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Winter Driving Tips

You’ve already prepared and gotten your vehicle ready for winter. But, now you have to drive in winter conditions, are you prepared? Life doesn’t stop because of the change of seasons, so whether or not you’ve driven in winter conditions before it is important to know certain things before hitting the road. Here are a few tips to keep you safe this season!

How to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Winter

Here in Collierville we have already had our first snowfall, which is unusual for this time of year down South. Whether you live in the Memphis area or somewhere winter precipitation is seen on a much larger scale, you need to know how to get your vehicle ready for winter! Here are a few things you can do to winterize your vehicle and keep your family safe on the roads this season:

Fuel Facts

Fuel economy is one of those buzzwords surrounding the purchase of a vehicle. And while fuel efficiency is important, what is often overlooked is fuel grade and type. Most cars still run on gasoline today, but there are other alternatives available on the market. We’ve broken down several to help inform your driving experience.

Octane Breakdown

Have you ever been at the gas pump, looked at the choices in front of you and wondered if you’re picking the right one for your vehicle? If you’re not a car enthusiast or someone who dabbles in car hobbies, all gas options may seem like a no-brainer. You pick Regular, Mid Grade or Premium. Most drivers base their decision on price, and choose Regular. But, is that really the best option for your car? Will choosing premium help your car run more efficiently and burn cleaner? It’s not always that simple. First, let’s break down what the different options mean.

Everything You Need to Know About Auto Safety Recalls

What the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has to say about recalls: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 63 million recalled vehicles were present on the road last year. Only about 75 percent of recalled vehicles ever get fixed. The other 25 percent either are not aware of the recall or they have just neglected to have it fixed according to the NHTSA.  The NHTSA is responsible for maintaining the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. These standards involve anything that is related to the safety and integrity of the vehicle, as well as anything that is related to safety on the road or safety for passengers in the event of an accident. While some recalls may seem insignificant, the National Safety Commission urges you not to overlook them.

To Protect Your Car, Stop Doing These 4 Things!

If your car is seeing some abnormal wear and tear, it could be your driving habits that are to blame. Here are four common bad habits to stop doing right now. Playing gas tank chicken. If you repeatedly let your light shine--the gas tank empty light that is--you could be ruining your fuel tank. Your fuel pump is meant to regulate the pressure within the tank, which enables your sensors to know how much fuel is present. It’s meant to be immersed in fuel, so when you routinely let your gas tank run low, it can cause the pump to overheat. Over time, the constant overheating can cause damage to your pump. Not checking your tire pressure. New vehicles have Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems which alert you of low pressure. However, even if your pressure light does not come on, you should make it a habit to routinely check your tire pressure. Tire pressure variance can cause damage even before it hits the TPMS threshold. Neglecting your parking brake. Even if your car is an automatic, you still should make it a habit to use your parking brake. Putting your car in park requires your parking pawl to engage. It disengages the transmission’s output. Tons of added pressure are put on the parking pawl when the parking brake is not engaged to immobilize the wheels and remove the added pressure. This is especially dangerous on an incline. Get into a habit of engaging your parking brake even when you are not on an incline to protect your transmission. Being too shifty. Are you routinely shifting gears without coming to a complete stop? This is a common habit especially when shifting to reverse from drive and vice versa. This puts added wear and tear on your drivetrain components, as well as your transmission. Driving your car with these bad habits could mean unnecessary wear and premature aging of your vehicle. Protect the integrity of your car by correcting these habits and you’re sure to keep your vehicle happy and on the road much longer!

Get Your Car Road Trip Ready In Just 2 Steps

Fall break is here and we have all the guidance you need to help you worry less about the car and more about family adventures!

Car Leaks: Condensation or Cause for Concern?

That newly formed puddle collecting under your car could be reason to worry, but it may very well not be. Cars leak, and all too often those leaks can be mis-diagnosed as a major problem, when it could be as simple as condensation.  Your car requires multiple fluids to keep everything lubricated, cool and running properly. Because of this, there are a few things to consider when diagnosing a car leak, including the color of the fluid and the location you're seeing the leak.  Here's a list of fluids by color to help you identify a serious problem, or to put your mind at ease.

Clear Up Your Foggy Windshield in a Snap

Picture this: it’s a brisk fall morning and the first thing you notice about your car... ...the windows have fogged up. More than an inconvenience, sometimes clearing this problem can seem like a downright mystery. Do I turn on the heat, the defroster, the AC? You try all of the above, and the situation seems to get worse as you drive down the road! We’ve all been there. First thing to do, understand what is going on to make the windows fog in the first place. We all know what condensation is, but why is it happening on my windows? Let’s get scientific for a moment. Condensation occurs because of something referred to as the “dew point”, the temperature at which water in the air becomes little droplets of moisture settling on surfaces like your windows. It’s the result of humid air meeting a cooler, drier surface. This happens whether it is cool or hot outside. If it is hotter outside, the windows will fog up outside when you blast your AC. The easiest solution when that happens is to use your windshield wipers to clear the fog or turn down your AC. When it is cold outside, the windows will fog up on the inside, making it more difficult to clear. But, don’t worry, we’ll have your windows clear in a snap! 

Your Check Engine Light is On — Don’t Panic!

It can be alarming when your check engine light pops on. But, there is no need to panic. There are numerous things that could be going on that require minor maintenance. If your light is steadily blinking it could be a major cause for concern with your engine, but a steady on light could mean less invasive repairs are needed.

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