Car Tips – AutoGeeze | Latest Sport Car News Insurance Wallpapers Rentals Prices Parts and Reviews https://www.autogeeze.com Bringing super sports cars at your own showroom Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:26:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.4 When It Hits You out of the Blue: 5 Immediate Steps to Take If You Hit a Deer with Your Vehicle https://www.autogeeze.com/2019/02/immediate-steps-to-take-if-you-hit-a-deer-with-your-vehicle.html Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:24:46 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10542

So many of us are so used to driving every day of our lives that when something happens, which it mostly inevitably will at some point, it can take us at a bit of a shock. Think about how often you drive your car. You’ll be lucky if you only end up hitting something once in your life.

While a lot is known about what happens one of these incidents ends up being with another car and the process that follows, not many people know what to do if you end up hitting an animal like a deer.

Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re going to explore the five key steps you need to take if you hit a deer, and what the proper process is to make sure everything is handled legally and properly.

#1 – Get Safe

Whether you feel shocked or not, or regardless of what’s happened and how many cars or animals are involved, the first point of call is to make sure you’re safe. This means pulling over to the side of the road safely and turning on hazard lights.

If you have Hi-Viz jackets, or a torch to warn other cars, especially at night, it’s very important you implement them. Make sure you get out safely and move away from the road where you’re safe and won’t affect other cars.

#2 – Contact Authorities

The next step is to contact the authorities and the police. This helps to make sure nothing is missed legally; the case is made official, and the scene is sorted out professionally, so it’s safe for other road users. You may also need to fill out an official report on what happened and who you are.

#3 – Collect Evidence

Once everything is sorted, but before evidence is started to be moved (perhaps while the police are on their way), start taking evidence down to use in your own case. This means taking photos of the scene, any damage done to your vehicle and any injuries you may have sustained.

Also, gather witness reports and collect their contact information to prove what happened.

#4 – Contact Your Insurance Company

As soon as possible, probably when you get home, make sure you contact your insurance company,  or car accident attorneys, so you can officially start the claim relating to your injury or any damage to your vehicle. Make sure you give them as much information as possible in order to get the best result.

#5 – Always Avoid the Animal

This is the most important thing to remember throughout the case process. Always stay away from the animal. While it may seem in distress or not moving, you never know what condition the animal is in, and if it’s in distress, it could lash out and harm you further. Always wait for the police to arrive.

Summary

As you can see, even if hitting a deer seems like an abstract thing that ‘will never happen to you,’ it’s important you learn these steps in case you do ever find yourself in this situation and want the best outcome that’s most beneficial to you.

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Trials of the Road: 5 Facts Truck Drivers Should Keep in Mind About Fog and Low Visibility https://www.autogeeze.com/2019/01/truck-drivers-should-keep-in-mind-about-fog-low-visibility.html Thu, 24 Jan 2019 08:35:31 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10528

Driving in an environment of low visibility and foggy conditions is dangerous to anyone on the road. But when you are in control of a vehicle as heavy as an 18-wheeler semi-truck, they become potentially fatal.

Even for confident and experienced drivers, fog can cause serious problems. In most instances, the safest solution is to pull over and wait for conditions to improve. But in the world of trucking, time is money, and this isn’t always possible.

These are five facts truck drivers should bear in mind when driving in fog and conditions of low visibility to avoid collisions. If you are involved in a truck accident, contact Keller and Keller to find out how they can help you with your case.

High Beams Make It Harder to See

It can be tempting to put your high beams on in fog, but this actually makes visibility worse. The light reflects off moisture droplets in the air, making it more difficult to see the road and obstacles ahead.

Instead, if you don’t have fog lights, use low beams for better visibility and have your tail lights and hazards to give drivers behind you the best possible chance of seeing you.

Moisture on the Windshield will Create Glare

In foggy conditions, any moisture or ice on your windscreen will reflect light back at you as glare, further restricting visibility. To preserve the best possible view, use your windscreen wipers to wipe away moisture, even if it isn’t raining.

Fog Occurs in High Humidity

Because of the weather conditions that yield fog, decreased visibility outside the vehicle will often coincide with decreased visibility on the inside in the form of steamed-up windows and a steamed-up windshield.

To combat this, use your car or trucks interior defrost function. It can be tempting to wipe the windscreen with your hand or sleeve, but this will likely only result in a smeared windscreen, further reducing your visibility.

Yellow Light Increases Visibility

Yellow light is not reflected back at you in foggy conditions. This is why many cars have fog lights, lights which have a yellow hue instead of bright white.

