Shared Mobility And Urban Transit

2017-12-12 15:55:15

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When cities expand quickly, existing transportation troubles intensify. In 2008, roughly half of the world's populace lived in urban areas. In 2050, experts estimate that 70 percent will live in metropolitan areas. ( Widespread adoption of shared mobility networks can mitigate these growing pains, raise quality of life, and stimulate economic expansion.

Pascal's Bold Experiment

Blaise Pascal, French philosopher and apotheosis of a true Renaissance man, is generally credited with developing the first public transportation enterprise in Paris in 1662. The innovation in personal urban travel, which launched with seven horse-drawn carriages, was discontinued in 1675 due to many factors including the fact that the majority of the population couldn't afford the five-cent fare. In the 19th century, however, his brilliant concept was revived and has flourished around the world in a myriad of forms in cities of all sizes.

In the last few years, shared mobility has expanded so far beyond traditional city buses, subways, carpools, commuter trains, and private taxi services that it is considered by many to be a contemporary phenomenon.

Shared mobility is a broad term that identifies any program, network, service, or agreement (public or private) where a group of users jointly owns or uses the vehicles of conveyance—cars, bikes, scooters, shuttles, etc. There are numerous programs around the world including ride sourcing, bike sharing, car sharing, and scooter sharing. Currently, these entities are concentrated in urban population centers but are adapting for the needs of individuals in rural areas.

If You Build It, The Apps Will Come

Forward-thinking start-ups and established tech firms are introducing aggregator apps so users can conveniently see their transportation options in any given location, request a ride, and pay with the app right from their phone.

The Benefits of Shared Mobility

The National League of Cities studied the potential effects of what some would consider a modest rate of adoption and made some estimations.

If all of the following occurred in the 15 cities analyzed:

  • 8 percent of the adult population joined car sharing
  • 4 percent joined bikesharing
  • 4 percent took one trip per week using ride sharing or ride sourcing instead of driving alone
  • Transit ridership increased by 3 percent

It would deliver the following environmental and financial benefits:

  • 134 fewer gallons of gas would be burned
  • $8.6 billion in total household transportation savings
  • 1.6 million fewer metric tons of CO2 created, the equivalent of planting 40 million trees! (

Regardless of the changing transportation landscape, private car ownership is the preference for many Falconer dwellers and I-86 Truck & Auto Repair is here to serve all of their automotive service needs. In addition, many local Uber and Lyft drivers trust us to keep their most important business asset maintained and repaired when necessary. To make an appointment, call us at 716-665-2501.

Car Talk: GR8PLTS

2017-12-05 15:13:58

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By law, every vehicle out on the road is required to have a license plate that is up-to-date and registered. Most drivers buy a car, go through the standard process of getting a license plate, and are fine with the random numbers and letters assigned to the car. But then there are individuals who like to make their car extra special and unique, so they order a customized license plate, sometimes called a "vanity plate."

Since US license plates typically have space for just seven letters, American auto owners have to get creative when it comes to expressing a phrase, message, or name. We’ve found some witty plates for you to test your license plate deciphering prowess.

  1. A plate on a California car reads, “9 3QTRS”
  2. Next, “HIOFCER”
  3. Third is a Lamborghini proudly proclaiming, “2L8IWUN”
  4. Number 4 is, “NVRLKBK”
  5. Lastly, we found a plate on the back of Aston Martin that read, “BKRPTCY”

If you haven't already figured these out, we’ll help you with the answers below.

The first plate belongs to someone who took Harry Potter fandom to the next level. If you remember the train station platform that leads to Hogwarts, it is labeled 9 3/4. Hopefully, this muggle won't try driving into any solid brick archways in search of a secret portal.

The second plate says “Hi Officer." We wonder if the is more likely to get out of a ticket because of the cheerful greeting on the license plate.

The Lamborghini plate says, rather arrogantly, “Too late, I won." We have to acknowledge, however, that the message is on target since few automobiles are speedier than a Lambo. Good luck racing this guy or gal.

