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How to Avoid Getting Tickets

It happens to nearly all of us at one time or another: we get pulled over and issued a ticket. Tickets of any kind can be a pricy and the whole process can be rather nerve-wracking. However, there are a few basic driving techniques that can help you avoid getting driving tickets. None of these techniques are illegal, but it should be stated that the easiest way to avoid getting a ticket is to simply follow the rules of the road.

Drive Defensively

One way that people get tickets is by drawing attention too much attention. Aggressive and erratic driving is one way for cops to notice you very quickly. They may pull you over regardless of your speed simply because you are driving so poorly. Drive patiently and defensively to avoid drawing attention to yourself. Blending in with traffic is the easiest way to avoid catching the eye of an attentive cop.

Maintain Your Car

Another way you may stand out to an officer is exterior damage to your car. Cracked windshields, burned out tail lights, scraps along the side of the car, missing rear view mirrors and other issues immediately catch a cop’s eye and are likely to make officers watch your driving more closely.

Many types of exterior damage, such as burned out lights or missing rear view mirrors can actually get your pulled over and issued a fix-it ticket. It’s also important to wear your seat belt at all times as this can be a perfect reason for a cop to pull you over. Bring your car in for regular vehicle maintenance at Terry’s Ford whenever you need repairs.

Watch for Ambush Areas

Cops often pick out of sight areas to hide to catch inattentive, law breaking drivers. These techniques work very well, but can be frustrating to those who aren’t breaking laws. Always be on the lookout for parked cop cars or areas that cops may be hiding. Large bill boards, wide trees, bushes, small public driveways and even car pooling parking lots are all regular places cops may park. Driving as if a police car is always nearby is a great way to avoid driving poorly.

Avoid the Fast Lane

One interesting way to avoid tickets is to stay out of the fast lane as much as possible. Studies have shown that people in the fast lane get pulled over more often regardless of whether or not they’re driving faster. This is because they appear to be driving faster than they should because they are passing the other cars. Also, it is often illegal to drive in the fast lane if you aren’t passing. Stay in the slow lane to avoid these problems.

Do You Know When It’s Time for New Tires?

How to Know When You Should Change Your Tires

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Is it Time for New Tires?

Terry’s Ford is your source for Ford service near Manteno, IL. We’re always available to help or answer questions regarding how to best care for your vehicles. One question we hear from our customers very often is how they can know when their tires are worn out and when they should be replaced. Here are a few simple tips to help you better understand how tires get worn out and when they need to be replaced.

Check the Tire Tread

This is an easy test that anyone can do at home. Measure the tread left on your car with a ruler. If you put the ruler into the tread and it measure less than 1/16th of in inch, or 1.6mm, it’s time for a change. A tire tread worn down this low is bald and shouldn’t be driven on. Contact our Manteno area service department right away to get your tires changed.

Check For Wear Indicator Bars

Most tires manufactured recently will come with wear indicator bars that let you know when the tire has become too worn out. There are different kinds of indicators built into tires, so always ask when you have your tires replaced how the indicators work.

One kind of indicator appears as rubber bars molded in between and perpendicular to the tread of the tire. When the rubber of the tread is worn down too much, this bar will be flush with the surface of the tread. Another kind of indicator appears as a bar that shows up only after the tread is worn away. Make sure you know how to properly read these indicators and you’ll know when it’s time for a new tire.

If You See or Feel Anything Strange

Any visible change in your tire is probably a bad sign. If there are cracks in the rubber, it’s probably too old and has dried out so much that the rubber may not be safe anymore. Remember that tires wear out in a few years, whether or not they’ve been driven on, so make sure you know how old your tires are. If there are bulges in the tire, the casing may be getting ready to blow out. If your car has started making excess noise or vibrates quite a bit, check to see if all the tires are in good shape.

Come to the repair shop at Terry’s Ford when you need a new set of tires or when it’s time to perform any regular maintenance or repair. We look forward to assisting you with all your maintenance needs!

