Media post: Car Myths That You Should Not Pay Attention To

A red Ford Model T. Picture coschedule.com

Some of the myths concerning cars are just wrong but they’re around anyway. You have undoubtedly heard many of these here:

You should wash your car with detergent

Nope. This is actually one of the worst things you can do for your car’s wax finish, as it could very well strip it off! Instead, use a special car-wash liquid. This liquid is made to clean without taking off the wax! Ask the folks at this Canoga Park, CA Jeep dealer for details on the specific kind of cleaner to use!

Insurance for red cars is expensive

Why are red cars pricier to insure?  As the myth says, “Red cars have more accidents!” Well, have you ever bought insurance for a vehicle? Was there any point when the agent asked what color the car was when you wanted a quote? Insurance agents get asked about this all the time. From an insurance point of view, vehicle color makes zero difference but the red car myth seems to live on.

Gas pumping + cell phone usage = Vehicle explosion

Not true! There have been rumors going around, saying that wireless signals will ignite fuel vapors. However, according to the Federal Communication Commission, scientific testing couldn’t prove a dangerous link between fuel vapors and wireless phones.

Large cars are safe, but small cars are not

Most drivers think that their huge SUV (with average handling and a rollover-prone high center of gravity) is safer than a compact car. These SUV drivers forget that the safety of modern-day cars involve tons of safety technology like high-strength steel, energy-absorbing crumple zones and many airbags, not just mass. The myth continues, though, and it likely accounts for many SUV purchases each year.  No wonder as a nation that we consume so much petroleum; it’s all the “safer” SUVs cruising down the streets.

Model T Fords could only be black

This is a myth that has been dispelled by Ford Motor Company itself many times. We suspect that the myth that the vehicle “only was available in black” comes from the reality that close to 12 million of the 15 million total Model Ts made were black. However, the truth that the Model T was manufactured in many different colors, which included blue, red, grey and green.

Every 3,000 miles, get an oil change!

The 3,000 rule goes back to when engine oils were less refined than in the modern day, and got dirty faster than they do now. In the present day, engines are better, oils are better and almost no manufacturers recommend an oil change every 3,000 miles. Just don’t ask the guys down at Jiffy Lube for their opinion. They’re going to tell you that this is silly and to stick with the 3000 mile rule. And to go to there for the oil change.

Many myths regarding cars have been around for many, many decades. They have been hard to debunk, and we hope you’ve enjoyed this article!

Media post: Fuel Economy Myths

EPA Fuel Economy sticker. Picture wnyc.org 

Myth: A new air filter will make for a more efficient car

If you have an older vehicle with a carbureted engine, then this is true. However, with today’s vehicles replacing the engine might only improve engine performance, not fuel economy.

Myth: You should rely on EPA fuel economy window stickers

EPA fuel economy estimates exist to provide prospective vehicle buyers with a uniform way of comparing the MPG of many cars. In truth, “Your mileage will likely vary.” There are many variables to consider, which include how people drive and even the type of gas put in the car! In essence, don’t rely on these EPA stickers!

Myth: Small cars get better fuel economy

This used to be true many years ago, but not much now. Fuel-saving technologies including direct injection, turbocharging, low-rolling resistant tires and multiple ratio transmissions. All these technologies make average sedans very fuel efficient.

Myth: Letting a vehicle warm up is great for gas mileage

This was true in the old days when cars had carburetors but not today.  Today’s cars have fuel injectors that have been made to warm up as soon as the vehicle is fired up. It is true an engine needs to reach an ideal operating temperature for the ideal fuel economy, but vehicle makers say to let the engine warm up whilst you drive.

Myth: A vehicle’s fuel economy decreases with age

If a vehicle is about 10 or so years old, is it becoming less efficient?  According to the EPA, there’s no truth to this speculation. Older vehicles don’t offer lower fuel economy. One argument you could make, however, is that purchasing a new, more efficient vehicle could get you higher gas mileage but there is nothing wrong with continuing to drive an older car!

