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Keep Your Cool In SAN ANTONIO

Posted October 30, 2014 3:39 PM

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SAN ANTONIO drivers rely on their car's coolant system to keep their engine cool. Coolant (also called antifreeze) mixed with water flows through your sedan engine and absorbs heat. The mixture then flows out to the radiator where it’s cooled by air flowing over the radiator. From there the coolant/water mix circulates back through the engine to absorb more heat.

There’s a reason we mix coolant and water. Water alone actually does a good job transferring heat from the engine. The problem is that water boils at a temperature that’s easily reached inside your sedan's engine, so it can turn to steam which does not conduct heat as well and is harder to contain.

Also, if it’s freezing outside in SAN ANTONIO, the water in your engine could freeze while your vehicle is sitting out in the TX cold.

So, if you remember your SAN ANTONIO high school chemistry, you’ll know that a mixture has both a higher boiling point and a lower freezing point than either component alone.

Coolant, or antifreeze, is specially formulated to keep your engine safe in a wide range of environmental and operating temperatures in and around SAN ANTONIO.

Keep Your Cool In SAN ANTONIO Whenever your sedan is running, the coolant in the cooling system is working to keep your engine from overheating. When it’s cold outside, the coolant acts as antifreeze to keep the fluid from freezing in your engine.

All that exploding fuel in your engine creates a lot of heat. Without coolant, the metal sedan engine parts would expand so much that the engine would seize up and stop running. The costly parts could be broken or warp so badly they would have to be replaced. It could even be so bad that the whole sedan's engine is ruined and has to be junked.

This is why it is critical that SAN ANTONIO drivers check coolant levels frequently and have their sedan cooling system inspected for leaks. Also your sedan vehicle manufacturer has a maintenance requirement for draining and replacing your coolant. These recommendations can vary widely, so check your owner’s manual or ask us at Cambridge Auto Center in SAN ANTONIO.

The reason SAN ANTONIO auto owners need to change the coolant is that it has additives in it to protect the cooling system. As you can imagine, with all the heat, the cooling system’s a pretty harsh environment. The additives keep the fluid from becoming corrosive and damaging the radiator and other sedan cooling system components. Over time, the additives are depleted and the coolant just has to be replaced.

Many SAN ANTONIO auto owners ask Cambridge Auto Center why there are different colors of antifreeze. It is very important that you use the correct type of antifreeze. The different types of antifreeze – or coolant – are different colors so you don’t mix them up.

The car makers use different materials to make the cooling system, and they require different types of antifreeze to protect them.

So check with us at Cambridge Auto Center in SAN ANTONIO or your owner’s manual for the right kind because using the wrong coolant can void the warranty for your sedan cooling system.


Posted in the Cooling System category

Deciphering the Cambridge Auto Center Menu Board

Posted October 22, 2014 5:07 PM



Let's talk about deciphering the auto service menu board. SAN ANTONIO, TX service centers like Cambridge Auto Center have a board that lists the routine services they provide. But some people don't know what these services really are unless they ask. Let's go down a typical list, in alphabetical order, starting with air conditioning service.

Feel free at any time to give Cambridge Auto Center a call at 210-697-9600 to learn of the many services we offer, or stop by our SAN ANTONIO, TX auto center at 9823 Fredericksburg Road 78240.

First remember that all of these services are recommended by vehicle manufacturers. They set how often or at how many miles the service should be done.

Air conditioning service involves purging the old refrigerant and capturing it for proper disposal. Then fresh refrigerant is installed. The fresh refrigerant will lubricate the system and will also help it cool better.

Alignment. Service centers like Cambridge Auto Center make sure all four wheels are lined up and track with each other. This reduces tire and suspension wear and improves safety and handling.

Battery service. Service centers like Cambridge Auto Center inspect the battery for corrosion, leaks or damage. Test the battery's ability to hold a charge. If the battery's still strong, clean it up. If not, replace it.

Brake service. This could be two things. A brake inspection to see if the brakes are working well mechanically and to see if the pads are still safe. If not, replace the pads and make any repairs that might be in order.

