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9 Questions to Ask Your Car Mechanic

Guess what month it is! Yes, it’s April. It’s also National Car Care Month! Time to celebrate by taking your car into your trusted mechanic. Taking your car into a professional for maintenance is just part of owning a car. There’s no way around it. You may know your mechanic like a family friend, or you could be getting to know them. In either case, there are questions to ask your mechanic to gain the confidence that your auto professional will take the best care of your car. A little bit of knowledge goes a long way and allows you to make the right decisions for you and your car. So let's look at a few questions to ask your mechanic that will go a long way. Questions to Ask Your Mechanic 1. Have you worked on my car’s make and model before? This one is especially true if you are seeing a new mechanic. Sometimes mechanic shops only work on certain types of cars. If you have a [...]

Spring Driving Tips & Hazards

You know what they say, April showers bring May flowers! That’s right; it’s Springtime. During Springtime we are ready to get outside and hit the road to some of our favorite vacation destinations. However, don’t forget about road safety! Let’s talk about some of the hazards that Springtime can bring and a few spring driving tips. 9 Spring Driving Tips & Hazards 1. Watch for Animals During colder weather, animals typically become slower and less active. However, that means that when the weather warms up those animals come out of their hiding holes full of energy. Springtime also means that these furry friends have their offspring in tow. Also, since animals don’t know the rules of the road and don’t know how to use and follow wildlife crossing signs, it’s up to you as a motorist to keep a watchful eye out. Remember, dawn and dusk are two times that animals will be most active! 2. Mind the Allergy Medicine While Driving Perhaps you aren’t one of the unlucky [...]

By |2019-04-11T12:26:30-06:00April 11th, 2019|Car Tips|0 Comments

Preventing Flat Tires

Part of owning a car means preparing for problems, including flat tires. And, there are a lot of causes behind just that. The good news is that there are ways to prepare for and prevent flat tires from occurring. Take a look at our tips on preventing flat tires and the warning signs your tire may be losing air. Avoiding and Preventing Flat Tires 1. Check Tire Pressure Losing air from a tire leads to a flat. That’s a no-brainer. So, checking your car’s tire pressure regularly will help you spot a leak before it turns into a flat. If you’re unsure of what your tire pressure should register at, you can find the psi (pounds per square inch) on a label in the driver’s door jamb, in your car's manual or on the side of the tire as well. Cars now come with their sensors that will alert you when a tire is low. Another tell-tale sign of low tire pressure is a drop in your vehicle’s gas [...]

What to Do When Storing Your Car

Storing your car isn't all that uncommon. Maybe you live in a city and don’t drive your vehicle very often. Or, perhaps you plan on traveling and need to store your car in your absence safely. Just because you won’t be driving the vehicle doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t plan on maintenance and care. If you plan on putting your automobile in storage for an extended amount of time you may consider some of the preparation and maintenance tips listed below. Preparing Your Vehicle for Storage 1. Clean the Vehicle Clean your vehicle inside and out. Cleaning the Interior Make sure that you aren’t leaving anything valuable or something that you may need at a later date inside the car. Make sure to check the trunk. Don’t leave anything inside the vehicle that could cause harm to the interior. Make sure there are no drinks or food left behind before you say ‘goodbye’ to your car. Cleaning the Exterior Wash and inspect your vehicle’s exterior. A thorough cleaning will [...]

By |2019-03-21T11:22:50-06:00March 21st, 2019|Auto Care, Car Questions|0 Comments

Spring Events in Houston, TX

Houston is considered the most populated city in Texas and is full of community events for the surrounding community and visiting tourists. With the excitement of a bustling city and quieter areas, like city parks, there are plenty of things to do in Houston year round. However, with warmer months upon us, here is a list of Spring Events in Houston, TX that the whole family can enjoy. 10 Spring Events in Houston, TX 1. Southeast Texas Fair (March 21 – March 31) Combining entertainment, food, livestock, and carnival rides, the South Texas State Fair & Rodeo is one of the big spring events in Houston that's open to the whole family. Located in Beaumont, the fair’s entrance fee ranges from $4-$8, depending on the day. One of the main attractions is the YMBL Championship Rodeo starting at 7:00 pm on Friday, March 23rd. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association exhibit the U.S.’s top cowboys and cowgirls. Additionally, the fair also provides an opportunity for local artists to show their [...]

