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!
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 [...]
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…
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:
Although there typically isn’t a lot of accumulated snow in the greater Grand Rapids area during the month of November, it’s not surprising to get our first few sporadic snowfalls during this time and even less surprisingly… they can wreak havoc on the roads for West Michigan drivers. While we all know it’s coming, many seem to forget each year that a good set of tires can be the difference between getting where you want to go and finding yourself stranded on the side of the road. For those that need it, here’s a little Tires 101 to help catch everybody up to speed.
Understand Your Tread
You hear plenty of folks putting a lot of emphases on vehicles that have all wheel drive or four wheel drive during wintry months where they [...]
Fall is a beautiful time of year in West Michigan but along with the crisp temps, football games and falling leaves come seasonally unique challenges for drivers on local urban and rural roads. From critters and weather to reduced sunlight and debris in the way, there are many fall hazards waiting for drivers in the greater Grand Rapids area this November.
While there are many hazards drivers must face during autumn in November, one of the most challenging ones is often the fluctuating and varying temperatures that we face in the greater Grand Rapids area. Meteorologists certainly do their best to give us their educated predictions on what kind of moisture we’ll be dealing with but certainly, Michigan drivers have come to understand too often that autumn weather brings it all to our [...]
With Halloween just around the corner, you might be considering which horror film you could watch to offer the biggest scare factor but if you’re in the market to buy a new or used car, van, truck or SUV, the most terrifying thing you could come across are the tricks waiting for you at a car dealership. But equipped with the right knowledge, you can take the fright out of car buying!
The Trick: In-house Financing
One of the quickest ways to pay more for your vehicle than you need to is walking blindly into a dealership without doing any of your homework ahead of time on where your credit stands and what interest rate you qualify to get on a loan. Many people are completely unaware but dealerships often mark up the interest rate on your [...]
A vehicle is arguably one of the most expensive purchases each person will make in their lifetime so it only makes sense that you would want to do everything you can to maintain its value and mitigate future financial loss when you decide it is time to trade it in or to sell it privately. If you are looking to develop habits that increase your car’s resale value we suggest following the following…
Having regular maintenance done to your vehicle can not only help prevent larger, more expensive issues from becoming a problem over the course of you driving it but it can also help you get more cash when you decide to sell it for something newer. Periodical maintenance can include oil changes done on the correct schedule, regular tune-ups, having an alignment, and [...]
Fall is returning to West Michigan and along with it, plenty of sporting events to attend with family and friends to root for your favorite team! Whether your sport of choice is football, soccer or the various types of car racing, one thing is certain… having a vehicle that’s ready to become a tailgating supercar will add fun and excitement to any event. Here are our tips on how to get your ride tailgate ready!
1. Create A Gameplan
Your favorite team wouldn’t step out onto the field without formulating a plan ahead of the big game and neither should you! Before you go, start by finding out what the weather conditions will be like the day of the event, which anyone in the greater Grand Rapids area knows can vary from one extreme [...]
What’s a startling statistic that no parent wants to hear? Car crashes are the leading cause of death in children ages 1-13 annually. While that statistic can be alarming, the good news is that there are steps parents can take to greatly reduce the risk of fatalities and injuries to their children. Child Passenger Safety Week takes place in the third week of September and was created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in an effort to bring awareness not only to the unnecessary number of child injuries and deaths each year in automobile accidents but to the importance in proper car restraint and seat belt usage for children riding in vehicles as well.
Child Car & Booster Seats
Car seats, booster seats and seat belts have been proven to save lives and [...]
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 [...]