Have you ever left your parking brake undone (or left a manual transmission out of gear), climbed out of your vehicle, and off your car goes? It’s not common, but with over 1.2 billion cars in the world, it happens from time to time. You may have experienced something like this if you have ever driven an automobile with a standard transmission. This is a typical scenario: you fire up the motor and then realize that you forgot something inside your house. Leaving the engine running, you start getting out of the vehicle to quickly reclaim the item.
Suddenly, you have the eerie sensation that the automobile is moving (because it is). Fortunately, you can fix this easily if you can hop back in, engage the clutch, and put the car in gear before it hits something.
A more dangerous situation is when your car waits until you are out of sight before it decides to take off. This is what happened in an unusual story we heard the other day. The auto owner parked his car in front of a friend's home on a gently descending rural road. After spending some time inside the house, he came outside and discovered—to his horror—that his vehicle was gone.
His mind started racing. Where is my car? Did someone steal it? Is this a joke? He finally found it when he assessed his surroundings and looked carefully at a large object nearby.
The car had rolled down a gradual descent that tapered off into a even, grassy yard where it came to a stop. It was difficult to identify at first because it was partially hidden by a trampoline that was balancing on top of it!
The trampoline was just tall enough to allow the small sedan to roll underneath it and take it for a short ride. It is unknown if children were bouncing on the trampoline when the driverless car moved toward them, but if so, we are sure it was an experience they will never forget. And perhaps there were anonymous pranksters involved, but they were never caught. The driver was fortunate that no one was injured and the body damage was minimal.
Hopefully, Falconer drivers reading our I-86 Truck & Auto Repair article today will always remember to set their parking brake and put manual cars in gear when parking.
By the way, thanks for visiting our site. We invite you to bring your car to I-86 Truck & Auto Repair in Falconer the next time it needs a repair or scheduled maintenance. We are enthusiastic about winning lifelong customers with our exceptional service.
Some Falconer drivers are loyal to one car brand, while others will mix and match different makes to suit all of their needs. There are hundreds of brands of cars internationally but most of the small ones are owned by one of the following mega-corporations: General Motors, Volkswagen, Toyota, Fiat-Chrysler, Daimler, Renault-Nissan, Honda, BMW, Ford, FCA, TATA, PSA, and Hyundai. Just about every car maker offers a car that caters to the wants, needs, and delight of any Falconer motorist. At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we have had the privilege of servicing a broad range of autos and have received a lot of feedback from customers. Here’s what they’ve had to say.
When it comes to European cars, the three main brands for which we hear high praises are Audi, BMW, and Mercedes Benz. Each of these concentrates on luxury, speed, and comfort.
Audi owners love their A4 sport sedan, Q7 SUV, and their outrageously fast R8. BMW matches with the very popular 3 Series sedan, X5 SUV, and the M6 sports car. Mercedes Benz competes with their C class sedans, GLE SUV, and the lightning fast AMG GTS sports car. Based on the great things we’ve experienced with these classics, we agree that you can't go wrong with European engineering. Some of our I-86 Truck & Auto Repair customers are loyal to our homegrown American brands such as Ford, Chevrolet, and Tesla. Just like the European makers, these domestic automotive companies compete by offering many different models. Ford owners love the well-designed Ford Fusion sedan, the rugged Explorer SUV, and arguably the most popular muscle car, the Ford Mustang GT. Chevrolet drivers are always delighted to show off the redesigned Impala sedan, and the iconic Corvette and Camaro.
Tesla has created a whole new category by creating autos that run 100% on electricity and are extremely advanced technologically.
Two popular Teslas are the Model S sedan and the Model X SUV. Unlike some of the earlier electric cars, the Teslas can really move! You can’t forget about the popular Japanese models. Scores of drivers love their Nissans, Toyotas, and Hondas. All three of these brands have a well-deserved reputation for being economical, reliable, and good looking. Nissan’s top sellers are the Maxima sedan, the Pathfinder SUV, and the GTR sports car, which is one of the fastest cars mentioned in this article. Honda delivers the reliable Accord sedan and the Pilot SUV. If you want a Honda sports car, your best bet might be the new NSX from Acura, a division of Honda.
