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How Often Should I Change My Car's Motor Oil?

How Often Should I Change My Car's Motor Oil?

When figuring out how often you should get your oil changes, you can always look in your owner's manual. This book is considered the most trusted resource for what your car precisely needs. However, in brief, you can approximate your oil change intervals by the age of your vehicle and the type of engine it has.  Oil Changes for Older Vehicles Typically, automobiles built more than a decade ago with simple engine designs use conventional motor oil. This traditional oil needs to be swapped out around every 3 months or 3,000 miles. Some manufacturers might allow a couple thousand more miles, recommending a 5 month or 5,000-mile interval. What May Necessitate More Frequent Oil Changes? You may require an oil change more frequently if your driving conditions fall under the following: Frequent short trips <5 miles Extreme temperatures or dusty environments Often operating in stop-and-go traffic Towing or hauling heavy loads Oil Changes for Newer Vehicles Many modern vehi ... read more

How to Handle the Challenges of Night Driving

How to Handle the Challenges of Night Driving

Driving at night is a dangerous activity, no matter your age or how well you think your vision may be. Fatal accidents have been found to occur more often at night when compared to the day. The reasoning behind the statistic is that drivers have less visibility at night, limiting their reaction time. Although your car lights are essential during the evening, they can bring about glares and put you at risk of an accident.    Below are several of our essential tips for night driving: Have Your Eyes Checked Regularly We hate to be the ones to nag you about your health, but annual eye checkups are necessary to ensure you're driving safely. Furthermore, your glare and vision tend to weaken as you age. Therefore, you may need glasses or contacts to see better for the night. Test Your Vehicle Lights Make checking your car lights a part of your driving routine; it's vital to examine your lights due to the sun setting sooner this time of year and an increased likelihood ... read more

New Year's Resolutions For Your Vehicle

New Year's Resolutions For Your Vehicle

2021 is quickly (and thankfully, for many) coming to a close. As this difficult year slips into history, it signals the arrival of the new year and all the potential and opportunity housed within it. People around the world consider new year's resolutions during this season, making promises to themselves or loved ones, setting goals, and orchestrating change. Your new year's resolution for 2022 doesn't have to involve weight loss or monetary gains, as is commonly (and perhaps annoyingly) seen on social media. It can be simple, and it can involve something you're passionate about, such as your car. Change is change and progress is progress, however big or small. Below are some suggested new year's resolutions for your vehicle, feel free to utilize them and tailor them to your needs as necessary. Happy New Year! 1. Stay on top of cleanliness. Car cleanliness involves washing the outside as well as keeping the inside clean. Remember: concrete goals ... read more

Why Is Tire Pressure So Important to Tire Health?

Why Is Tire Pressure So Important to Tire Health?

There's no doubt that you should always fill your car, SUV, or truck's tires to their proper psi (pound per square inch), which is the standard increment for air pressure of tires in the US. The psi suitable for your car's tires is generally found on a sticker in the driver's door jamb or the owner's manual. So why is this emphasized so much in the automotive industry? Proper tire inflation will give you ultimate control of your vehicle, give you a more comfortable ride, give you better gas mileage, and allow your tires and car to last longer.   Things to Note About Proper Tire Inflation: The pressure in your tires must meet the psi recommended by the tire manufacturer. It would be best to do tire pressure checks as often as possible using a reliable tire pressure gauge. You should carry out the procedure in the morning before you drive to get a more precise reading. Temperature can significantly alter your tire pressure. For instance, when it is cold, pre ... read more

Should You Get All-Weather Tires for the Upcoming Winter?

Should You Get All-Weather Tires for the Upcoming Winter?

Now that it's fall, winter is right around the corner in Burnt Hills, NY. Now is a prime time to consider which tires you need. All-season tires may be exceptional year-round but may not be the best for the winter.   What Are All-Weather Tires? As the name of the tires suggests, all-weather tires enable you to drive in all types of weather conditions. The tread designs of all-weather tires offer outstanding stability and traction. Additionally, the rubber in these tires allows them to remain efficient in multiple states. After all, these tires are designed to grip wet, dry, or snowy roads.   Winter vs. All-Weather Tires By comparison, winter tires are designed to combat and trek on snowy and icy roads. Meanwhile, all-season tires deliver flexible performance in different conditions. All-season tires aren't suitable for driving in extreme snow, ice, and cold, while all-weather tires offer the best of both worlds - the additional traction in winter tires and the v ... read more

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