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Winter Driving Tips

Monday, January 16th, 2017

winter driving tipsEven the most seasoned driver can find him or herself challenged by winter driving conditions. That’s why it’s a good idea to think about everything you can do to make it through to the other side. To that end, we’ve compiled some winter driving tips.

Do NOT delay service. This is a good idea anytime of the year, but the thing is, delaying service in winter can have even greater consequences. Breaking down in the winter can be dangerous, especially if you often drive through rural, sparsely populated areas. Components like the radiator, brakes, and hoses — these things should all be inspected before winter even starts.

See the light. It’s not just about snow and ice obscuring your windshield, what can really blind you is the salt residue left from passing plow trucks. Make sure that not only is your windshield wiper fluid reservoir full, but think about keeping a jug of it in your backseat. Also, the end of autumn is a great time to change your windshield wipers.

And then there is actually driving… A good philosophy to follow is that in the wintertime; exaggerate all of the regular rules of the road. Increase the distance between yourself and other drivers even more than usual and brake even earlier than usual. Lastly, always give yourself more time to get to your destination.

Winter Driving Tips

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Winter driving tipsDriving in the winter can be tough, especially when there is snow and ice on the road to deal with.  Here are some winter driving tips to keep you safe (and out on the road) during the season:

  1. Slow down – Seriously, there’s no rush. You should reduce your speed by 50% when driving on snowy roads, but it’s important to not go any slower than that because losing your momentum means you might get stuck.
  2. Loosen your grip – Clinging too tightly to the steering wheel can actually cause a loss of control. Keep a light touch on all of your controls.
  3. Know how to deal with skids – We all know how easy it is to skid when braking on icy roads. But the key is not to brake too hard, as this will lock your brakes up.  If you start to skid, turn gently towards the direction you want to go and don’t touch the brakes.

These simple tips will keep you safer on the road.  And if you’re a AAA member, they can help you out of a bad situation, too.  Here are even more tips from them.  Stay safe!

Great All-Wheel Drive Vehicles for the Winter

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Is your car ready for the winter? All-wheel drive is an important feature to consider when shopping for a new vehicle. You may be wondering if it’s even necessary. But when winter comes along and hazardous conditions like slippery roads come your way, having a little extra traction and evenly-distributed power goes a long way.
The Ford Taurus is a great option for an All-Wheel Drive Vehicle

All-wheel drive distributes power to all four wheels individually, so that if one wheel slips, the car still has three wheels to rely on – unlike front- or rear-wheel vehicles, which are unfortunately stuck if the only two moving tires get incapacitated. But there are a lot of cars on the market with all-wheel drive. What are some of the most recommended AWD vehicles?


Ways to Appeal a Parking Ticket

Friday, December 18th, 2015

parking ticketParking tickets can be some of life’s most troublesome burdens. When it’s not your fault, it makes the whole situation even worse. However, if you can show that you didn’t break any parking laws, or can prove something is wrong with the ticket, you can possibly have your charge overturned. The following is a list of ways to appeal a parking ticket.

  1. Check the ticket for errors

Closely read over the ticket. If there are any errors or any modifications to the ticket, you can have it overturned. The errors could be as minor as listing the wrong kind of car.

  1. Gather evidence

When you try to appeal your ticket, you’re going to need some evidence. Take pictures of exactly where your car was parked. Do not move it before you do so! Also, take a video of a broken meter.

  1. Find witnesses

If there was anybody around when you received your ticket, then you should see if they might be available to speak in your favor during your hearing. After all, there’s strength in numbers.

Summer Tailgating Tips

Friday, July 24th, 2015

July isn’t only the unofficial start of the summer tailgating season—it’s also the official beginning of National Tailgating Month! Tailgating combines family, friends, and great food—what could be better? In order to help you host the perfect tailgate, Hasset Pre-Owned has listed some of our best summer tailgating tips below.

  1. Make a Plan – Planning out your tailgate will help everything go much more smoothly. Figure out what food you want to serve, what condiments you’ll need, and how many plates and sets of silverware will keep everyone happy. A plan will make sure you’re ready when it’s almost game time.
  1. Include Team Colors – Find foods and tableware that match your favorite team’s colors. It will keep everything bright and fun while also setting a game day atmosphere.
  1. Stay Hydrated – Sure a few cold ones are great while tailgating on game day, however, it’s important to stay hydrated. No one wants to miss the game because they didn’t drink enough water.

Overall, make sure you have fun with these summer tailgating tips! That’s what tailgating is all about, after all.



Tips to Spring Clean Your Car

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

spring clean your carThe clocks are springing forward and March is almost here; the warmer temperatures of spring are fluttering around the corner–hopefully! And what better way to usher in this new season than to de-winterize? Here are a few tips to spring clean your car.

