Tire Alignment Process

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Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes during the tire alignment process?  Well watch this video to find out, if you have any questions you can call us at (501)205-1218!

We want to make sure your vehicle drives straight, don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can get you going straight down the road.

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

Top 4 Driving Safety Tips

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  1. Focus on driving
  • Keep 100% of your attention on driving at all times – no multi-tasking.
  • Don’t use your phone or any other electronic device while driving.
  • Slow down. Speeding gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident.
  1. Drive “defensively”
  • Be aware of what other drivers around you are doing, and expect the unexpected.
  • Assume other motorists will do something crazy, and always be prepared to avoid it.
  • Keep a 2-second cushion between you and the car in front of you.
  • Make that 4 seconds if the weather is bad.
  1. Plan ahead
  • Build time into your trip schedule to stop for food, rest breaks, phone calls or other business.
  • Adjust your seat, mirrors and climate controls before putting the car in gear.
  • Pull over to eat or drink. It takes only a few minutes.
  1. Practice safety
  • Secure cargo that may move around while the vehicle is in motion.
  • Don’t attempt to retrieve items that fall to the floor.
  • Have items needed within easy reach – such as toll fees, toll cards and garage passes.
  • Always wear your seat belt and drive sober and drug-free.

Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

Traveling for Thanksgiving?

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Many Americans would be hitting the road to visit friends and families to spend one of the most widely celebrated holidays in America-Thanksgiving. If you plan to travel 50 miles or more, this Thanksgiving you will have lots of company on those busy roads and Highways. According to prediction by the AAA Association, about 42.5 million people would be travelling 50 or more miles from their homes to visit family and friends this Thanksgiving. This article discusses the most important safe driving tips for Thanksgiving holiday travel.

  1. Vehicle Readiness

The first safe driving tip for road travel this Thanksgiving is to make sure your car or vehicle for the trip is in top condition and ready for the trip. Fuel up; check all the fluid levels in your car such as oil level, automatic transmission fluid level, Brake fluid, Radiator fluid levels, and window washer fluid level. Check your tire pressure levels. Clean your windshield sometimes frost may accumulate on your windows at this time of the year. Don’t drive during extreme bad weather conditions.

  1. Pack some snacks and supplies

If you have small children you definitely need enough snacks for the trip. To keep them entertained and less of a distraction for the driver, pack some DVD or CDs Pack some bottled water, and emergency first-aid kit. Include a flash light just in case, and depending on the part of the country you will be travelling to you may want to listen to the weather forecast. Some parts of the country may already be experiencing cold weather, so pack blanket just in case.

3.Check vehicle Load Capacity

Check the load capacity of your vehicle. In most vehicles it is written on the inside frame of the driver door. Make sure you do not overload your vehicle. A rough way to figure out the weight of your packed luggage and supplies is to weigh them and add that to the weight of all the passengers.

  1. Use a GPS Navigation System

Most Phones now have a GPS navigator; use such device to track your route. The GPS will guide you through a good route, and will warn you about road traffic conditions and possible accidents ahead, and also show you the nearest gas stations, and restaurants along the way.

  1. Secure Your Pets

If you are travelling with a pet have your pets secured with harnesses or inside an animal cage. Animals often cause much distraction for the driver. Making sure all your pets are secured one way or another will help the driver focus more on the driving.

  1. Use Seat belts

All passengers in your vehicle including the driver must use seat belts for safety. It is also the law in most if not all states in the United States. Young children must be safely secured in their child restraint seats and securely belted in line with age requirements.

  1. Obey All Traffic Signs

One of the most important Driving tips for Thanksgiving travel is for the driver to obey all road traffic signs, you need lots of patience for Thanksgiving driving, many more cars would be on the road so you should expect some delays at some point of the trip. Avoid excessive speeding it is one of the major causes of road accidents on highways and interstates.

  1. Avoid Distractions

Texting and driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. Talking on the Phone and driving don’t mix either, some states have banned it and others can only allow you to talk with a hands free device. For your safety and the safety of your passengers and other road users, please practice safe driving this Thanksgiving and have a great Turkey Dinner with family and friends!

Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

Car sick kids…..

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Car Sick!

Tips to help kids travel

Nothing makes a family car trip more miserable than a kid with motion sickness. You feel sorry for the child, sorry for yourself, and sorry you ever tried the trip in the first place.

Still, trips are a part of life and you can make it easier.

