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Extreme weather can do a number on your vehicle. In the Summer, beyond making your legs stick to your leather seats, the heat can cause serious problems for drivers. It’s important to prepare for the hot weather months ahead.

Here are five safety tips to help ensure that you, your family, pets and vehicle handle summer safely:

  1. Monitor tire pressure: Check tires before and during long trips. For an accurate result, use your gauge when tires are cold, usually before driving in the morning or after you’ve been parked for a while. Tire air pressure increases as the temperature goes up. Scientists have figured out that for every 10 degrees (Fahrenheit) that the temperature rises the tire pressure will increase by one pound per square inch (PSI). Doesn’t sound like much but there’s typically only 30-35 PSI in the tires of passenger vehicles.
  2. Fuel Economy: Gas evaporates quicker in a hot vehicle than it does in a cold one. Keeping your car in a garage or shade as much as possible will improve your fuel economy.
  3. Check fluids: Flush and fill the vehicle’s cooling system on schedule to prevent overheating. Check the level, condition and color/concentration of coolant regularly. Be careful around the radiator cap. Don’t touch or remove it until the engine is cool.
  4. Vehicle Battery: Hot weather can drain the life out of your car’s battery. When the temperature gets particularly high, the battery fluid can evaporate, meaning that damage can occur to the internal structure. 
  5. Professional checkup: For automobile safety, there’s no substitute for regular automotive checkups and fluid checks. Your mechanic should also inspect drive belts, hoses and clamps. At Sierra Car Care we offer a complimentary inspection to let you know how your vehicle is doing. We will recommend any work we see as vital and let you know about the overall general health of your vehicle. Click here for coupons.
  6. Use window shades to deter hot surfaces: Test vinyl seating surfaces and metal parts like safety belt buckles to prevent burns before placing your child in the car. Car shades are inexpensive, effective solutions to keep cool in extreme heat.
  7. Child and pet safety: Never leave children or pets alone in a vehicle, even with the car windows down. The interior temperature in a car or truck increases rapidly on hot days. It can soon exceed 100 degrees in the car. Be careful even when parked at home. Make sure to take your child and animals indoors with you, and don’t allow them to wait for you in the car. You could get a phone call, lose your keys temporarily or experience some other delay and forget them.

When you need auto repair come into any of our three Sierra Car Care locations around the Reno, NV area.

Among the many threats facing drivers during winter is the most dangerous of them all: Slippery, hard-to-spot and potentially deadly black ice.

“The biggest danger [with black ice] is that you are at the mercy of your vehicle and the ice until your car passes over it,” said Julie Lee, vice president and national director of AARP Driver Safety.

Black ice forms most often when it’s raining and air is at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit at the surface. The low ground temperature causes the precipitation to freeze upon impact, thus creating ice. Sleet and the refreezing of runoff from melting snow can also generate black ice.

The thin nature and complexion of black ice makes it extremely difficult to spot, but using a car thermometer as an initial gauge may be helpful in determining the road conditions. Black ice gets its name from its ability to blend in with its surroundings.

A car thermometer, like any digital thermometer, tries to find the air’s ambient temperature. So, if a vehicle’s thermometer is close to freezing, the driver should take extra precaution behind the wheel.

While driving on black ice is similar in some regards to driving on snow, the biggest difference between the two is the amount of traction the vehicle retains. Ice causes no traction until the car has passed over the icy spot.

Due to a vehicle’s lack of traction on ice, the basic rule for driving on black ice is to stay calm and let the vehicle pass over it.

Roadside assistance is for drivers who find themselves suddenly stranded with an inoperable vehicle. Reasons why drivers call for roadside assistance may vary. A motorist may hit a pothole or foreign object that causes a tire to blow out, or a vehicle’s gas tank might reach empty before the driver can refill it.