The other thing is to evacuate the brake fluid, clean out the system and replace it with fresh fluid. This is important, but often over looked.

Cabin air filter. The cabin air filter is the filter that cleans the air that comes into the passenger compartment. It works like the filter on your furnace at home. It gets dirty and needs to be changed often.

Cooling system. This is the cooling system for your engine. Replace the old coolant with fresh to protect your radiator and other cooling system components from corrosion.

Differential service. Every vehicle has at least one differential. They don't require service very often, so people don't think of them much. The differential transfers power from the drive train to your wheels. Drain the old fluid and add fresh lubricant.

Engine air filter. This filters the air that's burned in the engine. It also gets dirty and needs to be replaced often.

Fuel filter. This filter cleans the fuel before it gets to the engine. Like the other filters, it too gets clogged and needs to be replaced in order to maintain good flow.

Contact Cambridge Auto Center, your SAN ANTONIO, TX auto repair center, by calling us at 210-697-9600.


Posted in the Service Intervals category

Training Received by Technicians In SAN ANTONIO, TX

Posted October 15, 2014 12:28 PM



When your car breaks down in the SAN ANTONIO, TX area, or just needs some routine service, it can make SAN ANTONIO car owners a little nervous. Because your car’s so important to your life, you need to be back on the road as soon as possible. And with the problem fixed right the first time.

We’ve been checking into some of the vital training our SAN ANTONIO TX technicians receive, and we’re very impressed. It’s amazing how much knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. So it’s not like when your uncle worked on his hot rod over weekend.

Today there are four cylinder engines around SAN ANTONIO that make more power than the V-8’s in luxury cars 20 years ago. A new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket’s Ferrari in a race to 60 mph.

Our engines are more and more powerful and at the same time their MPG keeps inching up. And they’re so reliable. This is all due to engineering. But the benefits come to SAN ANTONIO drivers at the price of simplicity. Modern cars are so much more complex from a mechanical standpoint that it makes your head spin.

Then there’s the electronics. Some cars on TX interstates area have several networked computers controlling most of the engine functions and many other vehicle functions as well. SAN ANTONIO motorists take all of this sophistication for granted – but somebody has to fix it when it breaks.

It’s a real challenge for the techs at  Cambridge Auto Center and other SAN ANTONIO auto service centers to keep up. It requires a high level of commitment on the part of the auto technician and the service center as well. In addition to the training, there’s the financial commitment to purchase the diagnostic and repair tools as well.

So where do SAN ANTONIO service professionals go for training? There’re many sources. It’s usually a combination of formal classroom training, training provided in the service center by auto parts and equipment manufacturers, on-line courses and home study courses. There are many independent certifications available all the way up to Master Technician.

And AutoNetTV produces monthly training for SAN ANTONIO automotive service centers called The Pro Channel. If you were to watch the Pro Channel segment on re-flashing the engine control computer, you’d be amazed at how much is involved: special software, hardware interfaces and a tremendous amount of knowledge and skill.

Service centers in SAN ANTONIO, TX have a lot of other resources available as well. No one can know everything, so service centers like Cambridge Auto Center subscribe to data services, technical libraries and even on-line communities that can help them with they run into a difficult problem.

It’s like those medical diagnosis shows on TV. Here are the symptoms – what’s the diagnosis and treatment. Diagnosis is every bit as much an art as a science. SAN ANTONIO car owners want everything to be simple, straight forward and cheap – and sometimes it just isn’t.

So, be more relaxed next time you take your sedan in. SAN ANTONIO motorists can trust their considerate Cambridge Auto Center techs. You’re in good hands. The more you know, the more comfortable you can be with your automotive service decisions at Cambridge Auto Center. Visit AutoNetTV.com to see more great auto tips videos about many service topics.

