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Start your engines: Keep less-driven vehicles in top shape
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Start your engines: Keep less-driven vehicles in top shape


With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic maintaining a hold on most aspects of our lives, car-obsessed Americans aren’t driving as much as they used to. In fact, according to, prior to the pandemic, Americans spent nearly six hours per week commuting by car, just short of an hour a day. Now drivers are on the road an average of just six minutes each day, or 42 minutes per week.

Here's a list of tips to help keep vehicles in top shape even if they’re being driven less.


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4K is becoming the new recording standard for the video cameras around us and this dashcam reflects that. The Vantrue X4 has night vision and a true 4K sensor for full 4K capture of footage at up to 30 fps. That’s excellent video quality on the footage, and video quality can make a real difference when reviewing video later and trying to make out a face or a license plate. On the other hand, it makes for bulkier file sizes, so you’ll probably want a 256GB memory card while recording, but Vantrue advises to avoid the SanDisk brand of microSD cards. The X4 camera uses an internal supercapacitor instead of a built-in lithium-ion battery. Vantrue says that makes an internal power source more durable, especially in the baking heat that your car dash is subject to. ($200)

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