Shorter Days? Lights & Wipers Safety Check

Less daylight hours means Winter is coming soon.   To SEE and BE SEEN becomes more critical to your safety during this season of reduced visibility. IOW, be sure to check your vehicle’s lights and wipers.

 

“The days are getting shorter, so it is a good time to check that your vehicle’s wipers and lighting are working properly because the chance of an accident increases if you can’t see or be seen,” ~ Nathan Perrine – Executive Director – Car Care Council

“From the driver’s seat you may not notice a light that isn’t working, so check all of your car’s lights and replace those that are out. Also, be sure to inspect and replace wiper blades so you can see clearly when wet weather hits.”

The wiper system keeps excessive water, snow and dirt from building up on the windshield, maintaining clear visibility. Many factors can accelerate the replacement interval of wipers, including operating conditions (winter conditions are tough on wiper blades), frequency of use, material and type of wipers and sunny weather. In fact, wiper blades can deteriorate faster and need more frequent replacement in desert states.

Lights are normal wear items that require periodic inspection and replacement. The lighting system provides nighttime visibility; signals and alerts other drivers; and supplies light for viewing instruments and the vehicle’s interior. In addition to replacing dimming, rapidly blinking and non-functioning lights, the following tips can help keep you safe:

  1. Should your headlights should be on? If in doubt, turn them ON! Lights not only help you see better in early twilight, they also make it easier for other drivers to see you.
  2. Keep headlights, tail lights and signal lights CLEAN. External dirt and debris can dim operational lights from being seen by others.
  3. Make sure that your headlights are properly aimed. Misaimed headlights blind other drivers and reduce your ability to see the road.
  4. Don’t overdrive your headlights; you should be able to stop inside the illuminated area, otherwise you are creating a blind crash area in front of your vehicle.

 

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Fuel Tank Cleaning – Car Care Tips

DIYer that wants to clean your fuel tank? Here are some credible auto repair resources to help out:

Car Care Tips – Fuel Tank Cleaning

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How to Clean Your Fuel Tank – Delphi

A simple, step by step process for cleaning your fuel tank. A safe and effective fuel pump repair job begins here.

Cleaning the fuel tank is an essential part of a complete fuel repair. Before installing a new fuel pump, it’s critical to properly clean the gas tank. Debris in your gas tank will damage your new fuel pump. And the time it takes to clean out the debris – about an hour – is nothing compared to the time it takes to redo the entire job. So save yourself time, hassle and money — clean the tank before you replace your fuel pump.

*For your convenience, Delphi sells a Fuel Tank Cleaning Kit (FC01). Ask your distributor for more information. Delphi’s low-suds cleaning solution is specifically designed to easily treat and rinse up to a 40 gallon capacity fuel tank.

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How to Properly Clean the Inside and Outside of a Vehicle Fuel Tank – Airtex


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This video is about how to properly clean the inside and outside of an vehicle fuel tank. Airtex is committed to providing the most up-to-date, in-depth fuel pump replacement information that professional technicians need to diagnose, repair and install today’s complex fuel delivery systems. Airtex is the only U.S. automotive aftermarket manufacturer that designs and builds electrical AND mechanical fuel delivery system components, including modular reservoir assemblies, electric fuel pumps, mechanical fuel pumps and in-tank sender and hanger assemblies, for a full range of car, truck, fleet and specialty vehicles.

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Pedestrian Safety

Forgetting what it’s like to be a pedestrian is easy for teens and new drivers.

 

Though it might seem harmless, this way of thinking can create risks. According to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. have grown sharply in recent years, and are now at a 30-year high. As a new driver, your teen can make a big difference by keeping pedestrians in mind behind the wheel.

Here are 3 general areas of tips to help teens and new drivers think like a pedestrian and do his or her part to protect other road users.

Expect pedestrians
Many roads and communities are not designed with pedestrians in mind, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Teach your teen to always keep an eye out for runners, walkers and other pedestrians, even on roads where they are not expected.

