February 24, 2014

Ways to help increase the Safety when driving

Driving safe is important no matter what time of the year it is. There are some tips you can do in order to increase the safety of your vehicle. Some things can be part of regular maintenance for the vehicle. Other things could include simple tips, like changing your driving habits. You will want to drive as safe as possible when traveling. This is beneficial to you, your passengers, and those around you. Having the vehicle properly maintained can help extend the life of the vehicle. It can also help to ensure that all the parts and components are working as efficiently as they should. Go to Regular Maintenances By going to regular scheduled maintenances, you can help to preserve the life of the vehicle. It is also important because frequent inspections of the parts can help to have them last as long as possible. If a part is starting to wear out, it can be replaced as soon as possible. This is important because an issue caught early enough can help decrease the chance of it becoming a larger problem. Also by noticing an issue early on, you can help to reduce the chance of a costly repair bill. As parts begin to wear and are damaged, they will start to cause damage to other parts of the vehicle as well. This could end up costing more as a repair bill. These worn parts can also lead to an unexpected failure with the vehicle. Drive according to the Road Conditions Another way to increase the safety this winter is to drive at the posted speed limits. Not only does this help for safety reasons, but it can also help to benefit the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. You should also take into account the conditions of the road that you will be traveling on. If the roads are snow or ice covered, you should slow down while driving. Typically you should have three seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you. When the roads are in less than ideal conditions, make sure to increase that distance. This can help incase the vehicle ahead of you has to slam on the brakes. By keeping a safe distance, you can have the proper amount of time needed to stop safely. Distance is also important incase the vehicle swerves quickly in front of you to avoid an object. This way you will have adequate amount of space to notice and react to the hazard. Make sure to have proper visibility The amount you can see out of your vehicle is important. Make sure to clear off all windows and mirrors before you drive. This way you not only can see in front and behind you, but you will also be able to see out of the sides of your vehicle. The side mirrors are also important because they help your visibility for what is to the side and behind the vehicle. Also check the windshield wipers and lights on your vehicle. The lights can help others to see where you are as well. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it.
February 17, 2014

Tips to Keep the Tires in the Best Condition Possible

The tires are an important part of your vehicle. That is why it is recommended to keep the tires in the best condition possible. By keeping the tires in great shape, it will result in fewer problems. It can also help to lower costs over time. Something you can do to help keep the tires working well is to have a wheel alignment done. This can help to minimize wear and tear in specific areas of the tire. It can also decrease the chance of replacement parts being needed more frequently than they should. Having the tires rotated is also necessary in order to keep the tires and components in good working condition. Rotation on a Regular basis is necessary Rotating the tires regularly can help to get the most use out of them before you need to replace them. If you are unsure of how often to have the tires rotated, make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can help to recommend a schedule that is best suited for the vehicle and tires. Rotating the tires can help to have them wear correctly and evenly as the vehicle is driven. Check that the Proper amount of Air Pressure is in the tires One of the best ways to make sure the tires last as long as possible is to make sure the right amount of pressure is in them. Driving with under inflated or over inflated tires can cause damage to them, or even blowouts. The pressure should be checked in the morning or late evening after the vehicle has been sitting for away. This is because as the tires operate, they warm up. This causes the air to expand and will give a false reading. The Wheels should be aligned Having the wheels aligned can help for the tires to last longer. The tires should be aligned based on the recommendations of the manufacturer. This can help to ensure that the suspension system of the vehicle is working at peak performance. It can also help the alignment of the wheels so they are in optimal position. If the wheels are not aligned when recommended, it could cause excessive wear and tear to the tires. It could also result in issues for the handling of the vehicle. Check the Tread of the Tires regularly Regular inspections are important for the overall condition of the tires. Over time, the tread will become worn. This will lead it a loss of traction eventually. Poor tread wear can cause problems while driving on wet or slippery roads. You may also notice it will take longer to stop. As you come to a stop, it may also become more difficult to do so. Make sure to check the tread of the tires regularly so you can help ensure they are in proper condition. Make sure to buy a Complete Set It is recommended to buy a complete set of tires at the same time to help keep the vehicle in the best condition possible. It is also advised that the tires all be the same make and model. Having four tires identical can help provide the best overall performance of the vehicle.
February 10, 2014

