Whether you’re a teenager who’s just gotten your license or you’ve put it off well into adulthood, driving is a new and scary thing for everyone when they’re starting out. Here are some tips that will help new drivers stay safe on the road.
Driving takes a lot of practice, so don’t think that just because you passed your test you’re an expert. If you can find any further training, like defensive driving courses, consider taking them! You need to be prepared for more driving situations than you encounter during driver’s education.
Second, make sure you know the car you’re driving really well. You need to be able to turn the wipers and headlights on at the drop of a hat, as well as activate the hazard lights, put it in neutral, and more. Familiarize yourself with the distance between the gas pedal and the brake pedal. If there are steering wheel controls or voice controls for the radio, get comfortable using them. They’re much safer than looking away from the road.
Stay out of the far left lane on the highway. You probably don’t need to go 80 miles an hour, and you definitely don’t need to if you’ve just started driving. Always check your blind spot before changing lanes, and don’t touch your phone while driving.
Finally, wait for a day with crappy weather and find a safe place to get used to the feel of driving in rain, snow, high winds, fog, et cetera. You don’t want to drive in rain for the first time in rush hour traffic.
For more tips for new drivers, give us a call at Mangold Ford!
There are lots of ways to save fuel that have nothing to do with driving, including driving less, and keeping good care of your car. But there are also lots of ways to modify your driving style in such a way as to increase your mileage. In fact, it’s possibly the best way to improve your fuel economy. Let’s look at some of the best driving tips for saving fuel.
Go easy on the pedals. Accelerate and brake smoothly, taking longer distances to do both. By keeping revs low, this is the single most effective way of improving fuel economy. As a bonus, it’ll also decrease tire and brake wear.
Drive slowly. No, you don’t have to be as slow as a snail (though you would indeed save lots of fuel that way). For every 5 mph you drive over 50 mph, fuel efficiency drops significantly. So if you’re used to driving 80 mph on the highway, getting back down to the speed limit will have more benefits other than making you a smaller target for police officers.
Manage the A/C. At low speeds, the engine can’t run the A/C compressor as efficiently as possible. Roll the windows down and keep the A/C off. At high speeds, when the compressor is finally running efficiently and open windows generate too much air resistance, do the opposite.
Winter is here and that means it’s time to prep your car, if you haven’t already, that is. The proper preparation can allow you to make through another winter without an expensive repair or any major problems. Take it from us here at Mangold Ford! Here are some winter service tips to keep your car in pristine condition during the coldest time of the year.
Replace Filters. Keeping your engine in tip top shape requires good ventilation. Clogged, dirty filters simply won’t work. Be sure to replace the air, fuel, and PCV filters at least twice a year. Doing so will result in an overall better running engine and better fuel economy as well.
Check Your Battery. Unless you want to risk getting caught with a dead battery, it’s a good idea to have it checked by a professional. Routine battery care is relatively easy. Be sure to wear rubber gloves and eye protection in case of leaks. Clean the surfaces, remove corrosion, check the fluid level if possible, and retighten the connections. If you spot problems, don’t risk it. Just replace the battery.
Take Care of Routine Maintenance. Be sure you’re keeping up to date with routine maintenance like oil changes and tire rotations. Missing the routine stuff will hurt you and your wallet in the end!
Thanksgiving has come and gone. Traveling to see family and friends for Christmas when it’s less than just a month later can be draining. There are things you can do to make your life a little easier in the coming weeks, especially if you’re traveling by plane. From us here at Mangold Ford to you, have a happier holiday with these Christmas travel tips!
Follow the Rules. The TSA simply doesn’t care why your liquid is one ounce over the allowed amount. Rules are rules and exceptions are extremely rare, if they ever occur. To avoid getting caught up in the security line, print out a copy of the rules and check them as you pack. That way, you’ll pass through security smoothly and make it to your gate on time.
Schedule Wisely. When arranging your flight, it may be beneficial to opt for an early morning or late flight. Crowds tend to gather during the middle of the day and throwing in flight delays certainly doesn’t help. You’ll also be more likely to get your desired seats.
Use Online Resources. You can do more on the internet than just schedule your flight. You can also print boarding passes at home or on your smartphone. Save time by using your resources!
Of course, if you would prefer to avoid all of this hassle, come see us at Mangold Ford for the perfect road trip vehicle!