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Monthly Archives: March 2014

You Might Be A Shuttle Service If...

You Might Be A Shuttle Service If...

On a daily basis are you running children to pre-school, school, after school extracurricular events, and doctor/dentist/orthodontist appointments? Do your resolutions to prepare healthy meals end when after a day of dropping this child off and picking this child up finds you too tired to cook? You berate yourself as you drive through McDonalds…again but find yourself whispering a silent “thank goodness for Micky D’s?” If you answered yes to any of the above, you are a shuttle service. Hey…many grandparents I know are operating shuttle services too! You probably realize the gas tank is getting close to empty more frequently but you may be overlooking another important fact. Most of this sort of driving is short trips but it does add up and takes a lot out of your vehicle. This is what we refer to as “severe” driving. • Frequent short trips of less than 10 miles. • Multiple short trips Severe driving conditions lead to more rapid sludge fo ... read more

Your Car Is Keeping Tabs On You!

Your Car Is Keeping Tabs On You!

We have heard that “connected cars” can help us in extraordinary ways and we could easily get used to the convenience. Did you know that “connected cars” can keep tabs on drivers as well? That can be good but it can also be strangely unsettling! Let’s think about the pros and the cons when it comes to our cars and our privacy. The Pros Your car’s computer can determine when parts are wearing out before you experience any problems and alert you. Your car’s downloadable apps can help you find parking as well as surf the net and other web based activities. Your car can call for assistance when you are in an accident. Your car can be tracked and disabled if stolen. Your car can help you find it in a crowded parking lot and even have the doors unlocked for you. Your car can help you avoid crashes. Your backseat passengers can be entertained online. A car can take charge of teen drivers by lettin ... read more

Technology vs Distracted Driving

Technology vs Distracted Driving

The technology makers are fast at work providing new cars with interactive dashboards, voice-activated functions and web-connected services. Apple recently introduced CarPlay integration and Google will soon have its own Android-based version. While it seems great to be able to dictate texts, answer emails, check your social media, and make telephone calls while on the go, many question if drivers’ minds will be concentrating on driving or connecting with unseen family, friends and business associates. The technology gurus say that drivers can still have their “eyes up front and their hands on the wheel” but consumer advocates, policymakers and AAA argue that it is still distracted driving. This June look for a report to be released from the federation of motor clubs warning that hands-free, in-vehicle communications would be dangerous to drivers and others who share the road with them. Certainly we would all like to think we are capable of “multi-tasking” but more and ... read more

Pulling A Code Is Not Diagnosing A Vehicle’s Problem

Pulling A Code Is Not Diagnosing A Vehicle’s Problem

Today many drivers, thanks to Infomercials, think all you need to do to diagnose a vehicle’s problem is plug in a device, pull a code, and take it to the parts store, buy the part, get it installed and you are good to go! If that were the case anyone could do it and my staff and I wouldn’t have to spend hours per year in training classes to stay current in the ever changing world of vehicle service and repair. Sadly, many shops still say they are “diagnosing” a vehicle’s problem when in fact they are doing nothing more than trying different parts on a car until it finally works. We in the industry call these shops The Parts Replacers. It is unfortunate for consumers who trust their car repair to these parts replacers because they have to ultimately pay for every part they tried even if that part wasn’t the one that was needed. They add it to the driver’s tab and keep on replacing until they find one that does the job. Those of us who stay current with traini ... read more