We’ve all been there: a mysterious, pungent odor is in your car and refusing to leave. Nothing ruins an otherwise great driving experience more than a bad smell, especially if you’re headed out of Paducah on a long road trip. If you want to ensure that your car is always as fresh and clean as possible, follow these simple and helpful tips on how to remove common car smells.
The first thing you should do when you smell a bad odor is to find the source. Look under seats, in pockets, and even in the glove compartment for anything that could be stinking up your vehicle. Once you find the cause, you’ll have a better idea of how to address it. If it’s food that’s been left behind, for example, you may only need to roll the windows down and air out the cabin for a while.
Smells from under the hood
It’s important to remember that bad smells can be an indicator of larger problems with a vehicle. If you smell oil or the sweet, almost syrup-like smell of antifreeze, it could mean that you have a leak that needs to be addressed immediately. Any smells that seem to emanate from beneath the hood should demand your immediate attention and the diagnosis of a professional.
How to Clean
In a lot of cases, vacuuming is the surest way to defeat unwanted odors. Take the occasion of a warm day to vacuum your upholstery and carpet thoroughly and you’ll likely find yourself dealing with less of a stink. If you have a more pronounced smell that comes from something like vomit, you can use a solution that’s one part water and one part vinegar. Soak the solution into the affected areas and then get it out with a wet-dry vac.
If all else fails, you can also consider leaving a bag of charcoal or cat litter under your seat or on the floorboards. These substances soak up odors with ease.
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The only things touching the road every time you drive are your tires, so proper and proactive tire maintenance should be near the top of any car owner’s list. Checking your tires on a frequent and consistent basis will help keep them as healthy as possible, and following these tire maintenance tips will help better safeguard you from unwanted flats and blowouts.
The surest way to keep your tires lasting longer is to make sure they’re properly inflated. Take your tire gauge out once every couple of weeks or so and make sure your tires are all at the manufacturer’s recommended PSI levels. When the temperature fluctuates during winter and summer, you’ll want to check more regularly as these conditions can lead to sudden leaps and losses.
Keep an eye on the rubber
In many cases, just looking at your tires can tell you the story of how well they’re doing. When you do your occasional vehicle walkaround, take a gander at all four tires for signs of wear like bumps and cracking. You’ll also want to keep an eye on tread depth and, if the tread appears lower, perform the penny test to see if you’re in need of a replacement.
Regularly rotating your tires will ensure that all tires wear equally, helping extend their lives as long as possible. You’ll want to rotate your tires in the intervals recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual, but as a general rule, you should have a rotation done every six months or 6,000-8,000 miles.
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School’s out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Check out one — or all — of these great museums in Paducah this summer with your little ones:
- The National Quilt Museum: This museum boasts three galleries that with quilt art that is rotated seven or eight times per year, including touring exhibits. Visitors from all 50 states and 40 foreign countries make up the museum’s 115,000 annual patrons.
- Paducah Railroad Museum: In the heart of historical downtown Paducah, this museum, opened in 1996, is open Wednesday through Friday from noon until 4 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with several unique train-themed exhibits.
- William Clark Market House Museum: This historical museum in Paducah truly gives visitors a glimpse into the past of Paducah, with several artifacts from the city’s history, including a statue of Henry Clay. The museum also includes the Market House Theater and Yeiser Art Center in a 100-plus-year-old building that used to be the public market of Paducah.
- Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum: Finally, this museum is the former residence of General Lloyd Tilghman of the Civil War. The home is an 1852 Greek Revival and costs $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12.
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With the promise of warm weather in spring and summer come the inevitable rain showers. Driving in wet road conditions can be dangerous with nearly 1.2 million crashes every year attributed to slick roads. With the right tips in mind for driving safely in the rain, you can help ensure you don’t become part of that statistic.
Before You Drive
Make sure your windshield wipers are properly functioning. If they leave streaks or don’t clear the windshield in one swipe, it’s time to replace the blades.
