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Teenage Driving: The Dangers of Distractions

Teenage Driving: The Dangers of Distractions

According to the AAA Foundation, 94% of Americans consider texting while driving to be unacceptable behavior. Why then do more than 1/3 of us admit to engaging in it? Statistics show that any sort of cell phone use quadruples a driver’s risk of crashing–a number that skyrockets when it comes to teenagers. We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again: Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States. Why? Because of a combination of factors that include inexperience, alcohol and—you guessed it—distractions. While the aforementioned habit of texting is just one of the many culprits, it’s where we’ll start. Texting while driving is a problem among every age group, but it is particularly heightened among younger drivers due to their culture. Statistics released in March of this year showed that today’s teenagers send and receive an average of 60 texts per day. And because teens reportedly expect text messages to be answere ... read more

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Teens and Driving: Safe Alternatives

Teens and Driving: Safe Alternatives

Many parents have had the discussion with their kids about what to do if they are stranded in a location after-hours and not in a condition to drive. Parents, we applaud you if you have. Teenagers often make mistakes and get into compromising situations, which can be even more dangerous if they have car keys. At other times, they will have to make wise decisions by choosing not getting into the car of an intoxicated friend. Either way, it’s important for them to know whom to call and what to do. Hopefully, in these situations, the first call they will make will be to you, but that may not always be the case. In those times, your child needs to know what options are available for transportation. In a major metro area like St. Louis, a variety of city-run public transportation is available. With the Metrobus and Metrolink systems, teens can access stations depending on their location and easily get from one spot to the next. Because public transportation maps ... read more

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Why Driver’s Ed?

Why Driver’s Ed?

Many proud moments come with being the parent of teenagers. Athletic events, recitals, grades, class projects and even the simple act of watching your child become an adult all can make your heart swell as you realize that your once little person is now growing up. Another proud moment for many parents is the one when they finally take the passenger’s seat in their car and hand the keys to their child. It’s a rite of passage that can only be experienced once, and it’s a big moment for both parents and teens—one that establishes a higher level of responsibility for the new driver. Because of that responsibility, which includes themselves, their passengers, other drivers and the automobile, it is important that teens be properly prepared to take the road. Yes, as a parent you will do so much to help your teen learn the basic mechanics of driving, but it’s also a good idea to allow your student to take part in a driver’s education course that prepares them for both the menta ... read more

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The Truth about Teen Accidents

The Truth about Teen Accidents

It’s not something parents want to hear, but it’s a statistic that has to be shared. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States accounting for more than one in three fatalities in the age group. In fact, recent data shows that eight teens in the U.S. die every day from injuries sustained in car accidents. But why? Why are teens so susceptible to car crashes? Unfortunately it’s not just one single factor but a variety that, when combined, contribute to the high number of teen accidents. The first contributing factor is inexperience, and it’s the one thing that’s unavoidable. Teens are simply new drivers and less familiar with life behind the wheel. They’re going to make mistakes, and that’s just part of learning the ropes. Unfortunately, it often comes with a dent or two. But be patient and allow them to learn the skills. In time, the inexperience will develo ... read more

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Teenage Driving Safety Tips!

Summer Safety Tips for Teens It’s finally here! Your summer break has started, and you can’t wait to load your friends into the car and head out to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather. At Waterloo Automotive, we say go for it! You’ve worked hard and you deserve a break. Just be safe in the meantime. Because we care about our customers, we encourage you to use wisdom when you’re behind the wheel and remember that there are other drivers out there counting on you to be responsible. Consumer Reports recently published a great list of driving tips for teenagers. Check out their top 10 below: Buckle up. Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use, and the majority of teens involved in fatal crashes are unbelted. Put down the phone. Sixteen percent of all teen drivers involved in fatal crashes are distracted. Texting or talking on the phone combined with inexperience behind the wheel is a recipe for disaster. Plus, it ... read more

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Looking Forward to the Fourth!

Looking Forward to the Fourth!

If we’re guessing correctly, we’re betting that you’ve started to think about your Fourth of July plans already for this year. As one of our nation’s favorite (and most important) holidays, we all look forward to coming together for barbecues, fireworks and a celebration of freedom. We love this country! Here in the St. Louis area, we have so many great options for Independence Day fun. And, at Waterloo Automotive, we want to help our customers and blog readers discover all the area has to offer. That way, they can hop in their Meyer’s or Waterloo-serviced vehicles and head on out for a day of celebration! First up? Fair St. Louis. For more than three decades, the Archgrounds and Mississippi Riverfront have hosted this three-day festival, which has become one of the area’s favorite places to celebrate the Fourth of July. Featuring air shows, free concerts, a parade, fireworks and tons of food, Fair St. Louis 2012 is the perfect location for family entertainment. V ... read more

Welcome To Our New Blog!

Welcome to Our Blog! Greetings to our Waterloo Automotive customers—current and future! We are excited to begin serving you through this handy blog by offering you helpful tips, updated information and genuine customer care. As you know, Waterloo Automotive is proud to be St. Louis County’s most trusted independent automotive repair facility—a title we have held since 1973. Our first-rate repair center is fully equipped to service all makes and models of both domestic and imported vehicles, and, in recognition of our excellent customer service, we have been awarded an ASE Blue Seal of Excellence. Since 2004, we also have been providing the same quality service across the river at our center in Waterloo, Ill. Both locations offer our same 30-month/30,000-mile nationwide warranty and maintain a AAA-approved, Bosch-certified service center. With Waterloo’s Service, our customers get experienced, honest, professional auto repair work that is hard to find. Hund ... read more

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