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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Miles Driven Update

Miles Driven Update

Here is an interesting study of how many miles Americans are driving each year. The most interesting is the ages of those driving. This has changed a great deal over the last few years. What is the average number of miles driven per year? According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration it is 13,476. Nearly 70 percent of states recorded an increase in vehicle miles traveled. It may be due to lower gas prices. Here are some interesting statistics: The average male driver puts in 16,550 miles a year – 63 percent more than the average for women which is 10,142. The number of teens with drivers’ licenses has dipped significantly since the 1980s – from 46 percent to 24 percent – for drivers aged 16. Motorists over age 65 are driving more miles and keeping their licenses longer. Drivers over 85 comprise the fastest growing age group -- and the trend is projected to continue. Here are how many miles people drive per year by age g ... read more

Cars Through The Ages: 1991-2016

Cars Through The Ages: 1991-2016

Here is our final segment of Cars Through the Ages! In many ways we have come a long way but it seems we still have more exciting times ahead of us in the car industry. I wonder when self-driving cars will be common place and what about flying cars? We live in exiting times! 1991 – 20001991 – The Cadillac comes standard with anti-lock brakes. 1992 – Chrysler minivan line has integrated child safety seats available. 1993 – Fiat buys Maserati 1994 – Volvo has side impact protection airbags. 1995 – Only one state in the USA doesn’t have mandatory seat belt laws. 1996 – The new Jeep Wrangler has coil springs. 1997 – Cadillac offers automatic stability control. 1998 – Dual airbags become standard in passenger cars. 1999 – Ford buys Volvo. ... read more

Don’t Beam Me Up Yet, Scotty!

Don’t Beam Me Up Yet, Scotty!

Being a “car guy” I enjoy reading all about the latest in car technology and all that is to come in the near future. Automotive researchers are throwing around terms such as “human/machine interface” and “moving sensor platforms.” Basically, this just means that your vehicle can be a computer-robot meeting your needs while keeping you safe. Driver error is the cause of most accidents so the idea is to take us humans out of the mix whenever possible. Technology is the easy part…overrides for safety is the difficult part and is the reason we aren’t enjoying all of this technology right now. Here is what we have to look forward to: Voice-recognition technology coupled with in-car applications. Adaptive cruise control, somewhat available right now, keeps your vehicle a safe distance away from another vehicle to avoid accident. Self-parking cars are already available and use sensors and radar to guide the car. Automated Guided Vehicle ... read more

How Phoenix Drivers Can Keep Their Car’s Value High!

Many of our customers at Fairway Auto Repair plan to keep their car going until it can’t go another mile. If you are in that category, this article is not necessarily for you. If you do plan to sell your car in the near future, or trade it in someday, read on! I was reading an article by AAA and they estimate that a vehicle's depreciation costs American car owners $3,571 per year, up less than 1 percent from previous years. They went on to give us pointers on how to give our vehicle more value when it is time to part ways! 1. Keep up with regular maintenance. A good technician can always tell if a driver skipped oil changes or other maintenance. When we do a used car inspection at Fairway Auto Repair for our customers prior to purchase, our technician runs tests that can tell if the fluids have been changed or not. Some leasing companies in Phoenix charge lessees for unperformed maintenance. Make sure you keep receipts to prove you have kept current with ... read more