Teson Automotive

1200 Armstrong Street

Algonquin, Illinois 60102

Mon -Fri  7:30am to 5:30pm

Phone: (847) 658-7700

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Winter Car Tips: Ice Scraper Life Hacks

Have you ever found yourself in an icy situation without an ice scraper handy?

This month, our team of ASE-Certified technicians is taking a break from auto repair tips to bring you some ice scraper life hacks.

The winter months in Algonquin can be a torture, and having an ice scraper is a must-have accessory for your vehicle. Snowfall and freezing temperatures bombard your windshield, diminishing your visibility with ice but, after a few scrapes, you’re ready for the road.

We have all had moments where we realize that we forgot something once it’s too late. Whether yours broke, you forgot to buy one, or you lent it to a friend, facing an ice covered windshield without a scraper is enough reason to get back in bed and call it a day.

If you find your car covered in snow or ice and you don’t have an ice scraper readily available, try these tricks to clear your windshield and mirrors:

Plastic card- Often times, a thin layer of ice can easily be removed with a plastic card from your wallet or purse.  Hold onto a used gift card, and you’ll have an ice scraper on you at all times. Don’t use valuable credit cards or IDs though since the ice may cause damage to the card. 

Card Ice Scraper Life Hacks

Spatula- If you have any extra spatulas in your kitchen, you already have have a backup ice scraper. A stiff plastic one should do the trick.

spatula Ice Scraper Life Hacks  CDs-Do you still listen to that summer mix you made 15 years ago? If so, put the music on your computer and use the CD to clear your windshield! This method works best for a thick layer of ice.

 CD Ice Scraper Life Hacks

 Get creative! – Desperate times call for desperate measures. From hard plastic cups to hangers, or pretty much anything with a thin plastic edge, it’s easy to find a makeshift ice scraper.

The moral of the story is to be prepared this winter. Having the needed winter accessories for your vehicle will help keep you on schedule, avoid unnecessary auto repairs, and keep you and your family safely on the road when the frost and ice try to slow you down. A quick stop to our shop for a winter inspection will also help you avoid any untimely breakdowns that the harsh winter weather may cause.

For any other automotive questions, be sure to call us at 847-658-7700 so our ASE-Certified technicians can help you stay prepared and safe on the road this winter!

The 5 Thanksgiving Travel Tips Every Driver Needs to Know

HOLIDAY TRAFFIC

According to a 2012 AAA report, the number of Thanksgiving travelers has been steadily increasing since 2008. In fact, there were 43.6 million Americans traveling 50 miles or more during the Thanksgiving weekend, and 90% of those travelers (39.2 million) were making the trek by car.

You can count on the roads throughout Algonquin to be crowded this holiday season, so our team has some key tips to help you reach your destination safely!

1. Check your tire pressure: Tire pressure can easily be forgotten. If they aren’t properly inflated, you can decrease your gas mileage up to 0.6 MPG. Also, if you come across any inclement weather during your holiday travel, over or under inflated tires can cause a loss of traction and lead to an accident. Tires should be checked before your holiday journey to keep you safe.

2. Spark Plugs: When is the last time you checked or changed your spark plugs? A dirty, corroded or improperly installed spark plug can leave you stranded on the side of the road during your holiday travel. It will also decrease your MPG by a whole 2 MPG.

3. Don’t wait for an empty gas tank to fill up: Once your gas tank drops below half-full, it becomes easier for the remaining gas to evaporate. As you travel to your Thanksgiving destination, fill up when you’re down to half a tank. You’ll be able to take more breaks and rest to keep you energized during your trip and you’ll save some money at the gas pump.

4. Your headlights could just be dirty, not dim: You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars for brighter headlights during your Thanksgiving commute. Chances are they just need to be cleaned, not replaced. Our shop will polish and clean your headlights for a fraction of what replacement lights would cost.

5. Buckle up: Safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent and are a simple way to increase your safety on the road. There is plenty of law enforcement patrolling the roads over the holidays. Don’t fall victim to a ticket you can easily avoid.

If you’re looking to hit the road for the holidays stop by our shop; we’ll provide you with the best customer service and auto repair in Algonquin. If you have any questions or concerns, call us at (847) 658-7700 and let us inspect your vehicle and prevent any untimely breakdowns. Our team at Teson Automotive will always be here to help your holiday travel plans.