Honda CV Repair Salt Lake City: GT Automotive

Honda CV Repairs

Clackety clack, Clackety clack, clack, clack-that is the sound of your Honda needing CV Axle repair. It is a sound you don’t
want to hear when driving your Honda. The loud clacking noise you hear when turning means the constant velocity joints are shot. A bad Honda CV axle and joint is a serious problem that should be checked at the first sign of trouble.  Both Dave and Tim Stapleton (owner of GT Automotive) share some of the Honda CV axle repairs they see in their South Jordan auto repair facility in this video.

What Honda CV Joints and Axles Do

  • Honda CV (“CV” for “constant-velocity”) joints sit on each end of the front axle (left hand for driver’s side, right hand for passenger side), and are connected to the front wheels.
  • As you speed up, the CV joints spin around (lubricated by the grease in its protective, enclosed boot housing).
  • A Honda CV allows your turning axles to transfer that power at different angles.
  • Inner CV joints connect the drive shafts to the transmission, while the outer CV joints connect the drive shafts to the wheels.
  • The joint has to maintain enough grease around it to keep the joint running smoothly.
  • The boots around the CV joint prevent dust from getting in between the joint and damaging it.
  • A Honda CV joint doesn’t need any maintenance and can last very long, as long as the protective CV joint boot is not damaged. (It’s not uncommon to see a car with over 300,000 miles with still original CV-joints.)
  • Time, heat and exposure to weather and road conditions will eventually wear out the boot material-creating cracks, then rips.
  • These tears and rips will allow dirt and debris inside the joint, causing the CV joint to wear out and break.
  • When the Honda CV joint starts to go bad at this point, you will hear it clicking and then begin to grind.
  • Ignoring this sound will cause the gears to wear out and grind to a halt-no moving, no turning (a lot of towing!!).

Honda CV Axle Repair Cost

  • Unfortunately, CV joint/axle replacement are more costly than an oil change.
  • Since the labor charges are about the same to replace the entire CV joint/cv axle, as it does to merely replace the boot, it
    makes more sense to replace the entire CV joint assembly, instead of just the boot.
  • And, replacing the CV joints on your Honda yourself will take you about four to six hours to complete (not to mention the
    cost of specialty axle tools to remove and replace the CV axle assembly).
  • For these reasons, having an auto repair shop like GT Automotive do the work (along with the warranty) makes the most sense.
  • The several hundred dollars in parts and labor costs becomes a real value at that point.

Prevent Costly Honda CV Axle Repairs

  • “An ounce of prevention…” It’s a good idea to check your Honda CV boots (and axle assembly) at regular periods, like
    routine oil changes.(GT Automotive makes this a standard check during your Honda oil change.)
  • And, your CV axle assembly can be inspected each time the wheels are removed from the vehicle-like brake repairs or tire
    rotations.
  • Costly repairs can be avoided by recognizing worn, cracked boots-before they split and the grease leaks out, causing the
    clackety-clack noise.
  • Finding the problem soon is the key to saving money.

Honda Auto Repairs: Salt Lake City

Looking for a Honda auto repair shop in Salt Lake City to look at your car repair problem?

Whatever Honda model car you drive-Accord, Civic, CR-V, Pilot, Odyssey, Ridgeline, Element, Fit, NSX-our skilled technicians and up to date technology allows us to service and repair Honda cars with the ease and efficiency your vehicle deserves.

Since 1980, GT Automotive and our ASE certified and factory trainedHonda and Acura technicians have been serving Honda car owners in the Salt Lake Valley for all their vehicle repair needs. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about servicing and repairing your Honda or Acura in Salt Lake City.

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Subaru and Honda Factory Recalls: Subaru Repair Salt Lake City,Honda Repair Salt Lake City

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2014 Subaru and Honda Factory Recalls

There are two Subaru and Honda  factory recalls so far this month that are noteworthy:

As an update to the record setting June 2014 recall of 31,400,000 vehicles due to air bag deployment issues, Subaru announced this past Monday, July 7, that owners of an additional 8,557 Subaru vehicles would be notified of possible Subaru air bag inflator problems.

