The Most Expensive Places to Drive

2017-11-28 15:42:34

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When you consider the rates of owning and driving an automobile, you probably think about the initial purchase, oil changes, gas, and repairs. But what about the roads we drive on? Building and maintaining thoroughfares for auto travel is not cheap.

If you live in an area where roads are paid for with transportation taxes, you may mistakenly consider that they are "free" to drive on because you don't stop and pay every time you travel on the road. (This is probably how "freeways" got their name.) You pay for the use of the road when you swipe your debit card at the pump and pay a significant amount in taxes.

Communities with toll roads take a different approach to financing their transportation infrastructure. Toll roads are financed by collecting money on the spot from every driver that travels the road, and some have expensive tolls. Can you guess the locations around the world have the most expensive tolls? Check out the quiz below.

1. This thoroughfare is located on the East Coast of the United States of America. The cost of the toll is $1.05 per mile, making it one of the most expensive toll roads in the US.

2. This scenic expressway is one of the most well known in Germany. Thrill seekers often drive this no-speed-limit loop to try to get the fastest lap time. Traveling this 13-mile stretch of expressway costs about the equivalent of $32.

3. The third one on our list is a bridge that connects Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick, Canada. It spans 8 miles and the price is currently $46. Hopefully, you can find something to do that's worth $92 dollars if you take this route to and from the island.

4. Fourth is a tunnel that connects Italy and France. This tunnel saves a lot of time for auto owners traveling through the Alps. There’s a heavy price to pay for this shortcut, however. For a one way trip, you’re looking at around $55, and for a round trip, you pay around $68!

5. The last one is another bridge that connects some picturesque Northern European islands. The bridge has substantially reduced travel time between the islands. Previously, it required an hour-long ferry ride but now it’s just a 10-minute drive over the bridge. The cost to island hop using this bridge is around $37.

Here are the answers:

1. Chesapeake Expressway, Virginia
2. Nurburgring, Germany
3. Confederation Bridge, Canada
4. Mont Blanc Tunnel, France-Italy
5. Storebaelt (Great Belt Fixed Link) Bridge, Denmark

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Keep It? Sell It? Trade It In?

2017-11-21 15:46:50

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Our relationship with our car is different for each of us. Some car owners develop a connection with their car because it is such a key part of their life. It carries them back and forth to work, makes family vacations possible, and takes them about the world. For others, a car is no more than a way to get from Point A to Point B, or worse, a necessary evil.

Whether you love your car or simple consider it a means to an end, deciding if it's time for a change can be a difficult task. Do you sell it to the dealership? Sell it to a private buyer? Or is it a good idea to just drive it 'till it drops? Hopefully, this article will help you in your choice.

Sell Back To The Dealer?

Let’s begin with the question of whether you should sell/trade in your car to the dealership. The first thing to know is that the dealership will most likely give you less cash for your car than you can get from selling it on your own. In some cases, a LOT less. The reason for this is because they will turn around and sell it and they have to make a profit. (Those shiny showrooms don't pay for themselves.)

Another critical thing to think about is how much you owe on your auto. If you owe more than what the dealer will give you, the negative equity will roll onto your new loan. For example, if you owe $5,000 on your automobile but the dealership offers you $4,000, the negative equity of $1,000 will roll onto your new car loan. We guide avoiding negative equity since you’ll end up paying even more because that shortfall is subject to interest. Perhaps your only intent is to break even. If you owe $5,000 on your loan, and get $5,000 for your trade in, then you avoid negative equity. Some drivers will take a lower price from a dealer because they don't want the hassle of selling it on their own. Trading in is quick, simple, and convenient.

Sell To Private Buyer?

However, if you have the time and patience, selling it to a private buyer is generally the way to get the best price. You’ll want to use the power of the internet. There are multiple websites that will allow you to input the details about your car, and then the site will quote you a fair price based on data they’ve gathered on similar cars and the prices they fetched. You can post your auto on numerous sites. Just beware of common scams so you don't get conned. Some used car websites have become magnets for scammers. Make sure you avoid buyers who seem sketchy—there are plenty out there. Be smart about who you let take your car on a test drive, pay attention to their method of payment, and be cautious as to where you will meet to discuss the sale.

With a fair price and the right marketing, selling your car privately is possible. If you don’t advertise sufficiently and your vehicle is priced too unreasonable, selling privately can be a real headache.

Keep It?

You can always make the decision to hang onto your ride. If it has a low value on the used car market, is paid off, and still functions well, it may be worth keeping. If you have kids, family members, or friends that could use your automobile, you can always hand it down until it doesn’t run any more. (Think of the good will you would generate!) Depending on the variety of car and your needs, you can always add another car that compliments your current car. Many auto owners have multiple cars for different purposes, such as an economical commuter buggy and a larger auto for family trips or a truck for towing. At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, we understand how your vehicle is integral to your lifestyle. You can trust in us to keep it in top condition with professional automotive service and repair in Falconer.

The Most Common Causes of Traffic Fatalities

2017-11-14 16:02:21

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If you take a moment and review the most prevalent causes of traffic fatalities, you will be reminded that ACCIDENTS CAN BE PREVENTED! Today's post delivers a serious warning for all of us who venture behind the wheel of our car and join our fellow road warriors on our nation's roads and expressways. The team of automotive experts at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair isn't pointing fingers here, we know that all of us drivers can take safety more seriously.

