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.
(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.
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.
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.
St. Patrick’s Day is a day when many adults spend their time drinking as much green beer as possible, while wearing green clothes and acting a little crazy. (Side note: If you’re the kind who loves green beer, please, enjoy it responsibly.) If you want a more low-key day at home, here are some fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your kids.
Start the day off right with a fun meal. You kids will love you forever if you serve up a bowl of Lucky Charms with some green milk. Or, whip up a batch of green pancakes. For a healthier route, cut round slices of green peppers and cook eggs in the middle. If you really want to try something authentically Irish, maybe consider tracking down a recipe for haggis.
Since St. Patrick’s Day is on a weekend this year, you know you are going to have to give your kids snacks all day. Try colorful ideas like rainbow fruit skewers, leprechaun hats made out of cucumbers, guacamole with green chips, or green smoothies that use spinach for the color.
Of course, you’ll have to make some delicious treats to make the day really special. Try some mint Oreo truffles, rainbow cupcakes, green puppy chow, or a whole cake decorated with Lucky Charms marshmallows.
For some ideas that aren’t food, your kids would love to make a leprechaun trap, go on a scavenger hunt, or make a rainbow paper plate twirler.
If you’re looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style, stop into Chip Wynn Motors and check out our selection of green vehicles.
One of the most important safety features on your car is your tires. This is the only part that keeps your car in contact with the road. If they fail, you won’t be going anywhere. If your tires are getting old and worn down, here are a few tips for buying tires to get you started.
Check the Owner’s Manual
Your owner’s manual will have all the information you need on your car, including what size tires you need. Unless you have modified your vehicle, make sure the tire’s sidewall code matches what is recommended in the manual.
Buy a Full Set
While you might be tempted to just replace the most worn tires, your car will operate the best with a matching set of four.
Check Your Spare
Give your spare tire a thorough inspection. If it is a full-size tire, consider saving the best of your old tires for a new spare.
Break in Your New Tires
New tires may come with a residue that can lessen their grip on the road. This will gradually wear off as your drive. Allow about 500 miles for this to happen. During that time, allow for greater braking distances and don’t try any fast cornering.
If you’re in the market for a great used vehicle, look no further than Chip Wynn Motors.
Are you in a long-term relationship and looking for a new way to excite your partner on Valentine’s Day? Or perhaps this is your first Valentine’s Day with your significant other and you have no idea how to surprise them? Try out one of these exciting Valentine’s Day date ideas this February:
- Take a class together: Learning a new skill—or improving on an old one—with your loved one could be really fun. Sign yourselves up for a class in cooking, dancing, or even improv comedy!
- Design a scavenger hunt: Build a scavenger hunt that takes you and your significant other to places all over town that have special meaning to you. The hunt should end up somewhere funny or romantic.
- Take a trip back in time: We were all kids once. Why not spend the day reliving some of your favorite memories together, many of which you probably didn’t share together because you didn’t know each other yet! Go mini golfing, roller skating, and even try out laser tag. Don’t forget to spend lots of time in the arcade. Many cities now even have “barcades” where you can play classic games from your childhood while enjoying craft beer or a delicious cocktail.
If you’re looking for a different ride to take your date for a spin in, visit us at Chip Wynn Motors.