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

Tips for Driving in Bad Weather

The relaxed grip on the wheel with the music blasting may get you through an average headache commutes fine, but when severe weather strikes it's going to take a bit more. Weather (see what we did there) it's pouring rain, formidable fog or ice slicker than Danny Zuko's hair driving in bad weather takes a little finesse. So without further ado, here are our tips for driving in rain, snow, fog, sleet or any day that isn't sunny and bright. Tips for Driving in Bad Weather While many of our tips for driving in bad weather are the same (slow down, give yourself more distance and stay alert), certain weather requires certain sets of driving rules. Tips for Driving in the Rain You wake up ready to tackle another day, step outside and what do you see? Wet, slick pavement. Coupled with poor visibility, drivers now have to tackle all the standard rules of the road with less grip on the road. From braking to turning, rain adds [...]

By |2018-12-21T10:08:27-06:00December 21st, 2018|Car Tips|0 Comments

Holiday Travel Tips

With the holidays upon us, many of you will be planning car trips to visit family and friends. You could be traveling inside the state or could be preparing to cross state borders. Whatever the case may be, you should always plan accordingly. While there are plenty of tips that will keep you safe on the road, here are a few holiday travel tips. Not only with these tips for holiday travel keep you safer, but they also help make the drive more comfortable as well. Holiday Travel Tips — Keep Your Car in Shape Before heading out on the road, it’s important to make sure you’re all caught up on car maintenance. The last thing that you want is to have to pull over on the side of the interstate because you have a problem with your vehicle. It’s really quite simple to do this. Every auto center is happy to inspect your vehicle for you. When you take your care in, ask your trusted automotive service to [...]

By |2018-12-06T09:34:50-06:00December 6th, 2018|Car Tips|0 Comments

Safety Tips for Driving at Night

The seasons are changing. This also means you should be thinking about how this affects your car and your driving. Now that it becomes darker earlier than in the summer months, we find ourselves driving in the dark more often. It’s true that it’s more dangerous than driving in the daytime. Even if you are a good driver, there are always new tips that you might find useful when driving after the sun goes down. 7 Safety Tips for Driving in the Dark 1. Use Your Headlights You should be using your headlights as soon as the sun starts to set. But, when was the last time that you checked to make sure they were operating correctly? A burned-out headlight looks more like a motorcycle than a car to other on the road. It could confuse other drivers and put you in danger. It may also be tempting to drive with your high beams on because you can see better. However, this is far more dangerous for everyone on [...]

By |2018-11-26T08:40:34-06:00November 23rd, 2018|Car Questions, Car Tips|0 Comments

Driving Into Autumn & Fall Car Care Tips

Fall. The season of pumpkins, pumpkin pie and pumpkin spiced lattes. But, it's also the season of change as leaves change and temperatures begin dropping. And that means it's time to get your car ready for a different season with these fall car care tips and tricks. Fall Car Care Tips & Maintenance To-Dos With Autumn comes a significant change in weather. Gone are the blue skies and hot temperatures. Instead, start expecting cold mornings and stormy weather. So, what do you need to do to get your car ready for fall? 1. Check Your Tires With almost guaranteed sunny weather gone, now is the time to check on the things that keep you connected with the road — your tires. Checking your tires' tread should be apart of your general car care checklist, but before fall it's especially important. Same goes for your tires' air pressure. Just had full tires, but notice they look less inflated on the crisp fall mornings. Don't automatically assume you have a leak. As [...]

Driving an Automatic Car and What Not to Do

Everyone thinks driving an automatic car is easy. And they are right! A simple press of the gas pedal gets you going, and a stomp on the brakes stops you in your tracks — no manual shifting or clutch pedal needed. But, that doesn't mean you should take your transmission and engine for granted. Driving an automatic transmission comes with its own set of rules. What Not to Do When Driving an Automatic Car No worrying about miss-shifting or stalling out when you drive a car with an automatic transmission. However, there are still a few things that you shouldn't do when driving an automatic car. Stop Coasting in Neutral — Downhill or Otherwise There is a misconception floating around that putting your car in neutral while going down a hill, coasting or at a stop light saves your engine and conserves gas. Well, that's not true. Modern cars now automatically stop the flow of gasoline when it's not needed. Thank you modern technology! Additionally, it's not a [...]

