You spend a lot of time choosing which car to buy and even longer taking care of it over the years, but car ownership is more than just washing it and vacuuming the carpet. Even the proudest car owner can neglect the most important part of owning a car: maintenance.
It doesn’t matter how well your car gets up to speed if it can’t stop when you need it to. Brakes are the component many drivers don’t even think about until something goes wrong. Pressing the brake pedal and having nothing happen is a nightmare scenario, but you can do a lot to prevent this from happening by learning about your brake system and maintaining your brake pads and rotors.
Before you head out for that fun summer road trip, it’s a great idea to take the time preparing your car to avoid any breakdowns or delays that can ruin something you’ve been planning for months. Due to the extra heat of the season and the taxing conditions inherent with road trips, a lengthy road trip can be the breaking point for a car in poor mechanical condition. The care you put into your car before you set off will what determine whether you have the time of your life or a road trip you’ll regret. Follow our simple summer road trip advice to ensure that you and your car arrive at its destination seamlessly and in one piece.
Summer is in full swing and many people hardly notice that the sun and heat can take a big toll on their car. While we may worry just before a long road trip, we often miss opportunities to help prevent costly repairs down the road.
Most of us encounter at least one aggressive or bad driver – even on a good day. That figure rises significantly if you’re doing a lot of driving or live in an area with heavily congested traffic. As such, learning how to deal with these types of drivers is crucial. Not just for your sake, but your occupants’ as well. Here are several tips on dealing with bad and aggressive drivers.
If you’ve got a kid, you’re probably familiar with the challenges a simple car ride can bring. Keeping kids safe both inside and outside of the car should be your number one priority, but that’s easier said than done. To help you keep kids safe in the car, as well as out of it, we’ve got a few tips for driving with kids.
Off-road driving provides a buzz that’s hard to beat. There’s something unique about maneuvering your four-wheeler over boulders and through the woods and coming out in one piece. For many, the thrill comes from the edge-of-your-seat unpredictability and risk inherent with taking your vehicle where most trucks can’t go. The unpredictability of off-roading is part of the fun, but there are many steps you can take to keep yourself safe in any situation.
We’ve all experienced it – the highway comes to a slow roll because one driver after another has to slow down and turn to avoid hitting an object in the road. This creates a dangerous situation and a major headache if you’re trying to get anywhere in a hurry. According to auto insurance firms, most of the unexpected objects we encounter on the roads are ladders and mattresses, but a wide range of strange and unexpected objects have liberated themselves from vehicles in transit and caused damage to vehicles. It may sound funny but it’s a very serious issue that causes around 25,000 accidents every year – some of which are fatal.
Dusk and dawn are probably the two most dangerous times of the day to find yourself behind the wheel of a vehicle. As the sun is directly at the horizon, it reduces visibility and causes glare, so you’re not able to see pedestrians other road users and even the road surface itself as well as other times of the day.
As you plan longer roadtrips or even local supermarket runs, make sure to consider your pet’s safety before pulling out of the driveway. It’s a great joy to bring a pet along on trips, for you and your animal, but it’s important to remember a few things to keep everybody in the car as safe as possible. There are multiple ways you can secure your pets in a vehicle and make sure they’re just as safe in the car as any occupant wearing a seatbelt.