The Nevada Department of Transportation opened the last leg of the Interstate 580 Carson City Freeway to traffic on August 2.

Motorists are reminded to drive attentively and anticipate minor lane and traffic pattern changes across the area with the new freeway segment open. Periodic, minor roadside shoulder and lane closures will take place on South Carson Street and the Carson City Freeway for finishing construction.

Prior to construction of I-580, Nevada was one of only a few states without an interstate connecting to the capital city. The new segment of freeway marks completion of I-580 linking Reno and Carson City.

Since breaking ground in 2000, construction of the approximately nine-mile I-580 Carson City Freeway has been phased to best utilize available funding. Nearly six million cubic yards of earth were moved, 18 million pounds of reinforcing steel installed and more than $200 million in federal, state and local transportation funds dedicated to construct the freeway between Lakeview Hill in north Carson City and the U.S. 50 junction in the southern part of the city.

In December 2015, the freeway was officially dedicated as the Carson City Deputy Sheriff Carl Howell Memorial Freeway. Aimed at increasing traffic mobility and safety with an interstate bypass to help remove through-traffic congestion from downtown Carson City, an estimated 43,000 vehicles daily are projected to use the new southern section of freeway by 2035.

For more information please visit NDOT.

Related Article: It’s Official: Carson City Freeway now open

The largest nostalgic car show in the world is back in Reno, NV. Every August brings the rumble of classic engines and well-built hot rods.

Ready for a trip down memory lane or a new adventure? Whichever way you look at it, this nostalgic event has it all.

Don’t forget to stop by any of our three locations around the Reno area to gas up and cruise. Sierra Car Care & Tire Center is one of the last locally owned Gas Stations / Repair Stations in the Reno area. Support local business and shop here first.

Take advantage of our $50.00 Gas Card with the Purchase of Four Tires. Please consult a technician at any of our locations for more details.

Hot August Nights Event Schedule

Wednesday, August 9
RENO-SPARKS

7am to Noon Special Elite Hot August Nights Car Participant Breakfast Menu – Get a $5 Complete Breakfast & Receive $3 Back in FREE Slot Play – Baldini’s Casino – 895 South Rock Blvd., Sparks
8am to 7pm Car Participant Check-In & Registration – Grand Sierra Resort SILVER STATE PAVILION
9am to 4pm Hot August Nights Cup Show-n-Shine Presented by Downtown Reno – Corner of 4th & Virginia Street
9am to 4pm Grand Sierra Resort’s $10,000 “Classic Cherry Show-n-Shine” – Grand Sierra Resort
9am to 4pm Nugget Casino Resort Ultimate Classic Car Competition – All Chrysler/Mopar Products Will Be Judged
9am to 4pm Summit Racing Equipment presents the Downtown Reno Show-n-Shine Competition with Judging & Awards
10am to 4pm Vintage Trailer Revival Show-n-Shine – Washoe County’s Rancho San Rafael Regional Park 1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno
10am to 5pm Big Boy’s Toy Store – Reno Events Center Downtown Reno Corner of 4th & Center Street
10am to 5pm The Dazzling Diva, A Tantalizing & Unique Boutique for the Ladies while the Men Shop the Big Boy’s Toy Store – Reno Ballroom, Downtown Reno Corner of 4th & Center Street
10am to 6pm Poker Walk Public Registration – Downtown Reno Poker Walk Booth 4th & Virginia St.
10am to 8pm Free Hot August Nights Commemorative T-Shirt for Registered Hot August Nights Car Participants – One per Car while Supplies Last Pick Up at the Baldini’s Casino Player’s Club 895 South Rock Blvd., Sparks
10am to 10pm Hot August Nights Host Venue at the Grand Sierra Resort – Vendors, Entertainment, Show-n-Shines & much more!
10am to 10pm Sparks Victorian Square Craft Fair, Nugget Casino Resorts East Parking Lot
10am to 10pm Acres of Champions Show-n-Shine – Atlantis Casino Resort
Noon to 10pm Cruisin Craft Fair – Atlantis Casino Resort
Noon to 10pm Classic Specialty Cars on Display – Peppermill Resort
4pm Summit Racing Equipment’s Show-n-Shine Competition Awards Presentation – Downtown Reno 4th & Virginia Street
4pm to 8pm “Mill Mile” Show-n-Shine Judging – Peppermill Resort
5pm to 10pm Freestyle Hula Hoop – Atlantis Casino Resort
5pm to 10pm Cruise of Champions – Atlantis Casino Resort; Free Party Pack, Free T-Shirt, Commemorative Photo Available
5pm to 10pm Official “Mill Mile” Cruise – Peppermill Resort
6pm Nugget Casino Resort Ultimate Classic Car Competition Awards Presentation – Sparks Outdoor Venue Stage
6pm to Midnight Drag Races & Burnouts – Nugget Casino Resort West Parking Lot – Nightly Prizes – Gates Open at 5:30pm & Close at 11:30pm – Admission $10.00 daily
6pm to Midnight The General Jerry Lee Drag Racing Exhibitions at the Hot August Nights Drag Races – Nugget Casino Resort West Parking Lot – Gates Open at 5:30pm & Close at 11:30pm – Admission $10.00 daily
7pm Grand Sierra Resort’s $10,000 “Classic Cherry Show-n-Shine” Awards Presentation – Grand Sierra Resort Outdoor Venue Stage
7pm to 8pm Guinness World Records Hula Hoop Contest Atlantis Casino Resort
7pm to 10pm Controlled Cruise – Downtown Sparks
7pm to 10pm Controlled Official Kick-off Cruise – Downtown Reno
8pm Jelly Donut Eating Contest – Atlantis Casino Resort – Sign up at the Outdoor Stage
10pm “Mill Mile” Show-n-Shine Finalist Awards Cabaret Stage at the Peppermill Resort
10:15pm Cruise of Champions Awards – Atlantis Casino Resort (Indoor Cabaret Stage)