At Cambridge Auto Center, we provide quality automotive service including chassis lubrication, fuel filter and chassis lubrication.<br><br>


Posted in the Maintenance category

Wheel Balancing at Cambridge Auto Center

Posted October 9, 2014 4:49 PM



So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? SAN ANTONIO auto owners can tell if their tires are out of balance by vibrations at higher speeds on TX freeways. If one of the front tires is out, you feel the vibration in the steering wheel. If it's a back tire, you'll feel the vibration in your seat.

Tires and wheels are pretty heavy. When a tire is mounted on a wheel at Cambridge Auto Center, it is usually not perfectly balanced. So the service specialist will spin the tire on a machine to determine where it's too heavy. He will then place weights on the wheels in strategic locations to balance it out. When a tire is out of balance, it actually bounces down the road instead of rolling smoothly. Since the average size tire rotates at about 850 revolutions per minute at 60 MPH, it is actually slamming into the pavement 14 times a second. That's where you get your vibration.

Most SAN ANTONIO auto owners are surprised at how smoothly their car rides after balancing all four wheels.

Most high-quality tires sold in SAN ANTONIO hold their balance pretty well for motorists. They just get out of balance gradually with normal wear and tear. If you suddenly feel a vibration, it is probably because you lost a wheel balancing weight along the way. Definitely get a balance at Cambridge Auto Center in SAN ANTONIO if you feel a vibration, change your rims or have a flat repaired. Putting off a needed balance job leads to excessive and harmful tire wear, wear to your shocks, struts, steering and suspension parts. Wheel balancing not only improves your ride and handling, but also can save you some expensive repair bills and possibly an accident. Additionally, you will get better MPG.

Some Atascosa car owners have their tires balanced at every rotation. Others do it every other time. Check your owners' manual for your requirements, or ask your considerate Cambridge Auto Center service professional. Doing this will put you on the path to mechanical wheel balance.


Posted in the Tires and Wheels category

The Cambridge Auto Center Guide to Saving Fuel: Car Weight

Posted October 2, 2014 3:51 PM

The team at Cambridge Auto Center in SAN ANTONIO and TX car owners are all talking gas mileage right now. Better gas mileage. Fewer emissions. SAN ANTONIO car owners want to save the environment and their pocketbooks.

And we all know—or should know—that preventive maintenance will help maximize fuel economy. But is there something more SAN ANTONIO car owners can do? After all, some of us SAN ANTONIO folks can’t cut back on our driving, and others would like to do more to economize.

Weight is one major enemy of fuel economy. The more you lug around in your vehicle, the more fuel you have to burn to get from SAN ANTONIO to Boerne. And that means buying more gas in SAN ANTONIO and producing more emissions.

Of course, your sedan’s weight isn’t negotiable. And you can’t do much about the weight of your passengers. And this isn’t an article about diet and exercise.

But look around your sedan. Are you hauling a bunch of unnecessary weight around TX? Do you really need your golf clubs every time you leave your SAN ANTONIO home? Store sports equipment in the garage. Load it when you need it and store it when you don’t. Who knows? The extra exercise just might reduce the other type of weight in your vehicle.

The same goes for anything else in your car: make-up kits, music collections, extra electronics, spare clothing; whatever your particular extras may be. Pack it when you need it; store it when you don’t.

Clean out your SAN ANTONIO. You’d be surprised how much weight you’re lugging around SAN ANTONIO in plain old junk. Toss old papers, leftover food, and regular old dirt. Even if it’s not a lot of weight, you’ll feel better when you get into your car. A good cleaning is also part of good car care.

Now, don’t toss stuff you really do need. You do need that spare tire—the one in your trunk. And a kit of emergency essentials is not a bad idea. But just carry around the day-to-day essentials. You can pack a more extensive kit and store it in your garage, then toss it in your SAN ANTONIO when you go on a longer trip, but you don’t have to lug it around all the time. After all, are you a driver? Or are you a junk chauffeur?

Lose the junk and save some money in SAN ANTONIO
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Posted in the Fuel System category

Selecting New Tires and Wheels

Posted September 26, 2014 9:12 AM



Some of us SAN ANTONIO car owners just love tires. All those little rubber hairs on new tires and the smell is wonderful. SAN ANTONIO drivers live in a great time for tires. No matter how you drive between SAN ANTONIO and Atascosa, where you want to go or the look you're after; there is a tire for you.

