Facts About Black, Dirty, and Sludgy Motor Oil

Sludgy Motor Oil

Motor oil, much like all the other components and systems in your vehicle is quite susceptible to aging and common wear. When the motor oil in your vehicle ages and becomes extremely dirty looking, it is important to change out the sludgy motor oil so as to avoid damage to your vehicle’s engine. Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin our team of highly skilled professionals wants to help our valued clients to understand why dirty, grimy oil can be detrimental and very harmful to your engine. With that said, here are some important facts you need to know.

WHY MOTOR OIL BECOMES GRITTY, GRIMEY AND SLUDGY

Sludgy motor oil begins to make its presence known when a vehicle owner fails to have a proper oil change performed in a significant period of time on their vehicle. In addition to motor oil lubricating the important parts and components within your vehicle’s engine, it is also responsible for cleaning up various contaminants and particles that may have made their way into your vehicle’s engine. When this occurs, the efficiency of your motor oil begins to decrease as the ongoing buildup occurs. Over time, the oil in your vehicle will collect sludge and a wide range of particles requiring a change in motor oil. If, however, you fail to change out the motor oil in sufficient time, it will begin to take on a very black, gritty and grimy appearance.

 

In addition, sludgy motor oil is also caused by a dirty oil filter. The primary function of the oil filter is to filter out particles and contaminants that are located within your vehicle’s motor oil after it has completely cycled through your vehicle’s engine. If this oil filter is not changed routinely and in a timely fashion it will no longer have the capability of removing the particles and contaminants thereby causing them to remain within the motor oil itself.

 

GRIMY, SLUDGY MOTOR OIL IS DEFINITELY HARMFUL FOR YOUR VEHICLE

It certainly goes without saying that motor oil that is grimy and black in color cannot benefit your engine. Rather, the grimy oil not only fails to properly and effectively clean and lubricate your vehicle’s engine, but will, over time, turn into a deep, dark sludgy motor oil. This grimy motor oil when cycled through your engine can result in a significant amount of damage to your vehicle.

 

STEPS TO TAKE TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEM

If the oil in your vehicle appears black and grimy, don’t delay in reaching out to the skilled technicians here at Auto Clinic of Franklin to schedule your oil change as quickly as possible. Our team highly recommends you adhere to a routine oil service schedule so as to prevent black, gritty motor oil from being a repeat problem. Our staff keeps a complete record of all services we perform on your vehicle and will provide you with a proper timeline for performing necessary oil changes in a designated timeframe.

We can all agree that our vehicles play a significant role in our day to day lives, which is why the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin stands ready to meet all your automotive needs. Our team is steadfast in their commitment to provide only the highest quality automotive services to all our Franklin clients and those in the adjacent towns as well and that includes our affordable, effective oil change services.

 

THE TEAM YOU CAN TRUST

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we use only state of the art equipment and parts and ensure the proper oil selection is used for your specific vehicle to help avoid engine problems caused by sludgy motor oil. If your vehicle is in need of an oil change, or you are in need of any other type of automotive services, then surely you have come to the right place. Simply give a shout out to our facility today and schedule your auto service appointment. Our team looks forward to our every opportunity to serve you!

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Franklin’s High-Quality and Affordable Auto Services

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A car is among one of the most important and costly investments you will make in a lifetime. With that said, the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin wants to remind our valued clients of the importance of proper care and maintenance of your vehicle. To protect your investment, our team of technicians wants to share with you the many auto services we offer here in Franklin.

TOP-RATED AUTO SERVICES

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin, we take pride in providing only the highest quality automotive products and services this side of Tennessee. Our automotive facility is owned and operated by some of the best all round, full-service auto specialists in the industry. We are truly committed to providing clients with the best all-around auto services at prices that are affordable and in timelines that meet with our clients’ needs. Our team is committed to providing all our customers the confidence and peace of mind needed that the care and maintenance of their investment is in the hands of some of the absolute best in the industry.

Our team is dedicated to our superior customer service and satisfaction ratings, which are a true testament to not only our team, but our ethics and integrity as well as our top-rated automotive products and services. Clients in the Franklin area and many of the surrounding towns can always count on the professionals here at the number one Franklin automotive clinic.

