__MAIN_TEXT__
feature-image

Page 1

Spring ... On The Road APRIL 18, 2020 A SPECIAL SECTION FROM THE

GREENEVILLE SUN

FROM THE GROUND UP

Make Sure Your Vehicle Is Wearing Good ‘Shoes’

DRIVING 101 Don’t Let Distraction Take Over Behind The Wheel

ROAD TRIPS IN A RECREATIONAL VEHICLE

RV Life Can Offer Freedom For Travel And Fun


Page 2 THE GREENEVILLE SUN CAR CARE EDITION Saturday, April 18, 2020

GreenevilleSun.com

GREENEVILLE SUN 2020 CAR CARE GUIDE

Practical Guidance For Everything Automotive

W

ith more than 1,200 miles of road within our borders, Greene County is near the top of the list in Tennessee per-county mileage. With that much roadway under local tires, the importance of the vehicles in Greene County garages and driveways is

clear. They are the tools of local life, essentials we cannot function without. And tools need to be kept in top working order if they are to serve us well. In this special annual supplemental publication of The Greeneville Sun, we are pleased to bring you, through the support of our advertisers, information we as mo-

torists need to know to help keep ourselves safely on wheels, and keep those wheels turning for a long time. From buying or selling your vehicle, to keeping that vehicle running at best eďŹƒciency, to warning signs of trouble that may be ahead, you’ll find relevant information within these pages.

We encourage you to read these informative stories and especially to support the advertisers who make this edition possible. They are excellent resources for you to consult regarding automotive needs. We deeply appreciate them, as we appreciate you, our readers. Be careful out there.


GreenevilleSun.com

Saturday, April 18, 2020 THE GREENEVILLE SUN CAR CARE EDITION Page 3

TIRES AT DEALER COST with coupon

Additionally, We have rebates on Select tires thru the end of April

$100 / $70 / $50 / $40

Additionally, if you use your GM Credit Card, the rebate is doubled. See dealer for rebate details. Expires 4/30/20

5w30 and 0w20 Dexos Synthetic oil change = $19.50 OFF *Up to 5 quarts, Mobil, other weight motor oils extra. Excludes diesel and medium-duty trucks. See Bachman Bernard Chevrolet Service Consultant for details. Valid thru May 15.

Coupons must be presented at time of write up.

BACHMAN BERNARD CHEVROLET BUICK • GMC • CADILLAC

www.BachmanBernardChevy.com Full New & Used Sales, Leasing, Service, Parts & Body Shop

3365 E. A.J. HWY. (Between Wal-Mart & Pals)

423-639-4141


Page 4 THE GREENEVILLE SUN CAR CARE EDITION Saturday, April 18, 2020

GreenevilleSun.com

Make Sure Your Vehicle Is Wearing Good ‘Shoes’

M

aking driving more safe can come down to ensuring that the vehicle is in good working order — starting from the ground up. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns that an average of 200 people die each year in tire-related crashes. In 2016, 733 people across the United States lost their lives in accidents in which tire malfunction was a contributing factor. Roughly 70 percent of single vehicle accidents are tire-related. Taking tire maintenance seriously can greatly reduce the chances of blowouts, accidents and fatalities. Here are several key tips for tire safety. 1) Maintain the right pressure Caring for tires not only improves safety, but also it extends the life of the tires, saving drivers money as a result. Simply checking the tires’ inflation pressure can make a significant difference in how long tires last. For example, a tire that is consistently 20 percent under-inflated may see its life expectancy reduced by that same percentage. Tires that are not properly inflated also can have a high rolling resistance. In such instance, the engine must expend more effort to move the vehicle, thus eating up fuel. Pressure should be checked at ambient temperature before driving, recommends AAA. The recommended inflation pressure can be found in the drivers manual or on the tire. 2) Check tire tread Tires rely on good tread depth to maintain traction and shed water during wet conditions. AAA recommends checking tread with a visual inspection and with the “quarter test.” Insert a quarter into a tread groove with the top of Washington’s head facing down. If the top of his head is not visible, the tires have at least 4/32” of tread and are acceptable for continued use. If the top of Washington’s head shows, tires need to be replaced. 3) About tire aging Check the owner’s manual for specific

recommendations concerning replacing the spare tire for the vehicle. Some manufacturers state after six years, while others say 10 years is the maximum service life for tires. While most tire centers will use newly manufactured tires when replacing tires, you can double check the age of any tire by looking at the sidewall for the tire identification number (TIN), offers NHTSA. The last four digits are the week and year of manufacture. 4) Keep up on maintenance Wheel alignment, tire rotation and tire balancing are all key to minimizing wear and extending the life and safety of tires. Each vehicle has specific recommendations, and drivers should consult their manuals to find those specifics.

