Common Car Maintenance Tips

Every move you make with your car has direct/indirect impacts on its efficiency. Therefore, keeping an eye on its maintenance requirements is always important. Take good care of your car and it will reward you. Keeping car in good condition is not difficult. It only needs you to follow some basic car care tips:

Car Maintenance Tips - ATD

Battery

A low quality battery will disturb you from the point you switch engine to your final point. You may find yourself stuck in middle of road because of malfunctioning battery. Therefore, be sure you are having quality battery. Today, many batteries come with maintenance free and sealed features that last for a couple of years at least.

Tires

Only thing that touches road is your car tires. Therefore, they need special attention. Before you ride your car, make sure tires are properly inflated to recommended level. To know air pressure recommended level, use tires manual. Every car maker recommends a special type of tire for a particular vehicle. Therefore, check your car manual to know what type of tires best fit it. Tires condition heavily depends on the way you drive car. Therefore, do not be a rash driver and prevent your vehicle from uneven roads. Do not drive your car if it has worn and misaligned wheels.

Engine Oil

Engine efficiency depends on oil level in it. Therefore, keep checking oil level and change it after the recommended period. Besides, not every type of engine oil is best fit for efficiency. High quality Lubricants of a reliable company can be best. From time to time, changing lubricant in engine is necessary. In general, you are advised to change it after every three thousand miles of running.

Use dipstick to check oil level. Get dipstick out, clean it with a cloth, and dip it again in the reservoir. Now remove it to see oil level. Make sure it is up to the acceptable level. Otherwise, put more oil but be sure you do not overfill it.

Miscellaneous

Besides, above-mentioned tips, you need to check the following points:

  1. Every 30 thousand mile you drive your car, make sure you replace engine coolant. It is in the best interest of your vehicles performance. With old engine coolant, heat-up issues become common.
  2. Regularly check fluid in brakes as well as power steering to ensure smooth move.
  3. Air and fuel filters also need special attention for perfect performance of car.

Follow these tips to extend life of your car.

Author Bio:

Christina is a transport analyst working for a network of auto transporters ( www.autotransportdepot.com ). She guides customers on automobile transport services and other major aspects of auto transport process. Besides, you can contact her to know how to choose an auto carrier, select shipping options, etc.

Transportation News – US National Transportation Safety Board Urges Lawmakers to Ban Use of Electronic Devices

Even though there are strict laws regarding distracted driving especially using cell phone while driving, yet number of accidents due to texting and calling is increasing. Therefore, recently United States transportation board has urged lawmakers to ban use of gadgets during driving.

driving distraction law

In a recent talk with lawmakers, the US National Transportation Safety Board has discussed a number of reasons why accidents occur. Among these reasons, distracted driving because of use of gadgets was the foremost factor that is causing hundreds of accidents every year. Therefore, to keep control on this issue, NTSB has listed Distracted Driving as its one of the major and necessary priorities of coming year. It has suggested lawmakers to strict gadget using rules while driving to ensure automobile and mass transit operators such as auto transporters and household good movers do not get distracted. The ban on use of cell phone will bring noticeable decrease in rate of accidents in next year.

NTSB

In its report, the NSBP’s officials referred a number of accidents and fatalities occurred in recent years just because of distracted driving. Most of these accidents were involving electronic and playable gadgets. It is strong supporting evidence, which is why NTSB is asking to make use of devices illegal until it is necessary for a particular job.

A mixed reaction has been observed due to this call. While some of the organizations have favored this appeal, many are against the ban of electronic devices. Especially, the Consumer Electronic Association (CEA) regards it as too heavy handed. It says that law against texting and calling to prevent distracted driving are enough to end this issue.

No specific decision has been taken against this call for ban on electronic devices so far. However, it is expected that law and enforcement agencies will revise the situation to at least strict rules for some special kinds of devices.

