For many people, one of the best things about fall is football season. Nothing can beat the excitement of cheering on your favorite teams and players while enjoying some delicious food. If you plan to do any tailgating in Kentucky, here are a few tips to help.
An important part of a good tailgate party is having a good parking spot. Pack early, like the night before, and leave early, so you can get a prime spot.
Keep Things Cold
To make the ice in your cooler last longer, put beverages in the refrigerator to get them cold first. You can also freeze water bottles. They work the same as loose ice and then melt to become a refreshing drink at the end of the day.
Check for Tickets
Before you leave the house, make sure you have your tickets. Check again before you start walking to the stadium.
Make a List
If you tailgate frequently, or would like to, keep a list of items you need to bring. Update it as you get more experienced.
Stay Powered Up
Make sure you have a charging cable for your phone. Consider brining a portable battery pack to charge your phone so you don’t drain your car’s battery. Also make sure you have jumper cables in the trunk.
If you’re ready for some football and need a new-to-you ride that meets your tailgating needs, look no further than the vast selection at Chip Wynn Motors.
While many people may head to New England to see the colors of fall, there is a spectacular display of fall foliage in Kentucky, too. Our later peak color time gives you longer to enjoy all that the season has to offer. Here are the best places to see some fall foliage.
Land Between the Lakes
The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is one of the most diverse areas in the state. It is located about an hour away from Paducah in Golden Pond. You can see the colors by boat on the lake or by walking along one of the numerous trails through the forest.
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
Located in Dawson Springs, Pennyrile Forest State Resort Pike will give you an endless spectrum of color. Plan a camping trip so you can watch the sunset and the sunrise the next morning. If you enjoy photography or painting, be sure to bring along your supplies.
Red River Gorge Zipline Tours
For a more thrilling autumn experience, head east to Campton and take a ride on the Red River Gorge Zipline Tours. This will give you a new perspective from above the tree line. There are five ziplines to send you and your family soaring.
The fall paints Paducah in a beautiful swathe of colors, and if you want to experience it all, you’ll need a reliable ride. For that, stop into Chip Wynn Motors and check out our great selection.
Although summer is beginning to wind down, there are still plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the sunny weather and long days. In Paducah, there’s still a great variety of events you can enjoy with your family and friends. Here’s how to end your summer in style in Paducah.
- Paducah Labor Day Celebration: Located near Carson Park, the Paducah Labor Day Parade is the town’s largest parade of the year. Come enjoy the floats, marching bands, and sweet treats with the whole family during this celebratory community get-together.
- Barbeque on the River: This year, Barbeque on the River enters its 25th The barbeque competition runs from Sept. 26-28, and head there for a day of great eating, fun, and live entertainment.
- Paducah Homegrown Farmers’ Market: For fresh, local produce and goods, head to downtown Paducah for the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Farmers’ Market runs until Oct. 26.
- 6th Annual Woof & Waggle Open Golf Scramble: On Monday, Sept. 16, come out to the 6th Annual Woof & Waggle Open Golf Scramble to participate in a friendly golf competition and support local animals in need. All proceeds will go to Dylan’s Dawgz Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program.
There is plenty left to do in the summer down here in Paducah. If you need a reliable ride to get you where you’re going, look no further than one of the great used vehicles available at Chip Wynn Motors.
Each year, Americans enjoy the long Labor Day weekend, celebrating the end of summer with friends and family. Despite being a fun-filled, celebratory weekend, sometimes the history of Labor Day and what it means gets lost.
What Labor Day Means
Labor Day celebrates the creation of the American labor movement and its social and economic accomplishments. This yearly tribute ensures that the hard work, strength, and history of America’s labor force is properly honored.
History of Labor Day
Labor Day dates back to the 1880s. The first Labor Day to be celebrated took place on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. The holiday was first formally established through municipal ordinances in 1885 and 1886, and then passed as an Oregon state bill in 1887. That same year, four more states (Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York) passed a bill establishing Labor Day as an official holiday. In 1894, Congress passed an act establishing the holiday throughout the states.
There is some debate as to who founded the holiday. While some accounts point to Peter J. McGuire, the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, other accounts cite Matthew Maguire, a machinist and eventual secretary of Local 344 in New Jersey, as the founder of the holiday.
