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Snow Tires vs. All-Season Tires

Snow Tires vs. All-Season Tires

If you’re getting ready to replace your tires and can’t decide between snow tires vs. all-season tires, then we’re here to help.

When it comes to snow tires vs. all-season tires, the right choice for you depends largely on where you live. The cold weather is closing in on us, so if you’re getting ready to replace your tires and you’re having trouble deciding, we’re here to help.

If you live in an area that usually doesn’t get worse than light snow, all-season tires will last you throughout the whole year. These are made to give you a great ride year-round, so you get a nice, quiet ride and good traction in light snow. With all-season tires, you sacrifice some of the more tailored features of summer and winter tires, but in moderate climates you probably won’t notice a difference.

On the other hand, if you live in a place that gets very cold and experiences heavy snowfall and icy roads, you’ll probably want to switch over to winter tires for the season. The grip is specifically made to grip well onto ice and wet roads, and many drivers report feeling much more in control of their vehicle when using winter tires. Don’t leave these on year-round though—summer and all-season tires are better for spring and summer.

What to Do Without Brakes

What to Do Without Brakes

While it isn’t an ideal situation, you should still know what to do without brakes, and we here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet have a few tips!

Being unable to stop a two ton moving vehicle is a scary thing, but it doesn’t have to be so frightening. By remaining calm, you can greatly increase your chances of making it out of traffic and rolling to a stop on the side of the road. While it isn’t an ideal situation, you should still know what to do without brakes, and we here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet have a few tips!

  • Try the Brakes Again Most vehicles have a dual braking system where the rear and front brakes work independently. As a result, you would have to lose both systems to be unable to stop at all. Put strong, consistent pressure on the brake pedal. If all else fails, pull the emergency brake, which works separately from your usual braking system.
  • Turn On Your Hazards Keeping a clear head is the most important thing when you’re in trouble on the road. Other drivers, however, don’t know you’re in trouble. To let them know, turn on your hazard/emergency lights. You’ll be given more space as you work your way to the side of the road.
  • Stay Safe Once you’re out of traffic, don’t try to drive again. Having no brakes is no joke and makes you a threat to yourself and other drivers. Instead, wait for a friend or highway patrolman to arrive.

Don’t Sweat It: Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating the warmth and togetherness of family. It’s also a time to indulge ourselves in carbs, turkey, and sugary desserts. But if you’re the one responsible for hosting the gathering and providing the fare for said indulging, it can be a bit of a stressful time, too. Fortunately, collected some awesome tips for hosting Thanksgiving, and we’ve summarized them here for you.

  • “Plan your menu.” Don’t wait until the last second. Like with anything, meals require certain ingredients, and you want to make sure you have everything you need to make the meals that you want to make.Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving
  • “Do a gravy practice run.” Gravy can be hard to master. So, a couple weeks before the big day, try it out with a small chicken dinner. But better make sure you have a jar of it on-hand just in case you mess up come Thanksgiving Day!
  • “Celebrate store-bought.” Don’t think that for your meal to be successful everything has to be made my scratch. Pick and choose your battles. Decide which dishes you would like to be your own and otherwise, don’t be afraid to use store-bought dishes.

We here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet would like to wish you a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

Three Tips for Finding Your Perfect Car

Buying a new car is a big decision, and sometimes finding the perfect car to meet your needs (and wants) can be overwhelming. To help you get started, we’ve outlined a few tips for finding your perfect car.

Vehicle Features

Before looking at any specific car, determine the features and equipment on your must-have list. If you simply can’t live without back-up sensors, a navigation system, or a third row seat, narrow your shopping list down to only vehicles with those features. Cutting out car that don’t meet these minimum requirements will save you time, and possibly keep you from falling in love with a car that doesn’t fit your needs. If you need space to get half the team to the soccer game, a convertible probably won’t do.

Resale Value

Think long-term. Although the car you’re looking at right now might be your dream car, chances are it won’t be the car you want to drive forever. You’ll want to consider how many years you plan to keep the car, and what kind of mileage and wear-and-tear you think it’ll endure. This can be incredibly difficult to predict, but it’s worth considering. If you want a mini-van that you plan to run into the ground, resale value might not be as important as a sports car that you plan to keep in tip-top shape. Features like energy-saving technology and new safety devices can cost more up front but also add to the resale value.

Car Insurance Premiums

Don’t under-estimate insurance expenses. In addition to your monthly vehicle payment, you will also be paying a hefty sum to make sure you’re covered in case of an accident. Not only will your past driving record, age, gender, and education play a role in your insurance costs, but the type of car you purchase and the safety features it offers can affect your insurance payment as well. Larger trucks can often cost more to insure because they can cause more damage in an accident, along with sports or performance cars that tend to be driven more aggressively.

Find more on these and other car-buying tips at MSN Autos.

Stop by Tom Naquin Chevrolet today to learn more and find the perfect car for your lifestyle!

Winter Weather Driving Tips

With the winter months underway, snow and ice are bound to litter the streets of Elkhart Indiana. And, although the safest way to drive in severe winter conditions is to avoid driving altogether, that is not always an option.

Below are a few Winter Weather Driving Tips from Tom Naquin Chevrolet Cadillac Nissan.

  • Allow additional travel time for your trip
  • Share your planned route, destination, and estimated time of arrival with others
  • Always have at least a half of a tank of gas
  • Be sure your vehicle maintenance is up-to-date
  • Keep blankets, necessary medication, food, water, hats, and gloves in your vehicle
  • Brush off snow and completely scrape or defrost ice on all windows
  • Turn on your headlights
  • Triple your typical following distance from about three to nine seconds
  • Drive slowly, especially when accelerating or decelerating
  • Brake lightly
  • Avoid quick acceleration and braking on hills, rather build speed on a flat surface prior to the hill
  • Do not use cruise control
  • Do not pass snowplows and keep your distance from them
  • Use caution on bridges and overpasses or untraveled roadways
  • Practice driving for winter weather in a snowy but open parking lot