Monthly Archives: February 2013

Keeping your vehicle from being stolen.

Keeping your vehicle from being stolen.

One of my passions is working at make this a better community to live in. One of my recent boards a have joined is the Police commission. 35 vehicles have been stolen this year in Eugene already. Hondas and Toyotas of the 1990s vintage are a favorite for the thieves. A “shaved” key easily work with both of these brands. The solution is to use a steering wheel lock. In Eugene, no vehicle have ever been stolen with one installed. Yes, one has been stolen with the lock in the back seat. The steering wheel lock takes about 10 seconds to install or remove. My recommendation is to use these on pre 2004 vehicles. Newer vehicles have much greater security such as chips in the key that are linked with the electronics of the vehicle so even with a key, they will not start. The Eugene police crime prevention unit sells these for $12.50 for The Club. They can be purchased at the main police head quarters at 300 Country Club Road at any hour or at 791 East 13th from 8:00am till 4:00 pm. They ar ... read more

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Car Tip #7

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Technicians cutting loose

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New safety systems protect us from ourselves

Drivers are the weakest link when it comes to driving safely, according to Jason Forcier, Bosch’s regional president of electronics. “So what can today’s vehicles do to help prevent crashes?” In avoidance, the first equipment was anti-locking brakes (ABS). No matter how hard you push the brake pedal, the wheels will not lock up. When wheels do lock up in hard braking, it increases stopping distance and takes away your ability to steer your vehicle. ABS was introduced in high-end cars and now is on all vehicles sold in this country. The next wonderful avoidance device to be widely installed was stability control. This system has the ability to sense, through electronics, when your vehicle enters into a slide. Using the brake system, it will apply the brake on one wheel to help bring the car out of the slide. I have driven a vehicle with stability control disabled and then working; it really works well. Some vehicles have a “heads-up” display super-imposed on the windshield so the driv ... read more

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Car Tip #6

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