Heat can zap the life from batteries

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Most drivers think battery problems occur primarily in winter, but summer heat can negatively impact a car’s battery even more than the bitter cold of winter. Heat and vibration are a battery’s two worst enemies leading to internal breakdown and eventual failure. While drivers cannot do much about the heat, they can make sure their battery is securely mounted in place to minimize vibration. 

Another potential summer problem is faster evaporation of the battery fluid, leading to corrosion on terminals and connections. Clean any corrosive build-up from the battery terminals and cable clamps, and ensure the clamps are tight enough so they will not move. 

If a car’s battery is more than three years old, it’s a good idea to have it tested by a trained technician to determine how much longer it will last.

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5 Little-know Driving Tips That Could Save Your Life

1. Pay More Attention to Traffic Than Road Signs: Don’t ignore stoplights and road signs, but you shouldn’t rely on them to make every decision for you either. Pay attention to the other drivers on the road.

2. Always Have Your Headlights On: You can reduce your risk of being involved in an accident by up to 32 percent simply by driving with your headlights on at all times.

3. Your Parking Break Stops Working if You Don’t Use It Regularly: Steel cables often rust and corrode, particularly after long periods of disuse. The way parking brake cables are designed, if you don’t engage the brake every so often, the corrosion builds up and will cause it to fall apart.

4. Don’t Brake During a Blowout: Instead give the car just enough speed to stay in control and then gently let your foot off the gas, turning into the blown tire.

5. Don’t Have Your Car Visible Anywhere in Your Mirrors: Blind spots can be put into full view of your side mirrors when adjusted to contain no part of your own car. Angle them away from you until the point where your car is no longer visible in either one.

Drive safely friends!

Back to School Safety Tips for Drivers

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Safety tips for drivers are just as important as other back to school safety tips. During the back to school season, there are many hidden dangers that affect us all. Things we may not think about, but should for the safety of our kids. Drivers, specifically, face a few extra considerations where safety is concerned. Here are some safety tips for drivers to consider during the back to school season.

Residential Neighborhood Driving

When kids head back to school, early morning driving through neighborhoods starts to get a bit more difficult. Slow down and consider the larger number of kids heading to bus stops and walking to school. This is most important in the residential neighborhoods around town so pay extra attention and slow down in these areas.

School Zone Speed Limits

During the back to school season, school zone speed limits are enforced very strictly, as they should be. The last thing we need is fast drivers flying down streets where there are tons of kids crossing the road. Be very careful of these areas and keep your eyes and ears open to unexpected movements. Kids tend to run out first and accidents can still happen even at slow speeds.

Give Yourself Extra Time

When you leave home for work or school in the mornings, you should automatically assume a longer commute during the school year. This is especially true during the back to school time of year because some people are new to various schools and morning routines. This will slow down traffic, as will all of the school buses on the road. Allow at least an extra half hour so that you are not rushing around and make bad driving decisions.

School Bus Safety

When you are riding behind a school bus, it is tempting to want to zoom on by or get past. They move slow and we are usually trying to move quickly because we are running behind. That said, the kids on those school buses are far more important and we should only pass when there is a very clear opening to do so safely. Make sure you watch out for the bus stops and the lights coming on every so often. Running these lights or stop signs can cost you a small fortune, but more importantly, can cause a horrible disaster. Never be in too much of a hurry to get past a school bus.

These back to school safety tips for drivers will not prevent all the accidents, but it will certainly lessen your chances of having one. Keeping our kids and students safe is the top priority for us all and we have to remember that when they head back to school. Foot traffic and car traffic will increase and that means we should increase our awareness to meet the need.

Wishing everyone a happy (and safe) Back-to-School season from all of us here at Auction Direct USA!

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Smart Fuel Economy Driving Habits

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Fuel economy is not limited to the car you drive, but how you drive. Models manufactured after 2011 typically provide at least 23 miles to the gallon on the highway. Yet beyond driving a fuel efficient vehicle, drivers economize on fuel by instituting some basic driving habits.

Stop idling. Turn off the engine when your car is parked. An idling engine wastes gas at a tune of up to three cents a minute in fuel loss. That doesn’t include the energy loss with a running heating or cooling system.

Open the window. Air conditioning systems contribute their share of gas guzzling tendencies. In fact, it saves approximately 4 cents per minute.

Lighten the load. Driving with minimal cargo complements fuel economy too. Heavier vehicles consume more gas than smaller vehicles. In fact, fuel economy studies shows that for every 100 pounds,a vehicles loses 2 percent of its fuel economy.

Stop thoughtfully. Conserve gas mileage between stops. In residential neighborhoods, instead of flooring the gas pedal between stop signs, cut the speed, conserving on fuel consumption by five to 30 percent.

Inflate the tires. Properly inflated tires complement fuel economy. Under-inflated tires waste several cents in gas mileage. Refer to the owner’s manual for the appropriate inflation level.

Stay tuned. Uphold regular oil changes, auto parts’ replacements and engine tune ups to maximize fuel economy.

Be a slow rider. Fuel Economy.gov reports that driving over a speed limit of 50 miles per hour is the equivalent to paying an extra quarter per gallon of gas.

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