5 Defensive Driving Tips

For defensive driving, you should know a few important tips. The tips are great for any driver, but they are more useful for new drivers like you. The tips given below will help you in many situations and you will be able to drive safe and sound.

TIP 1: Don’t Use Cell phones While Driving

Chatting when you are behind the wheel is not a good idea, as you won’t be aware of your surroundings. As a matter of fact, using a cell phone while you are driving is a very dangerous habit. The only time you can use a cell phone is when the car is parked. However, if you need to make an important call, you can pull over.

TIP 2: Watch the Traffic Signs

While driving, you should pay attention to the road signs. This will help you stay within the speed limit. Unlike most drivers, you shouldn’t do what the drivers ahead of you are doing. They may not be following the traffic rules. Make sure you don’t cross the speed limit or you may be at a higher risk of having an accident.

TIP 3: Keep a Distance

Keep a distance from the vehicle ahead of you. This will help you prevent a collision in case you have to apply brakes all of a sudden. If you don’t maintain enough distance, you may end up hitting the vehicle ahead of you.

If you are driving on icy roads or roads that are covered with snow, you may want to leave more room as you will take longer to stop. Vehicles tend to slip on icy surfaces when breaks are applied. So, keep this in mind.

TIP 4: Don’t Drive in Bad Weather

Bad weather may cause accidents. So, we suggest that you don’t drive when it’s raining or snowing. This is more important for beginners. Driving at night is more difficult so you need to be more careful. However, you can driver at night if you have an expert driver with you. They can teach you how to drive in bad weather. Once you are confident enough, you can drive at night as well. However, you should avoid driving in bad weather to be on the safe side.

TIP 5: Don’t Make Haste

At times, while driving you may be in a situation where you may not know whether you should pass or let the other driver pass. This can happen in a four way stop. In this type of situations, you may want to let the other person have the right of way. In the worse scenario, if you and the other drive pull out at the same time, you may have a collision. So, it’s best that you wait a few seconds before you pull out.

So, these are a few defensive tips you can use while driving. This way you can be safe while on the go. Keep in mind that your life is the most important thing for you. It’s not a good idea to be in a hurry at all times.

The 5 Hitch Classes and Their Maximum Load Capacities

With the right towing hitch, you can make your vehicle into a road trip ready, trailer-hauling machine! But in order to choose the right trailer hitch, you must first learn which hitch class matches your towing vehicle. In fact, it is also important to consider a few additional factors that influence the hitch class you will need for your towing purposes. For starters, be sure to refer to your towing vehicle’s owners’ manual, as well as, the same manual for your trailer. The manual for your towing vehicle will provide its maximum tongue weight (TW) and gross trailer weight (GTW).

TW = Total amount of weight that rests directly on top of the hitch.

GTW= Total mass of your trailer, including hardware and cargo.

Once you have this information, you will have an easier time selecting the proper trailer hitch for your towing needs. You may also contact a local towing and recovery company for professional towing service if you are not comfortable setting up your own rig. For now, continue reading to learn the average towing capacities for all 5 hitch classes.

Hitch Classes

There are a variety of tow hitches available on the market, all of which retain varying features and capacities for different towing applications and trailer types. But all hitches can be categorized into 5 classes, appropriately labeled Class 1 through Class 5. Look below for a guide to their maximum towing capacities. Generally Roman Numerals are used for hitch classes (i.e. Class I, Class II, Class III, Class IV, and Class V), but we have used numbers for easier understanding.

Class 1:

GTW = 2,000 lbs.

TW = 200 lbs.

Class 2:

GTW = 3,500 lbs.

TW = 300 lbs.

Class 3:

GTW = 5,000 lbs.

TW = 350 – 600 lbs.

Class 4:

GTW = 10,000 lbs.

TW = 600 – 1,800 lbs.

Class 5:

GTW = 10,000+ lbs.

TW = 600 – 1,800 lbs.

Additional Hitch Considerations

Now that you know each hitch class and their towing capacity, you can easily figure out which class you’ll need for your tow. Keep in mind that you must also match all other towing setup components with your correct hitch class, including the ball mount. When it comes to choosing a tow hitch manufacturer, be sure to read customer testimonials and product reviews before making a final purchase. With so many manufacturers and brands to choose from, it can be overwhelming come time to make a purchasing decision. Just trust recent reviews and read up on return policies and you should be just fine!

Protect Your Car and Pickup Truck in Summer

For nine long months we wait for summer and when finally it is here, it is not always the Summer of our dreams. Long sunny days are a great boon but with Global Warming in full swing, it is just too much of a good thing for our cars and pickup trucks.

Our cars are not just our mode of transportation but also a refuge from the brutal heat when Sun really cranks up its engine. When the car is sitting outside in the sweltering heat the inside temperature keeps rising until it is dangerously hot. The trapped sunlight inside the car can bake the car to 120 degree in 80 degree temperature.

And yes it is true air conditioning breaks more often in Summer just when you need it most. Cars naturally overheat a lot in these months but not just because of the Sun beating down hard. For many it is the radiator that acts up while others suffer when coolant reservoir runs out of antifreeze.

Here are some other tips on keeping your car cool during Summer:

(1) Park in a shady spot and place sunshade

A necessary precaution is the choice of parking spot. Whenever possible, choose a shadier spot to park even if it means walking a few blocks. Your body and your car will thank you when you return to a cooler car. If you cannot find a shady spot then place sunshades in front and rear windows and if the heat is intense then place window visors on the side as well. Crack open the windows slightly to allow cross ventilation.

(2) Install a tint

If you live in a warm country then getting your windows tinted is a great idea. It protects you not only from heat but also from prying eyes. Find out tinting regulations in your country as most countries restrict tinting to a certain percentage. In most countries including the United States the maximum allowed tinting is 30%.

