Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Holiday Travel With Children

If you're still planning on travel for the New Year, here are some useful tips to make it safer and more enjoyable for everyone: 

Four Tips for Holiday Travel with Children
The highways will be crowded this holiday season with drivers making their way to holiday feasts, shopping malls and family visits. If you're planning a trip with children, here are four tips to make the drive safe and enjoyable:
1.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends children sit in the back seat and be buckled-up properly.
Infants (under 20 lbs.) should ride in rear-facing convertible seats with harness straps at or below shoulder level.
Toddlers (20-40 lbs.) should ride in forward-facing convertible seats with harness straps at or above shoulders.
Young children (more than 40 lbs.) should ride in a forward-facing booster seat with the lap belt fitting across the upper thighs and shoulder belt snug across the chest.
2.One of the best ways to keep your family safe is to stay awake during your trip. The National Sleep Foundation and the AAA Foundation recommend the following:
Get a good night's sleep before your trip — 7-9 hours for adults and 8 ½-9 ½ hours for teens
Make sure a passenger is awake to talk to the driver.
Avoid medications that can impair performance.
Recognize signs of fatigue: lane drifting, hitting rumble strips, repeated yawning, tailgating, difficulty focusing.
Schedule stops every two hours or 100 miles.
3.Bring along toys, books and video games to keep the kids busy. If you're planning a long drive, be prepared for frequent bathroom and food stops.
4.If your child gets car sick, check with your doctor about possible medications to bring on the trip. To minimize the risk of carsickness, try driving at a constant speed, cracking a window, and feeding light snacks along the way to prevent the need for a heavy meal.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Holiday Driving!

Jiffy Lube of Utah wants to extend warm wishes to all our clientele this holiday season.  And in the spirit of driving and the holidays, invite you to get in the car and enjoy some of Utah's most spectacular light shows, from the warmth of your own vehicle.  Follow the links for more information, and use this coupon for a Signature Service Oil Change to keep your car running smoothly and reliably throughout the season.


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Jiffy Lube Gift Cards: The Gift of Preventive Maintenance

Christmas is coming, and the best gift you can give your car, your self, or your loved ones, is the gift of preventive maintenance.  Jiffy Lube Specializes in helping you keep your ride alive, so you can be on the road safely and reliably for many more holiday seasons to come.  So whether you have teen drivers eager to get around in their new vehicle, spouses whose safety you care about, parents or grandparents who own vehicles, or even neighbors--a Jiffy Lube Gift Card for the holidays is always a safe bet.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Pet Travel Tips

Six Tips for Traveling with Your Pets
Let's face it; you're probably going to have to do more traveling before the holidays are over. Bringing your pets along is sometimes a necessity. If you're planning a trip with Fido, here's what you can do to help make the trip safe and enjoyable.  (Note:  It is definitely NOT recommended for you to put your dog in a regular seat belt.  We just thought this was an amusing image.)  
1.Dogs and cats need to be secured properly, both for their safety and yours. The first and best option is to crate your animal for the duration of the trip. For large animals, a more feasible option is to use a special harness that attaches to your vehicle's seatbelt. Crates and harnesses are available at your local pet store.
2.The ASPCA cautions against allowing pets to ride with their heads out the window of a moving vehicle. Not only do they risk being hit with a flying object, but they are also at risk of inner ear damage and lung infections.
3.The noises and movement from car travel make many pets anxious. This anxiety can be expressed through barking, shaking, excessive drooling or even vomiting. Prepare your pets for a long trip well before you plan to leave. Start slowly by getting them used to being in the car. Once they are a little more comfortable, condition them with short trips around the block, gradually extending the duration of these trips. If your pet still suffers car anxiety, talk to your veterinarian about medications. Also consider keeping stain and odor remover in the trunk, just in case of an accident.
4.Don't feed your pet right before you plan to leave. Instead, give him or her a light meal a few hours in advance. Never feed your pet in a moving vehicle.
5.Just as you will on a long trip, your pet will need periodic pit stops and stretch breaks, too. Bring along a leash, water and small treats, as well as a favorite toy the pet can play with for some exercise.
6.If you're planning overnight hotel stays, be sure to check in advance whether the hotel has pet-friendly policies.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Treat Your Employees to Jiffy Lube VIP Cards FOR FREE This Holiday Season

We know sometimes it's hard to find a gift for your employees that shows them you value their time, their contributions to your company, and their hard work.  And in this tough economy, sometimes it's even difficult to come up with a gift that doesn't break the bank.  That's one of the reasons Jiffy Lube of Utah offers VIP Discount Cards for your employees--FREE to you!  Reward your valued employees with generous discounts on Jiffy Lube services throughout Utah.  It can boost morale and provide lasting benefits.  Simply follow the link and fill out the form for your Jiffy Lube VIP Discount cards.  They will arrive in 2-3 weeks.  Just in time for Christmas gifts.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Let Jiffy Lube Get You on the Road Safely This Thanksgiving!

