We offer a full range of auto repair services in Chicago, including:
Brakes, Mufflers, Tires
Air Conditioners and more
You depend on your vehicle to get you where you're going, and we understand the uncertainty you feel when it isn't working properly. Whether your engine is making a strange noise, your air conditioner isn't cooling, or your exhaust system is blowing smoke, Tuffy can help with your auto repair needs in the Chicago area.
You know better than to get behind the wheel after too many drinks, but have you ever checked Facebook, tweeted, or sent a text while driving?
New data shows that those activities are three times more dangerous than drunk driving. People who use social media or text while driving have a reaction time that’s 38% slower than focused drivers. Drivers at the legal alcohol limit have a reaction delay of just 12%.
Texting while driving is already illegal in Illinois, and the Illinois House recently approved a bill to ban handheld cell phone use while driving. The City of Evanston is even considering a complete ban on cell phone use, which, if approved, would be the most restrictive cell phone law in the country.
So keep your phone in your pocket or purse and resist the temptation to check it, even when you’re at a traffic light or the Dan Ryan is bumper to bumper.
What will keep you safer on the road and save you money? Properly inflated tires.
According to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, under-inflated tires cause 600 fatalities and 33,000 injuries every year and contribute to the waste of 1.2 billion gallons of gas.
Most vehicles on the road today have at least one under-inflated tire. That’s why we encourage you to Check 5 on the 1st. It’s a reminder to check the air pressure in all four of your tires and the spare on the first day of each month.
You can find the proper PSI for your tires on the inside edge of the driver’s side door or in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
When the sun is shining and the temperatures are perfect, it’s natural to want to cruise with the windows down. But there are reports that say driving with your windows down creates a sufficient enough drag to compromise your fuel efficiency.
Thankfully, the TV show “MythBusters” tackled this one for us.
Turns out, driving with your air conditioner on actually burns fuel faster, so roll your windows down and enjoy the ride!
The average commute in Chicagoland is 44 miles, round trip. The average price of gas in Chicagoland is $4.00 per gallon. So, if you drive a vehicle that gets 22 MPG, you’ll spend more than 18 cents per mile, or about $8.00 a day in fuel. That adds up to a cost of $40 per week and close to $2,000 a year.
But you can reduce your vehicle’s fuel consumption, improve its fuel economy, and lower the cost of your commute with a few simple steps.
3. Keep the tires properly inflated to save up to 12 cents per gallon. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3% for every 1 psi drop in pressure.
4. Utilize fuel-saving driving habits: accelerate slowly and evenly, coast up to red and yellow traffic lights, and obey the speed limit. All of these small efforts can add up to a savings of as much as $1.28 per gallon of gas.
Rachel Veitch, now 93 years old, drove her 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente for more than 576,000 miles before hanging the keys up for good.
She said in an interview with Fox News that her “near-obsessive” approach to the car’s maintenance is what has kept it running for so long.
Yahoo, who also covered the story, reports that the car has had three sets of shocks, 18 batteries, and eight mufflers in the last 48 years. According to our vehicle maintenance math, the Comet has also had nearly 200 oil changes, about 20 sets of brakes, and probably five transmissions.
The car still runs, but Veitch, who is now legally blind, has no plans to pass the car along to her family. Perhaps she’ll find someone who will care for it as well as she did, and the Comet can give Irv Gordon’s 1966 Volvo P1800 a run for its money – it has nearly 3 million miles on it.