By |2018-09-06T16:05:07-06:00September 6th, 2018|Auto Care, Car Tips|0 Comments

Tips for Going Green with Your Current Car

Hybrid cars and electric vehicles aren't for everyone. While great for the environment, they aren't great for everyone's lifestyles. For the farmers and ranchers, a Prius just won't cut it. Some need a car with some power to get them up steep roads and driveways. Others can't afford a fancy, new car in their garage. Whatever your reason, that's okay. Luckily, going green(er) with your current car is a possibility. Here are a few tips for going green while keeping your vehicle. How Cars Affect the Environment Before even hitting the road, vehicles require plenty of energy. During production, plants use copious amount of power running the machinery needed to turn steel, rubber, glass, plastics, and paints into a working, drivable car. Once your vehicle hits the road, fuel becomes the most significant impact on the planet. From extraction to transporting to burning, your car's need for fuel and emissions affect air quality, natural resources and more. But, that doesn't mean the solution is only to ride your [...]

By |2018-07-26T12:27:55-06:00July 26th, 2018|Car Questions, Car Tips|0 Comments

Safe Driving with Kids – 5 Tips & Tricks

Distracted driving. We see the billboards and PSAs warning drivers to put down their phones, stop changing the music, and stop chatting with friends. But, what about kids in the car? Studies show new moms are three times as likely to crash than the average driver, and with such precious cargo in the car that is a terrifying statistic. But, driving with kids doesn't have to be scary or stressful. Here are our tips and tricks to staying safe while driving with kids in the car. 5 Tips & Tricks for Driving with Kids Safely From screaming toddlers to agitated teens to improper use of child seats, driving with kids can be difficult. But, don't let the stress get to you. By keeping your cool and planning ahead, it's just another drive around the block. Tip 1 - Learn How to Install a Child Seat Before the Baby Comes Perfect practice makes perfect. Don't just assume you know how to use your child's car seat. After all, you [...]

By |2018-07-12T12:36:31-06:00July 12th, 2018|Car Tips|0 Comments

6 Safe Driving Tips You Shouldn’t Forget

Sure, it's been a few years (or decades) since you took your driver's license test. But, that doesn't mean you should forget all the rules and driving tips! Actually, quite the opposite. While at the time it may have seemed like the obstacle in the way of your freedom, the driver's test prepares you for the road. Here are a few things you should always remember from your driver's test that will help you stay safe on the road. Safe Driving Tips You Shouldn't Forget They range from remembering signals, to proper following distances and the classic "put the phone down." But, all of these tips for driving safely help you (and those around you) arrive to your destinations accident-free. Tip #1 - Follow Proper Spacing Rules It's time to stop tailgating. Not only will it not get you there faster, but it also makes everyone around you angry, and it inhibits your ability to stop in time. So what's a reasonable distance? Follow the three-second rule. You should be (at the minimum) three seconds [...]

By |2018-05-22T09:16:02-06:00May 22nd, 2018|Car Tips|2 Comments

5 Summer Car Tips

Welcome to Texas—it's hot, really hot! While Texas may cool off during the winter, once summer hits expect temperatures to start hitting 100-degrees. While you can take shelter in your home, your car cannot. Unfortunately, all that heat deals damage to your vehicle. So, what can you do to prepare your car for the summer heat? Protecting Your Car from the Heat & Summer Car Tips Just how hot can your car get during Summers in Texas? If it's 102-degrees outside, the interior can escalate to 160-degrees! No wonder heat is one of the biggest environmental concerns for vehicles. Here are some summer car tips to keep your vehicle cool in the hot weather. Tip #1 - Check Your Coolant System Regularly Keeping your car cool isn't just a luxury, it's a requirement. Your cooling systems works overtime during the summer to keep your engine cool and prevent overheating. What should you look out for with your cooling system? For starters, always keep your coolant level topped off. Get an oil change to keep built-up [...]

By |2018-05-10T09:50:49-06:00May 10th, 2018|Auto Care, Car Tips|2 Comments
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