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.

What Truckers Wish We Would Stop Doing

2018-04-11 08:44:18

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Did you know that more than 80% of the towns in our country have EVERYTHING trucked in? Though these communities don't produce any goods of their own—they can buy the same goods as people in large industrial centers. They have dedicated long-haul truck drivers to thank. 

There are over three million men and women who work in the trucking industry. They serve a critical role in our economy—transporting products from place to place.

It can be grueling work. And it can be a very thankless job.

One difficult thing about being a truck driver is dealing with unsafe driving behavior on the nation's streets and highways. Let's look at some of the driving behaviors truckers wish other drivers would stop doing.

Not Leaving A Safe Following Distance

Truck drivers leave several car lengths in front of them so they have a safe slowing/stopping distance. They wish we all understood that the space in front of them is not an invitation for cars to pull in front.

"A normal passenger vehicle such as a car or small pickup truck will normally take approximately 316 feet to come to a complete stop after recognizing the need to stop. In comparison, a semi truck takes about 525 feet before it comes to a complete stop after recognizing the need to stop."

Switching Lanes Without Using A Blinker

Using a blinker helps everyone on the road know what you are doing. It takes a lot longer to slow down an 80,000-pound rolling juggernaut, so make sure the driver knows that you are changing lanes.

Using A Cell Phone While Driving

No one admits to playing on their phones while they drive. But truckers know better. They are up high with a clear view down into vehicles. They see drivers texting and playing games on their phone all the time. When are we going to learn???!!

Not Giving Them Respect

Some truckers say they are treated disrespectfully by men and women they encounter along the way. This is a shame. ATA President Chris Spear sums it up:

“These men and women are safety-minded professionals who deserve our respect and praise. We’re fortunate that truck drivers have dedicated their careers to delivering critical goods like medicine, food and school books.American Trucking Association President and CEO Chris Spear

The service team at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair recognizes the dedicated road warriors who make our abundant lifestyle possible.

Safe driving and quality automotive service go hand in hand. If your "small rig" (foreign or domestic passenger car or truck) needs service, call us at 716-665-2501 for an appointment.

What Does It Take To Be An Automotive Technician?

2018-04-04 01:18:40

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Are you interested in a position as an automotive mechanic? Do you have what it takes?

Automotive Service Excellence

First off, you need to earn the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification. The rigorous ASE course is a respected industry diploma and demonstrates the skill level you have achieved. The ASE program is organized by vehicle type (cars, trucks, buses) and automotive systems. The ASE Core 8 is divided into categories as follows:

A1 Engine Repair
A2 Automatic Transmission/Transaxle
A3 Manual Drive Train and Axles
A4 Suspension and Steering
A5 Brakes
A6 Electrical/Electronic Systems
A7 Heating and Air Conditioning*
A8 Engine Performance

*These qualifications differ per variety of vehicle; most school buses don't have air conditioning, for example.

ASE Master’s Certification

Once you’ve mastered the above mentioned instruction, you are then eligible to take the ASE Masters Certification for automotive technicians. Having your Masters Certification may be a requirement for working at some service centers If it isn't required, it will allow you to command a higher wage, however. To retain the certification, techs need to get re-certified every five years.

After the Core 8 and ASE Masters credentials, a technician can train and receive extra certifications. The ASE currently has 40 Secondary Certifications that cover areas such as diesel engines, hybrid/electric vehicles, and alternate fuels.

The more schooling you have, the more desirable you are to potential employers.

Mechanic or Programmer?

Keep in mind that today's mechanics need to use sophisticated and rapidly-advancing automotive computer systems for diagnosis and repair. They often consult an iPad before ever looking under the hood. The term "mechanic" is becoming less and less descriptive as technicians do more and more software programming.

At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, a trusted auto service center in Falconer, we employ experienced service professionals because your car deserves the very best.

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