Teen Driving Safety Tips

Family Link is an optional service allowing subscribers to stay connected to their loved ones when driving an OnStar-equipped vehicle.

Getting a driver’s license is one of the most important milestones in a teenager’s life. It means freedom, independence, adventure and responsibility. Becoming a safe and responsible driver is one of the best things you can do for yourself, your family and other motorists on the road with you.

  • Minimize Distractions
    • It may be tempting to eat, drink, flip around the radio dial, or play music loudly while you’re cruising around town; however, all can cause your mind or vision to wander, even for a few seconds. And, that can be enough for an inexperienced driver to lose control of your car, or not notice an obstacle in the road.
  • Watch the Weather
    • In inclement weather, it is even more dangerous for a young driver to be on the road due to their inexperience handling the car in those situations. Teach your child how to confidently handle weather challenges. Consider sending the teen to a driving school to learn car control techniques in a safe environment, preparing them to manage a skid or hydroplaning incident before they are faced with such challenges alone.

OnStar’s “Family Link” program is an optional service aimed at keeping OnStar subscribers connected to their vehicles while loved ones were behind the wheel. The Family Link’s Vehicle Locate feature lets a parent check on their child’s progress or help determine when he/she might be home safe and sound. That means peace of mind for them and their loved ones while they’re on the road.

Posted by klick on Mar 27 2014 in Driving Tips Tags:

Fuel Economy Tips that Work

If there is one thing that everyone would love when visiting the gas station, it would probably be low gas prices. But lets face it, the days of low gas prices are over and if anything, they are going to continue to to rise. So what’s one of the best ways to combat rising gas prices? Well, you could go out and purchase a Chevy Volt. While that alternative might not be in everyone’s interest, there are still some techniques that people can use that will definitely help improve gas mileage. Here are a few tips that people can try that are sure to produce some results.

1. Don’t Warm Up the Car

During the cold months, a lot of people tend to warm up the car outside of getting the cabin warm. While the seats may be cozy, the engine really doesn’t need warming up to get the best performance. So unless the temperature is pushing well below 0, warming the car isn’t necessary to get better gas mileage.

2. Throw the Car in Nutral

This is one suggestion that will definitely help preserve your gas, especially when traveling on hilly areas or in heavy stop and go traffic. There is, however, one caveat. While this will help with your fuel economy, it will also do a lot of wear and tear on your shifting. So while this technique will definitely work, just be mindful of how often you use it.

3. Less is More

In particular, we’re referring to the AC. When you can help it, use less of the AC.  The AC uses quite a bit of energy to run, which means a good amount of fuel. So if you can bear the heat, cut the AC. Your wallet will be cool with it.

With these tips, you’ll be sure to save a few bucks every month on gas, which can definitely add up. For more information about gas saving tips and vehicles that get great gas mileage, contact Klick Lewis today!

Posted by klick on Aug 16 2013 in Driving Tips

4th of July Driving Tips

Its 4th of July!

Have a SAFE and FUN Holiday!!

The period around the 4th of July holiday means freedom and fun to most people, but it’s also one of the most dangerous periods of the year for drivers. Take these quick tips into account for a safe evening:

Check your headlights, tail lights and turn signals before you start a trip. To ensure everything is working properly, have a friend walk around the car while you test the car lights and signals from the inside. Also make sure your tires have plenty of air, and do a general safety check of the vehicle.

Buckle up, and do not drink and drive. This may seem obvious, but it causes accidents every year. Whether you are at a cook-out close to home or traveling to see fireworks, drinking and driving don’t mix. Play it safe this 4th of July with a designated driver or call for a cab.

Watch how fast you are going. You know the state and local police officers will be out in full force during the 4th of July week. So watch the local speed limits and keep a safe distance from the cars in front of you.

Posted by klick on Jul 3 2011 in Driving Tips, Uncategorized

Tips to Drive Defensively

Want to drive safely and avoid getting in an accident? While all accidents cannot be avoided, knowing how to drive defensively is a good start.

