How Do I Know if I Need Brakes? Brakes are one of the most important safety features on your car. Changing your brake pads in a timely manner helps keep you safe on the road and save you money. Driving on worn out brake pads can make it difficult to stop and can also damage the rotors (an expensive component of your braking system). It makes sense that keeping your brakes in good working order is essential, but you can’t see your brake pads the way you can see a flat tire or a broken windshield wiper, so how do you know when to have them replaced? Here are a few things to watch for: 1. Check your miles. Brakes are generally good for 30,000-50,000 miles, depending upon the vehicle, driving conditions, etc. Check your owner’s manual for specific recommendations for your model. 2. Listen for the screech. If your brakes make a screeching or grinding sound definitely have them checked. 3. Pay attention to your ... read more
Expert Tips for Parents of Teen Drivers There are many websites that offer resources for parents of teen drivers. Here are a four of our favorites…for more tips on keeping your teen driving safety, visit the website links provided. Texting Test: Could it wait? Ask your teen to take this test: Take out your wireless device. Read the last text message you received out loud. Would reading or responding to that message from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle be worth the risk of getting into an accident or worse? Chances are it could wait. From AT&T http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=2964Distractions are Dangerous If your teenager is like most, he or she likes to bring lots of friends along for the ride. That divides their attention and increases the chances of a fatal collision.In fact, t ... read more
Save You Money on Gas with these 5 Habits Your driving habits and vehicle maintenance (or lack of maintenance) can impact your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Here are a few tips for saving fuel and funds: Air up! Check the air pressure in your tires weekly and top them off if they’re low. It takes just a few minutes and can save you about $75 each year in gas.
Slow up! The best gas mileage is usually achieved at speeds below 60 miles per hour. Slowing down just a little from 65 mph to 60 mph can save around 20 cents per gallon! Show up! (Late or not at all.) Sitting in traffic wastes gasoline. If possible arrange your work schedule to avoid commuting during rush hour or telecommute a couple of days each week.
Smarten up! Let gas mileage be the #1 priority on your new car shopping list. The U.S. Department of Energy’s website has good information on fuel-efficient vehicles.
Give up! Driving that is…Car pool, try a moto ... read more
Common Sense Tips for Used Car Buyers How much do you want to spend? Get your financing in order first whether it is cash from your savings or a loan from your bank; that way you know exactly what price range you are able to afford. What are you looking for? Decide which vehicle features are “must haves”. Maybe color is negotiable, but a sun-roof is not. Or you’ve gotta have 4 wheel drive, but leather seats are not necessary. Everyone’s vehicle needs are different. If you have this decided before you start shopping, you are more likely to be satisfied with your selection in the end and stay within your budget. Stop, Look and Listen Don’t be rushed, you should get to thoroughly inspect the car inside and out. Look carefully for signs of wear, or repairs that might indicate the vehicle has had problems or been in an accident and ask a lot of questions. Trust your gut if the answers seem ... read more
Hit the Road Jack! But before you go…”summerize” your car for a smooth trip! The combination of summer heat, unexpected delays during road construction, towing a boat or camper, and long road trips can put a lot of added stress your vehicle. Most people think of winterizing their vehicles when cold weather hits, but it’s just as important to give your ride a thorough going-over at the beginning of the hot summer season, too. Taking care of your car BEFORE your trip will help make sure your vacation memories are all sunshine and blue skies, not check-engine lights, and flat tires. Here is a short checklist to help you prepare: Change your oil Flush and fill your cooling system (every other year) Fill your windshield wiper solvent Replace your wiper blades Check battery cables and connection for rust and corrosion Make sure that all four tires are aired up ... read more