If you are planning to leave town--and statistics show Americans are hitting the roads this season in droves--make sure your car is safe. Just in time for the holiday, Jiffy Lube is offering a discount for customers to receive the legendary Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change (SSOC). If you need more motivation, just consider that this should be the last time a healthy vehicle will need an oil change this year, and a good SSOC will take you through all the holidays, including New Years.
Utah Area Jiffy Lube and all it's franchisees wish their customers the very best, and safest, of Thanksgivings.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Defensive Driving: Always a Priority
The Utah Safety Council sponsors a defensive driving course, always timely and always available.  It can benefit you if you have tickets on your record--attendees receive 50 points off their Utah driving record after having completed the course.  But more importantly, it can be an effective reminder on the how's and why's of safe driving.  You don't have to have points to take the safe driver initiative and complete the course.

The National Safety Council's Defensive Driving program offers practical strategies to reduce collision-related injuries and fatalities. It addresses the importance of attitude in preventing crashes, and reinforces good driving skills. Most importantly, DDC shows students the consequences of the choices they make behind the wheel, and puts defensive driving in a personal context. No other driver training program has a higher rate of success in reducing the severity and frequency of collisions for its participants than the National Safety Council's Defensive Driving Course. Study after study has shown that drivers who participate in the Defensive Driving Course average fewer collisions and fewer driving arrests than drivers who do not take the course. Offered locally through the Utah Safety Council, this course has set the standard in the industry for over 40 years, and continues to improve driver behaviors. Please register for the course beforehand.
Benefits of attending include:
  • Attendees receive 50 points off of their Utah driving record after completing the classroom course. Cost: $40.00
  • This course also qualifies for the Approaching Emergency Vehicles, required live course. Cost: $40.00
  • Most insurance companies offer those over 55 years of age a reduction in their automobile insurance when completing this course. (Please contact your insurance company to find out if this is an option). Cost:$10.00
  • If you have received a fine for not wearing your safety belt, you may reduce your fine up to $30.00 by attending this course. Cost:  $12.00
Click here if you wish to access the Online Defensive Driving Course.

Jiffy Lube of Utah wishes you safe driving this holiday season.  Here is a coupon to get you on your way smoothly and reliably.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Media Contest for Utah Teens--Don't Drive Stupid!

Utah teens, and parents of Utah teens who are driving:  being on the road can be dangerous, especially if you have a cell phone or are driving distracted, for any number of reasons.  That is the impetus behind the Don't Drive Stupid Campaign.  Utah teens can visit the link below for an opportunity to enter original art (posters, calendars) or videos (25 seconds long). The deadline is NOVEMBER 15th, so there isn't much time.
Twelve winners will be selected:
• First place: Poster will be used as the calendar cover. Winner will also receive an 
   iPod and iTunes gift card.
• Finalists (11): Placement of their poster as one of the months (February-
   December) in the calendar. Finalists will each receive an iTunes gift card.
   The winner and the 11 finalists will receive a copy of the 2012 Zero Fatalities 
Enter now!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Be Prepared For Whatever Utah Weather Comes Your Way....

Today was officially the first snow of the season--just exactly in time for November to begin.  Utah's Commuterlink program is designed to help locals do exactly that.  The degrees of caution are broken into green (low); yellow (moderate); and red (high.)  Commuter link also has live webcams and current updates on road blocks, accidents, and incidents that can affect traffic.  Check it out daily via the link provided to save time and hassles during the changing outdoor conditions.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Normal Vs. Severe Driving

Driving Conditions Impact How You Care
For Your Vehicle
Two Things You Should Know
Most vehicle manufacturers have two classifications for driving conditions: normal andsevere.
They routinely use these classifications to recommend how often you should have services, such as oil changes, performed on your vehicle.  Severe weather definitely applies to Utah drivers. Take Jiffy Lube's online quiz to learn more:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Safe Halloween Driving

Halloween is coming up, and with it the parties, trick-or-treaters, and even pranksters.  The National Safety Commission has the following tips to help everyone stay safe during Halloween festivities.

