The Importance of the 2-Second Follow Rule and Human Reaction Time

Are you following too close behind the car in front of you?

One of the first things you learn about driving is the 2-Second follow rule. No one likes a tailgater, and I'd venture to say that no one really likes to be one either. Many rules, techniques, and behaviors are used while driving, a lot of which, if not all, are there to keep everyone involved safe and alive. Not only does the 2-second rule provide a generally safer way of driving, it also helps you in other ways that may not seem as obvious as safety.

5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Reduce Your Chances of an Accident

None of these measures requires major work but could save your bacon

We'd all like to think we're good drivers and that we can avoid most accidents thanks to our skills behind the wheel. Well, you might be a pretty good driver, but you're not so skilled that you can stay out of trouble 100% of the time. Here are five key things you can do right now (that you've probably avoided doing) that will keep you and yours safer on the roads. Put them into practice on a regular basis, and you'll reduce your chances dramatically.

Autos 101: What Does Automotive Reliability Actually Mean?

If it keeps breaking down, you can't drive it

You hear car commercials about car reliability all the time. Sure, the term sounds great, and the public has a general idea about what "reliability" means. If a car is constantly having issues and breaking down, that means it's pretty much unreliable--you just can't depend on it. But there's much more detail to this, and we get down to the nitty-gritty.

Autos 101: How to Maximize Gas Mileage

There are steps you can take to improve fuel efficiency

The cost of fuel may still be relatively low compared to what it was a few years ago, but achieving a high number when it comes miles per gallon of gas is still a priority for most people. There's steps you can take with the vehicle you currently own to improve your car's fuel economy. Here's what you can easily do to up your mpg.

Autos 101: How Long Do Hybrid Car Batteries Last?

You may have to replace your battery pack at some point

Unfortunately, batteries don't last forever. While this might seem like an obvious statement, some people who own hybrid cars expect their battery to keep working like it should indefinitely. The battery in your hybrid car is like any other engine component. It will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. When will that happen? Probably not for a very long time.

Autos 101: How Tire Pressure Can Affect Traction and Mileage

A few more pounds per square inch of air can go a long way

We've all heard that keeping your tires properly inflated is important, but many of us don't know why exactly it matters. By taking a few minutes each month to check and adjust the air pressure of your tires, you'll enjoy better fuel efficiency and handling as well as experience proper tire tread wear.

Autos 101: When to Wax Your Car

The art of keeping your car's paint job shining

Before car companies started applying a clear coat of paint to cars, waxing your vehicle regularly was extremely important. In the 1980s, when clear coats became widespread, waxing your car suddenly wasn't as important. The clear coat did a tremendous job of protect the car's paint. Since then, car paint technology has only gotten better. Despite this, if you really want your car's paint job to last, you need to rob wax on it from time to time.

Autos 101: How Turbocharging Works

It's best to know how this common engine part functions

Turbocharged engines seem to be in just about every new model out there. Sure, a naturally aspirated option is usually available but a turbocharged four-cylinder is in everything from a Honda Civic to a Mazda CX-9. Why? With a turbocharged engine, you get more power and better efficiency. As interesting as the end result of a turbocharger is, you may be wondering how exactly turbocharging works. Let us explain.

Autos 101: How to Recondition Your Headlights

Don't just light up the inside of your headlights anymore

Changing your oil, getting tune-ups and rotating your tires aren't the only important car care tasks you need to manage in order for your car to work properly. Many cars that have more than a few years on them tend to get faded headlights due to numerous factors such as road grime and chemicals, oxidation, water vapor and road damage. The result is faded headlights that don't project light well at all. Not only is it ugly, it's downright unsafe since you decrease your nighttime visibility.

Autos 101: Repair Your Old Car or Replace It?

What to think about when the costs of repairs are high

If you've had your car for a few years now, you've probably had to pay for at least one expensive repair. While paying for one expensive maintenance task is no big deal, after a while, those costs can add up and you may begin to wonder if it's worth it to fix your old, unreliable car or buy a new one. Here are some things to think about.

5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Car

These are the things you can do to make your car go far

Modern automobiles are designed to last longer than ever before. New cars feature better designs, better materials and more advanced technology. Still, it takes some work to keep them running. If you want your ride's odometer to continue to spin year after year, you have to take the time, effort and money out of your life to make that happen.

Autos 101: How to Flush Your Car's Radiator

Doing this once every 30,000 miles could save your engine

We hope you change your oil on a regular basis and keep your tires properly inflated, but have you taken the time to flush your car's radiator? You might just keep adding coolant as needed, but your radiator emits corrosion and contaminants that can damage your engine to the point where it's no longer usable.

Autos 101: Why and How to Rotate Your Tires

An important car task that's way too easy to forget

Most of us have a hard enough time keeping track of oil changes, tune-ups, wiper changes and radiator flushes that we often forget about tire rotation. No one really talks about it, and it surely isn't one of the "sexier" car maintenance items that makes it pop out in our memory banks.

Autos 101: What is Hill Descent Control?

Going down a steep hill? No problem with hill descent control

Going downhill in most regular road situations creates no issues at all for the average motorist. If, however, you're driving over rough terrain or down a steep snowy incline, it can pose serious safety issues. When traveling down a steep hill, it is best to try and control the speed of the vehicle. Ideally, you want a slow, smooth trip down the hill and onto more level ground, but this can be more difficult than it seems.

How Auto Refinancing Can Help You Cut Costs

A few minutes of your time can save you money and headache

It seems like a no-brainer to refinance your home. After all, why continue on with a 20-year mortgage at a higher interest rate when you can lower your payments. So, what about your car? Shouldn't you take the same approach? Auto refinancing is a great way to make your monthly budget more workable, but you have to take a good look at where you are and what your reasons are for doing so. We show you the best way to approach auto refinancing and whether or not it's for you.