AWD vs 4WD (Is There a Difference?)

AWD vs 4WD

Go shopping for a vehicle, especially an SUV, and you may find all-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) recorded as the available choices. In both cases, power goes to all four wheels when these systems are running. While these two approaches work well in slippery conditions, handling is not always improved, and there is … Read more

What is VTEC and How Does It Work?

how VTEC works

How can you have the extra power of a turbo, but not have a turbo? The answer—VTEC, baby. What is VTEC? “Don’t mess with VTEC bro.” We’ve all heard it one time or another at a car meet. The idea is that VTEC is this mysterious beast that shall not be trifled with and will … Read more

Is It Illegal to Drive Barefoot? (or Just a Myth?)

is it illegal to drive barefoot?

Somewhere along the line, this rumor got started that it’s illegal to drive barefoot. While we can’t track down any laws in the United States that make it illegal, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Just like driving with both feet can lead to problems, driving barefoot brings its own host of concerns that … Read more

Riding the Clutch (Is It Really That Bad?)

don't rid the clutch

“Man, that footrest feels amazing,” your buddy says with a grin, driving your mint-condition 1969 Porsche 911. You continue observing the open road until the thought hits you “this car doesn’t have a footrest.” He was RIDING THE CLUTCH! Your heart stops. Imagine all the damage he could be doing! Fear not, dear reader, for … Read more

9 Best All-Wheel Drive Cars With Good Gas Mileage

AWD cars with good gas mileage

We’re getting closer each day to having it all. In today’s automotive climate, there’s the option to get a car that gets good miles-per-gallon (MPG), has power going to all four wheels, has some cargo capacity, and is easy and safe to live with. This is a pretty recent situation, and we think it’s really … Read more

Does Cruise Control Save Gas? (and Other FAQs)

does cruise control save gas?

Today, most drivers are well-accustomed to the use of cruise control. This tends to be the case, especially among those who routinely make lengthy commutes along a given highway when taking trips, or commuting to and from work. While the use of cruise control certainly eliminates the need for constant use of the accelerator pedal, … Read more

Where is the Cheapest Place to Buy Motor Oil? (10 Options)

cheapest places to buy motor oil

Like it or not, most cars these days need motor oil to stay lubricated and functional. Those pistons that move up and down need a barrier of oil in between them and the cylinder walls, else you’d have metal rubbing on metal–which is not good. Whether you want to save a few bucks, save some … Read more

13 Different Types of Car Doors

dihedral doors

Certain inventions have become so commonplace in our daily lives that we never stop to think about how many variations there are of a simple theme. Take, for example, the humble car door. These doors are meant to allow you to access the inside of the vehicle and provide protection from falling out when the … Read more