Tire Pressure in Winter

Tire Pressure in Winter

 

It important to remember to check the tire pressure this winter before driving so you have a safe journey and optimal tire performance.

 

Here are some strategies to make sure that the tire pressure is perfect for driving in the cold weather.

 

Remember that the tire pressure varies as the temperature fluctuates and in this area, the temperature often changes daily. In winters as the time changes, when days are shorter and colder, it’s very important to check tire pressure.

 

Its recommended that you review your car’s manual to check the correct tire pressure of the car. The recommended tire pressure is in the manual and the placard of the vehicle is based on the inflation pressure. Your manual’s recommended tire pressure is more reliable than the number listed on the tire.

 

Related Posts: Preparing your car for winters 

 

In North America, the temperature fluctuation is at the average of 50 degrees which means that the tire pressure changes by 5psi and every 20 degrees the pressure drop by 2psi. A drop of 5psi during winters can affect the handling, traction, and durability.

 

If your car is parked in the heated garage and later your car goes out in the wintry weather, with every 10 degrees drop the tire pressure reduces by 1 psi. Incorrect tire pressure can also lower the gas mileage by 0.3% and can improve the fuel efficiency by 3.3% if the correct tire pressure is maintained.

 

It’s important to check the tire pressure whenever there is a change in the weather and check the tire PSI more often in the winter.

 

 

Need your car repaired after a winter accident?

Probst Collision is the top auto body repair shop in New Lenox, IL. We provide collision repair and dent removal in the local area including Joliet, Mokena, Frankfort, Manhattan, Chicago and the southwest Chicago suburbs.

Call (815) 485-8411

Cars Winter Checklist

There are few things that needs to be checked before we think of driving in snow. It helps us to be prepared, minimize the roadside risk and inconvenience in the mornings. Driving in winters are uncomfortable but it’s also dangerous if not prepared , here are some tips that can make your winters season driving SAFE:

Car Winter Checklist

  • Battery and charging system – Get you battery and charging system checked by a technician. Well maintained and charged battery is important before starting an engine in wintry weather.
  • Engine horse – A visual inspection is important to check if there are any leakage, cracks or loose lamps in the cooling system hoses.
    Tire type and tread – To have the best traction control in winter season, changing all four tires to snow tires is important.
  • Transmission brake and power steering fluids –  Make sure to check the fluids level are at or above sale level. Check your engine coolant and antifreeze levels – antifreeze is a substance that protects your engine from freezing during winters.

Related: Preparing Your Car for Winter

  • Use winter windshield wiper fluid – Using winter windshield fluid in essential because its not the same as windshield fluids used in other weathers, winter windshield fluid defreeze the windshield quicker.
  • Switch to a winter-grade oil at your next oil change – Oil change is useful for operating a vehicle in the winters, when chilly weather begins to set in, you should consider switching to an oil with a lower chilly weather viscosity grade. If you normally use a 10W-30 oil, switching to 5W-30 at your next oil change for the winter is a good move.
  • Replace dirty filters –  engines running poorly is less efficient and burns more gas.

Following these winter driving tips are a good method to stay warm and safe in the freezing weather and avoid the mid-trip breakdown.

 

Need your car repaired after a winter accident?

Probst Collision is the top auto body repair shop in New Lenox, IL. We provide collision repair and dent removal in the local area including Joliet, Mokena, Frankfort, Manhattan, Chicago and the southwest Chicago suburbs.

Call (815) 485-8411

Preparing Your Car for Winter

Car stuck in snow

Winter can be hard on us with it’s cold, snow, overcast days and additional stress. But it can also be hard on our cars.

When winter and snow finally arrives, will your car be ready?

The things that go wrong with your car in winter and the emergencies you face are actually fairly predictable. That’s a good thing because it means you have a chance to prepare yourself.

It’s going to get snowy and slippery. There will be extreme temperatures. Engines don’t start and car batteries are vulnerable. You may find yourself temporarily stranded somewhere.

