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TIPS FOR DRIVING ON SNOW AND ICE

  • Decrease your speed, drive like you have no brakes.
  • Increase distance between car in front of you.
  • Maintain visibility. – Clean all windows and hood of snow and ice.
  • Safety experts say the first two recommendations are essential because it is impossible to know what's beneath a layer of snow until you apply your brakes. Also, black ice sometimes appears as if it is merely a wet surface.

    Clear snow, ice and slush from all surfaces of your car, including the windshield, windows, mirrors and body before driving. Sheets of snow on your hood or roof can peel off while driving and obscure your vision or that of the driver behind you. A film of dried slush on your headlights can dim them.

    Driving in snow

    • Keep your tires inflated to manufacturer specifications.
    • Use winter/snow tires if possible.
    • Check that your tires have adequate tread.
    • If possible, avoid using your parking break to prevent them from freezing while engaged.
    • Do not use cruise control on slippery roads; you should maintain control of the vehicle’s speed.
    • Take slow, measured actions. Accelerate, decelerate and turn carefully.
    • Read the weather report before heading out. Avoid or delay trips to treacherous areas if possible.
    • Pack a phone for communication in case of accident plus a blanket and other winter gear, water and snacks in your trunk.
    • If you get in a car accident or become stuck, stay with your vehicle. Do not walk for help in a storm. Your vehicle is shelter and is easier for rescuers to locate than a pedestrian. Bundle up with anything available in your car.

    WHEN BRAKING ON SNOW OR ICE:
    * with Anti-lock brakes: press firmly on the brake pedal, and hold it there;
    the pedal may pulsate, which is normal with ABS.
    * without ABS: gently pump the brake, so the wheels don't lock.

    Don't let four-wheel drive give you a false sense of security. Four-wheel drive won't effect how quickly you stop or turn.

    If you get stuck where there is no help, find a way to give the tires traction -- even using floor mats from the car.

    Always keep at least a half a tank of gas in the vehicle, so if you get stuck you can intermittently turn the car on for heat.

    If you're going on a long journey, tell someone the route.

    Remember, the key to driving in snow or ice is "slowly, gradually and smoothly."

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    Automotive Recalls

    We often hear about auto recalls when they become big news, but recalls happen quite often and are not always publicized. Many cars running around out on the road have recalls that have never been addressed.

    For those who bought used vehicles or have moved since a vehicle purchase, they may not get a notice.

    How do you find out if there is a recall on your car? Go to Carfax and enter your make and VIN#. If your car is not listed you can check with a dealer or go to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA.

    Millions of drivers could be endangered by operating vehicles that have been recalled but have not been repaired, according to an investigation conducted by Edmunds. They found there were at least 2.7 million vehicles listed for sale last year that still were subject to unfulfilled recalls. There are no laws that require a car's owner to notify a potential buyer that the car being sold is the subject of a recall. More about recalls and 14 of the largest.starbar.gif

    Ignoring that Check Engine Light
    Check Engine Light When the first GM cars with onboard computers and diagnostic capabilities came out in the early 80's, they could recognize a limited amount of problems and could store less than 20 trouble codes. It's not unusual for an average car today to recognize and set 125 codes or more just for the engine and transmission.

    Then there is Anti-lock Brakes, Traction Control, Air Bag, suspension and other systems that have their own codes.

    Some of these engine and transmission codes are for problems that usually won't cause problems we notice while driving. We often hear, "that light has been on for years, I don't worry about it anymore" or "Since this is a minor problem, can I continue driving it and not fix it right now?"
    Unfortunately you only have one check engine light. If you ignore the light because of a problem that doesn't seem to affect the way the car drives, something else might crop up that will cause big problems and you may not know until it's too late because the light is already on.

    Some problems that the light can come on to warn you about can cause poor mileage or be a warning that you may be left by the side of the road soon. Other warnings can be about things that can cause catalytic converter, transmission or engine failure.

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    Springfield, Oregon 97477
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