Improving to Help You Better

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Fisher Tire and Auto Service is always trying to improve the way we do business so we can provide a better experience for our customers. In line with that philosophy we are working closely with the Miller Resource Center for Entrepreneurs to help us meet those goals.

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Fisher Tire and Auto was also prominently featured in an ad campaign for the Miller Resource Center for Entrepreneurs. The ad campaign included a billboard visible to west bound traffic on MD Rt. 140 at the intersection of MD rt. 140 and Bethel Rd. In addition, a print ad in the Carroll County Times on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Click on the images on the right to enlarge and view the ad.

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http://www.carrollcc.edu/Business-Services/Miller—Resources-for-Entrepreneurs/

Green Your Car

Gas Saving Tips from Fisher Tire and Auto

With gas prices soaring, here are a few tips that will help save on gas usage:

  1. Tune-up – Keep you vehicle in tune with a regular tune up. Misfiring spark plug can reduce the vehicles efficiency by 30%. Take advantage of our Tune-Up Special now, and start saving today!
  2. Tire Pressure – make sure your vehicle has the correct pressure in the tires. The correct tire pressure is listed on the vehicle’s driver side door. It is suggested that you should check tire pressure at least once a month.
  3. Air Filters – replace air filters because a clogged filter makes the engine work harder and becomes less efficient in the gas usage
  4. Oil – Use the right grade of oil for your vehicle. The right grade to use can be found in the Owner’s Manual for your vehicle.
  5. Brakes – slamming on brakes and then accelerating is hard on the engine and does eat up gas.

Don’t skimp on your vehicle maintenance, the vehicle’s performance depends on it. Your vehicle is one of your most important Assets so keep it running.

Following are some tips to help you green your driving experience, reducing your impact on the planet while saving some “green” as well!

More Green Driving Tips

Best practices
Driving technique has a lot to do with your fuel economy. Avoid sudden starts and stops and go the speed limit. Not only does speeding and herky-jerky driving kill your MPG, it’s dangerous. And even if no one gets hurt in a fender bender, how green is it to get a new bumper or have your car re-painted? As a general rule of thumb, keep your engine speeds between 1,200—3,000 RPMs, and up-shift between 2,000—2500 RPMs. Also, drive wise and minimize unnecessary miles by doing errands in one trip, getting good directions, and calling ahead.

Stay in tune

Getting regular tune-ups, maintenance, and having clean air filters will help you burn less gas, pollute less, and prevent car trouble down the line. Pump up: if every American’s tires were properly inflated we could save around 2 billion gallons of gas each year! (Check your manual for optimal pressure). Lastly, get the junk out of the trunk! All that extra weight is sapping your fuel economy.

Car minus the carbon
There are many services out there now that can help you calculate your yearly emissions from driving and offset those greenhouse gasses through various means. Check out the following links to learn more about carbon offset opportunities.
http://www.ecobusinesslinks.com/carbon_offset_wind_credits_carbon_reduction.htm
http://www.carbon-clear.com/

Easy on the AC
Use the windows to help keep the car cool. Or try an electric or solar fan. Parking in the shade and using a reflective windshield shade can keep your car cooler when parked, meaning it takes less to cool it off when you get back in. If you car is new, however, let it air out. That new car smell is not friendly stuff.

Refuel wisely
When the weather is warm, try to refuel early in the morning or late in the evening. This will reduce the amount of evaporative emissions being pushed out of the tank during the heat of the day, when smog most easily forms. On Ozone Action Days, try not to refuel at all. And never top off your tank beyond the automatic shutoff point.

Tire Safety

Below is a tire maintenance checklist you can use to stay on top of your tire’s condition and maintenance, and to maximize tire safety and tread life.

Pressure
Under inflation can lead to tire failure. It results in unnecessary tire stress, irregular wear, loss of control, and accidents. A tire can lose up to half it’s air pressure and not appear to be flat!

Alignment
A bad jolt from hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tires. Have a tire dealer check the alignment periodically to ensure that your car is properly aligned.

Rotation
Regularly rotating your vehicle’s tires will help you achieve more uniform wear. Unless your vehicle owner’s manual has a specific recommendation, the guideline for tire rotation is approximately every 6,000 – 8,000 miles.

Tread
Advanced and unusual tread wear can reduce the ability of the tread to grip the road in adverse conditions. Visually check your tires for uneven wear, looking for high and low areas or unusually smooth areas. Also check for signs of damage.

For more information about tire safety, visit www.rma.org.

Shuttle Services Now Offered

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Have you ever delayed getting your car serviced because you cannot find time in your busy schedule?

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Well now Fisher Tire and Auto has the answer. Carroll Transit System (CTS) will pick you up when your car is being serviced and drop you off at Fisher Tire and Auto when your car is finished.

This NEW service will allow you to minimize lost time due to waiting and allow you to use that time for more important matters.

Call Fisher Tire and Auto to schedule a pick up or drop off service.