Holiday Driving: Halloween Safety Tips

The chill is in the air. Orange is the dominant color and kids are beginning to think of their plans for October 31st. Before you go out shopping for costumes and buying bags of candy this year, spend a few minutes planning the night ahead.

Identify what type of celebrations will be taking place and where they will be located. Not only will it help determine your plans, it will help you be an aware driver as you travel on the roadways. If you will be attending a party, plan for a designated driver or commit to not drink. Even small amounts of alcohol can impair your judgment and driving. Driving under the influence can kill or cause trauma, be expensive and embarrassing.

When costume planning, make sure that all costumes fit appropriately and will not restrict movement or visibility, either as a pedestrian or behind the wheel. Ensure foot wear is sturdy. Tripping, falling, difficulty steering or braking can be dangerous!

Add reflective tape to costumes and replace flash light batteries to ensure you will be visible, whether escorting trick or treaters or attending an event yourself. Confirm any children you are with have flashlights, glow stick, bright candy bags, and reflective tape on costumes as well. Clear up any yard obstructions, water hoses, and overgrown vegetation to make it easier to see and maneuver for both pedestrians and vehicles.

Know your planned route, to avoid the unexpected. Plan to travel in well lighted areas. If walking, use sidewalks and crosswalks. If driving, avoid areas of heavy pedestrian traffic and park in areas with the greatest visibility. Design alternate routes that will provide the least amount of risk and the most amount of safety. Arrange to give yourself extra time to and from your destination.

Halloween is on Saturday this year, so expect the festivities to begin early in the day and prepare to be a defensive driver. If you can, avoid driving on Halloween.

Be alert for kids playing in costumes during the day, darting from house to house or in between parked cars. Pay special attention beginning at 4:30pm for the younger treat seekers. Turn your head lights on to make your vehicle more visible. Drivers need to be especially diligent driving during dusk through the night time as visibility is reduced.

Reduce distractions. Make sure your cell phone is on silent, your radio volume is low and your passengers are aware to minimize distractions and assist with being alert to the surrounding environment.

Be extra cautious as you pull into and leave driveways, parking lots and alleys for children that may dart out between cars, at roadways, medians and on curves. Be sure to check your blind spots thoroughly and maintain a search and scan of the driving environment every three seconds.

Travel well below the posted speed limit. Be extra patient with pedestrians and other vehicles and always be prepared to stop at a given moment. They may be carrying trick or treaters and be distracted. Avoid passing or going around stopped vehicles. They may have passengers entering and exiting hurriedly and carelessly.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Find Us on Foursquare!

Have you discovered Foursquare yet?  If not, what are you waiting for?  All it requires is a simple, quick registration.  The site then uses your smartphone to notify you of business locations surrounding you.  Jiffy Lube locations are listed for Utah, and nearly all of them feature exclusive Foursquare Discounts.  Just take your phone into the closest Jiffy Lube location, show that you are signed in to Foursquare and checked into Jiffy Lube, and you'll receive an automatic discount specific to your location.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Kirk Umphrey Wins National Award through Jiffy Lube!

Kirk Umphrey Wins National Jiffy Lube Award

As part of the 2011 Jiffy Lube Convention, a local Utah Jiffy Lube operator was recognized for his community service.

The Arlene Karlson Heart and Soul Award is named for a late franchisee known for her compassion for employees and contributions to the community. This year’s recipient, Kirk Umphrey of Lube Management, Inc. in Sandy, Utah, exemplifies “heart” and “soul” through his dedication to both local charities and employees.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Take Control of Your Fuel Efficiency

