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History of Speed Limits in America

Posted on 10/01/2017

 

Whether you like them or not, speed limits play a crucial part in American history. In 1901, Connecticut was the first state to pass a speed limit law. This made the legal speed limit only 12 mph in cities and 15 mph on roads in the country. New York City introduced America’s first comprehensive traffic code in 1903.

 

The price of fuel prices rising caused a lot of states to begin applying a speed limit laws to save resources and money. In 1974, President Richard Nixon agreed and the 55 miles per hour law went into effect. Traffic fatality rate greatly decreased after the speed limit change. Because fuel prices became less of a problem in the 1980’s, the speed limit on interstate highways was increased to 65 mph. In 1995, the U.S. Congress allowed individual states to determine its maximum speed to drive. Since that time, 35 states raised their limits to 70 mph or higher.

 

If you know the saying, "everything's bigger in Texas," this idea extends to how fast we’re allowed to drive in the Lonestar State too. Texas boasts the greatest overall top speed when you average the speed limits on urban interstates, rural interstates, and other limited access roads. A 40-mile stretch of a toll road between Austin and San Antonio is the fastest road in America that legally lets drivers go 85 mph. As cars have become faster and as roads have become safer, speed limits across the country have changed.

What other states have the fastest and slowest speed limits?

Slowest Speed Limit (55 mph or lower)

  • Alaska

  • Connecticut

  • New Hampshire

  • District of Columbia

  • Hawaii

  • New York

  • Rhode Island

  • Vermont

  • Massachusetts

Fastest Speed Limits (75+ mph)

  • Arizona

  • North Dakota

  • South Dakota

  • Idaho

  • New Mexico

Regardless of how fast you’re allowed to drive, it’s crucial that your car is in top-notch shape regardless of the speed limit. At Japanese Motor Works, we are passionate about automobiles, and we hope you feel inspired to trust our auto repair capabilities and our highly-skilled team of ASE-Certified auto technicians. To schedule an appointment, call us at 706-549-5222. Japanese Motor Works is located at 200 Firefighter Court in Athens, GA 30607.

Mr. Rogers’ Car Was Stolen

Posted on 09/01/2017

We all know Mr. Rogers, the gentle, kind hearted, soft spoken gentleman known for creating, hosting, and composing the theme music for the educational preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Not only was Fred Rogers a television personality, producer, writer, puppeteer, and Presbyterian minister, he was also the victim of having his car stolen!

 

Mr. Rogers had an old plain Chevrolet Impala that was taken close to the television station that he worked out of. He filed a police report and the story was big news in a variety of newspapers and on radio and television stations around town. Even thieves and robbers have a soft spot in their heart for this genuinely kindhearted man because the vehicle was returned 2 days later. When the thief realized whose car he had stolen, he returned it to the same parking spot that it was stolen from 48 hours later. However, there was just 1 thing missing and that was a director’s chair with Mr. Roger’s name on it! Rumor has it that there was an apology note that said, “If we’d known it was yours, we never would have taken it.”

 

Some quick suggestions for protecting your vehicle from getting stolen:

 

1. Remove the keys - This might seem obvious, but 10 percent of cars are stolen with keys left in the ignition.

 

2. Use anti-theft devices like steering wheel clubs and pedal locks that are visible to the thief.

 

3. Park in your garage or a high-visibility area where thieves can't operate in private.

 

4. Have the vehicle identification number (VIN) etched on the glass and other parts of the car. This discourages chop shops.

 

5. Consider tracking services such as Lo-Jack.

 

At Japanese Motor Works, we are passionate about automobiles, and we hope you feel inspired to trust our auto repair capabilities and our highly-skilled team of ASE-Certified auto technicians. To schedule an appointment, call us at 706-549-5222. Japanese Motor Works is located at 200 Firefighter Court in Athens, GA 30607.

The Average Car Has 30,000 Parts. Which Are Most Important?

Posted on 08/01/2017

 

The average car has approximately 30,000 parts. This includes every screw in a vehicle! Every part plays a significant role in a car but there are a few that any responsible car owner should be particularly mindful of to ensure safety on the road.

 

1) Oil

Knowing what oil levels your vehicle is at greatly affects the engine. This lubricant is vital to a car functioning properly and if not attended to could cause your engine to overheat.

