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How To Safely Steer Through Highway Traffic

How To Safely Steer Through Highway Traffic

Being stuck in traffic is no fun for anybody, and it's easy to dose off! But congested traffic requires more attentiveness than ever. If you're still uneasy about how to maneuver through highway traffic safely, here are some of our top tips!   Tip #1 - Stay alert at all times. It's tempting to daydream and let your subconscious slip away amid traffic. However, do NOT wander in your thoughts. You should always keep your eyes on the road and stay in tune with your surroundings to ensure you have time to react to any unforeseen situations.    Tip #2 - Use your turn signal when switching lanes.  If you need to switch lanes or head right onto your exit lane, make sure you communicate your actions with others on the road before you do it. Believe it or not, but simply using your signal can prevent an accident! We highly recommend that you use your blinkers at all times, even when the traffic is slower.   Tip #3 - Keep a safe distance between your ... read more

My Vehicle Battery Keeps Dying - What Could Be the Problem?

My Vehicle Battery Keeps Dying - What Could Be the Problem?

Certain types of driving (and external) conditions can be rough on a car battery. If you keep having to jump-start your battery, then you're most likely encountering a battery problem. Your bad habits could be the reason why you're overworking your battery and shortening its overall lifespan. To figure out what is wrong, please pay closer attention to your actions and how they can impact your battery's performance.   Charging Too Many Devices Unless you're practically living in your car, you shouldn't be charging multiple electronic devices in your vehicle all the time. If your automobile battery is old and only holds a 2% resting charge, charging your phone could quickly kill your car. It's even worse if you are charging tablets and laptops since these devices have larger batteries and would draw a lot of power from your car battery's reserved charge.   Hot Temperatures In the summer, you have to be more cautious with your battery. If temper ... read more

What Does the TPMS Light Mean?

What Does the TPMS Light Mean?

Your car's TPMS, or tire pressure monitoring system, is responsible for detecting early signs of overinflated or underinflated tire pressure. The system will send a warning light found on your dashboard, and it resembles a horseshoe shape with an exclamation point in the middle. The tire pressure monitoring system is engineered to alert you when your tires require maintenance and a manual pressure read.   The way the light comes on is essential in telling what is wrong with your tires. For instance, if you're on the road and the TPMS light comes on, it signifies that at least one of your tires is underinflated. It would be best if you pulled over to a safe location at your earliest convenience and manually check your tires with a pressure gauge.   If you notice that the TPMS light is on, but you're unsure of when it came on or if it blinked, you more than likely have at least one tire with incorrect pressure. Whether tires are underinflated or overinflated, bo ... read more

Top Tips to Avoid Pothole Damage

Top Tips to Avoid Pothole Damage

What do you do when you are driving and see a pothole looming in the distance? Are you supposed to swerve, hit the brakes, fly through? It depends on the situation, but try to avoid them as much as possible. The reality is that potholes can sustain immense damage to your car if you do not know how to handle the situation. Here are several ways you can avoid damage from these hazardous holes:   Have eyes on the road at all times. The best way to spot a pothole early is to watch the cars in front of you (hint: you should already be doing this when driving). Other drivers will dip, swerve, and brake. Keep a safe distance from other vehicles in case the car in front of you hard brakes.    Beware of Puddles. It would be best to be cautious when you see puddles because they don't indicate how deep the pothole could be.   Follow your intuition on When to Slow Down: If you decide to slow down, make sure you have enough time to do it safely. Check your rearview mi ... read more

What Can Cause Your Car to Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

What Can Cause Your Car to Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

The smell of rotten eggs can be pretty unpleasant. If you sense this smell in your car, you should immediately have your vehicle checked by a mechanic. The smell comes from small amounts of sulfur in your car's fuel. Typically, sulfur gets converted into odorless sulfur dioxide during the emission process. But, if you smell the sulfur, there is a chance that the combustion process did not happen as it should. Here are some of the reasons why your car smells like rotten eggs. Failing Catalytic Converter The catalytic converter's function is to convert harmful gases into less toxic gases. If the converter gets broken, gases such as sulfur get cast into the air before converting into odorless gases. This explains why your car smells like rotten eggs. A faulty catalytic converter should get replaced with a new one as soon as possible. Dirty Fuel Filter or a Faulty Fuel Pressure Sensor A faulty fuel pressure sensor can lead to clogging of the catalytic converter with oil. Too ... read more