If your car doesn’t have fog lights, you can make your own with yellow cellophane. Keep a roll of yellow cellophane and some tape in your glove box, and in foggy conditions, you can tape it over your headlights and continue driving with full beams on with good results.

The Safest Distance Between You and the Vehicle in Front is 9-12 Seconds in Fog

In foggy conditions, stopping distances are greatly increased because you may not have the luxury of foresight. It is possible you will only discover potential obstacles and hazards when you are a few feet in front of them, causing you to slam on your brakes.

The optimal distance between you and the vehicle in front in dense fog is 9-12 seconds. This should give you ample time to bring your vehicle to a halt, should the vehicle in front be forced to make a sudden stop.

 

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Your Complete Guide to Electronic Control Modules (ECM) in Your Truck https://www.autogeeze.com/2019/01/your-complete-guide-to-electronic-control-modules-ecm-in-your-truck.html Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:46:21 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10524

If you drive a truck, then you are familiar with the ECM or Electronic Control Modules as they control nearly everything in your truck. If a warning light shines on your dashboard, that is the ECM talking to you and tell you something needs attention. But, it is no longer easy to fix those problems with a few wrenches and screwdrivers. Now, you need to understand how to work with electronics in order to take good care of your truck.

 

What is an ECM?

Many describe the ECM as the brain of the truck as it functions like a nervous system, feeling out the engine, the electricity, the controls, the drivetrain, and so much more. All parts of the truck have sensors and solenoids that travel to and from the ECM. The sensors read resistance, voltage, pressure, electromagnetic fields, and more. The sensors come in a variety of shapes and styles so they can best fit in tight spaces. They send signals about those readings to the ECM, which has a complicated little circuit board inside of it.

Then, the ECM returns the favor by sending a signal back to the sensor to make adjustments or to maintain the status quo. If something goes wrong in those messages, then you get a light on your dashboard. To understand why the light is on, the ECM will provide a code, so you or the technician working on your truck knows what to check and possibly fix.

 

Data that flows through an ECM

Like a typical computer, ECM uses different types of memory: RAM (random-access), ROM (read-only), and PROM (programmable read-only). ROM is programmed into the ECM and is readable by the ECM only. RAM is always changing and is sent by the sensors and solenoids. RAM requires battery voltage, or the data will be lost. PROM is programmed by the factory or manufacturer so the ECM is calibrated for the individual vehicle’s specifications. The memory chip that includes PROM can be removed and installed in a new ECM if the ECM needs to be replaced, but some ECMs do not have removable chips so the entire unit has to be replaced and reprogrammed.

 

What do they monitor?

As engines and ECMs continue to evolve, they have become extremely specific. Interestingly, most truck manufacturers do not use the same brand of ECM, so a Volvo truck could easily have a Cummins ECM. Each ECM is customized for the model of the truck and the sensors can be updated as necessary. Each manufacturer has special requirements for sensors and ECM systems. As standards – like emissions and fuel economy – are changed by government officials, technicians can adjust existing systems to fit those needs so trucks can pass inspections.

ECMs can be in charge of vital systems like the engine, drive train, and cabin circulation. Some are responsible for continuously checking the air pressure in every tire. Some are responsible for controlling electric windows and adjustable mirrors. Trucks also have ECMs that look at the roll and yaw of the truck and the ability of the brakes to do their job. These machines are incredibly complex and involves data points that would blow the mind of statisticians. In fact, every vehicle made after 1996 has thousands of signals running through the car at any given time.

 

What if something goes wrong?

Usually, the modules will tell drivers when something is wrong with their trucks. But, there will be time when the modules themselves will go bad. When this happens, the truck will not run correctly. The first sign of a bad ECM is the engine light will come on. After that, the stall or misfire, which can be rather shocking in a big diesel truck. If this happens, it is important to get the ECM checked immediately.

Since ECMs control fuel injection, a bad ECM in that area can affect the performance of the engine. Acceleration or power might be affected and fuel efficiency might drop off dramatically. Each time you start your truck, the ECM recalibrates based on the status of the weather, the altitude, and other exterior data points. Since the ECM dictates how much fuel the engine needs at any given speed and RPM, you might find that too much is being used and that can cost you a pretty penny. In these situations, it is also important to have the ECM checked before any serious damage is done to the truck.

