More Ways To Save Money On Gas

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First of all, check your gas cap! Believe it or not, it’s been estimated that nearly 17% of cars on the road have broken or missing gas caps. What’s the big deal? Escaping fumes not only hurt fuel economy but release smog-causing compounds into the air.

While you’re at it, slow down. For every 5 mph you reduce highway speed, you can reduce fuel consumption by 7%. Avoiding jack-rabbit starts and stops will improve fuel economy as well. Don’t believe it? Lousy driving on the highway can add as much as one-third to your gas bill.

Avoid Surprise, Winterize

The non-profit Car Care Council recommends that motorists perform a six-point winter maintenance check of areas that have direct impact on winter driving.

“Harsh winter weather can stress out a vehicle, as well as its driver,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “A vehicle that is properly prepared for the elements can help you avoid an unplanned road emergency when the weather takes a sudden turn for the worse.”

  1. Battery – Cold weather is hard on batteries, so it’s wise to check the battery and charging system for optimum performance. Because batteries don’t always give warning signs before they fail, it is advisable to replace batteries that are more than three years old.
  2. Antifreeze – Antifreeze (coolant) should be flushed and refilled at least every two years in most vehicles. As a reminder, do not add 100 percent antifreeze as full-strength antifreeze actually has a lower freeze point than when mixed with water.
  3. Brakes – Have the brake system checked. Brakes are critical to vehicle safety and particularly important when driving on icy or snow-covered roads.
  4. Tires – Check the tire tread depth and tire pressure, including the spare. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly as tires lose pressure when temperatures drop.
  5. Oil – Be diligent about changing the oil at recommendedpz-change-oil-2 intervals and check the fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time. Consider changing to low-viscosity oil in winter, as it will flow more easily between moving parts when cold. In sub-zero driving temperatures, drop oil weight from 10-W30 to 5-W30 as thickened oil can make it hard to start the car.
  6. Lights & Wipers – Make sure all exterior and interior lights are working so you can see and be seen. Check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir and replace wiper blades that are torn, cracked or don’t properly clean your windshield.

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 gone 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

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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 deaths 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 Police Stop

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.

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

The Transmission Rebuilding Process

When you rely on Allstate Transmissions and Auto Repair for transmission building services in Dallas and the surrounding area, you’ll receive personalized care from an experienced automotive professional. Each transmission rebuild that we perform is customized to your unique needs. We’ll remove your vehicle’s transmission, take it apart, and inspect for worn or damaged components. From there, we can replace or recondition problem components and offer you a transmission that runs like new. A rebuilt transmission from Allstate Transmissions and Auto Repair is the perfect solution for drivers who want to save money and experience greater efficiency on the road.transmission

What is A Rebuilt Transmission?

A rebuilt transmission is one where the transmission is dismantled and examined, worn or broken parts are changed (usually referred to as “hard harts”) and afterwards reassembled to factory requirements, in addition to new gaskets, seals, clutches and bands. These are typically described as “soft parts”. Almost all transmissions now have electrical parts that need to be tested as well. Some of the electrical parts are inside the transmission and a few of the electrical parts are affixed on the outside of the transmission. The term “rebuilt” is normally utilized in a store setting where the consumer’s transmission is removed from the vehicle, rebuilt then re-installed. It is a custom-made process carried out by an expert. Other terms you might hear that have the same definition are “refurbished, reconditioned or overhauled”, they have the exact same definition.

We stay up to date with all the updates offered for your vehicle’s transmission. Often times after the production of a specific kind of transmission the manufacturer has updates that they include in future designs. The aftermarket likewise establishes methods to assist these transmissions be more dependable. Incorporating hardened steel splines for instance or a much better rubbing clutch would be just a couple of examples of what can be done during the rebuild process. Much technology likewise goes into the testing and rebuilding of the valve body of transmissions. Oftentimes we will include a shift kit or performance kit that will really make the transmission perform better after we rebuild it than it did brand new off the assembly line. Our goal with each rebuild is to make it work as good or much better then a brand-new one.

What is a Re-manufactured Transmission?

A re-manufactured transmission (commonly described as a “reman”) is the same as a rebuilt transmission other than that the work is done in a factory setting. Generally there are two common practices used in re-manufacturing. One utilizes a team of workers skilled in a particular area of the repair. One person does the tear-down and inspection, one person does the cleaning, several people will put together and restore certain parts and a final person will assemble the transmission.

The other utilizes a single person skilled at rebuilding a specific transmission or family of transmissions. There will be a Ford specialist, a GM specialist, a Chrysler specialist and so on. In this instance, they’ll rebuild a whole transmission from start to finish. At Allstate Transmissions we employ re-builders that are highly skilled and experienced at rebuilding all types of transmissions. This ensures you get a job done right the first time.