Take the Stress Out of Travel This Year with These Holiday Travel Tips

Holiday Driving Tips
Millions of Americans take to the highway for holiday travel, so to avoid a stressful trip, use these simple holiday driving tips from Chip Wynn Motors.

If your family will be traveling in the car this holiday season, you’re not alone. In fact, millions of Americans take to the highway for holiday travel, so to avoid a stressful trip, use these simple holiday driving tips from Chip Wynn Motors.

Plan ahead

The last thing you want to do if you’re driving for the holidays is leave things to chance. Instead, plan out every detail of your route in advance. Make sure you’re not heading toward any road closures or construction zones to avoid being held up in traffic.

Don’t drive too long each day

Whether you’re heading across the state or driving coast-to-coast, it’s important to take plenty of breaks. If your trip is going to take you multiple days, make plenty of stops during the day and don’t push it when you start to get tired. Of course you want to arrive as soon as possible, but safety should always come first!

Have the right gear

A good navigation system is crucial when traveling for the holidays. With packed highways and unpredictable traffic, you may have to change your route along the way, and a navigation system lets you do just so with ease.

With a little bit of preparation, there’s no need to sweat holiday travel. Take these driving tips and finish out your year stress-free.

Common Car Sounds and What They Mean

Common Car Sounds
There are several common car sounds that come up when it’s time for a little maintenance. Know what they are so you know what to do when you hear them.

Ever heard a clicking sound coming from under your hood? Or maybe it was a ticking? A cranking? There are several common car sounds that come up when it’s time for a little maintenance. Knowing how to spot them and what they mean could save you time and money.

Your Brakes Cause a Squealing Sound

This indicates that your brake pads have worn down too much and that it’s time to get them replaced.

Accelerations Causes Squealing

In this case, one of your belts is probably loose or needs replaced.

Turning the Wheel Causes a Groan

This might indicate that your power-steering system has a leak, especially when paired with a stiffer steering wheel.

You Feel Vibrations in the Steering Wheel

If this is happening, then it’s time for you to get your wheels aligned.

A Rattling Under the Hood When Idling

Hearing a rattling near the engine might be a sign that the water pump needs replaced.

Ticking Noise Under the Hood

If you’re hearing a clicking or ticker-tape kind of noise under the hood, you’re probably very low on oil and should top your oil off immediately to avoid serious damage.

Have you noticed any of these sounds recently? Bring your car into Chip Wynn Motors for an inspection. The more you can tell us about the noises and sensations you’ve heard, the more we’ll be able to help you get the best service possible!

How to Get Your Car Ready for Fall Like A Pro

Car Ready for Fall
Follow these steps to get your car ready for fall, and if you need a new ride this season, come visit us at Chip Wynn Motors.

You can already feel the air getting a crisp chill in the evenings, meaning fall is nearly here. Along with going to football games, eating all the pumpkin-flavored things you can, and wearing your favorite cozy clothes, you need to get your car ready for fall. Here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Check your antifreeze. As the temperatures start to drop below freezing, you want to make sure your antifreeze levels are good. This liquid regulates your engine’s temperature to keep it running smoothly.
  • Keep your gas tank full. You don’t want to be stuck on the side of the road in a freezing cold car simply because you ran out of gas. Don’t let your tank get too low. Not only will you not run out of gas, but it will help prevent your gas lines from freezing.
  • Pack an emergency kit. Even with lots of preparation, you can still break down unexpectedly. Prepare for the worst with an emergency kit that includes warm blankets, a charged cell phone or extra battery, high-energy snacks (nuts), etc.
  • Check your exterior lights. As the days get shorter, you will be driving with your headlights on more frequently. Make sure all your exterior lights are working.

Follow these steps to get your car ready for fall, and if you need a new ride this season, come visit us at Chip Wynn Motors.

How to Have the Best Tailgate Party Ever

Best Tailgate Party
One important part of our American football tradition is the tailgate party. Here are some tips on how to have the best tailgate party ever.

For many people, football season really is the best time of the year. There is nothing quite like getting together with your friends and family to cheer on your favorite team. One important part of our American football tradition is the tailgate party. Here are some tips on how to have the best tailgate party ever.

