Which is Better: Air Conditioner on or Windows Down in the Summer?

Which is Better Air Conditioner on or Windows Down in the Summer

Staying cool when it gets hot in Paducah can be a tricky task. If summertime driving has you down, don’t sweat — putting the windows down or using the air conditioner are both fine choices for keeping cool. If you’re not sure which is the more efficient option, it helps to know that the answer depends on a few variables.

How fast you’re driving is a big factor in determining whether opening the windows or using AC is better for your fuel economy (and, by extension, your wallet). Fueleconomy.gov recommends rolling the windows down at lower speeds and turning on the air conditioner at higher speeds, though some tests suggest that the difference is negligible or nonexistent.

It’s believed that driving with the windows down at high speeds creates drag, which decreases fuel efficiency as much as running the air conditioning. But, again, there’s no consensus here with Consumer Reports saying that it saw no difference in fuel economy.

Ultimately, your best bet may be to consider that doing either will impact your vehicle’s real-world fuel economy. According to fueleconomy.gov, it can go down as much as 25 percent if you use the AC on short trips. To get the best of efficiency and comfort, it’s recommended that you never use the AC more than needed, never set the temperature lower than you need, and turn the AC when you’re idling.

Another suggestion is to drive with the windows down first before putting on the air conditioner as it will let out the hot air and give your system less work to do. You can also put less strain on your AC by parking in the shade and maintaining the coolant on a regular basis.

The summertime is undoubtedly sweltering in Paducah, so why not match the heat with a red-hot, new-to-you car? Visit Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah, Kentucky, and check out our wide selection of quality used vehicles.

How to Protect Your Car from Summer Sun Damage

How to Protect Your Car from Summer Sun Damage

The warm kiss of summer sun is something we all look forward to — well, all of us except maybe your car. Not only does the heat of summer in Paducah make your vehicle’s interior extra hot to sit in, but exposure to direct sunlight can be harmful to your vehicle’s health. If you take a few steps to protect your car from sun damage, you won’t have to break a sweat.

Stay out of the sunshine

A quick way to protect your car from wicked heat and intense light is to park in the shade. If you’re trapped in an open parking lot, sunshades for the windows and windshield and seat covers can help prevent the worst of summer heat from baking your car and damaging the upholstery.

Interior longevity

Overexposure to the sun can take a toll on your upholstery, especially if you have premium leather seats. Use a high-quality leather conditioner to keep the seats in good shape and ward off sun damage over time. Keeping all your other surfaces clean is important, so consider using a low gloss protectant to reduce glare off the dashboard.

Keep your car looking new

Nothing says “clunker” like a beat-up and weathered car. Retain your car’s value by cleaning it regularly. Wax your car at least twice every year to build an extra layer of protection against harmful UV rays. When you wash your car, dry it by hand to clean off minerals in the water.

If you’re in the market to upgrade to a shinier, newer ride for the shiny summer days ahead, look no further than Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah, Kentucky. We’ve got a wide selection of quality pre-owned vehicles from all the brands you trust.

How to Have a Festive Independence Day at Home

4th of July

Independence Day is fast approaching, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate even without fireworks and parades. Try a few of these ideas to give your family a safe, patriotic Independence Day at home in Paducah!

Fourth of July feast!

Fresh American fruits and desserts make for a festive, patriotic Independence Day. Top cakes with blueberries and raspberries, sprinkle red and blue sprinkles on star-shaped cookies and consider some candied popcorn. Making snacks and meals together is a great way to spend time as a family.

Fun in the sun

Celebrate Paducah with your family by spending the day outside. Take a river day or throw water balloons to enjoy this beautiful country. Close out the evening with a bonfire if you’d like—and what could be more American than s’mores by the fire?

Learning opportunities

Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in the time of the Revolutionary War? Consider a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence with your kids or doing some reading about Revolutionary War America to get in the patriotic spirit.

Movie night

Whether you’re looking for something to entertain the whole family or for something a little more mature, there are patriotic movies and TV shows aplenty! Your kids may love National Treasure, and adults may love the Revolutionary War drama Turn. HBO’ 2008 miniseries about the life of Founding Father John Adams gets you in touch with the Independence Day spirit, and we hear Hamilton is coming to streaming!

Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah, Kentucky, has a wide selection of high-quality, American-made used cars if you need to get on the road. To learn more, check out our selection and give us a call if you find something that looks to be up your alley.