Fast Lube Leader Helps Consumers with Fuel Efficiency Tips and $10 Prepaid Gas Cards
HOUSTON - As costs to operate a vehicle continue to rise, drivers want to take more control of improving their fuel efficiency. That's why Jiffy Lube International is putting customers back in the driver's seat with a fuel efficiency review to help get the most out of their gas mileage this summer. Beginning June 18, customers who purchase a Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change at participating service centers will receive a Fuel Efficiency Review detailing tips that can save them up to fifty-five cents per gallon.* Customers will also receive a ten dollar valued American Express® prepaid fuel card to use towards their next fill-up as part of The Perfect 10 promotion**.
"Finding ways to maximize fuel efficiency is without question a top priority for drivers," said Lisa Carlson, global director of marketing at Jiffy Lube International. "Jiffy Lube can be a part of the solution for our customers. In addition to providing a Fuel Efficiency Review to help drivers improve gas mileage, The Perfect 10 promotion rewards our customers with tangible savings on gas."
Fuel Efficiency Review – Improve Gas Mileage
During each Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change, a Jiffy Lube technician visually inspects the engine air filter. Replacing a clogged engine air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as thirty-seven cents per gallon.* In addition, Jiffy Lube technicians will replace the vehicle's motor oil with a fresh supply based on the vehicle manufacturer's recommended grade, which can improve gas mileage as much as seven cents per gallon.* The review also includes a check of the vehicle's tire pressure against the vehicle manufacturer's recommendations. Keeping a vehicle's tires inflated to the proper pressure can improve gas mileage up to eleven cents per gallon.*
Free Gas – The Perfect 10
This summer Jiffy Lube is adding more value by offering a ten dollar valued American Express® prepaid fuel card**. Customers who purchase a Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change will receive a simple form to complete and mail-in along with the invoice to receive their American Express® prepaid fuel card**. The Perfect 10 promotion is a convenient way to help drivers keep a little extra money in their wallets that they can spend enjoying their favorite pastime this summer.
Easy Tips for Ongoing Gas Savings
Jiffy Lube offers these everyday tips that drivers can follow to improve gas mileage even more:
  • Use cruise control and overdrive gears to maintain a consistent speed
  • Observe the speed limit
  • Avoid aggressive driving including speeding and rapid acceleration and braking
  • Lighten a vehicle's load by removing non-critical items
  • Determine if you're a "severe" driver and adjust your regularly scheduled service intervals accordingly, consult your owner's manual for more details on severe driving habits.
For more information about the Fuel Efficiency Review and The Perfect 10 program, please visit To find a Jiffy Lube in your area, please
*Source: Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency web site; based on national gas price average of $3.72 per gallon
** New Jersey residents will receive a generic American Express® prepaid gift card (non-fuel specific)
About Jiffy Lube
Jiffy Lube International, Inc., with more than 2,200 franchised and company-owned service centers in North America, serves approximately 27.5 million customers each year. Jiffy Lube pioneered the fast oil change industry in 1979 by establishing the first drive-through service bay, providing customers with fast, professional service for their vehicles. Headquartered in Houston, Jiffy Lube International Inc. is a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Shell Oil Company. Visit to learn more about Jiffy Lube and vehicle care.
Disclaimer statement:
This announcement contains forward-looking statements, that are subject to risk factors associated with the oil, gas, power, chemicals and renewables business. It is believed that the expectations reflected in these statements are reasonable, but may be affected by a variety of variables which could cause actual results, trends or reserves replacement to differ materially, including, but not limited to: price fluctuations, actual demand, currency fluctuations, drilling and production results, reserve estimates, loss of market, industry competition, environmental risks, physical risks, risks associated with the identification of suitable potential acquisition properties and targets and the successful negotiation and consummation of transactions, the risk of doing business in developing countries, legislative, fiscal and regulatory developments including potential litigation and regulatory effects arising from recategorisation of reserves, economic and financial market conditions in various countries and regions, political risks, project delay or advancement, approvals and cost estimates.

Please refer to the Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2004 (as amended) for a description of certain important factors, risks and uncertainties that may affect the Shell Group's businesses. Neither Royal Dutch Shell plc nor any member of the Shell Group undertakes any obligation to publicly update or revise any of these forward-looking statements, whether to reflect new information, future events or other information.
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The United States Securities and Exchange Commission ('SEC') permits oil and gas companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only proved reserves that a company has demonstrated by actual production or conclusive formation tests to be economically and legally producible under existing economic and operating conditions. We use certain terms in this presentation, such as "expected producible resources" and "amount of reserves we expect to produce", that the SEC's guidelines strictly prohibit us from including in filings with the SEC.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tires Make All the Difference

Tire Tactics
Under- or over-inflation of tires can:
cause uneven tread wear
weaken your tires
reduce traction
impact gas mileage
reduce the number of miles you get out of your tires
Eventually, you could have inconvenient flats or even dangerous blowouts. Over-inflation means the weight of your vehicle is not distributed evenly across the entire tread but is instead concentrated on a thin strip in the center. Under-inflation means the tire is soft and the outside edges work harder than the softer center. The extra rolling resistance makes your vehicle work harder to move and it can reduce gas mileage.
Be sure to check your tire pressure regularly and maintain the recommended pressure listed in your vehicle's owner's manual. You can usually find this recommended pressure on a sticker posted in the trunk, on the door pillar or in the glove compartment.
Each of your tires will wear differently due to its position and the type of vehicle you own. So tires will wear evenly, remember to balance and rotate your tires according to manufacturer's recommendations.
To check tread wear, use "the penny trick:"
1. Insert a penny into the tread groove with Abe Lincoln's face showing, but with his head upside-down.
2. If you can see all of Abe Lincoln's head, it's probably time to replace your tires
If you live in a moderate climate, warming up an engine is not typically necessary. If you live in a freezing climate, you should let the engine run (without pressing the gas pedal) for a few minutes so the oil can circulate through the engine and get it ready to run.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Higher Mileage is Achievable with Jiffy Lube Preventive Maintenance!

