Summer is synonymous with road trips, travel and family vacations. But as people get ready to take to the open road, it’s important to take the time to make sure your vehicle is ready for the added miles. As the only point of the vehicle that makes direct contact with the road below you, June has been deemed National Tire Safety month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in an attempt to remind people to check their tires to ensure they are safe. Ideally, tires should be checked regularly to make sure they are performing at their best and are not in need of being replaced. Doing so will not only improve your safety but extend the life of the tire and save you money in the long run.
They say there are two seasons in West Michigan… Winter and construction. And we’d say based on the all of the Road Closed signs you find driving in and around Grand Rapids, that’s a pretty accurate depiction. From the time the snow melts in Michigan until the time it snows again, crews set to work fixing and repairing our roads. While extremely helpful in the long run, it can be frustrating for your everyday commute or creating unexpected delays on your chance to get away out of town. Here are our tips to avoid the construction madness this summer!
Know Before You Go
Online Heads Up
It might sound oversimplified but the best way to avoid road construction is to know where it exists beforehand. Whether you are driving locally or taking a nice, long summer road trip, [...]
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.
For many parents, having a young, inexperienced driver on the road can be one of the most stressful times in raising their children. Inexperience coupled with impulsiveness not only increase teenagers risk of being involved in an automobile accident but actually make them three times as likely to be in a car accident compared to adult drivers. When you factor in that car accidents are the leading cause of death for ages 16-19 years old, it’s no wonder that parents are looking for more safety strategies for their young drivers.
Buckle It Up
There’s no doubt about it… seatbelts save lives and your teen wearing one regardless if they are driving or not, decreases their risk of being seriously injured in the event they are involved in an accident. No matter if they are sitting in [...]
Whether you’re thinking about purchasing a new or used vehicle, taking a prospective car for a test drive before you buy it can be one of the easiest ways to help you avoid possible frustrations and costly repairs in the future. But did you know that a surprising 1 in 6 people are opting to skip out on taking the vehicle they thinking about buying for a simple test drive before buying it? When you consider that a vehicle purchase is often the second most expensive purchase a person will make in their life, it seems crazy that they wouldn’t spend an hour or so driving it before signing on the bottom line to make sure it fits not only their lifestyle but that it doesn’t have any immediate warning signs for issues [...]
Today’s vehicles are safer than and that is by no accident. Since the 1960s, car manufacturers have been continuously working to add more safety features to keep drivers and passengers alike, safer inside of automobiles. This process has become two-fold, beginning with trying to safeguard people in the event of an accident and now has transformed into using technology to help prevent them before they even happen. Below are some of the ways manufacturers continue on this quest by expanding on previous advancements and with exciting, new technology.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive cruise control is an intuitive technology that utilizes the cruise control already equipped in vehicles with sensors and computing power to adjust the speed of your vehicle to go faster or slower according to the speed of the vehicle in front of you. Advanced [...]
Winter in West Michigan can feel seemingly endless and for those who need to commute to work, school or for errands, driving can at times go from difficult to extremely hard to navigate. But having the right tires in the right condition can make all the difference between getting you safely to your end destination or getting stuck and stranded. While it may feel inconvenient to take the time to look over your tires to evaluate their integrity, doing so now can save you time, money and frustration in the long run.
Tire Pressure – If you’re not a winter type of person, the dropping temperatures can affect your mood but for the air in your tires, it can cause the pressure inside to lower and create unsafe, underinflated tires. Despite hearing how driving on underinflated tires can [...]
Buying a vehicle can have a significant effect on both your budget and your overall peace of mind so it’s no wonder why so many people feel overwhelmed by the task. But taking the time to ask yourself the following useful questions before you even begin your search, can lessen the burden and help lead you down the right path for you, your lifestyle and your wallet.
Should I buy a new or used car?
Buying a brand new vehicle versus a quality pre-owned vehicle can literally cost you thousands of dollars more but that shouldn’t immediately turn you away from buying a new car, nor should the possible issues that could arise from buying a used car leave you running for the hills in fear of purchasing a lemon. There are clear benefits to buying new and purchasing used, and only by considering all [...]
If you’ve lived in West Michigan long, you have realized that the odds of encountering a deer in the road are extremely high. In fact, the state of Michigan ranked 9th overall in the USA for the number of vehicle and deer collisions in 2017 with reports averaging that 1 out of 85 drivers will need to file an insurance claim related to hitting one. So how do you avoid becoming one of the statistics this fall in the greater Grand Rapids area and steer clear of hitting a deer? Follow these safety tips for deer and driving in West Michigan.
What You Need To Know
Be aware of high-risk deer areas: It’s possible to find deer in urban areas but they’re found most often in rural surroundings. Be alert on the countryside roads we [...]
It’s a topic that no parent wants to think about but the leading cause of death for children in the United States is injuries caused during a motor vehicle accident. Realizing that every 33 seconds a child under the age of 13 is involved in an accident, it’s no wonder the NHTSA has made it a priority to create National Child Safety Awareness Week to help share important info with parents and give them the best chance of keeping their children as safe as they can be while in a vehicle.
Use The Proper Seat
Knowing whether your child should be sitting in a rear-facing car seat, forward facing car seat, booster seat or old enough to sit without one is paramount in keeping your child safe and could be the difference in an accident causing serious injuries or even a [...]