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Safety Tips for Celebrating the 4th of July

Safety Tips for Celebrating the 4th of July

July 4th is a beloved holiday in America because it is a time where we celebrate our freedom with our friends and family. As we are slowly getting closer to normalcy again post-pandemic, many of us are prepared to hit the roads again this holiday. Regardless of where you spend Independence Day, you should prioritize your safety and do what you can to have a safe time.    Here are some of our tips on how to remain safe while celebrating the 4th of July this year:   Stay Alert When Driving. This cherished holiday is one of the most dangerous days of the year to drive in the US, mainly due to the increase of drunk drivers. Be aware of your surroundings while on the road, and keep a reasonable distance from other cars. There will be more traffic than usual, and parking may be difficult in crowded areas. As a result, plan ahead and research how to best get to your desired destination.   Do NOT drink and drive. There is an increase in overall alcohol consumption for ... read more

What is a Head Gasket Leak?

What is a Head Gasket Leak?

Head gaskets are vital to the health of an automotive engine. The head gasket is located between the cylinder and the engine block. The thermodynamic processes of internal combustion are contained by the head gasket. With the head gasket perfectly sealed, coolant and oil can travel throughout the engine to thoroughly cool and lubricate. The head gasket also seals the combustion chamber. Securing the combustion chamber produces enough power to propel the vehicle. The sealed combustion chamber also prevents damaging gases from entering the exhaust system. Head gasket failure or a leak in the head gasket is detrimental to engines and exhaust systems. Head gaskets are produced from layers of steel entwined with a material called elastomer. This combination of materials makes the head gasket ultra-resilient and long-lasting. Another essential function of the head gasket is keeping all the pressure created from ignition confined to the combustion chamber. A lack of pressure in the combust ... read more

Road Trip Games To Keep Your Whole Family Entertained

Road Trip Games To Keep Your Whole Family Entertained

A family road trip is something to get excited about! But it's a long trip, a small space, and everyone is bound to get restless. When you're spending so much time on the road you have to get creative when it comes to keeping everybody entertained. Lucky for you, we've put together some games you can play in the car that'll keep the spirit of a fun family road trip alive! I-Spy I spy with my little eye the most classic road trip game ever! This game has been around for a while and for a good reason. It's simple, requires no supplies, and keeps everybody entertained and engaging with each other. A timeless pick for family fun. Two Truths and a Lie This is a fun game that's cheeky in nature and helps you learn new things about the people you're playing with. Since you're playing with family, it might be difficult to trip anyone up with a lie but you never know -- people can surprise you! The Alphabet Game In this road trip game, someone takes a turn ... read more

Signs It’s Time for a Wheel Alignment

Signs It’s Time for a Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignments are critical in keeping your steering wheel straight and your car safe while out on the road. The ability to navigate traffic safely and effectively depends on how well your wheel is adjusted. Keeping it straight and in tune with every turn can be an asset to you and all the other drivers out there. With that said, there are five important signs that tell you when its time to schedule a wheel alignment. The problem starts within your wheel. You may begin to notice that you have trouble keeping your steering wheel straight as you drive. If you are driving on a road that's straight, then your wheel should be as close to the center as possible, thus keeping your car from veering to the side. Your wheel should have the natural ability to center itself without much effort after a turn. In either case, it may be time to consider getting an inspection done to check for alignment issues. There are cases when a vehicle will steer completely off course no matter how many t ... read more

Should You Try Not to Brake Hard to Avoid Damaging Your Brakes?

Should You Try Not to Brake Hard to Avoid Damaging Your Brakes?

Your brakes are one of the largest safety components you have on your vehicle. And, unlike an airbag, you use the brakes each and every time you drive. Most drivers have had to get a little heavy with the braking system at some point or another. Everyone has had someone pull out in front of them or has tried to stop short when a light turns red suddenly. But should you make those fast stops a habit? Absolutely not. It can actually damage the brakes. When you slam on the brakes, you are making the brakes work fast and furious instead of easing them into what you need done. The brake pads are meant to be gradually depressed onto the other parts. When they are pushed down hard and fast over and over again, they wear a lot faster. When your brakes wear, they will start to take more time to work. That can be dangerous, especially if you really do need to stop quickly. Stopping fast can also cause other damage to other parts of your vehicle. You can reduce your gas mileage, for example, wh ... read more

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