Quick Tips If You Have to Drive in Bad Weather

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The best option is always to avoid going out in conditions when there is ice, snow, rain, or heavy fog

Have you ever opened your garage door to zoom out for work and been surprised at the weather?  Snow, wind, poor visibility not to mention the cold, can all make your commute seem dreadful.  Or perhaps you are already on the road and an unexpected storms sneaks up from nowhere and bam!  You can hardly see where you’re going.

At this point, it doesn’t matter if you’re driving a brand new vehicle or a vehicle that’s been outfitted with a quality used engine from our warehouse here at SW Engines.  What really matters is how you drive and what you do.

The best option is always to avoid going out in conditions when there is ice, snow, rain, or heavy fog.  However, sometimes that can’t be helped.  So here are some important tips to help you get to where you are going safely.


1. Drive Slow.  You need to increase your following distance with the cars in front of you.  If the road is wet or icy, it will take longer to come to a complete stop.  You might be late and feel stressed to get there but it’s most important to arrive safe and sound.

2. Have your headlights turned on.  You want to increase the ability for other drivers to see you.

3. Brake Slowly.  If you begin to hydroplane, take pressure off of the gas pedal and begin to brake slowly.  Do not turn or swerve your steering wheel.  If you react by turning or swerving, you could lose control of your vehicle and even flip over.

4. Follow Tracks.   If visibility is poor, follow the path of the vehicle that is in front of you.  The tires from their car will compact the snow down and help give a clearer path to drive.

5. Avoid Water on the road.  If you see standing or running water on the road, avoid it and look for a higher route.  Flash flooding can happen with no warning and well before any alerts can be given.

6. Pull Over.  Don’t be afraid to pull off the road If conditions are scary and you have a hard time even seeing in front of you.  Find a safe area to pull over, and then listen to the weather stations and see if you can wait it out.


With all the traveling this winter season and through the holidays, the folks here at Southwest Engines ask you to remember to buckle up, slow down and be safe.



They Call This: The – Death – Road


The North Yungas Road is the most dangerous roadway on Earth

Probably every driver is aware of a road in their area which has risky features that might make it seem to deserve the nickname “Death Road.” But it is doubtful that many could compete with the North Yungas Road in La Paz, Bolivia.
There are many who claim that the North Yungas Road is the most dangerous roadway on Earth. It is extremely narrow at only 3 meters wide (about ten feet) and has frighteningly tight hairpin turns and difficult to navigate passages. Worst of all, it has no guard rails or other protective barriers to prevent you from plunging 800m (about half a mile) down a sheer cliff. To make matters worse, because it is unpaved there are frequent dust clouds in the summer that reduce visibility. In the winter, there is often fog and heavy rains that can cause mudslides and falling rocks.

The death toll on Death Road is considerable, with an average of over 100 people a year who are killed while trying to traverse it. However, the road has its defenders, who claim that many of those who plunge to their deaths are drunk drivers whose impaired driving skills has more to do with their deaths than the road itself.

Strangely enough, the road’s reputation for high mortality is actually an attraction for some drivers. Death Road has become something of a tourist attraction, with an estimated 25,000 people per year who specifically seek out Death Road in order to test their driving skills. Not all of them drive down the road, as some travelers prefer to go via the safer means of riding a bicycle. Death Road is actually uniquely well suited for bike travel, at least going one way, as 40 miles of the road are completely downhill. Still, bicycling does not make the road completely safe, as an average of a dozen cyclists are killed each year.

You don’t have to drive on Bolivia’s Death Road to experience dangerous driving. You could be driving on the world’s safest road, but if you experience mechanical problems like engine failure then an accident may occur. If your engine is old and in need of replacement, visit SWengines, the best place to go to find used motors for sale. That way if you decide to take a drive on Death Road, at least you won’t have to worry about your engine!


