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Get to know your dashboard lights.

Dash lights are nothing new, but the messages are. The following list of warning lights are the most common lights used by auto manufacturers. Not all warning lights are universal. Always refer to your owner’s manual when you’re not 100% sure what the light indicates.

If you find a warning light has switched on it may indicate a fault in your system somewhere, but cannot pinpoint the exact problem with a general light. Dashboard lights trigger OBD-II error codes in your engine and with the proper code reader you can determine the severity of the issue.

Different colors mean different things and in most cases require different levels of attention. A green or blue-lit symbol is simply informational and tells you how or what system is operating. A yellow or orange symbol means there are some parts that need to be repaired soon at a service center. And the most cautionary of all- the red symbol, indicates there is a serious safety issue or problem that must be addressed immediately.

If a dashboard warning light has switched on and you would like to fix the issue you can visit any of Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers four locations in the Reno and Sparks area to determine what the issue is. We will help you get back on the road quick!

check-engineCheck Engine or Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL): Indicates the engine computer has set a Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC). Usually requires diagnosis with a professional scan tool.

 

 

battery-systemBattery/Charging Alert: Indicates voltage level is below normal level and the vehicle’s charging system is not functioning properly. Check battery terminals, alternator belt, and battery condition.

 

cooling-systemCoolant Temperature Warning: Indicates temperature has exceeded normal limits. Check coolant level, fan operation, radiator cap, coolant leaks.

Transmission Temperature: Transmission is operating at higher than optimum temperature as transmission fluid is hotter than normal. Check transmission fluid level and engine coolant level.

engine-oilOil Pressure Warning: If this light stays lit, it indicates loss of oil pressure. Immediately check oil level and pressure.

Oil Change Reminder: Indicates that oil life has expired. This is monitored by the ECM; the interval can be mileage or a combination of readings taken by the ECM. The reset procedure is listed in the owner’s manual. Some vehicles require the use of special tools to reset the light.

master-warning-lightService Vehicle Soon: Typically indicates a lighting or other electrical problem that is controlled by the BCM (body control module). Check all lights (head lights, turn signals, brake lights, and hazard lights). This symbol may also be used to warn driver of a traction control problem, or a communication problem between modules.

tpms-iconTPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System): Indicates the tire pressure monitoring system has found a tire with low air pressure or there may be a sensor malfunction. Check tire pressure. Some vehicles will allow manual reset of TPMS warning light and others will require professional diagnosis. Refer to owner’s manual.

check-brakesBrake System: Indicates one of three possible conditions: parking brake is on; problem with the braking system/brake fluid is low, or ABS problem. Check brake fluid and make sure the parking brake is fully released. If the problem is in the ABS system, it may need a professional diagnosis.

 

check-absABS Light: Indicates that the Anti-lock Brake computer has set a code and needs professional diagnosis.

 

 

cruise-controlCruise Control: Indicates that cruise control is set during driving.

 

 

esp-faultESP Fault: Indicates that there is a problem with the vehicle’s traction control/anti-skid or electronic stability system.

 

 

bulb-monitoringLight Blulb Out: Indicates that there is an exterior light on the vehicle that is not functioning properly.

 

 

open-doorDoor Ajar: Indicates that a door (including hood and trunk) is not closed. Open and close all doors, including hood and trunk. If vehicle is left in this condition overnight it can drain the battery.

 

check-airbagAirbag Fault: If this light stays illuminated after starting, it indicates that the vehicle has found a fault in the airbag system and the computer has set a code. Professional repair of the supplemental restraint system is highly recommended.

 

windshield-washer-level-lowWindshield Washer Fluid Reminder: Indicates washer fluid is low. Fill washer fluid reservoir. The cap has a symbol that looks like a windshield. Some vehicles have separate reservoirs for front and rear window washers.

 

fog-beamsFog Lamp: Indicates that the vehicle’s front fog lamps are illuminated.

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Our certified technicians at Sierra Car Care are equipped to complete a full range of auto repairs to keep your car in top running condition. Our skilled auto repair technicians are trained to repair most vehicles. We pride ourselves on providing preventative maintenance Reno, NV auto repair services including oil changes, brake replacement and many other Reno, NV auto repair services at affordable prices.

For auto repair and tires give us a call at (775) 525-2420 or contact us online to get a free quote. Feel free to stop by our tire and auto repair shop located in Reno, Nevada.

Set up an appointment today if your vehicle is not running properly, whether a light has switched on or not. Contact us here.

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During Hot August Nights, Cars are “Cherry” and Cruisin’ is “Cool”!

August 2, 2016 – August 7, 2016

The Biggest Little City shifts into high gear for Hot August Nights, the largest classic car and nostalgic event in the country! Thousands of visitors come to pay tribute to the exquisitely powerful automobiles and electrifying music of the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s.  The world’s premier classic car event, Hot August Nights showcases more than 6,000 vehicles from this golden era of design with events all over Reno and Sparks.  Restored hot rods and sexy muscle cars give enthusiasts a first-hand experience of popular decades done by.