Myth: Manual transmissions are more efficient than automatics

That is not true anymore! Some of the advanced automatic transmissions today offer the same gas mileage as their manual competitors.  Automatic transmission technology has evolved a lot throughout time. With a number of gear ratios and lock-up torque convertors, automatics are efficient devices these days.

Myth: Premium gas provides better economy than regular

There is no benefit when using premium fuel over regular.  Premium gas usually has higher octane numbers and is meant for use in higher-compression engines.  There is nothing added that makes the gasoline’s efficiency any better.  If your vehicle is made to run on regular gas, then we would like you to use regular gas.  It will be cheaper gas too.

Myth: Some additives make for better fuel economy

Well, there are tons of products that say they do. These are additives to the fuel and some for your engine oil. Some testing labs have concluded in all cases that we know of that there is little truth to the claims.

Thank you for the General Manager at this Jeep dealership for her help with this article. If in the Thomson, GA area, be sure to check them out!

Media post: What is Defensive Driving?

Picture courtesy roadsafetyuae.com

What is Defensive Driving?

When a driver seeks out potential problems before they happen, then he or she is driving defensively. After all, it is important to drive safely, and, in that process, you’ll save money, time and lives.  How do you drive defensively? That’s a great question, with a complex answer. We asked the sales Manager at this Wilmington, DE Ford dealer about this, and as a result we have compiled some defensive driving tips below! We hope that you learn some things from this interesting article!

  1. Stop at red lights and stop signs. This might be a given, but the main reason why people collide at intersections is because somebody failed to stop for the red light or stop sign. Your best bet is to slow down upon approaching any intersection to try and avoid such an accident.
  2. Cut down on distractions. We know this is said easier than done, however, it’s important to consider. Cars have multiple features now like on-board computers, GPS units and touchscreens. It’s important to not allow these great gadgets to interfere with watching the road ahead.
  3. Keep room in between your car and the car ahead of you. When it is 5pm and you want to get yourself back to the house, it’s tempting to practically hit the car ahead of you. However, make sure that you have enough space in case you have to abruptly stop.
  4. Be visible. You may think you’re visible by being in a car but what we are talking about is using your lights and signals. Use the car’s turn signals, because you want other drivers to know when you are turning. Fix headlights that don’t function right away, because drivers might not be capable of making out your vehicle without them in inclement weather or at night.
  5. Look out for oncoming cars. If you’re on a 2-way street, particularly if you are riding a motorcycle, always watch out for the traffic in the opposite lane.  All you need is a truck or car cut in front of your vehicle whilst you’re taking a left and you will have an accident.  If you’re on a motorcycle, it could cut your life short.
  6. Ensure that you have good vision. If you’re supposed to wear prescription eyewear, then you must it -those glasses were prescribed for a reason. Sometimes you can’t find your glasses but without them you could cause an accident, and if the officer does not see you’re wearing your glasses or contacts you could be fined or have your license revoked.

Whether you have possessed a license for awhile or are a new driver, you had likely heard about “defensive driving” before coming across this article. Nonetheless, it’s important for every driver to practice driving defensively. It may take some practice, but through doing it you’ll be a safer vehicle operator.

Media post: Keeping Mickey out of your car

Pinyon Mouse – Courtesy of the National Park Service and Sally King. Sourced from Wikicommons Media. 

Every year, mice and other critters crawl into vehicles and cause millions of dollars in damage. It may have never happened to you but ask any mechanic about “mouse damage” and they will likely have a few horror stories to tell. Bottom line: mice may look cute but unless you like torn upholstery, chewed wires, terrible smells and other damage – you don’t want them living in your car.

Solutions

So, what can a car owner do? The problem with answering this question is that are there are a lot of potential solutions. Some tactics discourage them from even taking up residence in your car, and others trap or kill them once they have. For this article, we collected a number of solutions that have been known to work.

