what is black ice

What is Black Ice?

The key to driving on black ice is to do the opposite of your initial reaction. Don’t hit the brakes! When we’re driving, and we encounter dangerous situations, our initial reaction is to instantly stop, but in the case of ice, slamming on the brakes will only make the situation worse. Instead, remove your foot from the gas pedal, which will help slow you down as the car glides over … Continue reading

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Preventing Snow Damage

For those of us who are starting to experience true winter luxuries such as freezing temperatures, snow and ice, preventing snow damage becomes crucial. Let’s look at the ways that snow can damage your car — and what you can do about it. Preventative Winter Maintenance The most cost-effective and efficient way to prepare your vehicle for winter is to take it to your local dealership. There they can test … Continue reading

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How to Check Tire Pressure

We talk about it a lot here at RightTurn.com because it’s important. Let’s review the what, where, when, why & how of tire pressure. What is Tire Pressure? In simple terms, tire pressure measures the amount of air in your tires. Why Tire Pressure is Important. Too little air, and your tire will go flat. Too much air, and your tire can explode! Either is bad. Underinflated tires also have … Continue reading

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The Truth about Rims and Winter

I know I don’t need to tell you what’s heading our way but I’m going to tell you anyway: frigid cold temperatures, snow, slush, freezing rain, and plenty of ice, making for adventurous winter driving. That means we’re going to need a lot of salt. Sure it does a good job removing that stuff I mentioned earlier, but it also takes quite a toll on your car. Salt combined with … Continue reading

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Car Maintenance Checklist: 3 Simple Items

Have you ever stopped to think what your vehicle really wants? Probably not. But that’s ok because we do. What your car really wants is be cared for. Fall is a time of change, after all, for most of us. It’s a time to clean out the summer fun and prepare for wintery magic. An end-of-summer car maintenance checklist, if you will. Plus it’s just a good way to remember … Continue reading

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Tires for Less — How to Get a Good Deal on Tires

Trying to get tires for less? Compared to other automotive costs, tires really aren’t all that expensive. But they are a large purchase, and you still want a deal on tires. If it’s time to buy tires, here’s how to get your money’s worth. 1. Watch Out for Hidden Charges Back in the day, airlines lured people in with low airfares that didn’t include all the required fees. Not fair, … Continue reading

Zika virus

Using Tires to Fight Zika

If you at all keep up with recent news, you know the word Zika. The disease is wreaking havoc in South America, specifically causing birth defects in unborn infants. Because a specific type of mosquito is the likely carrier of Zika, experts are working to control mosquito population growth. Researchers think they may have a solution — tires. In a nutshell, portions of used tires serve as effective traps. The … Continue reading

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Road Trip Tips: 5 Things NOT To Do

Road Trips. Love ‘em. It’s my favorite way to travel, and I have a number of road trips under my seatbelt, from short 1,500-mile jaunts to amazing 3,000-mile voyages. Through trial and error, I’ve learned a thing or two about what you should and shouldn’t do to have a good road trip. The following are, in my personal opinion, five of the most important things about road trips that can … Continue reading

tire workouts

Tire Workouts: Burn Fat and Build Muscle with Tire Exercises

Tire Exercise #1: Tire Flips Flipping a ginormous tractor tire over is an obvious choice for tire workouts. And like most things in fitness, there are a lot of opinions. At Bodybuilding.com, Zack Even-Esh says that with tire flips, “your reward will be a new level of power and athleticism!” Yet tire flips make a Livestrong.com list of 5 most overrated exercises. The issue with tire flips come down to … Continue reading

how to change a flat tire

How to Change a Flat Tire

Do you know how to change a flat tire? Apparently 3 out of 5 drivers have had a flat tire in the last five years, according to this report. The good news? Hankook found that 71% of drivers know how to change flat tire. The bad news? That still leaves almost a third of drivers who won’t know what to do. And it’s even worse for younger drivers: two-thirds of teenagers … Continue reading