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  • Drive Defensively in MN

    Sep 8, 2019

    Car care is part of auto safety in Brooklyn Park. But the most important thing we can do to improve safety on MN roads is to drive safely.

    Defensive driving begins with the proper attitude. Have in mind that you won't let anyone take your safety away from you. You'll be aware of your surroundings, road conditions, other vehicles and hazards. And the first person to be concerned with is you: start with your own environment.

    Don't leave without securing all occupants including children and pets. Watch for loose items that can become projectiles during evasive maneuvers.

    Driving too fast or too slow increases the chance of an accident.

    Never drive impaired: Alcohol is a factor in half of all fatal crashes. Never drink and drive.

    Other impairments include being sleepy, angry, daydreaming or talking. If you suddenly wonder how you got where you are – you're not paying enough attention.

    Keep your windows clean and uncluttered. No fuzzy dice and stickers.

    Keep your car in good shape so that it handles properly: Maintain tires, lights, brakes, suspension, wheel alignment and steering.

    Always use your turn signals while driving around Brooklyn Park, MN. Avoid other vehicles' blind spots.

    Don't drive faster than your headlights – if you can't stop within the distance you can see, you're going too fast.

    Avoid driving over debris in the road. Even harmless looking items can cause damage or an accident.

    Keep your wheels straight when waiting to turn at an intersection in Brooklyn Park . That way if you're hit from behind, your car won't be pushed into on-coming traffic.

    My daddy always said that when you drive, you're actually driving five cars: yours, the one in front, the one behind and the ones on either side. You can't trust that other drivers will do the right thing, so you've got to be aware of what they're doing at all times.

    If you see another car driving erratically, weaving, crossing lanes, etc., stay back. Take the next right turn if you're downtown Brooklyn Park, or take the next exit on the MN highway. Notify the police if you see someone driving dangerously in our Brooklyn Park community.

    Never follow too closely. The minimum distance is the two second rule. Pick a landmark ahead, like a tree or road marker. When the car in front of you passes it, start counting: 'one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand.' If you pass the landmark before reaching two-one-thousand, you're following too closely.

    Remember that the two second rule is the minimum – it assumes you're alert and aware. Three seconds is safer. Move out to five seconds or more if it's foggy or rainy.

    Someone will inevitably move into your forward safety zone – just drop back and keep a safe distance.

    If someone follows you too closely, just move over.

    Don't play chicken by contesting your right of way or race to beat someone to a merge. Whoever loses that contest has the potential to lose big and you don't want any part of that. So stay alert, constantly scan around your car and arrive safely.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6301 WELCOME AVE N STE 28
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169
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    Blind Spot Safety for Brooklyn Park Driving

    Jun 2, 2019

    Blind spots may be a good thing when it comes to a spouse's annoying habits, but when driving an automobile in Brooklyn Park, they are definitely to be avoided. So, while it's not good marital advice, it's good auto advice to minimize your own blind spots and stay out of other Brooklyn Park drivers' blind spots, especially when it comes to large, heavy vehicles like trucks and buses.

    First, minimize your own blind spots. Do this before you pull out of the driveway or parking space. Adjust your rearview mirror so that you see as much of the area behind you as possible. And, no, this doesn't include the passengers in the back seat. The rearview mirror isn't designed to be a baby monitor.

    Next, lean to the side until your head almost touches the driver's side window. Now adjust the driver's side mirror so that it just catches the side of the vehicle. Then, lean to the middle of the car and adjust the passenger's side mirror in the same way. These adjustments will ensure you the widest possible view behind your vehicle.

    Of course, you can't eliminate blind spots entirely. There is always an area behind any vehicle where the driver just can't see what's there. The bigger the vehicle, the bigger the blind spot. Toddlers are just the right size to hide in a pickup's or SUV's blind spot. The blind spot on an RV or tractor-trailer can actually hide your crossover! You should always check behind any vehicle before getting in and backing up. And if you sit in the vehicle for a few minutes before backing up, it is best to get out and check again, especially if you are pulling out of a neighborhood driveway in Brooklyn Park. No precaution is too extreme if it saves the life of a child.

