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Examine a Pre-owned Vehicle Closely Before Buying

Examine a Pre-owned Vehicle Closely Before Buying

By Tom Torbjornsen

Tom Torbjornsen, Western New York’s automotive guru here, hoping you and your family had a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday! Well, we had our first snow this weekend and as usual, people had to be re-educated on how to drive in the snow! Slow down and give yourself ample time to stop. Keep a safe following distance from the car in front of you and get those snow tires on if you haven’t already.

Following up to last week’s post about flood cars entering the market, here are some in-depth tips on what to look for when going over a pre-owned vehicle before buying:

Beware of Vehicles Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

Beware of Vehicles Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

By Tom Torbjornsen

Hello Western New York! It’s Tom Torbjornsen, your automotive guru, hoping you all are well and wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving! Drive carefully and defensively this weekend as some people may celebrate the holiday a bit too much and drive under the influence. And, be sure to check back here each week for my new automotive column.

School Bus Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

School Bus Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

Rural/Metro offers tips to parents, kids and drivers to ensure a safe return to school

Buffalo, NY (August 30, 2012) – As summer draws to a close and thousands of students across Western New York head back to school, parents can help their children make the return smoothly and safely.

Buffalo-based Rural/Metro Medical Services and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offer parents these six school bus safety tips to share with their kids:

Walk, Don’t Run

Just as there’s no running in the hallways at school, no running to the bus stop either. Leave 5-10 minutes early so you’re not rushed and use sidewalks whenever possible. Otherwise walk on the left, facing traffic.

Safety at the Stop

Assemblyman Ryan: Thruway Authority Should Abandon Plan For Massive Toll Hike

Assemblyman Ryan: Thruway Authority Should Abandon Plan For Massive Toll Hike

As Public Hearings Begin On Proposed 45% Toll Hike For Trucks, Ryan Urges Thruway Authority To Get Their Fiscal House In Order And Abandon Misguided Plan To Increase Tolls 

BUFFALO – Today, August 16, 2012, New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan urged the NYS Thruway Authority to abandon their plan for a proposed 45% toll hike for trucks and commercial vehicles. The Thruway Authority begins their public hearing process on the proposed increase tonight in Buffalo.

Move Over Law Reminder

Move Over Law Reminder

A statement from the Niagara County Sheriff Office:

Sheriff James R. Voutour is reminding everyone of the “Move Over” law that took effect January 1, 2011. The law requires motorists to move over or slow down when approaching a parked authorized emergency vehicle with emergency lights flashing. This legislation honors the memory of Trooper Ambrose and Deputy Searles, who lost their lives while serving the public. Trooper Robert Ambrose was burned alive inside his vehicle when his patrol car was rear-ended by a sports utility vehicle traveling over 80 miles per hour. Deputy Glenn Searles died from injuries he suffered when assisting a stranded motorist, a second car struck him, pinning him against his patrol vehicle. Beginning January 1, 2012, the “Mover Over” law was expanded to cover hazard vehicles, such as tow trucks, HELP trucks, highway maintenance trucks and any other vehicle being used in the construction or maintenance of roadways that has an amber light.

Supervisor Weinstein Announces Pothole Hotline

Amherst Supervisor Dr. Barry Weinstein has established a pothole hot line for any potholes within town boundaries.  “We wanted to get an early jump on potholes and felt that a dedicated line would give the traveling public an opportunity to comment. We will pass complaints on to our Highway Department. If the pothole is on a state, county or village road we will notify the proper jurisdiction,” Weinstein stated.

The pothole hot line for the Town of Amherst is 716.631.7127 and is accessible 24 hours a day.  The line will be checked every 48 hours and residents will be notified of action taken if they leave their contact information.  You may also send an email to Bweinstein@amherst.ny.us.  The pothole hot line will be in effect until May 1, 2012.

WNY Railway Historical Society Annual Winter Train Show

WNY Railway Historical Society Annual Winter Train Show

The Western New York Railway Historical Society is pleased to announce its 21st annual Winter Train and Toy Show and Sale on Saturday February 18, 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday February 19, 2012 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Event Center and Expo Hall on the Hamburg Fairgrounds, South Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY. FREE PARKING.   See www.wnyrhs.com

The show will feature model trains, railroadiana, collectible toys, die casts, dolls, miniatures, models, operating model railroad layouts and displays. Large model layouts feature trains with animated scenes and Amusement Ride Models. Club displays will include The WNY Garden Railway G gauge, the WNY Model Engineers O Gauge, the Niagara Orleans Model Railroad Engineer’s HO & N Gauge, and the Gowanda and Buffalo Model Railroad Club N gauge layouts. The Niagara Frontier Live Steamers display will add to the show.