All these are events you can prepare for.

Let’s review a list of ways you can prepare your car for winter.

 

Preparing your car for winter

  • Have your battery tested or replaced
  • Check your fluid levels
  • Test heater and window defroster
  • Replace your windshield wipers
  • Check your tire pressure
  • Have a winter emergency kit in trunk
  • Wash and wax exterior

Related: Winter Driving Tips to Stay Safe

car maintenance

Have your battery tested

Battery testing takes only a few minutes. Your mechanic might even do it for free, especially if they’re doing another service such as changing your oil.

Check your fluid levels

Too keep your car running at its best, especially in winter, make sure all your fluids are topped off.

  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Power steering fluid
  • Engine coolant
  • Brake fluid
  • Antifreeze
  • Oil

Winter car accident

Test heater and defroster

This is an easy one to do. Don’t wait until it’s 20 degrees to find out the heater isn’t blowing hot air.

Replace your windshield wipers

Windshield wipers will only typically last 2-3 years until they show signs of wear. This can really affect your vision during a snowstorm and make your car unsafe.

Related: Tips for avoiding winter collisions

Check your tire pressure

When temperatures drop, so will your tire pressure. Check that they are filled to the proper pounds per square inch listed on the sticker inside the driver’s door or your car’s owner manual.

Have a winter emergency kit in trunk

  • Spare tire, wheel wrench, and tripod jack
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Small shovel
  • Jumper cables
  • Toolkit
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Windshield cleaner
  • Reflective triangles or flares
  • Candles, lighter or matches
  • Portable cell phone charger
  • Nonperishable, high-energy foods like unsalted, canned nuts, dried fruits and hard candy
  • Blankets, mittens, socks, and hats

Wash and wax exterior

Washing and waxing your car can make rain, snow and ice slide off your roof easily as well as protect your exterior.

 

Most importantly, slow down! Most car accidents are a result of driving too fast for conditions. All-wheel drive and driving an SUV won’t prevent an accident due to driving fast in slippery conditions.

 

Need your car repaired after an accident?

Probst Collision is the top auto body repair shop in New Lenox, IL. Serving the local area including Joliet, Mokena, Frankfort, Manhattan, Chicago and the southwest Chicago suburbs.

Call (815) 485-8411

 

Winter driving safety resources

How to prepare your car for winter – Chicago Tribune
Here’s how to avoid five common winter breakdowns – Driving
It’s easy to prepare your vehicle for the ice, snow and freezing temperatures – Driving
Be Prepared for Winter Driving – National Safety Council
5 Steps to Prepare Your Car for Winter – US News & World Report
How to Prepare a Car for Winter Driving – WikiHow

What is My Car Worth?

Used car value lot

Are you wondering how much your used car is worth? 

It’s not as easy to determine used car value as one would hope. You want to make sure that you’re getting the best price for your car but figuring out that price can be a challenge.

One good place to start your search is by using online used car price estimators. There are several good ones available. The prices they give you may be different but they will give you a range to work with.

 

Where to get used car value estimates

These are the top five online car value estimation tools.

 

Factors that affect used car value

  • Brand
  • Condition
  • Mileage
  • Color
  • Upgrades
  • Geography
  • Climate
  • Timing

 

These are some of the main factors that will affect used car values. All these factors will affect price, some more than others.

Brand – Some cars brands retain value better than others. Honda, Toyota, and Subaru all tend to maintain a higher used car value.

Condition – This one is pretty easy to figure out. A car with a sparkling exterior condition is going to have more value than one with dents or rust spots. A history of collision repair can lower value.

Mileage – This is another factor that won’t surprise you. A car with lower mileage will naturally have a higher value.

Color – Some colors are more popular and others less popular. You may be a fan of your bright yellow car but a lot of people won’t be. Automotive repainting may not be worth the cost on an older car.

Upgrades – Options like anti-lock brakes, leather seats, and backup cameras can all increase car value.

