10-11-19

How to stay safe on a road trip

Couple in car at sunset

Fall is in full effect, and that means winter isn’t far away (we’re sorry to be the bearers of bad news). Just because winter is near doesn’t mean you can’t plan a road trip! We thought that now would be a good time to get a refresher on a few safety tips to ensure that your road trip is as enjoyable as possible. Read on to see how your fall or winter trip can be safe and fun at the same time.

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Road trip safety tips

There’s never a bad time to go over a few driving safety tips. When you’re on a road trip, it’s probably safe to assume that you aren’t the only one in the car. So, you are responsible for the safety of yourself, others in the car, and others on the road. Here are three simple tips to make sure your road trip journey safely leads you to your destination.

1.) Keep your phone away from you

Of course, if it’s not your turn to drive, having your phone out for entertainment isn’t a problem. If you’re behind the wheel though, stow your phone or give it to a passenger. We know that phones are often used for navigation and music, so if the driver’s phone is responsible for either of those, just give it to someone else and let them manage it. Even if you’re not texting and driving, fidgeting with the GPS or music on your phone is still unsafe while driving.

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2.) Drive in shifts

If your road trip is expected to take, six, seven, eight, even nine or more hours, it’s a good idea to make a driving schedule. For example, if you have a ten-hour trek and five people are in the vehicle, just drive in two-hour shifts. Driving can wear you out more than you might think, so don’t tire yourself! Take a load off and relax in the shotgun seat for a while.

3.) Don’t over fill your car

Driving with friends and family is great, but if you only have room for four passengers, don’t carry more than four passengers. While carpooling is fantastic, it’s okay to travel in a pair or trio of cars if it means each car won’t be too cramped. Too many people in one car can cause too many distractions like noise, conversation, and clutter.

Be safe out on the roads! Especially with winter weather approaching, keep your eyes on the road and have fun!

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What can I do if I see a dog in a car this summer?

What to do if you see a dog locked in a car on a hot day

With a hot summer like this, it can heat up inside your car very easily and quickly. We want to help people know what to do if you see a dog locked in a car on a hot day. Let’s take a look at these steps to show you what you can do in this situation.  


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How to help a pet locked inside

There are some steps you can take to help a dog that has been left by its owner in the vehicle. You should follow these tips to make sure that you can find the owner as soon as possible to retrieve their pet.

Step #1: Take note of the vehicle’s make, model, and licence plate to be able to identify which vehicle it is.

Step #2: Go to the nearest business or businesses to announce that someone forgot their pet inside their vehicle. They will return to the vehicle and get their dog out of the heat.

Step #3: If you can’t find the owner, you should call the non-emergency number and wait by the vehicle until the police or animal control come to the vehicle.

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Make sure to look up any laws about saving animals from hot cars to make sure your actions are in line with the code of law. If you are looking for a vehicle this summer, you can visit our online inventory and schedule a test drive with us at Craig Dunn Motor City today.

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What causes a car to overheat?

Seeing steam emerging from under the hood of your vehicle is a driver’s worst nightmare, and unfortunately, overheated engines are pretty common in the hot months. There are many conditions that can cause a car to overheat, but we’re giving out our best tips and tricks for preventing that from happening! Read on for details. 

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How to prevent your car from overheating

Check for leaks 

Although a leak in the cooling system doesn’t directly lead to an overheated engine, the two are closely related. When the cooling system leaks, coolant levels drop, allowing air to enter in and circulate throughout the system. When the air rises to the top of the cooling system, an airlock occurs, which basically means that big bubble is stuck in the cooling system. In turn, the coolant remaining inside the engine becomes heated, causing the engine to eventually overheat.

Change oil on time

Changing your engine oil on time is actually pretty important if you want to keep your car from overheating. Although it isn’t commonly known, engine oil is a vital component to keeping the engine cool. Oil lubricates the engine parts to prevent the parts from rubbing together and causing friction, and if the oil is old, it won’t properly do its job. Parts causing friction creates heat inside the engine, which can and probably will lead to overheating.

Make sure coolant is concentrated 

If you’re buying coolant from the store, you’re going to want to make sure you read the instructions before dumping it into your vehicle. While some coolants come pre-mixed, a huge variety of coolants available at the store aren’t concentrated. If the coolant isn’t ready-to-use straight out of the bottle, make sure you follow the instructions to get the correct concentration.

