Fatal accidents could be prevented by the use of this technology.

According to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one-third of fatal accidents could be prevented by the use of this technology.

Electronic stability control (ESC), also referred to as electronic stability program (ESP) or dynamic stability control (DSC), is a computerized technology that improves a vehicle’s stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction (skidding).

ESC intervenes only when it detects a probable loss of steering control, i.e. when the vehicle is not going where the driver is steering. This may happen, for example, when skidding during emergency evasive swerves, under steer or over steer during poorly judged turns on slippery roads, or hydroplaning. ESC may also intervene in an unwanted way during high-performance driving, because steering input may not always be directly indicate the intended direction of travel (i.e. controlled drifting). ESC estimates the direction of the skid, and then applies the brakes to individual wheels asymmetrically, opposing the skid and bringing the vehicle back in line with the driver’s intended direction. When ESC detects loss of steering control, it automatically applies the brakes to help “steer” the vehicle where the driver intends to go. Braking is automatically applied to wheels individually. Some ESC systems also reduce engine power until control is regained. Additionally, the system may reduce engine power or operate the transmission to slow the vehicle down. ESC does not improve a vehicle’s performance; instead, it helps to minimize the loss of control.

ESC can work on any surface, from dry pavement to frozen lakes. It reacts to and corrects skidding much faster and more effectively than the typical human driver, often before the driver is even aware of any expected loss of control. In fact, this led to some concern that ESC could allow drivers to become overconfident in their vehicle’s handling and/or their own driving skills. For this reason, ESC systems typically inform the driver when they intervene, so that the driver knows that the vehicle’s handling limits have been approached. Most activate a dashboard indicator light and/or alert tone; some intentionally allow the vehicle’s corrected course to deviate very slightly from the driver-commanded direction, even if it is possible to more precisely match it.

All ESC manufacturers emphasize that the system is not a performance enhancement nor a replacement for safe driving practices, but rather a safety technology to assist the driver in recovering from dangerous situations. ESC does not increase traction, ESC works within inherent limits of the vehicle’s handling and available traction between the tyres and road. A reckless maneuver can still exceed these limits, resulting in loss of control. Drive Safe!

 

Winter tires or not winter tires?

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When to change your tires?

When the temperature is consistently above 7 degrees (Celsius) then it’s time to switch to winter tires.

Why Winter tires?

Winter tires have specialized rubber compounds and tread designed to handle the cold temperatures. The tread remains flexible to prevent snow buildup and to help with traction on ice.

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Winter tires will give you extra traction, braking and handling you”ll need to confidently drive on snow and ice.

 

Drive with confidence.

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Do it yourself or take it to mechanic.

10-minute pre-trip checklist:

  1. Check all fluids. They are: antifreeze, engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission fluids and windshield washer.
  2. Check hoses and belts.
  3. Check tires. Check tire inflation and  inspect tires for bulges, bald spots and nails.

A last minute checkup is better than no checkup. A properly maintained vehicle is safer and more dependable and will even save a few dollars at the gas pumps.

Not only can a pre-trip inspection help reduce chances of costly and possibly dangerous road troubles, but it also provides an opportunity to have repairs (if any) done by the technician who knows your vehicle and the most important that it provides peace of mind.

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Why should you do regular wheel alignments?

Here are 4 good reasons why wheel alignment is good for your car, your bank account, and your peace of mind.

1: Better gas mileage. When wheels are aligned properly, it cuts down on rolling resistance, which means, that you car doesn’t have to work as hard or burn as much fuel in order to move forward: less money on gas, less air pollution.

2: More mileage out of your tires. Properly done wheel alignments ensure that your tires wear evenly, making them last as long as possible.

3: Less wear and tear on other parts. In order to keep the car straight, you need to put pressure on the steering system, and when you brake you often feel the car is pulling, indicating that the brakes need to work harder on one side than the other.

4: Easier to drive. One of the biggest advantages of having your car wheels aligned properly is that it is easier to drive: your vehicle is not pulling to the left or to the right, steering wheel is not off center and there is no unusual handling or vibration.

As you can see, there are many reasons why your car should get regular wheel alignments. Not only does having your car wheels aligned properly save you money on gas, repairs and tires, but it also gives you better peace of mind to know that your car is being cared for properly.

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