All Mundelein drivers have blind spots – and no, I’m not talking about the fact that you really don’t sing like Adele. I mean the areas of the road that you can’t see when you’re driving around Mundelein.
First let’s talk about our own blinds spots, and then we can talk about others…
To begin, we can greatly reduce blind spots by properly adjusting our mirrors to give the widest coverage possible. Make the adjustments in your sedan before you start to drive.
First, Mundelein motorists should adjust their rear view mirrors to give the best possible view directly to the rear of their sedan. Mundelein folks don’t need it to get a better view of either side of the car, the kids in the back seat or their dazzling smile. It’s pretty doable, the rear view mirror should reflect the rear.
Next, lean your head until it almost touches the driver’s side window. Adjust your side mirror so that you can just barely see the side of your car. Now, lean your head to the middle of the car and adjust the outside mirror so that you can barely see the right side of the car.
When Mundelein drivers adjust their mirrors this way, they’ll have maximum coverage. Of course driving is a dynamic process – things change every second on Mundelein roads and busy freeways. So it’s wise to take a quick look to the side when passing to make sure that another sedan hasn’t moved into an area you couldn’t see in your mirrors.
Depending on the kind of vehicle you drive (sedan?), you may still have some blind spots. All vehicles have an area behind them that’s blind when backing up. The bigger the vehicle, the bigger the blind spot. A pick-up or SUV can hide a small child – an RV, bus or tractor-trailer can hide an entire vehicle. So be careful out there on our Mundelein streets and in your driveway at your Mundelein home!
As you drive around the Mundelein area, avoid staying in other auto owners’ blind spots. You can’t count on them to be watching their mirrors and looking out for you.
Let’s talk about safely sharing our IL roads with heavy trucks and buses. In crashes involving a truck and car, the driver of the car is to blame for about 40 percent of the accidents. But 78 percent of the fatalities are with the car. The laws of physics are against the smaller vehicle, so it is essential for Mundelein auto owners to take extra precautions around trucks and buses.
Heavy vehicles have huge blind spots: to the rear, on both sides and up front. They also can’t maneuver like a car. They take twice as long to stop and need twice as much space as you do in your sedan or other type of car. You need to keep wide margins when driving around one of these big rigs on Mundelein area highways.
Here are some tips for passing a heavy vehicle in the Mundelein area:
Avoid the blind spots. If you can’t see the Mundelein motorists’s face in one of his mirrors or in a window, he cannot see you!
Don’t follow too close. If you can’t see one of the truck’s mirrors, you’re too close.
Make sure there is plenty of room to pass. Trucks are long and take time to get around. If you’re on one of our local Mundelein, IL two-lane highways, wait for a passing zone.
Don’t linger when passing. Because the blind spots are so big on the sides, you want to get through them quickly. If you can’t pass quickly, drop back.
Pass on the left whenever possible. A trucks’ blind spot is much larger on the right.
Be attentive and wear your seat belt while driving anywhere around Mundelein, even for short drives. Don’t be aggressive when driving around trucks. Because of their size, they appear to be going slower than they really are. Cutting it short around a truck could be disastrous.
Use your turn signals when starting to pass. Once you can see the full truck in your rear view mirror, it’s safe to signal and move over. It’s critical not to cut it short or slow quickly when you pull in front of a truck.
Be careful passing a truck at an intersection in Mundelein. Trucks need to turn wide to maneuver through Mundelein streets. Squeezing between a truck and the curb could put your car in your Mundelein body shop or Mundelein Tire & Service. Look for the truck’s turn signals.
The team of automotive professionals at Mundelein Tire & Service want you to watch those blind spots – but feel free to sing in the shower all you want.
Mundelein Tire & Service We’re on 900 North Lake Street in Mundelein, IL (60060) Call us to make an appointment at 847.949.5110.
Lease Or Buy?
Posted on January 31,14 by truck2
Lease? Or buy? These are the options for Mundelein car financing. It’s always a tough question for Mundelein car owners. But here is some info that’ll help you make an informed decision.
If you buy, you’ll pay the full cost of the car, with maybe an initial down payment, then monthly payments on the balance that pays down the loan principal, and the finance charge.
Mundelein car owners who lease, finance the portion of the cost of the car that’s used up during the term of the lease. You’ll pay some money up front; fees, security deposit, first month’s payment and maybe a capital reduction. The monthly payments include a depreciation cost and a finance charge. When the lease is up, you return the car to your local Mundelein area dealership.