Toyota has the Camry (the top selling sedan for fourteen years), the Highlander SUV, and one of the most loved hybrids, the Prius. In this article, we don't have room to examine the hundreds of brands sold worldwide, but we’d love to hear your feedback. Which car brand do you think is supreme? Whatever it is, here at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair in Falconer we've got you covered, because we can service an extensive range of makes. If you live in the Falconer area and are in need of any automotive service, large or small, call today for an appointment.
In today's message we will talk about something many Falconer drivers do every day, or, perhaps feel guilty about not doing. We're talking about carpooling. Whether you drive to work with some colleagues or take turns driving with other parents in the neighborhood to get the kids to school, you are aware of the advantages and disadvantages of ride sharing. Pros: You can save on gas, car maintenance outlays, and parking fees. U.S. carpoolers save over one billion dollars every year.1 In the case of carpooling kids to school, you save time by not having to drive every day. Where available, you can use the carpool lanes on highways and zoom past the single drivers in the stop-and-go lanes. When it's not your day to drive, you can sit back and close your eyes or get a jump start on your work to-do list. You can feel good about reducing your carbon footprint and relieving congestion on roads. It is estimated that traffic could be reduced by 20% if all commuters shared rides just one day a week.1 You can establish new relationships (this can also be a disadvantage, see below). Some parents prefer carpooling kids to school rather than having them take a bus. Cons: It reduces flexibility in your personal commuting schedule and you are forced to be punctual or incur the wrath of your fellow carpoolers. You have to have a car large enough to hold the carpoolers in your group. You can't run errands on the way to or from work. Your fellow carpoolers may drive you crazy. The team at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair can keep your car up-to-date on scheduled maintenance, which will make it less likely that you will need a repair that will leave you without wheels for a few days. Our clients appreciate our friendly professionalism and reasonable automotive service rates. We invite you to become another satisfied customer. Call 716-665-2501 today! If you would like to start carpooling in the Jamestown area but don't know of anyone you can join with, you might want to think about some of the ride sharing apps that pair ride seekers with drivers in real time. These services are especially helpful for men and women who don't want to commit to an ongoing arrangement and only need to share rides as needed. The Green Living Ideas website reviews several of them. http://greenlivingideas.com/2016/04/27/best-apps-for-carpool-and-rideshare-2016/ 2
Sources: 1 "Carpool Commuter Statistics," Statistics Brain, http://www.statisticbrain.com/carpool-statistics/, accessed February 25, 2017 2 Andrea Bertoli, "Best Apps for Carpool and Rideshare 2016," Green Living Ideas, April 27, 2016, http://greenlivingideas.com/2016/04/27/best-apps-for-carpool-and-rideshare-2016/, accessed February 25, 2017 (Note: I-86 Truck & Auto Repair is not affiliated with either Green Living Ideas or any of the apps reviewed. We provide this information as a service to our readers.)
At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we understand that your car is a significant purchase. We can help you protect your investment by providing quality maintenance and repair services. Another way you can make sure your vehicle serves your transportation needs as long as possible is to avoid these bad habits.
Flooring it When the Light Turns Green Okay, Mr. Earnhardt, you are not at Talladega. You don't need to floor it and push your car to the limit just to slow down at the next stoplight. Junk in the Trunk Do you keep a lot of stuff in your trunk that you don't need to haul around? You are stressing all those costly parts unnecessarily. (And your fuel efficiency takes a hit, as well.) Riding Your Brakes This can be a challenging habit to break (no pun intended) for extra cautious car owners. (And I've seen it become a point of contention between spouses.) If you only brake when required, you will not wear out your brakes prematurely. Always Running on Empty Think about how your fuel pump functions. It sucks fuel from your gas tank, right? What if it constantly has to be a bottom feeder, drinking in that little bit of fuel in the lowest part of your gas tank? When you fill up, there is a relatively low concentration of sediment, but this is reversed when you are down to just a few gallons. Your fuel pump never gets a break from sucking this dangerous gas/sediment mix. That's how to diminish the life of your fuel pump. (Also, it is wise to keep your tank as full as possible in the event that you get lost far away from a service station or break down in freezing temps and need to run the engine to stay warm while you wait for help.)
Ignoring Your Car's Distress Signal Don't disregard your car's request for help. You risk letting a small problem become a big, costly trouble. If your check engine light is on, and you don't know why, give I-86 Truck & Auto Repair a call at 716-665-2501.