Back to School Carpool Tips for Keeping the Kids Safe

It's time for school to start back up, and you know what that means - it's also time for carpools! Keep these simple carpooling tips in mind to ensure all the kids are safe this school season.

The children are going to be focused on a million things as you roll up to their school. Just because they were told at home who is picking them up may be long forgotten. Get into the habit every morning to remind the kids as to exactly what to expect after school. 

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Why Buy A Crossover?

Just think about all of the items that you carry around in your vehicle each week. You have your items that you take to and from work. Your kids have their backpacks and sporting equipment. Groceries get purchased each week, and don't forget all of the other errands that you need to run over the course of the week. A crossover vehicle is a great option to consider if you are in the market for something new. 

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Are Regular Alignments Important for Your Vehicle?

Although tires are not as expensive as some automotive parts, the cost can add up. You deserve to make them last as long as possible. One way to ensure you can get a full life out of them is getting a wheel alignment. Regular alignments are important for several reasons, including:

  • You’ll get better gas mileage
  • Your tires will last longer
  • Your vehicle will handle better on the road

Here are signs your vehicle needs an alignment: 

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Motor Oil Myths: What To Keep An Eye Out For

In the automotive space, you may notice a lot of misinformation passed off as fact. Many myths surround motor oil and how often it needs to be changed. To help you avoid making costly mistakes, we have compiled some information regarding motor oil myths below.

You do not need an oil change every five thousand miles. Well, you might, but it isn't a hard and fast rule for all vehicles. The interval in which you need to get an oil change is contingent on your vehicle's make and model, the climate in which you drive, and how you…

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Signs of Ignition Trouble

The ignition system in your vehicle is much more than just a battery and a key. The ignition system is similar to the nervous system in your body. It sends pulses to the individual cylinders at precise intervals, allowing the fuel and air to combust and power the vehicle. Without this vital spark, your engine is dead in the water.

Diagnosing ignition problems is not always easy, but there are a few key things to look for when you suspect you may be having a problem. The key to a properly functioning ignition system is the battery. 

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Payload And Towing Capacity Have Important Differences

When you are looking to purchase a new there are all sorts of different terms used, and it can be easy to be confused about what they actually mean. Perhaps the most often mixed up terms are payload capacity and towing capacity. It is easy to why this is the case, after all, aren't they both just the amount of weight that your vehicle can safely handle? In reality, they are very different, and getting them confused can have drastic consequences. 

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What are Signs Your Tires Need to be Replaced?

It might seem like something you can put off until another day, but the wrong pressure in your car tires is actually causing more trouble than you might realize. These are some of signs your car tires need to be replaced.

If the air pressure indicator shows that you have too much air in one or more of the car tires, here is what is happening. The car rides on the center of the tire tread, so that area wears faster than the rest of the tread, and it becomes very difficult to control the car when on wet roads…

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What is a Differential's Function in a Vehicle?

Everyone knows that it is important to regularly check the oil, transmission fluid and water levels in our vehicles and replace when necessary. However, did you know that the differential fluid also needs to be checked and replaced regularly as well? Just as other fluids can break down, so can the differential fluid deteriorate over time.

The differential is a gearbox placed between the drive wheels. Vehicles that are four-wheel drive will have both a front and a rear differential. 

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Be Concerned About Exhaust System Leaks

Problems with a car's exhaust system shouldn't be ignored. The gases exiting the exhaust system can be harmful, so you want the system to work as intended. Exhaust systems can and do leak, so be on the lookout of any troubling signs of a leak.

Leaks don't hide, but some might be small. So you must look closely at the entire exhaust system for one. There are no minor leaks. Take even the smallest one seriously. The same would be true of any hissing or popping sound heard from the exhaust. 

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How to Avoid Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning is a fancy word describing a dangerous threat to the operation of a vehicle. When your car rides on a wet surface, contact with the road could be lost. Learning how to avoid hydroplaning could reduce the chances of an accident.

Not driving on wet roads would be a wise plan. If you can't avoid wet and rainy roads, then defensive driving tactics must come into play. Driving slower than the speed limit by about 10 miles per hour may cut down on hydroplaning risks. When road conditions are poor, employ common sense and good habits when driving…

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