In an effort to help curb distracted driving and bring awareness to the very real and growing problem Michigan drivers face today on the road, April has been deemed Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

 

What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted Driving is any activity that takes away the attention of the person behind the wheel of a vehicle from doing their primary task of driving. It can include visual distractions, physical distractions, cognitive distractions and auditory distractions.

Visual Distraction – taking your eyes off the road to look at something either inside or outside of the vehicle. This can include reading a text, looking at someone inside the vehicle or watching something outside the vehicle such as an accident. These distractions keep you from seeing dangers on the road you may encounter.

Physical Distraction – means moving one or both of your hands off the steering wheel to do something else in the vehicle. It can include changing the channel on the radio, reaching for your phone, petting their dog, eating, drinking or handing something to a passenger. These distractions keep you from being able to react quickly to situations.

Cognitive Distraction – not thinking about the act of driving while behind the wheel.  Also known as mental distractions, they happen anytime your mind is not focused on driving and could involve thinking about a problem, daydreaming and having a conversation with someone else in the vehicle or on the phone. These distractions keep you from being able to recognize dangers ahead.

Auditory Distraction – noises or sounds that distract you from the task of driving. These can include instances where the driver gets distracted by hearing something such as a notification on their cell phone, kids fighting, a baby crying, loud music or a ringing phone. These distractions can cause you to miss things such as hearing emergency vehicle sirens notifying you they are coming through an intersection, a honking horn that could help you avoid an accident or a hear that a train is coming down the track.

 

 

How can we prevent them?

Distracted driving is the cause of 58% of accidents involving teens, over 4,600 fatalities and costs society $40 billion in a single year alone! When you consider all that distracted driving costs us, it’s no wonder it’s become the focal point of safety experts, who offer these tips to keep you and those you love from becoming distracted while they are behind the wheel.

Drivers

As the driver of the vehicle, you are responsible for not only the people riding in your vehicle but also for maintaining control of your vehicle in a safe and legal manner. Most states have some type of restrictions on cell phone use while driving but even if your state does not, make the wise decision to put your phone away, either in a compartment or bag that can’t be easily reached to avoid the temptation of checking it when you receive a notification or phone call. While it may not seem like a big deal, it’s important to resist the urge to save time and eat while you’re driving to avoid spilling items which obviously would become a large distraction. Additionally, familiarize yourself with the dash controls in your vehicle and set up your GPS before departing to avoid having to take your hands off the steering wheel any more than need be.

Passengers

One of the best ways to help the driver of a vehicle stay focused on driving is to not be distracting yourself or help take care of distractions they encounter when possible. If they are tempted to read a text or a phone call, offer to read it or answer it for them or if there are small children who need something, be the one who helps them so the driver can do the most important job they have at the moment which is to drive. For parents of teens, help them avoid becoming distracted by too many passengers by limiting who and how many people can ride with them.

 

 

If you find yourself searching for your next used SUV, minivan, truck or car to fit your needs and your budget, we invite you to check out all of our theft recovered inventory or all of our current inventory of Used Trucks, Vans, SUVs and Cars. At Broadmoor Motors, we specialize in finding the right used minivan, truck, SUV or car to fit your personal or business needs, all while giving you the best deal we can on both your purchase and trade in. Our family has been in the car business for over 60 years and continues to be family owned and operated in all of our Caledonia, Hastings and Wayland locations with financing available to those who qualify. We will find you the right vehicle to fit both your budget and your needs in a pressure-free environment.

Check out our reviews online and buy with confidence!! Family Owned & Operated and with Financing Available, we stand behind our Vehicles and our Warranty so you can be assured your used Car, Truck, Van or SUV will be reliable! Broadmoor Motors is your local choice for Car Sales in the greater Hastings, Middleville, Caledonia, Grand Rapids, Wayland, Byron Center, Dorr, Hopkins, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Lansing, Lake Odesa, Kentwood, Holland, Zeeland, Moline, Cutlerville, Wyoming, Hudsonville, Grandville, Jenison, Hamilton, Ionia and Allegan. Ask about our BMG Protection Plan, this is not an aftermarket product! area. Let Broadmoor Motors save you time and money when buying your next quality, Pre-Owned Car, Family Minivan, All Wheel Drive SUV, Commercial Van or Work Truck. Whether you need to replace your current car, minivan, truck or SUV with a great used vehicle, we can help you out. Broadmoor Motors is here for all your Car Sales, and Auto Service needs in the Byron Center, Kentwood, Caledonia, Middleville, Hastings, greater Grand Rapids, Wayland and Barry County area. With three locations to serve you in Wayland, Hastings and Caledonia, we’re here for all your Sales & Service needs. Give us a call at 616.698.9595 in Caledonia, 269.397.2400 in Wayland or 269.320.6304 in Hastings to see how we can get you back on the road!

You work hard for your money so why would you want to spend more on your vehicle than you absolutely need to buy it pr maintain it? In an effort to help our customers save more, we’re talking today about easy ways to avoid wasting money on your vehicle!