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Drivers in need of scheduling a service appointment for their overheating engine are encouraged to do so online or by phone at 888-611-6021. Those with additional questions about how to prevent your vehicle’s engine from overheating are invited to contact a member of our team today!

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How does GMC’s Lane Departure Warning System work?

GMC Lane Departure Warning System

Automakers are constantly working to make sure their vehicles are as safe as possible, and as technology gets more and more advanced, safety features can be a little tricky to understand. GMC’s Lane Departure Alert is now available on a wide variety of vehicles in the manufacturer’s lineup, so we’re breaking down how exactly this advanced safety system works. Read on for details!

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GMC Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning

GMC’s Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning uses a camera sensor located on the windshield to detect lane markings on the road. The system operates while the vehicle is travelling between 37 mph and 112 mph, and it’s designed to help drivers avoid collisions while on the road. If the Lane Departure Warning System determines that the vehicle is unintentionally deviating from its lane, the driver will be warned with audio, visual and sensory cues. If the driver takes no corrective measures to stay within the lane lines, the Lane Keep Assist system may kick in and provide steering assistance to keep the vehicle in its lane.

So does this mean that every time you try to change lanes while driving, the system is going to alert you that you’re leaving your lane? Definitely not. The system recognizes that a lane change is intentional when a blinker is used.

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Have additional questions about GMC’s Lane Departure Warning System? Feel free to contact our team and we’ll answer any questions you may have. Drivers interested in seeing how this advanced system works in person are encouraged to schedule an obligation-free test drive online or stop in and see us at our location in Portage la Prairie!

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How does Chevy’s Rear Cross Traffic Alert work?

It can be tough to keep up with new vehicle technologies, especially since technology is constantly evolving and becoming more complicated. But that’s what you have our team at Craig Dunn Motor City for! We’ve recently been asked about Chevy’s Rear Cross Traffic Alert, so we’re breaking down how the system works in an easy-to-understand way! Keep reading for more details.

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Chevy Rear Cross Traffic Alert safety system

Chevy’s Rear Cross Traffic Alert works by using rear-mounted radar sensors to monitor what’s going on directly behind your vehicle. The system activates when you put it into reverse, and it acts as an extra set of eyes for you. If you start backing up and another vehicle approaches, you will hear a beeping noise from the system, alerting you that rear traffic is approaching. The Rear Cross Traffic Alert safety system is especially useful in crowded parking lots, when it can be hard to see if any other vehicles are approaching.

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Drivers interested in seeing Chevy’s Rear Cross Traffic Alert at work are encouraged to stop in and see us at Craig Dunn Motor City or schedule an obligation-free test drive online! Have additional questions about the safety feature or which vehicles in our inventory are equipped with this advanced piece of technology? Give our team a call today!

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What safety features does the 2017 Buick Encore have?

If you’re shopping for a new family SUV, you are probably paying attention to what safety features are offered by a variety of vehicles within the class. If safety features are at the top of your priority list, our team here at Craig Dunn Motor City highly recommends checking out the 2017 Buick Encore. Not only does the vehicle have a lengthy list of standard safety features, but it also comes available with a variety of highly-advanced safety features as well. Interested in learning more? Keep reading and we’ll fill you in on the details! 

2017 Buick Encore standard safety features

The 2017 Buick Encore boasts an impressive 5-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety, so you can feel protected and at ease during your time behind the wheel. In fact, all six trim levels of the 2017 Encore come equipped with standard safety features such as:

  • 10 air bags
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Disc Brakes
  • Child restraint provisions
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • OnStar® Basic Plan for 5 years
  • OnStar® Guidance Plan for 3 months
  • Rear vision camera
  • 3-point safety belts for all seating positions
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Stability Control System
2017 Buick Encore standard safety features
2017 Buick Encore driver assist features

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2017 Buick Encore advanced safety features

In addition to the 2017 Encore’s standard safety features, the SUV also comes available with a variety of advanced safety features, including Forward Collision Alert, Front and Rear Ultrasonic Park Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Side Blind Zone Alert.

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Drivers interested in seeing all of the 2017 Buick Encore’s safety features at work in person are encouraged to stop in and see us at Craig Dunn Motor City or schedule an obligation-free test drive online. Have additional questions about the 2017 Encore before getting in the driver’s seat? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team today!

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