The same is true about wheels. The hardest part for SAN ANTONIO motorists is choosing from the thousands of wheels available at TX tire shops.

The team at Cambridge Auto Center may not be able to help with that, but we can help you get some things in mind before you consult with your SAN ANTONIO tire professional. Let's start with function and think about how you drive.

For example, maybe you have a large SUV but you don't drive off-road around SAN ANTONIO, so an off-road tread isn't important. Also, because you are not out bouncing over rocks in the TX backcountry, you don't need a high profile tire to protect your rims. So that means you can probably go with the low-wide look.

If you have a winter season with rain and snow or if you find you need better ice and snow performance, they make great, high-performance snow tires that won't make it look like you are driving a tractor.

There really are a lot of options for any given vehicle. SAN ANTONIO auto owners will find it very helpful to have a discussion like this with their SAN ANTONIO tire pro or the tire experts at Cambridge Auto Center when they need new tires. You can find the best solutions for your driving needs and to make improvements in ride or handling.

Picking a wheel that is the same size as what you are now running is important and pretty simple. But, it gets trickier if you want to upsize. Just get some help when you go bigger. All that tire and wheel still needs to fit in the available space. You do not want your tires to rub when you turn or hit a bump. SAN ANTONIO car owners also need to make sure their brakes and suspension bits will fit with their wheel of choice. It doesn't matter how great your car looks if it's not drivable.

Taller, wider wheels and tires probably weigh more than your stock shoes. And it's "unsprung" weight - that has a big impact on brake performance. The upsized shoes increase rotational inertia - if you go too big you may need to upgrade your brakes to compensate.

Another possible problem is an inaccurate speedometer. This happens because the number of rotations can change with the new wheels. Fortunately, speedometers and odometers are all controlled by the engine computer; so it is manageable to get it reprogrammed at Cambridge Auto Center to compensate for the bigger tires.

No matter what you are after: low cost, long life, high performance, traction or stunning good looks, your wheel and tire professional at Cambridge Auto Center in SAN ANTONIO, TX can help you identify your needs and give you a custom fit. With all the options available, you don't have to compromise. There is a tire out there with your name on it!


Posted in the Tires and Wheels category

Differential Service in SAN ANTONIO, TX - What You Need To Know

Posted September 18, 2014 2:07 PM



Scratching your head? Don't worry, if you don’t know what a differential is – you will in a moment. That fact is that if you drive a car anywhere in SAN ANTONIO, TX, you have a differential. Whether your vehicle is front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, you have a differential. Some SAN ANTONIO auto owners might even have two or three.

Not surprisingly, a differential’s job is to compensate for differences. Specifically the differences in wheel speed when turning. For instance, imagine taking a corner near your SAN ANTONIO, TX home. Your inside wheel has a shorter distance to travel than the outside wheel as you turn the corner. That means that your outside wheel has to turn faster to keep pace with the inside wheel.

The differential allows the wheels to turn at different speeds while still providing power to your vehicle. Without a differential, SAN ANTONIO drivers' tires would scrub and hop along the pavement during turns like the early cars.

Ever noticed the big bulge in the middle of the rear axle on trucks? That’s the differential. Rear-wheel drive vehicles have a differential in back. Most four-wheel drive trucks and SUVs will also have a similar differential on the front axle. Front-wheel drive vehicles’ differential is called a transaxle because it combines the differential and transmission in one unit. An all-wheel drive vehicle will have a differential or transfer case that adjusts for speed differences between the front and rear drive wheels.

It can seem a little complex to some Atascosa motorists - but you can see that all of the engine’s power is routed through your differentials. They’re strong enough to handle the work, but- we've said it before - they need to be properly lubricated in order to stay strong. So from time to time, you need to schedule a differential service in SAN ANTONIO at Cambridge Auto Center. The used fluid is drained and replaced with clean fluid. Some auto manufacturers advise certain differentials to have special additives installed.