In addition, a vehicle may need a jump-start, or the vehicle’s owner may need help accessing the vehicle after being locked out. In general, the roadside assistance service can help motorists with problems like replacing flat tires, filling empty gas tanks, jump-starting batteries, lockout assistance, as well as other minor mechanical repairs. Sometimes there is no way to prepare for the misfortunes of the road.

Sierra Care Care’s roadside assistance is designed to help you recover from these misfortunes and continue traveling.

Benefits of Roadside Assistance

If you find yourself stranded with an inoperable vehicle, give Sierra Car Care & Tire Center a call, click here for a location in the Reno-Sparks area, near you. Our roadside assistance service can help put you on the road again.

Where vehicular trouble is concerned, it helps to know experts are available who can properly identify your vehicle’s problem. You can have peace of mind knowing that Sierra Car Care & Tire Center’s informed staff will be on the scene with a phone call.

Our roadside assistance service is even helpful for when you are able to identify the problem, but lack the proper equipment to tackle it. With roadside assistance, you can rest easy knowing a staff member is on the way to work on your vehicle with the best tools for the job. The next time your vehicle sputters on the side of the road or experiences a flat tire, look to roadside assistance for help. Prompt and professional assistance is only a phone call away.

Discover what Roadside Assistance Services are covered with Sierra Car Care & Tire Center here.

Sierra Car Care and Tire Centers proudly serves the Roadside Assistance needs of customers in Reno, NV, Verdi, NV, Carson City, NV, and surrounding areas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Before You Go

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

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.

During the summer months there are more vehicles traveling on the road, which includes motorcycles and bicyclists. Due to the heavier traffic during these months, safety becomes an issue, which is why every precaution should be taken when practicing safe driving.

Motorcyclists are at a huge risk while on the road, as their vehicles offer less stability, less protection, and they are less visible on the road. With more people in the United States riding motorcycles today than ever before, motorcyclist safety is an important public health concern.

MOTORCYCLE SAFETY TIPS FOR DRIVER’S
Nearly two-thirds of all motorcycle accidents are caused by a driver violating a motorcycle rider’s right-of-way, here are some tips for safe maneuvering:

  • Stay back. When riding behind a motorcycle,  increase your following distance. Leave an extra buffer zone for safety.
  • Let them swerve. This is necessary for bikers to miss potholes and other road debris which may not seem important in a car, but can mean life or death for a biker.
  • Double-check when turning. Please, look twice and save a life! If you are looking out for small vehicles, you are sure to see everything else.
  • Share the road. Bikers can only do so much to protect themselves, so make a mental note to keep a look out for them.
  • Practice defensive driving techniques when motorcycles are on the road.

Let’s keep our rider’s safe. They are our friends, neighbors, family members, and co-workers. Follow these motorcycle safety tips, share the road, and please, drive safely!

SAFETY TIPS FOR MOTORCYCLE RIDER’SShare the Road Safely
When you ride your motorcycle, follow these tips to stay safe:

  • Always wear a DOT-approved helmet.
  • Watch your speed. Motorcycles accelerate the fastest of all vehicles, so exercise caution when passing other vehicles.
  • Wear protective clothing. Leather clothing, boots with nonskid soles and gloves can protect your body from severe injuries. Upper body clothing should also have bright colors or reflective materials, so other motorists can see you more easily.
  • Avoid tailgating and watch for driver’s blind spots.
  • Maintain a safe speed and exercise caution when traveling over slippery surfaces or gravel.
  • Always ride with your headlights on.

Here are some tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and AAA as a friendly reminder:

