Thursday, March 21, 2019

Spring Driving Tips!


Even though ice and snow are out of season, safe driving isn’t! Springtime driving presents its own hazards.



1. Watch for Pedestrians & Cyclists. As the weather warms, more people will be outside jogging, running, and dog walking. Remember to share the road with bike riders. They have the same right of way as automobiles.



2. Share the road with motorcycles. Because of their speed and size, motorcycles may quickly come in and out of your blind spots. Always take a second look now that motorcycles are out on the road. In addition, be courteous. Motorcycles have the same right to be on the road. If you end up following a motorcycle, maintain a safe following distance of at least four seconds.



 3. A Doe, oh Dear! With springtime comes the deer caving season. Does and fawns will be frequenting roadsides looking for food. It’s not uncommon for drivers to have accidents involving deer strikes. While on back roads and highways at night, don’t drive faster than your headlights so that you can keep an eye out for deer and any other nocturnal critters.


4. Keep an Eye on the Weather. Spring storms pop up quickly, sometimes on the most beautiful days. Download a weather app that will send you push notifications so that you’ll be aware of any watches or warnings for your location.


5. Turn Around Don’t Drown. April showers bring May flowers. Spring weather brings heavy downpours. If you see water running over the road, don’t attempt to drive through it. Instead, find another route.



6. Understand the impact of medications on driving: For many people, spring means seasonal allergies. Over-the-counter allergy drugs can have side effects or interact with other medications to diminish your driving ability.



7. If possible, go around potholes: Deep potholes can throw your car out of alignment or worse, forcing you to buy a new wheel and a new tire. You may be able to file a claim (laws differ from city to city and state to state), but you you'll likely have to prove negligence on the part of the city.


8. Get your Vehicle Serviced. Colder winter months can wear down batteries, engines and tires. 

        Making sure windshield wiper blades and headlights are working well.
        Replace blades at least once a year for best results.
        Checking that rear and brake lights are functioning properly. They help your 
          vehicle be seen in rainy weather.

Take your car to a local dealer for a check-up before you head out on those Spring Break adventures.




Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Tips and Tricks: Lower Your Mileage Consumption!


When thinking about getting a new lease one of the most important questions to ask yourself is "how many miles do I need" and then figuring out how many miles that breaks down to over the course of each year (ex. you may be allowed to drive 12k miles per year for your lease which equals 36k for the life of the lease.)




To save money, you may want to go with a lower mileage lease!


TIPS TO LOWER YOUR MILEAGE CONSUMPTION:







1. Car-pool to work or school – either with family, friends or co-workers

2. Use Public Transportation – (Ex, instead of driving into NYC for the night, take the LIRR/Subway.)

3. Choose “Shortest Distance” on your GPS – Many GPS are set to find the route with the shortest time even if it requires more miles. By changing this setting, you may take an extra few minutes but can save on miles.

4. Combine trips – Stopping at the pharmacy or grocery store on your way home from work instead of making an extra trip on the weekend may save time and miles.

5. Choose to fly or rent a vehicle for getting to your vacation destination – Longer trips will definitely eat up your mileage allowance so be sure to factor in the risk of mileage overage when comparing costs to fly or drive.













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Thursday, March 7, 2019

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Guess what the largest amount of people that can fit into a Smart Car is!

You may have wondered the largest amount of people that you can fit inside a Smart Car, I know I have, after all, we do live in a world where everyone wants to break a Guinness World Record.


So how many people is it?






1?
6?
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19?
20?
30?


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Some sites claim 20, but more say 19, it's being debated.