Deterrents

By far the best solution to keep Chip and Dale out of your vehicle is to use a deterrent that keeps them away. Here are a few techniques that are alleged to work well:

1) Moth balls (Paradichlorobenzine) definitely keep rodents out of your car but they are a poisonous substance. Some people suggest putting them in some old socks, and then placing the socks under car seats and under the hood. Just be careful that small children and pets can’t get at them.

2) Peppermint oil applied on cotton balls or small swaths of cloth will keep animals out of your car too. Peppermint oil is strong smelling and allegedly repugnant to rodents. Thankfully peppermint oil is pleasant smelling to most humans and isn’t a poisonous substance. Give it a try and see if the scent is too strong for you.

3) Human hair and animal hair. Some say they have had good results by putting human or animal hair tied in bundles under the seats and hood. The theory is that when rodents come into contact with hair, they sense the presence of “predators” and then scurry elsewhere.

4) Some people swear by using laundry dryer sheets, such as the “Bounce” brand.  These sheets have a strong fragrance and can be easily stashed under car seats or other places in your car. If you try this method, replace the old sheets with new ones every few months.

6) Our friends at Reedman-Toll Chevrolet of Springfield, a local Chevrolet dealer in Springfield, PA, suggested this one: cayenne pepper! That’s right, cayenne pepper sprinkled around the vehicle and under the hood. Pepper of this type is actually used in some the commercial spray products on the market, so you know it has been proven effective.

Typical Rodent Damage – in this picture a rodent has gnawed through one wire of a Jeep wiring harness. Once opened, moisture enters and corrodes the internal copper wiring. Eventually the wire will fail. Photo Courtesy of: Don Wright, Senior A/V Technician at Concord Coachlines, Concord, NH.

Poisons

Rat poisons have been around for decades and are a very effective way to kill rodents. When rats and mice eat the tasty (at least to them) little pellets, they die within an hour or so. There are two serious drawbacks with rat poisons, though. First, if a predator eats a rodent that has rat poison in its stomach, the predator will likely be poisoned too. For example, think twice about using rat poison if you have pet cats around. Second issue: if a rodent dies in some a hidden space inside your vehicle, you will be treated to a rotting cadaver smell for several weeks. (Chances are high that your passengers will complain.)

Pet Deterrents

Obviously, having a family cat who has access to where your car is parked is an ideal mouse solution. Cats are excellent rodent hunters and most can easily catch several mickeys a night. Just be absolutely sure that when you go to start your car in the morning that you know where your cat(s) are. Cats have a habit of climbing up into warm engine compartments, especially when it’s cold outside, and getting entangled with accessory drive belts. If you start the car with a kitty in there, the results won’t be a pleasant.

Trapping

Then of course, you can catch the little devils yourself. The first line of defense is the familiar spring-based mouse trap. These iconic devices have been used for more than a century and work quite well. Their operation is pretty simple too. Some people believe this is still the most effective method of dealing with mice and rats.

Another type of rodent trap is a “glue trap.” These devices use a thick, gluey adhesive designed not only to attract mice but to keep them stuck there permanently. Glue traps, which are widely available at hardware stores, supermarkets and many big box stores, have several advantages. First, they won’t snap on your fingers when setting them up; they are disposable; and they can catch more than one mouse at a time.

For those who would prefer less violent methods to trap their rodents, there are also humane “HavaHart” traps that capture the animals alive and unharmed. These are available in most hardware stores. After capture, be careful of releasing the little guys in open fields, though. That makes them highly visible to flying predators like hawks and owls, which sort of negates the “humane part” when they become lunch.

Havahart Mouse Trap – Courtesy of Túrelio. Sourced from Wikicommons Media.

