Car Care Tips

Safe Driving For New Drivers

Safe driving

Safe driving is primarily about being aware of your surroundings and being respectful of your vehicle's power and others who are sharing the road. It isn’t difficult, but it can make the difference in getting you and others to your destination safely. Unsafe driving puts everyone at risk.

Here are some tips to ensure you are practicing safe driving.

Follow the three second rule

There's a simple way to calculate the three-second rule while you're on the road —watch for the leading vehicle to pass a roadside sign, mile marker, or other landmark. If you pass the marker before you finish counting, you are following the vehicle ahead of you too closely. Following too closely, known as tailgating, is one of the leading causes of rear-end accidents.

Avoid distractions

Electronic devices are the most obvious driver distractions, but there are many others that you may not even be considering a distraction. Eating, talking to passengers and changing the radio station can all take your eyes away from the road.

Be predictable

Part of being a good driver is to prevent other drivers on the road from being surprised by your actions. This can be difficult if you don't know your skills, driving etiquette, and even how to handle your vehicle. Being predictable means that you always indicate your intention to turn or change lanes. It is also advisable to pump your brakes lightly to indicate your intention to slow down or stop.

Yellow isn’t green

A yellow light tells you to slow down and be ready to stop. Passing through the yellow lights at high speeds does not save you time and increases your chances of an accident in the middle of an intersection.

Obey the speed limit

Speed limits aren't there to be tested and pushed, especially if you're a new driver. Exceeding the speed limit is illegal, and it can also be dangerous. Experts have determined that this speed is the maximum speed that a driver can travel without endangering himself, a pedestrian, or a nearby home.

Give yourself extra time

Drivers make mistakes and accidents happen when you’re in a rush. The reality is that running through yellow lights or speeding are unlikely to save you much time. Be patient and understand that is better to arrive safe and sound than to not arrive at all or to cause a devastating accident.

Be mindful on the road

Safe driving is primarily about being aware of your surroundings and being respectful of your vehicle's power and others who are sharing the road. It isn’t difficult, but it can make the difference in getting you and others to your destination safely.

A Broken Tire Can Shake Things Up

Bad tire

You jump in your car to do a quick errand, and you notice a steady vibration through the steering wheel. You’re sure you didn’t hit any potholes recently, and it sure wasn’t vibrating earlier today…

It could be a broken belt in your tire! Tires are made up of layers of material, many times made from different materials to give them particular characteristics. When a belt breaks, it changes the shape of the tire and weakens the area under the tread. In some cases, the tire might look completely normal!

So many different things can cause wheel vibration. At the first sign of a vibration in your vehicle, first STOP when it is safe and quickly inspect the tires, lug nuts, and tire pressures. If all looks fine, but the vibration persists, Bring it to us as soon as possible. Any cause of vibration can lead to a serious loss of control, and injury.

Don’t Let Potholes Put A Hole In Your Wallet

Potholes

Hitting a pothole with your car can do a real number on tires, wheels, steering, suspension, and alignment.

Potholes occur when water permeates the pavement – usually through a crack – and softens the soil beneath it, creating a depression in the surface of the street. Many potholes appear during winter and spring months because of freeze-thaw cycles, which accelerate the process. Potholes can also be prevalent in areas with excessive rainfall and flooding.

The non-profit Car Care Council urges motorists to watch for three warning signs to help determine if hitting a pothole has damaged their vehicle.

  1. Loss of control, swaying when making routine turns, bottoming out on city streets or bouncing excessively on rough roads are indicators that the steering and suspension may have been damaged. The steering and suspension are key safety-related systems. Together, they largely determine a vehicle’s ride and handling.

  2. Pulling in one direction, instead of maintaining a straight path, and uneven tire wear, are symptoms of an alignment problem. Proper wheel alignment is important for the lifespan of tires and helps ensure safe handling.

  3. Low tire pressure, bulges or blisters on the sidewalls, or dents in the wheel rim will be visible and should be checked out as soon as possible, as tires are the critical connection between the vehicle and the road.

If you’ve hit a pothole, it can be difficult to know if and to what extent your car has been damaged. “It’s a good idea to describe the symptoms to a professional technician who can then check out the vehicle and make the necessary repairs to ensure safety and reliability.

Don’t Let Your Car Break Your Heart By Neglecting To Take Care Of It

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It’s always there for you, getting you where you need to go. A little extra care this Valentine’s Day in the form of an oil change, tune-up and basic service is the perfect gift for the one who keeps you going.

We recommend a little tender loving auto care this Valentine’s Day and beyond.

  • Schedule a tune-up annually to optimize your car’s performance. A well-tuned engine delivers the best balance of power and fuel economy and produces the lowest level of emissions.

