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Latest Driver Safety Technologies

Latest Driver Safety Technologies

Seat belts became commonplace in consumer vehicles after 1958. They progressed rapidly from lap belts to lap and shoulder belts, and fatalities from car accidents plummeted as more and more people buckled up. As safety features were added, airbags, traction control, and antilock brakes became standard.  But what have auto manufacturers done for us lately? What are the latest driver-safety technologies that are already here or on the way? Following are a few descriptions of some of the most impressive. Adaptive cruise control ensures that you won’t follow the car in front of you too closely as it senses the position of the vehicle ahead of you and adjusts your speed as needed. Some of these systems can even incorporate emergency braking if the car you are following slows or stops abruptly, which brings us to the following item. Automatic emergency braking enables your car to sense a potential collision and start braking automatically if you are not able to react in time ... read more

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Bucket List for the End of Summer

Bucket List for the End of Summer

Summer’s nearly over and it’s almost time for the kids to go back to school! Here are some ideas for those dog days of summer that’ll keep you looking back with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.  Do Something You’ve Never Done Before  Summer is a time for exploration and for trying out new things (in a safe environment, of course!). We recommend something in or around water, and maybe one that involves inner tubes. Have you ever played inner tube water polo? The inner tubes keep you from getting hurt, and the number one rule is to have fun! Could you handle that? Hah! Thought so! Another thing that’s really fun with inner tubes is floating on a stream or playing in a swimming pool.  Barbeque, Barbeque, Barbeque There may be something you’ve been meaning to try barbecuing but haven’t. For instance, have you ever barbequed pineapple? It’s easy and delicious! Cut off the crown ... read more

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5 Ways to Protect Your Car from Summer Heat

You think July in Minnesota is hot? Try living on Mercury! The high temperature on the planet closest to our Sun can reach 801 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, hot enough to melt lead.   But that’s of little comfort here on Earth when you’re sweltering in 95-degree heat...and don’t even get us started about the humidity! (To paraphrase Mark Twain, why is it that everybody talks about the humidity but nobody does anything about it?)   Since July has arrived with its suitcases full of burning lava and is planning to stay all month, it’s time to consider what we can do to protect our cars from the heat this month and the rest of the summer. Here are five suggestions for keeping your car from melting like lead on the surface of Mercury when you’re away from home and your nice, shady garage:   If you must park outside, drive around for a few extra minutes to try and find a shady spot. Sometimes parking your car in the shade of a big SUV c ... read more

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Nordgren Automotive’s Guide to Dashboard Warning Lights

When something needs attention in your vehicle, typically a warning light will appear on your dashboard. And these warning lights can range from a reduced power warning to even a loose gas cap. But the team at Nordgren’s Automotive doesn’t want you to panic when you see the flash of these warning lights. We make it our mission to quickly and accurately take care of the problem while keeping you informed each step of the way.   Here is our guide to dashboard warning lights:   Coolant Warning Light: This light resembles a thermometer, and when you see it appear on your dashboard, it usually means your coolant levels are low. Without coolant, your engine would be so hot that it most likely would weld itself together. It could also mean your engine is overheating. Either way, if you see this light on your dashboard, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Nordgren Automotive. Tire Pressure Warning Light: This light is relatively easy to identify, as it has ... read more

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Don’t Panic: 5 Tips on How to Destress.

For many of us, auto repair can be stressful and inconvenient. Your beloved car is tucked away behind closed doors, and your are placing our trust into a team of auto mechanics to properly and accurately fix your vehicle. At Nordgren Automotive, we aim to address your concerns and ease your worries. To begin, here are 5 tips on how to destress the next time you need to bring your car to an auto repair shop:   Try to get a grasp on the basics of how automobiles work. Our team at Nordgren Automotive would be thrilled to explain the basics of auto repair and service to you. We want to you to understand how your car operates, so you can make decisions regarding maintenance and service based on your budget and lifestyle. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you are unsure about why something is needed for your vehicle, ask! We are all about answering questions honestly and accurately. Stay up-to-date on car maintenance. This way, you are less likely to be faced with expens ... read more

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It’s Time To Go Green, Your Driving Habits Included.

It’s Time To Go Green, Your Driving Habits Included.

