Monthly Archives: January 2004

Winter Wise Driving.

Getting ready for bad conditions.

Winter driving can be a very stressful and dangerous task. Perhaps the best scenario is don’t drive at all if you don’t have to. Unfortunately, many of us have no choice. For those inevitable times when you must drive in cold, slick, winter conditions, here are some basic tips and facts that may give you the edge.

  • Don’t let your vehicle warm up for more than five minutes. Any more time will waste a great deal of fuel.
  • Always keep the tire manufacturer’s specified amount of air pressure in your tires and make sure that your tires are appropriate for you driving habits and conditions.
  • A cellular phone can be the best safety insurance policy while in your automobile. You may be surprised at how affordable basic cellular service is.
  • Items to keep in the car are: warm gloves, ice scraper, lots of extra blankets, tire chains, flashlight, and cellular phone if you have one.
  • Make sure your vehicle has been inspected for cold weather driving.
  • Keep your fuel tank as full as possible. Condensation will be at a minimum and the added weight will help maximize traction and handling on slick roads.
  • Don’t use your windshield wipers until your windshield has been scraped or defrosted. This will greatly increase the life of your wiper blades.
  • Keep at least 3 times normal driving distance from other cars on slick roads.
  • When braking on slick roads always pump your brakes lightly. This will stop your vehicle faster than steady pedal pressure.
  • If you have never installed tire chains don’t wait until you need them to find out how. Do a trial chain-up with someone who knows how or call us and we will demonstrate the proper procedure.
  • If you have a four wheel drive don’t wait until you need it to try it out.
  • Always keep the tire manufacturer’s specified amount of air pressure in your tires and make sure that your tires are appropriate for you driving habits and conditions.
  • A cellular phone can be the best safety insurance policy while in your automobile. You may be surprised at how affordable basic cellular service is.
  • Items to keep in the car are: warm gloves, ice scraper, lots of extra blankets, tire chains, flashlight, and cellular phone if you have one.
  • Make sure your vehicle has been inspected for cold weather driving.
  • Keep your fuel tank as full as possible. Condensation will be at a minimum and the added weight will help maximize traction and handling on slick roads.
  • Don’t use your windshield wipers until your windshield has been scraped or defrosted. This will greatly increase the life of your wiper blades.
  • Keep at least 3 times normal driving distance from other cars on slick roads.
  • When braking on slick roads always pump your brakes lightly. This will stop your vehicle faster than steady pedal pressure.
  • If you have never installed tire chains don’t wait until you need them to find out how. Do a trial chain-up with someone who knows how or call us and we will demonstrate the proper procedure.
  • If you have a four wheel drive don’t wait until you need it to try it out.

Aim to Please.

Our headlight aiming system allows us to aim all makes and models of headlights with precision accuracy.

Headlight technology has been upgraded immensely since the days of the round sealed beam headlamps. Composite plastic lenses, halogen gas illumination and aerodyne styling have altered the function, looks and efficiency of headlights for the better.
But proper headlight aiming is still the factor that determines performance and that technology has also changed. Many new aerodyne style headlight lenses do not have provisions on them for conventional headlight aiming systems. It is a fact that over one hundred new models of vehicles are equipped with aerodyne headlamps, although some models are equipped with built in head lamp aimers, most cannot be aimed with conventional equipment.
For this reason A Street purchased a new SNIPER remote headlight aiming system. This system allows us to aim all models of headlights with perfect accuracy. Driving lights and fog lights can also be accurately aimed. If you can spotlight a possum in the ditch while driving straight ahead or oncoming drivers keep suspiciously blinking their headlights at you, we suggest making an appointment for a headlight aiming soon.

Headlight technology has been upgraded immensely since the days of the round sealed beam headlamps. Composite plastic lenses, halogen gas illumination and aerodyne styling have altered the function, looks and efficiency of headlights for the better.

But proper headlight aiming is still the factor that determines performance and that technology has also changed. Many new aerodyne style headlight lenses do not have provisions on them for conventional headlight aiming systems. It is a fact that over one hundred new models of vehicles are equipped with aerodyne headlamps, although some models are equipped with built in head lamp aimers, most cannot be aimed with conventional equipment.

For this reason A Street utilizes a SNIPER remote headlight aiming system. This system allows us to aim all models of headlights with precision accuracy. Driving lights and fog lights can also be accurately aimed. If you can spotlight a possum in the ditch while driving straight ahead or oncoming drivers keep suspiciously blinking their headlights at you, we suggest making an appointment for a headlight aiming soon.

ABS Braking

Anti-lock Brakes do not require pumping to bring you to a safe stop.

Fall and winter weather bring a natural feeling of caution for most motorists. Slick roads and poor visibility are a given. In the past it has always been a safe procedure to pump the brakes lightly on slick road surfaces.

Any vehicle that is equipped with anti lock brakes will not require pumping for a safe stop. This is because the brake system pulses several times per second all by itself. Simply applying the brake pressure that is required for a safe distance will provide a much safer braking than any manual braking system could.

Fall and winter weather bring a natural feeling of caution for most motorists. Slick roads and poor visibility are a given. In the past it has always been a safe procedure to pump the brakes lightly on slick road surfaces.
Any vehicle that is equipped with anti lock brakes will not require pumping for a safe stop. This is because the brake system pulses several times per second all by itself. Simply applying the brake pressure that is required for a safe distance will provide a much safer braking than any manual braking system could.

Winter Safety Checklist

Prepare your vehicle for maximum cold and wet weather reliability.

When winter weather is upon us, it would be wise to prepare your automobile for maximum cold and wet weather reliability.
The following is a list of items that we recommend that vehicle owners should do:
Maintain coolant freezing level.
Inspect wiper blades.
Check battery cold cranking amps.
Fill wiper washer fluid level with non-freezing mix.
Test starter amperage draw.
Measure tire condition and pressure.
Insure tire chain condition and proper fit.
Lubricate all door locks, hinges and latches.
Check your 4×4 before you need it.
Don´t park your car under sappy trees.
Fill your fuel tank as full as possible to stop condensation.
Prepare a winter trip kit complete with warm blankets, flashlights, flares, quick energy food, and tire chains.
A cel phone on long trips is a wise addition.
Test the electrical system : starter, alternator & battery

Test heater and defroster Output

When winter weather is upon us, it would be wise to prepare your automobile for maximum cold and wet weather reliability.

When winter weather is upon us, it is wise to prepare your automobile for maximum cold and wet weather reliability. The following is our cold-weather safety checklist:

  • Maintain coolant freezing level.
  • Inspect wiper blades.
  • Check battery cold cranking amps.
  • Fill wiper washer fluid level with non-freezing mix.
  • Test starter amperage draw.
  • Measure tire condition and pressure.
  • Insure tire chain condition and proper fit.
  • Lubricate all door locks, hinges and latches.
  • Check your 4×4 before you need it.
  • Don´t park your car under sappy trees.
  • Fill your fuel tank as full as possible to stop condensation.
  • Prepare a winter trip kit complete with warm blankets, flashlights, flares, quick energy food, and tire chains.
  • A cel phone on long trips is a wise addition.
  • Test the electrical system : starter, alternator & battery
  • Test heater and defroster output