You probably clean your car’s exterior every so often, and even if you don’t a decent amount of rain can keep it from getting too bad. You might clean your interior now and then, but even if you don’t all you’ll see is some dust on the dashboard and dirt on the floors. But have you ever bothered to clean your engine? If not, it can get downright filthy.
Fortunately, a filthy engine doesn’t make it less efficient or wear down the parts, at least as long as you keep up with your service visits and replace your engine oil on time. But a dirty engine does make it harder to work under the hood, plus it won’t impress anyone if you feel like showing off or a potential buyer wants to look under the hood. Fortunately, there are ways to make your engine bay look good as new.
The number one reason engines gather such a thick layer of dust is because the dust gets stuck on a thin layer of grease thanks to vaporizing engine oil. That means (more…)
The short answer is yes, but it does depend on a number of factors. You can expect accelerated wear on your tires during times of excessive heat. The summer heat bundled with bad road conditions, low tire pressure, reckless driving, and poor maintenance of tires can create additional and more substantial damage to your tires than seasons with cooler temperatures.
Did you know that your tire pressure increases by 1 PSI for every 10 degrees the temperature increases? Your tire pressure can rise dramatically within just a few minutes of driving on a hot day. This is due to friction between the road and your tires, and it is exacerbated with excessive heat.
Conversely to high pressure causing damage, underinflated tires not only decrease your gas mileage, they can also cause your tires to get even hotter due to added friction. This then speeds up the wear (more…)
Have you ever been confused about the readout on your car thermometer? Many people see their dashboard readout record super high temperatures, especially during the summer here in Dallas, Texas, and then get surprised when the local news stations report a figure several degrees lower.
Surely that can’t be right? Well, sorry to say, but your car thermometer is not accurate. Whether it’s ultra-hot or freezing cold, it’s likely that the figure on your dashboard doesn’t match up with the real temperature outside. But why is that?
Your Car Thermometer Is Not Actually a Thermometer
Travelers, amateur historians, car buffs, and other curious observers are all drawn to the world’s strangest and most unique streets. From their technically challenging features to the intriguing scenery they provide, the lure of these exceptional roadways can be hard to resist. Whether you take a trip along one of the world’s most captivating thoroughfares or enjoy them from afar, distinctive roads are worth a closer look.
Some unique streets stand out for strange features or unusual history. Others present driving challenges, turning each passage into an adventure. Another set of roads and streets cuts through scenic environments, exposing drivers to natural wonders. Whichever features make each one unique, you can be sure these awesome streets are memorable, including the following sampling of strange streets.
Several noted streets stand out for being steep. New Zealand’s Baldwin Street is near the top of the list of the world’s steepest roadways accessed by vehicles. Constructed on a staggering grade of thirty-five percent, the unusual street stretches more than 1000 feet, (more…)
Addison, Texas, has plenty of fun activities to choose from this summer, whether you’re looking for live music, movie nights, or a chance to dance the night away. Here are five fun things going on in Addison.
Addison Kaboom Town!
Addison Kaboom Town! is a Fourth of July fireworks celebration that takes place on July 3. It’s a North Texas tradition as well as one of the country’s top fireworks displays. Admission is free to Addison Kaboom Town! In addition to the epic fireworks display, there’s also a carnival to keep you busy while you wait for the big show to start. There are food vendors as well, so you can make a day of it. The carnival’s midway area is one of the top spots for viewing the fireworks. Afterward, there’s a concert to enjoy in case you want to linger for a while before getting in the car.
Addison Summer Series
Addison’s Summer Series is a weekly event at Beckert Park where you can see all kinds of performances on Saturday nights. The Summer Series events are free, and all you need to do is bring a picnic blanket and some snacks. Performances start at 8 p.m. Some of the shows scheduled this summer include Bidi Bidi Banda, Lao Tizer, BJ Stricker and the Kings of State Street, Joseph Vincelli, and Escape, a Journey tribute band. Addison Circle restaurants offer discounted specials on Summer Series nights so you can bring some great food to the event while supporting the neighborhood businesses.
