Tips On Buying An Affordable Car

Buying An Affordable CarA Person Is Nothing Without Their Dreams
Surely there was a time in your life when you thought about how awesome it would be to have a magic wand you could use to make all your dreams come true. You’d probably wish for tons of money, a great big house in southern California, or maybe your own island, and a thousand other things that would make you happy. However, one of those wishes would probably include an exotic car of some sort. Whether it’s a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Pagani you’d be dreaming of is irrelevant; the fact that sports cars are one of the dreams of every boy (and a few girls) in the world is the point. But, seeing how only a small percentage of people manage to make their dreams come true, a great majority can only dream of ever owning an awesome super-fast four-wheeler. Reality hits hard and a great number of people just has to settle with any kind of transport.

Getting You From A to B Is What They’re For
There’s no shame in owning any car, even if it is a beat-up, old hunk of junk. As long as it runs, you’ll be just fine. In any case, 4 wheels are better than your own, two legs. But, contrary to popular belief, there’s much more to buying a cheap car than meets the eye. Let’s face it – the fact that you’re not paying a ridiculous amount of money for it doesn’t mean you want it to run for a week and then break down into parts. Regardless of what it may look like on the outside, every single automobile has a soul and everyone should know a few tips on buying an affordable car prior to actually going out and getting one.

Aim High, But Not Too High
First of all, if you’re currently residing in California, you’ll be able to choose from tens of thousands of different affordable cars, in virtually any condition. Depending on your personal taste when it comes to cars and the budget you’ve set aside for the purchase, the first tip on buying an affordable car is – always aim to get good value for your money. What that practically means is be realistic; it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to get a brand new Caddy for your current budget, but maybe you’ll have some luck in digging up a used and relatively preserved one.

Get Creative
In addition to being both realistic and prudent at the same time, one of the things that often applies to everyday life just as much as on buying a car is – don’t rush into anything. If you see a car you like, don’t fall head over heels for it. Try to pace yourself and keep looking; there might be a better deal lurking just around the corner. Also, don’t limit yourself to only one way of searching. Ask your friends to recommend a particular car, or a person they know who might be interested in selling their vehicle. The Internet is always a good way of getting information, so use that for all that you can. Additionally, the older generations who aren’t technologically savvy often don’t like using the Internet, which is why they stick to the more traditional advertising methods like newspapers. Finally, if none of these get you what you want, just head out barnstorming throughout California and you’re bound to come up with a car that’s been sitting in a shed for a couple of years. Who’s to say that it won’t be the perfect car for you?

Be A Wise Customer
If and when you finally find a set of wheels you both can afford and happen to like, again, don’t rush into the deal. Try to get the complete history of the vehicle from its current owner, just to make sure everything is legitimate and there are no curve balls. Then, look the car over in detail and really take your time while doing it. Try to get into every nook and cranny of the vehicle, in order to establish its current condition. Check under the hood, as well, to find out how the engine is holding up. If you like what you see, ask the owner for a test drive to make sure the car runs as advertised or as the owner claims. When all of that is done and if everything is to your liking (and especially if it’s not, but you still want the car), try to negotiate with the owner to get a few bucks off the initial price. Don’t be rude while doing this, as you probably won’t be able to knock the price down too much, but every little bit counts. Why would you pay more if you don’t have to? If all goes well, you’ll be going home with a new car and a few more greens in your pocket than you originally planned.

How To Become A Good Driver?

Become A Good DriverAn Important Question, Indeed
The road can sometimes be a dangerous place, no doubt about that. But, at the same time, it provides a pleasure to all those who love to drive; it’s something that cannot be put into words and explained to someone who was not born with a love for cars. However, since there are more than 7 billion people on the planet, you can only imagine what would happen if each and every one of them owned a car. Luckily, that’s not the case (not yet, at least) and driving is the privilege of a part of the Earth’s population. Because cars can be dangerous if not used properly and responsibly, everyone should ask themselves the question of how to become a good driver?

Core Principles
In the opinions of millions, California is one of the best places for driving in the world. With its picturesque landscapes and interesting terrains, it represents every driver’s dream. But, the law is the law and any kind of exhibitionism that poses a threat to other participants in traffic is punishable. In the end, whether you’re lucky enough to be living in California or not, according to The Motor Buzz, driving comes down to abiding by a few simple, but essential principles.