Great Rates

Do you have a

Handyman Service?

Painting Let us help you reach Yard Work potential clients by advertising Home Repairs in The Greeneville Sun Business & Service Directory. Fixtures Installed

Fencing Deck Staining Flooring & Tile Appliances Installed

Service Guide Special 4 lines 24 days

$75

Must be prepaid, no refunds. Call Classifieds at 423-638-4185 or email classifiedads@greenevillesun.com


GreenevilleSun.com

Saturday, April 18, 2020 THE GREENEVILLE SUN CAR CARE EDITION Page 5

AUTO LOANS that go the

EXTRA MILE New and Used Autos as low as

2.49% APR* and

you can postpone your payment for up to three months!

Apply online at www.ecu.org/drive. *APR is Annual Percentage Rate. Loan and payment deferral subject to approval. Rate subject to change.

Be part of the Extraordinary Difference.


Page 6 THE GREENEVILLE SUN CAR CARE EDITION Saturday, April 18, 2020

Low Transmission Fluid Levels Will Send Certain Signals

V

ehicles require all sorts of maintenance to operate safely and efficiently. Contrary to popular belief, motorists need not be amateur mechanics to keep their vehicles running strong. Major vehicle repairs are best left to the professionals, but drivers can learn to identify the causes of relatively minor issues that, if left untreated, can cause significant damage. For example, vehicles may exhibit certain signs of that indicate their transmission fluid needs replenishing. In many of the following instances, drivers may only need to top off the transmission fluid in their vehicles. However, if issues persist, schedule an appointment with a mechanic. · Overheated transmission: Smoke billowing from a car is a sight no driver wants to see. But as bad as it may look, smoke coming from a car may only indicate the transmission is overheating due to lack of fluid. Smoke also can be indicative of a host of other problems, so if transmission fluid levels are not low, consult a mechanic. Loss of power and a burning smell also may indicate low transmission fluid levels. · Erratic shifting: Drivers can notice how their vehicles shift whether the cars or trucks have automatic or manual transmissions. Transmission fluid may be low if shifts appear to be delayed or faster than normal or if the vehicle appears to be slamming into a new gear. The automotive service provider Aamco notes that shifting issues related to transmission fluid may indicate the presence of a leak. If the issue disappears after refilling transmission fluid but then reappears shortly thereafter, consult a mechanic. · Pausing when engaging gears: A two- to three-second pause when shifting into drive and reverse is another indicator that transmission fluid levels are low. Automotive experts note that manual transmissions require fluid to keep gears lubricated, while automatic transmissions rely on fluid to create the hydraulic pressure necessary to power movement within the transmission. When fluid levels are low, shifting from park to drive or reverse can take longer than it should. · Slipping transmission: Vehicles that are not staying in gear also may be in need of transmission fluid. However, a slipping transmission also may indicate significant damage to the transmission has already occurred, so this issue should be brought to the attention of a mechanic. Low transmission fluid levels can contribute to various symptoms. Keeping an eye on fluid levels and recognizing low fluid symptoms can keep cars running smoothly.

GreenevilleSun.com


GreenevilleSun.com

Saturday, April 18, 2020 THE GREENEVILLE SUN CAR CARE EDITION Page 7

Don’t Let Distraction Take Over Behind The Wheel

D

espite the fact that automobiles are now designed with more safety features than ever before, the rate of traffic accidents and fatalities continue to rise. The National Safety Council says safety improvement like crash-avoidance technology hasn’t reduced accidents, and driver error is still to blame for many crashes – with distractions behind the wheel and impaired driving leading the way. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines distracted driving as any activity that diverts drivers’ attention from the road. This can include everything from talking to passengers to eating to

fiddling with the car radio. Look around the driver’s area of your vehicle. See how many potential tools for distraction are there? Distractions from technology have become especially alarming, particularly texting or reading phones while driving. During daylight hours, approximately 481,000 drivers typically use cell phones while driving, despite widespread laws against such use. The NHTSA says that removing one’s eyes from the road for a mere five seconds when traveling at 55 miles per hour is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.

