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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Have You Been in an Accident?

An auto collision can be an emotional and exhausting experience. Many motorists drive defensively, take driver education courses and prepare for stressful driving situations, but unfortunately vehicle collisions still occur.

A driver is responsible for knowing what to do if they are involved in a collision. Even the most prepared and competent drivers sometimes find themselves involved in a crash. It does not matter who is at fault, the most important thing to do first is make sure everyone is OK, then seek medical and law enforcement help and know what to do to protect yourself from legal or financial problems down the road. 455684081-640x426

The best defense to avoid any problems after a crash is to be prepared. Keeping a pen and paper, disposable camera or cell phone camera, and copy of your insurance card easily accessible at all times will help keep you organized and decrease stress moments after a collision.

1. Assist the Injured. Quickly check with those involved in the collision to determine if there are any injuries. If medical attention is needed, call 9-1-1. If medical attention is not needed, make sure you are not in imminent danger at the roadside.

2. Control the Scene. Before taking time to exchange information, get to a safe place.  If there are no injuries and the vehicle is drivable, safely move to the right or left emergency lane.  Some state laws require drivable vehicles to be removed from the roadway to avoid traffic congestion. Turn on your hazard lights and set out warning flares or reflective triangles. Do not leave the scene of the crash, but find a safe place to remain until emergency services arrive.

3. Notify the Police and Submit a Report. The law requires you notify the police. No matter what either party says, call the police and file a report. If the police do not come to the scene to open an investigation, you can file a report by visiting a local police department or automobile insurance agency in the days after a crash. Having a report on file may help later if a liability claim is filed.

4. Document the Scene and Exchange Information. It is important to exchange and gather information with all parties involved in the crash, including witnesses. Having this on file will help complete any future paperwork or address potential problems. We suggests that you document:

  • Names
  • Addresses/email address
  • Vehicle Information including makes, models and years for all cars involved
  • Vehicle identification/license plate numbers
  • Driver’s license numbers
  • Insurance carriers and policy numbers
  • Take photos of the location, people involved and damaged vehicles

5. Notify Your Insurance Carrier. Your insurance carrier will need to be notified following a crash to start the proper claim filingMany insurance companies have staff available 24/7 and can assist immediately. Having proof of insurance in your vehicle is required by law and makes filing a claim easier if not at home.

6. Unattended Vehicle or Property. If you are involved in a crash that involves an unattended vehicle or property, take action to inform the owner. If you cannot locate the owner, attach a written notice of the collision to the vehicle or property, being sure to include your contact information and information listed above.

Drivers and owners of motor vehicles must be prepared to assume legal and financial responsibility if involved in a crash, do not to let your emotions and feelings get in the way of deciding who is at fault. Never allow yourself to be pressured into admitting fault or giving an opinion about the cause of a crash. If you wish, you can consult with an attorney before giving a statement.

Happy New Year

Eagle Transmission Shop wishes you and your loved ones a very happy new year!

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Holiday Road-Trip Survival Tips

Are you and your family planning to drive to a holiday get-together this year? Whether you’re heading to Grandma’s cottage or a favorite vacation spot to celebrate holidays with family or friends, AAA has simple tips to help make your drive a smooth one, so you can arrive at your destination safely and without incident. 2016-12-01

  •  Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained. If maintenance is not up to date, have your car and tires inspected before you take a long drive.
  • Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads during the most popular times of the year. If possible, consider leaving earlier or later to avoid heavy traffic.
  • Keep anything of value in the trunk or covered storage area.
  • If you’re traveling with children, remind them not to talk to strangers. Go with them on bathroom breaks and give them whistles to be used only if the family gets separated.
  • Have roadside assistance contact information on hand, in case an incident occurs on the road.
  • In case of an emergency, keep a cell phone and charger with you at all times. AAA and many other companies offer smartphone applications that enable motorists to request help without making a phone call.

With a little prep, you can leave the road-trip stress at home and enjoy your holiday with family and friends.

New at manual transmission – Tips to get best fuel efficiency

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You would have already learned how to listen to the engine when it needs to down shift or up shift when needed. Or, you may have also been taught at what RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) in your Tachometer says you need to shift to another gear. With the RPM, it is not necessary to wait until its upper or lower limits is reached. You will know from the sound and ‘feel’ of the car when it needs to be shifted to another gear. Normally, the 1st and 2nd gears are used for uphill and downhill drives. For uphill, the engine runs faster to negotiate the climb but depends on the gradient or steepness of the climb. For downhill, the engine controls the speed with what is called ‘engine brakes’ so you won’t need to apply on the brakes too frequently. You should also get the ‘feel’ of the car on both situations. What you feel and sense with the car is important. Not all cars with manual transmission have exactly the same response because of differences in power and gear ratios. Pickups and trucks have lower gear ratios and low-speed differentials. Meaning they are more equipped for their purpose. SUVs will have something similar to features of the drivetrain.

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Here are some pointers or guidelines that would help save on fuel or maximize economy in driving with Manual Transmission:

  1. Almost all cars or vehicles are now start and drive. No unnecessary warming or idling of the engine first.
  2. Avoid jump starts and sudden braking or stops.
  3. Put gear in neutral when in traffic stops or stop lights.
  4. Learn how to balance well the use of clutch and accelerator to prevent sudden jerks when shifting.
  5. Always use the highest possible gear under normal speed under normal weather and road conditions.
  6. Avoid using clutch and accelerator balance when stopping during an uphill climb. This uses up more gasoline and wears away clutch lining faster. (The clutch under strain could even give unpleasant smell or just give up)
  7. Turn off air-conditioning as much as possible especially if heat is bearable.
  8. When speeding up or slowing down is necessary, try to always do it very gently, except for emergency situations.
  9. Don’t race or rev up the engine while on idle or standstill.
  10. Apply gentle pressure on brakes or several light ‘taps’ of the foot when slowing down and shift to the next lower gear, if called for.
  11. If possible, drive the car only on two preferred gears under road conditions it may be needed.
  12. Don’t gun or rev the engine before shutting it down.

With the cost of fuel now, it may be impracticable to practice on your car. For practicing on the pedals and shifting, I used to do this when I was still learning to drive. Using three inverted ‘flip-flops’, I made them as the pedals of the car. An imaginary floor gearshifter and steering works with it. I replicated engine sounds with my ‘hum’ and coordinated it with the correct pedals to step on or release them.