Atlanta Cars: Do You Know How To Drive Defensively

That’s a good question? Do you really know how to drive defensively? You may think that you are at the top of your driving game, but that guy next to you who’s had just 3 hours of sleep the night before isn’t. We see a lot of cars coming though Southtowne’s service and body shop that have been in accidents due to the driver’s involved NOT understanding what it means to be a defensive driver. If they did, well they wouldn’t be having to get their cars repaired, would they.

In fact, the video below mentions that 1/3rd of all car accidents are due to aggressive driving. That folks is a totally avoidable figure. it’s true. How can you be in an accident if you are totally aware of every other vehicle around you? How can you be in an accident if you are constantly prepared for a road hazard to impede your trip? If you are totally aware of your surrounds and driving defensively, your chances of being in an accident go way down. The picture above says it perfectly.

Driving is serious business and Southtowne wants you to be serious behind the wheel. You have a lot riding on those tires of yours, and even though you can’t be responsible for other hazards and drivers on the road, you can be responsible for yourself. Drive defensively and you’ll be that much less likely to be in an accident. That’s just fact.

Atlanta Cars: What’s That In The Middle Of The Road

By a show of hands, who has had a run-in with road debris? At our Atlanta Car Dealership we have seen (and fixed) a lot of damage caused by all sorts of objects in the road. Objects that shouldn’t be there. If you’ve been driving for any length of time, no doubt you’ve run over something in the road that can cause damage to your vehicle. Road debris is a serious problem, especially on highways and interstates.  It is estimated that over 25,000 accidents a year are caused by road debris, and it’s something that can happen anywhere. It’s happened to me numerous times.

While you may not be able to avoid road debris in every situation, there are some things that you can do to help prevent any problems.  Whether you are hauling things, or encounter debris, AAA has some tips to help get around this problem.

  • Take the time to secure your cargo adequately before you hit the road, and re-check it every time you stop.
  • Report unsafe vehicles, unsecured loads and road debris.
  • Brush up on defensive driving, especially around trucks in the event of wheel and tire separations.
  • Maintain a safe following distance. At highway speeds, this means allowing at least 4-5 seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you. Give yourself extra distance if following a vehicle carrying large or difficult-to-secure cargo.
  • Focus your vision further down the road. Scan at least 12 seconds ahead so you have time to react to changing highway conditions, including road debris. Sudden movements by cars well ahead of you often indicate a hazard in the road.
  • Sometimes it’s safer to run over debris rather than try to avoid it. Striking minor road debris can be far less dangerous than veering into oncoming traffic or swerving off the pavement. Knowing where the cars around you are will help you make the right decision.
  • Many state police agencies have special phone numbers to report dangerous road conditions such as road debris and vehicles that appear ready to lose their loads.

Don’t think it can happen to you? Check this out.

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Always remember to drive safely and keep plenty of space between your car and the one in front of you.  If you are driving at night or in bad weather, drive slowly and if you can use your high-beams, do so.  if you do have an accident due to road debris, then feel free to the Southtowne General Motors Superstore and we’ll help you get back on the road again.

Southtowne GM Superstore on Child Proofing Your Atlanta Car

Here’s something to think about: Child, or Baby Proofing your car.

At our Newnan Car Dealership we love kids of all shapes and sizes. They are all adorable and they can all wreak havoc on the interior of your new Atlanta car. Some ages can be more destructive than others. Obviously a newborn isn’t going to make as much of a mess as a two year old, so if you’ve just had a baby, you still have time to prepare that vehicle for the heavy assault when he or she gets a little older.

I found a video that does a good job in explaining what you can expect and how you can prepare your vehicle to withstand the onslaught of spilled juice, unknown goo and Cheerios…everywhere.

Now, protecting your vehicle is important, but not as important as the cargo it is carrying. Don’t cut corners, use appropriate restraint systems, keep the clutter down (toys can be dangerous projectiles in an accident) and know the laws of your State in regards to ferrying your kids around town.

Of course if you have a child, you know this already. My guess is that you need a good detailing. Bring it by Southtowne Motors and we’ll clean it up for you, and while you are here, you can invest in rubber mats, seat covers, dashboard cleaner, upholstery wash…want me to keep going?

Atlanta Buick Dealer: Surviving A Car Accident, Financially

First let me start by saying, I hope you are never involved in an accident resulting in injury, especially to yourself. However, If you have, and the accident was proven to have not been your fault, Southtowne Motors believes you may have a good compensation claim against the other party. Please keep in mind that I’m not telling you to bring frivolous suits against other drivers. This is only advice for those who were medically proven to have sustained the injury as a direct result of the accident.

