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5 Top Tips to Save Money on Gas

5 Top Tips to Save Money on Gas

Your carbon footprint grows every time you drive. Your pocketbook also begins to get lighter with the amount of money that is spent on gas. If you want to change the way you drive, then using car maintenance to save gas allows you to spend less and save more. There are key actions you can take, all which allow you to use less gas. Gas Saving Car Maintenance in Waterloo, IL Change your tires. If your tires are under-inflated, they have to work more, then it uses more gas. Easy car maintenance also means switching out tires or making sure they stay full while driving. Keep fueled in more than one way. If you have old oil, dirt or other debris in the interior of your car, then it will use more fuel and your car will have to work harder. When you complete car maintenance tasks like oil changes, you save with the amount of gas used. Careful driving. Driving ... read more

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Car Maintenance

Winter Driving Tips for Teens

Winter Driving Tips for Teens

Have you brushed up on your winter driving tips? With November here and December just around the corner, colder weather is sure to move in soon. Especially in St. Louis and other parts of the Midwest, snow and ice storms are a normal part of winter. If you’re new to driving or you have a teenaged driver, now is a good time to familiarize yourself with winter driving tips so that you and your loved ones won’t end up stuck in the cold. Winter Driving Tips for Teens The best way to stay safe in winter weather is to avoid driving altogether. However, this might not be possible for you — so you should still learn these winter driving tips for the times when travel is necessary! Winter Driving Tips: Icy Roads Follow these winter driving tips when you’re on icy roads, and you should avoid accidents: Turn your headlights on to ensure other drivers can see you. When road conditions become icy, slow down ... read more

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Driver's Safety

Overheating Car: What to Do

Overheating Car: What to Do

An overheating car is usually an indication of engine trouble. Oftentimes, there can be a number of internal issues at fault. If you are a new driver, an overheating car can be a very flustering situation. What is the cause of the problem? How can your resolve it safely? Meyer’s Automotive is dedicated to helping novice motorists drive safely. For information about how to handle an overheating car, look no further than our blog. Overheating Car: The Causes and SolutionsThe Radiator When it comes to an overheating car, there can be a number of radiator-related issues at fault. To truly fix the issue, it is crucial that you understand which issue is actually occurring. In older cars, an overheating vehicle can be the result of something as simple as a bad radiator cap. An easy way to diagnose this issue is to look for excess liquid pooled around the cap. If you see a lot, you will need to visit an auto shop and get the cap replaced a ... read more

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Teenage Drivers

Car Care Tips: Back to School Checklist

Car Care Tips: Back to School Checklist

Summer is coming to a close and that means all of the college kids will be heading back to school soon. Before you head back to school, make sure you have your textbooks, class schedule, and our car checklist, too! Students, have your vehicle ready for the upcoming school year this fall. A well-working car begins and ends with — you guessed it — good car care! Meyer’s Automotive cares about drivers, so we have created a car care checklist all students need to complete before heading off to school. Car Care Tip #1 – Oil Change You’ve heard it over and over again, oil changes are an important part of car care. Well, it turns out oil changes really are essential. We know you have plenty of textbooks to read already, so we will give you the synopsis. Importance of Oil Changes: Engine will run safely and more efficiently Better friction and temperature control Produce fewer emissions Improved mileage ... read more

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Maintenance

Tracking Teen Drivers

Getting a driver’s license is a sign of growing up, when teens experience new freedoms. Many parents would like to be everywhere their teenager is, but unfortunately that’s just not possible. It is possible, however, to monitor what your teen is doing behind the wheel. While some young drivers may feel violated or untrustworthy because of parental tracking, many parents are seeing it as a good and necessary precaution to keep their kids safe behind the wheel. Apps & Technology Find My iPhone
Find My iPhone allows users to track where their iPhone is if it’s lost or stolen. Some parents, however, use it to see exactly where their teen is at all times. With the click of a mouse, you can view the location of the iPhone or other Apple device from a computer or smartphone. MyKey
MyKey, a safety system offered by Ford, gives parents the opportunity to control various features in their teen’s car. One main feature is a maximum speed setting, w

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Teenage Drivers

Rules of the Road: Sharing with Bicyclists

Rules of the Road: Sharing with Bicyclists

In honor of National Bike Month, people across the country are riding bikes to work and school and celebrating the benefits of bike riding in our communities. It is also a great time to address the safety issues that arise with bike riding. Do you know the rules of the road? Since the weather is getting nicer and more cyclists are on the road, now is the time to review the rules. Here are some basic guidelines for sharing the road with cyclists. Keep everyone safe by being aware of these tips. Be aware:
Be on the lookout for cyclists. When passing through intersections and when in traffic, scan for any cyclists. Give them room when you spot obstacles such as potholes or debris. Also, never honk your horn when you are close to a cyclist. This may alarm him or her and cause an accident. Pass carefully:
to leave room between your car and the bike. Check over your shoulder before returning to the lane and always be patient

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Driver's Safety

Research on Distracted Driving Shows Need for Safety Features

Research on Distracted Driving Shows Need for Safety Features

Distracted driving is an issue of national concern. New guidelines released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week recommend changes for auto manufacturers. This national safety administration is tightening up their suggestions, reminding automakers and drivers of the importance of focused driving. The NHTSA completed a study to analyze the visual and manual distractions involved when driving. The study found that when drivers engage in visual-manual tasks connected to handheld cell phones and portable devices, the risk of being involved in a crash is tripled. Some of the most distracting tasks that drivers try to complete while on the road include: making a phone call, browsing the Internet and text messaging. Just one text message can keep a driver distracted for 23.3 seconds. These statistics are alarming. Since distracted driving is so dangerous, the NHTSA made sev ... read more

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Driver's Safety

City Driving Tips: Keep Calm

City Driving Tips: Keep Calm

Driving in the city can be stressful. You may be in an unfamiliar area with more cars, more pedestrians and intense traffic. What to do when you find yourself venturing through the city (your own or a new one)? Have a strategy! Be prepared for your city driving excursion, and you’ll make it to your destination with your car in tact and a relaxed attitude. When you’re getting ready to do more city driving, you’ll need some guidelines to make it easier. That’s why we’ve made this list of city driving tips. City Driving TipsPlan your route
Know where you’re going- including the addresses and phone numbers of each location. Instead of just knowing you’re meeting a friend at a sushi place on Marigold Street for dinner, have the details saved somewhere. Write the address on a piece of paper or save it on your phone so you know that you’re heading to “Crazy Sushi” at 124 Marigold Street. The more details, the better. Avoid r
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Driver's Safety

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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