Friday, July 25, 2014

Car Safety Feature Must Haves

1. Safety belt features:
Safety belts have been a standard feature on cars for decades, but they’re not all created equal. You want the three-point lap-and-shoulder belts that provide the most protection, and you also want them to have safety-belt pretensioners and force limiters -- basically extra safety protectors. Finally, you want to make sure that there’s a safety belt for EVERY seat in the car.

2. Head Restraints:
Head restraints have been standard since 2009. They’re important for preventing whiplash, so double check and make sure they come with your vehicle.

3. Child Safety Seats: Of course this is something you have to purchase yourself, but you want to make sure that the LATCH (lower anchors and tethers for children) feature suits your needs. The best way to do this is to try your child’s safety seat in the car.

4. Electronic stability control (ESC): This is the feature that corrects the vehicle's steering by selectively applying brakes or cutting power if the car goes into a skid. This feature can really reduce of getting in to an accident, so make sure that it is up to par.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Top 3 Ways to Get Pulled Over

Let’s face it, no one likes getting a ticket. It can make you late for work, or just plain ruin your day. As much as we want to play the victim, there is a reason for traffic tickets, and that is to keep the road safe. If you want to avoid the boys (and the girls) in blue, you should avoid these three traffic violations:

1. Speeding: The faster you go the longer it takes for you to react to a potentially hazardous situation. It may seem ok to just go “10 over”, but if a pedestrian runs in front of your car, you might have a problem. The speed limit is there for a reason, so obey it.

2. Illegal cell phone use: Although just a few states ban all cell phone use in cars, more than 30 have banned texting behind the wheel. Why? Because it only takes one glance down at your phone to lose control of your vehicle. Just put your phone away while driving, you’ll avoid a ticket and a potential accident.

3. Equipment violations: Heavily tinted windows, burned-out headlights, broken windshields, and expired tags are all common equipment violations that people get tickets for every day. Keep your car maintenance up to snuff, and you shouldn’t have to worry about it!

Friday, July 11, 2014

How to Detail Your Car’s Interior

1. Park your car in a cool shady place. Direct sunlight can cause the chemicals in the cleaners to bake in to your upholstery.

2. Use 100% cotton terry cloths to remove the dirt. They help draw the dirt away from the surfaces of your interior, minimizing the chance of just smearing it around

3. Use the right products. Make sure you’re not using the wrong polish for your upholstery; it can be very damaging over time.

For more car detailing tips, check out this awesome article:

Friday, June 27, 2014

How to Wash Your Car like a Pro

· Use the power hose to remove foreign substances:
Never wipe them off with a towel or cloth; this could scratch your paint, or just smear the substance around.

· Dirt removal: If your car is dirty don’t just wipe it off. Rinse it completely first, and then focus on certain sections that may need a little more scrubbing. Dirt can leave scratches, so be careful.

· The towel:
Try only to use microfiber cloth when working on your car. It is the same material used to clean glass, so you can rest assured it won’t leave any marks.

· How to scrub: Refrain from scrubbing in a circular motion. Use a straight motion, scrubbing from top to bottom.

Friday, June 20, 2014

The Perfect Summer Road Trip Requires More than Just Junk in the Trunk.

If you’re getting ready to roll into your first summer road trip, the only thing on your mind is all the fun ahead of you. Swimsuit, sunblock, and phone charger packed? Check. Sunglasses? Yep. What about the inflatable beach ball you forgot last year? Done. You even remembered extra towels–you’re good! You understand how important it is to plan ahead.

But what’s rattling around behind you is just as important, maybe even more so. We’re sure you’ve heard the common phrase, “It’s about the journey, not the destination.” It applies to packing for your summer road trip too! Tackle any problem that might pop up while you’re on the road by making sure you’ve got these essential items stowed in your trunk:

Tire-Changing Equipment (sounds obvious, but you wouldn’t believe how many people forget!)

Jumper Cables

Road Atlas (Because phones die and there’s not service everywhere. Yes, we’re serious.)

Gas cans (Fill ‘em up before you hit the road)

First Aid Kit

(It’s a good idea to keep a cheap disposable in your trunk at all times, not just for capturing memories but to use for documentation in case of a car accident)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Pet Travel Tips

It’s usually not as easy as you think it would be. Bringing your best non-human friend on the road with you seems simple enough, right? Not always so. Here are a few tips on how to make travel with your pet easier.

Healthy Start:
The last thing you need on the road is a sick pet. Make sure your pet is all set on vaccinations and has the proper certificates if you intend to cross any international/province/state borders.

Frequent Pit Stops: You pet can get stir crazy just like you! Stop at any designated waiting area or service stop and take it on a little walk. This may increase your travel time, but it is well worth it! Breaks like these also serve as a perfect time to hydrate.

Proper Restraint: Whether your pet is calm and obedient in the car it is always important to make sure they are safe. No need to roll the windows down for fresh air, you don’t want any debris hitting them in the face. A favorite blanket or pet bed is perfect for a long road trip. Creating a normalcy and routine for car rides helps your pet stay calm. There are lots of other ways to make you and your pet calm during a car ride lasting anywhere between 5 minutes and 8 hours.


Friday, June 6, 2014

Don't Forget to Use Your Turn Signal, It's Not Just About You

1) To avoid an accident: Other drivers don’t know where you are trying to go or what you’re trying to do. Don’t assume that other people will just ‘stay out of your way’. A turn signal gives other drivers a heads up about your next move, and can help you to avoid a serious accident.

2) To be considerate: You’re not the only person on the road, and it’s important to remember when driving that everyone needs to look out for each other. Instead of causing other drivers to slam on their brakes, signal before you change lanes so they have time to give you the proper amount of space!

3) To protect pedestrians: Your turn signal isn’t just for other drivers. Pedestrians need to cross the road too, and if you don’t use your signal they may just walk right in front of your car, which could cause an accident. If you use your signal, the pedestrian will know exactly where you are going, creating safer situation for everyone.

4) Lastly, there’s no good reason not to: Your turn signal doesn’t use up fuel or cost any extra money, so use it!