Cruise Easy as Wireless Tech Improves Road Safety

Imagine a futuristic transportation system  with “talking” roads and cars that instantly provide real-time updates on local weather, traffic and road conditions. Equipped with up-to-the-minute information, motorists could choose safer, more direct routes helping to reduce traffic congestion, shorten trips and reduce vehicle emissions.

The future is now, says Cinterion, a Gemalto company and the global leader in wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communication technology. The technology needed for driver-friendly intelligent transportation systems exists today, and it’s being rolled out quickly – growing by more than 30 percent according to industry analysts.

Gear Up for Winter Driving This Holiday Season

The weather outside may be frightful, but your commute doesn’t have to be — that is, if you take the proper steps to prepare your vehicle for winter weather. Be prepared with Firestone Complete Auto Care’s winter driving safety tips to help make sure you arrive home safely for the holidays.

•    Be proactive! Winter only magnifies existing problems like pings, hard starts, sluggish performance or rough idling. Make sure your vehicle is mechanically sound before the temperature dips and the streets get icy.

•    Make certain the engine is in peak condition. Also, check the cooling system. Coolant should be replaced per the vehicle manufacturer’s maintenance schedule.

How to Spend Less on Gas and More on Holiday Gift-Giving

It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday hustle and bustle when you’re constantly looking for the perfect gift. The holidays can get expensive, but there are ways to save , and your vehicle doesn’t have to add to that huge dent in your wallet.

Firestone Complete Auto Care offers the following tips to help you save money at the gas pump so you can focus on the season of giving.

Tire Pressure Is Key During Summer Travel

It’s summertime, and vehicles are rolling out of garages and hitting the pavement. Warm weather offers a variety of outdoor travel opportunities and roadtrip fun. And to be sure your vehicle is operating safely, it is important that tire pressure be at proper levels.

Most motorists know that routine tire-pressure checks can preserve tire life and help drivers to avoid potential accidents from blowouts, uneven wear and under inflation. Even so, tires can lose air pressure without appearing to be underinflated, and motorists may not notice a slow leak. New technology is taking the guesswork and potential for human error out of the equation.

Enjoy the Fourth of July to the Fullest – Be Safe and Save Money on Your Daily Drive

Fireworks, sparklers and hot dogs, oh my! The Fourth of July is upon us, and it’s a great time to think about little ways you can show your patriotism and celebrate being an American. One way you can celebrate the nation’s birthday is by not only protecting yourself and other while on the road, but also guarding your wallet from high gas prices.

Firestone Complete Auto Care would like to honor this July Fourth with tips on how you and your vehicle can save money and stay safe on your daily commute.

Summer Car Care Takes Top Priority When it Heats Up

If you ask anyone, whether it be your friends, your neighbors or your colleagues, all will tell you the best things about summer are the surf and the sun! For many of us, a day at the beach is like a mini-vacation, but if you’re not prepared, your lovely day trip can turn into your worst nightmare! The team at Firestone Complete Auto Care would like to offer the following tips to get you ready for your summer beach trips:

•    Make sure your vehicle’s fluids and filters are fresh and the air conditioner is working properly, as this will help keep your vehicle cool in the summer heat.

You Don’t Need the Luck of The Irish to Make Your Car "Green"

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The Emerald Isle is known for being lush, green and teeming with stout, little leprechauns. While the latter might be just a myth, it’s no fairy tale that by taking small steps to make your car go green, not only can you make the earth a little cleaner, but you can also save yourself a pot of gold worth of expenses. Firestone Complete Auto Care offers the following tips to help you make your vehicle a little greener:
* Perform scheduled maintenance. Follow your vehicle’s maintenance schedule to keep your vehicle in good working order. By using fresh filters and fluids, as well as making sure your emission control system is working properly, you can minimize your vehicle’s impact on the environment.
* Slow down. Vehicles use less fuel the slower they travel. Try dropping your highway speed by 10 mph. You will use less gas and cause fewer emissions. In addition, gradually stepping on the accelerator and gently applying the brakes is more fuel-efficient than sudden stops and gunning the engine.
* Plan ahead. Consolidate several trips into one. Plot out the most efficient route to get to all of your stops. You will use less gas and produce fewer emissions.
* Roll up and remove excess. If you roll up your windows, your vehicle’s aerodynamics will be more streamlined, the drag will be reduced and you’ll get better mileage. Removing ski racks, bike racks and after-market rooftop cargo carriers can also help improve your vehicle’s aerodynamics.
* Don’t idle. Don’t idle to warm up your vehicle. Prolonged idling creates unnecessary emissions, and idling for more than thirty seconds consumes more fuel than re-starting the engine.
Going green doesn’t have to be a hassle, and it certainly doesn’t include chasing after rainbows. By taking small steps throughout the year, you can ensure that your vehicle is doing its part to help make the planet a little cleaner.