You work hard, so take Labor Day as an opportunity to kick back and enjoy a well-earned rest. If you’re in the market for a used vehicle, you can also take Labor Day to stop out and see the great selection available at Chip Wynn Motors.
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.
Don’t miss out on fun and fundamental museum visits this summer because of a busted old ride. Stop into Chip Wynn Motors and upgrade to a stylish, reliable used vehicle.
Are you new to the Paducah area and looking for a bite to eat? We have plenty of delicious places for you to try out — and some breweries to visit after for a delicious craft beer. Below are our 16 favorite Paducah Restaurants and breweries:
To get a taste of Paducah
To get a feel for how we like to dine in Kentucky, check out one of these one-and-only restaurants:
- Freight House
- Gold Rush Café & Catering
- JP’s Bar & Grill
- Doe’s Eat Place
For something quick and cheap
Looking for a quick lunch that’s light on the wallet (but not on the flavor)? Try out:
- Harned’s Drive In
- Dairyette “Plus”
- Parker’s Drive-In Restaurant
- Just Hamburgers
To enjoy a night out
If you’re looking for a more elegant meal with a nice atmosphere, consider one of the following restaurants:
- Pizza by the Pound
- Texas Roadhouse
- Strickland’s Seafood Restaurant
For a delicious adult beverage
There are two great craft breweries in Paducah that we highly recommend: Dry Ground Brewing Company and Paducah Beer Werks. If spirits are more your cup of tea — or liquor, as it were — then consider Silent Brigade Distillery. If you do head out to one of these great venues, please be sure to drink responsibly and always have a designated driver.
For coffee and tea
Paducah does have great coffee and tea, however, including Etcetera Coffeehouse and Pipers Tea & Coffee.
There is so much to do in and around Paducah, so don’t be stuck without a reliable ride. Stop into Chip Wynn Motors and peruse or vast selection of quality used vehicles.
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.
For a reliable new-to-you sued vehicle capable of handling the elements, stop into Chip Wynn Motors.
There’s a lot of maintenance on your car that would be better off left to a professional. But there are plenty of areas that you can work yourself with relative ease. Changing out the windshield wipers is a quick DIY that provides a better driving experience.
But when it comes time to buy new wipers, have you noticed that you have to buy two different sizes? To maximize the surface area covered by the windshield wipers, automakers designed the blades to sit in an off-center position on the hood.
Older cars had centralized wipers that left a lot of the bottom and edges of the windshield untouched. With the newer design, when the driver’s side wiper swipes across, it stops at a 90 degree angle. More of the surface area gets cleared with this setup than if both blades sat centrally. But with these angles, one blade needs to be shorter to be able to fit the off-center position.
Depending on the vehicle you drive, the driver’s side could be longer than the passenger’s and vice versa. To figure out which blades to get when buying new, consult the owner’s manual. If the manual is not available, getting assistance from a car parts store or local dealership will help you find the correct size.
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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!
Are you thinking of getting your Ma an outside-the-box present for Mother’s Day this year? Then consider one of these Mother’s Day gifts for car moms. Whether she loves classic cars or just spends too much time commuting to work and running errands in her minivan, she’s sure to appreciate any of these gifts:
- Steering wheel cover: Steering wheel covers are more than just a comfortable cover for the steering wheel that makes it a little more bearable to grip in extreme heat and cold. They’re also the perfect opportunity to add a pop of fashion into your mom’s daily driver. Alternatively, get fun seat covers with a bit of color.
- Car care package: If you and your wife or partner still have little kids, chances are good that Mom’s car gets messy easily. Build her a car care package for easily cleaning the inside — or give her coupons for free cleanings by you. You can also buy her gift cards for taking her cat through the car wash.
- Phone mount: If Ma’s car does not have built-in navigation, get her phone out of her hands with a phone mount, which makes navigation safe and easy.
- Weekend getaway: Book a stay in a bed and breakfast in a new town, then take a fun road trip with you mom to get there. The memories are priceless.
If your mom needs a new set of wheels, why not do her one better? Stop into Chip Wynn Motors and check out our selection of used vehicles moms are sure to love.