Earth Day is April 22, so the team at Nordgren Automotive thought it is the perfect time to learn how to drive greener. At our auto repair shop, we aim to always be conscientious of how our actions can affect the environment. That’s another reason we thought it would be beneficial to highlight how to drive greener.   Make sure tires are inflated to the right pressure. If you are not using your vehicle’s roof and cycle racks, remove them to reduce drag. Accelerate and brake smoothly. Try to avoid using higher gears, along with revving your engine. Don’t make special trips to the gas stations, as you can just work it into your route on your way home from work or school. Idling is not environmentally-friendly. Idling for only 20 seconds burns more fuel and emits more CO2 than turning your car off and on during those 20 seconds. If you are stuck a light or in a drive-thru, just put your car in neutral. Along with following the tips above, our team at No ... read more

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Why Spring is the Best Time to Change your Air Filter

We have all heard the term “spring cleaning,” but did you know that it applies to your car as well? Your vehicle was working overtime during winter, and spring is the perfect time to give it some much-needed TLC. And one of the most important and beneficial tasks is to change your air filter. In fact, spring is the perfect time to change your air filter. Why? Here are three reasons:   Spring is almost synonymous with the pollen, and your car’s cabin air filter is a defense against this allergen. If your air filter is deteriorating, you may find pollen blowing through your vehicle’s car vents. Spring temperatures can be quite unpredictable, and you might find yourself blasting your air conditioner. If your cabin air filter is not changed regularly, gunk could start blowing into your car, which could your vehicle into a dusty mess. Your cabin air filter is imperative to your car’s overall performance. A clogged air filter can reduce the overall e ... read more

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5 Tips for Driving with Your Dog

5 Tips for Driving with Your Dog

  We have all heard of the saying “a dog is a man’s best friend”. For most of us who love the company of our dogs, we can’t help but want to bring along our furry co-pilot. However, it’s not all fun and games when your beloved pet becomes a distraction. Before embarking on a journey with your pup, we recommend checking out these 5 tips for driving with your dog:   Be aware of the laws for driving with dogs. If you are planning a road trip with your pet, make sure you are aware of what the laws dictate, as they vary from place to place. Some states even indicate that your dog must be in a crate or carrier at all times. Figure out if your dog gets scared or even car sick during drives. If your pup gets scared, you can start with shorter rides, eventually working up to something longer. If your dog gets sick, you can head on over to your vet for some nausea medicine or another solution. Keep food and water handy. You never what could happen ... read more

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Are You Ready to Handle a Roadside Emergency?

At Nordgren Automotive, we aim to prevent you, your passengers, and your vehicle from being stuck on the side of the road. Unfortunately, our proactive approach to auto repair doesn’t eliminate your chances of ending up in a tight spot, and our team believes it always better to be safe than sorry. That’s why we want you to be ready for a roadside emergency. Here is a list of items you should keep in your vehicle at all times:   Fully Charged Cell Phone: Your car breaks down, you reach for your cell phone, and you realize your handy device is completely dead. Nobody wants this situation to happen. That’s why it’s important to make sure your mobile device is fully charged before you hit the road, especially if you head out on a road trip. First-Aid Kit: This item seems like a no-brainer, but make sure your first-aid kit includes gauze pads and bandage tape, aspirins, antiseptic wipes, scissors, antiseptic cream or ointment, Band-Aids, rubbing alcohol, an ... read more

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Best Christmas Gifts for Car-Lovers

If you are like our team at Nordgren Automotive, you just can’t get enough of automobiles, and you definitely wouldn’t mind having all Christmas gifts be car-themed. If this sounds like you or one of your loved ones, then keep reading. We have compiled a list of the 10 best Christmas gifts for car-lovers:   Encyclopedia of Classic Cars: This book contains 1,800 photographs of some of the world’s most beloved and coveted classic cars. Car Seat Gap Filler: From fries to spare change, have you ever noticed how many things end up between your seats and center console? This gap filler will put an end to this messy area. Car Charger: This gift may seem like a no-brainer, but a car charger can be quite useful, especially if they can accommodate more than one mobile device at a time. We recommend purchasing one that has at least three ports. One-Gallon Car Mats: If you are also a clean freak, along with being a car-lover, you will love these car mats that can ho ... read more

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