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Keeping Your Old Car Fresh

Old cars have the habit of making the owner feel run down and downtrodden. If this is the case, it might be time to take the time to boost an old car’s self esteem and create good habits to keep your car new and vibrant. 1. Clean even the darkest corners in the interior. Take the extra time to care for the inside of your car. This means vacuuming, wiping the interior, and paying attention to the parts that probably haven’t been cleaned for years. The thing to remember with an old car is that it has lived many years for dust and waste to build up and go unnoticed. 2. Replace outdated electronics. Your stereo system and speakers may be extremely outdated because of the age of your car. Maybe it is time to relieve that blown speaker and even replace your whole stereo system. Stereo systems do not have to cost an arm and a leg, and it is even a plus if you can install it yourself or have a friend who knows how. 3. Replace h ... read more

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Stay Calm and Prevent Road Rage

Road rage affects all drivers at some point. You may feel the rage on your morning commute, while your teen may sense it after school. Many factors trigger road rage, so there are several ways to calm yourself down when you feel the anger rising. Here are some simple steps to reducing road rage. Once you understand the ideas, ask your teenager if he or she ever gets angry when driving. Let them know that it is a common problem- you experience it, too. Plan your route before any trip to avoid traffic spots and rush hour. Your trip might not be direct, but avoiding the traffic hot spots will help you stay calm. Follow the traffic on an app on your phone or a local news site before you hop in the car. If you notice an aggressive driver who is trying to start something, do not make eye contact with him or her. Keep your distance and focus on your own driving. When another driver makes you angry, take several slow deep breaths. F ... read more

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Driver Safety

Stressed Drivers: What to Do About Road Rage

When was the last time you got stressed on the road? It happens nearly every day. There you are, calmly entering the traffic flow on the highway or pulling out of your neighborhood. The next thing you know, a car pops up out of thin air and conveniently slips itself into the small space between you and the car you’re following. Maybe the driver behind you lays on the horn, waving both fists at you and shouting. All drivers witness road rage, but how we handle the stress is important. Road rage is a very real part of driving. We want you and your family to stay safe on the road, so this series of blog posts will focus on how to handle other aggressive drivers and how to ease your rage on the road. Read on to see what to do when the drivers around you get a bit hostile. When you see a driver getting angry or acting aggressive, your gut reaction might be to respond in anger. There are three simple reasons to avoid getting mad. The first is that y ... read more

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Get Ready to Road Trip: Spring Auto Maintenance

Spring has arrived and with it comes the urge to hop in the car, roll down the windows and hit the open road. At the first sign of a sunny day, I know that I start making excuses to take long drives. Before we set out on a road trip, we need to make sure our cars are ready for spring. Take care of some spring cleaning maintenance tasks now to make sure your car stays in good condition all season. After a long winter, you might want your mechanic to complete a thorough maintenance review of your vehicles. The mechanics at D&R Autoworks know just how winter driving can affect your vehicle, so we are ready to investigate and make any repairs you need. Give us a call at (847) 433-4343 to set up an appointment. Wash the salt off your car. Giving your car a thorough cleaning will help it run better (and look better!). Make sure your car wash sprays under the car to clear out all the road salt that has built up. Check and replace your air filt ... read more

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Common Mistakes Good Drivers Make

Most drivers don’t realize that 6.3 million car crashes take place on the roads each year. Many of these accidents involve good drivers. Here are 5 of the most common mistakes that good drivers make and how you can avoid them. 1. Too Much Confidence You’ve been driving forever and you have to admit, you’re a pretty good driver. Guess what .. just about everybody on the road thinks they’re a great driver and most of them disobey driving safety on a regular basis, using cell phones or thinking the speed limit equals what the sign reads + 5. Take some time to evaluate your driving weaknesses and don’t fall into the trap of thinking that your vehicle’s advanced safety features will be enough to keep you safe on the road. 2. Multi-Tasking According to a study at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, 80% of crashes are preceded by some form of distraction. At 60 mph you can cross the distance of a football field before gett ... read more

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Driver Safety

Are High Tech Cars Safe?

