A local auto shop is urging drivers to follow some important safety tips this winter. The owner of Zaloom's Auto Repair says drivers should pay close attention to their wiper blades during the cold-weather months. Mechanics say not to use your wipers to remove ice from your windshield. Doing so, can cause heavy damage to the blades. Staff also say to make sure all tires are filled properly and have a good amount of tread. When it comes to poor road conditions, mechanics say to keep an eye out for raised sewer caps to avoid costly repairs. "If you're going down a street that you knew was ripped up, try to hit the sewer cap with your tire - this way you'll protect it from the middle of the suspension of the car being damaged," said Shop Owner George Zaloom. Zaloom also recommends keeping a blanket in your car so you won't have to leave the engine running if you get stuck in snow.
The Dangers of Steering with Your Hands at 10 and 2 By Natalie Josef September 14th 2012 Ahh … driver’s ed. I remember meeting my high school basketball coach and one other kid in the school parking lot at 8am on a few Saturday mornings when I was fifteen. I had already been taught the basics of driving by my cousin, but driver’s ed with Ms. Wallace was mandatory and I couldn’t wait to get my license. The things I remember most about driver’s ed were the brake pedal in the passenger side, the horrors of parallel parking (I still struggle with this), and the first time going through a toll booth, which totally freaked me out. The other thing I remember is the old adage of driving with your hands at 10 and 2. If my hands happened to drift somewhere else during the course of driving, Ms. Wallace would whack the dashboard with her clipboard and bark out “10 and 2!” It’s been over twenty years since then and 10 a ... read more