Time to Check Your Tires

Tires are a very important part of your car for obvious reasons—they are what keeps your car on the road.  There are two main things that need to be checked on your tires: pressure and tread.

maintenance-tiresTire pressure is very easy to check and extremely important to keep in the recommended range. The recommended tire pressure is listed in the car’s owner manual but is typically between 27 and 32 psi.  In order to check the tire pressure, you simply need an accurate pressure gauge, which can be purchased at a local hardware store. Remember that temperature can affect tire pressure (typically 10 degrees increases pressure by 1 psi), so if your tires were filled in the winter, they may be overinflated when it gets hotter. Having the correct tire pressure is extremely important because under-inflated tires are significantly more likely to fail and also cause decreased gas mileage. If you need to fill your tires, use this map to find a location near you that has a free air pump.

When people talk about tire tread, they are referring to the depth of the grooves on the outside of your tires.  These grooves are extremely important, because they deal with things like mud, water, and snow on the road.  Without grooves, those elements would quite literally lift the tire off of the road, causing you to lose control.  So, when your tires’ tread starts to get low, you could be at a significantly higher risk to hydroplane.  The age-old trick involves using a penny to estimate how much tread you have left. When your tires lose most of their tread, it’s time to get them replaced.

This fall, make sure your car is staying on the road and not losing gas mileage to bad tires.  Come into the shop and we’d be happy to replace your tires or do any other maintenance you need.

 

What You Should Know About Deer Safety

deer Now that the leaves are changing, drivers have a new set of hazards. Leaves present a danger on the road, school buses are back on the move, and it’s deer season. You’ll want to watch out for deer, because these guys are very athletic. They can run up to 40 miles an hour and leap high enough to scale a 9-foot fence.

According to a post by Geico, there are things you can do to stay safe during deer season.  Read below to learn more about how to prevent these leaping marathoners from crashing into your vehicle.

Some facts about deer on the road:

  • Accidents involving deer occur mostly between October and January, which is deer breeding season.
  • Deer are most active in the early morning and evening, between 5 AM and 8 AM and from 5 PM until midnight.
  • Deer travel in packs, so if you see one, there are likely more nearby.
  • They aren’t just on country roads. Due to urban sprawl and the growing deer population, our forest friends make appearances anywhere from suburban streets to city highways.

How to Avoid Colliding with a Deer:

  • Be alert, particularly in keeping the right side of the road on your radar. If a deer enters the road from the left, you have a better chance of spotting it before it’s too late.
  • When possible, use your high beams for increased visibility.
  • Buckle up! Sixty percent of fatal animal accidents occur when the driver or passengers were not wearing their seat belts.
  • If you notice a deer on the road, break firmly and be careful not to swerve.
  • If you do hit a deer, do not approach it. Injured deer are likely to injure you due to fright. Make sure to call the authorities as soon as possible, as the deer may block the road and be a hazard to other drivers.

 

Spring Instagram Summary

We’ve enjoyed every minute of our spring here at Tommy’s Automotive, and we’re excited that summer is finally here! In case you missed it, we’ve compiled a round-up of everything we posted on Instagram.

We fixed up an old 48 trailer that’s ready to do work on the farm. Plus, we found a hidden message while changing a customer’s oil and spotted some flamingos that looked a little lost and very chilly.

Don’t miss out on the shop news this summer, follow us on Instagram!

Nor’easter Tire Maintenance and PA Potholes

It’s a difficult time to be a tire. Our neighborhoods are all becoming 1 giant pothole, and just when we thought spring was here, there’s another nor’easter on the way. All of this is quite annoying, and if that weren’t enough, it also affects your car.

Changing winter temperatures aren’t just a pain for you. As the temperature drops, so does your tire pressure, so be sure to keep your eye on the PSI. Luckily, warmer weather will soon be here (knock on wood). So go ahead and take the time to give your tires some extra TLC.

Rotate Your Tires

Not sure if it’s time to rotate your tires? Many people like to have their tires rotated when getting an oil change. Generally, they should be rotated every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. At around 40,000 miles it’s time to think about tire replacement, which is where our fancy machinery can help.

Potholes, Potholes Everywhere

Pothole_BigWe’ve all been seeing it. Those gosh darn potholes are literally everywhere, and there’s nothing we can do about it. To avoid any tire damage, be sure to slow down on roads that aren’t well paved.  Sure fixing a tire problem is one thing, but running over a deep pothole can actually bring up a host of other problems, including:

  • Premature wear on shocks
  • Suspension damage
  • Steering misalignment
  • Exhaust system damage
  • Engine damage

Within the first two weeks of the new year, Philadelphia alone had over 500 reported potholes. And it’s only getting worse.

