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.
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.
The more consistently you take care of your car, the better it will run and the longer it will last. Sounds like a good deal doesn’t it? There are actually plenty of simple maintenance tasks that owners can perform on their own, like changing your air filter. And remember, if you ever need help with your car maintenance, Chip Wynn Motors is here to answer your questions.
Why Changing Your Air Filter is Necessary
Your engine needs air to run, but the air that gets pulled into the engine is often full of debris, like dirt, pollen, or even bird feathers. How would you like breathing that in? Your engine doesn’t like it either, which is why vehicles contain air filters. These filters keep the bad stuff out. But once they get too dirty, they can no longer do an efficient job. With a dirty air filter, you don’t get the best fuel economy, and you end up putting out more emissions. Plus, dirty air is bad for your engine’s longevity.
How to Change Your Air Filter
In order to change your air filter, all you need is the correct replacement. You can get this at your local auto parts store and use your owner’s manual to help you find the right fit. Changing your air filter will only take a few minutes. Start by locating your air filter under the hood. The filter is stored in a black box near the engine. Open this box and make a note of how the current filter is installed so that you can mimic its orientation. Remove the old filter and replace it with the new, then close up the box and shut the hood. That’s all it takes to change your air filter and keep your engine clean and happy.
Spring is right around the corner. This means it is time to kick winter to the curb, and the place where winter is most likely lingering the most is your car. If you have a layer of salty grime on your car along with some trash and a bunch of junk, it’s time to spring clean your car. Follow these five steps to have the best-looking car on the block.
Empty your car. Take everything out of your car that isn’t attached—don’t forget the trunk. This includes floor mats and any cup holder liners. Divide all the stuff into three piles: things to throw away, things to put away, and things to put back in your car.
Clean the interior. Work from the top down to clean every surface of your car. Use a fine-bristled brush, like an old toothbrush, to scrub at built-up dust and dirt. Wash the windows and wipe down all hard surfaces. Finally, vacuum the seats and carpeting.
Wash car accessories. To clean your floor mats, you can just hose them down, even if they’re carpeted. Then, just hang them up to air dry. If you have cup holder inserts spray these down, too.
Wash your car. Starting with your roof, wash one panel at a time, making sure you rinse out your cloth or sponge frequently. Rinse off the soap and dry the car with a soft, clean cloth.
Put it back together. Once everything is clean and dry, put it back in your car. Make sure everything you want to keep in your car has its own place.
The end of fall is in sight, which means the coldest time of the year is just around the corner. While most people are getting ready for the holiday season, it’s also a time to get your car ready for the coming months. Here’s how to prepare your car for the winter.
First, it’s important that you get your car ready for the onslaught of salt that comes when it snows. As salt destroys paint and causes rust, you need to take steps to prevent damage. In the beginning of the winter, wash and wax your car thoroughly to keep the salt from damaging the body of your car. Do this every month or two throughout the winter.
Once you’ve treated your car, prepare an emergency kit for your vehicle. In the event of an accident in the snow, there are certain things that you will want and need. In an accessible part of your car, put together a kit with items like road flares, food, an extra cell phone or battery, as well as a blanket and change of clothes. These simple items could save your life.
By following these few simple steps, you protect your vehicle for the long haul and keep yourself safe.
Life is hectic. Between work, school, paying the bills, and seeing friends, there isn’t always time for everything that you want to do in a day. However, the good news is that there are always ways to make better use of your time. Here’s how to exercise in your car on your daily commute.
The easiest way to get some strength training is to purchase a grip strengthener. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to use, and very portable. Simply squeeze the grip strengthener for the duration of your trip.
Another strength training exercise is to bring a small dumbbell in your car for bicep curls. While you aren’t going to become a bodybuilder doing this, you will be able to tone your muscles a little bit.
If you’re looking to strengthen your core, you can do some hip lifts while driving. Having your vehicle on cruise control for this one makes it a bit easier. Just press your feet against the floor, raise your hips off of your seat, and keep your eyes on the road.
Although you may not achieve the body that you desire by doing these exercises, it’s a simple way to get yourself in motion during an otherwise stationary activity.
As Autumn is finally rolling in to Kentucky, we get to enjoy the beautiful splashes of color wherever we go. However, those beautiful colors also decorate our streets, sidewalks, and laws. If you prefer a clean lawn and are constantly working to gather the leaves, here are a few suggestions as to what you can do with fall leaves.
Make a pile. This is the most fun suggestion of all and will bring out the inner child in everyone. Make a pile as big as you can and jump in it. Invite your kids, grandkids, dogs, and neighbors to join you.
Decorate. Use the leaves to create a scarecrow. Stuff burlap sacks or old clothes with the leaves and set up the scarecrow in a chair on your porch. You can also press the prettiest leaves between sheets of wax paper, iron them, mount them, and hang them in your house.
Protect beneficial bugs. Bugs like ground beetles and lacewings use fallen leaves as winter cover. Create some safe places for them by using chicken wire to create “envelopes” or other creative shapes. Stuff them with leaves and sticks and leave them in safe places.
Create mulch or compost. Dry leaves can be an easy way to mulch your garden and is a great addition to any compost.
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?
New or used, you should take a car on a test drive before making a final decision. Test driving a car is the most important step in actually deciding to purchase a car. If you aren’t comfortable, hear anything strange, or the car doesn’t seem to drive right, you’ll find out on the test drive. Staring at the car’s exterior is one thing but we here at Chip Wynn Motors have some tips for test driving a car that will tell you all you need to know.
Before. Once you’ve informed the salesman you’re ready for a test drive, there’s a few things you’ll want to check out first. Check the tire tread by running your hand over the surface of the tire. If it isn’t wearing evenly, point it out. Open the hood and look for anything out of the ordinary, like massive amounts of dirt and grime.
During. When you’re on the road, you’ll obviously want to make sure you’re comfortable. Make sure you can see and read all the gauges and controls. Test everything, especially the radio, heat, and air conditioning. Drive on the same terrain as normal. If the car can’t handle your usual drive, like hills and curves, take that into consideration.
After. Sleep on it, so to speak. Evaluate and reevaluate your drive over the next few days before making a final decision. If the car doesn’t seem right for you, don’t be afraid to walk away.