WHY CHOOSE THE PROFESSIONALS HERE AT AUTO CLINIC OF FRANKLIN?

Not only is our team of dedicated automotive techs and specialists licensed and certified, but we offer the best all-around auto services at prices that are truly affordable. We use only the most innovative equipment and software programs available in the industry today. Our team takes pride in meeting the timelines and schedules of our clients, and is steadfast in our commitment to meet the individual needs of all our valued clients.

Our auto clinic has made a marketplace and industry name for itself in Franklin and many of the adjacent towns. Residents here in Franklin, who are in need of top-of-the-line automotive services always turn to our team that delivers cutting edge automotive services you can always trust.

Our team of technicians are highly skilled, trained and qualified to handle all your automotive needs and to answer questions as well as discuss any concerns you may have about your vehicle, repairs needed, or about our policies and prices. We engage in a simple mission statement here at Auto Clinic of Franklin that is founded on and supported by our 100% customer satisfaction rating. Our superior customer satisfaction and customer service is truly the driving force behind our team who strives to maintain our very visible marketplace presence we have achieved as well as our highly reputable name in the automotive industry.

CONFIDENCE AND PEACE OF MIND

Auto services and repairs can often times be unplanned, which is why our team is committed to providing our valued clients with not only the confidence but the peace of mind they need to know that when they choose the professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin for their automotive

services and repairs, they are putting their trust into the hands of some of the absolute best in the automotive industry. If you are in need of high-quality, auto repairs or services for your vehicle, then look no further than the highly skilled and experienced professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin. We look forward to serving you with all your automotive needs, season after season, year after year!

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Safe Winter Driving Tips

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Well, winter is upon us as are slippery and dangerous driving conditions that can occur during the frigid temperatures and storms. Whether ice, sleet or snowy conditions, driving in the winter months can be more than challenging. With that said, the team of dedicated automotive specialists here at Auto Clinic of Franklin wants to provide some important tips and insight to our valued clients on safe winter driving.

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin our clients are always our number one priority, which is why, in addition to our high-quality automotive products and services, we offer the highest quality customer service as well. As part of our ongoing commitment to providing superior customer service to our clients, we make every effort to offer informed advice on safety and safe driving as well as automotive industry news. Our team of friendly, dedicated techs always puts the well-being, happiness and safety of our clients first. With that in mind, we wanted to take this time now to share with you some helpful and important tips for safe winter driving.

IT’S ALL ABOUT SAFETY

When travelling in various types of winter conditions, whether travelling by day or by night, it is important to keep a safe distance of at least one car’s length behind the vehicle travelling in front of you. Should the vehicle ahead encounter slippery conditions and start swerving and skidding, when you are far enough behind you can slow your speed and take necessary steps to avoid an accident.

One of the biggest problems winter driving causes is that of visibility issues as a result of icing or a steady snowfall on your windshield. When experiencing visibility issues, it is very important that you keep an even greater distance of at least two car lengths from the vehicle in front of you as well as slowing your travel speed. With visibility issues, it is critical that you remain focused on the road ahead and alert to your surroundings in order to be able to act and react quickly and effectively in an unsuspecting circumstance.

The team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin highly recommends that when driving in the winter, you drive with your lights on. During a storm, especially, this will provide you with an added layer of safety and protection and will also allow for other traffic and vehicles to be aware of your presence both ahead and behind you.

SOME IMPORTANT TIPS TO ENSURE YOUR VEHICLE IS WINTR DRIVING READY

To ensure that your vehicle is prepped and ready to handle the winter driving challenges, start by checking the air levels in your tires and ensuring they are appropriate. The cold weather temperatures more times than not cause your tires to lose air pressure. In addition, make certain that your windshield wiper blades are in mint condition. You certainly don’t want to find yourself caught in a storm with wiper blades that are old and worn and cannot provide you with much needed clear visibility.

Further considerations and helpful tips include testing the defroster in your vehicle to be sure it is working properly. Your defroster will be used often throughout your winter driving and will help to enhance your driving visibility.

Finally, we want to remind you to top off all your fluids and perform an oil change. Top off such fluids as the windshield wiper fluid, antifreeze, transmission fluid and brake fluid, all of which will contribute to safer winter driving. The team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin is on hand to take care of these tasks for you and help prepare and maintain your vehicle throughout the winter driving season.

