The Top Car Games for Staying Entertained on Road Trips

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Staying entertained on the road is hard enough for adults, but what do you do if you have children in the backseat. There are a variety of top car games for kids, from classics like I Spy to more original ones  you might not have heard of. In addition to stopping every two hours and keeping your kids fed and hydrated, eliminating boredom is a great way to make any road trip better.

According to Mini Time, the classic game I Spy is always a good idea because it can be sustained for long periods of time. The directions are simple: someone looks for something in the environment, says the classic words (“I spy something . . .”), and gives a clue.

Next, try the license plate game. If you’re driving on the interstate, give kids a pad of paper to record the state from which the vehicles around them come from. The first person to collect all 50 states wins, and you can even give bonuses for Canadian provinces. This is a great way to learn geography while you’re on the go.

The game “I’m going on a picnic” is also a great. This memory game requires your kids to remember a list of items — a trick that’s harder than it seems. The first player starts by saying “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing . . .” followed by something that begins with the letter A (e.g., apples). The second player repeats what the first person said, but adds something that begins with the letter B. This goes on until you reach the end of the alphabet. The only caveat is that it must be something you would bring on a picnic — food, supplies, etc.

Contact us at Amesbury Chevrolet if you’d like to schedule a pre-trip service appointment for your vehicle.

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Spring Cleaning Tips: Prepare Your Car for Warmer Weather

Spring Cleaning Tips | Amesbury, MA

With the cold months of winter behind us, we have a lot of work to do. Your car has been through one harsh winter, and now it is time to restore it for the warmer months ahead. The Amesbury Chevrolet service team recommends these spring cleaning tips

Wash it

Take your vehicle to a carwash that cleans the outside body along with the undercarriage. This ensures that all water and salt gathered below your car is gone so as to avoid corrosion. Also, clean the interior. Wipe down the dash, and vacuum the floor. For the future, buy some floor mats to keep your floor clean.

Inspect it

Winter can add wear and tear to your Chevy car’s set of wheels, so examine your vehicle’s tires for balding tire tread. Swap out your winter tires for summer tires or all-season tires. Your car’s tires will require the best grip on the road for those April showers.

Check it

Every winter can affect on your car’s windshield wipers, so replace them this month. Test your battery at our dealership to see how much the winter drained it. If it is older than four years, you most likely need to get it changed.

Fill it

Top off all fluids, including your windshield wiper fluid and coolant.  Get your oil changed, and keep track of your brake fluid. If your brake fluid is low, you will know, as stopping tends to take longer.

Schedule a spring cleaning service appointment by visiting the Amesbury Chevrolet website.

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Ron’s Spring Car Maintenance Tips

Spring Car Maintenance Tips | Amesbury Chevrolet

Winter is rolling out, and spring will take its place before we know it. Is your car ready for a road trip? Check out what Ron, our service manager, has to say when it comes to spring car maintenance tips!

Change the Wipers

Do you use your windshield wipers during winter? If you do, odds are the rubber wiper blades have taken quite a hit from the snow, ice, and cold. That can leave the blades unable to clear the spring showers from your windshield.

Changing your wiper blades is something most drivers can do at home. A replacement set doesn’t cost much compared to the cost of a fender bender because you couldn’t see.

It’s important to make sure your view of the road is free and clear. Your windshield wipers are the first line of defense to an unobstructed view.

Check the Battery

Your car can’t start without a functioning battery. Performing a battery inspection can help avoid any unexpected surprises. Open the hood and perform a visual inspection for any bulges or bumps. Tighten all the connections and scrape any corrosion off of the posts. If it’s been more than three years, consider replacing the battery altogether.

Wash the Exterior

A harsh winter can lead to salt and debris buildup that can harm your car’s paintjob. Wash every inch and crevice of your car. Once the paint shines in the sunlight, apply a coat of wax.

For even more spring maintenance, stop into Amesbury Chevrolet.

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Back to School Car Care Tips

Here are some great back to school care care tips!

 

We know it feels like summer just started, but it is time to start thinking about heading back to school already. If you are a student or teacher and have been enjoying your time off, be sure to plan some back to school car care before that first bell rings.

We now have a Chevy Express Service Center at Amesbury Chevrolet that is designed to make getting service done easier and faster, no appointment needed.

Here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Routine Maintenance. You don’t want to have to worry about oil changes when you should be studying or grading papers. Make sure your car is caught up on all of its routine scheduled maintenance. In addition to oil changes, this includes checks on all fluids, brakes, belts, etc.
  • Tires. Low tire pressure is dangerous and can cause a big dip in your car’s fuel economy. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have adequate tread depth.
  • Emergency Kit. Be prepared for when an emergency happens with some basic supplies. Keep items like jumper cables, a blanket, a first aid kit, a flashlight, a fully charged spare cell phone, and some non-perishable snacks in your car.