  • Stay Organized. Use things like toolboxes or caddies to keep all of your tailgate party essentials together. This includes grilling tools, toothpicks, utensils, seasonings, sunblock, bottle openers, and more.
  • Sit down. While you might be focused on the food, don’t forget that you will want a place to sit. Pack folding chairs or plan to use your truck’s tailgate or SUV’s cargo area for seating.
  • Pack some fun. Yes, everyone goes to a tailgate party for football, but often tailgating starts hours before the actual game. Bring some activities to stay occupied until kickoff. Bring a deck of cards, a few board games, or even toss around a football (as long as you don’t hit anyone else).
  • Bring a tent. Soaking up the sun can be fun for a little while, but not when you start turning into a lobster. Bring along a canopy tent to shield you and your guests from the sun.

Are you planning any tailgate parties this year? If you need a new ride for your tailgate fun, come visit us at Chip Wynn Motors.

How and Why to Change Your Air Filter

Changing Your Air Filter
Changing your air filter is a great way to help keep your car running smoothly.

The more consistently you take care of your car, the better it will run and the longer it will last. Sounds like a good deal doesn’t it? There are actually plenty of simple maintenance tasks that owners can perform on their own, like changing your air filter. And remember, if you ever need help with your car maintenance, Chip Wynn Motors is here to answer your questions.

Why Changing Your Air Filter is Necessary

Your engine needs air to run, but the air that gets pulled into the engine is often full of debris, like dirt, pollen, or even bird feathers. How would you like breathing that in? Your engine doesn’t like it either, which is why vehicles contain air filters. These filters keep the bad stuff out. But once they get too dirty, they can no longer do an efficient job. With a dirty air filter, you don’t get the best fuel economy, and you end up putting out more emissions. Plus, dirty air is bad for your engine’s longevity.

How to Change Your Air Filter

In order to change your air filter, all you need is the correct replacement. You can get this at your local auto parts store and use your owner’s manual to help you find the right fit. Changing your air filter will only take a few minutes. Start by locating your air filter under the hood. The filter is stored in a black box near the engine. Open this box and make a note of how the current filter is installed so that you can mimic its orientation. Remove the old filter and replace it with the new, then close up the box and shut the hood. That’s all it takes to change your air filter and keep your engine clean and happy.

Benefits of a Good Credit Score

They say that age ain’t nothing but a number. Credit scores, on the other hand, are extremely important numbers that affect many potential endeavors in the adult world. There are lots of reasons to work towards a good credit score. May this list be the inspiration you need to improve yours.

 

Better Loan Approvals

Lenders like banks, credit unions, and even dealerships like Chip Wynn Motors use your credit score to determine how likely you are to pay back debt. Thus, the better credit score you have the better loan options you’ll get.

 

Better Chance of Getting an Apartment

Lenders aren’t the only ones interested in your history with debt. Landlords will also want to know your score. A good credit score means there’s a good chance you’ll pay rent on time.

 

Less Expensive Car Insurance

Car insurance companies see a bad credit score and make the assumption that a person will file lots of claims. Having a low score doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get insurance, but it might mean you’ll be paying a much higher premium.

Good Credit Score

Avoid Paying Deposit on Utilities

If a utility company sees that you have bad credit or no credit, they may ask for a deposit before turning on the utilities in your name. A good credit score will show them that you can pay your bills each month. Often times this is enough assurance for them to waive the deposit fee.

Spring Clean Your Car in Five Easy Steps

Spring Clean Your Car
Spring is right around the corner. If you have a layer of salty grime on your car along with some trash, it’s time to spring clean your car.

Spring is right around the corner. This means it is time to kick winter to the curb, and the place where winter is most likely lingering the most is your car. If you have a layer of salty grime on your car along with some trash and a bunch of junk, it’s time to spring clean your car. Follow these five steps to have the best-looking car on the block.