Geography – Different cars have higher and lower values depending on where you sell them. A convertible will have a higher value in Florida than in Minnesota.

Timing – Sometimes value can come down to timing. High gas prices could affect resale value, as could the current demand of the market or the time of year.

 

Before you put your car up for sale, take the time to make it as good as you can. Wash and wax the exterior and consider having a professional detail the interior. You can boost the perceived value of your car with just a little extra work.

Photo by Paul Sableman

Tips for Avoiding Winter Collisions

Winter car accident

When harsh winter weather arrives in northern Illinois, car accidents and vehicle collisions begin to rise.

Even though this will keep our auto body repair shop busy, we don’t really like all these accidents. Many collisions result only in dents to be repaired but any car accident puts people in danger and can cause serious injuries.

Accidents happen but often they can be avoided. We’ll share some tips for avoiding winter car accidents. 

Illinois is ranked #7 in the nation for winter car accidents by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (Ohio is #1 with Pennsylvania close behind.) That’s not really a top ten we want to be in but we hope it reminds you that winter collisions are a real threat in our state.

In Illinois, the average cost of a winter collision repair is $2,600. Slow down to save lives – and money.

 

Avoiding winter collision tips

  • Slow down when weather conditions are wet, cold or snowy.
  • Leave extra space between you and the car in front of you.
  • Avoid distractions: phone, playing with the radio, eating in the car.
  • Replace your windshield wiper blades to improve visibility.
  • Replace your tires if their treads are worn.
  • Make sure your tire pressure is at the recommended level.
  • Don’t overreact if you start to skid.
  • Accelerate/decelerate slowly and try to avoid braking abruptly.
  • Don’t underestimate slipperiness of the roads.
  •  Beware ice on bridges, underpasses, low areas or shaded areas and intersections.
  • If you’ve been in a minor accident or your car stalls, pull over and stay in your vehicle.
  • Watch for deer in rural areas, especially in November and December.

Most common times for winter car accidents

The most common times for deadly winter car accidents were around 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Related: Tips to Avoid Hitting a Deer with Your Car

Most common day of week for winter car accidents

Saturday, by far, is the most common day to get into a deadly accident. Friday is a close second.

Most common causes winter car accidents

The most common causes of car accidents in winter aren’t really any different than any other time of the year: distracted driving, excessive speeding, and tailgating.

Related: How to choose the right tires for driving conditions

All three of these common causes of accidents are preventable!

When the snow is falling, put away your phone, slow down for conditions and leave extra room between you and the car in front of you.

Bonus tip: Put away your phone, don’t speed and don’t tailgate all year long and you will be less at risk for accidents.

 

 

 

 

 

Need your car repaired after an accident?

Probst Collision is the top auto body repair shop in New Lenox, IL. Serving the local area including Joliet, Mokena, Frankfort, Manhattan, Chicago and the southwest Chicago suburbs.

Call (815) 485-8411

Most Common Types of Car Accidents

Front end collision

There is over 5 million car crashes in the United States each year. Luckily, most car accidents are not fatal. Even so, any car accident has the potential to cause you financial distress and sometimes long-term pain.

The average American will be involved in three car accidents during their lifetime. Most car accidents are preventable. The more you can avoid the better, so by learning about types of accidents, you can help yourself avoid them.

Here are the most common types of car accidents:

  • Rear end collisions
  • Single vehicle crashes
  • T-Bone collisions (accidents at intersections)
  • Sideswipes where lanes merge
  • Low-speed accidents

Rear end collisions

Rear end collisions are by far the most common type of car accident. Most of the time these accidents do not lead to serious injury but that doesn’t mean they can’t be avoided. The majority of rear-end collisions could be avoided simply by not following the car in front of you so closely. This gives you more time to react and even a half of a second could be the difference between a collision and a close call.

