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Holiday gift giving guide for auto lovers

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To help you find the right holiday gifts for your friends and family, we put together a handy shopping guide. Each section offers fine-tuned gift suggestions for the auto-lovers in your life.

For Car Enthusiasts

For Mechanics

For Semi-Truck Drivers

For Those Who Prefer A Spotless Garage

For Quick Lube Shop Owners

For Auto Shops On A Budget

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Beat the Cold with Shell Rotella® T6

Some of us are lucky enough to live in temperate climates year-round, but for the rest of us, we need a heavy-duty engine oil to help us drive from A to B when the degrees start to drop. A low-viscosity engine oil that can flow effortlessly through the system’s moving parts is the best option for cold weather that makes oil thick and sluggish. Shell Rotella® T6 does the trick.

Shell Rotella® T6 5W-40 is a low-viscosity, fully synthetic engine oil that protects engines against wear better than previous API CI-4+ oils. Its viscosity increases fuel efficiency by expending less energy and reducing friction, and its excellent cold-start benefits aid in prolonging the vehicle’s starter and battery in extremely cold temperatures. These savings aren’t small; according to Shell, the T6 oil can save 260 gallons of diesel fuel annually for a truck that covers 100,000 miles per year.

Plus, while your vehicle picks up slush, salt, and grime, your engine will stay clean. Shell Rotella® T6 keeps sludge and deposits out of your oil with an ashless formula that protects against soot. It’s just another way to keep your oil fresh and moving smoothly.

Before you switch up your engine oil, however, make sure to check your vehicle’s user manual to make sure that your engine is compatible with a fully synthetic, 5W-40 grade oil. A robust oil such as this is best for heavy-duty applications, as well as frequent stop-and-go driving that is harsh on engines.

Check out our Shell Rotella® products, including the T6 series, here, and use the discount code, GORO, through the end of November.

Is the trucking industry ready for driverless fleets?


The future is here! Flying cars aren’t on the horizon yet, but they will be self-driving, and that could soon include big rigs. As Google, Tesla, and international companies test and release their newest self-driving cars, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced a set of rules and guidelines for auto and tech companies that require specific reporting on the testing and safety of their technologies to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The federal government hopes that state legislators, including those in Michigan, California, Nevada, and Florida—states that are already offering driverless car licenses—will follow federal guidelines.


Not wanting to be left behind in the soon-to-be stone age of modern vehicles, the trucking industry now wants to be represented in future legislation and technology. After all, a driverless truck could revolutionize the industry, allowing for easier and more efficient long-distance drives in which a tired driver only has to commandeer for pick-ups and deliveries. 

But what else could a driverless fleet mean in a multi billion-dollar industry? 

The Not-So-Good

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.  The trucking industry spends a substantial amount on driver compensation, and driverless cars could render thousands of jobs unnecessary. Though the industry doesn’t see large layoffs necessary or imminent, the possibility is worrisome for unions and many truck drivers who make a middle class income without a college degree. 

So begins the “people problem.” The technology is evolving rapidly, but humans will be the biggest obstacle. In their book, Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead, Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman explain this problem, “When new software programs are introduced into an organization, the biggest barrier to adoption is usually not the performance of the technology; it’s the fact that the organization’s culture and workflow are built on previous software products, and changing people’s work habits stirs up resistance… some people lose turf, others are forced to rethink how they get things done, and so on.” 

The people problem extends to the act of driving as well, especially in regards to driving etiquette. How do we program technology to account for unwritten rules of the road, including nonverbal communication? According to Lipson and Kurman, technology will have to include visual and facial recognition to make up for the very human decisions that go into driving. 

The Good

It’s not all worry and headache, however. Better technology can be a great thing, and in the trucking industry, a vehicle that can’t get tired or make poor decisions on the road is not only safer, but more fuel-efficient and productive. Forbes has reported a shortage of young, skilled drivers in the industry, bringing a very real need for driverless trucks. Forbes also notes that driverless trucks can cut emissions and maintenance while lowering fuel costs by 4-7%. Once the technology is perfected, it will save thousands of lives from fatal accidents and keep money in fleet owners’ pockets. 


Luckily, driverless technology is easier to produce that other autonomous technologies. If roads are clearly marked, software only needs to be programmed to do a finite number of movements and controls. A car does not have arms or complex movements other than changing direction, changing lanes, and accelerating/braking. We will see the technology become more widespread in the next decade. So are fleets ready? The industry seems to think so. 

10 Amazing Examples of Dirty Car Art

Nearly everyone has had a chuckle over the words “wash me” written in the dirt on a car window, but who knew how impressive dirty car art could really be? When an artist views a dirty window as a blank canvas for creating a masterpiece, the results can be truly mind-blowing.



Unless you've got art skills impressive as those above, we recommend keeping your car or truck clean as possible for maximum usage. Shop our wide selection of Fleet Wash and Wiper Blades to keep your vehicle clean as the day you bought it.

Practice These Healthy Car Habits to Prevent a Breakdown

Everyone can use a “me day” now and again, whether that entails a relaxing massage or an overdue check up. But what about a “me day” for your car? A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and one worn or dirty part of your vehicle could easily mean an embarrassing break down on the side of the road. While your body has 206 bones, your vehicle can have several thousand moving parts, so give it a little TLC by following these healthy car habits:

Poorly maintained tires are more than a safety concern.

Worn or deflated tires can make it difficult to control your vehicle safely, but neglected tires can also decrease fuel efficiency. For every ten degree drop in temperature, tire pressure drops about 2 percent. Heavy deflation causes rolling resistance which in turn wears the tire’s treads and increases fuel consumption, taking money from your pocket. Check pressure weekly in winter.

