Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Auto Safety Reslolutions To Make This Year!

Safe driving habits are just as important as driving a quality vehicle. Use these tips to help protect you and your family on the road.

Always wear a safety belt. Safety belts save lives and help reduce the risk of serious injury in the event of a crash. Every passenger should wear a safety belt for every car ride, no exceptions.

Only use hands-free mobile devices. This year, vow not to call, text, sort music or otherwise play with your mobile device while behind the wheel. If you must talk on the phone while driving, use a hands-free headset or pull over to a safe location first.

  • Keep your cool. Let go of road rage. That means taking a deep breath when someone cuts you off rather than honking your horn or tailgating. It also means slowing down and steering clear if you see a driver acting erratically. Avoiding a driver that is irrational will keep you and your family from being in any danger.
  • Follow the speed limit. We know you’re in a hurry, but slowing down could save your life. According to the NHTSA, speeding is a contributing factor in 31 percent of fatal crashes. Male drivers age 15 to 24 are particularly at risk—37 to 39 percent involved in fatal crashes were speeding.
  • Stay grounded in a skid. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) applies anti-lock brakes (ABS) to individual tires to help keep your car going straight in a slide. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requires all 2012 vehicles to include ESC, an improvement estimated to save up to 9,600 lives.
  • Monitor your tire pressure. Variation of temperatures can deflate tires and reduce tire traction, which can cause you to lose control of your car. But Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) alert you when a tire loses air on models certain models. Check your owner’s manual.
  • Know what to do after a collision. After a crash you should unlock doors, turn on hazard lights and turn off thecar. If you have a car with our Intelligent Crash-Response System (ICRS), [4] it do these things for you—even cutting power to the fuel pump.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Emergency Kit for Your Vehicle

An emergency can happen at anytime. However, it seems like emergencies happen at the worst times-like in the middle of winter. There are certain items you should have in your car to make sure you're prepared for car-trouble emergencies. You never know when that unexpected dead battery will rear its ugly head or if you'll need a flashlight to change a tire in the iddle of the night. Here are a few things to keep in your vehicle's emergency kit that will help give you peace of mind.

1. Flashlight & Extra Batteries - a flashlight is a must if you have a breakdown in the dark  and need to look under the
    hood or find something in your vehicle it's a handy item to keep in your vehicle  Plus keep a set of extra batteries in your
    kit as well.
2.  Blanket - This is a must-have no matter where you live.  Nights can get chilly in warmer climates too.
3.  Duct Tape - It's been said duct tape can fix anythig.
4.  First Aid Kit - You never know what might happen when you're on the road.  so, be prepared for anything.
5.  Hand Warmers - Since they're so small, they're easy to throw into an emergency kit or glove box.  They come in handy
     when you're trying to change a tire.
6.  Battery Cables - We've all been there-- hearing that click when you turn your key and the batter is ded.  Keep battery
     cables in your trunk for just that reason.
7.  Windshield Scraper - If you live in an area that sees frost and snow during the winter, be sure you're prepared for it.
8.  Bottles of Water - For those unexpected times when you're waiting for roadside assistance, or maybe  you have a thirsty
     child in the vehicle it's a good idea to keep a bottle of water in the car.
Plus additional items such as:  chains, a small knife, energy bars, watergloves, small shovel, waterproof matches, a bag of sand kitty litter to help provide traction if your car is stuck in the snow, and never forget your cell phone.  A little preparation goes a long way to keep your car running smoothly during the winter months. Not only will the right tools and maintenance protect you and your car from the elements, but they will also keep you safe.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

How Winter Tires Stop the Slide

The cold temperatures are upon us; which can mean snow and ice.   You can easily go about your business on a cold winter day worry-free, stress-free and hassle-free if you have the right equipment for your car. 
The ticket to safe travel is ensuring that you have the proper tires on your car.  Winter tires are specifically designed to cope with low temps and snow- or ice-covered pavement.  These tires combine flexible rubber compounds with small tread blocks and hundreds of small cuts (called “sipes”) in the tread itself, which causes the tire to constantly flex and bite at the road, giving you better traction and keeping you safe while driving across frozen roads.
Tires don’t just protect you from snow but are designed to operate effectively and provide maximum cornering, acceleration and braking traction in a wide range of weather conditions.  

So, before as you head out on the road ensure that your vehicle has winter tires on them to keep you and your family safe from the slippery roads from the snow and ice.  Stop in or make your appointment today by calling Audia Chevrolet at 845-677-3406 or, online at audiamotors.com and ask about their 30-day Tire Match Guarantee www.audiamotors.com.