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How to Improve Your Gas Mileage

How to Improve Your Gas Mileage

Refilling your car with gas is now becoming an expensive chore that most people dread. Unfortunately, we all depend on our vehicles to get us to work, school, and more. Therefore, we have to buy gas no matter how much it costs. But how can we do it and save money in 2022?  Below are some of our trusted fuel-saving tips and tricks: Avoid Harsh Braking and Accelerating - Nothing drains your fuel tank more than the way you drive your car. Excessive braking and acceleration can decrease your MPG by 20 percent or more. If you want to save money at the pump, drive more steadily and give yourself time to brake.  Know When to Have Your Windows Down and When to Use A/C - Saving money on fuel doesn't mean you should neglect your air conditioning altogether. Experts suggest driving with the windows down in the city or at low speeds. On the other hand, it's best to have your windows up driving on the highway as the wind resistance can up your expense. Avoid Idling - Don't ... read more

Vehicle Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for That Special Someone

Vehicle Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for That Special Someone

With the day of love coming up, you're probably trying to figure out what to get your significant other. If your partner is a car enthusiast, you've come to the right place for ideas. Here are our top picks! Seat covers and floor mats: Most people tend to eat and drink in their car when they're in a hurry. As a result, spills and messes tend to happen. These covers and mats are easy to clean and stop stains from occurring. Furthermore, some are very stylish and can bring a completely new look to your vehicle. Air fresheners or air diffusers: Who can say no to a fresh-smelling car? These are great smaller gifts to give. Portable car vacuum: This is an excellent and practical gift for the everyday driver or car fanatic. A portable vacuum is designed to be stored in your car and be able to reach every crack in your vehicle. Tickets to a car show: Your car-loving partner will appreciate you for being involved in their hobby. Plus, it'll be an experience for both of you ... read more

Do Hybrid Vehicles Need Maintenance?

Do Hybrid Vehicles Need Maintenance?

In short, the answer is Yes! At Dickerson Automotive, our team has a wide range of experience, including maintenance and repairs on Hybrid vehicles.  Standard Maintenance for Hybrids Most people commonly believe that owning a hybrid or electric vehicle will require more complex maintenance procedures, leading to more costly expenses. Though there are some other things to take care of, basic hybrid vehicle maintenance doesn't differ significantly from standard vehicles. Hybrid drivers still need routine oil changes, brake inspections, tire rotations, fluid checks, and transmission maintenance. The Differences in Maintenance Still, there are a few differences in caring for a hybrid vehicle versus a standard car. There are different types of hybrid engine systems out on the market. When considering "full hybrid" vehicles, they have the capability to turn off their internal combustion engine and run exclusively on the electric motor under particular conditions. This p ... read more

What Kind of Driving Challenges Can Fall Bring

What Kind of Driving Challenges Can Fall Bring

Fall is a beautiful time to be in Spanish Fork, UT. The temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing colors and falling, and there's an ongoing excitement for the holidays around the corner. With all of this in mind, these things do pose some additional risks on the road. Let's go in-depth on the different kinds of driving challenges you may face in the fall! Rain, Fog, Ice & Snow You should expect to see more inclement weather during this time of year, including rain, fog, and even snow. Consequently, you'll need effective windshield wiper blades to clear off your windshield to see. You'll also need your brakes and tires to be in tip-top condition to handle the road surfaces.  More Night Driving The sun is setting a lot earlier in the day now, which means you're most likely going to spend more time driving in the dark. Driving at night or in the dark is much more difficult than driving during the day. To ensure you can see correctly, you're g ... read more

Keep Your Eyes Open for Potholes

Keep Your Eyes Open for Potholes

Potholes are notorious for creating all kinds of issues for cars. It doesn't matter where you are; they're always around. With proper tire pressure, your vehicle should be able to handle shallow potholes. But hitting a deep one can do just enough to have you running to the repair shop.   You know the damage is almost inevitable whenever you hit an unexpected dip and have that jarring feeling. The accident can vary depending on the pothole size, your speed, vehicle, and the air pressure in your tire during impact. You may be wondering what kind of problems you can face from running into a deeper pothole: Tire puncture, wear, or damage Wheel rim damage Premature wear on struts and shocks Suspension damage Steering system damage and misalignment issues Exhaust system damage Engine damage Fluid leaks It's a pretty hefty list, right? This is why you want to be extra cautious when driving on uneven surfaces. If you experience any of these issues, you should get the ... read more

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