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412, 2023

Heroes of the Road: Why Snow Tires are Essential for First Responders

Heroes of the Road: Why Snow Tires are Essential for First Responders As dedicated first responders, you bravely face the elements, day and night, to safeguard our communities. Whether it's battling a raging fire, rushing to a medical emergency, or maintaining law and order, your commitment to serving others is unwavering. But when winter casts its icy grip, the roads become treacherous, posing a significant challenge to your ability to reach those in need promptly and safely. That's where snow tires make all the difference. Why Snow Tires Matter for First Responders In snow-covered conditions, ordinary all-season tires struggle to provide the traction and handling you need to navigate safely. Snow tires, on the other hand, are specifically designed to excel in winter's harshest conditions. Enhanced Traction: Snow tires feature deeper tread patterns and specialized rubber compounds that grip snow and ice with exceptional tenacity. This means you'll have the control you need to maneuver through snowdrifts, icy patches, and slippery roads. Shorter Braking Distances: When every second counts, snow tires can make a life-or-death difference. Their superior grip significantly reduces braking distances, allowing you to stop safely in even the most challenging conditions. Improved Handling: Snow tires provide exceptional stability and control, even on slippery surfaces. You'll experience less hydroplaning and a smoother, more confident ride, ensuring you can navigate treacherous roads with precision. Investing in Safety, Investing in Lives As first responders, you understand the importance of preparedness and risk mitigation. Equipping your vehicles with snow tires [...]

1411, 2023

The Value of Long-Term Experience in Auto Repair

When you walk into our Mavis Tire of Mahopac store, you usually connect with the customer service team at the counter.  They are great folks who want to make sure we get it right when it comes to servicing your car.  However, there are also the folks behind the scenes, in the garage, who are troubleshooting and performing the actual repairs.  Many of our mechanics have been with us for years, these folks are our unsung heroes. When your car needs repairs, you want to know that it's in good hands. You want to be confident that the mechanic working on your car has the experience and expertise to fix the problem right the first time. This is why long-term experience is so valuable in auto repair. A mechanic with years of experience has seen and fixed just about every problem that can come up with a car. They have the knowledge and skills to diagnose complex problems quickly and accurately. In addition to their technical expertise, experienced mechanics also have a deep understanding of how cars work. They know the ins and outs of different makes and models, and they can spot potential problems before they become major issues. This type of knowledge and experience is invaluable when it comes to keeping your car running smoothly and safely. It can save you time and money in the long run, and it can help you avoid major breakdowns. Here are some of the benefits of having an experienced mechanic [...]

1010, 2023

Why You Should Get Your Car Serviced Before Winter Sets In

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Fall is upon us, and the weather will be getting cold and snowy soon. It's time to get your car ready for winter and make sure it is in top condition to handle the challenges of winter driving. Here are a few reasons why you should get your car serviced before winter sets in: Battery: Cold weather can take a toll on your car's battery. If your battery is old or weak, it may not be able to start your car in cold weather. Have your battery tested and replaced if necessary. Tires: Your tires play a vital role in keeping you safe on the road, especially in winter weather. Make sure your tires have the proper tread depth and air pressure. If your tires are worn or damaged, have them replaced.  Consider snow tires. Fluids: All of the fluids in your car, including coolant, antifreeze, brake fluid, and power steering fluid, need to be checked and topped off regularly. Cold weather can make fluids thicker and less effective, so it's important to make sure they are at the proper levels.  Consider replacing the fluids, see your car’s manual for the recommended replacement schedule. Brakes: Your brakes are essential for safe driving, especially in winter weather. Have your brakes inspected and repaired if necessary. Heater: Your heater is a must-have in cold weather. Make sure your heater is working properly before winter arrives. Winter wiper blades: Winter wiper blades are designed to withstand the elements and clear snow and [...]

2209, 2023

How to Extend the Life of Your Car Battery

Your car battery provides the power to start your engine and operate all of your electrical components. Over time, however, car batteries can corrode and lose their ability to hold a charge. This can lead to a variety of problems, including difficulty starting your car, reduced fuel efficiency, and even complete battery failure. There are a number of things you can do to extend the life of your car battery and keep it performing its best. Here are a few tips: Keep your battery clean and free of corrosion. Corrosion can build up on the battery terminals and cables, which can interfere with the flow of electricity. This can reduce the battery's performance and lifespan. Make sure your battery is properly secured. A loose battery can vibrate, which can damage the internal components and shorten the battery's life. Check the battery mounting bracket regularly to make sure it is tight and secure. Don't leave your headlights on or other accessories running when the engine is off. This can drain the battery and reduce its lifespan. Get your battery tested regularly.  It's a good idea to have your battery tested every year, especially if it is more than three years old. Drive your car regularly. If you don't drive your car very often, the battery can slowly lose its charge. Try to drive your car for at least 30 minutes once a week to keep the battery charged. By following these tips, you can help extend the life of your car battery and save [...]

809, 2023

Keep Your Car’s Brakes in Top Shape

Your car's brakes are one of the most important safety features of your vehicle. They are responsible for stopping your car when you need to, and they can literally mean the difference between life and death. That's why it's so important to keep your brakes in good condition. Here are some of the reasons why it's important to maintain your car's brakes: Safety: Brakes that are not working properly can lead to accidents. If your brakes are not able to stop your car quickly enough, you could be involved in a collision. Cost: Brake repairs can be expensive. The longer you wait to have your brakes serviced, the more likely it is that you will need major repairs, which can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Convenience: Having to have your brakes repaired can be inconvenient. It can take your car out of service for a day or more. Here are some tips for keeping your car's brakes in good condition: Have your brakes inspected regularly. Your car's owner's manual will tell you how often you should have your brakes inspected. Pay attention to the signs of brake problems. If you hear any unusual noises coming from your brakes, or if your brakes feel spongy or grabby, have them checked out by a mechanic. Avoid hard braking. Hard braking puts unnecessary wear and tear on your brakes. Don't overload your car. Overloading your car can put extra strain on your brakes. Change your brake fluid regularly. Brake fluid can become contaminated over time, which can reduce [...]