THE FRIENDLY PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin our team of dedicated professionals are committed to providing you with only the highest quality automotive products and services this side of the state. With that said, in addition to the important tips for safe winter driving we have shared with you, if you are in need of auto repairs or services of any type, we are the team for you. Simply reach out to one of our staff to make your appointment. With a new year upon us, we would like to send along wishes to all our valued clients for a safe, healthy, and prosperous 2021 New Year ahead!

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Franklin’s Affordable Car Repair Services

Car Repair

Your car or truck is one of the most important investments you will make in your lifetime. Taking steps to protect your investment is not only critical to its proper functionality, but to its overall life expectancy as well. Your car requires a great deal of routine maintenance to ensure that it operates properly and safely at all times. With that said, when you are faced with a car repair of any kind, you can always rely upon the dedicated automotive specialists here at Auto Clinic of Franklin.

TOP-RATED AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE REPAIRS

When your car presents with any number of issues, rest assured the professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin stand ready to meet your every need and provide you with an effective car repair. Our highly skilled and experienced automotive technicians possess all the experience, know-how and knowledge needed to identify the source of your problem and provide effective repair solutions as needed. Identifying automotive problems can be quite a challenge, but not for our dedicated team. From a radiator issue and air conditioning system problem to the installation of new brakes or an engine tune-up, we have got you covered. Our team strives to deliver all the confidence and peace of mind our customers need to know that we are providing proper care and maintenance for their cherished investment.

SATISFACTION GUARANTEED

With our repair services that will simply not be matched by any of our competitors and prices that are every bit competitive and affordable, our Franklin car repair facility has come to be recognized as your go to facility for all your automotive needs here in Franklin. Our team is committed to providing the highest quality services, customer service and customer satisfaction, which is why we have earned ourselves a spot on the marketplace charts. Our high customer satisfaction rating is a true testament to not only our policies, ethics, and integrity, but to our high-quality services, products and prices as well.

WHY CHOOSE THE TEAM HERE AT AUTO CLINIC OF FRANKLIN?

Our team of automotive experts is licensed and certified to perform all types of auto repair services. In addition, we offer prices that are affordable and strive to meet the timelines and individual needs of all our valued clients. We also take pride in offering our customers the most experienced and the friendliest team of automotive technicians this side of the state.

Our technicians work right alongside our customers in our efforts to properly and quickly identify the source of your automobile problem and advise clients on the repair options they have. We strongly encourage open communication and stand ready to answer any questions or discuss any concerns our customers may have. We want our customers to understand the root source of the problem and what we feel is the most effective solution to the problem. We communicate in full detail what the actual automotive issue is, how it may have come to be, and the appropriate remedy to the problem at hand.

Our technicians want all our customers to feel comfortable asking questions and communicating with them with regard to not only their vehicle repairs, but the costs, timelines and any other related issues. We strive to deliver only the highest quality automotive parts and services this side of Franklin and are committed to providing your necessary car repair in timelines that are accommodating to your schedules.

SATISFACTION AND PEACE OF MIND

Auto issues typically occur without any real warning. Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we want our customers to know that unsuspecting auto issues and car repairs are what we do best. If you are having an automotive problem, or perhaps you are in need of typical preventative maintenance for your car, then look to the professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin. We look forward to serving you and to ensuring that your car stays on the road providing you with all the comfort and safety you need!

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Be Sure to Check Those Belts and Hoses

Belts & Hoses

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin our team of dedicated technicians and specialists is committed to providing all our valued clients with the best all round car repairs and services this side of the state. Our team of certified mechanics and highly skilled and trained automotive repair technicians stand ready to meet your needs. They are equipped to handle all your car service and repair needs no matter winter, spring, summer or fall.

Our team will easily and quickly identify problems you may be experiencing, the root source of the problems and provide effective and efficient solutions as needed. We are truly committed to exceeding the expectations of our clients by always going above and beyond and delivering the highest quality automotive products, services and repairs here in Franklin and the many surrounding towns.

