- 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 […]
- 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) […]
- 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 […]
- Safety June 28, 2018
What All the Symbols on Your Dashboard Mean
We’ve all been there: You’re driving along the freeway, enjoying the views, and all of a sudden, you hear a beep — you look down and a symbol appears on your dashboard. You start to wonder what could be wrong. Some symbols on your dashboard are more obvious than others. However, it’s important to know […]
- Safety April 5, 2018
What Should Be in an Emergency Car Kit?
Whether you’re right in the thick of winter or the spring flowers are starting to bloom, it’s important to be prepared no matter what the weather forecast looks like. Problems that occur with your vehicle can be weather related, but that’s not always the case. Regardless of driving conditions, accidents, breakdowns, or random weather events […]
- Safety February 22, 2018
How to Teach Your Teenager to Drive and Maintain a Car
Do you remember when you started driving? It might seem like a lifetime ago. Perhaps your mom or dad took you to an empty parking lot to practice your parallel parking skills, or maybe you took driver’s education classes at your high school. Now the tables are turned and you’re the proud parent of […]
- Safety January 11, 2018
Why Is My Dashboard Oil Light On?
From your speed to check engine lights, your car’s dashboard serves as the visual display for all of your car’s systems. The red oil light on your dashboard indicates that there’s a problem with your engine oil, which is an urgent concern. If you’re driving and a light that looks like an old-fashioned oil can* illuminates, you should stop […]
- Safety December 28, 2017
Keeping Your Car Safe for Winter Driving
The shorter days and below-freezing temperatures of January and February can make winter driving conditions more difficult. If you take some precautions before driving you can minimize your chances of getting stranded in the cold. Visibility Visibility is easily compromised by dark nights. With daylight savings time, nearly all of us drive home from work […]
- Safety December 21, 2017
What to Expect With a Brake Inspection
Most Virginians are familiar with the annual state inspection, which we discussed recently in this post. Brakes are one of the most vital parts of a car, so in this post we’ll go deeper into what mechanics look for when they are screening your car’s brakes for wear and tear that can render your car […]
- Safety November 30, 2017
How Tire Tread Depth Affects Stopping Distance
You know that tires should be replaced when they get worn down. This article explains why replacing tires will keep you safe and when you should purchase new tires.