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How to Prevent Car Rust in the Winter

With winter just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how to prevent car rust for when the snow and salt hits the ground. Stop the salt from tearing apart your vehicle by following these simple tips to prevent car rust.

 

Wash Your Car Early

As fall comes to a close, it’s important that you was your car thoroughly and apply a fresh coat of wax to the paint to prevent any salt from attaching itself directly to the paint. ‘

Pay close attention to the undercarriage of your vehicle, and seal the brake and fuel lines to prevent them from corroding. If this happens, your safety is at risk.

 

Stay Consistent

Clean your vehicle periodically throughout the entire winter. One wash in the beginning of the winter simply is not enough to protect your car. When washing in the cold weather, heating up your vehicle and towel allows the wax to spread much easier.

If you are planning on washing your vehicle yourself, dry your car off thoroughly to prevent doors and hoods from freezing shut.

By following these few simple tips in the winter months, you will keep your vehicle from rusting out around the edges and causing you headaches down the line.

Reasons to Buy an American Car

With so many options on the car market today, it can be tempting to purchase a vehicle without even thinking about what country it came from. However, there are many reasons to buy an American car. Just see the list below!

  • Quality is Improving – One concern that people have had about American cars is that the quality was not up to par with foreign vehicles, but that is changing quickly. For example, in a J.D. Powerdependability study, Buick tied Jaguar at the top of the list.
  • Style is Unmatched – While there are plenty of unique foreign cars, there aren’t very many that match the style of Camaros, Corvettes, Chargers, G8s, or Mustangs.
  • Prices are Low – As they are still recovering from the controversy that surrounded them just a few years ago, the big three are winning customers back by offering their vehicles at much lower prices than their foreign counterparts, so it’s easy to get a bargain price on a quality car.
  • Support Your Country – While some did not support the bailout, there’s no doubt that a thriving automotive industry in America would be great for the country. By buying American, you are supporting an industry that creates jobs for Americans.

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.

What Your Truck Says About You

Driving a truck goes hand-in-hand with country music and hitting the back-roads. As it turns out, a truck might say as much about the driver as the driver does about the truck. Here’s a quick rundown of what your truck says about you from us here at Warsaw CDJR!

  • Condition – A truck’s condition says a lot about what the driver does in his spare time. Scratches, dents, dirt, and mud mean he likely heads off-roading while a pristine paint job could indicate the truck has just come right off the lot.
  • Color – A red truck says a driver is confident while a white paint job could mean there’s a true gentleman behind the wheel. Tough guys tend to drive black trucks while any of the remaining colors indicates the driver doesn’t care about impressing others or getting noticed in a crowd.
  • Tires – A truck with big tires likely indicates mudding or off-roading. When combined with a suspension lift, the driver enjoys being the center of attention no matter where he goes.
  • Muffler – A loud muffler generally indicates the driver enjoys a night of fun or that he isn’t perfect. Either way, you’ll know when they’re coming before they get there.

If you haven’t thought about customizing your own truck, come into Warsaw Buick GMC Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM today to pamper your truck!

Be a Focused Driver during Distracted Driving Awareness Month

In today’s world, we are constantly connected and barraged with notifications, updates, and ringing from our smartphones. While it may feel hard to resist at times, it’s critical to ignore your phone while driving in your car.

During the month of April, which is recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness month, we want to challenge all of our customers to #TakeBackYourDrive. This includes more than just texting; it means no using your phone at all, even if you have a hands-free device.

According to the National Safety Council, drivers who are talking on their cell phones, whether they are using their hands or not, are four times as likely to be involved in a car accident. And, it is estimated that 21% of all traffic accidents in the U.S. involve a driver who was using his or her phone.

Both driving and holding a conversation are thinking tasks, which means the brain cannot focus simultaneously on both. In fact, the brain actually rapidly switches between the two tasks and drivers who are talking on their phones can actually miss seeing up to 50% of their driving environments.

The major difference between talking to someone on your phone and talking to a fellow passenger is that a passenger can see the road along with the driver. An adult passenger can adjust their talking when traffic conditions get tough and can even help point out potential road hazards.

If you are ready to make the commitment to drive distraction-free, sign this online pledge and #TakeBackYourDrive.

 

Fall Tire Maintenance
I don’t think this person followed our Fall Tire Maintenance advice 😉

The tires supporting your vehicle are one of its most vital assets, so it’s important to consider the unique hazards posed to tires during each season. Here are some fall tire maintenance tips to keep your tires in good shape this autumn:

  • Be sure to regularly check your tire pressure, especially after long trips and after driving on dangerous roads. Keep them inflated to the indicated amount on the side of your car door or listed in your owner’s manual.
  • Check out the tread on your tires – which will be more important than ever as you begin to drive through puddles and on slippery piles of leaves.
  • When you wash your car, pay extra attention to the tires, which may have small twigs, leaves, and other fall sediment wedged into them.
  • Drive slowly over fall debris, and keep in mind the risk of hydroplaning during fall showers.
  • Lastly, be sure that your vehicle – and your tires – are being regularly inspected by a professional, to cover anything you may have missed.

How do you keep your tires in top shape during fall? Let us know your ideas in the comments.