Tips to Keep Car Shipping Rates Low

car shippingCost of vehicle transport services sometimes is high for numerous consumers. Therefore, they do not get a chance to save a considerable amount of money on transporting their cars. It usually happens when you hire services of a highly class auto transporting company. Professional auto transportation companies set high rates for their services because of their expertise. However, it does not mean you cannot get their services at affordable car shipping rates. By considering few money saving tips, you can easily reduce the car shipping rates of a professional mover to a considerable level. It requires you to be smart and think of following suggestions while getting quotes:

Choose Open Transportation

Whether you choose open or enclosed trailers for your car shipping, professional companies always move car safely. Therefore, you should choose open auto transport carriers. Since it costs 25% to 40% less as compared to enclosed transportation, charges will likely be less if you choose open transportation.

Avail Terminal to Terminal Car Delivery

Selection of car delivery services is also important as it has major and direct impacts on cost to ship a car. There is no option but to choose door to door delivery if you need to ship an inoperable car. Otherwise, choosing terminal-to-terminal car delivery is much better because it has less impact on vehicle shipping rates. However, it requires you to be on time to collect car.

Practicing these tips while getting quotes can help you to get affordable rates to a considerable level.

Two Coolest and Appealing Cars

Everyone wishes its new ride to be the coolest car. But knows nothing what makes a car cool. When we say the car is cool, we mean it is not the typical that we see all the time roaming on roads. A coolest car is the one that would turn heads and make you center of all eyes. In all, a cool car should be appealing, uniquely beautiful, and magnificent having amazing performance. Here is the list of two coolest cars:

Ferrari FF

Ferrari FF

The Ferrari FF costs $700,000 having 660 horsepower engine enabling 0-60 mph in just about 3.7 seconds. It is supercar on ice, which is why you need to drive it carefully in winter. It is an amazing as well as beautiful all wheel drive, which has excellent performance. Especially, in snow season, Ferrari FF is awesome for driving.

Skyper C12 Zagato

Skyper

The C12 Zagato is a super car for skilled and passionate car enthusiasts. Aesthetic structure and amazing power makes it the car you would love to take your loved ones with you. The car is considered top class performance wise too. The engine with supercharger produces a power of 500bhp to 650bhp, which makes it to go from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds.

Author Bio:

Christina is a transport analyst working for a network of auto transporters( www.autotransportdepot.com ). She guides customers on automobile transport services and other major aspects of auto transport process. Besides, you can contact her to know how to choose an auto carrier, select shipping options, etc.

Four Great Smartphone Apps for Drivers

Most people regard use of mobile phones during driving a bad and risky habit. There is no doubt, cell phone use while driving car has resulted in many accidents. However, there is a positive side of mobile phones too that if drivers consider, can help them in a big way. Here are some of the mobile phone apps for drivers having smart phones to avoid annoyances of road:

iGas Up

iGas Up

in order find cheap gas in and around the area you are driving, iGas up is a viable app which allows you to get gasoline prices from gas stations. The iPhone users can take full advantage of this app as it collects prices from 10 nearest gas stations and allows them to see which one is near and cost effective. If you own an iPhone, you can download this app at a cost of just $0.99.

My Max Speed 2.0

My Max Speed 2.0

This app is great for those parents who want to track their teens while driving. It simple gives an accurate record of how your child is driving car. Besides, this app can also allow you to check location history. Smartphone users can download this smart app at $4.99.

Trapster

Trapster

An amazing app to avoid traffic tickets while you are driving car. You can use Trapster in order to know red light cameras, live speed traps, speed cameras, and other checks that come on your route. It is among a worldwide app having 14 million users. The best thing about Trapster is that it is free of cost. It is advantageous especially when you are on unfamiliar routes or planning for trips. Therefore, do not forget to install it in your phone to prevent traffic traps.

AccFuel

AccFuel

In order to determine your overall consumption of gas after driving, you can use AccFuel. This app helps you to figure out what you have spent on your car while driving. The app costs just $0.99.

Author Bio:

Christina is a transport analyst working for a network of auto transporters. She guides customers on automobile transport services and other major aspects of vehicle transport process. Besides, you can contact her to know how to choose an auto carrier, select shipping options, etc.

