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Tips for driving in the rain

Getting from here to there at the holidays holds its own danger, with stressed out drivers rushing from here to there it’s common to experience moments of road rage either on the giving or receiving end. Add to that the massive amount of rainfall we’ve received in Southern California of late and you have a recipe for disaster. So what can you do to keep yourself and others safe while driving in wet conditions? Try the following tips from Edmunds.com. For the full article follow the link at the bottom of this page.

1) Exercise extreme caution after a long dry spell. During a dry period, engine oil and grease build up on the road over time. When mixed with water from a new rainfall, the road becomes extremely slick. Continued rainfall will eventually wash away the oil, but the first few hours can be the most dangerous.

2) Allow for more travel time. You should plan to drive at a slower pace than normal when the roads are wet. Keep in mind that traffic is likely to be moving slower as well. There’s also the possibility that your preplanned route may be flooded or jammed. Whatever the case, rushing equals higher risk.

3) Brake earlier and with less force than you would normally. Not only does this increase the stopping distance between you and the car in front of you, it also lets the driver behind you know that you’re slowing down. Also, be more meticulous about using turn signals, so that other drivers know your intentions, and take turns and curves with less speed than you would in dry conditions.

http://www.edmunds.com/car-safety/tips-and-techniques-for-driving-in-rain.html?articleid=45401

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December 19, 2010 at 6:43 pm Leave a comment

Give the gift of green car detailing

What better gift to give the men in your life, especially those dedicated car enthusiasts, than a complete auto detail and ECO Sanitizing System℠ with Eco Auto Solutions?

Eco Auto Solutions’s process uses an exclusive eco-friendly, biodegradable PH balanced formula which traps the dirt and lifts it from the surface of the paint. Our products are plant-derived from citrus, coconut and carnauba palm and leave your car smelling naturally fresh.

Unlike outdated wax-based technology, which deteriorates rapidly in the sun and dulls the appearance of your paint, theEco Auto Solutions protective polymer coating remains to guard your car from the harmful effects of the environment and will keep your car looking cleaner and shinier longer.

Eco Auto Solutions’s exclusive ECO Sanitizing System℠ eliminates the source of odor in your vehicle by penetrating deep within the air duct system and fibers of your carpet and upholstery with organic, naturally disinfecting oils. By killing the bacteria and mildew that cause odors, not only does your car stay fresher longer, you also breathe clean air and reduce your risk for sinus problems, allergies, and respiratory infections.

Doesn’t someone in your life deserve to feel great in their freshly detailed vehicle, knowing they’ve done something good for their health and the planet?

Visit http://www.waterlessecodetail.com/ to set up an appointment!

December 8, 2010 at 2:10 am Leave a comment

Hit The Road, Jack

Driving somewhere for the holidays? Give your car a quick check up with these tips from Napa Auto Care Center:

‎1) Engine Oil – if you can’t remember the last time you checked, changed or topped off your engine’s oil, make sure you ask for brand new oil with a high quality filter.

2) Air Filter – Have your air filter checked every six months and replace when needed.

3) Tire Inspection – At this time of year you may be driving in the rain. The tread on your tires must be adequate for rainy weather, or you could end up in an accident. Ask your technician to check the tread depth on your tires as well as your tire pressure.

4) Windshield Wipers – Your windshield wipers can get worn out. Replace them at the beginning of your road trip.

5) Brake System – You should inspect your brakes twice a year for safety, so have your technician inspect your entire brake system before any road trip. Damaged brake hardware can cause brake pads and shoes to drag, resulting in lower gas mileage.

6) Battery – Corosion is very likely to build up during winter-weather driving. Your technician should check your battery posts and cables to ensure you’ll have no starting problems as you begin your road trip.

7) Headlights – Sometimes you don’t notice that you have a bulb out. Before a road trip is a good time to see if you need to replace a headlight bulb.

November 25, 2010 at 4:49 pm Leave a comment

Top Gear premieres on the History Channel Nov. 21

So maybe your friends wouldn’t describe you as a gear head,  but contrary to your mild-mannered image, you like fast cars. And thanks to friends who are car aficionados, you may find yourself noticing beautiful, classic cars and exclaiming when you see a particular beauty. You’ve subtly developed an appreciation for the art of the automobile.

Segue to BBC’s Top Gear, a TV series that “tracks the colorful history of the automobile and showcases an offbeat celebration of the art of driving, featuring super-cars, extreme stunts and challenges, car reviews and celebrity interviews, as well as the eccentric adventures of its hosts with Top Gear’s customary wit and humor,” according to the History Channel’s website. What they’ve managed to do with this humorous, fast paced history of the automobile show is draw in viewers, such as Mr. Mild Mannered, and create something that is enjoyable for everyone from experts to the most novice of car buffs.

Will you be watching the series when it premieres on Nov. 21 on the History Channel?

November 13, 2010 at 6:03 pm Leave a comment

5 Steps to a “Greener” Car

It doesn’t matter if the car you’re driving is new or old, big or small. There are preventive maintenance steps every vehicle owner can take to make sure their car is as “green” or environmentally friendly as possible, according to the Car Care Council.

By following five simple preventive maintenance steps, you can help protect the environment by improving gas mileage, which in turn saves money at the pump.

1. Keep your car properly tuned for optimum performance. A well-tuned engine delivers the best balance of power and fuel economy and produces the lowest level of emissions. A 21st Century tune-up can improve gas mileage by an average of 4 percent. Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve gas mileage by as much as 40 percent.

2. Regularly check and replace dirty air filters. An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a “rich” mixture – too much gas being burned for the amount of air – that wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, saving about 15 cents a gallon.

3. Have spark plugs checked and replaced if necessary. A vehicle can have four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as three million times every 1,000 miles. This results in a lot of heat, electrical, and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug also causes misfiring, which wastes fuel.

4. Maintain the cooling system. A cooling system thermostat that causes the engine to run too cold will lower the fuel efficiency of a car by as much as one or two mpg. There also are improved radiator caps on the market today that allow the cooling system to operate at a higher temperature before boiling over, increasing the system’s efficiency and reducing emissions.

5. Maintain and repair your car as outlined in the council’s Car Care Guide. The guide helps drivers understand their car, the care it needs, and when it needs it and why. Single copies of the free guide may be ordered on the Car Care Council Web site, http://www.carcare.org.

In addition to proper vehicle maintenance, vehicles can be more fuel-efficient if tires are properly inflated and if drivers observe the speed limit, avoid aggressive driving and excessive idling, and adhere to an errand list to eliminate extra trips to the store for forgotten items.

Courtesy of http://www.carcare.org/Go-Green


November 11, 2010 at 2:54 pm 1 comment


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