This means going slow around curves, always signaling for turns, and being especially cautious in dark conditions or poor weather. Most pedestrians are killed at night outside of intersections, so your teen should never assume a road is clear without double-checking it.

Communicate clearly
When your teen does spot pedestrians, he or she needs to remember that not everyone on the read is a mind reader. Picture a pedestrian trying to cross a road: the person takes a step, stops; a driver accelerates for a moment, stops; the process repeats itself until everyone is frustrated. The more frustrating this situation is, the more dangerous it becomes. Clear communication, however, can avoid many of these problems.

Teach your teen to always signal for every turn, merge and lane change, and to “connect” with pedestrians whenever possible. This can mean making eye contact with them so they know that your teen sees them, and putting a hand up to signal that they can cross safely while your teen waits. The goal is to avoid confusion however possible, even if it means your teen has to wait a few extra seconds.

Empathize with pedestrians
Though it can be frustrating to wait for pedestrians to cross the road, your teen has to remember that he or she is often in a more comfortable position. Air conditioning and heating systems (even heated seats) make driving in bad weather tolerable. Pedestrians in these same conditions, however, are miserable.

Whenever your teen is annoyed by pedestrians, ask him or her to imagine if the roles were reversed. How would your teen feel getting honked at in the pouring rain? Or trying to guess if a driver sees him or her in the middle of a snowstorm? While these situations might frustrate drivers, they can be terrifying for pedestrians.

While personally escorting pedestrians across the street is unnecessay, but the more he or she remembers to think like one, the safer all road users will be.

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Changing a Flat Tire – Easily

Better to know how yourself, in case no one else is around. It can be alot easier to do than you might think. Changing a flat tire is a job most people don’t want to do, but it happens anyway…and someone has to do it.   This short video and a minute of reading can get you half way there.


Yes, roadside assistance coming to the rescue can be an easy way out.  But sometimes they don’t come as fast as you’d like.  So we’ll help you learn how to change a flat tire in less time than you probably think.

 

Changing a flat in 10 steps

  1. Secure the car on a flat surface out of traffic; chock the wheel in the opposite corner.
  2. Loosen the lug nuts on the wheel with the car’s lug wrench.
  3. Place the car’s jack under the car where its label indicates.
  4. Jack up enough to get the wheel an inch or two off the ground.
  5. Finish loosening the lug nuts and remove the flat tire.
  6. Put the spare tire on.
  7. Thread the nuts on and tighten just enough to hold the wheel on without slop.
  8. Lower the jack so the car is back on the ground.
  9. Finish tightening the nuts with upper body strength on the lug wrench.
  10. Collect the flat, wrench, jack and anything you used to chock the car.

 

 

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Need New Brakes?

Does your car need a brake job? – Roadshow

Some vehicles go alot farther on a set of brakes than other vehicles.  Your driving habits, your car’s weight and your local terrain all have an impact on longevity. Here’s how insert some objectivity when your repair shop tells you it’s time for new brakes, rotors etc.


Seems like every time the shop tells me I need brakes…I’d swear I just got them done a short time ago.  And since brake jobs are often preventive maintenance, your car may drive about the same as it did before the expensive work was done. Not very satisfying, and you may question whether you really need a brake job. In this video I’ll show you how to satisfy yourself that you do — or don’t — need the most common brake work: Pads and rotors.

For this quick diagnosis you merely need the skills to change a flat tire; There’s no need to remove any brake parts. Jack up and secure the car, then pull off one of the wheels where the brake work is needed (front or rear) and measure the thickness of the one brake pad and of its brake rotor, commonly called a disc. You can do this in about 2 minutes once the wheel is off.