 

PROPER REPAIRS FOR BELTS AND HOSES

As a typical component of a vehicle tune up our team of technicians will inspect all of the many hoses and belts found within your vehicle. The serpentine belts are a part of your engine and are designed to provide all the power needed for a variety of important systems within your car or truck. The alternator, power steering and the air conditioning compressor, to name a few systems, are dependent upon belts in order to properly function.

Heater hoses coupled with the radiator also rely upon properly functioning belts to operate. Since hoses are made of rubber that is exposed to a great deal of friction and heat causing them to harden, weaken and become brittle, it is important to have them inspected regularly. In addition, hoses can leak or split and, over time, even snap which will cause your vehicle to stop running. If a hose becomes split it can cause your vehicle’s engine to overheat, resulting in serious damage which is why it is so important to ensure that you regularly check all the belts and hoses in your vehicle.

It is somewhat difficult to assess and analyze the condition and/or damage to the various hoses and belts by simply viewing them since damage that occurs will more times than not begin on the innermost side of the belt or hose. If, however, you see visible damage, then it goes without saying that your belts or hoses, whichever is damaged, needs replacement. Yet another way you can check on the overall health and condition of these important vehicle components is to pinch the rubber of the hose or the belt to determine if it has a healthy texture or is the rubber brittle and hard, or soft and floppy. If the rubber has an unhealthy texture and condition then it is time to invest in a replacement.

 

THE TEAM YOU CAN TRUST

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin many of our customers fail to give attention to the hoses and belts in their vehicles regularly. It is important to do so and especially important to replace those that are worn down and damaged so as to avoid any serious harm to your vehicle’s engine and proper running condition. With that said, our team of dedicated professionals is on hand to help you determine whether or not replacements are needed.

If you have not recently checked the condition of your vehicle’s hoses and belts or find that you are in need of replacements, then surely you have come to the right place. Having earned ourselves a spot on the marketplace charts as one of the best automotive repair and service providers this side of Tennessee our team is steadfast in our commitment to maintain that very marketplace presence. Be sure to bring your vehicle down to our trusted facility today. The beautiful holiday season is now upon us and the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin sends along wishes from our family to yours for a joyous and safe holiday season ahead!

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Your Winter Car Kit for Survival

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Winter driving can be challenging sometimes. Drivers have no way of knowing what can happen when on a winter road trip, which is why the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin highly recommends every driver have a winter car kit for survival should the unexpected happen.

A car kit that is properly stocked with all the right items from a snow brush and ice scraper as well as a first aid kit to jumper cables, flares and a flashlight can certainly prove to be a lifesaver in an emergency. In addition, your car kit should also include a cell phone charger, fluorescent flag, bottled water, some dry food, snacks, hats and mittens, a pocket knife, and hand warmers. A fully stocked car kit can be a true lifesaver in a storm or road emergency.

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin, we know how cold the winter months can be which is why we also encourage all our valued clients to engage in proper car maintenance as well. Be sure to have your pre-winter checkup so as to avoid any unsuspecting problems on the road. Our team of certified technicians suggests you perform appropriate maintenance checks to your tires, hoses, belts, battery, wipers and coolant to ensure you are prepared and ready for any winter challenges.

EMERGENCY 911 TIPS AND SURVIVAL TIPS

Should you find yourself stranded in a storm and are unable to call a family member or friend here are some tips to follow.

  • Call 911. Give them your location, tell them the problem you are having and advise them of the status of each of your passengers.
  • Tie the fluorescent flag to your car’s antenna or if you prefer, simply hang it out the window.
  • If it is night time be sure to keep your dome light on since rescue crews will be able to spot that glow of light from a distance.
  • Use your emergency flares and flashers as needed.
  • Don’t try shoveling your vehicle out if you happen to be stuck in a snow bank because this can lead to overexertion and can ultimately result in injury.
  • Stay in your vehicle.
  • Don’t attempt to walk in the storm since you can either get lost or tire out before reaching a safe destination. In addition, in a storm, other vehicles may not be able to see you walking which puts you in grave danger. Your vehicle will be the best protection and shelter for you and your passengers until help arrives.
  • Be sure if you need to run the vehicle for heating purposes, that you check the exhaust pipe and make certain it is free of snow and that you only run the engine for 10-minute intervals. Snow can plug the exhaust system which can cause carbon monoxide, which is deadly, to seep into your car. Be sure to keep a window slightly open the whole time you are stranded and especially when you have the engine running.
  • Though it may not be the most comfortable or secure feeling, be sure to keep a positive attitude and stay alert until help arrives.