Single vehicle crashes

Single vehicle crashes, meaning there is only one car involved in the accident are also very common. These types of car accidents include sliding on ice or rain, running off the road, swerving too quickly, breaking too hard, and hitting other objects. Single vehicle crashes often happen because a driver overcorrects for a small mistake, such as steering to the left too quickly when the car enters the shoulder slightly. Other common causes include speeding and driving too fast for conditions. Many can be prevented by slowing down, going the speed limit, not driving too fast during a storm and not overreacting to other hazards.

Related: Winter Driving Tips You Need to Know to Stay Safe

T-Bone accidents

T-bone collisions happen at intersections where lanes of traffic cross each other. They are most frequently caused by a driver running a red light or by making a left turn without yielding to oncoming traffic. These can be very dangerous accidents but are almost entirely preventable. You should use caution at intersections and not try to speed through them. Pay attention to other vehicles because even though you may be driving carefully, others may not be.

Sideswipes where lanes merge

Swiping other vehicles where traffic lanes merge is a common type of accident. These are commonly caused by a failure of the merging driver to check their blind spots. Always carefully check all sides when merging lanes and don’t speed other because it may prevent other drivers from seeing you in their blind spots.

Related: Tips to Avoid Hitting a Deer with Your Car

Low-speed accidents

Low-speed accidents often happen in areas such as parking lots. They may not be a serious threat to drivers but can be a big danger to pedestrians. Check carefully for pedestrians, avoid driving to fast and look out for other drivers before reversing.

We hope this information can help keep you safe!

 

Need your car repaired after an accident?

Probst Collision is the top auto body repair shop in New Lenox, IL. Serving the local area including Joliet, Mokena, Frankfort, Manhattan, Chicago and the southwest Chicago suburbs.

Call (815) 485-8411

Tips to Avoid Hitting a Deer with Your Car

If you’ve ever come close to hitting a deer, then you probably still remember that stressful event to this day. The racing heart, the adrenaline, the feeling of not being sure you can avoid an accident. It’s a scary situation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 1.5 million deer-related vehicle accidents in 2016. This cost drivers and insurance companies more than $1 billion in collision and dent repairs.

To help try and keep you safe, we’ve listed some tips to avoid hitting a deer with a car. Follow these tips and stay alert to help keep safe.

 

Tips on avoiding a car accident with a deer

  • Be alert during the dawn and dusk hour when deer are most active.
  • Most deer/car collisions occur during fall and early summer.
  • If you see one deer, watch for others. They often travel in packs.Caution deer crossing sign
  • Deer can take off suddenly. Don’t assume a standing deer won’t take off running.
  • Slow down! Even a few mph slower could give you more time to react.
  • Be alert when driving through an area where deer may be.
  • When you see a sign for a deer crossing warning, take it seriously.
  • Slow down around curves in areas where deer are known to occur.
  • Be aware that deer often use woodlots, fencerows, field edges or areas near water.
  • Scan the roadsides for the “eyeshine” of deer ( the reflection of headlights in the deer’s eyes).
  • Honk your horn and flash your lights if you see a deer in the road.
  • If deer are near the road, tap the brakes or use the emergency flashers to alert other drivers.
  • Stay calm. Use your breaks but don’t swerve wildly. Deer can cause accidents without you hitting them.
  • Don’t tailgate. Many severe deer accidents are caused when another vehicle becomes involved.

Related: Winter driving tips

When do most deer accidents occur?

  • Dawn: 5am to 8am
  • Dusk: 5pm to 10pm
  • Late fall: October, November, and December
  • Early summer: May and June

You need to keep alert when you are in an area where deer may be (in a rural area, near a forest, field or farm), especially

What to do if you hit a deer

  • Pull over and move your car to a safe area if possible.
  • Keep your car and yourself out of the roadway and a potential accident with another car.
  • Call the police. Let them know if the deer is blocking traffic and creating a threat to other drivers.
  • If the collision results in injury or property damage, you may need to fill out a police accident report.
  • Document the accident for your insurance. If possible, take photos of the road surroundings, damage to the vehicle, and any injuries.
  • Stay away from the deer. An injured and frightened deer could hurt you with their strong legs and hooves.
  • Inspect your vehicle before assuming it is still drivable.
  • Don’t assume your vehicle is safe to drive. Check for leaking fluids, loose parts, tire damage, broken lights, a hood that won’t latch and any other safety hazards. If your car might be unsafe in any way, call for a tow truck.
  • Contact your insurance agent.