Mistakes to Avoid Making when driving this winter

Driving in the winter can become difficult at times. It is important to take the necessary precautions in order to drive safe this winter. One of the most important things you can do is to make sure that you slow down. This is one of the best things you can do if the roads are in bad condition or the weather is poor. Slowing down can also help to prevent an accident to you or those around you. Also make sure that your vehicle is brought in for regular scheduled maintenances. This can help to ensure the vehicle is in the best condition possible when you drive. When driving in the winter, there are a few tips to keep in mind so you can help to prevent going into the ditch or an accident. Do not assume you can drive through anything If the vehicle is equipped with four-wheel driving, it can typically perform better in snowy and icy driving conditions. This could end up being a disadvantage to you because it could give you a false sense of safety and security. Four-wheel drive is used to send a specific amount of torque needed to each of the four tires. This helps to allow it to gain traction and move forward through the snowy roads. This does not help to provide you with stopping capability that you would normally have on perfectly conditioned roads. Make sure you are Prepared  Before traveling out on the road, make sure you are well prepared for the upcoming trip. Make sure to check the weather of the areas you will be traveling. Also make sure to inspect the tires. The tread of the tire should be checked to ensure it is at least one sixteenth of an inch. Also check the air pressure in the tires. The correct amount can be found in the vehicle owner’s manual. By having tires that are in proper condition, they can help to handle well in poor driving conditions. Do not follow too close to the vehicle in front of you It is important to not drive to closely to the vehicle in front of you. This is because if they need to slam on the brakes quickly, you will not have an adequate amount of time to do so as well. Leaving enough space in front of you can help reaction time or if you need to swerve to avoid an accident. It is recommended that you double or triple your driving distance between vehicles. This can help to give yourself at least three seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you. When the roads or weather is bad, this distance should be extended. Also look ahead for any stoplights, stop signs, or curves that might be in the road. This can help to give yourself adequate time to brake or steer around them. It is also recommended to not slam on the brakes. Try to slowly brake as you approach an issue. This can help prevent the brakes locking up and sliding from occurring.
February 6, 2014

How to Know When the Tires may need to be replaced

By keeping the tires properly inflated, you can increase the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. It can also help to improve the handling of your vehicle. Tires that are in the best condition possible can also improve the braking ability, as well as the quality of the ride. Over time, neglecting the tires can lead to premature wear and tear to them. It can also cause the tires to be unsafe for the road. Typically you can see if the tread or sidewall of the tire has damage to it. If you notice anything, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. This way we can inspect the tires for you to help ensure they will be in the best condition possible when you drive. Noticing the Tread Depth One of the most important things to check on the tire is the tread. The easiest way to check this is to use a penny. Place the penny in the tread grooves with Lincoln’s head upside down. If the tread covers part of his head, you still have enough tread to drive safely. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, the tread is too low. You will also want to check how the tread is wearing. If you notice it wearing unevenly, the tires could be misaligned, out of balance, or improperly inflated. Besides checking the depth, make sure to check for any cracks or cuts in the sidewall of the tires. This can be especially common for older tires that do not have a lot of miles on them. Also check for bulges or blisters. This could indicate a weak spot is starting to develop. Caring for the Tires It is beneficial to keep the tires in the best condition possible when you drive. If you notice anything out of the norm, it is always recommended to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. You may also notice if the vehicle vibrates excessively. It could indicate that the tires are unbalanced or out of alignment. If you notice that the handling of your vehicle is unresponsive, the tires could be underinflated. Tires that are properly aligned, balanced, and inflated can improve the handling of the vehicle greatly. It can also help to extend the life of the tires and reduce the chance of a costly repair bill. Also make sure to avoid any potholes when driving. Hitting a pothole can knock the wheels out of alignment. It could also cause damage to the tires themselves. Make Sure to Check the Air Pressure The air pressure should be checked regularly for the tires. This is important because the tires can lose a significant amount of air pressure, especially during the winter. Not only can proper air pressure help to improve mileage, but it can also increase the longevity of the tires. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can check the air pressure in the tires for you.