Celebrate National Picnic Month at these Fantastic Locations in Kentucky

Picnic Places in Kentucky
Since August is known as National Picnic Month, we have compiled a useful list of some of the best picnic places in Kentucky.

Kentucky is a beautiful state. And, one of the best ways to enjoy natural beauty is by enjoying a picnic. August is known as National Picnic Month and here are some of the best picnic places in Kentucky.

  • Dinosaur World. Enjoy a family picnic with a prehistoric twist by visiting Dinosaur World near Mammoth Cave National Park.
  • Columbus Belmont State Park. Catch a glimpse of the mighty Mississippi River while having some family fun at this beautiful state park. There are numerous on-site fire pits available to enjoy a hot lunch.
  • Kentucky Lake. Head down to Kentucky Lake and rent a pontoon boat. Your family is guaranteed to enjoy a picnic lunch on this pristine body of water.
  • Noble Park. If you don’t want to travel far for your picnic. Stay at home in Paducah and visit Noble Park. After you eat, there will be plenty to do, including playgrounds, basketball courts, the Greenway Trail, view of the lake, and more.
  • Ohio River. While there might not be much green space along the Ohio River here in Paducah, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the river. Head down to The Foot of Broadway—there is a small assortment of picnic tables, benches, and stairs to enjoy the view of the river.

Best Used Cars for College Students

Used Cars for College
Since most students don’t have the budget for a new car, check out some of the best used cars for college that will fit right in on any campus.

All across the country, thousands upon thousands of students are gearing up to head off to college. Whether it’s their first year or their last, having a car on campus can be a great benefit. However, most students don’t have the budget for a new car. Here are some of the best used cars for college that will fit right in on any campus.

  • Mazda 3. This little car is available in either sedan or hatchback form. It delivers sharp styling, lots of features, and respectable fuel efficiency.
  • Kia Soul. Young drivers appreciate a car with style, and there’s nothing quite like the Kia Soul. Its boxy styling gives it a spacious interior and it comes loaded with technology.
  • Honda Fit. Versatility is the name of the game for this subcompact hatchback. It comes with a surprisingly roomy interior, delivers excellent fuel efficiency, and unmatched reliability.
  • Ford Edge. For students who prefer a taller driving position, the Edge delivers that and so much more. It has earned top safety recommendations numerous times and comes with a lot of desirable features.

Here at Chip Wynn, we have an ever-changing inventory of excellent used cars. We frequently have many of these models available. Stop by today and we’ll help you find the perfect car to head to college.

Toyota Sienna Named Top 10 Family Car

Toyota Sienna
Recently, the stylish and impressive 2016 Toyota Sienna was named a Top 10 Family Car by Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com.

The Toyota Sienna is always out to impress, and the 2016 model year is no different, which was recently proven again when the 2016 Toyota Sienna was named a Top 10 Family Car by Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com.

The Toyota Sienna impresses first with its class-exclusive all-wheel drive. It’s the only minivan out there with the all-wheel drive stability you want and the space you need. Edmunds.com agrees, because the Sienna didn’t land on the Top 10 Family Car list without a good reason.

To earn a spot on the family car list, a car needs to rank high in many categories, like quality of ride, safety, comfort, efficiency, kid-friendly features, and more. Even physical attributes like unique styling and appearance make a difference.

“The endlessly roomy Sienna stands above its competitors for two reasons: It’s the only one with all-wheel drive, and the especially user-friendly controls help you stay focused on the road,” wrote Parents Magazine when explaining why the Sienna got the honor.

And they’re right. The 2016 Toyota Sienna is a great family ride. For trips, it’s a great vehicle because it offers up to 150 cubic feet of space. And with the Dual-View Entertainment Center, your kids will never get bored on trips.

Check out the Toyota Sienna today at Chip Wynn!

Top Things to Do in Paducah, Kentucky

Paducah
There’s always more to discover about your town. Here are some things to do in Paducah, Kentucky, if you’re looking to fill those summer days!

There’s always more to discover about your town. Here are some things to do in Paducah, Kentucky, if you’re looking to fill those summer days!

