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Tips For Your Car In The New Year!

Everybody has New Years Resolutions that they keep for themselves, but why not make a couple to keep your car in the best condition possible? Here are some tips to ensure your vehicle is staying healthy into 2013:

Get Your Vehicle’s Body Into Shape

Most people resolve to get their body into better shape in the New Year. Why not make the same resolution for your car? A simple vehicle maintenance regime, including measuring your tire pressure, checking for leaks once a month, taking your vehicle in for regular tune-ups and reading the owner’s manual will help you save money and fuel as well as protect the environment.

Be a Fuel-Efficient Driver

Relax more behind the wheel. Aggressive driving and speeding can increase your fuel consumption by as much as 35 percent. Slowing down, giving yourself more time and planning your routes ahead of time are just a few of the many things you can do to save money and fuel, and lower your vehicle’s emissions.

Kick the Idling Habit

New Year’s is a great time to start kicking bad habits like unnecessary idling. It’s bad for your wallet, your vehicle, the environment and the health of people around you. Contrary to popular belief, the best way to warm up your car is to drive it at a moderate speed. Idling for 10 minutes a day produces almost a quarter-tonne of carbon dioxide emissions and costs you more than $80 every year!

Avoid using automatic car starters as they encourage idling and waste a lot of fuel. Even on the coldest winter days (and as long as your windows are defrosted) today’s electronically controlled engines allow you to drive away 30 seconds after starting the engine, even on the coldest winter days.

Your tires need special attention during winter. Cold temperatures decrease the air pressure in tires, which adds to the rolling resistance caused by snow and slush. Measure tire pressure regularly, especially after a sharp drop in temperature. Operating a vehicle with just one tire under-inflated by 8 psi can reduce the life of the tire by 15 000 kilometres (9,320 miles) and increase the vehicle’s fuel consumption by 4 percent. For improved fuel efficiency and enhanced safety, give your tires the attention they need.


A simple, easy way to keep your car protected and safe. Especially during the winter.

Does An Electric Car Need To Be Covered And Protected More Than A Regular Vehicle?

Over time, a car can become vulnerable to its surroundings. Whether it’s stored indoors or parked outside, an uncovered vehicle is still exposed to numerous daily hazards. Dust, rain, sleet, snow and even the sun are all natural elements that can affect the quality of an automobile.

These are obvious issues for any vehicle, but what about an electric car with an interior makeup that differs from a gasoline vehicle? Will being left out in extreme weather affect the performance of the car? If rain seeps under the hood of your electric car, is it worse for the automobile than it is for a standard gasoline vehicle? More importantly, would it cause a safety risk?

The short answers to all of those questions: No. An idle electric car will not be damaged any further or pose any more of a safety hazard than a normal gasoline vehicle when confronted with the elements of nature. We’re all taught as children that water and electricity don’t mix, but it’s perfectly safe to keep your electric car in the rain.

However, that doesn’t mean you should keep your electric car naked in the breeze. In fact, you should want to keep your electric car safe from both natural elements and from human factors that can result in scratches, dings or even theft of a parked car. Car covers are a necessity for automobile owners who wish to keep their vehicle in the best shape possible.

Even if your electric car is charged from the comforts of your own garage, the vehicle is still exposed to a number of potential hazards. Factors such as dust, dirt and various airborne pollutants commonly found in garages and storage spaces can cause damage to your automobile.

A car cover is the perfect solution to keep your electric car safe, productive and looking good well beyond its years.

Doesn’t matter what kind of vehicle you have, we’ll keep it protected at EmpireCovers.com.