- Extreme cold weather
- Extreme hot weather
- Extreme humidity
- Lots of stop-and-start city driving
Well, spring is in the air, the flowers are blooming, the trees are showing buds and the temperatures are starting to come up. You know what else comes with spring weather, and that’s rain showers! Is your car ready?
Here are some things to keep in mind with the rainy weather right around the corner:
Tires: In rainy weather, hydroplaning is your enemy. Hydroplaning occurs when the car actually skates on a thin layer of water between the tire and the pavement, with the tires losing contact with the road altogether. Your tires are your first line of defense when it comes to keeping control of your car on wet pavement. The tread grooves are designed to channel water away and behind the tire’s contact patch to prevent hydroplani ...[more]
- What kind of shape are the battery’s posts, cables and cable clamps in? It’s easy for a battery to build up corrosion around the clamps and posts, which will usually appear as greenish-white, fluffy deposits. In extreme cases, it can even look like a glassy substance on the post itself. Either way, corrosion will prevent the battery from getting a good charge from the charging ...[more]
Not that long ago, diesels were slow, smoky, smelly, noisy and hard to start on cold days. Not that long ago, hybrids were poky, expensive, heavy and generally wimpy all the way around. Today, that’s all changed. For drivers who are looking to stretch a dollar a little farther and are looking for an alternative to regular gasoline-powered cars, there are some great diesels and hybrids to choose from…so let’s briefly run down some pros and cons of each design.
Economy: To make a long story short, diesels do better on the highway, while hybrids are better for around-town fuel economy. The biggest advantage a diesel has is its extremely efficient combustion, which provides great fuel economy at freeway speed. A hybrid, on the ot ...[more]
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