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.

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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.

Four Best Family Cars of the Year

One of the important aspect while buying a car is to see if it meets your family transportation needs or not. Here is the list of some top family cars of 2012 you can consider according to the size of your family:

2012 Chrysler 300

2012 Chrysler 300C

The Chrysler 300 is a good option for people who want to own a full size comfortable sedan. Along with distinctive styling, it comes with standard easy to handle driving features. Moreover, fuel economy of 2012 Chrysler 300 is better as compared to last year’s Chrysler because of V6 engine with eight speed automatic transmissions. Price is variable which starts with $30,000.

2012 Chevrolet Suburban

2012 Chevrolet Suburban

The 2012 Chevrolet Suburban is best because of large cargo spacing. You can your personal belongings while travelling to longer distances. People, who often move across the country with a considerable stuff, should consider 2012 Chevrolet Suburban.

2012 Kia Sorrento

2012 Kia Sorento

Not many family cars have three-row seating and a highway fuel economy of 32 mpg, but 2012 Kia Sorrento does. Kia Sorrento features a voice controlled system as well as big panoramic moon roof. Besides fuel economy, it is among the affordable cars that has a starting price of just under $24,000.

2012 Subaru Outback

2012 Subaru

This year’s Subaru is Perfect ride for a midsized family. If you and your family likes a non-SUV sport utility car, then 2012 Subaru Outback is the best car you can own. With full comfort and loads of cargo, five adults can easily travel at a time in it.

Author Bio:

Christina is car enthusiast and works at auto transport depot (a network of auto movers). She has written articles and helping tips for readers looking for best best car shipping quote.

Common Auto Transport Mistakes to Avoid While Dealing With a Company

While you look to avail the services of a vehicle transport company to get your car shipped across country, make sure you avoid all mistakes that most customers commit. Following are some of the common mistakes you should avoid to ensure hassle free shipping experience:

hiring auto transport company

Look Before You Book an Auto Shipper

Not many people give importance to this important aspect of car shipping process, which in the end results conflicts because of vehicle being mishandled during transportation. Remember, to get your car shipped safely and to avoid issues like delay in car shipping, car damages, and additional charges, knowing reliability of auto transport company is important. Always avail services of a licensed, insured, and experienced auto shipper.

Make sure the Car is Covered

Even though auto transportation is safe way of getting car shipped if your auto transporter is dependable, yet you cannot take a risk. Due to roadside associated risks, every nine out of ten shipping experience minor or major accidents. Therefore, you must get your car insured for transportation. All companies are required (by law) to insure vehicle need to be transported. However, auto shipping insurance does not always cover car fully. Therefore, you must ensure your car is fully covered for transportation. So, if it is mishandled or damaged during transportation, you will have the right to claim the liability coverage amount.

Remove Your Personal Belongings

Do not choose to ship your personal belongings along with car. The car shipper might not ask you to remove your personal belongings, but you should avoid it. Remember, your car shipping insurance only covers your car, not the stuff inside vehicle. Therefore, if anything goes missing after shipping process, you would not have any right to claim for stolen/misplaced personal belongings.

If you need to know more on auto shipping process, here is a recommended reading you must go through.