Ten Best Fall Foliage Road Trips of 2013

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Hudson Valley in New York                          (Pic by Dutchess County Tourism)

According to the Travelchannel.com, we’ve got ten pretty awesome road trips for 2013 showcasing some amazing autumn colors that you may want to consider taking before winter sets in.  Whether you’ve got a new car or your classic cruiser with its used engine, plan your date, pack  your gear and don’t forget your camera!  For maps and more pics, check the link above.

Hudson Valley, New York

If you crave sweeping vistas, meandering roads and lots of barns, this is the drive for you.  Stated as “some of the most beautiful land you’ll ever set your eyes on.” by Samantha brown of Travel Host.

Deep Creek Lake, Maryland

You can enjoy two foliage heritage tours in Maryland at the Deep Creek Lake and view some breathtaking scenes before you jount back to the visitors center.  This is a superb 90-minute loop

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Totally worth the drive before October ends is the Harper’s Ferry.  Bring the kids and catch the Jefferson Rock hike to enjoy the view looking over the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Route 112, New Hampshire

If you want some incredible pictures, take Route 112 west past the small fanciful town of Woodstock on to the Beaver Pond at Kinsman Notch.  The little side roads to explore is the best part.

Route 7, Vermont

The height of the colors in the stretch of the valley north of Bennington, you will find many maples and birch trees to take your breath away. Best in mid October, so plan your trip soon!

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin

The designs of Frank Lloyd Wright are perfect in the Fall and actually quite mind-blowing when set against the developing foliage.

Twain’s Great River Road, Mississippi to Hannibal, MO

For those who love Tom Sawyer-like adventures, it isn’t hard to see where Twain found his inspiration when you drive down the Mississippi to Hannibal

Ricketts Glen State Park, Northeast Pennsylvania

When the birch and sugar maple trees begin to turn that dynamic orange, yellow, and red – that is the perfect time for a drive down Route 29 and Rout 487 through the Rickets Glen State Park.  You can see a total of 22 waterfalls and stunning trees over 200 years old.  Bring your camera for truly dazzling photos. 

Skyline Drive, Virginia

One of the best fall get-aways would be the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah Natl Park.  You will fall in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the many overlooks for snapping pics. 

Lake Wallenpaupack, Northeast Pennsylvania

Cruise along Lake Wallenpaupack for some of earth’s most yummy eye-candy, and pause in Hawley for some lunch before you take the hour long scenic boat cruise around the lake for some of your best photos ever.  



This Can Save Your Life

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cell phones during their time behind the wheel

There is an increasing trend of drivers to answer their cell phones during their time behind the wheel and not only is it dangerous for them, it is also a major problem for other drivers who are unlucky enough to be using the road at the same time. With all the other distractions like talking and switching radio stations, putting on makeup and combing your hair, is it really necessary to add cell phone communication to the equation?

Trying to contact SWEngines.com to find out if they have any Used Engines for the car you are working on can certainly wait until you arrive at your destination. Cell phones are supposed to help us function a little more efficiently, not make our lives more hazardous, so maybe we should consider some of the other alternatives to keep our minds away from the cell phone while we are driving.

Rather than jeopardize life limb and property, why not try a few of the following options to keep you away from using the cell phone while operating your motor vehicle.

  • Cover your phone with a piece of paper like a post it or something similar, so when you reach for the phone you will be reminded that you should not be using it.
  • If you are speeding down the highway and your phone rings, you will be unable to answer it if it is your briefcase and that same case is locked in your trunk.
  • The simplest way to avoid using your phone is going to be if it is not working, what better way to make sure it does not ring than by turning it off?
  • There is a reason why they are called copilots and that is because they are supposed to help you. If your phone rings or you get a text message while you are driving, let the person sitting next to you get it.
  • Most business people carry their phones around with them so that they can be reached. One of the most difficult things for a business person to do is to let the phone ring when there is the possibility of an order. Scheduling regular stops to accept calls and return them will be the responsible thing to do.

And finally, whether you use one of the options suggested above or you come up with your own, just remember, the consequences of a life lost, is never worth answering the call.