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6 Driving Safety Tips for Night Driving

6 Driving Safety Tips for Night Driving

Driving can be a dangerous activity, and hazards tend to arise more when driving at night. We have to keep our speed and our eyes peeled on the road and surroundings, all without the help of the sum. Without the daylight, driving becomes more challenging. If you tend to drive at night, be sure to follow these helpful tips! Be cautious of other drivers - While you can control how you operate your vehicle, you don't have much of a say in how others drive. Drowsy drivers, drunk drivers, and reckless drivers can be found on the road late at night. Keep a good eye on your surroundings and avoid contact with careless drivers. Report them if needed. Clean windshield - Visibility is the most common problem drivers struggle with at night. A dirty and smudgy windshield will make it harder for you to see. Plus, other vehicle lights and street lights can cause the light to scatter. Be sure to wipe off your windshield with glass cleaner as much as possible. Test your lights -  Speaking ... read more

5 Signs That Indicate You Need a Wheel Alignment

5 Signs That Indicate You Need a Wheel Alignment

Wheel alignments are crucial services to keep your wheels pointing in the right direction. Over time, your wheels can alter their direction and you’ll need a wheel alignment service as a result. If you're experiencing any of the five warning signs below, please head on over to German Car Depot for quality wheel alignments. Sign #1: Steering Wheel Not Centered If your steering wheel appears crooked or does not return to the center after you turn, there’s a good chance your wheels are misaligned. If this problem persists, please bring your car to German Car Depot for a wheel alignment service. Sign #2: Quick Tire Wear If your tires are wearing down faster than normal, it can be due to various things. One of them could be due to misalignment. Sign #3: Vehicle Pulling to One Side If your car starts pulling left or right when you're trying to go straight, it could be a sign that the alignment is off. This can be very dangerous, as you’ve lost some control of ... read more

How Do I Maintain My Car's Exhaust System?

How Do I Maintain My Car's Exhaust System?

For most people, a car's exhaust system is the most underrated component in any roadworthy vehicle. Although it might not be the first thing you think about in terms of personal safety or even engine performance, it plays a crucial role in both these aspects. The exhaust system is an array of vehicle parts and pipes that work together to channel the exhaust gasses generated by your car to the outside. Additionally, its design reduces air pollution inside your vehicle. Therefore, your exhaust system must be in optimum condition. Below are some tips on how to maintain your car's exhaust system. Repair Broken Components Promptly Your exhaust system has many components that bring it all together to work efficiently; all these parts play a designated role. No matter how tiny the role may seem, it's crucial to the overall performance of the whole system. For example, the hanger keeps the exhaust system at a certain level. Hence once it breaks, the system moves up and down as yo ... read more

The Correct Way to Handle a Vehicle Breakdown

The Correct Way to Handle a Vehicle Breakdown

You will likely deal with a breakdown at some point in your life or your car's life. Many drivers find themselves stranded due to a dead battery, flat tire, or overheating. And once these catastrophes occur, people often freak out and panic (which is NOT what you want to do as it can worsen the situation). To help you stay safe in unexpected times, here are five crucial steps that every driver should take when they experience a breakdown: Find a safe location to pull over - If your vehicle shows signs of a breakdown, the first step you should do is find a safe place to pull your car away from traffic. If it is too late, see if you can get someone to lend a hand by pushing your vehicle to a safe spot. Engage the emergency brake - Once you've relocated to a safer zone, turn the car's wheels away from the road and apply your e-brake to stop your vehicle from rolling. Turn on hazards - Your hazard lights are there to warn other drivers that something is wrong. It may also be ... read more

5 Reasons Why Your Check Engine Light Is On

 5 Reasons Why Your Check Engine Light Is On

Most of us have been frightened by the surprise appearance of the check engine light before. We have our fingers crossed that it is an easy and inexpensive fix. At the same time, some of us try to put it off and pretend like it's not even there. The truth is the check engine light could be signaling something more severe like engine damage. This infamous yellow engine light is usually a sign that your car needs repairs. Read below to learn about the five most common reasons why a check engine light might come on. Your Gas Cap Needs To Be Tightened This is the easiest fix for a check engine light problem. When a gas cap becomes loose, missing, or impaired, then it can trigger your check engine light. To ensure your gas doesn't evaporate, you should tighten it or replace it if it is missing or damaged.  You May Need to Replace the Oxygen (O2) Sensor This kind of problem is a common occurrence, and it can cause your gas mileage to drop up to 40 percent! When this critical ... read more

