Vehicle theft prevention…what you should know

Vehicle theft prevention…what you should know

Motor vehicles are the primary mode of transportation for most of us, and often, an indispensable part of our lives. But what would happen if yours suddenly disappeared? Protect Your Vehicle – Here’s How For more information including a list of top 10 stolen vehicles, visit the NHTSA website....

10 New Year’s safety resolutions for drivers

We found great safety information to share from  Liza Barth at Consumer Reports….We wish you safe travels in 2014. Most of us spend a great deal of time in our car. And frankly, we may not always drive as courteously or safely as we should, potentially putting ourselves and others in danger. Let’s resolve to actively curb dangerous driving behaviors this coming year. Even though vehicle fatalities are at their lowest level since 1949 at 32,367 for 2011, there are still too many lives impacted by crashes. While automotive design and safety features are making a difference, a key factor to further reducing injuries and deaths is modifying driver behavior. In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, we list some of our suggestions below on how to be a safer driver in 2014 and beyond. I resolve to: Never drink and drive. Over 9,800 people died in drunk driving car crashes in 2011 (over 30 percent of all traffic fatalities). If you plan on drinking, make sure you have a designated driver, hand over your keys, or call a cab. Not use my cell phone behind the wheel. In 2011, over 3,300 people died in crashes related to using a cell phone or texting while driving. Put the phone down or pull over to use it. If you can’t control the urges, use an app to block the phone from being operated while driving or make use of vehicle/phone interfaces such as Bluetooth that makes phone use much safer. Drive the speed limit. Speeding is a factor in about one-third of all fatal crashes. With high-speed crashes, the forces are so severe, it’s...

How to Use Your ABS Brakes In The Snow

You’re driving in the now and ice now o make ure you are familiar with how to u your ABS we found info from Transport Canada   How do I use ABS? Apply steady and constant pressure – do not take your foot off the brake pedal until the vehicle has stopped and do not pump the brake.   What is that noise and vibration? This is normal and indicates that the ABS is active. Various ABS sound or feel differently. Some of the effects, for example are: a groaning noise a rapid pulsing of the brake pedal a periodic dropping of the brake pedal a hard (non compliant) brake pedal a light that turns on to say “low traction”. You should familiarize yourself with how your system functions by first reading the “Owner’s Manual” and then testing your ABS in an empty parking lot under various climatic conditions i.e. dry, wet, snow and ice. Brake pedal will pulsate As the ABS engages, you may feel the brake pedal pulsating. This is caused by the system applying and releasing pressure to the brakes. The noise associated with ABS when it is functioning should not be confused with brake squeal. If your brakes squeal under normal braking, this may mean the brake pads are worn and need replacing. A pulsing brake pedal every time you apply the brakes may mean warped brake rotors and/or seized brake calipers that require servicing. REMEMBER…WHEN IN DOUBT, CHECK IT OUT. Is the stopping distance shorter with ABS? No! From early commercials, it may have looked like you could stop on a dime. That instantaneous stop is not realistic. When braking on dry or wet roads your stopping distance will...

10 Tips For Winterizing Your Car

  The snow is here and you’re out on the roads getting ready for the holidays so we’ve compiled a list of 10 Tips to ready your car for all that driving. 1. KEEP AN EMERGENCY KIT IN YOUR CAR.  Your kit should include at least the following AS WELL AS A PLAN IF YOU GET STUCK: a blanket extra boots and gloves an extra set of warm clothes extra water and food, including hard candies an ice scraper a small shovel a flashlight windshield washer fluid windshield wipers flares jumper cables a tool kit tire chains a tire gauge a spare tire with air in it tire-changing equipment a first-aid kit paper towels a bag of abrasive material such as sand, salt or non-clumping kitty litter, which can provide additional traction if a tire gets stuck in snow. 2. GET YOUR OIL CHANGED Are you approaching the time for a 30,000-mile full service for your vehicle? If so, don’t procrastinate! Among other things, the service should include an oil change, and the oil used should have the right viscosity, or thickness, for your vehicle at this time of year. Oil tends to thicken as it gets colder, and if it’s too thick it won’t do the best job of keeping your engine lubricated. Check your owner’s manual for guidance about which oil to use in different climates and temperatures. 3. REPLACE YOUR WINDSHIELD WIPERS When’s the last time you replaced your windshield wiper blades? Low visibility can make driving in cold weather extremely dangerous, so it’s important to make sure the wiper blades are up to par. Your wiper...