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Spare Tire: Serving Their Purpose

It's always important to take good care of your car's tires. However, even those who are diligent with their main tires often overlook their spare tire. It's key to know how to properly use and care for this tire, in case you ever find yourself needing to use it... Spare Tire: Driving Safely On It Check its age and status Most cars keep their spare tire back in the trunk. While this is nice and continent, it also means its easy to forget to check it regularly. Your spare won't have the same kind of road wear as your other ones, but it's important to make sure it's still in good shape. Usually, most manufacturers recommend replacing your spare every eight years or so. However, there's also the possibility that your spare could be recalled as well. Much like with your regular tires, you'll definitely want to get a replacement which is safe to drive on. The National Highway Traffic Safety [...]

By | October 12th, 2019|

Tire Maintenance: What To Check

Your tires are an important part of your car. After all, you'd be going nowhere without your tires. However, drivers also tend to overlook them, which often times leads to accidents. As a result, it's important to practice good tire maintenance. Thankfully, this maintenance isn't all that complicated... Tire Maintenance: What To Check Tire pressure Your tire pressure is an important part of tire maintenance. As you drive, your car's tires gradually lose their air pressure over time. This lack of pressure ends up reducing the overall effectiveness of the tires. In fact, under-inflated tires drastically increase a driver's chances of getting into an accident. Therefore, it helps to check your tire pressure at least once a month. Your car's manual and tire placard should both have the recommended PSI level for your tires listed. Properly inflated tires are also a good way to improve your overall fuel efficiency. The treads It's also important to check your tire's treads when performing [...]

By | September 28th, 2019|

Vehicle Storage: How To Prep

During the winter, certain vehicles become harder to drive. After all, it doesn't make a lot of sense to ride your motorcycle or take the convertible out in a snowstorm! Therefore, it helps to prepare for vehicle storage. There's a few areas in specific you want to focus on... Vehicle Storage: How To Prep Pick a spot Of course, in order to get ready for vehicle storage, you have to know where exactly you'll store said vehicle at. This comes down to a few specific factors. Mainly, it depends on how long you want to store it, the local climate, and how often you can check on it. Still, avoid storing your vehicle outside under something like a tarp. Moisture can still get into your car's components and cause them to rust. Plus, it's a lot easier for a thief to steal your vehicle. Therefore, always try to keep it somewhere inside, such as in your garage or a storage facility. [...]

By | September 26th, 2019|

Bad Driving Habits: What To Avoid

With how expensive cars can be, it makes sense you want to treat it right. However, what if you were causing damage to your car, and worst of all, had no idea about it? Practicing some common bad driving habits could mean you've been doing just that. If you've been doing these habits, it's best to break them ASAP... Bad Driving Habits: What To Avoid Riding the brakes downhill Riding your brakes when heading downhill doesn't seem like it would be considered under bad driving habits. After all, isn't it better to control your speed when heading down an incline? The reality of the situation is you could be setting yourself up for brake failure in the future. When riding your brakes, your brake pads will generate a lot of friction. Eventually, this will wear away at the pads, and cause them to stop working as well, or at all. It's much better for your car to just anticipate any upcoming [...]

By | September 21st, 2019|

Failing Brakes: Why It Happens

One thing every driver worries about is potential mechanical failures while on the road. Failing brakes might just be the worst breakdown scenario. However, there are some signs that can clue you into brake troubles. That way, you can avoid having them give out on you when driving... Failing Brakes: Why It Happens How brakes work To better understand failing brakes, it helps to better know how exactly your car's brakes work. After all, the energy you use pressing the brake pedal certainly isn't enough to stop an RC car, let alone your real one. It's the chain reaction that your energy creates, however, which does most of the work. Once you press the brake pedal, you also start sending fluid to your brakes. Then, the brake mechanism takes your original energy, and multiplies it onto the fluid based on how hard you pressed the pedal. Your brake pads then attach to the tires, and the friction that creates will cause [...]