The Subaru models added to the list are 2003-2004 Legacy, Outback, Baja, Impreza and WRX cars.

Here is the official announcement, as re-posted from the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Adminsitration):

“Subaru of America, Inc. is conducting a recall of certain model year 2003-2004 Legacy, Outback, and Baja vehicles as well as certain 2004 Impreza (including WRX/STI) vehicles, equipped with Takata-brand front passenger air bag inflators. Upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.

CONSEQUENCE: In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.

Subaru will notify owners, and dealers will replace the inflators in all affected vehicles, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Subaru at 1-800-782-2783. Subaru’s number for this recall is WQL-48.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or go to http://www.safercar.gov.”

On June 20, 2014, the NHTSA issued this recall notification for over 14,000 selected Honda car models, for headlight smoking and burning problems (as posted on the NHTSA website):

“American Honda Motor Co., Inc (Honda) is recalling certain model year:
  • 2013 Acura ILX vehicles manufactured January 16, 2012 to March 1, 2013;
  • ILX Hybrid vehicles manufactured January 12, 2012 to February 7, 2013;
  • Certain model year 2014 ILX vehicles manufactured May 2, 2013, to May 31, 2014, an;
  • ILX Hybrid vehicles manufactured October 18, 2013 to February 19, 2014.
Excessive heat temperatures around the headlight bulb and reflector unit may diminish the output of the headlight and cause smoke,melting, and fire.”

Since 1980, GT Automotive and our ASE certified and factory trained Honda and Subaru technicians have been serving Honda and Subaru car owners in the Salt Lake Valley for all their vehicle repair needs. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about auto repair in Salt Lake City for your Subaru, Honda or Acura.

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Transmission Service Salt Lake City, Transmissions Sandy: Transmission Fluid Changes


Quality transmission service in Salt Lake City includes replacing all of your transmission fluid. Tim Stapleton, owner of GT Automotive in South Jordan, Utah, explains in this transmission service video why changing all of your transmission fluid is the important part of a regularly scheduled automatic transmission service. Tim demonstrates why using a transmission flush machine is a necessary step in removing and replacing all of the old automatice transmission fluid.

For the same reasons you need to change engine oil on a regular basis, transmission fluid needs to be replaced as well. Heat and friction in the internal components of an automatic transmission (gears, bands, etc.) cause transmission fluid to lose their ability to coat, protect and lubricate these vital internal parts.

In traditional transmission services, the fluid in the transmission pan is replaced, along with the transmission filter. Unfortunately, only 3-4 quarts of fluid are in the transmission pan. Since an automatic transmission can contain 10-12 quarts of transmission fluid, that leaves 6-8 quarts of old transmission fluid still in your automatic transmission. Most of those 6-8 quarts of old fluid are in your transmission torque converter.

The transmission flush machine you see in the transmission service video forces all of that old fluid out of the torque converter. This allows for a complete transmission fluid exchange: 10-12 quarts of old fluid being replaced by 10-12 quarts of new, protective automatic transmission fluid.

The transmission flush machine monitors the removal of the old fluid, and controls the amount of the new fluid into your automatic transmission system, ensuring that the right amount of fluid continues to be in your system.

Changing and replacing all of your old automatic transmission fluid, using the flush process, is one of the many ways GT Automotive works to improve auto repair services for your vehicles. This allows you to drive your car or truck with optimal performance and confidence.

We will inspect and care for your car or truck to help keep you safely on the road. GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for car repairs for all make and model vehicles. We can inspect your car during our Express Oil change, and help keep your vehicle operating safely in all seasons. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about auto repairs and service in Salt Lake City.

 

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Angies List Reviews Auto Repair Sandy: GT Automotive South Jordan

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When looking for an auto repair shop in the Salt Lake City, Utah area, customer reviews of auto repair companies can help you determine the right place to take your car or truck for service. GT Automotive in South Jordan has built an honest and fair reputation for quality auto repairs, earning customers’ trust since 1980.

