Cars are, for most people, a necessary purchase. Unless you live in a particularly well-connected city, it’s likely that your car will be the main way you travel to work, get groceries and travel pretty much everywhere else. But, when you need a car but don’t have the finances quite in place, you can end up in a real Catch-22.
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When you become a driver, you open yourself to a lot of stress. For most of us, that doesn’t cross our minds when we put in for our tests. All we think about is that sweet moment when we get the coveted ‘pass’ and are free to hit the road. But, as soon as that dreamt of the moment is out of the way, the reality comes crashing down. As car owners, we have to worry about everything from tire safety to regular oil changes. On top of which, we have to ensure everything we do is in keeping with the road laws in our area.
Many of these laws are logical. Don’t exceed the speed limit. Don’t drink and drive. But, some aren’t quite as obvious, and these are the ones which pose the most substantial risk to us. One such law would be those about headlights. These make your vehicle visible and so play a massive part in ensuring the safety of you, and everyone around. Thus, it makes sense that the law is often stringent about this feature. But, too few of us think about this. Which is why we’re going to look at the three main things you should be doing to avoid the headlights of the law.
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Your dearest Dad has been a rock throughout your life, and the yardstick by which all men in your life are measured. He was there for your life’s every success from your first ballet recital to your college graduation. He also held your hand through every heartbreak from that first big breakup with your high school boyfriend to getting passed up for that big promotion at work. He’s helped you navigate the often perilous road through adulthood with love, patience, and understanding. He’s challenged you when you were coasting, inspired you when you were flagging and bolstered you when you were waning. He’s helped you with everything from your homework to moving house. He’s also always been on hand to offer practical tips and quotidian wisdom that have helped you to grudgingly become a grown up. Yup, our Dads are virtual fonts of knowledge and we can come to rely on them so much even in our adulthood that we come to see them as infallible. Read more
You might be thinking about taking a journey with the kids soon. Perhaps you are heading out on a road trip this holiday season to visit family and friends. Maybe you are just taking a little weekend away. Honestly, this can be a great idea, and it’s good every once in a while to get back in touch as a family. But, you do need to be aware of what it means to be on a car journey with the kids.
Finding your dream car is a wonderful thing. It means that not only will you get to where you’re going… You’ll get there in style. The perfect car is more than just a means of transportation; it’s an extension of your personality. Its size, shape, spec, color, and interior are all carefully chosen to result in an overall package that says to everyone you pass on the road “Hey, this is me!”. But even the most perfect cars don’t stay perfect for long. As much as we invest in our cars and the little customizations and finishing touches that make them well and truly ours, we must also dedicate our attention and our money into making sure that they’re well maintained and continue to serve you faithfully while still turning heads for years to come. Read more
Your vehicle’s shocks are not your typical spring that you would see in the store. Yes, they do perform some of the same functions, but the purpose truly is to compress and then reduce the amount of bounce. This not only provides for a smoother ride in the cabin but also is important for the ability to turn the vehicle properly. Read more
The rubber belts that run an endless loop in your car are known as known as serpentine belts or drive belts. These are used to drive many important features of your automobile. Alternators, water pumps, power steering pumps, and air conditioning compressor to name just a few parts driven by the serpentine belt. While most vehicles utilize a single belt system, some vehicles can deploy a two-belt system to deliver power. Read more
Engines periodically need to be re-tuned to the original factory standards. This is primarily done by replacing some worn parts. For the most part, the adjustments older vehicles would require are no longer necessary as the computer handles the adjustment of the fuel mixture and the idler controller. In fact, there are only a few parts that need to be changed during the process of a tune-up. Read more
When it is time to have your vehicle repaired you have several options to select. The first is to repair the issue yourself. A second option presents itself to bring it to the local repair shop on any corner in your area. Lastly and in my opinion, the best overall option is to bring it to the dealership. While I fully admit that it costs more money than the previous two options, the benefits of using the dealership much outweighs the deal you get otherwise. Read more
We all have heard that having your oil changed in your vehicle regularly is an important factor in maintaining your vehicle over a long period of time. What does the oil do for the vehicle that makes this so important? How does the engine that stays in the engine longer than it should affect the vehicle? These are important questions to fully understand the reasons behind. Read more