Monday Medley is a series of performances that take place at the Addison Theatre Centre on select Monday nights throughout the summer. It’s an outdoor event, so bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and settle in to enjoy a night of music, dance, or comedy. Some of the shows scheduled include Dance XPress, an aerial dance troupe, and the Robert Holbert Group for some classic R & B music. You can also see Turtle Creek Chorale, Alternative Comedy, and the acoustic guitar music of Eddie Healey. Monday Medley is a free event.
Vitruvian Nights Live
Vitruvian Nights Live is a free summer concert series at Addison’s Vitruvian Park Amphitheater. Shows are scheduled every other Thursday night, and you can also find a selection of gourmet food trucks to get a great dinner along with the performance. Some of the shows scheduled include the Spazmatics, Warehouse, Emerald City, and With or Without U2. Shows start at 7 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m.
Vitruvian Salsa Festival
The Vitruvian Salsa Festival is a fun way to practice your salsa moves. On Saturday nights in August, grab your dancing shoes and head over to Vitruvian Park. Vitruvian Salsa Festival is free. Along with dance lessons, you’ll enjoy live salsa music. Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. This is a great way to get some exercise and hang out with new friends while you learn some new dance moves.
Addison has a full schedule of fun events to enjoy this summer, whether you want to spend the evening watching an outdoor show, check out fireworks, or get active while you learn salsa dancing.
Fun cars don’t have to guzzle gas. Fuel efficient cars can still be punchy and nimble around corners. Here are five rides that will be nice on your wallet and still deliver thrills.
Since 1989, the MX-5 has been a well balanced zippy drop-top roadster that is endlessly upgradable. It’s the top choice for entry-level racers and weekend cruisers. The 2017 version delivers 35 highway mpg with 155 horsepower and a 50/50 weight distribution on a 2332 pound frame. Look around and you’ll find infinite ways to build a Miata into a beast. Old or new, the Miata is still a great call for a fun drive that won’t kill you at the pump. (more…)
There are many advantages to switching from a car to a truck. If you’re used to driving a car, however, you may need some tips to help you. Driving a truck is not like driving a standard car or even an SUV, so it can take time to feel comfortable.
Be Aware of the Truck’s Weight
When you begin driving a truck, it’s important to keep the vehicle’s weight in mind. A truck is much heavier and larger than a car, so you’ll need to be aware of that when it comes to things like braking. Allow plenty of time for your truck to stop, since the weight of the truck means it’ll take longer to brake than with a smaller vehicle. Be sure to also leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you to accommodate for that additional time needed for braking.
When driving and parking, it’s important to be aware of the truck’s size for your own and others’ safety. Keep adequate space between you and other vehicles on the road at all times. Make sure you allow plenty of space for the truck when parking, and avoid getting too close to other parked vehicles.
Give Yourself Time to Practice
Just like it takes plenty of practice to learn to drive a car, it can take some practice to get used to driving a truck. Give yourself time to learn how the truck handles by practicing in parking lots and quiet roads. Since a truck drives so differently from a car, aptly maneuvering turns, mastering when to stop, and getting the hang of parking all take time.
Use Caution When Turning and Reversing
A truck’s size can make turning and reversing more difficult than with a car. Remember, you’ll need more space when turning in a truck. You’ll need to maintain a safe distance from the curb and make turns as wide as is safe to do so. A truck’s size also makes reversing a bit more difficult. Be careful of blind spots, go slowly, and use caution to watch for obstacles and pedestrians when reversing. The weight distribution in a truck means the back is lighter, so consider adding weight to the rear (such as sandbags), especially if you’ll be driving on slippery roads in snowy or icy conditions.
Keep Other Drivers in Mind
A truck’s larger size and heavier weight mean it can cause much more damage to smaller, lighter vehicles on the road. Keep in mind that most trucks don’t handle sharp or sudden movements well, so use caution and drive smoothly. Allow plenty of room between your truck and other vehicles when changing lanes. If you’re worried about blind spots, consider installing tow mirrors to help improve your range of sight when changing lanes, turning, or reversing.
No matter what type of car you’ve driven before, you can make the change to a truck. While switching from a car to a truck can be challenging, with time, practice, and conscientious driving, you can easily adjust and enjoy all the benefits a truck offers.
