Avoiding Risks While Driving This Winter

Driving during the winter in Johnston brings with it a unique set of challenges. In order to meet these challenges, you need to keep in mind several tips that will help you drive more safely. At Acura of Johnston, we want to help everyone in the area make it through this winter without being involved in an accident, which is why we offer these basic safe-driving tips.

Before you turn on your car, take a walk around your vehicle to look for any excess snow. Specifically, you'll want to make sure that there is no snow covering your front…

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What About Better Fuel Efficiency?

Car consumers know specific vehicles get better gas mileage than others. However, the average driver might not be entirely familiar with ways to improve fuel efficiency. Sometimes, taking minor steps could lead to improvements that cut costs dramatically. Emissions may decrease, which is another plus.

Unnecessary idling might waste significant fuel. Unfortunately, sometimes idling is unavoidable, such as when dealing with traffic jams. When possible, try to cut back on idling. And do you have the right motor oil in the engine?

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How Nighttime Blind Spots Are Avoided With Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors

Even after a car that's been trailing you has turned off, the blind spot created by its bright lights can last for quite a while. Auto-dimming rearview mirrors exist to prevent these blind spots from forming. At Acura of Johnston, we want drivers to know how these accessories can help keep them safe.

The Science That Drives an Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror

Auto-dimming mirrors actually have two separate panes as part of their construction. Sandwiched between them is a microprocessor and highly specialized sensors. When these sensors detect bright lights

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Steering Out of a Slide on Icy Roads

If you have winter vehicle maintenance concerns, we can get you ready at Acura of Johnston. You should be prepared if you need to drive in snow and ice. However, even if you are a careful driver, you may hit a patch of ice that is hard to see.

This can cause your car to slide, with the back end moving in one direction and the front in the other. If this happens, you need to turn the steering wheel in the direction of the back end.

Steering into the slide is not instinctual. People usually want to press the…

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Know the Warning Signs of a Bad Brake Pedal

Acura of Johnston believes that special attention should always be given to your car's braking system. That includes the brake pedal. Drivers in Johnston should be able to spot issues that could indicate a new brake pedal is needed.

Brake pedals should offer moderate resistance when pressed. If your brake pedal is going to the floor with no resistance, there is a problem. The pedal could be failing, or the problem could be as simple as a lack of brake fluid. Loose brake pedals that wobble back and forth are also subject to fail without much other warning.

 

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A Look at Your Vehicle's Transmission

A transmission is not the first thing that comes to mind when you look at a vehicle. However, this is one of the most important components of any car, truck, SUV, or minivan. Let's take a look at what a transmission does on your vehicle. 

The Role of the Transmission
Your vehicle has a number of gears on it much like a bicycle. A transmission controls which gear the vehicle is in. Most vehicles have automatic transmissions while some have manual transmissions. A properly operating transmission will give your quick shifts to allow you to accelerate faster. 

 

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Basic Components of Your Vehicle's Headlights

As the sun goes down in Johnston, you flip a switch and suddenly the road in front of you is illuminated. Although this process seems simple, your headlights are actually precision-engineered components that are designed to maximize the available light. A few parts in particular are helpful in this process.

Reflector
If you've ever looked at a headlight and noticed a shiny surface in the background, you've seen the reflector. The reflector is a mirrored plastic or metal surface
 

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Signs Your Brake Pedal Needs to Be Repaired

Your brakes are one of the most important parts of your car. If your brake pedal is not working properly, then there are several signs that you may notice. You may notice that your brakes are making unusual noises, such as squeaking, grinding and screeching. These noises occur because the brakes are worn out.

You may also notice that the car vibrates when you apply the brakes. Additionally, the brake pedal may be less effective. You may notice that the brake pedal feels squishy when you press down on it.

 

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Roadside Emergency Kits

You never know when you may be stuck on the side of the road. The good news is that if you have a roadside emergency kit, then it will be easier for you to deal with the unexpected. You will need to have a properly inflated tire because a flat tire is one of the most common road issues that drivers have. You will also need a tripod jack and wheel wrench.

Jumper cables are something else that you will need to have. They can help you restart your car if the battery goes dead. A first aid kit is…

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What's The Difference Between Oversteer And Understeer?

The feel of your vehicle while its driving is really important. That's why it's important to take a vehicle at Acura of Johnston out for a test drive. You want to make sure that you like how everything functions while it's in motion. When it comes to how a specific vehicle steers, you'll have to pay close attention to oversteer and understeer. Not sure what these two things are? Read on to find out more.

Oversteering refers to your vehicle moving more than you would expect when you turn the steering wheel. It doesn't take…

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