  • Remember that motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any other vehicle on the roadway. Allow the motorcyclist a full lane width. Don’t try to share the lane.
  • Keep in mind that motorcycles are more difficult to see. Make the extra effort to look twice. Remember, it’s more difficult to judge the speed and distance of an approaching motorcycle.
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic. This allows the motorcyclist to anticipate traffic flow and find a safe lane position.
  • Remember that motorcyclists are often hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot or missed in a quick look because of their smaller size. Always make a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane of traffic and at intersections.
  • Don’t be fooled by a flashing turn signal on a motorcycle. Motorcycle signals usually aren’t self-canceling and riders sometimes forget to turn them off. Wait to be sure the motorcycle is going to turn before you proceed.
  • Don’t forget that road conditions that are minor annoyances to you pose major hazards to motorcyclists. As a result, motorcyclists may change speed or adjust their position within a lane suddenly in reaction to road and traffic conditions, such as potholes, gravel, wet or slippery surfaces, pavement seams, railroad crossings and grooved pavement.
  • Allow more following distance – three or four seconds – behind a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.
  • Be extra cautious on weekends, when more motorcyclists take to the road.

Sierra car Care and MST Tire CenterWe are so confident in the superior workmanship from our master mechanics, we’ll stand behind them for 36 months/36,000 miles.

Our warranty covers all parts and labor for 36 months / 36,000 miles, whichever comes first.

IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS:

• Call us right away,
(775) 525-2420 and let us know how we can help.
• Describe the issue, so we can better diagnose it.
• If you can, schedule an appointment while the problem is occurring.
• No need to bring your paperwork, we already have your maintenance records on file.

WE WILL GO OUT OF OUR WAY TO:

• Road test, inspect and diagnose your vehicle.
• Call and keep you informed at all times.
• And finally, repair any issues to have you back on the road as soon as possible.

IF YOU ARE OUT-OF-TOWN & NEED ASSISTANCE:

• Call or e-mail for details on how we can help!
• Need help from the road? Our nationwide warranty service may be beneficial. Call (800) 457-0019 and describe the problem, we can refer you to a local shop that can help.
• Nationwide warranty extends 24 months/24,000 miles on all parts and labor.

WARRANTIES COVER THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF REPAIRS AND SERVICES:
(subject to the exclusions listed in Terms & Conditions)

• Air Conditioning, heating and climate control systems
• Brake system
• Engine cooling system
• Electrical system, including the starting and charging systems
• Engine performance, drivability services and repair
• Exhaust system
• Fuel system
• Ignition system
• Electronic engine management system and on-board computer systems, (engine, body, brake and suspension computers)
• Cruise control system
• Steering/suspension system, wheel bearings, CV joints, U-joints,
• Half-shafts and drive-shafts
• Other minor repairs

TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers warranty most repairs for 36 months or 36,000 miles from the mileage/date of service on the invoice against any defective parts and/or labor, provided the vehicle has been properly driven and maintained since the date of the service per manufacturers guidelines. There is a 30-day warranty on all used parts. Warranty includes defective parts and/or labor only. This warranty does not include any exclusion written on the original work order, and any friction materials (belts, etc.), re-manufactured or used parts. We are not liable for any additional repairs or maintenance needed beyond the defective materials. Specifically excluded are any engine, transmission, clutch, or differential repairs, associated gaskets and seals, or assembly replacement of the same. Commercial vehicles are not covered.

We know there are a lot of choices out there for auto repair and tires, it is our privilege to serve you and your vehicle. We’re proud of our top notch workmanship and high quality parts. You can take confidence in that when you get back on the road.

Government Fleet- Police Car
The City and County of San Francisco is considering increasing its use of telematics devices in its fleet as a way to improve management and safety of the nearly 8,000 vehicles and heavy equipment.Under the proposal, the city would expand telematics use to 3,108 vehicles from the current 2,332 in the near term. Expanding telematics to the remaining 4,733 vehicles and equipment assets would costs about $1.3 million in in one-time equipment costs and $1.8 million for annual service, training, and support costs.“Vehicle telematics has the potential to improve safety, reduce operating costs, reduce vehicle emissions, and identify potential fraud and waste,” according to a report by the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office. The Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee discussed the report on April 9.“One of the simplest benefits of vehicle telematics is that driver behavior can be improved by simply knowing the system is in place and that their vehicle use is being monitored, which can encourage more driver attention to safer and more efficient driving practices,” according to the report.

The report advocates installing telematics devices on police, fire, and other emergency management vehicles for the first time.