With that in mind, I’d like to say further that I really hope that you don’t have to go through the stressful experience of a lawsuit of any kind. However, this is real life and things happen…here’s what to do if  you have to litigate:

Get a copy of the accident report, collect all of your injury information and get a lawyer. Many personal injury lawyers work on a “No Win, No Fee” basis meaning you don’t need to pay them a penny for their services if you don’t win your case. If you do win your case you still will not have to pay their legal costs and the fees, as they will be collected from the other party. If you lose your case, they are very likely to get nothing, that’s why they mostly take cases they believe will win.

In regards to insurance, any medical costs from the hospital, health care and also any medicine you’ve had to purchase can probably be claimed. If any other costs have arose from this car accident then make it clear when you speak to your lawyer, they will need to know the full facts of the accident as well as the pain and costs you have or are suffering from.

Remember, every car accident compensation claim is completely different from any other. It depends on the injuries that were caused, any costs or medical treatment, time off work needed and much more. As well as the time it took them to close the case. It could take a few months or a couple of years, so just keep this in mind when choosing your compensation claim lawyer, get a good one.

Some good questions to ask are :

• Will I get the ‘whole’ of my compensation?
• Will I need to pay a fee?
• Do you recover costs from the other side (i.e. people at fault)?
• Would I need to pay anyone any money once my claim is settled?

Again,  the Southtowne General Motors Superstore hopes you never have to experience any of the above. However, if you do, know that you have the right to file claim against the offending party. Be wise in your choice of lawyer, he should have your best interest in mind…not his.

Atlanta Drivers: Do Shock Tactics Work In Driver’s Education Courses?

If you have kids, then you know, that one day they will be driving and hopefully it’s a Southtowne Motors car. They’ll, no doubt, be attending a driver’s education course. Now, driver’s ed has changed drastically in the past 60 years. There has been more of a shift from shock education…remember all of those horrific videos they’d show to kids about the dangers of driving. Check out the one I found from the 50’s below.

These days, driver’s education is more real world and scenario driven, as opposed to the shock and awe of past driving classroom videos. Which do you think is a better technique? Does the shock really deter kids from abusing their driving privilege? Does focusing on real world scenarios seem to achieve better results, or does it neglect the inherent dangers and responsibilities of driving? What will a driver’s ed course look like in 50 more years? Or, will we be taking flying ed courses to be able to drive our new Atlanta cars? Southtowne General Flying Motors Superstore has a nice ring to it.

 

Atlanta Cadillac: Introducing The 2013 Cadillac ATS

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Southtowne Motors can’t wait for this summer release! The 2013 Cadillac ATS. This new model is all Cadillac inside and out and is hoping to give the small sports car segment a real run for their money. Typically a heavier brand, this Cadillac is actually lighter than its closest competitors. Keep in mind, that this is a small sports car and thus has smaller rear seat and trunk space, but where it lacks space, it more than makes up for in ingenuity, luxury and performance.

Check out the review below from cars.com

Keep on the look out for this fantastic new Cadillac this summer. Better yet, keep your eyes on Southtowne. You are certainly going to want to take this one for a test drive. Watch out BMW, Cadillac has its sights set on you.

Atlanta Cars: Secure Your Infant In Their Car Seat Safely

So, you just had a baby…and what’s that? You aren’t sure how to install your car seat? How did you expect to get baby home? Call the Newnan Southtowne car shuttle? In all seriousness though, you know, new parents have enough to worry about. Change the baby. Feed the baby. Change the baby again. Swaddle the baby. Start baby’s college fund. But, what about securing the baby in their infant seat properly? How do you know you are doing it right, when you aren’t even sure how to change your new arrival’s diapers?

Here’s a quick easy video to watch from Graco, a car seat manufacturer. They do a very good job explaining how easy it can be to install an infant car seat, even if you are new to the whole “baby thing.” Dads, I’m looking at you.

If you are expecting a child soon, get in the practice now of installing your infant seat. The good news is that you’ll really only have to install the base, once that is done, then the rest of the seat clips into it. Of course, as your child gets older, they will need a larger seat, so you are going to want to know how to do it from the “get-go”.

Once you have that baby, it will be using a car seat for a long time. Probably longer than you may think. If you aren’t sure you are installing your baby seat properly, then just swing by Southtowne Motors, and we’ll show you exactly how to do it.

