Car Care Tips

Tips to keep your car on the road.

  1. Maintenance November 5, 2018

    What is Engine Braking and Why is it Important?

    Learning how to operate your vehicle’s brake system is one of the first things covered when learning how to drive. Using the footbrake is the most common way to reduce your speed, both in an emergency and in normal conditions. But, is using the footbrake the most efficient way to slow down? We’re exploring the […]

  2. Tires September 19, 2018

    Can You Rotate Your Own Tires?

    Tires have a finite lifespan, but with sufficient care, you can maximize their longevity. One of the most important aspects of proper tire maintenance is tire rotation. Many car owners wonder if they can skip the trip to the auto repair shop and do the rotation themselves. While this can depend on a variety of […]

  3. Maintenance September 13, 2018

    What Happens When a Fuel Pump Goes Out?

    Each part of your vehicle has a job. All these parts work together to make your vehicle move forward and backward safely, and depend on one another to get that job done. The fuel pump is no exception. When it’s not working properly, it can cause significant issues from front to rear bumper. The fuel […]

  4. Safety August 29, 2018

    Is it Safe to Drive Your Car With the Check Engine Light On?

    The symbols and notification lights on the dashboard of your car are, for the most part, not optional. Is it safe to drive your car with the check engine light on? The short answer is, it depends. Maybe you have a story or two in your back pocket about a time when the check engine […]

  5. Savings August 23, 2018

    How to Create a Solid Car Maintenance Budget

    Life can throw a curveball once in a while. Or, a nail in the road. If you don’t have a solid car maintenance budget, you could be scrounging for cash to pay for unexpected, expensive repairs or even just to keep up with regular car maintenance. Did you know? One-third of drivers in the United […]

  6. Maintenance August 16, 2018

    How Long is a Car Battery Supposed to Last?

    Your battery is your vehicle’s lifeline. If your battery isn’t in working order, your car won’t be, either.  So, how long is a car battery supposed to last? It depends on a variety of factors. Given the important role your car battery plays in your vehicle’s ability to function, it’s important to first understand how […]

  7. Safety August 9, 2018

    Everything You Need to Know About Auto Safety Recalls

    In 2017, the automotive industry recalled 74% more vehicles than it delivered to consumers. A whopping 30.7 million vehicles were recalled, while only 17.6 million new vehicles were sold. While these numbers may seem stifling, auto recalls hit a four-year low in 2017. 2016 saw 53 million recalls, although many are (and continue to be) […]

  8. Safety July 26, 2018

    Is It Against the Law to Have a Cracked Windshield?

    Driving with a cracked windshield is many things: it’s dangerous (it compromises the safety of your car in even a minor accident), it’s frustrating (how did this even happen?), and it’s embarrassing (no one likes a beat-up ride). But is a cracked windshield illegal? It depends. The crack’s severity and location play a role in […]

  9. Savings July 19, 2018

    10 Life Hacks for Your Car

    At Virginia Tire & Auto, it’s no secret that our biggest “hack” for your car is regular maintenance. But, we also understand that not all car “hacks” involve oil changes and wheel alignments. We spend a lot of time in our cars. Things can get messy, broken, and even dangerous if you don’t have your […]

  10. Tires July 12, 2018

    Can I Replace Just One Tire on My Car?

    Blowing out a tire can be a hassle. You figure that it will be a quick fix — head to the tire shop, pick out the same model (or maybe one that’s a little less expensive?) and boom — you’re done. In many cases, you’ll be told that you should really replace all four tires. […]

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