How to Protect Your Car from COVID-19 and Other Germs

Clean And Sanitize Your Car

Keeping your car germ-free can be a challenge. Follow these tips to safely sanitize and protect your car from COVID-19 and other viruses, like the common cold and the flu:

Germ-free interiors

Take note of the high-touch areas of your car: door handles, climate control buttons, seatbelts, and the steering wheel are all areas that you should pay extra attention. The steering wheel is especially important to clean, as a recent study found the average steering wheel to have four times the germs of public toilet seats.

You should also clean items in your car that your passengers may carry for entertainment. Cleaning stuffed animals and hard plastic toys will improve the safety of your children’s health.

Cleaners to use

While soap and water are a good first line of defense, more specialized cleaners will be more effective at keeping your car germ-free. CDC guidelines include a list of cleaners you can use — but read their labels to see whether you should use them on hard, non-porous surfaces or soft, porous surfaces.

When cleaning touchscreens, use an alcohol-based cleaner that is at least 70 percent alcohol.

Safety precautions

Wear a mask or cloth face covering to avoid breathing in germs or chemicals and wear disposable gloves. Wear a disposable gown or apron if you can or launder your clothes immediately after cleaning. Once you’ve finished, get rid of your disposable supplies and wash your hands!

The family at Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah, Kentucky, wishes you and your family health and safety in this challenging time.

Tips for Traveling with Your Pet this Spring

Tips for Traveling with Your Pet

Going for a long drive can be a great way to refresh your mind, and it’s all the better if you can bring your best friend along. Whether you’re just wanting to get out for a bit or looking forward to a road trip in the summer or fall, these tips for traveling with your pet help ensure that your furry friend can come along safely.

Train your pet for long trips

If you have a long trip coming up, help your pet prepare by letting them adjust to time in the car. Start taking your pet on regular short car rides, gradually increasing the length so they can get used to sitting in their carrier.

Use a well-ventilated carrier

The safest option for traveling with a pet is to keep them secured in a crate or carrier. The carrier should have good ventilation and should be large enough so that your pet can comfortably stand, sit, and lie down. Be sure that the crate is tied down or secured so that it will not tumble if you have to brake suddenly.

Make a pet travel kit

For longer trips, it’s important that you have the resources to provide for your pet’s needs. Pack a kit that includes food, bottled water, and their dishes, plus a leash and plastic bags to pick up waste. It’s recommended that you stop every two hours to walk your pet, give them a chance to relieve themselves, and let them enjoy some water and food.

For overnight trips, add any medications your pet may need, as well as grooming supplies and one or two favorite toys.

If your summer or fall road trip requires a fresh new-to-you ride, check out the vast selection available at Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah, KY.

Great Automotive Mother’s Day Gifts to Consider This Year

Mother's Day Gifts

Though we’ve all had a lot on our minds recently, it’s important to remember that this month marks Mother’s Day. Celebrating your mom or mother figure is doubly worth doing when times are challenging, and if they find themselves behind the wheel a lot, there are several great automotive Mother’s Day gifts worth checking out. These gifts can all be easily ordered online and delivered directly to you or to your mother’s home.

Seat gap filler

Sometimes families can’t help but eat on the go. Seat gap fillers block crumbs from falling into hard-to-reach places, make it much easier for mom to clean up after road trips or a week of carpooling.

Steering wheel covers

Why not get your mom a steering wheel cover in a fun print or a soft leather? It’s sure to customize the feel of her ride and make her feel more at home on the go.

Decorative hitch cover

A decorative hitch cover is a fun gift for the adventurous mom who drives a truck or SUV to tow her camper or boat. You can find all types of hitch covers online, including many customizable options.

Back-up camera

Most newer cars come with Rear View cameras built in, but if the mom in your life is driving a model that predates this helpful tool, an accessory back-up camera will be the perfect gift. With this installed, she’ll find it easier to safely reverse out of driveways or to parallel park.

From the team at Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah, KY, to all the mothers out there: Thank you for everything that you do, and stay safe.

 

What You Need for Your Summer Vehicle Emergency Kit

Vehicle Emergency Kit

As the seasons change, so should the items in your car’s emergency kit. As winter required items like warm gloves, extra blankets, ice scraper and shovel, summer, too, demands specific items to help keep you safe on the road. Be sure to pack the following in your summer vehicle emergency kit.

Summer essentials

If your car breaks down in the sweltering heat of summer, you’ll want plenty of water on hand to quench your thirst while you wait for roadside assistance or after you tend to a flat tire yourself. Swap out your winter clothing for lighter wear such as shorts, tank tops, and flip flops or sandals. Protect your skin from the sun’s rays with sunscreen. Provide your own shade with a reflective emergency blanket. Mosquitoes and other pests will be no match for bug spray.