3008, 2023

Driver Safety for Back-to-School

Back-to-school time is a time of increased traffic and activity around schools. Children are more likely to be walking, biking, or riding the bus to school, and they may not be as aware of traffic dangers as adults. Drivers need to be extra cautious during this time and obey all traffic laws, especially in school zones and near bus stops. Please be sure to slow down and be alert in school zones and near bus stops.  It's important to obey the speed limit and never pass a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing.  Even if there are no school buses around, always be aware of children who may be crossing the street. This is the time of year when focus is essential so please do not use your phone while driving and it’s also good practice to be patient and allow extra time for travel.

1208, 2023

Back-to-School Car Maintenance Checklist

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Though we’re still in the midst of summer, it's time to start thinking about back to school.  Especially if you have a new driver, it's important to make sure your car (and theirs) is in good working order. Here is a checklist of basic maintenance tasks that you should have done before hitting the road: Change your oil. This is the most important maintenance task that you can do for your car. Oil helps to lubricate the engine and prevent it from overheating. You should change your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, or according to your owner's manual. Rotate your tires. Rotating your tires helps to evenly distribute the wear and tear. You should rotate your tires every 6,000 to 10,000 miles, or according to your owner's manual. Inspect your brakes. Brakes are one of the most important safety features of your car. You should inspect your brakes for wear and tear every time you change your oil. If your brakes are making noise or feeling spongy, you should have them checked by a mechanic. Check your tire pressure. Tire pressure should be checked monthly and adjusted as needed. Low tire pressure can cause your car to handle poorly and increase your risk of a flat tire. Top off your fluids. Ensure that your car has the proper oil, coolant, brake fluid, and power steering fluid levels. Low fluid levels can lead to serious problems. Clean your windshield and headlights. Clear visibility is essential for safe driving. Make sure that your windshield and headlights [...]

308, 2023

Justin’s Tips on Tire Safety

Your tires are one of the most critical safety features on your vehicle. They are responsible for keeping you on the road and preventing accidents. That's why it's essential to maintain your tires properly and check them regularly for signs of wear and tear.Here are some tire safety practices to follow:Age:  Tires have a lifespan of about 6 years. After that, they start to deteriorate and become more likely to fail. If you don't remember your last tire change, you may find the date of manufacture on the sidewall of your tire.Tread Depth: The tread on your tires is what provides traction and prevents hydroplaning. When the tread depth is below 2/32 of an inch, it's time to replace your tires. You can use the penny test to check your tread depth.Tire Pressure: Proper tire pressure helps to ensure that your tires wear evenly and provide optimal traction. Check your tire pressure monthly and adjust it as needed.Load Capacity. Make sure that your tires are rated for the weight of your vehicle and cargo, especially during travel times if you are weighing down your car with bikes, boats, and other items.In addition to regular checks, you should have your tires rotated and balanced every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. This will help to prevent uneven wear and improve your vehicle's handling.By following a few simple tire safety practices, you can help to keep yourself and your passengers safe on the road.

2107, 2023

Mavis Tire of Mahopac to Sponsor “Play for P.I.N.K.” Golf Outing

Mavis Tire of Mahopac is proud to sponsor the "Play for P.I.N.K." golf outing, which will take place on August 10, 2023 at the Mahopac Golf & Beach Club. The Play for P.I.N.K. organization is dedicated to giving people with breast cancer longer lives and better outcomes, and 100% of the funds raised will go to breast cancer research. "We are honored to be a sponsor of this important event," said Vinny Papa, owner of Mavis Tire of Mahopac. "according to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime and we are committed to doing our part to help find a cure." Play for P.I.N.K. has a long history of making a difference in the community. Since its inception, the organization has raised over $75 million to fund the world’s most promising breast cancer research. The funds raised have helped to support groundbreaking research at leading cancer centers across the country. "We are grateful for the support of Mavis Tire of Mahopac," said Roni Puckhaber, local chair of the Golf Outing Fundraiser event "Their sponsorship will help us to continue the organization’s work to find a cure for breast cancer." To register for the golf outing, please visit our website at To learn more about Play for P.I.N.K. visit Impact of Play for P.I.N.K. Play for P.I.N.K. has funded research that has led to new treatments and improved outcomes for people with breast cancer. For example, the organization's funding [...]

607, 2023

Extreme Weather is just that, Regardless of the Season!

Extreme Weather is just that, Regardless of the Season! Extreme summer weather, such as heat and heavy rains, can be a detriment to your automobile and driving conditions. Here are some of the ways that extreme summer weather can affect your car: Heat: High temperatures can cause your tire pressure to increase, which can lead to a blowout. Heat can also cause the engine to overheat, which can lead to serious damage. Rain: Heavy rains can cause flooding, which can make roads impassable. Rain can also make it difficult to see the road, which increases the risk of accidents. Storms: Summer storms can bring high winds, hail, and lightning. These hazards can damage your car and make it dangerous to drive. Here are some tips for driving in extreme summer weather: Check your tire pressure regularly. In hot weather, your tire pressure can increase by 1-2 psi for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep your engine cool. If your car starts to overheat, pull over to the side of the road and let it cool down. Be aware of flooding. If you see flooded roads, don't attempt to drive through them. Slow down and drive carefully. In wet weather, it takes longer to stop. Be aware of hazards. Watch out for fallen trees, power lines, and other debris. By following these tips, you can help to keep your passengers, yourself, and your car safe during extreme summer weather.