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Prepare your car for winter driving

Having moved from a single season state, to a full four-season state, keeping my vehicle in proper running condition in the winter months was a learning experience. Like many of today’s society I looked to the Internet for answers to my many questions about tire pressure, battery life, oil weight and so forth.

Here are some of the things I learned about keeping my vehicle in proper running condition in the colder months.

  1. Change the Oil. Your engine relies on oil to run smoothly. When the weather gets cold, oil can thicken and cause your vehicle to run rough or stop running all together.
  1. Check the Tire Pressure. When the weather gets cold, the pressure in your tires can drop, reducing your traction on slick roads. Keep your tires inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure to ensure safe driving and precise handling.

Tires are one of the most technologically sophisticated systems on any automobile. They are a primary factor in the overall comfort and performance of your vehicle. While they don’t exactly come in all shapes, tires certainly come in all sizes and have unique identifying information embedded on their walls. The following rundown, supplied by Firestone, should help crack the code on figuring out what all those numbers mean. For example, if your tire’s size designation reads P185/70R14 87S:

  • “P” stands for P-Metric. This is one of the two most commonly used systems to identify passenger tire sizes. The other is European-Metric, commonly called Euro-Metric.
  • “185” is the tire’s section width in millimeters. This is the distance from the edge of the sidewall to the edge of the opposite sidewall when the tire is mounted and properly inflated.
  • “70” designates aspect ratio. Also called the profile or series, [...]

With today’s cars being so reliable we tend to forget that they may break down or have a problem.  Vehicles are loaded with parts that are designed to fail with mileage and age.  To avoid being a victim of a possible failure while on the road, have your vehicle inspected by an A.S.E. certified mechanic before your trip.  A mechanic has a trained eye to notice potential problems and will let you know if issues need to be addressed.  Don’t be afraid to ask a million questions, it is your car.  Much like how you would ask the doctor about your child’s conditions or a Veterinarian about your pet, do the same for your vehicle.  A mechanic is a doctor for your vehicle.  To help avoid any potential problems on the road, have a mechanic do the following.

Change the oil.  Most of us travel during [...]

With a little planning—and an open mind—a road trip can be the most rewarding and memorable vacation for years to come. Here are some tips to make your 2012 road trip the time of your lives.
With summer right around the corner it will soon be a great time to take a road trip. Here are some tips to make sure you and your vehicle are prepared for the journey.
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