Vehicles are getting safer all the time for St. Thomas drivers. They are more crash worthy, with greater structural protection for occupants and better restraint systems like airbags, seat belt pre-tensioners, and such.
Every year new electronic crash avoidance systems are introduced and existing systems are improved. Some are mandated by the government; others are optional for St. Thomas drivers when considering which features they want when shopping for a new car.
You most likely took vehicle safety into consideration when you chose your car. Our job is to keep your chosen car within its vital designed safety specifications. Here are some examples:
•Brakes: St. Thomas drivers need to have good brakes to slow and stop their cars. At The Auto Guys we thoroughly inspect your brakes. The pads and shoes are designed to provide the same stopping power throughout their life cycle, but when they are worn out, they just don’t get the job done. We also look at the condition of your rotors, drums, and other mechanical brake components. We check the hydraulics, making sure the fluid, brake lines, and associated vital components are within specifications. We also ensure that vital electronic brake components like the sensors and ABS controller are in good working order.
•Tires: Think about it – everything boils down to that vital little contact patch where your tire meets the road. Starting, stopping, and turning are all based on traction. Your The Auto Guys service advisor will inspect your tires to see that they have adequate tread depth and to look for signs of uneven wear, which indicate other troubles.
•Shocks and Struts: Most drivers think of shocks and struts as a ride comfort item rather than an essential safety system. But remember what we said about that tire contact patch? Well it’s the job of your shocks and struts to keep pushing your tires down to the road over bumps and dips to maintain traction between your tires and the road. Shocks and struts also control body motion. Imagine having to swerve in an emergency: Good shocks and struts keep your vehicle’s body from rolling around too much, being tossed back and forth. That heavy vehicle body wants to pull everything else (like the tires and you) along with it. Worn shocks can’t keep body movement in check as well.
•And more: There are a whole bunch of other vital things that influence St. Thomas drivers’ safety like steering, wiper blades, various light bulbs, etc.
Safety is the main reason we do inspections at The Auto Guys. It’s essential that we find anything that has failed, or soon will fail, to meet its designed safety specifications. We take it a step further by making it our duty to help you understand your car’s condition and how that can influence safety so that you can make an informed decision.
If you have any safety concerns about your car, its condition or handling, talk to your skilled The Auto Guys service advisor and have us take a look at it. Additionally, we can also help you plan ahead for vital items that will need to be done in the future. Don’t hesitate to ask your service advisor which items can be budgeted for a later date. We’ll get you taken care of and back on your way quickly.
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The Auto Guys
135 South Edgeware Rd.
St. Thomas, ON N5P 4C4