Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

How Do I Jump Start a Vehicle?

Ford Truck Life: How to Jumpstart a Vehicle

Did your kids have one of the overhead lights on so they could read while you were driving last night and forgot to turn it off when you got home? Or is the weather so cold that your vehicle isn’t turning over? Either way, it is never fun to have a dead battery when you have places to be! Luckily, jump-starting your battery will fire up your vehicle in no time so you can get back out on the road! Ford recently released this helpful video that gives a great step-by-step guide to jumpstarting your vehicle. Enjoy and good luck! Read the rest of this entry >>

Now is the Time to Create a Roadside Emergency Kit!

Ford Truck Life: Own a Roadside Emergency Kit Video

With the winter season on its way, many drivers are getting their vehicle ready for the cold temperatures and the snow. One thing that you should do to prepare your vehicle for the winter season is by building and adding a roadside emergency kit to have on hand in case you ever end up in the ditch after encountering slippery road conditions. And it is actually good to have in your vehicle all year round in case anything goes wrong while you are on the road. Watch this video from Ford to create the best roadside emergency kit: Read the rest of this entry >>

Is Halloween Egging Bad for My Vehicle?

Can Eggs Ruin My Car’s Paint?

Halloween is almost here, and while many of us are excited to dress up and pig out on candy, we are also dreading the shenanigans that the teenagers will pull. Here at Auction Direct USA, we have heard stories from our friends and family where their yards were TP’d and the Jack-O-Lanterns on their doorsteps were smashed. But perhaps the worst prank in the bunch is when we are driving down the street when all of a sudden, our vehicle is being pelted with eggs! Read the rest of this entry >>

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How Do I Find True North?

Ford Truck Life: How to Find True North

When you drive a truck – especially a Ford – you are going to be on some big adventures. Whether it is bagging that big buck, catching that record-breaking Muskie, or trekking through the trails, a truck will make help you make the most of your adventure. But what happens if you are away from your truck and get lost? Luckily, Ford recently created this helpful video that show you how to find true north when your phone/internet is not available: Read the rest of this entry >>

Car Window and Mirror Covered in Ice

How Often Do I Need to Replace My Vehicle’s Ice Scraper?

Do I Need a New Ice Scraper for My Vehicle This Year?

Many areas around the country (including Rochester, NY) are starting to see cold temperatures that include frosty mornings. While some folks are jumping for joy because they soon will be able to go sledding, ice fishing, and snowmobiling again, many others are dreading going out and scraping their vehicle’s windshield. Luckily, it helps when we have a high-quality ice scraper to help clear those frosty windows. But is it time to replace your current ice scraper? Read the rest of this entry >>

Line of new tires

Learn How to Change the Tire on Your Pickup Truck!

Ford F-150 Truck Life: How to Change a Tire Video

Many of us have experienced a flat tire while we are cruising down the road. Unfortunately, more and more drivers do not know how to change a flat tire on a vehicle. We are blaming that on more schools no longer providing automotive or life skills classes. Luckily, you can still learn how to change your tire with the help of this video from Ford and the brand’s F-150 pickup truck. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry >>

Red Ford F-150 Pickup Truck

Get Some Helpful Tips on How to Secure Your Load in Your Truck!

Ford F-150 Truck Life: How to Secure Payload Video

Here at Auction Direct USA, some of our best-selling used vehicles are pickup trucks. Drivers love these machines because they can tow heavy loads and haul plenty of cargo in their boxes. When it comes to hauling tools, toys, and other items, it is imperative that everything is securely fastened so that it does not go flying (and risk the safety of other drivers). Ford recently shared this video on how to secure your payload so that you know exactly what to do! Read the rest of this entry >>

Woman behind the steering wheel with scared man in passenger seat

Are You Riding in a Vehicle with a Dangerous Driver? Here’s What to Do!

How to Deal With a Dangerous Driver When You are the Passenger

We have heard stories – or even experienced it personally – where someone is behind the wheel and driving dangerously. This includes speeding, tailgating, talking on a cell phone, texting, taking their hands off the wheel, and nearly colliding with guardrails or other vehicles. If you ever find yourself in this situation, we have some advice for you. Read the rest of this entry >>

Drivers checking their vehicles after a collision

How Do I Become Comfortable Driving Again After Being in an Accident?

Ways to Get Comfortable with Driving Following an Accident

Whether it is a minor dent or a major collision where the car was totaled, accidents can be a very scary thing. While the moment it happens is scary, the aftermath can be difficult to cope with and can leave us feeling scared to get behind the wheel again. We are offering some tips to help you become confident about driving again. Read the rest of this entry >>

Family with senior parents

Is Now a Good Time to Talk to My Elderly Parents About Giving Up Their Car Keys?

How to Talk to Seniors About Giving Up on Driving

When it comes to driving, we usually worry about our teenagers getting behind the wheel (trust us, most of our gray hairs have come from the hours that we spent teaching them how to drive). Speaking of gray hairs, there are some other drivers in our family that we may eventually become concerned about: our elderly parents. If you are starting to wonder if it is time to talk to your parents about turning over the keys, we have some great advice to share: Read the rest of this entry >>