In most situations, when an ECM goes bad, it cannot be repaired. They usually need to be replaced. Most mechanics do not have the ability to repair them, but most know how to replace them. If you prefer to have someone repair the ECM in your truck, it is important to understand the process – because it is complicated, because it is more like a motherboard in a computer than a cylinder in an engine. One of the easiest ways to know whether it needs to be replaced or not is if it smells like burned metal, from electrical damage.

 

Routine maintenance saves money

There will be some situations where the best move is to clean the sensors. Considering that some sensors are responsible for reading airflow, acceleration, pressure, and temperature, it is likely that the air and liquids that need to be analyzed will make the sensors dirty. Not to mention the simple fact that engines and drivetrains pick up dirt from the road. Most sensors should be cleaned on a routine basis, every few months or so. It’s much less expensive to run routine maintenance on sensors than to replace them.

If you have modified your truck, there is a chance that the ECM might not be capable of handling what you’ve done. For example, if you have a security system on your truck, it might need to be connected to the ECM so the security system can have access to some of the sensors. A cheap modification might bypass the ECM, but since the ECM controls everything on the truck, bypassing it could create problems.

 

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0-60 in No Time: Your Guide to Installing a Performance Turbo Onto Your Car https://www.autogeeze.com/2019/01/guide-to-installing-a-performance-turbo-onto-your-car.html Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:13:01 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10521

Are you intending to turbocharge your car but are not sure where to begin? Maybe your car engine is not powerful enough to effectively perform the purpose at hand. Maybe you’ve been struggling to hit 0-60 with the current engine power. Installing a performance turbo onto your car could be the most effective solution to your problems. Perhaps an effective guide is all you need. And this piece contains all you need. Please read on.

Check Your Braking System

This should always be your primary consideration every time you’re planning to install a performance turbo onto your car. This is because it won’t be sensible to enhance your car’s power to perform if you’ll be lacking the power to efficiently stop it. If you hadn’t upgraded your braking system yet, consider upgrading it with a suitable brake system.

Ensure to have disc brakes – with anti-lock brake system – on all wheels. This process can be very challenging especially if you have little or no knowledge of how to effectively upgrade the system. You may consider getting help from a reputable professional to ensure the braking system meets the necessary requirements hence increasing your confidence and safety when driving.

Select the Right Turbocharger for Your Car

Yes, turbochargers are not the same. They vary in size, specifications, and age. Some are designed for small cars and others for trucks. This means that the turbocharger you’ll choose will directly affect the performance of your car. This calls for the need to be keen when selecting the turbo for your car. There are different business platforms, such as the Full Tilt Performance, where you can get quality turbos to install in your car.

You should research your vehicle by reading different forums in order to understand the type of turbocharger that will best suit your power goals and needs and at the same time not exceeding what your engine internals are able to support. Are there any supporting modifications that can be relevant to maintaining the reliability of your car with the new turbocharger?

Having a bigger turbocharger may not be a guarantee for better performance. In fact, a bigger turbocharger requires a longer time to spool up as compared to a significantly smaller turbocharger. This condition is what is termed as a turbo lag – the time of lag before you start feeling the power from the turbo.

Purchasing a new turbocharger is the better option to avoid possible problems that could come with a used one. Besides, most new turbochargers come with good warranties and are an assurance to quality. A used turbocharger may not be able to last and its efficiency could be significantly lower than your power goals. Therefore, always prefer a new turbocharger or if you’ll opt for a reconditioned turbocharger, ensure to get it from a trusted supplier.  

Check Your Combustion and Cooling System

Turbocharged engines tend to produce more heat, unlike the regular car engines. Because of this reason and for the engine to run effectively, you’ll need to have to upgrade the water pump and cooling system. Proper engine lubrication is also vital; hence you should ensure to use a fully synthetic type of oil.

For your engine and turbocharger to function effectively, there are properties that you must be having. You need an oil cooler to ensure the oil in the car is maintained at an optimum temperature to avoid it from boiling or burning. A front-mount intercooler will be essential to ensure your car’s turbo pumps cool air into the engine. Also, larger fuel injectors coupled with a fuel pressure regulator and a high-pressure fuel pump are essential to ensure your vehicle receives enough fuel for effective combustion.

Some of the exhaust gas normally gets rerouted to power the turbo. This requires an effective exhaust system to ensure the re-routing process is done correctly and that your turbo is rotated at its maximum. A custom exhaust system can be effective in ensuring your car’s engine exhales at the same rate it inhales.

Cam Mods and Pistons

Modifications to your engine are important when you want to enhance its functional lifespan. There are different modifications that you can implement in your car in terms of cam mods and pistons. You’ll need to apply some porting and polishing on your cylinder-head to ensure low resistance to air flow and to prevent heat build-up that could easily lead to damage or warping of the cylinder head.