Drivers Determined to Achieve Higher Mileage

Nicholle Connolly, 617-939-8378
Virginia Sanchez, 713-546-6272

Nearly Unanimous, National Survey Reveals Drivers View Oil Changes as Key to Vehicle Longevity
HOUSTON – Roy Lindahl has been driving his white Jeep® Cherokee since the day they drove off the lot together seventeen years ago. He and his vehicle, affectionately nicknamed "Jeepy," recently reached a major milestone when the odometer hit 400,000 miles. It was a proud moment for Lindahl, who has kept Jeepy on a regularpreventive maintenance schedule for years to ensure his reliable companion takes him where he wants to go for years to come. It's been a habit well practiced for Lindahl, who has surprised even maintenance technicians with his Jeep's impressive condition and mileage.
An auto mechanic as a teen, and engineer by trade, Lindahl has seen the impact that neglect can have on a vehicle first hand and he has passed the importance of proper maintenance on to the next generation. His son, who has inherited his passion for vehicles, recently showcased his own restored vehicle in a hometown parade and practices the same dedication to maintenance. It's no surprise that Lindahl and his son are not the only drivers looking to hold onto their vehicles as long as possible. A recent survey conducted by Jiffy Lube International (JLI) reveals that more than half of U.S. drivers hope to have more than 150,000 miles on their vehicle before replacing it, and more than a quarter aspire to clock 250,000 miles or more.
"It just goes to show that regular care of your vehicle pays off – you get out what you put in," said Lindahl who regularly visits the Jiffy Lube service center in his hometown of Lafayette, CA for maintenance. "I must be doing something right because Jeepy just keeps on going. I'm hoping that one day we'll hit the million-mile mark together."
Drivers Want More
The impact of more difficult economic times can be seen in many places including on the road. The average age of a vehicle on the road continues to rise year after year. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the average automobile in operation has aged almost three years since 1990. In addition, the majority of vehicles on the road (at nine years old) have logged 110,000 miles, according to NPD's Car Care Trac.
As drivers hold onto their vehicles longer, they are looking for better and easier ways to help protect their vehicle's life. The JLI survey reveals that though drivers universally acknowledge that regular maintenance can help extend the life of their vehicle, many are looking for more out of their maintenance experience. In their desire to extend the life and value of their vehicle, drivers are seeking convenient ways to help them maintain it. More services and convenience are top priorities, with nine out of 10 people surveyed agreeing that having other key vehicle parts and fluids checked during their regular oil change is the most convenient way for them to help preserve their vehicle's value.
While most drivers know what they want out of their maintenance experience, many aren't getting everything they're looking for. In fact:
- 99% of those surveyed would like their tire pressure checked during an oil change visit, but only 78% actually receive the service;
- 99% would like their windshield washer fluid filled, but only 74% leave with it filled;
- 86% are looking for vehicle essentials, including brake fluids, belts, exterior lights and wiper blades to be inspected, however only three-quarters leave with these services actually performed.
Nearly one in five Americans believe the most important thing when having their oil changed is being able to have multiple services performed in a single visit, and more than half (59%) want to have their oil changed in 30 minutes or less. For drivers seeking a convenient way to help extend their vehicle's life, a regular preventive maintenance regiment is essential. Jiffy Lube offers the Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change to address these needs, providing drivers with much more than just an oil and filter change. The service includes changing, inspecting, checking/filling and cleaning key vehicle parts and fluids and offers drivers a quick and convenient way to maintain their vehicle. The Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change is a convenient solution that can help drivers preserve the value and longevity of their vehicle.
Keeping My Ride Alive
Keeping a vehicle alive and running beyond its years has long been a source of pride for vehicle owners – particularly in tough economic times. Whether the odometer is sporting double or triple digits, like-minded enthusiasts now have a place to pound their chests and celebrate their high-mileage accomplishments at a new Facebook community, "Keeping My Ride Alive." Visitors can cruise the site to browse photos and stories from other high-mileage drivers, or share their own photos and stories. Newbies to the road, high-mileage heroes and everyone in between are welcome to join the community by "liking" the page and uploading their vehicle's image and story. Visit to share your story and read about others.
To find a Jiffy Lube service center in your area, please visit Visit to find oil change coupons and promotions, Jiffy Lube news articles, community involvement programs and events,franchise information and employment opportunities.
Survey Methodology:
The Jiffy Lube International survey was conducted via telephone interviews during the period of April 8-11, 2010. The survey included a national probability sample of 1,013 adults comprising 507 men, 506 women 18 years of age or older, living in the Continental United States. The survey was conducted by Opinion Research Corporation.
About Jiffy Lube®
Jiffy Lube International Inc. ("Jiffy Lube"), with more than 2,000 franchised service centers in North America, serves approximately 24 million customers each year. Jiffy Lube pioneered the fast oil change industry in 1979 by establishing the first drive-through service bay, providing customers with fast, professional service for their vehicles. Headquartered in Houston, Jiffy Lube is a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Shell Oil Company. Visit to learn more about Jiffy Lube and vehicle care.
Royal Dutch Shell plc
Royal Dutch Shell plc is incorporated in England and Wales, has its headquarters in The Hague and is listed on the London, Amsterdam, and New York stock exchanges. Shell companies have operations in more than 100 countries with businesses including oil and gas exploration and production; production and marketing of Liquefied Natural Gas and Gas to Liquids; manufacturing, marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals and renewable energy projects including wind and solar power. For further information, visit

