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Want To Get 150 MPG? Here's How Hypermilers Do It

On: Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 1:45PM | By: Bill Wilson


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Drivers have been complaining about high gas prices ever since automobiles were invented. Yet, when it comes to doing something about fuel costs, Americans are long on talk and short on action. That may be why unleaded costs well over $3.00 a gallon across the country. 

Fortunately, there are some ways you can get more out of each drop of petroleum. These methods go beyond the usual advice about staying inside the speed limits and keeping your tires properly inflated. They’ve been developed over the past 10 years by a group of people who call themselves hypermilers. By following their tips, you can greatly increase the distance you go on a tank of gas. Some drivers double their current MPG by using these suggestions. Here they are.


How To Get Your Vehicle Ready For Winter

On: Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 9:22AM | By: Bill Wilson


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Labor Day us almost upon us, and some parts of the country are already feeling the first cool breezes of fall. Autumn is a great time for raking leaves, getting ready for the holidays, and enjoying the spectacular beauty of the season. It’s also perfect for getting your car or truck ready for the coming winter. Here’s a look at how to make sure your vehicle runs trouble-free throughout the cold months ahead.


Clean Your Interior for a Faster Sell or to Impress at Car Shows

On: Sat, Jul 27, 2013 at 7:52AM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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When your car's interior is a mess, it can be very difficult to sell it at a good price. Keeping a clean interior will help maintain a higher re-sell value and turn heads. Here are some of my personal interior detailing tips I learned through many years of cleaning my own interior and helping friends get their cars show ready.


New Programs Help Older Persons Maintain Driving Skills

On: Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 3:45PM | By: Bill Wilson


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We’re all getting older; that’s undeniable. But what may not be as obvious is that Americans as a group are aging, all 319 million of us. For the people who plan and build the nation’s infrastructure, this presents a monumental challenge, given that most people’s motoring skills decline as they age. Studies conducted by both government and private sources reveal the following facts:


 

Six tips for finding a good auto mechanic

On: Sat, Jul 20, 2013 at 9:07AM | By: Bill Wilson


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Finding a good auto mechanic is a bit like meeting the right romantic partner. The effort can be draining, exasperating, and downright painful. Nevertheless, the rewards that come afterward make all the time and agony spent in the quest worthwhile. An auto shop that performs maintenance and repair tasks correctly, for a good price, and within a reasonable time period is worth its weight in gold. To help you in your search, here are some things to look for:


How to Detail Your Car's Exterior Like a Pro

On: Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 6:22PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett


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Back when I first got my Pontiac Formula, it was in showroom condition—despite already being six-years old at the time. The car was very well taken care of and it showed; it had obviously been babied those first 20,000 miles. When the 17-year-old version of myself got it ten years ago, that all changed; within three months I started racing it at the track. It got rough, and quick! I was ashamed when I took a minute to notice that I had aged this car 10 years in a little less than six months. So that’s when I started spending six hours a week dedicated to fully detailing my car, and soon moved on to helping friends beautify their muscle cars as well. Here’s what I learned about waxing that eventually allowed me to cut that time in half and still produce the same results as a professional.


10 Ways To Foil Car Thieves

On: Sun, Jun 30, 2013 at 9:45AM | By: Bill Wilson


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While auto theft rates are falling nationally, car thieves remain active throughout the country. The following statistics tell a sobering story:

• In 2011, the most recent year for which reliable statistics are available, 715, 373 motor vehicles were stolen.

• Less than 12% of those incidents resulted in an arrest, and only a tiny number of the vehicles taken were ever returned to their owners.

• The value of stolen autos in 2011 exceeded $4 billion.

• Car theft is a nationwide problem, with states like California, Georgia, Arizona, and New York all included in the FBI’s “top 10” places where vehicles are most likely to be stolen.


Natural vs. Synthetic Oil; Which One Is Better For Your Vehicle?

On: Sat, Jun 29, 2013 at 7:09AM | By: Bill Wilson


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While every driver knows how much gas prices have risen in recent years, the spiraling cost of motor oil hasn’t received nearly as much attention. This is unfortunate, because oil is every bit as vital as fuel to a properly functioning automobile. One step many car owners are taking to save money is to use synthetic oil instead of natural blends. But are synthetics worth their higher cost? Let’s take a look at both types.


Emergency Advice: Dealing with a Blown Tire

On: Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 6:57AM | By: Bill Wilson


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Today’s cars are safer than ever before, with thousands of safety feaures built into each model. Unfortunately, despite these measures, unforeseen things still happen, even to careful and experienced motorists. So, in this article and ones to come, we’ll look at what to do when the unexpected occurs. This time around, we’ll outline the steps to take if a tire should blow out while you’re driving.


Here are Some Tips for Having a Safe, Happy Vacation

On: Sat, Jun 1, 2013 at 9:02AM | By: Bill Wilson


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With summer finally here, millions of Americans will soon be hitting the highway for that iconic ritual: the family vacation. But, before you pack the car and head out, take a couple of minutes to review the following tips for staying safe. They could make all the difference between a pleasant getaway and one that’s best forgotten.


Should You Lease Your Next Car? The Pros and Cons

On: Wed, May 29, 2013 at 1:36PM | By: Bill Wilson


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It’s no secret that new cars are getting more expensive all the time, and, in today’s cash-strapped economy, consumers have tighter budgets than ever. One way many drivers try to avoid sticker shock is by leasing a vehicle. But does this actually save money as opposed to buying? And are the restrictions dealers place on leased vehicles outweighed by the advantages?  Here’s a look at the pros and cons of leasing.