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Yearly Archives: 2014

HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT EMISSIONS INSPECTION CHANGES IN DENVER FOR 2015

Starting on January 2nd, 2015, the state requirements for emissions inspection in Colorado will change. Here’s what you need to know. You might need to go to the inspection station. When your 2015 registration renewal postcard comes in, on the top right portion there will be a box that will tell you whether or not your vehicle needs to take an Emissions Test. If it says you do, you’ll need to head to the Air Care Colorado inspection station. You can find a list of locations here: http://aircarecolorado.com/index.php/locations-and-maps/locations/. New vehicle exemptions will increase to seven years. Because newer vehicles are cleaner and have better emissions, they don’t need to be inspected as often. New vehicle exemptions will be required every seven years, instead of every four. Older vehicles will need Onboard Diagnostic syste ... read more

GAS PRICES ARE FALLING AND AMERICANS ARE RAMPING UP BUYING

Gas prices have been steadily falling for the last few months, hitting an average price of $2.68 as of December 15th. Even better news? Analysts think it might hit lows of $30 a barrel, due in part to new sources of US based oil (like the fracking boom in North Dakota) and a surplus supply in foreign countries due to decreased demand in places like China. Americans have started taking advantage of those price drops, but not by increasing their amount of car travel. According to dealer reports, the sale of large SUVs and trucks has seen a big boost in the last few months. In fact, light duty truck sales (like the Ford F-150) are up 9.6% this year. Compare that to a paltry 1.3% increase in sales for sedans and other smaller cars, and you can see how much the shift in oil prices have affected consumer’s purchasing decisions. What does all of this mean? As the price of driving larger cars decreases, consumers are upgrading their vehicles. The problem with this is that while the cos ... read more

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5 TIPS FOR DRIVING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

If you’re like most Americans, you’ll be hitting the road at some point next week to visit family and friends for the holidays. But before you jump in the car, take a few minutes to and make sure you’re prepared for the long road ahead. Plan Your Route in Advance – Take half an hour to plan your route before you leave, especially if you’re driving half a day or more to get to your destination. Additionally, bring a paper map or printed out directions in case you lose GPS signal in your vehicle. As a bonus, you can map out a few alternative routes in case you run into traffic or other highway incidents that look like they may add a few hours to your trip. Pack an Emergency Roadside Kit – Every driver should have a roadside kit in their vehicle for any unexpected emergencies that might happen. A few staples to include are non-perishable snacks, a flashlight, a blanket, gloves, activities, batteries, a tool set, and a laminated list of emergency ... read more

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5 THINGS YOUR DAD SWEARS YOU SHOULD KNOW HOW TO DO ON A CAR, BUT THAT YOU REALLY DON’T

A recent article on mnn.com boldly proclaims “Modern Drivers Are Clueless About Their Cars”. It’s kind of a valid point – the statistics bear out that most drivers can’t perform basic maintenance on their cars, or even know how their cars work. The better question is, who cares? Well, besides my dad. My father grew up with the generation that wouldn’t dream of taking their car to a shop unless it was still under warranty. Before I got my drivers license, I was required to pass a stringent test of ‘essential’ skills more rigorous than anything the DMV could possibly have dreamt up. And now, years later, I’m here to say “Dad, you were wrong!” These skills are as outdated as being able to shoe your own horse, and next time someone insists that you absolutely need to know them, you can point them here to show them just how wrong they are. Drive A Sti ... read more

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3 BEST RACING MOVIES OF ALL TIME

The only thing that’s better than being a race car driver is settling in for the night and watching a racing themed movie. In fact, it’s such a great way to spend a weekend, we’ve put together a quick roundup of our all-time top three favorite racing movies. 1. The Cannonball Run The Cannonball Run is one of the best racing movies of all time, largely because it features such an all-star cast in a fun comedy based on a cross-country illegal race. It debuted in 1981 and starred Burt Reynolds, Farrah Fawcett, Roger Moore, Dean Martin, Terry Bradshaw, and Sammy Davis Jr. Also, it’s supposed to be loosely based on real life events. 2. Gone in Sixty Seconds Starring Nicholas Cage, Gone in Sixty Seconds was a blockbuster hit in 2000. Cage plays a car thief who’s retired, but is forced ... read more

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