Don’t Ruin the Holidays with Road Rage

16 11 2017

Dale BertramMany feel that road rage is triggered by drivers who are feeling rushed or spend too much time in heavy traffic. We know around the holidays traffic intensifies so be aware of your stress triggers and keep them under control when you are driving.

Most drivers who experience road rage show it by tailgating, changing lanes quickly without signaling, running red lights, honking the horn and using obscene gestures.  In a recent survey fifty-six percent of men said they experience feelings of road rage on a daily basis and forty-four percent of women do.

Studies show that 1500 people are injured or killed in road-rage incidents each year. It is believed that those who suffer from violent road-rage tendencies have Intermittent Explosive Disorder and this affects up to 16 million Americans during their lifetime. Psychiatrists believe this disorder starts in childhood or early adolescence. When they get violent on the road they have excuses like, “he cut me off,” or “I was signaling for that parking spot first!”

The majority of aggressive drivers are poorly educated young men between the ages of 16 and 26. Usually they have had run ins with the law and have substance abuse issues…but not always. Some professional, successful people who have had a bad day at the office and who seem to have no emotional problems have also flown into a rage.  Class, race, religion, age, gender don’t seem to matter in some instances.  They just had a rough day and getting cut off in traffic resulted in the final straw.

Generally speaking though, those categorized as “type A” or competitive personalities are more prone to road rage. They are more controlling people and get frustrated more easily when things don’t go their way.  If they felt things went against them all day this aggressive behavior can show up behind the wheel.

The best advice when you feel someone near you on the road is experiencing road rage is to get out of their way and don’t make eye contact.  If you are pursued by an angry driver do not drive home…drive to the police station.

If you are a person who gets easily frustrated with other drivers be aware of your emotions and stay calm.  Don’t let a bad day for you get worse by harming others and possibly ending up in jail.  That only makes your bad day go on for a very long time. If you need to seek professional help, do so sooner rather than later.

It may be years before this device is available but meanwhile, be very aware when you are driving and take steps to keep calm and share the road graciously with others.




School Time in Phoenix

27 07 2017

Dale BertramIt doesn’t seem to matter whether you have school-aged children or not, back-to-school time seems to affect most of us.  The lighter traffic we enjoyed during our morning commute comes to an abrupt end.  We have to be more aware than ever of young people waiting for the bus in the early morning darkness.  We have to remember to slow down in school zones and be more aware of children as they dash here and there.  We have to allow time for extra cars and buses on the highway.

If you do have children going back to school, are a teacher or work for the school system in some capacity, your life gets more hectic than ever.  There is the long list of school supplies to purchase, sports and other after school events, homework to squeeze in among all the other activities and meet the teacher nights.

Then you have me, your car care provider reminding the childless, the empty-nesters and those with children to get your car serviced for back-to-school.  Why do I do this?  Because I know when life gets more hectic it is easy to forget our vehicles’ needs.  Unfortunately, when we let servicing our cars slide the car breaks down. Sadly, when this happens our carefully staged work-life balance comes crashing down.  We realize at that moment just how important our vehicles are to us and how living without them is near impossible.

Back-to-school really does affect us all one way or the other so this is just my friendly reminder that in the back ground, that wonderfully engineered vehicle you take for granted as always being ready to go when you are, needs care too.  I also do this because I know that maintaining your vehicle on a quarterly basis saves you money, too! Call today for an appointment!

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Happy Back To School Everyone!



In the News!

23 03 2017

Dale BertramHere are a few interesting news items I wanted to share with my readers!

  • Traffic jams are costly, in both time and money. In the United States the average driver wastes $1200 just by sitting in traffic.
  • Virtual reality experiences may help you buy a car! Forrester predicts that by 2022, the use of a VR headset will let consumers see what it would be like to own a certain vehicle without going through the traditional test drive.
  • An artificial leaf that turns CO2 into fuel could cause fossil fuel to become obsolete! The University of Illinois is researching how to reverse the process of fossil fuels to greenhouse gas by recycling atmospheric carbon into fuel with the use of sunlight. The good news is this sustainable fuel would cost the same as a gallon of gas.
  • Michigan is testing self-driving cars at the American Center for Mobility. This is a 335-acre site strictly used for research and development of these vehicles.  The University of Michigan has a 32-acre site at MCity for the same purpose and Ford has tested vehicles there.
  • Airbus is working on a flying car prototype and hopes to demonstrate it by year’s end. Airbus says this will be a “clean” technology and will make the need for bridge and road construction obsolete, saving billons. This will be a single passenger vehicle.  Makes me think of George Jetson!

