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We appreciate having you as our customer
and look forward to serving you in the New Year.

Steve & Laurie Yarborough
Owners of Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center

Close to 1,000 people applied for an A-card license to drive a taxi in San Francisco in the fiscal year ended 2015, more than any other year on record.

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For San Francisco taxis, Uber Technologies Inc. has been more of a speed bump than a dead-end street.

When Uber revved up in its home town of San Francisco three years ago, taxis hit the brakes. The number of people applying for taxi driver licenses (called A-cards) and buying taxi car permits (called medallions) declined significantly.

Yet in the past two years, both have bounced back, according to records from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which regulates the city’s cab industry. In 2013, medallion sales spiked. More people applied for A-cards in the fiscal year ended June 30 than in 2010, the year Uber launched in San Francisco.

Source: SFMTA and WSJ

Every driver must have an A-card license and every vehicle needs a medallion. But drivers for Uber and other on-demand ride apps like Lyft Inc. don’t need either. Uber owns no cars and employs no drivers.

The SFMTA is doing its part to fuel interest in becoming a cabbie. There used to be a $255 application fee for A-card permits, but the agency waived the fee in 2013. Medallions cost $250,000, and there are only about 2,000 available in San Francisco.

Full Article here

Weather forecaster knew it was coming and warned you about the El Nino storms.

ACCUWEATHER FORECAST
Following a storm system that spread the first flakes to portions of the Western states last week, a new system will bring more accumulating snow across the region through the first half of this week.

The storm has the potential to bring the first blizzard of the season to parts of the High Plains and eastern slopes of the central Rockies, including Denver and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

A storm system will track eastward across the Western states into the Plains by Wednesday. Read more…

PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE FOR WINTER NOW
The storms have already started to hit and you need to start evaluating the condition of your vehicle. Check your fluids: oil, antifreeze, brake, windshield washer. Check your tire tread. Make sure all engine lights are off – or have a diagnostics ran of your vehicle’s computer to translate the error codes.  Or if you would rather leave that to a professional, come see Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers at any of our 4 location in the Reno and Sparks area.

FREE COMPREHENSIVE WINTER INSPECTION

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Includes: Full 30 point inspection, battery, antifreeze, tires and wipers. Please see a location near you to schedule a visit or just come on down.

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VeteransDay

“The mystic cords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave, to every living heart… should swell into a mighty chorus of remembrance, gratitude and rededication on this solemn occasion.” – Abraham Lincoln

A BRIEF HISTORY OF VETERANS DAY
In the United States of America, Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that it be celebrated on November 11, the day on which the Armistice was signed that finally ended Word War I. Veteran’s day is a federal holiday, and 2009 was the 90th anniversary of the event.

Of course, “the war to end all wars” didn’t work out that way. Following WWII and the Korean War, Congress was moved to amend the act of 1938 to be more inclusive and honor American veterans of all wars. On June 1, 1954, the observance became Veterans Day.

Along with Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day and Columbus Day, the actual observance of Veterans Day was moved to create three day weekends. In the case of Veterans Day, the move proved highly unpopular as it diluted the significance of the November 11 date. In 1978, the observance of Veterans Day was returned to November 11, no matter what day of the week on which it falls.

“Honoring those who served and sacrificed to preserve freedom – WWII 70th Anniversary”

Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers feel strongly about celebrating Veteran’s Day and have brought you a local Reno – Sparks – Carson City – Lake Tahoe and surrounding area event guide for the holiday. Following is a listing of statewide Veterans Day events that kicks-off Nov. 8 – Nov. 17.

Veterans associations, high school bands, ROTC, service groups and other community entries will fill out the parade. We hope you make it out.

1_veterans-day-parade-rgj-resizedRENO VETERANS DAY PARADE
Downtown Reno: November 11, 2015, starting at 11:11 AM – 12:00 PM

Honoring our veterans with a parade to say “Thank you for your service.”  The parade marches through the heart of downtown Reno and honors those who have sacrificed to protect our country. The parade starts on Court and Virginia Street and travels to 5th and Virginia Street, through the heart of downtown Reno.  Show your support and watch the parade.