Electronic Devices

Yup, there are electronic solutions too. Some plug into wall sockets, some into car lighter receptacles, and there are even some solar-powered models. Every device works a bit differently but the general idea is to send out rodent-disturbing signals that keep the little guys away from your car. These signals could be high-frequency audio tones, deep vibrations, or even flashing lights. The nice advantage to these electronic devices is that they are all human and pet safe.

Summary

In this article, we have investigated many techniques to keep the rodent invaders at bay but which should you use?  Well, that’s the difficult part because it all depends on your particular circumstances. Some of the variables are: the type of rodent, the climate in your area, the frequency of using your vehicle, the proximity of rodent and whether you park your vehicle inside or outside. No single tactic seems to work for everyone, but many people fighting the mouse wars have tried several techniques and found one that works for them. Some have even discovered that using a combination of two or three strategies at the same time is the best possible plan. Good luck!

Media post: A Discussion About Airbags

Car safety enthusiasts usually caution that airbags are to be used at the same time as seat belts. Seat belts are still needed because airbags used to work only in front-end collisions occurring at more than ten miles per hour. Only seat belts could assist in side accidents and swipes (although side-mounted airbags are common these days), rear-end collisions and secondary impacts. Although more technological features are emerging, airbags still are only effective when used with a seat belt.  Read on for more information about how airbags evolved, and how they work!

A Quick Low-Down on Airbag History

When vehicle makers began putting seatbelt contraptions in vehicles in the 1950s, people were concerned about getting “trapped” in their vehicles when accidents happened. Despite early beliefs, however, a number of states have adopted seatbelt laws today, to make it so that at least people under age eighteen need to wear them. This is what this SRT dealer in City of Industry, CA told us when we called to see what they knew about seatbelt laws.

Around the same decade that seatbelts came around, airbag device patent applications did. As early as the early 1950s, John Hedrick from the U.S and Walter Linderer from Germany filled out applications for patents. Hedrick obtained a patent—U.S Patent #2,649.311–for his “safety cushion assembly for automotive vehicles,” while Linderer’s German patent #896312 was for a compressed air system that was released by either bumper contact or the driver. In 1968,  Allen Breed invented a “sensor and safety system.” This was the first electron mechanical automotive airbag unit on the planet, and the true beginning of your modern-day airbag.

In 1971 Ford built an airbag fleet just to experiment. A 1970s Chevrolet automobile had airbags in cars sold only for U.S government usage. A couple decades or so later airbags—and most certainly airbags for the front passenger and driver–became mandatory in each passenger vehicle. Most all controversy of the airbag went away as time passed.

How Airbags Work

Like seat belts, the concept of an airbag–an inflated pillow that serves as protection in an accident–was controversial. An airbag’s goal is simply to slow down the passenger’s forward motion down during an accident.  The process starts with signals from motion sensors.  When one of the sensors detects a big collision-level force, the car’s airbag inflation system receives an electrical pulse from it. Typically, that ignites a charge that creates a warm blast of nitrogen gas to drive the airbag out from its storage site.

It didn’t take long to learn that an airbag’s force would hurt those who are too close to it, particularly children. Experts agree that children aged twelve and under should ride buckled up in a correctly installed, age-appropriate car seat in the back seat . There are ways to deactivate airbags, and we’ll get to that right now. You cannot usually deactivate your airbag without installing a on-off switch. However, if an on-off switch is not yet available from the vehicle manufacturer for your car, the U.S government can authorize airbag deactivation on a case-by-case basis in various situations.

Media post: Vehicle Glovebox History

Automotive makers have put gloveboxes in cars for a number of decades. Some gloveboxes that are an opening in the dash just above the feet of the front passenger, but the large majority have doors, that with a simple twist or push of a pushbutton latch, will open or close.  Today, most glove boxes can be locked so valuables can be safely stored.

The “glovebox” name comes from the compartment’s original purpose – glove storage. In motoring’s early days, many car models were open; meaning that they had no tops, or just had partial convertible tops.  With cars like these, a car operator’s hands could be subjected to fast-moving air’s cooling effects, and this could get uncomfortable.

