Here in Texas, springtime tends to come with rain. While it might seem normal and commonplace, it’s important to remember that you should try to adjust your driving habits while it’s raining, as wet roads can be far more dangerous than dry ones. Here are a few tips to make sure you are driving safely while it’s raining.
When roads are wet, they get slippery. This means it will
take you longer to come to a complete stop. If the roads are wet, you should
slow down and make sure that you begin braking sooner than normal so you don’t
slide into another vehicle by mistake.
Turn on your headlights
Here in Texas, the law requires that you turn on your headlamps
whenever visibility is less than 1,000 feet. Since you can’t measure this while
driving, it is safe to turn them on whenever it starts raining. This will make
it easier for other drivers to see you, and will help you see upcoming
Check your tires
You should do this before you begin driving. Make sure your
tires have adequate tread depth, which is what gives them traction and is particularly
important when it is raining. Additionally, make sure your tires are inflated
to the correct level – which you can find in your owner’s manual – to prevent a
rupture, blowout, or poor grip on the road.
Check your windshield wipers
If you find your windshield wipers are smearing water across
the glass rather than sweeping it off, it’s probably time for a new set. Your
wipers should be replaced every six to 12 months. You can also try applying a
water-repelling spray to help your windows stay clearer.
Your tires are a critical component of your car, which is why it is so important to take care of them and replace them when they wear down. One of the simplest ways to tell when you need new tires is by checking the tread depth. The penny test is an easy way to do that.
All you need to do is take a penny and stick into the tread
grooves on your tire with President Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can see
the top of his head, your tread is worn to an unsafe level, and you need new
tires. If Lincoln’s head is covered, then you have more than 2/32 of an inch of
tread remaining, and your tires are probably still safe. Keep in mind, however,
that if they are running close to the cut-off, you should consider scheduling a
service appointment to avoid an accident.
To help your tires last longer, you need to get regular tire
rotations. This should happen every six months or at 6,000 to 8,000-mile
intervals. Tire rotations help your tires wear evenly rather than in a lopsided
Another important part of preventative maintenance is routine wheel alignments. If one tire is wearing down a lot faster than the others, it could mean that one wheel is out of alignment. You will want to get this taken care of before it completely ruins your tires. If you know it’s time for a new set of tires or want an expert opinion, consider setting up an appointment with the service experts here at McKaig Chevrolet Buick.
So you gave yourself some extra time to think over your New Year’s resolution, or maybe you tried one goal and decided it wasn’t for you. Have you considered aiming to be a “greener” driver? Be more eco-friendly on the go with these green driving tips. As an added bonus, you’ll also get better gas mileage out of your vehicle.
One of the most damaging ways cars can impact
the environment is the oil industry. We’re supposed to change our oil every
three to five months, and when you add together all the cars in the U.S.,
that’s a lot of oil that needs to be drilled out of the heart of the earth.
Synthetic oil eliminated this hazard, and even lets our cars go longer between
oil changes, which means less oil use in the long run all across the world.
Clean Out Your Car
Did you know that having a lot of junk in your
car burns more fuel? If there’s a lot of weight in your trunk, it takes more
engine effort to get up to and maintain speed, which means more gas is needed.
Replace Your Air Filter
Most people don’t think of their car’s air filter as being especially important, but if it’s clogged, it can negatively impact fuel economy by up to 10%.
To learn more about how to drive efficiently —or to test drive one of our fuel-efficient hybrids or EVs, pay us a visit today at McKaig Chevrolet Buick GMC to fufill your New Year’s Resolution.
Buying a new car is an exciting step in your
life, and you should never let financial stress get in the way of enjoying your
new ride. Once you’ve decided to buy a new car from a dealership, these money-saving
tips will help you start the process in the best way possible.
The simplest way to save money on a new car is
to buy in cash if possible. Avoiding loan payments will save you a significant
amount of money by cutting out interest and fees altogether. Consider starting
a savings fund for a new car so you can avoid all burdens of monthly payments
and own 100 percent equity in your vehicle when you drive it off the lot.
Trading in your old car at a dealership can help you save a good chunk on the cost of a new model. You can also rid yourself of the stress and complications that come with selling a car on your own.
Work with a dealership to research all the new
vehicles you’re considering and get to know them inside and out. What’s their
fuel efficiency? What’s the car’s dependability rating? How much is covered by
the warranty? Is the dealership running specials on any particular makes or
models? Additionally, knowing what you intend to use the vehicle for primarily
can help you narrow the wide field of available models and stop you from
overspending on a model with capabilities you don’t need.
With these money-saving tips, you’ll navigate the car-buying process like a seasoned pro. If you have any questions, reach out to someone at McKaig Chevrolet Buick. We’re ready and waiting to help you with anything you need.
Trying to decide between buying your next vehicle new or used? Before making your decision, consider these important factors.
Buying used will almost always
cost you less at the point of sale. If spending less on your new-to-you car is
your priority, used is the way to go.
Buying a new car isn’t more
expensive just because the vehicle is shiny and fresh. New cars also come with
higher sales tax and registration fees and tend to cost more to insure.
A new car is a clean slate. If
you’re suspicious by nature, this fact alone might make the cost of a brand-new
car completely worth it. On the other hand, there are more vehicle history
records and reporting methods than ever before, so it’s relatively simple to
get a grip on the full and true story of any used vehicle you’ve got your eye
It’s important to consider that
the “jalopy” has, for the most part, gone by the wayside. Modern vehicles are
built to last longer, so buying a used vehicle isn’t the hit-or-miss risk it
A used car has already undergone
its depreciation process. Depreciation is the decrease in value a vehicle goes
through over time. New cars immediately and significantly depreciate in value
For the most part, used cars don’t
come with any sort of warranty. If you want peace of mind, buying new is your
best bet. Alternatively, check out GM’s Certified Pre-Owned program.