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FAQ: Auto Safety

Winterizing Your Vehicle

winterizing that help drivers get winter vehicle maintenance “down cold.” The winter months are hard on your vehicle. Cold temperatures can affect its operation, while dirt and road-salt residue can cause problems with its physical condition. However, there are some simple checks and maintenance items you can do that will help your vehicle stay in top condition. Cold temperatures make it harder for an engine to work properly. Snow and ice...

Why should I fill my tires with Nitrogen?

save fuel go green fill with Nitrogen Drive with your headlights on, especially on cloudy days when visibility is poor. This will help other drivers see you better. You can get your vehicle moving much better with a slow start on ice and snow than you can by accelerating fast. Slick pavement demands slower speeds than normal. Having good brakes is no aid when the pavement is slick and the tires don’t...

Inspect your vehicle before the first snow hits

safe winter driving It is October already and this is when we usually get snow and colder weather. Most of us are so busy these days that we wait until the last minute to prepare our cars for these conditions. Having good tires, wiper blades, fluids, belts and hoses are very important. We all remember to make sure that ourselves and our children are prepared for the weather, but the one...

Vehicle's battery starting and charging system

Well, now that summer is coming to an end we hope that you have had a safe and enjoyable one. Most of you are getting ready for the children to go back to school and a lot of you will probably drive them to and from. So here is the tip for August that may help you avoid some things that could prevent you from getting the little ones where they need to be on time or...

Why you inspect brakes and fluids before leaving for rough mountain areas

Why you inspect  brakes and fluids before leaving for rough mountain areas So the Memorial Day weekend has come and gone and with that marks the start of camping season. Most of us enjoy going to the mountains where it's cooler, but getting there can be trying. Those mountain passes can be rough on your brakes and engine, and even a short day trip can be costly and dangerous. The last thing you want to happen is your brakes failing on the...

How can you inspect on your vehicle tires

One of the easiest things that you can inspect on your vehicle is your tires. Before getting in your vehicle in the morning or just after putting gas in, check out your tires. Start by just looking at them. Look for cracking on the sidewalls, tread depth, bulging, and wear. It is also good to have a tire gauge in your vehicle and check your tire pressures at least...

Extreme changes in temperature cause your battery to over work

To be honest there are so many things it could be. It could be fuel related, engine electrical, transmission, or even just a simple tune item. Its summer time. Time for traveling to the mountains, camping, fishing, going to visit relatives, going to grandma's house. I remember driving to my relative's houses - going long distance - kids yelling - windows down to...

What to look for when choosing a quality repair facility for your vehicle?

This month we would like to discuss what to look for when choosing a repair facility. Today’s cars are more complicated than they were ten years ago, and cost more not only to own but also to maintain. With this in mind wouldn’t you feel more comfortable and secure taking your vehicle to a quality repair facility that will treat you as a person and address your needs...

Alternative Fuels For Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV)

Alternative Fuels For Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) An Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) is a vehicle that can operate on fuels other than gasoline or diesel. Alternative fuels include biologically produced diesel (biodiesel), electricity, ethanol, hydrogen, methanol, natural gas, and propane. AFVs range in function and size from small passenger cars to large transit buses and 18-wheeler trucks. In the light-duty or...

Battery Electric Vehicles Refueling, Energy Use and Charging In California

Battery Electric Vehicles Refueling Pump The success of the Air Resources Board's zero emission vehicle (ZEV) program can be seen today through the growing availability of hybrid electric vehicles and near-zero emission gasoline combustion vehicles. Although the battery electric vehicle (EV) market has changed recently due to a shift to fuel cell technology, there have been over 4,000 EVs on California's...

Electric Vehicle Charging

Electric Vehicles are fueled by electricity and can be recharged at a charger installed at your home or workplace, or at many other charging locations such as Costco and your local shopping mall. Currently, there are two different charging methods, conductive and inductive. The conductive system is similar to the traditional plug in that it uses metal-to-metal...

What types of vehicle technologies need to be developed to reduce greenhouse gasses?

Actually, technology that has already been developed and is currently in use on some cars can result in significant improvement. Minor adjustments to catalytic converters and air conditioning systems can help reduce greenhouse gases such as nitrous oxides and HFCs, while existing technology already being used in some automobile engines, transmissions, tires,...

Law require ARB to force auto manufacturers for reductions of greenhouse gasses?

In July of 2002 Gov. Gray Davis signed Assembly Bill 1493, authored by Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, directing the ARB to achieve the maximum feasible and cost-effective reduction of greenhouse gases from California's motor vehicles. The law requires the reductions to take into account the time allotted, environmental, economic, social, and technological factors. The...

Can hybrids drive in the carpool lane?

AB 2628 allows single-occupant use of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOVs) lanes by the cleanest alternative fuel, hybrid, and full-electric vehicles. Use of these lanes with only one occupant requires an identification sticker issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. AB 2628 limits single occupant HOV lane access to super clean advanced technology vehicles....

Do hybrids get any incentives?

Although hybrids are extremely fuel-efficient and meet the most stringent emission ratings, they do not receive any State incentives. This is because hybrids are not significantly more expensive than their gasoline counterparts. Also, hybrid vehicles vary in their emission ratings - you may even find a pure gasoline vehicle that has fewer emissions than a hybrid...