(3) Check and change the coolant

Coolant system is generally the first casualty of the summer so we cannot risk its breakdown due to overheating. Manufacturers recommend that drivers should flush the coolant from the reservoir every two years. Mechanics recommend that antifreeze should be mixed with water half and half. Make sure you check and refurbish the coolant system at the onset of the summer.

(4) Change the oil regularly

Mechanics recommend that oil should be changed every 3000 to 5000 miles. If you are living in a country with dirty fuel, oil and filters should be changed more often. Make it is a habit of checking the oil volume every few weeks. Make sure that the engine has a chance to cool off before you check the oil.

(5) Have A/C serviced regularly

Get your Air Condition serviced before the onset of summer. Most owner’s manual list air condition service schedule and this schedule should be followed.

How to Avoid Aggressive Drivers

Aggressive Driving is becoming a worldwide problem. Aggressive drivers not only put their lives in danger but also the lives of other drivers. Almost every driver has experienced some form of aggressive driving in their lifetime. Aggressive driving is on the rise worldwide on every continent from Africa, Asia, Americas to Europe. We may blame it on overpopulation, stress, global warming or signs of the Last Days but the fact is that aggressive drivers are here to stay. It is best that we find a way to co-exist with them. We have to take aggressive drivers seriously as currently they cause more accidents than drunk drivers, large vehicles and congestion. Almost one third of road fatalities are caused by over-speeding and aggressive drivers overspeed.

It’s Not Only Anger

It is a common belief that most aggressive drivers are neurotics with no outlet for their inner rage and of course angry people make a large portion of aggressive drivers. Impatient people in a hurry to get to their destination though can be just as aggressive. Unsafe driving may also be caused by stressed and irritated individuals. Aggression from one driver goads other drivers into aggression and we have a chain reaction to contend with. Your life is much too precious to lose over momentary anger, stress or boredom.

Congestion Breeds Aggression

Every passing year we get more and more new cars on the road. This leads to congestion on the roads and waiting on the crowded roads raises frustration that eventually leads some into aggressive driving.

Motorcycle Riders

More and more motorcycles are now on the road and many motorcycle drivers weave in and out of lines at full throttle. In developing countries motorcycle riders are a leading cause of fatalities and things are not much better in developed countries either. Be more alert when motorcycle riders are passing by your vehicle and slow down if feasible to let them overtake you.

A chain reaction

Aggressive drivers start a chain reaction by getting other drivers angry and frustrated. Too many otherwise good drivers become a part of the problem by reacting instinctively into unsafe driving

Around Larger Vehicles

Large vehicles as trucks and buses have larger blind spots and are not always able to see drivers that are following too closely or speeding past them. It also take a lot longer for larger vehicles to come to a stop; and, in a crash, a truck or bus on a car is like a sledge hammer on a tin can. All drivers need to keep a safe distance from larger vehicles. Pickup truck drivers feel more secure but increasingly pickup truck are being made of lighter materials and they are no match for large commercial trucks.

Here are some tips on how to avoid aggressive drivers.

· Get out of their way and steer clear of them on the road.

· Stay relaxed. Remember that reaching your destination safely and calmly is your goal.

· Don’t challenge them. Avoid eye contact. Ignore rude gestures and refuse to return them.

· Give them the benefit of the doubt. Not all aggressive driving behavior is directed at you.

· Don’t block the passing lane, especially if you are driving slower than most of the traffic. Move to the right lane

How to avoid being an aggressive driver

· Allow more travel time to get to your destination. It reduces stress dramatically.

· Come to a full stop at red lights and stop signs. Never run yellow lights.

· Let other drivers merge with you.

· Obey posted speed limits.

· Don’t ever follow other drivers too closely.

· Resist temptation to teach someone “a lesson.”

· Concentrate on driving, not on cell phones, stereo, passengers or other distractions.

· Remember that you can’t control traffic, but you can control yourself, your driving, and your emotions.

What Does The Huge Market For Hubcaps Mean For You?

Before the advent of the Internet people didn’t have too many options when it came to purchasing hubcaps. The only options they had were going to their neighborhood automotive dealer to see what options they had available. This meant limited options, and if a person wanted a particular type of hubcap they would have to get them specially ordered. All of this was quite expensive, and it was a timely process.

Many people were discouraged, and that is why only a select few people went through the trouble. With the explosion of the Internet limitation is no longer a problem. Now there is quite a huge market for hubcaps, and a person can find just about any brand make or model of a hubcap they want.

In the past it was quite difficult to find hubcaps that would fit a particular wheel just the right way. And another problem was that even if it fit the right way, it may not have been the best look for a particular car. This caused extreme dissatisfaction and most of the time people just accepted it. Having to accept the wrong type of hubcaps is a thing of the past now.

The market for hubcaps has increased so much, that now not only is it possible for people to find hubcaps that will fit perfectly on their vehicles wheels, but they will also be able to find hubcaps that match the color of their wheels as well. If there is a particular feature someone wants they can easily have it added for a fraction of what it might have cost in the past.

If an online retailer doesn’t offer what a customer wants, they can easily have it made. Yes, this is going to take a little bit of time, but the total time is still going to be far less than if you went to a neighborhood dealer. Those who still rely on local dealers are putting themselves at a disadvantage.

I advise people to take advantage of the huge market and get the types of hubcaps for their cars they might not have had access to in the past. There is something for everyone now, and the Internet gives you the ability to search far better than you could before. This ensures you will not make a decision you will regret later.

With all of the information floating around these days it is hard to make an informed decision when shopping. Take our nearly 40 years of experience to help you make that informed decision.