Winter Lighting 101

Vision X Winter Lighting

It’s dark.  It’s dark when you leave in the morning and it’s dark when you drive home.  You know what makes darkness better?  Rain and snow.  Wait.  No, that makes it worse.  Yet winter often serves them to us in an ensemble platter with a side of bad drivers.  I mean, don’t these people remember last year?  When it also snowed?  Anyway, we can’t fix the bad driving of others, but we can help equip you for the cold, snowy, dark gauntlet that is your daily commute in the winter.  There are many ways to do this: better tires, cable chains, winter wipers, and a good dose of courage.  But none will do you any good unless you can see, which is why we’re talking about winter lighting.  A good set of auxiliary lights in the winter can make your drive safer and reduce your stress level. Continue reading “Winter Lighting 101”

Great for Throwing Codes…and Not Much Else

Hypertech Max Energy Code ReaderI like to know what my car is thinking.  With human-human relationships, this is best fostered through a long and meaningful communication, a lifetime of time spent together.  With human-car relationships (yes, there is such a thing), you can just plug in an OBDII device.  I ordered mine for $15 from “China, China,” a couple of years ago, and it’s never failed me. Continue reading “Great for Throwing Codes…and Not Much Else”

Batman’s Guide to Winter Storage

WinterizationYour arch nemeses are all insane, but you are not.  That’s why you’re not going to take your prized, classic Batmobile out this winter.  You, Mr. Wayne, are going to store it in your nice, dry cave.  And, though the likes of the Joker, Two-Face, and the Poison Ivy don’t know how to find the Batcave, if they did they’d likely go after your car.  Here are a few tips you can put in your utility belt to keep your enemies from destroying your ride before the next Gotham summer. Continue reading “Batman’s Guide to Winter Storage”

A Word on Tire Chains

winter tire chainsAt first glance, it just doesn’t seem like a very good idea.  Why would you strap bits of metal to your tires and drive around like that?  But if you’ve ever used a set of tire chains, like the ones from our friends at Security Chain, you know they give you Abrams-like traction, and can be a definite safety feature during the snowy months.  Here’s a basic run-down on what they are, how they work, and how to make the most of them. Continue reading “A Word on Tire Chains”

Driving in a Winter Wonderland

driving in winterAs this winter shapes up to be one of the worst in recent memory, we find ourselves watching the forecast intently for the next storm.  In turn, we may be neglecting the one thing that takes the biggest beating during this time of the year: our vehicles. Driving in winter weather can have a significant negative impact on a poorly prepared vehicle.  We offer a few tips to help you get ready for the next blast of snow and ice. Continue reading “Driving in a Winter Wonderland”

Tire Chains: Choosing the Right Style

Tire Chains provide traction in some of the worst winter conditionsSnow chains–or tire chains–are chains or cables which can be fitted to the tires of vehicles to provide additional traction when driving through snow and ice.  They are available in a number of different sizes, configurations and styles.  They vary by ease of attachment, style of attachment and complexity of tire coverage. Continue reading “Tire Chains: Choosing the Right Style”