Even if you already have a New Year’s resolution, we at Ewing Buick GMC think you should consider another one: distraction-free driving. With nearly 80% of crashes occurring because of driver distraction, you could greatly improve driving safety by following some of these distraction-free driving tips.
The first and most obvious tip is to put your phone down. According to the National DMV, drivers are distracted by secondary activities nearly 30% of the time while driving. Therefore, it makes sense to not only silence or turn off your phone, but put it somewhere you can’t reach it while driving.
Tip number two: drive solo when possible. Although you might not realize it, simply having a passenger in the car greatly increases the odds of an accident. If you do have a passenger, remember to keep conversation light.
Our third tip is to put down the burger. We’ve all seen the guy on the highway driving with his knees, hands busy with burgers and fries. Avoid eating, drinking, and smoking while driving. Two hands are better than one, guaranteed.
Last but not least, don’t fiddle with the knobs. If you’re prone to messing with the radio while driving, consider keeping it off while you drive. Although it might be hard to listen to only one station or silence, it’s always good to keep your eyes on the road.
Although we have plenty of warm months ahead, summer is abruptly coming to an end. The kids will be back in school and vacation season will sadly cease. Now that things are getting back into a normal routine, it is important that you take care of your car’s needs. Here are some maintenance tips to help your car transition back.
- Check your tires – make sure that they are correctly inflated. If they are under or over inflated, you may have serious issues while on the road.
- Change your oil and oil filter – Make sure you change your oil between 3,000 and 7,500 miles. Also check your oil levels every other time you fill up your gas tank.
- Check your hoses and belts – Look for cracks, leaks, and deterioration.
- Check your coolant – Don’t let your car overheat while you are waiting in morning traffic.
- Replace your windshield wipers – Being able to see correctly out of the windshield is the most important thing about driving. If your wipers are leaving streaks, it’s time to replace them!
- Check your brakes – If you hear squeaky sounds when you stop your vehicle, it’s time to replace your brakes.
- Clean your battery- Look for corrosion! A clean battery will last longer and save you more money.
If you have any questions about car maintenance tips, speak with the professionals at Ewing Buick GMC! Make an appointment for service by giving us a call at (972) 665-3148.
While most of us equate summertime with beautiful beaches, afternoons and evenings at the ballpark, and enjoying some fun in the sun with our family and friends, it’s important to remember that summer can be a dangerous time of year as well. In fact, just this year, 18 people have died just from being trapped inside a hot car for too long. Even more tragic, almost all such deaths are infant deaths—babies mistakenly left in hot, parked vehicles can’t survive long in such extreme conditions.
However, Alissa Chavez, a 17-year-old girl from Albuquerque, New Mexico, believes she has a solution to this sobering problem. Her “Hot Seat” invention, an alarm system that warns parents when they wander away from a child still in its car seat in a parked car, won her science fair three years ago, and she’s been tinkering with her invention ever since. Currently, she’s trying to raise enough money to build an actual prototype of the Hot Seat.
If you’d like to help Alissa Chavez make her Hot Seat system a reality, check out the invention’s indiegogo page to help fund this awesome, life-saving new safety feature. And if you’re looking for vehicles that already have excellent safety technologies, come see us here at Ewing Buick GMC to check out our top-rated and award-winning vehicles today.