Maybe you didn’t have time to read our article before something happened to your tires…well have no fear! Stop by Warsaw Buick GMC CDJR any time to get new tires for your vehicle!

Heads Up! Here Are Some Fall Driving Dangers You Need to Watch Out For

fall driving dangers

Fall might be your favorite time of year to take a quick cruise around town, gazing at the colorful foliage and wondering why all seasons can’t be this beautiful. But, fall comes with its own fair share of road hazards that make those leaf-peeping tours through the woods just a little more complicated. Here’s our quick-pick of fall driving dangers to watch out for this season:

Leaves

Let’s start with the most obvious one: the leaves. Everyone loves them. Everyone thinks they’re stunning. But when they fall, they make the roads extra slick, especially after rain. Even when they’re still on the trees, leaves can cause issues: people stare at the pretty picture all around them and not at the road, which can cause accidents.

Sun Glare

In the fall, the sun sits lower in the sky, approximately directly in front of your windshield all day long. Maybe not all day long, but more than likely right as you’re commuting to and from work. Don’t take to the road without sun protection, no matter how cloudy and grey it looks at the start of the day.

Rain, Fog, & Frost

Fall is an erratic time of year in terms of weather. Hurricanes off the Atlantic cause atmospheric issues across the US. Fog is common, especially in the morning (don’t use your high beams; it will only reflect off the fog and make things worse). Frost can creep in and surprise you the morning after a balmy, 65-degree day. The weather of autumn is one fall driving danger you do not want to test. Make sure you change your wiper blades and keep an eye on your tire pressure for the safest ride possible.

Don’t Get Tricked! 3 Quick Tips for Keeping Your Car Safe on Halloween

tips for keeping your car safe on halloween

Halloween is the troublemaker’s paradise, a time of year when it’s okay – in fact, it’s encouraged, – to cause chaos. As lighthearted as this can seem, if your car is the target, a little bit of hooligan fun can cause you cash in damages.

Here are our 3 quick tips for keeping your car safe this Halloween:

Keep It Covered

If at all possible, park your car in the garage. As potent as silly string can be on your ride’s paint, it won’t blast through wood or brick. If a garage isn’t an option, now might be the time to invest in a car cover.

Wax On, Not Off

This is the time to finally get to putting on that new coat of wax. Wax, whether synthetic or natural, can be an extra layer of protection between your paint job and the acidic elements of egg, silly string, pumpkin guts, and anything else a trickster might imagine.

Be Ready to Rinse

If your car is hit, the best defense is a quick counter-attack. Hit the stain fast with the hose, or be prepared with a squirt bottle of soapy water to start soaking off the goo, whatever it may be.

We hope you follow these tips for keeping your car safe this Halloween – consider them our treat to you!

Five Important Signs You Need New Tires

 

Signs You Need New Tires

Too often, the signs of wear and tear on your tires can go unnoticed. Over-worn or bald tires are a major safety risk, and could cause you to lose control of your car at any time, but especially in wet weather. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Replace your tires as soon as you notice any of the following five signs that you need new tires.

  1. Low tread depth. Make sure that your tires’ treads never fall below 1/16-inch in depth. In fact, if you often drive in wet or slick conditions, it’s recommended your tires maintain twice that depth. Check out the old penny trick to quickly and easily see if your tires pass the test.
  2. Tread wear indicator bar. It doesn’t get much easier than this. New tires feature tread wear indicator bars that are built right into the tires. When you begin to see flat rubber bars appear that run perpendicular to the direction of the tread, it’s time to replace those tires.
  3. Sidewall cracks or bulges. Even if your tire’s tread seems to be fine, but you notice cracks or bulges in the sidewall, it’s time for new tires. Cracks and bulges in the sidewall are a sign that your tire is weak, and may even be close to blowing out, so make your way to Warsaw Buick GMC’s service department as soon as possible.
  4. Tire pressure. If you notice that your tires are losing more than one pound-per-square-inch (PSI) per month on average, you may have a leak.
  5. If you notice that your car is vibrating, your tires may be misaligned or out of balance, or you may have suspension issues. Either way, you should have your technician look at it right away. Even if the tires themselves aren’t causing the vibration, they will almost always be damaged by it.

Road Trip Driving Tips for Spring Break

It’s almost here, the season that we’ve all been yearning for: Spring!  And with this new season comes the ever-popular spring break journey – so here are some road trip driving tips.road trip driving tips

Before you leave:

  1. Make sure you have all needed documentation with you such as: drivers license, proof of car insurance, and vehicle registration.
  1. Take your car into the shop for routine maintenance. A qualified technician can de-winterize your vehicle by checking your tire tread/inflation, fluids, oil, engine, and brakes.

While driving:

  1. Make sure you are well rested. Studies have shown that driving while fatigued can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. If you are feeling tired, pass driving responsibilities on to someone else if able. Also be sure to take plenty of breaks along your journey to stretch out your legs and regain travel momentum.
  1. Stay on well-traveled roads. Not only is this for safety purposes, but also it is easier for rescue vehicles to reach you if assistance if needed.
  1. Drive safely. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is wearing their seatbelts and never check text messages or answer phone calls while driving.

We at Warsaw CDJR wish all of our readers a happy spring wherever your journeys may take you.