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Time To Get Ready For Winter Driving

November 27th, 2020 Posted by Autobody shop, tires, winter car maintenance No Comment yet

“Put on Your Big, Ugly, Winter Driving Hat”

Big ol’ wool hat that keeps you warm, but is all raggedy.

My winter driving hat is one of those big, furry things that makes people want to swing a broom at my head because they think it’s an animal attacking. I don’t care. It’s not how you look that matters; it’s what you do to get ready for winter driving, and the hat is my first line of defense in case of emergency. There’s more …

Prepare for everything

Have your antifreeze checked or buy a dip tester and check it yourself. It isn’t hard. Add antifreeze or water, as necessary.
Keep a window scraper and windshield brush in the car for ice and snow removal. A rubber squeegee can also come in handy.
Pack an emergency kit with blankets, extra clothes, gloves, packaged snacks, jumper cables, a flashlight, a first aid kit, and of course, your big, ugly, winter driving hat.
Keep your gas tank full as much as possible.
Make sure your cell phone is charged before you get on the road. Better yet, buy a car charger for $5 or $10 and keep it plugged into the cigarette lighter.
Keep an eye on your tires. Cold weather can reduce tire pressure.
For longer trips, tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to arrive. Check the forecast before driving into isolated areas.

Drive differently

Morists navigate a city street in white out conditions.

Keep an extra sharp eye out for slippery road conditions and reduce your speed appropriately. Especially watch for black ice, which is so thin that it can be nearly invisible. Don’t make sudden changes with the gas and brake pedals, to make sure you keep traction and give yourself extra stopping distance.

If you get stuck in the weather …

Stay with your vehicle. You’ll be warmer, and it makes you easier to find. More people than you might think get lost and hurt in snowstorms after their vehicles become immobilized.
Tie a colorful piece of cloth to the antenna as a distress signal. Keep the dome light on at night, so you can be spotted more easily. It doesn’t use much juice, and your battery should be fine.
Run the engine only when necessary. No car is perfectly air tight, and toxic exhaust fumes can get in. If you do run the engine, make sure your exhaust pipe is clear of snow and mud.
Wrap yourself with anything you can find for warmth; newspaper, floor mats, etc.

Wear your big, ugly, winter-driving hat. You know you want to.

What’s More Important, Your Safety Or Facebook?

October 13th, 2020 Posted by Cars for Sale No Comment yet

Let’s be clear: this article is not talking about you. You’re a special driver with extraordinary talents, so texting behind the wheel comes easy to you. No safety risk whatsoever when you pull out an Android at 75 miles per hour. No, sir.

No, we’re talking about everyone else when we say that the steady increase in traffic fatalities since 2005 has been correlated to texting. Fatalities increased 10 percent in the first six months of 2016, and it’s steadily getting worse. The numbers clearly demonstrate that, although a lot of people think they can text and drive safely, they really can’t.

Except you, of course. Your brain responds with supernatural speed no matter how many things you’re doing at the same time. You’re like Jackie Chan in that one movie, like ballet and Kung Fu all mixed together. You’re awesome.

But for everyone else, AAA measured the brain activity of normal people while texting and driving in several types of vehicles, and the results were conclusive: The brain’s ability to safely control a car is dramatically reduced while using electronic devices—even hands-free.

Of course, we’re leaving you out of this discussion because you’re a special case. Your brain can do what science has proven the human brain cannot. You’re some kind of supernatural driving ninja. You are truly a superhuman.

But everyone else should stop using computers while they drive, and save some lives. To those millions of drivers with ordinary human brains—and to them alone—we say: please stop texting while you drive. Please focus entirely on keeping everyone around you safe on the road. After all, you’re not that superhuman ninja guy; you’re only human.

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