  • Anticipation is crucial when in traffic, especially when things get crowded. Being able to correctly assume what the driver behind you or ahead of you is planning on doing in the next couple of seconds could very well mean the difference between resuming your trip normally and having to buy a new bumper or tail light. The same goes for when you’re on the open road – overtaking someone can be very risky if you’re unable to properly anticipate their reaction, just like you need to anticipate when someone is planning to overtake your car. Whether it’s an educated guess based on experience, or plain old instinct, anticipation is crucial for driving.
  • Concentration is something you should have on your mind whenever you go near a car, let alone sit behind the wheel of one. Regardless of whether you’re an experienced driver with over 20 years of owning a driver’s license or a rookie who just got theirs fresh out of driving school, concentrating on the road ahead, as well as on the vehicle you’re in, should always be your number one concern. When you take into account the natural beauties of California, one could easily get distracted and start looking elsewhere and not the road. Cell phones, the radio and other external distractions will still be there after you’ve reached your destination; while on route, focus on driving and driving alone.
  • Attitude, believe it or not, plays a vital role with any good driver. What that means is positioning yourself in a situation where you do not allow yourself to become aggravated by other drivers and in turn, you won’t be the one doing the aggravating! In other words, being tolerant is massively important in all things in life, and driving is one of them. Having an understanding for other drivers who are in a hurry, who are slow because of a particular reason or who just got up on the wrong side of the bed on a particular morning is essential, because it takes two to tango. If you let your mood and mindset change under the influence of the situation you’re in, that can often be a bad thing. Instead, keep calm and think logically, while at the same time try to avoid any conflicts by exerting patience.
  • Skill is also a quality that every good driver must possess in order to stay safe and enjoy the ride. The question of “how to become a good driver?” often has many answers, but skill is a part of every one of them. Why? It’s simple – in order to control and safely navigate yourself through any given situation on the road, you must first be skilled enough to control your car any way you want to. Knowing your vehicle inside and out, as well as its characteristics on the road are essential in order to develop your driving skills. Parking is a fine example of that – if you’re familiar with your car’s size and shape, you’ll easily park it even in the tightest spots. On the other hand, if you own even the smallest and practical means of transport, such as a bicycle, not knowing it properly means you’ll probably scratch it all the time and even fall of it. Get it?

What Are The 10 Major Rules Of Driving?

10 Major Rules Of DrivingOwning your own car and going out for a drive whenever you feel like it is probably one of the best things ever. If you’re a gearhead, chances are you eat, sleep and live in your four-wheeler. On the other hand, on the off-chance that you aren’t really a fan of cars and you’re only using them because you have no other choice, you too should be aware of the fact that driving, while very fun and satisfying, can also be dangerous to you and others. If you’re based in California, the law is very strict when it comes to the things you can and cannot do behind the wheel, but there are several precautions you can take on your own to make sure that you’re a safe driver. So, what are the 10 major rules of driving, you ask? Keep reading and find out.

#10: Make sure your vehicle is safe – there’s really no point in going out for a relaxing drive if your breaks aren’t in order or your car isn’t mechanically sound. Hurting someone else is as terrible as hurting yourself, so pay attention to the overall condition of your vehicle.

#9: Never drive when you’re drowsy – this is particularly important because millions of people have made this mistake around the world and those people aren’t here to tell you about it. That’s the kind of mistake that only happens once, not to mention the danger it represents to others. Better pull over and get 20 minutes of shut-eye, than risk taking someone’s life.

#8: Never follow the car ahead of you too closely – while you might have seen this done in NASCAR and other professional races, it’s never a good idea to do it in traffic. If the car ahead of you suddenly brakes, and you’re right behind it, you’re bound to get “up in his trunk” and maybe hurt the passengers in both yours and the car you’ve just rammed. The unofficial rule for following a car in traffic says that the hood of your car should be touching the wheel tips of the car ahead of you (when you look across the hood from the cockpit).

#7: Never speed – acting like Mario Andretti or Michael Schumacher can be safely done on a closed circuit track, but you need to leave your racing ambitions behind once on public roads. California does have tons of great roads that could serve as racetracks, but they’re not and with good reason. Again, there are many dangers in traffic and you don’t need to endanger others by driving too fast. In other words – leave home early if you suspect you’ll be late.

#6: Keep watch of other motorists – just because you’re following the major rules of driving doesn’t necessarily mean that the other guy is, too. No matter how safe you try to be in traffic, there’s typically always some idiot who thinks he was born to be wild, as Steppenwolf so truthfully said it. If you see them driving dangerously or behaving inappropriately on the road, you have 2 options: either avoid them, or alert the police.

#5: Don’t get behind the wheel unless you’re 100% sober – alcohol is a tricky thing and it often creates a false sense of security and courage where there is none. Thinking you can drive even if you’ve only had a couple of drinks is wrong – call a cab or have a designated driver.