Auto Services That Can Improve Your Gas Mileage

Auto Services That Can Improve Your Gas Mileage

Gas prices seem like they're constantly going up, making it a bigger priority for drivers to squeeze as many miles as possible out of each gallon of fuel. We've put together this list of services that can lead to improvements in your MPG:  Change Fuel Filter Changing out a dirty fuel filter for a new one can significantly make a difference in your gas consumption. This will ensure your engine is guzzling the purest and cleanest gas.  Replace Air Filter Similar to changing out your gas filter, a new air filter will allow for better airflow in the combustion chamber. As a result, it can prevent your engine from burning up extra fuel as a way to compensate for the lack of air. Adding New Spark Plugs Aging spark plugs can lead to engine misfires. Consequently, inefficient spark plugs can waste a lot of fuel. Adjustments to Tire Inflation Your tire pressure fluctuates a lot throughout the year, so you must measure them on a regular basis. Make adjustments to your p ... read more

Signs Your Vehicle Needs Brake Service

Signs Your Vehicle Needs Brake Service

  Brakes are responsible for keeping you and all other road users safe as they are responsible for stopping or slowing down. The ability to effectively slow down or stop your vehicle on the road is not an option but mandatory. Therefore, regular servicing and giving them the care they need to function correctly is essential to maintaining your safety. Here is a closer look at the top signs your vehicle needs brake service.   Squealing or Squeaking Noises Hearing high-pitched squealing noise in your vehicle when applying brakes does not always mean they are giving out immediately. However, the squeaking noises serve as a reminder to service your brakes. It may also be a sign that the brake pads are worn out; hence, they may need to be changed. Most times, the noises come from foreign objects like pebbles or debris lodged into the brakes. These bits of foreign objects may come in contact with the rotor, thus producing the high-pitched noise you hear while a ... read more

Automotive Innovations Every Driver Should Be Thankful For

Automotive Innovations Every Driver Should Be Thankful For

November is a time of thanking and giving. Before the holidays are in full swing, we thought this is the perfect time to take a moment and realize how grateful we are for our vehicles. Cars nowadays are safe, more efficient, and last longer. Here are some of the best automotive inventions for which we're thankful:  Smartphone Integration - Most car manufacturers now have an app for everything! Some apps can check your fuel and tire levels, unlock your doors, and remotely start your engine with a push of a button. Bluetooth - This one might not be as new, but remember the old days when we needed cassette tapes, CDs, or an aux to listen to our jams? With the implementation of Bluetooth, we can stream anything wirelessly! LED Lights - LED lights are not only brighter, but they also rarely need to be repaired or replaced. These lights are more vivid than ever while being energy efficient and help you see the road clearly to avoid accidents.  Rear-Cross Traffic Alert & ... read more

Is Dark Engine Oil Bad?

Is Dark Engine Oil Bad?

With time and wear, the quality, consistency, and color of your motor oil will change. Truthfully, you should not only rely on color to dictate the efficiency of oil. Depending on the oil, the color will alter for various reasons, including heat, additives, and contaminants. What Color is Oil Supposed To Be? Engine oil color is not as significant as people make it out to be. Oil can naturally get dark and still be effective in doing its job. However, as a general rule new, clean oil should be amber or honey color. What Causes Motor Oil To Turn Black? Thick, dark, and sometimes black motor oil usually indicates that your oil has been exposed to dirt or outside contaminants that lead to a soot accumulation. Soot is a byproduct of inadequate combustion, and in moderate amounts, should not cause engine damage. The problem with soot is that sometimes it can agglomerate into something bigger. This is where the thick black texture may be more pronounced. If you want to be on the safe side ... read more

To Flush or Not to (Radiator) Flush

To Flush or Not to (Radiator) Flush

If you want to avoid unwanted costly repairs and boost engine performance for your German vehicle, then regular maintenance is key. You may already be set on your alignments and oil changes, but what about your cooling system? Coolant (or antifreeze) is the solution that regulates the water inside of your car radiator. The fluid prevents the water from freezing over in cold temperatures and from boiling in hot temperatures. Coolant is also responsible for lubricating the water pump and other neighboring components.    The majority of modern-day vehicles typically have cooling systems that are intended to last up to 100,000 miles or more. However, the longevity of your cooling system also depends on your driving habits. To preserve the system for as long as possible, we recommend getting a radiator flush. A technician pumps up to several gallons of antifreeze/coolant during this service through the cooling system. All of the old antifreeze gets flushed out, including any con ... read more

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