What Does a Car’s Torque Mean?

Gas PedalMost 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 more torque due to the amount of air flowing into the engine. That air is combined with fuel and compressed in a combustion chamber to produce horsepower and torque. Trucks are a perfect example of how torque works. Since most trucks are designed to tow, they need more torque to accelerate while pulling heavy loads. Thanks to their larger engines, trucks are capable of gaining speed even though they may be pulling thousands of pounds.

Bicycle Safety Rules to Follow This Summer

bicycleNo 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 predictable, and following traffic laws is part of that. It’s also about making what you intend to do next obvious to the people around you with hand signals and looks.

Easy-to-Follow Tips on Saving Gas

fuel upAfter 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 better than using air conditioning, but as soon as you get up above that, the AC is more efficient than having the windows down because the drag from the wind reduces aerodynamics.

Don’t idle when you can help it, so avoid left turns even if it takes you a bit out of the way.

Top Five Best Road Trip Apps

road tripThinking 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.

# 4 – Roadside America

Tired of mainstream attractions? The Roadside America app will help you find offbeat, weird, and otherwise strange attractions nearby.

# 5 – Spotify

What’s a road trip without great jams? There are lots of great music streaming apps out there but Spotify is one of the best. Pick a human-curated playlist, lower the windows, and crank up the volume!

How to Eat Well on a Road Trip

roadtripStaying 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 great source of protein, they’re easy to eat, and they keep well!

Tip #4: Drink lots of fluids, preferably water and juice. They keep your hunger down.

Tip #5: If you stay in hotels, eat breakfast. This will keep your energy up throughout the day!