Checking Your Tire Pressure

Your tires are the physical connection between your car and the road. The state of this connection can determine the quality of your driving experience, and there are good reasons to make sure your tires remain in good condition.

Safety is reason number one, of course. According to NHTSA, under inflated tires lead to a variety of safety hazards including longer stopping distances and blowouts. If they’re overinflated, tires will wear unevenly, resulting in weak spots. The bottom line is that improperly inflated tires can result in unreliable performance and potentially tire failure.

Avoiding fuel waste is another important reason to monitor tire pressure. Poorly inflated tires roll over the road inefficiently, resulting in fuel waste. According to DMV.org, you can save up to 3% in fuel mileage by keeping tires properly inflated.

Maintaining the correct air pressure in your tires is pretty simple.

It’s so easy today to know when you need to check tire pressure. If your car was made in or after 2008, it’s required to have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). If one of your tires loses air, a warning light shows up on your dash. You can then use a tire pressure gauge on rested, cooled tires to see which tire is low on air.

Just fit the bulb over the tire’s valve stem and push until the pin causes a small amount of air to escape. As the air leaves the tire and enters the pressure gauge, a rod resembling a ruler will extend from the other end of the gauge. The number closest to the gauge is the air pressure expressed in PSI (parts per square inch).

If the number is lower than your car’s manufacturer recommends, you need to add more air. If the number is higher, you need to release air by pressing on the valve stem carefully. Let out a little air at a time and measure frequently to make sure you don’t wind up with too little air.

If your car doesn’t have TPMS, you can still check the air pressure regularly and add or remove air to keep tires performing well.

While weather and street conditions are beyond your control, the state of your tires is not. Checking and maintaining correct tire pressure will help to keep yourself and others on the road safe.

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Checking Your Tire Pressure

These Are the Best Family Friendly Cars in 2018

  1. Honda Odyssey, Minivan

Ranked #1 of minivans by U.S. News and by Kelly Blue Book, the Honda Odysseyis considered the best minivan in the U.S. because it affords comfortable space for cargo and any size rider. It drives like a car and is equipped with driver assist and safety features such as collision mitigation braking. Inside there is a new infotainment system and even a vacuum for quick cleanups. The redesigned Odyssey with Magic slide seats, five child safety seats, and an in-cabin camera is a reliable vehicle with a high resale value.

  1. Subaru Outback, Crossover

The respected Outback is versatile like an SUV and rated as the best vehicle for the money. Larger and sleeker than other crossovers, it rides like a family car with room for five passengers and a generous cargo area of 35 cubic feet (73 cubic feet with the back seats down). This Subaru accommodates baby seats, small children, teens, and adults without crowding anyone.

  1. Ford Expedition, Large SUV

The Expedition is ranked #1 in its group. The redesigned Expedition has the best third row of all SUVs, and like other SUVs, the Expedition can be purchased as a four-wheel-drive vehicle. (No minivans other than the Toyota Sienna have this capability). With 3.5-liter V6 engines, this SUV has 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque so that the family can pull a boat or other things.

  1. Acura MDX, Midsize SUV

Acura MDX is ranked #5 among luxury midsize SUVs by U.S. News. This stylish vehicle is particularly accommodating to older members of the family as entry is much more comfortable than climbing into a van and some SUVs. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now standard equipment. The cushioned seats in the second row slide forward, and the backs tilt to a comfortable angle. Acura has a smooth ride, safety features, and a quiet cabin. With its three rows for seating or storage, along with excellent fuel efficiency, the MDX makes a great family vehicle.

  1. Honda CR-V, Compact SUV

Easy to drive and maneuver, the Honda CR-V is ranked #1 among compact SUVs by Kelley Blue Book and US News as the top vehicle for smaller families and the money. Having earned a rating of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fuel-efficient CR-V has 40 cubic feet (76 ft. with the seats folded)of storage space, and senior passengers can quickly enter it. Because of its safety/driver assist system, the Honda CR-V is also rated as one of the safest crossovers.

These Are the Best Family Friendly Cars in 2018

Handy Car Gadgets You’ll Want to Have For Your Next Roadtrip

If the warm summer weather creates a sense of wanderlust in your adventurous spirit, it can lead to various road trips being planned. Before you set out on your next road trip adventure, however, you should purchase some handy car gadgets that will improve your convenience and safety while out on the open road.

Portable Jump Starter Kit

While keeping a set of jumper cables in your car will assist you in a battery emergency, they’re only beneficial if there’s another car in the area to provide you with a charge. Being out on a road trip means that you’ll encounter many solitary miles with no other drivers around to provide you with assistance should your battery malfunction. Bringing a portable jump starter kit will ensure that you can jump start your car battery on your own since it holds its own charge. Additionally, some jump starter kits, such as the Bestek Jump Starter, also features a flashlight and USB ports so that you can charge your various mobile electronic devices.

Car Safety Tool

Although it’s something that no one wants to experience, a car accident is an unfortunate reality of venturing out in any automobile. It’s better to prepare for such an eventuality rather than to hope you never experience one. In keeping with this proactive mindset, investing in a car safety tool will prove to be invaluable to you and your companions’ survival in the event of an accident. A car safety tool acts as a hammer that can shatter windshields or door windows to allow you to escape from a wrecked car. There are also blades on the safety device that can cut you free from a malfunctioning seat belt. Be sure to keep the car safety tool in an easily accessible place such as inside the glove compartment or the console between the driver’s and passenger’s seats.

