Can Towing Hurt Your Vehicle?

From family road trips to moving furniture to needing a trailer for working purposes — most folks will find themselves towing something sometime in their lives. This leads us to the question: Is towing bad for your car? And the answer is, maybe. The severity of the damages range from expected wear to catastrophic depending on 1) your vehicle's towing capacity and 2) what you are towing. So, let's take a deeper dive into that question. Can Towing Hurt Your Vehicle? Towing causes additional strain on your vehicle, from the engine to your brakes. So, it will slowly wear on your engine over time, no matter your vehicle or trailer. However, some big things will lead to faster wear and more substantial damage. Towing with an Underpowered Car While your car is a machine, it doesn't mean that you can expect the world of it, and it just happens. When towing an RV or trailer, you want to make sure it's something your car's engine and transmission can handle. [...]

7 Summer Driving Mistakes

Summer is here. That means summer road trips, heading to barbecues, and in Texas — driving in the heat. With all that comes a few Summer driving mistakes. While they may seem harmless, some of the Summer driving mistakes could lead to costly repairs and tickets. Both are things that could easily ruin your Summer. And after we've spent so much of 2020 and 2021 inside, we all deserve to have a fun Summer! Summer Driving Mistakes 1) Not Checking Your Vehicle's Fluid Levels Your engine fluids keep your engine running by lubricating and cooling off the various parts and removing the heat. Unfortunately, while they are working hard as lubricating and cooling agents, the Texas heat takes its toll on all fluids. If these fluid levels dip because of leakage, their cooling abilities do as well, which can lead to an overheated vehicle. Now is a great time to check all of your car's fluid levels. That list includes: Transmission Fluid Brake Fluid Coolant Motor Oil Power-Steering Fluid [...]

By |2021-06-18T12:07:16-06:00June 18th, 2021|Car Tips, Houston Texas|0 Comments

Protecting Your Car From Rust

Winter is on its way, and with it comes a higher threat of rust to your vehicle — which means it's time to start protecting your car from rust. In the winter and spring, there is more moisture in the air, leading to rapid corrosion. And the salt used on the roads during the snowy season will speed up the process. Now is the time to start thinking about how to protect your car. The first step in the fight against rust is awareness. It's essential to always keep an eye out for rust or possible corrosion. Even small nicks or scratches can lead to rust, and it's surprising how rapidly rust can spread, so you need to catch and treat even small scratches early and quickly. You should also pay attention to any bubbling or dark spots in the paint because this can be a sign of corrosion on the metal underneath the paint. Give some attention to the areas of your car that you don't usually notice, such as the undercarriage and [...]

By |2020-10-21T14:09:28-06:00October 21st, 2020|Auto Care, Car Tips|0 Comments

7 Things You Shouldn’t Do While Driving a Manual Car

Drivers who can drive manual cars seem to be a dying breed. Why? Because driving a manual car takes a certain added skill and finesse and today, most people don’t want to have to shift gears…especially in traffic. Additionally, manual cars come with their own set of driving rules and guidelines that are a bit different than driving an automatic car. Break them, and you could find yourself replacing your clutch sooner rather than later. And let us tell you, no one wants to be surprised with that bill. So, what do drivers with manual transmissions need to know and do differently than their automatic counterparts? 7 Things You Shouldn't Do While Driving a Manual Car 1) Use the Clutch Pedal as Foot Rest Your clutch isn't a footrest. It's meant to be engaged and then disengaged, and by resting your foot on the pedal, you are partially engaging the clutch. More importantly, resting your foot on the pedal, will prematurely wears parts that will have to be replaced [...]

By |2020-07-28T14:50:50-06:00July 15th, 2020|Auto Care, Car Tips|0 Comments

Stop Driving on Empty

We’ve all been there before. Your car’s gas light has just turned on. You could stop to get gas, but you could also put it off until the next time you go out. You may have lived out this exact scenario dozens of times. However, you may not realize how damaging and dangerous this can be. Continue reading to learn why you should stop driving on an empty gas tank right away. Reasons to Stop Driving on Empty You May Damage Your Car The first danger of driving on empty is to your car. Several different essential parts can be damaged by continuously driving with low gas. The first is the catalytic converter, which is a part of your car’s fuel system. When you drive on empty, you run the risk of stalling out. This can be very damaging to a catalytic converter and may ultimately make you need to replace or repair the part. You may also cause damage to your car’s fuel pump while driving on empty. [...]

By |2020-06-23T13:28:53-06:00June 23rd, 2020|Car Tips|0 Comments

Back-To-School Driving Safety Tips

School's back in session! Taking the kiddos to school can mean bus stops, crosswalks, and kids on bikes. During before and after school activities and pickups, drivers need to be super careful and on high alert. School zone driving safety isn't just up to families with children in school; it's up to everyone to keep the roads and zones safe.   Now is a perfect time to do a little review on driving safely around schools and neighborhoods! School Zone Driving Safety In a school zone, you have a ton to think about. From other parent drivers to kids on their way to and from class, a lot is going on. Not only do you need to think about your safety, but you also need to create a safe environment for those around you. Let's take a look at a few tips that can keep you and your loved ones safe. Load and unload kids in designated areas. Dropping children off on the street may save you the hassle [...]

By |2019-09-05T11:22:32-06:00September 5th, 2019|Car Tips|0 Comments

Signs of an Overheating Car and What to Do

Imagine this. 'You're driving down I-69 in rush hour on a hot summer day, and you start to notice your 'car's acting funny. You look down at the instrument cluster and see that the temperature gauge is indicating that your engine is hotter than usual. You really 'don't want to pull over because the interstate is busy and you want to get home. What do you do? Unfortunately, an overheating car is a real possibility, and there are right and wrong ways to respond to this scenario. 'Let's take a look at some things that can cause your car to overheat and what you should do if you notice those issues. Tell-Tale Signs of an Overheating Car You 'can't always predict when you will run into car trouble, and an overheating car is no exception. Luckily, there are some signs that can help you recognize when your 'car's engine is too hot. 1.   Temperature Gauge We used the temperature gauge as the example in the scenario above. Your temperature [...]

By |2019-08-06T11:08:09-06:00August 6th, 2019|Auto Care, Car Tips|0 Comments

Summer Road Trip Preparation

Summertime is here! With that comes plenty of sunshine, great weather — and the desire to pack up your car and head out on a summer road trip. But, that means a little summer road trip preparation. From getting your oil changed to packing for emergencies (as well as few extra bottles of sunscreen), here's what you need to know about getting your car ready for a road trip! Summer Road Trip Preparation With more than 100 million Americans planning on traveling this year, Summer road trips will be on the top of many of those families lists. And it should be! With Texas (and the surrounding states and areas) offering many gorgeous pit stops, it's time to hit the road! So, what do you need to do for your car before pulling out of the driveway? Check/Change Your Oil Your engine's oil has the large and important task of keeping your engine lubed and running smoothly. Without (or with dirty oil) your road trip may not be that [...]

By |2019-06-26T13:08:17-06:00June 26th, 2019|Car Tips|0 Comments

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|1 Comment

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
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