The braking system is arguably the most important part of a car. Without it, all that collision prevention technology is useless so it’s important to keep it in top condition. If you need new brakes, feel free to stop in at SouthTowne Hyundai and see what other services we have to offer! Here are a few signs it’s time to have your braking system inspected:
- Vibrating – If the brake pedal is vibrating, it could be an indicator of warped rotors. Generally caused by braking for long periods of time, like when towing, warped rotors are a danger and mean that the brake pad isn’t touching the surface of the rotor evenly. While it isn’t cause for immediate alarm, it certainly means you should schedule a service appointment as soon as possible and avoid braking for long periods of time.
- Seeing – By looking through the wheel spokes on most vehicles, it’s possible to perform a physical inspection of your brake pads. The pad should be pressed against the rotor when parked. If it looks like there’s less than a quarter-inch of pad left, make an appointment for the near future.
- Grinding – A loud grinding or growling sound indicates that the pads are completely gone and you’ve likely damaged your rotors. Make a service appointment right away and don’t be surprised if the technician suggests a new set of rotors altogether.
Though the summer months are slowly fading away, they seem to be leaving the heat behind. The possibility of heat exhaustion is as strong as ever, and yes, you can get heat exhaustion while driving.
The major form of heat exhaustion that most people tend to think about is related to water depletion, but you can also get heat exhaustion from salt depletion. This is why it is important to keep a sports drink on hand.
Some of the heat exhaustion symptoms include: cool, damp skin; excess sweating; dizziness; fatigue; rapid pulse; muscle cramps; nausea; and headaches. If you or a friend is experiencing these symptoms, try to cool down as quickly as possible.
Drink water and remember to keep your salt levels in check. If you have only been drinking water all day – you may be in serious need of electrolytes.
For more car safety tips, contact us or visit us anytime at SouthTowne Hyundai.
Road trips can be fun, especially when you bring Fido. But sometimes, that can complicate things a bit. Here are some tips for road trips with dogs so you won’t have to stress.
Plan, Plan, Plan
When your pup is with you, you’ll want everything planned out. Make sure that you pick out places on your route where you can stop for fifteen to thirty minutes every four hours. This will give your pup a bathroom break and let them get out some exercise.
Crate Your Dog
When your dog is spending a long time in the car, it’s best and safest to keep them in a crate. It’s the safest way for a dog to travel in the car. And sometimes, your dog will feel safer when confined in a small, familiar space.
Pack the Essentials
Make sure you have enough gear for your dog, like food and a food bowl, water bowl, any medications they use, a blanket, treats, poop bags, a brush, and anything else they might need. If it’s sunny where you’re going, considering bringing dog-safe sunscreen!
And mostly, just have plenty of fun with your pup!
We always want to be as fuel-efficient as we can: it saves the environment and it also saves us some money! Here are some smart ways to conserve fuel.
- Accelerate gradually – “Jackrabbit” starts, or hammering down on the gas, burn your fuel quicker. Gradually accelerate to save your fuel.
- Anticipate your stops – When you’re approaching a red light, let your foot off the glass gradually and as early as possible instead of hard stopping.
- Drive during the cooler parts of the day – During the summer, try driving during the cooler parts of the day. Cooler, dense air can boost power and mileage.
- Avoid long warm-ups in the winter – These can waste your fuel. Your best bet is driving while your car warms up.
- At high speeds, use air conditioning instead of open windows – Driving with your windows down causes more drag on the engine when traveling at about 50 mph or above.
- Maintain recommended tire pressure – Low tire pressure can not only damage your tires but also reduces your fuel economy.
- Keep your air filter clean – Clogged air filters increase exhaust emissions and burn more fuel.