People love abbreviations and shortenings of language. It’s almost as if they can’t be troubled to speak an additional three syllables. Sometimes it can be fun and cool to bestow a catchy nickname on your favorite person or thing. But there are some abbreviations that simply shouldn’t be allowed. One perfect example is “e-brake.” When […]
Did you know that your car’s tires are one of its most important safety features? Most of us would never dream of sliding behind the wheel and taking a cross country trip without strapping ourselves down with our seat belts. And in many cases, people make buying decisions based on the availability of front- and […]
Sometimes being a parent is a lot like being a taxi driver, without the added perk of a salary or tips to compensate you for your troubles. What’s even worse, there are precautions you have to take to ensure the safety of your children that no bona fide taxi driver would ever have to consider […]
These days, headlight bulbs are lasting longer and longer. But that’s no guarantee that you won’t someday find yourself with a burned out headlight. When this happens, it’s imperative that you get it taken care of quickly – being on the road with only one headlight isn’t only dangerous, but it can also cost you […]
If you’ve never done it before, figuring out how to jump a car battery can be a bit intimidating. First, there are those incredibly scary looking cables with clamps on the end that look a lot like torture devices. Second, there’s the car battery itself, which doesn’t exactly look like your average harmless D-cell. But as it […]
Changing your engine oil is the single most important thing you need to do to ensure your car keeps running. Neglecting to do this can cause your existing oil to turn to sludge, eventually choking and locking up your engine. Oil changes are simple procedures that you can pay to get done in a relatively quick […]
The argument as to whether manual transmission cars are more reliable than automatic cars has been going on for some time. Both sides make valid points. Automatic transmission enthusiasts say that not having to worry about changing gears makes for a safer, more focused driving experience. The stick shift proponents make the point that their transmissions […]
Stuff happens. It’s an unavoidable fact of life. But that doesn’t mean you can’t arm yourself in advance for unforeseen circumstances. Whether you’re driving across town or taking a cross country voyage, there are a handful of things you should never hit the road without. Here’s a checklist of the top 8 most important items for […]
Buying a car is an enormous responsibility, and not just financially. There’s also the burden of having to choose a car you know you won’t fall out of love with in the next ten years. For those of us who don’t like the idea of being stuck with the same car forever and who enjoy […]
If you’re in the market for a new car (or a new old car, as is the case if you’re shopping the used market) you’ve probably got a lot of questions. If you don’t, you’re either extremely well educated on the subject and have done your research, or you’re not thinking it through. One of […]
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