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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.
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.
Winters are rough on our vehicles—rougher than any other time of year. Make sure your vehicle survives it through another cold and snowy season by following these winter car care tips:
- Regularly check your tire pressure: Tires lose pressure quickly in the winter—about a pound of pressure for every 10-degree decrease. Manually check your tire pressure each week and pump them up as necessary. Also, test your tread depth while you’re down there to ensure you have enough tread to handle snowy and icy roads.
- Or just put on snow tires: We can get a fair amount of snow here in Kentucky. Consider investing in snow tires this winter season.
- Check all your exterior lights: It gets dark much sooner in the winter, which means more “nighttime driving.” Make sure you can see and be seen by testing your exterior lights once a week, including headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals.
- Leave up your wiper blades: If you park outside, raise your windshield wiper arms up so they don’t get stuck to your windshield with ice.
- Don’t let your fuel drop below half a tank: Always having half a tank of gas is a safe bet in the winter in case you get stranded and need to run your heat until help arrives.
If you’re worried about your vehicle or need help getting it ready for ice or snow, make sure to find a repair shop now before you get in trouble down the line.
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.
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.