Historians trace the start of glove boxes to the Packard Motor Company, which made items like the modern-day gloveboxes in the 1900s. The term “glove box” isn’t universal, though. In Britain, they are referred to as “cubby holes.” In the Northwestern United States, glove boxes are “jockey boxes”.  “Glove compartment” is an alternative term in the western world.

For decades, glove boxes had internal lights that turned on when one opened up the unit.  This was a great help to those who had to dig around in the glovebox at night to get documents or other items. At least the team at this Roswell, GA Dodge dealer thinks so!

In the 1960s and 1970s, glove boxes came with an embossed area on their doors. When one folded down the embossed area, cups could have been placed on the door.  However, these shallow impressions didn’t stabilize cups well when cars were being driven. It’s a logical conclusion to say they these soft drink stabilization attempts lead to the design and implementation of the cup holders you see in almost all cars these days.

And glove boxes have received technology features, too. For the 2008 model year, Dodge put “Chill Zone” glove compartments in their Avengers. The Chill Zone was a big refrigerated storage bin in the passenger’s side upper dash.  The Chill Zone had many folding doors and could hold up to four twelve-ounce cans of a soda of your choosing. Also, Nissan has glove compartments on some vehicle models. Targeting young drivers, the Sentra sedan and Rogue SUV both have glove compartments deep enough for laptops. That capability has been put in cars to help drivers who would like a secure and safe place to secure their laptops while driving.

As you can gauge, a glovebox’s purpose has changed throughout the years.  You do not need gloves to drive anymore, so gloveboxes serve as a predictable space in a vehicle for item storage.  Today, glove boxes have turned into the place to store automotive documents, such as car registrations, and other things.  As for the automotive future, it is hard to tell where we may see the glove box evolve, but we are only able to predict that they’ll be around for a long while!

Media post: Maintaining an Old Car

Today’s vehicles run a lot longer than they used to. It wasn’t long ago that a car with 60,000 miles on it was “getting old.” Today that is just 1/3 of the way through your average cars useful life. This is due to a ton of engineering advances and designs but the point is that cars can last a long, long time today -that is with proper maintenance! Here’s what to know:

Things you can do yourself

There are several maintenance items that you can perform yourself that will help keep your car running well.

  • Change wipers when they are worn
  • Vacuum the interior and keep it free of debris (keeps animals out)
  • Clean up spills right away and consider a good steam cleaning occasionally
  • If you have a leather interior, maintain it with a good leather conditioner (twice a year)
  • Check tire pressure of all tires (including the spare) once a month
  • Keep your windshield reservoir filled with window washing solution

What your mechanic will do

Your mechanic will know the maintenance schedule for the important maintenance items on your car. If you have your car repaired at an independent repair shop, you may want to keep track of maintenance items yourself.

  • Change oil and oil filter routinely as per manufacturers recommendations
  • Keep all fluids topped off properly
  • Replace coolant and flush the coolant system at the appropriate mileage
  • Replace spark plugs at the appropriate mileage
  • Rotate tires as recommended by the tire manufacturer

Especially important maintenance items

We have two maintenance items here flagged as “especially important.” Both of these just require that you simply pay attention to them and take action if necessary.

 #1 – Repair any paint scratches before they rust.

Paint scratches tend to appear out of nowhere. People brush up against your car in parking lots; people open doors next to you and bump your car; hail, road gravel and sand – they all contribute to paint scratches.

When scratches occur, it is quite important to get some touch up paint over them before the underlying metal starts to rust. While nothing says you can’t put any color paint on your car, it will look better with paint that matches your car’s factory color. You can get touch up paint that matches your car from various sources. For an “exact color match,” go to your car dealer. They may have to order it but it will be an exact color match. For convenient “approximate match,” go to your local auto parts store. They will have a rack of small touch-up paint bottles some of which should be very close to the color of your car.

#2 – Know when your timing belt needs changing

A critically important maintenance item involves your engine’s timing belt. The timing belt (or chain) in your car’s engine connects the crankshaft to the camshaft and it controls the timing of the valves. Timing belts are made of rubber and if they break, they can cause engine damage. Thanks to Federico Kia of Wood River, a local Kia dealer in Wood River, IL, we have the complete story: There are two types of engine designs: interference and non-interference. If you have an interference engine and the timing belt breaks, you will do massive damage to it because pistons will slam into moving pistons. Vehicles that don’t have an interference engine will not suffer any damage when a timing belt breaks. It will just stop running.

Important note: when you have your timing belt changed, ask your mechanic to: change all the accessory belts, change the water pump, and flush the cooling system too. This will save you money in the long run since your mechanic will have to remove all the accessory belts anyway to get to the timing belt. The same logic goes for the water pump. While the timing belt is being changed, the labor is already included.

Summary

Instead of buying a new car, you can keep your old car for a bit longer if you maintain it properly. Sure, there will be some repair bills along the way but that’s just part of the process. Drive that old car for a few more years and then you are good and ready for a new car.

Media post: Can You Separate America from the Automobiles?

Ford Model T

The automobile is synonymous with American life. Look around, shopping malls and office buildings were all built with car travel in mind. The emergence of the car as a consumer product has changed the United States landscape.  But, how did the car become so essential in American life?  Why not subway systems, trains, or other kinds of public transportation?  It was a matter of timing…and pioneers like Henry Ford.

It is difficult to think of a time when there weren’t roads in North America, but that is how it was. Up until towards the end of the 19th century, there were very few roads, and many people traveled via horse-drawn coach on what were basically big pathways. By the century’s turn, coaches started to fade in popularity and railroads became the main method of travel over long distances and it wasn’t long before the U.S has many railroad lines. In cities, streetcars and subway systems also emerged, changing residents’ lifestyles by offering them the chance to easily get around.

Between 1900 and 1915, the number of cars in America jumped from only 8 thousand to more than 2 million. This is what happened according to this Temecula, CA RAM truck dealership. The person given the most credit for this increase in automobiles is Henry Ford, who founded the Ford Motor Company.  It is said that Ford coined the term “assembly line. Ford also applied mass production principles to the process of building automobiles. Because of this, the Ford Motor Company built 14 million Model T Fords between 1913 and 1927. This is one car for every ten Americans; a concept that was almost impossible to believe at the time.

By the early 1930s, cars were becoming an important part of American life and there were so many companies making automobiles.  Before long, America’s very structure was beginning to be shaped by this consumer product.  Perhaps the top indication of that came in 1956, when President Eisenhower signed the Interstate Highway Act. The Act created more than 42,500 miles of highways across the country. This cemented the dominance of the automobile as a component of what it means to live in the United States.

Nowadays, with oil’s rising price driving the cost of gasoline up and up, many drivers are seeking out alternative transportation means. People who’ve moved out to the suburbs to avoid urban living, for example, are now think about moving closer to their jobs in the city in order to save money at the gas pump and cut down on commute time. Will this begin a downward trend in automobile ownership?  It doesn’t seem likely.  America is a car culture and is likely to stay that way for decades to come.  What we are seeing now is a shift in what passenger vehicles are used for.  As people move closer to the city and look to drive less, the automobile only gets used less than before for casual travel and more for specialized travel such as holidays or trips to visit family. There is really no question about this.

Media post: Finely Tuned Car Mufflers?

Believe it or not, your car muffler is as finely tuned as a musical instrument.  No, it doesn’t make music like a musical instrument, it is tuned to eliminate the loud exhaust sounds that your engine makes. Let’s take a look at how this works:

First, let’s take a look at what “sound” really is. The phenomena of sound comes from pressure waves formed from pulses of alternating high and low air pressure. In an engine, these pulses are created when exhaust valves open and bursts of high-pressure gas pump into the exhaust system. The molecules of this gas collide with the lower-pressure molecules already in the exhaust pipe causing them to push on each other. In this way, the sound waves make their way down the pipe and when they eventually reach your ears, your eardrums vibrate back and forth which creates the sensation of “sound.”