#4: Be weary of distractions – sitting behind the wheel of a car is great, but don’t let other things distract you from what you should be doing. California is a great place to live and you can easily get distracted no matter where you go, but cell phones are a particularly hazardous thing when behind the wheel of a car. Getting a Bluetooth headset is better than a cell phone because it gives you the power to drive with two hands and not being distracted by holding one hand with the wheel and the other hand holding it close to your ear.

#3: Bad weather is something to watch out for – according to Nima Nejad of The Motor Buzz, no matter how confident you are about your vehicle’s safety and sturdiness, even the slightest amount of rain can easily make the asphalt road seem like smooth ice. When you add blizzards, storms and hurricanes to the equation, it becomes clear that you should never underestimate the weather, particularly in California.

#2: Always wear your seatbelt – they were installed in your car for a reason and that reason is not aesthetics. Seatbelts can literally save lives and they’ve been doing that for decades. As technology progresses, they too are becoming more and more sophisticated, which only means better protection for you and the passengers in your car.

#1: If you can, take a defensive driving course – not only will you save money by doing this (a great number of insurance companies offers many discounts to drivers who complete such a course), but you will also learn how to stay safe in a great variety of situations that may occur on the road. Staying calm when faced with risky situations, yielding to aggravated and frustrated drivers and learning to spot troublesome occurrences on the road are all very useful skills.

Tips On Using The Correct Set Of Tires For Different Roads

Using The Correct Set Of Tires For Different RoadsNot Everyone Can Afford A Monster Truck
Instead of being bothered with boring numbers and scientific studies that deal in statistics, why not try to use common sense when it comes to figuring out what the best way to protect your vehicle is? Apart from mechanical failures, crashes and a disregard for maintaining your car, one of the easiest ways of trashing it is – to drive it like a maniac across terrains it’s not intended for, especially in California, which has a ton of off-road and other types of trails that four-wheelers can use. But, the aforementioned does sound a bit extreme, you’ll probably say. So, let’s focus on something much more familiar to anyone who owns a car or other type of transport vehicle – tires.

Better To Be Safe Than Sorry
California really is a paradise on earth any way you look at it, and that especially goes for those lucky enough to have a car. Why? Because driving through breathtaking landscapes and scenery is the whole point of driving pleasure. But, tires are one of the things that most often need to be replaced, especially if you use your vehicle on a daily basis. In light of preserving your car and its tires for as long as possible, here are a few tips on using the correct set of tires for different roads.

  • Always plan ahead – if you own a sedan or hatchback and you’re planning on going to the countryside or are even interested in an off-road adventure, there’s really no point in leaving your standard tires for asphalt on your car, is there? It’s certainly an option, but when you think about it – it might be wise to spend some money on off-road tires once, than to keep buying asphalt tires every time you feel like testing your vehicle.
  • Have a backup plan – if you live in an urban area with good, asphalt roads, you can rest easy with the standard asphalt tires without any problems. However, if you’re situated in a more desolate, country-like area that typically features dirt and desert roads, you know that you’ll need tougher tires. Now comes the hard part – what if you move a lot between the two aforementioned areas? Which tires should you use? You can go with either option, but it makes sense to keep a spare set at home just in case.
  • Know your vehicle – depending on the type of your vehicle and its characteristics, you’ll be able to save gas money and increase driving ease and performances just by picking out the right set of tires and inflating them to the right pressure, especially in California, which typically has good roads. This goes especially for people living in areas with different road surfaces – high pressure in your tires while you’re driving on tarmac can be easily decreased (deflated) once you reach a different type of road. You just pull up to the side and slightly deflate your tires, in order to prevent them from blowing out because of the sharp rocks on the road or to improve traction if you’re driving on dirt or sand.
  • Pay close attention to the weather – the last thing you want to do is drive your sports car with its slick tires on a rainy day. In fact, some sports cars (like several versions of the BMW M3, for example) are not supposed to be driven on wet weather at all, according to the manufacturers. So, if heavy rains are predicted and you need to use your car often, it might be wise to try to get a hold of a tire set designed to cope with wet roads. After all, safety first.
  • The same goes for seasons of the year – again, don’t play around by driving with in the snow with asphalt tires! Although it snows extremely rarely in California, you still don’t want to get caught sliding all over the slippery road just because you failed to change your tires in time.

Keep in mind that these are just a few general tips about using the correct set of tires for different roads. You should definitely look into this and get as much information as you can on the topic; The Motor Buzz is a great place to do it and will definitely have tons of useful advice for your safety.