While driving, always be aware of your surroundings. Keep an eye out for others’, and also your own, bad habits. Drivers should be scanning the road constantly, both ahead and (in a rear-view mirror) behind. Another strategy is the ‘two-seconds-plus rule,’ ensuring a safe following distance between your car and that car or truck in front of you.

Drive rested and refreshed. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 56,000 crashes annually are caused by drowsy drivers. The NHTSA says that, young people (ages 16 to 29), especially males, are most at risk.

One of the most important aspecits is to live by the rule of  “Don’t do unto others” Remonstrating with another driver can not only prove dangerous to your health and wellbeing, but perhaps more crucially, it distracts a driver for a split second or longer. The entire event could adversely affect their driving for the rest of the day.

Posted by klick on Jun 5 2011 in Driving Tips

Smart Ways to Save at the Pump

Gas prices are on the rise, and with every fill up it seems as though your bank account is dwindling. But follow these simple steps and you may just end up saving a considerable amount at the pump.

  1. Fill up on weekdays – Prices rise on the weekend, so buy gas on Tuesday afternoons or Wednesday mornings.
  2. Track your mileage – Have your car checked if the average miles you get per gallon continues to decrease over time.
  3. Look for discount gas cards – and rebate programs that offer as much as 5 to 10 percent off the gas you buy!
  4. Avoid running on empty – When your car is on empty you’re actually using more gas because your vehicle is running less efficiently. Fill your gas tank when you have half a tank or a little less.
  5. Less is more – Did you know that for every 100 pounds of weight in your car, fuel economy decreases by one to two percent. Additionally, put heavy items in the trunk instead of on a roof rack, which creates drag and eats up gas.
  6. Avoid idling – Shut off the engine if you have to sit in your car for more than one minute.
  7. Check your tire pressure – Under-inflated tires require more energy to roll. More energy means more gas.
  8. Slow down – Driving at posted speed limits saves fuel and saves lives. Each 5 mph over 60 mph is like paying an additional 10 cents per gallon. Use cruise control to maintain your speed.
  9. Avoid topping off – When you top off your tank, the pump doesn’t have enough time to really activate, resulting in short bursts of fuel that may short change you from the amount of gas that you are purchasing.
  10. Maintain your car - Change your oil, spark plugs, and air filter on schedule. Always go to a repair shop if your “Check Engine” light comes on – a faulty oxygen sensor could be the cause, lowering your mileage significantly.
  11. Tighten gas cap – Tightening the gas cap on your car will prevent gas from evaporating and escaping into the air. If you’ve lost your gas cap, buy a new one as soon as possible.
  12. Choose your route wisely – Take the route with the flattest terrain and fewest stops. Try to avoid traffic jams and stop-and-go traffic.
  13. Avoid sudden stops and starts – Erratic acceleration and braking can waste up to 50 cents a gallon.
  14. Get a tune-up – A simple tune-up on your car can improve your gas mileage by an average of 4.1 percent!

Posted by klick on Feb 11 2011 in Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

Winter’s not over yet – not by a long shot. It’s important, no matter how long you’ve been driving, to remind yourself of safe winter driving habits. Every year, AAA puts out a list of tips. These include:

Don’t drive when you’re really tired. This is a good one no matter what time of year you drive. When you’re tired, your reaction time slows and you also can’t focus as much on the task at hand as you can when you’re alert.

If you have a garage, pull your vehicle out of the garage before warming it up. Even if you leave the door open, fumes can accumulate inside the garage and the vehicle.

Do you know how to check the tire pressure in your car? If you don’t you should find out. Properly inflated tires can help your car perform the way it was designed to.

If you are replacing tires on your car, make sure they are either all radial or all another kind – never mix the two.

With the chilly temperatures, always keep your gas tank at least half way filled. This reduces the risk of a freezing gas line.

Finally, it doesn’t matter if you’re going around the corner or on a 500 mile odyssey, put your seat belt on.

Not sure of your car’s safety features or recommended operations? Your owner’s manual contains a lot of information you should know about your car. So get a cup of warm cocoa, snuggle up and look through it.

Posted by klick on Jan 7 2011 in Driving Tips