Low-compression pistons and a camshaft will ensure very little overlap (a situation where the camshaft keeps open both the intake and exhaust valves at the same time) which is vital to avoid losing the turbocharger pressure. Overlap can make the turbo to only push pressure straight through the combustion chamber unused.  

Effective Management System

The settings for your turbo setup have to be fine-tuned for efficient performance, economy, or both – balanced. This calls for a new form of the management system which you’ll need to be keen when selecting one. Most systems can constantly adjust the available settings based on your driving style. Some have modes – economy, race, and balance modes – able to preset and could be selected at will.   

Drive Components

Turbocharging your car could affect the lifespan of such components as drive-shafts, half-shafts, and transmission depending on how you handle your right foot. Therefore, you should consider upgrading these and other related components like using an aftermarket performance clutch system. This will ensure engine’s power is not transferred into damaging components before reaching the wheels but that the transfer goes to the wheels directly.

Assembling and Final Tuning

You may need to hire a helping hand from a professional during the assembling process. Most of the items you’ll purchase are costly and a professional understands how to handle and install them properly. Plus, hiring a professional allows you to enjoy the warranty in case of an issue. After the assembly is complete, you’ll need to tune your car with the new management system installed before hitting the streets in your turbo ride. But remember, your safety should be your #1 consideration each time you’re behind the wheel.

Conclusion

Turbocharging can have a lot of benefits in your car whether you’re intending to use it for personal use, racing, or business purposes. However, the process of installing the turbo can be very challenging without the right guidelines. With this guide, you’ll be able to choose the right components and the right upgrades for turbocharging your car. A reputable professional will help when choosing different components and anything relevant to effectively install the performance turbo. Turbocharge your car today and enjoy hitting 0-60 within a very short period of time. Good luck!

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Six Things to Check Before Driving in Snowy Weather https://www.autogeeze.com/2019/01/six-things-to-check-before-driving-in-snowy-weather.html Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:16:54 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10518

Driving in snowy weather can be dangerous, but sometimes you can’t avoid it. But before you get onto the road, there are a few things that you should check out. Doing so will help to keep you safe while you’re on the road, largely by ensuring that your car is in good enough shape for the drive. So, if there’s snow falling outside, here are six things you should check before you get into your car.

The Forecast

First, you should check the weather. While it might be snowing now, that doesn’t mean it will continue while you’re on the road. By checking the weather, you may find that it’s supposed to clear up in an hour, in which case it would be safer to wait. On the other hand, you may find that the light flurries outside are about to turn into a bad snowstorm, so you’re better off not going out at all. Knowing the weather can help you to make a better decision about whether you should go out at all, so do a quick check before you go.

The Windshield Wipers

If you do decide to go out, you’ll want to quickly inspect your car before you go. Start with the windshield wipers. Make sure there is no damage to the blades, and that they are able to fully clear your window. Nothing is worse than driving along in a snowstorm when suddenly your wipers break down. If you spot any signs of damage, don’t risk it, and get them replaced before you drive anywhere.

The Tires

Next, look at the tires. Bald tires have a hard time gripping the road, and this is even more true when there is snow on the ground. Worn tires happen to everyone, so it’s important that you check them regularly, but especially before driving in bad weather. According to this Hutchinson KS tire dealer, “If your tires are worn, you’ll notice a change in ride, handling and performance. There are many factors that can cause tire wear, such as your driving style and tire maintenance habits. Tire replacement is absolutely needed when the tread wear indicators appear. Built-in tread wear indicators look like narrow strips of smooth rubber across the tread and become visible as the tire surface wears.”

The Braking System

It’s one thing if your car won’t start in the snow – it’s another if it won’t stop. Brakes are always important, but they get used a lot more during snowy weather. If you’ve been having some trouble with your brakes lately, don’t test them out during a snowstorm. And if you’re unsure, take your car for a slow spin around the block before taking it on the highway. Test your brakes a few times and ensure that your car can stop before going at higher speeds.

The Heat

The last major component of your car that you’ll want to check is the heat. You never know what can happen on the road, and you may end up stuck in your car for a while. If you don’t have good heat in your car, this can quickly become a nightmare. While you may think it’s fine for a short trip if your heat doesn’t work, short trips can turn into long ones during snowy weather. Don’t pull out of the driveway until you’re sure the heat is working, and if it isn’t, consider packing some extra blankets or clothing just in case.

