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    The Benefits of Using Synthetic Motor Oil vs. Conventional Motor Oil

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Synthetic motor oil takes better care of your vehicle than conventional oil. In addition, synthetic motor oil performs better at high and low temperatures, which means you won’t have to change it just before winter like you do conventional oil. Synthetic oil allows for easier start-up, faster engine warm-up, and less strain on the battery. Synthetic oil also lasts longer, which results in fewer visits to the car repair shop for an oil change.

    To see if your vehicle can handle synthetic engine oil, come to Murray’s Auto Clinics. Call us at (240) 450-2478 or visit one of our auto repair shops for more information about synthetic engine oil. To see all of our auto repair locations in Maryland, visit our website today.

    How to Stay Safe on the Road During the Winter

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Driving on the streets in Maryland during the wintertime can be very dangerous. With the amount of snow and ice that is common to the area, it’s important to take the proper precautions before you get behind the wheel. In addition to winter auto maintenance, following these winter driving tips will help you stay safe on the road.

    How to Safely Drive On Ice

    Optimal visibility is essential when driving on ice, so make sure that the windshield and headlights are clean before getting behind the wheel. Drive slowly and give yourself plenty of room to stop when driving in icy conditions. If you need to slow down, simply release the accelerator. Use the brake sparingly, as this can cause the wheels to lock up. Be especially cautious when driving on bridges and overpasses, as these can freeze more easily in comparison to other roads.

    How to Properly React When Your Car Starts to Skid

    First, take your foot off of the gas pedal. Steer in the direction that you want the car’s front wheels to go. If the rear wheels start sliding in the other direction, rotate the steering wheel in that direction. You may have to repeat this procedure a few times to fully correct the skid. Applying gentle, steady pressure to the brakes can also help the car slow down. 

    What To Do if Your Car is Stuck in the Snow

    If you notice that the car is stuck, do not try to accelerate out of the rut; this will only make it worse. Instead, use a shovel to remove the snow underneath the car and alongside the wheels. Then, pour sand, salt, or kitty litter in the path of the wheels to help them regain traction.

    To ensure that you are prepared to drive in winter weather, come to Murray’s Auto Clinics of Silver Spring, MD. We have performed auto repair and maintenance services in the area since 1982. You may call us at (240) 450-2478 for any questions that you may have regarding your car's service needs. 

    "The entire staff was so friendly, professional and most of all...HONEST"

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Excellent experience! I've heard about Murray's from friends. But this has been my first opportunity to have car work done. The entire staff was so friendly, professional and most of all...HONEST. You can really tell they take pride in what they do and enjoy making their customers happy. I shopped around and their prices are very reasonable and... More

    Driving Safely on the Freeway

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Freeways in the Maryland and DC area are very busy, which increases both the rate of car accidents and the damage that is likely to occur in the event of an accident. To make sure that you are driving safely on the freeway, always wear your seatbelt. Before driving on the freeway, ensure that the rear-view mirror and side mirrors are properly adjusted. During freeway driving, be aware of the car in front of you and behind you, as well as the cars to both sides of you. Always keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you so that you have sufficient time to stop. Do not talk on your cell phone on the freeway unless you are using a hands-free unit.

    In addition to the above-mentioned driving tips, regular auto maintenance is an essential component of safe freeway driving. To keep your car maintained, take it to Murray’s Auto Clinic of Silver Spring, MD, where we have been servicing cars since 1982. Call us at (240) 450-2478 to speak with one of our car experts, and visit our website for more information about our auto repair services and promotional offers.

    3 Tips on How to Teach your Teen to Drive Safely

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Teenager drivers are at a greater risk of getting into a car accident than any other driver age group. To keep your teen safe behind the wheel, talk with him or her about the importance of regular auto maintenance and driving defensively. To help, here are a few tips on how to teach you teen to drive safely.

    Be a Passenger While Your Teen Drives

    While it is important for your teen to have experience driving alone, you should also be a passenger while your teen drives once in a while. This allows you the opportunity of watching his or her driving so that can provide personalized instruction on how to be a safer driver.

    Set Clear Expectations

    Many driving schools for teens will recommend that you talk with your teen before he or she starts to drive about your expectations. Explain to your teen exactly why it’s dangerous to drink and drive, and the consequences of doing so. If you do not want your teen driver to carry more than one passenger, be sure that he or she knows why the rule is in place and the consequences of breaking it. For your teen’s safety, establish rules regarding cell-phone usage in the car as well.

    Teach Your Teen How to Keep the Vehicle Safe

    Show your teen how a tire pressure gauge works, and tell them to measure the pressure at least once per month to make sure it is equal to the air pressure recommendation found in the driver side doorsill. Explain to them that the car should be taken to an auto repair shop for an oil change and general inspection every 3,000 to 6,000 miles so that the vehicle is reliable.

    For top-notch car repair or maintenance services, come to Murray’s Auto Clinic. Visit our website to see what our auto repair shop has to offer you. If you have any questions about our auto repair and maintenance services, please call us at (240) 450-2478.

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