Thursday, August 10
RENO-SPARKS

7am to Noon Special Elite Hot August Nights Car Participant Breakfast Menu – Get a $5 Complete Breakfast & Receive $3 Back in FREE Slot Play – Baldini’s Casino – 895 South Rock Blvd., Sparks
7am to 4pm Hot August Nights Swap Meet & Cool Car Showroom – Reno/Sparks Livestock Events Center – 1350 N. Wells Ave., Reno – Admission $10 (AutoCross & Drifting included)
8am to 11am Poker Run Registration – Summit Racing Equipment – 960 E. Glendale Ave., Sparks Poker Run Stops include the Atlantis Casino Resort, Jaguar Land Rover Reno, Main Street Minden’s Scenic Minden Park, Historic Virginia City & Champion Chevrolet
8am to 7pm Car Participant Check-In & Registration – Grand Sierra Resort SILVER STATE PAVILION
9am to 4pm Hot August Nights Cup Show-n-Shine Presented by Downtown Reno – Corner of 4th & Virginia Street
9am to 4pm Grand Sierra Resort’s $10,000 “Classic Cherry Show-n-Shine” – Grand Sierra Resort
9am to 4pm Nugget Casino Resort Ultimate Classic Car Competition – All Ford Products Will Be Judged
9am to 4pm Summit Racing Equipment presents the Downtown Reno Show-n-Shine Competition with Judging & Awards
9am to 5pm Motorsports Auction Group (MAG) Doors Open for Viewing, Vendors & Displays – Reno/Sparks Convention Center – 4590 S. Virginia Street, Reno – Admission $20 or 3 day pass for $45
9am to 8pm Drifting Presented by AMSOIL, Inc.  Reno/Sparks Livestock Events Center – 1350 N. Wells Ave., Reno – Admission $10 (Swap Meet included)
10am to 4pm Vintage Trailer Revival Show-n-Shine – Washoe County’s Rancho San Rafael Regional Park 1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno
10am to 5pm Big Boy’s Toy Store – Reno Events Center Downtown Reno Corner of 4th & Center Street
10am to 5pm The Dazzling Diva, A Tantalizing & Unique Boutique for the Ladies while the Men Shop the Big Boy’s Toy Store – Reno Ballroom, Downtown Reno Corner of 4th & Center Street
10am to 6pm Poker Walk Public Registration – Downtown Reno Poker Walk Booth 4th & Virginia St.
10am to 8pm Free Hot August Nights Commemorative T-Shirt for Registered Hot August Nights Car Participants – One per Car while Supplies Last  Pick Up at the Baldini’s Casino Player’s Club  895 South Rock Blvd., Sparks
10am to 10pm Hot August Nights Host Venue at the Grand Sierra Resort – Vendors, Entertainment, Show-n-Shines & much more!
10am to 10pm