Terry’s Ford Saving You Money with Automobile Service Facts

A Few Shocking Myths About Auto Maintenance

2012 Ford Super Duty

2012 Ford Super Duty

For those of you looking for a Ford dealership in Peotone, you should consider Terry’s Ford. We believe that in the new car search, it’s vital that you be an informed buyer, and furthermore, an informed car owner. With that said, we’d like to let you in on some commonly held, but false beliefs that end up costing car owners money every year.

Let’s Dispel Some Automobile Myths

They say you’re supposed to have your oil changed every 3,000 miles, and frankly, this just isn’t true. This myth actually goes all the way back to the 70’s, when oil technology was still evolving. Back then it was true, but today your car can last much longer ? up to 7,500 miles ? before it will need an oil change.

Another commonly held belief is that fuel additives are good for your engine, that you need another substance that will help keep deposits from building up and clogging your system. What you may not have known though, is that gasoline companies are required to add such solutions to their gasoline, so further adding other substances isn’t going to do much of anything.

When it cold outside, you’ve probably been guilty of letting your engine warm up before you start driving. The reality is that this practice is completely without warrant. Simply put, as long as you don’t put the pedal to the metal right off the bat, you can start driving as soon as your engine starts up, no matter how cold it is. The bottom line is that it is not particularly bad for your engine.

Another shocking reality is that you don’t actually need ‘regular? engine tune-ups ? well, certainly not as much some mechanics would like you to think. It’s best to have your engine thoroughly checked every 50,000 miles, and as soon as you experience a problem with your engine, you ought to have it serviced immediately.

We’re here for all of your service needs at Terry’s Ford, and we want to save you some money while you’re at it, so take a look at our service specials.

Let The Knowledgeable Staff At Terry’s Ford Serve You Right

All in all, Terry’s Ford of Peotone is an honest, reputable dealership that wants you to get the most out of your car, while keeping the most in your wallet. We highly encourage you to come visit us; what are you waiting for? Visit us today!

Helpful Car Buying Tips From Terry’s Ford

Tips For Car Shopping in Today’s Crowded Automotive


2012 Ford Edge

2012 Ford Edge

Back when Ford started manufacturing cars, deciding what car to buy was an extremely easy choice. Today there are so many brands, so many styles, and so many types of features that it can hard to know where to start or even what you want. Our Ford dealership near Frankfort IL still is a place where you can test drive hard work and American ingenuity. Terry’s Ford has assembled a few tips on how to go shopping for a car in the 21st century to help you in your search.

How to Improve Your Vehicle Search

Terry’s Ford in Peotone has a wide selection of new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles to suit all budgets, but first you have to know what your budget is and what makes sense for you. There are some people who are going to be able to buy a car outright while others will need to finance. You need to first decide how much you can pay monthly, how much of a down payment you can make, and where you are going to get financing. You can often finance through your bank or even get financing through us at Terry’s Ford.

Of course, you need a vehicle to finance, and while our sales staff can show you around our lot, a great way to see for yourself a variety of styles and features is to go to an auto show, if one is available. Some people know exactly what they want, but other drivers don’t know if they want a sedan, pickup truck, or hatchback. You can compare photos online, but nothing’s going to beat seeing the real thing up close in person.

One last thing to consider is that, with gas prices skyrocketing, looking for a car with better fuel economy than your current car is a must. Were you aware that many state governments offer incentives for hybrid cars and alternative-fuel vehicles, including Illinois? These incentives can be in the form of tax breaks or deductions at the time of purchase. You can get a good deal while protecting the environment!

Visit Terry’s Ford for Your Next Car

Some dealerships try to give you the high-pressure treatment, but our goal at Terry’s Ford is to make sure you’re satisfied and comfortable. When you’re ready to look around and take a test drive, we will be here to help! Ask us your Ford questions and we will be happy to help!


