Understanding Types of Tires

21Begin your search for tires by identifying which kind of vehicle you are buying tires for or if you need winter tires. Also, consider analyzing your potential driving conditions and which tires might be necessary. Then, choose the type of tire that suits your driving style and vehicle the best.

Passenger car and minivan tires

These tires typically emphasize benefits such as a comfortable ride, long life, dependability and traction performance in a variety of weather conditions.

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Wash and Wax 101

22Everyone knows how to wash and wax a car. Or, do they? We tend to get rusty in the off-season, so here are some spring training tips.

Keep cool

It is best to wash your car when the car’s surface is cool. A cool morning is ideal, but if you are not a morning person, simply find a shady spot to avoid water-spotting the car before you get a chance to dry it.

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Mercedes Illustrates Importance of Car Care With Grooming Comparison

23German automaker Mercedes-Benz is proving it knows how to make an impression when it matters.

A short social film titled “Date” juxtaposes the getting ready rituals of a man and woman, as she primps and he details his red Mercedes. For owners, the video highlights the importance of choosing the right tools to care for their vehicle, prompting purchases of Mercedes-brand products.

Getting ready
The one-minute video opens in a bathroom, where a woman wearing a robe and a towel turban stands in front of the mirror. As she carefully applies products to her face, the film cuts back and forth between her beauty routine and a driveway, where a man is cleaning the windshield of his car.

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Safety First With Fall Car Care

Adding air in car tire -correct level to save gas

Conducting routine maintenance on your vehicle is necessary to maintain optimal performance and prevent costly repairs. As colder weather approaches, and with it the potential for treacherous road conditions, giving certain areas of your car special attention can also protect your safety.

“Getting your vehicle ready for winter while temperatures are still mild is a proactive approach to preventive maintenance that helps ensure safety and reliability when severe winter weather strikes,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

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3 Simple Maintenance Tips for the Most Fuel Efficient Cars

25Today’s vehicles are pretty easy to take care of and maintain. Put some air in the tires, get regular oil changes and tune-ups, and you’re good to go. Both of those tasks also go pretty far in creating a more fuel-efficient car. But if you really want to maximize your dollars at the gas pump, here are three lesser-known maintenance tips that people tend to overlook:
1. Use the right oil. Whether you take your car for an oil change or you change it yourself, be sure it’s getting the grade of motor oil recommended in your Owner’s Manual. For example, according to FuelEconomy.gov, the official U.S. government source for fuel economy information, using 10W-30 motor oil in an engine designed to use 5W-30 can lower your gas mileage by one to two percent. Choosing a motor oil with additives that reduce friction also creates a more fuel efficient car. Just look for the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) “Energy Conserving” symbol on the bottle.

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