If you’re a speed demon on the road, there is ONE surefire way that you can minimize the chance that you will be on the receiving end of a speeding ticket.
Who hasn’t dreamed of owning a super-fast car?
Sure, it’s not practical in today’s environment. Suburban commutes don’t allow for anything that can’t handle stop-and-go traffic, and many of the FASTEST CARS IN THE WORLD can’t accommodate a child safety seat – probably for good reason.
As cars get more and more sophisticated these days, so do criminals who are out to get you or your vehicle.
Where old-school James Bond villains would merely attach tracking devices to your rear axle as you drive away, today’s criminal minds can be more nefarious – and perhaps even untraceable.
Everybody loves their cars, right?
It’s the first major purchase you dream about as a kid growing up. Next to the place you live, it’s something that defines you to others – how clean it is on the outside, how much trash it has on the inside, whether you maintain the dings, how well (or poorly) you drive.
As you are, as is your car.
We’ve all seen at those silly Stick Figure decals that are on the back of some cars.
Perhaps you’ve seen this one:
With gas prices seemingly hitting all-time highs almost every day, and with your ability to buy a new car with improved MPG over your existing clunker out of the question, you may think that you’re going to be stuck driving that old gas guzzler until the wheels come off, and end up spending more and more on gas with every fill-up.
What would you say if we told you there were EIGHT SIMPLE THINGS THAT ANYONE CAN DO that would improve your car’s MPG by as much as 33%?
There are three things that every woman thinks about when she’s considering going out with someone on a blind date:
- What do they look like?
- What do they do for a living?
- What kind of car do they drive?
For better or for worse, whether their potential mate drives a car or not is of some level of significance to women to the point that it’s one of the leading questions that are asked about said dating partner.
What’s your daily commute looking like these days?
If you’re like most people, your commute is in the 15-30 minute range. Most people want to live near where they work in order to maximize their home time and not spend their day merely sitting in their car in traffic.
Do you know what the texting-while-driving laws are where you live?
What about in states that you don’t live in, but travel to frequently?
Right – so you may know what you can or can’t do in the car in your own home state, but since these rules are so random, it’s hard to know what you should be aware of when you’re just passing through.
Do you drive your dog around each weekend?
Is your dog the kind that travels with its head out the window, sniffing as the world goes by? Or is your dog a bit more casual – sitting comfortably in the passenger seat and napping?
Or are you the kind of driver who insists on driving with your dog sitting in your lap (and possibly getting in the way of the airbag, should it be needed in an emergency situation)?
One of the perils of living in suburbia is having to drive everywhere you go to reach your desired destination. Public transit is not an option for you.
So when it comes time to travel to The City for dinner and a movie, families in the Giant Mom-mobile are often stuck trying to find an adequate parking space for their larger-than-it-needs-to-be vehicle.
When was the last time you purchased a car (whether it be new or used)?
Chances are, unless you’re in a sales job with a company-provided vehicel, you’re not one of those people who go out and buy a car every two years.
Maybe it’s because the car buying experience is not something that we do every day that we approach the process with a bit of hesitation and apprehension..
Driving experts had long believed that when you are on a long road trip and feeling a bit groggy behind the wheel, there were a few things that you could try to keep your mind focused on the task at hand.
- Rolling down the window, letting fresh air into the car
- Turning on the air conditioner rather than keeping the heat on
- Singing along with the radio
Well, it ends up that one of the above may kill you.
Everyone likes to think of themselves as a good driver.
So ask your friends the next time you’re at a party: how many people have ever gotten into an accident? Caused an accident? Gotten a speeding ticket?
Got the speeding ticket for the highest speed over the limit?
You’d be surprised to hear all these driving horror stories from your friends, yet they would still consider themselves “good drivers”.
How surprised should you be? If your friends are anything like those in a recent survey – 99% of those surveyed all believe that they’re good drivers.
And yet there are a lot of idiots out on the road. We can’t all be great drivers, can we?
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When was the last time you got your car’s oil changed?
Do you rely on that little sticker on the windshield to remind you of when you need to bring your car into the shop next? Do you do it every 3,000 or 5,000 miles, whether you think you need an oil change or not? Does your car have a little computer system to remind you once you’ve reached a certain mileage threshold of these basic maintenance tasks?
Face it – not everyone is as diligent with their car maintenance as they should be, and that could be why most cars you see on the road today are woefully in need of some TLC.
So why should you care? Money experts say that the longer you can keep your car running and operational, the more money you’ll save over time for retirement. The tipping point seems to hover around 10 years — if you can keep every car that you’ll ever own for at least 10 years before getting a new one, think of all the extra money you’ll save over continually being behind in car payments.
And for all those years that you’re not making car payments, you should be setting aside a little bit of money each month as if you DID have a car payment…. so that when it comes time to buying a new car again, you’ll have a significant amount of cash available to put down as a down payment — and you may even have enough to buy the car with cash outright and have no monthly car payment at all!
So now that you have a car (and you’ve had it for a number of years, longer than your neighbors have had theirs), what should you do to keep that car in tip-top long-lasting shape?