Archive for the ‘Headlamps’ Category

offOctober 16, 2017

Eric was recently interviewed on WZZM 13 here in Grand Rapids about making sure a vehicle is ready for fall and the winter months.

 

http://www.wzzm13.com/money/cars/october-is-fall-car-care-month-experts-offer-tips-to-keep-you-on-the-road/483076568

 

Main points of the interview:

Get your vehicle a safety inspection ASAP.  The reason Eric urges you to do this right away is in case there is a list of safety items that needs to be addressed.  We can help you prioritize the repairs needed and by the time snow starts falling you can be ready to go!

  1. Tires.  They are the number one item to keep your car or truck on the road. Reliable tires are necessary to make sure you can safely stop, especially in inclement weather.
  2. Check the coolant (along with other fluids).  Certainly we don’t want any engine to ever freeze. It is going to get really cold. Most engines will go through the summer months with no problem, even with inadequate anti-freeze protection but, as soon as the winter and cold weather gets here, that is when you are going to see an issue if that has been neglected.
  3. Check the battery to make sure it is in good shape. Batteries have a lot more stress on them when the temperature drops.
  4. Replace windshield wipers to make sure visibility isn’t compromised.
  5. Check heating system, to make it is performing well enough to keep drivers comfortable and defrost windows.
  6. Check brakes, to make sure they are in safe working order.
  7. Check and replace, if needed, exterior and brake lights to make sure other drivers can see you and you can see where you are going

If you have questions about the safety of your vehicle, give us a call! We’re happy to make sure you and your family safe on the road this fall and winter.  At Ervine’s and Grand Rapids Hybrid we have free loaner cars help ease the inconvenience of being without your vehicle while repairs are made.   616-532-6600

There are a number of factors that contribute to the high nighttime accident rate in the greater Grand Rapids area, things like drowsy driving and a higher rate of impaired driving. Without a doubt, visibility is a major contributor. Let’s focus on visibility…

It’s said that 90 percent of our driving decisions are based on what we see. Nighttime driving has the effect of reducing 20/20 vision to the equivalent of 20/50 vision. What you could clearly see at 50 feet in daylight can’t be seen until you are just 20 feet away at night.

Too make sure your headlights are giving you the greatest visibility, visit us at Ervine’s Auto Repair. you’ll find us located on 4311 Stafford SW, Wyoming, Michigan 49548. Please give us a call to make an appointment: (616) 532-6600.

Accident avoidance is dependent on reaction time. Reaction time deteriorates measurably in low light conditions. One thing we can do to improve visibility is to make sure our headlights are as bright as they can possibly be.

Headlamps dim over time. They dim so gradually that you may not notice it. Many experts suggest replacing your standard or halogen headlamps once a year.

If your vehicle has standard headlamps, consider upgrading to halogen lamps. They make a big difference. And there are upgrades available within the halogen category as well. This once-a-year expense is very modest compared to the safety benefits.

Some sedans come with high intensity discharge – or HID – headlamps. These lamps should last for the life of your car. They are very bright and are clearly the best option for nighttime driving. Depending on your vehicle, you may be able to upgrade to HID headlamps. Talk with your Grand Rapids service advisor at Ervine’s Auto Repair about options for your car.

Another startling fact is that 90 percent of sedans on the road have dirty or yellowed headlight covers. Dirty is easy to fix. Just run the window washer over the headlight cover when you stop for gas. Get those bugs and dirt off the cover.

Now plastic headlight covers can yellow or become hazy over time. They can be restored to clarity with a special polishing process. Ervine’s Auto Repair can help you with this service.

It’s also vital to keep your windshield clean and streak free when driving at night. Make sure you have plenty of washer fluid and that your windshield wipers are in good working order.

We recommend replacing wiper blades twice a year – in the spring and fall. Fall is also a good time to replace headlamps so you’ll be ready for those long winter nights.

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