Choosing between synthetic and organic oil can be an important decision for any vehicle owner, one that should not be undertaken before you have a chance to educate yourself about the available options. The lower cost and more widespread use of conventional organic oils make them a more cost-effective alternative. Motorists who are interested in enjoying a superior level of engine protection may be better served by making use of a synthetic oil, one that will be able to last longer and maintain its viscosity under greater stress. Choosing the Read the rest of this entry »
In many ways, driving can bring the worst out of a person. As drivers, we are afforded a certain degree of anonymity (at least until another disgruntled driver pulls up alongside of you) and that can make a person do stupid things. Cutting people off, speeding in and around traffic, and narrowly avoiding disaster at every turn. I don’t need to point out the obvious reasons why you should be driving safe, so let’s look at the less obvious: the impact unsafe driving can have on your local car insurance rates.
Unsafe driving can get you pulled over by the police or, even worse, cause an accident and that can really do a number on what you pay in terms of your car insurance rates – aside from the obvious consequences of physical injury and/or death. Whenever a police officer cites you for speeding or any other moving violation, that’s a strike against you and it can all add up in the end to some pretty disastrous costs.
Honestly, driving safe should be its own reward, but if you need more incentive – there you go. The less you drive like a liability or disaster waiting to happen, the less you’ll have to pay when it comes to settling up with insurance.
When you are traveling it may be necessary to stop at a roadside rest stop to save money on hotel costs or simply for the convenience of not having to find another location to sleep at. Whatever the reason may be, it is important that you follow some general safety guidelines in order to stay safe.
Park in a well lit area. This will decrease the likelihood of someone trying to break into your car or trying to harm you. If you are in a well lit area a potentially dangerous person may not want to risk Read the rest of this entry »
No one wants to leave their pet when they go on vacation. Most of us treat our pets like a family member so they deserve to go on vacation too. When we travel during the summer we have to keep in mind the safety of our pets. There are some keys to keeping our pets safe while traveling. The first tip is to make sure the animal has plenty of water. Keep a water bowl available at all times for your pet. You do not want your pet getting dehydrated. The next thing is to not leave any Read the rest of this entry »
Preparing for a long distance trip is much more serious than taking a trip to the local grocery store. Traffic accidents, engine problems, and a flat tire can happen at any time. The best insurance sometimes comes with unforeseen setbacks, which drivers should not rely on to heavily. For instance, most insurance companies offer reimbursement incentives. This is great; however, the extra money to purchase a new tire or get a hotel room while the car is being prepared may not be in the budget.This/ Read the rest of this entry »
The potential of getting a flat tire is always there. With nearly endless roads and millions of cars, each with 4 or more air filled tires eventually something is going to work its way through that tough rubber and ruin your day.
So you have a flat tire, now what? First, make sure you have the right tools in the car before this even happens. Even if you have road side service it’s best to be Read the rest of this entry »
Driving cross country can be a very exiliarting experience. Before embarking on this journey, there are certain precautions that one must take. When planning a trip like this, it is essential to be prepared for anything that could occur during the trip. There are quite a few tips for cross country driving safety and maintenance.
Prior to leaving for this journey, you should take the vehicle to a trustworthy and reliable mechanic. You should ask the mechanic Read the rest of this entry »
Getting ready for a road trip? Before you pack for your next car trip there are some important things to check on your car that may save the disappointment of a breakdown.
First pull out your service record and see how long it has been since you changed the oil and filter. Most manufacturers recommend an oil service at around 3,000 to 5,000 mile intervals. If the mileage is close or you can’t remember how long it has been, then it is Read the rest of this entry »
Many people choose to take car trips during long weekends and holidays. When doing so, there are several things to keep in mind to ensure that you have a safe trip. The first is to make sure that your car is in good working order, make sure that the tires are not bald and that any tune ups and oil changes have been completed.
Once you are sure that the car is all set, you’ll want to make sure that you have a spare tire in case something should happen during the trip, along Read the rest of this entry »
Winter can be very hard on your car. Unpredictable cold temperatures and the possibility of slick ice or snow covered surfaces can make driving a challenge.
To prepare your car there are some basic things you can do.
Keep the fuel level up in the gas tank. This will prevent freezing of the moisture that forms when the gas is at too low a level. You should also regularly add a gas dryer an inexpensive liquid that you pour in the tank at fill up time. This alcohol based product will evaporate moisture and keep the gas line from Read the rest of this entry »