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5 Tips to Improve Fuel Economy in Winter Weather

Posted on 12/01/2017

 

When the weather gets colder, you might notice that your visits to the gas station become more frequent. Winter weather is hard on fuel economy. Gas mileage on most automobiles is roughly 12 percent lower at 20 degrees Fahrenheit than the gas mileage at 77 degrees.

 

Fuel economy can be caused by many things. Snow-covered or icy roads can decrease traction. When the vehicle literally has spinning wheels, it affects. In addition, winter gasoline blends often have lower levels of energy per gallon than the blends your vehicle requires over the summer months. Also, fuel costs change by using more energy to power seat heaters, defrosters, and blower fans

 

The good news is that there some ways to lessen the effects of cold weather on your fuel economy:

 

  • Park your vehicle in a garage during when the temperatures are colder.

  • Minimize idling in your car to increase the temperature.

  • Park your vehicle in a warmer place, such as your garage. Increasing the initial temperature of the inside of the car and engine will help.

  • Utilize the type of oil that your manufacturer recommends for winter driving.

  • When not in use, take off accessories (like roof racks) because that will increase wind resistance.

  • If you have an electric car or hybrid, plug it in to preheat the cabin. This will extend your car’s range.

  • Drive off gently for about 45 seconds. The engine will heat up quicker being driven. This permits the heat to turn on faster and that affects the cost of fuel.

  • Don't use seat warmers or defrosters more than necessary.

  • Check your tire pressure regularly.

 

The team at European Auto Works wants you to be driving safely during the winter in a car with a fuel economy that won’t result in hefty costs. If you'd like your car to have preventive maintenance to keep it functioning optimally during the colder months, contact us. We are located at 629 N Mathilda Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94085.

How to Stay Safe on the Road During the Holiday Season

Posted on 11/01/2017

With all the buzz around the holiday season, it’s also crucial to not neglect road safety. Holiday traffic is busier than usual so it’s important to stay extra cautious. European Auto Works wants to keep you and your family safe, so here are a few friendly suggestions to stay secure on the roads during the holiday season.                                                    

 

Know what to do if there is an accident

 

Check and see if everyone is OK. if it’s more serious, call 911. If it’s just a fender bender and you can still drive the vehicle, move it over to the side of the road to avoid blocking traffic. It’s also wise to turn your hazard lights on.

Slow down

When you’re rushing around during the holiday season, it’s tempting to speed up with all the errands involved preparing for a holiday. Police presence is greater than normal. Getting a ticket during the holidays is not the gift you want to receive!

Wear your seatbelt

Don’t avoid wearing a seatbelt just because your winter coat is bulky! You should always buckle up. Not only could you get a ticket, that seatbelt could save your life. During the winter, the harsher weather conditions could make you more prone to an accident. Wearing that seatbelt could save your life.

Have an emergency kit in the car

 

An emergency kit is a must in case you are stranded. It should include an ice scraper, energy snacks, water, blankets, a shovel, a flashlight, and salt.

Clear snow and ice from the car

To ensure an unobstructed view, clear the snow and ice from every window of the automobile. It’s also important to be sure the roof is clear so chunks of snow don’t blow off and jeopardize your visibility and safety.

Don’t drink and drive

If you are going to a holiday party and consume alcohol, it’s crucial that you don’t get behind the wheel inebriated. Stay the night, have a designated driver, or take a cab.


The team at European Auto Works wants you to be driving safely during the holidays. If you'd like some preventive maintenance before you trek off for the holidays, contact us. We are located at 629 N Mathilda Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94085.

The Importance of Routine Car Maintenance

Posted on 10/01/2017

 

Routine car maintenance keeps your automobile driving more efficiently and it can also help you avoid expensive auto repair costs down the line. Neglecting certain parts of your vehicle can lead to dangerous accidents down the line so it’s important to stay on top of keeping your car healthy!

 

To avoid costly breakdowns, make sure the following are in tip-top shape.

 

Air filters

As they age, air filters can restrict flow. How often you change them depends on how dirty the air is. When an air filter becomes dirty, it's harder for air to get to the engine and this will affect its performance. This could lead to many problems. Signs of a dirty filter often includes a noticeable decrease in gas mileage and ignition problems due to faulty spark plugs.

 

Tire check

Your automobile is being carried by your tires so they play a significant role in allowing your vehicle to perform. Regular tire checks are advised because a flat or under-inflated tire isn’t safe. An auto mechanic will check alignment and balance issues and see if there is wear and tear.

 

Brake failure

It’s crucial not to neglect the condition of your car’s brakes. Modern cars have more safety issues but it’s still important that these vehicles have regular maintenance to prevent problems on the road. There are many safety features in more modern cars but they should still undergo regular maintenance checks to avoid brake failure. Problems like overheating are not uncommon in older automobiles that have drum braking systems.

 

Suspension and steering

Your car is able to maneuver easily because of the suspension and steering. Suspension and steering allow your car’s tires to have the right contact with the road. Your vehicle’s owner guide or your auto mechanics can advise how often you have your suspension and steering checked.  

 

Oil changes and other fluids

There are a number of fluids that help your vehicle to run optimally. Most people know it’s important to do regular oil changes. However, don’t neglect other fluids like coolant, wiper fluid and antifreeze.

The team at European Auto Works wants you to be driving safely and without any unwanted issues that could be avoided by having regular car maintenance. To schedule an appointment to change your tires for cold or hot weather, call us at 408-737-2200. We are located at 629 N Mathilda Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94085.

Snow Tires vs. All-Season Tires

Posted on 09/01/2017

We know it may seem odd bringing up snow tires during the heat of Summer, but if you plan to travel outside of the Bay Area during the cooler months, you'll wish you had thought about snow tires early on. This begs the question: "Do I need winter tires, or good tires all around?" First, it's important that you fully understand the differences between winter tires vs. all season tires. Weather conditions vary so car owners need to be consciousness.

 

All Season Tires

When they leave the factory, a lot of cars are fitted with all season tires. They are popular because they are built to offer good tread life, a quiet ride, and good fuel economy. They are made to drive well during mild flurries and wet streets. An all season tire is not designed to handle extreme winter conditions like trekking through snow or driving on ice.

 

Winter & Snow Tires

Winter tires are made to function in extreme weather and conditions. Having the right tire matters when there’s ice, and heavy snowfall so it’s crucial.From heavy snowfall to black ice, winter roads are extremely unpredictable. These type of weather conditions makes it challenging for vehicles to provide traction like they would during the warmer months of the year. Tread rubber and tread depth and patterns are features of winter tires that make them differ from all season tires. Tread rubber compounds of winter tires are created to have flexibility which allows them to grip the road better. Deeper tread depths lessen the buildup of snow and allow the car to function better. Winter tire tread patterns simply turn the slush and snow to water.

 

Snow Tires vs. All Season Tires

All season tires are probably the best if the most you generally experience are mild flurries. If you reside in an area with frigid conditions and inclement weather, mounting winter tires is a precaution that could save your life. It's important to put on a full set of winter tires. Changing just the front tires could cause the back tires to skid. Just changing the back tires could cause the front tires to lose traction. Be diligent about re-mounting the all-season tires when the weather warms up as winter tires wear down rapidly on dry warm roads.

 

The team at European Auto Works wants you to be driving safely and without any unwanted issues that could be involved with not having the right tires for the season. To schedule an appointment to change your tires for cold or hot weather, call us at 408-737-2200. We are located at 629 N Mathilda Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94085.

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