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Safe Travels

Driving_in_the_rainPreparing for late summer storms involves more than just stocking up on water and flashlights. Protecting your vehicle and driving safely during stormy weather is also essential for personal safety. When possible, keep your car under a covering during a storm. Clear away plant debris and outdoor items from around your home to minimize the chance of something falling on your car. Remember to follow these safety tips if you drive during rainy weather.

Driving: Drive below the speed limit during and after a rainstorm. Car oil on the road mixed with rainwater can cause cars to hydroplane, so drive slowly. If your vehicle starts to hydroplane, remove your foot from the gas pedal and tap the brakes to slow your car down. Drive in the center lane of the road when possible since the middle is slightly elevated, giving you better visibility. Using the center lane also keeps your vehicle away from the deep water that runs off into the roadsides.

Focus: Driving while distracted—whether the distraction is the radio, the phone, or another passenger, is even more dangerous during storms. Turn down the music and stay off the phone so as to give the road your full attention. Heavy rain will cause drivers to stop or move unexpectedly and there may be debris or deep puddles in the road. Leave extra space between your vehicle and other cars in order to give yourself time to react to other drivers and poor road conditions.

Deep Waters: Puddles on the road pose a serious hazard for cars. Always drive slowly through puddles, even if you think your car can handle the water. Puddles may turn out to be deeper than expected and splashing water can damage the engine. Avoid standing water, and never drive through moving water. Two feet of running water can sweep a car away; choose another route to avoid it.

Prepare your vehicle for stormy weather by visiting an auto repair shop in your area. Search for reputable auto repair shops through Real Local Pages (RLP), an online directory of businesses with listings for thousands of businesses across the United States. Visit the website, http://www.reallocalpages.com, to begin searching. Enter your location, then choose a search category on the main page, or enter your own search terms like “auto repair” into the search box on the main page. Each listing on the results page will display the address and phone number of the business for your convenience. Use the RLP site to find a variety of businesses and services, from auto repair shops and movie theaters, to electricians.

 

Give it a Brake

During National Car Care Month, vehicle owners should check the condition of their brakes to prevent more expensive repairs and ensure safety on the road. Brakes are an incredibly important safety feature on a vehicle, well-operating brakes helps car owners avoid accidents in case of sudden stops or turns. A car’s braking system is composed of multiple parts that undergo high amounts of wear and require regular maintenance.

Auto Inspections: An auto repair expert should inspect your brake system at least once a year, or every 12,000 miles. Have the mechanic thoroughly examine the brake fluid levels, the brake lining, the hoses, brake lines, rotor thickness, and the brake and dash warning lights to ensure that they are functioning properly.  At every oil change, get a professional to check the brakes, drums, rotor, and brake linings. Because brake fluid becomes acidic and can damage your brake system, a mechanic needs to flush the brake system and put in new brake fluid every two years. Even with proper care, brakes should be replaced every 20,000 miles or so, and depending on how you drive the vehicle, brakes may need to be replaced sooner.

Signs of Brake Problems: Listening to your car is one of the best ways to pick up on brake troubles. Unusual noises typically indicate that brakes are worn down and need an inspection. Listen for clicking, grinding or screeching sounds when you apply the brakes. Pay attention to the feel of the brakes as well; check your brakes if the brake feels “mushy” and you need to push the pedal almost to the floor before the brakes engage. If the pedal shakes while using it or if the pedal feels high or too hard when you press it, then the brakes need an inspection. There may also be a brake problem if the car pulls to one side while braking, or if the steering wheel vibrates or locks when using the brake.

Find a reputable auto repair shop by searching Real Local Pages (RLP), an online business directory containing listings for thousands of businesses across the United States. Visit the website, http://www.reallocalpages.com, and enter your city and state. Search for businesses on the home page by choosing from the popular categories list, or by using the search box. Business listings matching your search will display the business name, phone, and address.

Tire TLC

car_wheel_and_tireApril is National Car Care Month and every car owner should give their vehicle a little tender loving care to prevent major problems. Maintaining optimal tire performance is particularly important for your car; tires affect your vehicle’s braking, handling, and safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated one in ten car crashes are tire-related. Fortunately, vehicle owners can avoid most tire-related accidents with some preventative measures.

Tire Inspection: Give your wheels a visual inspection on a regular basis to check for wear, tears, holes, and other signs of damage. If you notice your car pulling to one side while driving at a steady speed, your tires could be damaged or need inflation. Avoid driving too fast, or stopping and starting suddenly as this wears tires down faster.