Your Cell Phone

Finally, you’ll want to check your cell phone before you go. Don’t leave the house in a snowstorm with your battery almost dead. Emergencies happen all the time during snowstorms, and a cell phone is essential. If you don’t have time to charge it in the home, then at least have a car charger with you to charge it while you drive. When something goes wrong, you’ll be glad you took the time to give yourself full battery.

Take Snowy Weather Seriously

You may look at the snow outside and think it’s not that big of a deal. But those white flakes can cause a lot of problems, especially if you don’t take precautions before you go. So the next time it’s snowing out and you have some place to be, take a few moments to ensure your car is in good condition, and that you’re prepared for any emergency. It only takes a couple of minutes, but it could save you from a lot of headaches down the road.

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Is a car loan the same as a personal loan? https://www.autogeeze.com/2018/12/is-a-car-loan-the-same-as-a-personal-loan.html Fri, 21 Dec 2018 13:52:54 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10515

Let’s face it, there’s nothing more convenient than being able to drive to and from any place you want. However, considering your current daily expenses, buying a car, whether brand new or second-hand, may be problematic. For this reason, taking out a loan could be your best bet.

The most common loans to choose from are car loans and personal loans. Assuming you’re able to provide all the requirements needed for each one, it is fairly easy to get one. Today, applying for either personal or car loans is mae much easier thanks to online applications. You can easily look at car loan rates and figure which choice is the best for you.

But what is the main difference between the two?

Personal Loans versus Car Loans

There are two kinds of personal loans, secured and unsecured. The former requires you to secure your loan against something of value like your house so that the lender can seize ownership of the asset if the loan is not repaid. The latter, on the other hand, considers only your credit status.

Car loans is a kind of personal loan used solely for the use of purchasing cars, as the name implies. It becomes a secured loan if you put up your car as the asset of value in the event that you are not able to repay the loan. This type of loan considers the depreciation value of the car over time and may require you to make a downpayment early in the term. Just like mortgages, the lender technically owns your car until you have made the final payment.

Important things to consider

Before you choose one on a whim, make sure you know the details involved in each type of loan. Consider the following items first:

Terms of payment

Look at how much you need to pay monthly and see if it falls within your budget. What you want is a monthly payment with low interest so that paying for the car would not put a dent in your expenses. You should also look at the payment terms. Note that longer payment terms will most likely have a lower monthly payment amount, but will have a higher interest over the agreed loan term. On the other hand, short payment terms have higher monthly payments, but will have less interest since you will have paid the principal rate immediately.

Interest rates

Interest is what you pay the lender for providing the payment to purchase your car. The amount is usually based off of the car’s list price and your current financial status. Personal loans have higher interest rates than car loans, but it can still be lowered if it is a secured personal loan.

Credit score

If you decide on getting a personal loan, make sure that you have good credit standing. The lender will want to see if you have the capacity to make the monthly payments or have a history of not paying debts. In case you have a less than ideal credit score, you try your chances in getting a car loan instead; but do note that they can increase the interest rate because of it.  Regardless of the type of loan you choose, make sure you have good credit standing so that the lender feels at ease.

Consider all of these before settling on a loan type. You should also look for other lenders and compare interest prices and term flexibility. This can help you see which can fit in your current financial situation and allow you to make the payments without any problems.

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5 Car Maintenance Tips to Keep You on the Go https://www.autogeeze.com/2018/12/5-car-maintenance-tips-to-keep-you-on-the-go.html Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:52:13 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10498

If discovering the wheel was the one achievement that made us humans, the smartest of all the living species, the idea of putting four wheels together certainly did make us the fastest. Yes, we are talking about cars and boy, aren’t they work of beauty!

With a car in your garage, you can go anywhere you want to, at any time you want to. Stereo blaring, your rooftop or car windows rolled down, the wind in your hair, and there you are, living life to the fullest. However, that paint job on your car won’t remain glossy forever if you don’t wash and wax it regularly or that engine may not come to life in the morning, as you turn on the ignition, because cars, like us humans, need to be looked after and pampered.

Just as we eat, go out for jogs, maintain personal hygiene, go for regular medical check-ups and take naps, to stay healthy, cars too need to be regularly taken care of, so that they continue to remain on the roads and out of the repair shop. To help, here are a few essential tips to help keep your beloved four-wheeler in peak condition.

Listen to Your Car

Agreed, not everyone can be an expert car mechanic. In reality, you may know very little about cars; however, anyone can catch something that happens out of the ordinary. A bent, swollen or flat tyre. A scratch by your door. A crack in your windshield. Anything.