We will see where all this goes!  I’ll keep you posted as I hear more.



Plunging Gas Prices = Increase In Traffic?

5 02 2015

Dale BertramIt seems that Americans have curtailed their driving habits in the last few years and even the recent plunge in fuel prices isn’t going to change that.  The Energy Information Service has been tracking American drivers for several years and they attribute this decline to the following:

  • A large segment of the U.S. population is made up of Baby Boomers (born 1946 – 1964). A big portion of the Baby Boomers are now retired and each year will bring even more retirees into the mix.  Retirees, of course, don’t drive as often as those commuting to work every day.  Some have even moved to areas or communities that have everything conveniently close by so they don’t have to get the car out every time they go out…they can walk.
  • Baby Boomers are also referred to as the “sandwich generation” because they are helping their children and their parents in many ways…some financially. Their time is often taken up with caring for the physical needs of their parents and the financial needs of their children in terms of college loan repayments and to help them as they struggle to find a job that meets their dreams and expensive college education.  Baby Boomers have learned that though they have a nice income and have planned for their future, their economy isn’t as stable as they imagined due to being sandwiched between loved one’s needs. They too have learned how to be thrifty.
  • Today’s teens aren’t as excited to get their driver’s license…therefore they aren’t even thinking about the joy of getting their first car! They prefer to spend money on gadgets powered by technology instead of fuel, cars and insurance.  Even if Mom and Dad would choose to foot the bill for the privilege of driving, a good portion of teens just aren’t interested.
  • For decades we moved out of the cities into suburbia. Now, many are moving back into urban areas that have been refurbished.  They enjoy the convenience of living within walking distance to their job, home, shopping and entertainment.
  • Some commuters prefer mass transit as it saves money on car payments, insurance and all the money associated with owning and operating a car. They also feel they are helping the environment so for them it is a win-win situation.

It seems many things have changed since the economy slid downhill. The American consumer has learned to be thrifty and they know how to find the best bargains now.  I read all the time that we aren’t looking for cheap…we are looking for value.  We have learned how to adapt to this interesting time.


Fairway Auto Repair

Back To School

6 09 2012

Dale Bertram“Back to school” time is here!  We notice more traffic on the highways and teachers, parents, high school students and college students are out in force.  This is a time when a car guy like me asks the question…are all these cars road ready?  I know when parents are helping to get their children ready for school; clothing, school supplies and books are their first concerns.  In fact, parents and teachers are so busy with these items they sometimes forget about servicing their car or their student drivers’ cars.

Grand Canyon University is a great school very near my shop.  The parking lot is full of cars…old, new and every thing in between.  Students are learning skills that will carry them through life.  I am going to add my two cents to their education and dedicate this blog post, an encore presentation, to the students and faculty of Grand Canyon University.

School is back in session and it reminded me that sometimes we all need a little refresher course in maintaining our vehicles. The most important lesson to be learned in today’s economy is that preventive maintenance is certainly less expensive than repair.  Here are a few items that we routinely check for safety, dependability and savings:

  • Fluids – just like you, your car must have fluids to be healthy
  • Filters – clogged filters keep your car from breathing properly
  • Battery & Charging System – keeps your car ready to go when you are
  • Belts and Hoses – One snap or break and you are stranded
  • Lights – So you can see and be seen
  • Wipers – Again…so you can see and be seen
  • Tires – Proper inflation and tread keep your car rolling along
  • Suspension – Steers your car going in the right direction
  • Brakes – Stopping when you need and want to is a very good thing
  • Exhaust System – Keeps your car pleasant and safe for you and others to be around

This is just a small example of all the systems that keep your car running properly.  Most mechanical failures can be traced to neglected maintenance.  For example, one of the leading causes of mechanical breakdown is overheating, a condition that is easily avoidable.

Throughout our many years of experience we have learned that taking certain preventive measures, such as timely oil changes and multi-point inspections, enable you to avoid many costly repairs and replacement of parts.  The best way to avoid expensive breakdowns is by discovering a worn component before it fails.

Hopefully this helps you understand your car’s needs a little better.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.  We are here to keep your car healthy!