Closeup of a brake rotor

Going fast is all fun and games—until it’s time to slow down. When it comes time to hit those stoppers, you want to be confident that you can scrub speed safely and smoothly. Brake rotors play a significant role in providing this peace of mind, but which ones are the best? We took a look… Read More

Closeup of synthetic oil being poured

Oil is the lifeblood of your car. Without the right viscosity flowing through your engine, things would go south in a hurry. If you did nothing else but keep up the oil, odds are your engine would last far longer than you might expect. Simply put, it is the most important element of automotive maintenance…. Read More

Rear-end view of a trailer attached to a car

Interested in getting out to the wilderness, but don’t want to leave your master suite at home? What if you need to truck your Clydesdales across the country, or maybe just tote some junk to the local transfer station? Whatever your towing needs, your trusty trailer – be it a simple dolly or glamorous fifth-wheel… Read More

Technician using a universal OBD2 scanner

OBD2 scanners are invaluable tools when the worst happens and your vehicle’s check engine light comes on, but you have no idea what the problem is, but are OBD2 scanners universal? We’ve all been there before: you’re driving along and in your periphery, a bright orange light suddenly appears. Your stomach drops. You glance down… Read More

Car battery charger

A quality car battery charger is important for the proper maintenance and upkeep of your vehicle. Years ago, these devices weren’t the easiest or most convenient to use, leading many to resort to keeping a pair of jumper cables handy. Things have come a long way since then, however. Modern units are now capable of… Read More

Black and orange car seat cover on front and passenger car seats

Hate wiping up the slop from those fast-food burgers off your pristine white leather seats? Or do you want to show the world your love of cats or camping beyond your bumper-sticker collection? There’s a simple solution to both of these conundrums: buying a set of car seat covers. Car seat covers have become a… Read More

Man wearing a leather motorcycle jacket holding his motorcycle helmet on the road

Whether you’re a weekend cruiser or a ride-or-die enthusiast, every biker needs a quality motorcycle jacket—or two—in their closet. Motorcycle jackets don’t just look cool, either: they help make you visible to others, protect you from the elements, and guard against road rash. With a variety of options available on the market, it’s important to… Read More

Man smiling as he is riding an off road go kart

Is your kid into slinging mud in the woods? What about chasing narrow forest trails through thickets of trees? If so, off-road go karts may be their type of fun. These go karts, also known as dune buggies or off-road buggies, offer endless fun on any terrain. They’re great fun for kids who have taken… Read More

OBD2 scanner

Keeping an OBD2 scanner tucked in your trunk or glove box can be handy when your vehicle’s check engine light suddenly decides to light up the dash. This is the sort of little gadget that you hopefully won’t need often – but is sure handy to have when an inspection deadline is staring you down… Read More

Closeup of a mechanic replacing brake pads

Let’s be honest—most of us only think about our brakes when we need to panic stop. Otherwise, we take this critical safety system for granted every time we bring ourselves to a gentle halt with each stop light and four-way. But our brakes demand and deserve more attention—and at the very least—brake pads will need… Read More

Man and woman riding electric scooters outdoors

Looking to enliven your commute while saving the planet? Electric scooters, also called e-scooters, might be just the ticket. No longer just a toy for suburban kids, these practical little runabouts have become a serious mode of transportation for adults across the nation. However, trying to find the best scooter on the market can be… Read More

Man riding an electric scooter on a road

Scooters are small, light, zippy, and buckets of fun. One thing we didn’t include in that description: fast. But even if you won’t be breaking land-speed records on a scooter, the question remains: how fast do scooters go? The answer, as always, is that it depends. There are a multitude of scooters on the market… Read More

Interior of a car with car seat covers

Do you really need car seat covers, and if so, when should you use them? When you acquire a new car, odds are you want to keep it pristine as long as possible. Maybe you ban passengers from consuming food and drink; maybe you make your friends take their shoes off so as to not… Read More

Two minibikes parked along the street

The fun you can have on small motorbikes seems to be inversely proportional to their diminutive size. Minibikes – also known as pocket bikes, pit bikes, monkey bikes, and a slew of other informal terms – are small enough for a child to ride comfortably, yet can travel as fast as 50 mph. Such speeds… Read More

Person driving a go kart in the dirt

Your mother always warned you how dangerous motorcycles are. But what were her thoughts on go-karts, and are go-karts dangerous? These machines have also been enshrouded by an air of danger, and for good reason: small, fast, and exposed, go-karts aren’t exactly protective cocoons. But how dangerous are go-karts really? We wanted to dig a… Read More

Interior of vehicle with deployed airbags

Car seat covers have been around almost as long as there have been automotive seats to put them on. Up until recently, no one thought much about their seat covers beyond picking the camo or Navajo pattern. But with many front seats now packing side-impact airbags, there is fresh concern over whether car seat covers… Read More

Mechanic checking codes from OBD2 scanner

If you’re dealing with car troubles, you might be wondering, “How accurate are OBD2 scanners? Are they worth using to diagnose my vehicle’s issue?” Our cars are more and more controlled by computers, sensors, motherboards, and CPUs. This has brought great benefits to car ownership – what would we do without adaptive cruise control and… Read More

Pouring synthetic oil into an engine

If you’re debating on whether to try synthetic oil for your vehicle, you’re probably wondering, “Are synthetic oils worth it?” Oil is the lifeblood of your powertrain, and it’s widely understood that purchasing the correct viscosity is critical to ensuring your engine never skips a beat. But start talking about synthetic and organic oils and the… Read More

Person driving a go kart on a track

If you’re thinking about buying one, you might be wondering if go karts are street legal. You’ve ridden them in fairs and have seen them racing on the track. Maybe their teeny size, loud noises, and riotous speed and handling have you pining for one. But before you cough up the cash for a go-kart,… Read More

Mechanic working on brake rotor

If you do your own car maintenance – or ever had to change a tire – odds are you’ve found yourself loosening the lug nuts, jacking up your car, and pulling off the wheel. That last step may have left you with an unexpected surprise: a loose brake rotor. Encountering a loose brake rotor during… Read More

Mechanic holding a brake pad

Many people wonder if brake pads are the same as brakes, and knowing the difference and how a vehicles’ braking system works can help you ensure proper maintenance for your vehicle. You’re in the waiting room at the repair shop, thumbing through their stack of last year’s magazines, when the mechanic comes in and delivers… Read More

Empty boat trailers in a parking lot

All tires will need to be replaced eventually, and trailer tires are no exception. But how soon is eventually? Are they like your typical car and truck tire, many of which have a tread life of 50,000 or 75,000 miles? And what makes a trailer tire so special, anyhow? We wanted some straightforward answers, so… Read More

Boat trailer holding a red boat with closeup of tires

The question of whether or not to balance your trailer tires is a contentious one within the trailering community. Some trailer owners swear by balancing their trailer tires; others see it as an expensive waste of money. Some service technicians insist on it even as many manufacturers don’t necessarily recommend it. So who’s right? Well,… Read More

Truck Tire Rotation

It’s hard to understate the importance of tires. Besides keeping your truck tethered to the road, they have direct implications on how your truck rides, handles, turns, and stops. For all they do, tires are fairly low maintenance, but the little upkeep they do require is especially important. Rotating your tires is easily overlooked but… Read More