What Does a Car’s Torque Mean?

Most drivers know that horsepower is a good standard to judge how fast a car is but what about torque? What does a car’s torque mean? That’s a question many drivers interested in performance vehicles find themselves asking and the answer can get rather complicated. Fortunately, we at Gossett VW Porsche have a simplified answer of what a car’s torque actually means. Put simply, power is how fast something can reach a certain point while torque is the ability to do work. That remains true in modern cars. Horsepower determines how fast a car can reach a certain speed while torque is how fast the car can actually accelerate. The torque listed on a vehicle specification page is how much torque the engine can produce. That isn’t necessarily how much torque reaches the wheels. Either way, higher torque means faster acceleration. Larger engines produce … Continued

Bicycle Safety Rules to Follow This Summer

No matter how some drivers resent it, summer is the time of bicyclists. Even if you have a car, you may want to take your bike out for a ride periodically, or even switch over to bicycle transport entirely. If you’re going to be on your bike a lot this summer, follow these bicycle safety rules to keep yourself and others safe. Before you go out on your bike, check it for mechanical problems. Underinflated tires, faulty brakes, and tangled chains are all things that can make you fall or even run into a car or another bicyclist. Make sure you know the traffic laws and how bicycling relates to them. Mostly, you’ll just be following regular traffic laws, so always signal before turning, stop at stop signs, and stay in the far right lane. The key to being a safe bicyclist is being … Continued

Easy-to-Follow Tips on Saving Gas

After a long, blissful period of gas prices consistently below two dollars, they’re starting to go back up again. It’s a shame, but there are ways we can conserve fuel without going back to the bank-breaking fill-ups of yesteryear. Here are some quick tips on saving gas as prices shoot up this summer. First of all, slow down. That’s really the easiest way to save gas. Cars get their best mileage around 60 mph, which is part of why we use less gas on the freeway, so going 80 isn’t doing you any favors. Plus, when you’re going slower, you don’t need to brake as hard or suddenly—another thing that uses up a lot of fuel. Keep an eye on tire pressure—low pressure means more fuel use! You should also keep in mind that rolling your windows down at speeds under 45 mph is … Continued

What to Do If You Hydroplane

With spring comes showers, and driving in the rain can be a nerve-wracking, especially when you hydroplane. Here’s what to do in case you start to hydroplane. Remain calm – The worst thing you could do if you hydroplane is panic. Take a deep breath and tackle the situation calmly. Do not brake or accelerate suddenly – Since hydroplaning is a loss of traction to the front tires, sudden braking will lock only the rear tires, which will cause a spinout. Sudden acceleration could pull the vehicle straight ahead, which could be dangerous. Look for an open space – Find an open and clear space to direct your car toward. Lightly accelerate – Stay lightly on your accelerator and gently guide your car to the open space you identified until it gains its traction back. To avoid hydroplaning in general, don’t use cruise control … Continued

Top Five Best Road Trip Apps

Thinking about taking a road trip anytime soon? While it’s always nice to leave the technology behind, these great road trip apps can really enhance your experience! # 1 – Waze If you don’t have Waze by now, you are really missing out. Crowd-sourcing traffic info is simply brilliant. You won’t find more up-to-date traffic data anywhere. Plus, you can ask other Waze users about attractions as you come into a new area. # 2 – TollSmart Planning on traveling to a location where there are tollbooths everywhere? TollSmart helps you find out exactly how much upcoming tolls are. # 3 – GasBuddy Ever get off on an exit to get gas and the prices are super high? Sometimes you feel compelled to buy the gas anyway in order not to waste time. You won’t have to go through that again with GasBuddy. # … Continued

How to Eat Well on a Road Trip

Staying away from fast food when you’re on a road trip can be seriously difficult, and if you have dietary restrictions like food allergies, it’s even worse. Is it even possible to eat well on a road trip? We have some tips for you to stay healthy. Tip #1: Bring your own meals, as many as you can. Get a cooler and bring fresh fruit with you, maybe a veggie tray, sandwiches, granola bars, nuts, and other healthy snacks. Eat these instead of stopping at McDonald’s. It’s cheaper, too, and it’s not like you can’t stop at a grocery store instead of a fast food joint. Tip #2: Eat often and eat small portions. Being super-full on the road is never good, and eating small amounts of healthy food frequently will keep you energized and feeling refreshed. Tip #3: Get protein. Nuts are a … Continued

Continuously Variable Transmission Explained: The Key to Efficiency

If you’ve been car shopping recently, you’ve probably seen the abbreviation “CVT” on some new models. This stands for a “Continuously Variable Transmission,” an old technology made new. Capable of drastically increasing fuel economy, this new technology is taking over the industry. Let’s explain Continuously Variable Transmission. According to Autotrader, a CVT works by using a pair of cone shaped pulleys and a high-strength belt in lieu of a gearbox. While in a traditional transmission it has to shift into gear, disengage, and shift to other gears, a CVT is always in the optimum gear ratio (even though it doesn’t actually have the “gears”). The advantages to this are multifold, including cost and performance. Because transmissions are traditionally considered the most complex aspect of a car (some with over 1,000 individual parts), it’s more affordable and less complex to use a CVT. They also … Continued

How to Increase the Resale Value of Your Vehicle

When it comes time to sell your vehicle, the first thing you should do is put yourself in the place of the buyer. What do you see? You might see a vehicle that appears as if it has not been taken care of. Now while you know the truth, a buyer doesn’t have that luxury. They have to go on what they see! This is why cleaning up your vehicle can increase its resale value. Here’s how: # 1 – Your headlight lenses can grow murky and hazy over time, giving your vehicle an overly broken-in appearance. Very lightly sand and then polish this haze away. # 2 – Detail your interior. If you don’t want to do it, it pays to pay a professional. A potential buyer may find a filthy interior uninviting and generally off-putting. If you choose to do it yourself, … Continued

Simple Ways to Improve Fuel Efficiency

In today’s world, drivers are always looking for ways to obtain a better fuel economy. However, you don’t need a fancy hybrid car to accomplish this goal. Here are some simple ways to improve fuel efficiency. Don’t Slam on the Accelerator or Brakes When you suddenly stop or start your car, you are also decreasing your fuel efficiency. In order to avoid higher prices at the pump, be sure to accelerate and coast at a more manageable rate. Drive the Speed Limit Speeding is not only unethical, it’s also inefficient. When you accelerate to speeds faster than 50 mph, your gas mileage decreases exponentially. A steadier pace will win the race in the long run. Lighten Your Load Packing the back of your car with too much stuff can really hurt your fuel economy. For every additional 100 pounds of cargo, your fuel efficiency … Continued

Tips to Help Maintain Coolant System

For a long time, Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles were unique for being air-cooled. These days, these machines are liquid-cooled. The way it works is that the heat from your engine passes into the fluid and then the fluid passes through your radiator where it is cooled and heads back to your engine to absorb more heat. The coolant system on your vehicle is a vital system so it is always a good idea to make sure it is healthy. How can you help maintain your coolant system? Check for leaks Always be on the lookout for leaks. A hose is the usual suspect as hoses can occasionally fail. In the case of a leak, you might see radiator fluid on the ground where your car has been parked. You might also see it, or feel it, on one of the hoses. A leaky radiator … Continued