  1. Focus on the inside. Clear out the trash that has accumulated, vacuum the Cheerios and other debris stuck to the mat, and scrub and/or power wash the sludge that seems to have effervesced into the unknown crevasses. Like Madonna circa 1984, it will feel shiny and new.
  2. Clean away that winter grime! Give your car a rinse and wash—especially focus on your car’s undercarriage, as it can tend to fall prey to corrosion from the salty roads. Clean the pesky “wash me” messages off of the windows, and remember to wipe down the car doorways—no more wondering where that black stain on your pants came from.
  3. Keep up with that upkeep! The white winter days are gone, and with it we usher in the rainy—but also sometimes sunny—days of spring. With that comes new duties for your car, so make sure it is equipped for the new season by checking the tread depth and air pressure of your tires, changing your oil, and adding washer fluid.

We at Hassett Automotive wish all of our readers a happy spring; be sure to come visit us and see our new line-up.


Summer Car Maintenance (Part 1)

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Summer is officially here! That means it’s time for warm weather, vacations, cookouts, and pool parties. However, it also means it’s the time of the year that your car hates that most. That’s right. Just when you thought summer was full of only awesome and fun things, we had to go spoil that for you. But wait! Even though summer can definitely be tough on your car, and even take years off its life, there are several things you can do to make sure your car is good-to-go for the hot summer months.

  • Check your tires. And we’re not only talking about the four tires at each corner of your car. Make sure you check your spare tire too! All five of your car’s tires should have adequate tread and air pressure. One fun and easy way to check tread is to stick a penny in the tread of the tire – if Abe’s head disappears, you’re golden!
  • Change oil and oil filter. I am just as guilty as anyone for procrastinating on an oil change. But what I didn’t realize is that oil is the lifeblood of your car! It’s what keeps all those moving parts moving correctly so you can get from point A to point B safely. Don’t wait! Get it done now at the beginning of summer.
  • This may seem obvious, but you need to de-winterize your car. In other words, if you put snow tires on your car for winter, take them off. It’s not winter anymore and this quick and painless change will save you lots of moolah at the gas pump.

We hope these tips are useful for you! Keep checking our blog for more tips coming in the next couple weeks. And always remember, Hassett is always here to help you with all your car maintenance needs. Stop by today and let us get your car up to snuff!


After a Hard Working Winter, Pamper Your Car this Spring

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

The last snow fall has been plowed away, and now it’s time to start planning your spring road trip!  To wash away the winter dirt and grime from your car and prepare for the spring, we consulted with for some After-Winter Car Care tips.

Clean it up: Wash away the salt residue and dirty streaks with a good car wash.  Make sure to target important areas like the underbody, around the front and rear bumpers and wheel wells.  While you are taking care of this dirty task, check for any rust damage.

Tires: Excessive snow and ice can wreck havoc on your tires, so make sure to check the tread and tire pressure.  Also, even if you don’t need new tires, make sure to get them rotated.  Right now we have a special for a free tire rotation.

Brakes: Makes sure to have your brakes inspected by a professional.  They play a huge role in keeping you safe during the winter and we want that to continue through the spring and summer.  At Hassett Automotive, we are also having a special for a free brake inspection.

Battery: Unless you enjoy being stranded, you should get your battery checked.  Winter weather takes a toll on many of the battery components.  Stop by our dealership for a free battery testing.

Stop by our dealership to take advantage of our great offers and have your vehicle inspected today.  Our staff here at Hassett Automotive hopes you stay safe on the roads this spring!

Preparing for Winters Worst

Monday, February 4th, 2013

The most dangerous day to drive is a Saturday. Throughout the winter season the risk of driving on a Saturday becomes even more dangerous. Due to the snow, ice, rain and other hazardous weather conditions, it is important to make sure you do everything to prepare yourself and your car for the winter season. There are steps to help prevent accidents and prepare drivers if they should happen to have an accident.

The Guide to Winter Driving:

  • Slow down: With spontaneous weather conditions, there is a greater risk of accidents. Leave a few minutes early and slow down while breaking and turning especially, to help become a more defensive driver. Even accelerating slowly will help, by reducing wheel spin.
  • Check your tires: If your tires are worn this is the perfect time for new tires. It may also be a good idea to consider special winter weather tires.
  • Avoid standing water, ice, snow and road edges when possible
  • Clear off all snow and ice from the windshield before driving: To insure optimal vision it is best to scrap all snow and ice off of your vehicles windows.
  • Pump your breaks: locking your wheels when breaking can cause your vehicle to slide or skid. By pumping your breaks more traction is created. Also, try to perform one action, like breaking, accelerating, or turning at one time.
  • Maintain an emergency kit: items like a first aid, small shovel, jumper cables, reflective pieces, snow salt, tow rope, duct tape, windshield scraper, an extra blanket and gloves can come in handy for unexpected situations.
  • Check your cooling System: the cooling system should be flushed at least every two years to help prevent the cold from causing damage to the radiator, engine and heater hoses.

By following these tips, you can help prevent accidents and ensure the safety of yourself and others. In the winter time it is always best to be fully prepared, because there is no telling what the weather will do next. To find out if your car is equipped for winter driving, call Hassett Automotive and set up an inspection.