Get your differential serviced at Cambridge Auto Center in SAN ANTONIO.

Recommendations for the time and mileage interval for servicing your differential can vary greatly by vehicle. A front-wheel drive vehicle’s transaxle will need servicing more frequently than the rear differential on a pick-up truck, so check with your SAN ANTONIO, TX Cambridge Auto Center service advisor or your manufacturers owner’s manual for recommendations.

How and where you drive in SAN ANTONIO will have an important impact as well. If you drive on dirt roads or through streams around Atascosa, TX, you’ll need to service your differential much sooner than if you always stay on TX interstates.


Posted in the Drive Train category

Are There Blind Spots In SAN ANTONIO TX?

Posted September 12, 2014 4:38 PM

All SAN ANTONIO drivers have blind spots – and no, I'm not talking about the fact that you really don't sing like Adele. I mean the areas of the road that you can't see when you're driving around SAN ANTONIO.

First let's talk about our own blinds spots, and then we can talk about others...

To begin, we can greatly reduce blind spots by properly adjusting our mirrors to give the widest coverage possible. Make the adjustments in your sedan before you start to drive.

First, SAN ANTONIO car owners should adjust their rear view mirrors to give the best possible view directly to the rear of their sedan. Atascosa folks don't need it to get a better view of either side of the car, the kids in the back seat or their dazzling smile. It's pretty uncomplicated, the rear view mirror should reflect the rear.

Next, lean your head until it almost touches the driver's side window. Adjust your side mirror so that you can just barely see the side of your car. Now, lean your head to the middle of the car and adjust the outside mirror so that you can barely see the right side of the car.

When SAN ANTONIO auto owners adjust their mirrors this way, they'll have maximum coverage. Of course driving is a dynamic process – things change every second on Atascosa roads and busy freeways. So it's wise to take a quick look to the side when passing to make sure that another sedan hasn't moved into an area you couldn't see in your mirrors.

Depending on the kind of vehicle you drive (sedan?), you may still have some blind spots. All vehicles have an area behind them that's blind when backing up. The bigger the vehicle, the bigger the blind spot. A pick-up or SUV can hide a small child – an RV, bus or tractor-trailer can hide an entire vehicle. So be careful out there on our Atascosa streets and in your driveway at your SAN ANTONIO home!

As you drive around the Atascosa area, avoid staying in other auto owners' blind spots. You can't count on them to be watching their mirrors and looking out for you.

Let's talk about safely sharing our TX roads with heavy trucks and buses. In crashes involving a truck and car, the driver of the car is to blame for about 40 percent of the accidents. But 78 percent of the fatalities are with the car. The laws of physics are against the smaller vehicle, so it is important for SAN ANTONIO motorists to take extra precautions around trucks and buses.

Heavy vehicles have huge blind spots: to the rear, on both sides and up front. They also can't maneuver like a car. They take twice as long to stop and need twice as much space as you do in your sedan or other type of car. You need to keep wide margins when driving around one of these big rigs on Atascosa area expressways.

Here are some tips for passing a heavy vehicle in the Atascosa area:

Avoid the blind spots. If you can't see the SAN ANTONIO auto owners's face in one of his mirrors or in a window, he cannot see you!

Don't follow too close. If you can't see one of the truck's mirrors, you're too close.

Make sure there is plenty of room to pass. Trucks are long and take time to get around. If you're on one of our local SAN ANTONIO, TX two-lane highways, wait for a passing zone.

Don't linger when passing. Because the blind spots are so big on the sides, you want to get through them quickly. If you can't pass quickly, drop back.

Pass on the left whenever possible. A trucks' blind spot is much larger on the right.

Be attentive and wear your seat belt while driving anywhere around SAN ANTONIO, even for short drives. Don't be aggressive when driving around trucks. Because of their size, they appear to be going slower than they really are. Cutting it short around a truck could be disastrous.