Many newer automobiles can go 5,000-10,000 miles between oil changes. Check your owner’s manual to see the recommended mileage for your automobile.

 

2) Brakes

Your automobile’s braking system is one of the most significant components of a car. Here are some indicators that it's important to have an expert  identify the malfunctions and perform maintenance:

 

  • You feel a vibration when you hit the breaks

  • When you apply pressure on the brakes, the car pulls to one side.

  • When you apply pressure on the breaks, there is a decrease in responsiveness.

  • There’s a grinding or screeching sound when you apply pressure on the brakes.​

 

3) Tires:

To keep you and your passengers safe on the road, it’s crucial that your tires are inflated properly, aligned, and have enough tread go a long distance. It’s wise to consider tire replacement when their tread depth is below 4/32 of an inch.\

 

4) Air Filter:

Usually, air filters can last 15,000-30,000 miles. Often this important part of your vehicle is overlooked. If ignored, a malfunctioning air filter could affect the performance of your car’s engine. If the air filter is clogged, it could cause your engine to stall and reduce horsepower and gas mileage.

 

5) Battery:

The battery of a vehicle is an essential part of your car and often overlooked because it doesn’t give a warning when it’s about to die. Most batteries generally last between four and six years. Before a long trip, it’s a good idea to have a professional auto mechanic perform an inspection. Other signs of a failing battery could include:

 

  • Malfunctions with the electrical components

  • The battery dashboard light lights up

  • It takes a bit longer to start your engine

We pride ourselves on knowing the ins and outs of most of the 30,000 parts of your car at Japanese Motor Works! We are passionate about automobiles and we hope you feel inspired to trust our auto repair capabilities and our highly-skilled team of ASE-Certified auto technicians. To schedule an appointment, call us at 706-549-5222. Japanese Motor Works is located at 200 Firefighter Court in Athens, GA 30607.

 

The Inventor of the Cruise Control was Blind

Posted on 07/01/2017

 

Here’s something that might seem counterintuitive to car drivers: The inventor of cruise control was BLIND. Yes, you read that right. His name was Ralph Teetor and he had no vision. Teetor dedicated his entire life to improving automobiles. At the age of five, Teetor was blinded in a shop accident, but that never stopped him. Car drivers have automatic transmission thanks to this mechanical engineering genius. People with “lead-feet” can thank this man for allowing them to cruise along at the same speed!

 

During World War II, the government imposed a 35 mph speed limit to limit gas. As it turns out, Ralph Teetor was in a car with his lawyer who was trying to maintain the speed limit that resulted in jerky driving that made Teetor carsick. Teetor's heightened sense of touch worked in his favor. As a result, the inventor came up with a device that would allow the speed of a vehicle to be maintained without the need of a gas pedal: cruise control. 1958 Chrysler models were the first cars to have offer cruise control technology.

 

Teetor’s lifetime achievements didn’t end there. His blindness did not hold him back as he was responsible for many other inventions and accolades, including:

 

  • He invented the powered lawn mower.

  • He created all types of lock mechanisms.

  • Teetor created holders for fishing rods. I’m a big fan of this one! No more, “Hey, hold my beer!”

  • Teetor was elected as president of the Society of Automotive Engineers in 1936.

  • He endowed the Society of Automotive Engineer's Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award in 1963.

  • In 1965, he got two honorary degrees: Doctor of Engineering at the Indiana Institute of Technology, and Doctor of Laws at Earlham College in Indiana.

  • He was made a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

  • In 1988, after his death, he was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan for all of his contributions to the automotive industry.

 

Let Ralph Teetor be your inspiration for never allowing anything to stand in your way of pursuing your dreams! We are more capable than we think!

 

Even though I hold no patents on my many inventions, AKA “special tools and manufacturer upgrades”, we pride ourselves on knowing the ins and outs of leading-edge automotive technology. We are passionate about automobiles and we hope you feel inspired to trust your auto’s repair to our highly-skilled team of ASE-Certified Auto Technicians. To schedule an appointment, call us at 706-549-5222. Japanese Motor Works is located at 200 Firefighter Court in Athens, GA 30607.

 
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