Reducing distractions should be a priority for all drivers. Here are some suggestions: · Store loose gear and other items that can roll around away from the driver’s seat so you are not tempted to reach for them. · Adjust mirrors, GPS maps, climate controls, music, and more before you put the car in drive. · Use a mobile phone only for emergency purposes and only after pulling over to the side of the road. Avoid social conversations on the phone while driving. · Limit the number of passengers you allow inside your car. The more passengers, the more distractions. This is especially

true for young drivers. · Eat food before getting in the car. Snacking while driving makes you less attentive to the road around you. · Secure children and pets accordingly. Both should wear harnesses and not be given free reign to roam around the car. · Try to focus only on driving while in the car. Leave the multitasking to when you’re not behind the wheel. Driving requires focus and an ability to react to a host of potential circumstances. Distractions compromise drivers’ ability to focus. Reducing distractions can considerably cut down on the number of motor vehicle accidents each year.


Page 8 THE GREENEVILLE SUN CAR CARE EDITION Saturday, April 18, 2020

Noises In My Brakes — When Is That A Worry?

N

oises that seem to pop up when applying the brakes can be especially scary for motorists. No one wants to drive a vehicle with faltering or suspect brakes, so learning to distinguish between the two most common brake noises can be a wise move for drivers. Grinding noises indicate a serious problem with the braking system. There are two major causes behind the grinding noise made by brakes. If the grinding sound is audible when pressing on the brake pedal, this likely because the rotor disc is coming into contact with part of the caliper. This typically occurs because the brake pads or rotors are extremely worn down, causing the steel backing of the worn out pad to grind against the rotor. In such instances, the brake pads need replacement immediately. If the grinding noise is audible while the vehicle is in motion, debris might be stuck inside the brakes. Drivers might be able to dislodge this debris by repeatedly moving their cars forward and backward in a safe place, such as a driveway. If that does not work, have the brakes serviced by a qualified mechanic. Many drivers are famil-

GreenevilleSun.com

Rear View Mirror Danger May Be Closer Than It Appears

T

iar with the high-pitched squealing sound that comes from their vehicles or those of fellow motorists. That squeal, while certainly not music to the ears, might be a good thing. Some brake pads are equipped with small steel clips that serve as wear indicators. When brake pads have worn down, these devices produce a squealing sound to let

drivers know it’s time to get new pads. But squealing can be indicative of other things as well. Squealing noises are sometimes heard immediately after brake pads or rotors have been replaced. In such instances, the noise typically subsides within a day or two once the pads have been broken in. Glazed pads also can

Subscribe Today! 423-359-3185

create a squealing sound. When calipers stick, the brakes stay partially applied, producing excessive friction or heat. The heat causes the brake pads to glaze. No one wants to hear noises coming from their brakes. However, such noises are often a car’s way of telling drivers that brakes need to be serviced.

he warning “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear” is featured on passenger-side mirrors of vehicles manufactured in the United States, Canada, India, Korea, and Australia. These mirrors are convex, which means they distort the size of objects viewed in the mirror, and as such, distorts the perception of how close or far away objects are from the driver’s car. However, this distortion allows for the reflection of a wider field of view on the side of the vehicle to help eliminate blind spots. In the United States and Canada, driver’s side mirrors are flat or “planar.” Dual convex mirrors are not currently the norm on vehicles manufactured in North America based on requirements implemented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 111 and the Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 111. Elsewhere, such as in Europe, dual convex mirrors are included on vehicles. Many automotive companies support having two convex mirrors on the sides of cars to eliminate blind spots, as well as reduce the driver’s need to twist his head to the left when turning or changing lanes. However, flat mirrors have been required to avoid distortion and give drivers the most accurate assessment of traffic to their left for changing lanes, called “unit magnification.” Drivers can modify their driver’s-side mirrors to include a convex mirror add-on, as long as the mirrors also have the required flat portion.

PHOTOS GET RESULTS Add a photo and we guarantee your merchandise will sell quicker.

