This advice will make you want to drop whatever you’re doing and drive around the block: ‘Rodents ate my car’
Even though life, in some ways, has started returning to normal, it’s safe to say that many of us still aren’t driving our cars as often. Whatever the case, Susan Reed, of Kalamazoo, has some advice for you: Take your car out every day, even if it’s just for a quick spin around the block. “Rodents ate my car,” Reed told Zak Rosen, the host and creator of “The Best Advice Show.”It wasn’t a cheap repair, either. But you’ll definitely want to make sure you’re driving your car at least semi-regularly. “The Best Advice Show” is a product of Graham Media Group.
My car has been sitting and the battery is dead. Now what?
And what if your car won’t start because of a dead battery? To revive a dead battery, first make sure each car is in park or neutral -- and turned off. Then, connect one end of the cable to the positive terminal of the donor battery, and then connect the other end to the positive terminal of the dead battery. Let the dead battery charge for a few minutes, and then turn the ignition on the vehicle of the dead battery to see if it starts. This only applies if you:a) Have someone to take you to a repair shop or the store right away to buy a new battery.
Don’t ignore your vehicle! 5 ways to prevent auto troubles as your car sits idle
Here are five tips to avoid problems that can come up with sitting vehicles:Make sure to run your car every once in a while. But just in case a car isn’t being used or a two-car household has turned into a one-car household where the other vehicle is just sitting idle, running the car is still vital. Gas does degrade over time, and in some cases, it will go bad in less than two months if a car remains idle. In addition to running the car, treating it with fuel stabilizer can extend the life of your car’s gas. If the gas already is bad, there are ways to remove the bad gas from the tank, according to itstillruns.com.
The 10 most-ticketed cars in the US
Whether or not you rack up tickets for speeding shouldn't have much to do with the car you drive. After all, that's why the driver gets the ticket, not the car. But after analyzing the details of 323,000 insurance quotes, insurance.com found that drivers of certain makes and models are more likely to be ticketed. Here are the 10 cars with the highest percentage of drivers issued a ticket from Jan. 1, 2014 to Feb. 1, 2016.
Kia Niro EV shoots for 200-plus-mile range
LAS VEGAS – Kia showed off a new all-electric SUV concept Monday that it hopes will have a range of 238 miles on a single charge. That number is significant since, just a few years ago, mass-production electric vehicles were doing well if they hit 100 miles on a single charge. Full Screen 1 / 9 2018 Kia Niro EV ConceptFor Kia, the concept vehicle unveiled this week at CES in Las Vegas is called the Niro EV Concept. It also has a light-up panel instead of the traditional air intake, since electric cars don't need as much cooling ability as traditional gasoline-powered cars. 2018 Kia Niro EV ConceptThe company's YouTube channel also has a video touting other future-minded ideas, like separate sound zones for front and rear passengers, a touchscreen interface integrated into the steering wheel and technology to make the pillars on the sides of the windshield seem transparent.
Hyundai, Kia recall 500K compact cars
Hyundai and Kia are recalling more than a half-million compact cars in the U.S. due to brake lights staying on after the pedal is released, The Associated Press reported. The faulty pad can keep the brake lights illuminated and allow shifting out of park without a foot on the brake, the AP reported. The vehicles subject to the recall include 390,000 2013-14 Hyundai Elantra cars and 134,000 2012-14 Kia Forte cars, the AP reported. Kia's recall starts Jan. 30, the AP reported. Dealers will replace the brake stopper pad, the AP reported.
AAA: Teen drivers 3 times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes
Teen drivers 16-17 years old are nine times as likely as adult drivers to be involved in a crash and three times as likely to be involved in an accident that results in a death. Researchers learned that the number of drivers involved in police-reported crashes increased by 4.8 percent from 2014 to 2015, and the number involved in fatal crashes increased by 9.0 percent. The number of drivers ages 16-17 years old involved in fatal crashes increased more than 10 percent during that period. Researchers also found that, for every mile driven, young, inexperienced drivers are:9 times as likely as drivers 18 and older to be involved in a crash;6 times as likely as drivers 18 and older to be involved in a fatal crash;5 times as likely as drivers 30-59 to be involved in a crash;2 times as likely as drivers 30-59 to be involved in a fatal crash;The data show that, by most measures, the youngest drivers pose the greatest risk to themselves and others on the road. Speed: I n nearly 30 percent of fatal crashes involving teen drivers, driving over the limit was a factor.
US auto sales down 0.5% in May
U.S. auto sales dipped for the fifth month in a row in May, with a 0.5 percent decrease and more than 1.5 million vehicles sold, The Associated Press reported. General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Hyundai and Toyota reported decreases in sales last month compared to May 2016. IHS Markit analyst Tom Libby told the AP that despite good economic factors, like low unemployment and gas prices, there could be a decrease in auto sales for all of 2017. The past two years saw record sales of about 17.5 million vehicles, which analysts say could account for the lack of demand, the AP reported. Libby's firm reduced its 2017 sales forecast from 17.4 million to 17.3 million, the AP reported.
Keeping that old car? Avoid costly repairs
Simple checkups and regular maintenance can help you avoid repairs that can cost thousands of dollars and potentially be more than what the car is worth. Fluids, fluids, fluidsAccording to Mark Larsen, a franchise training manager for CarX, there are three major parts of a car that can be the most costly to repair. "Any major engine, transmission or trans axle/rear end repair are the most expensive, easily. "Either light -- the coolant light or engine oil light -- if either one of them come on, you better be pulling over and stopping what you're doing." Any good auto shop has a checklist to inspect for you, including transmission fluid.
Car accessories to keep your dog safe
Booster seats: If your small dog wants to sit in the front seat of your car, a booster seat might be a good option. This seat will allow your small dog to look out the window while still being safely restrained in the seat. Vehicle restraint harness: One variation of a vehicle restraint harness, the Roadie, was developed by a man after he and his dog were in a car accident. Vehicle partitions: If you're taking your dog on a longer road trip, you might want to consider a vehicle partition. Designed for larger cars like SUVs, partitions will allow your dog to have his or her own space in the car.