Miami Lakes Auto Traffic Tips

Traffic Tips for the Recent Bad Traffic

Miami Lakes Auto Traffic Tips

Since Hurricane Irma’s disruptive visit in early September, many Floridians are still dealing with a loss of power, internet, or needing to boil water, and our hearts go out to you. Our hearts also go out to all of the drivers in South Florida, because since Hurricane Irma damaged traffic lights, traffic signs and road construction projects, traffic has been horrendous, especially in Miami Lakes. Part of that is because some people have forgotten what to do in those scenarios, so here’s a quick refresher for you and your friends about how to handle some of the different road dilemmas around Miami Lakes.

Traffic Lights

Traffic lights have been a mess since Hurricane Irma, which left many traffic lights flashing or powerless. Here’s a refresh on how to drive accordingly, and safely, when approaching a traffic light acting a little funky.

Flashing Red or Off

When a traffic light is flashing red, or is not on at all, then drivers are supposed to treat it like a stop sign. Approach the light, come to a full stop, and wait for those before you to drive first.

Usually, only two directions of traffic will have a flashing red light, and thus it should be treated as a two-way stop sign. That means those going in the other two directions have a different set of rules.

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Miami Lakes 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

First Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Produced

Miami Lakes 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

After the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon debuted back in April, there was constant news about its power, price, and the legal issues surrounding driving one, let alone owning one. Remember that bit about signing a waiver to drive the Dodge SRT Demon? The news surrounding this demonic beast sort of just, vanished … until now. The first 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has finally been produced and rolled off the assembly line. No word on howling screeches or flaming tread marks yet.

Just think about it though. Those looking to get your hands on a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon are closer than ever to the most highest-performing factory-production car ever. How close? The SRT Demon came off the assembly line in mid-September. However, although produced, this first Dodge Demon is pretty under wraps. Perhaps customers who have ordered their own Dodge Challenger SRT Demon like a little privacy, because the chosen features for this first vehicle are unknown.

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Miami Lakes Auto WardsAuto Dodge Durango SRT UX

WardsAuto Names 2018 Dodge Durango SRT For Best UX

Miami Lakes Auto WardsAuto Dodge Durango SRT UX

As vehicles become more advanced, automakers also need to make them user-friendly. Think of your grandma trying to learn how to use a smartphone. Yeah, a bit of trial-and-error and a lot of headaches. That’s why making technology user-friendly is important, and why Apple products are popular. So when the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT introduced an array of advanced technology that was easy to use, well, WardsAuto couldn’t help themselves and named the new Durango on their Wards 10 Best User Experience List for 2017.

WardsAuto is a trusted name in the auto industry. They’re all about delivering the latest news, data, and analysis for today’s world of automotive excellence. Like Kelley Blue Book (KBB), they’re always making lists to show off the best of the best, and a recent list was compiled for Best User Experience. WardsAuto picks the vehicles for this list by evaluating the overall user experience of 23 vehicles, rating them on user-friendliness, infotainment features, sound systems, vehicle connectivity, driver assistance technology, information/displays, system compatibility, and materials. The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT, as mentioned, made it to the list.

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Miami Lakes Auto Brembo Braking System

Stopping is As Important As Speed When It Comes to Performance Vehicles

Miami Lakes Auto Brembo Braking System

With automakers churning out more and more powerful vehicles, one has to wonder how drivers keep all of the horsepower and torque of a muscle car or performance car under control. The new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds, and it can be brought to a full stop from 60 mph in 97 feet. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk hits 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and can be stopped in 114 feet. Those are pretty impressive acceleration times, but the stopping times are just as impressive when you think about the physics behind it. What’s the secret to that impressive stopping power? High-performance braking systems.

Brake System Basics

Understanding brake systems can be a little confusing at first because there are a lot of components to brakes – calipers, rotors, brake pads, and pistons. A brake caliper is part of the disc brake system and is filled with several pistons. When the brake pedal is pushed and pressure is applied from the brake fluid, the pistons inside the caliper push the brake pads against the rotors to slow and eventually stop the vehicle. Typically there are usually 2-4 calipers per brake system. The brake rotor is most often an iron disc connected to the wheel’s hub that works with the brake pad to stop the vehicle; that is why a braking system may also be referred to ask a disc brake system. The more pistons, the more stopping power and the more pistons, the larger the caliper and generally the rotor as well.

Brembo Be Thy Name

“Brembo” is a name heard often when talking about brake systems. Brembo is an acknowledged world leader and innovator in the field of automotive disc brake technology and high-performance braking systems. A name automotive brands can trust, the Brembo brake systems pop up in all kinds of high-performance vehicles, such as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Chevrolet Corvette, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Depending on the setup of wheels, axles, and suspension, the size and specifics of Brembo brakes are different, but almost any set of Brembo brakes will get the job done.

Brembo 4-Piston High-Performance Brakes are used in the Dodge Charger SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat, come standard on the Chevrolet Camaro 2SS coupe, and they are available on the Chevrolet Camaro 1LS coupe. The system is made up of 4-piston Brembo brake calipers, a 14.2-inch front rotor, and a 13.8-inch rear rotor to improve handling and control of the vehicle under extreme braking. Sometimes, such as in the Camaro ZL1, the front brakes may have a 6-piston system whereas the rear has a 4-piston system. This 6:4 setup shows up more in Corvettes, though.

Brembo 6-Piston High-Performance Front Brakes are used in the Dodge Challenger T/A 392, Challenger SRT 392, and Challenger SRT Hellcat. This is the largest front-brake system ever used on an FCA US vehicle. It is made up of 390-mm Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers. This is the power that can bring a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon to a full stop in less than 100 feet whilst going 60 mph. It may seem obvious, but the more pistons there are in a braking system, the more force can be applied to the brake pad and rotor to stop the wheels. The reason these larger calipers and rotors are put in the front is because of the transfer of weight when a vehicle is brought to a stop. With the weight transferring to the front of the car, the front brakes bare the majority of task for slowing the car or bringing it to a stop.

Some brake systems may also come visually tailored to the specific model and trim. For instance, the Brembo 4-Piston High-Performance Brakes used in the Dodge Charger SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat come with red brake calipers, whereas the Brembo 6-Piston High-Performance Front Brake system used in the Dodge Challenger T/A 392 come with black brake calipers (red on Challenger SRT 392, and Challenger SRT Hellcat). The Chevrolet Corvettes also have some choices – yellow or red brake calipers are available on the Corvette Stingray and Corvette Grand Sport, with dark gray metallic-painted calipers on the Grand Sport with the Z07 package. The Chevy Corvette Z06 comes standard with red brake calipers, but has the option of dark gray metallic as well. In the end, it’s just a personal style choice.

If interested to know more, we discussed many performance parts and how they work in our article “Performance Parts Explained – Dodge”. Check it out. If interested in getting a feel for how well these brakes work, check out our inventory or give us a call for a test drive.

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