Winter Car Maintenance Must-Dos

winter car maintenance

We have had an unseasonably warm winter in Paducah thus far, but we’re just getting started now that we’re into January. There is still time to have some crucial winter maintenance done to your car before the temperatures drop any further.

  • Change your oil now before it gets too cold to spend time outside under your car.
  • Have your tires rotated. Replace them if the tread is worn and you notice them sliding on wet pavement.
  • Test your battery. Battery performance suffers in the winter, so you’ll want a top-performing battery when temperatures drop.
  • Check your lights: Visibility decreases in the winter time, so it is more crucial than ever to make sure your headlights, taillights, brake lights, etc., are all operating. Replace any bulbs that have burnt out.
  • Ask a professional to inspect your engine for any work that might need to be done.
  • Replace your windshield wiper blades to make sure you can remove snow during a blizzard.
  • Pack an emergency kit in the trunk of your car. Your car should always have an emergency kit, but in the winter, it is important to add coats, hats, gloves, and blankets.

Are you concerned your current daily driver won’t survive the winter? Browse our used car inventory at Chip Wynn Motors.

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.

Fun Road Trip Games for the Family

Road Trip Games
If you are planning a road trip with your young ones, we at Chip Wynn Motors have a few fun road trip games that might help pass the time.

Whether it’s for the holidays or not until the spring and summer, chances are good that if you have a family with young children you’ll be taking a road trip sometime soon, and looking for ways to keep the young ones entertained. We at Chip Wynn Motors have a few fun road trip games that might help pass the time.

  • 20 Questions: One person thinks of a person, place, or thing (like asparagus, the mailman, or the Sydney Opera House), and everyone else works together asking 20 yes or no questions to try to guess what that person is thinking of. This is a challenging but team-building activity for kids 8 and up.
  • Traffic Bingo: Younger kids may like this game. Instead of regular bingo, kids will mark off fun things on their cards like “dog in a car” or “blue billboard” or “license plate from Ohio” as they spot them. Just be sure to have lots of fun prizes.
  • Storytime: Rather than read a story, have the whole car work together to create a story, one word at a time. Start with the driver and go clockwise around the car contributing words to piece together a fun story.

Need a new set of wheels before traveling? Visit Chip Wynn Motors to view our inventory.

Thanksgiving Cooking Tips to Tackle the Holidays like a Pro

Thanksgiving Cooking Tips
This year, take these Thanksgiving cooking tips from Chip Wynn Motors and get ready for the best holiday celebration ever!

Whether you’re a seasoned cook or tackling a turkey for the first time, preparing the Thanksgiving meal can be a stressful ordeal. This year, though, take these Thanksgiving cooking tips from Chip Wynn Motors and get ready for the best holiday celebration ever!

Plan ahead

Before you even turn on the oven, it’s extremely important to approach your Thanksgiving cooking with a plan. Have your recipes in order and make sure you’ll have a good variety of textures, colors, and flavors on the table. Count your guests before you get started and make sure you’ll have plenty to go around and special dishes for anyone with specific dietary needs—nothing ruins a Thanksgiving meal like running out of food!

Get started early

Don’t wait until the last minute to get started on the meal! Make sure your shopping is done well ahead of time and your ingredients are ready to go. It’s a good idea to make sure you have plenty of basic ingredients such as butter, brother, and various seasonings in case you need to add anything to a dish.

Know your limits

If you’re an inexperienced cook, it’s best to stick to the thanksgiving basics—no one will be disappointed with a great turkey dinner with all the classic sides. If you have some experience in the kitchen, though, Thanksgiving can be a great time to pull out a new recipe to really wow all of your dinner guests.

Thanksgiving is about being with friends and family, not about stressing out in the kitchen. Follow these cooking tips this year and get ready for the best Thanksgiving yet!

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.

Four Important Trick or Treat Safety Tips

Trick or Treat Safety
Most kids look forward to Halloween all year long. Be sure to make the most of your holiday this year with these trick or treat safety tips.

Most kids look forward to Halloween all year long. The costumes, the candy, the spooky ghost stories—what’s there not to love? Be sure to make the most of your holiday this year with these trick or treat safety tips from Chip Wynn Motors.

Be a Good Pedestrian

You should always practice good traffic and pedestrian laws, but Halloween is a great time to begin teaching these to young children. Stay on sidewalks, only cross at the crosswalks, and be aware of cars.

Check Your Costume

Before your head out for the night, have your kids try on their costumes and walk around the house a little. See that there are no tripping hazards, that masks aren’t too tight, and that the kids feel comfortable.

Stay Together

Never let your kids trick or treat alone. Older kids may be fine going out together as groups of two or more, but use your best judgment. When in doubt, it’s best to send a chaperone along with each group.

Check the Candy

Before your kids dive into their well-earned stash, you should check to make sure that none of the pieces have been tampered with. Take a few minutes to look over the candy for any signs of tears or punctures in the wrappers. Once you’ve ensured that the stash is safe, your kids are free to dig in.

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.