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Start the Year Off Right with These Back to School Tips

 

We know it feels like summer just started, but the school year is right around the corner. If you want this to be your kids’ best year of school ever, then start them off right with some of these back to school tips.

  • Ease into your schedule. Two weeks before the start of school, start easing everyone back into their school wake and sleep schedules.
  • Make a calendar. School years are flooded with calendars, especially if you have more than one child in school. Find a way to keep everyone’s schedules organized. Try using a big white board calendar with color-coded markers for each person in the family.
  • Find after school activities. Start looking into after school programs for your kids. Do they want to take dance classes, play soccer, join the science club? Some of these programs fill up quickly, so don’t wait too long.
  • Turn on their brains. Reignite their young minds by taking a few trips to the library, a local museum, or other cultural attractions.
  • Talk about it. If you have kids just starting school or making a big transition, like to middle school, talk about what they can expect.

Here at Southtowne Hyundai, we hope everyone has a great start to the school year.

Fun Summer Activities You Can Do at Home

Taking a road trip to a new or traditional location is a common practice for American families when summer rolls around. There are plenty of other activities to take part in that can be done locally, too! Here are a few fun summer activities suggested by us at SouthTowne Hyundai that can make the upcoming months some of the most memorable you’ll ever have.

Drink Iced Tea

You don’t have to travel to get some great iced tea! A common summer beverage, anyone can make their own iced tea provided they have some tea packets and sunlight. Make a pitcher by letting the tea packets soak in water, then place the water in a sunny area. You’ll have a fresh pitcher of tea in no time! Simply refrigerate and add ice or sugar if necessary for a sweet drink to sip on under the summer sun.

Start a Project

Summer marks warmer weather and more sunlight, which means it’s a great time to start a new project. Consider something simple, such as building a chair or bench, if you aren’t good with tools. Those who want a real challenge could try taking on something larger, such as a shed or renovating a front porch.

Use a Grill

Having a family barbeque is a great way to make memories. Start up the grill and invite the neighbors if you’re feeling particularly social!

Snacks for Road Trips: the Dos and Don’ts of Eating on the Road

Any road trip enthusiast will tell you that careful planning can make or break a trip—including the proper snacks. Although it might sound like a silly concept, it is true that many drivers eat while they’re on the road. That’s why we’ve put together a post on snacks for road trips to give you an idea of the dos and don’ts of eating on the road.

According to How Stuff Works, the ideal foods for the roads make you feel full and don’t distract you from driving. They also give you energy and keep you alert. First, bring a mini cooler and keep it within reach. If you have passengers, put them in charge of snack distribution. The best snacks tend to be nuts, granola bars, and bananas. What do they have in common? They aren’t messy and they can be eaten with one hand.

What should you avoid? Obviously, you don’t want to bring messy foods that might distract from the road. Chips make your hands greasy, sandwich and hot dog condiments tend to get everywhere, and foods with pits or that have a lot of fluid can also be a problem, including cherries or peaches.

Other favorites include: fruit leather, jerky, celery and carrot sticks, and good old-fashioned trail mix. For drinks, go light—you don’t want to pull over every five seconds. Generally, you can’t go wrong with water. Avoid sugary drinks that may give you a rush and then a sugar crash. Though there are mixed feelings on caffeine, it is a stimulant, making coffee, tea, and energy drinks a possibility for late nights.

Direct Lending Versus Dealership Lending

What’s the difference between direct lending versus dealership lending? Direct and dealership lending are the two primary financing options for drivers in the market for a new car. Both have their advantages and each will benefit a different type of buyer depending on their financial situation. Check out this short comparison of direct lending versus dealership lending from us at SouthTowne Hyundai!

Benefits of Direct Lending

By getting a loan from a bank, the customer is taking part in direct lending.

One of the primary benefits of direct lending is the ability to compare loan offers and terms from competing financial institutions. By doing so, buyers can know the terms before purchasing a vehicle. Knowing the terms of the loan in advance is a benefit in itself.

Benefits of Dealership Lending

Those getting financing directly from the dealership are taking part in dealership lending. The primary difference between the two is that the dealership can sell the contract to a financial institution after signing.

Fortunately, dealership lending comes with multiple benefits as well. An in-house finance department and working relationship with surrounding financial institutions mean both the convenience of a timely response and only having to fill out a single loan application. Some automotive manufacturers offer special incentive programs through dealerships, further increasing the savings customers experience.

Check out our lending options at SouthTowne Hyundai in Riverdale, GA today. We will work hard to get you the best auto loan in the area.

What to Do After a Car Accident

 

The first few moments after a car accident can be incredibly stressful, especially for those who haven’t been driving for very long. Panic and fear can make it hard to remember what to do, and that could hurt you when making an insurance claim. Here are a few tips regarding what to do after a car accident because we at SouthTowne Hyundai are here to help.

Breathe

The first thing to do immediately following an accident is to breathe and try to relax. Panicking will ultimately result in mistakes and a foggy memory. Take a moment to clear your mind before exiting the vehicle. Your wallet, insurance company, and future self will thank you.

Check for Injuries

The next step after remaining calm is to check for injuries. Make sure you don’t have any serious wounds or pain. Once you’ve checked over yourself, attend to any passengers to make sure they’re okay as well. Finally, check on anyone else involving, including the other driver and any bystanders.

