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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 27, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta .PACE 3 More Modern The Car The More Care Needed CLEAR VISION Adding more safety to glass is the rear window that keeps a fog-free surface when heated, aiding good rearward visibility. Daytime Use Of Car Lights Cuts Accidents For Drivers Fall and winter driving means increased hours of dark- ness. Obviously, your car's lights will be getting more use. But do yon use your lights as much as you should? According to professional drivers, use of headlights has an effect on safety. Checker Cab Company in Chicago conducted 12-month experiment where drivers put on their headlamps during the day as well as at -night. The result was a 10 per cent decrease in accidents. Bodily injury accidents were reduced 12 per cent. Why the decrease? According to Checker, "First, by physically turning on and shutting off the headlights, the driver is reminded he is doing something for safety. "Second, pedestrians and other drivers are constantly telling our men that their lights are on and this serves as a further reminder of safety to the driver. Also, when Checker drivers see other Checker cabs with their headlights on, they think of safety." Other reasons offered for in- creased use of headlights: A car with lights o n ap- pears closer. Therefore, other drivers will keep a greater distance from you. Wife lights on during dark or inclement weather, you are seen more readily. This is particularly important at inter- sections and in congested com- mercial areas where store signs can cause confusion. By DOUGLAS TOMS National Safety Bureau Not long ago we heard a pre. diction that the next few years would find the U.S. auto indus- try building cars that will be totally garage proof serv- ing out their useful life from assembly line to junk heap without need for servicing. The prediction made no men- tion of "Car Care" that essential responsibility of the owner, spelling the difference between risk of life and invest- ment and the security of both during the life of the vehicle. Most, of us remember .when a good garage mechanic could tell by the sound and feel by the seat of his pants as the saying goes what ailed the family car. Matter of fact, most of us kids could take down an engine and do our own valve and ring job if we had to. But it isn't true any more. Few would try it on a modem automobile. Few of us would relish the job of stripping air- conditioning, power assist sys- tems and a dozen other modern extras let alone try out do-it- yourself skills on those temper- amental "horses" under the block. Yet Car Care even if it's He's Dangerous The slowpoke on the express- way is just as dangerous as the speeder. If traffic streams past you or you are leading a slow parade in your lane, speed up or get off the expressway. You are a hazard when you block traffic. passed beyond the average own- er's home grown skills is more important than ever. And predictions notwithstanding, it's going to be more and more im- portant as the automobile takes on a degree of sophistication far beyond today's level. In the first place, many ex- perts question what kind of power plant will be doing the job in "tomorrow's" autos. Whatever it is, we know that future energy conversions will answer to a series of compu- ters; insuring fuel consumption without pollution to atmosphere, without waste, and with maxi- mum response in power and maneuverability. We are looking at drawing board ideas and devices near- ing production status which will need for proper servicing and tune-up advanced and spe- cialized equipment. The future probably holds some form of radar brake con- trol, guided highway lanes and a whole family of integrated, automatic safety devices. The goal will be maximum crash avoidance and .maxi- mum crash survivability; and not the least of the ideas un- der serious consideration are devices capable of "sniffing" or screening out the irresponsible driver the drunk or the ad- dict who becomes killer, behind the wheel. So vital will Hie role of pro- fessional Car Care become, many experts believe, that the auto showrooms of tomorrow will feature both kinds of autos the sophisticated "automa- tics" on one side, and the do-it- your selfer's line on the other. But no matter which you buy you will drive in a world, and at speeds, demanding better Car-Care more of it and more often to insure the safety and satisfaction tomorrow's driver not only ought to have, but will be required to guarantee for others on the highway. SKI DOO has never looked better, acted better, or had better ideas far youl T'NT "925 BERT MACS CYCLE LTD. 913 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 327-3221 OPEN THURSDAY and FRIDAY TILL 9 P.M. Now Before winter sets in with a vengeance drive into your Nearest Dealer REMEMBER ii, 'MILEAGE IS OUR BUSINESS" Shell and Super Shell gasolines together with the expert regular servicing by your Shell daler will put you miles ahead. for all the needed pre-winter servicing your car needs. Your car's in good hands with your exper- ienced Shell man. ALCAN SERVICE STATION 1313 Mayor Magrath Diive Phone 328-2828 DIEPPE SERVICE 203 28th St. S. Phone 327-741J JOHN WIMP SHELL SERVICE 3rd Ave. and 9th St. S. Phone 327-1967 SOUTH SIDE SERVICE Prop., Terry Hopkins 3rd Ave. and 20th St. S. Phone 328-2924 AUTOMOTIVE ENTERPRISES Ltd. 5th Ave. and 6th St. S. Phone 328-7748 ;