Sparks Victorian Square Craft Fair, Nugget Casino Resorts East Parking Lot

10am to 10pm Acres of Champions Show-n-Shine – Atlantis Casino Resort
Noon to 2pm AutoCross – Presented by AMSOIL, Inc.  Reno/Sparks Livestock Events Center – 1340 N. Wells Ave., Reno – Admission $10 (Swap Meet included)
Noon to 10pm Cruisin Craft Fair – Atlantis Casino Resort
Noon to 10pm Classic Specialty Cars on display – Peppermill Resort
2pm to 10pm

Free Jelly Belly Beans – See the Jelly Belly Dragster – Peppermill Resort

4pm

Summit Racing Equipment’s Show-n-Shine Competition Awards Presentation – Downtown Reno 4th & Virginia Street

4pm to 8pm “Mill Mile” Show-n-Shine Judging – Peppermill Resort
5pm to 10pm Freestyle Hula Hoop – Atlantis Casino Resort
5pm to 10pm Cruise of Champions – Atlantis Casino Resort; Free Party Pack, Free T-Shirt, Commemorative Photo Available
5pm to 10pm Official “Mill Mile” Cruise – Peppermill Resort
6pm

Nugget Casino Resort Ultimate Classic Car Competition Awards Presentation – Sparks Outdoor Venue Stage

6pm to Midnight Drag Races & Burnouts – Nugget Casino Resort West Parking Lot – Nightly Prizes – Gates Open at 5:30pm & Close at 11:30pm – Admission $10.00 daily
6pm to Midnight The General Lee Drag Racing Exhibitions at the Hot August Nights Drag Races – Nugget Casino Resort West Parking Lot – Gates Open at 5:30pm & Close at 11:30pm – Admission $10.00 daily
7 pm

Grand Sierra Resort’s $10,000 “Classic Cherry Show-n-Shine” Awards Presentation – Grand Sierra Resort Outdoor Venue Stage

7pm to 8pm Guinness World Records Hula Hoop Contest Atlantis Casino Resort
7pm to 10pm Controlled Cruise – Downtown Reno
7pm to 10pm Controlled Cruise – Downtown Sparks
7pm to 10:30pm Official Hot August Nights Prom – Baldini’s Casino 2nd Floor Sierra Room – Featuring Ronny & The Classics – Reminisce the Prom Days and Dance with your Honey to good old Rock-N-Roll – 895 South Rock Blvd., Sparks Tickets $12.95 at http://www.BaldinisSposrts.com or (775) 358-0116
8pm Black & White Cookie Eating Contest – Atlantis Casino Resort – Sign up at the Outdoor Stage
10pm

“Mill Mile” Show-n-Shine Finalist Awards Cabaret Stage at the Peppermill Resort

10:15pm Cruise of Champions Awards – Atlantis Casino Resort (Indoor Cabaret Stage)

Friday, August 11
RENO-SPARKS

7am to Noon Special Elite Hot August Nights Car Participant Breakfast Menu – Get a $5 Complete Breakfast & Receive $3 Back in FREE Slot Play – Baldini’s Casino – 895 South Rock Blvd., Sparks
7am to 4pm Hot August Nights Swap Meet & Cool Car Showroom – Reno/Sparks Livestock Events Center – 1350 N. Wells Ave., Reno – Admission $10 (AutoCross & Drifting included)
8am to 7pm Car Participant Check-In & Registration – Grand Sierra Resort SILVER STATE PAVILION
9am to 4pm Hot August Nights Cup Show-n-Shine Presented by Downtown Reno – Corner of 4th & Virginia Street
9am to 4pm Grand Sierra Resort’s $10,000 “Classic Cherry Show-n-Shine” – Grand Sierra Resort
9am to 4pm Nugget Casino Resort Ultimate Classic Car Competition – All General Motors Products Will Be Judged
9am to 4pm Nugget Casino Resort’s Best Stock Restored & Best Stock Original Competition – All Makes Victorian Square, Sparks
9am to 4pm Summit Racing Equipment presents the Downtown Reno Show-n-Shine Competition with Judging & Awards
9am to 5pm Motorsports Auction Group (MAG) Doors Open for Viewing, Vendors & Displays – Reno/Sparks Convention Center – 4590 S. Virginia Street, Reno – Admission: $20
9am to 8pm AutoCross & Drifting Presented by AMSOIL, Inc. Reno/Sparks Livestock Events Center – 1350 N. Wells Ave., Reno – Admission $10 (Swap Meet included)
10am to 4pm Vintage Trailer Revival Celebrity Choice Judged Show-n-Shine – Washoe County’s Rancho San Rafael Regional Park – 1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno
10am to 5pm Big Boy’s Toy Store – Reno Events Center Downtown Reno Corner of 4th & Center Street
10am to 5pm The Dazzling Diva, A Tantalizing & Unique Boutique for the Ladies while the Men Shop the Big Boy’s Toy Store – Reno Ballroom, Downtown Reno Corner of 4th & Center Street
10am to 6pm Poker Walk Public Registration – Downtown Reno Poker Walk Booth 4th & Virginia St.
10am to 8pm Free Hot August Nights Commemorative T-Shirt for Registered Hot August Nights Car Participants – One per Car while Supplies Last  Pick Up at the Baldini’s Casino Player’s Club  895 South Rock Blvd., Sparks
10am to 10pm Hot August Nights Host Venue at the Grand Sierra Resort – Vendors, Entertainment, Show-n-Shines & much more!
10am to 10pm

