Know Your Vehicle

Most people do not really care about how their vehicles work. However, it is very Drivingimportant that car owners understand at least the basic functioning and the basic maintenance of their vehicles. One of important areas that demands your attention is the transmission fluid replacement. This is one of the areas that gets the least attention from the vehicle owners. People have various notions about the transmission fluid and new drivers in particular have various questions and doubts about their vehicle’s transmission fluid. To save themselves from the hassles of learning about the function of transmission fluid and about the transmission fluid maintenance, most drivers shift this burden to their transmission repair shop. While there is nothing wrong in having your transmission fluid maintenance needs handled by your transmission repair shop, having some basic understanding about these things will certainly prove to be handy. You will at least know then when to take your vehicle to your transmission repair shop to get the transmission fluid replaced or checked.

One of the most common questions that people have regarding their vehicle’s transmission fluid is, “How often should I change my transmission fluid?” You will find the answer to this question in your vehicle’s manual. It is best to stick to what your vehicle’s manual says regarding the frequency of transmission fluid replacement. The next question that you are likely to have is, “What will happen if you fail to replace the transmission fluid as per the indicated mileage chart?” You will not notice anything immediately but if you ignore it for too long then it will start damaging the vehicle. Your vehicle will simply lockup after a certain limit then you will have to go for complete repair and servicing, which will result in a huge bill. Though complete vehicle lockup happens in extreme cases, it will start reducing the vehicle’s performance. The wear and tear of your vehicle’s engine will increase to an undue level leading to further major repairs. Additional issues that you can notice include reduced mileage and noisy engine. Do not push your vehicle to the extremes. Get better mileage by having your transmission fluid checked regularly and replaced correctly. It does not matter even if you do not know how to handle this task. All that you are required to do is to set regular reminders in your mobile phone or on your computer to check the transmission fluid regularly. This will save you from unnecessary problems and expensive repairs. At times, you may not have to replace the transmission fluid but it may just require a top up. How frequently you may have to top up will of course depend on how extensively you use your vehicle. Most people have ended up with huge bills just because they have been pushing their vehicle too far. It is best to establish long-term relationship with a Eagle Transmission Repair so that you can make sure that your transmission fluid is replaced regularly at the right frequency. We offer Transmission fluid Services starting at $89.99

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Nighttime Driving Worries: Do You Want to See Better At Night?

Are you someone, or do you know someone who doesn’t enjoy driving once the sun has sylvaniainfographic-768x573gone down? You’re not alone. A recent survey from SYLVANIA Automotive found that 62 percent of motorists avoid driving during evening hours. However, for many drivers avoidance is simply not realistic – you still need to get home from work, your children still need to get to and from after-school activities, and plans must go on. So, what to do? In order to increase visibility on the road and make you more comfortable when driving at night, it is essential that high-performance headlights are installed on your vehicle.

The same survey found that while 28 percent of drivers have difficulty seeing hazards and other drivers on the road at night, 34 percent of drivers have never changed out their headlights.

When asked the question:  “Do you want to see better when driving at night?” – The answer should always be yes.  This is a no brainer – we all want to see better when given the option. Improving a vehicle’s headlights can affect the lives of drivers and their overall experience on the road. Better headlights can help improve down road visibility and increase chances of seeing objects sooner in the event of an accident or hazardous road conditions. This is a simple maintenance check that drivers of all ages should prioritize when it comes to overall road safety.

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Avoid Distractions

Many states in the U.S. have passed laws that ban the use of cell phones while driving. The reason is the number of deaths attributed to this seemingly harmless activity: 2,600 the-cost-of-distracted-drivingdeaths nationwide every year, by some estimates. In fact, those numbers may actually be too low, due to the continued rise in cell phone use behind the wheel. If you think that talking and texting while driving isn’t a big deal, consider this: One researcher compared the reaction time of a 20-year-old driver talking on a cell phone to that of a 70-year-old driver. What’s more, working a cell phone behind the wheel can delay reaction times by as much as 20 percent.

It isn’t just cell phones that cause distractions, however. Eating, applying makeup, fiddling with electronic devices or interacting with passengers also diverts a driver’s attention in potentially deadly ways.

Police Stops: What to Do If You Are Pulled Over

When You See the Police Car

If a police car is following you with its siren blaring or emergency lights flashing, pull over to the right quickly (but safely) and come to a complete stop in a safe place. Police Stop

Pulling over right away isn’t an admission of guilt. It just means that you were alert to everything that was happening around you. Also, by stopping as soon as you can, you’ll have a better chance of figuring out exactly where and how the officer says you violated any traffic laws. This information can be useful should you and a lawyer later need to prepare a defense.

Pull over in a way that will be most likely to calm down an angry or annoyed traffic officer. Use your turn signal to indicate any lane changes from left to right, and slow down fairly quickly, but not so quickly that the officer will have to brake to avoid hitting you. Pull over as far to the right as possible, so that the officer won’t have to worry about being clipped by vehicles in the right lane when coming up to your window.

Right After You Stop

After you’ve pulled over to a safe spot, you should normally turn off your engine. At this point, you might want to show the officer a few other token courtesies. You have little to lose and perhaps something to gain.

Roll down your window all the way. Put out a cigarette if you have one and discard any chewing gum (within the car). You might also want to place your hands on the steering wheel, and, if it’s dark, turn on your interior light. These actions will tend to allay any fears the officer might have. After all, police officers have been killed in traffic-stop situations, and the officer’s approach to the vehicle is potentially the most dangerous moment.

Your dignity might be offended a little at this point, but remember that you’re just doing a few simple things to put the officer in an optimal frame of mind.

Also, stay in the car until and unless the officer directs you to get out. Finally, don’t start rummaging through your back pocket for your wallet and license, or in your glove compartment for your registration, until the officer asks you for them. For all the officer  knows, you could be reaching for a weapon.

Excuses to Search

A police officer who stops you for a traffic violation is normally not allowed to search your vehicle. But there are several exceptions to this general rule.

After pulling you over, an officer will watch for any sort of “furtive movement.” A sudden lowering of one or both shoulders, for example, will tip the officer off that you’re attempting to hide something under the seat.

An officer enforcing a traffic stop isn’t looking just for furtive movements. Officers will look for anything incriminating that’s in “plain view” (like open beer or wine bottles, joints, or roach clips). Discovery of one item in plain view often leads to a thorough search that reveals more incriminating or illegal objects.

If you’re arrested and your car is towed, the police may generally make an “inventory search” afterward, even if they have no reason to suspect there’s anything illegal inside

Make sure your windshield wipers are in good shape

Winter wipers – with the rubber coverings that keep ice from collecting on the blade – winter-windshield-wipershave become very popular. They’re great in the winter, but make sure you take them off in the spring. Winter wipers are heavy, and if you use them all summer, you’ll wear out the wiper motor prematurely.

And when using your wipers in the winter, remember to turn them off BEFORE shutting off the engine. Why? Water frequently freezes overnight during the winter. And if your blades freeze to the windshield, when you go to start your car, the wiper motor may burn out trying to get them back to the “rest position,” while you’re sitting there wondering, “What’s that burning smell?”