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The Dashboard Light That Could Save Your Life

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(BPT) -Unfortunately, when it comes to recognition of lifesaving vehicle dashboard icons, many drivers are unaware, uninformed and unprepared.

 Four out of 10 drivers are unable to identify the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) warning symbol located on vehicles’ dashboards and don’t know what the icon is when they see it, according to a new consumer survey.

So, what does the TPMS alert mean for drivers? The TPMS vehicle dashboard icon is a crucial safety warning symbol that indicates one or more of a vehicle’s tires are significantly underinflated by more than 25 percent. Underinflated tires can impair a car’s ability to maneuver and brake properly. This means a driver whose TPMS light appears is three times more likely to be involved in a crash related to tire problems than a vehicle with proper inflation, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA also reports underinflated tires are estimated to cause: 200,000 accidents, 660 highway fatalities and 33,000 injuries annually, as well as 3.5 million gallons of gasoline wasted daily.

To help raise awareness about TPMS and the importance of proper tire pressure, Schrader, the leading global manufacturer of sensing and valve solutions and pioneer of TPMS, along with OEM car manufacturers, aftermarket retailers, and state and federal governments, are dedicating resources toward consumer education. Schrader has provided the online resource TPMSMadeSimple.com for complete insight into TPMS and the benefits of maintaining proper tire pressure.

If the TPMS icon appears, your tires are sending you a very important message: one or more of your tires are significantly underinflated and you or an auto service technician needs to take a closer look as soon as possible.

When this occurs, exercise caution and do the following:

* Find a safe place to pull off the road to check your tire pressure. Keep a tire gauge with your set of emergency items in your vehicle.

* If the light comes on while driving at highway speed, immediately grab hold of the steering wheel with both hands in case you are experiencing a blow-out (rapid deflation) scenario. Slowly decelerate to a safe speed and find a safe place to pull off the road to check your tire pressure.

* Once checked, if the tires all appear normal, proceed carefully to the nearest gas station or tire service center to add air to your tire(s).

* If needed, have the problem tire or tires and the TPMS system serviced at your nearest tire service center.

The TPMS icon should turn off within several minutes after inflating the tires to their recommended pressure.

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Einstein’s Customer Quotables

“I just wanted to send a note of appreciation to the crew and management of the Eagle Road location on Monday afternoon.

 This was my first visit to an Einstein’s Oilery and I was very impressed ! It was quick, clean, and the service was great.  I enjoyed my cold drinks and paper as I waited only a short time as the team worked efficiently to get my Honda Accord ready for a few more months on the road. The facility is clean, the crew very polite, and the TV cameras a great idea. Thanks again for the outstanding service in an industry that doesn’t always have it.”


Matt Goodnough

Unplug and Be Outside Week is a series of FREE activities to inspire and empower families to get off the couch and get active! From April 19-26, there will be activities taking place throughout the Treasure Valley including geocaching, youth dance and tumbling, sports clinics, outdoor theater, preschool music and movement, self defense, and so much more. Check out the details on all the available events here:  http://unplugandbeoutside.com/

FREE Treasure Valley Easter Egg Hunts This Weekend

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  • Meridian Optimist Club’s 37th Annual Easter Egg Hunt– Will be held rain or shine on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 11:00 am sharp at the Meridian Elementary School, 1035 N.W. 1st Street, Meridian.  Age groups are from toddler through 10 years. Find a marked “Laffy Taffy” and win a special prize.
  • Lady Bird Park (south of Expo Idaho)-Begins at 10:00 am Saturday April 19, 2014 . Attractions include golden eggs, a prize wheel, crafts, games,  snacks, a visit from the Easter bunny, and live baby bunnies and chicks.
  • Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park– Capital Christian Center will host a hunt in Kleiner Park in Meridian. This popular Treasure Valley Park will host kids of all ages on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 11 AM to 2 PM. The Easter Bunny, Winnie the Pooh, and Tigger will welcome children as they search for their share of the 60,000 hidden eggs. Bounce houses and a kiddie train will also be on hand. Egg hunts begin at 11:00 am and noon.
  • Cathedral of the Rockies – Amity Campus (4464 South Maple Grove Road)Saturday, April 19th, from 10 a.m. to noon. Children of all ages are welcome. Egg Scramble Ages and Times:  Toddlers ~ 10:35 to 10:45,  Ages 4-5 ~ 10:50 to 11:00,  Ages 6-8 ~ 11:05 to 11:15, Ages 9 and up ~ 11:20 to 11:30. Craft stations and sugar cookie decorating will also be offered.
  • Annual All-Ability Easter Egg Hunt- Presented by the Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association. The fun begins at 2:00 pm Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Guerber Park in Eagle (2200 E Hill Rd). Come pet the bunnies and chickens! Explore a fire engine! Crawlers, walkers and runners will be separated by ability and can collect eggs and win prizes! For questions or comments please visit www.idahodownsyndrome.org
  • Mountain View High School & Columbia High School– A total of 15,000 candy-filled eggs will be hidden as well as prizes for each age group . Separate events will be held at  Mountain View High School in Meridian (2000 Millenium Way) and  Columbia High School in Nampa (301 S Happy Valley Rd). Both egg hunts will begin at 10:00 AM, with registration beginning at 9:30 AM. Start times for each age group are as follows: 10:00 AM – 0-2 years old, 10:20 AM – 3-4 years old, 10:40 AM – K-5th Grade. Both events are hosted by Real Life Ministries.
  • EGG DASH– Enjoy a morning of fun – inflatables, giveaways, face painting, games & more from 10am-12pm, Saturday, April 19th. There will be 3 “dashes” for ages 1-4, 5-7, and 8-11 beginning at 10:40 for the first dash. The event is hosted by The Promise Church located at 2201 N 20th Street Nampa, ID 83687.
  • Silver Sage Baptist Church (5858 S. Maple Grove Rd. Boise, Id. 83709)- The hunt kicks off at 2:00 pm on Saturday April 19, 2014. Free hot dogs will be provided after the event. All ages welcome.



FREE Fishing This Wednesday!

 Enjoy FREE fishing with your kids this Wednesday (4/16) at Settler’s Pond in Meridian. Idaho Fish And Game personnel will be on site from 4:00 pm -8:00 pm providing instruction on fishing basics. They will also supply FREE tackle, FREE bait, and FREE poles to check out during the event. Participants old and young are permitted to fish without a license during the event. No reservations are needed. All equipment is provided on a first come first serve basis. Just look for the fish trailer! Settler’s pond is located in Settler’s Park at the corner of Meridian Road and Ustick.