While Dallas has many wonderful traits, neither visitor nor citizen has ever gushed over sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the city’s highways. While the traffic can sometimes seem to go on forever, modern vehicles have enough comfort and entertainment built in to you keep you comfortable during touch-and-go traffic. We’ve listed our four favorite vehicles to keep you and your passengers as comfortable as possible — read on to discover our favorites!
The Hyundai Elantra is a stylish compact vehicle that is not only affordable but also incredibly comfortable. It comes with all the touches that customers have come to expect from the Hyundai brand. Top-of-the-line infotainment means that riders can stream their favorite music or podcasts from their phones to the infotainment unit without fiddling with aux cables. Hands-free calling also makes it easy to keep your family or work up-to-date on how the traffic is flowing.
Tesla Model S
While in the pricier range, the Tesla Model S is a tribute to Tesla’s renowned car design. Sleek and modern on the outside, the Model S is spacious and comfortable on the inside with more than enough room to stretch out during long waits in traffic. Plus, the Model S gets a crazy 102 MPGe in the city and 105 MPGe on the highway, so you don’t need to worry about wasting your money.
The Model S also comes with tons of entertainment technology, like satellite radio and music streaming. Listen to podcasts while you wait out the traffic, and forget about breathing in smoggy traffic air: the Model S features a medical-grade HEPA air filtration system that removes close to 100 percent of exhaust fumes and other nasty chemicals from the air.
With an acoustic windshield to keep the traffic noises at bay and an upgraded, luxurious interior, the 2017 model of the Subaru Forester is an affordable and roomy vehicle that can make even the most frustrating traffic a little easier to bear. A loaded infotainment system comes with optional navigation, so you can see how far the traffic goes on while listening to your favorite tunes.
Nissan Titan XD
Nothing says Texas like a huge truck, and the Nissan Titan XD delivers on that front. Colossally large, the Titan XD is also remarkably comfortable. Quilted leather seats and a commanding view of the road ahead makes the truck feel more like a room on wheels than a vehicle. Plus, the beastly V8 engine makes the truck a joy to drive when the road does clear up.
The interior of the Titan XD is the true shining point of the car. Heated and cooled front seats make sitting in traffic, whether its freezing or sweltering out, a breeze. Hands-free texting means you can communicate with coworkers and friends without taking your eyes off the traffic, and its full suite of integrated apps includes music services so you can listen to your favorite satellite radio channel or stream music from your phone.
Traffic isn’t fun for anyone, but these vehicles can make dealing with frustrating commutes easier and more comfortable than ever.
Dallas is rapidly growing a Texas-sized beer scene. Several quirky and distinctive breweries have started operations in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in recent years. Forget the cold yellow suds; you’ll find a range of German, Belgian, and American-style brews. While we can’t list all the breweries here, below are five of the most creative and celebrated operations.
Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
Deep Ellum Brewing Co., 2823 St. Louis St., has been a funky and dirty wing of east Dallas since Robert Johnson and Huddie Ledbetter lurked the jazz and blues clubs there in the 1920s. Deep Ellum adds top-quality brews to that wild history. The taproom is open daily from 3 to 10 p.m., and tours are at 1 and 2 p.m. on Saturday. Pay $12 online or $15 in person and get a logo pint glass and three samples.
In addition to a range of live music, you can also get a straight-razor shave from the DEBC barber.
Peticolas Brewing Co.
Michael Peticolas quit his legal job to make beer instead, giving Dallas one less lawyer and (more…)
Dallas is an exciting and loveable city all on its own, but one cannot truly get the taste of a city without getting a taste of the great local food it has to offer. Texas is known for its great food, and Dallas epitomizes that good ol’ Texan cuisine. With so many options from which to choose, though, we thought we’d narrow your choices down by giving you the three top diners in Dallas. Enjoy!
Ellen’s Southern Kitchen
Everyone needs a great breakfast to start their day off right, and you just can’t beat the breakfast at Ellen’s Southern Kitchen. Whether you’re looking for a classic eggs and bacon breakfast, or you’re feeling adventurous enough to try a pancake bigger than your head, Ellen’s will satisfy your (more…)