How to Install Tire Chains

install tire chains

If you live in a climate that gets a lot of snow, knowing how to install tire chains could save you from skidding off the road in the winter time. Tire chains give you better traction on ice and snow.

First, lay the chain out on the road and make sure it doesn’t have any kinks in it. Do this one tire at a time. Put your parking brake on so your car doesn’t roll away, and then hang the chains over the top of the tire. Tuck the ends under the tire so the chain will straighten out when you drive over it.

Carefully drive the car forward just enough to expose the remaining quarter of the wheel that you haven’t put the chains on yet. The tire chains have hooked edges you attach together. Hook together the inside chains near the tire axel and then the outside chains. You can use a chain tightening tool or bungee cord to make the chains tighter. Make sure the chains are aligned properly—if the inside is tight but the outside is loose, they’re not aligned right.

Repeat with the other four tires, and you’re done!

DIY Maintenance Tips: How to Flush a Radiator

how to flush a radiator

If you go to put coolant in your car and find that there’s gunk floating in your fluids or if you turn on the heat and only cold air comes out, your radiator might need flushed. If you want to try it at home, follow these steps on how to flush a radiator.

Before you start working, make sure your engine is completely cooled down. Don’t try to flush the radiator unless your car has been sitting for at least two hours.

Once the car is cooled off, jack up the front so it’s easier to do work underneath. Then you’ll pop the hood and look for the radiator, located near the engine. If you can, use soapy water to clean off any grime on the radiator, and then check for damage like rust or leaks.

After that, put a drain pan under the radiator’s drainage valve under the car, unscrew the bolt, and let the coolant drain out, then replace the plug. Back under the hood, use a hose to flush the radiator with water and turn the car on for ten minutes. Turn it off, let it cool, drain the water, add new coolant, and you’re done!

Avoid These Bad Driving Habits

Avoid bad driving habits, and arrive safely at your destination.
Either you give this look a lot, or you tick a lot of drivers off.

When you are driving, do you notice that people often honk their horn at you or give you bad looks? Can’t figure out why? It could be because you are a BAD DRIVER.

Let this go on too long and you’ll have a road rage situation on your hands. Luckily, we’ve outlined some bad driving habits so you can figure out what you are doing wrong.

Are you driving distracted? This can make your driving unpredictable to other drivers, as you divert your attention away from operating your car safely on the road with others. Put your cell phone in the glove box or trunk if you have to!

Maybe one of the reasons you are upsetting other drivers is because you are tired. As Road and Track puts it, “Drowsy driving is every bit as dangerous as drunk driving.” Coffee or an energy drink can help temporarily but there is no substitute for sleep. If you need to pull over and catch a cat nap, do it. It’s much better than the worst case scenario.

Another problem… You may be driving like a maniac. Speeding can be dangerous when you are going faster than the flow of traffic. This creates unpredictability. It also holds true that the faster you go, the more severe an accident will be were one to occur.

Of course, the real motivation to be a better driver is not to avoid bad looks from other drivers. It’s to be confident you’ll safely make it home every night. Let that be your goal!


Choosing the Right Drivetrain: 2WD, 4WD, and AWD

Although you’ve probably heard the terms two-wheel drive (2WD), four-wheel drive (4WD), and all-wheel drive (AWD), do you know the difference between them?

Autotrader explains that the drivetrain is the system which transfers power from the engine to the wheels. Choosing the right drivetrain is important and depends on your driving. There are three options (2WD, 4WD, and AWD), each with various advantages.

The 2WD system sends power to only two wheels, either in the front (FWD) or in the rear (RWD). This is good for milder climates, and tends to offer better efficiency. Most high-performance cars tend to be 2WD models, though the obvious disadvantage for 2WD is a loss of handling and traction.

For better grip, try 4WD. This sends power to all four wheels, and is typically switched on and off by the driver. Most 4WD are good for off-roading and low-speed driving, capable of tackling rough terrain and harsh weather.

Though it sounds the same, AWD is a computerized drivetrain which sends power to individual wheels as needed. It is usually always on, and works well in harsh weather and at high speeds. The disadvantage to AWD is that it is highly complex and usually only gets average fuel economy.

Tips to Reduce Distracted Driving

Tips to Reduce Distracted Driving
Use a few of our handy tips to help you be a better driver!

When you are driving, there can be many distractions pulling your eyes off the road. Regardless of whether your children are fighting in the back seat or you’ve received a text from your best friend, distractions are quickly becoming a prevalent problem when you should be paying attention to where your car is going. Because your safety is a top priority for us here at Biggers Mitsubishi—and because April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month—we have put together a few tips to reduce distracted driving significantly, helping you stay safe on the road all year round.

Put your cell phone away. Cell phones are the leading causes of distracted driving. Even with hands-off technology, you can be distracted while driving. The average time your eyes are off the road when you are reading a text is around five seconds. When you are traveling at 55 miles per hour, this means your vehicle has traveled the length of a football field while you have been looking away. Keeping your eyes on the road and your phone out of your hand will help decrease your chances of causing or being in an accident.

Eat and drink only when you are stopped. There’s nothing more tempting than a McDonald’s bag sitting in your passenger seat. The aroma of fresh fries alone makes it easy to sneak a few before you get home. While you’re fumbling to get your savory fix, though, your eyes are off the road, making it more likely you’ll get into an accident. Wait until you are fully stopped or you are at home before digging into your delicious fast food feast to reduce the likelihood of a crash.

Don’t get ready for work on the go. If you find yourself sleeping in and getting ready for work while you’re driving, we suggest you break that habit. Doing your makeup or shaving while driving is even more dangerous than texting. Every second your eyes are off the road while driving increases the danger you pose to yourself and others. A few minutes of lost sleep is worth being safe out on the road.

Do you have any tips to reduce distracted driving you would like to share? Tell them to Biggers Mitsubishi below.

Deep Thoughts on How to Enjoy Driving More

Here are some tips on how to enjoy driving.
Drive with a smile because you own a car.

How can you take on the daily commute, which for some is one of the most stressful, unpleasant experiences that our modern world has to offer, and turn it into something enjoyable? People with PhDs call it “reframing.” Here’s how to enjoy driving your daily commute a little more…

First, rethink your route. Is there a route that may take just as much time, even if it’s a greater distance, which features less traffic and congestion? Heck, even if it takes longer, consider a less congested route. It’s not worth the stress.

The Huffington Post recommends using your commute as a time to unplug. As long as your spouse doesn’t mind you disconnecting for a while, enjoy the freedom and space of truly being alone with yourself. Quality alone-time enhances your together-time with others.

Other activities are listening to new music or talking out a difficult problem you might be having in your life. Don’t worry about other people thinking you are crazy for talking to yourself–just assume they think you have your Bluetooth on!

The trick is not see your commute as wasted time, says Dr. Frank Ghinassi, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, but rather as very valuable time that can enhance your life.