Use your turn signals when starting to pass. Once you can see the full truck in your rear view mirror, it's safe to signal and move over. It's vital not to cut it short or slow quickly when you pull in front of a truck.

Be careful passing a truck at an intersection in SAN ANTONIO. Trucks need to turn wide to maneuver through SAN ANTONIO streets. Squeezing between a truck and the curb could put your car in your SAN ANTONIO body shop or Cambridge Auto Center. Look for the truck's turn signals.

The team of automotive professionals at Cambridge Auto Center want you to watch those blind spots – but feel free to sing in the shower all you want.

Cambridge Auto Center
We're on 9823 Fredericksburg Road in SAN ANTONIO, TX (78240)
Call us to make an appointment at 210-697-9600.


Posted in the Automotive News category

All About Your TPMS In SAN ANTONIO

Posted September 4, 2014 3:05 PM



SAN ANTONIO drivers know that under-inflated tires wear out more quickly. Under-inflation is also a major cause of tire failure for TX auto owners. More flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances are all results of under-inflated tires.

It's hard for many SAN ANTONIO car owners to tell when a radial tire is under-inflated. If your vehicle manufacturer recommends 35 pounds of pressure, your tire is considered significantly under-inflated at 26 pounds. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds.

Uncle Sam to the rescue! A recent federal law required auto manufacturers to include a Tire Pressure Monitoring System - or TPMS system - in all vehicles. The system is a dashboard mounted warning light that goes off if one or more of the tires falls 25 % below the auto maker's pressure recommendations.

The law covers all passenger cars, SUVs, mini vans and pick-up trucks. The system must also indicate if it has a malfunction. This technology has been used in race cars for years. They are able to head off problems from under-inflation by closely monitoring tire pressure on the track. It's up to your car's automobile manufacturer to determine which of many TPMS systems available they use to comply with the law.

Obviously, all of this doesn't come free for SAN ANTONIO car owners. Government studies have estimated the net costs. Of course, the TPMS system itself will cost something. Maintaining the system will have a cost, replacement of worn or broken parts and tire repair cost increases. The net cost is estimated to be between $27 and $100.

The costs are partially offset by savings in fuel and tread wear. There is also a saving in property damage and travel delay. Also, the government predicts fewer fatal accidents. They estimate there will be between $3,000,000 to $9,000,000 for every life saved.

Your safety is our priority at Cambridge Auto Center. We want you on the road and accident free. We've traditionally provided things like tire rotations, snow tire mounting and flat fixes to SAN ANTONIO motorists at a very low cost. We've been able to quickly and cheaply provide the service, and we pass the low cost on to our valued SAN ANTONIO clients as an expression of our good will. That's why we're concerned about how you perceive the changes that this new law has required.

Every time a tire is changed: taken off to fix a flat, a new tire installed, or a snow tire mounted, the service specialist now has to deal with the TPMS system. Sensors need to be removed and reinstalled. The sensors have to be reactivated after the change. And, unfortunately, the very act of changing the tire damages some sensor parts from time to time - it's inevitable and can't be avoided.

Even a simple tire rotation requires that the monitor be reprogrammed to the new location of each tire. When a car battery is disconnected, the TPMS system needs to be reprogrammed. TPMS sensor batteries must be replaced periodically along with failed parts.

SAN ANTONIO service centers have purchased new scanning equipment to work with the TPMS sensors and updated expensive tire change equipment to better service wheels equipped with the new monitoring systems.

TX service specialists have been trained on many systems and new tire-changing techniques. All of this adds up to significantly increased cost to the service center to perform what was once a very inexpensive service. So if you've noticed the cost of flat repairs, tire changes, and rotations going up, please keep in mind that it's because of government mandated safety equipment. Your SAN ANTONIO service center just wants to keep you safely on the road - and it's committed to do so at a fair price. Rememer, this change will help you avoid the most common vehicle failure, and possibly a catastrophic accident.


