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Should You Come to a Complete Stop Before Switching Gears?

The majority of today's modern vehicles (cars, trucks, and SUVs) are made with automatic transmissions. An automatic transmission is simple to use and doesn't require too much attention, which is why it is preferred by many. All you have to do is put it into Drive and go. Even if you've never seen the Suite Life of Zack and Cody, you've probably heard of the iconic acronym PRNDLE (Prindle). It stands for all the gears Park, Reverse, Neutral, Drive, and Low. However, have you stopped to think whether you're shifting your gears correctly? What is the best way to go about shifting gears? We're here to do a deep dive into it all.   How Does An Automatic Transmission Work? Most automatic transmissions are hydraulically operated, meaning it uses the pressure of a fluid to change gears, hence why you need transmission fluid. Some of today's transmission functions also rely on computer technology, which means that a processing unit manages all of the necessa ... read more

Different Types of Car Fluid Leaks

Considering that all automobiles rely on multiple fluids to function, everyone is bound to experience a fluid leak. Some liquid leaks are more of a headache than others; nevertheless, leaks are never a good indication. Here are the various vehicle fluids that your car may leak:   Coolant Coolant leaks are often found to be bright green, orange, or pink. Leaking coolant can sometimes be considered normal for older cars, but modern vehicles are created with preventative traits. Your vehicle may be facing an overheating issue if its coolant is leaking.   Oil  A dark brown or black puddle is usually a common sign of an oil leak. Oil leaks transpire around the oil pan and in gaskets that are located near or in the engine. If an oil leak occurs and puddles under your car, it means that your gasket is damaged and must be inspected by a licensed professional.   Transmission  Transmission fluid is often a pinkish-red color, so you'll probably have no proble ... read more

How to Make Your Daily Drive More Enjoyable

Did you know that California has more licensed drivers than any other state, with more than 26 million licensed drivers? With so many people on the road, your morning commute can be pretty hectic. Traffic is a norm in the state of California, but it doesn't have to make your drive to school or work miserable. Here are some of our suggestions on how to make your daily drive more calming and enjoyable.   Listen to Music Listening to chill music can make your commute much more relaxed and stress-free. We recommend lofi or classical to keep the nerves down, but listening to any of your personal favorite music can uplift your mood.   Play Podcasts or Audiobooks If there is a book you've been desperate to find time to read or a subject you want to learn more about, audiobooks and podcasts are the answer for you. This type of content is continuous and longer duration, so they are a perfect way to pass the time in traffic. Put your time to good use!   Keep Your P ... read more

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