The National Quilt Museum

Yes, this is a thing! And while quilting might be seen as “lame,” this museum certainly isn’t. It’s basically an art museum, but for quilts! You’ll see patterns old and new and learn new things about quilting.

Floodwall Murals

The Floodwall Murals are displayed along Paducah’s riverfront. These are not only giant and beautiful paintings, but you’ll also get to read about the history of each of them via the placards that are placed beneath each of the art displays.

Paducah Riverwalk

Take a stroll along the riverwalk for some beautiful views. You’ll not only get a view of the river, but there’s also an old steam engine locomotive that located by the riverwalk, so you’ll get a chance to see a piece of history.

Bob Noble Park

Want nature? You’ve got it! At this park, you can not only enjoy the beauty of nature through biking and walking trails, but there will be plenty of playgrounds for kids, too.

Purple Toad Winery

Love wine-tasting? Head to the Purple Toad Winery, where you can tour the grounds inside and out. A favorite of many visitors is their peach wine!

Father’s Day Automotive Gifts: Get Dad Something Special

Father's Day Automotive Gifts
If you haven’t already gone out and bought a gift for your dad, consider some of the following Father’s Day automotive gifts.

Father’s Day is on June 19, which means it’s right around the corner. If you haven’t already bought a gift for your dad, consider some of the following Father’s Day automotive gifts. Whether he’s a true gearhead or he simply likes driving, there is something for every dad.

According to AutoGuide, one of the best gifts for any sophisticated dad could be some shift-knob wine stoppers. Mercedes-Benz is one of the many automakers that make these premium wine stoppers, each of which is taken straight from a classic car. Running anywhere from $20 to $100, this gift is great for a dad who loves driving classic cars and drinking great wine, but not at the same time, of course.

Racing school is a great gift for any dad who has ever wanted to drive a racecar. Although this gift can run anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, once your dad gets behind the wheel of a racecar he won’t want to leave. Driving schools are diverse, ranging from NASCAR to rally and supercar training sessions.

Have a handy dad? Why not get him more tools? You can check out everything from tool boxes to basic supplies. Every dad might need or want something different, so a little research might go a long way. One great way to find out is to spend time with your dad, learning exactly what he might need.

These are just some of the many auto-oriented gift ideas out there. You might also consider high-tech gadgets like Bluetooth or remote start among other things.

Explore Paducah, KY: Fridays at Five Events

Fridays at Five
Getting a new car opens up a world of possibilities. In fact, it may give you the chance to check out Fridays at Five in Paducah, KY.

Getting a new car opens up a world of possibilities, especially when it comes to local events and activities. In fact, you may even be able to check out Fridays at Five in Paducah, KY. Sponsored by the Carson Center, this event has music, food, and more. What’s not to like?

According to the Carson Center, the Fridays at Five events are held every Friday and they began May 20th and will run until June 24th. Then, the events will start up again from September 2nd to October 7th. This is to avoid the hottest part of summer, making the festivities truly enjoyable for everyone. There are different themes and activities each week, and food will be catered by the Carson Center.

Looking for an ice-cold beverage? No problem! When you stop by the Williams Family Terrace, you can find a well-stocked cash bar with some of the best drinks around. Although you may bring your own food, there are no outside drinks allowed. Plus, you can check out local musicians just as the party starts.

This event is free to the public, and generally ranges from 5:00pm to 8:30pm at 100 Kentucky Ave. in Paducah, KY. There is live music scheduled through June, including artists such as Lane Davis (June 10), The Mandy Vixen & Gas Station Chicken Duo (June 17), and Swamp Tigers (June 24).

Real-World Truck Customers Test the All-New Ford F-Series Super Duty

All-New Ford F-Series Super Duty
Ford invited real-world truck customers to test the all-new Ford F-Series Super Duty so that they could see just how well it fares in tough situations.

Ford invited real-world truck customers to test the all-new Ford F-Series Super Duty so that they could see with their own eyes just how well it fares in tough situations.

The 2017 Ford Super Duty is about 350 pounds lighter than the previous model thanks to extensive use of aluminum in parts of the body. This kind of major weight-saving allowed Ford to beef up the brakes, hitch, suspension, and axles. In addition, the all-new frame is now made of 95% high-strength steel and is 24 times stiffer than the previous one.

