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Packing Your Roadside Emergency Kit to Avoid Serious Trouble

These are a few of the essentials that the team at Ray Laks Acura of Buffalo have determined should be in every roadside emergency kit.

The jumper cables should be a part of the kit because you could get help from just about any motorist that stops to offer assistance. A big flashlight with new batteries will come in handy when you need to make any repairs to the vehicle at night. It can also be used to signal drivers to avoid your disabled vehicle if the battery is dead.

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What to Know about Tire Blowouts

When you are driving along, and your tire blows out, this can be quite a startling event that can cause an accident if you aren't careful. Usually, a blowout will occur when you are driving at higher speeds, not under thirty miles per hour or so. This speed and the fact that you've lost function of one of your tires can put you and your family at risk if you aren't careful. Let's talk about how you can avoid a tire blowout.

One of the main reasons a tire blowout occurs in that the tires on…

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Keep Your Service Needs in Check with Our Appointment Scheduler

You are tired of waiting on hold while trying to make an appointment of one kind or another. You have too many important things to do to spend your day holding a quiet phone to your ear. If you are looking to save time when it comes to scheduling your vehicle's service appointments, our online service scheduler can help you with that.

The online program that we have set up will not make you hold as you wait to see if the appointment time that you want is available. 

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What is the Origin of the Term Horsepower?

Today whenever we purchase a vehicle of any kind the term horsepower is one of the topics of conversation. We speak in terms of horsepower as being a measure of how much power the engine of the vehicle possesses. Whether we are purchasing a family car, an SUV, or a muscle car, the term has significance as far as the strength of the engine and how fast a car will travel.

The term horsepower came into being in the 18th century when the famous inventor, James Watt was looking for a way to sell his steam engines. He was observing…

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Know Your Drivetrain Needs Before You Decide

Picking out a new car is a major decision, so you want to have as much information as possible going into it. One thing you will want to take into consideration is whether you need a front wheel drive or rear wheel drive vehicle. This will be based mostly on your unique driving habits and needs.

Vehicles with front wheel drive tend to be less expensive and to get better gas mileage. They can also be driven dependably in inclement weather. These cars get the best traction because the power is in the front wheels.

If you care more about…

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How to Test Your Car's Battery with Ease

Most people wait until the last minute to find out that their car's battery is dead. This is a problem because it could leave you stranded, far away from a shop or automotive parts store. You can prevent these situations just by testing your car battery at home. There are multiple ways to do this, but the easiest and fastest is to get a multimeter.

The multimeter is a handy device that lets you measure the voltage of your car battery quickly. You can see how much voltage your car battery is producing and get a readout from the…

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Important Things to Know About Motor Oil

Almost every driver knows the importance of motor oil maintenance performed on their vehicles. However, many common myths from the past remain, which can be confusing to drivers. Stop and see us at Ray Laks Acura and let our professionals perform your oil changes and answer any questions you may have.

Knowing the important facts about motor oil is vital. Synthetic motor oil is often the topic of ancient myths. It is not true that if you’ve used synthetic motor oil in your vehicle, you must use it forever. 

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How to Safely Replace a Flat Tire

You probably love flat tires as much as kids love vegetables, but occasional flats are part of car ownership. Use our tips to safely replace a flat.

Always replace flats away from traffic. If your tire flattens during a drive, carefully stop your car in a breakdown lane or parking lot. Next, disengage your engine, and engage your parking brake. 

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Tips for Dealing With a Potential Roadside Emergency

The best way to handle a roadside emergency is to prepare well in advance of anything going wrong. Consider these tips so you are prepared in the event of any roadside trouble.

If the car is disabled after dark, keep as many lights on as possible to give other drivers a chance to see your car and steer clear of trouble. Place road flares far ahead of the disabled car so that other drivers have the chance to slow down before approaching your vehicle. 

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How to Prevent Hydroplaning and Stay Safe on Wet Roads

Hydroplaning is a potentially hazardous condition that can occur when your tires lose contact with the road due to excessive water. When this happens, you vehicle will start to glide on the water and you’ll instantly lose all ability to control or brake. Still, avoiding this dangerous situation is easy if you follow these basic steps.

The most important thing is to slow down whenever driving in heavy rains or on wet roads. Driving too fast increases the risk of hydroplaning, while also giving you less time to react and potentially avoid deep puddles. 

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