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Strange Noises Your Car Makes and the Reasons Behind Them

Feb 8, 2019

The purr of a well-tuned automobile engine is a wonderful sound. Of course, many of us take it for granted as we turn our ignition keys and head off to work each morning. But in today’s cars, which have so many parts that require regular tuning, lubrication and replacement, a strange noise may be your vehicle telling you that […]

Your First Paycheck: What Do Those Terms Mean?

Feb 1, 2019

You just got your first paycheck and — surprise! — it may be quite a bit smaller than you expected. Don’t worry, though, nothing is wrong. Your employer has simply deducted a number of required (and possibly some elective) payroll-related charges. That’s why you see so many deductions listed on your pay stub. Here are some terms related to your paycheck that you may want […]

Choosing the RV That’s Right for You

Jan 31, 2019

Perhaps no one better understands the saying, “It’s about the journey, not the destination,” than those who own recreational vehicles. And, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and a 2011 commissioned study by the University of Michigan, more and more travelers are embracing the concept. U.S. ownership of RVs has reached record levels — approximately 10 million U.S. households own an […]

10 DIY Cleaners That Will Turn You Into a Green Machine

Jan 31, 2019

We all love our homes smelling fresh and clean, but you don’t have to rely on store-bought cleaners to do the job. These do-it-yourself cleaners contain only a few simple ingredients and can be put into recycled containers you already have around the house. Simply mix the listed ingredients together, make sure they’re blended well, and you’re ready […]

Tips for Riding Your Motorcycle Safely in Every Season

Jan 30, 2019

When you think of riding your motorcycle, you probably imagine an enjoyable ride through your favorite scenic area during pleasant weather. Unfortunately, weather isn’t always that predictable or pleasant. When the weather changes unexpectedly, riders must adapt to situations that may affect the road or impact their ability to safely operate a motorcycle. Spring, summer, fall and winter each provide unique challenges for motorcyclists. Here are some […]

How to Maintain a Vehicle You Don’t Use Often

Jan 30, 2019

Performing maintenance is a task that often goes hand-in-hand with owning a vehicle. But what about vehicles you only use once in a while or store part of the year? It may seem like a car that isn’t used frequently wouldn’t require upkeep like your everyday vehicle — but that isn’t always the case. If you’ll be storing your vehicle for […]

Over 100 Years of Motorcycle Advancements

Jan 30, 2019

For many motorcycle riders, the classic bikes will always be the best — there’s even a Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, celebrating some of history’s most iconic motorcycles. But innovation in motorcycle design has not stood still, and today’s motorcycles consistently deploy improvements in technology and performance. Here’s a brief look back at some of the major advancements of […]

Keeping Your Car Safe: Tips for Preventing Auto Theft

Jan 30, 2019

According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, over 773,000 motor vehicles were reported stolen in 2017. While auto theft has decreased over the last few decades, the Insurance Information Institute (III) notes that a vehicle is stolen every 40.9 seconds in the United States. Thieves have gotten increasingly savvy, using smart keys to steal cars and switching vehicle identification numbers to avoid detection, says the III. So, how […]

History of the Car Horn

Jan 25, 2019

It’s a distinctive sound that provides a constant backdrop to cities around the world: the car horn. Ever wonder where this quintessential caution device come from? Or, how car horns have changed through the years? Here’s a quick look at the history of car horns. Early Warning Signals Long before the days of interstates, backup cameras and drive-throughs, drivers made […]

How to Inspect Your Home Fire Extinguisher

Jan 25, 2019

A fire extinguisher is something most people don’t think about until they need one. While you may be able to use a home fire extinguisher to help you put out a small fire, you may find that it’s of little value if it hasn’t been kept in operating condition. Below are some helpful tips to help make sure […]