You can read many online customer reviews of GT Automotive, particularly on Angie’s List. Below are a few of the many happy customers who have experienced good auto repair results from GT Automotive:

“Took some time to figure out what was going on. But they were very fair and professional.”  -B.M, 2/03/14

“I was treated with so much respect, patience and courtesy. Ethan handled my “cases” and kept in touch often, letting me know that evening what was going on, and asking permission for every move they wanted to make. He answered every question thoroughly, and personally thanked me for me coming back. Their shop is very nice looking, very clean and had nice amenities such as free wifi, a popcorn machine and tvs listening all their services and pricing. I’m even considering taking it to them to get oil changes from now on , even though I get discounts from the dealer where I bought my car. I’ve been so elated about my experiences with them and feel very at ease of mind being with them that they will be my mechanic from now on!” -C.C 2/17/14

“Replaced the climate control module to restore the A/C function and fixed an engine oil leak.” -D.W  2/18/14

“Got me in right away for my brake work. Courteous and kept me apprised of work needed.” -E.J. 3/10/13

“I have been using GT for several years. They are fast, efficient, honest and fair in pricing.” -R.W  3/1/14

“They fixed mechanical problems on my Subaru. Answered questions, made suggestions when I became worried that maybe the car was getting too old, too many miles and that maybe I needed to give it up.They were good people to work with. One of the mechanics knows my car well-he seemed very conscientious and knowledgeable and was able to do what was needed.”  D.W. 3/13/14

 

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We use Angie’s List to assess whether we’re doing a good job keeping valued customers like you happy. Please visit AngiesList.com in order to grade our quality of work and customer service.

We will inspect and care for your car or truck to help keep you safely on the road. GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for car repairs for all make and model vehicles. We can inspect your car during our Express Oil change, and help keep your vehicle operating safely in all seasons. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about auto repairs and service in Salt Lake City.

 

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Our commitment to provide superior auto repair service includes providing a work environment that is comfortable and enjoyable for our employees.  As you see on this auto repair video of our facilities and employees, GT Automotive in South Jordan is a great place to work. View our employee comments about working at GT Automotive.

We will inspect and care for your car or truck to help keep you safely on the road. GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for car repairs for all make and model vehicles. We can inspect your car during our Express Oil change, and help keep your vehicle operating safely in all seasons. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about auto repairs and service in Salt Lake City.

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Auto Repair Salt Lake City, Auto Repair Sandy:6 Signs Of Quality Car Repair Shops

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“Did I take my car to the right place for repairs?” Have you asked yourself that question? Like a qualified doctor, their office and place of business will display these 6 signs to ensure your trust:

  1. Signs of academic achievement. Plaques and certificates of doctor degrees and schooling are standard on office walls. Auto repair shops have certification, training and schooling that they proudly display as well. How easily displayed are these signs of achievement?
  2. Industry Association Affiliations. AMA (American Medical Association), ADA (American Dental Association), are expected affiliations for doctors and dentists. What are associations you can relate to reputable auto repair shops? Look for some of these affiliations: ASE (Automotive Service Excellence), ASA (Automotive Service Association), AAA (American Automobile Association), BBB (Better Business Bureau), and Angie’s List are a few reputable associations that give credibility to car repair shops.Auto Repair Sandy
  3. Letters of appreciation. Auto repair is a service related business, so “Thank You” letters and customer comments that are displayed can show the competence of the auto repair facility.
  4. Literature and information about their industry. In addition  to magazines such as “People” and “Newsweek”, you expect healthcare related literature to read in a doctors’ or dentists’ waitng area. Similarly, auto care and maintenance related literature, brochures magazines, displays or video can demonstrate the repair business’ commitment to taking care of your car.
  5. Communication during repairs. You want to know when your car will be fixed, or how long it will take- a trusted auto repair shop will offer those times to you-within a reasonable range. Any deviation from those suggested intervals should prompt a follow up call to you-because your time-like theirs-is valuable, too. Murphy’s Law seems to always apply to car repairs, and qualified car repair shops know to communicate unexpected changes to you, before you ask. Which leads to sign number 5:
  6. Approval before each new process. Getting your verbal or written approval for a different diagnosis or repair is standard procedure for competent auto repair shops. Is there mention of this pre-approval process, when they ask for a contact number, or when you drop the car off?