Being on a lookout would enable you to identify any faults in time before they escalate into a trip down to the workshop. For example, if you continue driving with a bad tyre, it can severely damage your car’s suspension and rims. Therefore, you must keep a regular tab on the threads to make sure they aren’t threadbare, or the rim isn’t bent. Also, a worn-out wiper would cause significant scratches on the windscreen, if left undetected for long. Overall, you need to make it a point to listen to your car and spot any anomaly at the very first occurrence.

Take a Peek Under the Hood

All the crucial parts of your vehicle lie under the bonnet, be it the engine, battery, wires, hoses, fluids or belts. Therefore, it’s a no-brainer that you need to check under the hood more often than not. For example, experts recommend that you change the oil between 12,000 and 15,000 km. Most modern-day cars feature an oil-life monitor gauge to help you identify, when is the next scheduled oil change. Moreover, these fluids have dipsticks; therefore, it becomes easy to check their levels and quality periodically. You must also keep a close on eye on the belts for any wear or fraying on the edges while looking out for any oil leaks or loose wire connections.

Make Sure that the Wheels are Fine

If the engine is the heart of any car, its wheels can easily be the limbs, and you wouldn’t want the limbs to be frail or in bad shape. First, you need to make sure that your four-wheeler’s tyres have the optimal air pressure and are not under-inflated or over-inflated. While under-inflated tyres put you at high risk of rim damage or a blowout, over-inflated ones pose the threat of bursting. Moreover, under-inflated tyres can decrease your car’s mileage. Hence, you would have to get the tyre pressure checked at least every two weeks. You can also refer to the manual and check the optimal PSI rating for your tyres yourself, with a gauge.

Also, you should periodically check for any worn-out treads, optimal tyre rotational levels, tyre alignment and brakes’ condition. If anything feels out of place, be sure to get your car to a mechanic.  

Keep Your Car Clean

You must take some time over weekends to clean, polish and rust-coat your car to protect it from the elements. Be it bird droppings, dead moths or dirt, these elements can accumulate on your car layer by layer and ruin its visual appeal. The paint of your car would eventually get dull with time; therefore, you may give it a newer look by applying polish and elbow-grease, once a week. Moreover, you can use a soft cloth or sponge with a non-abrasive cleanser, made especially for cars to wipe off the dirt trapped on to the body and clean the glass surfaces of the car including the windows and the windscreen.

Go for Scheduled Maintenance Appointments

Given our hectic schedules, it may become tedious to check on your car. However, you must take care not to miss your scheduled car service appointments. Your vehicle’s user manual would contain information about the scheduled maintenance services. Usually, these maintenance services involve checking or replacing minor body parts such as wires, spark plugs, and timing belts along with any replacement of significant parts as and when required. Also, regular servicing would ensure that your car runs efficiently and safely, and maintains a unique value, should you want to resell it.

Like any other piece of equipment in your home, your car too starts demanding a little attention once it gets older. Therefore, you need to diligently work towards keeping your car in peak condition and maintaining its asset value. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t an expert on four-wheeler anatomy, but you need to be aware of some essential car maintenance tips that can help you keep your car running as new. Another factor that helps protect your car’s value as an asset and reduces your burden of maintaining them is vehicle insurance. With a comprehensive vehicle insurance policy under your belt, you can not only protect your car against accidental damages but also protect yourself and your family from any harm and incurred medical expenses. Remember, better the condition of your vehicle; nicer would be the feel of taking those long drives down the freeway.

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8 Tips for Protecting Your Truck from Environmental Factors https://www.autogeeze.com/2018/10/8-tips-for-protecting-your-truck-from-environmental-factors.html Wed, 31 Oct 2018 14:29:20 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10483

Every vehicle requires some form of protection against the harsh environmental condition. If you are wondering how best you can protect your car, here are some pointers on how to efficiently do that.

Wash It

Just the same way you keep your inside clean, it’s imperative to ensure the outside of your car is clean as well. There are numerous dirt particles floating around in the air such as mulch and pollen. If dirt sticks to your car, the heat could cause the dirt to dull your paint. Wash your car regularly to get rid of these small particles and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

Do Not Neglect the Paint

Neglecting the paint of your car is often a common error people tend to make. If you protect your car paint properly, there’s a possibility it will be resistant to external elements. This will also mean that you’ll be in a position to save greatly by avoiding expensive repairs with car paints.

