Posts Tagged ‘driving tips’

5 Road Trip Tips To Prepare You For The Ultimate Summer Adventure

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Whether summer road trips are a family tradition or you’re going on a big summer ride for the first time, a few more tips never hurt! Check out this list of summer road trip tips to inspire you before you hit the highway:

summer road trip tips

  • Be sure to get your vehicle checked out by a professional before you go, and get up to date on oil changes, fluid levels, tire pressure, etc.
  • Clear out the trunk of your vehicle, getting rid of any clutter, and consider replacing it with some non-perishable snacks, fresh water, and a first-aid kit.
  • Map your route out ahead of time on a physical map, just in case your phone dies, and be sure to mark any nearby hospitals in case of an emergency.
  • Similarly, plan where you will stop to eat ahead of time. This way, you won’t end up blowing money on gas station candy or at fast food restaurants when hunger strikes.
  • If you are travelling with children or young ones, stock the back seat with small games and toys. Be prepared to pull over more often, and try to be patient.

 

For more tips and safety advice, or to get behind the wheel of a new car entirely, give us a call or stop by anytime here at Hassett Pre-Owned.

Great All-Wheel Drive Vehicles for the Winter

Monday, January 11th, 2016
11353128714_83516dbc2a_z

Is your car ready for the winter? All-wheel drive is an important feature to consider when shopping for a new vehicle. You may be wondering if it’s even necessary. But when winter comes along and hazardous conditions like slippery roads come your way, having a little extra traction and evenly-distributed power goes a long way.
The Ford Taurus is a great option for an All-Wheel Drive Vehicle

All-wheel drive distributes power to all four wheels individually, so that if one wheel slips, the car still has three wheels to rely on – unlike front- or rear-wheel vehicles, which are unfortunately stuck if the only two moving tires get incapacitated. But there are a lot of cars on the market with all-wheel drive. What are some of the most recommended AWD vehicles?

(more…)

Preparing for Winters Worst

Monday, February 4th, 2013

The most dangerous day to drive is a Saturday. Throughout the winter season the risk of driving on a Saturday becomes even more dangerous. Due to the snow, ice, rain and other hazardous weather conditions, it is important to make sure you do everything to prepare yourself and your car for the winter season. There are steps to help prevent accidents and prepare drivers if they should happen to have an accident.

The Guide to Winter Driving:

  • Slow down: With spontaneous weather conditions, there is a greater risk of accidents. Leave a few minutes early and slow down while breaking and turning especially, to help become a more defensive driver. Even accelerating slowly will help, by reducing wheel spin.
  • Check your tires: If your tires are worn this is the perfect time for new tires. It may also be a good idea to consider special winter weather tires.
  • Avoid standing water, ice, snow and road edges when possible
  • Clear off all snow and ice from the windshield before driving: To insure optimal vision it is best to scrap all snow and ice off of your vehicles windows.
  • Pump your breaks: locking your wheels when breaking can cause your vehicle to slide or skid. By pumping your breaks more traction is created. Also, try to perform one action, like breaking, accelerating, or turning at one time.
  • Maintain an emergency kit: items like a first aid, small shovel, jumper cables, reflective pieces, snow salt, tow rope, duct tape, windshield scraper, an extra blanket and gloves can come in handy for unexpected situations.
  • Check your cooling System: the cooling system should be flushed at least every two years to help prevent the cold from causing damage to the radiator, engine and heater hoses.

By following these tips, you can help prevent accidents and ensure the safety of yourself and others. In the winter time it is always best to be fully prepared, because there is no telling what the weather will do next. To find out if your car is equipped for winter driving, call Hassett Automotive and set up an inspection.