ESSENTIAL SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUNG DRIVERS

So you’re a new or new-ish driver? Congratulations and welcome to freedom, mobility and a lot of responsibility. If you’re wondering how you can be the safest driver you can be, we’ve got that covered with these safety tips for young drivers. Buckle Up Number one — seriously, the most important thing: That glowing red icon on your dash means someone (you?) doesn’t have their seat belt fastened. That is the first thing you and everyone riding with you should do every time you get in the car. Seat belts keep you and your passengers from being thrown around inside, or worse, thrown outside of your vehicle in the event of a crash. And, combined with airbags, they significantly reduce the number

HOW TO KEEP YOUR LAWN MOWER TIRES IN GREAT SHAPE

You probably haven’t thought all that much about your lawn mower tires, but they deserve your attention at least twice a year. Specifically, at the beginning of the mowing season (typically in the spring) and at the end of the summer when fall weather rolls in and you’re getting ready to pack your mower away for the winter. Inspecting your mower tires at the start and end of the summer ensures you catch any issues that could lead to potential damage or maintenance problems over time. Check out these tips for keeping your lawn mower tires in great shape and you’ll enjoy a trouble-free machine all season long. Inflation, Inflation, Inflation Even if your rider mower doesn’t weigh as much as a

ENGINE OIL SPECIFICATIONS: WHY THEY MATTER FOR YOUR ENGINE

Engine oil specifications from most major car and truck manufacturers can get very, very detailed. We’re talking beyond simply matching viscosity ratings and brands — today’s companies often have in-depth requirements as to what oil you can put into their vehicles in order to properly protect the motor while maintaining peak performance. How strict are these expectations, and why do they exist? Let’s take a quick look at oil specifications and how they are determined. Acronym Soup Once upon a time, car companies were content to list basic requirements such as synthetic, conventional or basic SAE viscosity ratings in the owner’s manual under recommended oils. Today, all of that largesse has g

ELLIOTT FINISHES FIFTH AT BRISTOL NIGHT RACE

Chase Elliott and the No. 9 Hooters Spirits team led 33 laps on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway en route to a fifth-place finish. Elliott and the Hooters Spirits team rolled off sixth for Saturday night’s race. The driver of the No. 9 had worked his way inside the top five by Lap 58 and was tracking down the leader by Lap 88. With two laps left in opening 125-lap stage, Elliott took over the lead briefly before sliding back to second where he’d finish Stage 1. A lightning-fast pit stop during the stage break by the No. 9 Hooters Spirits crew put Elliott in the lead for the restart. He reported that his Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was too loose as he fell to third when the caution flag wave

MOBILE WORKSHOP TOOLBOX: ASSEMBLE THE ULTIMATE ON-THE-GO TOOL KIT

It’s very likely that your DIY car-repair projects won’t always take place in the comfort of your own garage. In situations like this, a mobile workshop toolbox will come in pretty handy. A mobile workshop toolbox is a kit that contains the tools you’ll need to tackle repair projects when you’re away from home. This tool kit can be an essential companion if you’re helping out with a DIY car-restoration project at a buddy’s garage. You can also take this toolbox with you on road trips to make sure you’re prepared to handle any breakdowns that may occur along the way. So, which tools should you include in this on-the-go kit? Below, we’ll offer a few suggestions. Multi-Bit Ratcheting Screwdrive

10 OVERLOOKED SERVICES THAT CAN EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR VEHICLE

Servicing your vehicle is usually the last thing on your mind. The daily grind of life tends to take all of your focus, so unless it is actively causing an issue, your vehicle’s maintenance schedule is out of sight, out of mind. The problem is that ignoring that schedule will eventually cause a failure, costing you more time and money that necessary. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. While oil changes and tire service are the most common maintenance items, we have compiled a list of the top 10 most overlooked services that you should keep in mind the next time you change the oil. Power Steering Service This is one of those overlooked services that rarel

HOW TO FIX A FENDER BENDER: QUICK-FIXES OR WASTE OF TIME?

If you scratch your arm, your arm will heal. If your car gets a dent, the dent doesn’t go anywhere. Because metal or plastic car bodies are relatively pliable, knowing how to fix a fender bender can restore its appearance. You may even be able to fix it yourself with stuff around the house. Internet mechanics have a lot of ideas, but which ones really work? Here are the top five methods on how to fix a fender bender. 1. Suction Cup: Super Easy Depending on the severity of the dent, you might have everything you need. A flat sink plunger can work on larger areas, while a cellphone windshield mount can handle smaller areas. This dent puller has a convenient pulling handle. Clean the dented are

CAR AC LINES FREEZING UP? HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

When summer’s here, or really any time you want cool, dry air while driving, your car’s air conditioner (AC) is critical to your comfort and safety. Unfortunately, frozen AC lines can put a major kink in your road trip. Why are your car AC lines freezing up, and what you can do about it? Usually, AC is one of those forgotten systems that you never really think about until it stops working. Sometimes there can be worn or unmodified AC systems that function for years without a problem. On the other hand, if your car has been in an accident, has ever had any AC components removed or had any service done, the situation is ripe for frozen AC lines. What Causes Car AC Lines to Freeze Up? Really, t

BEST WEST COAST ROAD TRIPS: SUMMER ROAD TRIP SERIES

It’s summertime — the perfect time to explore California in your car! It’s a huge state, so unless you have all summer, you’ll need to pick some highlights. Prepare your car and choose from these best West Coast road trips: Southern California: San Diego and Orange County Southern California means “LA” to most people, but if you skip San Diego, you’re missing out. A near-perfect climate, beautiful beaches, great restaurants and shopping, a thriving downtown including the historic Gaslamp District. And there’s 1,200-acre Balboa Park with its museums and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The only drawback to San Diego is that you won’t want to leave. From San Diego, take Interstate 5 north for

HOW TO DRY OUT YOUR WET CAR IN 3 EASY STEPS

You hoped you’d never have to learn how to deal with it, but it finally happened: You left your car’s windows down or your convertible top open, and a sudden rain storm completely soaked your vehicle’s interior. Don’t panic, though; there are a number of things you can do to make sure that you don’t have to deal with any permanent damage. Here are some tips for how to dry out your wet car in three easy steps so you can get back on the road as soon as possible. 1. Water, Water Everywhere Your first order of business is to get as much water out of your car as possible as quickly as you can. If your floorboards have an inch or more of standing water, you’ll want to use a wet/dry vac to suck it

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