Here at Amesbury Chevrolet, we wish you the best of luck as the new school year begins.

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3 Ways to Beat Cold Weather in Your Chevrolet

Look at Pictures of the Beach on Your Phone

First of all, don’t text and drive. But we know what you’re doing. You parked your Chevy Cruze in your driveway, and you don’t want to get out because it’s cold. Well, crank up the heat and idle your Cruze a little longer as you check out this list of the best beaches in Massachusetts. It’ll give you some inspiration for when the air outside doesn’t hurt your face. Also? Bring some hot cocoa along in a thermos tomorrow.

beat cold weatherPretend You Are a Bear

The Chevrolet Traverse is pretty spacious. Spacious enough to hibernate in. Also, remember what I said about the beach next summer? Bears actually lose 40% of their fat while they hibernate, so hibernating is a great way to get beach-ready after the holidays. If you wish you could live that bear life this winter, check out these top ten facts about bears.

Run Away

Did you know that if you get a Chevy Volt and drive straight to Key West, Florida, it will only take 27 hours and you’ll only have to stop for gas four times? Bonus – there is no recorded instance of snowfall in Key West. Ever.

Beat cold weather by teaming up with us here at Amesbury Chevrolet.

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Perks of Owning a Truck

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Adventure awaits in the Chevrolet Colorado.

Owning a truck might seem impractical for many drivers, but these utility-driven vehicles have more uses than simply towing and hauling things around town. While some top-of-the-line trucks will cost you a pretty penny, others, like the Chevrolet Colorado, offer exceptional utility, a high fuel economy, and a powerful engine for their price. Here are a few perks of owning a truck from us here at Amesbury Chevrolet.

Projects

Trucks are designed to be the more durable vehicles on the market, making them a prime choice for drivers who are constantly working on home projects. Hauling dirt and bricks is a simple task for most trucks. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers a best-in-class maximum towing capacity of 12,500 lbs. when properly equipped. Imagine trying to move heavy bricks in the back of a sedan.

Weather

Harsh weather is an unfortunate occurrence in many climates, but trucks are built to handle the worst of the worst. Northern areas often experience slick winters that leave cars stranded on the side of the road. Fortunately, Chevrolet trucks can power through with their versatile four-wheel drive configuration. The heat isn’t a big factor for most trucks either. A properly-equipped truck can be driven year round with no major consequences.

Safety

Conquering the open road is largely dependent on safety features. While cars are built to crumple strategically upon impact in order to protect occupants, a truck is designed to power through whatever comes across its path. A higher ride height offers increased safety as well.

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Road Trip Safety Tips

Road Trip Safety Tips

Road trip safety is a big deal whether you’re driving cross-country with your buddies all summer or driving your family a few hours to your favorite vacation spot. Being prepared and following these tips is the best way to keep your road trip from turning into a bust.

Road Trip Safety Tips for Your Car

Before you leave, have your car inspected and stock it up with emergency items like a spare tire, tools, and a first aid kit. Make sure you have plenty of non-perishable snacks like granola bars along with water and a change of clothes. Since it’s summer, it’s a good idea to pack something that will cool you off, like a battery-powered fan.

Road Trip Safety Tips for Yourself

Try not to take long trips alone unless you have to, and make your companions take a few legs of the drive. Being well-rested is essential on long drives, so get a good night sleep the night before and take breaks every few hours.

Drive cautiously, and do what you can to avoid heavy traffic areas during busy times. Not only is this a more dangerous time to drive, but it will frustrate you and add time to your trip!

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Driving Alongside Bicyclists This Spring

Be careful when driving alongside bicyclists

Warmer weather means that there will be more pedestrians, more animals, and more bicyclists on the road. Sharing the road with bikes can be dangerous, especially if you do not know how to handle the situation. Driving alongside bicyclists is easy, as long as you take the necessary precautions.

Be Careful When Driving Alongside Bicyclists

According to Edmunds, one of the biggest dangers is that drivers often fail to understand a bike rider’s vulnerability. For example, a bike tends to be four thousand pounds lighter than the average car in the US. Plus, our brains often fail to recognize that bikes are smaller than cars; this can lead to driver’s cutting off bicyclists that they don’t see, or it can cause them to tailgate closer than intended. Always leave a little extra room for bikes.

Turning right is also dangerous when there are bikes on the road. An added blind spot you will have is behind you and to the right. If a bike decides to go straight as you turn right, a collision could occur. Always check this blind spot when turning.

Finally, many drivers need to adjust their attitudes towards bicyclists. As long as riders are over the age of 10, they are considered vehicles. That means they have to ride on the road, and they must obey traffic laws. Treat bikes as equals on the road, and be sure to have patience.

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