We will inspect and care for your car or truck to help keep you safely on the road. GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for car repairs for all make and model vehicles. We can inspect your car during our Express Oil change, and help keep your vehicle operating safely in all seasons. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about auto repairs and service in Salt Lake City.

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Auto Repair Salt Lake City, Auto Repair Sandy:5 Ways To Trust Your Car Mechanic

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Ways To Trust Your Auto Repair Shop

In 1981, a Reader’s Digest survey showed only 1 in 4 Americans trusted the auto repair shop (or shops) that worked on their automobiles. Fast forward to our day, four decades later, and what does their current survey reveal? Surprisingly, 1 in 4 Americans show trust in the car mechanic where they have their vehicles serviced and repaired. What can car owners do to develop more trust where they take their automobiles for repairs?

Rather than giving in to the sweeping generalization that auto repair mechanics are not to be trusted, there are ways to find and qualify competent, trusting auto repair shops in Salt Lake City, Utah-anywhere in the country. Here are 5 ways to determine if the auto repair shop earns your business:

1. Auto repairs are like doctor and dentist visits-necessary but not desirable. View your mechanic/auto repair shop as your car “Doctor”. The similarities between your personal physician and your auto mechanic allow you to follow the same process in determining both “caregivers”…For example:

2. Referrals- You ask your friends or family who they go to for checkups and diagnosis-so you ask those same friends and family who repairs their car or truck. When you have a specific healthcare issue (heart, knee, respiratory, eyesight, etc.) you ask people you know who had similar ailments which doctor helped them. Similarly, ask those you know who fixed their specific car problems you have-heating, air conditioning, brake noise, electrical problem, stalling problem, etc.

Be sure you get the name of the auto repair shop owner or mechanic from your friends or family. Why is getting their name important? Because trust is based upon a relationship. Knowing their personal names indicates that trusting relationship. But trust goes further than that, which leads to the next step in the auto repair shop trust process:

3. Communication by Questions-ask questions, and have the mechanic ask you questions. Any competent doctor knows that accurate diagnosis comes from accurate information-specific symptoms, when symptoms flare up, when symptoms do not appear, how you feel before, during, and after symptoms arise, etc.

Proper questions can lead to proper diagnosis, so see if the same “diagnosis by questions” is followed by your mechanic. Do they ask you the right questions about your vehicle service? Competent technicians will ask you “symptom” questions. HINT: give them accurate information, and give them all the information they need to know, such as :

-Did you just have this same problem looked at recently?

-What was done to try and fix the problem?

-When was the last time the car was serviced/repaired/inspected?

-Do you recall the driving conditions when the problem arose? (car is cold or warmed up, road is bumpy or slick, low speed or high speed, accelerating or slowing down, heater/air conditioner on low, high, etc.

Remember, trusted auto repair shops stay in business because they want to fix your car the first time-just like you want them to. They ask you the right questions to repair it right the first time, not trying to waste time, energy and money-yours or theirs. Which leads to the

4. Going back again for the same problem is an opportunity, not an indictment. How many times have you gone to the doctor for the same physical problem? Car engines are sometimes no different. Complex computer and electrical sensors, wiring, and components under a hood that reaches 260 degree temperatures, traveling in outside temperatures from sub-zero degrees to 100-plus degrees, can make your car diagnosis about as difficult as your physical ailment.

Use this return opportunity to rate your auto mechanic:

-Were they professional?
-How many more questions were asked to try and get to the root of the problem?
-Were mistakes acknowledged with courtesy and credit? Don’t think doctors always get it right the first time-because they misdiagnose your ailments at times. (And doctors charge you each time you visit-right or wrong diagnosis.)

5.  Follow up and treatment after the repair. When the repairs are completed, does the technician give you advice or suggestions to prevent further issues with the same problem? Do they call you after the repair for feedback and confirmation? Remember, identifying potential issues with other parts of your car does not brand the shop as untrustworthy. After all, no used car is “perfect” in every way. You notice hesitation, strange noises or sounds once in a while when you drive. Trusted auto repair shops inspect your car to let you know about these things. Most times it is not urgent or dangerous. Letting you know about it shows their competence and diligence.

