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Ladies Auto Know…Car Care Tips for Busy Ladies

Most of us ladies are living at a crazy-fast pace these days. A lot of us work full time. Combine that with being a full time mom, running kids to school, day care and after-school activities, not to mention those of us who have the additional responsibility of being the household “car care manager.” While car care has typically been considered “the man’s job,” research by the Car Care Council shows that women surprisingly represent 60% of automotive service customers in North busy momAmerica, and ladies are spending more than $300 BILLION annually on vehicle maintenance, repairs and used vehicles, (this according to the American Woman Road and Travel).

It’s important not to get so caught up in our day to day hectic schedules that we forget the importance of vehicle inspections and regular maintenance. It’s so important in helping to keep you and your families safe on the road.

“Here at Linear Automotive, we recognize the extreme time crunch our society’s women are under,” says Joel Ozbun, owner of Linear Automotive Collision & Service. “Our business is committed to ensuring women (and all of our customers) with the highest quality repair and service experience possible.”

The fact is, women are busier than ever. According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • In 2011, nearly 4 in every 5 mothers of school-aged children were in the paid workforce.
  • In 2012, there were 3.7 million female multiple jobholders.
  • The number of working women has
    grown from 18.4 million in 1950 to nearly 65 million in 2012.
  • In addition, the American Federation of Labor, reports that 63% of women work 40 or more hours per week.

To keep us hard working ladies on the go, and on the road, you should always stay on top of your vehicle’s oil change and service intervals, and take care of any issue, no matter how minor, sooner rather than later. This ensures your car will run better, last longer, retain its value and provide optimal safety and security for your family.

Here are some safety tips that will help your vehicle run at its best heading into the spring and summer travel seasons.

  • Blowouts:  If your tire sustains a blowout while you are driving, do not slam on your brakes. This could cause the vehicle to swerve in the direction of the blowout. Apply the brakes instead to regain control and slowly guide the vehicle to safety at the side of the road.
  • Air Pressure:  To help avoid under-inflation the Rubber Manufacturers Association recommends that you check your tires’ air pressure at least once a month and before a long trip. Under-inflation is actually the leading cause of tire failures/blowouts. Changes in the temperature affect the rate at which your tires lose air. This is why when the temperature turns cold an indicator to check your tire air pressure lights up. Never “bleed” or reduce air pressure when tires are hot. It is normal for pressures to build up as a result of driving.
  • Tread Wear:  When to buy a new tire: You can check your tires for proper tread by taking a lincolnpenny and pinching Lincoln’s body between your thumb and forefinger. Put Lincoln’s head in a groove on the tread. If any part of Lincoln’s head is obscured by the tread, the tire has good tread. However, if you can see above his head, you need to get new tires.
  • Batteries:  A weak battery can leave you stranded – usually at the worst possible time and place
  • Brakes:  An expert inspection can determine whether your brakes are functioning properly with full braking capability
  • Windshield Wipers:  Old or worn wipers can lead to poor visibility in adverse weather conditions
  • Headlamps:  Properly aimed headlamps are a must for optimizing your visibility – to see and to be seen
  • Oil:  Change your oil and filter at intervals recommended in your owner’s manual to minimize engine wear and reduce the possibility of internal damage. I recommend that you have Joel (our owner) advise you on how often you should have your oil changed.
  • Fluid levels:  Improper fluid levels – this includes coolant, oil, power steering, transmission, brake fluid and even washer solvent – can negatively affect vehicle durability, performance and most importantly, safety.
  • Belts and Hoses:  A broken belt or ruptured hose can cause costly engine damage and travel delays.


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