LED’s and more!

What’s up everybody. Sorry for the delay in a post it’s been a busy month here after the holidays. This past weekend I actually visited a bridal show here in town for my daughter and was talking to a vendor (DJ Jay Herbert) about the different types of lights he uses, and we got on the topic of LED’s. Which got me thinking about all the cool aftermarket LED kits that are out there for our cars!

So I started to do some more research online after coming home that day, and I found out quite a lot. First thing is there is this really cool site: superbrightleds.com that has thousands upon thousands of different LED lights! I guess I should’ve figured with how fast everything else in the world is advancing and moving along, but little did I know you can replace almost every light in your house and car with an upgraded LED bulb. As I’m sure you already know these bulbs run cooler, last longer, glow brighter, and are just an overall better bulb. After using their easy vehicle LED bulb finder I was easily able to upgrade my license plate lights to LED’s in under 5 mins. Next up for me is my interior dome and vanity lights!

So the other cool thing I did this month was attend this car show you see above. It was a benefit car show and I got to talk with a lot of cool guys. Now I attended this car show before I took my daughter to the bridal show so I wasn’t able to ask any of the car guys at the show this question because I hadn’t thought about it, but is it just me or wouldn’t it be cool to upgrade the lighting to LED’s on let’s say one of the beauties you see above? Of course being the guy I am my mind would go here, so I tried to imagine a 50’s Chevy with some LED taillights and side markers, maybe some HID headlights. So what I wanted to do was put a calling out in this post for anyone who is/was thinking about doing this or someone who has already done this to send me over some pictures so I can check out your cool upgrades! I always like to see the cool different things people have done with their cars so I’d enjoy the pictures.

Just drop me an email and I’ll post up the cool pictures here. Thanks!

Safety First

Safety is one of those things that’s always been there, ya know in the back of your mind. However it’s often left to fend for itself when it comes to mind space. What I mean is too often safety is disregarded and then we end up in situations we wish we weren’t and we begin to think of how we should of thought of safety a little sooner.

When it comes to auto’s we can never really be too safe. In this post I will outline some safety things that you’ll wanna check before going on that road trip.

  1. Engine Oil – The lifeblood of your engine is the oil. Run really low on gas and you might be able to make it a couple of miles or so on the fumes to that next gas station. Alternatively run really low on oil and you might not make it the next 500 feet. Also having an engine with the oil properly topped off will help you get the best gas mileage as well! Most oil dipsticks have a crosshatch area that represents one quart of motor oil. You’ll want the oil to measure up to the top part of the cross hatch area. If you check your oil and it doesn’t show on the stick at all you’ll want add oil as soon as possible!
  2. Tires – Properly inflated tires will not only help you get the best gas mileage, but they will also ensure proper control and handling on the road. Most cars will have a sticker on the driver side door jam (some in the trunk) specifying the proper inflation of the tires. Have someone assist you if you’re not sure how to operate a tire gage.
  3. Wipers – Did you know you’re supposed to change your wiper blades every six months? Wiper blades lose their ability to properly clean the windshield with temperature and time. A good wiper blade will sit firm against the windshield and not be leaning or bending anyway. If so you’ll want to replace those wipers before the next trip.
  4. Lights – Studies show that you are more visible to other drivers when you are driving with your lights on, even in the daytime! You’ll want to do a thorough light check before embarking on your journey
  5. Battery & Fluids – You may want to take your car to a service shop to have these things checked. What’s important here is that you have a nicely working electrical system (i.e. battery, and alternator) and that the other fluids for the engine are properly topped off. An important one not to forget is the washer fluid to help clean off those nasty bug splatters when they happen!

Hopefully this list will help ensure a safe trip for you and or your family next time you want to go on that cross country road trip. I’d like to thank The Towing Guys over in Little Rock for sponsoring this post and helping me get this blog up and going! Thank you!