(NAPSI)—A recent national survey found that only one in six U.S. drivers is “tire smart” when it comes to checking tire pressure-a quick and simple step that can optimize vehicle safety and fuel economy and helps tires last longer.
(NAPSI)—Proper vehicle maintenance doesn’t only mean you and your car can spend many happy years together. It can also mean that when the time comes to sell, you may get a better price.
(NAPSI)—Investing a little time and effort to make sure your tires are road worthy can pay dividends when it comes to safety. Experts say the first step is to make sure your tires are properly inflated.
(NAPSI)—With more than 5 million car crashes every year in the U.S., it’s important that drivers understand what they can do to avoid a collision and also what automakers are doing to help them should they be involved in an accident.
(StatePoint) The cost of car ownership is on the rise again this year, according to a new report from AAA. And if you’re a family on a budget or a senior on a fixed income, you may feel the impact already.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. From avoiding unnecessary insurance costs to reducing pain at the pump, savvy drivers can take practical steps to make driving a more economical mode of transport:
• Shop around for better insurance rates. If you have a good driving record, talk to your insurance company about reducing your premium. And if you are a senior and take a refresher course in driver safety specifically designed for seniors, you may be able to negotiate lower insurance rates.
• Make sure your tires are inflated to the correct pressure as indicated on the sticker on the inside of your door, not the number on the tire sidewall. Underinflated tires car can increase fuel consumption by up to 3 percent.
• Preventive maintenance, such as changing your air filter, can go a long way toward smooth, efficient performance. A clogged air filter can increase fuel consumption by as much as 10 percent.
• Keep record of your vehicle maintenance, including oil changes. Try using a high performance synthetic motor oil, as opposed to conventional oil, to allow for more miles between oil changes. Premium synthetic motor oil, such as Royal Purple, can reduce maintenance costs and time spent out of service. To learn more about the benefits of using synthetic lubricants in your vehicle visit www.RoyalPurpleConsumer.com.
• Take a deep breath and change the way you drive. Aggressive driving is not only unsafe and stressful to your health, it can also reduce your fuel economy -- as all that stop-and-go uses more gasoline than smooth braking and acceleration does. You can also improve your fuel economy by reducing idling time and lightening your car’s load.
• If you’re handy, you may be able to do some regular maintenance work on your car yourself. But for those jobs that are beyond your know-how, be sure to hire a reputable mechanic. Don’t be afraid to get quotes. Knowing the going rate for the service performed and parts replaced can help you from paying unnecessary costs.
Just because the cost of driving is on the rise, doesn’t mean you need to hand over your car keys just yet. With a few phone calls, a bit of preventive car and some tweaks to your driving habits, even those on the tightest of budgets can afford to keep on motoring.
(NAPSI)—You may have more in common with a race car driver than you realize. Consider this: When he’s not busy at the racetrack, NASCAR star Greg Biffle likes to slow down and unwind at home. Like other homeowners, Biffle and his wife Nicole are eager to create a warm, welcoming environment for guests while protecting their investment.
(NAPSI)—Just because gas prices go up, that doesn’t mean your driving has to go down.
(NAPSI)—Road trips with children can be daunting, but with AAA’s expert advice, your next family car trip can be both safe and fun:
(NAPSI)—Whether it’s a vacation road trip or your daily commute to work, when the temperatures climb higher on the outside, things are also heating up under the hood of your car.
(BPT) - If you worry about the kind of car your teen will drive, you’re not alone.
(NAPSI)From daily commuting to summer road trips, the amount of time we spend driving adds up quicklyand so can travel costs. However, a few good driving habits can help put the brakes on unnecessary spending and get you on the road to savings:
(StatePoint) Road tripping is a summertime rite of passage. From camping and beach trips to family reunions, most likely you’ll be adding some extra miles to your vehicle over the next few months.
(NAPSI)In the shop, on the factory floor, at the office, in the community, Americas workers are getting things done-and getting the chance at a new truck, and more, to prove it.
(NAPSI)—Basic car care is the key to a long-lasting vehicle, and to improving its safety and dependability.
While most Americans know that drastically improving automobile fuel efficiency will reduce gasoline consumption and tailpipe emissions, it may be less clear how today’s cars and trucks are evolving to make that happen.
Talking or texting on a cellphone while driving is taboo almost everywhere across the country. Thirty-nine states now ban texting while driving and 10 states prohibit any use of a cellphone without a hands-free device.
