Auto Talk: Do You Drive One Of The 10 Most Dangerous Cars?

2017-03-28 13:27:33

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According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the following cars are involved in the most collisions:

  1. Kia Rio
  2. Nissan Versa
  3. Hyundai Accent 4 Door
  4. Chevrolet Aveo
  5. Hyundai Accent 2 Door
  6. Chevrolet Camaro
  7. Chevrolet Silverado
  8. Honda Civic
  9. Nissan Versa
  10. Ford Focus

This is quite a diversified group, with everything from compacts to a 4-wheel drive pickup. Clearly, each vehicle made the list for different reasons. Why are these vehicles so deadly? According to experts, here are some of the properties that may contribute to a high accident rate:

  • Small and light
  • High center of gravity (especially in cases of single-vehicle accidents)
  • Less durable structural design
  • High performance (may influence drivers to speed)
  • Shorter wheelbase
  • Fewer recent safety features

Driver Personality?
Some men and women believe that in the case of high-crash incident sports cars, it's not the vehicle that's the issue, it's the driver. They theorize that speeders are more likely to own sports cars. If you commute on busy Jamestown highways, you may agree with this.

Since youth are more likely to speed than older drivers, perhaps the deadliest combination is a 17-year-old in a Ferrari - basically, Ferris Bueller.

Another disadvantage for the adolescent sector is the fact that many adolescents drive smaller, older autos that do not have modern safety features such as airbags, antilock brakes, updated seatbelts, traction control, and head restraints. It makes you question whether more parents should zip around in the old family beater and let their 16-year-old take the new SUV. (Gulp...)

Whether your vehicle has advanced features like backup cameras and forward collision warning (FCW), or long-standard airbags and antilock brakes, they need to be operating properly in order to protect you. If you're not sure, fasten your seatbelt and come into I-86 Truck & Auto Repair for a safety inspection.

Sources:
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Auto Talk: AWD, FWD, or RWD?

2017-03-22 11:06:06

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Have you ever talked with someone who insisted they were right about which drive type is preferable? It is a common topic that gets brought up, but who is really right? Which drive type is best?

There is probably not a "right" answer because each type has its benefits. People usually choose their vehicles and drive types for specific reasons.

Take, for example, FWD. Not many individuals would buy a sports car that operates through FWD, because of its poor handling and the understeer that occurs from the power being directed into the front wheels. So it doesn’t make sense to buy a FWD if you want a track ready sports car.

What if you live in an area with icy winters? You probably don't want RWD. RWD cars are notorious for getting stuck in the snow. We have known auto owners who swore by RWD before they had to navigate a snow-packed road and subsequently started to rethink their preference and better appreciate the advantages of FWD.

What are the advantages of RWD? There is ample evidence that they are sturdier and less prone to being damaged and needing a pricey repairs. They also provide better handling than AWD due to the drivetrain weight being more evenly distributed.

Some drivers appreciate RWD for a less-utilitarian characteristic. RWD is best for "spinning doughnuts," or making handbrake turns. For those of you who have never dreamed of being a stunt driver, "spinning doughnuts" is a common term for drifting tightly in a circle as fast as possible, just for the fun of it. It is best performed off public streets in a wide, open area without any other cars around. Of course, the team at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair certainly doesn't endorse any type of irresponsible driving. (If I passed a large, empty, parking lot, it would never cross my mind to take a few minutes to practice my James Bond moves.)

You might be asking at this point; "Isn't the AWD type the best choice because it works well in bad weather conditions while delivering decent handling?"

Though we see AWD in some big ticket sports cars, even AWD proves to have its disadvantages. For one, AWD significantly ups the sticker price, in some cases up to $3,000. The increased complexity of AWD is more costly to maintain and repair and while your car's handling improves, the overall power going to the wheels is reduced. AWD also adds considerable weight to the automobile which affects MPG.

Another essential element to look at is that features such as electronic stability control and traction control improve handling power for all drive types. Only you can determine which drive type is best for you. Regardless of your choice, I-86 Truck & Auto Repair will take care of your car.

Just For Fun: What Was Your Teenage Dream Car?

2017-03-16 10:56:22

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The adolescent years are full of all kinds of exciting milestones. Your first kiss, your first job, and, of course, getting your drivers permit and hitting the road.

What was your teenage dream car?

Jay Leno wished for a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB4 as a kid and bought one as an adult.1 Justin Bieber didn't have to wait - he was zipping around in a Lamborghini at the age of sixteen. The perks of wealth!

We have a lot of customers who have weighed in on the issue, and we've gotten into more than a few animated discussions about whose teenage dream vehicle would have been more fun in which situation. 

Iconic Movie Cars
Some say their choice was influenced by a popular movie of their youth. From the '55 Chevy Harrison Ford drove in American Graffiti, the 1970 Dodge Charger in The Fast and the Furious, to the '81 Porsche 928 in Risky Business. And who can forget the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 from Gone in Sixty Seconds?

