Are you treating your car right?

e100fa9e37ebb4f1One of the most frustrating things that can happen to just about anyone is when their car breaks down while they’re on their way somewhere. The fact that most people don’t know much about how a car works and what could go wrong with it only makes the whole thing worse. It’s easy to get frustrated at a time like this and curse your car for not treating you right. However, the real question you should be asking yourself is are you treating your car right? Many people drive long distances every day and never experience any car troubles. Want to know why that is? The answer is pretty obvious, they take better care of their cars than you do. However, it’s completely understandable that you wouldn’t know too much about your car and what drives it. But no need to worry, let’s get you some basic know how about how you can keep your car in top condition for years to come.

First of all, it is important to understand that there is a lot that goes on in your engine; there’s a lot of moving metal parts that power your car. The most basic thing that you need to know about your car is that it needs two things to move, fuel and fresh air. That’s right, your car breathes in cold air which it mixes with fuel and then this mixture is compressed by your engine’s pistons and ignited, pushing the piston down and turning the crank shaft which will in turn rotate the fly wheel that collects to your transmission and ultimately to your wheels. That is the basic version of how your car is driven. What you need to make sure of is that nothing hinders this process. Do this and your car will drive smooth, fast and never fail you. As mentioned earlier, there are a lot of moving parts in your engine that rub against one another, this is why engine oil is as important as it gets. Engine oil is like lifeblood for your engine, it lubricates your moving parts and distributes the heat produced in the engine evenly, without enough oil your engine is likely to melt and break down.

It is advisable that you change your oil once every 5000 km driven since it starts gathering deposits from your engine. Fresh oil keeps your engine smooth, fast and clean. You would also be wise to get your engine inspected every once in a while and see if it requires a tune up. Your spark plugs won’t last for ever and your coils might need cleaning, not to mention, if you drive in a dusty area, your engine might be sucking in a lot of dirty air which collects in your intake manifold. You want this serviced from time to time. Another very important thing to take care of are your tyres since they are essentially what drives your car at the end. You want o make sure that you use high grade tyres with a good tread and grip. Old tyres are the cause of most fatal accidents. Keep your car maintained and drive safe!

Should you be driving a Hybrid Car?

Over the last 20 years, we’ve seen quite an evolution in the kind of cars we drive. The engines we have in our cars are all computerized and electronically controlled. Just go ahead and pop the hood of your car, you’re going to see a whole lot of wires and sensors attacking your engine block from every angle. Without even a single sensor, the car’s ECU (Engine Computer Unit) wouldn’t know how much fuel to dump into the cylinders and your car would probably not even start, instead you’ll get an error reading in your cockpit. Cars in the earlier days were of course way simpler than this. You step on a pedal, you get gas and air into the engine, it ignites, and you drive. These computerised cars we have these days have great fuel efficiencies because of their EFI systems as well as great torque output.

However, lately there’s been a trend of these hybrid cars that take car technology a step further and divide the car’s power train into two components, the gasoline engine and an electric motor. The idea behind a hybrid car is to maximise fuel efficiency by having the car run using the motor instead of the engine itself most of the time. The engine can directly drive the car but it is primarily used to charge a battery unit which operates the electric motor that drives your car when you’re cruising at a constant speed or idling. This is the kind of set up on board the iconic Toyota Prius. You can manage an average millage of up to 60 miles per gallon from a car like this if you drive calm and even if you are a fast driver, these hybrid cars are still quite the treat for you since they’re being driven by an electric motor by default, when you floor the gas pedal and the engine kicks in, you get a fresh amount of torque that sends your car speeding. What’s more is that hybrid cars are very, very quiet. There’s no combustion going on in the electric motor and therefore there’s no roaring engine sound most of the times.

Now comes the important question. Hybrid cars are great and very innovative, but are they the right cars for you? Well that really depends on your driving habits as well as your style. Maybe a Toyota Prius might not be the car that earns you the most street credits but there are many other Hybrid cars out there as well. BMW, Honda, Mercedes-Benz are all manufactures of very edgy looking hybrid cars as well. So it is in fact possible to own a hybrid car that’s more aggressive looking and has more luxury than the Prius. Even Toyota has bigger and badder Hybrid Models as part of their line-up. If you commute a lot and want to be friendly to the environment, you should consider a hybrid car. Think of all the money you will save on fuel and engine maintenance!

Tush Turner Infomercial – First Version

This was an infomercial that my company, CMG created for a old product that was re branded for selling on TV. The Tush Turner was not the best product but I am worked very hard to try to make a good infomercial. Hope you enjoy this. Thanks.