Number 4 declares “Never look back." Maybe this adage expresses a life philosophy or perhaps is just a warning to trailing drivers to keep their eyes on the road ahead instead of in their rear view mirror.

The last plate is a rather ironic, “Bankruptcy." We’re guessing that if this Aston Martin is paid for, the owner won’t have to file bankruptcy any time soon. But if the driver does end up filing bankruptcy, that expensive car could be to blame!

Here is an important message for drivers looking for the most trusted auto repair center in Falconer: "Call I-86 Truck & Auto Repair for GR8SRVC!"

Note: The car pictured is a ZAZ Zaporozhets 965 built from 1960-1963 (with Ukraine plates).

The Most Expensive Places to Drive

2017-11-28 15:42:34

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When you consider the rates of owning and driving an automobile, you probably think about the initial purchase, oil changes, gas, and repairs. But what about the roads we drive on? Building and maintaining thoroughfares for auto travel is not cheap.

If you live in an area where roads are paid for with transportation taxes, you may mistakenly consider that they are "free" to drive on because you don't stop and pay every time you travel on the road. (This is probably how "freeways" got their name.) You pay for the use of the road when you swipe your debit card at the pump and pay a significant amount in taxes.

Communities with toll roads take a different approach to financing their transportation infrastructure. Toll roads are financed by collecting money on the spot from every driver that travels the road, and some have expensive tolls. Can you guess the locations around the world have the most expensive tolls? Check out the quiz below.

1. This thoroughfare is located on the East Coast of the United States of America. The cost of the toll is $1.05 per mile, making it one of the most expensive toll roads in the US.

2. This scenic expressway is one of the most well known in Germany. Thrill seekers often drive this no-speed-limit loop to try to get the fastest lap time. Traveling this 13-mile stretch of expressway costs about the equivalent of $32.

3. The third one on our list is a bridge that connects Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick, Canada. It spans 8 miles and the price is currently $46. Hopefully, you can find something to do that's worth $92 dollars if you take this route to and from the island.

4. Fourth is a tunnel that connects Italy and France. This tunnel saves a lot of time for auto owners traveling through the Alps. There’s a heavy price to pay for this shortcut, however. For a one way trip, you’re looking at around $55, and for a round trip, you pay around $68!

5. The last one is another bridge that connects some picturesque Northern European islands. The bridge has substantially reduced travel time between the islands. Previously, it required an hour-long ferry ride but now it’s just a 10-minute drive over the bridge. The cost to island hop using this bridge is around $37.

Here are the answers:

1. Chesapeake Expressway, Virginia
2. Nurburgring, Germany
3. Confederation Bridge, Canada
4. Mont Blanc Tunnel, France-Italy
5. Storebaelt (Great Belt Fixed Link) Bridge, Denmark

Thanks for visiting the I-86 Truck & Auto Repair blog. We invite you to learn more about our services by checking out our website or calling 716-665-2501 to set up an appointment. We are located at 1739 Lindquist Drive in Falconer.

Keep It? Sell It? Trade It In?

2017-11-21 15:46:50

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Our relationship with our car is different for each of us. Some car owners develop a connection with their car because it is such a key part of their life. It carries them back and forth to work, makes family vacations possible, and takes them about the world. For others, a car is no more than a way to get from Point A to Point B, or worse, a necessary evil.

Whether you love your car or simple consider it a means to an end, deciding if it's time for a change can be a difficult task. Do you sell it to the dealership? Sell it to a private buyer? Or is it a good idea to just drive it 'till it drops? Hopefully, this article will help you in your choice.

Sell Back To The Dealer?

Let’s begin with the question of whether you should sell/trade in your car to the dealership. The first thing to know is that the dealership will most likely give you less cash for your car than you can get from selling it on your own. In some cases, a LOT less. The reason for this is because they will turn around and sell it and they have to make a profit. (Those shiny showrooms don't pay for themselves.)