Sparks Victorian Square Craft Fair, Nugget Casino Resorts East Parking Lot

10am to 10pm Acres of Champions Show-n-Shine – Atlantis Casino Resort
Noon to 2pm AutoCross – Presented by AMSOIL, Inc.  Reno/Sparks Livestock Events Center – 1340 N. Wells Ave., Reno – Admission $10 (Swap Meet included)
Noon to 10pm Cruisin Craft Fair – Atlantis Casino Resort
Noon to 10pm Classic Specialty Cars on display – Peppermill Resort
2pm to 10pm Free Jelly Belly Beans – See the Jelly Belly Dragster – Peppermill Resort
3pm Hot August Nights Cup Top 10 Finalists Announced – Presented by Downtown Reno Corner of 4th & Virginia Street
4pm Summit Racing Equipment’s Show-n-Shine Competition Awards Presentation – Downtown Reno 4th & Virginia Street
4pm to 8pm “Mill Mile” Show-n-Shine Judging – Peppermill Resort
5pm to 10pm Freestyle Hula Hoop – Atlantis Casino Resort
5pm to 10pm Cruise of Champions – Atlantis Casino Resort; Free Party Pack, Free T-Shirt, Commemorative Photo Available
5pm to 10pm Official “Mill Mile” Cruise – Peppermill Resort
6pm Nugget Casino Resort Ultimate Classic Car Competition Awards Presentation – Sparks Outdoor Venue Stage
6pm to Midnight Drag Races & Burnouts – Nugget Casino Resort West Parking Lot – Nightly Prizes – Gates Open at 5:30pm & Close at 11:30pm – Admission $10.00 daily
6pm to Midnight The General Lee Drag Racing Exhibitions at the Hot August Nights Drag Races – Nugget Casino Resort West Parking Lot – Gates Open at 5:30pm & Close at 11:30pm – Admission $10.00 daily
7pm

Grand Sierra Resort’s $10,000 “Classic Cherry Show-n-Shine” Awards Presentation – Grand Sierra Resort Outdoor Venue Stage

7pm to 8pm Guinness World Records Hula Hoop Contest – Atlantis Casino Resort
7pm to 10pm Controlled Cruise – Downtown Reno
7pm to 10pm Controlled Cruise – Downtown Sparks
8pm Twinkie Eating Contest – Atlantis Casino Resort – Sign up at the Outdoor Stage
9:45pm Hot August Nights Fireworks Extravaganza Downtown Reno – Presented by the Silver Legacy Resort Casino
10pm

2017 Jaguar XE & Prize Giveaway – Atlantis Casino Resort (Indoor Cabaret Stage)

10pm “Mill Mile” Show-n-Shine Finalist Awards  Cabaret Stage at the Peppermill Resort
10:15pm Cruise of Champions Awards – Atlantis Casino Resort (Indoor Cabaret Stage)

