Roadside assistance comes complimentary on most new cars, but odds are you can be back on the road quicker with the right skills. Changing a tire doesn’t take a long time to do and is fairly straightforward. Here’s a quick guide on how to change a tire from us here at Richard Karr Buick GMC.
- Pull off to the shoulder. Avoid hills and curves, otherwise drivers may not see you until it’s too late. Set the parking brake and exit the vehicle. If you have wheel wedges, place them either behind the rear tires or in front of the front tires.
- Remove the hubcap to expose the lug nuts. It’s easier to remove the hubcap prior to raising the vehicle. Prying the hubcap off with a lug wrench will work on most vehicles. Consult your owner’s manual for more information for your specific make and model.
- Loosen the lug nuts until you can turn them by hand. Don’t remove them entirely just yet.
- Consult your owner’s manual for proper jack placement. Raise the car around one foot off the ground.
- Finish unscrewing the lug nuts and remove the flat tire by pulling straight out. Place the spare tire on the lug bolts and push it all the way in. Begin tightening the lug nuts by hand.
- Lower the vehicle until it’s slightly off the ground and finish tightening the lug nuts with the wrench.
Lower the vehicle onto the ground and replace the hubcap.
Is your gas budget a little bigger than you’d like? Here are some fuel efficiency tips for improving the fuel economy of your vehicle.
The more you accelerate, the more your vehicle burns through fuel. It doesn’t matter what speed you’re at—maintaining steady speeds uses less gas than stop-and-go traffic. Try using more highways and accelerating slower.
This goes hand-in-hand with the previous tip. The more you brake, the more you have to accelerate. Try coasting up to stoplights instead of racing to the white line. This gives the traffic light a chance to turn green before you get there.
Check Tire Pressure
Did you know improperly inflated tires are a major reason for lower-than-optimal gas mileage? Make sure your wheels are up to snuff by regularly checking tire pressure.
Service Your Car Regularly
Cars consist of many little mechanical parts, and if any one of them is malfunctioning, it can reduce your fuel economy. Your oil, oil filter, and air filter can play major roles in this, so make sure you keep up to date with routine maintenance.
We at Richard Karr Buick GMC just want everyone to get the best fuel economy that they can; follow these fuel efficiency tips to get the most out of your car.
The better shape your car is in when you trade it in for a different model, the more money you’ll get out of it. So it’s important to do what you can to get it cleaned up and working great before you take it to the dealer to be inspected. Here are some tips on getting your car ready to trade in.
First, do a deep, thorough clean. Vacuum out all the crumbs from the carpet and the seats, scrub the dashboard, clean off pet hair. You also want to remove all your personal items from it—the less work they have to do themselves, the more money you’ll get from it. Wash the car and give it a wax to make it look as shiny and new as possible.
If there are little problems you can fix yourself, like dings, scratches, headlights that are out, or low fluid levels, take care of them. These are all easy maintenance tasks that take minutes and that you can look up how to do online. Don’t bother fixing major mechanical issues, though—whether you lose money fixing them or lose money on the trade-in because of them, you’re still losing money.
Make sure you have any extra parts, like spare keys and special badging, to get the full value of your car applied to your trade-in. For more information on how to get your trade-in ready, call us today at Richard Karr Buick GMC!
For some people, driving on the highway can be intimidating. That’s understandable, considering the traffic and high speeds. So, here are some tips for handling highway driving to calm your nerves.
Keep Your Distance
The closer you follow to other cars on the highway, the easier it would be to get in an accident. Leave at least two to three car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Think About Lane Changes
The best way to ease your anxiety about lane changes is to plan them ahead of time. Think about what exit you’ll be taking so that you’ll know where you need to be and have time to get over to the lane. That way, there’s no last-minute panic about getting into a lane.
Learn Left from Right
Know when to stay in what lane. Stay in the right lane if you’re going slow (the speed limit or under) and use the left lane to pass. The middle lane is great for maintaining a speed and passing when you need to.
As much as possible, try to keep a steady speed. Don’t worry about other drivers; they’ll pass you if they need to.
If you need any more highway driving (or other driving) tips, just ask us at Richard Karr Motors!