Another critical thing to think about is how much you owe on your auto. If you owe more than what the dealer will give you, the negative equity will roll onto your new loan. For example, if you owe $5,000 on your automobile but the dealership offers you $4,000, the negative equity of $1,000 will roll onto your new car loan. We guide avoiding negative equity since you’ll end up paying even more because that shortfall is subject to interest. Perhaps your only intent is to break even. If you owe $5,000 on your loan, and get $5,000 for your trade in, then you avoid negative equity. Some drivers will take a lower price from a dealer because they don't want the hassle of selling it on their own. Trading in is quick, simple, and convenient.

Sell To Private Buyer?

However, if you have the time and patience, selling it to a private buyer is generally the way to get the best price. You’ll want to use the power of the internet. There are multiple websites that will allow you to input the details about your car, and then the site will quote you a fair price based on data they’ve gathered on similar cars and the prices they fetched. You can post your auto on numerous sites. Just beware of common scams so you don't get conned. Some used car websites have become magnets for scammers. Make sure you avoid buyers who seem sketchy—there are plenty out there. Be smart about who you let take your car on a test drive, pay attention to their method of payment, and be cautious as to where you will meet to discuss the sale.

With a fair price and the right marketing, selling your car privately is possible. If you don’t advertise sufficiently and your vehicle is priced too unreasonable, selling privately can be a real headache.

Keep It?

You can always make the decision to hang onto your ride. If it has a low value on the used car market, is paid off, and still functions well, it may be worth keeping. If you have kids, family members, or friends that could use your automobile, you can always hand it down until it doesn’t run any more. (Think of the good will you would generate!) Depending on the variety of car and your needs, you can always add another car that compliments your current car. Many auto owners have multiple cars for different purposes, such as an economical commuter buggy and a larger auto for family trips or a truck for towing. At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we understand how your vehicle is integral to your lifestyle. You can trust in us to keep it in top condition with professional automotive service and repair in Falconer.

The Most Common Causes of Traffic Fatalities

2017-11-14 16:02:21

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If you take a moment and review the most prevalent causes of traffic fatalities, you will be reminded that ACCIDENTS CAN BE PREVENTED! Today's post delivers a serious warning for all of us who venture behind the wheel of our car and join our fellow road warriors on our nation's roads and expressways. The team of automotive experts at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair isn't pointing fingers here, we know that all of us drivers can take safety more seriously.

Distracted Driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed 3,477 lives in 2015 alone.

People, in general, need to just learn that it can wait. When combined with other bad behaviors, it is extremely risky. Consider the following true story that highlights multiple factors that contributed to a serious accident:

A sixteen year-old driver who was in a  car accident in 2012 was texting, completely disregarding road laws, and was driving a stick-shift on empty in a vehicle that often stalled at intersections. It was probably distracted driving that led to her being pummeled by a car 2.5 times the size of her car but all the other issues didn't help. By the way, they were both speeding. She was lucky enough to make it through, but all of that pain and suffering could have been avoided if she had just thought, “This can wait.”

Driving Under the Influence

Unfortunately, we need to also mention drunk driving. The good news is that American car owners have made impressive progress in the last four decades.

"In 2015, the rate of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities per 100,000 population was 3.2, representing a 65% decrease since 1982."

But we can, and need, to do even more. Despite this substantial decline in deaths, tipsy drivers are still wreaking havoc on our roads, causing 69% of driving fatalities. Whether you can walk in a straight line or not, if you’ve had more than one glass of alcohol, DO NOT DRIVE. Call an Uber or Lyft. Your pride is not worth someone’s life.


Recklessness: lack of regard for the danger or consequences of one's actions. If you’re upset with the world, or you’re just past the point of caring, either way, DO NOT DRIVE while feeling this way. Get some professional help.

Driver Fatigue

Our next issue is fatigue. There are many individuals who drive when they are sleepy even though they would never think of driving tipsy. They don't seem to realize that sleepy driving can be just as risky. We’ve all driven when our eyelids were heavy. According to a report conducted by the CDC in 2010, 4% of drivers surveyed reported actually falling asleep while driving. Sure, 4% may seem like a small percentage, but the survey respondents didn't answer whether they were sleepy, but if they had actually fallen asleep. There are no doubt many more who have driven while sleepy which is extremely dangerous. If you’re drowsy while driving, pull off to a dark, secluded area and try to take a catnap. The place you’re trying to get to will still be there once you’ve had a power nap. We’re not telling you to try to not drive while drowsy; DO NOT DRIVE while drowsy.


