Proper inflation is key to your tires' safe performance and even contributes to your vehicle's fuel economy. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports tires that are under-inflated by more than 25 percent are three times more likely to be involved in a crash related to tire problems than a vehicle with proper inflation. According to information shared by Schrader International from NHTSA and the U.S. Department of Energy, nearly 200,000 accidents are caused by tire-related issues each year, and 60 highway fatalities and 33,000 injuries are caused by under-inflated tires each year. If that's not bad enough, the Department of Energy estimates that 3 to 5 million gallons of gas are wasted each day -- more than a billion gallons of fuel each year -- because of under-inflated tires. In fact, motorists can improve gas mileage by approximately 3.3% by keeping tires inflated to the proper pressure. To alert drivers when their tire pressure is low, monit ... read more
If the predictors of the upcoming El Nino weather system are even 50% accurate in their forecast, it's important to be prepared and to know what to do when driving in extreme rainy weather. Avoiding accidents, stalls in deep water and hydroplaning can save you life. Here is a short video to help prepare
Recalls are a fact of life. In 2014, there were 803 recalls for problems with more than 63.9 million vehicles. Yes, it is up to auto manufacturers to let you know about a recall, but it isn't that simple. Consumers have to be on the ball, too. A recall is issued when a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a vehicle, car seat, tire, or any equipment creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards. Manufacturers are required to fix the problem by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund, or in rare cases, repurchasing the vehicle. If you were one of the people who didn't respond to a recall, then you may not have known about it. Or maybe you just didn't care. There are many reasons why vehicles don't get repaired. "Consumers have many different responses to recall letters," says Carroll Lachnit, an editor for car-shopping website Edmunds.com. "Some people just ig ... read more
Did you know there was an estimated 9.5 percent increase in traffic fatalities in the first quarter of 2015? Or that there has been little progress in improving the fuel economy of vehicles since the early 1990s? Factoids such as these come through my e-mail pretty much daily and, while each one does not merit a full article, combined they do offer something interesting for everyone. Here are some recent news items drivers will find of interest. -- Despite advances in fuel-saving technologies in the last 25 years, the on-road fuel economy for all vehicles (cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles) has improved by less than 1 mile per gallon during that time, according to a study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Part of the reason is that it takes many years to turn over the fleet. The average age of a light-duty vehicle on the road is currently 11.4 years. So, man ... read more
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During November, many organizations will be sharing tips to ensure a safe environment for our children. While much of Child Safety Protection Month messaging promotes safety tips around the home, AskPatty reminds parents to always keep their children safely buckled up while riding in their car. It's especially important because motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths among children ages 14 and under. As parents, we go to great lengths to ensure the children in our lives are safe. We childproof our homes and install car and booster seats to keep young children safe in our vehicles because we love them. Parents, it is NEVER okay to drive with an unbuckled child! Do you know when it's safe for a child to use a seatbelt? You might think so, but 9 out of 10 are doing it wrong! Here’s an easy tip: A child needs to be at least 57-inches tall and between 80 and 100 pounds to ride with just a seat belt. "Car seats, booster seats, a ... read more
Hector Gordils, a long time Client and friend shares a few words with the Mensch:
With the prospect of a heavy rainy season ahead, hydroplaning in your vehicle becomes more likely and dangerous. Even with a thin layer of water on the road, your vehicle speed and tire tread depth will have a significant impact on control or lack thereof. THIS IS A DIRECT RESULT OF A HYDROPLANE ACCIDENT With good tire tread depth, and a cautious speed, the tire tread pattern will push the water out and away from the wheel allowing for maximum contact with the road. However, regardless of how good or new the tires are, the faster the speed the less direct contact with the road. A layer of water builds up between the rubber and the road resulting in Hydroplaning and loss of control. Prescription: Don't drive if you don't have to Have your Tires Checked for Tread Depth & ... read more
Did you know that every 2 minutes a case of breast cancer is diagnosed here in the United States? Here at AutoAid in Van Nuys, California, we understand how important it is to find a cure for Breast Cancer and that's why we are doing something about it! This month for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are donating $5 for every invoice to the the Susan G. Komen foundation for Breast Cancer Research. We are Help us donate by doing your maintenance and service this month! Visit us for more information or click here to schedule your appointment online now! Check out this info below for more information on the Susan G. Komen Foundation. In addition to supporting research, Susan G. Komen is helping save lives through: Funding to programs that help the underserved find breast cancer services. Local programs that help pay for child care and transportation so those in need can get life ... read more
With talk of El Nino weather heading our way this winter, what can we take away and apply to our safety and driving habits from the disaster that is flood ravaged South Carolina? We've seen hillsides destroy property, sink holes swallow cars and people losing their lives when being swept away during sever rains while driving a car, walking or on a motorcycle. Here are a few suggestions when driving through heavy rain flooded streets...