Are You Ready To Embrace Autonomous Driving?

2018-06-20 08:18:44

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Even if you don't live in an area where autonomous vehicles are being tested, you have probably heard a lot about them.

With all the publicity—both negative and positive—about autonomous technology, some Americans wonder if their fellow citizens are completely on board. Since it's a frequent topic of conversation, we looked into it.

The Public Has Not Embraced Them Yet

A recent survey by CareId (an automotive marketing company), found that not all Americans are sure about them.

We Still Like to Drive Ourselves

The survey found 75% of respondents would prefer to drive themselves than be transported in an autonomous car. Furthermore, if they were using autonomous transport, 64% would rather own the vehicle rather than hire it.

Recent Fatalities

Pedestrian Elaine Herzberg was struck and killed by a semi-autonomous vehicle in Arizona in March 2018. That same month, the driver of a Tesla Model X died after the car crashed and caught on fire. Tesla confirmed that the car was on the autopilot setting when the accident occurred.

Will They Be Safer?

Despite these tragedies, proponents argue that self-driving cars will make our roads much safer. Some even predict a future with zero vehicle fatalities.

Did the survey respondents believe this? 55% said autonomous technology will lower but not eliminate accidents. 24% believe the accident, injury, and fatality rates will remain the same. 51% said they would feel "somewhat" or "very" unsafe riding in an autonomous car.

Should The Government Get Involved?

When it comes to autonomous automobiles, the survey respondents favored government regulation almost 2 to 1.

Are You Ready For Them?

How do you feel about autonomous cars? Are you as nervous as some of your fellow drivers? Leave your thoughts in the comments section. We would love to hear from you.

I-86 Truck & Auto Repair provides automotive service to auto owners in the Falconer area. To learn more about our company, visit

A New Life For Used Tires

2018-06-13 07:52:13

Without tires on your vehicle, you wouldn't get very far. They help propel you forward and they support your car’s weight. Properly inflated tires with good tread help keep you and your ride on the road. Unfortunately, tires don’t last forever.

Every year roughly 300 million tires need to be replaced. That is about one tire for every American every year. What happens to all of those used tires? Few states allow tires in landfills. This is because they quickly pile up and trap methane which damages landfill liners. When the liners are damaged, the toxins from the tires pollute the groundwater. Lots filled with piles of old tires provide an ideal place for rats and mosquitoes to flourish. Burning tires isn't an option, as the fumes are toxic.

Recycling tires is the environmentally-responsible way to deal with old tires. Most likely the location you purchased your tires will recycle them for you. Roughly 110 products use rubber from recycled tires according to the EPA. Some of these products are artificial turf, mud flaps, rubberized asphalt, floor mats, garden mulch, and erosion control products.

Recycling used tires is not the only green option for disposal. Reusing old tires for DIY projects is an enjoyable way to give your old tires a new life. The nostalgic tire swing is just one of many approaches to reusing a spent tire. Below is a list of old tire DIY projects.

Whimsical garden planter
Archery target
Playground obstacle course
Garden furniture
Treads for outdoor steps
Dog bed
Jungle gym
Bike rack
Climbing wall
Landscaping steps
Compost container
Hose holder
Umbrella holder
Childs hammock
Horse trough
Ice chest

Need tire balancing, mounting, or rotating? I-86 Truck & Auto Repair provides services for the tires on your vehicle. (Need a caterpillar planter? Looks like a fun Saturday project.)

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Can You Guess the Auto Emblem?

2018-06-06 08:07:09

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Auto company symbols are not just creative representations, they may also hold some history of the automaker itself. See if you can guess the automobile company responsible for the following emblems.

Emblem Description: A women leaning forward. The garment billowing behind her looks a lot like wings.

The Spirit of Ecstasy is the official name of this Rolls Royce emblem. (The double "R" emblem would have been too easy.)British model and secretary Eleanor Thornton was the inspiration for this classic sculpture. She was the personal secretary of Baron John Scott Montagu. He was a friend of co-founder Charles Rolls. Miss Thornton and Montagu were on a ship in the Mediterranean when they were torpedoed by a German U-boat. Thornton drowned but Montagu survived.

Emblem Description: A red ram’s head inside of a red pentagon.

Can you picture it? Dodge motors introduced this ram-inspired insignia. A popular origin story goes like this: back in the 1920’s, the ram’s head was put on radiator caps, and Walter P. Chrysler was told people would always think to “dodge!” when they encountered a wild ram.

Emblem Description: Three silver ovals, two that are arranged to form the first letter of the automaker’s name

The oval placement no only looks like the “T” in Toyota, but the company explains that the emblem also illustrates a core value. The overlapping ovals signify trusted relationships.

Emblem Description: A black ring with two blue and two white triangles inside.

This logo for BMW was originally designed in 1917 to represent the Bavarian state colors. However, subsequently someone pointed out that it resembled a propeller. Since BMW originated as an aircraft manufacturer, this reinterpretation of the emblem was deemed appropriate.

At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair in Falconer, we appreciate the artwork that has adorned autos throughout automotive history. If you appreciate trusted, affordable automotive service, call us at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair.

Are Electric Vehicles Really Better?

2018-05-30 08:09:17

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At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we are seeing more all-electric vehicles. Which leads us to today's topic of discussion: the benefits and drawbacks of EVs.

Pro: Electric automobiles have a lot of low-end torque. Because they’re not prone to overheating, you can run them hard every day. Which makes them prime for stop-and-go traffic. And they are super quiet which most men and women appreciate.

Con: Learn to take everything with a grain of salt, because regardless of the oft-mentioned advantages, they have a limited range. Though new EVs have a longer range, some drivers report "range anxiety." Hard-core EV proponents dismiss this psychological downside-after all, many can now go 100 miles between charges. But if you are an overly-nervous person, be sure to take this possibility into account. Your lifestyle also plays a factor. If you have an unpredictable, but critical daily timetable, an electric automobile may hamper your flexibility. (Like if you're a pet psychic who makes emergency house calls.)

Pro: Which brings us to our next point, wouldn’t it be great to never have to go to a gas station again? With a rechargeable auto, you just have to plug it in at night. But then, again, you have to plug it in at night. It's a lot like your cell phone, but you can charge your cell phone in a car charger while driving.

Con: Our next grain of salt is that it takes hours to recharge. An electric automobile would not be smart to take on a road trip, because you’d have to stop and recharge continually, and portable chargers can get pretty costly. As more charging stations are built, and automakers shorten the time it takes, this will be less of a headache.

Con: Electric cars cost $25-40K, whereas gas automobiles lease for $199 a month on the low end.

Pro: Are electric vehicles really more environmentally-responsible than their gas counterparts? If you get a rush from feeling eco-virtuous every time you climb into your vehicle, this is your automotive drug of choice. You can cruise around Falconer without polluting the air and pat yourself on the back for breaking your dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels. (Try not to worry about the cancer-causing sulphur dioxide released with nickel mining and the CO2 emitted by the EV battery factories.)

Con: Because EVs are heavier and quicker off the line, their tires can wear out faster—especially if you push your automobile. Of course, traction control mitigates some of this. Some electric vehicles require non-standard tires which can be more expensive. When you add these costs to the list price, you may have eaten up all of the savings at the gas pump.

Con: You only have so many options when shopping for an electric vehicle. Many EV owners are strictly Tesla drivers, so this is not a problem for them.

In a nutshell:


Quiet and quick
You plug them in at night to recharge
Cheaper to operate
No tailpipe emissions
Avoid the annoying ads on gas pump TV screens
High on the cool factor


Limited range
You plug them in at night to recharge
Pricey to maintain
Limited choices
They really aren't greener

Can you think of more advantages and disadvantages of EVs? We'd love to hear from you in the comments section.

When it comes to comparing Falconer auto service centers, I-86 Truck & Auto Repair comes out on top. Call us at 716-665-2501 the next time you need automotive service.

Turn Your Car Into a Mobile Office

2018-05-23 08:17:43

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Today's message is for road warriors who have not ventured technologically beyond a phone charger plugged into their cigarette lighter. Fortunately, it's never been simpler to conduct business from your car. By investing in a few well-designed devices, you can be more capable and professional while working remotely.

Get Connected

You most likely recognize that the first order of business is to connect to the internet. Most individuals have internet connection capability with their smartphones but tablets and laptops usually require Wi-fi or a wired internet connection. Mobile hotspots are Wi-fi enabled devices that allow you to take an internet connection just about anywhere. The latest car models are outfitted with mobile hotspots built in so you can always be connected through your laptop or tablet when you’re traveling. If your auto isn't equipped with one, you can choose from several after-market options.

With Bluetooth, you can connect your phone directly to your vehicle so that calls, texts, and notifications can play right over the car speakers. Plenty of cars have Bluetooth in them now and almost every smartphone or tablet is already Bluetooth enabled. All you have to do is connect your device to your car and then zero in the settings so that calls and notifications get routed through your car’s Bluetooth. Like mobile hotspots, if your automobile isn’t equipped with Bluetooth, you can pick up a third-party Bluetooth enabled car infotainment center.

Get Organized

After you have your Bluetooth and mobile hotspot functioning, it's time to tame all that paperwork. Glove box and console organizers help you organize documents and other files. Passenger seat desks provide a place to set your computer and any other office supplies. If you work in parking lots repeatedly, you may want the steering wheel mount laptop. Phone mounts hold your phone so you can check your notifications easily. Need to print or fax? Several businesses sell printers designed to be used in cars.

Low-tech Helps

One long time car accessory for traveling sales people is a handy clothes hanger which will keep a suit or dress wrinkle-free and ready for your next meeting or sales call. If coffee is your fuel of choice, you might want to invest in a wireless heated cup to keep your beverage at your preferred temperature. An air purifier will keep your auto from smelling like old french fries, and a headrest pillow makes a power nap more comfortable.

Sorry, You Can't Type Up That Report While Driving

Don't dismiss safety while having fun with all this technology. We probably don't need to remind you not to look at your phone, tablet, or computer while you’re cruising along, but we are going to anyway. (See, we just did!)

Your Most Important Device is a Reliable Car

If you travel for your position, it's important to keep up on routine auto maintenance. After all, a car full of capable tools won't do you much good if your vehicle is always in the shop. And you don't want to have a breakdown far from a reliable service center. Let I-86 Truck & Auto Repair keep you up-to-date on scheduled auto maintenance so your office-on-wheels is ready to take you safely wherever your work leads you.

Clear The Air: Replace Your Cabin Air Filter

2018-05-16 08:29:31

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The cabin air filter, once only found in luxury vehicles, is now an important part of the majority of late-model cars. Air that enters the inside of the car though the ventilation, heating, and AC systems passes through the cabin air filter (or filters, depending on the vehicle). The filter captures various airborne particles such as pollen and dust through mechanical means, and a layer of charcoal helps eliminate odors.

How Often Should I Replace It?

Many auto owners wonder how often their cabin air filter should be replaced. Most manufacturers recommend replacement every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, however, the air quality where you live is also a consideration. More pollution requires more frequent replacement of this filter, but that doesn't mean that only drivers in smoggy cities need to review the filter more frequently. Dusty environments, such as desert or farmland, will also cause the filter to clog faster.

Signs Your Filter Needs To Be Replaced

One signal that your cabin air filter needs to be replaced is a reduction in the air flow from your heating or air conditioning system. If you turn up the fan and hear a lot of noise without a lot of air flow, chances are that the filter needs to be changed. An unpleasant odor is another telltale tip-off that the cabin air filter has reached the end of its usefulness (or a lingering reminder that you drove the soccer carpool yesterday).

At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we can quickly do a cabin air filter replacement if needed. Call 716-665-2501 to make an appointment or just stop by. Thanks for visiting our blog.

Have To Park On The Street?

2018-05-09 08:08:17

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Garages are great for those motorists lucky enough to have them. We use them to store old athletic equipment, Christmas decorations, bikes, and some folks even manage to park their cars in them! However, not all drivers have the option of parking in a garage. Street parking can leave your car vulnerable to the natural elements, thieves, and other vehicles. Thankfully, there are many ways you can safeguard your vehicle, truck, or van from these dangers.

To limit the effects of the elements, carports and car covers are effective options. Carports will shield your car from direct sunlight as well as hail, and if you live where it snows the carport will save you time since you won't have to scrape your windows every day. For homeowners, or those with generous landlords, having a carport can be a valuable advantage. Consider this when comparing places to rent.

A car cover is an option for those who are forced to park their vehicle on the street or in an unprotected lot. The cover will provide protection from the weather and will even help keep the vehicle clean! Plus, a cover can serve as a deterrent to thieves since they can't see the interior of the automobile, and the time it takes to detach the cover makes being caught more likely. If you are interested in a car cover, visit us at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair and we can help you select the best type for your model of vehicle.

Paying a little more attention to where and how you park will also help protect your vehicle. Park as close as possible to your home at night and look for well-lit areas. During the day, try to park in shaded areas to curtail sun exposure on your vehicle. And remember that wherever and whenever you park, give yourself sufficient room between automobiles to avoid door dings and the like.

At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we offer another kind of important protection for your automotive investment: quality scheduled auto maintenance. Call 716-665-2501 to make an appointment for your next service. Not sure of your automaker's recommended service schedule? No worries. We will advise you on the optimal service intervals even if you haven't observed them in the past. Let's get you back on track.

Car Insurance: Who Decides How Much You Pay?

2018-05-02 08:10:44

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Getting the best deal on vehicle insurance is an issue for every driver. With the internet, it is fairly effortless to compare rates between companies. But how exactly are those rates determined? It turns out that a variety of factors play into what amount you'll end up paying each month.

Driving Record

It should come as no surprise that your past driving record is a major aspect of your insurance rate. Speeding tickets and past insurance claims are all on record and are accessed by insurance companies. It really does pay to make car safety and responsible driving a priority!

Your Vehicle

The value of your automobile, as well as the cost to fix it (or even replace it), will affect your insurance rate. This can be important when you are car shopping because cars that have high scores in crash tests will usually qualify for lower rates. And if you are upgrading to a newer vehicle, remember to budget for the increase in your insurance you'll experience, not just the monthly car loan payment.


Less time on the road means less chance of a crash. That's why you'll be asked to estimate your annual mileage when you apply for insurance. It's also an incredible reason to look for opportunities to ride share and combine automobile trips.

Location, Location, Location

Where you live and drive is going to impact your insurance rates. If you are in an area where automobiles are often stolen and auto insurance claims are high, you will have to pay more to insure your auto.

Mind The Gap

If you've had gaps in your insurance coverage, you are considered riskier to insure. Men and women should avoid having any lapses in their insurance, even if they are small.

Comparing insurance rates is a beneficial thing to do when you are looking to save a little money. And now that you understand how your rate is determined by these companies, you can make changes that will result in savings.

In the unfortunate event that you have a collision, call us at 716-665-2501 to schedule an appointment. We do auto insurance repairs.

Fun Quiz For New Drivers

2018-04-25 08:35:37

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Today's message contains a quiz for brand new drivers. You’ve had your learner’s permit long enough, you’ve passed the written test, and you’ve even made it through the high-pressure practical exam. You are a driver! But your driver’s education isn’t over yet. Let’s see how you do on this quiz of vital automobile knowledge.

How do I find out if I have enough oil?

A. Climb under the vehicle and find the oil pan.
B. Open the automobile’s hood, pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean, then put it back in the tube all of the way. Now the dipstick will show how full the oil is using the markings on the end.
C. Look at the oil monitor on the dash display.

Answer: B and C
While many newer automobiles have electronic oil monitors that display oil levels, it’s still a good idea to know how to check oil the old-fashioned way. Because no matter what car you are driving, oil is its lifeblood and you don’t want to be caught a pint short.

My tires look a little low. How do I check the air pressure?

A. Just give them a good kick! You’ll feel if they’re low.
B. You only need to worry if you can visually see that the pressure is low.
C. Remove the valve cap from the tire and place a pressure gauge on the valve until and press until the hissing sound goes away. The gauge should then have a pressure reading.

Answer: C
The simple task of keeping your tires in the pressure range recommended can save you money by improving fuel economy. It also keeps you safe since tire traction depends on pressure.

How often do I need routine service?

A. Check the owner’s manual for an auto maintenance schedule.
B. Wait until the check engine light comes on.
C. Take the car in once a year for maintenance.

Answer: A
Keeping up with regular oil changes and maintenance on your car will save you a lot of money in the long run. It will also keep your car running safe and you will avoid dangerous and costly breakdowns.

What do I do if the check engine light comes on?

A. Do nothing because it’s usually something trivial.
B. Check the owner's manual to see what the light signals.
C. Take the car to the dealership ASAP!

Answer: B
Check engine lights can shine steady or flicker on and off. Your owners manual should explain what the different signals mean. It may be something as simple as a loose gas cap or it might indicate a more serious problem that will need to be dealt with by a mechanic.

Where can I find a trusted automotive repair center in Falconer?

A. At 1739 Lindquist Drive.
B. Call 716-665-2501 for an appointment.
C. Visit

Answer: All of the above. At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair in Falconer, we look forward to serving you.

Automotive Safety: A Success Story

2018-04-18 08:33:30

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The first auto fatality that was documented in the US was in 1899. An electric taxicab hit a man who was exiting a trolley car in New York City. In the over one hundred years that have followed, automobile manufacturers along with the government have worked together to make automobiles safer for everyone.

We can all appreciate the fact that these efforts have paid off! Cars are safer today than they have ever been. Vehicle fatalities continue to fall.

If the fatality rate (per capita) was the same in 2011 as it was in 1962, there would have been 150,000 more deaths. But because the industry works to make its autos as safe as possible, lives are saved every single day.

Here are some of the safety breakthroughs that are now commonplace.

Three-point Seat Belt

This is arguably the most important safety feature in your vehicle. Introduced by Volvo in 1959, the three-point safety belt keeps you inside of the car in the event of an accident. This greatly reduces the chance of injury and even death.


Tires might be the last thing you consider for vehicle safety, but today's radial tires have rows of cord piles that reinforce the structure. This makes them much more reliable. Tread pattern studies have also led to better handling and braking for cars.

Safety Glass

Putting a layer of thin plastic inside of glass helps the glass stay in one piece if it is broken. And if it happens to break apart, pieces of the laminated safety glass are less likely to have sharp edges. As a bonus, safety glass blocks more UV rays than regular glass and keeps your vehicle quieter.


Airbags are designed to deploy in the event of a moderate to severe crash. Their priority is to protect the head and chest from colliding with the dashboard or steering wheel. It is estimated that airbags saved 45,000 lives from 1987 to 2015.

At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we are dedicated to auto safety. Scheduled preventative services will protect you and your family. Call 716-665-2501 to make an appointment for your next service.