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Spring Car Cleaning

Keeping your car clean in winter is a hassle, what with the ice, snow, and cold weather! Spring is right around the corner, which will be a prime opportunity to clean your car in preparation for warmer weather. We here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet have some helpful spring car cleaning advice to help you get off to a productive start this season.

Washing a car

Keep your car clean this spring!

  • Upholstery – Believe it or not, your car’s seats are probably covered in a layer of dirt and dust. Fortunately, cleaning most seats is as easy as wiping them down with a damp cloth. Specialized car leather cleaner can go a long way as well, leaving you with shining seats that are ready for spring.
  • Wheels – Washing your car’s wheels is usually an afterthought, despite all the crud that accumulates over winter. Road salt, dirt, and grime make their way into the crevices, resulting in a rather surprising mess. Remove the hub caps and wash them down then move to the wheels themselves. Tire shine will help make your car look as good as new.
  • Wipers – Spring showers are on the way, which means a set of new wipers is a necessity after a long winter. Wiper blades are cheap to replace and the entire process takes just a few minutes. Check out your owner’s manual for specific instructions for your vehicle.

4 Excellent Tips for Driving in the Snow

Tips for Driving in the Snow

For young drivers and those who might need some reminding, we’ve compiled some very useful tips for driving in the snow.

For young drivers and those who might need some reminding, we’ve compiled some tips for driving in the snow.

# 1 – Take your time. The key to doing that is to leave for your intended destination early. Nothing can make your winter commute more stressful and potentially dangerous than being in a rush.

# 2 – With slick roads comes increased stopping distance. The way to combat that is to increase the distance between you and other drivers. Under normal conditions, you should leave two seconds between you and the vehicle ahead of you (a calculation based on speed and distance). In snow, doubling or tripling that number is a good idea.

# 3 – Keep it slow and steady…most of the time. In general, driving slower in snow is going to increase your reaction time and compensate for an increased stopping distance. But occasionally when driving uphill on a curve, driving too slowly can cause your car to lose grip on the road.

# 4 – Consider putting winter tires on your vehicle. Winter tires are composed of rubber that is designed to stay softer in colder temperatures thus increasing gripping ability.

Making snow angels and snowmen and skiing and sledding are so much fun you’d think winter was all fun and games; that is, until you get behind the wheel. Follow our tips for driving in the snow to help you stay safe this winter.

Getting Your Car Ready for Fall

Car Ready for Fall

Now that we’ve hit late September it’s time to start getting your car ready for fall, so be sure to follow these useful tips.

Even though cold weather hasn’t even made an appearance yet, now that we’ve hit late September it’s time to start talking about fall car maintenance. There are plenty of easy things you can do to get your car ready for fall, so follow these tips.

Fall is a time for replacing things so you don’t have to do it in the winter. Basically, fall car maintenance is pre-winter maintenance. Replace your windshield wipers, for instance, because you’ll want them in the best shape possible for all the heavy snow and ice they’ll be dealing with this winter.

You should also get an oil change if it’s been more than a couple of months since your last one. Going into winter with fresh oil is a good idea, since the oil is an important part of keeping your engine lubricated and not freezing in the cold.

Check your brakes and tires. Tire pressure will start to drop the colder it gets, so check it every couple of weeks and add air as needed. Brakes, too, are especially important in winter, since it’s harder to stop on slick roads, so have your brake pads replaced if you notice they’re very thin. If you notice any kind of strange noises or behavior from your car, get it inspected now.

It’s been a while since you’ve used the heater, so make sure the heater and defrost still work. Check the fluids, have the battery tested, and check under the hood for cracks or leaks. You don’t want to go into winter with parts that are leaking fluids. Obviously, proper fluid levels are important year-round, but never more so than in freezing cold winters.

The Importance of Sunglasses: More Than Just Stylish

Importance of Sunglasses

Though most of us are aware of the need to wear sunscreen, we don’t always seem to consider the importance of sunglasses.

Sunglasses are more than just a fashionable accessory; they also offer vital protection from both sun damage and harmful glare, which can make it difficult to see the road ahead of you when driving.

Though most of us are aware of the need for sunscreen, we don’t always consider the importance of sunglasses. The sensitive skin around our eyes is particularly vulnerable to sun damage, which could lead to skin cancer, cataracts, and glaucoma.

Additionally, sunglasses can truly make it easier – and safer – to drive. The reflection of the sun on snow and sand can decrease your visibility, unless you are wearing sunglasses, and they can also act as a visible barrier from wind, dust, and dirt particles, which could get into your eyes while driving.

To be safe – be sure to purchase a pair of sunglasses that offers both 100% UVA and UVB protection and also fit comfortably on your face.

For more safety tips, visit us anytime at Tom Naquin Chevrolet!

Safety 101: Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

Hitting the road in winter can be a danger to both you and other drivers, so here are some winter driving tips that will keep you in one piece this year.

Hitting the road in winter can be a danger to both you and other drivers, especially if it is your first time on snow-covered roads. You can reduce your risk of harm and get to your destination safely by taking the proper precautions. We here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet have some winter driving tips that will keep you in one piece this year.

  1. Have Emergency Supplies. Every time you head out onto the road during winter, there’s a chance you’ll end up stuck on the side waiting for help. Sometimes help can take hours to arrive, so it’s best to have emergency supplies in your vehicle just in case. A few blankets, flashlights and batteries, jumper cables, and extra clothing will do just fine.
  2. Brake Early. It takes longer to stop in winter weather, especially if the road is iced over. As a result, it is best to keep seven to 10 car lengths between the car in front of you. You can’t know what’s up ahead or how the other driver will react. Play it safe with some extra space.
  3. Beware of 4×4. Four-wheel drive is fantastic to get going on snowy and icy roads, but it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to stop as easily. Take the same precautions and keep your distance – you never know what the road’s like up ahead.

Stay safe on the roads this winter!

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.