During the hands-on demonstration, truck customers were able to lift the door of the old and new trucks to compare them, check the frame stiffness, look at the axles, and take out the new Ford Super Duty on a towing test at Ford’s proving ground. Spoiler: they’re all very impressed.

Check out the all-new Ford F-Series Super Duty at Chip Wynn Motors and we bet you’ll be impressed too!

2016 Nissan Maxima Honored in Wards 10 Best Interiors

Wards 10 Best Interiors
WardsAuto has honored the 2016 Nissan Maxima as one of its “10 Best Interiors” for 2016, a testament to Nissan’s craftsmanship and attention to detail.

WardsAuto has honored the 2016 Nissan Maxima as one of its “10 Best Interiors” for 2016, a testament to the craftsmanship and attention to detail that all customers notice the moment they step inside the Maxima at Chip Wynn Motors.

And it’s no surprise, given that the latest Maxima features an interior that was inspired by a jet cockpit. With its premium materials, tasteful design, and beautiful trim, the Maxima’s interior rivals even that of significantly more expensive vehicles from luxury brands.

“This interior makes a brilliant first impression,” said WardsAuto Senior Editor Tom Murphy. “The Maxima exhibits expert craftsmanship and reminds us once again why it serves as Nissan’s flagship. We love the black-and-camel color scheme, two-tone flat-bottom steering wheel, ‘Liquid Chrome’ metallic trim and Alcantara diamond-quilted seating surfaces.”

The vehicles selected for Wards 10 Best Interiors were scored based on key categories including comfort, materials, ergonomics, safety, fit-and-finish, aesthetics, and driver information.

The Most Dependable Car Brands from J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study

Most Dependable Car Brands
In the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, some of the most dependable car brands are put into the spotlight.

Buying a used car isn’t nearly as risky as it used to be just a few decades ago because vehicles are made to last longer and be more dependable. However, some brands are still a lot better than others. In the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, it highlights the most dependable car brands.

This study followed owners of 2013 model year vehicles and asked them to track how many problems they encountered over the past 12 months. The results are then recorded as problems per 100 vehicles (PP100).

Coming in at the top of the list is Lexus with only 95PP100. The highest-ranked non-luxury brand is Toyota, which came in fourth place with 113PP100. The industry average for this study was 152PP100. Some of the other well-performing brands include GMC, Chevrolet, Honda, Ram, Lincoln, Cadillac, and Volvo.

If you’re in the market for a used car that you can feel confident driving day-in and day-out, this study would be a great place to start. Here at Chip Wynn Motors, we frequently have many of these dependable brands in stock. Our inventory is always changing, so let us know what you’re looking for and we can give you a call when we have it.

Celebrate Read a Road Map Day by Taking a Road Trip

Read a Road Map Day
If you want to learn how to properly read a paper road map, you should take advantage of Read a Road Map day on April 5th.

If you are under the age of 30, the odds are pretty high that you have never actually driven anywhere using a paper road map. If this describes you, or you just want to refresh your skills, you should take advantage of Read a Road Map day on April 5th.

If you’ve never navigated using a paper map before, here are a few things you need to consider.

  • The index (usually printed on the back of the map) lists all the cities on that map in alphabetical order and then tells you the corresponding grid location of the city. The map likely has numbers or letters listed across one side and the opposite listed across the top or bottom, for example, a city might be listed as C3 in the index. Look for the letter C and move across to the third column to find the city.
  • Another important part of a map is the legend. This small box will show how different types of roadways are depicted on the map. For example, major highways are usually printed in bigger, bolder lines than smaller residential or rural roads.
  • Use the compass road to help keep you oriented in the right direction. If you are heading south, turn the map to follow in the same direction.

When navigating using a paper map, it’s best to have at least two people in the car, one to drive and one to be the navigator. The navigator should keep his or her eye out for major landmarks listed on the map to make sure they are travelling in the right direction.

To really put your road map skills to the test, you should plan a road trip. It doesn’t have to be long—just a day trip somewhere. To make it really exciting, you should lay out your paper map on the ground and then toss a small rock onto the map. You should make wherever it lands your destination.

Do you consider yourself a good navigator while using a road map?