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How to Prevent Dangerous Hydroplaning

Every year, people are seriously injured and even killed in accidents caused by hydroplaning. There are some important strategies that can be utilized as a means of preventing hydroplaning in the first instance.

An important tactic to prevent hydroplaning is proper tire maintenance. This begins with ensuring that your tires always are properly inflated. 

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Mileage Matters

When you’re watching your budget, every little thing is important. So that you don’t have to keep filling up your tank all the time, you can make small changes to how you drive. You'll soon find that you'll have to go to the gas station less often.

Instead of aggressively accelerating and then quickly braking for red lights, you can drive more smoothly to reduce gasoline waste. 

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What Does an Alternator Do?

The alternator is responsible for providing power to most of the accessories in your vehicle. Most people think the car battery does the work and are surprised to discover how effective the alternator really is.

The best thing you can do each year is get your vehicle to the service station so they can do a complete servicing of the charging system. 

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Information About Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings

When you get your vehicle's motor oil changed, you may have heard about motor oil viscosity ratings. At Ray Laks Acura of Buffalo in Williamsville, NY, we want you to have an understanding of how your vehicle works, which is why we have explained motor oil viscosity ratings below.

Viscosity refers to the letters and numbers on the bottles of motor oil. 

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Jumpstarting a Dead Battery

If the battery in your car has died, or you've encountered someone who is dealing with a dead battery, it's important to know how to properly jumpstart the broken down car. A quality set of jumper cables is all you need to get a dead battery back on the road.

Safety is important, so you want to make sure that both cars are parked near each other and out of the flow of any traffic. Take the positive cable and clamp it to the positive terminal of the dead battery, and then attach the other end to the…

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Starter Not Starting? Causes and Concerns Explained

A car that will not start properly is not always the fault of a malfunctioning or dead battery. Sometimes it is the starter that is to blame. Smoke emitting from the engine and the smell of burning is one primary sign that the starter is not working properly. An oil-soaked starter is also a cause for concern, as it could mean the component needs to be replaced. Unusual noises such as grinding sounds or constant whining coming from the hood when the car is started also indicate that the starter might require a service appointment.

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Roadtrip Games to Entertain Your Passengers

When you're traveling with your family, keep your kids from getting bored by playing a few road trip games. Get a green LEGO board, a few thin strips to make a tic-tac-toe board, and small square blocks of two different colors so that your kids can play in the car. When they are done, all of the pieces can be stored on the large LEGO piece.

Put letters in a cup to begin a fun travel game. One person pulls a letter out of the cup and tries to find that letter somewhere on a sign or on a…

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Save Money This Summer on Your Roadtrip

We here at Ray Laks Acura of Buffalo want you to enjoy your summer trip wherever the road may take you this year. Here are some tips that we’ve found to help you save money while still having fun.

If you bring along a portable grill, you can stop at rest areas to grill out some of your meals on the road. This can save money instead of spending extra money at restaurants or fast food joints. Camping can be a fun and cheaper alternative to staying at a hotel. If you have extra room in the vehicle, you…

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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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