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Safety Tips for Your Next Family Road Trip

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family on a road tripJust thinking about all the things to prepare before a family road trip can be dizzying, but it’s no excuse to neglect safety preparations. With adequate safety preparations, you can enjoy your family road trip to the fullest knowing you can face challenges that may come your way.

Here are some safety tips to give you peace of mind the whole time away on a family road trip.

Prepare Your Ride

First, consider the condition of the car to be taken on this road trip. Unless it’s brand-new, make sure to bring your car in for a tune up. Check the brake pads, window wiper blades, and all the lights. Make sure to top up all the fluids like water, coolant, and windshield cleaning fluid. See if an oil change and battery replacement is due.

Also, consider the season of your road trip. Experts from Armstrong Tire say if not during the peak of winter, you can use all-weather tires. Also, don’t forget to check on the spare tire. If you have infant car seats and booster seats, make sure they’re installed correctly.

Emergency Essentials

Prepare an emergency kit assigned to be kept in the car at all time. Make sure it includes the following: basic first aid kit, emergency medications used by any family member, a flashlight, a power bank to charge your smartphone. Prepare emergency supplies like water and some food as well.

Safety Measures for the Home

Safety preparations don’t only relate to the items to be brought to the road trip. There are many safety measures to prepare for the home that will be left behind to give you peace of mind during your trip. Cancel mail and newspaper delivery to avoid it collecting in your driveway or arrange for someone to pick up your uncollected mail or newspaper. If you have pets, arrange for their care.

Lastly, clear your fridge and pantry of food that may go bad while you’re out. You can also leave a frozen cup of water with a coin on top to tell you if your power has been cut off and came back on while you were out. If the coin is found below the ice, it means your fridge and its contents have thawed and refroze and may not be safe to consume.

With these safety preparations, you can be sure to have peace of mind during your family road trip allowing you to maximize enjoyment and create fun and loving memories.


Driving Requires Drivers to Know This Basic Automotive Skill

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woman drivingThe US is a country built on automobiles. Cars are a rite of passage. However, increasingly car maintenance and repair is being left to professionals, including simple tasks the owner can do.

Car expert Shadetree Automotive advise that if there were one skill that a driver should know, it should be replacing tires. There are other automotive skills that are easy to learn, but tire replacement has become a forgotten skill.

Pre-Drive Inspection

In the old days, the first advice to car drivers was to inspect the car before driving. That includes the tires, the radiator water level, the oil dipstick, and the gas. Nowadays, practically nobody engages in this cursory inspection of the vehicle before driving off.

Drivers have taken driving by faith that if anything goes wrong, they can call for a tow truck and a mechanic. The truth is that most common problems can be detected before using the car. And most potential problems can be fixed without a deep knowledge of how a car works.

The Easiest Maintenance Skills

An indicator of how low the level of automotive IQ is, a lot of people nowadays no longer know how to replace a flat tire. It is easy to do, and it only requires a little muscle. The spare tire is in the trunk, and it is relatively easy to lift and bring to the flat tire.

The car also has a car jack and a lug nut ratchet. The car jack is a simple tool to raise the car. The ratchet is a multi-tool used to remove the tire nuts.

The procedure is simple: raise the car with the jack, remove the lug nuts, remove the flat tire, replace with the spare tire, replace the lug nuts, and tighten accordingly. Replace the flat tire into the spare tire wheel well, and return the tools in their place.

Replacing spare tires is not a hard thing to do, but even grown men nowadays don’t know how to replace a flat. This is one of the easiest things to repair, and it is a skill that every driver should know.


Want Cheaper Car Maintenance? Revisit Your Manual

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Man driving carThe need for maintenance increases as your car spends more time on the road, ageing like a workhorse. With your Porsche, the extra weight of keeping it in its top shape may be challenging that a repair here and there may no longer be cost-effective. Worse, your dealership may not be the best place to look for scheduled visits, much less dedicated maintenance.

It’s wise then to have scheduled maintenance, notes formulamotorsports.com. To ensure lower costs in maintaining your car’s condition, dust off your car’s manual and take advantage of a scheduled plan.

Go back to your car’s manual

Going over the owner’s manual may be unsettling to some, but you only had to look over a few pages in one special section: maintenance schedule. The schedule is a chart that tells you when you should have your car serviced. It also includes all other important work that your car must undergo to complete the maintenance requirements.

The schedule is a guide made by the carmaker, and not from your dealership. So expect nothing but a pure regard for your Porsche, not additional costs for, say, a transmission flush costing over a hundred dollars or worse, an upsell for additional repairs costing hundreds more.

Take advantage of a plan

Porsche offers a scheduled maintenance plan tailored to benefit owners. You can save more over the plan’s life compared to having to pay for individual services every visit or so.

The Porsche plan locks in the total cost of routine maintenance throughout the life of the term, so there are no worries for future inflation. You can also expect quality service as repairs and replacements only use genuine parts. This guarantees confidence as you’re assured of the right service from Porsche technicians.


Sharing the Thrill: Group Ghost Hunting

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haunted house tourThe usual travel adventures could get boring at times. If you feel brave and want a new experience for you and your friends, going on a ghost tour could be a bright idea. Sharing some spooky fun can be really fun, you know!