Call for details 638-4185

The Greeneville Sun


GreenevilleSun.com

Saturday, April 18, 2020 THE GREENEVILLE SUN CAR CARE EDITION Page 9

423-639-6671

“We Doze But Never Close”

Owner/Operator Since 2001.

24-Hour Towing & Recovery • • • • • • •

FAST DEPENDABLE PROFESSIONAL TOWING RECOVERY ROAD SERVICE STORAGE

Big or Small, We Can Tow Them All!!

Lynn Hope Towing LLC was started by owner/operator Lynn Hope in 2001. It remains a family owned and operated business. Primarily through word-of-mouth, appreciation and recommendation for the companys’ fast, dependable and professional 24-hour service, the business grew from two trucks to its current ten trucks plus two road tractor operation offering light-to heavy-duty towing and recovery services and more. Lynn Hope Towing LLC is a Greeneville Sun People’s Choice winner in the Best Business category, and provides service for the Greeneville area city, county and state law enforcement agencies as well as many local automotive dealerships, body shops, garages and private accounts.

2020 People’s CHOICE Awards


Page 10 THE GREENEVILLE SUN CAR CARE EDITION Saturday, April 18, 2020

GreenevilleSun.com

How To Make The Car-Selling Process Uncomplicated

S

elling a used vehicle does not have to be complicated. But too often private sellers struggle to sell their vehicles because they are unsure of how to do so. A little information on the selling process can make it easy to unload vehicles quickly and at the prices sellers desire. 1. Know the market. Family sedans, trucks and vans tend to turn over fast. Convertibles, classic cars or those with special features may take longer to move and will have to be priced accordingly. 2. Determine the vehicle’s worth.

Just because sellers want to get predetermined amounts for their vehicles doesn’t mean those figures are the going rates for their cars and trucks. Using resources like Kelley Blue Book, NADA Guides and Autotrader.com can help sellers determine the value of their rides according to factors such as mileage, age, model, and condition of the vehicle. 3. Gather receipts and other paperwork. Sellers should dig through their files to unearth maintenance receipts and other documentation on their vehicles. For those who can’t find receipts, ask for such receipts

where the vehicle was serviced. According to Kelley Blue Book, proof of regular oil changes and other services can be a good selling point because it shows that the seller maintained the vehicle to the best of his or her ability. The Department of Motor Vehicles also suggests gathering a release of liability form to keep sellers from being liable for any damages incurred after the vehicle is sold; warranty documents if the car is still under a manufacturer’s warranty; and the vehicle’s title. 4. Prepare the vehicle. Prior to selling, give the car a facelift and

a good wash. Vacuum floors, floormats, seats, and the trunk. Clean the interior, and wash windows inside and out. A fresh wash and wax can improve the appearance of the vehicle and help it to photograph well for sale pictures.5. Advertise the sale. Advertise the vehicle in a variety of different formats. Opt for the classifieds section of The Greeneville Sun, post it online and share through social media. A sign on the vehicle is also smart. This will improve the chances of it being seen. Selling a car can take some effort, but with the right approach, cars can be sold quickly and at prices that make sellers happy.


GreenevilleSun.com

Saturday, April 18, 2020 THE GREENEVILLE SUN CAR CARE EDITION Page 11

End-Of-Lease Questions Are Best Answered Early

L

easing a vehicle has its advantages. Lessees often point to the excitement of getting a new vehicle every three years as one of the best reasons to lease. Monthly lease payments also tend to be less expensive than monthly financing payments, allowing people without much money to put toward a new vehicle the chance to drive a new car or truck anyway. Come the end of a lease, drivers new to leasing may have lots of questions regarding returning their vehicles. The following are some common end-of-lease questions and their answers. 1) Can I return my car to any dealer? Many lease agreements dictate that vehicles be returned to an authorized dealer of the make of the car. Returning the vehicle to the dealership who initially leased you the vehicle may be the easiest way to go, especially if you want to buy the vehicle. 2) Should I bring my checkbook? The initial lease agreement may list potential end-of-lease charges that could be applicable upon returning the vehicle, so drivers should be prepared to pay these fees upon turning the car in. These charges may pertain to excess wear and use, excess mileage and unpaid fees, such as parking violations or past late payments. The