Adopting telematics could save the city a significant amount of money that’s now being paid in settlements and judgments as a result of claims and litigation relating to its vehicles. In the past five years, the city has paid $76.9 million to resolve these claims.

A fleet-wide telematics system would also improve vehicle efficiency by reducing idling time using driver scorecards and using wireless vehicle maintenance alerts to optimize utilization.

The city now maintains a contract with USA Fleet Solutions that includes roadside assistance such as 25 miles of towing, fuel delivery, tire changes, and lost or stolen vehicle recovery. Not all telematics vendors offer these services, according to the report.

Telematics systems are spread across 13 departments. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is the largest participating department with 930 vehicles of the 3,108.

Segments of the city’s fleet also use other fleet safety and location-based technology. The city’s buses use GPS and cellular radio signals to estimate arrival times, and the bus and trolley system use the DriveCam system that records video of fast acceleration or hard braking.

Read the full report here.

Article Source: Government Fleet Top News

Pumping Air

The changing seasons and elevation will affect your tire pressure. But, if you suspect a slow air leak in your tire you should come into any of Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers 4 Full Service Vehicle Repair and Tire Stations to have your tire inspected. You may have debris, like, a nail in your tire, that should be repaired before causing further damage.

Air filled tires
If your tires are filled with air, then your tire pressure deflating is a seasonal event. Seasonal changes and altitude changes create a rise or drop in air pressure (for every 10 degrees change in temperature, tire air pressure changes 1 psi).

The concept is known as the ideal gas law.  PV equals nRT.  The “P” is pressure.  The “T” is temperature.  If the “V” (volume) the “n” (amount of gas, in “moles”) and the “R” (the “ideal gas constant,” which is sort of like pi) remain the same, a drop in temperature necessarily results in a drop in pressure.

The Benefits of Correct Air Pressure
Experts agree that keeping the correct air pressure in your tires is as important for your vehicle as an engine tune-up. In fact, the economic benefits may be greater as well. With the right amount of air pressure, your tires will:

  • Wear Longer
  • Save Fuel
  • Enhance Handling
  • Prevent Accidents

Failure to maintain the correct air pressure can result in poor gas mileage, reduce tire life, affect vehicle handling, and cause vehicle overloading. If you consider these factors, a routine tire pressure check would benefit the life of your tires and wheel components.

What are the benefits of Nitrogen filled tires?
Nitrogen is a beneficial alternative to air in tires. Rubber expands when heated, allowing tiny air molecules to escape, which may eventually lead to low tire pressure. Oxygen oxidizes when it reacts with other gases, like hydrogen. This means if hydrogen sneaks into your air-filled tire, water will form, and even the smallest droplets of water can lead to wheel corrosion and rust.

Nitrogen is a gas that does not support moisture, which means your wheels may experience less corrosion if you choose to fill your tires with nitrogen.

Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers 4 Full Service locations in the Reno area can offer nitrogen for you tires > Nitrogen Tire Inflation.

Mechanic with a wrenchSierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers are some of the leading auto repair shops in town. All automotive repair and mechanic services are performed by highly qualified mechanics. Our mechanic shops work on numerous vehicles daily with the best vehicle repair equipment, and are capable of servicing a variety of makes and models. Whether you drive a passenger car, medium-size truck, mini-van, or SUV, our ASE Certified mechanics strive to ensure that your vehicle will be performing its best. Our superior standards show that our mechanics always have your best interests in mind. Plus, we offer the industry’s best warranty coverage.

Looking for a one-stop automotive repair shop? Than look no further, and allow our highly qualified mechanics to estimate the extent of auto repair you may be looking at. To set up an appointment now, call 1-775-525-2420 or contact us online.

Our number one goal has always been complete customer satisfaction. Our vehicle repair shop has a long-standing reputation for quality repairs. Whether you need routine auto maintenance services or emergency vehicle repairs, contact us online or visit us during business hours.

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