How to Avoid Aggressive Driving

aggressive driving

Aggressive driving is an all too common behavior behind the wheel, but it is also very dangerous, as it can easily lead to accidents on the road. In fact, according to the AAA Foundation, more than half of crashes from 2003 to 2007 involved an aggressive driver.

So how can you avoid aggressive driving? Remain calm behind the wheel. Try not to let other drivers’ actions upset you. Focus on your breathing, play music that relaxes you, and remember that actions like speeding maybe shave seconds off your arrival time, but not much more.

Aggressive driving usually rears its ugly head in the form of tailgating drivers ahead of you, cutting off drivers during quick lane changes, weaving in and out of highway traffic, and failing to use signals. Aggressive driving turns to road rage when you use hand gestures to signal your dislike of another driver’s actions or when you attempt to speed past drivers, brake check them, or run them off the road in anger.

To ensure that you don’t become an aggressive driver, always remember to use turn signals, give space for others to merge, keep a safe following distance from traffic ahead of you, and obey traffic laws, especially speed limits. If you witness aggressive driving from other drivers or feel threatened due to someone’s road rage, call 911.

From all your friends at Chip Wynn Motors, stay safe out there!

Best Convertible-Friendly Day Trips Near Paducah, Kentucky

St. Louis, Missouri(Photo by Kevin McCoy)

Spring is finally here, which means it’s time to take off the top of your convertible and enjoy the wonderfully warm weather. If you’re wondering where you should head to so you can feel the wind through your hair, make sure you keep these day trips near Paducah in mind.

St. Louis, Missouri

As one of the farthest destinations on this list, if you head to St. Louis, Missouri, for your day trip it will take you about three hours. This long drive is worth it, though, particularly if the weather is nice and the wind is rushing through your hair (or across your bald head). This city has a slew of activities to enjoy, from the famous Gateway Arch to the STL Zoo and more. If you’re hankering for a taste of city life, then a day trip to St. Louis should definitely be on the table.

Shawnee National Forest

Just over 40 minutes away from Paducah across the Kentucky-Illinois border is the Shawnee National Forest. Stretching over 280,000 acres, this forest is the perfect getaway for those that want to get outdoors. You can hike, horseback ride, swim, and fish — among other activities — and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

Smithville, Tennessee

Like St. Louis, Smithville is about three hours away — but it’s well worth the drive. Once there, you can enjoy a range of Southern food comforts from fried catfish to chicken and dumplings. You will also be able to learn more about Appalachian art thanks to the renowned Appalachian Center for Craft, which has craft workshops and exhibitions that highlight the area’s folk art.

If all you’re missing for your springtime trip is a stylish convertible to bring you closer to the open road, stop into Chip Wynn Motors and browse our great selection.

Kentucky Road Trips: National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green

Corvettes Through The Years

Living in Paducah gives us access to so many easy and exciting Kentucky road trips. One of our favorite quick road trips is the journey to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. The trip is just two and a half hours, with the museum located roughly 150 miles away.

The National Corvette Museum has more than 80 Corvettes on display, including many one of a kinds. The museum was built in the 90s and has hosted millions of visitors since. You can also grab a bite to eat there at the Corvette Café and, more exciting, visit the connected NCM Motorsports Park where you can watch Corvettes in action or even take a lap in a Corvette if you are brave enough.

The National Corvette Museum fell victim to a sinkhole earlier this decade. The sinkhole that formed inside the museum swallowed several classic Corvettes. Some of these were restored and are back on display; others remain on display in their damaged condition as a reminder of what happened at the museum.

The museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, with the exception of New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

If you want to impress your fellow museum attendees in Bowling Green, come talk to us at Chip Wynn Motors about our classic car options.