Another major cause of accidents is tailgating. We all hate it, but obviously some of us are guilty because repeatedly it is a factor in accidents. As a common act of courtesy and safety, DO NOT TAILGATE, ever. Eventually, the driver ahead of you will have to brake suddenly for some reason. If you’re tailgating, you’ll almost always damage their car and yours if you don’t have enough room or time to stop. The drivers and passengers in both cars may be harmed. And the police report and your insurance carrier will put you at fault for riding them (no matter how sudden the person in front slammed on his or her brakes) and your insurance rates may go through the roof. You never believe it’ll happen to you—until it does.

Failure to Yield the Right of Way

Failure to yield the right of way is the most prevalent cause of accidents for drivers over 70. Most of these types of accidents occur at intersections.

Teen Drivers

We know that it’s exciting to finally be able to drive at 16, but with that freedom, there also comes a lot of responsibilities. First and foremost is the responsibility to learn and comply with all of the road laws. The aforementioned young lady who was in that near-fatal automobile accident says, “My life would be so different if I would have just followed the laws, like going the speed limit, stopping at stop signs, and wearing a seatbelt.”

From all of us here at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, "Be careful out there!"

Auto Fun: Have You Ever Done Something Crazy to Avoid a Ticket?

2017-11-07 15:28:13

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It seems like you always get caught speeding at the worst time possible; racing through downtown Falconer to pick up the kids from school, running a red light because you’re late to a key meeting, or heading to the airport when you are about to miss your flight.

The flashing lights in the rearview mirror are always a dreaded sight and most of the time indicate that a fine is coming your way. Today's article includes some stories of men and women going to extremes to try to get out of a ticket.

One man got stopped for simply not wearing his seatbelt. The officers who stopped the man didn’t know what was coming next.

The man got out of his auto and started serenading the officer. His song included a plea to issue a warning instead of a traffic ticket.

The officer showed mercy and spared him the fine. The man filmed it all on his phone with a selfie stick. I guess you could try this yourself if you feel like you have the voice of an angel.

Another man took things too far. After being pulled over for speeding, he promptly grabbed his phone and called 911 to report a shooting in hopes that the police officer would leave to respond to the fictitious call before writing a fine. Instead, other officers were sent to the scene, and police swiftly found out that the man being pulled over was the one who made the call. (Apparently he didn't realize that his location could be traced to his phone.)

Instead of receiving a $200 speeding ticket, the man was charged with a felony and sentenced to prison time.

A 43-year-old woman without a current driver's permit got pulled over.

Posing as her 22-year-old daughter, she lied to the officer and told him that she suffered from a rare aging disease.

The officer was smart enough not to fall for that and after digging deeper, discovered that she was driving with a suspended license. We don’t recommend assuming another's identity in any situation.

The best way to avoid a fine on New York roads is to simply observe the speed limit and all traffic signs. But sometimes you can get stopped for things not managing properly such as a burned-out headlight or non-functioning blinker. Whatever it is, at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair we will fix you up.

Electric Cars Are Charging Ahead

2017-10-31 15:34:39

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Often we hear of proposed innovations and futuristic ideas and wonder if we will live to see it happen. Now, one of these once-outlandish concepts has turned into a reality. Tesla Motors has created self-driving, electric production cars that are available to the masses. Not only have they been innovators in the electric car industry but they’re now shaking up the global auto industry as a whole.

Tesla is now the highest valued automaker in the nation with a valuation of $50.887 billion.

With its dramatic success, Tesla has now eclipsed GM and Ford which have been the rulers for years. So what has Tesla brought about to get them to this point?

They started with the Tesla roadster which was a two-door sports car that was able to travel 244 miles on a single charge using rechargeable lithium ion batteries. From there they knew that they’d need to manufacture automobiles that would be more practical than a sports car if they wanted to flourish.