Since servicing your car is like a trip to the doctor, use these suggestions above to qualify the auto repair shop you visit. Following these suggestions will help eliminate the stress of wondering if you took your car to the right place.

In our next article, we will identify features of a quality auto repair shop-once you are there. We’ll give you a hint-it is sort of like the doctor’s office you visit.

We will inspect and care for your car or truck to help keep you safely on the road. GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for car repairs for all make and model vehicles. We can inspect your car during our Express Oil change, and help keep your vehicle operating safely in all seasons. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about auto repairs and service in Salt Lake City.

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Auto Repair South Jordan, Auto Repair Sandy: Items For Emergency Car Kit

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Keep Materials In Your Car For Emergency Roadside Use

Preparing for roadside emergencies may seem like an oxymoron, but having specific materials in your vehicle-before emergencies arise-can help reduce the stress and delay of getting you safely back on the road. “But, just what should I keep in my emergency vehicle kit?” you ask? Without getting too overboard and fanatical about what to have on hand (because the list could include virtually every product in an auto parts store…and your home!), here is a list of items to keep in your emergency vehicle kit:

Let’s start by keeping items that relate to the most frequent types of roadside assistance and breakdown (taken from the AAA):

1. Tire Repair and Flat Tire Breakdown Items: Since flat tires and blown out tires are the most common cause of roadside assistance, have one (or all) of these items in your car or truck:

  • Tire pump or electric car adapter air pump (the DC car adapter pumps range from $10-$20 in cost)
  • Tire repair kit (patches, glue, repair tools-$5-$10 in cost)
  • Instant tire repair in a can (many tire shops say not to use them in a tire, but when you are stranded by the road, priorities change, and the short term benefits outweigh their recommendations at the time!)

2. Dead Battery Items: A dead car battery is the next most common roadside assistance occurrence. For this carry on hand:

  • A set of battery jumper cables in your car. Either some Good Samaritan will come by and help you attach the cables to the proper positive and negative posts of your battery from their vehicle’s good battery, or have your family/friends show you how to attach then on your car-as a dry run demonstration;
  • Optional: A portable battery charger. These items are usually around $40-$50. If you often travel through the rural Utah roads, this is a pretty good investment.

3. Engine Overheating: Since an overheated engine (caused by either low anti-freeze, leaking radiator, bad thermostat, bad radiator fan or cap, leaking hoses, or broken belt) never seems to happen within one block of your house, these items may help you get that extra mile or two (when you need it the most):

  • Gallon of water (or a gallon of pre-mixed anti-freeze coolant). The gallon of water can double as drinking water (and probably will be used more for that reason) and emergency coolant for your engine.
  • Towel or rag (to protect your hands when opening the hood, radiator cap or filling tube).
  • (Optional) A spare serpentine belt. The next time your auto repair technician replaces your serpentine belt, ask them to keep that old one in the back of your car-it may come in handy (especially when small town  auto part stores will almost certainly be out-of-stock of your specific size belt!).

4. Vehicle stuck in snow or mud: If your car insurance does not come with free towing or small deductible towing charge, you may want to have this in your vehicle:

  • Tow rope , nylon rope, or metal chain (at least 25 feet long). Again, that Good Samaritan may stop to help (because the towing company may take an hour or so to get to you), and your rope or chain is just the item they need to pull you out of the snow, ditch, or mud-with a minimum of embarrassment!

5. Personal Emergency Items: These common sense items will make your roadside breakdown a little less nerve racking:

  • Car charger for your cell phone…enough said;
  • Water (see “Engine Overheating” above);
  • Energy food bars-easy to store, long shelf life;
  • Flashlight or light of some kind (with appropriate batteries);
  • Mini Hand sanitizer;
  • Small first aid kit;
  • Roll of toilet paper (don’t laugh-you’ll be glad this is in your car-when you need it!)
  • Survival whistle

6. Small Tool Kit (optional for the really prepared people:

  • Duct Tape;
  • Screwdriver-(both flat head and phillips);
  • Swiss style Army knife;
  • Small hammer;

Obviously the best roadside assistance kit is no breakdowns at all-but we all know sooner or later the car breakdown will affect us, too. Be prepared with some or all of these items in your vehicle, and help will soon be on the way!

