Fake News or Fact: Five Common Car Myths

For whatever reason, there are still plenty of myths related to vehicles that many people believe. In today’s culture of fake news, it’s easy for a myth to get out of hand, but a lot of these have been around for decades and some people still believe them and continue to spread these false myths. Check out some of these common car myths and see if you need to adjust your mindset by learning the truth behind them.

Fake News: Manual transmissions provide better fuel economy than automatic transmissions.

Fact: This was only true when automatic transmissions were a new technology. Today both transmissions are comparable, and sometimes automatics even get better mileage.

Fake News: Allow your vehicle to warm up for a while before you start driving it.

Fact: Unless you’re driving an old vehicle with a carburetor, this is not necessary. For newer models, 30 seconds is plenty of time to let your engine warm up and it will actually warm up faster while you drive it.

Fake News: All vehicles run better on premium fuel.

Fact: Purchasing higher octane gasoline can be a waste of money unless your owner’s manual recommends using it. In fact, premium gas won’t increase your mileage or make your engine run cleaner.

Fake News: Filling your gas tank in the morning will get you more for your money.

Fact: This myth came from the belief that gasoline is denser when temperatures are cooler so you can get more fuel per gallon that you pump.

Fake News: Red cars get pulled over for speeding more than any other color.

Fact: Studies show that color does not make a difference when it comes to getting pulled over. What they have found is that the most ticketed vehicle is the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class convertible.


How to Put Together an Emergency Kit for Your New Teenage Driver

Getting your new teenage driver out on the road can be a scary but exciting time. You no longer have to drive them around everywhere, but you want them to be safe on the road. Parents have a tendency to not want to let go and they may want to be sure their teens are over prepared to drive on their own.

While you have to allow your teenager to drive on their own at some point, you can still make sure they are prepared for any situation by putting together an emergency kit for them. This could get them out of a sticky situation and can also help you feel more at ease while they are on the road. Add the following items to your teen driver’s emergency kit.

  • Booster Cables – These should be in any vehicle and can get you started if your battery dies.
  • Microfiber Towels – These can clean up any messes in the vehicle including spilled drinks or food.
  • Portable Charger – A charger can power up any device including cell phones which are certainly needed in an emergency situation but should not be overused by teens on the road.
  • Flashlight – In the event that something goes wrong while driving at night, a flashlight can be very useful.
  • Simple First Aid Kit – In case any injuries occur you don’t want to be bleeding all over the upholstery.
  • Pen and Paper – To write down any necessary information including insurance info if an accident occurs.
  • Blanket – In case your teen gets stranded when temperatures are very cold.
  • Bottled Water – If something happens and the vehicle gets stranded you want to make sure they have enough water, especially during the summer.

You also want to be sure your teenager’s vehicle is performing optimally to lower the chances of an emergency situation. For an oil change or other preventative maintenance, stop by Fast Eddie’s today.


How to Make Your Own DIY Air Fresheners for Your Car

If you enjoy keeping your car smelling good with an air freshener but are frustrated by the lack of cool designs or how quickly the smell fades away, making your own may be the answer you’re looking for. Air fresheners for your vehicle may not be very expensive, but if you replace them often they can certainly add up. Making your own DIY air fresheners allows you to customize them, get creative, and save a little money.

Here are the materials you will need to make your own air fresheners:

  • Assorted felt colors
  • Embroidery needles and floss
  • Cotton balls
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Toothpicks
  • Essential oils
  • Stretchy string or rubber bands

Using essential oils is also healthier than the scents used in regular air fresheners. Consider oils like lemon which promotes clarity of thought, peppermint which can help with attention and focus, and lavender which calms and relaxes. To learn exactly how to make a cactus, pineapple, lemon, or donut-shaped air freshener, check out this site which includes stencils.

If you don’t have time or want to make your own decorative air freshener, there are other, more basic options available. For a simple clothespin air freshener, you will need clothespins, essential oils, and a sandwich bag. Use five drops of your preferred essential oil on each clothespin. Next, place the clothespins in a plastic sandwich bag and add a handful of fresh herbs if you prefer.

When you’re ready to use them, just clip one onto your vehicle’s air vents. This may not look fancy but it will certainly get the job done and is very affordable. You can also learn how to make a mason jar air freshener to sit in one of your cup holders here .

One of the best ways to keep your car smelling good is to have it regularly cleaned and detailed at Fast Eddie’s.


How to Make the Ultimate Road Trip Playlist

Road trips can be a lot of fun but those long drives can also get pretty boring without something to keep you entertained. Creating road trip playlists is an old tradition which goes all the way back to cassette tapes. Now your music is likely stored on your phone or some other type of device, but some of us still use CDs as well.

Whether your road trip is two hours or two days, the right playlist can get you in the vacation mood and make your travels all the more enjoyable. A great playlist is more than just a collection of random songs. Songs can be tied together by a basic theme and variety is key. Check out some of the following tips for making the ultimate road trip playlist.

  • Consider Your Destination – There are plenty of songs about nearly every major city and state in the U.S. For example, if you’re going to California you could find hundreds of songs to add to your playlist. This means you can even double down and play songs about California by CA artists like “California Girls” by the Beach Boys or “Estimated Prophet” by the Grateful Dead. If you’re headed to a music festival, add some songs by some of the lesser known bands you’ll have the chance to see and some classic performance from previous versions of the festival.
  • Consider Your Audience – If you’re driving by yourself you can listen to whatever you want, but otherwise, you should consider who will be riding with you. If your friends like the same music you do there’s no problem, but if you’re riding with parents or older relatives you might want to modify it a bit.
  • Consider Technology – If you’re renting a car or driving someone else’s, be sure you know what type of technology you’ll have including Bluetooth or a CD player. You could end up spending hours making the perfect playlist only to find that you can’t listen to it at all.

How to "Fall in Love" with Your Car Again

This Valentine’s Day, in addition to that special someone, make sure you spend some time appreciating that special something in your life. That would be your car, you know, the one that you drive every day and sometimes neglect or forget to take care of. Remember that excited feeling you had at the beginning of your relationship with your vehicle when you first purchased it? Try to renew those feelings for Valentine’s Day by taking care of your car so it will take care of you.

  • Car Wash – Winter has likely caused a layer of grime to accumulate on your vehicle. Instead of just a normal car wash, opt for a more advanced package to show your vehicle how much you appreciate it. A good cleaning inside and out along with a wax can make your car shiny and looking brand new. This can bring back those feelings you had for it when you saw it for the first time.
  • Maintenance – Certain things can annoy you about your vehicle like how it makes a funny noise or how it’s not getting the gas mileage it once did. Treat it to an oil change and some other preventative services including a transmission fluid flush, power steering service, fuel system maintenance, air filter replacements, and much more.
  • New Tires – In addition to a car wash helping your car look brand new, a new set of tires can improve its appearance and functionality. Your car will ride smoother and you can save gas mileage with properly inflated tires. You’ll be safer on the road which shows love to yourself and your family as well.

Don’t forget to spend some time taking care of your car so you can fall in love with it all over again this Valentine’s Day. At Fast Eddie’s you can get your car washed and your maintenance done at the same place and time. Give us a call today at 800-882-0501 for more information.


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