 

4 Road Trip Essentials for Your Summer Vacation

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Taking the family out for an all-American summer vacation this year? Here are the road trip essentials you need to have before setting out:

  1. A navigation app: Forget the unreliable old folding map in the dashboard. Be sure to download Google Maps or Waze to navigate with real-time traffic updates. And bring multiple phone chargers, just in case.
  2. Cooler with snacks: Don’t rely on gas station foods to power your family during the car ride. Pack a cooler with bottled water and healthy snacks, like fruits and veggies. Protein bars and mixed nuts are also good for filling empty stomachs.
  3. Books and games: Don’t let the whole family zone out with separate screens. Instead, bring books to read—perhaps you could all read the same book and have a discussion after each chapter. Alternatively, come with some easy games to play in the car, like handheld options such as Catchphrase or 20 Questions. You can also play classic road trip games like the Alphabet Game, I Spy, and Car Bingo.
  4. First-aid kit and cleaning supplies: Your car should already have a first-aid kit, but make sure it is easily accessible. Also pack cleaning supplies for small spills. A Tide-To-Go pen can work wonders for laundry stains.

To make sure that your road trip doesn’t hit any bumps in the road, contact us at Chip Wynn Motors to look at our available inventory.

3 Easy Road Trips Starting in Paducah, Kentucky

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The summer months are upon us—and that means it’s time to start planning your summer road trip. We at Chip Wynn Motors have swapped stories of our favorite road trips and determined three of the very best that start right here in our hometown.

Here are three easy, super fun road trips starting in Paducah:

  • St Louis, Missouri: The drive to St. Louis is only about 3 hours, but they will fly by as you anticipate all the fun things to do in the city. A visit to St. Louis is not complete without an afternoon or evening spent at the City Museum, and tourists should always take a ride up in the Gateway Arch for stunning views. And don’t forget—St. Louis is famous for its BBQ, so eat some while in town.
  • Nashville, Tennessee: Only 2 hours from Paducah sits Nashville, home to the famous Nashville Predators and the Country Music Hall of Fame. But you don’t have to love country music to love Nashville—party all night on Broadway, have an afternoon of culture at the Parthenon, or relax on the nearby Percy Priest Lake.
  • Kings Island: Just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, sits one of Ohio’s two famous theme parks, Kings Island. The park, a 5-hour drive from Paducah, is home to famous coasters like The Beast, Firehawk, and Diamondback.

All of these sights are fun, and the proximity to Paducah and Chip Wynn Motors makes them affordable options this summer. Try them out for yourself!

 

Easy Road Trip Ideas for Paducah Residents

Road Trip

Are you looking for a weekend road trip with you family but aren’t sure where to go? Here are some easy road trip ideas for Paducah residents.

  • National Corvette Museum: If you love fast cars, you’ll want to visit this museum in Bowling Green. You can even check out the sinkhole exhibit, with cars that survived the unfortunate sinkhole that struck the museum a few years ago.
  • Kings Island: Not far from the Ohio River is one of Ohio’s two major theme parks, Kings Island, with rides like The Beast, Diamondback, Drop Tower, and Banshee. Kings Island also has its own waterpark with slides and a wave pool.
  • Mammoth Cave National Park: Kentucky’s own Mammoth Cave is great for families with a thirst for adventure. You’ll go deep underground to explore the beautiful cave system carved naturally by Mother Nature.
  • Nashville, Tennessee: Head down to Music City for the weekend. You can explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, get delicious doughnuts at Five Daughters, spend some time on the lake, and see your favorite band play a show. Or leave the kids behind for an adults-only weekend and explore the Vegas-esque scene of Broadway and its honky-tonk bars.

Our team at Chip Wynn Motors is always up for a fun road trip. Be sure to stay safe during your next family adventure!

Fun Road Trip Games for the Family

Road Trip Games
If you are planning a road trip with your young ones, we at Chip Wynn Motors have a few fun road trip games that might help pass the time.

Whether it’s for the holidays or not until the spring and summer, chances are good that if you have a family with young children you’ll be taking a road trip sometime soon, and looking for ways to keep the young ones entertained. We at Chip Wynn Motors have a few fun road trip games that might help pass the time.

