The back-to-school season marks the start of a new year-long journey for your children. Part of that journey involves regular car rides with you at the wheel, so let’s go over a few back-to-school driving safety tips that will help ensure everyone stays out of harm’s way.
Give buses space
Make sure to give school buses plenty of space. Maintain at least
10 feet of distance, which will make it easier to see kids walking or running
nearby. Needless to say, do not pass a bus when its stop sign is deployed —
it’s dangerous and illegal.
Some children ride their bicycles to school. Cyclists are subject
to the same traffic laws as cars, but you know how kids can be — they don’t
always pay attention. Pass cyclists slowly, give them a wide berth, and watch
out for kids coming onto the road from driveways.
Drive carefully in school zones
You should always drive slowly in school zones, but that isn’t
always enough. High levels of automotive and pedestrian traffic can make
getting around tricky, and most schools have drop-off and pick-up procedures.
Follow the rules and drive as though a kid could come out of a blind spot at
At Amistad Motors, we offer several vehicles equipped with automatic emergency braking systems capable of detecting pedestrians. Visit our dealership in Fort Stockton, Texas, to enhance your back-to-school driving experience.
You open your car door after an hour of shopping and a blast of heat
hits you in the face. Not only does it cost you money when you park in the
baking sunshine, but it can cause you serious problems down the road. Check out
a couple of reasons why you should park in the shade.
Effects on Appearance
The sun is just as harmful for the exterior of your car as it is for
your skin. Long-term exposure to sunlight causes cracking, flaking, and fading
of the exterior finish. Parking in the shade will help your car’s paint job
last much longer.
The interior of the car also suffers from extreme heat. The light and
heat can cause the dashboard, seats, and other interior surfaces to fade and
deteriorate. If you can’t find a shady parking spot, invest in a sunshade to
place across your windshield.
Save the Battery
When you start your car after it has been baking in the sun, it causes
the battery and air conditioning system to work harder. This reduces the life
of the battery and uses gas needed to support the hard-working air
conditioning. When you park in the shade of a garage or under trees, your car
will be cooler when you get in and it won’t put as much stress on the A/C.
Having multiple vehicles can get expensive, and cutting down to just one vehicle can help free up space in the family budget. Here are some features to look for when you want to become a one-car family.
Thanks to memory settings, cars today allow drivers to create
personalized profiles. You can set the height of the driver’s seat and mirror
positions, as well as create infotainment profiles for every family driver.
Teen Driver Package
If you have young drivers in the family, choose a vehicle with a
monitoring system, like Chevrolet’s Teen Driver Package. This technology
produces a driving report card detailing your teen’s performance behind the
wheel and allows parents to set safety limits on speed, driving distance, and
If you want to keep everyone in the family happy during commutes or
long road trips, make sure the vehicle you choose has plenty of USB charging ports.
A wireless charging station is great if your phones have that capability, and a
Wi-Fi hot spot is a plus, too.
Arguing over the thermostat at home is one thing, but there’s no need
to continue it in the car. Plenty of vehicles offer multi-zone climate control
systems. This allows everyone in the family to choose the climate comfort level
that they desire.
Driving is a skill that most of us will have to utilize on a daily basis. As such, it can be easy to assume we have mastered the art of driving. However, even the most skilled drivers could benefit from keeping these tips for staying safe behind the wheel in mind.
Keep Your Eyes on the
In today’s world of mobile devices, it can be tempting to
check a text message or e-mail while on the go. However, your priority needs to
remain on the road while behind the wheel. Maintaining awareness of what’s
going on around you will make every drive a safer journey.
Adjust Your Position
Many commutes last quite a while, so you’ll want to adjust
your seating and your mirrors to ensure they are in the perfect position to
make your driving experience both comfortable and safe.
Once you receive your driver’s license, it might seem like
you never have to familiarize yourself with traffic laws again. On the other
hand, if you make it a practice to study up on best driving practices and
traffic laws every once in a while, you will be a much more prepared driver
than if you let that knowledge atrophy.
No matter how well you drive, you’re only as safe as your vehicle. At the Amistad Motors service center in Fort Stockton, our team of expert technicians can help your car stay in peak condition.
If you have a garage, you understand how great it is to have covered parking for your vehicle all year round. You can rest easy during heavy storms and scorching heat. However, if you are like many homeowners, your garage is also home to a lot of junk. Now that the temperatures are warming up, it is time to do some spring cleaning in your garage.
Take everything out
To organize your garage, the first thing you need to do is
take everything out. This may make your driveway and yard look like a junkyard,
but now you can decide which items you really need. You can organize items into
four groups: keep, throw away, sell, and donate. Only keep items that have
significant value and are functional.
Repair any damage
If your garage needs any repairs, now is the time to get
those done. Seal cracks and inspect the wiring for damage done by rodents.
Clean the floor
Now that all the junk has been removed, you can tidy up the
floor. You may have some vehicle fluids that leaked. If you do, sprinkle some
kitty litter over top to absorb the mess. Sweep everything out with a large
push broom. Use a degreasing soap and a stiff-bristle brush to remove any