Wax Your Car

The rule of thumb is that as long as fresh water drips off your car paint normally, you’ll not need to do any fresh waxing. Nevertheless, if your car has been exposed to external elements for long, then you will be required to wax it. To be on the safe side, you may wax your car during the spring and again before winter.

Windshield Sun Shade Cover

Your car’s dashboard, the steering wheel, and the upholstery are often subjected to extreme heat during hot days. To prevent them from being heated in the sun, you are advised to use a sunshade cover. This device will help you cut the sun rays and reduce the amount of heat entering through your windshield.

Custom Car Covers

Although a cover that generally fits all cars is cheaper, going for a custom car cover offers the snug fit because they are specifically meant for your vehicle’s particular model. These kinds of covers are usually equipped with a locking system at the bottom. That way, it can hold firm and prevent any movements resulting from the wind.

Movements and Vibrations

To protect different parts of your vehicle from colliding during vibrations or movements, it is important that appropriate gadgets are utilized. The rubber bellows provide sufficient protection from these movements. Moreover, their high flexibility makes these gadgets ideal for compensating misalignment. Therefore, to ensure the longevity of your car parts such as the engine, you need to ensure you utilize quality rubber bellows.

Protect Against Rust

As a car owner, you are advised to assess your car for rust more often. The external painted parts of your automobile will show rust when the paint blisters up.  There are three sections to check out for rust: the car’s undercarriage, the trunk and engine, and the external painted part.

Carry Out Periodic Check-up

At the start of every season, make sure you take your car for a check-up. You want to ensure the battery, the belts, the engines, and the AC are in their perfect condition. Also, request the mechanic to check your air filters for dust and debris as these could easily be stuck in the ducts.

Conclusion

With the few, simple tips, it is possible to guard the safety and appearance of your automobile from the environmental factors. Keeping your vehicle protected implies having more fun in the sun!

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5 Christmas present ideas for motoring enthusiasts https://www.autogeeze.com/2018/10/5-christmas-present-ideas-for-motoring-enthusiasts.html Mon, 29 Oct 2018 14:34:22 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10476 Christmas is almost upon us again, with some of us likely to have already started getting their presents bought. Not sure what to buy someone in your life who’s a motoring enthusiast though? Other than splashing out and purchasing them a brand-new car, VW service provider Vindis has listed five fantastic gift ideas that they are sure to appreciate…

Parking sensors

Technology comes fitted in many brand-new cars as standard now that works to take the stress entirely out of parking. However, drivers who don’t have these features on their vehicles needn’t worry about missing out any longer.

Let us introduce you to the EchoMaster Rear Parking Display System. Made up of four matt black sensors, which blend in perfectly with the majority of black bumpers but can be fully painted too, the system also includes a colour display and buzzers so that those behind the wheel have a better understanding about how close they are to objects when carrying out a parking manoeuvre.

Once a recipient of this present knows how to use this system, they’ll no longer have to worry about embarrassing moments when they’re in a car park of suffering ugly scuff on their vehicle’s paintwork.

A dashcam

Also known as dashboard cameras, dash cams really should be an essential part of all cars on the road today. This is because they can produce high-quality video footage while a motorist is getting from A to B, which could then be used to prove exactly what happened in the event of a road incident and protect someone from false insurance claims.

Give a driver a dash cam for Christmas and they could also discover that they are saving money in the long-run. This is due to some insurance companies now offering substantial savings on car insurance premiums for drivers who state they have dash cams fitted in their vehicle.

The dash cam that you purchase should come with high enough image quality mind. Some devices on the market record such poor footage that the shots are unable to be used when making a case that a driver isn’t to blame after a road incident. You’ll also want the dash cam to provide GPS location tracking, as this element will enable motorists to pinpoint exactly where they were at the time a road incident took place. G-force sensors which save moments of high G-force automatically are also recommended, as well as a parking mode that sees the gadget begin to record footage without a human prompt if it senses a collision or impact while a vehicle is parked up.

A National Trust membership

As well as loving to be behind the wheel, are you buying a Christmas present for someone who enjoys seeing as much of the country as possible? Then they are bound to appreciate a National Trust membership.

A National Trust member is presented with free entry to more than 500 special locations which can be found throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The options also include heritage sites in Scotland which are looked after by the National Trust for Scotland, while the membership can even be used further afield than the British Isles. This is because the card grants access to awe-inspiring locations in destinations like Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, and Zimbabwe.

Due to it being a motoring enthusiast that you’re buying for, also take note that a National Trust membership grants free parking to the majority of National Trust car parks.