FRANKLIN’S TOP-RATED AUTO TEAM

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we strive to deliver the best all round automotive products, services and repairs this side of Tennessee. Our team of dedicated professionals is steadfast in their commitment to meet the individual needs of all our clients. We take pride in our affordable prices, our quick turnaround times and our full lineup of quality automotive products.

There is truly no automotive fix too big or too small for our team. To learn more about winter driving, preparing a survival winter car kit or to schedule a service appointment, reach out to one of our friendly staff today. The holidays are just around the corner so we want to send along wishes from our family to yours for a joyous and safe holiday season!

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Don’t Forget Those Windshield Wipers

Windshield Wipers

Well, fall seems to be coming to a close which means winter is right around the corner. Many vehicle owners, even those good about maintaining their vehicles, often lose sight of the proper care and maintenance of their windshield wipers. Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we want to take this time to offer our clients some insight on the proper care and timely change out of your vehicle wipers.

WHEN TO CHANGE YOUR WIPERS

When to change your wipers will differ from vehicle to vehicle and from season to season. In addition, the timeline for changing out windshield wipers depends upon how worn the blades actually are and whether or not they can efficiently provide the protection you and your windshield need. Individuals who live in areas where the climate is much cooler and where minimal rain occurs, will typically find that the lifespan of their wipers is extended. When difficult weather conditions are not present, it only makes sense that drivers will use their wipers much less minimizing the wear they experience.

However, if you live in a location where there is abundant rain or even snow and sleet, then consistent use of your wipers is common. The more you use them the more worn out the blades become. It is important, especially in these kinds of locations where the weather fluctuates, that you have healthy wipers to provide you with the visibility and safety you need.

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin our experienced and highly trained auto technicians are on hand to assist with all your vehicle care and maintenance and that includes advising you when you are in need of new windshield wipers. If you are uncertain as to whether or not your wipers need to be changed out or replaced, then simply take a ride on down to our friendly automotive shop and let our technicians help determine the overall health of your wipers for you.

The best test for determining the necessity to replace wipers is the simple test of visibility. If your visibility is not clear, but rather impaired by the condition of your wipers, then sure, it’s time to invest in a new set. Additionally, if we notice that your wipers are not making the necessary contact with the surface of your windshield, then again, it’s time to make a change. Finally, if you notice scratches or smears of any type on your windshield or if, while they are in use, you hear squeaks these too are sure indicators that you are in need of new wiper blades.

AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES YOU CAN RELY ON

Whenever you have scheduled maintenance of your vehicle here at Auto Clinic of Franklin, regardless of the service, our team of technicians will always inspect your wiper blades while you are here to ensure they are working properly and effectively. We take pride in the overall wellbeing and satisfaction of our clients and take every step possible to provide only the highest quality automotive services time and time again. Our clients are always our number one priority which is why our team of specialists is so steadfast in providing effective and efficient services to all our valued clients.

If you are in need of automotive services or parts, including windshield wipers, be sure to look to the professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin. Give a shout out to our friendly techs today to set up your next maintenance check or automotive service. Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we provide the best all round automotive services in Franklin winter, spring, summer and fall and look forward to our every opportunity to serve you.

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Car Battery Care During Cold Weather

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Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin our team of highly skilled automotive technicians wants to share with our valued clients some important tips on how to properly care for your car battery. These useful tips will help keep your battery and vehicle running at peak levels during the cold winter months.

IMPORTANT TIPS FOR BATTERY CARE

We all know full well that car batteries just do not operate as well in cold temperatures. Car batteries operate by generating electricity by way of a chemical reaction. This process slows down greatly in cold weather temperatures, thus generating less power to the vehicle. With that said, here are some helpful tips to help your battery perform in cold weather months.

