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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Can A Car Scent Keep You Safer While Driving On Texas Roads?

Here's a travel tip that'll I'll bet you didn't know, and, it might keep you safer... The average American commuter spends two and a half hours daily in their car.The government says a hundred thousand auto accidents yearly are caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. (Aggressive driving is the number one traffic safety concern.) So what does this have to do with how your car smells while you're driving around Houston? Well, which scent did you think makes drivers more alert? Is it: A. Strawberry, B. New Car, C. Pine, or D. Puppy? It's C. Drivers are more alert and have less fatigue with pine scent in the car, according to AroMetrics. And, drivers were less angry with overall improved driving performance with strawberry and pine scents. And you thought they just smelled nice

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Finding Government Recall Information For Your Vehicle

No matter how well they're made, vehicles will have design or manufacturing problems. And when the government thinks a problem is really serious for people, they require the manufacturer to issue a recall notice and fix the car free of charge. The manufacturer then tries to contact everyone who owns that type of car to get the recall work done. These recalls always affect safety, so take them seriously. It's easy to see if a vehicle's being recalled. The government has information at http://recalls.gov/nhtsa.html. Recalls are serious, but not all that common. But sometimes there are less significant issues, and for these, manufacturers issue a Technical Service Bulletin, or TSB, that tells service centers like Kacal's Auto and Truck Service how to repair a frequent or difficult problem. The pros get updated information through subscription plans, also available in consumer version ... read more

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In Case Of Emergency ICE

Sometimes the unthinkable happens in Houston. A terrible accident and those involved aren't able to provide rescuers with emergency contact information. You have people who you'll want to be contacted to arrange help, give consent to treatment, and inform paramedics of medical conditions, allergies or medications. Too often, our local police and rescue workers must sift through pockets, glove compartments, wallets, purses and cell phone directories for clues – often wasting precious time. A brilliantly simple solution is now spreading around the globe: ICE. ICE – standing for In Case of Emergency, is a way to identify emergency contacts in your cell phone directory. Simply put 'ICE' before a contact name in your cell phone, like 'ICE – Dad', 'ICE – Nancy', or 'ICE – Doctor Roberts'. Rescuers will be able to quickly identify your emergency contacts, saving valuable time. Bob Brotchie, a Cambridge, England paramedic came up with the idea an ... read more

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Which item is most stolen from vehicles in Houston?

Which item is most often stolen from vehicles in Houston? Is it the stereo, wheels, air bag, or DVD system? Well, if you said stereo – you used to be right. But airbags have now surpassed stereos as the biggest target for theft in Houston – approximately 50,000 a year are stolen across the country. New airbags cost about $1,000, but go for $50 to $200 on the black market in Houston. Stolen airbags are making their way back into cars that have been in an accident. Of course, the danger to the consumer of having a stolen airbag installed is that you can never be sure what may have previously affected them and if they will work right when you need them. There are reports that 1 in 25 airbag replacements are stolen or salvaged airbags – or no airbag is installed at all. That is definitely one car part you don't want to take a chance with, so Kacal's Auto and Truck Service recommends following these guidelines:Use a reputable collision repair c ... read more

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Defensive driving on Houston roads and Texas highways

There was a man in Pasadena who learned that most car accidents occur within a mile of home – so he moved. (Just kidding!) When we think of defensive driving, we often focus on our local Texas highway situations. The fact of the matter is we need to be just as careful close to home in Houston, because that's where we do most of our driving. We can't let our familiar surroundings keep us from driving defensively. 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: Alcoh ... read more

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