Gather Information

While you should always call the police, even for minor accidents, it’s equally important to gather the other driver’s information as well. Make sure to get their name, insurance company (or agent), and a copy of the police report. Having that information ready to go will expedite the claims process.

Car Spring Cleaning Tips

Springtime is just around the corner, so you might want to get a start on some spring cleaning. Why not start with your car? Here are some car spring cleaning tips for you from us at SouthTowne Hyundai.

Car spring cleaning
Scrub a dub dub!

Wash Lights

Start on the outside by scrubbing those headlights and taillights. They can get foggy and dirty during the winter, so scrubbing them will help your visibility.

Clean Out the Trunk

A lot of things can get haphazardly thrown in the trunk. Take the time to finally donate that bag of clothes or move the ice scraper to the basement.

Wax the Outside

Get a bright and shiny look going into spring by washing and waxing the exterior of your car. Waxing doesn’t just make your car look nice; it also helps seal your paint, protecting it from water spots and wear and tear.

Vacuum

Take that vacuum to the inside of your car. Don’t miss a spot – get under the mats, all the nooks and crannies, and all over the seats.

Clean Underneath

The bottom of your car can get pretty mucky, especially with mud or rain that can come with winter. Take a hose to the underneath or your car to give it a good washing.

Should You Lease or Buy Your Next Car?

 

When you decide that you’re going to get a different car, it’s an exciting time. However, it can also be quite overwhelming. With all of the different options out there, it isn’t always clear what the best route is for you. One choice that you will have to make is whether you want to lease or buy. Here are the differences.

Leasing

When you agree to lease a car, you are essentially agreeing to rent that car for a set period of time. At the end of your contract, you do not own the car. You make a set payment each month, and then at the end some dealers give you the option to buy.

This choice makes sense for people who want to drive a nicer car than they can afford.

Buying

The primary benefit to buying a car is that you own that vehicle. When you decide that you no longer want to drive your car anymore, you can sell it and make some of your money back. Generally, buying is the more financially sound decision.

Whatever way you end up deciding to go, make sure that you do your homework and are well-informed before making your decision.

New Year’s Car Resolutions

new year's car resolutions - southtowne hyundai - riverdale gaWhile you’re making resolutions for yourself to exercise more and budget better, consider making some commitments to your car as well. New Year’s car resolutions are a great way to motivate yourself to take better care of your car this year. Here are some ideas!

First of all, if you haven’t been sticking to your scheduled maintenance, you can start this year. Schedule oil changes and tune-ups for the coming year now so you don’t forget. You should also schedule a day each month to check the tire pressure and check the fluid levels.

Give your car a regular wash to keep it free dust, salt, and anything else that might lead to corrosion and paint damage. You should also make an effort to keep the inside clean, including vacuuming occasionally.

If there’s a dashboard indicator light you’ve been ignoring, like the check-engine light, stop ignoring it! Go get it diagnosed and repaired as soon as possible, or you’ll probably run out of luck before long and you’ll end up with a car that doesn’t work.

Another thing you can do is change your driving habits. Committing to slowing down, coasting to a stop instead of braking hard, and reducing how often you idle—especially on cold mornings—will extend the life of your vehicle.

Drive safely, and happy New Year!

How to Get Your Christmas Tree Home Without a Problem

Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means it is time for the most wonderful time of the year—Christmas. If you are getting ready to head out to your local Christmas tree farm to choose the perfect tree for your family, then it’s important you know exactly how to get your Christmas tree home. Here are some tips to make this adventure easy and to keep you from damaging either your tree or your vehicle.

Wrap the branches. The pine needles of your Christmas tree can do a lot of damage to your vehicle if they’re not properly secured. They can also shake lose during transit, resulting in a balding tree. To avoid damage to your tree and car, remember to wrap your tree in netting before you tie it to your roof. If you don’t have netting, then simply use a blanket or a tarp.

 Point it the right way. Avoid any excess wind damage to your tree by pointing it in the right direction. The tree trunk should be pointed towards the front of the car to prevent your tree’s branches and needles from being damaged. This also helps you stay more aerodynamic, keeping you safer and more fuel-efficient.

 Securely tie it. No one wants to lose their tree on the way home, so make sure it is tied tightly to the roof. If you don’t have roof rails, simply open the door of your car and loop a rope up, around your tree, and through your car. Do this multiple times to ensure your tree is secure, then close the doors. This will make sure you and your perfect tree get home safe and sound.

How to Get Your Christmas Tree Home

Prepare Your Car For Winter

Winter is right around the corner which means now is the perfect time to take the necessary steps to prepare your car for the upcoming season. Cold weather can do a number on cars that aren’t properly prepared. That can cause damage or breakdowns you may not be able to afford. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your car for winter from us here at SouthTowne Hyundai.

  • Antifreeze – Whatever you do, don’t forget to check your antifreeze. Your antifreeze is responsible from keeping you engine from getting so cold it freezes and leaves you stuck on the side of the road. Kits that check coolant levels are available at auto stores or you can have a dealership’s service department check for you.
  • Battery – An old battery just won’t do during cold weather. It could struggle to pump enough power to start the car or just die entirely. If your battery is more than a few years old, it’s time for a replacement. Don’t forget to check for abnormalities, like bumps and dents!
  • Tires – Tire tread is incredibly important during winter when the roads are slick. Maintaining optimal traction is crucial for drivers who plan on reaching their destination on time. Check your tread depth before the cold weather hits your area!

Prepare Your Car For Winter