Saturday, August 12
RENO-SPARKS

7am to Noon Special Elite Hot August Nights Car Participant Breakfast Menu – Get a $5 Complete Breakfast & Receive $3 Back in FREE Slot Play – Baldini’s Casino – 895 South Rock Blvd., Sparks
7am to 2pm Hot August Nights Swap Meet & Cool Car Showroom – Reno/Sparks Livestock Events Center – 1350 N. Wells Ave., Reno – Admission $10 (Drifting included)
8am to 1pm Car Participant Check-In & Registration – Grand Sierra Resort – SILVER STATE PAVILION
9am to 2pm Summit Racing Equipment Presents the Downtown Reno Show-n-Shine Competition with Judging & Awards
9am to 4pm Hot August Nights Cup Display & Final Judging of the Top 10 Finalists at the Motorsports Auction – Reno Sparks Convention Center  4590 S. Virginia Street – Presented by Downtown Reno
9am to 4pm Celebrity Choice Show-n-Shine – Grand Sierra Resort
9am to 4pm Celebrity Choice Show-n-Shine – Reno
9am to 4pm Celebrity Choice Show-n-Shine – Sparks
9am to 4pm Grand Sierra Resort’s $10,000 “Classic Cherry Show-n-Shine” – Grand Sierra Resort
9am to 5pm Motorsports Auction Group (MAG) Doors Open for Viewing, Vendors & Displays – Reno/Sparks Convention Center – 4590 S. Virginia Street, Reno – Admission: $20
9am to 8pm Drifting Presented by AMSOIL, Inc. Reno/Sparks Livestock Events Center – 1350 N. Wells Ave., Reno – Admission $10 (Swap Meet included)
10 am Jenny’s Studio of Dance Performance Outdoor Venue Stage – Victorian Square, Sparks
10am to 4pm Vintage Trailer Revival Show-n-Shine – Washoe County’s Rancho San Rafael Regional Park 1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno
10am to 5pm Poker Walk Card Stops – Downtown Reno Hands Back by 5pm – 4th & Virginia Street
10am to 5pm Big Boy’s Toy Store – Reno Events Center Downtown Reno Corner of 4th & Center Street
10am to 5pm The Dazzling Diva, A Tantalizing & Unique Boutique for the Ladies while the Men Shop the Big Boy’s Toy Store – Reno Ballroom, Downtown Reno Corner of 4th & Center Street
10am to 8pm Free Hot August Nights Commemorative T-Shirt for Registered Hot August Nights Car Participants – One per Car while Supplies Last  Pick Up at the Baldini’s Casino Player’s Club  895 South Rock Blvd., Sparks
10am to 10pm Hot August Nights Host Venue at the Grand Sierra Resort – Vendors, Entertainment, Show-n-Shines & much more!
10am to 10pm Sparks Victorian Square Craft Fair, Nugget Casino Resorts East Parking Lot
10am to 10pm Acres of Champions Show-n-Shine – Atlantis Casino Resort
Noon to 10pm Cruisin Craft Fair – Atlantis Casino Resort
Noon to 10pm Classic Specialty Cars on display – Peppermill Resort
2pm Summit Racing Equipment’s Show-n-Shine Competition Awards Presentation – Downtown Reno venue stage – 4th & Virginia Street
2 pm to 10pm Free Jelly Belly Beans – See the Jelly Belly Dragster – Peppermill Resort
5pm to 10pm Freestyle Hula Hoop – Atlantis Casino Resort
5pm to 10pm Cruise of Champions – Atlantis Casino Resort; Free Party Pack, Free T-Shirt, Commemorative Photo Available
5pm to 10pm Official “Mill Mile” Cruise – Peppermill Resort
6pm Hot August Nights Cup Awards Presentation Presented by Downtown Reno Corner of 4th & Virginia Street
6pm Nugget Casino Resort Ultimate Classic Car Competition Best of Show Awards Presentation Sparks Outdoor Venue Stage
6pm to Midnight Drag Races & Burnouts – Nugget Casino Resort West Parking Lot – Nightly Prizes – Gates Open at 5:30pm & Close at 11:30pm – Admission $10.00 daily
6pm to Midnight The General Lee Drag Racing Exhibitions at the Hot August Nights Drag Races – Nugget Casino Resort West Parking Lot – Gates Open at 5:30pm & Close at 11:30pm – Admission $10.00 daily
7pm Grand Sierra Resort’s $10,000 “Classic Cherry Show-n-Shine” Awards Presentation – Grand Sierra Resort Outdoor Venue Stage
7pm to 8pm Guinness World Records Hula Hoop Contest Atlantis Casino Resort
7pm to 10pm Controlled Cruise – Downtown Reno
7pm to 10pm Controlled Cruise – Downtown Sparks
8pm Chicago Dogs Eating Contest – Atlantis Casino Resort – Sign up at the Outdoor Stage
8pm to 9pm “Mill Mile” Show-n-Shine Finalist Competition – Audience Choice $10,000 Awarded – Peppermill Resort
9:45pm Hot August Nights Fireworks Extravaganza Downtown Reno – Presented by the Silver Legacy Resort Casino
10:15pm Cruise of Champions Awards – Atlantis Casino Resort (Indoor Cabaret Stage)

