Monthly Archives: August 2014

SIMPLE STEPS TO SAVE GAS WITHOUT DRIVING LESS

Driving less doesn’t have to be a consumer’s reaction to rising gas prices, according to the Car Care Council. While consumers can’t control the price of gas, they can control how much gas they use by following some simple and inexpensive vehicle maintenance. “Most motorists don’t have the option of driving less when gas prices rise, but they can cancel out the increases by making sure their vehicle is getting maximum fuel economy,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Fuel consumption is directly related to vehicle care and driver behavior and both can have a significant impact on how much motorists pay at the pump.” The Car Care Council offers these simple steps to save gas without driving less: • Keep your car properly tuned to improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent. • Keep tires properly inflated and improve gas mileage by 3 percent. • Replace dirty or clogged air filters on older vehicles to improve gas mileage by as much as 14 percent. • Replace dirt ... read more

WINTER DRIVING TIPS PART ONE – LET’S START WITH WINTER TIRES

WINTER DRIVING TIPS PART ONE – LET’S START WITH WINTER TIRES

Here are some tips and recommendations to help keep you safe and on the move this winter. Keep two sets of wheels: One with summer tires, the other with dedicated winter tires. Switch them slightly ahead of the coming season. Beware the all-season tire: They’re okay in summer, but they don’t come close to winter tires on snow and ice. The difference in acceleration, cornering and stopping power can range from five to 20 per cent, depending on your car, technique conditions. That improvement may spell the difference between crashing and getting home. It’s not just the tread! The most important feature of winter tires isn’t their more aggressive tread: What matters most is their special rubber compound. It keeps them soft at lower temperatures, which increases traction. Use winter tires on all four wheels. Many drivers still believe they only need winter tires on the drive wheels. Wrong. Although the driven wheels are key to acceleration, braking and cornering call for traction at ... read more

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