Top 10 Car Winterizing Tips

#1 Check Your Tire Pressure and Consider Snow Tires: If your tires have many years on them – not many miles, but years- you may consider inspecting them for things such as irregular wear and dry rotting. This unnoticed can cause sudden loss of control and tire blowouts. If you do not have a vehicle that can handle snow tires, make sure you check the tire pressure in each tire to ensure the safest drive possible. In Evansville, there is air available at almost every gas station for a small cost OR you can use it for free at the Marathon on North Green River Road and the Marathon on Red Bank Road. If you ever find yourself skidding, do not apply the brakes. Take your foot off the accelerator and slowly turn your wheel in the opposite direction. It is easy to over correct here so try to stay calm and mindful of your actions.

#2 Check Your Battery: On average, car batteries last about three to five years. If it is time to get a new one, consider replacing it in the fall when batteries typically go on sale AND because winter months are harder on your engine and cause it to work harder, putting more pressure on the battery. Most mechanic shops will offer to check your battery for free.

#3 Check Your Oil and Oil Viscosity: Oil keeps the metal surfaces of your engine from grinding together and causing damage. The viscosity (or thickness) of oil is a crucial key to ensuring your engine is running properly. If the oil is too thick, it will flow too slowly and your engine can overheat. In the winter time, cold temperatures cause oil to thicken but you can keep this in control by having regular oil changes done to your vehicle. Most technicians recommend an oil change every 3,000 miles or every three months — whichever comes first.

#4 Put in the Correct Amount of Antifreeze: Antifreeze protects your engine from freezing in cold weather and overheating on hot days. A 50:50 mix of antifreeze and water is ideal to keep fluids from freezing at temperatures as low as -34 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t worry about trying to bust out your measuring cup to achieve the perfect ratio however, most bottles of antifreeze are solid premixed with water.

#5 Keep Your Fuel Tank Full: Cold and constantly shifting temperatures can cause condensation to form on the walls of a gas tank that is near empty and may result in water dripping into the gas. It will eventually sink to the bottom, since water is heavier than gas, possibly freezing up the fuel lines — which can result in the blocking of gas and halting of your travel plans. Repairs to correct this can be very costly so do yourself the favor and keep your gas tank near full this winter.

#6 Check Your Defrost and Heating Units: With the morning temperature hitting a brisk 20 degrees this morning in Evansville, you have probably had to turn on your heating system and seat warmers by this point. If your heater is not working, the usual culprit is a faulty heater coil. Defrosters work by blowing warm, dry air over the glass to reduce the amount of moisture (thus causing the fogginess). If your defroster is functioning properly but you are still having a problem with fog, check your car over for air leaks around the doors and windows.

#7 Replace Windshield Wipers and Fill Wiper Fluid: Low visibility can make winter driving very dangerous. Make sure you inspect your wiper blades for cracks (since they are made out of plastic and rubber) and check to make sure your wiper fluid is filled up, as it can assist in breaking up snow and ice on the windshield.

#8 Check Your Car’s Belts and Hoses: Typically, belts and hoses are only checked when the car is due for a tune-up. It doesn’t hurt to take a look and make sure everything is holding up properly around the engine. Cold temperatures can weaken them so a breakage is more likely to occur during the winter months.

#9 Make Sure Your 4-Wheel Drive Works: If you own an SUV you probably don’t use 4-wheel drive too much in the summer unless you enjoy off-roading. A properly functioning system can improve tire traction on snow and ice, decreasing the possibility of getting stuck when the weather starts to decline.

#10 Keep an Emergency Kit Inside Your Car: include items such as non-perishable foods, an extra coat, salt, a shovel, road flares, flashlights, boots, and even a portable cellphone charger incase you get stuck in a remote area.

Lefler Collision Hosts Tecumseh Students for Junior Achievement Job Shadow Day

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On Friday, December 2nd, we hosted 8th grade students from Tecumseh Middle School in partnership with our local Junior Achievement’s Job Shadow day. The students were able to watch cars go through every step of the repair process, from estimating to tear down and painting. They learned about the software we use to input customer data and learned about the variety of positions we have within our business. The students said one of their favorite parts (besides the pizza and cookies) was the tools that the bodymen use. We love the work that Junior Achievement does and look forward to being a partner with them as much as possible.

Oh, DEER!

With deer season quickly approaching, please check out some of these tips to help keep you and your family safe.