 

Buying A Used Vehicle Without A Warranty

There was a time when you simply couldn’t find a used vehicle from a dealership that also came with a warranty on it but those days have changed. Some dealerships, like Broadmoor Motors, have begun to offer their customers not only a variety of quality vehicles but ones that come backed by a warranty and then the option to purchase extended warranties. Which begs the question… if you could purchase a vehicle that you know comes with the certainty that you won’t be facing unexpected expenses of repairs, why wouldn’t you? Buying a used vehicle with a warranty is one of the easiest ways to save money on future repairs and give you peace of mind.

 

Premium Gas

Higher octane helps prevent knocking in engines but if it’s not recommended for your vehicle, you are just throwing money away by using it.  While some people view octane levels as good, better and best, that simply isn’t the case.  Most engines are designed to take regular gas and using premium does not actually enhance the vehicle’s performance.  Unless you have a more powerful engine and the manufacturer recommends a higher octane, save yourself some pain at the pump… fill it with regular.

 

 

Ignoring Check Engine Light

Your Check Engine indicator is meant to alert you to problems early on so they can be corrected as soon as possible but ignoring one won’t make it go away and could end up costing you more in repair bills by delaying a fix and doing more damage to your engine or vehicle. While no one enjoys bringing their vehicle to the shop, it doesn’t always have to be painful. A trusted mechanic should offer you a solution and a timeline when the repair should be completed to avoid more costly issues and knowing you can rely on them to fix the problem can ultimately save you both time and money.

 

Delaying Brake Fix

Brakes are one the items that can become more expensive to repair the longer you put it off so our biggest suggestion is… don’t. Fixing your brakes at the first sign of trouble can help prevent a costly repair bill by avoiding having to replace rotors and drums that were worn down unnecessarily once the pads became too thin.

 

 

Oil Changes Too Soon

Regular oil changes are critical in maintaining proper lubrication in your vehicle’s engine but having oil changes done more often than necessary can be an added expense with no real benefit.  While most dealerships strongly encourage people to have their oil changed every 3,000 miles, experts have agreed it simply isn’t needed that frequently.  Broadmoor Motors recommends to customers having it changed every 4,000 miles to maintain a clean and healthy engine.

 

 

Under-Inflated Tires

Did you know that a tire under inflated by even 6 psi can cost you 5% of your fuel efficiency, reduce the lifespan of that tire by 25% and even lead to failure?  It’s true.  Low tire pressure is not only dangerous but it can take a big hit on your wallet as well with additional money spent on gas and replacement.  A tire that’s correctly inflated will last longer, keep your safer and use less gas. To save money on fuel and unwanted additional wear to your treads, keep your tires inflated to the psi recommended by the manufacturer.

 

 

Buying From The Wrong Place

There’s no doubt, buying a vehicle from a sketchy private seller or a shady dealership can end up costing you more than necessary in the end but you don’t have to walk into situations blind. Online reviews are a wonderful tool to help consumers make a more informed decision regarding a dealership and their practices. While no business is immune to a negative review from time to time, if one has predominantly negative reviews, you may want to steer clear. Particularly if the same problem or issue is experienced by multiple people or the dealership has not attempted to make things right.

 

 

If you find yourself searching for your next used SUV, minivan, truck or car to fit your needs and your budget, we invite you to check out all of our theft recovered inventory or all of our current inventory of Used Trucks, Vans, SUVs and Cars. At Broadmoor Motors, we specialize in finding the right used minivan, truck, SUV or car to fit your personal or business needs, all while giving you the best deal we can on both your purchase and trade in. Our family has been in the car business for over 60 years and continues to be family owned and operated in all of our Caledonia, Hastings and Wayland locations with financing available to those who qualify. We will find you the right vehicle to fit both your budget and your needs in a pressure-free environment.

Check out our reviews online and buy with confidence!! Family Owned & Operated and with Financing Available, we stand behind our Vehicles and our Warranty so you can be assured your used Car, Truck, Van or SUV will be reliable! Broadmoor Motors is your local choice for Car Sales in the greater Hastings, Middleville, Caledonia, Grand Rapids, Wayland, Byron Center, Dorr, Hopkins, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Lansing, Lake Odesa, Kentwood, Holland, Zeeland, Moline, Cutlerville, Wyoming, Hudsonville, Grandville, Jenison, Hamilton, Ionia and Allegan. Ask about our BMG Protection Plan, this is not an aftermarket product! area. Let Broadmoor Motors save you time and money when buying your next quality, Pre-Owned Car, Family Minivan, All Wheel Drive SUV, Commercial Van or Work Truck. Whether you need to replace your current car, minivan, truck or SUV with a great used vehicle, we can help you out. Broadmoor Motors is here for all your Car Sales, and Auto Service needs in the Byron Center, Kentwood, Caledonia, Middleville, Hastings, greater Grand Rapids, Wayland and Barry County area. With three locations to serve you in Wayland, Hastings and Caledonia, we’re here for all your Sales & Service needs. Give us a call at 616.698.9595 in Caledonia, 269.397.2400 in Wayland or 269.320.6304 in Hastings to see how we can get you back on the road!