  • Change the oil and filter per the owner’s manual. Periodic oil and filter changes keep your engine clean on the inside.

  • Check the tire pressure monthly, including the spare. Your car’s tires affect its ride, handling, traction and safety.

  • Have the alignment checked annually. Potholes and other road conditions, as well as normal wear, can take their toll on your car’s steering and suspension. A wheel alignment reduces tire wear, improves fuel economy and handling, and increases driving enjoyment and safety.

  • Inspect the windshield wipers and lights on the car. Lights and wipers play a major role in safe driving, and they are normal wear items that need periodic replacement.

Give us a call today so we can show your car some love!

Taking Care Of Your Car Could Mean More Cash In Your Wallet Later

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With tax time just around the corner are you prepared? What do you plan to do with your tax return? Will you fix up your house, maybe upgrade some household items?

If you want your tax return to get back to you all year long, put some money aside for your vehicle. The average maintenance on a vehicle is $1,500 to $2,000 a year. Vehicles that are left unmaintained have an average repair bill of $4000.

Save yourself the money and take a vacation, plan for vehicle maintenance instead of vehicle repairs!

Now That The Holidays Are Behind Us It’s Time To Focus On Preventative Maintenance

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Now more than ever it’s important to maintain your vehicle. Many people overlook preventative maintenance or skip it during the holidays to save money. The best way to save money and extend the life of your vehicle is preventative maintenance.

With love your car month just around the corner, start a little early; get your oil changed or buy new tires. A vehicle is the second largest investment most people will ever make, how are you protecting yours? Before you run out and buy a new vehicle with your tax return, remember to calculate the new car payment, the tax in taxes, and higher insurance rates into your yearly budget.

If this sounds like a drag, give us a call we will help you extend the life of your current vehicle so you can spend your money on things you enjoy, like adventures!

Now That The Holidays Are Over, Show Your Car Some Love

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Now more than ever it’s important to maintain your vehicle. Many people overlook preventative maintenance or skip it during the holidays to save money. The best way to save money and extend the life of your vehicle is preventative maintenance.

With love your car month just around the corner, start a little early; get your oil changed or buy new tires. A vehicle is the second largest investment most people will ever make, how are you protecting yours? Before you run out and buy a new vehicle with your tax return, remember to calculate the new car payment, the tax in taxes, and higher insurance rates into your yearly budget.

If this sounds like a drag, give us a call we will help you extend the life of your current vehicle so you can spend your money on things you enjoy, like adventures!

Simple Steps to Save Gas Without Driving Less

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Gas prices are up, everywhere! To save money on fuel without having to impact your present lifestyle, try these tips…

NO jackrabbit starts! Your vehicle uses the most fuel when accelerating. If you accelerate slowly, you can minimize the surge of fuel to meet the demands of getting rolling. In fact, if you can keep your vehicle moving and reduce the need for stops, you’ll save even more.

Keep your tank topped off. Any contaminants tend to float to the bottom of your fuel tank, so clean fuel is always at the top. By keeping contaminants from entering your engine, you’ll get better atomization and distribution, meaning more power and better fuel mileage.

Plan trips – Combine trips. Try to avoid single trips for any reason. Have multiple reasons for your vehicle trip, and if possible, plan a circular or direct route. Many map software providers have a trip function that will save you time and fuel.

Keep your vehicle in its best state of tune. Clean injectors and spark plugs make for an efficient engine.

Using any of these tips will help. Use them all and see an increase in your fuel mileage. Side benefit is, you’ll also save time!

Get Straight Talk About Auto Service and Repair

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Our goal is to provide you with the finest repair and maintenance services available. We know your time is valuable in other pursuits, so we will do our job as quickly as possible to minimize impact on your day and schedule.

When you come in, we’ll prepare an estimate, explain the job that is needed, and when you can expect to be back out on the road. Along with needed repairs, we’ll make you aware of any potential areas of concern, such as parts with excessive wear, or delayed maintenance.

We want to keep you out on the road with the confidence in knowing your vehicle is safe to drive, and it won’t let you down.

Is Your Vehicle Ready For Fall?

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At this time of year, there is less daylight each day. There is more rain in the forecast, and our trips for after-school and evening meetings are now ending at dusk or in the dark. This is the time to play it safe by changing all the wiper blades on your vehicle so you’re ready for any changes in the weather. Also, it’s time to safety-check your exterior lights, to make sure they all work properly. Headlights should both work in high and low beam, and be clear and well-aimed. All brake lights should be working, as well as turn signals, taillights and side markers or running lights. If you notice any lights not working properly, come on in and we’ll fix your vehicle right up!