But don’t stop there! Check tire alignment annually and have your tires rotated every six months to balance wear on all four tires and prevent fuel-consuming drag—after all, changing tires is expensive.

Check for leaks.

Engine oil, transmission fluid, brake cleaner, and coolant should be checked regularly for quality. Your vehicle’s manual will give guidelines on how and when to replace these fluids (and their filters), but it’s easy to overlook the probability of a leak. After topping up, drive a relatively short distance and check levels to make sure volume hasn’t dropped more than usual. For visual reference, engine oil is generally an amber color (or darker), transmission fluid is red, brake and steering fluid is mostly clear, and coolant is often green, pink, blue, and even orange depending on the brand.

Check your vision.

No, we’re not talking about your eyeglasses. The best way to see the road in volatile weather is to change windshield wipersbrake p once a year, clean your mirrors and windows, and check your headlights, tail lights, and brake lights BEFORE leaving the driveway. If a headlight is out, change both at the same time to match their luminance.

Give your car a fresh start. 

Literally. Having trouble starting your car or accelerating? Have your spark plugs checked by a professional annually to determine if they are worn or damaged. Worn spark plugs can use up extra fuel and drain the battery, another key player for your vehicle to start. It is also helpful to check your battery connections for crusty corrosion, which you can clean using this guide. This is essential in the winter when a bad battery can mean getting stuck out in the cold.

Keep the air clean. 

This goes for both you and those around you. Start by replacing the air filter to keep the air clean inside the car. Then, pay attention to stalling or black smoke, which are indicators of a problem with your exhaust. Leaks in this system can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, which is dangerous when windows are down in winter, and poor exhaust will pollute the environment and violate emissions regulations.

Stay in control with smoother brakes and shock absorbers. 

According to many manufacturers, replace your brake pads and brake cleaner roughly every 25,000 miles. While bad brakes are a bit more obvious—you’ve heard the strange noises or pushed the pedal to the floor—many vehicle owners forget the equally important shock absorbers. If your ride is bumpier than usual, or it has been more than a few years, it may be time to inspect your shocks.

And don’t forget your belts. 

Belts are not cheap, and an annual serpentine and timing belt check can keep you from dishing out hundreds of dollars on repairs to engine parts and other parts of the car that suffer due to a damaged belt. You can do a visual check for cracks and wear or have a professional take a look at your next oil change.

Every once in a while, a car needs a spa day too. Practicing preventive car care will keep your car healthy, put money back into your pocket, and save you from a frustrating breakdown.

Prepare for the Cold with Antifreeze

It’s almost that time again. Winter is coming. 

Okay—Fall still has some ways to go, but preparing for the impending, extreme temperatures is not just a task for the people of Westeros. While the fantastical characters of Game of Thrones can refuel their horses with pure water, water alone will not protect your engine’s cooling system from the elements. 

Water is a wonderful coolant when combined with corrosion inhibitors, but its form-shifting properties make it insufficient in extreme heat and cold. Antifreeze not only lowers the freezing point of the water in the engine’s cooling system, it also raises the boiling point. This means that water won’t easily boil and release corrosive water vapor to dry onto internal surfaces. Conversely, the water will not freeze in harsh winter conditions and damage the cooling system. 

In addition to heat transfer, antifreeze can also help prevent scale deposits in hard, mineralized water from sticking to metal parts and causing the engine to overheat.

Antifreeze is the best way to protect the system’s metal surfaces in the long-term, but how much is the proper amount for optimal value? 

Ready-to-use antifreeze is fast and simple, but if you are purchasing drums of 100% concentrated antifreeze, the coolant to water ratio should be 50/50. Too much antifreeze (beyond 70% in the coldest climates) is no more effective than water alone in preventing freezing. 

Keep your engine cool and your water soft by maintaining your coolant, and take advantage of Keller-Heartt’s anti-freeze special through October 31st on Shell and Truegard coolants.

The Top 5 Fastest Diesel Cars

Audi R8 TDI Le Mans

Unveiled as a concept car in 2008, this powerful diesel engined Audi uses a 6.0 litre V-12 Turbocharged Direct Injection, which sprays atomized fuel directly into the main combustion chamber of each cylinder to reach a top speed of 202 mph! With an acceleration rate of 0-60 mph in under 4.2 seconds, one would be wise not to challenge one of these beauties to a race.

Porsche Panamera Diesel

In May of 2011, Porsche added a diesel engined option to its line of 4-door luxury sedans called the Panamera. The most fuel efficient vehicle in Porsche's lineup, it utilizes an Audi 3.0 litre V6 turbodiesel engine which reaches a top speed of 160 mph and can accelerate from 0-60 mph in under 6.8 seconds.

Audi A6 3.0 TDI Quattro

Launched in 2012, the Audi A6 3.0 TDI Quattro features a turbodiesel engine that Audi redesigned from the ground up, achieving a 55 pound drop in weight compared with the previous model's engine. The redesigned turbodiesel engine will launch this lovely executive sedan from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds and can reach top speeds of up to 155 mph.

BMW 5 Series M550d xDrive F10

The BMW N57 3.0 litre turbocharged inline-6 diesel engine in this high performance vehicle will take it from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. To maximize power, the M550d uses 3 BorgWarner turbochargers to provide a quick initial boost and more power and torque at higher RPM's!

Jaguar XF 3.0d V6 Auto

As a response to the popular BMW 535d, Jaguar rolled out the XF 3.0d in 2008 and was awarded Car of the Year from "What Diesel?" magazine. With a finely tuned 8-speed ZF gearbox, the XF hits a top speed of 155 mph and accelerates from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds.