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The Most Common Causes of Traffic Fatalities

The Most Common Causes of Traffic Fatalities

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. https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving People, in general, need to just learn that it can wait. When comb ... read more

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

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

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 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 ... read more

Electric Cars Are Charging Ahead

Electric Cars Are Charging Ahead

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. 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 ... read more

The Prancing Ponies

The Prancing Ponies

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 e ... read more

The Future of Auto Safety Technology

The Future of Auto Safety Technology

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&r ... read more

Are You Prepared?

Are You Prepared?

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. 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 ... read more

What Does it Take to Armor a Car?

What Does it Take to Armor a Car?

VIPs such as politicians and celebrities at risk for attack are generally at their most unprotected when they are away from their gated homes. If they traveled in normal automobiles, the perils that come with their status would be difficult to prevent. Thus, the birth of the legendary armored car. Today's post is about the cars and SUVs that offer the ultimate level of safety when traveling. Bulletproofing Guns are one of the major threats faced by these people. Firearms have become so advanced that a bullet from some high-powered guns can easily puncture car windows and even go right through normal car metal and aluminum. Armored cars can be rigged out with bulletproof armor and even a clear, see-through material to replace the windows. Indestructible Tires  Another threat to a car is a flat tire ... read more

5 Must-Have Teen Auto Skills

5 Must-Have Teen Auto Skills

Today's message is for inexperienced teenage drivers or brand-new drivers of any age. Even if you don't have your own vehicle, someday you probably will and this is also essential knowledge for using other people's vehicles responsibly. 1. How to check your oil. Take our word for it, you really, really don't want to drive with low oil. Oil is the lifeblood of your automobile and you are in danger of serious damage to the engine if you don't maintain a sufficient level of lubrication. (You may also risk serious damage to your driving privileges.) Equally important: know how often to change your oil. Dirty oil is also dangerous. If you are responsible for maintaining a car, stop by I-86 Truck & Auto Repair and we will let you know how often to change the oil in your particular automobile, as well as ... read more

Auto Fun: What Do Top Athletes Drive?

Auto Fun: What Do Top Athletes Drive?

Sports are a worldwide source of entertainment. Whether you’re a diehard sports fanatic or someone who cares very little about sports, we’re sure you’ve seen the most famous sports stars around! Famous athletes are seen in television advertisements, on billboards, and in the news. Athletes spend a lot of time traveling and it seems like they’re always on the go, but have you ever wondered what these stars drive around in when they have the time? Celebrity athletes make mind-boggling amounts of money. With contracts, endorsements, and sponsors, elite professional athletes make tens of millions of dollars per year! When you’re pulling in that kind of income, there isn’t a vehicle in the world you can't afford. Maybe that's why many of these athletes own fleets of cars. Here's a few: Let&rsquo ... read more

From Raceways to Driveways, Paddle Shifters Go Mainstream

From Raceways to Driveways, Paddle Shifters Go Mainstream

It’s always intriguing for car buffs when an automotive feature or technology exclusive to race cars starts making its way to production cars created for the masses. For example, large aerodynamic spoilers that first appeared on race cars have now been incorporated into street legal autos for years. One innovation that is much less conspicuous is the paddle shifter. If you enjoy driving or the latest auto tech, however, you might want to try them out. What are paddle shifters? Let us explain. Race car makers are always looking for the next technological advancement so that they can gain an edge over their competitors. While transmissions are regularly upgraded, there are few substantial modifications. For a long time, it was either an auto ... read more