Is there anything more greatly anticipated than the return of Spring in West Michigan?! After a particularly grueling winter this year, with snowstorm after polar vortex after snowstorm, the first sightings of a robin returning to the greater Grand Rapids area feels like a reprieve with the promise of warmer days on the horizon. But with the change in weather comes a change in what your vehicle needs to give you its best performance and now is the perfect time to get your vehicle Spring ready…

 

Give It A Wash

Winter in Michigan is hard on the body of your vehicle… the snow, the slush, the grime but mostly the salt put down on the roads to help melt snow or ice and improve traction for vehicles on the road. But that repeated exposure to road salt can do a terrible thing to your vehicle’s body and undercarriage. The result can be rusted or corroded exhaust systems, brake systems and muffler.  Rust occurs when oxygen and moisture combine on metal but salt can accelerate that process. Taking the time to get regular car washes can help prevent this from happening but washing your vehicle once the weather has cleared is important to make sure all of the salt is washed off of your entire vehicle.

 

Swap Out Your Tires

If there’s one thing Michiganders know it’s that the weather in Grand Rapids is a fickle thing. Too often, we put away our snow and ice scrapers only to have the swift and fierce hand of Mother Nature swat us for our eager mistake. So it’s no wonder why people question when and if they should swap out their winter tires for summer tires? The quick answer is yes, you definitely should change your tires as the temperatures grow warmer and here’s why. Snow tires are designed to perform at their best when temperatures are below 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below while summer tires work best at temps between 50-100 degrees Fahrenheit. So as temps begin to consistently climb higher during the day, it’s time to think about swapping out your winter tires for summer or all terrain.

And while you’re paying attention to those tires, take the time to check their condition. Check your tire’s air pressure to make sure they are inflated to the manufacturer’s specifications.  Doing so can improve gas mileage and prevent tire failure while you’re driving.  In addition to tire pressure, you’ll want to inspect the overall condition of all four tires for uneven wear and tread depth.  Worn tires can negatively impact your braking distance and will certainly affect your tires ability to maintain traction on the roadway.  Before heading out on your trip, make sure your tread depth is not below 4/32.  An easy way to make sure you have the recommended amount of tread is with the quarter test.  Flip a quarter upside down with Washington’s head facing you.  If his head is partially covered by the tire, your tires still have adequate tread.  If not, it’s time to replace them.

 

Get New Blades

April showers may bring May flowers but for your vehicle, they can make it extremely difficult to see. Rain showers and storms are frequent in Spring in the greater Grand Rapids and your windshield wipers have an important job to do while you’re out on the road. To make sure the harsh winter weather hasn’t taken its toll on your wiper blades before you encounter the inclement weather Spring has to dish out, start by looking for any wear on your blades including tears, rips or cracks on the rubber.  Then test your wiper blades with washer fluid to see if there’s any streaking or pulling away from the windshield to make sure they will work properly when you need it most.  Replace the windshield wiper blades if you notice any of these things to ensure your windshield stays clear from any kind of precipitation or debris.

 

 

If you find yourself searching for your next used SUV, minivan, truck or car to fit your needs and your budget, we invite you to check out all of our theft recovered inventory or all of our current inventory of Used Trucks, Vans, SUVs and Cars. At Broadmoor Motors, we specialize in finding the right used minivan, truck, SUV or car to fit your personal or business needs, all while giving you the best deal we can on both your purchase and trade in. Our family has been in the car business for over 60 years and continues to be family owned and operated in all of our Caledonia, Hastings and Wayland locations with financing available to those who qualify. We will find you the right vehicle to fit both your budget and your needs in a pressure-free environment.

Check out our reviews online and buy with confidence!! Family Owned & Operated and with Financing Available, we stand behind our Vehicles and our Warranty so you can be assured your used Car, Truck, Van or SUV will be reliable! Broadmoor Motors is your local choice for Car Sales in the greater Hastings, Middleville, Caledonia, Grand Rapids, Wayland, Byron Center, Dorr, Hopkins, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Lansing, Lake Odesa, Kentwood, Holland, Zeeland, Moline, Cutlerville, Wyoming, Hudsonville, Grandville, Jenison, Hamilton, Ionia and Allegan. Ask about our BMG Protection Plan, this is not an aftermarket product! area. Let Broadmoor Motors save you time and money when buying your next quality, Pre-Owned Car, Family Minivan, All Wheel Drive SUV, Commercial Van or Work Truck. Whether you need to replace your current car, minivan, truck or SUV with a great used vehicle, we can help you out. Broadmoor Motors is here for all your Car Sales, and Auto Service needs in the Byron Center, Kentwood, Caledonia, Middleville, Hastings, greater Grand Rapids, Wayland and Barry County area. With three locations to serve you in Wayland, Hastings and Caledonia, we’re here for all your Sales & Service needs. Give us a call at 616.698.9595 in Caledonia, 269.397.2400 in Wayland or 269.320.6304 in Hastings to see how we can get you back on the road!