Thursday, November 28, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Car safety is important. Try to follow these tips:
1. Conduct regular maintenance – follow a scheduled maintenance plan.
2. Take care of your tires – maintain proper air pressure and check tread depth.
3. Maintain your brakes – ensure your brakes are working properly in case you need to make a panic stop.
4. Make sure you can see where you are driving. Wipe (or scrape) the snow or ice off your windows. Ensure all of your lights are working properly. Make sure your wipers are working properly as well, and that you have the appropriate washer fluid.
5. Carry an emergency road kit – have jumper cables, blankets, matches, flares, water on hand.
By: Mike Collins
prices have been spiraling out of control for months, and there is no
end in sight. Increased gas prices do not just hit you when you fill up
your tank though. Just think about it for a minute and you will realize
how many other ways rising oil and gas prices will cost you. The price
of airline travel and shipping services are likely to rise, as is the
cost of many other goods as retailers are forced to pay more for
You may even see your property taxes increase as towns have to pay more to keep their police cars, fire engines, and garbage trucks on the road. During times like these it is important to get as much bang for you buck at the gas pump as possible.
So how can I save money on gas?
While there is little you can do about the market price of a barrel of oil, there are ways to keep down your own personal costs at the gas pump. Here are some suggestions:
Don't pay extra for premium gas if you don't need it. Consult your owners manual and stick to the recommended octane. Most cars run just fine on regular unleaded gas and you will get no extra performance by using premium gas.
Shop around. Keep a watchful eye and you'll be surprised at how much prices can vary from one gas station to the next. I've seen differences of eight to ten cents per gallon between gas stations directly across the street from one another. Seems like a small difference but it adds up over time.
Schedule your errands to minimize drive time, or if possible walk.
Travel light. Keeping your car and backseat loaded down wastes fuel as it requires more energy to move a heavier car. Take only the essentials (a spare tire, first-aid kit, jumper cables, etc.) with you.
Slow down. The faster you drive the fewer the miles you will get per gallon.
Drive steady. Avoid quick stops and accelerations that waste fuel. Anticipate braking ahead of time and ease onto the gas pedal rather than flooring it.
Maintenance is key. Keeping your engine tuned and tires inflated can make a difference in your fuel consumption. Under-inflated tires create drag which causes the engine to use more energy to propel the car. Plus, it is unsafe to drive on tires that have too little or too air in them.
If you are in the market for a new car, consider models that are more fuel efficient.
Use the air conditioner judiciously. There are two schools of thought on this one. The first says you will burn less fuel with the windows down and the AC off. The second says that driving with the windows open creates drag, which wastes more fuel than would be used if the AC was on and the windows up.
So which one is true? Well...both of them really. The car will consume more fuel with the air conditioner on and the windows down, up to about 45-50 miles per hour. As you drive faster, the drag caused my the open windows will actually cause high fuel consumption.
So the rule of thumb is this: keep the AC off and the windows down when you are cruising around town and on city streets. Once you reach the highway or about 50 mph, roll up the windows and turn the on the AC.
Using these tips will help you save money on gas. While you may not notice a huge difference with each fill up, the savings will compound with each fresh tank.
About the author:
Written by Mike Collins - http://www.saving-money-and-living-debt-free.com
by: Samuel Murray
Scheduling regular oil changes is vital to the life of any vehicle.
The oil filter keeps little bits of dust and other contaminants out of your engine, and helps ensure the oil runs smoothly, so you want to change that every time you change the oil.
Imagine how your body would react if your kidneys and liver shut down. The impurities in your blood would build up continually, and it wouldn't take long for your body to completely break down.
Oil for your car can be likened to blood to your body. Your car needs clean oil to keep going. What would happen if you never changed your oil?
Well, you'd be lucky to get 30,000 miles out of the car before your engine would collapse.
Say you only change your oil once a year. Your car seems to be running fine, so no harm done, right? Not so fast! Your engine has been flooded with contaminants. It won't be long till you find yourself coming to a standstill.
Regular oil changes are as important to your car as daily trips to the bathroom are to you. Now, we won't take the analogy too far, but you get the idea. This one scheduled maintenance may help your vehicle avoid mechanical failures.
I actually heard two mechanics say that they figured you could run a car forever if you had the oil changed every 2000 miles. That may seem excessive to some folks. But it kept my baby humming nicely!
Now if you see any hint of an oil leak on the driveway after the car is parked, get to a service station. This could be ultra bad news and you need to have your car checked out immediately. Ditto if you detect a burning smell or smoke coming from around the engine!
You may not feel too comfortable changing your oil, but you can check it easily. It's best to check the oil when your engine is cold. Unscrew the cap and pull out the dipstick. Wipe it with a clean tissue or paper towel. Reinsert the stick all the way. Then pull it back out and check the dipstick. You'll see "add" and "full" lines clearly marked on it. If the oil film is between the "add" and "full" lines, you're good. If it's below the "add" line, you need a quart of oil. Make sure you use the kind recommended in your owner's manual. After adding the oil, repeat all the steps.
See, that wasn't too hard, was it?
Make sure you take the time to check the oil levels in your car, and have it changed regularly. It literally means the difference between life and death for your vehicle!