Take the time to inspect and care for your car or truck, so the harsh extremes of Utah summers and winters do not impact your safety while driving. GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for car repairs for all make and model vehicles. We can inspect your car during our Express Oil change, and help keep your vehicle operating safely in all seasons. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about auto repairs and service in Salt Lake City.

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Check Engine Light Service Salt Lake City:What Does”Check Engine”Mean?

Your “Check Engine” light is on, and you have no idea why the light is on. You were simply driving down the road, and suddenly the yellow (orange, or red) check engine light illuminates on your dashboard-with no strange noises or warning symptoms. What causes the Check Engine light to go on?  Like most drivers, you have no idea what the light is trying to tell you.

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Check Engine Light-What It Means

What the Check Engine Light Means
It means your car’s computer system has noticed some kind of problem that needs attention. This can include anything from:

  • A brief lapse in some performance that may only be temporary, and will go away on its own;
  •  An engine service reminder (factory scheduled maintenance, as noted in the car’s owners’ manual;
  • A minor problem with  a simple fix. (A loose gas cap or wire connection can set your check engine light on.)
  • A failure of a major electronic, fuel system or exhaust component-sensor.

If the check engine light comes on and off, or only blinks temporarily, the issue may be minor or sporadic in nature. To be sure, an engine electronic diagnostic scan on the system is needed to determine the nature of the “check engine” fault.

What You Can Do To Help Diagnose A Check Engine Light

Like telling a doctor how your body feels, since you are driving the car when the check engine light first appeared, it helps to tell the auto repair diagnostic technician the conditions that occurred when the light came on.

  • Was it just after the engine started (cold engine), or after it had been running while (hot  engine)?
  • What speed were you driving?
  • Were you accelerating,or slowing down?
  • Were you shifting gears?
  • What engine electrical systems went on just prior to the light on (cruise control, A/C system, heater, etc.)?
  • If the “check engine” light is blinking or you notice any serious performance problems, such as a loss of power, reduce your speed and try to reduce the load on the engine. Have the car checked as soon as possible to prevent expensive damage.

In addition to turning on the light, the computer stores a “trouble code” in its memory that identifies the source of the problem, such as a malfunctioning sensor or a misfiring engine. The code can be read with an electronic scan tool or a diagnostic computer-we have the tools to scan any make or model vehicle you drive.

In most situations, if your “check engine” light illuminates don’t overreact. Although extreme problems, like low oil pressure or an overheating engine, might trigger a “check engine” light, your car’s dashboard has other lights and gauges to warn you about those problems (and most likely a lot sooner).

GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for car repairs for all make and model vehicles. We can inspect your car during our Express Oil change, and help keep your vehicle operating safely in all seasons. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about auto repairs and service in Salt Lake City.

Auto Repair Salt Lake City: 6 Safe Driving Tips To Avoid Injury and Accidents

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Follow These 6 Safe Driving Tips

1. Concentrate-Avoid “Distracted Driving”:
Driving while talking on your cell phone, and  driving while texting has now become the major distractions while driving. Do you need more incentive to stop texting and/or holding phones while driving? Try these numbers: 10, 75, 375…

Ten People Die every day in the U.S. : According to Distraction.gov, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website on distracted driving, there were 3,328 people who were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2012. White male drivers-ages 25 to 64-made up the highest percentage of drivers involved in these fatalities.

Can You Afford To Lose $75-$375?? Currently, Utah (one of 41 states), the District of Columbia, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have bans on texting for all drivers. 12 states ban drivers from using handheld cell phones at all. Some states only have bans on cell phones for novice drivers, while other states — such as our neighbor state Montana — currently do not have any bans regarding distracted driving.

