Being a safe driver means being able to confidently maneuver roads whether it is day or night. We’ve come up with 7 simple tips to improve your driving after dark.
1.) Adjust your Headlights
When driving at night it’s imperative to have your headlights pointed in the right direction. If you think your lights aren’t illuminating enough of the road, bring them to a professional or check them yourself. You can adjust your headlights by parking in front of a wall and moving your lights yourself. If you are unsure how to adjust the lights yourself, bring them into our service department and our friendly technicians will adjust them for you.
It may surprise you to hear, but even with the many auto alarms systems available a motor vehicle is stolen every 33 seconds in the United States. That’s according to an infographic released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which also states that 72% of all motor vehicles reported stolen are passenger cars. Yep, regular passenger cars, not amazing sports cars or high line coupes like you would imagine would be on the top of thieves’ wish lists.
This infographic has a couple of interesting tidbits about vehicle theft in the U.S., including the top 10 states and cities for car theft. You may be relieved to see that Tennessee was not mentioned, however, that doesn’t mean that car theft isn’t an issue. Luckily, this infographic also provides a few tips on how to prevent your car from being stolen. Be sure to check it out to learn how to best protect your car from theft.
It’s a well-known fact that as cars get older they are more inclines to break down. Over time, parts in your car wear down and eventually break. The more you drive your car, the more wear and tear will occur. With proper maintenance, you can keep your car running well for years. One of the bigger issues with older vehicles is problems with the transmission. While transmission problems sound intimidating, many would be caught with regular maintenance and can be easy to fix.
Here are the 5 most common transmission problems and what to look for:
Low Fluid Level or Leaks
When you check and refill your transmission fluid regularly, you’ll notice if the fluid is continually low. Be sure to refasten and tighten all parts when finished. Leaks can be caused by punctured fluid lines, worn transmission pan gaskets, poorly secured bolts and seals on the transmission pan. To identify a leak, have your fluid lines checked by a reputable mechanic.