What is car sharing and how does it work?

<strong>What is car sharing and how does it work?</strong>
Metro ServiceWith gas prices on the rise, some are turning to car sharing as an alternative. ■ Metro service Car sharing is wildly popular in large cities where residents may not have cars of their own. But to those living outside of large metropolises, such services may be less familiar. The Carsharing Association says car sharing is aimed at decreasing personal car ownership, reducing the distances vehicles travel and decreasing dependence on fossil fuels. Car sharing services are often membership-based, and memberships are open to all drivers who meet certain qualifications. In 2000, Massachusetts-based Zipcar, one of the first car sharing companies, began with a fleet of only four vehicles. The (more…)

Keep risks at bay when shopping on Black Friday

<strong>Keep risks at bay when shopping on Black Friday</strong>
Metro Service ■ By Richard Perry / Contributed Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy, Oh no, Black Friday is coming up! I remember previous Thanksgiving family gatherings when my sister and mother-in-law would scour all the newspaper ads while the guys were digesting their turkey and watching football. The women would plan out their attack like a general creating a battle plan to find the best Black Friday deals. While everyone else is sound asleep, they are running out the door before 5 a.m. with a tall cup of coffee, ads in hand, just to be one of the first in line to wait for stores to open their doors. I (more…)

Getting to your holiday destination in one piece

<strong>Getting to your holiday destination in one piece</strong>
Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney/United States Air ForceDitch the map this year and use your smartphone’s GPS or other app, such as Waze, to get driving directions to your Thanksgiving meal. It can even provide detours if traffic is backed up. ■ By Richard Perry / Contributed This last Halloween night the guys and I were handing out treats from the bed of our truck at the Dwelling Place Church’s annual “Trunk or Treat” event. We enjoyed ourselves, hayride and all. The only scary part was the drive home – there were so many ghosts and goblins hunting for sweets in the streets. After the sugar rush of Halloween has subsided, (more…)

Removing condensation from tail lights

<strong>Removing condensation from tail lights</strong>
Wikimedia CommonsDark tail lights are not necessarily illegal. The reflectors must be visible from 300-500 feet away, according to police sources. ■ By Richard Perry / Contributed Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy, My youngest daughter will soon graduate from high school. Just like we promised her older brother and sister, we will provide her with her first car. Knowing she likes Batman, I thought a 1999 Black Camaro I came across was a real cool choice, although it needed some restoration work. After replacing tires, brakes, some other minor mechanical repairs and a fresh black paint job, it was ready to go. I thought it looked great except the rear (more…)

Campers’ guide to RV care and maintenance

S■ Metro Service ometimes referred to as recreational vehicles, travel trailers or campers, RVs are popular. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, RV shipments through February 2017 totaled 73,287 units. This represents an increase of 8.6 percent from the same period in 2016. In fact, RV shipments have increased for seven consecutive years. This popularity might be driven by the affordability and convenience of vacationing in an RV. Essentially hotels or homes on wheels, campers provide many amenities in a compact package. RVs can be enjoyable, but mechanical failures and other problems can happen. Regular maintenance, care and examination is necessary to avoid trip interruptions. According to the recreational vehicle (more…)

LED lights add style without sacrificing safety

<strong>LED lights add style without sacrificing safety</strong>
Metro ServiceThe bright, instant-on capability of Philips Ultinon LEDs when braking or turning immediately alerts other drivers, giving them more time to react safely. ■ Metro service The reasons behind the popularity of certain automotive products tend to vary. Some drivers might prefer certain features because they’re stylish, while other drivers might be drawn to products because of their safety ratings. The growing popularity of LED lights proves that certain automotive products can give drivers the best of both worlds. In recent years, more and more drivers have replaced their manufacturer-installed incandescent lights with LED lights in both the interior and exterior of their vehicles. LED lights provide considerably more aesthetic (more…)

Why clean air filters are important

<strong>Why clean air filters are important</strong>
Metro ServiceReplacing air filters is an inexpensive way to keep vehicles performing at peak capacity. ■ Metro service Vehicle owners likely know to check fluid levels and get their cars’ oil changed, but air filters may not be at the top of their maintenance checklists. Despite being a relatively inexpensive part, air filters often go overlooked. Air filters have an important job in a vehicle, prolonging the life span of engines and helping cars run more smoothly and efficiently. Purpose of vehicle air filters Vehicle combustion engines operate with a mixture of fuel and air. Without oxygen, gasoline or diesel fuels cannot burn properly and power the engine. The air filter’s (more…)

Stress less during your commute

<strong>Stress less during your commute</strong>
Photo source: have many options to make their daily travels less stressful, including carpooling, where people take turns navigating the bumper-to-bumper commute. ■ Metro service Commuting can be stressful, and the effects of such stress does not end when working adults arrive at their offices in the morning, nor does it cease when they enter their homes at night. According to a 2014 study from the United Kingdom’s Office for National Statistics, commuters have lower life satisfaction, lower levels of happiness and higher anxiety than non-commuters. Researchers found that commuters whose travel times lasted between 61 and 90 minutes were most negatively affected by their commutes. Reducing commute times may (more…)

Get tire savvy to help your family stay safe on the road

<strong>Get tire savvy to help your family stay safe on the road</strong>
Photo: State PointKeep tires well-maintained to help you stay safe on the road. ■ StatePoint Today’s cars come with some impressive features. But no matter what up-to-date tech your car boasts, it’s your tires that connect it to the road, playing a crucial role in safety and performance. With more than a century of experience, the experts at Cooper Tires are offering facts and tips every driver should know. Air Pressure Proper inflation can extend a tire’s life and increase fuel efficiency, saving you money. Don’t be fooled by visuals, however. Even when tires look properly inflated, they may be under-inflated by as much as 50 percent. Also, tire pressure decreases (more…)

Did you know?

T■ Metro Service raffic can be bad for your health and also bad for your car. According to a University of Surrey study published in Science Daily, pollution levels inside of cars were found to be 40 percent higher while sitting in traffic jams or at red lights compared to levels in free-flowing traffic. The World Health Organization considers interior car pollution one of the top 10 health risks faced by humans. Health implications are not the only hazard posed by traffic jams. Stop-and-go traffic also takes its toll on vehicles. When idling, engine ventilation systems are at their weakest, warns Road and Travel. As a result, acidic combustion products and (more…)