  • 20 Questions: One person thinks of a person, place, or thing (like asparagus, the mailman, or the Sydney Opera House), and everyone else works together asking 20 yes or no questions to try to guess what that person is thinking of. This is a challenging but team-building activity for kids 8 and up.
  • Traffic Bingo: Younger kids may like this game. Instead of regular bingo, kids will mark off fun things on their cards like “dog in a car” or “blue billboard” or “license plate from Ohio” as they spot them. Just be sure to have lots of fun prizes.
  • Storytime: Rather than read a story, have the whole car work together to create a story, one word at a time. Start with the driver and go clockwise around the car contributing words to piece together a fun story.

Need a new set of wheels before traveling? Visit Chip Wynn Motors to view our inventory.

Visit Shawnee National Forest

Visit Shawnee National Forest
Shawnee National Forest is one of our favorite local getaway spots.

Chip Wynn Motors may be located in Kentucky, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like to get out of state and visit our nearby neighbors in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee. One of our favorite local vacation spots is Shawnee National Forest. This beautiful outdoor haven is filled with plenty to do on a long weekend or a full family vacation.

At Shawnee National Forest, there’s something for everyone. You’ll find miles and miles of hiking trails, including favorite routes like Garden of the Gods which takes you by stunning rock structures, and a walk around Herod Pond, the perfect place to spot wildlife and practice your bird watching skills. Shawnee National Forest also features a cool national land bridge, Pomona Bridge.

You’ll have no trouble finding a cozy camping spot, from the most primitive options to rental cabins in nearby areas. Staying a few nights in the forest will give you plenty of time to enjoy the many recreational activities, like swimming, fishing, hiking, hunting, climbing, or even horseback riding. If you love outdoor family vacations or live in the area, you’ll want to visit the Shawnee National Forest.

Celebrate Read a Road Map Day by Taking a Road Trip

Read a Road Map Day
If you want to learn how to properly read a paper road map, you should take advantage of Read a Road Map day on April 5th.

If you are under the age of 30, the odds are pretty high that you have never actually driven anywhere using a paper road map. If this describes you, or you just want to refresh your skills, you should take advantage of Read a Road Map day on April 5th.

If you’ve never navigated using a paper map before, here are a few things you need to consider.

  • The index (usually printed on the back of the map) lists all the cities on that map in alphabetical order and then tells you the corresponding grid location of the city. The map likely has numbers or letters listed across one side and the opposite listed across the top or bottom, for example, a city might be listed as C3 in the index. Look for the letter C and move across to the third column to find the city.
  • Another important part of a map is the legend. This small box will show how different types of roadways are depicted on the map. For example, major highways are usually printed in bigger, bolder lines than smaller residential or rural roads.
  • Use the compass road to help keep you oriented in the right direction. If you are heading south, turn the map to follow in the same direction.

When navigating using a paper map, it’s best to have at least two people in the car, one to drive and one to be the navigator. The navigator should keep his or her eye out for major landmarks listed on the map to make sure they are travelling in the right direction.

To really put your road map skills to the test, you should plan a road trip. It doesn’t have to be long—just a day trip somewhere. To make it really exciting, you should lay out your paper map on the ground and then toss a small rock onto the map. You should make wherever it lands your destination.

Do you consider yourself a good navigator while using a road map?

Best National Parks In and Around Kentucky

Best National Parks
If you want to take a road trip but aren’t sure where to go, perhaps some of the best national parks in and around Kentucky are worth a visit.

Before you know it, spring will be here and you’ll have an itch to hit the road. Not sure where to go? You can never go wrong with a national park. These are some of the best national parks in and around Kentucky.

Isle Royale National Park – Michigan

This island is totally isolated with no signs of civilization. You can only get there by ferry. But exploring its rugged landscape is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Mammoth Cave National Park – Kentucky

Aptly named, Mammoth Cave National Park is made up of the longest known cave system in the world. Take a guided tour and learn about this amazing geological feature.

Voyageurs National Park – Minnesota

A versatile and diverse park, Voyageurs National Park got its name from the French travelers that would transport furs on canoes through the region. You can canoe those same waters to this day!

Cuyahoga Valley National Park – Ohio

From dense forest to rolling hills, this park is a hiker’s paradise. It is also highly popular with birdwatchers.

What is your favorite national park to visit?