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What's the Real Cost of Not Maintaining Your Vehicle?

Auto maintenance is something quite necessary, yet most vehicle owners rarely give it a second thought. Many only do so in hindsight, thinking how much could they have saved if they just took their vehicle in before it completely broke down when they needed it most. In hoping to save a few extra dollars, we skip paying its maintenance costs, not thinking about how much it will cost us in doing so.

Get Your Vehicle Ready for Summer

The sun is shining, adventure is in the air, and road trips are on the horizon, which means summer car maintenance. Unlike winterizing your car, summer vehicle care is a little talked about subject, so not many car owners even know what to put on their checklist. Get your car up to speed for taking on the open road, and anything else that comes along, by following a few simple guidelines.

How to Choose the Best Used Vehicle for Uber and Similar Ridesharing Services

If you are an Uber driver or planning to be, choosing the right car or van is incredibly crucial to your bottom line. Buying a new one is not a good idea for several reasons. For starters, new vehicles are more costly than pre-owned. It means that you'll also have higher monthly payments. Insurance premiums will most likely be higher as well. In short, buying new for an Uber or other ride sharing service is not practical. 

How to Maintain or Improve Your Vehicle's Fuel Efficiency

Efficiency is the word of the day in the 21st century. Be it at work, at home, or wherever else, being efficient is an important skill to have. The same applies to the fuel economy of your vehicle. Nobody is eager to throw money away, given that there are more efficient alternatives out there. Likewise, the environment will greatly thank you for looking into ways as to how to improve your vehicle's fuel efficiency.  

How to Spot the Best Deal at a Used Car Dealership

No two vehicles are the same, and this holds particularly true for used cars. As a potential buyer, be it online, from a private seller, or dealership, make it your duty to do your due diligence determining the difference between a high-value car and one that is cheaper but about to break down. If you have little to no experience in the matter, determining which is which may not be as easy as previously anticipated. 

Hampton Roads Winter Driving Tips

Winter in Southeast Virginia is not typically not as severe as in other places in the State or across the US, but this doesn't mean that winter driving in Hampton Roads is not without its risks. In making matters worse, many motorists do not practice safe driving during this particularly risky time of year, which makes it even more dangerous. Below are some tips on how to prepare your vehicle for the cold season, as well as what you need to do when you're on the road. 

Is It a Good Idea to Use a Parking Brake?

Before answering this question, understand what a parking brake is and how it works. As part of the overall braking system of a car, the parking brake connects to the rear brakes. When engaged, this system applies pressure with less force than the primary system does via the brake pedal. 

When first introduced, the parking brake was meant to be a failsafe in case the central braking system failed for some reason. Today, however, this system is used to keep a vehicle stationary when parked, especially on steep slopes. 

12 Child Safety Tips for Holiday Traveling

The holidays are a favorite time for travelers, so it is time to review some safety tips for this time of year. People of all ages looking for some fun will pack their bags and hit the road. Some may be going to visit their relatives while others may be looking to take advantage of the days off and have some fun elsewhere. Whatever the case, the roads will see a noticeable uptake in traffic prior, during, and immediately after the holidays.