Don’t forget to gas up before you hit the road at any of Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers four local gas stations. If your run into any trouble while out there on the road; flat tires, overheating, A/C troubles just come on in and we will get you back on the road quick. Need roadside service, give us a call. We service the greater Reno area.

Entertainment Line-Up
The line-up of free musical performances are phenomenal and will feature headliners America and The Monkees, as well as other acclaimed musicians and tribute bands. For more information about the entertainment, click on the link at the bottom of this page.

Tuesday, Aug. 2
  • Lady an the Tramps, Sparks Victorian Square
Wednesday, Aug. 3
  • Kraig Parker/World Premier Elvis Tribute, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
  • Ronny & the Classics, Sparks Victorian Square
Thursday, Aug. 4
  • Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
  • Satisfaction/The International Rolling Stones Show, Sparks Victorian Square
Friday, Aug. 5
  • America, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
  • 60’s Summer of Love, Sparks Victorian Square
Saturday, Aug. 6
  • The Monkees, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
  • Abbacadabra – the ultimate Abba tribute, Sparks Victorian Square

AutoCross and Drifting (new motorsport added to the line-up)
Filling the air with a different sort of engine roar and tire squeal,check out the new AutoCross & Drifting presented by Amsoil at the Reno Livestock Events Center!  Drifting began in Japan decades ago,novice and professional drifters take to the course showing off their oversteering and maneuvering skills on slicks. Entrance to Swap Meet,  AutoCross & Drifting presented by Amsoil is $10/day; a pit pass is only $10 more.

Dazzling Diva (new to line-up)
The newest venue for the ladies.  It will feature more than 200 booth of ladies clothing, accessories and jewelry. Held at the Reno Ballroom, Aug 3-6, 10am-5pm.

MAG Auction (new auction company)
Motorsport Auction Group is a collector car auction featuring muscle cars, street rods, classic cars, vintage cars, and leading automobile products. This is a great event for car enthusiasts looking to buy or sell rare automobiles. Among the featured automobiles is a 1939 General Motors Futurliner Bus, which measures 33ft long.  The auction takes place at the RSCC, Aug 4-6.

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Hot August Nights Official website, event schedule

Cool But Not Cold ~ Warm but not Hot

The method used to warm a car’s cabin isn’t a whole lot different from the one used to keep its engine cool. In fact, it’s all hooked together and runs on the same circuit. Coolant circulates through the engine and absorbs engine heat, which is exchanged with the outside air by way of the radiator. A much smaller radiator called the heater core uses the same hot coolant to keep the cabin toasty.

Troubleshooting Air Conditioner Issues
If the air conditioning is set to max cool and fans on high, but is only blowing moderately cool air:

  • Check to see that the cooling fans on the condenser or radiator are running when the air conditioning is on.
  • Look for any restrictions like leaves, bugs or dirt that would keep air from passing over the condenser.
  • Check the cabin air filter to ensure that it is not clogged.

Check the pressures in the system using a manifold gauge set. The recommended high-side and low-side pressures can be found in the repair manual.

These are a few common causes of problems with your cooling system components:

  1. A Freon leak caused by a failed o-ring, seal, hose or component.
  2. A clogged expansion tube or refrigerant charging hose.
  3. Failed compressor or compressor clutch.
  4. Failed blower motor or blower motor resistor.
  5. Damaged or failed condenser or evaporator.

These are a few common causes of problems with your heating system components:

  1. Low Coolant Level.
  2. Worn out Thermostat.
  3. Build-Up or Sediment causing blockage for coolant.
  4. Air filter needs replacing.
  5. Heater Core issues.

Compressor
When diagnosing a heating / cooling issue, it’s easiest to begin at the compressor.

If there is no voltage – a cycling switch may be bad, a fuse may be blown and the system may not have enough refrigerant pressure to trip the low pressure cutoff switch that cycles the compressor.

Detecting Leaks
Leaks are the most common problem associated with the air conditioning system.

If pressure is low, then there may be a leak. Taking the time to make sure your car’s heating and air conditioning are working optimally can guarantee the best performance and comfort over the long term.

If you would like some assistance detecting and isolating the issue for Heating / Cooling System Repair, please contact any one of our four full service auto repair and tire stores located in Reno and Sparks, NV.

Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center Locations

3180 Mill Street, Suite A, Reno, NV 89502
(775)329-6434

190 W. Plumb Lane, Reno, NV 89509
(775) 825-1185

1300 W. 7th Street, Reno, NV 89503
(775) 747-1345

1101 California Avenue, Reno, NV 89509
(775) 348-7508

Our certified technicians at Sierra Car Care are equipped to complete a full range of auto repairs to keep your car in top running condition. Our skilled auto repair technicians are trained to repair most vehicles. We pride ourselves on providing preventative maintenance Reno, NV auto repair services including oil changes, brake replacement and many other Reno, NV auto repair services at affordable prices.

For auto repair and tires give us a call at (775) 525-2420 or contact us online to get a free quote. Feel free to stop by our tire and auto repair shop located in Reno, Nevada.

Safety is not just a good habit. In Nevada, it’s the law (under Nevada Revised Statutes 484).

