The Car Coach: Preparing for a trip
Rising gas prices won’t stop Americans from hitting the road this summer. Before you take off in full vacation mode, make sure that your vehicle is as ready as you are. Lauren Fix, the Car Coach, tells you how.
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•Fueling your vehicle
with high quality gasoline is important and can help protect your engine. Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines contain 20 percent more active cleaning agents than before, helping protect your engine’s intake valves and fuel injectors from performance-robbing gunk. Tests prove that Nitrogen Enriched Gasoline cleans up deposits left behind by lower quality gasoline. No other gasoline protects better!
•Check your tires: Do it right by spending just five minutes a month to check your tire pressure. It can save you money and help keep your family safe on the roads. Properly inflated tires can save you to 12 cents per gallon at the pumps and technology like Continentals low rolling resistant EcoPlus can help you save money while being environmentally friendly. This technology has phenomenal wet-braking capacity and year-round traction. The additional combination of fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions makes EcoPlus a smart choice.
•Check and change your oil filter: Using a high quality premium oil filter will provide superior particle removal, preventing contaminants from circulating through the system and causing damage. Royal Purple oil filters are high-performance with optimized flow characteristics for maximum performance and longer filter life. If you have a high mileage car, using full synthetic oil and a synthetic oil filter will lengthen the life of your engine.
•Carry the essentials: If you get stuck on the side of the road at night, be sure to carry something that can shine some light on the situation. The Hard Case Professional Magnetic Area Light can magnetically mount under the hood of the car. It’s easy to activate by pushing the lens switch with three bright, wide-angle LEDS that are very durable. The device comes with a screw-in wall mount so you can work on your car in the garage too!
•Charge up: For your gadgets and portable entertainment, carry a car charger that will keep you powered while on the go. The Energizer 5W Premium Universal USB Charger for Car has convenient cable storage, which eliminates clutter. It’s universal so it works with your iPhone/iPod as well as all your micro USB devices, turning any DC outlet (cigarette lighter) into a charging station. Now you can have continuous use of your favorite gadgets while on the road. This may help to keep the kiddos happy, entertained and not screaming “are we there yet!”
•Learn to repair a flat tire: Who wants to wait on the side of the road as traffic flies by? The quickest and safest way to fix a flat is to carry a tire inflation product, like the Slime SmartSpair. This emergency repair kit fixes a flat tire in 15 minutes, includes a bottle of tire sealant and a portable air compressor, and seals punctures up to a quarter-inch.