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Choosing Between All-Weather vs. Carpet Floor Mats

Choosing between the rubber and carpet floor mats is all about your own driving habits. Here are a few things to consider when you are on the fence about how to upgrade the car mats.

Choose the rubber floor mats when you live in areas where snow, ice, and rain, are more common all year. If you are traveling with pets or kids that are always making a mess, or you spill your coffee at least once a week, you want rubber mats to protect the car's interior.

Carpet mats are more suited for drivers who keep the inside…

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Gearing Up for a Safe Drive: Packing Your SUV

How you pack your car for a road trip can be just as important as getting it regularly serviced in preventing an accident or injury. It is never a good idea to overload your car beyond its capacity. Smaller SUVs should not exceed 900 pounds of weight generally, which includes passengers and cargo. If you pack too many heavy items in your car, you are at risk for wearing down the tires.

If you do have heavy items, be sure that they are close to the floor and near the front end of the car. This takes the weight off…

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Evaluate Front-Wheel Drive and Rear-Wheel Drive

Informed car buyers become happy car owners, so we offer informative blog posts about cars' features. In today's post, we explain front-wheel and rear-wheel drive.

Each transmission configuration's name indicates what it does. Front-wheel drive transmits horsepower from the engine to the pavement through a car's front wheels. Due to its design and the weight of the engine atop the drive wheels, front-wheel drive offers reliable traction. Rear-wheel drive moves horsepower through its car's rear wheels, and its design pushes the car, which offers great dry-road handling.

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What's the Difference Between Powertrain and Bumper-to-Bumper Warranties?

These days, the two most popular types of warranties you can purchase to cover your newly purchased vehicle are known as the powertrain and the bumper-to-bumper warranties. If you've been wondering which warranty is best for you, here are a few of the key features of each to help you choose.

Powertrain warranties cover the powertrain of the vehicle, or in other words, all the parts that are involved in providing power. The parts include the engine and the transmission of course. But also included are the driveshaft and differential. What might not be covered under this warranty...

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Consider Your Tire Pressure Sensors for Safety

Newer vehicles now come equipped with tire pressure sensors on each of the wheels. Basically what happens is when the pressure inside one or more tires becomes lower than is recommended, your tire pressure light will come on inside of your vehicle. This is designed to alert you that there is a problem. You can then pull over and take a good look at your vehicle and determine what is going on.

A simple problem could just be that your tires need a bit of air. This is very common, especially when the weather turns colder and the air inside…

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How do You Jump Start a Car?

Car batteries, sad to say, can sometimes die on you at the worst possible time. Extreme weather, leaving the vehicle's headlights on, and other issues may drain a battery. As long as the battery isn't suffering from dead cells or other problems, a simple jump start might revive it.

Use jumper cables to connect a fully-operating car to one with a dead battery to deliver the jumpstart. The cables do need to be properly connected to the correct positive and negative terminals. Failure to do so could destroy the alternator or cause other serious issues. 

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Understanding the Basics of Your Headlights

When you purchase a vehicle, you'll need to know how to operate the headlights. While the lights are important for you to be able to see the road at night, they are also needed so that other drivers can see you on the road.

The lever or knob for operating the headlights is usually located in a different location in each vehicle. Most knobs…

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Learn More about Your Timing Belt

In order for your engine to complete the internal combustion process, many things have to happen. In addition to that, they need to happen all at just the right time. If the sequence gets out of rhythm, the combustion process can be interrupted. The timing of all of this is managed by your car, truck, or SUV's timing belt.

Your timing belt (or chain, in some cases) is what keeps the rotation of your camshaft and crankshaft in sync. By doing this, it allows your valves to open and close at just the right time on both the intake…

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Change Your Lane for Law Enforcement Officers

The sad thing is that law enforcement officers are being struck by drivers who are not aware what the Move Over law in their state consists of. These officers are having their lives taken away because the majority of drivers simply don't know the rules of the highway pertaining to moving over and out of the way. The National Safety Commission reports 71 percent of drivers in the United States have no idea what this law is about.

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Staying on Top of Your Brake Service

Your car's brakes are among the most important components of its safe operation. Modern vehicles have advanced braking systems, often with such features as anti-lock braking, advanced rotor designs and pads that can last orders of magnitude longer than those produced just a few decades ago.

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