Everyone loves summer months with the beautiful weather, the vacation time for students, and the opportunity to hit the open road. Unfortunately, gas stations also love summer, as the price of gasoline goes up along with the demand.
Have no fear, though! We have put together a few tips to help you get through the summer
Road rage is a serious problem, but did you know it can also cause fuel inefficiency? Rapid acceleration and sudden braking is about the worst thing you can do to save gas. In fact, the US Department of Energy estimates that driving sensibly can boost fuel efficiency from anywhere between 5 and 33%! That translates to some serious savings, and might also help reduce your blood pressure.
Lighten the Load
While not offering nearly as much benefit as calmer driving, taking out unneeded items can actually improve your fuel efficiency. It is estimated that removing 100 pounds of items can improve your fuel efficiency by up to 2%. While that might not seem like much, over the course of summer the savings add up!
Speed Limit and Cruise Control
Texas has the benefits of wide open spaces and flat terrain (mostly—here’s looking at you Hill Country!). Because of this, cars can benefit from cruise control. Furthermore, speeding can actually cause you to drain your gas tank faster! Driving over 50 miles per hour reduces fuel efficiency. Obviously, you shouldn’t drive 50 on a highway, but in residential and city driving, keeping your speed low may actually keep your costs low too!
How do you save money at the pump? Are you driving a hybrid? If not, check out the new hybrid turbocharged Jetta!
The engine light is on. It might have been on for a few days, maybe a few weeks, or perhaps a few weeks. Why are you not concerned? Because you know exactly what’s the problem: you need to change your oil.
Maybe you don’t feel like you have time to change your oil. We’re all busy these days, and sometimes we put aside important tasks like an oil change because it’s so mundane it doesn’t seem like it could possibly be that vital. How much damage could not changing your oil do?
Father’s Day is on June 16 and it’s time to start getting gift ideas ready. For all of you out there who have motorheads as dad, we’ve put together a list of ideas that will really get their motors running. Here are some of our ideas for gifts for dad on Father’s day.
First of all, there is nothing that beats a car wash. A perfect gift from little kids and those without a ton of cash on hand, a car wash is thoughtful and leaves the car looking great. Even better, you can add a little flair and creativity and create a fun coupon that dad can redeem whenever.
If you’re looking for something practical and fun, consider a DIY Remote Starter Kit from Bulldog. Starting at just $69.99, this kit makes it easy to add remote-starting functionality to any vehicle. This makes it easy to cool down the car on a summer day or heat it up during the winter months.
For something truly unique for Father’s Day, consider putting your dad behind the wheel of an exotic car. At the Texas Motor Speedway, visitors can get behind the wheel of high-performance vehicles for the ride of a lifetime. Choose from Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, and Nissans. These events take place only on certain days, so be aware that this experience might not be something you actually do on Father’s Day, but your dad’s excitement might carry on for months and months.
What do you plan on getting your dad for Father’s Day? Dads out there, what are your favorite gifts you’ve ever received?
This year’s storm season is very active and has produced a number of damaging storms, including devastating tornadoes, like the one that caused the recent disaster in Moore, Oklahoma. (Speaking of which, the citizens of Moore and the Red Cross appreciate any help, including donations which can easily be made by texting REDCROSS to 90999).
When people think of July holidays, most think about Fourth of July (and for good reasons, of course), but don’t discount a local tradition in the making: Düb Splash 2013. The exciting auto show takes place at Sandy Lake Amusement park and brings together classic and vintage Volkswagen vehicles for a day of family fun.
Organized by Der Luftkülers (DLK) and Lewisville Volkswagen, this exciting event is the perfect way to extend your Fourth of July celebration: after the fireworks settle, head on out to North Texas’ most beloved amusement park for food, fun, live music, and, of course, awesome cars. The main event brings together more than 50 classes of Volkswagen vehicles.
In the past this sounded like the setup for a joke: what kind of car is fast, practical, and still gets good gas mileage? Laugh no longer! Volkswagen has just announced the brand new Turbocharged Jetta Hybrid, and this car is no joke.
Everyone loves Volkswagen’s turbocharged lineup of cars, thanks to the extra zip and sportiness. So Volkswagen realized that a turbocharged hybrid would be perfect for the typical Volkswagen customers, who are known for the love of the road yet consciousness of the environment. It didn’t take the designers long to realize that a hybrid version of their popular cars would be as ingenious of an invention as power steering, the jet engine, and maybe even sliced bread.
We asked and you delivered! On Facebook recently, we asked the question “What is your number one rule when on a road trip with friends or family?” And here are some of our favorite answers:
Jaine S. advised people to not “put your feet out the car window” in response to the picture we used. Probably a good idea, although on warm summer days when there’s nothing on the road (or when your passenger’s feet really, really stink), there may be exceptions to the rule. (Just kidding! Just like an amusement park ride, you should always keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times!)
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we decided to put together a fun little drivers’ guide of the best tacos in Dallas. Hop in your Volkswagen, zip to the nearest place, and have a few minutes reserved—these tacos can’t be eaten one-handed while driving. They’re practically works of art that demand your full attention.
Does this look like your last road trip? Try some of our driving games to keep them busy.
Road trips are great, but sometimes, when the hours are moving by slower than a school zone at 3 p.m., it becomes necessary to pass the time somehow. Fortunately, people have come up with a number of car games to make the trip manageable.
Here are a few of our favorite driving games to pass the time while driving.
It’s spring in Texas, which means people are planning road trips, planting new gardens, enjoying the sunshine—and watching out for sudden storms. Everyone knows that storms in Texas can become violent, spawning tornadoes, flash floods, and hail, but do you know how to handle a hailstorm?
In an ideal world, you will never have to drive through a hailstorm. Hail falls extremely fast and can range in size from tiny little pebbles to tennis ball-sized, although most hail measures less than two inches. Still, falling from the sky gives hailstones the velocity to cause serious damage to cars.
- If you get caught in a hailstorm, try to pull over to the side of the road. Whatever you do, stay inside your car. If hail can cause damage to a car, think about what it can do to you! And while hail damage can be costly, medical bills can be equally so, so be smart about what you do.
- If you know a hailstorm is coming, cover your car the best you can if you can’t find shelter. Covering as much of your car as you can will help reduce the chances of dents and cracked glass. If you have nothing to cover your car, you can try using your floor mats. Something is better than nothing.
- For people who work at a tall office building, parking on the proper side of the building may also reduce the chance of your car getting directly struck. Figure out which direction the storm is coming in and park your car in the opposite side of the building. There is some chance that the building may deflect some of the hailstones.
- If you have to drive through a hailstorm, drive slowly and use low beams and emergency lights. Be careful for accidents and downed electrical wires. Do not park in ditches as usually hailstorms are accompanied by lots of rain, which can turn ditches into potential flood areas.
Hailstorms are scary, but even more so if you have to drive through one. Finding an awning or overhang can make all the difference. Be safe, plan ahead, and stay off the road if possible.