  • Covered Parking – When you park your vehicle in a garage or under a covering of some sort you are contributing to proper car battery cold weather care. Any type of car covering helps with the overall performance of your battery since the heat trapped in the surface where the vehicle is parked will keep your vehicle warm and ultimately shelter your battery from the extreme cold.
  • Turn off all the Extras – Cold temperatures cause battery power to be minimized which means that your engine will need more power in order to start up. To ensure that your engine can turn over in the morning hours be sure to turn off all accessories and extras such as heaters, headlights, wipers and the likes, that actually draw additional power from your battery. After you start up your vehicle in the morning, then surely you can turn all the extras back on again.
  • Don’t allow your vehicles to sit for long periods of time – Vehicles can typically sit in near to subzero temperatures overnight, especially if they are properly maintained. However, regardless of how well you maintain your car battery sitting for days or even for weeks can cause grave problems with your vehicle. With the cold weather, batteries are many times unable to self-discharge which can ultimately lead to other more serious problems such as damaging connections and cracked battery cases.
  • No over-cranking – If your engine will not start up be sure to avoid over cranking the vehicle. Over cranking the starter in excess of a few seconds can cause risks of overheating. If the engine does not start right up, be patient and wait a few moments before trying again. Whatever you do – don’t over crank.
  • Invest in a cold weather battery – If your battery is in excess of three years old the team here at Auto Clinic of Franklin highly recommends you replace it long before the cold winter months arrive. This may be the ideal time to invest in a car battery that is designed specifically to operate in the cold. As we all know, not all batteries are the same. Some batteries have higher cold cranking amps and will certainly perform much better in cold weather than everyday batteries.
  • Inspect for Corrosion – Corrosion frequently occurs on battery cables and battery clamps which can ultimately obstruct the flow of electricity causing the battery to function from a much lower power level. Our technicians will inspect your battery and clean away any corrosion that may be present.

THE PROFESSIONALS YOU CAN TRUST

If you have followed the above suggested tips and find yourself still faced with battery problems, then it may be that you simply need a replacement. If you replace your battery and still encounter problems you may have a bigger issue with your alternator. Whatever the case, the professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin stand ready to help. For more information about proper car battery care in cold weather, or to schedule a service appointment, reach out to one of our team members today!

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Some Important Halloween Safety Tips

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Halloween is just a few days away and children and adults alike are getting prepped and ready for all the fun. Trick or treaters of all ages and sizes will soon be lining the streets in hopes of collecting lots and lots of treats while saying hello to many neighbors and friends. With that said, the folks here at Auto Clinic of Franklin want to remind everybody that Halloween can be a very dangerous evening for a number of reasons, which is why Halloween safety is so important.

BE CAREFUL OF THE PARTIERS

Many people host fun-filled Halloween parties, as we all know, but often at those parties much drinking can go on. When the party is over, or guests need to leave early, drivers who are on the road on this very dangerous eve can pose a number of hazards to innocent people. Drunken drivers are not so foreign on a typical Halloween eve, which is why it is so important for families to be on the alert.

On this fun-filled evening the ultimate goal is for everyone to enjoy themselves, but to get home safe and sound and without any harm. With that said, the pros here at Auto Clinic of Franklin want to share some simple but practical Halloween safety tips for all to adhere to this weekend coming up.

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS FOR ALL

Drivers – When you find yourself having to drive through the neighborhood on Halloween eve, be sure to take every necessary precaution when on local roads and at intersections since many pedestrians will look for the easiest route to the next doorbell to ring. In addition, drivers need to be attentive to other drivers and mistakes they may make and be prepared to stop suddenly if need be. In addition, it is critical that drivers remain entirely focused on the road and on all their surroundings and keep their cell phones off. Finally, remember that may costumes come with masks and full-face coverings which can further hinder their ability for individuals to see clearly when walking in the darkened hours, so you need to be entirely on alert.

Pedestrians and Parents – Costumes that are donned with bright colors are a surefire way of ensuring that your child/children are easily seen when trick or treating. If, however, your little one has a black or dark costume you may want to consider using reflective bright colored tape on their shoes and maybe even on the backside of their costume. Be sure to always carry a flashlight when trick or treating so you always have a clear view of what’s up ahead.

