Car Care Resolutions for the New Year

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Making Your Vehicle Like-New

As the New Year approaches, many people set goals or resolutions to help better themselves. If you are at a loss to what goals you can set, consider some of these car care resolutions. Happy New Year from all of us at Bob Ross Buick GMC in Dayton, OH!

Clean It Up

If your car is always a mess, inside and out, make a goal to keep your car clean. Spend some time cleaning out the interior, throwing away trash, and getting rid of any junk. Vacuum the carpeting and clean up any stains or spills. Finally, give your car a thorough wash. Try to make do this car clean up once a month to make it like a new vehicle once again.

Catch Up on Maintenance

Somewhere in your car’s owner’s manual is a recommended service schedule. It lists how often you should have certain maintenance items done, like oil changes, tire rotations, engine tune-ups, and brake checks. If you have fallen behind, schedule a service appointment here at Bob Ross Buick GMC and we will help you get back on track. Then, set a goal to stick to the schedule.

Check Your Tires

Once a month, you should do a thorough inspection of your tires. This should include checking the tread depth, looking for signs of uneven wear, and checking the tire pressure.

Keeping a Clean Car for Peace of Mind

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Be A Cleaning Machine

Keeping A Clean Car

We always think that keeping a clean car is important, yet life still seems to get in the way. On average, Americans spend more than an hour and a half in their cars every day. Take a big step towards organizing your life by sorting through your car. These simple tricks can help you get started on the right foot.

Keep a Plastic Bag in the Car

No one likes trash on the floor of their car. It gives off odors and is just a bad look, especially if you have a special someone riding in the car for a date. Save yourself the poor optics of a car littered with candy bar wrappers and soda bottles and take the easy step of keeping a plastic bag in the car to serve as a trash bag. When it reaches full capacity, simply tie it off and throw it away. Your car will thank you.

Quick Wipedown While Pumping Gas

It’s so easy to stare off into the distance and forget about everything while completing the mundane task of filling your car with gas. Turn your refueling into an efficient, productive experience by using the squeegees and soapy water offered at fuel pumps by almost all gas stations. One minute of wiping your windows and body of the car will remove the dirt, grime, and bird waste that can so quickly smear a vehicle.

If your vehicle needs more help than simple cosmetic fixes, contact the service department at Bob Ross Buick GMC In Dayton, OH for an appointment, and we would love to help you out today. Have a great day, and thank you for reading!

Back to School Safety Tips

Back to School Safety Tips

The kids will be heading back to school before you know it, so it’s important to be properly prepared. Whether your child is walking, biking, or riding in the car, these back to school safety tips can help ensure they arrive at school without a scratch on them.

Walking

Students walking to school should stay on the sidewalk whenever possible. If a sidewalk isn’t an option, walk on the side of the street towards oncoming traffic. Parents would do well to walk to school with their children to ensure they know the safest way and take proper precautions. Older walkers should keep their eyes on what’s in front of them, not on a smartphone device.

Biking

Biking is an efficient way to get exercise while heading to school. Bikers should wear a helmet at all times. Watch for cars and make sure to use proper hand signals when turning. Wearing bright clothing can make it easier for drivers to see bike riders on foggy and dark mornings.

Riding

Parents driving their kids to school have a few safety precautions to take as well. Make sure all passengers have their seatbelts fastened. Obey the laws of the road. Do not pass buses that are picking up students. Leave enough space for students to safely board.

If you need a new ride for the school carpool, or if you have a child old enough to drive themselves, contact the team here at Bob Ross Buick GMC to learn more about our inventory.

Road Trip Essentials: What to Bring on Your Adventure

Yukon Road Trip

You’ll Find Everything You Need On This List

There’s nothing more American than taking a long drive through your region or across the country, and a new Buick or GMC will make that trip all the more enjoyable. Before you hit the road on your next adventure, be sure to pack some of these road trip essentials. From the basics to some luxuries, you’ll find everything you need on this list.

According to REI Co-Op, you should pack plenty of healthy snacks. A small cooler with a drainage port is great for keeping supplies cool, and you can also carry a Leatherman or other knife to help you slice fresh food on the go. Bring veggies, fruit, and plenty of water, and be sure to have napkins and hand sanitizer to use before you eat. Healthy food and drink will keep you alert and refreshed on the go.

Be prepared to take small, unexpected adventures, and don’t rule anything out. One of the perks of road trips is that you can stumble across virtually anything. Bring gear for climbing, skiing, biking, and hiking (depending on where you’re headed), as well as a blanket to stretch out on.

If you have a roomy vehicle like the GMC Yukon or Yukon XL, you may even want to camp in your SUV. Bring a sleeping pad for below your sleeping bag for added comfort, a solar inflatable lantern (the fewer breakable things the better) and a spare duffel for added storage.

If you want to find the perfect vehicle for your road trip adventures, or make sure your current ride is up to the task, come visit the team at Bob Ross Buick GMC.

Three Hacks for Winter Driving

Hacks for Winter Driving

Since “it’s cold outside” isn’t enough of an excuse to stay home from work, it’s helpful to have a few tricks up your sleeve to make the ride to work easier. These hacks for winter driving from Bob Ross Buick GMC will help make your commute as simple and safe as possible—even when you’re driving through a winter wonderland.

 Protect Your Wipers

Windshield wipers are very important, especially in the winter. But send them for a few passes over an icy windshield, and they could get damaged and stop working as well, which means you’re left with poor visibility. Keep this from happening by lifting your windshield wipers up when snow or ice is expected. You can even use an extra pair of socks to cover the wiper blades and protect them from precipitation so they’ll be ready to go.

DIY De-Icer

You can buy products that will melt away the frost and ice from your windshield, but these are sometimes a little pricey and also filled with chemicals. Make a natural, and inexpensive version of this tool yourself by mixing three parts vinegar with one part water into a spray bottle.

Brush Your Headlights

Ok, so you don’t have to use a toothbrush. But adding some toothpaste to your headlights and rinsing it off with warm water is a great way to give them a good washing. Cleaner headlights means better visibility for you and other drivers, which is always a good thing.

Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips - Bob Ross

The winter season is quickly approaching which means now is the time to prepare for the harsh weather. Ohio isn’t exactly kind during winter, so proper preparation is an absolute necessity. We here at Bob Ross Buick GMC have a few winter driving tips to help you stay out of trouble this coming season.

Create an Emergency Kit

Properly preparing for the winter season means you’ll need to have an emergency kit at the ready. Keeping your kit stocked with bandages, nonperishable food, blankets, extra clothes, and a flashlight with extra batteries can help you stay comfortable while you wait for help to arrive.

Keep Up With Maintenance

Getting your car ready for winter means doing more than just washing it and cleaning the interior. Performing routine maintenance is essential to keep your car on the road all winter long. Fresh oil is a necessity to keep your vehicle’s engine operating at peak performance and efficiency. You should also have a technician inspect your vehicle for potential problems as cold weather will only make them worse. It wouldn’t hurt to check the battery’s charge and replace it as needed.

Watch the Weather Forecast

Knowledge is power which makes keeping up with the local weather forecast an absolute necessity. Knowing what to expect while on the road can help you take the proper precautions or avoid going out on the road when inclement weather is on the way.