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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

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

oil-changeThere are many choices when it comes to picking the appropriate oil for your car’s engine.

Viscosity is the most important property of a lubricant. Understanding viscosity promotes the ability to reduce wear, improve fuel economy and make more horsepower.

Viscosity (a fluid’s resistance to flow) is rated at 0° F (represented by the number preceding the “W” [for Winter]) and at 212° F (represented by the second number in the viscosity designation). So 10W-30 oil has less viscosity when cold and hot than does 20W-50. Motor oil thins as it heats and thickens as it cools.

Remember that using oil with a viscosity that is too high can result in excessive oil temperature and increased drag. Using an oil with a low viscosity can lead to excessive metal to metal contact between moving parts. Using the correct viscosity oil eases starting, reduces friction and slows wear.

It is important that you pick the viscosity (thickness) that’s suitable for the temperatures your vehicle normally operates in (check your owners manual), and you’re done. Well, not quite. There’s a whole lot more to the story than that.

Armed with knowledge of viscosity grades, you can now select the right one. In return, you will prevent wear, improve fuel economy and make more horsepower.

Is oil really the lifeblood of an engine?

That’s a long-popular analogy, but it’s really not an accurate description. Blood carries nutrients to cells, but it’s air that carries fuel—the “nutrition”—for an engine. However, without oil to lubricate and cool moving parts, keep them clean and help to seal the pistons in the cylinders, the engine would run for only a matter of seconds, then sieze. So, yes, oil is important.

Oil is so important that we want no less than the best the engine can get—for a good low price, of course. Now, what if you could custom-blend the oil so it had exactly the characteristics you believe that your vehicle needs for the type of driving you do?

Recommended Oil Types 

The weight or viscosity of oil recommended for your vehicle should be located in your owner’s manual, or you can just ask one of our ASE certified Technicians. Changing your oil and filter according to this schedule can save you big $$ and reduce the need for repairs down the road.

After determining the correct viscosity, the next choice in motor oil is what type? Higher mileage blends can benefit engines over 75K miles. Synthetic blends and full synthetics can bring additional protection and often flow more easily during severe cold than conventional oils.

If you are not sure, just ask! We have trained professionals at all of our 4 locations in the Reno and Sparks area. We are more than happy to assist you, for appointments or walk-ups.

Our fully qualified ASE Certified Technicians will do everything possible to keep your vehicle running safely and efficiently.

Please visit: www.sierracarcare.com for a location nearest you.

Related Article: Why Switch Oil Viscosity?

Flooding is a coast to coast threat to the United States and its territories nearly every day of the year. If you know what to do before, during, and after a flood you can increase your chances of survival.

Turn Around Don’t Drown®

Turn Around Don't Drown

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water.

Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded.

A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.

What is the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service?

  • Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.
  • Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.
  • Flood Watch: Be Prepared:A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.
  • Flood Advisory: Be Aware: An Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.

For more information about tips and resources offered by the National Weather Service in regards to flooding, click here.

October is Car Care Month. Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center would like to remind motorists that as the weather cools, a complete vehicle checkup may be necessary to maintain safety and maximize efficiency.

We have provided a comprehensive checklist for winter car care for those who prefer to complete the inspection independently. Or if you are not so comfortable inspecting your vehicle yourself, you can bring your car into any one of our four locations around the Reno – Sparks area.

Winter Car Care Checklist

Battery and Charging System – A fully charged battery in good condition is required to start an engine in cold weather. It is recommended to speak with one of our ASE certified technicians who can test your battery and replace it on-site, if necessary. Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers Full Service Auto Repair Shops can also test and replace weak batteries.

Battery Cables and Terminals – Make sure the battery terminals and cable ends are free from corrosion and the connections are tight. This task can be easily accomplished using a few simple steps:

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of baking soda with 1 cup (250 ml) of very hot water.
  2. Dip an old toothbrush into the mixture and scrub the top of the battery to remove corrosion buildup.
  3. You can even dip the ends of the battery cables in hot water to dissolve any corrosion on the cable ends themselves.

Drive Belts – Inspect the underside of accessory drive belts for cracks or fraying. Many newer multi-rib “serpentine” belts are made of materials that do not show obvious signs of wear; replace these belts at 60,000-mile intervals.

Engine Hoses – Inspect cooling system hoses for leaks, cracks or loose clamps. Also, squeeze the hoses and replace any that are brittle or have an excessively spongy feeling.