While some people have received money towards repairs from filing insurance claims, it can often cause more of a problem, further increasing insurance rates. Learn more in this Philly.com article.

If you think your tires need a little extra winter TLC, stop by Tommy’s and we can make sure your car hasn’t been damaged by excess pothole driving.

Winter Instagram Roundup

We’re revving up for the new year here at Tommy’s, and we thought we’d bid the year adue with an Instagram roundup of our autumn and winter thus far, picking up where our summer roundup left off.

So far, it’s been a great time! We’ve sold a few cool trucks and indulged in some of our favorite foods. If you want to keep up with what’s going on at Tommy’s, make sure to follow us on Instagram.

Check out the photos below to get a feel for what we’ve been up to:

Summer Instagram Roundup

Now that summer is coming to a close, we’re taking this chance to get you up to speed on what’s been going on around here. Following us on Instagram is the best way to stay in the loop concerning Marge and Peyton’s antics and other hot news from Tommy’s.

A lot went on this summer. We finished installing our custom service counter, celebrated the 4th, and got the chance to work on some cool cars. The sun was bright, but thankfully, Marge always set a good example by shielding her vision with protective eye-wear.

To see what else we’ve been up to this season, browse the gallery.

Winter Instagram Roundup

Here’s a roundup of what’s been going on at Tommy’s this winter. We had a great season!

Get the latest on cool cars, stay informed on what Peyton’s up to, and get an insider’s look at goings on in the shop. To stay in the loop, make sure to follow us on Instagram.

Ring in the New Year With a Bang, Not a Crash

Happy New YearBetween Christmas and New Year’s Day, more Americans are on the road and are likely to drink beyond their limits. This is a recipe for dangerous driving. In order to reduce the risk of accidents this New Year’s, follow our tips for keeping yourself and your loved ones safe.

Start 2019 With Safe Driving

Monitor Your Alcohol Intake: New Year’s Eve parties tend to be associated with heavy drinking. Know your limit, and keep track of how much you drink. Make sure you hydrate your system by drinking lots of water.

Have a Designated Driver: Ask a sober friend or family member for a ride. With services like Lyft and Uber, there is no excuse for getting behind the wheel after having too much to drink.

Take the Keys: If your friend has had too much to drink, take their keys so they won’t be tempted to drive.

Stay off the Roads: Avoid driving, especially between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., when drunk driving is most common. If you must drive, do so defensively. Make sure you maintain awareness, avoid distractions, and buckle up.

New Year’s Eve is one of the most dangerous nights for driving. Follow our tips to stay safe. On behalf of all of us at Tommy’s Automotive, have a great 2019!

Keep Your Children Safe on the Road This School Year

It’s back to school season! Are your children prepared to travel to and from school? According to the National Safety Council, teen driving accidents spike in September. While the school bus tends to be safer, students need to follow safety rules to ensure their trip runs smoothly.

It is vital to refresh your children’s knowledge on transportation safety. Whether your child drives to school or takes the bus, we have the tips to get them to and from school without a problem.

Teen Driving Safety Tips:

  • Set household rules with your teen. Don’t rely on laws to police your kids’ driving habits. Discuss cell phone use, music and other distractions, and passengers.
  • Remind your teen of the 5 basic rules of safe driving: no phones, no extra passengers, no speeding, no alcohol, and no driving or riding without a seat belt.
  • Know that the main factor in teen accidents is that teens are inexperienced drivers. They have trouble determining breaks in traffic, turning safely, selecting appropriate speeds, and tend to make a number of other errors.

Tips for Helping Children Board the Bus Safely:

  • Keep all belongings in a backpack to prevent dropped items. If your child bends down, it’s difficult for drivers to see them.  Your child should know to never pick up a dropped item. Instead, they should tell the driver they’ve dropped something and follow further instructions.
  • Groups of children are easier for drivers to spot. Walk younger children onto the bus and have older students walk in one group.
  • Encourage students to be alert. Don’t let them play or push each other at the bus stop.
  • Have children practice taking 5 giant steps. That’s 10 feet. While waiting for the bus, your student should be a minimum of 10 feet away from traffic.

 

Are You Following Us on Instagram?

If not, you should be! You can find us on Instagram @tommysautomotive. Give us a follow for some “behind-the-scenes” photos of our everyday work, or just to see what kind of trouble Peyton and the guys get into! To fill you in on what you’ve missed, we put together this photo gallery of some of our more recent posts.

For more photos, don’t forget to check out our profile. Peyton has big dreams of becoming an Instagram celebrity and needs your help. If only she could master the art of the selfie…