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December 28, 2017 @ 12:00am

Three ways to Help Your Teen Find the Perfect CarAs a new year begins, many car dealerships are trying to clear old inventory to make way for the new. That means that if you’re in the market for that first car for your teenager, now could be a great time to start looking. Here are three tips to help you get the most bang for your buck.

First, and before you set foot on a car lot, set clear expectations with your young driver. Be sure to answer questions like, “Who is going to pay for repairs and oil changes?” What are your expectations for how the car will be used? Is it strictly a “school-and-back” vehicle or does your child have the freedom to travel wherever, whenever they want? It’s also a good idea to set a “passenger limit” on the car to minimize distractions, and to agree to a “no cell phone policy.

Next, set expectations as to what kind of car they can drive. Every kid wants the fastest, top down model they can get but keep this in mind: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among American teens, so safety is the top priority. A mid-size sedan offers a solid combination of space and performance, while still having enough mass and standard safety features to be a good option. Try to find a car with no fewer than six airbags; that means the two standard up front plus some side impact airbags. Also, if you go with an older model, make sure it has anti-lock brakes. Finally, especially if your child has a lead foot, look for a smaller engi

December 01, 2017 @ 12:00am

http://bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/blog-folder/CarAndBoat.jpgWe can’t all have a truck or heavy duty vehicle, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use your car to do what the big trucks do. Whether it’s taking your camper south to get away from winter weather or loading up presents to take to the kids, follow these tips to tow safely this winter.

The first thing to do is check your owner’s manual and make sure your vehicle is cleared to tow. Here, you’ll also find out how much weight your vehicle can safely handle. A word of advice: Your car is likely able to tow more than what’s listed in the manual but DO NOT go over the posted limit. While it may be possible to haul more, it can cause severe damage to many parts of your car, from your tires to your engine.

Next, check the laws in your area and make sure you’re compliant, especially with home-built trailers. (Your department of transportation or police department home page are good places to start research online.) Every trailer needs a wiring hookup to make sure your trailer conveys your taillights, brakes and turn signals to the drivers behind you. Some cars come with a hookup and some need to have one installed. Your manual will help figure this out.

Make sure your vehicle has a hitch. If not, hitches are easy to find online and in many stores. If possible, order a “No Drill” hitch. If you can find a “No Drill” solution, it makes installing the hitch a DIY project that won’t take much time

October 31, 2017 @ 12:00am

http://bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/blog-folder/blackice.jpgWith temperatures dropping, there’s a whole lot of changes you can see on the roads, from falling leaves to the first few flakes of snow. But the real danger is a change you often can’t see: It’s black ice season, and that can mean serious trouble if you aren’t prepared. Here’s three tips to keep you and your family safe.

Before you get in your car, you can prepare yourself for safer driving by knowing the low temperature of the previous night, and by checking the outdoor temperature. Also, if there has been an extended period of below freezing temperatures, be on your guard on the road. Make sure your windshield is free from coatings and debris—that awful white buildup of road salt, for example—that could potentially screen your view. And, when driving during the day, wear sunglasses as they’ll allow you to spot hazards.

Black ice can form even when the air temperature is above freezing. When streets and sidewalks are freezing, moisture turns to ice almost instantly on contact, and it’s ice that has no air bubbles, making it extremely hard to see. But you can anticipate black ice. It’s most prevalent in the early morning and late evening, which can coincide with rush hours, so give yourself extra space. You can also assume that shaded roads and bridges will be likely spots for black ice as the road temperatures will be cooler.

If you do feel your car lose traction with the road,

October 01, 2017 @ 12:00am

Avoid A Flat TireFall is here, and as the temperatures cool, you can count on seeing one thing on the roads: And we’re not talking about leaves. It’s tire blowout season, and from great big trucks to little family cars, tires stressed in the summer start failing in the fall. Here’s five tips to make sure your family stays safe.

The first and most important thing you can do is take a close look at your tires. Summer driving—with long road trips and hot temperatures that can cause over-inflation—can damage your tires in ways you won’t see immediately. Checking in the fall means you’ll catch any large cracks, excessive wear and uneven wear patterns. Addressing these issues now leads to a safer ride in the winter.

One of the most common reasons tires fail is improper inflation, and as temperatures cool, you need to make sure your tires stay properly filled. While the hot temps of summer can cause your tires to overinflate, the first real chill this fall means your tires could become dangerously underinflated. Now is the time to check your pressure, and, like Santa, check it twice: Keep an eye out for tires that need regular filling, as that is a clear warning sign of a larger issue.

Another common reason for tire failure is overloading your vehicle. Fall means the start of family gatherings, from football games to Halloween to Thanksgiving, you’ll be packing a lot into your car. This can cause tires that are already stressed to g

September 01, 2017 @ 12:00am

http://bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/blog-folder/UsedVehicle.jpgSome people just can’t help themselves: They’ve got to customize their ride. And while most of the aftermarket products out there won’t do anything beyond putting a smile on your face, there are a few customizations where you need to be careful.

We’ve all been there: In a parking lot, or at home, and someone’s car alarm won’t stop going off. They’re loud, and plenty of research shows that car alarms are not effective at deterring thieves. Still, demand for aftermarket car alarms is hot.

If you decide to have an alarm installed, make sure to have the work done by a professional. Besides just being a pain on your ears, poorly installed alarms can lead to everything from ignition trouble to engine fires. Sure, there are plenty of DIY videos online, but with something as important as your car’s electronics, we recommend you trust the experts.

One type of driver that loves their accessories are truck drivers, everything from chrome gas caps to custom hitch covers. But even bigger than that, truck drivers seem to love having their trucks jacked up tall. While lift kits and bigger tires can make your truck look a whole lot bigger, they can also wreak havoc if not installed properly, or if they use cheap and incomplete parts.

That’s because the truck wasn’t designed to be up that high or push those great big tires, and bad kits don’t do anything to make sure your transfer case and axles stay i