The scary side of the Charleston Harbor

Charleston Harbor is one of the popular sites for ghost hunting. Supposed haunted sightings accompany age-old tales of murder, deceit, and war in the harbor as well as in the ancient buildings and streets around it. To make the most of such unique travel draw, haunted tours in Charleston, SC are scheduled to give those who feel brave something different to experience.

The activities liven up around Halloween when several events are set up to showcase the scary side of the town. Whether you want to participate in a spooky run or watch fright night attractions that include stage plays, dances, and music events, you’ll be entertained and enthralled at the same time.

Other times, you can simply go ghost hunting or have a haunted tour of the sites that were prepared for such.

Be equipped

You know what to prepare when you go on a vacation, but when you go ghost hunting, there are some things you must be specific with.

For one, never leave without a camera at hand. A good quality camera that could record sharp images and if you like, vivid audio recordings and video images, must be first in your bag. Some people think that ghost tours could be cheesy, but still, you’ll never know what can happen once you are there.

For another, never leave without your keen observant self. Ghost stories may have reasonable explanations, but with proper documentation, nothing could diffuse what you think you have experienced there.

At the end of the day, have fun. Be sure you and your friends will have a good laugh about the experience afterwards.


4 Car Trade-In Secrets You will Wish You Have Known Earlier

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Car showroomSo, you are thinking of getting a shiny new car but have not figured yet what to do with your current one. You could decide to sell it to raise funds for the new ride or you could trade it in and enjoy, a reduced sales tax, among other benefits.

If you decide to go with the latter option, these tips will help you get a decent deal:

Stage the car

You have probably heard that it is best to trade in your car in its current state. Bad advice. Sure, a knowledgeable car dealer in Auckland can tell whether your car is in a bad shape regardless of the staging, but it doesn’t reflect well on you if the car is an eyesore. A thoroughly cleaned and waxed ride, on the other hand, will give you an edge.

Gather all receipts

Like every good car owner, you have kept records and receipts ever since you acquired your car. Now is the time to reap the benefits of your good habit. Gather all those receipts and show them to the car dealer. They are proof that you have taken excellent care of your car and they will boost your chances of getting a better deal on your trade-in.

Time your trade-in well

The best time to go for a trade in is at the end of the month when the salesman needs to meet quotas. You will get a great deal during these periods. You can likewise take advantage of a promotion in your local car dealership and get a fantastic deal.

Do your homework

A few hours spent online can yield a wealth of information on what your car’s value might be in the market. Simply search for cars of the same model and with similar mileage. Get a copy of that information and take it to the car dealer to help argue your position.

You need not tremble at the thought of haggling for a great deal at the dealership when trading in your car. With just a few expert tips, you can always walk away with a fair price.


How to Pick a Good Second-Hand Car

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a girl buying a carWhen purchasing a second-hand vehicle, there are steps customers can take to make sure they're getting the most for their money. With careful buying, a used car can give many years of service. As older cars were built to last, it might even out-perform a new car. Used car dealers in Tauranga share some tips to help you tell whether the vehicle you're eyeing is a good deal.

Make sure a professional inspect the car.

Before signing on the dotted line, it is vital to book a professional inspection. A reputable dealer will include this in their service. Local used car dealers will offer a pre-sale inspection and let potential buyers know if there are any areas of the vehicle that need some repairs. 

Check the paintwork.

New paintwork or varying shades of colour may be a warning sign that rust damage has been covered up. Using a dealer rather than buying privately should eliminate this problem.

Check the tyres, shock absorbers and exhaust fumes.

To drive legally in New Zealand, you need to have a car with threads that measure a minimum of 1.5mm around the tyres. Shock absorbers help the car glide over bumps in the road without jarring its occupants. By pressing on the car so that it moves up and down, you can assess the state of the shock absorbers. If the car refuses to budge, then they need to be replaced. Inspect the exhaust pipes for signs of wear. Dark fumes when test-driving the vehicle are abnormal.

Second-hand cars were built to last and can be better quality than new cars if the discerning driver knows what to look for. With help from a dealer, a pre-loved car could bring years of driving enjoyment.


Get the Best Value for Your Money When Shopping for a New Car

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A woman buying a carNot many feelings can hold a candle to rolling up to your friend’s house in your brand-new car, with the seat wrappers still intact. Such a move would earn you enough street cred to last you a lifetime. More so if your vehicle of choice falls on the higher end of the spectrum, price-wise.

Pulling such a stunt would entail putting a lot of thought into the type of car, price range, brand reputation, and durability. While your finances might not afford you such a luxury, that’s not an excuse to make a wrong choice when buying a car.

Don’t buy a car to impress your friends

At the very least, you are likely to shell out $33,560 for the privilege of owning a brand-new car. Unless you are a high net-worth individual, that is an incredible amount of debt to incur to create an impression.

The payment on such a car works to a whopping $500 a month if you spread it over five years. It’s much wise to settle for a more affordable option, one that gets you to your destination without blowing a hole in your finances.

