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It goes by many names: parking brake, emergency brake, handbrake, E brake. When used properly it can be one of the most important safety features on your car. This secondary breaking system was created to be used in the case of brake system failure. These days most of the safety benefit comes from using it when you park your car.

There are four types of parking brakes:

1. Center lever, placed between the two front seats of the automobile
2. Pedal, on the far left of all the floor pedals
3. Stick lever, located under the instrument panel (less common on newer automobiles)
4. Electric or push button, found on the console controls in late-model cars

Many auto owners only decide to use the parking brake when they park on steep hills. This is a serious mistake, especially if you are driving a manual transmission vehicle.

Get into the habit of using your emergency brake every time you park. And if you want to put less stress on your transmission, follow this formula when you park your car.

1. Stop the car all the way with your primary brakes
2. Set the parking brake
3. Place your car in park
4. Turn off the car

Some drivers who have the center lever brake question whether they should push the button in when they set the brake. Well, keep wondering because there is no definitive opinion. Older cars used materials on these brakes that could wear out, but newer vehicles shouldn’t have that issue, despite the ratcheting sound you hear.

If you’ve ever driven with your E brake engaged, don’t be ashamed, it happens to everyone sooner or later. So is it a concern? Yes, that’s why getting into the habit of using the brake is important because you’ll be less likely to forget to disengage it.

But is it the end of the life of your parking brake? Probably not. But it is smart to have an emergency brake inspection. Visit us at Miles Auto Service and we can take a look at your brake system and any other parts of your car that concern you. Call us at (856) 441-3894 for an appointment today.

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It happens all the time on Sewell streets and in parking lots. A driver hits another automobile at slow speed. The damage is minimal. Nobody is hurt. So the motorists exchange insurance information and agree to leave it at that. Why call a police officer for something so minor?

There are actually several critical reasons.

Why You Should Get A Police Report If You Are In A Fender-Bender

1. The other driver may sue you for damage you didn’t cause.
2. You want a police officer to document the fender-bender.
3. You might need a police report to file an insurance claim.
4. An injury might not manifest until days later, and you will need the report.
5. The other driver and any witnesses may change their story in the days ahead. You want documentation to establish the facts—especially if you weren’t at fault.

What If The Accident Happens On Private Property?

This situation can be tricky. In some states, officers don’t come to private property if the collision didn’t cause any injuries. In other states, you are only required to file a police report for vehicle damage above a specific dollar amount. The problem is—how do you know how much it will cost to fix it? It’s best to get a police report if you can.

What Do You Do In Case Of An Accident?

You have to exchange insurance information. No matter what. You cannot leave the scene of an accident without exchanging information. You should wait for a police officer to come—as we just established.

Some motorists involved in an accident don’t want to report the incident to their insurance carrier. Usually, it’s because they are afraid their insurance premiums will skyrocket. Regardless of what the other driver wants, you really should report it to your insurance company.

If you don’t, you could give up some legal protections or insurance benefits. And you will probably get in trouble with your own insurer if they find out about the fender-bender in some other way. You pay a lot of money to keep your vehicle insured. Don’t give up protections because another car owner tries to convince you that you can work it out with each other.

If you have been involved in an accident, you need an automotive repair center that works with car insurance companies. At Miles Auto Service, we do insurance repairs to get you back on the road quickly. We can be reached at (856) 441-3894.

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1. Strange Vibrations or Sounds

This could indicate a malfunction with your brakes, steering, tires, or suspension. Pull over, call Miles Auto Service at (856) 441-3894 and one of our service professionals can counsel you on next steps.

2. You Smell Something Burning

It may be something inconsequential or a major emergency, but you don’t want to take the chance of causing costly damage to your vehicle or put your passengers at risk. Pull over and check it out.

3. To Search for Something

Your cell phone slides between the seat and the console and you think you can pull off an amazing contortionist move and keep driving. Don’t count on your yoga/steering multitasking prowess. Stop on the side of the road for two minutes and fetch your phone.

4. Health Issue

Heart attacks and strokes can be preceded by somewhat mild symptoms. If something seems amiss, pull over immediately and either call 911 or phone someone to pick you up.

5. Temperature or Oil Warning

Overheating or too little oil pressure is a clear and present danger to your engine. Protect your investment and pull your vehicle over.

6. You Lose Visibility

Whether it’s weather-related or not, it is extremely risky to keep driving if you can’t see the road. (This seems like a no-brainer, but some motorists think they can ride it out if they simply slow down.) Pull over slowly and carefully and either wait for a break in the fog/downpour/blizzard or remove the roadkill from your windshield.

7. You Are Dozing Off

Don’t mistakenly believe you can keep your eyeballs open by sheer force of will. Pull over, recline your seat, and take a refreshing nap on the side of the road. Ah! Doesn’t that feel better?

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      You have likely driven in a variety of circumstances in your years of driving. You probably have driven in downpours, high winds, and even blizzard like conditions. You may have driven on roads that were slippery, gotten misdirected by detours, and ran out of gas a time or two. The benefit of all of these is that hopefully you have learned from them. We know better, what it takes to get through or even avoid these situations. Our teen drivers, however, have no such experience. It may take years for them to experience unexpected issues on the road. But you can put your own expertise to good use by making sure teens have specific items in their cars.

Let's take for example a situation where due to a flat tire or other mechanical issue, your teen needs to pull off of a busy highway or freeway onto the berm. This can be pretty scary, especially when cars are buzzing by at 65 miles per hour, just feet away. This is where some sort signal device can be very handy. By giving fellow travelers enough time with reflective signs, cones, flares or LED lights to notice the disabled vehicle they can better give enough leeway for safe passage. This is particularly true at night when visibility is limited. Even if they have a cell phone and road service those 30 minutes or more waiting for assistance can be worrisome. Make sure their car has some sort of signal device and make sure they understand how to safely use it to warn traffic.

One of the very basic things every teen should have in their car is a flashlight. It can be used to signal for help, it can be used to help them inspect a problem at night, or even to make themselves more visible should it be necessary to leave the vehicle. Keep in mind, you should advise your teen that it is usually considered best practice to stay with a disabled vehicle however.

A first aid kit can come in handy in your teen's vehicle. It doesn't have to be anything dramatic or extensive, but many times we are on the road and could use a bandage, gauze, scissors, cloth tape, aspirin and tweezers. Including some insect repellent and sunscreen can also be a good idea. If you want to be be extra safe, include a couple of bottles of water or even an energy bar or two.

Of course, along with these items you'll want to make sure you have your car insurance card, emergency telephone numbers and always have a charged cell phone. We have any easy way to prepare your teen for the road with our complete list of items they should have in their car to be safer. We encourage you to view the list and perhaps, if you choose, order our complete kit. When your teen is on the road it can be stressful. Reduce that stress by making sure they are prepared.

You have likely driven in a variety of circumstances in your years of driving. You probably have driven in downpours, high winds, and even blizzard like conditions. You may have driven on roads that were slippery, gotten misdirected by detours, and ran out of gas a time or two. The benefit of all of these is that hopefully you have learned from them. We know better, what it takes to get through or even avoid these situations. Our teen drivers, however, have no such experience. It may