Don’t Let It Get to You: 4 Ways to Destress in Traffic

Traffic

Do you face a grueling commute with bumper-to-bumper traffic each day? Or are you just dreading driving into the city on your next summer road trip? Here are some unique ways to destress in traffic.

Listen to podcasts

When you’re tired of hearing the same three songs on the radio or your personal playlists downloaded to your phone, entertain yourself in a new way: Try a podcast. There are so many interesting podcasts out there to keep you entertained on the go. Favorites include Serial and Stuff You Should Know.

Dress comfy

Sure, you might have to wear a business suit or high heels to work, but you can change when you get there. If you spend hours in your car each day, opt for comfortable shoes and pants.

Chew gum

If you grind your teeth in traffic, chewing gum can help stop this bad habit, which can lead to teeth and jaw problems.

Stay in your lane

If you constantly change lanes, you are part of the traffic problem. And, according to a study, changing lanes regularly only saves you about 15 seconds every 10 miles. Save on the stress of lane hopping and just ride out the traffic jam in peace.

If you need a more comfortable vehicle to weather out traffic in, consider visiting us at Chip Wynn Motors.

 

How to Go Car Camping Like a Pro

Camping

Do you love to go car camping when you visit your favorite national or state park or attend your favorite music festival? Consider some of these car camping tips to make the most of your next trip.

  1. Use mosquito netting: If you like to sleep with your trunk or your car doors open to get a nice breeze but are tired of waking up to bug bites, hang mosquito netting over the openings. You’ll still let the outside in—without letting the creepy crawlies in with it.
  2. Save money: Instead of shelling out cash for things you think you need, think outside the box. For example, use frozen water bottles instead of expensive bags of ice, or use your old air mattress instead of a new expensive sleeping pad. Need a new lantern? Just attach a headlamp to a water jug.
  3. Light it up: After you put out the fire, save your car’s battery by relying on battery- or solar-powered string lights inside your car. It’s the perfect way to set the evening mood as you cozy up next to the lake or mountains.
  4. Protect your drinks: Tired of bugs getting in your drinks? Cover your beverage with an upside down cupcake liner and poke a straw through it.

Car camping is a great way to save on hotels when you travel and not sleep on the ground. For a car that’s perfect for camping, come see us at Chip Wynn Motors.

 

Important Summer Vehicle Maintenance Tips

Tire Pressure

Summer is almost here—and the weather is sure showing it here in Paducah. That means it’s time to get your car road-ready for the warmer weather and potential family road trips. Here are our top summer vehicle maintenance tips:

  • Test your AC…now: Before it gets any hotter, make sure your air conditioner is running properly. If you are having trouble getting consistently cool air, take it into a mechanic before you find yourself caught in the summer heat.
  • Get your oil changed: Routine vehicle maintenance includes changing your oil and getting your tires rotated. If you haven’t done this since the winter, it’s time to get this done. We recommend having a professional mechanic do this—they’ll also inspect your car for any issues.
  • Check your tire pressure: You should be checking your tire pressure every month, but as temperatures heat up, you will want to make sure they are not overinflated. Now is also a good time to switch to summer tires.
  • Inspect the easy stuff: Test your battery, check your headlights, and replace your air filter and windshield wiper blades. These tasks are easy enough to do without the help of a mechanic, but if you are not good with cars, it is better to leave it to the professionals.

If your car isn’t quite roadworthy after these checks, consider coming in to Chip Wynn Motors to find another vehicle to meet your needs.

 

What Does a Vehicle History Report Include?

Vehicle History Report

When buying a used car at Chip Wynn Motors, we want to make sure you are armed with facts and that you are feeling confident with your decision. That’s why we encourage shoppers to take their potential vehicle purchase to a trusted third-party mechanic to find out the status of the vehicle’s health.

Another great tip, however, is to get a vehicle history report from a service such as AutoCheck or Carfax.

But what does a vehicle history report include?

  • History of accidents or other reported damage
  • Information about the title, including information regarding salvaging or rebuilding
  • How many owners the vehicle has had and if they were individual drivers, companies, rental agencies, etc.—as well as information about each sale
  • Service history, including routine maintenance and other repairs
  • Odometer readings
  • Registration information, including necessary inspections, such as emissions
  • Any open recalls on the specific vehicle

Aside from reviewing the details of a vehicle history report and taking a potential used car to your trusted mechanic, be sure to take a thorough test drive to make sure you are happy with the car before purchase. You can also use sites like Edmunds.com, KBB.com, and Cars.com to research the specific year, make, and model to see what drivers have loved about the car and what they haven’t.