2. Expect Driver Mistakes: “Watch Out For The Other Guy”

We have met the enemy and he is us. You can never rely on what the other driver will do. Think back to all the mistakes you’ve made while driving over the years. Think ahead to the ones you know you will make in the future. All the other drivers are just like us! Don’t trust them! While you are driving, keep a wary eye on the other guy and leave yourself plenty of room. Anticipate the mistakes he might make and be ready for them. Eventually, he will! Because he’s just like us! When you are driving on “autopilot,” you have turned control of your vehicle over to those other drivers – you are at their mercy. Their fate is your fate.If you are too trusting, you are relying on that other driver for your safety. Is he worthy of that trust? Every few seconds, some drivers in this country find out this is a poor bet. Maybe some of those other drivers are returning from a beer festival! Maybe they just lost a job, or worse, a loved one. The other driver might be an 11-year-old who found Dad’s keys. Approach driving with the idea that every other driver is an unpredictable menace and out to get you. Most collisions occur when the “other guy” does something we don’t expect, or when we do something they don’t expect.If you accept that everyone makes driving errors, the next step is to drive with a wary attitude. Be careful of approaching red lights, because you know a light by itself never stopped anyone. Watch out for folks getting ready to pull out from parking beside the road. Look for gaps in lines of traffic which might be the result of someone pausing to let another vehicle cross in front of them. (I’ve personally witnessed three or four collisions in the past ten years that happened just this way). There are others: failure to signal a lane change or turn, or tailgating someone when they are poking along because they need to make a turn—a turn they suddenly WILL make when they see it at the last second. You can think of dozens of others. Be alert to the possibilities and have a stra – See more at: http://www.roadtripamerica.com/forum/content.php?8-Defensive-Driving-Don-t-Trust-Nobody&s=6d66a5f04389036c809aeff41ad21ab4#sthash.Hqr0j2UJ.dpuf
We have met the enemy and he is us. You can never rely on what the other driver will do. Think back to all the mistakes you’ve made while driving over the years. Think ahead to the ones you know you will make in the future. All the other drivers are just like us! Don’t trust them! While you are driving, keep a wary eye on the other guy and leave yourself plenty of room. Anticipate the mistakes he might make and be ready for them. Eventually, he will! Because he’s just like us! When you are driving on “autopilot,” you have turned control of your vehicle over to those other drivers – you are at their mercy. Their fate is your fate.If you are too trusting, you are relying on that other driver for your safety. Is he worthy of that trust? Every few seconds, some drivers in this country find out this is a poor bet. Maybe some of those other drivers are returning from a beer festival! Maybe they just lost a job, or worse, a loved one. The other driver might be an 11-year-old who found Dad’s keys. Approach driving with the idea that every other driver is an unpredictable menace and out to get you. Most collisions occur when the “other guy” does something we don’t expect, or when we do something they don’t expect.If you accept that everyone makes driving errors, the next step is to drive with a wary attitude. Be careful of approaching red lights, because you know a light by itself never stopped anyone. Watch out for folks getting ready to pull out from parking beside the road. Look for gaps in lines of traffic which might be the result of someone pausing to let another vehicle cross in front of them. (I’ve personally witnessed three or four collisions in the past ten years that happened just this way). There are others: failure to signal a lane change or turn, or tailgating someone when they are poking along because they need to make a turn—a turn they suddenly WILL make when they see it at the last second. You can think of dozens of others. Be alert to the possibilities and have a stra – See more at: http://www.roadtripamerica.com/forum/content.php?8-Defensive-Driving-Don-t-Trust-Nobody&s=6d66a5f04389036c809aeff41ad21ab4#sthash.Hqr0j2UJ.dpuf

Never rely that the other driver will make the right move. While you are driving, keep an eye on the other guy, and leave yourself plenty of room. Anticipate the mistakes he or she might make-and be ready for them. Because, eventually they will! You have to approach driving with the idea that every other driver is a “mayhem” menace-out to get you. Remember-most collisions occur when the “other guy” does something we don’t expect (or when we do something they don’t expect!)

