Surprising Facts About Speed Limit

2018-08-01 08:04:04

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Motorists who are cited for speeding often argue that limits are unrealistically low. Conversely, men and women who live near busy streets often argue that local speed limits are too high and, therefore, unsafe.

The auto experts at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair decided to explore this issue. We found that some common assumptions about speed limits weren't entirely accurate.

Here are some key findings:

  • Reducing a posted speed limit doesn't necessarily cause car owners to slow down.
  • Raising the legal limit 10 mph only increases actual traffic speed 3 mph.
  • Germany—with autobahn sections where you can go as fast as you want—has a much lower rate of crash deaths than the US.
  • Significantly lowering a speed limit can decrease safety due to an increase of dangerous driving behavior.
  • Roads with a speed limit that reflects actual driving behavior have fewer accidents than roads with a wide variation in driver speeds.
  • It can be just as dangerous to drive slower than the flow of traffic than faster than the flow of traffic.
  • In the US, the traffic fatality rate has dropped despite the national trend of increased legal speed limits.

How Are Speed Limits Determined?

From 1973-1994 there was a 55 mph Federal speed limit in the US. This controlled speed limit maximums on interstate highways. The Federal speed limit was not set based on safety data, however, but in response to an energy crisis.

In 1995, Congress repealed the National Maximum Speed Limit. In the years since the repeal, 41 states have increased maximum speeds to 70 mph and above.

When traffic engineers recommend a speed limit for a specific road or highway, they determine the 85th percentile speed. This is the speed 85 percent of drivers maintain on the roadway. Other considerations include the physical aspects of the road and accident statistics.

Numerous studies point to the effectiveness of speed limits based on the 85th percentile rule. Those who trust it argue that the majority of drivers travel at a safe speed—regardless of the posted limit. The same studies suggest that it does not increase safety to lower a limit significantly from driving norms.

Thanks for visiting our blog. We invite you to rely on I-86 Truck & Auto Repair for quality auto maintenance and repair and wish you safe travels.

Tips For First-Time Towing

2018-07-25 07:40:19

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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.


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 the highest level recommended by the trailer manufacturer. If you don't know what level that is, stop by I-86 Truck & Auto Repair or give us a call at 716-665-2501 and we'll help you find out.

Securing the Load

Securing the load is vital for a safe journey and for the protection of the items you are towing. Use strong tie-downs and check them every 10 miles, because they will need to be tightened due to the shaking that transpires when you are driving. Loose items or debris must be encompassed by a tarp when using an open trailer.

Trailer Lights

Most states require running lights, turn signals, and brake lights on a trailer. Even if your state doesn't mandate them on small trailers that don't obstruct the towing vehicle's lights, you will be safer if you use them. Because there are different wiring set-ups for both trailers and vehicles, this article won't describe this process. If you rent a trailer from a rental company, make sure they connect the lights before you leave and show you how to do it if you will be unhitching and rehitching.

Know The Laws For Travel

Trailer towing provisions vary by state and govern speed, trailer weight, load containment, breakaway brakes, and lane restrictions. Be certain that you know the laws before you tow.

If you don't have a trailer hitch mounted on your car, call us at 716-665-2501 to make an appointment to mount a trailer hitch or any other towing accessory.

7 Reasons To Pull Over Immediately!

2018-07-18 07:49:14

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1. Strange Vibrations or Sounds

This could indicate a problem with your brakes, steering, tires, or suspension. Pull over, call I-86 Truck & Auto Repair at 716-665-2501 and one of our service specialists can guide you on next steps.

2. You Smell Something Burning

It may be something insignificant or a major emergency, but you don't want to take the chance of causing expensive damage to your auto or put your passengers in jeopardy. Pull over and check it out.

3. To Search for Something

Your iPhone slides between the seat and the console and you think you can pull off an amazing contortionist move and keep driving. Don't depend on your yoga/steering multitasking ability. Stop on the side of the road for two minutes and retrieve your phone.

4. Health Issue

Heart attacks and strokes can be preceded by more or less mild symptoms. If something seems amiss, pull over immediately and either call 911 or phone someone to pick you up.

5. Temperature or Oil Warning

Overheating or insufficient oil pressure is a clear and present danger to your engine. Protect your investment and pull your car over.

6. You Lose Visibility

Whether it's weather-related or not, it is extremely perilous to keep driving if you can't see the road. (This seems like a no-brainer, but some car owners think they can ride it out if they simply slow down.) Pull over slowly and carefully and either wait for a break in the fog/downpour/blizzard or remove the roadkill from your windshield.

7. You Are Dozing Off

Don't mistakenly believe you can keep your eyeballs open by sheer force of will. Pull over, recline your seat, and take a refreshing nap on the side of the road. Ah! Doesn't that feel better?

Tips To Protect Your Vehicle From Heat

2018-07-11 08:18:15

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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. Belts and hoses are exceptionally susceptible to the effects of heat. Batteries that are more than a few years old may give you lots of problems as temperatures increase, so you may want to consider having your battery's charge checked.

Keep your tires inflated to the upper range that is recommended. Tires that are under-inflated have a greater likelihood of overheating which can cause blowouts. Make sure that you only check your tire pressure when the tires are cool.

Sun shades are nifty gadgets to keep your interior protected when your automobile is parked on sunny days. Don't have one? Take your time and find a shady parking spot. There are also products that can help protect your interior surfaces from the sun's harmful rays. Tinted windows will keep the interior of your automobile cooler and preserve the leather and vinyl in your car.

Make sure that your car's emergency kit has all of the necessary items, such as a first aid kit, tools, and traffic cones. Also, include special items that will help if you are ever stranded in hot weather. Bottled water is one of the most important things you can have when stranded in the heat, so don't skimp! And have some coolant and water for your thirsty car as well.


Is Your City a Hotbed For Car Thieves?

2018-07-04 07:40:30

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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 (26)
4. Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA (28)
5. Glens Falls, NY (40)
6. Gettysburg, PA (33)
7. State College, PA (33)
8. Harrisonburg, VA (40)
9. Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA (52)
10. Kingston, NY (60)

Wow! Hawaii has more to offer than sunny weather and gorgeous beaches! They should be proud of the fact that they topped the list with only one car theft last year.

Protect Yourself From Auto Theft

Be proactive about protecting yourself from vehicle theft wherever you live. The obvious things you can do are locking your doors and rolling up your windows. Here are some others steps you can take:

  • Don't assume your vehicle is safe at home. Car thieves look for automobiles that are being warmed up in owners' driveways.
  • Don't leave valuables in plain sight. If you have desirable after-market stereo parts, remove them and put them in the trunk (or take them with you).
  • Park with your wheels turned as far as possible toward the curb. This makes towing harder.
  • Only leave ignition key with valet parking attendant.
  • Park in well-lit, well-traveled areas.

Advice For Older-Model Cars

If you have an older automobile without modern anti-theft systems, use a steering column collar, kill switch, quick-release steering wheel, or brake locks. A camera baby monitor on the dashboard can cause a thief to move onto an easier mark. (Keep additional batteries in your glove box so you will always have some handy.) You can also have your VIN etched or stenciled into many parts throughout your automobile. This may deter bandits because they won't be able to strip and sell the parts as easily.

Shift It, Baby

Here is a recommendation many motorists don't think about when shopping for a vehicle: buy one with a standard transmission. Fewer and fewer Americans can drive a stick shift.

Not sure which anti-theft device is the best for your vehicle? Talk to us at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair. We can give you professional auto theft protection counsel for one of your costliest assets. Our phone number is 716-665-2501.

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