aggressive driver

Eight out of 10 drivers surveyed in the AAA Foundation’s annual Traffic Safety culture Index rank aggressive driving as a “serious” or “extremely serious” risk that jeopardizes their safety.

They’re right.  Aggressive driving accounts for more than half of all traffic fatalities.

Although “road rage” incidents provide some of the most shocking views of aggressive driving, many common behaviors, including racing, tailgating, failing to observe signs and regulations, and seeking confrontations with other drivers, all qualify as potentially aggressive behaviors. Speeding is one of the most prevalent aggressive behaviors. AAA Foundation studies show that speeding is a factor in one-third of all fatal crashes.

Despite a strong public awareness and understanding of aggressive driving, many people are willing to excuse aggressive behaviors.  Half of all drivers in our Traffic Safety Culture Index admitted to exceeding both neighborhood and highway speed limits by more than 15% in the past 30 days.  More remarkable, a quarter of drivers say they consider speeding acceptable.

Throughout outreach and education programs, we work to offer the public tools to assess their own behavior and recognize the signs of aggressive driving.  As more people understand the many behaviors that can become aggressive and see their own behavior in a new light, they can begin to adopt safer driving practices and manage risk more effectively.

Do you think you are a calm driver? Find out by taking our aggressive driving quiz.



Are you an Aggressive Driver? Find out !

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Labor Day is one of the busiest travel days of the year.  The first break from school, the first long weekend of the fall, so many view it as an opportunity to take that long weekend before the school year and bad weather grind begins. Wherever you choose to go or travel, let’s make sure you and your loved ones get there safely!

To ensure your family’s safety, follow these basic tips:

  1. Make sure your car is in shape.  Check the fluids, engine and the radiator.  Also check the tires.  Make sure your tires are well inflated and have good tread remaining.
  2. Have some emergency supplies-a jack, jumper wires, a tire guage a flashlight and a blanket.  If you are travelling long and desolate distances, add a first aid kit with some water, flares and energy bars.
  3. Stay safe-don’t lose concentration.  Don’t be that person that stubbornly refuses to give up the wheel endangering everyone in the car.  If you are overtired, feel sick or just can’t concentrate give up the wheel for a while.  Stop and have a drink, take a short nap or pullover and stretch your legs.  If you are the only one driving, pull over.  Follow these safety tips to stay awake.
  4. Don’t ignore the risks of  big trucks.  There are always a lot of trucks and traffic this weekend.  Don’t pullover quickly in front of a truck as it takes them longer to break and they need more space to maneuver.  Also remember they have multiple blind spots.  Simple rule of thumb, if you can’t see the trucks mirror-they can’t see you. Click here
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  5. Avoid the traffic.  Most people will be leaving after work on Friday or late afternoon Monday, if you can leave before or after these busy times, you will have less traffic on the road.  Perhaps even a different route might take a little longer but can avoid major traffic.

Remember this is going to be a wonderful time for you and your family.  Many factors play in to getting to and from your destination safely.  Give yourself as many opportunities as you can to ensure your family’s safety  -your lives depend on it.

Drive Safe!

On the road this Labor Day? Make sure to follow these safe driving tips!


How to Tell the Size Difference on a Car Tire

Always wondered how to tell your tire size?  Never knew where to look or what they meant?  Find out how with this summary of the suggestions!


