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What to Do If Your Hubcap Falls Off

What to Do If Your Hubcap Falls Off

    Losing a hubcap is an all too common occurrence — and it’s not fun. But what do you do when one rattles loose and sails off your tire as you zoom down the highway?   This blog will discuss whether hubcaps are important for your car, if you need to replace them immediately, and whether it’s better to replace them yourself or have a professional do it.  What Is The Purpose of A Hubcap, Anyway? Technically, a hubcap protects the nuts and bolts of your car’s tires. However, since most hubcaps today are made of plastic, the protection factor of hubcaps is low. But if you regularly wash your car and rotate your tires, rust buildup should remain at a minimum. (If you really want to protect your tires’ nuts and bolts, use alloy wheels.)    As a result, plastic hubcaps offer more aesthetic appeal than true protection. If you do not want to replace the hubcap, your car should not suffer. However, many people agree that a miss ... read more

Why Late Spring/Early Summer Is a Great Time to Wax Your Car

Why Late Spring/Early Summer Is a Great Time to Wax Your Car

Even if you frequently wash your car in the winter, have you noticed how it’s still usually difficult to get an optimal shine? One reason for this is due to the fact that your car is constantly becoming dirty with snow and salt. However, another reason that your car can’t seem to get to that “off the car lot” shine is because waxing in the winter is difficult.    Why is it difficult to wax in the winter? And why do auto professionals recommend waxing in the spring? Is summer or fall an acceptable time wax? To learn more about when it’s best to wax to get that “new car” shine, read on.  When to Wax? Most people wax their cars in the spring — or fall. Auto professionals recommend this practice as well. What is the reasoning? First, you have more sunlight in the spring. Although you do not want to apply or let your car dry in direct or intense sun, having adequate time to work outdoors in daylight is ideal for this task ... read more

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Can You Use an Electric Car for a Road Trip?

Can You Use an Electric Car for a Road Trip?

With warm weather around the corner, many people are starting to plan their spring and summer road trips after being stuck in the house all winter. However, for those who have recently purchased or are considering an electric vehicle, many wonder if their electric car will be able to last the trip. Fortunately, the rise in electric car popularity is resulting in infrastructure to support these vehicles, and a road trip is definitely possible. All that is needed to accomplish a trip is some strategic planning. Read on to determine how you can make simple changes to adjust from a gas to electric vehicle road trip, while enjoying a reduced-emission adventure. Plan Your Route Some people enjoy “seeing where the road takes them” on their road trips. However, traveling in an electric vehicle takes a bit of strategic planning, because spontaneous travel is only fun until you run out of battery and a charging station is unaccessible.   Some parts of the country have more ... read more

Do You Need to Warm Up Your Car Before Driving?

Do You Need to Warm Up Your Car Before Driving?

Almost everyone does this one particular thing for their car in the winter with the intention of helping it run better. But for most vehicles, this thing is absolutely unnecessary. What is it? Warming up your car before driving in cold weather.    It’s true — most people don’t actually need to warm up their vehicles. One of the most widespread myths among car owners is that warming up a car is good for its health before hitting the road in cold temperatures. This was true for older car models, but only remains true for a couple models today. Read on to see if your car needs to be warmed up and if you can be saving money and reducing wear on your car — and on the planet. Old Cars One reason this myth is so widespread is that the practice was valid for older cars that were designed differently than today’s vehicles. The main reason that older cars needed to be warmed up was that they used a mechanism called a carburetor rather than modern fuel ... read more

The Best Ways to De-Ice Your Car

The Best Ways to De-Ice Your Car

One of the worst aspects about owning a car is the need to scrape ice off of the windows in the winter — especially during harsh New England winters. Being deterred by ice removal while running late doesn’t help the experience, either. Luckily, there are multiple ways to de-ice your car, getting you on the road quickly and safely.  Of course, keeping your car in a garage or similar shelter is the best way to “de-ice” your car since you deter the ice’s formation. However, if this option is not available, you can remove ice through mechanical, chemical and preventative methods.  Mechanical The mechanical methods are probably the most familiar. However, there are some “hacks” which might help speed the process. Ice scraper. Of course, the ice scraper is probably the most familiar method. But without assistance beyond the scraper itself, this can seem difficult or impossible.  Classic defrost settings method. One way to help the ... read more

Does Your Electric Car Need Special Care in the Winter?

