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Proper car maintenance means a car should look as good as it runs. While you might think of your vehicle as simply a means to get from point A to point B, in reality, your car is a portable household or office while on the go.  Many drivers spend significant time behind the wheel, whether...

 

Pop quiz: You’re driving along when suddenly the stormy weather turns even more serious — a tornado is bearing down on your car with strong winds and flying debris. There’s no time to turn the car around and outrun the twister, or to reach by car or on foot the shelter of a nearby...

 

Weather affects gas mileage in many ways.

Beyond temperature extremes and gusty winds, rain also can increase fuel consumption. The primary reason is the increase in rolling resistance encountered on wet roads. Tires are engineered to displace water and maintain contact with the...

 

It’s true. In 2002, an engineer named Tom Wagner Jr., wrote an article on money-saving tips, and included special car wisdom for his readers: That drivers realize improved fuel efficiency with clean cars. (Mr. Wagner did his own personal test, after giving his car a good scrubbing down...

 

About this time of the year, if you keep up with the kind of fuel available at the pump, people will catch wind of the “summer blend” of gasoline. The term is actually shorthand for mandated summertime fuel recipes designed to cut down on smog. The fuel found at the pump is always...

 

Probably the best known reason for lower winter mileage is something called “reformulated fuel.” Gasoline is actually a blend of hydrocarbons along with other chemicals. Among the many standards established by the American Society for Testing and Materials, or ASTM, is “pump gasoline.”...

Holiday driving isn’t always merry – so knowing potential perils can help drivers keep their spirits bright. The days just before Christmas, as people rush to buy presents and travel to holiday destinations, can be more dangerous on roadways than the days surrounding Thanksgiving and New Year’s...

Cold temperatures mean drivers need to think about helping their car perform its best. The great gas mileage during the summer will not be as easy to come by, yet there are ways to improve gas mileage during winter months.

Myth or Reality: Gas mileage is reduced in the winter.
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There’s actually no trick to following driving safety tips on Halloween or on the night when your community hosts Halloween activities. The fact of the matter is creatures big and small will be swarming the night, and it’s best to have some rules established rather than be tricked up by unsafe...

With the arrival of football season, the time to display team spirit for tailgating is here. Showing team spirit on the way to, during and after a sporting event is no new phenomenon. The popular car flags seem like a great idea at first, yet upon closer inspection, they have their drawbacks....