Do You Need to Buy Winter Tires?

With the dropping temperatures, your mind is already turning to your daily commute. One of the first questions you need to ask yourself is whether you need to buy winter tires for your vehicle. If you want the most confidence possible, here’s why winter tires are a safe bet.

Winter tires utilize different tread designs and winter-specific rubber compounds to put you in the best position come December and January. Anyone who lives in an area where temperatures drop below 45 degrees during the winter would be smart to buy winter tires, as their groove patterns prevent hydroplaning and keep you squarely on the road.

All-season tires do not provide the same confidence and security in frigid conditions as winter tires. The glass-transition temperature of an all-season tire is higher than that of a winter tire, meaning your winter tire stays grippy and soft for longer.

It is not advisable to only buy two winter tires for the rear or front wheels of your car. The disparity in traction between the two ends of your car could cause the end without winter tires to swerve out of control. The safest decision for Kentuckians in the winter is to equip your car with four winter tires.

If you want to meet winter head-on with a new-to-you vehicle, stop by Chip Wynn Motors and check out our vast selection of high-quality used vehicles.

How to Winterize Your Car

Winter is coming once again, and that means a whole new set of challenges for Kentuckians on the road. If you want to stay ahead of the rough weather that’s likely to come, take the time to get your ride ready for the task and winterize your car.

Check Your Battery 

It is imperative to go into winter with a strong and fully charged battery. The frigid temperatures of winter place a much higher strain on your battery than other seasons; at zero degrees Fahrenheit, your battery only holds half the cranking power it does at 80 degrees. Have your battery professionally inspected to ensure it’s giving you enough juice and replaced if need be. As a general rule, you should have your car battery replaced every five years.

Visibility is Key 

The blinding white of snow and ice can severely reduce visibility during the winter. Replace your wipers if they leave watery streaks on your windshield or show any signs of cracking or rigidity. Always use a brush or scraper to remove ice and snow and be sure to keep wipers off the glass overnight to keep them from freezing to the windshield. And if you haven’t already, make sure that your car’s heating and defrosting are working as they should.

Wax On

Snow, salt, slush and dirt can make your car look like it’s seen better days. A thorough waxing before serious snowfall and regular washings during the season will keep your car fresh and clean. What’s more, a coat of wax will help protect the finish of your car from road salt, which can lead to rusting and corrosion.

If you’re looking to swap out your current ride for something newer with all-wheel drive, come on in to Chip Wynn Motors and check out our great selection.

How to Transport Food for the Holidays

During the holiday season, many of us spend time gathering with friends and family for delicious holiday feasts. If you’ve been invited to bring a side dish or two to an upcoming dinner or get-together, be sure to use these tips for traveling with food to keep your food fresh and safe.

Cold Foods

The unfriendly microorganisms that are responsible for food poisoning are just as possible at temperatures as low as 40 F as they are during warm summer days. Protect your cold dishes from this possibility by packing them into coolers or other insulated containers with plenty of ice packs.

Hot Foods

Perhaps the surest way to travel with a dish meant to be served hot is to travel with it cold. Prepare your casseroles, your sweet potatoes, and your other warm side dishes the day before. If they require a long baking time, go ahead and bake them ahead of time as well, then let them cool completely. Pack these dishes in tightly with ice packs and bake or reheat them at your destination so that you can serve them warm and delicious.

If your drive is a bit shorter, or if you’re worried about oven space, you can also go ahead and bake your hot dish right before you leave, then pack it in an insulated carrier.

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Best Places to Volunteer in Paducah This Holiday Season

The holidays can be a difficult time for many people, especially those without family or support. There are many volunteer opportunities near Paducah, KY, that give those of us who are more privileged a chance to give back to the people in need during the season of giving.

Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center

The Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center is located right in Paducah, with a mission to protect and support families and individuals who need to escape from domestic violence. The 35-bed shelter takes volunteers to help with their many services, and to help repair and maintain the building itself.