In 2012, they unveiled the Models S which was a four-door sedan that has become its most popular car on the road today. The Model S was followed up by the Model X which is Tesla’s SUV. These cars run 100% on electricity and as the years have gone by, Tesla has made their autos zippier, smarter, and more economical.

Tesla hasn’t stopped advancing. CEO Elon Musk wants to continue to make electric autos available to everyone and that’s why he’s introduced the Model 3. The Model 3 will be the most affordable Tesla to date, starting at $35,000 before incentives. This is a substantial change for Tesla because the Model S starts at $68,000 before incentives and the Model X at $85,000 before incentives. The Model 3 will most likely be the best selling automobile for Tesla because it delivers numerous advanced technologies at a more affordable price.

If you’re looking to invest in an automotive company, you might want to look at Tesla. If you’re looking to get service for your current vehicle, we’d recommend relying on I-86 Truck & Auto Repair for your excellent automotive service and repair in Falconer.


The Prancing Ponies

2017-10-24 15:46:28

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Ferrari and Porsche both have a celebrated history of making some of the most incredible sports cars for the road and track. While Porsche and Ferrari have no manufacturing relationship, their emblems could lead you to believe otherwise. Out of all the major carmakers, Porsche and Ferrari are the only two that have horses on their logos. Today's post highlights how they got their insignias and what inspired the horse themes.

From Fighter Planes to Sports Cars

Enzo Ferrari was the founder of Ferrari and had a history of racing with Alfa Romeo before splitting off to start his own auto brand. In 1932, Enzo Ferrari put his first horse insignia onto a car. The idea of the prancing horse actually came from Count Francesco Baracca who was an accomplished Italian Air Force fighter pilot. Baracca used to paint a strutting horse emblem on the sides of his plane before going into battle. He won over 30 battles in World War I and he became a national hero. Baracca’s mother was the one who suggested Enzo Ferrari add the strutting stallion to his autos because she said it would bring him good luck. Enzo eventually added the logo and won the next race. (Moms always have good ideas, right?) From then on it became permanent. The Ferrari symbol has become a famous symbol of a prestigious racing brand.

City Pride

The Porsche symbol, while very similar visually, has a different origin story. Porsche is a high-end German automaker based in the city of Stuttgart. Stuttgart was founded in 950 around stud horse farms. Ferdinand Porsche wanted the insignia to honor his city's heritage. Stuttgart has had an official city crest since the 13th Century that includes a prancing horse. This is where Ferdinand Porsche got the idea of adopting both the stallion and the shape of a crest. He also used Stuttgart’s city colors of red and black in the insignia and, for good measure, also added deer antlers that came from the Coat of Arms of the Free People’s State of Wurttemburg-Baden (the region's former designation).

We hope you have enjoyed today's post about two celebrated auto emblems. The team at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair wishes you safe travels and invites you to rely on us to offer full-service automotive repair in Falconer. Call 716-665-2501 to schedule an appointment.


The Future of Auto Safety Technology

2017-10-17 15:53:43

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For many men and women, driving a car is part of their everyday life. Whether commuting to work, transporting family and friends, or simply just to enjoy the thrill that a car can offer. Because cars have become such a vital part of people’s lives, vehicle manufacturers are taking their safety characteristics more serious than ever.

Back in the day, an automobile was simply made to get from point A to point B. No fancy options included. As cars got faster and there were more and more on the roads, deaths from car accidents increased. With steering wheels that could impale the driver's heart on impact and no safety glass, the injuries were gruesome. Thus, engineers began steadily inventing and refining a plethora of safety devices.

Now automobiles have features to make your drive safe and enjoyable, and some options that you wouldn’t even imagine could be in a car. Let’s look at some things that have improved automobile safety over the years as well as emerging technology.

Buckle Up

The most well known piece of equipment is the seat belt. Seat belts had limited use in various forms of transport since 1885. Volvo's Nils Bohlin developed the modern three-point auto seat belt which was introduced in 1959. Seat belts became standard on just about every vehicle in the late 1960s and it is estimated that this simple mechanism has saved millions of lives.

