The Effects of Running on Empty: More Than Just Getting Stranded

Effects of Running on Empty

All drivers are guilty of “driving on empty” at least once, whether or not they like to admit it. Sometimes, you just aren’t paying attention, and before you know it, the light comes on. You are almost out of gas, with no gas station in sight.

Of course, your car will not stop moving mere moments after the indicator light comes on. Most vehicles can drive for a significant amount of time afterwards, giving the time needed to make it to a station.

However, the effects of running on empty include more than the stress of thinking you may run out at any moment. During this time, dirt and other contaminants can become suspended in your fuel, blocking up the filter. The fuel pump can even overheat or affect both the power steering and brakes.

Always fuel up before a long trip, and try to familiarize yourself with gas stations in new areas – if not for your peace mind, then for your car’s longevity. For more tips, visit us anytime at Warsaw Buick GMC.

Tips for Driving In Different Terrain

tips for driving in different terrain

It was no mistake how the 2017 GMC Terrain got its name. This compact SUV was designed to be able to tow and haul no matter the conditions. Despite its poise, you should still adjust to your driving conditions. Here are some tips for driving in different terrain.

 

Gravel and Dirt: The Road Less Traveled

Pavement is not only flat but it has a tendency to stay put. You can’t say the same thing for gravel and dirt. If you are hauling a load, you’ll probably feel it pushing you more and causing you to have to brake more. The answer is to slow down.

 

Rain, Ice, Sleet and Snow

Precipitation is going to dramatically increase your stopping distance. In the rain and snow, visibility is decreased as well. Adjust by increasing the distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. In these conditions, maintain a steady speed whenever possible. This is especially true when going uphill.

 

Uphill/Downhill

When driving downhill, anything you are towing is going to push you during braking and turns. Brake early and reduce speed to prevent loss of control. You should also be very aware of the tow rating of your vehicle and the weight of your load.

Know your limits and the limits of your vehicle. Only go where you can do so confidently.

Mindfulness on the Road, Or Why You Should Live in the Moment

Mindfulness on the Road

While many of us are either constantly thinking about the future or stuck in the past, others have begin to turn towards a new focus: mindfulness – a concept that refers to focusing on what is happening currently, or “living in the moment.”

By living in the moment and celebrating what you have, you can lower your stress levels and allow yourself to be a happier, more deliberate person. Those who regularly practice mindfulness also maintain higher levels of general clarity.

Plus, mindfulness doesn’t have to involve the practice of meditation or any other changes to your daily schedule. You can practice mindfulness on the road, at work, or even while chatting with a friend.

If you are trying to reduce the clutter in your life, replacing it with peace of mind, try to be a bit more mindful. For additional tips on how to be more mindful, lower your stress levels, and live with clarity, head over to the official website.

Interesting Indiana Traditions

Interesting Indiana Traditions
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Every state has some interesting, and sometimes downright crazy, traditions that the population are oddly proud of. Usually held every year or so, the traditions are far from what’s considered normal. Ranging from food to events, traditions take many forms. Here are some interesting Indiana traditions from us here at Warsaw CDJR!

  1. Hog Roast – Literally, roasting a hog. A summer event for many Indiana families, relatives gather to stick a hog on a spit and take care of business Indiana-style.
  2. Covered Bridge Festival – Home to over 31 covered bridges, Parke County sees more and more visitors every year. Taking place in the third week of October, the Covered Bridge Festival features vendors selling special items and large gathering of people under, you guessed it, covered bridges.
  3. Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival – It may not be what the kids are listening to these days but bluegrass is far from dead. This age-old festival features more than 45 bluegrass bands taking the stage and performing for a total of eight days straight.
  4. Tractor Pulling – A rather common events in many southern and Midwest states, tractor pulling is a motorsport where drivers use their tractors to pull a sled full of weights.
  5. Fried Biscuits and Apple Butter – This family-oriented tradition is simple. Families gather around the table to take part in eating freshly fried biscuits and apple butter.