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5 Warning Signs You Need New Tires

5 Warning Signs You Need New Tires

This helpful article that All Tech Automotive wanted to share with you comes from How Stuff Works Auto. 5 Warning Signs You Need New Tires Just as your feet are sore after a long walk, the tires on your car take a beating every time you drive. This isn't a sign of bad driving --well, not usually -- but rather an inevitable fact of life. Tires get old and worn down. And because a tire failure while you're driving can be catastrophic, causing your car to go out of control or leaving you stranded in the middle of nowhere without any easy way to get home, you want to know when your tires are in bad shape so you can get new ones before something goes wrong. Of course, if you have a mechanic look at your car periodically, he or she will probably tell you if the tires need to be changed, but there are several things you can do yourself short of a visit to your local auto center to make sure your tires are in good shape. 1. Tread Depth The tread on your tires should never fall below ... read more

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5 Common Mistakes You Should Avoid While Driving in the Snow

5 Common Mistakes You Should Avoid While Driving in the Snow

Next time you need to drive in the snow, make sure you avoid these mistakes. All Tech Automotive found this article on How Stuff Works Auto. 5 Common Mistakes You Should Avoid While Driving in the Snow 1. Thinking Your Four-wheel Drive Makes You Invincible While vehicles with four-wheel drive typically do perform better in snowy and icy driving conditions, the technology can backfire by giving drivers a false sense of safety. Four-wheel drive is used to send the specific amount of needed torque to each of your car's four tires to give it added traction to move forward through snowy roads. That doesn't mean, however, that you can race down the road at top speed in the snow and bring yourself to a quick stop. Four-wheel or all-wheel drive isn't going to give you the traction you need to brake. It can help you get through some difficult conditions, but it doesn't make you SuperSUV. 2. Not Being Prepared Many drivers find themselves caught off guard during the winter ... read more

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Quick Fix: Prevent Car Doors From Freezing With Cooking Spray

Quick Fix: Prevent Car Doors From Freezing With Cooking Spray

Have you ever tried to get into your car after a snow storm and realized your car door has been frozen shut? This great article from the AllstateBlog has a great way to prevent this problem! Quick Fix: Prevent Car Doors From Freezing With Cooking Spray When dealing with the frigid temperatures of winter, there's not much worse than coming out to your car to find the doors frozen shut. According to Adam Savage's Tested, car doors freeze because water gets into the rubber seal around the door and hardens. Fortunately, there is a simple trick that may help prevent that, using nothing but ordinary household cooking spray.  Apply the spray to the door's rubber seal weekly during the coldest winter months, or as needed before expected icy, frigid storms, says Brian L. Gochenour, laser operations manager and sales engineer at Broadway Metal Works, a Broadway, Virginia-based metal fabricator.  Step 1: Grab some cooking spray. Any ordinary cooking spray should wor ... read more

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How to Keep from Spinning Out on Slick Roads

How to Keep from Spinning Out on Slick Roads

If you've ever been in a car when it spins out, it can be a very scary experience. This article that we wanted to share with you comes from the Allstate Blog. How to Keep from Spinning Out on Slick Roads (And What to Do If It Happens) The cast of Ice Road Truckers knows everything about driving on icy road surfaces. If you think about it, it’s quite an accomplishment to haul one or more heavily loaded trailers through hundreds of miles of wintry conditions. And, if you’ve ever seen an episode, you probably noticed the expertise each demonstrates when his truck begins to spin out. Large trucks plus heavy loads equal a lot of momentum, and it takes a cool head and precise driving to prevent accidents. Not many of us drive huge 18-wheelers on icy highways in the far north, but everybody who lives in a climate with cold winters runs the risk of encountering icy roads. About 190,100 crashes per year happen on icy pavement, according to statistics from the Federal Highway A ... read more

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