More people in cars Records


Audi 80: 21

Audi A3:  25, Chaote Cheerleaders Mainz (Germany), 27 October 2013

Ford Sierra: 27, students at the University of Nottingham (U.K.), 14 October 1985

Jaguar XJ6: 42, The Moss Bay Mojorettes in Jacksonville (USA), 26 August 1984

Ford Sierra: 27, students at the University of Nottingham (UK), 14 October 1985

Mini (original, British Motor Corp.): 25 in an attempt organized by Virgin Mobile in Johannesburg (South Africa), 2 October 2013 

Mini (new design) 28, David Lloyd Leisure’s Eastbourne Club (UK), 15 November 2012

VW Golf: 30, Raiffeisen Youth Club Langenlois (Austria), 6 November 1983

New VW Beetle ("new Beetle"): 27, Penn State Abington (EU), 25. 4. 2001



Thursday, February 28, 2019

Which compact car is right for you?



In the world of compact cars there are tons of things to consider, gas mileage, safety features, performance, speed, and obviously price. Here are some top rated picks to consider from $17k-$21k


2019 Mazda 3
MSRP: $21,000
Transmission: Automatic
Drivetrain: Front Wheel Drive 2.5 L/152
MPG: 26 City / 35 Hwy
Engine: Regular Unleaded I-4 2.5 L/152
Few cars at any price point successfully combine style, dynamics, and value, let alone a compact car. The Mazda 3 does, and it does so beautifully. Buyers can choose between a sedan and a hatchback, and a slick six-speed manual transmission and a smooth 155-hp 2.0-liter four are standard. A six-speed automatic is optional, as is a 184-hp 2.5-liter engine. The steering is responsive, and the handling is excellent. If you thought Mazda couldn't improve on the 3's good looks and upscale interior, prepare for the upcoming fourth-generation model, which will go on sale for the 2019 model year with sexier looks, a more luxurious cabin, and an intriguing new engine technology.



2019 Hyundai Elantra:
MSRP: From $17,100
MPG: Up to 32 city / 40 highway
Fuel tank capacity: 14 gal
Dimensions: 182″ L x 71″ W x 57″ H
Horsepower: 128 to 201 hp
By now it has become nearly expected that each new generation of Hyundai products is better than the last. The Elantra sedan is no exception, with the newest model offering the best value yet. Stylish inside and out (more so for 2019, thanks to a snappy refresh), the roomy Elantra can be loaded with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, heated seats, a full complement of active-safety features, and more.



2019 Kia Forte:
MSRP: From $17,790
MPG: Up to 31 city / 41 highway
Fuel tank capacity: 14 gal
Horsepower: 147 hp
Dimensions: 183″ L x 71″ W x 57″ H
With snappy good looks and an impressive list of standard and available features, Kia's sedan offer great value and few compromises. 




2019 Volkswagen Golf
MSRP: From $21,845
Horsepower: 147 hp
MPG: 29 city / 37 highway
Dimensions: 168″ L x 71″ W x 58″ H
Curb weight: 2,963 to 3,023 lbs
All-wheel drive is standard on the Alltrack and optional on the Sportwagen, and every Golf is turbocharged. Common among all Golfs are an upscale interior with Audi-like materials, excellent driving manners, and a usefully large cargo hold. 





2019 Subaru Impreza
MPG: Up to 28 city / 38 highway
MSRP: From $18,595
Engine: 2.0 L 4-cylinder
Horsepower: 152 hp
Dimensions: 176-182″ L x 70″ W x 57-59″ H
Standard all-wheel drive sets them apart in the compact segment, as does their available EyeSight camera-based active-safety features that include adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking.





2019 Honda Civic
MSRP: From $19,450
MPG: Up to 32 city / 42 highway
Horsepower: 158 to 180 hp
Curb weight: 2,762 to 3,010 lbs
Dimensions: 177-183″ L x 71″ W x 55-57″ H
No matter which Civic you choose, the steering is precise, the chassis feels solid, and the suspension delivers sharp handling without a punishing ride. Admittedly, from behind the wheel, each one satisfies.




Citations: Person. (2019, February 25). Every Compact Car Ranked from Worst to Best. Retrieved February 28, 2019, from https://www.caranddriver.com/features/g15379302/best-small-compact-cars/