Have you ever driven through a big puddle and felt the car slow down or pull to the side as soon as it hit the water? If so, you have been on a water ski. Hydroplaning is a risky thing to do. It can make you lose control of your car, so it's very important to know what causes it and how to stop it or lessen its effects. Hydroplaning happens when water builds up between your … [Read more...] about How to Prevent Hydroplaning
Experiencing a tire blowout doesn't have to screw up your whole day, but it shouldn't be taken lightly, either. The first few minutes after your tire goes pop is critical to keeping you safe and getting you back on the road after a quick change-out. You will become aware of a blowout by actually hearing it pop and seeing a cloud of escaping gas flashing by the windshield, or … [Read more...] about What to Do After a Tire Blowout
A stuck accelerator pedal is one of the most dangerous situations that can happen to you in a car. Although a sudden racing engine invites a certain amount of panic from the driver, the first thing to remember is to stay as calm as possible. The accelerator controls the speed of your car by regulating how much gas is going into the engine. The more gas the motor gets, the … [Read more...] about What to Do if Your Accelerator Sticks
Here lately, I have become a real road warrior. It is rare for me to hit the road this frequently, but with my mom’s hospitalization, I find myself traveling back and forth a few times a week to visit. Thank goodness gas prices came down when they did! While burning up the interstate back and forth, I found myself switching to cruise control during open stretches and wondered … [Read more...] about Does Cruise Control Make Cars More Fuel Efficient?
An unplowed street. Snow drifted on the road. These and a thousand other traps await the winter driver. Venture in, and you could find yourself stuck. These hints can get you on your way again. Travel with Tools Before the snow flies, stash these four items in your vehicle to increase the likelihood that you can get yourself, or someone else, unstuck: Poultry grit. The … [Read more...] about What Should You Do if Your Vehicle is Stuck in Deep Snow?