Sharing the Road with School Buses

School Bus

It’s hard to believe, but summer is almost over, which means it’s back to school for our nation’s youth. That also means you will soon be sharing the road with school buses once again. Here are some quick tips to do so safely:

  • Watch for railroad crossings: School buses must make complete stops before crossing railroads. If you are behind a bus and are approaching a railroad crossing, be prepared to stop.
  • Slow down: Buses will be traveling slower than most cars because A) they follow all speed limits and B) they are humongous. Don’t zip around them because your visibility is limited around school buses and because they make frequent stops.
  • Obey all lights and signs: This is the biggest and easiest tip we have. School buses use yellow lights to signal that they are about to stop to pick up or let off children. At that point, prepare to stop. When the red lights flash and the stop sign pops out, you absolutely must stop. Not only is it illegal to pass (and some buses now have cameras to catch you if you do), but you are jeopardizing the safety of children if you do not obey the law.

If you or an older student needs a new ride to get to class every day, please contact the team at Chip Wynn Motors. We’ll be glad to give you a hand.

4 Road Trip Essentials for Your Summer Vacation

Road Trip

Taking the family out for an all-American summer vacation this year? Here are the road trip essentials you need to have before setting out:

  1. A navigation app: Forget the unreliable old folding map in the dashboard. Be sure to download Google Maps or Waze to navigate with real-time traffic updates. And bring multiple phone chargers, just in case.
  2. Cooler with snacks: Don’t rely on gas station foods to power your family during the car ride. Pack a cooler with bottled water and healthy snacks, like fruits and veggies. Protein bars and mixed nuts are also good for filling empty stomachs.
  3. Books and games: Don’t let the whole family zone out with separate screens. Instead, bring books to read—perhaps you could all read the same book and have a discussion after each chapter. Alternatively, come with some easy games to play in the car, like handheld options such as Catchphrase or 20 Questions. You can also play classic road trip games like the Alphabet Game, I Spy, and Car Bingo.
  4. First-aid kit and cleaning supplies: Your car should already have a first-aid kit, but make sure it is easily accessible. Also pack cleaning supplies for small spills. A Tide-To-Go pen can work wonders for laundry stains.

To make sure that your road trip doesn’t hit any bumps in the road, contact us at Chip Wynn Motors to look at our available inventory.

Upcoming Festivals in Kentucky: August through October 2018

Festival

Looking for something to do this August, September, and October? These are the most exciting upcoming festivals in Kentucky:

  • Soul of 2nd Street Festival: Enjoy live music, food, beer, and more in the African American Business District of downtown Danville. The event runs on August 4th from 4 to 10 p.m.
  • Glier’s Goettafest: Held from August 2nd through 5th, this weekend event is said to be bigger than New Year’s Eve in Vegas. If you love goetta, this is the place to be.
  • Lake Cumberland Bluegrass Festival: The weekend of August 17th, head to Russell Springs, Kentucky, to enjoy the state’s own music—bluegrass. Performers include Sideline, Mosley and Company, and Billie Renee and Cumberland Gap.
  • Fall Heritage Festival: Get in the autumnal spirit in Campbellsville on September 8th. The event will include crafts, live music, hay rides, food, exhibits, and animals.
  • KY State BBQ Festival – 2018: Kentucky barbecue is some of the best in the whole country. More than 20,000 people turn out for this annual event at the Wilderness Trail Distillery. This year’s event runs from September 7th to 9th.
  • Metcalfe County Pumpkin Festival/5K: On October 6th, head to Edmonton, Kentucky, to enjoy the fall weather with a refreshing 5K or just a walk through the booths and vendors while enjoying seasonal favorites and wearing your Halloween costume.

If you need a new ride to take out to all of these festivals, contact us at Chip Wynn Motors.

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.

 

3 Easy Road Trips Starting in Paducah, Kentucky

Road Trip

The summer months are upon us—and that means it’s time to start planning your summer road trip. We at Chip Wynn Motors have swapped stories of our favorite road trips and determined three of the very best that start right here in our hometown.

Here are three easy, super fun road trips starting in Paducah:

  • St Louis, Missouri: The drive to St. Louis is only about 3 hours, but they will fly by as you anticipate all the fun things to do in the city. A visit to St. Louis is not complete without an afternoon or evening spent at the City Museum, and tourists should always take a ride up in the Gateway Arch for stunning views. And don’t forget—St. Louis is famous for its BBQ, so eat some while in town.
  • Nashville, Tennessee: Only 2 hours from Paducah sits Nashville, home to the famous Nashville Predators and the Country Music Hall of Fame. But you don’t have to love country music to love Nashville—party all night on Broadway, have an afternoon of culture at the Parthenon, or relax on the nearby Percy Priest Lake.
  • Kings Island: Just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, sits one of Ohio’s two famous theme parks, Kings Island. The park, a 5-hour drive from Paducah, is home to famous coasters like The Beast, Firehawk, and Diamondback.

All of these sights are fun, and the proximity to Paducah and Chip Wynn Motors makes them affordable options this summer. Try them out for yourself!

 

Easy Road Trip Ideas for Paducah Residents

Road Trip

Are you looking for a weekend road trip with you family but aren’t sure where to go? Here are some easy road trip ideas for Paducah residents.

  • National Corvette Museum: If you love fast cars, you’ll want to visit this museum in Bowling Green. You can even check out the sinkhole exhibit, with cars that survived the unfortunate sinkhole that struck the museum a few years ago.
  • Kings Island: Not far from the Ohio River is one of Ohio’s two major theme parks, Kings Island, with rides like The Beast, Diamondback, Drop Tower, and Banshee. Kings Island also has its own waterpark with slides and a wave pool.
  • Mammoth Cave National Park: Kentucky’s own Mammoth Cave is great for families with a thirst for adventure. You’ll go deep underground to explore the beautiful cave system carved naturally by Mother Nature.
  • Nashville, Tennessee: Head down to Music City for the weekend. You can explore the Country Music Hall of Fame, get delicious doughnuts at Five Daughters, spend some time on the lake, and see your favorite band play a show. Or leave the kids behind for an adults-only weekend and explore the Vegas-esque scene of Broadway and its honky-tonk bars.

Our team at Chip Wynn Motors is always up for a fun road trip. Be sure to stay safe during your next family adventure!

Why Are Oil Changes Important?

Oil Change

If you want to keep your used car running for a long time, you must keep up with routine maintenance, such as tire rotations, engine tune-ups, topping off fluids, and frequent checks of critical components like the engine, transmission, tires, brakes, and battery. Oil changes, however, are probably the most important part of routine maintenance. Depending on your vehicle, you will need an oil change roughly every 3,000 to 7,500 miles. Consult your owner’s manual for the exact frequency.

So why are oil changes important? Engine oil provides lubrication for all of the moving parts of your engine. These parts create a lot of friction and could easily overheat, but the oil keeps things cool. More importantly, the oil removes particles and sludge from the engine. Without oil, the engine would grow dirtier over time and eventually malfunction. Because the oil acts as a cleaning agent, it is important to regularly change it out.

Changing your oil regularly won’t just keep your engine from getting damaged. It will also ensure that your vehicle drives as efficiently as possible. While shelling out $20 to $30 for an oil change a couple times a year may seem like a burden, it will save you on fuel costs and eventual engine repair costs.

If you’d like to learn more about taking care of your vehicle via routine maintenance, feel free to contact our friendly staff at Chip Wynn Motors.

 

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.