With the promise of warm weather in spring and summer come the inevitable rain showers. Driving in wet road conditions can be dangerous with nearly 1.2 million crashes every year attributed to slick roads. With the right tips in mind for driving safely in the rain, you can help ensure you don’t become part of that statistic.
Before You Drive
Make sure your windshield wipers are properly functioning. If they leave streaks or don’t clear the windshield in one swipe, it’s time to replace the blades.
Your tire tread is a huge part of keeping your car on the road. Check the tread on all your tires to make sure they can displace the water on the road. If they have worn down, start shopping for new.
No matter your destination, in the rain it’s best to take your time getting there. Wet roads reduce the tires’ grip, and harsh storms reduce visibility. Keep your distance from the vehicle in front of you and slow down.
During the rain, a driver needs to pay full attention to the road. Avoid using cruise control during storms as it can increase the chance of an accident. Not using the cruise control allows you to concentrate on driving and allow faster reaction time to loss of traction.
If you do begin to hydroplane, don’t panic. Continue to steer, gently, in the direction you want the car to go. Avoid sudden turns or hard braking as you will lose even more control.
For a reliable new-to-you sued vehicle capable of handling the elements, stop into Chip Wynn Motors.
There’s a lot of maintenance on your car that would be better off left to a professional. But there are plenty of areas that you can work yourself with relative ease. Changing out the windshield wipers is a quick DIY that provides a better driving experience.
But when it comes time to buy new wipers, have you noticed that you have to buy two different sizes? To maximize the surface area covered by the windshield wipers, automakers designed the blades to sit in an off-center position on the hood.
Older cars had centralized wipers that left a lot of the bottom and edges of the windshield untouched. With the newer design, when the driver’s side wiper swipes across, it stops at a 90 degree angle. More of the surface area gets cleared with this setup than if both blades sat centrally. But with these angles, one blade needs to be shorter to be able to fit the off-center position.
Depending on the vehicle you drive, the driver’s side could be longer than the passenger’s and vice versa. To figure out which blades to get when buying new, consult the owner’s manual. If the manual is not available, getting assistance from a car parts store or local dealership will help you find the correct size.
If you are in the market for a reliable used vehicle, look no further than Chip Wynn Motors.
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!
Are you thinking of getting your Ma an outside-the-box present for Mother’s Day this year? Then consider one of these Mother’s Day gifts for car moms. Whether she loves classic cars or just spends too much time commuting to work and running errands in her minivan, she’s sure to appreciate any of these gifts:
- Steering wheel cover: Steering wheel covers are more than just a comfortable cover for the steering wheel that makes it a little more bearable to grip in extreme heat and cold. They’re also the perfect opportunity to add a pop of fashion into your mom’s daily driver. Alternatively, get fun seat covers with a bit of color.
- Car care package: If you and your wife or partner still have little kids, chances are good that Mom’s car gets messy easily. Build her a car care package for easily cleaning the inside — or give her coupons for free cleanings by you. You can also buy her gift cards for taking her cat through the car wash.
- Phone mount: If Ma’s car does not have built-in navigation, get her phone out of her hands with a phone mount, which makes navigation safe and easy.
- Weekend getaway: Book a stay in a bed and breakfast in a new town, then take a fun road trip with you mom to get there. The memories are priceless.
If your mom needs a new set of wheels, why not do her one better? Stop into Chip Wynn Motors and check out our selection of used vehicles moms are sure to love.
Houses are not the only things we own that can benefit from spring cleaning. After a snowy, wet winter, it’s likely that our cars could use a good dose of spring cleaning as well. Here are some tips for spring cleaning your car:
Give it a good wash
Car washes are crucial throughout the year, but especially after winter, as the buildup of road salt can damage your exterior paint and cause rust to form on the underbody. Take your car through a car wash this spring, or take the time to wash it off at home. Don’t forget to polish and wax.
Clean out the trash
If you have let food wrappers, receipts, and other trash items collect in your car over the last year, grab a couple trash bags and clean it all out. Use one bag for trash and one for recycling. Now is also a good time to clean out items that shouldn’t have gotten in there to begin with, like dirty clothes, abandoned gym bags, and mounds of papers.
Get a good detailing
TipHero offers lots of good tips for detailing the inside of your car, but we recommend using your income tax return and treating yourself to a professional detailing. We offer that service here at Chip Wynn Motors.
If your idea of spring cleaning is larger — think getting rid of an old vehicle for something newer — stop into Chip Wynn Motors and see our selection of used cars.
This month, we will be observing daylight saving time — and it’s the one that nobody likes. Unlike in fall, where we gain an hour, we will be “springing forward” and losing an hour. It is crucial that you take steps to adjust to daylight saving time so that you won’t find yourself sleepy during work and school and especially so that you don’t get drowsy during the morning and evening commutes.
- Stick to a regular sleep schedule: If you stick to a normal sleep schedule in general, it will be easier for you to gradually adjust leading up to daylight saving time. Eating well, working out, and avoiding alcohol before bed will also help. If you haven’t had the time to adjust, try going to bed an hour earlier the night before spring forward and waking up at the eight-hour mark.