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Get Your Car Ready for Autumn!

Visit the experts at for timely tips on your car.

Follow these driving and maintenance tips for safer fall driving

By Peter D. duPre

Shorter fall days and cooler weather may have brought relief from summer heat but they are also a signal that it is time for some extra driving caution. As we go through fall and head into winter, the days will get shorter yet, and many of us will start and end our commutes in total darkness. Visibility in the dark is never all that good, and when you throw in an autumn rain, sleet or snow storm, it can drop to almost nothing. 
All of which means that autumn requires a change in your driving habits. Follow these tips for safer driving this fall:
  • School's in session -- With the fall semester in full swing, children are out on the streets earlier than during the summer. Some almost never look for traffic and have a bad habit of bolting out from between parked cars. Keep your eyes peeled and slow down. School zones have reduced speed limits and most police won't allow any speed leeway in these areas.
  • Allow more travel time -- You should always drive slower when it is dark and visibility is reduced. That means your traveling time is increased, especially during inclement weather. Leave a few minutes earlier in the morning and increase your following distance by about a second. 
  • Inclement weather -- Indian summers, clear skies and cooler weather may lull you into a false sense of security but fall weather conditions can change abruptly. Thunder storms, sleet, hail and even snow are not that unusual. Roads covered with a summer's worth of grease become slick when wet or covered with early morning frost, so anticipate those conditions.
  • Check the lights -- In Sweden, Norway and Canada, where fall driving conditions are similar to much of the U.S., there are mandatory-lights laws -- and not coincidentally, a lower accident rate. See and be seen. Drive with your headlamps on, even if it's not dark. Before starting out on any trip, walk around the car and make sure your taillights, parking lights, stop lights, directionals, emergency flashers and headlights are all working properly. Have your mechanic aim and adjust your headlights. New cars are equipped with bright-burning halogen headlights that increase visibility. If you own an older vehicle with standard sealed-beam headlamps, consider converting to halogen lamps. The cost is more than offset by improved visibility and safety.
  • Change the wiper blades -- Safety experts say wiper blades should be changed every 5,000 to 6,000 miles, or twice a year. Most of us don't change the blades even once a year. Check front and rear wipers. Examine the rubber; it should be flexible, without any missing chunks and should clear the glass without leaving any streaks. If the blades aren't performing perfectly, replace them.
  • Check the brakes and tires -- If tires and brakes aren't in good condition, you won't be able to stop on slick roadways. Tires should have plenty of tread on them; if the wear bars are showing, it's time for new rubber. Most tire and brake shops will inspect your tires and brakes for free.  
  • Heater and defroster check -- Fogged-up windows limit visibility and are a safety hazard. Make sure both front and rear defrosters are working properly. Front blower hoses sometimes get knocked off the defroster vents and the electric wire in the rear defogger can break. Most auto parts stores sell special kits to repair these breaks. While you are at it, have your heating system inspected. A cold car is uncomfortable, and a distraction to safe driving.
  • Look under the hood -- Don't get stranded in the dark. Have your mechanic check the condition of the coolant, belts and hoses. Get the chassis lubed, air filter replaced, oil and filter changed and battery inspected. A little work now can save a big towing bill later. You can make an appointment for a fall vehicle inspection right now with iCARumba's Find a Shop tool.
  • Wash and wax -- A vehicle's first line of defense against the elements is a good wash and wax job to protect the metal surfaces from pitting and corroding, and keeps your car looking its best. Get rid of that summer grime and apply a thick coat of protective wax.
  • Relax -- This may seem like a lot to get done before the Monday morning commute, but it really adds up to just a few minutes for the self-inspection, and to make an appointment with your shop if needed. For safety sake, check lights first, then do the tires, brakes, and wiper blades. And in general, simply begin your day 10 minutes earlier, have that second cup of coffee (decaf, please!) and start your commute in a relaxed a state as possible -- good advice at any time of year.
Peter du Pre is iCARumba content editor.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Congratulations, Team Herriman!!