  1. Look at the letter/number combination on the tire. Most tire sizes begin with a letter or letters that identify the type of vehicle and/or type of service for which they were designed. The common indicators are as follows:
    • P225/50R16 91S
    • P = When a tire size begins with a “P,” it signifies the tire is a “P-metric” size that was designed to be fitted on vehicles that are primarily used as passenger vehicles. This includes cars, minivans, sport utility vehicles and light duty pickup trucks (typically 1/4- and 1/2-ton load capacity). The use of P-metric sizes began in the late 1970s and they are the most frequently used type of tire size today.
    • /50R16 92S = If there isn’t a letter preceding the three-digit numeric portion of a tire size, it signifies the tire is a “Metric” size (also called “Euro-metric” because these sizes originated in Europe). While Metric tire sizes are primarily used on European cars, they are also used on vans and sport utility vehicles. Euro-metric sizes are dimensionally equivalent to P-metric sizes, but typically differ subtly in load carrying capabilities.
    • T125/90D16 98M
    • T = If a tire size begins with a “T,” it signifies the tire is a “Temporary Spare” (“space saver” or “mini spare”) that was designed to be used temporarily only until a flat tire can be repaired or replaced.
    • LT245/75R16 108/104S
    • LT = If a tire size begins with “LT,” it signifies the tire is a “Light Truck-metric” size that was designed to be used on vehicles that are capable of carrying heavy cargo or towing large trailers. This includes medium and heavy-duty (typically 3/4- and 1-ton load capacity) pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and full-size vans. Tires branded with the “LT” designation are the “little brothers” of 18-wheel tractor-trailer tires and are designed to provide substantial reserve capacity to accept the additional stresses of carrying heavy cargo.
    • 50R16LT 112/107Q, 8.75R16.5LT 104/100Q or 31×10.50R15LT 109Q
    • LT = If a tire ends with “LT,” it signifies the tire is either an earlier “Numeric”, “Wide Base” or “Flotation” Light Truck size designed to be used on vehicles that are capable of carrying heavy cargo and towing trailers (Numeric sizes), use 16.5-inch diameter rims (Wide Base sizes) or are wider, oversized tires designed to help the vehicle drive on top of loose dirt or sandy surfaces (Flotation sizes). This includes light, medium and heavy-duty (typically 1/2-, 3/4 and 1-ton load capacity) pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. Tires branded with the “LT” at the end of their size designation are also the “little brothers” of 18-wheel tractor-trailer tires and are designed to provide substantial reserve capacity to accept the additional stresses of carrying heavy cargo.
    • /70R15C 104/102R
    • C = If a Euro-metric sized tire ends with a “C,” it signifies the tire is a “Commercial” tire intended to be used on vans or delivery trucks that are capable of carrying heavy loads. In addition to being branded with the “C” in their size, these tires are also branded with their appropriate Service Description and “Load Range” (Load Range B, Load Range C or Load Range D).
    • ST225/75R15
    • ST = If a tire size begins with “ST,” it signifies the tire is a “Special Trailer Service” size that was designed to only be used on boat, car or utility trailers. ST-sized tires should never be used on cars, vans or light trucks.
  2. Look at the three-digit numeric portion.This identifies the tire’s Section Width (cross section) in millimeters.
    • P225/50R16 91S. The 225 indicates this tire is 225 millimeters across from the widest point of its outer sidewall to the widest point of its inner sidewall when mounted and measured on a specified width wheel. This measurement is also referred to as the tire’s section width. Because many people think of measurements in inches, the 225mm can be converted to inches by dividing the section width in millimeters by 25.4 (the number of millimeters per inch). mm / 25.4 = 8.86″


  1. Look at the two-digit number following the Section Width number. This is the Sidewall Aspect Ratio.
    • P225/50R16 91S. The 50 indicates that this tire size’s sidewall height (from rim to tread) is 50% of its section width. The measurement is the tire’s section height, and also referred to as the tire’s series, profile or aspect ratio. The higher the number, the taller the sidewall; the lower the number, the lower the sidewall. We know that this tire size’s section width is 225mm and that its section height is 50% of 225mm. By converting the 225mm to inches (225 / 25.4 = 8.86″) and multiplying it by 50% (.50) we confirm that this tire size results in a tire section height of 4.43″. If this tire were a P225/70R16 size, our calculation would confirm that the size would result in a section height of 6.20″, approximately a 1.8-inch taller sidewall.
  2. Look at the letter following the numbers — it identifies the tire’s internal construction.
    • P225/50R16, P225/50ZR16. The R in the P225/50R16 91S size identifies that the tire has a Radial construction in which the tire’s body plies “radiate” out from the imaginary center of the wheel. Radial tires are by far the most popular type of tire today representing over 98% of all tires sold.
    • If the R in the size was replaced with a D (225/50D16), it would identify that the internal tire body plies crisscross on a Diagonal and that the tire has a “bias ply” construction. Tires using this construction are for light truck and spare tire applications.
    • If the R in the size was replaced with a B (225/50B16), it would identify that the tire body plies not only crisscross the tire on a diagonal as before, but that they are reinforced with belts under the tread area. This type of tire construction is called “Belted.” Tires using this construction are practically extinct.
  3. Look for the Speed Rating.Today, the only tires that continue to include the speed rating “in” the tire size (P225/50ZR16) are Z-speed rated tires. In this case, following the two digits used to identify the aspect ratio are the letters ZR to identify the tire’s speed rating (Z) and its internal construction (R). Since 1991, all other speed ratings are identified in the tire’s Service Description (which will be covered shortly).670px-Tell-the-Size-Difference-on-a-Car-Tire-Step-6
  4.  Consider the Tire and Wheel Diameter.
    • P225/50R16 91S. The 16 indicates the tire and wheel diameter designed to be matched together.
    • Tires that have a rim diameter expressed in inches (P225/50R16, as well as 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26 and 28) are called “inch rim” sizes, are the most common type of tire size and are used on most cars, minivans, vans, sport utility vehicles and light duty light trucks. While not as common, two additional “unique” types of tire/wheel diameters are still in use today.
    • Tires and wheels that have a rim diameter expressed in “half” inches (8.00R16.5LT, as well as, 14.5, 15.5, 17.5 and 19.5) are used on some heavy-duty trailers, heavy-duty light trucks and box vans.
    • Tires and wheels that have a rim diameter expressed in millimeters (190/65R390, as well as, 365 and 415) are called millimetric sizes. Michelin initiated millimetric sizes for their TRX tires that saw limited use on many different car models in the late 1970s and 1980s.
    • Michelin PAX System run flat tires have been introduced as an integrated wheel/tire system on a very limited basis as Original Equipment (O.E.) in North America. An example PAX System size of 235/710R460A 104T expresses tire and wheel dimensions in millimeters (235 mm Section Width, tire Overall Diameter of 710 mm and a 460A mm rim diameter, with the “A” in 460A signifying these tires feature “asymmetric” beads in which the outside bead (450 mm) and inside bead (470 mm) are actually different diameters.
    • All of these “unique” tire/wheel diameters were developed specifically because the tire and wheel design or intended vehicle use required them to be different than conventional tires and wheels. All of these tires and wheels feature bead profiles that have a different shape than traditional “inch rim” sizes.