Most Falconer teens didn’t get to pick what car they got to drive. And some youth didn't even get to drive Dad's old beater. 

Did you picture ourselves a sleek Lamborghini? A lifted Chevy 4x4 all ready to tear it up off-road? A tricked-out muscle car? Come on in and give us your best argument, or write your thoughts in the comments below. We can't wait to hear what you have to say about it.

Source:
1 Joel Stocksdale, "This 1967 Ferrari 275 is Jay Leno's Teenage Dream Car," Autoblog, August 16, 2016, http://www.autoblog.com/2016/08/16/1967-ferrari-275-jay-leno-garage-video/, accessed February 25, 2017

Falconer Car Lovers: Why is the Accord the Most-Stolen Car?

2017-03-14 10:41:54

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Millions of Americans love the Honda Accord. And so do car thieves. In fact, over 50,000 Accords were stolen last year - some right here in the Jamestown area.

Why does this model rank high on the list of most-stolen cars year after year? It seems the Accord is a victim of its own popularity. (This also applies to another frequently-stolen Honda, the Civic.) The perennial popularity of the Accord impacts theft rates in at least three ways:

1. The sheer number of Accords on the road compared to other cars delivers relatively more opportunity for theft. It is unclear just how many Accords are in use, but according to Honda spokesman Chris Naughton, over the last 30 years, Honda has manufactured over 10 million Accords in the country.1

2. Professional automobile thieves can earn a much greater return if a stolen vehicle is dismantled and sold for parts.

"Thieves can get up to three times the value of the vehicle if they sell it for parts," Patrick Clancy, Vice President of Law Enforcement for LoJack Corporation, an auto tracking and recovery firm. 2

3. Because it has been a hot item (pun intended) for many years, there is a significant demand for parts to keep used Hondas running.

Due to these elements, the Accord and Civic will probably continue to be favorites of auto thieves for many years to come. Here is the most recent list of the most-stolen used cars (2015):3

  1. Honda Accord
  2. Honda Civic
  3. Ford Pickup
  4. Chevrolet Pickup
  5. Toyota Camry
  6. Dodge Pickup
  7. Toyota Corolla
  8. Nissan Altima
  9. Dodge Caravan
  10. Chevrolet Impala

Regardless of the type of automobile you drive, the team at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair will treat you right. And we sincerely hope you are never the victim of a car theft. Future I-86 Truck & Auto Repair s will address theft prevention, warning and tracking devices, and VIN cloning.

Sources:
1Susanna Kim, "Why the Honda Accord is the Most Stolen Vehicle," ABC News, May 27, 2014, http://abcnews.go.com/Business/honda-accord-stolen-vehicle/story?id=23883693, accessed February 25, 2017
2LoJack Releases Fifth Annual Vehicle Theft Recovery Report," LoJack, May 15, 2014, http://www.lojack.com/About-LoJack/News-and-Media/Press-Releases/2014/LoJack-Releases-Fifth-Annual-Vehicle-Theft-Recover, accessed February 25, 2017
3"2015 Top 10 Vehicle Make/Model Thefts," NICB, https://www.nicb.org/theft_and_fraud_awareness/top-vehicles-stolen-by-state#States, accessed February 25, 2017

Car Talk: How Smart Can a Car Be?

2017-03-10 10:40:08

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When it comes to new products, "smart" is the new must-have feature for many New York people. Smart homes, smartphones, smart televisions and so on, but what about smart cars? How smart can a car be?

What if I told you that there is an automobile that can park itself, has semi-autonomous driving, and is 100% electric?

Sounds like it’s from the future, but these are a few of the many characteristics that Tesla offers in their today! Let’s focus on possibly the smartest cars on Falconer roads today.

As of this writing, there are two Tesla models available in New York and a third to be released next year. The two available models are the Model S, a luxury sedan and the Model X, a luxury SUV. Both models share much of the same technology including a huge 17 inch touchscreen to manage things such as the GPS navigation, music, A/C controls, and view energy consumption. Say goodbye to the gas pump because they function 100% on electricity and some models have a range over 300 miles per full charge! That would cover most Jamestown area commutes.

One innovative feature is what Tesla calls “AutoPilot” which is basically self-explanatory. Using radar, cameras, and sensors, AutoPilot permits the driver to do nothing more than hold onto the steering wheel while the automobile drives itself. Its radar and cameras update information in real time so it can adjust to the road correctly. AutoPilot can even scan around for a parking space and then proceed to park itself. (That's a relief for motorists who would rather drive around the block five times rather than parallel park.)

New York Tesla drivers don't have to buy a new model to stay up-to-date with new features because they actually push software updates right to your car's computer. Software updates allow you to "trade-in" your car for a newer model without you having to do anything!

Unless you drive a Tesla, your automobile might seem positively unintelligent, but you can make the smart determination and bring your car into I-86 Truck & Auto Repair to make sure it’s operating as smart as possible.

 

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