How to do a Proper Test Drive

Posted on August 29th, 2014

When taking a vehicle for a test drive it is very important that you are prepared. Here are some tips to make sure you get the most out of your test drive:

Do your research – It is very important to be prepared. Read customers reviews and decide what features are most important to you. Be aware of the options and upgrades available to you for the vehicle. Make sure you know the important specs, such as fuel economy, safety features, and engine.

Talk to the Salesman – Make sure you are upfront with the salesman about what is important to you in a vehicle. He may be able to point out some other vehicles that have the features you are looking for as well.

Don’t rush the test drive – Make sure you have enough time to get the feel of the car. Try driving on highways as well as on city roads. Drive on curvy and bumpy streets to see how the vehicle handles. Drive at night and change lanes to check out the visibility.

Check out the interior- Is the vehicle roomy enough? Does it have all the features that are important to you? Are the seats comfortable? Can it fit as many passengers as you require? Try out the climate control – how fast does the vehicle heat up and cool down? Pop the trunk – does it have adequate room?

Test drive more than one – Make sure you test drive a few vehicles so you can compare. What do you like best about each car? Which has the features that are more important to you? You should also test drive the vehicles more than once. Go back another day for a second test drive – you may notice things you did not notice the first time.

Reflect on the Drive – Don’t buy on the spot out of excitement. Go home, and sleep on it. Make sure you did all your research. What is the maintenance schedule like on the vehicle? What type of gas does it take? What is the warranty and what does it cover?

If you are ever unsure, bring a friend along that knows a lot about cars. OR talk to your mechanic. If it is someone you trust, they should be able to give you some insight about your doubts.


Posted on August 20th, 2014

If you are driving during a downpour, your first instinct is to turn your wipers on full speed. A lot of times you will find your visibility is still poor. In the event you face this situation, try putting on your SUNGLASSES. You will be surprised how much your visibility improves when you wear your sunglasses.

NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE CONTROL ON. If the cruise control is on when the roads are wet or slippery, your car will begin to hydro plane when the tires lose contact with the road and your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an aeroplane.  NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on.

Pass this information along, it may save a life!!

Sunday Funday at Formula First Collision

Posted on August 8th, 2014

 Our Sunday Funday Event was a great success!! Thank you to everyone who came out to support The Safety Village. We had a great turn out and everyone had lots of fun!!! Some of our activities included: dinky car races, power wheel track, remote control cars,  bouncy castle, exotic car show, zoo animals, car safety information booth, neat tractors and tow trucks, and much more.
A special thank you to all of our volunteers – you made this wonderful day possible!!
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Summer Maintenance Tips for your Vehicle

Posted on August 1st, 2014

Summer can be tough on cars, especially during high temperatures when heat can add stress to your vehicle components. Follow these tips to help your car run smoothly this summer.

Tires – Tires need special care in the warmer weather and tire pressure fluctuates with changes in temperature. Check your tire condition and inflation pressure monthly, and get your tires rotated on schedule.

Cooling – Your vehicles cooling system has to work harder in the summer to prevent the engine from over-heating. Check your coolant and distilled water mixture regularly – it should be around a 50:50 mixture. In addition, your coolant should be changed annually for most vehicles.  A pressure test, thermostat test, cooling fan test and visual inspection should also be done annually.

Oil level – Oil is the blood supply for your vehicle. Check your oil levels regularly and make sure to schedule routine oil changes on time.

Battery- Excessive heat can shorten the life of your battery. Heat causes fluid to evaporate, which damages the internal structure of the battery. Have your electrical system checked to ensure it is charging your battery at the correct rate. In addition, it is important to keep your battery clean. Dirt can become a conductor, which drains battery power.

Undercarriage – Clean the undercarriage of your car after a long winter. Salt gets caked on and begins to eat away at the metal.

Brakes – Check your brakes for safety purposes. If you hear something unusual (squeaking) that usually means you should replace your brake pads within the month.

Vision – Glare from the sun will be made worse when your windshield is dirty. Keep your windshield washer fluid full and make sure to regularly change your blades.

Air Filters – Over the long winter your air filter gets clogged with salt and other debris, which can in turn lower fuel efficiency. Inspect your air filter before you enter into the summer months and make sure it does not require replacement.