What are your responsibilities as a driver or pedestrian on Nevada’s streets in the Crosswalk? Drivers must exercise caution to avoid a collision with a pedestrian at all times, and must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Even when a crosswalk is not painted in the roadway, crosswalks exist at every intersection and drivers should yield for pedestrians if they are present.

One law that many drivers are unaware of is that they must stop or slow down before passing another vehicle which has stopped at a crosswalk until they have determined whether that vehicle has stopped for a pedestrian.

Drivers are not permitted to use a handheld phone while operating a vehicle, as it creates a distraction. Additionally, drivers must, when directed by the sign of a school crossing guard, wait for all persons including the guard to completely clear the road before proceeding. Parking within 20 ft of a crosswalk is prohibited at all times to ensure pedestrians, especially children, are visible.

Pedestrians have responsibilities, too, according to Nevada law. They must use the sidewalk and the nearest crosswalk, pedestrian bridge or tunnel when possible. Pedestrians must obey official traffic-control devices, and must walk on the left side of the street facing traffic if there is no sidewalk.

Even though vehicles are required to yield to pedestrians, walkers should be sure to give vehicles plenty of time to stop by not walking suddenly into the path of a vehicle.

There are additional steps pedestrians can take to help ensure they get across the street safely.

  • Choose clothes made of light or bright colors that are easier for divers to see. If you’re walking in low-light conditions, carry a light or a reflector to add extra visibility.
  • If possible, choose to walk in areas with sidewalks or a wide shoulder to give yourself space away from traffic.
  • ALWAYS look both ways for traffic before crossing a street. Before stepping in front of a vehicle, make eye contact to ensure the driver sees you, plans on stopping and has time to stop.
  • Distractions can be deadly – Remove headphones, hang up your cell phone, texting can wait until you are safely out of the way of traffic.
  • Look up, listen, pay attention, and be aware of the environment around you.

It’s up to both motorists and pedestrians to make sure our roads are safe for everyone. If you are unsure whether to proceed, pause and wait until you are certain that you can do so safely. Taking a few seconds for safety can save a life, maybe your own.

More information on pedestrian safety can be found at www.zerofatalitiesNV.com. Let’s all work together to improve the safety of our city’s streets and make sure we all arrive alive.

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The new Virginia Street Bridge across the Truckee River in downtown Reno will be ready for service less than a year after construction began in May, 2015. The project is being completed a month early and under budget.

The Virginia Street Bridge Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 at 11:00 am. Please join in celebrating the opening of the new bridge as Mayor Schieve, the Reno City Council, Q&D Construction, Jacobs Engineering and all other project partners will be celebrating the completion of this significant project in downtown Reno. The City of Reno communications office will be releasing more information as the event nears, so stay tuned!

Downtown Virginia Prepares for Opening
The new Virginia Street Bridge will be ready for its ribbon cutting ceremony on April 12, 2016.

Reno Mayor, Hillary Schieve, will lead the ceremony along with other guest speakers. A procession of transportation history will cross the new bridge. It will feature vehicles covering the era during which the old bridge served Reno, with a world champion mule team, several historic vehicles from the National Automobile Museum and a modern Tesla. There will also be a performance from the Reno Wind Symphony. The bridge will remain closed to vehicles for the rest of the day so people can take pictures and freely stroll on the bridge.

Public parking will be available in the City Hall Parking Garage and the Cal-Neva Parking Garage, both accessible from Center Street. Arriving early is recommended.

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Happy Holidays from Mill Street Tire


Our sincere thanks for your valued business.
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

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/

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.

DMV NV
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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When you get your picture taken for your driver’s license, do you realize you have to look at that photo for the next 7 years? You may want to take a moment before you go, to look your best. Here are some quick tips to get you the best photo possible.

On your way to the DMV, stop by any of Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers 4 locations to serve you gas or help maintain the vitality of your vehicle.

Dress appropriately

There are certain colors that you should not wear when having an identification photo taken. Good news is the picture typically will be shoulders and up only – so your outfit is not really a huge issue.

  • White is not suggested. Often, the background for the photos is a light color, and not only will your clothing blend in, if you are fair skinned, you will also look like you are very pale.
  • Black, not suggested. On the other side of the coin, you should not wear black for your photo either, again because it will make lighter skin look pale.
  • Soft color, yes, such as blue, green or pink.

Fix your hair

  • It is probably best if your hair is done in the style that you regularly wear. Of course, you may end up getting your hair cut or styled differently after you get your license, but for the most part, we tend to keep the same hairstyle for many months at a time, especially men.
  • Make sure that your hair is clean and neat, and that there is nothing hanging in your eyes. It is important that your eyes be completely visible in your photo.

Wear your glasses

  • If you are required to wear glasses when you are driving, then make sure that you are wearing them when you have your identification photo taken.
  • Make sure that you do not wear sunglasses. If you have them on, you will be required to remove them before the photo is taken.
  • If you wear contact lenses, it is recommended that you do not wear lenses that will change the color of your eyes. Your driver’s license will state your eye color, and they need to be the same color in the photo as they are in reality.

Now, smile. See it wasn’t that bad.

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