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As a teenager, I was lucky enough to have my own car — a 1988 burgundy Pontiac 6000 STE. It was very reliable — until I left the headlights on for about seven hours straight while I was at school. After classes ended that day, I hustled out to my car, turned the key in the ignition and ……
4 Ways to Pull a Truck from the Mud
Sometimes, you just can’t avoid driving through mud. Whether you’re parking in an unpaved lot at a concert venue or pulling off the pavement to go camping, odds are that at some point, you’re going to have to navigate some mud and muck. Drive through enough of it, and you’re probably going to get stuck.…
tire inspection
Uneven tire wear is usually caused by improper alignment, overinflation, underinflation or a worn out suspension. It can be helpful to know the different uneven tire wear patterns below and what they may suggest about your car. Tires are an extremely important component of your car, and it’s a good idea to check them periodically…
Car rain storm
If you’re a resident in a hurricane-prone area, you may know how to prepare your home ahead of a storm. But do you know that disaster preparedness should also extend to protecting your vehicles? Agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Hurricane Center and the American Red Cross unanimously agree that having a comprehensive storm safety…
Driving Safety Tips for Handling Potholes
During my commute to work, I inevitably drive over more than 10 potholes each way. While a few of them are small, most of them are quite large and create for a very bumpy and uncomfortable ride to work. Many potholes are caused when relentless freezing and thawing of water under the pavement weakens the…
High-Mileage Cars: Is 200,000 the new normal?
In the 1960s and 1970s, many automobile odometers did not even read beyond 99,999 miles. Hit 100,000, and the odometer “flipped” or turned back to zero. But now, thanks to tougher quality standards and post-recession financial concerns, Americans are driving their cars longer than ever before, says IHS Markit, and high-mileage cars may now be the…
engine oil yellow funnel
I’m sure you’ve heard this before: “Oil is the lifeblood of your engine.” If you don’t choose the correct oil, you could accelerate engine wear and cause a premature failure. The right oil may also help with fuel economy and emissions. So, choosing the right oil for your vehicle is critical to your engine’s durability, efficiency and lifespan. Regardless of…
snowy tires
Weather across the country this winter, and every year it seems, is behaving just a little strangely. Depending on where in the country you live, if you want to get through the winter months disaster-free, you’ll need to be prepared for anything. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of tips for driving in…
woman frosty windshield
Winter driving can be dangerous, so its important to take extra caution on the roads. During bad weather, the best way to avoid an accident is not to drive at all. But, if you must drive, keep these winter driving tips from the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) and Ready.gov in mind. Prepare for Bad…
Snow Shovel with Truck
With AccuWeather predicting a cold, snowy winter in the Midwest and Northeast, forecasters say drivers should expect wet weather and low temperatures in the coming months. The following winter driving tips will help prepare you for whatever Jack Frost throws your way this season: Be Prepared It’s important to be prepared during this time of year, so…