Kit basics

No matter the season, your emergency car kit should always be stocked with non-perishable food, a first aid kit, tools, a flashlight with extra batteries and a phone charger. In case your battery dies, a set of jumper cables is essential. Since extreme temperatures can negatively impact the condition of your tires, carry a tire gauge to monitor pressure and tire sealant to help prevent a flat.

Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah, KY, has a great selection of used vehicles perfect for late-summer driving. Visit our website to learn more about what’s in stock.

 

How to Use Your Tax Refund on Your Car

Tax Refund

Ready to upgrade your ride? Use your tax refund on your car — or perhaps even toward a new one —

Accessories

Are you completely satisfied when you look at your car? Whether it’s simple upgrades such as better floor mats to protect your cabin or a bike rack to make weekend getaways more fun, or accessories to improve your comfort (heated seats) or make driving more entertaining (Bluetooth® stereo), your tax refund can help transform your driving experience.

Down payment

There is no end to quality used cars on our lot at Chip Wynn Motors. Are you looking for a vehicle with more space and family-friendly features? We have great SUV and minivan options. Perhaps, you’d like to upgrade to a stylish sedan to make daily commutes more enjoyable. If you need a vehicle with serious towing and payload capacities, check out our selection of trucks. Your tax refund can make an excellent down payment on a new SUV, truck, minivan, or sedan.

Luxury car goal

You might think that a luxury car is out of your reach, but it is possible. Start saving toward your dream car by banking your tax refund. With our amazing prices at Chip Wynn Motors, you can get behind the wheel of a luxury car sooner than you ever thought possible.

Whether you plan to use your tax refund on your car, your savings, or other needs, the team at Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah, KY, hopes you are staying safe and healthy.

 

Best Podcasts to Listen to This Spring

Spring Driving Podcasts

Whether you’re looking for something to listen to on a commute or something engaging to help pass the workday, podcasts are a great way to be entertained and informed. These are some of the best podcasts to listen to this spring.

True Crime

If real-life murder mysteries are your thing, there is plenty out there to choose from.

  • In the Dark – Madeline Baran looks at how law enforcement’s handling of a crime affects the national narrative.
  • My Favorite Murder – Hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark take a unique and often funny look at crimes.
  • Man in the Window – Paige St. John chronicles the alleged crimes of Joe De Angelo, who was arrested in 2018 and charged as the Golden State Killer.

Fiction

If you are looking for something less frightening but still fascinating, try some of these fiction podcasts.

  • Levar Burton Reads – If you grew up with Reading Rainbow, you will love this podcast of short fiction chosen and read by a man with one of the best voices since James Earl Jones.
  • Homecoming – From Gimlet is a scripted podcast of a thriller about a therapist working with veterans. Amazon Prime produced a TV version of the story.
  • Alice Isn’t Dead – If you are a fan of Welcome to Night Vale, this latest offering from that studio will catch your attention. It tells the story of a long-haul trucker looking for her missing wife, and as you would expect, things get pretty strange.

If all you need for your podcast listening on the road is a new ride, visit Chip Wynn Motors. We’ve got one of the finest selection of quality used cars in Paducah, KY — and that’s no mystery and not fiction.

 

4 Helpful Tips for Washing Your Car This Spring

Tips for Cleaning Your Car

Warmer spring weather in Paducah means it’s a great time to break out your bucket and shammy and polish up your ride. These tips for washing your car this spring will make sure that you’re sparkling when all is sud and done.

Cleaners

It’s a good idea to use products made specifically for washing cars when you get down to it. Cleaning products made for your kitchen or bathroom can damage your car’s paint or protective wax coating. Use a natural sponge or a mitt made of lamb’s wool to protect the surface.

Getting the Gunk Off

While you want to use a gentle cleaner on your car overall, you will need something stronger to remove the deposits you’ve picked up over the winter. A bug and tar remover will get rid of grease, rubber marks, and road tar easily. Use a soft cloth to protect your sponge.

Wheels and Tires

You should also use a different sponge or cloth to clean the wheels and tires. They pick up all kinds of debris from the road, such as small bits of gravel, which can scratch paint. You can use a product formulated for cleaning your type of wheels, but a mild soap will work, too. Check the label on the product or in your car’s owner’s manual for information.

Rinse Well

Rinse the car thoroughly before you begin to wash it and again when you are finished. Rinse the soap off from top to bottom, and then dry the vehicle with a chamois or some old, soft towels.

If your idea of spring cleaning is getting rid of your old ride, visit Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah, KY. We’ve got a great selection of used vehicles waiting to be shown off in the sunshine.