Congrats to the Herriman Jiffy Lube team for earning the title of District Champions in the 2011 J-Team All Starts Competition!  Another reason to believe in your local Jiffy Lube technicians.  We hire only the best of the best, and their training and experience is incomparable.  Preventive maintenance and extending the life of your car is our goal.  

Left to right: Jake Thomas, customer service advisor, Jimmy Bernardo, courtesy technician, Neil Barrio, lower bay technician, Anthony Thompson, upper bay technician and Stephen Poulsen, team leader and manager.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Jiffy Lube Gift Card--Perfect for Any Occasion!

Jiffy Lube Gift Cards® are a great choice for giving to family, friends or just for you! Birthdays, Anniversaries and Holidays are just a few ideas for giving this one of a kind gift card.
Benefits of the Jiffy Lube Gift Card® Include:
No expiration date or fees
The gift card can be set for any monetary denomination ($5 - $300)
Redeemable toward goods or services at any participating Jiffy Lube location

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Back To School Season has arrived. Time for an SSOC!

Back-To-School season has already arrived again! Time to get an SSOC so you're car is running smoothly for carpools. Preventive maintenance is critical, especially with precious cargo onboard.  Jiffy Lube wants to help you get the most out of your car and the most for your money.  Use this coupon for valuable savings exclusively in Utah!  

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Entertainment and Jiffy Lube Savings--Believe it!

Gear up for the race of a lifetime
When you purchase the digitally restored Blu-ray™ or DVD of Steve McQueen's iconic 1971 film Le Mans, you'll receive a coupon for $7 off your next Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change. It's a great benefit for you and your car-even if you don't plan to drive in a grueling, 24-hour-long race in the French countryside.
Offer applies only to the Le Mans Blu-ray™ and DVD advertised here, at participating retailers, while supplies last. Coupon expires 05/31/2012.
Get it at Amazon now!
Enter promo code LEMANSSD for $3 off the DVD or LEMANSBD for $5 off the Blu-ray™

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Green Tips for Car Washing

We found this list from Ford detailing tips on how to wash the "Green" way.  Check it out!
 As the summer season gets underway, millions of Americans will have “Wash the Car” on their weekend to-do lists.
Before you pull out the buckets, sponges, soaps and sprayers, Ford has a few tips for making your car clean and your car wash green.
  • Turf Job: When washing your car at home, take the chore off the driveway and on to your lawn. Not only will you get your car clean, but you will water the grass as well.
  • Save it When You Spray it: Americans waste gallons of water by leaving their hoses on during car washes. Before you make your vehicle squeaky clean, buy a water-saving hose nozzle to shut off the flow of water when you aren’t spraying your car.
  • Don’t Kick the Bucket: Give your car a quick rinse with the hose, then fill a bucket with water and suds. Use the bucket with soapy water to wash the car, allowing you to save gallons of water during the cleaning process. Use your hose to rinse the car clean.
  • Grab the Rag: Before you get out the paper towels to dry your car, consider using a clean rag or a microfiber towel. Either will get the job done better and can be used repeatedly throughout the summer.
  • Go Pro: While you can save money washing your own car at home, the most environmentally-friendly way to get your vehicle clean may be using a car wash. The International Carwash Association reports that automatic car washes use less than half the water of even the most careful home car washer. According to one report, washing a car at home typically uses between 80 and 140 gallons of water, while a commercial car wash averages less than 45 gallons per car.
However you clean your car, Ford Motor Company encourages you to do it in the most environmentally friendly way possible. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Insider Discounts on Jiffy Lube Coupons!