The auto industry is heading into new territory soon, as many manufacturers plan to equip cars with wireless hot spots and broadband connections. These features could improve the driving experience, but they also bring safety concerns. These new connected cars would allow passengers to have wireless connection for several phones, tablets, computers or other devices. A WIFI hotspot would let passengers have internet access. Advocates for Connected Cars The auto industry is pushing for the “car of tomorrow”, claiming the technology will improve the driving experience and make the roads more safe. Users could stream music and movies to the car, among other entertainment features. These connected cars would also let the manufacturer remotely monitor and upgrade the vehicle’s software. The technology could keep drivers safe by notifying the driver of weather forecasts and traffic problems in their area. Many hope that this technology will allow vehicles ... read more

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Auto Safety

Wintry Driving Conditions: What You Need in an Emergency

The recent snow that stormed across the midwest was a wakeup call for many drivers who were stuck on the road. We started thinking about all those accidents and abandoned cars and remembered how important it is to have an emergency kit. We should all keep an emergency kit in the car all year, but driving in winter conditions makes this even more important. When you’re caught in a blizzard or other cold weather conditions, you never know how long you’ll wait until help comes. Keeping a few extra items in the car will put you at ease in case of an emergency. You don’t have to buy an expensive emergency kit for your car- you can find some essential pieces on your own. Here is our guide for creating your own emergency survival kit for winter driving: -heavy duty bag to carry all items -ice scraper and snow brush -shovel -flares -jumper cables -flashlight and batteries -blanket -snacks ... read more

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Auto Safety

Your Vehicle’s Spring Maintenance Checklist

As we approach the end of these cold winter months, it’s important to do some after-winter maintenance. Safety is important to consider all year round, but we want to help by providing you with a checklist for your car’s care: Check your antifreeze Spring time is usually when you need to do a radiator flush. You want to be sure your antifreeze mixture is good to go. Inspect Your Tires Your tires were working really hard in the winter weather and need some tending to. Rotating these seasonally will extend their life. Also, air pressure goes down from the cold, so check your tire pressure and add air if necessary. Wiper Blades These take quite the beating from the snow. Now is a great time to replace your wipers. Fluids Your engine works harder in winter driving conditions. Bring your car in to have its fluids topped. Battery Like everything else, your battery works extra hard in the cold weather. Th ... read more

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Auto Care

What to Do After Buying a New Car

Nothing can bring you down as you drive off the lot in your new car. As soon as you arrive at home and stack your paperwork on the counter, you are hit with the truth: You’ve got lots to do for this new purchase. First, congratulate yourself. Buying a new car is an exciting decision and a large commitment. If you want to stand outside admiring your car for an hour, now is the acceptable time. Now it is time to get to work. Here are some basic steps you’ll take after you buy a new car. Get Auto Insurance You may be required to provide proof of insurance at the dealership before you close the sale. You may also secure car insurance at the dealership. You might need to communicate with your current insurance agent to change plans and make them aware of your purchase. Register the Car You can register your car with proof of insurance. You cannot simply put old license plates on your new car, but you may purchase or transfer ex ... read more

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What to Do After Buying a New Car

Nothing can bring you down as you drive off the lot in your new car. As soon as you arrive at home and stack your paperwork on the counter, you are hit with the truth: You’ve got lots to do for this new purchase. First, congratulate yourself. Buying a new car is an exciting decision and a large commitment. If you want to stand outside admiring your car for an hour, now is the acceptable time. Now it is time to get to work. Here are some basic steps you’ll take after you buy a new car. Get Auto Insurance You may be required to provide proof of insurance at the dealership before you close the sale. You may also secure car insurance at the dealership. You might need to communicate with your current insurance agent to change plans and make them aware of your purchase. Register the Car You can register your car with proof of insurance. You cannot simply put old license plates on your new car, but you may purchase or transfer ex ... read more

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