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Summer Driving Safety Tips

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These next few months will see the streets, roads and highways packed with more vehicles than ever before. The weather is nicer, the kids are out of school, vacations are scheduled, summer road trips are planned. But before you hit the road, it is important that you check your vehicle and review summer driving safety tips.

  • Conduct a basic safety check of your vehicle. Check the levels of your fluids: oil, antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid. Check your tire pressure, wiper blades, lights, and A/C.
  • If you have children, be sure you're aware of heatstroke concerns that arise in warm weather. Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.
  • Remember to share the road with other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. It will be crowded out there, so be aware of people who may not see you.
  • Have an emergency roadside kit stocked with a car charger for your cell phone, a first aid kit, flashlight, flares, jumper cables, gloves and blankets, and tools. 
  • Be sure to have an updated GPS on hand (or a physical map or atlas, if you're so inclined) for your designated navigator to guide you safely to your destinations.
  • Don't forget water and snacks, and even entertainment for the passengers. Build a playlist of road trip songs, tablets with downloaded games, and a pillow to stay comfy.

 For more tips and ideas, check out this great interactive guide courtesy of the NHTSA.


Let Smail Auto Car Wash and Detail Center Clean and Protect Your Vehicle


Smail Auto Car Wash and Detail Center: 868 George's Station Road, Greensburg PA 15601

If you are searching for a quick, effective and affordable way to keep your car clean and protected, then look no further than Smail Auto's Car Wash and Detail Center, conveniently located right off of Rte 30 in Greensburg, PA across from Vallozzi's Restaurant.

The car wash is open from 7AM to 9PM during the week, making it easy for you to stop by before work, after work, or even during your lunch break. And it's open weekends too.

There are three levels of wash, Basic, Deluxe and Ultimate. This quick video breaks down some of the specifics:



Check out this "before and after." This Honda Insight went through the Smail Auto Car Wash. Look at those results!


Smail Auto Car Wash and Detail Center
868 George's Station Road
Greensburg, PA 15601


  • Monday - 7:00am - 9:00pm
  • Tuesday - 7:00am - 9:00pm
  • Wednesday - 7:00am - 9:00pm
  • Thursday - 7:00am - 9:00pm
  • Friday - 8:00am - 9:00pm
  • Saturday - 8:00am - 7:00pm
  • Sunday - 8:00am - 5:00pm


  • Monday - 8:00am - 9:00pm
  • Tuesday - 8:00am - 9:00pm
  • Wednesday - 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday - 8:00am - 9:00pm
  • Friday - 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday - 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday - Closed

Visit or call (724) 830-8038 for more information.

Smail Auto Group Spring Tire Sale Underway

Smail Spring Tire Sale

    If you're looking to buy new tires, now's the time.

    During Smail Auto Group's Spring Tire Sale in conjunction with Yokohama's Spring Getaway Promotion (April 18 to June 4, 2016), when you buy a set of four Yokohama tires, you'll be eligible to receive a prepaid Visa card worth up to $80.

    If you're a Chelsea Football Club fan, you also have the option to choose the new 2016-2017 Chelsea FC home jersey.

    Free lifetime tire rotations is another added benefit of purchasing tires at Smail.

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What's the Difference Between Four-Wheel Drive and All-Wheel Drive?

Four-wheel drive vs. all-wheel drive for a Pennsylvania winter.

    Sometimes the terms all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are used interchangeably. However, the systems are actually quite from one another.

    Most vehicles are propelled only by two tires (one axle), in either the front or the back.

    Four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive split the power to all four wheels (both axles).

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Don't Believe the Bad Winter Car-Care Advice on Facebook

Bad winter car care advice.

    Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family. However, some posts can't be taken too seriously — especially in regard to car care tips.

    A few of the "tips" circulating are actually memes or jokes. Taking this advice to heart could harm you or your vehicle.

    Some examples of unsound advice:
    *Do not try at home. Will cause damage to your vehicle.

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Deer-Vehicle Collisions Tend to Spike in Late Fall


    Deer-vehicle collisions are common in Western Pennsylvania — especially during fall — but not necessarily because of hunting.    

    According to the Pennsylvania State Game Commission, deer naturally move more during fall because of increased activity associated with breeding season. The game commission notes that "deer-vehicle accidents occur more frequently on Sundays when no hunting is allowed than on Saturday (high hunter participation day) and one to four hours after dark, which is after hunting hours." 

    These accidents can affect drivers physically as well as financially.

    Annual estimates of deer damage exceed $2 billion nationwide. Car damages account for $1 billion.

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    It's important to remember: do not swerve to avoid hitting a deer. Human injury is more common when drivers try to maneuver away from the animal and rather crash into roadside objects or other vehicles. 

Tips for Motorists

  • Don’t count on deer whistles or deer fences to deter deer from crossing roads in front of you.
  • Watch for the reflection of deer eyes and for deer silhouettes on the shoulder of the road. If anything looks slightly suspicious, slow down.
  • Slow down in areas known to have a large deer population; where deer-crossing signs are posted; places where deer commonly cross roads; areas where roads divide agricultural fields from forestland; and whenever in forested areas between dusk and dawn.
  • Deer do unpredictable things. Sometimes they stop in the middle of the road when crossing. Sometimes they cross and quickly re-cross back from where they came. Sometimes they move toward an approaching vehicle. Assume nothing. Slow down; blow your horn to urge the deer to leave the road. Stop if the deer stays on the road; don’t try to go around it.
  • Deer frequently travel in family groups and single file. Just because one has crossed, doesn’t mean the threat is over. Its crossing could be a signal that others may follow, which they sometimes do blindly. 

Important Facts for Drivers

  • Drivers who hit a deer are not required to report the accident to the game commission.
  • If the deer dies, only Pennsylvania residents may claim the carcass. To do so, they must call the game commission for a permit number within 24 hours of taking possession of the deer.
  • The permit number issued by the agency lets meat processors and law enforcement officials know that possession of the meat is legal, and not the result of poaching.
  • Antlers from bucks killed in vehicle collisions must be turned over to the game commission.
  • If a deer is struck by a vehicle, but not killed, drivers are urged to stay their distance because some deer may recover and move on. However, if a deer does not move on, or poses a public safety risk, drivers are encouraged to report the incident to a game commission regional office or other local law enforcement agency. If the deer must be put down, the game commission will direct the proper person to do so. 



Is Your Car Ready for Winter? Here's What You Should Have in Case of an Emergency

Things to keep in your car this winter.
    There are some things drivers should carry in their cars no matter what the season, like jumper cables, flares and even a spare cellphone charger.  With colder weather ramping up, there are some essentials you should add to your everyday arsenal.

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How to Deal with Halloween Vehicle Vandalism

   car cleaning tips for halloween vandalism

    For a few people, Halloween isn't about treats — but tricks.

    "As Americans carve pumpkins and stock up on candy ahead of Halloween, they also might want to think about finding a secure place to park their cars. Personal vehicles are almost twice as likely to be vandalized on Oct. 31 as on an average day, a recent analysis from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) has found." (IIHS)

    Drivers rarely expect for their cars to be targeted by pranksters, but it is always possible. Being informed is a good practice to minimize any possible damage. 

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