Tire Type and Tread – In areas with heavy winter weather, installing snow tires on all four wheels will provide the best winter traction. All-season tires work well in light-to-moderate snow conditions provided they have adequate tread depth. Replace any tire that has less than 3/32-inches of tread. Uneven tire wear can indicate alignment, wheel balance or suspension problems that must be addressed to prevent further tire damage.

There are several popular ways to check your tire tread depth. One easy way is the penny test.

  1. Simply insert a penny into your tire’s tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you.
  2. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, your tread depth is less than 2/32 inch and it’s time to replace your tires.

Tire Pressure – Check tire inflation pressure on all four tires and the spare more frequently in fall and winter. As the average temperature drops, so will tire pressures – typically by one PSI for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Proper tire pressure levels can be found in the owner’s manual or on a sticker typically located on the driver’s side door.

Also, if your tires have been filled with nitrogen, we suggest re-filling with nitrogen as well. You can come into MST Tire Center for Nitrogen Services.

Air Filter – Check the engine air filter by holding it up to a 60-watt light bulb. If light can be seen through much of the filter, it is still clean enough to work effectively. However, if light is blocked by most of the filter, replace it.

Coolant Levels – Check the coolant level in the overflow tank when the engine is cold. If the level is low, add a 50/50 solution of coolant and water to maintain the necessary antifreeze capability. Test the antifreeze protection level annually with an inexpensive tester available at any auto parts store.

Lights – Check the operation of all headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and back-up lights. Replace any burnt out bulbs.

Wiper Blades – The blades should completely clear the glass with each swipe. Replace any blade that leaves streaks or misses spots. In regions where snow is common, consider installing winter wiper blades that wrap the blade frame in a rubber boot to reduce ice and snow buildup that can prevent good contact between the blade and the glass.

Washer Fluid – It is best to fill the windshield washer fluid reservoir with a winter cleaning solution that has antifreeze components to prevent it from freezing.

Brakes – If there is any indication of a brake problem, have the system inspected by an ASE Certified Technician at one of our four locations around the Reno – Sparks area to ensure all components are in good working order.

Transmission, Brake and Power Steering Fluids – Check all fluids to ensure they are at or above the minimum safe levels.

Emergency Road Kit – Carry an emergency kit equipped for winter weather. The kit should include:

  • Mobile phone pre-programmed with rescue apps and important phone numbers including family and emergency services, and car charger
  • Drinking water
  • First-aid kit
  • Non-perishable snacks for both human and pet passengers
  • Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats
  • Snow shovel
  • Blankets
  • Extra warm clothing (gloves, hats, scarves)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Window washer solvent
  • Ice scraper with brush
  • Cloth or roll of paper towels
  • Jumper cables
  • Warning devices (flares or triangles)
  • Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench)

For more information or if you would like to setup a COURTESY WINTER VEHICLE INSPECTION appointment for your vehicle, please just find a Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center location near you.

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Solar Roadways’ sunlight-gathering tiles are getting their first public test in an Idaho town.

Solar Roadways is the possible future of energy! After years of work (and some last-minute delays), Solar Roadways has installed its first public energy tiles in Sandpoint, Idaho as part of a test.

Just recently, the DoE handed over a $100,000 contract to Solar Roadways, which is just enough to build a prototype of the “first ever Solar Road panel.” The 12- x 12-foot panels could theoretically be embedded into roads, and when shined upon, could pipe good, clean electricity straight into the grid.

Roadways could even boast LEDs in order to alert drivers to upcoming accidents or changes in road conditions. Reportedly, each panel would cost around $7,000 (at least initially), and if these were used on the entire US Interstate system, we could pretty much forget about using non-renewable energy sources to power our homes and businesses.

On top of producing a light show, the panels will generate power for the fountain and restrooms in a public square. They have heating elements, too, so they should keep running even in the heart of winter. And if you’re not sure how well they’ll work in practice, you can check on them yourself — Sandpoint has a live webcam pointed at the tiles.

It’s a modest dry run with just 30 panels, and it’ll be a long while before you see them on the streets they were designed for. However, it shows that they’re more than just theoretical exercises. And if a small number of tiles can power a town square by themselves, it’s easy to imagine full-fledged solar roads shouldering a significant amount of the energy demand for whole cities.

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