You Need New Brakes if You Notice These Warning Signs

February 23rd, 2017
Brakes

Keep an eye (and ear) out for these warning signs that your vehicle needs new brakes!

Brakes are one of the most important parts of a vehicle to keep in good working order at all times. They are usually taken for granted most of the time, at least until there’s a problem with them. However, there may be nothing more terrifying than engaging your brake pedal and having nothing happen as a result. How can you tell whether you need new brakes? Here are some warning signs to watch out for. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Properly Maintain the Interior of Your Vehicle

February 16th, 2017
Car Interior

A clean interior is just as important as a clean exterior!

Your personal vehicle is an important investment that should be maintained properly to get the most out of it. While many people keep their engine in good shape through regular checkups and oil changes, and will even get the exterior of their car washed every so often, not too many people worry about the interior of their vehicle. Some only end up cleaning the interior when it hinders seating or starts to smell bad! But a dirty cabin can also create operational problems, from grimy windows obscuring your view of the road to dust and allergens pumping out of your air vents. Take care of the interior of your vehicle with these helpful tips! Read the rest of this entry »

Warning Signs that Your Electrical System Needs Looked At

February 8th, 2017
Vehicle Electrical System

Can you spot the signs that your vehicle’s electrical system might need to be looked at?

The electrical system in your vehicle is comprised of many key components. Taken together, these components operate many different aspects of your car from operating your windows to starting your engine and charging your smartphone. However, the complexities of a modern vehicular electrical system mean that troubleshooting it when it is faulty can be difficult. Here are some key warning signs you should look for that might mean your electrical system needs servicing. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips to Prevent Salt Damage on Your Vehicle

February 2nd, 2017
Salt Damage

Salt can really do a number on your vehicle, especially its undercarriage.

While we have escaped the worst of the winter weather so far, we’ve still had a few days where driving conditions were less than ideal. Winter driving adds extra hazards to everyday driving and can increase the risk of damage to your vehicle. Snow and ice dents are obviously noticeable, but road salt damage is not quite as apparent. Without a plan in place to protect your vehicle, road salt can damage the paint job, car body, undercarriage, and most dangerously the brake and fuel lines. However, this damage is preventable. Learn more about what salt does to roads (and your vehicle) and what you can do to prevent this damage below. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Would You Ever Shift an Automatic While Driving?

January 25th, 2017
Automatic Transmission

Shifting an automatic to neutral while driving won’t blow up your engine.

There is an important, fundamental difference between people who drive stick shift vehicles and those who drive automatics. Those who drive sticks are used to shifting their vehicle while it is in motion. On the other hand, those who drive vehicles with automatic transmission shift only when the vehicle is stopped. The growing number of drivers who never learned how to drive a manual might find the idea of shifting their automatic while moving frightening. They fear that shifting their vehicle while in motion might somehow blow up or otherwise harm the engine. However, shifting an automatic into neutral while driving won’t make your engine explode. In fact, it might even save your life. Read the rest of this entry »

Warning Signs that Your Tires Need Rotated

January 20th, 2017
Having Your Tires Rotated

It’s very important to make sure that your tires are being rotated on a regular basis.

When you think about routine vehicle maintenance, chances are the first thing you think of is the humble oil change. Oil changes are indeed a crucial part of keeping your vehicle maintained and functioning in top shape. While having your tires rotated is also quite a simple step in regular vehicle maintenance, it is just as important as the oil change. Putting off a tire rotation for too long can put you at risk of losing traction while on the road, or even of blowing one of the tires. Read the rest of this entry »

Starting Your Car in Cold Weather

January 12th, 2017
Cold Weather Car Starting

When the cold weather descends, it can become more difficult to get your car started. Learn why here.

When the temperature plunges in the winter, car owners may understandably be a little nervous when they go out to start their cars in the morning. Cold winter mornings are one of the worst times to have problems starting your car especially when you have a long commute ahead of you. Unfortunately, those mornings are the times when your vehicle is most likely to suffer problems starting. Here are some reasons why starting your car in cold weather can be difficult and some tips to help you get it going smoothly. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Tips to Keep Your Older Vehicle in Top Shape

January 6th, 2017
Older Vehicle Maintenance

Keeping your older vehicle properly maintained is the key to a long service life.

The days of keeping a vehicle for two years before trading it in seem to be over for a growing number of car owners. The sluggish economy, combined with improved reliability of newer vehicles, mean that many people are deciding to drive their vehicles until they drop. But keeping an older car in top shape can be a little challenging if you’ve never done it before. What are the kinds of maintenance you should prioritize and which kinds are not quite as important? Just as with new vehicles, being proactive in the maintenance of your older vehicle is crucial to saving money and extending its life. Here are three tips to help you keep your older vehicle in top shape so you’ll enjoy it for years to come. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Driving Mistakes to Avoid While Driving in Snow

December 20th, 2016
Driving in the Snow

Safe driving is critical when snow and ice descend on the roads. Don’t make these common mistakes!

The snowy weather has finally made its first visit to the Baltimore area this past weekend with disastrous consequences on the roads. Unfortunately, car crashes due to bad weather conditions are common nationwide, with an estimated 1.5 million of them annually that lead to an estimated 7,000 people killed and 800,000 injured every year. There are a few common mistakes that people make when they drive in the snow. Today we’re going to highlight four of them. Read the rest of this entry »

Driving Tips to Avoid Hitting a Deer this Winter

December 14th, 2016
Deer in Headlights

Deer cause billions of dollars of damage to vehicles every year.

Deer are a fact of life in the Baltimore area and the suburbs during the winter time. When driving on country roads this winter, it’s important to keep an eye out for deer. According to studies, 1.6 million collisions involving deer occur every year, resulting in 200 fatalities, thousands of injuries, and over $3.6 billion in vehicle damage. Here are some tips to help you avoid hitting a deer this winter. Read the rest of this entry »