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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Winter has come and gone, which means it’s time for the bright and sunny—yet equally wet and rainy—spring. To ensure your safety on the road, you’ll need to do a few things to get your car ready for spring. Here is what you’ll need to remember, courtesy of our car experts at Chip Wynn Motors:
- Change the oil and rotate the tires: Depending on the age of your vehicle, type of fuel used, and how frequently you drive, you need to change the oil roughly two to four times a year. If your miles are on the higher side each month, consider getting an oil change at the change of every season. Be sure to rotate the tires at the same time and top off all fluids.
- Get a car wash: Road salt from wintry roads can do damage to your car if left untreated. Give your car a thorough wash, and don’t forget to clean the inside as well!
- Replace your windshield wipers: After a snowy, cold winter, your wiper blades are likely nearing the end of their lives. Replace them now before those April showers.
- Get new air filters: Before the pollen starts to spread, install a new air filter for fresher in-cabin air. In fact, now is a good time to replace all air filters.
To truly enjoy the warmer weather, stop by and see us at Chip Wynn Motors for all of your pre-spring maintenance. One less thing on your to-do list means more time for an adventurous road trip!
We are still locked into the dead of winter here in Paducah, Kentucky, but as far as your car goes, it is time to start thinking about preparing it for spring. Follow these spring car maintenance tips, courtesy of Chip Wynn Motors, to keep your vehicle in perfect condition this year.
- Replace your wiper blades: Spring is a very rainy season, so replace your wiper blades now, especially if they cleared off a lot of snow in the winter.
- Change your oil and top off fluids: Once it is warm outside, you can finally lift the hood of your engine and get to work on chores you might have put off in colder times.
- Test your battery: Winter can be harsh on your battery. Make sure yours still runs properly with a quick test.
- Check your air filter: Spring puts a lot of pollen into the air. Make sure your air filter, as well as other filters, are clean and ready for the season.
- Inspect your tires: Tires go through a lot of changes in the winter, especially when it comes to inflation. Check your tread and inflation before any long trips.
- Get it washed: Wash off road salt, especially beneath your car, after the last snow of the season.
We all at Chip Wynn hope you enjoy the end of your winter, and are ready to embrace spring with a welcoming smile.
When you are searching for a used car, you will be overwhelmed by all the options available to you, especially if cars are not your area of expertise. This month in “Cars 101,” we’ll explore the term “all-wheel drive.”
So, what does all-wheel drive mean?
All-wheel drive (AWD) means all four wheels are getting power—all the time, but in varying amounts. This is different from rear-wheel drive (when the engine only sends power to the rear wheels) and front-wheel drive (when the engine sends power to just the front wheels), and even four-wheel drive.
In AWD vehicles, the engine determines which wheels need more power at which moments. This increases handling and traction. Improved traction means you are less likely to spin out or lose control, especially in snowy, icy, or rainy conditions. This makes AWD more popular in northern states.
While AWD offers this improved traction and thus increased safety, vehicles built on this platform are generally more expensive and have reduced fuel economy. If you are not going to face conditions when you would typically need improved traction, then AWD might not be the driving platform for you.
Have questions about our AWD-equipped models at Chip Wynn Motors? Visit us for more information.