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Have a Maintenance Mindset with Your Vehicle | Accurate Automotive

By Accurate Automotive in Mesa, AZ

We know we need to take care of our cars, but I often hear from people that it seems hard to remember to do it.

We generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance, but just may have not applied it to our vehicles.

For example, we water and mow the lawn every week. And weed the flower beds and rake the leaves. We go to the dentist twice a year, take our clothes to the dry cleaner. Flu shots. Taking the kids for a checkup before school starts.

So, people really are maintenance minded.

Toyota Charges Up Investment and Jobs in U.S. Manufacturing

$1.4 billion investment in Indiana plant brings production of an all-new BEV

Toyota adds up to 340 new, sustainable U.S. jobs

PRINCETON, Ind., April 25, 2024 - Toyota will prepare for assembly of an all-new, three row battery electric SUV in the U.S. as part of a new $1.4 billion investment in its Princeton facility, affirming Toyota's commitment to reinvesting profits in its U.S. operations and bringing total investment in Toyota Indiana to $8 billion. This also brings the addition of up to 340 new, high-quality jobs with long-term stability.

This investment will not only provide plant infrastructure to build the all-new BEV, it will add a new battery pack assembly line using lithium-ion batteries supplied by Toyota Battery Manufacturing North Carolina, a $13.9 billion facility slated to begin production in 2025.

Fast on the Freeway Can Lead to Fury on the Side Streets

Washington, DC – Raising speed limits on highways could lead to more crashes on nearby roads, according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. This “spillover effect” creates unintended safety hazards for local communities that might not be involved in the decision-making process to raise the posted speed limit on a nearby highway. According to NHTSA, speeding is a significant safety concern, contributing to almost one-third of road fatalities in the past 20 years.

AAA Foundation researchers investigated whether changes to posted speed limits on interstate highways could cause drivers to adopt risky speeding behaviors on local streets. The study looked at crash data before and after speed limit increases on interstates in Georgia, Michigan, and Oregon. Hot spot analyses were conducted on roads within a 1-mile radius of interstates. Researchers found many instances where speed-related crashes increased on nearby roads following the interstate speed limit change, suggesting that drivers exiting the highway continued their faster tendencies.

Why Should I Get A Cooling System Service? | Accurate Automotive

By Accurate Automotive in Mesa, AZ

Question: Why should I get a cooling system service? I thought it was only necessary if my car is overheating…

Answer: Great question! We appreciate you trusting us at Accurate Automotive with this question. We pride ourselves in offering honest, quality vehicle repair at a price that’s fair and a part of being honest is educating our customers on how their engine and vehicle systems work.

To people, it may seems that, if your engine is running at the proper temperature then everything must be just fine. But the fact is that engine overheating is the most common cause of mechanical failure and it is something that can be expensive to repair. So how do you get from everything is just fine to suddenly overheating and potential engine damage?

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