Car Care Tips Every Woman Driver Should Know
Here at AskPatty, we receive thousands of auto-related questions from women looking for advice from our expert panel.
|Of these, about 85% are women with questions about car care – so it's clear that this is something women want to know about!|
This spring we're teaming up with Sears Auto Center to present a free Car Care Clinic to keep “Women on the Move”, so we're kicking things off with some great must-know car care tips. If you're looking for a little Car Care 101, read on – if you want to learn even more, get to a Sears Auto Center Car Care Clinic on May 21!
April is National Car Care Month, so now's the time to spend a little time and money on some simple maintenance jobs, and it will save you big money and hassle all year.
Check your tires: Even if your car has a tire-pressure monitor, it is a good idea to check your tire pressure once a month. Under-inflated tires, even a few pounds that won’t trigger your dashboard monitor, will cause premature wear and harm fuel economy.
Have your headlights properly aimed: Mis-aimed headlights blind other drivers and reduce your ability to see the road. Also: don't overdrive your headlights. You should be able to stop inside the illuminated area. If you're not, you're creating a blind crash area in front of your vehicle. Finally, be sure your taillights and brake lights are working properly: When driving in reduced visibility conditions, drivers tend to follow the tail lights of vehicles in front of them.
Research from the Environmental Defense Fund shows that today's electronic engines do not need idling to warm up before being operated, and in fact, idling creates both unnecessary waste and harmful pollution. With today's modern engines, idling for more than 10 seconds wastes more fuel than stopping and restarting the engine.
Rob Maier, who runs Maier's Garage in Bridgeport, Connecticut, says, "You don't really need to idle your car, because of the efficiency of modern fuel injection, which eliminated carburetors and chokes. The only reason to let the car idle at all is to get the oil circulating, but after 30 seconds that's a done deal. My truck has 150,000 miles on it, and I just throw it into gear and go."
Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage. According to Esquire.com, "Idling a car in a garage, even with the door open, is dangerous and exposes the driver to carbon monoxide and other noxious gases. If the garage is attached, those fumes can also enter the house."
Temperature is rarely a reason to idle these days. If you're like us and just don't like driving in a cold car, Bob Aldrich of the California Energy Commission points out that "idling is not actually an effective way to warm up a car — it warms up faster if you just drive it." Turn on your heated seats instead!
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Thanksgiving officially opened the holiday travel season, with approximately 42 million Americans expected to have taken road trips over the long holiday weekend, according to AAA.com.
Today's very low gas prices (the lowest since 2008) are encouraging travelers to hit the highways for the holidays, especially as the AAA Fuel Gauge Report shows the national average is poised to drop to below $2 per gallon by the Christmas holiday.
I was driving my son home from school last week when I saw a black Honda Civic with PINK wiper blades. I smiled at the driver as she passed me because I knew a portion of the revenues from her wiper blades helped support Breast Cancer Awareness.
Valvoline Instant Oil Change's annual PINK Wiper fundraising campaign sold pink wiper blades during October, to raise more than $10,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® (NBCF). Valvoline shops across the country were decorated in pink, and employees wore pink shirts -- some guys even dyed their hair or wore pink wigs -- to raise awareness of this campaign. Check out some of the pink fun here at our Pinterest page.
But you’d be wise to remember that, no matter how it may feel now, real winter weather is coming…
People all over the northern United States will soon be hauling out their down coats and industrial-strength boots. One morning in the next couple of months, you’ll wake up and see inches of snow piled up outside your door and, if you’re like many, you’ll think, “Oh no, I haven’t even winterized my car yet!”
Saving money and making it last as long as possible is something many people attempt each and every day. It’s surprising however that as much as people want to save money, they forget about looking after their vehicle. So let’s take a look at ways to keep your vehicle in shape without having to spend a bucket load of cash on car maintenance.
I often ask the students I’m teaching to drive who’s responsible for the maintenance of the vehicle; the owner of the vehicle or the driver? The correct answer is both. If the owner isn’t the sole driver of the vehicle, the driver should inform the owner if something isn’t working properly. The owner can either fix it themselves or have a professional do it.