Selecting the Right Tires for the Job
So you need a new set of tires for your off-road vehicle–where do you start? Before you go and buy the biggest baddest tires you can throw on your truck, let’s look at a few things to provide the best match to your driving style. Almost any aggressive set of tires is going to improve the look of your vehicle, but how about performance? There are many different tire styles available. Continue reading “Off-Road Tires”
How Well Do You Handle Pressure?
We all know that tire pressure matters, but how do you really know what tire pressure is right for your vehicle? Proper tire pressure is a must for long tire life and optimum traction. Many drivers simply inflate to the pressure that is denoted on the sidewall of the tire—big mistake! The pressure rating you see on the side of the tire is the maximum cold inflation pressure for which the tire is rated. Continue reading “Tire Pressure Guide”
Have you ever been walking down the hallway in the middle of the night, cautiously feeling your way along, only to walk directly into a door (or something else) because you just couldn’t see it? Now, imagine running into something you can’t see at 60 mph. It is easy to take the lighting systems in your vehicle for granted until you have to do without them. Continue reading “Lighten Up!”
A harsh reality of driving is that, no matter how careful you may be, accidents can and will happen. According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), there were 5.8 million traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2008. Do you know what to do when life throws you this wicked little curve ball? We want to help make this unpleasant situation a little less stressful for you with a few tips.
Prepare for the accident before it happens.
Continue reading “What To Do After An Accident”
As 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”
Snow 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”
Do You Know Why I Pulled You Over?
Most of us have had the experience of merrily motoring along in our car only to have our pleasant day interrupted by the stomach-tightening sight of flashing lights in our rearview mirror. As bad as you feel when you see those red and blue lights, you should realize that a traffic stop is no picnic for the officer either. Believe it or not, routine traffic stops are one of the most dangerous duties a police officer has. Continue reading “The Dos and Don’ts of Getting Pulled Over”
Pick your poison!
Every time you pull up to the pump to fuel up your ride, you have to make a decision—which gasoline should I use? Look at most any gas pump and you will be presented with a broad selection of “octane ratings”, with numbers like 87, 89, 91 and 93.5 prominently displayed on the buttons used to “pick your poison”. With the dizzying array of available choices you should ask yourself, “What is an octane rating and what does it mean to me?”
Continue reading “What Octane Ratings Mean”
Gone In 60 Seconds
This past Sunday afternoon, I was standing in a convenience store when a lady ran inside in a panic. Her car had been stolen from right beside the gas pump when she came in to pay. This is the third time I have seen this happen in the past 5 years. One of the other times, I was standing in the same convenience store. As I listened to the understandably distraught woman on her cell phone, I asked myself, “What can a person do to protect themselves from car theft?” Continue reading “Ways to Prevent Vehicle Theft”
That’s the Jack Fact! Do you love to work on your own car and the satisfaction of a job well done? Do you love the feel of a wrench in your hand and the smell of oil on your clothes? Do you love being crushed under 2 tons of steel, glass and plastic? Many of us who enjoy taking the repair and maintenance of our vehicles into our own hands fail to protect ourselves from a number of potential hazards to be found in and around a car. Continue reading “The Proper Way to Use Jack Stands”