A reliable vehicle is one of the most important tools a person can have, so of course you want to
make sure that yours is working exactly as it should be. At Auto Team Inc, we treat your car, truck or SUV with the same care that we’d give our own. Whether you’re in need of routine maintenance or a major repair, trust that you’ve put your vehicle into the best hands when you choose the automotive experts at Auto Team Inc. We’ll get you back on the road and keep you there with full confidence in knowing that your vehicle is up for the task.
Nothing that goes wrong with your car is ever convenient. But few situations are as stressful as finding yourself on a stretch of road with a tire that’s called it quits. Fortunately, just like everything else where your vehicle is concerned, there are preventative measures that you can take to prevent a flat tire from becoming an unpleasant surprise during your travels. Continue reading to learn how you can prevent a flat tire from ruining your day.
Check the Tire Pressure
Under-inflated and over-inflated tires are more prone to having problems, including flattening. You may have to consult your car’s owner manual if you’re not sure what tire pressure is best suited to your vehicle, but you should absolutely do so if necessary. Knowing the proper tire pressure for your vehicle will allow you to determine if your tires are over or under-inflated when you check them with a tire gauge.
Don’t rely on visual inspections. Also, don’t rely on your car’s low-pressure alert system, as these systems tend to only kick in when the tires are dangerously under-inflated. Check the tire pressure with a gauge, on all four tires, and inflate them as necessary to keep them at the appropriate pressure.
Minimize Your Exposure to Hazards
Sometimes a person has no choice but to drive through construction areas. Other times, an accident or inclement weather could be responsible for debris in the road that could compromise your tires. It can be unavoidable, unfortunately. Whenever you are aware of construction, an accident or inclement weather in areas where debris is common, consider planning an alternate route whenever possible.
Don’t Overload Your Car
Your car comes with a maximum weight capacity as determined by the manufacturer. You should be able to find this information, alongside the tire pressure information mentioned above, in the owner’s manual of your vehicle. An overloaded vehicle can wreak havoc on tires, especially if this is something that occurs on a regular basis.
If you are going to haul a heavy load, make sure that it does not exceed your car’s maximum capacity. If it is anywhere near this capacity, we recommend making sure that your tires are filled to their maximum safe tire pressure. This will help your vehicle to better support the load it’s carrying.
A flat tire can happen to anybody, even those who take all of the precautions detailed above. But if you actively take care of your tires by ensuring that they are adequately filled and avoid putting too much strain on your car, you can minimize the risk of this happening unexpectedly. Simply drive safe, be aware of your car’s limitations, and don’t push it beyond those limits.
With environmental concerns rising to the top of everyone’s list of concerns in the 21st century, many modern drivers are beginning to consider making the switch to an electric vehicle. If this thought has occurred to you but you remain on the fence, or you have yet to begin your research, this article will be a good place to start. Here, we will explain several of the benefits and potential drawbacks that come with owning and driving an electric car.
The Pros of Driving an Electric Car
There are many qualities inherent to electric cars that may sway you to make the switch.
Forget About Gas Prices
Gas prices aren’t cheap, and they are vulnerable to skyrocketing at a moment’s notice. Instead of topping off your tank all of the time and spending countless hundreds of dollars on fuel, electric car owners get the benefit of cheaper electricity.
Help the Environment
Electric cars do not release emissions from their tailpipes, so their impact on the environment is significantly less than the emissions released from gasoline-powered cars.
Save on Maintenance
Electric cars do not need the following services, thus saving owners tremendously on maintenance costs:
- Oil changes
- Transmission maintenance
- Fuel exhaust system maintenance
The Cons of Driving an Electric Car
While the advantages of going electric are certainly very appealing, you should know about the potential drawbacks before committing yourself to making this switch.
You Get Less Range on a Charge
Most electric cars can only withstand about 100-200 miles before needing a charge. And when that charge is necessary, it can take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours to charge the car completely. Many gasoline-fueled cars, on the other hand, can travel for hundreds more miles before running out of gas. And when that happens, it only takes a few minutes to stop for a fill up.
If you often take long road trips, this is something to seriously think about.
You Need to Find Charging Stations
Longer drives may require some additional planning, as charging stations are not as readily available as traditional gas pumps – at least, not yet. You may need to map out charging stations along your route to ensure you don’t get stuck somewhere between point A and point B.
Electric cars may be the way of the future, but they are certainly not appealing or affordable enough for everyone to make the switch tomorrow.
Unfortunately, any number of problems can arise within the mechanics of your automobile. That’s why you need to have a reliable team of automotive experts on stand-by. Contact Auto Team Inc today if you need to schedule a repair or assessment, or even if you simply need some routine maintenance.
Auto Team Inc
1820 Grand Avenue,
Orlando, FL 32822, USA