Does Your Electric Car Need Special Care in the Winter?

Electric cars are growing in popularity as an energy-efficient transportation option. And their popularity is growing around the country, including in New England with its harsh winters.    Does winter weather impact electric cars any differently than their gas-run counterparts? The short answer is “Yes.” However, with some simple strategies, you can easily navigate cold winters and stay eco-friendly.   The Effect of Winter on an Electric Car   Cold winter weather decreases car battery efficiency, whether it runs on gas or electricity. However, since electric cars depend solely on their battery, this effect of the weather is especially influential.    In cold weather, the battery charges more slowly and holds less charge. Further, using heat drains the battery very quickly. As a result, staying warm and traveling can be limited to short ranges. How can you navigate these limitations and ensure you do not get stranded in your electric ve ... read more

5 Winter Driving Myths You Might Believe

5 Winter Driving Myths You Might Believe

The classic New England winter is here, and many of us have taken up common winter car rituals, such as scraping windshields, warming up cars before driving them, and putting on snow tires. However, some of these practices aren’t as helpful as many of us think they are.    Most people are unaware that seemingly common and helpful winter driving ‘tips” can actually be time-wasters, money-wasters, or simply unsafe. To see if you’re falling for any of these winter car myths, check out the list below. Common Myths Let’s discuss a few of the most common myths, and what changes you can make to improve your safety.    You need to “warm up” a car before driving. Many car owners believe that you need to allow a car to idle and “warm up” before driving. Although engines do run somewhat less efficiently in cold weather, modern cars do not need a lengthy warm-up period. Instead of spending several minutes to warm up, a ... read more

What Is a Gas Treatment and Is it Effective?

What Is a Gas Treatment and Is it Effective?

You’ve likely seen gas treatments advertised or had them recommended to you as maintenance for your car. These products claim that adding the treatment to your gas tank can do a variety of things — from giving you better gas mileage to a better running engine.  But what exactly are gas treatments? How do they work — and are they effective? To learn more about these products and whether or not they are a good investment, read on.  What Is a Gas Treatment? There are several different types of gas treatments that you can choose from, such as:      Carbon deposit cleaning. These additives help clean carbon deposits from your car over time. They are best used on a regular basis on older cars. Fuel stabilizers. If your car will be idle for an extended period, this type of gas treatment will help prevent gas from changing form, such as congealing or condensation.  Antifreeze. This gas treatment helps prevent condensation from forming or ... read more

From Hot to Cold: Preparing for Weather Change with a Remote Starter

From Hot to Cold: Preparing for Weather Change with a Remote Starter

There are certain times of the year when we all dread getting into a car. In the summer, the heat can lead to burning leather seats and scorching seatbelt metal. However, the summer conditions often do not compare to the winter unpleasantries.    A thick layer of ice on the windshield can lead to scraping in the cold for long periods of time, possibly causing you to be late to your destination. Once in the car, you need to wait through frigid air blowing on you while your car defrosts and/or heats up. Even if you warm up your car ahead of time, you still need to brave the cold, and monitor your unlocked car as it warms up.    How can you help navigate extreme hot and cold weather in your car? With a remote starter. Want to learn more and see if a remote starter is a good fit for you? Read on.  Advantages of Remote Starters Although avoiding extreme temperatures is a great reason to get a remote starter, there are other advantages to installing one:  ... read more

Is it Better to Rent or Drive My Own Car on Vacation?

Is it Better to Rent or Drive My Own Car on Vacation?

It’s still that time of year to hit the open road — whether for a late-summer beach trip or autumn adventure. But is it best to hit the road in your own car or to rent a vehicle? There are a couple different considerations beyond cost (and the cost might not be what you think!). Read on to learn how you can decide. And no matter your decision, Living the Dream can help you make your road trip your best one yet.  Cost Considerations One way to decide whether or not to rent is by considering the cost factors of both options, such as the following.    Rental cost. How much is the rental going to cost? Of course, using your car might be “free,” but factors, such as those below might make renting the more cost-effective option overall.  Gas mileage. Do you have a car with low gas mileage? If so, renting a car can save you money in the long run. However, if you’re deciding to rent a car that has worse gas mileage than your current vehic ... read more

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