  • Nov. 11: Reno Veterans Day Parade.  Downtown Reno. http://www.reno.gov/ 775-334-4636.
  • Nov 9-11: Veterans Day Quilting Retreat.  Whitney Peak Hotel.  255 N. Virginia St. in Reno. http://joshuashands.org/Reno_Quilting_Retreat.html 775-398-5470.
  • Veterans Guest House $10,000 Raffle fundraising raffle is going on now through Saturday, December 12, 2015. https://www.veteransguesthouse.org/events/
  • Veterans M*A*S*H* BASH | https://www.facebook.com/events/964395700293161/
    The 22nd annual M*A*S*H BASH is Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Ramada Inn with doors opening at 5pm (music at 5:30) and going until 11pm or so. Admission is $10 for RBS members and veterans, and $15 for non-members. Guitar Woody, Blue Haven, Rick Hammond Band and Jason King Band will all be playing one-hour sets that evening with all proceeds go to the Veteran’s Guest House and VAVS. ***It’s also a food drive for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada so bring non-perishable food items, as well.***

RENO VETERANS GUEST HOUSE EVENTS | https://www.veteransguesthouse.org/events/
Veterans Day at the Guest House is always a very special day.  The day’s activities begin with the special release of orange balloons, in honor to those affected by Agent Orange, participation in the Veterans Day parade and an open house.

8:00-9 a.m. – Participants all over the country will release orange balloons simultaneously to raise awareness of the devastating effects of Agent Orange exposure. The public is invited to meet on the lawn of the Veterans Guest House and release balloons, provided by the Guest House, in honor of their loved ones. Agent Orange is the term used to describe a powerful herbicide and defoliant used most recognizably during the Vietnam War.

11:11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: The Guest House will participate in the City of Reno Veterans Day Parade. The parade starts at the corner of 2nd Street and S. Virginia Street. The parade flows north on Virginia Street, passing under the Reno Arch and ending at 5th Street. (This is a departure from the traditional route due to construction of the new Virginia Street Bridge.

12-3 p.m. – After the parade, join us for an open house. Enjoy barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers, and pizza provided by the Lakeside/Moana Papa Murphy’s. Take a tour of the Veterans Guest House  until 3 p.m.  For those who haven’t gotten their flu shot, Immunize Nevada will be providing shots to those at least seven years old. For more information on any of the events, contact the Veterans Guest House at (775) 324-6958.

CARSON CITY  VETERANS DAY PARADE
Nevada’s Sesquicentennial is celebrating Veterans Day with statewide events taking place throughout the week.  Nevada residents and visitors are invited to join the celebration and demonstrate patriotism by honoring those who have fought for Nevada and the Country’s freedoms.

VIRGINIA CITY VETERANS DAY PARADE
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 11:00am. Patriotic pride on the Comstock.
537 South C Street
4th Ward School to Children’s Museum
Virginia City, NV, 89440

Additional Features: Entertainment Free, Handicapped Access | Phone Number: (775) 847-0311 | 775-847-7500
Website: http://www.visitvirginiacitynv.com

ELKO VETERANS DAY PARADE
It is not too late to be a part of the 10th Annual Elko County Veterans Day Parade honoring all our veterans, with our community’s Korean Conflict Veterans as our Grand Marshals. Parade entry forms are available by clicking here. Elko County provides a float for any veterans or family member who would like to participate. You just need to show up. Please call 738-5398 for information on the parade.

PYRAMID LAKE VETERANS EVENTS
  • Nov. 11: Honoring Nevada’s Native American Veterans 5K Fun Run/Walk. Pyramid Lake Marina 2500 Lakeview Drive in Sutcliffe.  http://www.plpt.nsn.us 775-453-3919.
OWYHEE VETERANS EVENTS

BATTLE MOUNTAIN VETERANS EVENTS

LAS VEGAS VETERANS EVENTS

  • Nov. 8-10: Laughlin Veterans Festival.  Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Laughlin.  http://www.laughlinveteransfestival.com/ 702-795-7772.
  • Nov 8-11: Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall.  Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Laughlin. http://www.avtt.org/ 903-561-9888.
  • Nov. 10-17: 1000 Flags Over Mesquite. Recreation West Field at 100 W. Old Mill Road in Mesquite. http://www.mesquitenv.gov 702-346-5295.
  • Nov. 10: 3rd Annual Las Vegas National Veterans Day Run.  Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, 9200 Tule Springs Road in Las Vegas.  http://www.veteransdayrun.com/run/las-vegas 702-229-8100.
  • Nov. 11: Las Vegas Veterans Day Parade.  Downtown Las Vegas. http://www.veteransparadelv.com/ 702-384-4161.
  • Nov. 11: Veterans Day Ceremony at the Southern Nevada Veterans Home; Governor Sandoval will keynote the event that begins at 1:30 p.m.  100 Veterans Memorial Highway in Boulder City. http://www.veterans.nv.gov 702-332-6784
  • Nov. 11: Veterans Day Ceremony.  Southern Nevada Veterans Home.  100 Veterans Memorial Highway in Boulder City.  http://www.veterans.nv.gov 702-332-6784

