The price at the gas pump can vary month to month, but the general trend has been upwards over the past few decades. This increase can be a significant chunk of the monthly budget for individuals who need to drive regularly for work or errands. 

The fuel economy or efficiency that our vehicle operates at is vitally important to our bottom lines. The estimated and actual gas mileage that we get with cars is a significant deciding factor in what we buy. But other factors outside of engine design can have an impact on our wallets.

It happens to all of us eventually. You are driving along and need to use the wipers to clear the windshield. Instead of a smooth glide, you are met with a shrill squeak as the blade moves across the windshield. 

Even if the wiper manages to clear the surface, the constant noise can easily distract you from driving safely.

Our vehicles are an investment, and having a reliable vehicle is essential to keeping us moving through our lives. 

While there are many things you may not be able to fix on your vehicle without the help of a mechanic, there are several essential tasks owners can do themselves to prevent needing costly repairs in the future. 

The holiday season is approaching. Do you recall that toy you got as a kid on Christmas morning, and you couldn’t wait to play with it for the first time? You go to play with it and realize the toy is no good because it did not come with batteries. Without the batteries, it is rendered useless.

Now you have a much more expensive toy -- a car. This toy needs a battery too, or else you’re not getting from point A to point B.

The last thing you want to happen is for your car battery to completely die. A car battery can be tricky, but it’s vital to know it and how it operates to get the most out of the battery and your vehicle.

Imagine all the things you use your car for. Commuting to and from your nine-to-five weekday job, taking the kids to school and ball practice, and beating Sunday afternoon traffic as you rush to your favorite restaurant in Elkin or Jonesville. Chances are, life would look a lot different without your car. 

Especially as we approach colder weather, you need to prepare your vehicle and ensure it’s ready to handle the cooler months. It’s better to take the measures today to make sure your car is running when you need it.

Before temperatures dip below freezing, you need to have your vehicle winterized. One important step to winterizing your care is changing your motor oil for less weight or viscosity.