“Nobody ever yielded their way into a collision.” Think about it. If you are in doubt about who has the right of way, give it away. The other guy may be wrong, but you can end up hurt or dead. We often say no one HAS the right-of-way until it is yielded to them. (Keep in mind I’m talking defensive driving practices, not traffic law.) Right of way rules are often misunderstood, and there are situations where the rules may not be clear to everyone. If there is uncertainty about which vehicle should have the right of way, give the other guy the road. When it comes to driving safely, it’s not the principle, but the outcome, that counts. – See more at: http://www.roadtripamerica.com/forum/content.php?10-Defensive-Driving-Tip-Yield-Anyway#sthash.of3HNzWD.dpuf
  • Approach stop signs and red lights with care, and look both ways-even when your signal turns green (like my driving instructor told me “Does a red light or stop sign REALLY stop anybody?”).
  • Watch out for cars ready to pull out into the road (expect they DON’T really see you!!)
  • Expect that everyone has a blind spot—and it is your car!!
  • Beware of gaps in lines of traffic-someone may be letting another vehicle (or pedestrian) cross in front of them.
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Yield, and Use Your Car Safety Devices

3. Yield-waiting is worth the wait!

According to the National Highway Patrol Board, the #1 cause of accidents is….FAILURE TO YIELD. “Nobody ever yielded their way into a collision” makes a great point: If you are in doubt about who has the right of way, give it away. The other guy may be wrong, but do you want to be “dead right”?? If there is doubt about which vehicle should have the right of way, give the other guy the road. When it comes to driving safely, it’s not the principle, but the outcome, that counts. And, even if you know you have the right of way, see Tip #2 above….

4. Drive A Reasonable Speed:

This means sometimes driving below the speed limit. Remember the slick, icy, snowy, windy, dark, congested Utah roads-any of these conditions may make the “speed limit” much too fast for safe driving.

Driving at a higher than reasonable speed increases your risk in two ways:

  • It cuts your reaction time.
  • It takes farther to stop.

Are the risks really worth a few minutes?

5. Know and Use Your Vehicle Safety Devices:

  • Seat Belts-need we say any more about seat belts??
  • Child safety seats and restraints. State laws vary on what constitutes a legal child seat. There are different types of seats to use depending on the age, weight and size of the child. Be aware and use the correct type for your child. Buckle the seat into the center, rear seat position where there is increased protection from side impacts. A child seat should not be in the front seat, especially if there is an air bag system installed; the air bag impact can hurt or kill a child in an incorrectly installed safety seat. (see bullet point : “Air Bags“.)
  • ABS (Anti-Lock Brake System) Brakes. ABS brakes prevent uncontrolled skids during hard braking. We will discuss this in our ABS video, which we will post the week of January 20, 2013.
  • Air Bags. Air bags open with a certain amount of violence. They are timed so as you are thrown forward, they expand to fill the intervening space to prevent your impact on harder surfaces. You can be injured by an air bag – but the injuries will usually be minor compared to those you’d experience otherwise. Sit as far back from the steering wheel as you can while still comfortably reaching all the necessary controls, and grip the wheel correctly.
  • High Beam Headlights (switch back and forth from regular to high beam-drivers, pedestrians, and animals will take notice-of you!
  • Car Horn (not slamming on the horn, but tap GENTLY on the horn-they will still hear that!). Light taps of our car horn-and light horn taps more often during driving-actually do more good than harm.

6. Service Your Vehicle Regularly. Safe Driving includes proper vehicle performance, which is why good car care maintenance is important.

  • Windshield wipers;
  • Headlights;
  • Tires and alignments;
  • Brakes;
  • Cooling and heating system checks (includes radiators, belts, hoses);

Inspecting, checking, servicing and/or replacing all of the above regularly helps prevent driving mishaps due to vehicle failure.

Take the time to inspect and care for your car or truck, so the harsh Utah winter does not impact your safety while driving. GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for car repairs for all make and model vehicles. We can inspect your car during our Express Oil change, and help keep your vehicle operating safely in all seasons. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about auto repairs and service in Salt Lake City.