Distracted Driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed 3,477 lives in 2015 alone.

People, in general, need to just learn that it can wait. When combined with other bad behaviors, it is extremely risky. Consider the following true story that highlights multiple factors that contributed to a serious accident:

A sixteen year-old driver who was in a  car accident in 2012 was texting, completely disregarding road laws, and was driving a stick-shift on empty in a vehicle that often stalled at intersections. It was probably distracted driving that led to her being pummeled by a car 2.5 times the size of her car but all the other issues didn't help. By the way, they were both speeding. She was lucky enough to make it through, but all of that pain and suffering could have been avoided if she had just thought, “This can wait.”

Driving Under the Influence

Unfortunately, we need to also mention drunk driving. The good news is that American car owners have made impressive progress in the last four decades.

"In 2015, the rate of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities per 100,000 population was 3.2, representing a 65% decrease since 1982."

But we can, and need, to do even more. Despite this substantial decline in deaths, tipsy drivers are still wreaking havoc on our roads, causing 69% of driving fatalities. Whether you can walk in a straight line or not, if you’ve had more than one glass of alcohol, DO NOT DRIVE. Call an Uber or Lyft. Your pride is not worth someone’s life.


Recklessness: lack of regard for the danger or consequences of one's actions. If you’re upset with the world, or you’re just past the point of caring, either way, DO NOT DRIVE while feeling this way. Get some professional help.

Driver Fatigue

Our next issue is fatigue. There are many individuals who drive when they are sleepy even though they would never think of driving tipsy. They don't seem to realize that sleepy driving can be just as risky. We’ve all driven when our eyelids were heavy. According to a report conducted by the CDC in 2010, 4% of drivers surveyed reported actually falling asleep while driving. Sure, 4% may seem like a small percentage, but the survey respondents didn't answer whether they were sleepy, but if they had actually fallen asleep. There are no doubt many more who have driven while sleepy which is extremely dangerous. If you’re drowsy while driving, pull off to a dark, secluded area and try to take a catnap. The place you’re trying to get to will still be there once you’ve had a power nap. We’re not telling you to try to not drive while drowsy; DO NOT DRIVE while drowsy.


Another major cause of accidents is tailgating. We all hate it, but obviously some of us are guilty because repeatedly it is a factor in accidents. As a common act of courtesy and safety, DO NOT TAILGATE, ever. Eventually, the driver ahead of you will have to brake suddenly for some reason. If you’re tailgating, you’ll almost always damage their car and yours if you don’t have enough room or time to stop. The drivers and passengers in both cars may be harmed. And the police report and your insurance carrier will put you at fault for riding them (no matter how sudden the person in front slammed on his or her brakes) and your insurance rates may go through the roof. You never believe it’ll happen to you—until it does.

Failure to Yield the Right of Way

Failure to yield the right of way is the most prevalent cause of accidents for drivers over 70. Most of these types of accidents occur at intersections.

Teen Drivers

We know that it’s exciting to finally be able to drive at 16, but with that freedom, there also comes a lot of responsibilities. First and foremost is the responsibility to learn and comply with all of the road laws. The aforementioned young lady who was in that near-fatal automobile accident says, “My life would be so different if I would have just followed the laws, like going the speed limit, stopping at stop signs, and wearing a seatbelt.”

From all of us here at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair, "Be careful out there!"

Auto Fun: Have You Ever Done Something Crazy to Avoid a Ticket?

2017-11-07 15:28:13

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It seems like you always get caught speeding at the worst time possible; racing through downtown Falconer to pick up the kids from school, running a red light because you’re late to a key meeting, or heading to the airport when you are about to miss your flight.

The flashing lights in the rearview mirror are always a dreaded sight and most of the time indicate that a fine is coming your way. Today's article includes some stories of men and women going to extremes to try to get out of a ticket.

One man got stopped for simply not wearing his seatbelt. The officers who stopped the man didn’t know what was coming next.

The man got out of his auto and started serenading the officer. His song included a plea to issue a warning instead of a traffic ticket.

The officer showed mercy and spared him the fine. The man filmed it all on his phone with a selfie stick. I guess you could try this yourself if you feel like you have the voice of an angel.

Another man took things too far. After being pulled over for speeding, he promptly grabbed his phone and called 911 to report a shooting in hopes that the police officer would leave to respond to the fictitious call before writing a fine. Instead, other officers were sent to the scene, and police swiftly found out that the man being pulled over was the one who made the call. (Apparently he didn't realize that his location could be traced to his phone.)

Instead of receiving a $200 speeding ticket, the man was charged with a felony and sentenced to prison time.

A 43-year-old woman without a current driver's permit got pulled over.

Posing as her 22-year-old daughter, she lied to the officer and told him that she suffered from a rare aging disease.

The officer was smart enough not to fall for that and after digging deeper, discovered that she was driving with a suspended license. We don’t recommend assuming another's identity in any situation.

The best way to avoid a fine on New York roads is to simply observe the speed limit and all traffic signs. But sometimes you can get stopped for things not managing properly such as a burned-out headlight or non-functioning blinker. Whatever it is, at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair we will fix you up.

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