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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
You wouldn’t buy a pair of shoes without trying them on but when faced with the decision to spend thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars on a newer vehicle, a shocking number of people are foregoing a test drive! Shockingly, evidence suggests that half of the people who purchased a vehicle recently didn’t bother to take it for even a rudimentary spin around the block before signing on the dotted line and handing over their hard-earned dollars. If you’d like to avoid being taken for a figurative ride on the purchase of your new ride, we suggest taking these steps on how to take the perfect test drive.
Start At A Reputable Dealer
One of the biggest necessities in buying a preowned vehicle is trust… both in the vehicle you’re buying but also in the [...]
When you’re in the market for a new vehicle, there can be a lot to consider… what make, model and year are you looking to find, will you be buying new or used, and even if you’ll secure financing? If so, should you find it independently or should you finance through a dealership? While we may not be able to make some of those decisions for you, we can help provide helpful information regarding the positives and negatives of financing through a dealership.
Know Before You Go
Before you decide if financing through a dealership is the right choice for you, it’s important to know what your credit score is, what you can do to improve it and double-check there aren’t any errors on the report. Your credit score includes information about you to lenders on where you [...]
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.