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Tips For First-Time Towing

Tips For First-Time Towing

Hitching a trailer to your vehicle can be useful in many situations. Moving, taking green waste to the dump, donating an old sofa to Goodwill; all of these errands are possible when you own your own trailer or rent one on occasion. Here are a few towing recommendations that will help you execute your trailer trips safely and efficiently. Loading It's important to load the trailer with the heaviest items up front closest to your car. This will help you have more control over the trailer and avoid fishtailing. While you do want most of the cargo in front of the front axle of the trailer, you should also have some weight behind the axle. This will help alleviate excess pressure on the hitch. Tire Pressure Proper trailer tire pressure is vital and you should monitor it often. Maintain the tire pressure at t ... read more

Tips To Protect Your Vehicle From Heat

Tips To Protect Your Vehicle From Heat

When it comes to weatherizing your automobile, it seems like cold winter conditions get all the attention. However, there are some critical things drivers can do to help their automobiles make it through the hot summer months. The cooling system needs to be in tip-top shape to keep your auto running when it's hot outside, so frequently check that the coolant reservoir is full. To schedule a cooling system service, call I-86 Truck & Auto Repair at 716-665-2501. If you find yourself in a traffic jam, be sure to leave distance between your car and the car in front of you. Being too close to another car can overburden the cooling system because of the hot exhaust emitted from the auto ahead. The effect of heat on a car adds up, so there are essential systems and parts that need to be monitored periodically during the hot season. Bel ... read more

Is Your City a Hotbed For Car Thieves?

Is Your City a Hotbed For Car Thieves?

The cities with the highest rate of vehicle thefts per capita may surprise you. These are the most recent rankings from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The number in parentheses is the total number of cars stolen. Cities With The Most Vehicle Thefts Per Capita 1. Albuquerque, N.M. (10,011) 2. Pueblo, CO (1,325) 3. Bakersfield, CA (7,176) 4. Modesto, CA (3,820) 5. Riverside/San Bernardino/Ontario, CA (25,708) 6. Anchorage, AK (2,273) 7. Merced, CA (1,605) 8. San Francisco/Oakland/Hayward, CA (29,414) 9. Fresno, CA (5,682) 10. Billings, MT (877) Cities With The Fewest Vehicle Thefts Per Capita Out of 382 ranked by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, here are the safest for your ride: 1. Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI (1) Seriously? Only one vehicle stolen! 2. Watertown-Fort Drum, NY (16) 3. Midland, MI ( ... read more

Brakes: Your Car's Most Important Safety System

Brakes: Your Car's Most Important Safety System

Whether you’re a fan of sports cars, trucks, or any other type of auto; I think that there is one thing we can all agree on and that’s that the automotive brake is an amazing feat of engineering. Think about how little energy it takes to press down the brake pedal yet the mechanism brings 3,000 pounds of hurtling steel and aluminum to a stop. Not only are brakes a brilliant invention, they are probably the most important safety component in a car. Just take a second and imagine if all the car brakes in the world stopped working simultaneously. Not a pretty thought. So let’s talk a little about our life-saving car brakes. A Block of Wood Brakes in automobiles started as simple as you can imagine although they weren’t the most effective. The first brakes were levers that would press a wood block onto the ... read more