When it comes to driving one of the most important things to know is how to perform proper maintenance on your vehicle. While many of today’s drivers would be more likely to call someone for help and pay to have their car serviced, even for something simple, there was a time when vehicle maintenance was commonplace and more drivers knew how to fix their cars and stayed in tune with the vehicle, because they had to and because it was a rite of passage and part of the growing up phase of life to learn vehicle maintenance from the older generation.
It’s been a while, but many of us have heard some people joke about “E” on the fuel gauge representing “Enough” when it comes to the fuel that’s remaining in the tank. While this certainly isn’t the case and you should keep a proper amount of fuel in the tank to make sure you can drive at least to the next station, chances are the manufacturer of your vehicle already thought of this and took the time to do it for you.
If you want to be an actor you go to Hollywood, if you want to be on Broadway you head to New York, if you want to be country music singer is Nashville for you and if you want to be part of NASCAR you head to the fastest county in the country; Cabarrus County. This is where you’ll find the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the original home of nine if the 28 different NASCAR champions including “The Intimidator” himself, Dale Earnhardt who hailed from Kannapolis. Dubbed Carburetor County, this is where many of the famous NASCAR members learned their craft, no matter which part they played.
While most of us can easily recognize many of the automotive logos we see on vehicles around us, many don’t know the meaning behind them. Why does Ford have a blue oval, where did the Chevrolet bowtie come from and what in the world does the snake mean on the Alfa Romeo logo? These are all questions we can ask ourselves and maybe only wonder about on those long nights with nothing else to do. While this may not be a topic of everyday conversation you can impress your friends with your knowledge of what different car logos mean. You can also see this list in the form of a video, if you want.
With every generation vehicles receive upgrades and redesigns to give them a modern look and feel. Only a few vehicles on the road today look similar to what they did when they were first put on the market, the Jeep Wrangler and Porsche 911 come to mind, and these redesigns have worked out well for some manufacturers and not as well for others. Thankfully even when a redesign doesn’t work out the company can go back and try again when the new generation is over, here are some of the most dramatic redesigns we’ve seen recently.
Not that they actually went anywhere, but the Bonneville Salt Flats have been experiencing erosion over many years that has been attributed to mining operations in the area. The mining ins of the potash that is part of the underlying area under the actual salt crust of the flats. For years this mining has been slowly causing the flats to recede as the brine is siphoned through the underground aquifers that pump it out where needed. Unfortunately this has had a negative effect on the Salt Flats and for the past two years the Speed Week activities that are held at Bonneville have had to be cancelled.
We see these large vehicles on the road on a daily basis as they are heading to their destination with their load in tow. Many semi-trucks are equipped with the most advanced technology and most professional drivers we can ask for, but even though these experts are behind the wheel is no reason for you to challenge one in any way. Even though you should always give semis their space we see people who just don’t get it on a daily basis, with that in mind, let’s take a look at why you should avoid certain areas of driving when it comes to these large product haulers.
Whenever a new movie is scheduled to release in theaters a variety of industries work to try and grab their share of the fun and enjoyment by offering their own products and services that are themed after the movie. This is especially true and fairly easy when it comes to movies such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel Avengers and any other movie that warrants the use of action figures. While the toy industry and related product arenas can easily capture some of the benefits from these new movie openings, one industry that may be a bit challenged to do so is the ride sharing industry.
Nurburgring is one of the most famous test tracks in the world and it gives us a large circuit of road that offers winding turns, fast straightaways and plenty of elevation changes. The Dodge Viper has actually set the record at the track twice until it was taken over by the Porsche 918 Spyder. While the Viper has not gone back for the third generation run at the record and it’s about to be out of production, here are some fast cars that the Viper bested around this amazing track.
Do you remember last summer? Did you see all the great convertibles that were driving around your town or at your favorite summer vacation area? Isn’t it time you joined in on the top down fun yourself? Of course it is and you want to know what you should buy so that you can have some of the fun in the sun as well. When you don’t want to buy a new car there are plenty of great used vehicles on the market to have the right convertible for you. These are some of our favorites and ones you should consider for your summer driving fun.