Fuel Efficiency and how to Improve it

Getting the best fuel efficiency with your vehicle is what every car owner strives for. This will not only lower costs spent at the pumps, but also improve the longevity of the vehicle. When the weather is nice in the downtown St Paul area, make sure to get the most out of the fuel mileage. One of the best and easiest things to do is remove any excess weight. It can be easy to turn the vehicle into a place to store some things quickly. The more unnecessary weight that it has, the worse the fuel efficiency will be. This will also put extra weight on the axles of the vehicle, especially the rear one.


Another tip is to inspect each tire of the vehicle. With properly inflated tires, it can help keep the fuel efficiency the best it can. If the tires are low, it will result in poor mileage. This is because the under inflated tires make the engine use more gas in order to move the vehicle. Check the owner’s manual for the proper air pressure, or contact us. Having the tires at the ideal amount can result in significant savings. Even having the tires under inflated by 10 pounds per square inch can cost you five miles per gallon more. So always make sure to check the tires, especially before any long road trips.


If the fuel efficiency has become worse, the air filter and spark plugs should be inspected. By having these replaced, it can help the engine burn gas more efficiently. This is a simple task for most vehicles and is inexpensive.  Make sure to contact us, and we will be happy to inspect the air filter and spark plugs, and replace them if needed. This will help improve the longevity of the vehicle, while also saving you money.

Avoiding Deer Collisions when Driving

While driving, always be on the lookout for deer. They are more active, especially during the dawn and dusk hours. Always make sure to keep your eyes on the road, and scan from ditch to ditch. If there is a deer that crosses the road, more than likely there are more. By being aware of the road and ditch, the chance of an accident will decrease. Yearly, deer collisions cost at least 4 billion dollars in repair bills. With over 1.2 million deer-vehicle collisions, take necessary precautions to avoid being a statistic. As more and more roads are being built through wildlife and fields, this will displace deer. The result is more deer running, and an increase of them crossing the roads.


Remember to slow down your speed when the deer are the most active and you see one. Be aware and be extra cautious when deer crossing signs are present. Also be on alert when passing by wooded or tree areas, as deer will like to travel through or live. It also increases the risk of not seeing a deer because it will come out of the woods and onto the road in only a matter of seconds. The same should apply when driving by fields and seeing deer grazing. With trees so close to the road, the deer are more difficult to see. They can be easily seen in an open field, but the distance is further from the road.


When a deer runs out, it is a better option to hit it rather than swerve and hit another vehicle. This only increases the chance of hitting another vehicle or losing control of your own vehicle. It is best to slam on your brakes and risk the chance of hitting the deer. Odds for surviving an accident a better versus an animal than another car. Even if a deer crosses the road ahead, it is recommended to slow down, because others may run across as well. If you hit a deer, the cost to the vehicle could be around 3 thousand dollars. When you hit another vehicle or swerve, you run the risk of totaling the vehicle completely.


Severe Weather and Driving in It

Sometimes driving in perfect weather can cause enough problems, but driving in severe weather means changing your driving. By taking extra precautions, everyone on the road can have improved safety. The first thing to remember is to slow down as the weather turns bad. As always, concentrate on the road and those around you. Being aware of the road and other drivers will help incase you need to slam on the brakes or change lanes quickly. By driving by being cautious, you will be prepared for any type of weather.


If it begins to rain, turn on the windshield wipers. Even if it starts to sprinkle, it can turn into a down pour within seconds. If the wipers do not clear the rain away from the windshield properly, then invest in a new set of wipers. These are inexpensive but a vital part of safety when driving in rain or severe weather. We can also put on a set of windshield wipers if you are unsure what size is needed. Along with the windshield wipers, make sure the headlights are on. As it rains, visibility will be compromised. Even if you are unsure, it is better to be safe than sorry. A good rule to follow is if the wipers are operating, the lights should be on. Be aware if the windows start to fog up. Turn the defroster or air conditioner on to help keep them clear.


In pouring rain, going at a slower speed is necessary. Make sure to leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle ahead of you. This will allow more room when needing to stop or slam on the brakes. When the pavement is wet, it will cause a loss of traction when braking. This will lead to sliding or hydroplaning. Also remember to never cross flooded roadways. Even a little bit of water can sweep the vehicle away. In other cases, it will be difficult to tell how deep the water is. The best thing is to turn around, and find an alternate route. Always stay alert and aware of the weather when driving!

Keeping the Air Conditioner Running in your Car

Make sure to have a cool and comfortable ride this summer by having the air conditioner working properly. If there are any issues you notice, always make sure to contact us at the first sign. These problems will only become worse if they are ignored. The last thing you want is a hot and uncomfortable ride if the air conditioner goes out. While the most common reasons for a malfunction is a leak or compressor issue, always make sure to bring it in. That way we can properly inspect and repair it, so it blows out cold air again.


When turning on the air conditioner, cool air might blow out, but it will not be cold air. The cooling fans on the condenser or the radiator should be running when the air conditioner is on. If not, then an appointment should be made with us. Also remember to look for any air restrictions that might be under the hood. This could include things like bugs, dirt, leaves, or other build up. It will cause an issue for air passing over the condenser properly. The cabin filter should also be inspected to ensure it is not clogged or damaged.


Any sign of a leak should always be a cause for concern. Having an ultra violet light leak detection done is a quick and easy way to find a leak in the system. The ultra violet dye will go through the system to help locate the leak. It will also help to verify that all the fittings are secure. If the system is too low, or the compressor is not cycling correctly, the dye may not work properly. Another way to check for a leak is to look under the vehicle after it has been parked for several minutes. If there is a puddle, contact us so we can inspect the air conditioning system. Doing so will help to have a reliable working air conditioner for this summer.

Summer Emergency Kit for your Car

Having a summer emergency kit for your vehicle is important, especially if you are traveling on vacation. This will help to be prepared for whatever situation may arise when you are driving. While you can help prevent emergencies or unexpected breakdowns, make sure you are ready incase they happen. You can also help keep the vehicle in the proper condition by following the maintenance schedule for it. We can also recommend when various tasks should be performed like tire rotations and oil changes. Doing so will help keep the vehicle working smoothly, so hopefully you won’t need to use the emergency kit.


In your emergency kit make sure to have jumper cables. This should never be overlooked as it is important, no matter what time of the year. If the lights are accidentally left on, this can quickly drain the battery of the vehicle. Having the jumper cables packed will ensure that the battery can be jumped if it goes dead when traveling. Also know how to properly use them, so that they will jump start the car.


Also pack a flashlight in the kit. Incase there is a breakdown during the night, you will need the flashlight to see properly inside or outside the vehicle. Having items to help with a flat tire are also essential. A jack and lug wrench, along with a spare tire can help solve several issues. When changing a tire, it will be important to have reflective hazard triangles and flares. This allows other drivers to see that there is an issue ahead, and to slow down or move over. That way whoever is changing the tire can stay safe. It will also make the vehicle more noticeable if waiting for assistance. Lastly, make sure to have a bottle of water, so you do not get dehydrated incase the vehicle is broke down for several hours.