Sunday, August 13
RENO-SPARKS

7am to Noon Special Elite Hot August Nights Car Participant Breakfast Menu – Get a $5 Complete Breakfast & Receive $3 Back in FREE Slot Play – Baldini’s Casino – 895 South Rock Blvd., Sparks
7am to 10am Parade Classic Car Staging – University of Nevada Reno
8:30am Car Awards Presentation & Parade of Champions – Downtown Reno – 4th & Virginia Streets – Presented by the Bonanza Casino
10am Official Hot August Nights Grand Finale Parade Downtown Reno
10am Free Hot August Nights Commemorative T-Shirt for Registered Hot August Nights Car Participants – One per Car while Supplies Last Pick Up at the Baldini’s Casino Player’s Club 895 South Rock Blvd., Sparks
1pm, 3pm & 5pm $10,000 All-Cash Sunday Drawings – Atlantis Casino Resort

For more information, please visit HAN

While it is always wise to conserve natural resources, the recent price of gasoline has made even the most wasteful people think twice. No matter what your motivation is, here are some gas saving tips from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Monitor tires. Under inflated tires or poorly aligned wheels waste fuel by forcing the engine to work harder. (Let the tires cool down before checking the air pressure.) Out-of-line wheels, as evidenced by uneven tread wear, should be aligned by a professional.

Remove excess weight. Remove unnecessary items from the vehicle. Store only essentials in the trunk. Less weight means better mileage.

Consolidate trips and errands. Some trips may be unnecessary. Also, try to travel when traffic is light so you can avoid stop-and-go conditions.

Avoid excessive idling. Shut off the engine while waiting for friends and family.

Observe speed limits. Speeding decreases your miles per gallon.

Drive gently. Sudden accelerations guzzle gas. Anticipate traffic patterns ahead and adjust your speed gradually.

Use windows and air conditioning wisely. Your mileage should improve if you keep the windows closed at highway speeds, since air drag is reduced. This is true even with the air conditioning on-assuming that the system is in good working order. But turn the air conditioning off in stop-and-go traffic to save fuel.

Keep your engine “tuned up.” A well-maintained engine operates at peak efficiency, maximizing gas mileage. Follow the service schedules listed in the owner’s manual. Replace filters and fluids as recommended; have engine performance problems (rough idling, poor acceleration, etc.) corrected at a repair facility. Given today’s high-tech engines, it’s wise to have this type of work done by auto technicians who are ASE certified in engine performance.

These conservation tips will not only save gasoline, they’ll help extend the life of your vehicle. Win-win, indeed.

For ASE’s Glove Box Tips, click here.

If you would prefer an experienced ASE certified technician take a look under your hood, just visit any one of our locations around the Reno-Sparks area.

The blistering heat wave covering much of the country can also be catastrophic for roads and vehicles.

With temperatures expected to be near the 100-degree mark and extreme heat advisories, officials are warning drivers to take precautions before heading out. Excessive heat warnings from the National Weather Service are currently in effect for Nevada and Arizona.

In case of an emergency, you should always carry water in your vehicle. You may break down in an area that will require you to walk some distance before help may be reached.

It is highly recommended that if your battery is older than 3 years, to have it checked or replaced. Heat is the number one killer of batteries, not the cold.

Tips for Road Trips with a Full Load of Family or Friends

Don’t overload the car: Under-inflation and/or overloading the vehicle will place added stress on your tires in the form of excessive heat build-up. Both of these conditions can adversely affect the vehicle’s handling and fuel economy. Again, refer to your car’s owner’s manual and the information placard on the driver’s door jam for the acceptable load limit. This total includes passenger and cargo capacity. Some cars offer additional inflation recommendations for driving with a full load, which is likely to be the case if you are taking the family on vacation.