Back in the 1990s, if you started noticing your seat belt getting tighter when you leaned forward, it was probably due to the new pre-tensioning seat belts. (Then again, maybe your seat belt got tighter because of that spare tire around your midsection.) Now most modern vehicles are equipped with systems that alert the motorist to buckle up.

In the late sixties, head rests started appearing in cars. This low-tech apparatus prevents spinal injuries, as well as giving us a place to rest our head. Safety equipment advanced considerably with the SRS (Supplemental Restraint System), better known as airbags. Airbags work with seat belts to save even more lives and prevent injuries. It's pretty amazing that this device can detect a collision and deploy rapidly enough to protect the person sitting in the seat.

The Future of Auto Safety

Seat belts and airbags guard passengers when an accident occurs. But obviously neither of these can prevent a crash. Now automobile manufacturers have invented technology that helps prevent collisions. Many automakers are installing radars, cameras, and sensors in their cars.

Stop Crashes Before They Happen

Lane departure warnings alert car owners when they’re drifting out of their lane and helps move them back into their lane. Blind spot assist helps auto owners know when they have an automobile in their blind spot. Back up cameras permit the auto owner to see what’s behind them when in reverse to help ensure they don’t run over anything or back into something. (We have no excuse now when we back into the garbage can on trash day.) Automatic braking systems can detect an accident before it happens and automatically employ the brakes.

These are just a few of the incredible safety features that are all now possible because of the extensive research and testing that committed automotive engineers continue doing to ensure our safety on the road. Of course, self-driving cars use this advanced technology, but that's a topic for another post.

Proper maintenance is also critical for ultimate auto safety. The auto pros at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair in Falconer can keep your vehicle in ideal condition to ensure many miles of safe driving.

Are You Prepared?

2017-10-10 15:38:18

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Welcome to the I-86 Truck & Auto Repair blog. Since you are visiting an automotive repair center website, we will assume that you own a car. For most of us, our car is our principal mode of transportation and rarely does a day go by that we don’t use our cars to get somewhere. Because we spend so much time in our cars, it is wise to be prepared for anything, especially emergencies.

Do you have the needed items in your auto to care for yourself, your passengers, and your car in the case of an emergency? If not, hopefully this post can give you some tips for getting your car ready for anything.

First Aid Kit

The first thing that we counsel is a first aid kit. We usually have first aid kits in our homes, take them out for camping trips or sporting events, but not everyone carries one in their automobile. There are many different travel sized kits that can slide under a seat or fit into a glove box.

Spare Tire

Next is a spare tire. (We are talking about an actual spare tire, not the one that many of us keep permanently attached to our belly.) Getting a flat tire is one of the most common car issues and you never know when you might get one. Your car should have come with a spare tire, but if it didn't, we advise going to your dealership or nearest tire shop to see what options you have. If your car does have a spare tire, you’ll want to make sure you know how to get to it and have the tools to uninstall the flat tire and install the spare. We have noticed that some stock jacks are woefully inadequate. Give yours a test in the comfort of your garage so you know if it would pass the test if you were stranded on the side of the road in a blizzard. If it is too wimpy, switch it out with one that is easy to operate and strong enough to lift your car.


Smart documents to keep in your car are your insurance card, owner’s manual, and the contact information for your local mechanic. These might seem like obvious items, but you’d be surprised at how many auto owners don’t have these available when they need them. Your insurance card is important in case of an accident and your owner’s manual can help you diagnose and fix issues. I know that some individuals use their cell phone to access owner's manuals or repair forums online, but you can't always count on internet access and a charged phone battery.

Your automotive repair shop probably offers a towing service or could recommend one if your car does break down. If you are looking for an honest, highly-trained team of automotive professionals in Falconer, we welcome you to I-86 Truck & Auto Repair. We offer quality, timely service, and fair prices.

These recommendations may seem trivial, but they can save you big time in an emergency. I-86 Truck & Auto Repair recommends that you take a half hour and make sure your auto is equipped with these essential items. Being prepared brings peace of mind.