“Why Should I Rotate My Tires?”

Why should you rotate tires?

If your maintenance does not include tire rotation, it’s time to talk to your service technician about the importance of your tire health.

You might’ve heard from your friends or family that you should get your tires rotated, but when it comes to car maintenance tips, not everyone is always so thorough as to explain the answer to, “Why should I rotate my tires?”

And sometimes, it can be a little embarrassing to ask questions about something everyone else already seems to know about. “Why should I rotate my tires?” one might wonder. “Don’t tires already rotate when you drive the car?”

But there’s no shame in it! We were all newbies once. So here’s what tire rotations are all about.

As you probably know, tires get worn with use. Unfortunately, they don’t wear out evenly. Front tires lose tread more quickly than the rear tires because of the extra force exerted upon them by steering, and sometimes the tires on one specific side can get used up faster too.

Rotating your tires doesn’t refer to spinning them in place—that would be pointless. Instead, it means moving them from one wheel to another, allowing the wear to spread out and extend the life of the tires. In turn, that means less visits to the tire shop for new treads.

If you’ve got more questions about cars, just ask us Mama’s Used Cars and we’ll give you our best answer.

April is National Car Care Month!

Car Care Month!

Car Care Month!

 

We are well into April, and that means spring has arrived, the weather is calling for picnics and long walks, and summer is just around the corner. April is also National Car Care month, and serves as a good reminder that our cars need a little TLC, too. This month, take time to get your car caught up on routine service, make necessary repairs, and get your car ready for the hot summer months.

According to the Car Care Council, vehicle inspections held at community Car Care Month events in 2014 revealed that a whopping 84% of vehicles required service or parts – that’s up 5% from 2013.

“Neglected vehicle care almost always means much higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value. These results show that the majority of vehicle owners could save money by being proactive in the maintenance of their second largest investment,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

This month, make an appointment with a trusted technician or check your car out yourself. Either way, things that should be checked include:

  • Belts and hoses
  • Filters
  • Windshield wipers
  • Tires
  • Fluids
  • Lights
  • Alignment
  • Battery

“Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician, National Car Care Month in April is the perfect time to focus on your vehicle’s maintenance needs to make sure it is ready for the upcoming spring and summer travel season,” said White. “Following a routine maintenance program, like the free personalized schedule and e-mail reminder service the Car Care Council offers, can help you drive smart, save money and make informed decisions.”

To find a Car Care event near you, visit carcare.org.

If you’re in need of a dependable used car, stop by Mama’s Used Cars today!

Traveling With a Dog: 5 Pointers to Keep Your Furry Friend Comfortable and Safe

Travelling with a Dog

Traveling with a Dog

Are you planning on traveling with a dog this spring or summer? If you are indeed taking your fuzzy friend on a road trip, check out Mama’s 5 tips to keep them happy and safe while out and about!

  1. Cage or no cage: If you are traveling with a smaller- to medium-sized dog, it would be wise to pack a crate. Especially if the dog is younger, carrying a crate or small cage could prove to be the best decision you’ll make when traveling with the little fuzz ball. Allowing the dog to be in a crate while traveling will make the trip much more comfortable for them since they feel a sense of security within the cage. Also, if your dog happens to have an accident while driving, cleaning out a crate is much easier than scrubbing your car seats.
  2. Leaving them in the car alone: Try not to leave your dog alone for more than 10 minutes at a time, and never leave your dog in a hot car. Keep the car running with the air conditioning on while you visit the rest-stop, or take turns watching the dog while others visit the restroom.
  3. Hotel accommodations: Plan ahead and find pet-friendly hotels. Check out this website if you’re having trouble finding a dog-friendly hotel – http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net
  4. Keeping them comfortable: If your dog is used to having 3 blankets, 5 toys and a snack when they’re at home, make sure to bring all of it with you when traveling with them. It will make your dog feel as close to home as possible and can alleviate a lot of stress for you in the long run.
  5. Touring with a pet: If you plan on eating out while you’re on the road, search for restaurants that have patios, as they’re more likely to be pet-friendly. Check out some of the tourist spots in the area that are outdoors and others that allow pets ahead of time to save yourself a headache (and sad puppy dog eyes).

Lastly, we hope you, your family, and your dog enjoy all of your spring and summer road trips!

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month—a month where the focus is pretty self-explanatory. In 2009, 5,474 people were killed and 448,000 were injured in accidents involving distracted driving. That’s nearly 15 fatalities and over 1,220 injuries a day all as a result of someone busy doing something other than driving while behind the wheel.

Those numbers dropped for a few years, but now they’re on the rise again. In 2012, 3,328 (down from 3,360 in 2011) people were killed in accidents involving distracted drivers. In 2011, 387,000 people were injured. That number increased by nearly 10% to 421,000 in 2012. Let’s get into some more statistics…

  • Drivers in their 20s make up 27% of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes.
  • Five seconds at 55 mph will take you the distance of a football field.
  • Five seconds is the average amount of time it takes to send a text.
  • Reaching for a phone, dialing, and texting makes it three times as likely a crash will occur.
  • 25% of teens respond to a text at least once when they drive.
  • 20% of teens admit to having extended conversations over text while driving.
  • 10% of parents admit to having extended conversations over text while driving.

Driving a 3,000-pound vehicle isn’t a game or joke. Every time you get behind the wheel and drive while distracted, you put your own life and everyone else’s at risk. Don’t be the person in jail for vehicular homicide. Drive safe—the phone can wait.

Distracted Driver Awareness Month

Distracted Driver Awareness Month