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Best Items to Pack in An Emergency Kit

 Best Items to Pack in An Emergency Kit

As new vehicle models evolve, they’re generally becoming more reliable. However, no matter how advanced cars become, no number of upgrades can prevent accidents or break downs from occurring. Accidents, mechanical issues, and flat tires happen when you least expect it. This is one reason why keeping an emergency kit in your trunk is a smart move, especially if you have a road trip planned. Below are a few items that would be a great addition to an emergency kit:    A First Aid Kit  First aid kits are useful if you or anyone around you sustains any minor injuries. First aid kits have pain relievers, scissors, antiseptics, Band-Aids, and more. These items are a great way to stay prepared in case of any emergencies.     ... read more

Signs to Look Out for During a Test Drive

Signs to Look Out for During a Test Drive

Traveling by plane may carry too many risks, so you're in the market for a new vehicle. Whether it's a car to get you from point A to point B or a commuter vehicle, this is a substantial financial decision. You don't want to take it lightly. If you're opting to purchase from an independent seller, you may want to set extra cash aside for a pre-purchase inspection to aid in your decision-making process. However, if you're going to a reputable dealership, they should provide you with an extensive history report for most certified pre-owned vehicles.   Despite those aspects, the test drive is one of the most critical parts of deciding on a car. Paying particular attention during the test drive can prevent you from purchasing a lemon, saving you thousands of dollars in the long run. What signs should you watch out for during a test drive?   If you're test-driving a vehicle with around 30k miles:  Test how the car handles. ... read more

Don’t Drive If You’re Sleep Deprived

It almost feels like torture trying to drive when you’re devastatingly tired. According to the AAA last year, 21% of all fatal vehicle accidents involved driving while fatigued. If you’re feeling tired, it’s smart to find a rest stop to recoup or take a nap. Fighting your sleep causes your body to suffer from fatigue and cause microsleeps. Microsleeps cause your body to shut down and doze off for a few seconds. Fatigue and microsleeps while driving can be a deadly combination.              It’s essential to recognize if you are operating your vehicle in a state of sleep deficiency. If you are consistently getting less sleep than your body needs, you’ll build up a sleep debt. Sleep debts can be caused by a reduction in sleep hours or being disturbed in the middle of the night. Sleep that is fragmented by distractions such as snoring or crying babies can drastically reduce your sleep quality. Most people need about 7 or ... read more

Summer heat kills car batteries

Summer months bring a noticeable increase in drivers needing roadside assistance for a dead car battery. With proper precautions, car batteries can last three to five years. However, drivers in hotter climates may notice a relatively shorter life cycle for their car batteries. Hot temperatures can cause corrosion of car batteries’ internal components and weaken their power.   Here are a few maintenance tips to avoid heat damage to your car battery:  Keep a note of the age of your battery.  The age of a car battery can indicate when it’s time for a replacement. The battery will have a date or an alphanumeric code that tells you when it was created. Each letter typically corresponds with a month; for example, the letter B means February.   Park in the shade or garage to avoid direct heat from the sun.   Make sure your battery's heat barrier is securely in place under the hood.   Make sure all interior and exterior ligh ... read more

Maintenance to Ensure a Lasting Vehicle

Maintenance to Ensure a Lasting Vehicle

A vehicle is a huge investment, costing thousands of hard-earned dollars. Putting so much money towards a car means that you expect your car to last you throughout the years, and without costing you too much money on repairs. The truth is - our vehicle’s won’t run in perfect condition for years without regular maintenance and service. Cars are huge working machines, and need to be tuned and touched up from time to time to ensure properly working systems.  Repairs are usually more costly than services, which is why preventative maintenance will actually help you save money in the long run. Although you may feel like you often have to pay for small services for your car, those services will offset the cost of major repairs. Maintenance items you may be already familiar with include oil changes, fluid flushes, inspections, tire rotation and balancing, alignments, and much more.  The best source for information on the proper car maintenance for your specific vehicle ... read more

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