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Distracted Driving
  Posted in the
Auto Safety Category

Dec 10, 2017
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When asked, most people think they are good at multi-tasking. Scientific studies, however, reveal that only around 2% of the population can truly demonstrate the capacity to effectively multi-task. For the rest of us who are not so biologically wired, no amount of practice can increase our effectiveness at multi-tasking. Turns out, multi-tasking is almost a superpower. Think of fighter pilots: capable of maintaining their orientation in three dimensional space and performing specific and highly complicated functions while accessing life threatening situations and coming up with an appropriate response. Admit it – you can’t do that.

Yet when it comes to driving, we seem to think we are very capable of safely operating a motor vehicle with myriad distractions. 77% of young adults feel somewhat confident that they can safely text and drive while 55% claim it’s easy to text and drive. Can they possibly be right? Let’s look at some statistics.

Nearly 23% of all accidents in the United States involve cell phones. Every day, 11 people are killed and over 900 are injured in texting-related accidents. In fact, texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving intoxicated. Just think back at your own experiences: how many of your “near misses” as a pedestrian or in a vehicle have involved a driver with a cell phone in their hand?

There are three types of driving distractions:

  • Visual (eyes off the road)
  • Manual (reaching for something or manipulating an object)
  • Cognitive (mind off the task of driving)

Of course, texting or using a cell phone involves all three. Eating, applying make-up, arguing and working on-board features like the stereo and navigation system are all very real distractions. You may be interested to know that hands-free cell calls are not substantially safer than using a handheld phone. Any time you glance away from the road (like looking at a text or incoming phone call) your eyes are off task for at least 5 seconds. At 55 miles per hour/90 kph, you will cover the length of a football field in that time. Would you ever consent to strapping on a blindfold and driving off down the road for that distance?

So what do you do? First, accept the fact that you are not part of the 2% of all the people on the planet who can truly multi-task (if you are one of the lucky ones you would know by now because your performance does not degrade no matter how many additional tasks are added). Next, don’t EVER drive distracted. Incoming text: it will wait for later. Juicy hamburger: eat it in the parking lot. No exceptions, ever. And don’t accept anything less from drivers of vehicles in which you are a passenger.

Another way to avoid distractions is to keep on top of scheduled maintenance and necessary repairs so that your vehicle itself doesn’t become a distraction. We can help you with that.

Give us a call.

Leon's Car Care
929 Broadway St.
Eureka, California 95501
707-444-9636
http://www.leons-carcare.com/


Automotive Tips from Leon's Car Care: A Broken or Damaged Timing Belt
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Timing Belt Category

Dec 03, 2017
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The timing belt rotates the cam shafts which open and close the valves that allow air, fuel, and exhaust to flow through the engine as it powers your car when you drive around Eureka.

An old timing belt can lose a “tooth” in the belt allowing it to slip. The engine could stop or misfire. Timing belt slips – or a broken timing belt – can be disastrous on some engines. In “interference” engines, open valves can get in the way of the piston when the timing belt breaks or slips. When that happens one or more valves can be bent requiring expensive engine repairs.

It is important for Eureka drivers to replace their timing belts as recommended in their owner’s manual to avoid unnecessary breakdowns. Ask the team of professionals at Leon's Car Care in Eureka if it’s time for your timing belt to be replaced.

Leon's Car Care
929 Broadway St.
Eureka, California 95501
707-444-9636
http://www.leons-carcare.com/


Automotive Tips from Leon's Car Care: Wiper Blade Options
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Windshield Wipers Category

Nov 28, 2017
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Wiper blades are critically important to Eureka drivers for good driving visibility and safety. When it’s time to replace your wiper blades, there are a number of different wiper blade designs and grades. Eureka drivers should always use at least the design or grade that came with their vehicle.

If you live in California where there is a lot of wet weather, flying insects, or you do a lot of highway driving, you may want to upgrade to a more advanced design or premium quality wiper blade. Your friendly and professional Leon's Car Care service advisor can share the options available for your vehicle and help you decide which wiper blades are optimal for you.

Give us a call.

Leon's Car Care
929 Broadway St.
Eureka, California 95501
707-444-9636
http://www.leons-carcare.com/


Automotive Tips from Leon's Car Care: Air Conditioning Inspection
  Posted in the
Air Conditioning Category

Nov 21, 2017
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Most auto manufacturers recommend an interval for an air conditioning system inspection. The inspection uncovers leaks, worn hoses and assesses the condition of the other components.

Environmental laws in some around Eureka require leaks to be repaired before refrigerant can be added. Also some parts manufacturers require other components to be replaced along with certain failed parts in order to maintain the new part warranty. This is because a given failure may be the result of another worn or damaged part that will, if not replaced, prematurely damage the new component.

Leon's Car Care in Eureka is fully equipped to restore your flow of cool air.

Leon's Car Care
929 Broadway St.
Eureka, California 95501
707-444-9636
http://www.leons-carcare.com/

 


Automotive Tips from Leon's Car Care: Making Your A/C System Last Longer
  Posted in the
Air Conditioning Category

Nov 14, 2017
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Eureka drivers know that if their air conditioning system isn’t making cool air like it used to, there is a problem. It may be as simple as adding more of the right kind of refrigerant.

Your A/C requires special compressor oil, which circulates through the system along with the refrigerant, to lubricate and protect expensive components and keep seals and gaskets from drying out. If refrigerant has leaked out – so has the compressor oil. This oil needs to be replenished whenever refrigerant is added.

An air conditioning inspection at Leon's Car Care will uncover any potential problems and identify any necessary repairs needed to get Eureka drivers on the road to cool air once again.

Give us a call.

Leon's Car Care
929 Broadway St.
Eureka, California 95501
707-444-9636
http://www.leons-carcare.com/

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