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Car Tips

'Getting Ready For Cold Weather' Car Tips

A lot of people ask me, 'Do I need to winterize my cooling system this year?' and 'How long should my antifreeze or coolant last?'

Most people think that the only thing they need to worry about when it comes to their coolant is AVOIDING FREEZE-UPS.

There are 3 things we have to worry about with coolant:

  1. Protection against freezing and boiling
  2. Rust and Mineral Deposits
  3. P/H balance

Protection

A 50-50 mix gives protection to -34 degrees

Rust.

Basic Training for New Drivers

Basic Training - In addition to driver's education, teach them how things work and what to expect:

  • Check tire pressure
  • Check the gas gauge
  • Under hood checks
  • Oil level
  • Washer fluid
  • Coolant bottle level
  • Change a flat tire

You should also get a complete safety inspection on your new driver's car and go over it with them. They will gain more:

Car Insurance

When someone mentions car insurance, we all think about the liability insurance the state requires us to have on our vehicles.

And we all know we can add comprehensive coverage that will help pay for damage in an accident. Usually this is applied to newer cars. But there are several other types of insurance for your car that you may want to consider purchasing for your car:

Computer Diagnostics: Necessary Training And Information Systems

All the latest diagnostic equipment is worthless without a trained and informed diagnostician. Today's diagnosticians must keep abreast with rapidly changing technology if they want to remain in the field.

The average student coming out of an automotive technical college needs two years to get 'up to speed' after joining the workforce. Diagnosticians must have access to over a million pages of technical information to fix computer-related problems.

Concerned about gas prices?

We're all concerned about gasoline prices right now and how to save money on gas.

There are a few things that everybody can do right away to help save some gas money...

During every change of the season, the mix of gasoline and ethanol at the pump changes. This always causes problems, especially with your fuel filter.

Defensive Driving

Unfortunately, not everyone on the road is a good driver. Even the best drivers are at risk on the road because of other agressive drivers. Here are a few tips to keep yourself safe on the road:

  • Always wear your seat belts
  • Slow down!
  • Avoid distractions (radio, cell phone, makeup, food/drink, etc.)
  • Expect someone to run a red light
  • Expect someone to slam their brakes in front of you
  • In the winter or in wet conditions, expect the road to be slick
  • Above all, be present and careful

Does my car just need a Tune-Up?

If your car has driveability problems (stalling, bad mileage, roughness, etc.), a diagnosis is ALWAYS in order.

Did you know that today's cars can have as many as 3 computers each controlling separate systems? If it's not already obvious, this is NOT a job for discount tire and brake shops! Specialized equipment and training is required, and you would be wise to seek out a shop with ASE Master Technicians!

Don't Rock Your Automatic Transmission When You're Stuck

If you're stuck in the mud or snow (or whatever comes your way!), don't rock your car to free yourself!

When people get mad and rock their car back and forth to free themselves, they abuse their cars.

Weak or borderline problems show up with the stress caused by trying to free your car like this.

The next time you're stuck, dig out or call a tow truck. It will be easier on your wallet.

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