Its 4th of July!
Have a SAFE and FUN Holiday!!
The period around the 4th of July holiday means freedom and fun to most people, but it’s also one of the most dangerous periods of the year for drivers. Take these quick tips into account for a safe evening:
Check your headlights, tail lights and turn signals before you start a trip. To ensure everything is working properly, have a friend walk around the car while you test the car lights and signals from the inside. Also make sure your tires have plenty of air, and do a general safety check of the vehicle.
Buckle up, and do not drink and drive. This may seem obvious, but it causes accidents every year. Whether you are at a cook-out close to home or traveling to see fireworks, drinking and driving don’t mix. Play it safe this 4th of July with a designated driver or call for a cab.
Watch how fast you are going. You know the state and local police officers will be out in full force during the 4th of July week. So watch the local speed limits and keep a safe distance from the cars in front of you.
Posted by klick on Jul 3 2011 in Driving Tips, Uncategorized
Want to drive safely and avoid getting in an accident? While all accidents cannot be avoided, knowing how to drive defensively is a good start.
While driving, always be aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye out for others’, and also your own, bad habits. Drivers should be scanning the road constantly, both ahead and (in a rear-view mirror) behind. Another strategy is the ‘two-seconds-plus rule,’ ensuring a safe following distance between your car and that car or truck in front of you.
Drive rested and refreshed. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 56,000 crashes annually are caused by drowsy drivers. The NHTSA says that, young people (ages 16 to 29), especially males, are most at risk.
One of the most important aspecits is to live by the rule of “Don’t do unto others” Remonstrating with another driver can not only prove dangerous to your health and wellbeing, but perhaps more crucially, it distracts a driver for a split second or longer. The entire event could adversely affect their driving for the rest of the day.
Posted by klick on Jun 5 2011 in Driving Tips
Gas prices are on the rise, and with every fill up it seems as though your bank account is dwindling. But follow these simple steps and you may just end up saving a considerable amount at the pump.
- Fill up on weekdays – Prices rise on the weekend, so buy gas on Tuesday afternoons or Wednesday mornings.
- Track your mileage – Have your car checked if the average miles you get per gallon continues to decrease over time.
- Look for discount gas cards – and rebate programs that offer as much as 5 to 10 percent off the gas you buy!
- Avoid running on empty – When your car is on empty you’re actually using more gas because your vehicle is running less efficiently. Fill your gas tank when you have half a tank or a little less.
- Less is more – Did you know that for every 100 pounds of weight in your car, fuel economy decreases by one to two percent. Additionally, put heavy items in the trunk instead of on a roof rack, which creates drag and eats up gas.
- Avoid idling – Shut off the engine if you have to sit in your car for more than one minute.
- Check your tire pressure – Under-inflated tires require more energy to roll. More energy means more gas.
- Slow down – Driving at posted speed limits saves fuel and saves lives. Each 5 mph over 60 mph is like paying an additional 10 cents per gallon. Use cruise control to maintain your speed.
- Avoid topping off – When you top off your tank, the pump doesn’t have enough time to really activate, resulting in short bursts of fuel that may short change you from the amount of gas that you are purchasing.
- Maintain your car - Change your oil, spark plugs, and air filter on schedule. Always go to a repair shop if your “Check Engine” light comes on – a faulty oxygen sensor could be the cause, lowering your mileage significantly.
- Tighten gas cap – Tightening the gas cap on your car will prevent gas from evaporating and escaping into the air. If you’ve lost your gas cap, buy a new one as soon as possible.
- Choose your route wisely – Take the route with the flattest terrain and fewest stops. Try to avoid traffic jams and stop-and-go traffic.
- Avoid sudden stops and starts – Erratic acceleration and braking can waste up to 50 cents a gallon.
- Get a tune-up – A simple tune-up on your car can improve your gas mileage by an average of 4.1 percent!
Posted by klick on Feb 11 2011 in Driving Tips
Winter’s not over yet – not by a long shot. It’s important, no matter how long you’ve been driving, to remind yourself of safe winter driving habits. Every year, AAA puts out a list of tips. These include:
Don’t drive when you’re really tired. This is a good one no matter what time of year you drive. When you’re tired, your reaction time slows and you also can’t focus as much on the task at hand as you can when you’re alert.
If you have a garage, pull your vehicle out of the garage before warming it up. Even if you leave the door open, fumes can accumulate inside the garage and the vehicle.
Do you know how to check the tire pressure in your car? If you don’t you should find out. Properly inflated tires can help your car perform the way it was designed to.
If you are replacing tires on your car, make sure they are either all radial or all another kind – never mix the two.
With the chilly temperatures, always keep your gas tank at least half way filled. This reduces the risk of a freezing gas line.
Finally, it doesn’t matter if you’re going around the corner or on a 500 mile odyssey, put your seat belt on.
Not sure of your car’s safety features or recommended operations? Your owner’s manual contains a lot of information you should know about your car. So get a cup of warm cocoa, snuggle up and look through it.
Posted by klick on Jan 7 2011 in Driving Tips