Did you know that distracted driving is becoming the leading cause of traffic accidents? According to the National Safety Council, as many as 40,000 people died in auto accidents last year, which is the highest number since 2007.
One factor that contributes to this statistic is the increasing number of people who own smartphones. Whether it's texting, talking, eating - or anything that takes the driver's attention off the road, a crash can be the unfortunate result of that.
The good news is that there are a few simple steps you can take to keep yourself safer on the road:
1. Don't use your phone while driving. If you have to make a call, make sure to link your vehicle's hands-free system ahead of time if it's equipped with one. Do check your local laws and regulations on what's allowed.
Here comes the sun and rising temperatures, which means an entirely different strategy for car care. Here are six simple tips to help you care for your vehicle as we make way for spring!!
1. Wash and Wax
One of the single most important things as spring starts. Allowing debris and grime to build up on your car can affect its paint and finish.
2. Clean the Inside, Too
Nobody wants to spend time cleaning out their car during a cold winter day. That's why spring is the perfect time to clean your car's interior, Spring Cleaning we like to call it. Remove and throw away any trash and other items that have accumulated in your vehicle over the winter.
3. Check Your Tire Pressures
As air gets warmer again in the spring, tire pressures can increase; If the pressure increases past your manufacturer ...
Springtime brings rain and the after effects of winter weather - potholes and uneven pavement. Keep these driving tips in mind before you travel:
• Spring showers bring May flowers - and wet driving conditions: Slow down on slick roads, and increase your following distance even when mist begins to fall. Just a small amount of water can mix with oil and grease on the road to create slippery conditions.
• Share the road: Warm weather brings out motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
• Understand the impact of medications on driving: For many people, spring means seasonal allergies. Over-the-counter allergy drugs can have side effects or interact with other medications to diminish your driving ability•If possible, go around potholes:
Picture this: You are calmly driving down the road, when all of the sudden your car starts to lose control as if it was on ice skates. The only thing is it is just raining, no ice in sight. This was most likely caused by a phenomenon called "Hydroplaning". Hydroplaning occurs when a vehicle's tires encounter more water than they can scatter. Water pressure in the front of the wheel pushes water under the tire, and the tire is then separated from the road surface by a thin film of water and loses traction. The result is loss of steering, braking and power control. Hydroplaning is one of the leading causes of fatalities in bad weather. If you find yourself hydroplaning, there are things you can do to help yourself recover. Take a look below and make sure you're prepared.
1. Drive less 2. Warm up your car for shorter lengths of time - Idling your car for anything over a minute wastes fuel and omits large amounts of greenhouse gas. 3. Buy gas early or late in the day - Gas is cooler earlier in the day, and more dense. As temperatures rise, gas density falls and you get less of it when you pump. 4. Slow down and drive steady - Driving fast increases drag, which increases fuel consumption. 5. Monitor when and how you brake - Braking excessively wastes gas. 6. Turn off the engine - Turn off your vehicle you are waiting, excess idling is a major waste of gas. 7. Eliminate wind resistance - Remove unneeded car racks and carriers. 8. Avoid gas stations near the highway - Gas stations near the highway are usually the most expensive. 9. Don't wait until your tank is almost e...
7 Questions to Ask Yourself If You're Thinking About Buying Snow Tires
1. "DO I NEED SNOW TIRES?" - Snow tires can be extremely important if you live in an area that gets snow, ice, sleet or freezing rain and temperatures of 40 degrees or colder. They are also a good idea if you are planning on taking road trips that will take you through snow or over mountains in the colder months.
2. "IF MY TIRES ARE MARKED 'M+S' ON THE SIDEWALL AM I GOOD TO DRIVE ON SNOW?" - You may see some tires marked with "M+S", this stands for mud and snow. While these are most likely decent tires, they only deliver better traction in wet conditions than non-M+S tires. In cold and/or slick conditions, these tires may not provide you the traction and control you need. If it is true snow tires you are looking for, look for tires with a Mountain Snowflake symbol on the side. This means the...
Well, we hope you were able to get all your bbq's, camping trips and swimming days in over the last few months. Because summer is coming to an end whether you like it or not. For most of us, that means cooler weather and nastier road conditions. Your car was good to you over the summer months, so now is the time to make sure it's good to you over these coming cooler months. Here are a few tips to make sure you stay safe on the road, and to make sure your vehicle runs smoothly in all conditions.
1. Vehicle Inspection: Technicians will be able to inspect your vehicle and assess its exact needs. Often times they will perform checks and tests on fluids, batteries, belts, hoses, etc.
2. Tire Tread: This may be one of the most important maintenance tips to focus on. With adverse road conditions,...
Even if you have great luck and religiously lock your car doors, you still can fall victim to car theft. Every 45 seconds, a car is stolen somewhere in the U.S, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). Here are tips to prevent your vehicle from being stolen:
• Keep your vehicle locked at all times, even while driving. • When parked, never leave your keys in the car. Close all the windows and the sunroof. • Never leave your car running and unattended. • Avoid leaving valuables inside your vehicle where passersby can see them. • Install an anti-theft system in your vehicle if it doesn't have one. Thieves are reluctant to steal vehicles if they know the cars can be recovered quickly.
Summer is here and that means warmer weather and sun baked cars when you get in them after a long work day. I mean, let's face it we all know how it feels to sit on blazing hot leather seats after your car has been sitting for a while. It burns literally, ok maybe not literally, but you catch our drift.
Follow these tips to keep your car cool during hot summer days.
1. Use a sunshade or window visor This tried and true method for keeping your car cool, should be your go to option. Just put the shade up every time you exit your vehicle for more than a few minutes and you should be good to go!
2. Use a dash cover If you did not already know a fabric or upholstered dash cover can go a long way in keeping your vehicle more comfortable during the hot summer temps. A dash cover will keep you from ...
The GMC Acadia has been one of the largest crossover SUV's that you could buy, up until now. For 2017 GMC decided to significantly reduce the Acadia's size and weight. As a result the Acadia is now the true midsize crossover SUV it was meant to be all while still offering all the amenities of a larger SUV; including seating for seven and lots of cargo space but more fuel efficient.
The Acadia has become the jack of all trades and is ready to tackle the trails and or car pool lanes none the less. Quality meets expectations for the price point with spacious comfortable interior and available technology options like touch screen infotainment with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE connectivity and mobile Wi-Fi.
It's refreshingly right sized, lighter and more maneuverable providing a new atti...
Visibility is fundamental to safe driving. Although drivers depend on their vehicles' wiper blades to clear away rain, sleet and snow, many wait to replace them until they need them the most. So remembering to maintain wiper blades regularly can maximize visibility, efficiency and reliability.
Wiper blades should be replaced every six months to a year or as soon as you notice a difference in driving visibility. When wiper blades no longer make proper contact with the windshield surface, they can begin to squeak, chatter, skip, smear or streak reducing driving visibility.
When inspecting wiper blades, look for the following: • Broken frame - detachment of frame arms at joints or connection points. • Metal Corrosion - especially at joints and claws. • Visible cracks, tears, and m...
Tire maintenance is important because your tires are the only part of your car that has direct contact with the road. Tires affect your vehicle handling, ride, braking, and safety. Our team is available to help but these are great tips to know.
Checking your tires on a regular basis is an important step in protecting your safety and your automotive investment. Ideally, tire inspections should be performed monthly. If you drive over potholes and debris in the road, live in a cold climate, or drive long distances regularly, then you should inspect your tires more often.
Things to Look For:
- Over inflation: Too much air pressure causes mostly the tire's middle section to contact the road. This creates wear primarily in the center of the tread, with less wear at the tire's edges.