By |2019-03-07T11:59:28-06:00March 7th, 2019|Houston Texas|0 Comments

What to Know When You Get in a Car Crash

Part of driving includes sharing the road with other drivers. Although we try to drive safe, we can’t always prepare for what happens on the roads. Sometimes a car crash is an unavoidable accident. So, it’s best to be prepared in case of an accident. In this article, we compiled several lists of essential knowledge on what you need to know if you get in a car crash. Familiarize yourself with the lists below, so you’re prepared if an accident happens to you. 3 Vehicle Documents You Should Have in Your Car Day-to-day life can be hard to keep organized, so we’ll make the first list easy on you. Here are the three most important documents that you should always have on you when driving. 1. Driver’s License For many, this is a no-brainer. But, when was the last time that you checked to make sure that your license is still in your wallet, purse, or glovebox? Might as well double check now. Remember, your license proves to authorities [...]

By |2019-02-25T15:32:04-06:00February 21st, 2019|Car Questions|0 Comments

5 Things to Know About Airbags

Car maintenance is not always about the longevity of your car. It can also be about safety. How often do you think about the airbags in your car? What are important things to know about airbags? From safety rules to how they work, here's a few things about your car's airbags. A Brief History of Airbags in Cars Car airbags are also known as a Supplementary Restraint System (SRS) and are usually found in the dashboard, interior sides, and the steering wheel. Airbags were first introduced in the 1970s. In 1998 they became a federal regulation in car production. We rarely hear or think about airbags outside of car accidents. However, you should consider them part of your regular car maintenance. Why? According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “Airbags reduce the chance that your upper body or head will strike the vehicle's interior during a crash.” Airbags usually deploy within 300 to 400 milliseconds during a crash. This means that they have some super-charges projectiles behind [...]

6 Myths About Engine Oil

Your car needs regular oil changes — that’s a fact. It should already be a part of your routine car maintenance. But, there is a lot of confusion about what type of oil and when the oil needs a changing. Chances are you’ve heard the myths floating around about car engine. These myths can get in the way of proper maintenance. Read through our list of myths about engine oil to ensure a long life for your car’s engine. 6 Myths About Engine Oil 1. Engine Oils are All the Same. This is wrong. Different types of engine oils are made for different car technologies and different types of cars. Oils have different physical characteristics too and can have different viscosities and temperature thresholds. Depending on the age, mileage, and make of your car, you could benefit from using a different type of oil engine. This is why you should talk to your automobile expert to decide on which oil is right for your engine. 2. Oil Changes Should [...]

By |2019-04-10T07:48:46-06:00January 30th, 2019|Auto Care, Car Questions|0 Comments

4 Tips for Avoiding Traffic Tickets

It happens to everyone. We don’t think about how we’re driving or the problems with our cars until we see the flashing lights in our rearview mirror. At that point, there is not avoiding traffic tickets. Nobody wants to get pulled over. Tickets mean paying money and losing points on your license. Getting in trouble for your driving increases the cost of your insurance. You don’t want to pay more than you have to. There are plenty of tips out there to keep you safe, but what about tips to prevent you from getting pulled over. Don’t start the 2019 new year on the wrong foot. Take a look at the list below to keep yourself ticket-free this year by avoiding traffic tickets. 4 Tips for Avoiding Traffic Tickets 1. Don’t Speed Of course, our #1 tip is about speeding. Everyone knows this is a sure-fire way to get into trouble. The Texas Department of Transportation says that Texan law sets the maximum speed at 70 mph; however there [...]

By |2019-01-17T12:04:08-06:00January 17th, 2019|Car Tips|0 Comments

Signs of a Worn Suspension: Shocks and Struts

As a car owner, you are well aware that your vehicle needs regular care like tire replacements and oil changes. But, how often do you think about your car’s suspension? Because drivers often think that suspension is only about a smooth ride, this part of the car can be overlooked a lot when it comes to repairs. Your suspension is made up of many parts and can affect the ability to steer and turn the car too. Your car’s suspension basically connects the body of the vehicle to the wheels. It’s what gives the driver the ability to steer and move the car. The suspension is made of many things - tires, tire air, springs, links, and struts/shock absorbers. That’s right, struts and shock absorbers are different components. They can be found in separate cars and are not interchangeable. For example. If you have a car that is built with struts, you cannot replace those broken or worn parts with shock absorbers. So, what’s the difference? The Difference Between [...]

By |2019-03-14T13:44:39-06:00December 31st, 2018|Car Parts|0 Comments