Safety Tips While Driving with Your Dog

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Dog Driving CarWe all know the basic safety tips while driving. Some of these include paying attention, not distracting the driver, following the rules of the road and being sure to wear your seatbelt at all times. But what should you do about your pets? With summer road trips and traveling all around, families are more than ever going to be with their pets in the car. Here are some useful tips to make sure your dog has the safest and most enjoyable experience during your trip:

  • First of all, be sure that you have the right sized car for handling a dog. Try to not force a decent sized dog in the back of a Toyota Camry with bags stuffed everywhere. We recommend cars such as wagons, SUV’s and mini-vans for those long trips with your dog.
  • Find a crate that is a good size for your dog to stand up in. This is usually crucial for your dog to find their comfort zone during a trip. If your dog is not used to crates, have them use it for a couple hours a day for a couple weeks leading up to the trip.
  • If your dog is younger or not an experienced rider, be sure to rack up some miles with them. Take them on quick drives to pick up your kids or for a ride around town before your long trip.
  • Never leave your dog by themselves in your car. Even if you crack the windows, your car can become a furnace before you know it.
  • During a long trip, try to stop every few hours so your dog can use the bathroom and so they can have some water. Always have a leash attached before opening the door and bring water bottles with you.

A safe and happy dog during a trip is not only is good for them, but it increases the safety of your family and yourself. Drive safe, and enjoy your trip!

Getting More Mileage out of your Car

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The price you pay for your automobile is the first in line of many other expenses you will put toward the car. From auto repairs to your weekly gasoline fill-ups, it seems to never stop. The most common and frequent car expense everyone has to endure is buying gasoline.

When it comes to fuel economy, there are many tips you can use in order to make a big difference. Both before you get on the road and while driving, here are some important notes to keep in mind:

Before Driving

  • Buying gas at certain times of the day actually matters. Try purchasing gas at the coolest time of the day as this is when gas is the densest. You will be able to get more out of the volume.
  • Each vehicle’s manufacturer recommends a type of motor oil. Following these suggestions can increase your gas mileage up to 2%.
  • If you have unused excess weight in your car, it should be removed. The more weight in your car, the worse the fuel mileage you will get.
  • Be sure that your tires are properly inflated. Correctly inflated tires can reduce fuel consumption from up to 3%.
  • When you start your car, plan on driving right away. Try to not wait more than 45 seconds before actually driving.

When Driving

  • The faster you drive, the more gas that you will use. You can actually save up to 21% more gas mileage at 55 miles per hour versus 10-15 miles higher.
  • Fun fact: Driving at the legal speed limit increases your chances of hitting green lights. The less you have to stop or slow down, the more fuel you will save.
  • Avoid rough roads as much as possible.
  • Keeping windows or your sunroof closed helps decrease resistance and in result helps reduce your gas mileage up to 10%.

There surely more steps you can take to increase your car mileage but following these tips is a great start. Keep them in mind and you may notice a difference to how much a full tank of gas can take you.

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