As such, you need to consider your needs when buying a car instead of looking to make a statement.

Don’t settle for the cheapest option available

Not being in a position to buy a new car doesn’t spell doom and gloom for your car owning dreams. Not at all. It only means that you take the next best option – have your pick from the wide variety of used cars for sale in Raleigh from dealers such as Auction Direct USA.

Before you dismiss the idea, remember some of the available vehicles are certified. Typically, such cars are less than three years old and are refurbished and inspected before certification by the manufacturers.

As such, they bear trimmings of a new car, including a limited warranty, minus the rapid depreciation rate and hefty asking price.

Rather than burden your finances by buying a brand-new car, you can opt for a pre-owned model and enjoy the benefits at almost half the price. Just troop into a reliable used car dealership in Raleigh and have your pick.


How to Properly Store Your Classic Car for the Winter

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Close up on a dashboard of a classic carWith the winter season, you may be storing your precious classic car in your garage, saving it for the springtime drive. But are you storing it properly the right way and with the right tools? Classic cars need maintenance to keep them in tip-top shape, considering their age.

Take a look below and see how to store a classic car properly for its winter hibernation.

Take care of it first

Before anything else, you need to perform maintenance procedures. You can change the oil, replace the filters, and wash the vehicle. You can apply grease to fittings, hood latch, and door hinges.

You can also apply silicone spray on the weather stripping on windows, doors, and the trunk to prevent stripping bonding during storage.

Fill the tank

Once you have maintained your classic car, you can prepare it for storage by first filling its tank to the full. A full tank prevents rust as it keeps moisture out of the tank. You can also add fuel stabilizers to avoid fuel hardening. Remove the spark plugs and lubricate the cylinders as well.

Install a lift

To protect the tires during storage, you can have a Bendpak 4 post lift installation like those offered by firms such as JMC Equipment. The lift can easily support your classic car and keep the tires from flat spotting. Fill the tires up to 25 psi or more.

Remove the battery

Finally, you simply have to take care of the battery, fluids, and openings of your classic car. For the battery, either remove it or use a maintainer to keep it fully charged. For the fluids, you can make sure they are all full.

For the openings such as the exhaust, heater, and air filter box, you can block them off to keep critters from making a home out of them.

Have you done the practices above when you stored your classic car? You still have time to rectify mistakes and store your car properly for the winter.


All the Reasons You Should Buy a Used Car

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A vehicle storeWhen it comes to buying a car, the first thing that many people think of is getting a loan for a brand new vehicle. Many don’t even entertain the thought of checking out other possible options, such as a pre-owned automobile.

While it’s totally up to you to buy a new one, you shouldn’t discount the benefits of buying a secondhand car. This is especially true in Auckland, where you’ll find used cars that are nearly as good as brand new automobiles, but at an affordable rate. Affordability is only one of the many other reasons they have quickly gained momentum. Here are some of the others.

Far lower value depreciation

Whenever you buy a new car, it depreciates the moment you drive it away from the dealership. Once you’ve put in about 56,000 kilometres on it, it would have already depreciated more than 50 percent.

That’s how quickly you lose when you invest in a brand new car in New Zealand, the country with the highest depreciation rate. A pre-owned car will still depreciate but not as much as a brand new car.

After a few years, you can still sell the car at nearly the same amount you paid for it. You also don’t have to pay much for a relatively new car, and it would still have the same performance as a new model.

The greener, eco-friendlier choice

You could also choose electric or hybrid cars. These cars may seem to cost much initially, but all of these will reveal their worth in seven to eight years.

You could always go for the more environmentally-friendly option or a used vehicle that suits your budget. When you purchase a used vehicle, you can check its condition to see if its condition meets the requirements and have features that do not harm the environment.


Here Are 3 Car Maintenance Tips Every Pro Knows

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A car undergoing maintenanceOwning a car is not just all about conveniences; it comes with lots of responsibilities too. Unless you give your vehicle the care it needs and deserves, you will not enjoy it for long. Here are easy maintenance tips that every car owner should know:

Always use OEM parts

When you need to replace a car part, it can be tempting to rush to the Internet to find the cheapest parts on offer. That is alright, as long as those parts are from the original equipment manufacturer, also known as OEM. Otherwise, it is much wiser to head to a reliable Nissan parts dealer in Auckland like K.D. Auto Spares when you are not sure you are getting the genuine item for your Nissan online.

Ditch the DIY car wash

What could be wrong with washing your car yourself? A lot. Washing your car at home may seem like the safest, cheapest car maintenance task, but it is really not. Every time you wash your car, you lose up to twenty times as much water as would have been taken up in a professional car wash. That is not even the worst part. Every single DIY car has left significant scratches on your ride’s paint job.

Clean your battery

Your car’s battery determines whether your car will run smoothly or not. In fact, a few specs of residue on your batteries terminals can make your car fail to start. So once every few months, check whether the battery needs some cleaning. If it does, remove it from the terminals, clean and rinse the posts, wipe them dry before putting the battery back.

Simple routine maintenance tips can save you the trouble of incurring significant bills from the mechanic. Make them a habit, and you can keep your car in good shape for long.