Rotation and Alignment: Have your car’s alignment checked at least once a year, and rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles so that tires wear evenly. Uneven tire wear can affect the wear on your car’s shock absorbers and impact vehicle performance.

Tire Pressure: Check tire pressure at least once a month with a tire gauge. Good tire pressure helps tires last longer and saves money on gas—proper tire inflation improves gas mileage by about 3%. The wheels should be cool when you check the pressure. Consult the owner’s manual to know your car’s optimal inflation level, overinflated tires could be just as dangerous as underinflated ones.

Tread: Tire tread helps your car maintain traction on the road, and over time, the tread gradually wears down. Regularly monitor tire tread by inserting a quarter (with the top of Washington’s head facing in) into the tread groove. If the tire tread covers the top of Washington’s head, then your tires are safe for use.

Car owners can find auto repair and alignment shops in their area through Real Local Pages (RLP), an online directory of businesses. RLP is useful for finding a variety of businesses, from roofing experts and electricians, to hotels and physicians. Visit the RLP website, http://www.reallocalpages.com, and enter your location. Enter search terms into the search box on the home page, or choose a term from the popular categories list. The results page will show a list of businesses matching your search terms, along with the address and phone of each business.

Factors to Consider when Purchasing a Car

carThere are many different factors to consider when purchasing a car. One of the most important things to think about however is your budget. Many potential buyers focus on the car they want and fail to consider if buying their dream vehicle fits into their budget. The car’s cost is not the only thing buyers should think about, some factors to think over when making your budget and searching for the right car include:

Figure out your Budget: Unless you can purchase your car in cash, most people will need to finance their car. Decide how much money you can afford on a monthly car payment; experts recommend that you shouldn’t spend more than 20% of your monthly income on a car payment.

Financing your Car: Think about how long you will finance your vehicle. Longer loan terms will lower your monthly payments but you pay more interest in the long run. Alternatively, a shorter financing period will make monthly payments higher but you will you pay off your car faster.

Find the Cash: Decide how much cash you can put towards the car purchase. The more money you put towards the car, the less you’ll need for your car loan. You can pay your car loan off faster and save more money in long run.

Find the Car: Only after you’ve calculated your budget should you decide on what vehicle to buy. Decide whether you will purchase your car used or new, or if you plan to lease a vehicle. These factors will affect what cars you can afford. Project the long-term costs of the vehicle, including insurance, gas, and maintenance.

Real Local Pages (RLP) can help you find a local dealership, auto repair shop, or auto broker for your car. RLP is an online directory of businesses and services across the United States. Visit the RLP website, http://www.reallocalpages.com to get started. Type your state and city to narrow your search; then, enter keywords like “dealerships” or “auto” into the search box on the main page. Site users can also search by picking a category from the Popular Categories list on the home page. The results page will display the name and information of the business. Use Real Local Pages to find a variety of businesses, from car dealerships to bakeries.

How to Find Reputable Auto Repair Shops

autoremont-autoteenindusFinding a reputable auto repair business that performs quality work can be difficult, especially when you don’t know what to look for. Do some research before trusting your vehicle with someone; it’s better to find a good business before you need a repair so that in an emergency you are not rushed into choosing a bad repair shop. Here are some points to consider when deciding on an auto repair shop:

Certifications: Ask whether the auto repair shop belongs to any associations (such as AAA, or the Automotive Service Association) or possesses technician certificates from places like the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Reputation: Ask family and friends for recommendations. Another way to check the service at a particular business is by consulting the Better Business Bureau.

Customer Service: The mechanics and staff at the shop should be courteous and willing to answer your questions. Be wary of mechanics that use scare tactics.

Appearance and Cost: One sign of a good auto repair business is if the shop is neat. Find out the average cost of the repair you need done and compare that with the cost estimate the mechanics at the shop give you. Ask for a second opinion, especially for more expensive repairs.

Repairs: Do the mechanics at the shop have experience working on your vehicle’s make and model? Determine if the shop performs the work that you need done on your vehicle.

Test Run: Before trusting a particular auto repair shop with a costly repair, give the business a test run. Have minor repairs or maintenance jobs done to check if their prices are fair and if the mechanics perform quality work.

Find auto repair shops through Real Local Pages (RLP), an online directory of businesses and services in the United States. Search the RLP website, http://www.reallocalpages.com, by first entering your city and state into the search box, followed by key words like “car repair.” You can also search by choosing from the popular categories list on the home page. The results page will display a list of businesses along with the business’s address and phone number. RLP users can leave reviews of the business by clicking the “add review” button next to the business listing. Use the Real Local Pages website to help you find a variety of businesses and services, from furniture stores to pest control services.