Now comes the interesting part. As any physicist will tell you, it is possible to produce a sound wave that is exactly the opposite of another sound wave and if the two hit each other, they cancel out. Located inside a muffler is a set of tubes and baffles that are designed to do exactly this. A muffler is essentially a device to cancel engine sound waves.

However, when designing mufflers, engineers have to be careful to understand how much backpressure they produce in their designs. Because of all of the twists and turns the exhaust gas has to go through, mufflers like those just discussed produce a resistance to exhaust flow. According to David Stanley Chrysler of Midwest City, a local Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealer in Midwest City, OK, this can rob a little power of the engine which affects the vehicles gas mileage.

For those who modify their own cars, there are special types of mufflers that are designed to reduce backpressure. One type, sometimes called a “glass pack muffler,” uses only absorption techniques to reduce the sound. On a muffler like this, the exhaust goes straight through a pipe that is perforated with holes. No wave cancellation is involved.

To enjoy the best of both worlds – easy flowing yet quiet mufflers- several car manufacturers have been experimenting with active noise-canceling mufflers. These systems incorporate electronic components that measure the exhaust sound level and generate counter-balancing sound waves to quiet the exhaust sound. These are being used on some large industrial engines but not yet on cars, at least not just yet. In the constant search for increased efficiency and mileage, we may be seeing this type of muffler in the future.

Media post: How to Be A Super Efficient Driver

It’s not that some drivers don’t understand automotive things, it that people are so busy that they simply do not have time to fuss over their car or change their driving technique. We believe there are a few things for you to be aware of. You can save a great deal of money by knowing those things. We have put together this article to explain some of those habits! We hope you enjoy it!

Inflate your tires

According to this Norco, CA Jeep Dealer, AAA says over half of the cars on the road roll with under-inflated tires. Under-inflated tires cost you money in tire wear, and gas mileage. This one is a no-brainer too, you lose about 5% gas mileage when tires are low on air. This is an easy situation to rectify, just pump them up!

Not Cleaning Out Your Car Regularly

Did you know that hauling extra stuff around can also worsen your gas mileage? That’s right. Take the big TV out of the back seat, and store it in your garage or in a spare room; it really doesn’t need to be there!

Fast driving

Driving quick is a big waste of gas.  People can easily gain a whopping 8-10% by slowing down just ten miles per hour when they are on longer trips. That is right, 8-10% and it is simple why this is. It takes tons of energy to move objects through air. See how that’s true by putting your hand out the window when you are driving around. You can feel the force pushing it back. Now multiply the hand’s surface area by about one hundred times and you’ll understand how much force the front of your car has to overcome.  Save money and drive slow!

Don’t Idle

This one is probably a given, but it is amazing how much people idle. If you are parked and waiting for someone, turn off the engine. Restarting the vehicle only takes about ten seconds worth of fuel. You might wonder if you should idle in cold weather to “get it warmed up” but the truth is that it is not necessary.

Instead, car makers say that you should just drive a vehicle slowly for 30 seconds after starting it up during any cold weather. This will warm up your vehicle quicker than simply letting it sit there. And if you live on a busy street or road where this is difficult, then we recommend doing it anyway—other drivers can deal with this.

Get your fluids changed

Many drivers ignore their vehicle’s fluids until they run low and a warning light illuminates. Not a smart thing to do. Fluids become contaminated over time and will wear out! It is in your best interest to keep fresh fluids flowing throughout your car’s engine. Your car’s manual will give you a schedule to follow. It is best that you pay attention to the schedule, particularly with your transmission fluid.

Don’t feel bad; everybody has bad automotive habits. However, it’s been costing you money!

Search