Parents be sure to use sidewalks whenever possible and stay close to your children while remaining on the lookout for vehicles that are turning corners or backing up. In addition, be on the lookout for drivers or older trick or treaters who may have indulged in just a wee bit too much drinking. Finally, whenever possible go out and trick or treat in groups with your family and friends. Not only will it be a whole lot safer, but it is sure to be a whole lot more fun as well.

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These are just some simple but practical Halloween safety tips we wanted to share with you. Trick or treating is a tradition for many families and one that children especially look forward to. So be

sure to take every precaution to ensure the safety of your family and friends. Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we care about our clients and not only provide the highest quality automotive parts, services and repairs this side of Franklin, but our friendly professionals are committed to the overall happiness and safety of all our valued clients!

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Prepare your Vehicle for Slippery Fall Driving

Fall Driving

Well, fall is certainly in full bloom and winter right around the corner now. In the fall, as we all know, the temperatures get a bit chilly, the days are shorter, the sun sets a whole lot earlier and the leaves begin to change into lovely fall colors. Fall is also a favorite time of year for a variety of sports, Halloween gatherings and lots of pumpkin everything. However, it is important we don’t lose sight of the fact that the fall also presents with some dangerous fall driving conditions.

When the leaves begin to fall steadily, they make their way onto the many highways and roadways. When this happens, there is an increased risk for accidents since the leaves can pose slippery driving conditions. When there is also a mixture of rainy weather or morning frost, the two combined together can even become quite treacherous. With that said, the folks here at Auto Clinic of Franklin want to take this time to remind our valued clients of some very important vehicle safety tips they should adhere to so as to avoid any unsuspecting driving conditions this fall.

VEHICLE SAFETY TIPS FOR THE FALL

Fall is such a beautiful, peaceful time of year when many people just want to find themselves outdoors taking in the brisk, fresh air. Many also enjoy the colorful fall foliage, and taking all those long, peaceful drives through the back roads where all the colors are so vibrant and the atmosphere so calm. Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we want to make sure that our clients can go right ahead and enjoy the lovely fall season and all its elements without being faced with unsuspecting car accidents. So, to ensure your safety, we put together these important tips and facts.

  • Tires – As the cooler fall temperatures set in, your tire pressure can begin to change and end up leaving you with tire pressure that is far too low. Be sure to always check the pressure of your tires as well as the condition of the traction and treads because falling colorful leaves can make most roadways dangerous and slippery. When this happens, you want to be sure your tires can grip the surface quickly and properly.
  • Brakes – As we suggested already, the roads in the fall can be quite slippery, so be sure before you begin all that fall driving, that your brakes are performing at peak levels and in the best of shape.
  • Stay Atop the Current Weather Conditions – As the fall weather sets in and the temperatures become colder, there are a number of road hazards that can exist as a result of falling leaves and even early morning frost. Whenever you drive on fallen leaves it is imperative that you slow your travel speed and always leave a good space between yourself and the vehicle ahead of you. When leaves are wet and even frozen, they can make the road extremely slippery. In addition, when there are leaves all over the roadway, they can easily camouflage other road conditions that are present such as bumps and pot holes. Early morning frost is much like black ice in the winter and can cause very dangerous road conditions especially over bridges. Whenever there is frost, be sure to always slow your travel speed down.
  • Wiper Blades and Washer Fluid – Be sure to check your windshield wiper fluid regularly and be sure that your wipers are working properly. In addition, be sure that your wiper blades are not damaged in any way so as to avoid any disruption to clearing your windshield should the weather get tricky.
  • Heaters and Defrosters – As the temperatures start dropping, you want to be sure that your heater is working properly, your defroster is functioning and your antifreeze is at sufficient levels needed to protect your engine throughout the cold weather months.

AUTO CLINIC OF FRANKLIN – YOUR NUMBER ONE CHOICE FOR AUTO REPAIRS AND SERVICES

Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin, we take tremendous pride in our top of the line automotive repairs, parts and services we provide our valued clients. We understand full well how important a properly functioning vehicle is for everyone and are steadfast in our commitment to meet the individual needs of all our clients. We hope you found these important facts and tips for safe fall driving informative and we look forward to our every opportunity to serve you. For all your automotive parts, repairs and services in Franklin and the surrounding towns, look to the professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin. You’ll be more than glad you did!

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