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5 Ways to Save Money on Fuel Despite the High Gas Prices

5 Ways to Save Money on Fuel Despite the High Gas Prices

According to the EIA, gas prices have increased on average by 49% over the past year. While this increase is brutal for drivers to swallow, many of us still need our cars to get us from place to place. To mitigate the pain at the fuel pump, we've come up with some good practices to follow in the face of soaring price increases. Don't add drag to your vehicle - If you're not using the heavy tools, cargo boxes, or sporting equipment that are sitting in your car, it's best to get that junk out of your vehicle. Excess weight can create drag on your car, making your brakes, transmission, and your engine work harder. According to the Department of Energy, you may see anywhere between a 2-20% difference in your MPG by removing a large cargo box. Watch your speed - Speeding often results in negative consequences, right? Reducing your speed and taking it slow can also reduce the drag on your vehicle. Not only can you better your mileage, but it's safer for you and those dr ... read more

What Is the Purpose of the ABS?

What Is the Purpose of the ABS?

Most modern vehicles are equipped with an anti-lock brake system (ABS). While ABS isn't a part of your primary brake system, the ABS is a backup measure that helps you maintain steering ability and avoid skidding when you brake hard.   Since ABS prevents your wheels from locking up, you can steer your vehicle even while you brake. In turn, it could help you avoid an accident. The ABS engages according to what the sensor reads. A series of sensors measure wheel speed to catch if any of the wheels on your car is trying to lock up during braking. If a wheel is on the cusp of locking, a sequence of hydraulic valves decreases how much stopping force is applied to that particular wheel. As a result, you can avoid skidding and keep control of your steering altogether. If you have anti-lock brakes and start to skid, you should press firmly on the brake and hold it in position. You will likely sense a pulsing feeling, which is normal.   When the ABS warn ... read more

Gas Prices on the Rise! How to Maximize Your Fuel Economy

Gas Prices on the Rise! How to Maximize Your Fuel Economy

Gas Prices on the Rise!How to Maximize Your Fuel Economy Don’t be a victim to the rising gas prices. You can do your part to maximize your fuel economy. Our driving habits have a significant impact on fuel efficiency. 10 Important Tips to Save You Money at the Pump1. Plan your trips Map a route before you go to minimize unnecessary turnarounds and backtracking. Avoid peak traffic times. Combine errands and go to "one stop shops” where you can do multiple tasks (banking, shopping, etc.). 2. Slow Down Gas mileage efficiency tends to decrease above 50 miles per hour. According tofueleconomy.gov, for every five miles per hour that exceed 50 mph, drivers pay an equivalent of about 22 cents more for each gallon of gas. While each vehicle has its own optimal speed for fuel efficiency, speeding can result in 7% to 14% reduced fuel economy. Driving at slower speeds can save 22 to 43 cents ... read more

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What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp?

What Causes Brake Rotors to Warp?

As you may know, your brakes generate a lot of heat when carrying out the process to stop or slow your vehicle. Because of this excessive heat, the surface of brake rotors can become distorted with use. The rotors get glazed and deformed from the material of the brake pads. Other times, normal wear and tear can also cause the rotors to bend. This problem is commonly known as warping.  Can you drive with warped brake rotors?  While you can still operate your vehicle, it is not safe to drive with warped rotors. They run the risk of breaking, which could lead you to outright brake failure. The steering wheel can also be affected in some cases. You could risk losing complete control of the steering wheel on top of the ineffective brakes. Signs of warped brake rotors Some signs that indicate your brake rotors are warped include wobbly or shaky braking and loud squealing sounds. The shakiness symptom may not be as pronounced depending on the severity of the warping. However, m ... read more

Driving Tips And Car Maintenance During Cold Months

Driving Tips And Car Maintenance During Cold Months

The winter season is often rough on motor vehicles: the low temperatures, snow, ice, and long periods of inactivity toll a car. Frozen fuel lines, low pressure in tires, and frozen windshield wipers are just some of the common problems car owners face in the cold months.   With some preparation, you can keep your car in good shape and stay safe on the roads during the winter season. Prevention is always better than cure. If you can take the steps outlined in this article, you will protect your car from wear and tear caused by icy temperatures.   Get New Tires Driving conditions in the winter aren't the best, as ice and snow make roads slippery. Driving with worn-out tires is a safety hazard. Get new tires. Better yet, get winter tires. Their treads run deeper, which gives them better traction on the road. If temperatures dip below 45 degrees, you should change to winter tires. Remember to check the pressure too. With every 10 degrees drop in pressur ... read more

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