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Halloween is a favorite time of year for many in the greater Grand Rapids area, especially for little ghouls and goblins all over West Michigan who are counting down the days until they can trick or treat. Unfortunately, there are hidden dangers that kids, parents and drivers alike are either unaware of or choose to ignore when it comes to this holiday.

Scary Statistics On Halloween:

 

  • An estimated 41 million children will trick or treat each year on Halloween.
  • Children are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal traffic accident on Halloween.
  • 52% of automobile deaths on Halloween involve alcohol.
  • 63% of children trick or treating on Halloween do not carry a flashlight and 82% will not have any reflective tape or devices on their costumes to increase visibility, including those wearing [...]

Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer to most but to school age children and their parents, it also indicates it’s time to go back to school. Regardless if you have your own kids returning for another school year or not, as drivers we should recognize the returning hazards and happenings that correlate with the school year beginning. These can include school bus stops, school zones, added pedestrians and possible cyclists. Here are our back to school driving tips as we encounter kids head back for another year of learning.

 

School Bus Stops

Today’s school buses are designed with safety in mind and are proven to be the safest form of transportation available to kids commuting to school but they are also limited to how much protection they can offer students when [...]

Summertime often brings road trips and travel to people in West Michigan. And whether it’s a short jaunt to the beach, the park or taking a longer distance trip to a vacation destination, many people are opting to take their pooch with them in lieu of leaving them home alone. Before you bring man’s best friend along for the ride, check out these ways to keep your pet safer in the car.

 

It Starts With You

The best way to keep your pet safe while you are driving might come as a surprise but it ultimately begins with you as a driver. We all realize how detrimental distracted driving is to the safety of everyone on the road but frequently, drivers fail to comprehend how distracting some things may be [...]

Summer is synonymous with road trips for many across West Michigan. But just because you plan to get out of town, doesn’t mean you need to spend more doing so than necessary. Before you go, check out these tips and tricks to save money on your next road trip.

 

Plan Ahead

While spontaneity can bring excitement to a trip, it can also make things more expensive than they absolutely need to be but making some decisions beforehand, you can help reduce the overall cost of your trip versus making decisions on the fly. Start by deciding some of these things…

  • Will it be a house, a condo or a boat? If so, utilizing websites like Homeaway, VRBO or Airbnb to find lodging at a privately owned home or rental can help you [...]

Getting a driver’s license is right of passage that many kids can’t wait to achieve but for many parents, sending their kids off to navigate the open road alone can be a terrifying experience. When you consider the scary statistics behind teen drivers, it’s no wonder many find it hard to let them go on their own. Teen drivers have the highest crash rate of any age group which is nine times as high as drivers who are 20 years of age and up, and six times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than adults.

 

While Michigan has adapted their driver’s license program to include graduated licensing to give teens time to gain experience before they gain full driving privileges without restrictions, many parents still wonder if there is more they can [...]

 

When people consider buying a vehicle, they often grapple over whether to buy a new or used one to fit their needs. Often times, they try to weigh the benefits of paying more for a brand new car, van, SUV or truck over a used one, with one of those highlighted benefits being the safety net of a warranty accompanying that purchase. But If you’re one of the 71% of Americans polled who are considering buying a used car over new, you might be asking yourself if you truly have to sacrifice a warranty in order to save money?

Many people are completely surprised to find out that it’s possible to save thousands by buying a quality used vehicle from Broadmoor Motors that also comes backed by a FREE 30 Day/3000 Mile powertrain warranty. In [...]

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 [...]

Our goal at Broadmoor Motors has always been to help people find a great vehicle at a fair price but with today’s rising costs of vehicles, we began to wonder… is there another way to help our customers get even more for their hard-earned dollars when purchasing a pre-owned vehicle?  This question led to a discovery about the hidden value of vehicles that were previously stolen and then recovered but given a salvage title.

Now, we know what you’re thinking… salvage title has to mean the vehicle received irreparable damage and should not be considered as a purchase. But the shocking truth is that many stolen and recovered salvage title vehicles have little to no reported damage at all!! Not even an accident report. That fact combined with a focus on a pressure-free environment at Broadmoor Motors and doing what’s right [...]

steps to take after an accident

It’s a situation no driver wants to find themselves in… an accident. Even if you’re an experienced driver or have just received your license for the first time, it’s important to know what steps to take immediately afterward to ensure your safety and to make sure you’re complying with Michigan state law.

 

Stop

Not only is it the right thing to do, but it’s also your legal obligation to stop after being in an accident despite how severe or minor it is and despite it involving another vehicle or a stationary object and regardless if it is on public or private property. You still need to stop to assess the situation!  Doing so will give you the opportunity to decide if any further action is needed.

 

Check For Injuries

The very [...]

Driving in West Michigan during the winter can be challenging and many car buyers turn to purchasing a vehicle that can give them an edge on the snow-covered Grand Rapids roads. Once a less common occurrence, 4WD and AWD vehicles now make up 45% of vehicles on the road today and their added power in slippery conditions. While shopping for a vehicle, you might hear the words All Wheel Drive and 4 Wheel Drive used interchangeably but are they really the same thing? Deciding which one works best for your needs depends largely on knowing what the benefits and drawbacks are to each before choosing.

 

AWD

There are two different types, full-time AWD and part-time AWD, which work similarly in function with no input from the driver by delivering torque to all four wheels via differentials, multiple clutches [...]

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