Posted in the Tires and Wheels category

Blind Spot Safety For SAN ANTONIO Driving

Posted August 26, 2014 3:33 PM

Blind spots may be a good thing when it comes to a spouse’s annoying habits, but when driving an automobile in SAN ANTONIO, they are definitely to be avoided. So, while it’s not good marital advice, it’s good auto advice to minimize your own blind spots and stay out of other Atascosa drivers' blind spots, especially when it comes to large, heavy vehicles like trucks and buses.

First, minimize your own blind spots. Do this before you pull out of the driveway or parking space. Adjust your rearview mirror so that you see as much of the area behind you as possible. And, no, this doesn’t include the passengers in the back seat. The rearview mirror isn’t designed to be a baby monitor.

Next, lean to the side until your head almost touches the driver’s side window. Now adjust the driver’s side mirror so that it just catches the side of the sedan. Then, lean to the middle of the car and adjust the passenger’s side mirror in the same way. These adjustments will ensure you the widest possible view behind your vehicle.

Of course, you can’t eliminate blind spots entirely. There is always an area behind any vehicle where the driver just can’t see what’s there. The bigger the vehicle, the bigger the blind spot. Toddlers are just the right size to hide in a pickup’s or SUV’s blind spot. The blind spot on an RV or tractor-trailer can actually hide your crossover! You should always check behind any vehicle before getting in and backing up. And if you sit in the sedan for a few minutes before backing up, it is essential to get out and check again, especially if you are pulling out of a neighborhood driveway in SAN ANTONIO. No precaution is too extreme if it saves the life of a child.

Once you have taken care of your own blind spots, be aware that other SAN ANTONIO drivers have them, too. And avoid them. Trucks and buses have large blind spots, and they have blind spots on all four sides, so they should always be given extra room on Helotes roads. They are also heavy, which means they need more room to stop, and their length means they need a wider area for turns, and their large size makes them less maneuverable than a car.

Trucks may cause about 60% of the accidents involving a truck and a car, but 78% of fatalities in such accidents are with the smaller vehicle. The number of fatalities in TX, as well as the number of crashes, could be cut significantly if SAN ANTONIO drivers learned to properly share TX roads with trucks.

Never follow a truck too closely. If you can’t see the driver’s face in his side mirror, then he can’t see you. If you need to pass a truck, it is important to make sure you give yourself enough time to pass the rig. Wait for the right opportunity rather than “cutting it close.” On a two-lane TX highway, it’s always a good idea to wait for a passing zone if they are available. A little patience could save your life or the lives of others. Turn on your turn signal so the truck knows what you’re planning, and pass on the left whenever possible. Remember those blind spots? They are much larger on the right side of a truck.

Once you’ve committed to passing the truck, don’t muck about. Pass it quickly and give yourself plenty of room to move back over. It is vital to wait until you can see both headlights in your rearview mirror before pulling back in front of the truck. Once again, use your sedan turn signals. After you pull in front of the truck, decelerate to the regulated driving speed slowly. Remember that the truck has a long stopping distance, which translates into a long slowing distance. And, since trucks are so big, we often perceive them as traveling more slowly than they really are. Trucks are a lot of weight moving at a high speed, and we need to treat them accordingly.

Never pull to the right of a truck at an intersection unless you are absolutely certain it is not going to turn. Check if its turn signals are on or if it has angled to the left or right. (Trucks often begin a right turn by angling to the left to widen their turning area.) Trucks need a lot of room on city streets, and they probably can’t see you if you pull along their right side. Too many cars have ended up in SAN ANTONIO body shops because the motorists thought they could beat that truck to the right turn, or they only noticed the seemingly open lane, and not the truck angling into a turn.

While learning to share Atascosa area roads and highways with trucks and other large vehicles may not seem like preventive auto maintenance, it does, in fact, go hand-in-hand with good SAN ANTONIO car care. Keeping your sedan out of the body shop can save you big bucks and prevent the stress of a major accident, along with the injuries that could come with it.

The team at Cambridge Auto Center in SAN ANTONIO urges you to stay safe, and stay on the road!


Posted in the Safety category

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