Tips for Maintaining Your Car in Snowy Conditions

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – When the weather outside is frightful, the road is the last place you want to be, especially if your car hasn’t been prepared to deal with snowy conditions. Snow and ice covering the roadways can pose a serious threat to you and your vehicle.
There is no time like the present to get yourself and your car ready for winter driving. Firestone Complete Auto Care offers the following tips to get you on your way:
Slow down
* Reduce your speed during adverse driving conditions, and be prepared for longer stopping distances on snowy or icy pavement. Try to avoid abrupt movements when braking, accelerating or turning.
Tires are the key
* A tire’s PSI (pounds per square inch) can drop one pound for every 10-degree drop in temperature. Both under- and over-inflation lessens a tire’s gripping action. Once it gets cold, tire pressure should be checked weekly. Don’t forget to check your spare tire, too.
* If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider installing winter tires, which are specially designed to grip slick roads. Snow tires should be installed on all four wheels; using two different types of tires on the same vehicle can cause handling problems.
Be seen
* Always use headlights at dawn and dusk, or while driving in fog, rain and snow, to warn other drivers you are there. If you can’t see them, they can’t see you! Don’t forget to activate your flashers when appropriate.
* Take a few moments to check your wipers — they don’t last forever. If the rubber feels rough or seems cracked, replace the wiper blades. Older wiper blades can cause windows to become dangerously dirty, especially at night or in snowy conditions when there is likely to be salt on the road. Good visibility is a necessity.
No matter the time of year, it is important to take the appropriate measures to ensure that your vehicle is well maintained. However, during winter, when the roads and conditions are particularly unpredictable, proper maintenance is essential for keeping your car prepared for anything the season delivers.

The Great Car Debate: To Buy or to Lease?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As the economy continues to rebound, more Americans find themselves strolling the lot of their local car dealership and facing a difficult decision — whether to buy or lease a new vehicle.
“Both options have their pros and cons,” said Joe Wiesenfelder, senior editor at Cars.com. “It really depends on your personal driving habits, the amount of money you’re willing to spend and how often you like driving a new car.”
Wiesenfelder offers these tips for car shoppers:

Football Season Marks the Time for Car Care

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – As the leaves fall and the cold weather approaches, everyone begins to feel a little football fever. Just like the greatest coaches check their starting line-ups each year, make sure that your vehicle’s most important parts and systems aren’t corroded, empty, deflated or worn out. With kick-off around the corner, Firestone Complete Auto Care offers the following tips to ensure your vehicle is ready for fall after a long, hot summer.
Run some drills.
* Remember to have your belts, hoses, air filters, windshield wipers, lights, fluids, and battery cables and terminals all checked by a professional before the fall season begins.
* Fall weather can be wet and dreary. One way to prepare your vehicle for the wet weather is to check the tire treads with the “penny test.” Insert a penny in the tread, Lincoln’s head down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is worn and the tire probably needs to be replaced.
* Make sure to have your tires rotated according to the schedule in your vehicle’s maintenance guide — usually every 5,000 miles. Regular rotation will even out the wear patterns on your tires.
Hydrate.
* Check your vehicle’s fluid levels, including transmission, brake, power steering, windshield washer fluids and coolant to make sure they’re properly filled.
Get some air.
* You can’t tell if a tire needs air just by looking at it. The only sure-fire way to determine if your tire needs air is with a tire gauge. The tire could be six to 10 PSI under-inflated and still look fine.
Having a creative playbook is a must for any successful football team, but having a well-maintained vehicle is a must for any driver. So blitz the bad weather, and make sure your car is well equipped for this fall!