CLOSURES

  • All state offices, Sparks city offices and Reno city offices are closed Tuesday.
  • The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles offices are closed.
  • Northeast Community Center, Teglia’s Paradise Park Activity Center, Neil Road Recreation Center, McKinley Arts & Culture Center and Southside Administration Offices are closed.
  • The Sparks Public Works Department and Community Development Department are closed. Sparks Parks & Recreation is closed, including the Alf Sorensen Community Center and the Larry D. Johnson Community Center.
  • Washoe County libraries are closed.
  • Washoe County schools; Catholic schools; private schools; University of Nevada, Reno; Truckee Meadows Community College and Western Nevada College are closed.
  • Most banks are closed. Check with other individual businesses to see if they are closed.
  • Reno residents can visit Reno.gov and access the “Online Services” menu to pay parking tickets, sewer bills, court fees, register for classes, file a police report or enter a service request for Reno Direct.

OTHER EVENTS

FEE-FREE NATIONAL PARKS DAYS
In this year’s Veterans Day video, US veteran and National Mall and Memorial Parks Park Ranger James Pierce invites everyone to visit a national park on Veterans Day. Take a moment to watch this year’s Veterans Day video and learn more about your national parks. http://www.nps.gov/findapark/military-honor.htm

V&T POLAR EXPRESS TRAIN RIDE
V&T Unforgettable Polar Express Train – late November to mid-December, Santa and his elves are on hand on this Christmas-themed train ride, which includes hot chocolate, cookies and a present of a silver sleigh bell. http://www.vtrailway.com/polarexpress/

Troubleshooting and diagnosing issues with your vehicle. We have most questions covered in the following articles – collected for easy and quick reference, to help you solve any vehicle issue you may be facing.

How to Choose an Auto Repair Shop? ASE

Preventive Car Care Maintenance

Extend the Life of Your Vehicle with These Helpful Car Care Tips

Auto Repair Services

Fleet & Commercial Services

Power Steering & Suspension Repair

O2 Sensor Importance ~ Clean Up For Earth Day

What To Do if Your Tire is Losing Air

Avoid Winter Battery Trouble

How to Choose Tires that Fit…

All Tires Are Not Created Equal

Why Isn’t My Car Heater Working?

Common Roadside Emergencies

What Makes Us Different?

6 Tips to Increase Gas Mileage

If you still cannot find the answer you are looking for, you may need to speak with one of our ASE certified technicians about the issue(s) you are experiencing. We are happy to help. Contact us at any one of our 4 locations in the Reno-Sparks area.

Mill Street Tire
Manager: Larry Yarborough & Lisa Smith
3180 Mill Street, Suite A
Reno, NV 89502

Sierra Car Care – Lakeside Service
Manager: Rob Wolter
190 W. Plumb Lane
Reno, NV 89509

Phone (775) 825-1185

Sierra Car Care – Northwest Service
Manager: Richard Blasey
1300 W. 7th Street
Reno, NV 89503

Phone (775) 747-1345

Sierra Car Care – Village Service
Manager: Larry Silva
1101 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509

Real ID from the Nevada DMV

TSA AgentNevada issues driver’s licenses and identification cards that comply with the federal Real ID Act of 2005.

As of October 1, 2020, the federal government will require your driver’s license or ID card to be Real ID compliant if you wish to use it as identification to board an aircraft or enter federal facilities where ID is required.

Existing Nevada driver’s licenses and ID cards will continue to be accepted until expiration or October 1, 2020, whichever is sooner. This includes cards marked “NOT FOR FEDERAL OFFICIAL USE.”

To obtain a Real ID license or ID card, you must present proof of identity, social security number and two proofs of address in person at the DMV one time, even if you did so prior to Real ID implementation in November, 2014.

There is no rush. You can wait until your next renewal or other change.

See How to Get a Real ID License or ID Card

Real ID is an optional program. There are other forms of acceptable federal identification including a passport.

However, non-compliant cards are marked “NOT FOR FEDERAL OFFICIAL USE.” The Nevada DMV recommends that residents obtain a Real ID compliant license or ID card at the next renewal or any other change. There is no additional fee.