By | September 19th, 2019|

Air Bag Safety: How To Use Them Right

Cars these days are much more safer than they used to be. One of the major reasons for this is better air bag safety. In fact, since 2015, frontal air bags have saved over 44,000 lives alone! However, it's important to make sure you know how to use these devices properly... Air Bag Safety: How To Use Them Right Wear your seat belt It's true that modern air bag safety has improved considerably. The devices of today do a much better job of not only cushioning a driver in a crash, but also reacting to unique crash situations. However, some drivers fall into a belief that their air bags are all they need to be safe. However, these devices are just one part of your car's accident safety system. Most importantly, car manufacturers design their devices to be used alongside seat belts. Your seat belt will not only keep you secure, but also ensure the inflating air bag doesn't hit you [...]

By | September 14th, 2019|

Construction Zones: Staying Safe

As a truck driver, you're going to have to go through some pretty tricky driving areas. One of the most common ones tends to be construction zones. While they can seem pretty difficult at first, some key tips can help you navigate these spaces with a little more ease... Construction Zones: Staying Safe Keep your eyes peeled When entering construction zones, you'll have a lot of things grabbing your attention. There will be signs, other cars, and of course the workers themselves. As a result, it's important to keep your eyes focused on these things instead of other potential distractions. Posted signs can help give you a heads up of what to expect when driving through the work zone. This might be things like single lanes, or "flaggers" who will be directing traffic. Plus, the other cars on the road will have to make adjustments as well. That's why it's much safer to keep your eyes on the road instead of [...]

By | September 5th, 2019|

Mountain Driving: Keeping Control

As a truck driver, you might have to drive in a wide variety of places on your hauls. If there's one area that can prove to be tricky, it's mountain driving. With their narrow lanes and varying angles, it can be a bit of a challenge. However, there are some ways you can make these areas a bit more manageable... Mountain Driving: Keeping Control Watch the grade One of the key rules of mountain driving is to pay attention to the grade of the mountain. The grade is just another way to refer to the mountain's slope. The grade can let you know just how steep you can expect the mountain to be, and prepare accordingly. Most mountain roads will have their grades posted along side them. These signs will also let you know what kind of speed you should stay at while going downhill. However, if you aren't sure of what a mountain's grade is, don't try and guess it. [...]

By | August 29th, 2019|

Long Hauls: How To Properly Plan

Truck drivers might have to make the occasional long hauls every now and then. These trips could take hours, days, or even weeks. As a result, it's important to make sure you plan accordingly. Doing so will help ensure that things go as smoothly as possible... Long Hauls: How To Properly Plan Map the overall distance In order to properly plan your long hauls, you have to see just how far it'll be. For starters, this will help give you an approximate idea of how long the trip will take you. Plus, if it's an exceptionally long trip, it can encourage you to get your truck tuned up to ensure that it can handle the trip ahead. An easy way to plan out your route, and find the fastest one available, is by using a GPS or an app like Google Maps. However, keep in mind the estimated time it tells you is for uninterrupted driving. Don't forget to consider the [...]

By | August 16th, 2019|

Biker Visibility: Make Yourself Seen

After you buy your brand-new motorcycle, the last thing you want to do is get into a wreck. However, in 2017 alone over 5,000 motorcycle riders were killed in accidents, many times because other drivers didn't see them. As a result, biker visibility has become very important. There's many ways you can help make sure other drivers notice you... Biker Visibility: Make Yourself Seen Wear bright colors One surefire way to improve biker visibility is by wearing brighter colors. Now, black leather jackets and bikes might be a staple for bikers. However, this comes at a cost of being harder to see, especially at night. That's why it doesn't hurt to incorporate some more brighter options in your wardrobe, to help other drivers see you easier. Plus, there's still ways to stand out even without a wardrobe change. Items made with reflective material like 3M will help you stand out without having to sacrifice color. So can reflectors or mini-lights which [...]

By | August 8th, 2019|