  • Use extra caution in known deer zones
  • Always wear your seatbelt
  • At night, when there is no oncoming traffic, use high beams
  • Avoid swerving when you see a deer
  • Scan the road for deer and other danger signs
  • Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles

And here are some deer facts that all drivers should know:

  • Deer are on all roads
  • Deer are unpredictable
  • Deer often move in groups
  • Deer movement is most prevalent in the fall
  • The hours between dusk and dawn are high risk times

 

In the unfortunate situation where you do find yourself in an auto-deer collision, here are some tips on how to stay safe and handle the situation:

  • Move your vehicle to a safe place. If possible, pull over to the side of the road, and turn on your hazard lights. If you must leave your vehicle, stay off the road and out of the way of any oncoming vehicles. Deer are most active at dusk and dawn—times when you or your vehicle may be less visible to other motorists.
  • Call the police. Alert authorities if the deer is blocking traffic and creating a threat for other drivers. If the collision results in injury or property damage, you may need to fill out an official report. This report also can prove useful when filing your insurance claim.
  • Document the incident. Take photographs of the roadway, your surroundings, damage to your vehicle, and any injuries you or your passengers sustained. (Take plenty of photos: This may help make your claim easier to process.) If witnesses stop, take down their account of what occurred, and ask for their contact information.
  • Stay away from the animal. A frightened, wounded deer could use its powerful legs and sharp hooves to harm you.
  • Don’t assume your vehicle is safe to drive. Double-check that your car is drivable after colliding with a deer. Look for leaking fluid, loose parts, tire damage, broken lights, a hood that won’t latch and other safety hazards. If your vehicle seems unsafe in any way, call for a tow.

Indiana and Kentucky are both considered high risk states for deer collisions. In Indiana, there is a 1 in 136 chance while in Kentucky the odds are 1 in 103 this year.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Before a collision occurs, make sure you’re protected with the right type of insurance: Damages from auto-deer accidents typically are covered under comprehensive insurance, not collision.

Thanks to State Farm for providing the data!
https://learningcenter.statefarm.com/safety-2/6-things-to-do-after-hitting-a-deer/
https://www.statefarm.com/about-us/newsroom/2015/09/14/deer-collision-data

 

FAQ: Premium versus Regular Gasoline

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding premium and regular gasoline.

Q: My owner’s manual says my car takes unleaded gasoline. Will upgrading it to premium provide any benefit?

A: No, so save your money. High octane provides no additional benefits for cars that are designed to run on regular.

Q: What is that pinging or knocking sound?

A: Those are noises indicating to you that the gas and air mixture in your car’s cylinders is not burning as intended. These noises are caused by the result of uneven combustion of fuel and air in the cylinder. This will reduce the deficiency of your engine and may cause damage after a period of time.

Q: How is premium gas “better”?

A: Compared to regular gasoline, high-octane (premium) requires higher temperature and pressure to ignite, making it capable of withstanding higher pressure without reigniting. Because of this, it is less likely to result in premature ignition and prevents the pinging/knocking sound we discussed previously. Basically, it’s a form of protection for high compression engines.

Myths about premium gas:

  1. Premium gas gives you better miles per gallon
  2. Premium has special or extra detergents in it that are good for cleaning your engine.. they may be in there but studies show they make little to no difference.

Lefler Collision and Glass Repair Centers Promote Joshua Lefler to Location Manager

Lefler Collision and Glass Repair Centers have promoted Joshua Lefler to Location Manager of their Maxwell Avenue body shop. He is a 2009 graduate of F.J. Reitz High School and a 2013 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana. Lefler holds a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration.

Lefler Collision & Glass Repair Centers Named Platinum for Best Body Shop by Courier & Press Readers’ Choice Awards!

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Here at Lefler Collision & Glass Repair Centers we are proud to announce our fifth consecutive Platinum award by the Courier & Press Readers’ Choice Awards! It is an honor to be voted by the Tri-State as best body shop and is a title that we do not take lightly. We are dedicated to providing our customers the absolute best service and experience during their collision repair needs and hope to continue to be a game-changer in the collision repair industry. We now have four locations throughout Evansville, Newburgh, and Henderson to best serve our customers. Thank you again for allowing us to serve our awesome community.

Lefler Collision & Glass named ABRN #1 Shop in the Nation for 2nd Year.

The Advanstar Automotive Group, a leading provider of integrated media solutions to the automotive aftermarket and collision repair industry, has announced that Lefler Collision & Glass in Evansville, Ind. is the 2013 ABRN Top Shop. The company is led by owner Jimmy Lefler.

According to Krista McNamara, ABRN managing editor, Lefler Collision & Glass is a past winner in the annual competition that honors the Top 10 collision repair facilities in the United States.

McNamara says the shop continues to stand out in 2013 because Lefler has instilled an immense value in the continued pursuit of knowledge through training and education in his shops.

“The company creatively markets itself to the community through educational seminars highlighting vehicle safety and maintenance, and events geared toward women and teen drivers and their parents,” explains McNamara. “They further engage the community through their social media presence on Facebook and Twitter, and have increased ease of contact and online accessibility with their mobile app.”

Lefler’s focus on customer relations continues, and the company has begun working with Summit Software to provide digital photo and information updates in real time to customers during the repair process.

– See more at: http://www.searchautoparts.com/abrn/shop-owner/lefler-collision-named-2013-abrn-top-shop?page=0,0