So how do Mundelein drivers decide?
First, how much do you have for a down payment? A lease usually requires a smaller down.
How much monthly payment can you afford? Again, lease payments will be much lower for any given down payment.
A lease needs requires better credit, so that’s a factor.
How long will you keep the car? Mundelein drivers who keep their cars around for a while will pay less if they buy. But just two or three years? Then leasing is the way to go.
If your car might suffer a ding or two, like, say a work truck would, then buying’s better. The Mundelein auto leasing company will want their vehicle back at the lease end in tip top shape, and if repairs are needed, you’ll pay.
How many miles do you drive in and around the Mundelein area? Important to consider because leases have a mileage limit, and if you go over, you pay a hefty charge per mile when the lease is up. So high mileage IL auto owners should definitely buy.
Will the car be used in your Mundelein business? Check with your Mundelein accountant, but both financing options have different tax benefits, depending on your circumstances.
Over the short term, leasing is much cheaper for Mundelein drivers. Medium term, leasing and buying costs are about the same. Over the long haul, leasing always costs more in IL.
Leases may sound a bit complicated, and the typical lease decision weighs more on the monthly payment, rather than price. So sometimes Mundelein leasers may pay on a higher purchase price than a buyer would.
Here is a tip: If the Mundelein salesman asks if you’ll be leasing or buying, say you’re not sure yet. Make your best deal, then look at your Mundelein financing options.
Here’s another: With a buy or a lease, if you total the car, you’ll owe the full amount of the loan, or the balance of the lease payments, and usually, it’s less than the car’s fair Mundelein market value – and that’s all your IL auto insurance company will pay. But ask your Mundelein agent about gap insurance, which pays the difference between fair market value and what you owe. Big consideration for a lease.
Remember, you have to return your leased vehicle in excellent condition, and may need to do all the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended service and maintenance, or face penalties. So see your local tech at your Mundelein auto repair shop or Mundelein Tire & Service on a regular basis, get the required work done and save the service records. It’s well worth it.
What To Do In Case Of An Accident in Mundelein
Posted on November 19,13 by truck2
Screeching tires, crunching metal – it’s an accident! If you’ve ever been in a car accident in Mundelein, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It’s hard to think straight and know what to do.
Let’s review what you should do in case of an accident:
When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in Mundelein is considered a crime – even if it’s not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your IL driver’s license or even jail time.
Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other Libertyville and Vernon Hills motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call Mundelein emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.
Always file a Mundelein police report. It’s tempting to skip this if everything seems to be ok. But without a police report, the other guy can say whatever he wants about the accident later, and you’ll not have an objective report to help defend yourself. Discuss the accident only with the police. Emotions are strong after an accident and we naturally want to talk about it – don’t. Never admit fault or guilt to anyone including the police officer. Sometimes we may feel at fault, but in the eyes of the law, the other guy is responsible.
Truthfully give the officer the facts: such as “I was going thirty miles an hour” not “I wasn’t speeding”. Remember, anything you say to the officer or anyone else can be used against you.
Also get the officer’s name and ID number and ask where you can get a copy of the accident report.
Get the facts on the driver and owner of the other vehicle:
Date of birth
Driver’s license number and expiration
Also take down a description of the other Mundelein vehicle, license plate and vehicle identification number. Most IL auto insurance companies don’t record license plate numbers, so the VIN number is the best way to track the vehicle.
Ask witnesses, including passengers, to wait for the police. If they can’t wait, ask for contact information and request that they write a brief description of what they saw. If someone refuses to leave their name, write down their license plate number so the police can track them down later if necessary. Always call your insurance agent or your insurance company. Call or see a physician if you think you may have been injured. For vehicle repairs, call Mundelein Tire & Service at 847.949.5110
Contact Mundelein Tire & Service to learn more about what do do in case of an auto accident. You can find us at: 900 North Lake Street Mundelein, IL 60060 Or call us at 847.949.5110
Mundelein Tire & Service and AutoNetTV hope that you never have to use this information and wish you happy Mundelein travels.
Can Car Scent Keep You Safe On IL Roads?
Posted on September 03,13 by truck2
Here’s a travel tip that’ll I’ll bet you didn’t know, and, it might keep you safer…
The average American commuter in IL 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 IL?
Well, which scent did you think makes drivers more alert?
B. New Car
D. Warm Vanilla Breeze
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.