Forza Horizon 4

Looking for a Christmas present for someone who has dreams to be the next Lewis Hamilton? If they own an Xbox One games console, satisfy their desires by buying them Forza Horizon 4.

This is Playground Games’ most recent open-world racing game. Load it up and players will be able to compete in a huge number of single-player and multiplayer races whilst collecting 450 cars from 100 licensed manufacturers. For Brits though, arguably the most appealing aspect of the game is that it’s all set in the United Kingdom — drivers could very well have many moments of thinking “I know this spot” as they race past Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland, through various villages and towns which make up the Cotswolds, across the Scottish capital Edinburgh, and so many more recognisable locations.

“Open-world racing has never looked as good as it does in Forza Horizon 4”, according to IGN, while USGamer states that the title “is one of a handful of showcase games that truly ought to sell you on an Xbox One X and a 4K TV”. Therefore, you know you’re buying someone a high-quality game that they’ll enjoy for hours too.

A Track day experience

If you want to get a motoring enthusiast away from the TV screen with the present you buy them, consider giving them the gift of an exciting track day experience.

You have so many experiences to choose between throughout the UK. Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey has both track and off-road experiences available, for instance, which take place on the iconic Brooklands motor racing circuit and a 10-acre terrain respectively. Meanwhile, the Platinum Supercar Thrill gives motorists the chance to get behind the wheel of some of the world’s most exotic supercars and put pedal to the metal for two laps of the famous Goodwood Racing Circuit.

Then there’s the Paul Swift Ultimate Stunt Driving Experience for true daredevils. Held at the home of British F1, Silverstone, this experience sees seven-time British Motorsport champion and Top Gear’s stunt driver, Paul Swift, teaching drivers all about stunt driving. Your friend or loved one will be completing 360-degree handbrake turns, J-turns and so many more pulse-pounding manoeuvres before they know it.

 

Sources:
https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/dash-cams/article/how-to-buy-the-best-dash-cam
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/forza-horizon-4-xbox-onepc-reviews-roundup/1100-6462018/
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The Aftermath of an Accident: Learn How to File Your Auto Insurance Claim in 5 Easy Steps https://www.autogeeze.com/2018/10/learn-how-to-file-your-auto-insurance-claim-in-5-easy-steps.html Thu, 25 Oct 2018 13:52:46 +0000 http://www.autogeeze.com/?p=10468

No matter how minor they are, car accidents are stressful occurrences. When you have to file your auto insurance claim it can become even more difficult.

To take the guesswork out of the matter, here are 5 easy steps to walk you through filing your auto insurance claim.

How to File Your Auto Insurance Claim in 5 Easy Steps

When you are in an automobile accident, it is important to take care of your health first and seek emergency treatment if you are injured. Beyond that, you want to ensure that your property damages and medical bills are covered, so you will need to file your auto insurance claim correctly.

To avoid problems later in getting your claims paid, be sure to follow these simple steps when you file with your insurance company.

Call the police right away

Whether you are injured or not, your insurance company is going to require a police report to process your claims. This will help them determine who the at-fault party was and which insurance is responsible for your bills.

Sometimes there are discrepancies with the police report and your insurance company will deny your claim. If this is the case, or if you are injured in the accident, you should immediately seek help through avenues such as Derrick Law Firm’s expert legal services to ensure you are getting the benefits you are entitled to from your policy.

Collect your own set of evidence

The police and emergency officials will be doing their job, but you want to protect yourself as well. Take a few minutes, if you are not injured, to go around and take pictures and/or video of the accident scene. Write down the names, phone numbers, and addresses of any potential witnesses.

Be sure to get the personal information and insurance card from the other driver, as well. You will need this information to file your insurance claim, and you may need the other evidence to provide to your adjuster if there are disputes.

Call your insurance company

As soon as possible, call your insurance company and report your claim. You will need the information above, but even if you do not have all of it, don’t delay in reporting the accident.

Some insurance companies have a timely reporting policy, and if you wait beyond their time limits they can legally deny coverage for your damages.

Speak to your claims adjuster

Your adjuster will be your go-between to discuss any issues between the other insurance companies involved and you. They will help you find a covered mechanic to fix damages, help you get a rental vehicle if you have coverage, and handle any personal injury claim you make.

The Steps are Simple to Filing Your Claim

Don’t let the paperwork overwhelm you in a stressful situation. Follow these four simple steps and you will be able to focus on recovering from your accident, getting your car fixed, and taking care of your injuries.

 

 

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