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When This Happens, You Need to Change Your Car’s Brakes Fast – Scotty Kilmer


Fixing car brakes. How to fix bad brakes noise and sound. How to tell if your brakes are bad. How to tell if brake pads are worn. How to tell if brake booster is bad. How to tell if brake rotors are bad. How to tell if abs is bad. How to replace brakes. How brakes work in your car. Car braking system explained. How to prevent brake failure. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic for the last 50 years.
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Noisy Brakes: Common Causes and Possible Solutions | Allstate Insurance

Auto mechanic Eric Obrochta shares his tips for eliminating squeaks and squeals from your car’s brakes.

5 Warnings Your Car Battery Needs Replaced

Once a year…pop the hood and take a look to make sure your battery is properly installed and is looking and acting healthy.  Don’t wait till it tells you first.

 

Here are some Warning Signs that it’s time to replace your car battery:

  • Rotten egg smell – indicates an old or overcharged battery. Your battery is probably nearing the end of its functional life.
  • Engine slow to turn over – Accessories failing, or performing at reduced capacity are other signs of an aging battery.
  • Lights – are they Dim or flickering? If yes, it can mean a weakening battery and/or charging system.
  • Battery’s last replacement date? If  you can’t remember… it’s probably been too long. The average battery life in today’s vehicles is typically 3-5 years, depending on geographic location.
  • Bulging or cracking battery case –  Get a battery test from your trusted auto mechanic.

 

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Inside Windshield Cleaning Tips

Maybe you never realized how many people have put considerable thought into the BEST way to clean the inside of your vehicle’s windshield. Here’s to finding your best method!

Tips To Cleaning Inside Of Car Windshield – Dallas Paint Correction & Auto Detailing


Scott with Dallas Paint Correction  & Auto Detailing in Plano Texas shows tips to cleaning the inside of car windshield using Invisible Glass Reach & Clean Tool

Products Used: Invisible Glass 99031 Reach and Clean Tool Combo Kit – Window Wand Glass Cleaning Tool for Windshields, Invisible Glass Cleaner for Auto Glass, Clean and Reach Tool for Hard-to-Reach Places – https://amzn.to/2W6cDhC

 

How to Clean the Inside of Your Windshield, Even at Its Greasiest – Jalopnik

by Elizabeth Yuko on Lifehacker, shared by Erin Marquis to Jalopnik

It’s no secret that the outside of your vehicle’s windshield can get very dirty, very quickly. Having windshield wipers and fluid in place for on-the-go cleaning definitely helps, but sometimes, the smudges that are making it hard to see are coming from….inside the vehicle.

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How to Clean Car Windows Streak Free: The Nature of Car Glass! – Wilson Auto Detailing


How do you clean car windows streak free? It seems impossible right? More than likely, that is because you need to understand the nature of automotive windows and glass! In this video, I share my professional tips on how to clean inside car windows without streaks, and I break down why streaks appear, and how to permanently get rid of them. Unfortunately in the detailing world, it is not what you do for your customer, but what you miss that normally gets highlighted and noticed, and car windows are no exception. If you cannot clean car windows properly, it feels like you might as well not detail the car at all! Follow along as I break down this complicated subject, and show how you can get superior results with just a little know how!
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2021 Transportation Commute Reboot

Now it’s time to look forward to a brighter year ahead…to take a breath and then to ask what are the solutions that will truly solve today’s great commute reboot.

We’re going to start our look at some of the trends shaping the mobility industry today by talking with one of the companies that made some really interesting moves in 2020. We’re talking with Olabisi Boyle…Vice-President of Product Planning and Mobility Strategy for Hyundai Motor North America. Bisi… we saw some really interesting changes in consumer behavior particularly in buying and shopping for cars in 2020. What sort of things do you see on your end?

You know, people are finding comfort in car ownership. There’s been this rise in consumer desire for their own personal mode of transportation…And post pandemic, they’re relying less on public transportation and the used car market is skyrocketing. Consumers have been tuned in digitally to shopping and comparing models and prices. And they’ve really come to appreciate those no penalty deferments on payments. And we’ve seen even in dealership experiences that they could be enhanced with at home test drives, review videos, digital showrooms and VR test drives and interior overviews…those types of things.