    Trucks may cause about 60% of the accidents involving a truck and a car, but 78% of fatalities in such accidents are with the smaller vehicle. The number of fatalities in MN, as well as the number of crashes, could be cut significantly if Brooklyn Park drivers learned to properly share MN roads with trucks.

    While learning to share MN roads and freeways with trucks and other large vehicles may not seem like preventive auto maintenance, it does, in fact, go hand-in-hand with good car care. Keeping your vehicle out of the body shop can save you big bucks and prevent the stress of a major accident, along with the injuries that could come with it.

    The team at Affordable Transmissions in Brooklyn Park urges you to stay safe, and stay on the road!

    Affordable Transmissions
    6301 WELCOME AVE N STE 28
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169
    http://www.affordabletransmission-mn.com




    Know Your Towing Limits in Brooklyn Park

    Sep 16, 2018

    Some Brooklyn Park drivers figure that anything they can attach to their trailer hitch can be towed by their vehicle. Nope. If you're going to do any towing around Brooklyn Park, you should be aware of safety issues, MN towing laws and potential liability.

    Understanding tow ratings is important for safe towing. A tow rating is the weight limit that your vehicle can safely tow. They calculate the tow rating for every vehicle, but different options on the vehicle can affect that rating. Brooklyn Park drivers need to read the towing section in their owner's manual to get the specific tow rating for the vehicle they own.

    Your trailer hitch also has a weight limit, and it may not match the tow rating for your vehicle. Your vehicle may be rated for 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg), but if you have a 2,000-pound (900 kg) hitch limit, you shouldn't be towing more than 2,000 pounds (900 kg). If you tow a 10,000-pound (4,500 kg) trailer on that hitch, it could break free and you would be liable for any resulting damages.

    Another example, one popular pick-up truck has a tow rating of 10,300 pounds (4,600kg). But in the owner's manual, it specifies that a sway control device be used for trailers weighing over 2,000 pounds (900 kg) and that a weight-distributing hitch is required for trailers over 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg). If the vehicle owner tows a 6,000-pound (2700 kg) trailer without a weight-distributing hitch and ends up in an accident, the owner will be held liable for not complying with the towing requirements in MN.

    Brooklyn Park auto owners also need to keep in mind that tow weights include the weight of passengers and cargo inside the tow vehicle. So if your tow rating is 7,000 pounds (3,200 kg), and you're carrying 700 pounds (320 kg) of passengers and cargo, you can only tow a trailer weighing up to 6,300 pounds (2,880 kg).

    Two numbers that Brooklyn Park drivers should be aware of are the GVWR and the GCWR. These codes are usually imprinted on the inside of the driver's side door. GVWR stands for gross vehicle weight rating. Take GVWR and subtract the total weight of the vehicle, and you have the maximum weight the vehicle can safely carry in passengers and cargo. GCWR stands for Gross Combined Weight Rating. Take that number, subtract the weight of the tow vehicle and the trailer, and you have the maximum weight of passengers and cargo that the tow vehicle and trailer together can safely carry.

    This may seem a bit complicated, but you ignore these ratings at your own peril. If you haul or tow loads over the maximum ratings around MN, you become liable in event of an accident.

    Local Brooklyn Park laws require that safety chains be attached when towing a trailer. Some MN jurisdictions may require trailer brakes as well. Others mandate trailer brakes only in certain situations. If you are going to tow a trailer, you should find out the local Brooklyn Park laws regarding trailer brakes and hitches, as well as weight and length restrictions.

    To tow safely, MN drivers also need the proper tires on the tow vehicle. Tires need to be in good condition with adequate tread, and they need to have a load rating high enough to handle the weight of the trailer. Your trained Affordable Transmissions tire professional can help you select the right tire to use when towing around Brooklyn Park.

    Your 's owner's manual is your primary source for auto advice regarding towing since it is specific to your vehicle. Be sure to read it carefully before doing any towing. And as always, keep your preventive maintenance up-to-date, and practice good car care to ensure the safety of your vehicle on the road—especially when pulling a trailer.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6301 WELCOME AVE N STE 28
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169
    http://www.affordabletransmission-mn.com