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Technology has changed tremendously over the years in modern vehicles and while we may not have the flying cars we were once promised, and probably came to expect by the year 2020, there have been significant advances in not only safety features in today’s cars, vans, SUV’s and trucks but options of comfort designed to simply increase the rider’s experience. Below are just a few of the exciting new tech options for vehicles in 2020!

 

Seat Massage

According to the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Americans now drive more annually than they ever have in history. Clocking in at 13,476 miles a year, that breaks down to 293 hours spent behind the wheel on average for US drivers! When you consider the time people will [...]

Money Saving Driving Tips

If you’ve ever purchased a vehicle before, you know they are rarely cheap and if they are, they are likely to be unreliable. Even after the initial upfront cost of buying a car, owners are hit with more expenses just from owning and using it. But there’s good news for beleaguered drivers… there are steps you can take to help keep more green in your wallet. Here are our money-saving driving tips…

 

Drive Smarter

Defensive Driving – Defensive driving is not only a safer, more conservative and smarter way to drive, it is also highly cost efficient. Simple acts of defensive driving such as maintaining a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you and being aware of your surroundings can help you [...]

Whether you are considering buying a new or used car, van, SUV or truck, it can often feel overwhelming when you begin your search, including trying to decide how to cover your bases in order to get the best deal while securing the right vehicle for your needs. But with a little bit of planning ahead, you can take the stress out of buying a vehicle with this simple roadmap to buying a new or used car.

 

Understand Your Needs

Before you set out to find the vehicle that will work best for you, it’s important to get a firm understanding of what that specifically entails. Consider the following questions when narrowing down the vehicle field:

 

  • Should I buy new or used?
  • What is the primary purpose of this vehicle?
  • Will it be a family [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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