GPS Keychain

While out on your road trip adventure, the last thing you want to deal with is a set of lost keys. Some clever tech-savvy entrepreneurs have realized this and invented a keychain that is Bluetooth-equipped. This GPS keychain will allow you to locate your lost keys using a mobile app that can be downloaded onto any of your mobile devices for quick and easy use.

Handy Car Gadgets You’ll Want to Have For Your Next Roadtrip

How Far, Really, Can A Car Go on One Charge?

In a world increasingly conscious of the environment, electric vehicles have been at the helm of cutting down fossil fuels. You would think, considering how surrounded we are by climate change’s harsh realities, we would be jumping at the prospect of electronic vehicles that do not spout pollution into our already tainted atmosphere. However, the numbers don’t reflect that. In fact, the percentage of new car sales in 2015 being directed to electronic vehicles was less than one percent. Astounding, but understandable when you look at electronic vehicles in a side-by-side comparison with their internal combustion brothers and sisters. Perhaps the most significant question that is raised out of such a comparison, is how far can an electronic car go on “one tank,” or rather, one charge. Here are three of the most popular electric vehicles and the range they boast:

Chevy Volt (53 Miles)

With a fully charged battery, the Chevy Volt claims to be able to travel a full range of 53 solely electric miles. While certainly a considerable distance, it seems this range would be best reserved for merely traveling to and from work. For any individual considering an interstate, or even an international, trip, the Chevy Volt is not a viable choice. While of course, interstate travel is surely not the deciding factor when purchasing an automobile, it is a factor nonetheless; and the fact that the Chevy Volt is one of the longer lasting batteries presents a problem to a mass consumer migration to EV’s.

Tesla Model S (270 Miles)

This sporty sedan not only beckons customers forth with its hit aerodynamic aesthetic, but also draws them in with a larger, 270 mile range. This increase in range decreases the new phenomenon known as “range anxiety,” all the while boasting a more than capable engine with a body that makes heads turn. However, there is a catch, the price. At 85,000$, the Tesla Model S is not necessarily a budget vehicle.

Chevy Spark (82 Miles)

This remarkably small vehicle boasts 82 miles on a single charge and only costs 25,170$, a huge reduction when compared with the Tesla. Of course, the aesthetics and performance of the Spark do not quite match that of Tesla, as I imagine is expected. At 128 miles per gallon in the city, the Spark’s gas reduction perfomance is unparalleled. For comparison, the Tesla sits at 95/mpg city.

 

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Future Cars Pt 2

The realm of street-legal speed is a hotly contested one. Car companies will push the boundary as far as possible, squeezing more horsepower and shaving seconds off their 0-60 runs. This lRobert Taurosaatest entry in the world’s fastest car will surely run you a pretty penny, for both the price tag and any possible incursions with the law your joyriding might earn.

The current holder of the fastest production car is the Bugatti Veyron. The 16.4 Super Sport “World Record Edition,” is capable of some pretty astounding speeds. In a long enough stretch, this car can reach up to 270 mph. Capable of going 0-60 in 2 seconds, this speed demon will have you around the block and back seconds after the light turns green.

Though reaching the top-speed would prove difficult on any normal road, all the discerning driver would need is a rented landing strip. Considering the cost of this car, renting such a lavish speed strip should be a pittance. Just pushing the envelope on what it is to be street legal, the geniuses at Bugatti know speed, and know that their clientele expect it.

So, why? Why get a car so fast that you’d need specific situations to see what it’s capable of? The experience has been likened to riding in a space ship. The smooth curves of the interior match the wind-slicing body design, each bend meant to evoke a feeling of motion. This is more than a vehicle, it’s speed incarnate. Though the price may be steep for some, many would leap at the chance to sit behind the steering wheel for just a few minutes of uninhibited driving.

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Future Cars Pt 2

Future Cars Pt 1

Robert TaurosaYears ago, futurists predicted the year 2000 would be one of wonder and science. Cars with domed roofs zipping through the sky while we stand on automated sidewalks and take our meals entirely in pill form. Though that future may not have come true in its entirety, Google’s most recent development could be the next wave of the future. Having ripped a page out of Golden Age Sci-Fi and put it on the road, Google presents the self-driving car.

Showing off its most recent prototype last Saturday at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, California, Google proved that it owns the cutting edge. While prototypes of this vehicle were unveiled in May, Google has been road testing their latest creation since June. Keeping it sheltered from the public eye, Google kept their baby behind glass, only available for a chosen few to see.

Chris Urmson, the director of Google’s self-driving car program, announced the car’s many features. Along with your typical air-conditioning and power windows, you can elect to remove your accelerator pedal, brake pedal, and steering wheel. While the car does come with a fail-safe stop button, the final model will look entirely different. Only being a prototype, this early peek at what Google plans to offer has titillated many. Unveiling their vehicle as part of the Paint the Town project, Google sought local artists to submit artwork to be showcased on the vehicles. Introducing a concept as foreign and futuristic as a self driving car will take all the positive P.R. Google can muster.

With a history of successful innovations under their belt, it should come as no surprise that Google is the one to introduce such a major leap in the technology. While it may be several years before the highways are bustling with self-piloting cars, it’s no doubt that the future is upon us.

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Future Cars Pt 1