Rebuilding Together Metropolis

Located in Metropolis, IL, the Rebuilding Together Metropolis program seeks to offer free home repair services to the homes of low-income families. Volunteers go to the homes of these families to provide the services. Having a secure and safe home could be the greatest holiday gift to a family, making this the perfect time of year to look into this charity’s volunteer opportunities.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tristate, Inc.

The Ronald McDonald House was founded in order to help improve the health of children, while providing support to them and their families. Volunteers can meet several needs, from being present and supportive to families, to cooking hot meals for those in the house, all of which make a huge difference to those struggling with challenges during the holiday season.

We hope that you’ll join the team at Chip Wynn Motors in working to make the holiday season bright for everyone in and around Paducah.

Haunted Attractions Near Paducah, Kentucky

Haunted Attractions

True horror fans will only be satisfied with the scariest haunted houses this Halloween season, and luckily there are tons of terrifying ones in the Paducah area. If you’re looking for a surefire way to get your pants scared off, check out one of these haunted attractions near Paducah.

Sinister House

Sinister House in De Soto, Illinois, invites you into the farm of fictional serial killer Otis Hodge, who offered sanctuary to other murderers and occultists during the Great Depression. When you visit Sinister House, you’ll encounter the ghosts of Hodge and his evil companions, from clowns to genetically engineered war beasts.

Industrial Slaughterhouse

Industrial Slaughterhouse in Fancy Farm, Kentucky, follows the legend of Cyrus Blackthorne, a slaughterhouse worker who killed three teenage boys he believed to have killed his daughter in a drunk driving accident. Creepy costumes, gruesome prompts, and long, dark hallways make this a seriously scary haunt.

Talon Falls Screampark

Talon Falls is a whole horror theme park with tons of different attractions, from the Blood Creek Haunted Hayride to the Sinister Circus carnival to the House of Blood and more. The best part is that most of the attractions take less than half an hour, so you can go through four or five in just a couple of hours.

Want to know what isn’t scary? The low prices you’ll find on great used vehicles here at Chip Wynn Motors. Stop in during the daylight and sink your teeth into our great deals.

 

How to Clean Foggy Headlights

Headlights

As winter approaches and the days get shorter, it’s more important than any other time of year to have clean headlights that shine a bright, clear beam. If your headlights are duller than usual, try out these tips for how to clean foggy headlights.

Toothpaste

The easiest DIY headlight cleaning method is toothpaste. Toothpaste is gritty and contains cleaning agents, so it easily wipes off the grime that’s developed on your headlight cover. Wipe the light down with soap and water first, then apply a small amount of toothpaste and wipe with a cloth.

Glass cleaner

You can also use glass cleaner and car polish. Tape off the area around your headlight to avoid damaging the paint job, then spray the headlight with glass cleaner and wipe it down. Then use another cloth to apply automotive polish, which buffs the surface of the headlight to remove oxidization.

Headlight restoration kit

If you’d prefer to use something designed for cleaning headlights to get the best finish possible, you can buy a headlight restoration kit. This will usually include sandpaper, polish, and a protective coating, so it may keep your headlights from oxidizing again longer than the other methods. Just make sure you follow the instructions on the kit to the letter, or it can do more harm than good.

Need a new set of headlights — and a new vehicle attached to them? Look no further than the great selection of used vehicles here at Chip Wynn Motors.

 

Tips of Tailgating in Kentucky

Tailgating Tips At Chip Wynn Motors In Paducah, KY

For many people, one of the best things about fall is football season. Nothing can beat the excitement of cheering on your favorite teams and players while enjoying some delicious food. If you plan to do any tailgating in Kentucky, here are a few tips to help.

Pack Early

An important part of a good tailgate party is having a good parking spot. Pack early, like the night before, and leave early, so you can get a prime spot.

Keep Things Cold

To make the ice in your cooler last longer, put beverages in the refrigerator to get them cold first. You can also freeze water bottles. They work the same as loose ice and then melt to become a refreshing drink at the end of the day.

Check for Tickets

Before you leave the house, make sure you have your tickets. Check again before you start walking to the stadium.

