Let's Talk CARS

Our car experts weigh in on financing, maintenance, and everything in between!

 

A Bigger Debate Than Pie vs Cake: 2WD vs AWD

We’re here to settle one of the biggest debates in the history of cars--which is better: two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive? It may seem silly to be arguing about wheels, because all cars have four wheels anyway, right? Wrong. For those of you that avoid AutoZone because it makes your head hurt, here’s some catch up information on what we’re about to talk about.

When & How to Use Your Car's ECO Button

Cars have gotten really technologically advanced in the past decade. These days, you're basically driving a computer on wheels! When you’re looking to purchase or you’ve just purchased a new vehicle, there may be a few features that you are unsure of how to use or what they actually do. One of the most common that we get asked about is the ECO button or sometimes labeled ECON. The ECO button does make your vehicle more economically efficient, but to what degree varies on your make/model. It is important to research your exact vehicle and check the manufacturer’s website to not only learn how to make your vehicle run efficiently, but to make use of all the features you have at your disposal.

Common Road Hazards & How to Avoid Them

Memphis is a city of road hazards. We have potholes galore and giant manhole covers to swerve around. Even the most alert driver can succumb to road hazards, so don’t be alarmed. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad driver! There are several common road hazards most people don't think about when they hit the road. We’ve uncovered a few below and we hope you’ll take heed and hit the road feeling more prepared than before.

Safe Driving Series: Windshield Repair

To understand how you can repair your windshield, we must first take a look at the material it is made of. Finding the perfect type of glass for windshields was no easy feat. Housing glass was inexpensive, but too brittle when broken, making it quite dangerous. Tempered glass couldn’t hold up to all the normal wear and tear. And, plastic wouldn’t remain clear enough long-term. So, the solution to windshield creation landed on laminated glass.

Safe Driving Series: Tire Pressure

Under-inflated tires are not something you should ever overlook. Neglecting to drive with appropriate tire pressure could cause a fatal accident that was easy to prevent. Driving on tires that are under-inflated is the one of the leading causes of tire failure. When your tire pressure is too low and you hit a bump in the road, the impact causes a momentary spike in PSI, which can lead to a blowout. In fact, if your tire pressure falls 25% below the manufacturer's recommended pressure, your risk of a blowout triples (the risk becomes exponentially higher if your tires surpass that 25% mark)! You may think that you can rely on your vehicle's tire pressure monitoring system, but most systems only warn you if tire pressure has reached that 25% threshold, making your drive unsafe! Many people drive daily with under-inflated tires, unaware of the dangers. If you've been guilty of this, don’t worry, you can be safely on your way by following these tips:

Safe Driving Series: Bike Lane Safety

Whether they are riding for leisure or have taken to two wheels as an alternative to their regular commute, cyclists are everywhere. While it may be cliche to say, motorists must learn to share the road. By law, cyclists carry the same rights as motor vehicles. In order to better share the road and avoid collision, follow these safety tips for motorists:

Safe Driving Series: Railroad Safety

A quick Google search of Memphis railroad fatalities yields tragic and startling results - far too many are killed or seriously injured in train-car collisions each year. These tragedies are easily avoided, however, by following some very basic train safety rules. According to the National Safety Council, you are 40 times more likely to be killed in an accident with a train than with another automobile. Remember that trains do not always follow set schedules, so when approaching a track, always expect a train to be nearby. It isn’t safe to stop closer than 15 feet, so be mindful of the lined barriers in front of the tracks! Here are a few other tips to help you and your loved ones stay safe on roads near tracks:

Safe Driving Series: One of the most important tools to use while driving – Your Eyes

It is no secret that one of the most important things when it comes to automobile safety is clear vision. But, you may be surprised to learn that every state has different standards when it comes to licensure. In Tennessee, for example, original applicants (not renewal) must pass a vision test and have a visual acuity of 20/40 or better. If you do not have good vision you are required to see your optometrist and get corrective lenses and return with a note. You will then be issued a restricted license that requires you to wear your lenses while driving or receive a ticket.

The Most Underutilized Safety Equipment in Your Vehicle

Our cars come equipped with multiple features that are meant to protect us in case of an accident. One very important feature is your car’s headrest. Knowing its proper placement and how you can use it in the event of an accident could protect you from sustaining an injury in a crash!

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!

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