  1. Empty your car. Take everything out of your car that isn’t attached—don’t forget the trunk. This includes floor mats and any cup holder liners. Divide all the stuff into three piles: things to throw away, things to put away, and things to put back in your car.
  2. Clean the interior. Work from the top down to clean every surface of your car. Use a fine-bristled brush, like an old toothbrush, to scrub at built-up dust and dirt. Wash the windows and wipe down all hard surfaces. Finally, vacuum the seats and carpeting.
  3. Wash car accessories. To clean your floor mats, you can just hose them down, even if they’re carpeted. Then, just hang them up to air dry. If you have cup holder inserts spray these down, too.
  4. Wash your car. Starting with your roof, wash one panel at a time, making sure you rinse out your cloth or sponge frequently. Rinse off the soap and dry the car with a soft, clean cloth.
  5. Put it back together. Once everything is clean and dry, put it back in your car. Make sure everything you want to keep in your car has its own place.

When do you usually spring clean your car?

Simple Tips to Help Prepare Your Car for Winter

Prepare Your Car for Winter
The end of fall is in sight, which means the coldest time of the year is just around the corner. Here’s how to prepare your car for the winter.

The end of fall is in sight, which means the coldest time of the year is just around the corner. While most people are getting ready for the holiday season, it’s also a time to get your car ready for the coming months. Here’s how to prepare your car for the winter.

First, it’s important that you get your car ready for the onslaught of salt that comes when it snows. As salt destroys paint and causes rust, you need to take steps to prevent damage. In the beginning of the winter, wash and wax your car thoroughly to keep the salt from damaging the body of your car. Do this every month or two throughout the winter.

Once you’ve treated your car, prepare an emergency kit for your vehicle. In the event of an accident in the snow, there are certain things that you will want and need. In an accessible part of your car, put together a kit with items like road flares, food, an extra cell phone or battery, as well as a blanket and change of clothes. These simple items could save your life.

By following these few simple steps, you protect your vehicle for the long haul and keep yourself safe.

Burn Calories While Driving Your Car

Exercise in Your Car
It can be hard to get in your daily exercise, but there is a solution. Here’s how to exercise in your car on your daily commute.

Life is hectic. Between work, school, paying the bills, and seeing friends, there isn’t always time for everything that you want to do in a day. However, the good news is that there are always ways to make better use of your time. Here’s how to exercise in your car on your daily commute.

The easiest way to get some strength training is to purchase a grip strengthener. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to use, and very portable. Simply squeeze the grip strengthener for the duration of your trip.

Another strength training exercise is to bring a small dumbbell in your car for bicep curls. While you aren’t going to become a bodybuilder doing this, you will be able to tone your muscles a little bit.

If you’re looking to strengthen your core, you can do some hip lifts while driving. Having your vehicle on cruise control for this one makes it a bit easier. Just press your feet against the floor, raise your hips off of your seat, and keep your eyes on the road.

Although you may not achieve the body that you desire by doing these exercises, it’s a simple way to get yourself in motion during an otherwise stationary activity.

What to Do with Fall Leaves

Do With Fall Leaves
If you prefer a clean lawn and are constantly working to gather the leaves, here are a few suggestions as to what you can do with fall leaves.

As Autumn is finally rolling in to Kentucky, we get to enjoy the beautiful splashes of color wherever we go. However, those beautiful colors also decorate our streets, sidewalks, and laws. If you prefer a clean lawn and are constantly working to gather the leaves, here are a few suggestions as to what you can do with fall leaves.

  • Make a pile. This is the most fun suggestion of all and will bring out the inner child in everyone. Make a pile as big as you can and jump in it. Invite your kids, grandkids, dogs, and neighbors to join you.
  • Decorate. Use the leaves to create a scarecrow. Stuff burlap sacks or old clothes with the leaves and set up the scarecrow in a chair on your porch. You can also press the prettiest leaves between sheets of wax paper, iron them, mount them, and hang them in your house.
  • Protect beneficial bugs. Bugs like ground beetles and lacewings use fallen leaves as winter cover. Create some safe places for them by using chicken wire to create “envelopes” or other creative shapes. Stuff them with leaves and sticks and leave them in safe places.
  • Create mulch or compost. Dry leaves can be an easy way to mulch your garden and is a great addition to any compost.

What do you like to do with your fall leaves?