How to Tell the Size Difference on a Car Tire

Make your car shine!

Are you sure you are washing your car the right way and not just swirling a wash cloth?

Follow these easy steps to have a shiny looking car racing through town that makes you proud!

  1. Never wash in direct sunlight-choose a spot in the shade.
  2. Wash the wheels and tires first.  Preferably use a tire cleaner product.
  3. Wash the body of the car next with clean water, a wash mitt and a car wash product.  Do not use dish soap as they damage the protective coating of the car.
  4. Use two buckets; one with cold water and one with the suds.  After each pass, dip the mitt in the clear water to remove any grit or contamination.
  5. Rinse the car first, then begin at the top of the car and wash down as opposed to front to back.  Remember the bottom is the dirtiest so you want to clean windows and upper panels first.
  6. For tough spots use a safe scrub or some recommend coca-cola!
  7. Never skip drying!  Leaving water spots can leave minerals from the water on your car.
  8. However you dry your car make sure you dry  your vehicle quickly.  Suggestions include terry towels, microfiber towels, waffle towels and plastic blades.
  9. Dry the windows and mirrors first, use a large towel next for the body of the car and then a smaller towel to wipe down door jams.  Dry your wheels using a towel or chamois.
  10. You may want to finish your job off with a spray wax or sealant to ensure the ultimate shine!

Now go out and enjoy the day!!!

10 easy steps to wash your car the right way!

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Our car of the week!

As we roll into warmer weather and road trips are in your future; check out these 10 top rated fuel efficient cars as rated by Kelly Blue Book!

1. 2014 Smart Fortwo Electric Car, 122/93 MPG

2. 2014 Toyota Prius C, 53/46 MPG


3. 2014 Toyota Prius, 51/48 MPG

4. 2014 Honda Civic Hybrid, 44/47 MPG


5. 2014 Honda C-Max Hybrid, 45/40 MPG

6. 2014 Honda Insight, 41/44 MPG

7. 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, 37/44 MPG


8. 2014 Honda CR-Z, 36/39 MPG

9. 2014 Scion iQ 36/37 MPG

10. 2014 Ford Fiesta 32/45 MPG



Whatever you drive and wherever you go- have fun and be safe!

And we ALWAYS buy UGLY CARS!!!

Fuel efficient cars!


As tax season and long awaited rebates come flooding in; don’t allow yourself to purchase that dream car without being
prepared for the risks…..

Avoid Being Upside-Down  

In a Car Purchase

1. Educate yourself on your credit score-
don’t pay a higher interest rate than you need to.
2. Educate yourself on available interest rates
in the marketplace before applying for a loan;
know a good rate when you see one.
3. Do plenty of pricing research on available
new car and trade-in values to get a good value
on both transactions.
4. Match your loan to your expected ownership
length of time;a longer loan will help keep
monthly payments low, but chances are it will
lead to being upside-down when the time come
to trade in for yet another new car.

Car buying tips

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On this episode of HOT ROD Unlimited, we get a closer look a Ridler Award winner! At the 2013 Detroit Autorama, eight cars were chosen to compete for the prestigious Ridler Award. The winner was Ron Cizek’s 1940 Ford, “Checkered Past”, built by Andy Leach at CAL Automotive Creations. Andy and Ron invited us out to Bennington, Nebraska to get a closer look at the supercharged, flathead-powered Checkered Past, and meet some of the talented fabricators who made it possible. We take the car on its first street drive, and stop by a local car cruise to see what the enthusiast scene is all about in Bennington. Andy also takes us through the CAL Creations shop to give us a sneak peek at some of the current projects, including a ’71 ‘Cuda and a land speed racing car. HOT ROD Unlimited appears every other Friday on the Motor Trend channel. // Subscribe now to make sure you’re in on all the action! //… Facebook – // & // Twitter – // Google+ – //… Website – // & //

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