Jiffy Lube has now consolidated all it's most valuable money-saving coupons on a variety of services.   This is the place to find the best Jiffy Lube coupons.  Think of it as a "members only" site for those of you smart enough to take advantage of these Insider Discounts.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Jiffy Lube: Keeping My Ride Alive

Did you know that many cars on the road are over 110,000 miles or over? That's the best reason of all to Keep Your Ride Alive. This can best be done by taking advantage of Jiffy Lube's outstanding service maintenance.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Recalls--Keep Informed!
It's a good idea, for both safety and practicality, to make a point of regularly checking in on vehicle recalls. The NHTSA keeps a vigorously updated list of all auto and auto related recalls at the above link.  Read a bit more about the NHTSA below or visit the link for more detailed information.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation provides recall information including vehicle and equipment campaigns from 1966 to present. The campaigns include motor vehicle products which experienced a safety-related defect or did not comply with federal motor vehicle safety standards.  

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Visiting Your Technician

What to Ask When You Visit the Technician
Every car owner should get to know a technician they can trust. And yes, they are out there. These are the people who know that trust is a vital component of the automotive maintenance and repair business. Trust, along with quality, timely and affordable work is vital to building repeat business for their service center.
So how do you find a good technician?
Ask around. Ask your dad and ask your friends if they know a good mechanic. Ask your hairdresser if they know someone in the neighborhood they trust. Check out the Internet and call the Better Business Bureau. Find a local consumer protection agency and ask them for reputable mechanics in the area. Call your local dealership and ask someone in the service department if they know any local service centers that perform quality work. A good mechanic knows where to find other good mechanics.
But don’t stop there. You shouldn’t be satisfied until you visit the service center in person and speak to the mechanic personally.
So what do you ask them?
The kind of technician you want working on your car will have no problem taking the time to answer all your questions. So don’t be shy.
*Are you affiliated with the Automotive Service Association (ASA)?
A service center needs to have a consistent record of excellent service to become affiliated with the ASA. You should see their sticker or seal in the mechanic's office. If you don’t see one, ask where it is. If they don’t have one, move on.
*Before you do any work, can I get all of the costs in writing?
It’s very important that you get everything in writing.
*Does your service center specialize in any particular type of work?
Also, ask them if they specialize in a particular type of car if it’s not posted on a sign outside the garage. You don’t want to get a tune-up at a place that specializes in radiators or transmissions. Nor would you want to bring a Ford F-150 truck to a garage specializing in foreign autos. The key is making sure you know what their strengths and weaknesses are.
*Do you charge a fee for estimates?
Free estimates are the norm. If a garage wants to charge you for a diagnosis, you may want to take your vehicle elsewhere.
*Do I have the option of choosing new or used parts?
Some service centers have affiliations with scrap yards and other used-parts outlets that could save you money. It depends on the situation, but sometimes a used part will work just fine. Ask the mechanic for his recommendation but you’ll want to get a second and even a third opinion when choosing a used part. Just remember, new or used, make sure you get a guarantee on the parts in writing.
*Will you get an itemized invoice and an explanation of what was done to your car?
Before the technician works on your car, get a breakdown on your invoice of the repairs done. Ask him if he can actually show you what part of the car he is going to work on. Ask to see the old part that was changed. And once again, get everything in writing.
*Will a courtesy car be supplied?
Many private service centers will give you a free ride home or to work. But if your repairs will take longer than a few days, some places offer a free rental or a rental at a discounted rate. Many insurance policies also include a free rental car. So give your agent a call, too.
*What payment policies and guarantees do you offer?
Every service center has different labor rates, warranties and payment options. Make sure you clearly understand the mechanic’s policies. And most important, make sure you get everything in writing and keep the receipts and other documentation!
So now I have a technician I can trust. What do I do if something is wrong with my vehicle?
Get out a pen and paper and write down these specific things that can help your mechanic pinpoint your problem.
Write down:
When the problem started.
When the problem occurs (when braking, or when you turn, etc).
If there were previous repairs done to correct the problem.
If the car is making a strange noise, try to record the noise, and jot down when the noise occurs.
If there is fluid under the car. If so what color and where under the car?
Are any of the light gauges flashing or on?
Any other details can help. So write everything down.
Then talk to the mechanic that will be fixing your vehicle. Ask his opinion and come to an agreement.

Work orders
Parts prices
Labor rates
Warranty information