Check your tire’s inflation pressure before you go and along your trip to maximize fuel efficiency.

Be sure your spare tire is inflated with the correct amount of tire pressure as well. Sometimes having a spare for a long time – will lower the tire pressure.

That’s the last thing anyone wants when they have a flat… replace their tire with one that doesn’t have enough tire pressure… a flat tire.

Before You Go

Stop by any of our Reno Sierra Car Care & Tire Center locations to inspect your vehicle and top off your fluids before you go.

Summer is Here!

Road tripping has never been easier

Thanks to a few tips our ASE Certified Mechanics would like to share about achieving safe summer travel. While vehicles need maintenance year-round, driving long distances in high temperatures adds more strain to your vehicle.

Hot asphalt is tough on tires, and a faulty radiator won’t last long if tested under harsh conditions. So before you pack up the car and your friends and family to hit the road, take a short break, check a few vitals and make sure your ride is vacation-ready.

We are happy to be your one-stop-shop for quality vehicle repair, performance wheels & tires, and gas. Thank you.

Free Comprehensive Summer Travel Inspection

 

MST Tire Center is under new management. Sierra Car Care & Tire Center will no longer be affiliated with this service location.

Mill Street TireMST Tire Center - Mill Street Tire
3180 Mill Street & Telegraph
(2 blocks East of Terminal)

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Feel free to visit any of our other locations around the Reno area.

 

According to the FCC, the popularity of mobile devices have had some unintended and sometimes deadly consequences. An alarming number of traffic accidents are linked to driving while distracted. The most recent national statistics are sobering.

  • Over 8 people are killed and 1,161 are injured daily in incidents reported as distraction-affected crashes in the United States.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2015, there were 3,477 people killed and an estimated additional 391,000 people injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
  • At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.
  • In 2015, the National Occupant Protection Use Survey reported that handheld cell phone use continued to be highest among 16-24 year old drivers.

What have you been teaching your children about distracted driving? “Do as I say, not as I do” is a risky way to teach our children safe driving. Teens whose parents drive distracted are nearly three times as likely to also drive distracted. Lead by example.

distracted driving infographic

What better time of year to commit to driving safer for ourselves and those we love? Be the driver you want your teen to be by modeling distraction-free driving every time you drive. Here are some simple steps you can take to set the right example for your kids:

  • Drive without sending or receiving texts, using the Internet, Facebook or social media of any kind.
  • Wait to text or call others until they have stopped driving.
  • Pull over to a safe location to check texts, social media, or listen to voicemail.
  • Stop texting, or end phone conversations with others once you learn they are driving.
  • Pull over to a safe location or wait until you are finished driving to eat, apply makeup, adjust music or scroll through iPods or similar devices.
  • When being driven by a distracted driver, ask them to “stop what else they are doing and focus on the road.”

State laws

Currently there is no national ban on texting or using a wireless phone while driving, but a number of states have passed laws banning texting or wireless phones or requiring hands-free use of wireless phones while driving. For more information on state laws, visit www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/cellphone_laws.html.

For more information

For more information and statistics about wireless devices and driving, visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving

Related Articles: Safety Awareness: Driving Habits to Avoid on the Road

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, the number of traffic accident fatalities in the U.S. has decreased markedly since the 1970s. That being said, there are around 35,000 deaths per year, and traffic accidents usually rank in the top ten causes of death annually.

There are a few things to be aware of when driving on the road. Whether you have been driving for 1 month or 20 years, the rules of the road are always changing. Awareness saves lives!

Drunk driving
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Driving under the influence of alcohol is still the most discussed driving offence. 42 states in the United States now have administrative license suspension (ALS) for a first-time offence. Driving with an impaired sense of judgment is a habit that everyone should have come to the realization that it’s not healthy.

Everything shows us how bad this is: according to findings from CDC.gov, in 2014 alone 9,967 people died as a result of crashes that were caused by impaired driving.

Driving tired

Hitting the road while you’re stressed and tired is another habit that is dangerous. The NHTSA thinks drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. The human body gets tired easily, and getting behind the wheels is not the smartest thing to do when your body badly needs rest.

The fact that driving requires a sharp response in instinct makes it very apt that you’re fully alert before taking control of the wheels.