Atlanta Drivers, You Are Looking, But You Aren’t Seeing

I’m sure you’ve all heard the expression, “You maybe  hearing what I’m saying, but you’re not listening” once or twice in your lifetime. Of course, the same can be said when you are behind the wheel, but with a twist; “you’re looking, but you’re not seeing.” At Southtowne Motors, we understand that there are many distractions on the road, most of them will take you away from the task at hand, which is driving. Watch this video below and I think you’ll see what I mean.

It sure is easy to miss what we aren’t looking for, especially when we are driving. There are a lot of things we have to think about such as road conditions, our speed, various traffic laws, different signs and signals and the other drivers around us.  Now add distractions such as cell phones and the radio to the mix and you’ve got quite a lot going on, wouldn’t you say?

The video above was made the London Department of Transportation to heighten motorists awareness of cyclists. The motto of the campaign,  “It’s easy to miss what you aren’t looking for,” is a great message to send to automotive drivers everywhere. There is nothing more important than being aware of our surroundings at all times when we’re in our cars. So what’s the best way to do this?

Stay alert. Being alert (not sleepy or under the influence) allows you to react quickly to potential problems — like when the driver in the car ahead slams on the brakes at the last minute. Obviously, alcohol or drugs (including prescription and over-the-counter drugs) affect a driver’s reaction time and judgment. Driving while drowsy has the same effect and is one of the leading causes of crashes. So rest up before your road trip.

Be aware of your surroundings — pay attention. Check your mirrors frequently and scan conditions 20 to 30 seconds ahead of you. If a vehicle is showing signs of aggressive driving, slow down or pull over to avoid it. If the driver is driving so dangerously that you’re worried, try to get off the roadway by turning right or taking the next exit if it’s safe to do so. Also, keep an eye on pedestrians, bicyclists, and pets along the road.

Do not depend on other drivers. Be considerate of others but look out for yourself. Do not assume another driver is going to move out of the way or allow you to merge. Assume that drivers will run through red lights or stop signs and be prepared to react. Plan your movements anticipating the worst-case scenario.

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So Atlanta, the next time you are in your Southtowne car or truck, think about these three things as you drive along.

Atlanta Cars: The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse

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The Chevrolet Traverse offers distinctive styling and a sportier driving experience than its GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave siblings. With seating for up to seven or eight people in three rows, the Traverse competes with the Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9 and Hyundai Veracruz.

Another bonus, is the 2012 Traverse’s drivability. Smooth comfortable handling is accompanied by a 6-cylinder engine that pack more than the punch it needs to keep up with The Jones. Take a look at the video below from cars.com for a detailed review of the 2012 Chevy Traverse.

The bottom line is that the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is a crossover that really needs to be test driven to understand the great feel that this vehicle has. Did I mention that it has more cubic space than a Ford Explorer. So if you are looking for a crossover that has enough power and good looks to escape the dreaded “mini-van” label, than the 2012 Chevy Traverse is the vehicle for you. There’s enough room for the whole family and enough driving fun to feel that you aren’t just driving a “soccer mom/dad mobile.

Come and check you the 2012 Chevy Traverse for yourself at Southtowne. I guarantee you’ll be surprised by your experience.

 

Atlanta Cars: What’s That “Rattle” I Hear

A rattle in your vehicle can be one of the most frustrating noises to try to figure out. A rattle can literally come from anywhere in the vehicle, which consequently makes it a difficult fix to pin down. I’m going to say this right up front, If you hear a rattle and aren’t a mechanic by trade, than your best bet is to bring it into the Southtowne General Motors Superstore. It can take you a long time with a bunch of dead ends before you finally put your finger on the cause of the noise. I’m not even going to mention any of the money you spent to try to fix it yourself.

Watch the video below…think this made a noise?

As I said, the cost associated to repair a rattle can vary between tightening a lose bolt to replacing the transmission, or as you saw in the video an insanely bad wheel bearing. (Hopefully, you don’t go that long without having your noise issues checked out by a specialist.)

Just as with any abnormal noise, the first step is locating the region in which the sound is be generated from. A rattle can be generated when the car is in motion, or when the engine is running with the car stopped. There are so many moving parts to your car, noise can literally come from anywhere…engine oil, catalytic converter, shocks, engine mounts, U-Joints, transmission, timing belts, loose mufflers, springs…anywhere your car has a moving part.

Your best bet, when you encounter a noise is to just bring it into Southtowne. The longer you go without addressing a suspicious noise, you are just allowing it to get that much worse. Don’t be like the owners in the video above, our you’ll be exploring the wonders of the Atlanta Public Transportation System.