(NAPSI)—Selecting the right vehicle for a job is imperative for a small business and their bottom line. A well-known provider of commercial automobile fleets, General Motors, offers a team of expert sales consultants at Chevrolet and GMC dealerships across the country to help business customers select the type of vehicles that best meet their company’s needs.
(NewsUSA) - When you hand car keys to your teenager for the first time, your heart races as you think of what could happen. The fact is that car accidents are the number-one cause of death among teens in the U.S., so it's important to communicate the gravity of this newfound responsibility.
(NAPSI)—Look around your home and you’ll probably see a few important items you are planning to replace—a tattered chair, those old running shoes, the living room wallpaper.
(NAPSI)—When it’s time for spring-cleaning, remember to include your car. Cleaning your vehicle inside and out prevents the buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, reduces the potential for rust from road salt and helps ensure proper visibility needed for safe driving.
(NAPSI)—Over the course of a school year, students collect more than information—they also collect a lot of stuff. Fortunately, getting all that stuff home at the end of the semester doesn’t have to be difficult. To help, here are a few tips from the pros that know at Penske Truck Rental:
(NAPSI)—There are several ways to buy a used car, but whether you choose to buy from a dealer, online or from someone you know, it’s always a smart idea to protect yourself. These tips can help:
(NAPSI)—The next time you’re in the market for a new car or truck, you may want to give some thought to which vehicles are the most customizable. For many buyers, the ability to personalize a vehicle puts them on the road to expressing their true selves.
(NAPSI)—Olympic athletes train intensely, study the game and push their bodies to the limit. The same skills and discipline serve them well when they turn their eyes on another prize: the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. More than a dozen Olympians have participated since the event’s inception in 1977, including gold medalists Carl Lewis, Misty May- Treanor, Mary Lou Retton, Dara Torres and Bruce Jenner.
(NewsUSA) - When it comes to managing vehicle repairs, the associated hassles and inconveniences that come about -- whether from having no vehicle or the process of finding a reputable repair shop -- can become a major annoyance.
(NAPSI)—A new spin on a practice once reserved for newlyweds is being used to put new-car buyers on the road to happiness.
There was a time when buying a hybrid constituted a small leap of faith. Despite all of the potential benefits, you were still buying into a new technology with an unproven track record. Now that hybrids have demonstrated their staying power, many of the original hesitations about buying one no longer exist.
(NewsUSA) - Every year, NASCAR fans patiently wait for the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Fla. to see gutsy drivers and unpredictable racing. This year's 55th anniversary will prove even more surprising with the debut of the Sprint Cup Series Generation-6 race car, replacing the boxy model that's been racing since 2007, and ignite new, fierce competition from veterans and rookies alike.
(NAPSI)—Safety on the road is important all year-round, but the winter weather calls for extra caution behind the wheel.
(NAPSI)—Your car can go farther for less if you take a few steps to keep it efficient.
(NAPSI)—Smart used car shoppers know they’re better able to get a car that can take them far if they’re not misled about mileage.
(NAPSI)—To keep more American motorists on the road to safety and savings, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and gasoline retailers should suspend the sale of E15 gasoline until more is done to protect consumers from the potential for costly auto damage and voided warranties.
(NAPSI)—When the weather outside is frightful, a little advance preparation will take the scare out.
(NAPSI)—A properly maintained vehicle can keep you on the road to safety and savings. It will run more efficiently and extend the life of your vehicle. Even if you don’t feel the results from each small improvement, several together can make a big difference. Here are three to consider:
(NAPSI)—Conditions such as snow-covered roads and black ice can make winter driving unpredictable. The good news is that preparing early for winter weather and anticipating and avoiding dangerous circumstances can help drivers maintain control and stay safe on the road.
(NAPSI)—Selling your car yourself may be easier-and more financially rewarding-than you realize. Here are some tips:
Fall is characterized by changing leaves, football, hooded sweatshirts, cooler temperatures and, if you’re a motorcycle rider, one last chance to rev your engine before you have to place your bike into storage for the snowy, cold winter. Fall is the ideal time to get in that scenic country motorcycle ride as you clear your mind and enjoy all that fall has to offer.
(StatePoint) Driving is getting more expensive. According to a recent study by AAA, the cost of owning and operating a car rose nearly 2 percent on average over the past year. That’s why so many consumers who are in the market for a new vehicle are putting a premium on fuel efficiency.