Is Your Tire Sensor Playing a Trick on You?

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Is Your Tire Sensor Playing a Trick on You?

Has this ever happened to you? You pull out of the garage in the morning and are driving down the road, when all of a sudden your low-tire-pressure indicator light (cross section of a tire with an exclamation point) comes on. Then you drive a while longer and it goes off. So what’s going on, and do you have a problem?

The tire-pressure-indicator light comes on when tire pressure is between 18 percent and 25 percent below its recommended cold inflation value (depending on the model and tire combination) that is noted on the driver-side door jamb.

You might think of this light as the “low-fuel indicator” for your tires.

Here’s a typical scenario of what can cause the light to come on: You leave your garage, where it’s warm, and start driving down the road, where the outside temperature is very cold. As tire temperature plummets, tire pressure decreases, causing the indicator light to turn on. As you drive and your tires heat up, tire pressure increases, and the light goes off.

In cold weather, this may happen frequently. But if the light stays on permanently or if it goes off and there hasn’t been a big temperature change in your tires, they should be checked for a problem.

If you have questions about your tires or need to schedule a service appointment, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

6 Scary Things People do to Their Cars

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6 Scary Things People do to Their Cars

Here are six major things that many motorists do – or fail to do – that can harm both their cars and their wallets:

Ignoring the “check engine” light
This practice can result in serious engine trouble and costly repairs. At the very least, this warning may alert you to a problem that is negatively impacting fuel economy.

Failing to change fluids and filters
Many different fluids are required for the operation and protection of vehicle systems and components. Regularly checking the levels of fluids, along with the respective filters, will help ensure that your vehicle runs dependably and will also extend its useful life.

Neglecting your tires
Your vehicle’s tires should be checked frequently for inflation and tread depth. Underinflated tires can wear out more quickly, requiring early replacement, and can negatively impact safety, gas mileage, and performance.

Failing to follow a service schedule
Because the majority of car parts and components wear out or become damaged over time, vehicles need to be routinely serviced to maintain optimum performance. Regular inspections and timely repairs will keep your car running efficiently and will help you to avoid more expensive repairs down the road.

Keeping a dirty car
Allowing your car to go too long without a wash leads to buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, increases the potential for rust from road salt, and interferes with the proper visibility that’s needed for safe driving.

“Severe” driving
Whether it’s stop-and-go traffic, extreme weather, rough roads, or heavy loads, it can sometimes be difficult to avoid severe driving conditions. However, you can drive smarter and improve fuel economy by observing the speed limit, avoiding aggressive driving (including quick starts and stops), not hauling unnecessary items, and keeping your vehicle properly tuned.

Because auto care isn’t always a top priority for car owners, many might not realize when they’re doing things that can adversely affect the performance, safety, and value of their cars. Routine maintenance can go a long way toward saving money, avoiding headaches, and protecting your vehicle investment.

If it’s high time to schedule a service appointment, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

When Should You Stop for a School Bus?

When Should You Stop for a School Bus?

The videos are startling: drivers running through school bus stop signs, creating close calls and tragedies. Many drivers are confused about just when they are supposed to stop for a school bus, so here’s a quick refresher.

Vehicles traveling in the same direction as the bus are always required to stop when the bus displays flashing red lights and extends the stop signal arm.

Vehicles may not pass until the flashing red warning lights are turned off or the school bus driver waves the vehicles on.

Vehicles traveling in the opposite direction of the bus are required to stop when the bus displays red flashing lights and extends the stop signal arm. The exception is a roadway that has four or more lanes with at least two lanes traveling in the opposite direction and a median or painted 5th lane in the middle – then you do not need to stop from the opposite direction. If there is no median or painted 5th lane, then you do need to stop.

Please use extra caution around stopped school buses at all times

 

 

Why You Should Stay Out of the Left Lane at Night

Why You Should Stay Out of the Left Lane at Night

Did you know that most wrong-way drivers get on the freeway and go straight to the far right-hand side? They think they are in the slow lane but since they are going the wrong way, they are actually in the fast lane.

Staying out of the fast lane late at night may help you avoid an intoxicated driver traveling the wrong direction.

Here’s another tidbit I didn’t know: look out for red road reflectors.

If you see a vehicle coming towards you and wonder for a split second if it is you who is the wrong-way driver, quickly check the reflectors on the road. If they are yellow or white, you are driving on the correct side of the road. Many road reflectors are dual colored-with white on one side and red on the other. If you see red reflectors on the road, it is a warning that you are the wrong-way driver and you need to get off the road as soon as possible.

Another helpful tip is to always look ahead.

Driving, especially on roads that you know well, can become almost automatic. Most drivers don’t pay as much attention as they should or scan further than a few hundred feet in front of them. If you are always looking ahead and scanning the road in front, you will be able to spot any oncoming danger and deal with it before it is too late.