- Do not sleep in an extra hour: The worst thing you can do is to sleep in an hour later on Sunday morning, and then subsequent mornings. Your internal clock will never get adjusted to the change if you continue to trick it into thinking nothing has changed.
- Take a power nap on Sunday afternoon: If you are dragging that first Sunday, it’s okay to take a short power nap in the afternoon, but don’t sleep too long. You still need to be tired Sunday night at the right time.
If you’re looking to spring forward in terms of a new vehicle, spring first into Chip Wynn Motors. We’ve got a huge selection of quality used cars ripe for the picking, so you’re sure to find something that meets your needs.
In the New Year, we often make commitments to improve ourselves and achieve some goals. It is also a good time to make New Year’s resolutions for your car. Here are a few suggestions:
- Keep up with maintenance—and learn to do it yourself: Regular car maintenance is the best way to keep your car performing optimally and safely. Stay on top of oil changes, tire rotations, and other routine maintenance. Better yet, learn to do it yourself and save some money! At the very least, you should know how to check tire pressure (and do it regularly), change a flat tire, change your oil, and jump start your car.
- Keep it clean: Regularly wash and wax your car to preserve its exterior coat and prevent rust damage. You should also keep the inside clean to retain value and make your car more comfortable for you and your guests.
- Drive efficiently: Protect the environment—and your wallet—by driving more efficiently. This means staying at the speed limit, accelerating slower, coasting to a red light instead of hard braking, and not idling your car. You can also remove junk from your trunk to reduce your vehicle’s overall weight and improve your fuel economy.
If you’re looking for a used or classic car to keep your New Year’s resolutions with, contact us at Chip Wynn Motors.
Vehicles are less efficient during colder months for a number of reasons. Battery performance isn’t as strong in the winter; the process of heating up your vehicle, running your heater and defroster, and using heated seats drains efficiency; engines take longer to reach peak efficiency levels; and even the air is denser, creating more drag on your vehicle. But that doesn’t mean you have to just accept poor fuel economy in the cold. Here’s how to improve your fuel economy in the winter:
- Park in a warm location: If you have a garage, park in it during the winter. If parking out in public, choose a spot that will put your vehicle in direct sunlight. This will decrease the amount of time it takes to heat your vehicle.
- Don’t fall prey to remote start: Remote start is a great feature for cold winter mornings, but letting your car idle wastes so much gas. Only rely on remote start on truly freezing mornings.
- Check your tire pressure regularly: Cold air causes tire pressure to drop, which in turn reduces efficiency. Check your pressure often and fill your tires as needed to improve fuel economy.
- Change your oil: There are oils made specifically for peak performance in colder temperatures, which will improve your fuel economy.
If you’re not sure your car will make it through the winter, come see the expansive inventory of used cars at Chip Wynn Motors.
It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are already upon us. That likely means you will be traveling to family and friends this November and December with a turkey or your favorite sides or dessert in your vehicle. But how can you do so safely and without compromising the food quality? Here are our top tips for traveling with food:
- Get a tote: A tote is the easiest way to transport heavy casserole dishes without dropping them. You can purchase these online or in stores. If you’d rather go homemade, use a laundry basket to transport your dish, filling all the empty space with towels. Towels are also helpful with our next tips, which is…
- Maintain the temperature: If you have hot food, it is important to keep it hot during your drive. Wrapping them in towels is a good way to keep them warm, but you can also purchase insulating bags in stores and online. If you have a dessert that is best kept cold, don’t risk unregulated temperatures. Store it in a cooler during the drive.
- Don’t forget the utensils: You will be serving your dish outside of your home, so never assume the host will have the proper (or enough) serving utensils. Lend a hand by bringing your own.
Come see us at Chip Wynn Motors if you need a new car to drive your potluck dishes to the party.
If you are a true car aficionado, you have probably been to a car show or two. You may have even dreamed of participating in one. Not sure how to get started? Here are some tips for entering your first car show:
- Find the right car: If you don’t already own a vehicle that you want to show at a car show, find one that you are passionate about. Classic cars are the most common cars on display at car shows, but you can find shows catering to almost every vehicle. You can start by browsing our inventory here at Chip Wynn Motors or looking on Auto Trader’s Classics site.
- Start small: Look for local cruise-ins that take place in parking lots or large parks. They are often advertised on community events calendars online. These events are typically welcoming of newcomers and should be easy to enter.
- Ask around: At the local cruise-ins, make connections with people whose vehicle interests align with your own. They might be able to help you find more specific car shows targeted for your specific vehicles or tastes.
- Come ready to entertain: Be knowledgeable about your car and the work you’ve done to it, as people will ask. You can also entice people to come look at your car by offering snacks or doing something unique to your section of the cruise-in.
If you need some help with your classic car, or you want to start collecting, feel free to contact us at Chip Wynn Motors.