New Year’s Resolutions for your Car

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Happy New Year from Perry Hyundai!

If you haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions, yet, that’s ok. 2017 has just begun. If you want an idea for a resolution you can actually keep, consider these resolutions for your car.

  • Drive more efficiently. Being an inefficient driver not only wastes your money, but it’s bad for the environment, too. One of the biggest dings to your efficiency is aggressive driving. In fact, doing things like speeding and accelerating too quickly can decrease your efficiency by as much as 35%.
  • Stop idling. Letting your engine run while you’re not going anywhere is a complete waste of gas. If you’re going to stop for longer than you normally would at a stoplight or stop sign, just turn off the engine. You should also avoid “warming up” your car before you leave in the morning. The fastest way to warm it up is just by driving.
  • Keep up with your maintenance. Check in your owner’s manual and you should find a recommended service schedule that includes things like oil changes, tire rotations, and more. Get caught up on this to ensure your car runs the way it should for years to come.
  • Don’t run on empty. Try not to let your tank fall below one-quarter full. In the winter, keep it at least half full to prevent frozen fuel lines.

Are you planning any car-related resolutions for 2017?

Get Crafty with These DIY Holiday Gifts

holiday giftsChoosing the right gift for the family and friends on your holiday gift list can be difficult—and expensive. If you’re struggling to find gifts, consider becoming crafty and creating one of these DIY holiday gifts. Not only are they personal, but they are also easy and inexpensive to create. Here is a guide on how to create these gifts.

Sharpie Quote Tea Pot. Give the tea lover in your life the ultimate gift—a personalized tea pot. This DIY holiday gift is easier than you might think. All you need is a blank tea pot, oil sharpies of any color, a cookie sheet, and an oven. Use the oil sharpies to write a number of the gift recipient’s favorite quotes or to draw a beautiful design on the tea pot. You can even let your children draw on it to make it truly special. Then, bake your tea pot in the oven at 150°F for 30 minutes to make the writing permanent. After it has cooled properly, you can then wrap it and give it as a gift!

Hot Chocolate Gift Basket. For a chocolate-loving family member or friend, create a hot chocolate gift basket. Choose a cute basket and fit it with holiday-themed mugs. Then, put hot chocolate powder mix in a decorative jar and some marshmallows in another. You can even include a bag of tea or something similar. Wrap the items as you please, making them look as festive as possible to truly get in the holiday spirit. This is a great, easy-to-make gift that your children can help you out with.

Preventing Engine Overheating: Maintaining Temperatures

coolantBecause your engine essentially operates by setting off thousands of small explosions, it’s necessary for a complex cooling system to disperse any heat. Overheating can not only cause inconvenient breakdowns, but it can also be incredibly dangerous. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips on preventing engine overheating.

According to wikiHow, you should always monitor your temperature gauge. Any time the heat creeps into the “H” section, pull over and turn your car off. Overheating can cause the engine to fail, crack, or even explode. If you see steam coming from the under the hood, stop immediately. Be careful around a hot engine, as burns can occur very easily.

Preventing overheating starts with the coolant. You should regularly check antifreeze/coolant levels. Simply check the reservoir (be aware of “hot” and “cool” levels) and top off if necessary. If it is consistently low, you may need to look for leaks. Not only should you look under the car for dripping areas or pools of coolant, but you should also feel hoses for wet spots.

Flushing your cooling system is also necessary every few years. Buildup can cause blockage, restricting the flow of coolant. Radiators often develop calcium and lime residue, especially if you use a large ratio of water in the system.

If your car is running warm, try turning on the heater. Heat is taken directly off the engine block, so this may help cool the car a little. Always turn the A/C and other unnecessary accessories off. If necessary, you may just want to turn the car off but keep the ignition on (battery only) as this will keep the radiator fan and blower on. Finally, be sure to avoid rush hour traffic if your car tends to overheat.