Your tire tread is a huge part of keeping your car on the road. Check the tread on all your tires to make sure they can displace the water on the road. If they have worn down, start shopping for new.
No matter your destination, in the rain it’s best to take your time getting there. Wet roads reduce the tires’ grip, and harsh storms reduce visibility. Keep your distance from the vehicle in front of you and slow down.
During the rain, a driver needs to pay full attention to the road. Avoid using cruise control during storms as it can increase the chance of an accident. Not using the cruise control allows you to concentrate on driving and allow faster reaction time to loss of traction.
If you do begin to hydroplane, don’t panic. Continue to steer, gently, in the direction you want the car to go. Avoid sudden turns or hard braking as you will lose even more control.
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Aggressive driving is an all too common behavior behind the wheel, but it is also very dangerous, as it can easily lead to accidents on the road. In fact, according to the AAA Foundation, more than half of crashes from 2003 to 2007 involved an aggressive driver.
So how can you avoid aggressive driving? Remain calm behind the wheel. Try not to let other drivers’ actions upset you. Focus on your breathing, play music that relaxes you, and remember that actions like speeding maybe shave seconds off your arrival time, but not much more.
Aggressive driving usually rears its ugly head in the form of tailgating drivers ahead of you, cutting off drivers during quick lane changes, weaving in and out of highway traffic, and failing to use signals. Aggressive driving turns to road rage when you use hand gestures to signal your dislike of another driver’s actions or when you attempt to speed past drivers, brake check them, or run them off the road in anger.
To ensure that you don’t become an aggressive driver, always remember to use turn signals, give space for others to merge, keep a safe following distance from traffic ahead of you, and obey traffic laws, especially speed limits. If you witness aggressive driving from other drivers or feel threatened due to someone’s road rage, call 911.
From all your friends at Chip Wynn Motors, stay safe out there!
(Photo by Kevin McCoy)
Spring is finally here, which means it’s time to take off the top of your convertible and enjoy the wonderfully warm weather. If you’re wondering where you should head to so you can feel the wind through your hair, make sure you keep these day trips near Paducah in mind.
St. Louis, Missouri
As one of the farthest destinations on this list, if you head to St. Louis, Missouri, for your day trip it will take you about three hours. This long drive is worth it, though, particularly if the weather is nice and the wind is rushing through your hair (or across your bald head). This city has a slew of activities to enjoy, from the famous Gateway Arch to the STL Zoo and more. If you’re hankering for a taste of city life, then a day trip to St. Louis should definitely be on the table.
Shawnee National Forest
Just over 40 minutes away from Paducah across the Kentucky-Illinois border is the Shawnee National Forest. Stretching over 280,000 acres, this forest is the perfect getaway for those that want to get outdoors. You can hike, horseback ride, swim, and fish — among other activities — and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.
Like St. Louis, Smithville is about three hours away — but it’s well worth the drive. Once there, you can enjoy a range of Southern food comforts from fried catfish to chicken and dumplings. You will also be able to learn more about Appalachian art thanks to the renowned Appalachian Center for Craft, which has craft workshops and exhibitions that highlight the area’s folk art.
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Living in Paducah gives us access to so many easy and exciting Kentucky road trips. One of our favorite quick road trips is the journey to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. The trip is just two and a half hours, with the museum located roughly 150 miles away.
The National Corvette Museum has more than 80 Corvettes on display, including many one of a kinds. The museum was built in the 90s and has hosted millions of visitors since. You can also grab a bite to eat there at the Corvette Café and, more exciting, visit the connected NCM Motorsports Park where you can watch Corvettes in action or even take a lap in a Corvette if you are brave enough.
The National Corvette Museum fell victim to a sinkhole earlier this decade. The sinkhole that formed inside the museum swallowed several classic Corvettes. Some of these were restored and are back on display; others remain on display in their damaged condition as a reminder of what happened at the museum.
The museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, with the exception of New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
If you want to impress your fellow museum attendees in Bowling Green, come talk to us at Chip Wynn Motors about our classic car options.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!