Tips For Staying Alert On The Road

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There is no doubt that road trips are enjoyable, at least the first few hours before fatigue begins to set in. Maintaining your awareness is crucial, especially on long road trips. Studies have shown that a drowsy driver is just as dangerous as a drunk driver. Falling asleep while driving contributes to 10% of all road accidents which result in as many as 300 deaths and multiple injuries each year. Don’t endanger yourself and others.

Your friends at SouthTowne Motors have a few tips to avoid this.

If you’re tired, don’t fight it

This is almost always the best option if you’re feeling yourself nodding off. There is no shame in pulling over to rest. This can be the most important thing you can do when driving for extended periods of time. Research has proven that even if you take a cat nap for less than an hour, your body receives vital rest it needs to help you stay alert and awake long into the night. So pull that Chevy over and take a 30 minute power nap.

Crank up the music

Music will affect your mood and energy level. Put together a lively playlist for the road. Add your favorite hits that you love to sing along with. Studies have shown that music with fast and upbeat rhythms and high frequencies work best. Choose a lot of energetic and lively music to boost your feeling of alertness. This is your chance to really rock out on your road trip!

Cold air

This can be very effective in cooler weather or you can also turn on your car’s AC. Cold air shocks your senses giving you a temporary jolt which makes your body more alert. As most people know, warm air only enhances drowsiness.

Stretch

Get the blood flowing and the heart rate up by pulling over and doing some quick exercises. Anything works. You can do a little jog around the car or even a few jumping jacks. Anything that accelerates your heart rate will invigorate you and keep you awake.

Keep your taste buds alert

Eating tangy or tart fruits can wake up the taste buds and the mind. You can even suck on sour candies for this affect. Carrots can also be affective due to the extra effort and time it takes to chew them.

The next time you feel yourself feeling a bit drowsy, remember these effective ways to rejuvenate yourself. From your Newnan car dealer, have fun and stay safe!

Atlanta Cars, How Do You Know If You Have A Busted Muffler?

It’s no secret, especially when they pass you, some people love loud cars and go to great lengths to modify their exhaust systems to sound just right. Now this post isn’t about exhaust mods, but if you are into that sort of thing then we suggest you check out the Southtowne GM Superstore for some great aftermarket modification including modifying your exhaust system.

Now, if loud cars aren’t your thing and you didn’t modify your exhaust system, but it sounds like you did, then you may have a muffler problem.  It wasn’t too long ago that this very thing happened to a friend of mine. His car was extremely loud!  It was like it was when he was 18 when he purposefully put holes in his muffler to achieve a louder car sound. I don’t recommend this at all as your muffler is a key part of your car’s exhaust system. Not only does it reduce noise, but it also prevents exhaust fumes from entering into the passenger compartment of a car. If exhaust is entering  your vehicle then you may be faced with even more problems than just a broken muffler. Carbon monoxide from your car can be deadly.  If you suspect you have a broken muffler, here are some things to check out:

  1. Turn your car on and listen for low pitched rhythmic sounds or a rumbling. If you do have a broken muffler it will create a loud exhaust noise.
  2. Inspect your muffler for holes or rust. Rust usually happens from the inside out, and is an indicator that holes are developing.
  3. Look for unusual exhaust smoke. This may be a big cloud when you hit the gas or even a very subtle one.
  4. If you vehicle starts to slowly overheat, this may also be an indication of broken muffler. The exhaust system can affect engine performance.
  5. Check to see if there are any water leaks near the back of the car. This too is an indicator of a hole in the muffler.

If have done the above suggested checks on your vehicle but still are unsure, please schedule an appointment with the service department at the Southtowne GM Superstore to get this taken care of right away. Of course, if you’re are liking the new sound your car is making, first get your muffler fixed first and then let’s talk about what Southtowne can do for a proper exhaust system modification.

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Your Atlanta Car Needs Its Power Steering Fluid Changed

Have you started to notice recently that it isn’t as easy as it used to be to turn that steering wheel? Your issue may be found in old, dirty steering fluid. In fact, your Atlanta Car dealer, Southtowne says, if you notice that you are having to use more force to turn the wheel, or that it starts to stick, then that means that you probably need to add, or flush your power steering fluid.  Like many other parts of your car, your power steering works in tandem with a fluid that assists your power steering mechanism.  Over time, the steering fluid may get low, or become dirty and contaminated, which means you have to get rid of the old, and add in the new. Lot’s of time, you forget to check your fluids and consequently, they get low or compromised with grime and dirt. It’s probably time to do a once over on all of your fluids, specifically your power steering fluid, as this is usually the last fluid people seem to check.

This can be easily done at home, but there is more to it than taking off a cap and adding more fluid.  The video below is a great walk through on how to flush your car’s power steering fluid.

