Gasoline and Vehicles Have Evolved Since 1927

A lot has changed with both vehicles and fuel over the past century. Photo credit: Jan Klaver/ Creative commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons Buy a small car with a manual transmission, only fill it with premium gas, and only go to the filling station early in the morning when it is cooler outside, and keep your car in neutral at stop lights or in traffic – do all these things and you improve your MPG by exactly nothing – 0 percent. That’s right; the above run on sentence has nothing but myths about improving gas mileage. The number of myths circulating among car owners is legion. Let’s dismember them for good, E3 Spark Plugs fans… Small cars are more fuel-efficient: Not so, according to FuelEconomy.gov. Advances in diesel...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: New Documentary “Pump??? Examines America’s Oil Dependence

“Pump” is an eye-opening new documentary that examines America’s dependence on foreign oil. For years now, there’s been much talk about America’s dependence on oil, particularly oil that’s imported from other countries. Now, a new documentary examines the history of Big Oil, the daily and far-reaching impacts of our ever-increasing oil consumption, and potential solutions. “PUMP is an inspiring, eye-opening documentary that tells the story of America’s addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to its current monopoly today, and explains clearly and simply how we can end it – and finally win choice at the pump,” say the film’s promoters. Consider these statistics from the Sierra Club: The US uses...

February 9, 2015
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Biketoberfest and Four Awesome Rides Just a Month Away

The 2014 Biketoberfest take place October 16-19 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Hey, motorcycle buffs – Daytona Beach, Florida’s 22nd annual Biketoberfest is just a month away. This year’s event revs up Thursday, October 16 and runs through Sunday, the 19th and is expected to draw upward of 100,000 bikers and bike enthusiasts. Hundreds of vendors will haw the latest in motorcycles, parts and accessories, plus there will be food, libation and entertainment aplenty. A major draw for bikers is Biketoberfest’s rundown of four planned group rides: The three-hour Old City Rendezvous from Daytona to St. Augustine. Sights along the way include Tomoka State Park and River Basin, Flagler Beach and its famed fishing pier, Marineland and the Matanzas Inlet, site of the...

February 9, 2015
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Thousands of Motorcycles Roar into Washington DC in Honor of Sept. 11 Victims

Thousands of bikers roared into Washington DC Thursday in honor of Sept. 11 victims, survivors and first responders. In honor of the victims, survivors and first responders of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, thousands of motorcycles from around the country rolled into the nation’s capital on Thursday as part of the second annual 2 Million Bikers to DC ride. Bikers gathered in several suburban spots early that morning, then rolled into the District from multiple directions, creating a roar heard for miles. Later that afternoon, participants held a free-to-all rally in remembrance of those lost and support of America’s first responders, rescuers and military. Among the participants who spoke with area media were Tom Secor, a Vietnam veteran who...

February 9, 2015
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Seven Tips to Prepare Your Ride for Winter

  While some states are still enjoying summer-like weather, others to the north already are feeling a chill in the air. Here in sunny Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida where E3 Spark Plugs is based, we’re basking in 87-degree temperatures at the time of this writing. Meanwhile, the lead story on Weather.com is the record-early snowfall that has already hit Rapid City, South Dakota; Boulder, Colorado; and North Platte, Nebraska. Sorry ’bout your luck, guys. Wherever you live, it’s important to know that your ride is ready for the chill. To that end, E3 Spark Plugs offers these tips for preparing your vehicle for the fall and winter seasons: Check your charge. Cold weather can be hard on your car batteries. Have your vehicle’s battery and charging system checked...

February 9, 2015
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Popular Arctic Cat ATVs, Yamaha Snowmobile Recalled

Arctic Cat has recalled about 5,600 ATVs over a fire hazard. Here at E3 Spark Plugs, we love a good thrill – the kind you get careening over hard-to-reach, off-road turf on a badass ATV, or throwing snow at 100 mph. But if you happen to be the proud owner of a few popular models of Arctic Cat ATVs or Yamaha Snowmobiles, you may be in for a bigger thrill than you want. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled the Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail and Wildcat Trail XT Side by Side ATVs as well as the Yamaha 2014 SR10R (SRViper), SR10RXS (SRViper RTX SE), SR10L (SRViper LTX), SR10LS (SRViper LTX SE) and SR10XS (SRViper XTX) snowmobiles and 2015 SR10LS (SRViper LTX SE) snowmobiles because of potential fire hazards. Arctic Cat officials warn that oil can leak from...

February 9, 2015
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A Slew of New Cars Confirmed for Xbox-Exclusive Forza Horizon 2

The 1968 Lancia Fulvia Coupé Rallye 1.6 HF is among the 241 cars featured in the upcoming Forza Horizon 2 for XBox 360 and XBox One. Gamers, car buffs and we here at E3 Spark Plugs are getting geared up for the Sept. 30 release of Forza Horizon 2 on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles. The new game again takes place during the fictional Horizon Festival. But this time, the festival takes gamers Southern Europe with stops in Provence, Tuscany and Côte d’Azur, among others. There’s three times more drivable area than in the original Forza Horizon, plus the addition of the Bucket List – a group of competition challenges similar to the first game’s 1000 Club; and Car meets, an online mode where players can meet up online, compare their...

February 9, 2015
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How Your Job May Affect Your Car Insurance Premiums

Some professions, like teaching, can help score you a lower car insurance premium. Everyone knows that those with high-risk jobs like loggers, power linemen and rodeo clowns (yes, rodeo clowns, better known as bull fighters) pay higher health and life insurance premiums. But did you know that being in a low-risk line of work can help reduce your auto insurance premiums? Yep. That’s because careers considered low-risk by auto insurance companies statistically are ones held by people who exercise risky driving behaviors less often than those in other jobs. Among those whose lines of work may score them a policy discount are: Engineers Scientists Teachers and professors First responders (including police officers and firefighters) Nurses Pilots Certified public accountants If...

February 9, 2015
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Five Top Tips for Keeping Your Car Insurance Premiums Low

There are multiple ways to help keep your auto insurance premiums low. Recently, E3 Spark Plugs gave you the low down on American cities with the highest car insurance premiums. This time, we’ve got good news – five top tips to help keep your insurance premiums as low as possible… Limit your mileage: Drivers with low annual mileage can save about 10 percent on their insurance. Plus, you may be eligible for a discount if you only drive your vehicle a couple of days a week. Consider carpooling with a co-worker, make use of public transportation or, if your destination is close enough, walk or ride your bike. Chances are you could use the exercise. Have a little loyalty: Insurance companies typically offer discounts to clients who stick with them for long periods of...

February 9, 2015
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Detroit Drivers Pay More than Anyone Else in the Country for Car Insurance

Drivers in Detroit pay the nation’s highest average car insurance premiums. Let’s face it – Nobody LIKES paying car insurance. But if for those who live in Detroit, the pain of making that monthly payment hits a little harder. A recent study of average insurance rates nationwide shows that drivers in the Motor City pay more than drivers in any other city across the country – a full 165 percent more than the national average car insurance premium. Here’s a breakdown of the top 10 most expensive cities for car owners, their average annual premium and what’s to blame, according to researchers: Detroit, Michigan: $10,723.22 – The city’s high crime rate, a territorial rating system that bases risk and premiums on zip codes, and...

February 9, 2015
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