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Most teens are very excited when first learning to drive. With their emotions operating at maximum, they’re sure to remember driving lessons with mom or dad for decades to come.

Make these memories good ones! Understand how to BEST teach your little road warrior confidence when driving and how to overcome his or her fears, while not pulling your hair out. Patience is key, but follow these few steps and you’ll be home free before you know it.

When Your Student Driver Turns 15

Start them out by finding and taking an Online Driver’s Ed Course. Start exploring (or have your child start exploring) the various online drivers’ education courses available by your state. The courses cover a series of online lessons that take the student through the state’s driver’s handbook.

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You must pass the knowledge test for a license or endorsement before you schedule the skills test.
We do not make appointments for license applications, vision or knowledge tests. Skills tests are administered by appointment or on a stand-by basis.

Use our Online Drive Test Scheduling System if you have an instruction permit and have met all of the requirements to take a skills test. Online scheduling is available for non-commercial Class C (autos) and Class M (motorcycles) licenses.

All Commercial Drivers License tests and transactions must be completed at a CDL office.

Knowledge (Written) Test | Try our Online Sample Quiz!
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FEES
The DMV charges a Testing Fee of $26 for a first-time knowledge and skills test and $11 for all retests. The initial fee covers both written and drive tests for any combination of license classes or endorsements that are paid for at the same time. This fee is in addition to other licensing fees.

Certain medically-required tests are exempt. See Driver License Fees. There is no charge for vision tests.

Prepare Your Son or Daughter for Their First Time Driving

The best place to start driving lessons is in an empty parking lot. Business parking lots tend to be deserted on the weekends. It’s in the empty parking lot where you build a solid foundation of driving skills. There, he or she will get used to the pedals, gears, parking brake, gear shift, mirrors, seat height, and more. Familiarization with the car itself and moving it along a road and a curb, turning and stopping is enough to familiarize with before moving to a street full of bad drivers, distracted pedestrians and street lights.

Help Them Understand the Ways of The Road

Teen driving stress comes from their inexperience. Help them understand how space and time interact as they drive by using these time rules. Again, an empty parking lot is the best place to practice the following rules:

  • The 2-Second Rule: Student drivers should always stay at least two seconds behind the driver in front. To gauge whether or not your car has safe trailing distance, you both can watch the car in front pass a stop sign and then count “one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand.”
  • The 4-Second Rule: Student drivers should be able to stop within four seconds, even at speeds over 60 miles per hour. Experiment with your student and count “one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand, three -one-thousand, four-one-thousand” as you come to a stop. As you pass four-one-thousand, are you at the point you expected to be?
  • The 12-Second Rule: Drivers should be aware of their surroundings to the extent that they’re driving to accommodate for anything they may reach within 12 seconds. Drivers should scan the scene and be ready to adjust speed and position for pedestrians, traffic lights, other cars, and more that they may reach within twelve seconds.

Review Your Attitude as The Teacher

Be open and share with them what they should be doing and what they are doing correctly, rather than just what they’re doing incorrectly. Refrain from constantly correcting. When they’re moving along nicely, signaling at the right time, and estimating appropriate stopping distance, put those successes into words. They need to internalize proper movements and choices as much as unwise ones.

The tried and true “Smith System” helps student drivers know what they SHOULD be doing with their eyes. It’s tenants include:

  • Watch the horizon, but keep your eyes moving
  • Avoid staring at one point for too long
  • Try be aware of whether other cars can see you
  • Consider what you would do should the car in front turn suddenly, stop suddenly, or make any number of other unexpected movements
  • Watch other cars and draw conclusions on what they may do

Suggesting all of these at once can overwhelm the new driver. Try to work them in over the six months you have while training your child.

Remind the student that driving can be stressful for a year or more. No one expects the student to be an excellent driver right away. They have a “provisional” license even for the year after they get the license because they’re still in training.

Set small, realistic goals that can be achieved reasonably quickly.

Use Your Words:

Plan some words you’ll use to get the desired results.Will you use “stop” or “brake?”

Consider narrating what’s going on ahead as you drive along. Saying “light turning yellow,” “car slowing ahead,” and more can help get the student driver to develop his or her own way of navigating the many things going on at once. Try to say these things in a calm voice, however.

Utilize silence. If the trip is going along well, don’t always jump in with instructions. Give them the control.

Don’t yell: although this is easier said than done.