Make a List

If you tailgate frequently, or would like to, keep a list of items you need to bring. Update it as you get more experienced.

Stay Powered Up

Make sure you have a charging cable for your phone. Consider brining a portable battery pack to charge your phone so you don’t drain your car’s battery. Also make sure you have jumper cables in the trunk.

If you’re ready for some football and need a new-to-you ride that meets your tailgating needs, look no further than the vast selection at Chip Wynn Motors.

Come See the Fall Foliage in Kentucky

Fall Foliage In Paducah, KY Near Chip Wynn Motors

While many people may head to New England to see the colors of fall, there is a spectacular display of fall foliage in Kentucky, too. Our later peak color time gives you longer to enjoy all that the season has to offer. Here are the best places to see some fall foliage.

Land Between the Lakes

The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is one of the most diverse areas in the state. It is located about an hour away from Paducah in Golden Pond. You can see the colors by boat on the lake or by walking along one of the numerous trails through the forest.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

Located in Dawson Springs, Pennyrile Forest State Resort Pike will give you an endless spectrum of color. Plan a camping trip so you can watch the sunset and the sunrise the next morning. If you enjoy photography or painting, be sure to bring along your supplies.

Red River Gorge Zipline Tours

For a more thrilling autumn experience, head east to Campton and take a ride on the Red River Gorge Zipline Tours. This will give you a new perspective from above the tree line. There are five ziplines to send you and your family soaring.

The fall paints Paducah in a beautiful swathe of colors, and if you want to experience it all, you’ll need a reliable ride. For that, stop into Chip Wynn Motors and check out our great selection.

How to End Your Summer in Style in Paducah

Although summer is beginning to wind down, there are still plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the sunny weather and long days. In Paducah, there’s still a great variety of events you can enjoy with your family and friends. Here’s how to end your summer in style in Paducah.

  • Paducah Labor Day Celebration: Located near Carson Park, the Paducah Labor Day Parade is the town’s largest parade of the year. Come enjoy the floats, marching bands, and sweet treats with the whole family during this celebratory community get-together.
  • Barbeque on the River: This year, Barbeque on the River enters its 25th The barbeque competition runs from Sept. 26-28, and head there for a day of great eating, fun, and live entertainment.
  • Paducah Homegrown Farmers’ Market: For fresh, local produce and goods, head to downtown Paducah for the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Farmers’ Market runs until Oct. 26.
  • 6th Annual Woof & Waggle Open Golf Scramble: On Monday, Sept. 16, come out to the 6th Annual Woof & Waggle Open Golf Scramble to participate in a friendly golf competition and support local animals in need. All proceeds will go to Dylan’s Dawgz Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program.

There is plenty left to do in the summer down here in Paducah. If you need a reliable ride to get you where you’re going, look no further than one of the great used vehicles available at Chip Wynn Motors.

The History of Labor Day

History Of Labor Day | Paducah KY

Each year, Americans enjoy the long Labor Day weekend, celebrating the end of summer with friends and family. Despite being a fun-filled, celebratory weekend, sometimes the history of Labor Day and what it means gets lost.

What Labor Day Means

Labor Day celebrates the creation of the American labor movement and its social and economic accomplishments. This yearly tribute ensures that the hard work, strength, and history of America’s labor force is properly honored.

History of Labor Day

Labor Day dates back to the 1880s. The first Labor Day to be celebrated took place on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. The holiday was first formally established through municipal ordinances in 1885 and 1886, and then passed as an Oregon state bill in 1887. That same year, four more states (Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York) passed a bill establishing Labor Day as an official holiday. In 1894, Congress passed an act establishing the holiday throughout the states.

There is some debate as to who founded the holiday. While some accounts point to Peter J. McGuire, the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, other accounts cite Matthew Maguire, a machinist and eventual secretary of Local 344 in New Jersey, as the founder of the holiday.

You work hard, so take Labor Day as an opportunity to kick back and enjoy a well-earned rest. If you’re in the market for a used vehicle, you can also take Labor Day to stop out and see the great selection available at Chip Wynn Motors.