So in the mobility space we’ve seen a decrease in use of public transportation and ride sharing and an increase in those opting for private vehicles which is bringing in new buyers into the market.

So of all those changes…and some of them are pretty radical compared to the trends we saw coming into 2020…how much of that is really impacted by the pandemic and how much of that is just kind of a reflection of economic changes overall?

The flight to online is going to continue for auto buying, selling and research. So we as a company…and as OEM companies obviously we have to go digital. We have to make sure our messaging highlights hygiene and contactless and describes that end-to-end journey. And we’ll have to focus on online and pick up solutions and have design solutions that work locally…

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Who’s the Most Aggressive Drivers – Men or Women?

Did you take a few seconds to consider it objectively and fairly? LOL…OK!  This comes from data collected by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety…and it may well confirm your biases.

Overall, younger male and female drivers tend to be more aggressive than older drivers. With everyday stress already compounded by the pandemic and now the holiday season, which can elevate tensions on the road, AAA urges motorists to keep their cool and avoid dangerous driving habits.


Nothing like a little levity in a stressful encounter.
 

Aggressive Driving Behaviors among Male and Female U.S. Drivers, 2019                                                                                                                                               

  Male Female
Drove 15 mph over the speed limit on a freeway 52.0% 44.6%
Followed the vehicle in front closely to prevent another vehicle from merging 37.8% 29.3%
Made rude gesture/honked at another driver 35.4% 28%
Drove through a red light 32.2% 30.0%
Drove aggressively by switching lanes quickly and/or very close behind another car 31.5% 21.4%

 

“Speeding, red-light running, and cutting other drivers off can kill you, your passengers, and others sharing the road…Driving aggressively isn’t worth the risk. When you get behind the wheel, be patient, be kind, and obey traffic laws so everyone gets home safely.” ~ Jake Nelson, AAA Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy

 

AAA offers these tips to help drivers manage aggressive driving scenarios:

  • Don’t Offend: Never cause another driver to change their speed or direction. That means not forcing another driver to use their brakes or turn the steering wheel in response to something you have done.
  • Be Tolerant and Forgiving: The other driver may just be having a really bad day. Assume that it’s not personal.
  • Do Not Respond: Avoid eye contact, don’t make gestures, maintain space around your vehicle, and contact 9-1-1 if needed.

 

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16 Car Specs You NEED to Know – CNET

Ever heard the expression: “Figures don’t lie…and liars don’t figure”.  It’s easy to feel confused or overwhelmed by statistics…especially when it comes to vehicles. Here’s 16 critical car specs explained in simple terms for max comprehension.

 

Some car specs make total sense…and some you can just largely ignore

Let’s jump right in:

  1. Zero to Sixty – zero to sixty is the holy grail of performance benchmarks it is obviously how fast a car can go from a standing stop to 60 miles an hour. the quickest it can do that either with a really good driver on a manual transmission or relying on its automatic transmission. The thing about 0-60 is you never do that (yourself)! How often in real life do you go from a standing stop to 60? Nonetheless it’s a good benchmark because it encompasses a lot of acceleration phases of a car. You see cars don’t accelerate as quickly through all ranges of speed. They may be quicker 15 to 23, then slow down a little bit 24 to 46 and then speed up again 46 to 60. It’s kind of a wavy curve. 0-60 captures all that in totality and gives you kind of one big lump number
  2. Horsepower – good grief they spent a lot of time screaming about this in car advertisements and specs don’t they? Horsepower has this arcane definition from way back in the day it’s the power you need to lift 550 pounds one foot off the ground in one second. There’s a time factor there because it expresses work. Horsepower is an even more peripheral number than 0 to 60 time you care about things like acceleration, feel, fuel economy, towing capacity…those things are all related to horsepower but they’re not expressed literally by the number.

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