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Simple tricks help extend battery life

For most drivers a vehicle battery is just a black box underneath the hood of their vehicle. 

To Gale Kimbrough batteries are like life itself, something to be nurtured and protected and every once in a while given a recharge. 

Proper rotation improves the life of your tires

Rotating tires regularly and correctly helps even out tread wear and extends tire life, saving money and keeping you safer on the road. But how often should you rotate?
 
“Tire rotation is a critical part of tire maintenance,” said Dan Zielinski, Senior Vice-President of Public Affairs at Rubber Manufacturers Association. “Tires will wear differently at each wheel position.”

Chasing waterfalls during peak spring runoff

You just can't stir up controversy among waterfall experts.   There's none of the big talk heard among tree people or mountain climbers, for instance, who enjoy banter about which grove has the largest redwoods or which peak is the toughest to climb.   Waterfall enthusiasts hail from the Mutual Admiration Society, where there's an unspoken code of etiquette when speaking of another's natural wonders. They are polite to the point of reverence.  

Coastal drives offer whale of an adventure

Swirls of salty spray splash across the deck. Binoculars rise to eyebrows in anxious anticipation for the guests of honor.

Somebody yells, "There," and children rush to the railing and lean over for a better look. "Oohs!" and "ahhs" come from a group huddled on the foredeck.

The whales have returned on their annual migration to cool northern waters. One large gray mass breaks the dark green surface and foaming sea cascades across its back. Others spout in the distance and rise and fall with the gently rolling sea.

Five safety tips for your vehicle's braking system

Families penciling road maps and compiling an itinerary for summer travel should add one additional item to the list—brake inspection. See Coupons.

Your vehicle’s brake system is a key safety component and prone to problems caused by harsh summer conditions.  Heat is the main culprit, especially for vehicles loaded down with travelers and gear.

Tin can tourists: the enduring popularity of travel trailering

Behold the travel trailer—a home on wheels that you take into the wilderness. How do you explain the allure? And why have travel trailers been captivating lovers of the great outdoors for nearly 100 years?

The answer has something to do with our “inner nomad,” according to RV historian Al Hesselbart of Elkhart, Indiana.

Caving: Exploring the world from 100 feet underground

Most people look at a hole in the ground and take a detour. Paul Burger looks at it and crawls in.   Burger is a geologist by training, adventurer by spirit. And he has seen the world from inside out by peaking into the nooks and crannies of earth’s subterranean landscape.  What he has discovered is a growing, changing world hidden by darkness.  

Steering vibration may signal brake problems

You’re driving down the block and a bike rider appears from a side street. As your vehicle slows down, you notice an unsettling vibration in the steering wheel. Lately, you’ve also noticed the vibration anytime you use the brakes.

Your first instinct tells you something has gone wrong with the tires, but a new set was installed a couple months ago.