Aggressive driving and road rage

This is just a sheer emotional rage that mostly manifests itself when people are behind the wheels. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is for you to maintain a calm demeanor when sharing the road with other drivers.

Being aggressive while driving won’t get you to your destination any faster, and neither would it earn you a trophy. It just upsets you and everyone you share the road with.

Driving too fast for the weather conditions

When the weather gets bad, slowing down is the best way to avoid an accident. This goes back to that physics thing.

All-wheel drive isn’t an excuse for driving fast in inclement weather. When the road surface is slippery, a 3,500- to 5,000-pound vehicle will probably skid if you need to slow down in a hurry. According to the Federal Highway Administration, 24 percent of all vehicle crashes are weather related. That’s a good reason to slow down and increase the distance between you and the car in front of you.

Reckless driving

Reckless driving is a good way to cause a crash and endanger other motorists. This includes swerving, weaving in and out of traffic, passing on the right, accelerating and braking suddenly, and yes, driving slowly in the left lane on the freeway, among other things. Many states consider driving 20 mph or more over the speed limit reckless driving, which carries heavy penalties in the form of fines, jail time, or a combination thereof. This goes back to predictability. If your movements in traffic are drastically different than those of other drivers, you’re more likely to cause an accident. Not surprisingly, younger males are more likely to engage in this shabby mockery of race car driving.

Distracted driving

NHTSA estimates that there are 660,000 distracted drivers on the road most of the time. The federal government has responded by pressuring state governments to ban texting and driving, eating and driving, and all other activities that take motorists’ attention away from the road.

How many times in the past week have you looked into someone’s car at an intersection only to see that they couldn’t see you, because they were on the phone or in a heated debate? Distracted drivers are an example of why some people think autonomous, self-driving cars are the way of the future.

What bad habit do you often catch yourself displaying when behind the wheel? How do you plan to change these driving habits that could be endangering you and your family?

Vowing to end the “assault on the American auto industry,” President Donald Trump promised to reopen a federal review of fuel economy standards that was concluded in the waning days of the Obama administration. Today’s target is a big one: the fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks.

These rules are hardly an ideal climate policy, since they only apply to new cars (not the millions of cars already on the road), and since they’ve been undercut by cheap oil and the growing popularity of SUVs. But it’s one of the few federal programs aimed at greening the US transportation sector, which accounts for one-third of carbon dioxide emissions.

In 2012, the Obama administration approved fuel economy standards that required automakers to average 54.5 miles per gallon across their fleets of vehicles by 2025 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A follow-up review was slated to begin this year, but the Obama administration expedited it after November’s election and determined in January that the standards were sound. In 2016, U.S. cars and light trucks were expected to average 35.5 miles per gallon.

Read the full story > USA Fleet Solutions: Trump Reverses Obama’s Fuel Economy Rules for Cars

Tire Alignment

If you’re wondering whether your car needs an alignment, first look at your tires. Uneven tire wear — often, more wear on the outside of some tires — is a prime indicator that your car is likely out of alignment. Here are a few more indicators:

  • your car seems to be drifting to one side, even when you think you’re driving straight
  • your steering wheel vibrates
  • you are driving straight, but your steering wheel isn’t centered

How Does a Vehicle Get Out of Alignment?

As vehicle parts age they get worn out and tend to bend or flex, this creates stress & strain and pulls on the suspension system of the vehicle in different ways. Sudden “jarring” of the suspension eventually forces these pieces to pull out of alignment when being driven.

Wheel alignment can be thrown off by:

  • Pot holes
  • Hitting the curb
  • Bumping into concrete parking stalls
  • Fair wear and tear — as vehicles age, rubber components start cracking or losing their elasticity. Ball and socket joints develop looseness. They start to give a little more, progressively getting slightly worse over time.

What if I Never Check My Alignment?

Wheel alignment and axle repair cost often seem like unnecessary expenses, especially if a car is only a few years old.

Dealing with small alignment problems and minor axle issues immediately, however, keeps repair costs down in the long term and helps make sure you’re always in control.

An alignment check will ensure that your car drives straight and handles properly, making your ride safer. You’ll also get better gas mileage because your tires will be properly aligned with the road, decreasing resistance.

At Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center, we recommend an Alignment Check with every other oil change. A lot happens over the course of 6,000 miles.

Video: How to Maintain Your Tires for Best Performance

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