Save More Challenging Driving Practice for Later

As you and your student driver moved from the empty business park parking lot to the neighborhood streets, driving tasks became more complex. Experts caution parents to keep their drivers in training in the neighborhoods for three to five months before bringing on the tough stuff. You may even want to wait until after your child has passed the behind-the-wheel driving test at the DMV and has earned a provisional license before venturing into these tests. Making a left on a green light only when no oncoming traffic exists

  • Merging into traffic from the on-ramp on the highway
  • Changing lanes on the highway
  • Merging onto the carpool lane on the highway
  • Driving in harsh weather conditions (slowly build up with light rain and snow first)
  • Driving at dusk when the sun interferes with line of sight
  • Riding with passengers (illegal until driver moves beyond provisional license at 17. AFTER ONE FULL YEAR DRIVING ALONE. NO FRIENDS IN THE CAR).

Review When Mistakes Happen

When you and your teen experience a near-collision, traffic-light-run-through or any other heart-stopping event (which you will), take time to debrief on the event. Particularly if you or your teen was yelling and your pulses were racing, it’s best to leave traffic and calm down. Go over what exactly happened; what you saw and what your teen saw. Talk about why he or she made those choices. Talk about “next time” and what to do instead.

At Last!

Your teen is behind the wheel and before you know it, driving to his or her activities and social events, independently. Success! For you and your son or daughter.

Now You Can Teach the Next Generation About Quality Car Care

For your convenience, the gas pumps at all of our Sierra Car Care locations are open 24/7. Our tire warehouse MST Tire Center is stocked full – ready for the winter. We are a local business serving local customers in Reno and Sparks as well as our surrounding communities. At Sierra Car Care & MST Tire Centers we’re passionate about our service!

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Nevada WolfPack

The Nevada Wolfpack is back on the gridiron and Sierra Car Care & Mill Street Tire Centers back the pack! Want to see a game on us? Just drop by any of our 5 locations in Reno and Sparks and enter free to win reserved seat tickets!

We’ll draw a winner from each store prior to every home game. That’s five winners for every home game! Enter every day at every store for your best chance to win. Don’t forget to upgrade your tires for winter. We’re ready to help with special deals on the best brands. GO WOLFPACK!

Mill Street Tire
Manager: Larry Yarborough & Lisa Smith
3180 Mill Street, Suite A
Reno, NV 89502

Sierra Car Care – Lakeside Service
Manager: Rob Wolter
190 W. Plumb Lane
Reno, NV 89509

Phone (775) 825-1185

Sierra Car Care – Northwest Service
Manager: Richard Blasey
1300 W. 7th Street
Reno, NV 89503

Phone (775) 747-1345

Sierra Car Care – Village Service
Manager: Larry Silva
1101 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509

Virginia Street Bridge Project

If you have gone downtown lately – you have noticed that a large part of Virginia St. is blocked off, near the Bruka theater. This makes for some tough parking situations if you need to get to that area. Don’t get caught parking in any restricted areas by the courthouse as that will not pan out well.

There are big changes happening to downtown Reno. Check out the new Virginia Street Bridge website, which details their project.

We invite you to discover more information about the Virginia Street Bridge Project. On their site you’ll learn about the project’s history and better understand the timeline for this exciting endeavor. Below you can even learn more about how this project impacts driving, biking, and walking in the downtown area.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please visit VSB contact page or tweet to them using #VSBProject hashtag.

RENO, NV – Road construction season started early this year and if you haven’t done it yet, it might be time to adapt your commute.

The latest project is the widening of McCarran Boulevard between Greg Street in Sparks and Mira Loma Street in Reno. It’s a project that is supposed to take the better part of a year and cost about $31 million. Drive through the section of road any time of day and you’ll notice it’s busy.

“Washoe County is a great place to live. Businesses and people continue to relocate here and all of that is adding more and more traffic to our roads,” said Joe Harrington, Spokesman for RTC Washoe.

As the population grows, four lanes won’t be enough on this section of McCarran, so an effort is underway to expand the road.

“The road will be going from 4 up to 6 lanes. This will really help ease traffic congestion, make sure people are not sitting in traffic jams, and that they get where they need to go expediently,” said Harrington.

About a year’s worth of work has to be done to make way for the extra lanes and complete the project.

Near the river, a lot of work is being done ahead of the actual road construction. Crews are currently working to construct the footing for a new foot bridge that will cross the river east of McCarran. It will connect into the river trail and will be separate from the driving bridge.

While all the work is happening you should expect occasional lane closures and delays, but the biggest impact should happen only during rush hour.

Full article here

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