Road Safety for Camper Towing From Terry’s Ford

Camper Towing Tips From Terry’s Ford

2012 Ford Explorer

2012 Ford Explorer

Campers are a great choice for those looking to experience the outdoors, while still maintaining modern conveniences. Before you hit the road and tow your new camper to the campsite, there are several important tips that you should know about how to properly tow a camper. Your leading Lake Bluff area Ford dealer, Terry’s Ford, is here with some handy information that will help you make the most out of your camping trip. We pride ourselves on keeping our customers well informed on all things automotive, so enjoy these tips the next time you take your camper out for the weekend.

Towing Tips

Most importantly, before you attempt to tow any camper with your vehicle make sure that your Ford truck or SUV is rated for towing. Your owner’s manual should tell you exactly how much weight your vehicle is capable of towing safely and you should never exceed that limit; not only is this unsafe, but doing so could cause you trouble if you find yourself in a situation where you need to make an insurance claim. Always make sure to properly connect all wiring and safety lines and to test the brake lights and turn signals before you leave. Preparing properly for a trip can save you trouble down the road; it is wise to devise a checklist you can use each time you take your camper out.

Once you’re on the road there are still many things to consider when towing a camper. In some cases, the camper being towed will be wider than the vehicle towing it, which can affect how you take turns. It takes practice to learn how to properly turn with a camper so that the camper doesn’t hit any curbs, trees, or signs.

Campers increase the weight of your vehicle and added mass means you’ll need more energy to accelerate and slow down. Give yourself ample time to brake and make sure that you don’t put yourself in a situation that requires fast acceleration; always make sure you have enough time/space to pass other vehicles safely. Driving in reverse can be particularly tricky with a camper attached so make sure you practice maneuvering the camper before you leave for your trip.

Come Visit Terry’s Ford For More Great Tips

If you’d like to learn more about how to properly tow a camper or have any questions, our friendly staff here at Terry’s Ford would like to invite you to come to our Ford dealership today. We’d love to help you in any way that we can, and you’ll appreciate our dedication to customer satisfaction. Come experience the Terry’s Ford advantage today.

Vehicle Airbag System Tips Terry’s Ford Bourbonnais

Some Basic Information on Your Vehicle’s Airbag


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Airbags have become a standard addition to all vehicles sold in the U.S., prompted at least in part due to the fact that they have been shown to reduce the chance of dying in a crash by up to 30%. But how do they work? Any Bourbonnais Ford dealer can help you understand your airbag system ? and we’ll be happy to do so here at Terry’s Ford ? but a little basic knowledge can help you understand them on your own.

How Airbags Protect You and Your Passengers

Airbags essentially work by reducing your momentum during a crash. After a crash, your body will continue to move at the same speed and in the same direction the car was previously driving. The seat belt helps slow you down a lot, but it can also cause problems if your speed is too high. The airbag inflates nearly instantly after a crash, slowing your momentum further and keeping you from slamming into the dashboard or flying out the window.

How it Works

Your airbag system works using a sensor that detects collisions. This sensor senses collision forces and will tell your airbag to inflate if a force equal to hitting a brick wall at 10 to 15 miles per hour or more occurs.

Once this impact force is detected, the sensor will cause a mechanical switch to flip. This switch closes a current indicating to the airbag inflation system that a crash has occurred. The inflation system will then combine sodium azide with potassium nitrate to produce nitrogen gas, which inflates the bag. All of this occurs in a fraction of a second.

Safety Concerns

Never rely only on an airbag to protect you in a collision. They are only effective when they are used along with a seat belt and the two can work together to keep you safe. Proper seat positioning is also necessary to avoid getting hurt by an airbag. Move your seat back as far as is comfortable and safe for regular driving. Recline the back of your seat slightly, trying to aim the steering wheel or passenger airbag panel at your chest. Try to keep at least 10 inches from you and the point where the airbag will inflate.

Children under the age of 12 or children under 20 pounds should never ride in the front seat, as an airbag can cause serious harm.

Get Airbag System Help and Repair at Terry’s Ford

Is your airbag system in your Ford malfunctioning? Visit our service center near Bourbonnais to get it repaired. We will inspect it for damage, assess the problem, and get your airbag system back up and protecting you in no time.