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Your Guide to Become a Defensive Driver

Your Guide to Become a Defensive Driver

Every time you step into a motor vehicle, you're putting your life on the line. We cannot control or predict how other people drive, but there are things you can do to maximize your safety. Accidents happen every day because of the handful of people who like to speed and drive recklessly. To ensure your safety, practice defensive driving! These are the advantages of defensive driving: It prevents points from going on your driving record It can save you money on accident fees It can give you a discount on car insurance An overall sense of responsibility   Top Tips on Defensive Driving  Plan Ahead - Defensive driving can take place as soon as you step into your car. If you have a phone, try to get in the habit of checking weather conditions and traffic conditions before your commute to avoid unexpected surprises. Always Check Blindspots - Regardless of whether you are changing lanes or merging onto the freeway, you should always check your blind spots. Pause Before ... read more

What Is An Oil Filter?

What Is An Oil Filter?

We are all familiar with an oil change, but did you know that you have to get your oil filter changed too. As your engine operates, dirt and debris seep into the oil, and oil sludge can build up as a result. Fortunately, motor oil contains surfactants that move the contaminants through the oil filter. Consequently, an oil filter can eventually get clogged up — so much so that oil cannot flow freely through the filter material anymore. Once your filter becomes clogged, dirty oil will be circulating through the system, making the engine run inefficiently.   Modern vehicles typically have longer recommended oil change intervals. They can sometimes go up to 5,000, 10,000, and even 15,000 miles before needing an oil change due to synthetic and synthetic blend oils. Of course, you need to follow the manufacturer's recommendations on what type and grade of oil should be used — but you also need to use higher quality and higher capacity oil filters.   A standard c ... read more

Signs That Indicate You Should Replace Your Alternator

Signs That Indicate You Should Replace Your Alternator

If your car alternator fails, your battery might die out too, leaving you stranded. Your alternator powers up your car and keeps it running while allowing you to use such electric accessories as radio and headlights.   Here are some of the common signs of a failing alternator:   Car Starting Problems   Sometimes, your car might take unusually long to start, other times failing to start at all. Of course, a weak or dead battery might be the number one culprit. All the same, if you have ruled out this possibility, the alternator is the next place to check. Most times, the problem occurs when the voltage regulator fails.   A Weak or Dead Battery   Sure, your battery is bound to die at one time or another. May you have had it some years now and it is finally time to let it go, or perhaps you forgot to switch off your lights and left them on the whole night. Other times, though, a dying battery could be indicating a failin ... read more