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How to Keep Your Car Cool this Summer

With hot and humid conditions of summer weather, it’s important you’re aware of car safety. It’s common to be concerned about your comfort level, but you also need to be aware of how the heat affects your vehicle. Here are some suggestions to keep you and your car cool this summer: –Pay attention to the temperature of your air conditioner. If it’s not as cool as it once was, there may be an issue with the refrigerant level, or worse. –Make sure your battery is securely in place so that heat and vibration don’t lead to a failure. If your car’s battery is more than 3 years old, have a technician take a look. –Ensure all of your car’s fluids are topped regularly to keep your engine lubricated. Coolants will also carry heat away from the motor. When it’s extremely hot, there are several things you can do to keep the heat down inside your car. –Park in the shade to avoid direct sunlight. –Purchase a sunshade to keep your da ... read more

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Tips for Safe Travels this Memorial Day

Many of you are probably taking off today to enjoy your Memorial Day weekend somewhere else. However, since many of us have the same idea, this is going to cause crowded highways and possibly some backed up traffic. Memorial Day Weekend is in fact one of the busiest for car travel; right up there with the Fourth of July. As you probably know, more cars on the road means more auto accidents. Because of this, law enforcement will be out in full force. Before heading to the lake this weekend (or wherever), we encourage drivers to: –Top off your vehicle’s fluids, especially the coolant –Have your batteries checked, especially if they’re a few years old –Make sure your tires have adequate air –If you’re going for a long drive, get an oil change Drinking and Driving – Don’t Even Try State and local law enforcement will be cracking down this weekend with sobriety checkpoints in an attempt to minimize alcohol-relat ... read more

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Stressed Drivers: What to Do About Road Rage

When was the last time you got stressed on the road? It happens nearly every day. There you are, calmly entering the traffic flow on the highway or pulling out of your neighborhood. The next thing you know, a car pops up out of thin air and conveniently slips itself into the small space between you and the car you’re following. Maybe the driver behind you lays on the horn, waving both fists at you and shouting. All drivers witness road rage, but how we handle the stress is important. Road rage is a very real part of driving. We want you and your family to stay safe on the road, so this series of blog posts will focus on how to handle other aggressive drivers and how to ease your rage on the road. Read on to see what to do when the drivers around you get a bit hostile. When you see a driver getting angry or acting aggressive, your gut reaction might be to respond in anger. There are three simple reasons to avoid getting mad. The first is that y ... read more

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Are High Tech Cars Safe?

The auto industry is heading into new territory soon, as many manufacturers plan to equip cars with wireless hot spots and broadband connections. These features could improve the driving experience, but they also bring safety concerns. These new connected cars would allow passengers to have wireless connection for several phones, tablets, computers or other devices. A WIFI hotspot would let passengers have internet access. Advocates for Connected Cars The auto industry is pushing for the “car of tomorrow”, claiming the technology will improve the driving experience and make the roads more safe. Users could stream music and movies to the car, among other entertainment features. These connected cars would also let the manufacturer remotely monitor and upgrade the vehicle’s software. The technology could keep drivers safe by notifying the driver of weather forecasts and traffic problems in their area. Many hope that this technology will allow vehicles ... read more

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Wintry Driving Conditions: What You Need in an Emergency

The recent snow that stormed across the midwest was a wakeup call for many drivers who were stuck on the road. We started thinking about all those accidents and abandoned cars and remembered how important it is to have an emergency kit. We should all keep an emergency kit in the car all year, but driving in winter conditions makes this even more important. When you’re caught in a blizzard or other cold weather conditions, you never know how long you’ll wait until help comes. Keeping a few extra items in the car will put you at ease in case of an emergency. You don’t have to buy an expensive emergency kit for your car- you can find some essential pieces on your own. Here is our guide for creating your own emergency survival kit for winter driving: -heavy duty bag to carry all items -ice scraper and snow brush -shovel -flares -jumper cables -flashlight and batteries -blanket -snacks ... read more

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Your Vehicle’s Spring Maintenance Checklist

As we approach the end of these cold winter months, it’s important to do some after-winter maintenance. Safety is important to consider all year round, but we want to help by providing you with a checklist for your car’s care: Check your antifreeze Spring time is usually when you need to do a radiator flush. You want to be sure your antifreeze mixture is good to go. Inspect Your Tires Your tires were working really hard in the winter weather and need some tending to. Rotating these seasonally will extend their life. Also, air pressure goes down from the cold, so check your tire pressure and add air if necessary. Wiper Blades These take quite the beating from the snow. Now is a great time to replace your wipers. Fluids Your engine works harder in winter driving conditions. Bring your car in to have its fluids topped. Battery Like everything else, your battery works extra hard in the cold weather. Th ... read more

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Driving at Night: Tips to Keep You Safe After Dark

Here in Illinois, fall is in full swing. The leaves are changing colors, football highlights dominate the evening sports broadcast, temperatures are falling and both Cubs and White Sox fans are saying, “Maybe next year.” It’s a beautiful time of year for family gatherings, outdoor events and cozy nights, especially with the sun setting earlier every day. As the days shorten, though, motorists are also discovering that they have to spend more time driving while it’s dark. And for many folks—young and old—it means added anxiety behind the wheel and an increased probability for accidents. Statistics show that despite 60 percent less traffic on the road roughly half of all fatal car accidents happen at night with a fatality rate per mile of travel about three times higher than during the daytime hours. Some of the reasons for these accidents include decreased visibility and perception, higher numbers of drunk and drowsy drivers on the road, and a greater number of motorists wi ... read more

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Teenage Driving: What To Do After an Accident

Whether we want it to happen or not, it’s a real threat. Due to the number of car crashes among teenagers in America, it’s a very real possibility that your son or daughter may wind up being involved in one of the more than six million car crashes that take place in the United States every year, many of which are caused by or involve young men and women who are just learning the rules of the road. Of course, we hope this never happens to your child and that this blog post never needs to be put to use, but just in case it does, it’s best to be prepared. So, let us ask the question: Parents, do your children know what to do if they are involved in an auto accident? If not, it’s time to sit them down and help them understand the steps. First, the important thing is to try and stay calm. Yes, it’s going to be a scary situation. Prepare them for that. It’s going to be emotional, and it’s going to shake them up. That’s okay. The important thing is to keep a level hea ... read more

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Asleep at the Wheel

They’re constantly on the go, busy with school, sports, homework, jobs, friends and any number of extracurricular or volunteer activities. They are your teenagers, and they’re doing the best they can to prepare for life in a tough world and get a leg up on the future. And, if they’re not careful, they’ll run themselves ragged sacrificing on healthy living habits in order to achieve and do more. One of the first things to go in a teenager’s schedule is sleep. And, unfortunately, when this becomes a habit, it’s more than just their health that suffers; it’s their performance in every area from school to athletics to–yes–driving. According to research from Liberty Mutual Insurance and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), teens who average less than eight hours of sleep a night are twice as likely to report falling asleep behind the wheel than those who had receive eight or more. The same research also indicates that 36 percent of teens often drive to sch ... read more

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