Category Archives: Colorado Car Care Tips

Earth Day | Green Driving Tips

Monday, April 22, 2019, is Earth Day. Earth Day is celebrated as a way to remind people to treat our plant with care. Here are some “green” driving tips to help you contribute to Earth Day and Beyond.

Carpool

Work with friends and family to try to carpool as often as you can. If you are planning on catching a Rockies game this spring and summer, or you are heading to Mile High to cheer on the Broncos in the fall, make the trip with as few vehicles as possible. If you live near someone you work with, work together to make a plan to carpool once or twice a week.

Combine Trips

If you need to make a trip to the grocery store, think about other errands you can do and bundle them into one trip. This could be as simple as hitting all your stops in one evening on your way home from work. It may take a chunk of time out of your evening, but it will reduce the amount of fuel you use.

Change Your Driving Habits

Something as simple as speeding can lead to a decrease in your fuel efficiency. As a matter of fact, “aggressive” driving can increase your fuel usage by up to 40% according to eartheasy.com. Practice accelerating gradually and braking slowly. Not only is this a safer way to drive, but it will also help improve your fuel efficiency.

Remove Excess Weight From Your Car

Getting rid of the junk in your trunk will really help your car be more fuel efficient over time. We all know that it’s easy to pack things away in your trunk or back seat, but doing so can lead to a decrease in fuel efficiency. For every 100 pounds of excess weight in your car, you can lose 1-2% in fuel economy.

Get a New Car

That old thing from the 1990s is probably not very fuel efficient. Not only is it an older vehicle with limited technology, but its motor is probably not in pristine condition after all these years. Each new model of car is usually more fuel efficient than its predecessor. Newer cars are also lighter than older ones, which gives them an advantage when it comes to fuel efficiency. There has also been an increase in the number of hybrid and all-electric car options to help save the planet from fuel emissions.

This Earth Day we want you to think of the different ways you can help care for our planet. If you’re ready to make the switch to a new car, check out our inventory and schedule a 24-Hour test drive today.

How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

Changing the oil in your car is one of the most important parts of regular auto maintenance. However, despite being such an essential task, there is much disagreement on how often to change the oil. The traditional view is that the oil must be changed every 3,000 miles. With advances in both engines and motor oil, some experts recommend changing the oil every 10,000. With such a large discrepancy, how can you be sure?

What Type of Driver Are You?

Another reason many people are unsure of how often to change their oil is each car is different and driven differently. A farm truck and a minivan both require oil changes, but it would be surprising if they both needed them at the same mileage intervals. Additionally, cars that are used in heavy stop-and-go traffic will require different care than cars that see more open roads.

New Technologies and Advances in Motor Oil

The best way to determine how often your car needs an oil change is directly from the manufacturer. The owner’s manual will provide the most accurate assessment of how often to change the oil. For older vehicles, the 3,000-mile standard is the safest choice because these engines were designed to use traditional motor oil. In recent years, technological advances have allowed for huge leaps in both engines and synthetic oils. This means newer vehicles will likely have 7,500- or 10,000-mile intervals suggested for oil changes. If you have misplaced the owner’s manual to your car, there is a good chance it is available online.

When It’s Time To Change Your Oil

Perhaps just as important as changing the oil regularly is checking to make sure your car has the proper amount of oil. This should be done before any long trip, and it is also a good idea to check the oil in your car with each full fill up at the gas station. If your is ready for an oil change, contact the service department at Peak Kia North today. Our expert technicians are prepared to service every make and model.

Prepare Your Car for Colorado Winter

Winter is on its way. Colorado has already seen the first snow of the season, but before the weather gets worse and sticks to the roads, you should be sure your car is ready for a Colorado Winter. Here are 5 things you can do to prepare your car for winter.

Pull Together an Emergency Kit

Colorado weather is always unpredictable. You need to prepare for the worst before a bad storm comes along. We suggest putting together an emergency kit to have in the trunk of your car. Must haves include a blanket or two, a flashlight, an extra pair of gloves and a hat, an extra ice scraper and brush, a small shovel, and high protein snacks like jerky and nuts. Some other things you should consider putting in your emergency kit are a first aid kit, a change of warm clothes for the driver, and a bag of kitty litter or sand in the event that your tires get stuck in snow or slush. It is easy to put these things is a bin and store it in your trunk for the season.

Check Your Tires

It is especially important in Colorado that your tires are in the right condition to drive through snow and slush. First, you are going to want to check your tire pressure. If you are unsure what the PSI should be, refer to your vehicle’s manual. Having the right tire pressure will help your tires perform better in snow and slush. You should test your tire pressure monthly during the winter.

Another tire related thing you are going to want to check is your tread depth. If your tires are low on tread depth, they aren’t going to be able to grip the road properly and you will find yourself slipping and sliding around in the snow and ice. Most people do the Lincoln Test. This is where you take a penny and sick it in your tread with Lincoln’s head pointing inward toward the tire. If you can see his whole head, you are in need of new tires. Having proper tires in the winter is vital to the safety of you and those around you.

Depending on where you live in Colorado, you might want to consider snow tires for the winter. Snow tires are made differently than regular and all season tires. They are optimized to grip the road more and have different tread patterns to move snow and slush away from your tires, instead of compacting the snow down. They are also made with thousands of tiny slits in the tread that help provide better traction on ice.

Check Fluids and Top them Off

While this should be done with regular maintenance of your car, many people forget about this for winter preparation. First, you will want to check your antifreeze/coolant levels. Antifreeze keeps your engine from freezing up in the bitter cold winter months. Check your vehicle’s manual for specific levels. Next, you will want to check your windshield wiper fluid. In Colorado, we can experience days where the high temperature is below freezing, so make sure your windshield wiper fluid can withstand below freezing temperatures. It is also a good idea to top off your washer fluid as you never know when you might need to use it.

Have Your Battery Tested

As mentioned above, Colorado can experience some bitter, cold temperatures. This kind of cold can decrease the capacity in your vehicle’s battery. Get your battery tested to see if it can withstand the cold. If not, get it replaced as soon as you can. It is also smart to keep jumper cables in your car in the event that your car battery dies in the middle of winter.

Install New Windshield Wipers

There is nothing more dangerous than not being able to see out of your windshield in the middle of a snowstorm. Check the performance of your wipers. Inspect them for cracks and if they leave streaks or not. If they aren’t in good condition, consider switching them out for more heavy-duty wipers that are better in snow and ice. Either way, we want to remind you how dangerous it is drive with a windshield you can’t see out of. You should also check that your defrosters are also working properly.

Most of these things are easy to check at home, but if you’d like some help with checking tires, stop by Peak Kia North today!