If you are noticing that you are still having problems turning your steering wheel, then you may want to take your car to a mechanic to make sure there aren’t any bigger problems.  Or better yet, why not just hop into your Atlanta car and come into your Atlanta Buick GMC, Cadillac, Chevrolet Dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore. We’ll fix you up and get you back on the road in a flash.

Atlanta GM Dealer: Which Terrible Driver Are You

You share the road with them in Atlanta everyday…the terrible drivers. With the amount of recent activity in the Southtowne General Motors Superstore, I’m going to bet that for some of these these dents and dings, it wasn’t their first time being repaired. That’s OK, you don’t have to be great at everything….some people are just bad drivers. Of course, there are very few people in this world that will actually admit that they are horrible drivers. As much as it pains me to say, I’ve probably been one of them a time, or two. I found this list combined by AutoInsurance.org and added a few of my own lines in for good measure. Which are you most guilty of?

(1) The Time Waster – You know this guy. You’re waiting to make a right turn and he’s coming down the street and instead of using his blinker to let you know he’s turning before you – you sit there and waste time not knowing what he’s going to do. Or, the guy sitting at the red light, busy texting…green light….still texting…horn….still texting…HOOOOORRRRRRRN!!!!!….red light.

(2) Traffic Weavers – Pick a lane, pal! As unbelievable as it may seem, all of your traffic weaving is going to do nothing…we’ll still end up at the same red light.

(3) Light Turns Green And Nothing – See time waster.

(4) The No Reason Passer – OK, you passed me, got in front of me and slowed down? What’s up with that?

(5) I’m Officially BlindRegular lights, use them. Thanks. No, seriously, if you have to use your brights, and there are times when we do, be courteous and shut them off for on coming traffic.

(6) The Snail / The Bullet – “Have you ever noticed that anyone driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” – George Carlin

(7) Widespread Panic – That’s it, you can come over, I see your blinker. We have established communication and I have left a sizable gap to fit into. HEY! YOU!!! YEAH YOU< GO!!!! If you are timid, make the decision then commit to that decision, i guarantee you, you will be a better driver for it.

(8) Oh Will You Look At That – I know, with all of the distractions that are roadside these days, we don’t need to be making it worse by rubbernecking. Just go, mind your own business and stop adding to a potential traffic issue. When you brake to slow to look at an minor accident or something, you are making everyone else behind you slow down too. Just go. Just go.

(9) The Permanent Blinker – Are you going, or aren’t you? Pay attention to your instrument cluster now and again and you may find that you’ve been warning everyone of your potential right turn for the last 15 miles, or so.

(10) The Ones That Enter The Parking Lot – It’s OK to enter a parking lot faster than a 1.5 mph. Also see (6).

OK, this was all in good fun. I know that we are all guilty of being those drivers in the list above. So, now that you know, maybe you can focus a little more on being a better driver.Your Atlanta GM dealer, Southtowne would rather see better drivers and see your cars in here.

How Often Do You Clean Your Windows Southtowne?

HeyAtlanta Cars owners, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore wants to know: are you one of the people who forget about the windows when your detailing your car? If you are, don’t worry. You’re not alone. A lot of people forget about cleaning their windows. It’s funny because the windows are actually one of the only things on your car you really should keep clean because it obviously helps improve visibility.

Another thing a lot of people forget is that household cleaners should never be used to clean auto glass because almost all of them contain ammonia, and we want to avoid using them in enclosed areas like our cars. So if you’re thinking about grabbing the Windex from under your sink right now, stop right there!

On the other hand, you don’t really want to use plain water either. Though it is the safe method, water alone is not enough of a solvent to cut through the protein base of those tough spots like bug remains. Using a glass-cleaning mircofiber towel, on the other hand, will definitely get the job done and it’s super easy to use. Simply dampen the towel with an ammonia-free cleaner (there are several brands dedicated to auto glass) and clean the glass in circular movements. Then find a dry side of the towel, and use it to buff out every last little streak.

Now that you know what you’ll need to clean the windows, let’s talk guidelines. First and foremost, always start with detailing your vehicle. That way, you won’t risk getting fingerprints or other residue on your clean windows while washing the car.

Avoid washing the windows in the sun. The sun can cause water to evaporate too quickly leaving residue. You’ll also want to spend some extra time on the windshield because you rely on this piece of glass more than any other. The same goes for the back window, as well.

Finally, don’t forget to roll down the door windows to get the tops of the glass, and remember, you won’t always get everything the first time. So take your time and the sit back and enjoy your handy work.

If you have any other tips or hints for your Atlanta Car Dealer Southtowne, let us know!

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.