SAFER Web – An Intelligent Transportation System to Access Record of U.S Interstate Movers over Internet

If you ever wanted to avail the services of an auto transporter, then be sure about its reliability. Since there are both legitimate and non-licensed auto movers operating in the field, you are advised to check before booking a mover. Otherwise, chances are that you will become a victim of scammers or unprofessional companies. That means, both your car as well as money will be at risk. So to avoid it, you will have to find out a way to check accreditation of your mover.

safer web USDOT number

You can do it by adapting different approaches, but utilizing the official SAFER database system offered by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is the best way to access record of auto transporters. The Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) System enables U.S citizens to access auto moving company’s identification, legitimacy, insurance, safety record and so on over internet. The SAFER database is a module of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) that currently entails records of interstate movers operating in United States.

Following is what you can verify about your auto transporter from SAFER database system:

Legitimacy

In order to verify your company with SAFER System, you should first know its official name or USDOT number. If the mover is not providing you the DOT number, then avoid doing business with it. Once you have the number, you should enter it in SAFER search bar to check registration. Following is what you expect in return of your search:

  1. Invalid DOT number, means the company you are dealing with is not registered with Department of Transportation.
  2. Inactive DOT number, means Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has asked it to stop operating in U.S because of rule violation.
  3. Active DOT number means it is properly licensed and insured with USDOT and FMCSA.

Insurance

All auto transport companies are required to carry a minimum of $50,000 liability amount to insure the cars of customers. SAFER system enables people to check the liability amount that your auto transport company carries.

Safety Record/Safety Rating

With this system, you can also know the safety record of your company. It will help you to determine the experience of past customers with it. Besides, you can know the type of complaints and conflicts people have had with the particular company. In short, it will give you an insight of safety ratings that will enable you to understand where it stands in U.S auto transport industry.

Sandy Hurricane – 5 Immediate Impacts to Know About

Millions of people have experienced the scenes of destruction wreaked by Sandy. No one can rank it but one thing for sure, it is among the powerful storms and hurricanes ever smashed Eastern United States. Sandy storm has greatly influenced East Cost and following are few things to know about Sandy’s impact:

Fatalities

Fatalities - Hurricane Sandy

Numbers of fatalities have been reported so far. At least 30 were reported killed on Monday night in New Jersey. Sandy put everything put off from its feet. Some people were hit by trees while others died in flooding. Besides, electrical shocks and car crashes because of storm were also reported. In Toronto, a woman was hit by flying debris. Considering this disastrous scenario, the president Barack Obama announced emergency for this blow in New York and New Jersey.

People Relocated

People Relocated Sandy USA

Considering its strength and power, about one million people in a dozen of states, were asked to evacuate to avoid home go underwater and violent blustery weather toppled trees. The Red Cross has provided shelters more than 11,000 people across 16 weather-affected states. These people will stay in these shelters as the East Coast recovers from Sandy storm.

Power and Telecom Failure

Power outage in US - Hurricane Sandy

Power and telecom outage was experienced which is why people were no longer able to communicate anyone around. The storm interrupted mobile phones, home telephones, and internet services in about eight states in the northeast. In addition, the hurricane ripped of power lines, flooded networks and sparked the power stations on East River. Unofficial states say that about 8 million people in the East Coast region were without power on Tuesday after storm.

Transportation

Transportation infrastructure - Hurricane Sandy

Since Sandy storm was powerful and destructive, it has hugely disrupted and damaged the infrastructure. Especially due to road closures and local restrictions, transportation system was off. Local rail commuters, cruise passengers, air travelers, auto transporters, and all transportation system halt on East Coast side on Monday. Even the major seven bridges in New York were closed because of possible breakdown. Officials stopped people to use busiest toll roads in New Jersey due to flooding. Besides, about 15,770 flights have been cancelled up to now because of Sandy storm.

President Obama Revoked Its Campaign

Obama and Hurricane Sandy

All the political activities were revoked before Sandy prediction. Especially, it has forced Barack Obama to stop campaigns for presidential election. Sandy storm has added an uncertainty in White House as people could decide their vote based on how U.S government handled this crisis. According to political gurus, Sandy will play a vital role in election campaign especially in the East Coast region the results can vary in a huge margin.