According to planningwithkids.com, be sure before you start out that you are prepared, but haven’t primed the pump, so to speak. Don’t remind kids of their motion sickness or, focus on old stories. Emphasize what fun the trip will be and remind them that you are well prepared if they do get sick.

        Nonetheless, prepare.

1 Keep a sick kit on board with a dry towel, wet towel, wipes, container and plastic bags.

2 Prepare some ginger drinks before the trip. Ginger helps prevent and treat nausea.

3 Prior to the trip, practice deep breathing. Inhale slowly through the nose for four seconds. Exhales slowly for the count of four.

         Plan the drive:

1 Take a straight route, no matter what. Turns are the enemy.

2 Put towels or blankets over the windows if it is possible that sunlight will come in during the trip.

3 Make sure the car is cool and well  ventilated.

4 Prepare some podcasts or audible entertainment. No screens or books.

Finally, remind the kids if they feel bad they should let someone know. There is plenty of time to stop.

 

Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

Know what you are getting when buying auto insurance!

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Whether you are buying insurance for a new car or for an older second car, there are many choices to make.

Collision insurance: When a vehicle is financed, the lender requires collision insurance. It pays for damage to your vehicle in an auto accident when you are at fault. In a total loss, it pays the fair market value of your car or truck.

Comprehensive insurance: It’s similar to collision but also covers damage to your vehicle by an unknown party or “act of God.” Vandalism, flood, hurricane, theft and fire are usually covered, but check the policy for the details.

Liability insurance: If you are at fault in an accident, you could be held liable for medical and repair costs for everyone involved. Liability coverage won’t pay for your vehicle, but it can shield you from cost of damage to others.  Some owners of older vehicles choose liability coverage only. Adding comprehensive insurance for a vehicle valued at $3,000 more or less costs little, and could be very helpful if you have to replace the car.

Bodily injury insurance: If people are injured in an accident that is your fault, this insurance will pay for medical expenses, loss of income, funeral expenses, legal defense fees and more. Consider purchasing the highest limit you can afford.  Property damage liability insurance: It pays for structural damage to homes, storefronts, stationary objects, vehicle repair or replacement costs when the accident was your fault. It can protect assets in the event of a lawsuit resulting from a covered accident. Consider buying the highest limit you can afford.   Insurance agents usually present a comprehensive or collision policy with the addition of bodily injury, liability, and other features insurance listed separately on the bill. The coverages may be limited, but you can raise them.

Gap insurance: When you buy a new car, its fair market value is reduced significantly in the first months you own it. And some long-term finance plans result in the loan being larger than the market value of the vehicle for two or more years. To fill these shortages in coverage, gap insurance can help.

 

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1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

Comfort is very important in driving….

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Drivers of all ages can increase their comfort, safety

All vehicle drivers should check this advice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Older drivers particularly should check it out.

* Visibility: Be sure your seat is adjusted correctly. Drivers should be able to see at least 10 feet in front of the vehicle. Headlights should be aimed at the roadway. A mechanic can determine if they are aimed and aligned right.

* Check with an ophthalmologist to be sure your eyeglasses are correct.

* If your night vision is less than it once was, drive only during the day. Arrange your activities so you are not caught outside in the dark. You still have your independence, but remember: safety first.

* Ease of entry. When you are having trouble getting in and out of a car with low seats, consider buying a minivan or SUV, which have higher seats. People of all ages should consider this.

* Ease of driving. Almost all cars have power steering today, which takes much less strength to guide the car. An automatic transmission is easier to drive than a stick shift, even if the stick shift is thought to be more sporty.

Many people feel that small cars are easier to drive. If your big car no longer seems comfortable, a smaller car might be right for you.

* Check your medications. Today, the average person takes several, some of which can produce drowsiness, dizziness or nervousness. If you think a medication has one of these effects, ask your doctor for an alternative medicine.

 

Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

Tires of the Future?

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Flat tires, blowouts, and even putting air into tires could one day be obsolete if Michelin’s concept for a new tire makes it to the mainstream.  According to Engadget, the company has designed a prototype of a tire that can be printed in a machine, retreaded without replacement after it gets worn down, and is made using sustainable materials.  All of these factors would lead to a tire that is cheaper, safer and more versatile for the consumer than the products currently on the market.

With the new design, there is not a separate wheel and tire but rather one object constructed with a web-like pattern of rubbery material that supports the exterior tread.  Because of this feature, the tire does not require any air and will be impervious to nails and other objects that can easily cause a flat with today’s vehicles.  Although it is a long way off, this concept paints a bright future for the auto industry’s lessened impact on the environment.

Customer Service Representative

1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032

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