Average cost of a deer-vehicle collision

The average cost of repairs for a car hitting a deer is between $3,500 and $5,000. According to State Farm Insurance, the national average insurance claim is $4,100.

Do you have to pay a deductible if you hit a deer?

That depends on your insurance policy. Rumors that you don’t have to pay a deductible because hitting a deer is “an act of God” are not true. Damage to your vehicle from hitting a deer is covered under the comprehensive coverage portion of your insurance, sometimes referred to as “other than collision”. Some companies offer a zero deductible option on comprehensive, but you will pay a higher price for that option. If you have only insured your vehicle for the minimum amount of coverage required to meet state law, then it is likely you will have to pay a deductible.

Need your car repaired after an accident?

Probst Collision is the top auto body repair shop in New Lenox, IL. Serving the local area including Joliet, Mokena, Frankfort, Manhattan, Chicago and the southwest Chicago suburbs.

Call (815) 485-8411

How to choose the right tires for driving conditions

Choosing the right set (or sets) of tires can help create a safer, more comfortable ride in a variety of weather and driving conditions.

Which tires best match my driving conditions?

It is important to analyze your driving conditions and then pick the tires that best suit them. Do you drive your vehicle in dry weather? Or in rain and snow? Do you drive your truck only on highways, or do you also go off-roading? These tips and other similar information about specific driving conditions can help you choose the right tires for your needs.

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Five Things That Ruin Your Car’s Resale Value

customization that ruins resale value

Want to ensure you get the most value for your car when it comes time to sell? Don’t do these things…

By  PAUL CHOI for Driving

Some of us buy a car with the intention of keeping it until it’s run into the ground. But, inevitably, real life gets in the way and we’re forced to sell, whether it be trading in for a bigger vehicle for an expanding family or just upgrading for status’s sake. It’s in times like these that your car’s condition suddenly comes to the fore, and you may not be prepared for the harsh realities.

What you end up getting for your vehicle depends largely on what you did with your car and how well you’ve kept it. If you’ve done any of the following, it might be best to start addressing them before putting your car up for sale.

 

No maintenance records

car maintenanceKeeping all documents related to work done on your car is always the best policy.

One of the surest ways to get the maximum value for your car is by providing documented proof it was well taken care of. Dealer invoices, work summaries, and receipts of all oil changes and regularly scheduled tune-ups and inspections are a no-brainer for getting full asking value at selling time. Otherwise, a prospective buyer is basically buying on faith that you didn’t cheap out on oil changes.

A good buyer will probably insist on an overall inspection of the car anyway before laying any money down, but handing over all the necessary documents will go a long way to easing his or her mind. While we’re at it, disclosing your car’s accident history up-front, and detailing the repairs, will prevent some nasty surprises in the bargaining process. Honesty is always the best policy here. Related: Collision Repair

 

Tinted windows

Contrary to popular belief, not everybody likes tinted windows.

A general rule of thumb for retaining resale value is to keep your car as close to stock as possible. Yes, it’s boring, but it ultimately means maximizing the pool of potential buyers when it comes time to sell. One of the ways you begin to shrink that pool is by tinting your windows.

Sure, the reasons for doing so may be innocuous: tinted windows look sexy and mysterious; it keeps the interior cool on hot summer days; it protects your privacy. But, surprise, not everybody shares the same appreciation for tinted windows. And potential buyers are also probably aware overly darkened windows can be a magnet for the local constabulary.

