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What Are the Most Common Driver Pet Peeves?

What Are the Most Common Driver Pet Peeves?

We all have particular pet peeves that bother us, like someone chewing gum with their mouth open, interrupting a conversation, or hogging up space. Many pet peeves are also related to terrible driving habits. Today, we will go over some horrible driving habits that irritate the life out of people. (Hint: They're also very dangerous!) Distracted Driving We've all sat at a green light waiting for the driver ahead to notice the light change and drive before. Most of the time, they're probably on their phone or distracted by something that they're not supposed to. Not only is it highly irritating to catch distracted drivers, but it can also be very nerve-wracking to drive alongside them. Moral of the story: keep your eyes peeled on the road and pay attention to your surroundings. Not Signaling Signaling to other people on the road is an essential driving rule that we all learned back in driver's ed. Failing to do it can be extremely dangerous. Plus, you have no excu ... read more

What Are the Most Common Brake Problems?

What Are the Most Common Brake Problems?

Your vehicles are equipped with multiple safety devices, but your brakes are the most important one of all. Your brakes protect you against vehicle accidents or collisions on and off the road. If you're a driver who resides in Lutz, FL, we recommend getting brake inspections regularly. Just like any other car part, brakes can be flawed for any reason. An examination by our professional team at Willow Bend Automotive will allow us to catch issues early on before they end up leading to brake failure. Not maintaining your brakes is a hazard for you, your passengers, and other drivers on the road. Here are some of the most common brake problems that we've repaired at our shop!   1) Squealing or Screeching Sounds Whenever Pressure is Applied On the Pedal Cause: The loud and annoying brake sounds usually signal that your brake pads are worn down and need a replacement. As a responsible driver, you should get your brake pads replaced as soon as you hear the audible warning.&nb ... read more

When Should I Replace My Tires?

When Should I Replace My Tires?

Tires are put on your vehicle to get you from point a to point b, but they also play an essential role in the safety of your car. Unfortunately, they are most often neglected by car owners. Over time, tires wear out and need replacing. If you don't replace tires on time, then it can lead to catastrophic tire failure. To avoid dangerous mishaps, you should familiarize yourself with reading your tires' condition. As soon as you detect the first couple of signs, then you should have them replaced immediately. Here are the warning signs of old tires that need replacement:   Low Tread Depth The tread on your vehicle tires is legally required to not go below 1.6 millimeters or 2/32 of an inch in depth. But, you may face dangerous signs before approaching this number. If you don't have the right equipment to measure the tread depth like pros, you can try the penny test as it is a timeless method. All you need is a Lincoln penny. To do the test, place a penny between the tr ... read more

Safe Driving Tips That Will Get You Through the Back-To-School Season

Safe Driving Tips That Will Get You Through the Back-To-School Season

We're approaching that particular time of the year again: back-to-school season. You may start seeing the big yellow school bus roam around town again as well as children waiting at their bus stops in the AM. As we get back into the swing of things, it is highly advised that you take extra precautions to account for road traffic and other dangers as children return to school. As responsible drivers, we need to understand and practice safe driving when entering school zones to prevent injuries and accidents. Here are our top safety driving tips to put in practice near schools and around buses:   Tip #1 - Lower Your Speed In School Zones School zones are designated areas around schools and playgrounds to ensure safe driving practices. These zones are displayed with neon yellow road signs. The traffic signs are usually portrayed as two pedestrians or simply a reduced speed limit sign. These spaces are squared off for kids' safety, and you should always remain alert when dr ... read more

Wheel Alignment vs. Wheel Balance

Wheel Alignment vs. Wheel Balance

It seems like there is a never-ending list of tire maintenance that car owners have to follow. There is no surprise that most people confuse tire alignment and tire balance considering they both serve to smoothen your ride. Let's go into detail on the difference between wheel alignment vs. wheel balance.   Wheel Alignment is the process of changing the angles of the wheels so that they can make contact with the road more evenly. Your wheels need to be parallel with each other when you drive. These adjustments will extend the life of your tires and keep your vehicle driving straight when you need it to. Here are some of the warning signs of misaligned wheels: Uneven or accelerated tire wear Pulling or drifting  Veering on a straight, level road Off-centered and stiff steering wheel Squealing tire sounds Wheel Balancing fixes the weight imbalance on your tires and ensures that the wheels spin accurately. Wheel balance is a very nitpicky process. A certified technicia ... read more

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