This past week has been pretty incredible for me and Adam's Auto Advice. A lot of cool things happened!
On Wednesday I got an email from Bridgestone Media Relations. They saw my article about Driver's Edge. They sponsor Driver's Edge and thanked me for writing the article and spreading the word about it. I was then invited to a Drive & Learn event they are having at FedEx Field this coming week. Essentially it's for testing out Bridgestones latest high-performance tires. You go out on a track in a BMW and have a pro-racing instructor guide you through the course. That way you can see how good the tires are. Unfortunately…. I will not be able to attend due to a big family event.
On Thursday I got a Sylvania Headlight Restoration Kit in the mail. Best part about it? It was Free! This kit was sent out by Sylvania for writers, like myself, to test out and use. I'll have to determine whether it's a good product. I already tried a 3M Kit for the headlights on my Mom's van, but I payed for that kit. I'll have to find a car to test it out on and see whether it's good or not. It will be interesting to compare.
I will also be getting another cool Freebie in the mail in a few weeks. I won't tell you too much about it. I will say it's an Electronic device that you can use to help diagnosis problems with cars. (That's an obvious giveaway!)
Additionally I was granted Media Passes for 2 car shows and events. I had a Media Pass for the Ocean City Car & Truck Show this weekend. (I was planning on going today, but was not able to go due to some unforeseen circumstances.) I also have a Media Pass for Tuner Evolution on July 16th, which will be up in York, PA. It should be a really cool show. I'm excited I was able to secure these Media Passes. It feels good people are appreciating and recognizing the blog.
Have you ever noticed that those “Little black things on your Tires” are missing? Those are called Valve Caps. Don't they just magically seem to disappear? I bet you've noticed your missing 1 or 2. You keep driving around without replacing them, right? You most likely don't think it's a problem, and is a small issue.
Although small, valve caps help protect the valve stems from debris and dirt. If you don't have valve caps on some tires, you'll most likely notice those tires lose a little more air. Usually all the debris and dirt hit the needle, gradually releasing air. So it's good to get them replaced if you are missing some.
Valve caps are available at all auto parts stores. They are the same size on all tires, and are good to have handy. Usually they are $1 for a pack of 4. Sometimes I've seen them for $2-3, but I would check at another store. You could always poach some from someones else's tires! Of course I can't condone that! That's probably why I'm missing valve caps!
Portable Air Compressors are definitely worth $10-$30. Many Gas Stations will charge for using Air Pumps. If you are like most people, I assume you don't carry quarters. (Definitely not enough to pump up your tires!) I also assume you hardly check how much Air is in your tires too. I'm I right? Yeah, most likely! It's just to inconvenient to worry about!
If your tires are only a few psi low, your handling will be different. Handling in wet conditions will be even worse! A tire will lose .5 psi-1 psi every month of regular driving. Every 10*F change in Temperature will make your tires lose about 1 psi (usually happens when it gets colder.)
A Portable Air Compressor you keep in your trunk will not only save you the hassle, but time and money as well. Your tires will last a lot longer if you keep them properly inflated to the correct pressure. The Fuel Efficiency of your car will also be much better with properly inflated Tires. If you aren't sure about the correct pressure, check inside the door or around the opening. Don't follow what it says on the sidewall of your tires!
You can find Portable Air Compressors in big-box stores or a local Autoparts Stores. Buy a Portable Air Compressor! Trust me, you won't regret it!
Pictured below is my Portable Air Compressor. I bought it at Target for $20, and it's served my family and I well. I've used it on all of the cars we have, including many people's cars who needed some Air when they've stopped by. I'll always have one handy!