 

Here’s How to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

Here’s How to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

Winter has come and gone, which means it’s time for the bright and sunny—yet equally wet and rainy—spring. To ensure your safety on the road, you’ll need to do a few things to get your car ready for spring. Here is what you’ll need to remember, courtesy of our car experts at Chip Wynn Motors:

  • Change the oil and rotate the tires: Depending on the age of your vehicle, type of fuel used, and how frequently you drive, you need to change the oil roughly two to four times a year. If your miles are on the higher side each month, consider getting an oil change at the change of every season. Be sure to rotate the tires at the same time and top off all fluids.
  • Get a car wash: Road salt from wintry roads can do damage to your car if left untreated. Give your car a thorough wash, and don’t forget to clean the inside as well!
  • Replace your windshield wipers: After a snowy, cold winter, your wiper blades are likely nearing the end of their lives. Replace them now before those April showers.
  • Get new air filters: Before the pollen starts to spread, install a new air filter for fresher in-cabin air. In fact, now is a good time to replace all air filters.

To truly enjoy the warmer weather, stop by and see us at Chip Wynn Motors for all of your pre-spring maintenance. One less thing on your to-do list means more time for an adventurous road trip!

 

6 Spring Car Maintenance Tips for the Change of Seasons

Cabin Air Filter

We are still locked into the dead of winter here in Paducah, Kentucky, but as far as your car goes, it is time to start thinking about preparing it for spring. Follow these spring car maintenance tips, courtesy of Chip Wynn Motors, to keep your vehicle in perfect condition this year.

  • Replace your wiper blades: Spring is a very rainy season, so replace your wiper blades now, especially if they cleared off a lot of snow in the winter.
  • Change your oil and top off fluids: Once it is warm outside, you can finally lift the hood of your engine and get to work on chores you might have put off in colder times.
  • Test your battery: Winter can be harsh on your battery. Make sure yours still runs properly with a quick test.
  • Check your air filter: Spring puts a lot of pollen into the air. Make sure your air filter, as well as other filters, are clean and ready for the season.
  • Inspect your tires: Tires go through a lot of changes in the winter, especially when it comes to inflation. Check your tread and inflation before any long trips.
  • Get it washed: Wash off road salt, especially beneath your car, after the last snow of the season.

We all at Chip Wynn hope you enjoy the end of your winter, and are ready to embrace spring with a welcoming smile.

 

5 Easy Tips for Driving in the Snow

tips for driving in the snow

Though we’re considered a southern state, winter can get a little bit snowy—and even icy—here in Paducah, Kentucky. As your resident car experts, the team at Chip Wynn Motors wanted to offer a few tips for driving in the snow this winter to keep you and your loved ones safe.

It’s all about the tires

Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have good tread going into the winter. Check the pressure regularly.

Easy on the gas

Accelerate and decelerate slowly to maintain traction. On top of that, stick to a lower speed on snowy or icy roads—or even roads that just look wet. Slick roads mean a longer braking distance, so lower speeds can keep you from rear-ending someone.

Keep your distance

Speaking of rear-ending, avoid collisions by putting more distance between you and the car ahead of you.

Beware of hills

Make sure you have some momentum when approaching a hill, but don’t slam on the gas, as that will just cause your wheels to spin. Never stop while driving uphill, and reduce your speed when going over top of the hill to ensure a slow descent.

Stay home

If at all possible, don’t drive in bad winter weather. Just stay home and enjoy the comfy couch and some hot chocolate. When the weather clears up, come visit Chip Wynn Motors to find your next vehicle.

Used Car Financing 101: Common car loan Terms

Common Car Loan Terms
If you are thinking about purchasing a used car at Chip Wynn Motors, brush up on your vocabulary with these common car loan terms beforehand.

Are you thinking about purchasing a used car at Chip Wynn Motors? Brush up on your vocabulary with these common car loan terms before heading into our dealership for a test drive.

  • Bill of sale: This is a document that Chip Wynn will put together for you upon purchase; it will cover various details of the transaction.
  • Credit score: This score gives our finance department and other lending institutions a snapshot view of your credit history to help determine what kind of loan to offer you.
  • Disclosures: When you purchase a used car, it is important that you learn all of its history, including repairs or title issues. We will be sure to get these disclosures to you before you make a final decision on any car.
  • Down payment: This is the amount of money that you are paying at signing for the car. Whatever is left of the car price will be financed.
  • Principal: The principal is what you owe on your loan, not including the interest.
  • Term: This reflects the duration of your loan, in months. Typical car loans range from 3 to 5 years.

Have more questions about purchasing a used car at Chip Wynn Motors? Contact our sales staff or our finance department for more information.

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!