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Cruisin’ Grande Prairie

Cruisin’ Grande Prairie
Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will prevent stressful engine acceleration.

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Get Up In The Gear

Get Up In The Gear
The higher the gear you drive in, the lower your engine speed is, which can improve fuel efficiency. So change up a gear whenever you can. This can dramatically impact fuel efficiency.

Be Smooth

Be Smooth
Aggressive driving wastes gas and can reduce your fuel mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent in the city. Observe the speed limit.

Watch For Inflation

Watch For Inflation
Proper tire inflation is essential for increased automotive safety, optimum driving performance and significant cost savings, including better fuel mileage. Tires should be inflated to the vehicle manufacturer recommendations printed on the vehicle door placard or in the glove box and should be checked monthly. Over-inflation can lead to premature or irregular tire wear and under-inflation reduces a vehicle’s fuel efficiency by an average of 3.3 percent. Easy-to-find maintenance advice is offered at http://www.goodyear.com.

Don’t Overload

Don’t Overload
Vehicle overloading can occur when trying to jam too many extra items for an extended vacation. Check the owner’s manual for the maximum recommended load details. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk reduces a typical car’s fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent.

Check That Tread

Check That Tread
Motorists must take a few minutes to inspect their tires, or to visit a local tire and service outlet for a check-up. The price of gasoline provides even more incentive to check tire conditions and air pressure before heading off on summer trips. Advances in tire technology are helping deliver a new generation of moderately priced tires that offer the all-season traction and long tread wear consumers have come to expect, but with enhanced rolling resistance to help save money on gas. For example, Goodyear’s Assurance Fuel Max tires, now available for passenger cars, SUVs and CUVs, fit 80 percent of consumer vehicles and help save up to 2,600 miles worth of gas over the life of a set of tires.

How do the tires help save gas?

Advanced polymers reduce friction as the tires roll, reducing energy loss, which results in improved fuel efficiency … and that 2,600 miles translates into driving from New York City to the Las Vegas Strip for free. Driving experts across the country have even chosen Fuel Max to help break fuel economy world records. Reigning fuel efficiency champs, Helen and John Taylor, chose Fuel Max to help shatter the 48 Contiguous U.S. States Fuel Economy Guinness World Record, setting it at a whopping 67.9 mpg over 9,505 miles.

Replace the battery every three to four years.

Replace the battery every three to four years.

While batteries can last more than five years in ideal driving conditions, factors such as temperature, the car’s age and nature of usage can impact the life of a battery. Many motorists are unaware that under the stress of normal city driving, the average life of a vehicle battery is about three years.

According to the National Car Care Council, drivers with batteries more than three years old should consider replacing them, since batteries rarely give warning signs that they are about to fail. Drivers seeking more information about protecting their auto investments and extending the lives of their vehicles can visit http://www.autozone.com for car care tips, seasonal driving advice and maintenance how-to videos.

Extreme Temperatures Can Mean Battery Failure.

Extreme Temperatures Can Mean Battery Failure.

A battery’s biggest enemy is heat. High temperatures can cause the grids inside batteries to corrode and break down. The effects of the corrosion are usually seen when winter hits, when the car requires more electrical power to start. Drivers should have batteries tested up to twice a year in normal climates, and more frequently in extremely hot or cold climates.

Check Brakes Quarterly To Ensure Proper Performance.

Check Brakes Quarterly To Ensure Proper Performance.

In general, brakes are the most important safety feature on any vehicle and should be checked quarterly to ensure proper performance. Brake pads and rotors should also be checked any time the tires are removed, such as during a tire rotation. Other brake components such as brake fluid should be checked at every oil change.

12 Annoying Driving Habits

Text Messaging bad driving habitsMost annoying habits

according to C.A.A.
– Road Rage (86 per cent)
– Cutting people off (86per cent)
– Texting while driving (85 per cent)
– Tailgating (78 per cent)
– Talking on the phone (78 per cent)
– Throwing trash out the window (73 per cent)
– Not using turn signals (73 per cent)
– Too aggressive (72 per cent)
– Blocking intersections (67 per cent)
– Speeding (62 per cent)
– Constantly changing lanes (59 per cent)
– Parking too close to others (54 per cent)

Which of these habits annoy you the most?
Comment, let your neighbors know.