In Ontario, for instance, the Highway Traffic Act states “the surface of the windshield or any side window to the left or right of the driver cannot be coated with any colour spray or other color coating in such a manner as to obstruct the driver’s view of the roadway, or obscure the view from outside to the interior of the motor vehicle.” It doesn’t say to what degree of tinting is allowed, so, really, it’s up to an officer’s judgment whether a tint-job is in violation of the law (in other words, if he can’t see you, you’re most likely going to get fined – up to a maximum of $500). Naturally, that kind of risk will turn off most potential buyers, who’d rather not go through the hassle of de-tinting the windows after purchasing a new car.

 

Lowered car

Lowered car, lowered price

While certain improvements can boost resale value (think roof racks or an aftermarket navigation/multimedia screen), altering your car’s suspension is probably taking things a bit too far.

Lowering (or “slamming”) a car may seem like a good idea (if you’re fresh out of high school, that is). It looks cool, fast and sporty. And it can be relatively cheap to do (i.e. replacing your OEM springs with shorter springs). But keep in mind that we live in Canada. Will that lowered profile be conducive to driving in even a few inches of snow? And just who will be looking to buy your car? Most likely exclusively young males, which, again, shrinks the pool of potential buyers drastically. Once again, follow the rule of thumb: always keep it factory.

 

Over-customization

Don’t expect that giant aftermarket spoiler to do much for your car’s resale value … or downforce.

Whether it be an exhaust system louder than World War II, or gold-plated 22-inch rims, or a spoiler that wouldn’t look out of place on a 747, all of these car mods have one thing in common: they are all overly showy. And, unless you’re the type who likes to participate in underground drag races, nobody wants a car that showy.

Ostentatious accessorizing is just plain obnoxious and can have the opposite effect on your car’s resale value by dramatically cheapening its look. Also, not many people are willing to inherit someone else’s work-in-progress, which is basically what these cars are. Who wants to deal with the headache of fixing a hastily installed souped-up exhaust kit, or figuring out just what’s wrong with the aftermarket turbocharger?

So, do yourself a favor and forgo that tempting nitrous oxide upgrade. I promise, your car will sell faster without it.

 

Improper light upgrade

car headlightsUpgrading your old headlamps to newer HID lights? Doing it wrong may mean blinding fellow drivers and getting yourself in trouble with the law.

Like moths to a flame, car owners are lured to flashy, new high-intensity discharge lamps (HID). But, as has been pointed out before, these brighter headlamps could get you into hot trouble, as well as be a drag on your car’s resale value. Aftermarket lights may seem like an easy route to upping your car’s bling factor, but the fact remains that if your car didn’t come with HID lights, it most likely wasn’t designed to properly handle the increased light and heat generated by these lamps.

Most aftermarket HID conversion kits are installed on the common reflector style headlamps that use mirror-like surfaces at the back to project light. HID lights installed in this housing usually lead to a bright, washed-out light and a terrible glare that can blind other drivers, as well as attract the attention of police. Potential buyers will usually know something’s not right when they test the headlights and find they’ve turned on what look like floodlights instead.

 

Dings and scratches

Unsightly scratches and dings can lower a car’s resale value in a hurry.

This one probably seems like a no-brainer, but fixing even minor cosmetic issues will go a long way to getting what you want for your used car. Got a scratched-up fender that you’ve been meaning to fix for a while? A couple of hundred dollars at an auto body shop will take care of it, and should make it look as good as new.

What about minor chips and scratches? Touch-up paint shouldn’t cost you more than $15 at your dealership. Doing these things will mean your car shows better in photos and in person, and you’ll make back what you spent and more when the deal’s finally closed. Related: Auto Repainting Services

SOURCE: driving.ca

Winter Driving Tips You Need to Know to Stay Safe

 

When you live in Illinois, winter time means dealing with cold and snow.

The best way to deal with wintry conditions is to stay at home unless you absolutely need to leave.

Everyone though has to drive on snow covered roads sometimes though. It just can’t be avoided. You might drive to work in the morning and leave in the afternoon to find three inches of snow on the streets. Or you may have to pick up your kids and bring them home.

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