3 Cars That Are Perfect For Your Des Moines Commute

Compared to other major cities in the United States, Des Moines has one of the least stressful and shortest commutes in country, totaling just 40.94 minutes round-trip. However, that doesn’t factor in disabled vehicles, construction, or accidents you might face on I-80, I-35, or I-235 on your way to work. Even if you don’t have any unforeseen delays, it’s still nice to enjoy your commute instead of stressing about the rest of your day, and your vehicle makes all the difference. Looking to improve your commute? Check out these awesome commuter cars.

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3 Unreliable Yet Lovable Cars

Like a forbidden love or a burger with “heart attack” in the title, you can’t always make the right decision. For some reason, you keep coming back to the same place, even if it’s not where you should be. The same goes for cars. You love the look of a car, or maybe it conjures up some distant memory — so when it breaks down on the side of the highway at 1 a.m., you can’t help but feel sorry for it. Whether this unconditional love is founded is up for debate, but there’s something about these cars that people can’t get enough of.

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How Automakers Decide Which Cars to Kill

The Chrysler 200, Dodge Viper, Jeep Patriot, and Nissan Quest were just four of the 15 models that won’t find their way back in American showrooms in 2018. So, what makes manufacturers take a car that once sounded like a great idea and eliminate it altogether? A number of factors go into the decision to ax a model, but whether it’s for better or worse, it’s the normal lifecycle of many vehicles. Here’s a look at how companies choose to keep or remove a model and whether you should consider one for your next vehicle.

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Can You Return a New Car to a Dealer?

If your car is coming to the end of its useful life or you’re simply ready for an upgrade; it may be time to start shopping for a new vehicle. The decision to buy a new car in Des Moines shouldn’t be taken lightly. Not only is it a major financial consideration, but you’ll also want to settle on a vehicle that’s just right for your Iowa lifestyle.

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The 5 Best Race Tracks in the U.S.

This country grew from coast to coast with the power of engines and wheels. Motorsport is the highest expression of automotive design. What better reason for a road trip than to tour the finest racetracks in the nation? No grand tour would be complete without visiting these shrines to car racing:

Daytona International Speedway

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Daytona features something for everyone. The course includes various configurations including a 2.5 mile oval, a 2.95 mile super-bike course, a 3.56-mile road course, and a quarter mile flat track. The 180 acre infield holds Lake Lloyd, which hosts powerboat racing events. It has even hosted high school and college football games, along with the Daytona 500 of course. If that’s not enough entertainment, don’t forget the Florida beaches and one of the country’s wildest Spring Breaks. (more…)

Parallel Park the Right Way Every Time

Parallel parking is the hardest part of most driving tests, especially when a single fallen cone is all it takes to fail the whole thing. Even most adult drivers avoid parallel parking when they can, or at least avoid parking between two cars when they could just drive forward into a spot instead. But even though parallel parking is hard and involves judging distances when you’re on the wrong side of the car, there are some tricks and tips people use to get in a spot without bumping the curb or the other cars. So, if you’re still practicing or if you find yourself needing a refresher course, remember these straightforward instructions that can put you next to the curb without putting a wheel up on it.

1. Find a Good Spot

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Make Des Moines a Destination This Fall

There is nothing like the fall season. The crisp air and autumn activities make it a great time to get outside and enjoy local events with friends and family. In the Des Moines area, there are many activities and festivals throughout the season where you can go to enjoy food, entertainment, and fun. Here are some of the reasons you should make Des Moines a destination this fall.

Des Moines Oktoberfest

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An Oktoberfest celebration is one of the best ways to celebrate fall, and the one in Des Moines does it right. On Oct. 22-23 you can join in the fun at 101 4th (more…)

How to Skip Gears Without Destroying Your Engine

Some manual transmission drivers will tell you never to skip a gear, you can learn to do it safely. Many drivers find slowing down is easier when skipping a few gears. Entering highways at high speeds is also sometimes simpler when you can skip a few of those middle spots. Learning how to do it safely should be your top priority before taking your car out to try this technique.

Why Skip Gears?

When car brakes were less advanced and reliable, you would downshift one gear at a time to help your car slow down. Today, you can rely on your brakes to slow down your car, leaving you free to skip down a few gears when you’re ready to slow or stop the car. Because you’re slowing down with the brakes, your brake lights will indicate to drivers behind you that your car is losing speed. Skipping gears while downshifting can add safety to your driving.

When Is Gear Skipping Safe?

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If you’re in a high gear, like fourth, and you want to slow down using the brakes, the transmission will be fine. Slowing down to 25 mph in fourth gear isn’t a problem. (more…)

Maybe Don’t Hang Your Fuzzy Dice There

Car accessories come in all shapes and sizes. You can get practical accessories like all-weather floor mats or a cargo net, or you can get accessories that are just for fun like Car Lashes, fuzzy dice, or air fresheners. While hanging something on your rearview mirror is an obvious and easy way to decorate your car, it might not be the best idea from a practical point of view.

The Blind Spot Issue

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Vehicle blind spots are the angles that your mirrors don’t cover. Your eyes can see about 210 degrees around you (although you can only focus on the 55 degrees right in front), the rearview mirror shows you what’s behind the rear window, and the side mirrors offer a few more degrees in the back corners. However, even if you angle your side mirrors well you still have a blind (more…)

Restore Your Cracked Steering Wheel

Sun damage and exposure to other elements can damage your steering wheel, causing cracks to form. Not only are the cracks in your steering wheel unsightly, but the cracks can age your car. Here are some strategies you could use to restore your cracked steering wheel and preserve the life of your car.

Determine the Steering Wheel Material

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First, you need to figure out just what kind of material your steering wheel is made out of. Fortunately, most steering wheels are made of a plastic exterior that is fairly easy to repair. However, some steering wheels are made of metal or other materials that can be more difficult to repair. Before you make any decision on how to repair your steering wheel, make sure you understand what materials you’ll need to fix. (more…)