Great Rates

agreement also will note a disposition, or turn-in, fee if one applies. 3) Can I turn the vehicle in early? Turning a vehicle in before a lease reaches full maturity could result in an early termination fee. Such charges may be significant, so drivers should consult their lease agreements to see if they are applicable. 4) What is the turn-in fee? A turn-in fee is payable at the end of the lease if drivers do not purchase the vehicle. Sometimes referred to as the disposition fee, the turn-in fee may be waived if drivers lease or finance a new vehicle from the same manufacturer within a certain period of time after turning in their leased automobile. 5) How much to buy my leased vehicle? Some lessees may want to purchase their vehicles rather than turn them in at the end of the lease. But before doing so, they want to know how much it will cost to purchase the vehicle. This information should be included in the lease agreement and is often referred to as the “purchase option fee.”Drivers may have many questions before returning a leased vehicle and are urged to contact a dealership or lender to get answers before their lease reaches its maturity date.

Do you have a

Ride with the #1 car insurer in TENNESSEE. Lisa Crum, Agent 2195 E. Andrew Johnson Highway Greeneville, TN 37745

639-5150 www.lisacrumagency.com

Handyman Service?

Painting Let us help you reach Yard Work potential clients by advertising Home Repairs in The Greeneville Sun Fixtures Installed Business & Service Directory.

Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.®

CALL FOR A QUOTE 24/7.

Fencing Deck Staining Flooring & Tile Appliances Installed

Service Guide Special

With competitive rates and personal service, it’s no wonder more drivers trust State Farm®.

2017

4 lines 24 days

$75

Must be prepaid, no refunds. Call Classifieds at 423-638-4185 or email classifiedads@greenevillesun.com

001142.1

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company State Farm Indemnity Company Bloomington, IL


Page 12 THE GREENEVILLE SUN CAR CARE EDITION Saturday, April 18, 2020

GreenevilleSun.com

RV Life Can Offer Freedom For Travel And Fun

R

oad trips are a unique way to travel that afford travelers the freedom to stop and take in sights and scenery on their own time. Traveling the highways and back roads gives people a chance to slow down and really enjoy an adventure. Such trips can be made even more special by traveling in recreational vehicles, often referred to as “RVs.” The RV industry has been consistently growing for years. The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association says the RV industry creates $50 billion in economic impact in the United States, with roughly 23,000 businesses currently in operation. Roughly 40 million Americans go RV camping each year. New RV enthusiasts are getting on the

road every day, and such travelers can benefit from the wisdom and experience of those who have blazed trails before them. Want to do your RV-ing right? Here are some tips: • Budget for all RV expenses. It can be tempting to overspend on the RV itself, but buyers should factor in other expenses like hoses, wheel chocks, levelers, navigation systems, campsite fees, and more. • Buy the smallest RV that is comfortable. Doing so opens up more options regarding places to stay. In addition, small RVs are morely easily maneuvered on the road than large ones, especially for novices. • Add time to your ETAs. The estimated time for trips that popular map and

navigation software provide are customized to average car speeds. RVs generally move more slowly than cars, so allow for more time to arrive at your destination. This is an important consideration if you need to be at a campground by a certain time. • Save condiment packages. When visiting restaurants and carryout places, save any unused condiment packets, napkins and packages of disposable cutlery. These items take up much less room than full-sized packages, and space inside RVs is often at a premium. • Invest in storage boxes. Store belongings neatly and cleanly in plastic storage containers. Choose uniformly shaped and sized bins, which are more easily stacked

and stored than bins of varying sizes. • Pack a paper map. Navigation services that are powered by satellite or cell phone signals may not be available in inclement weather or when traveling through mountain ranges. Paper maps can fill the void and keep you on track. • Check towing capacity. Make sure you do not exceed the manufacturer-recommended towing capacity. This is usually found on a sticker in the driver’s door. Overloading the vehicle can cause transmission issues and/or burn out engines. RVs can be a fun and relaxing way to travel, and novices can make such trips more enjoyable by following good tips such as those above.


GreenevilleSun.com

Saturday, April 18, 2020 THE GREENEVILLE SUN CAR CARE EDITION Page 13

Lube X-Press

2 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU! (This location is also an authorized UHAUL dealer.)

LUBE X-PRESS #3

LUBE X-PRESS #2

1370 Tusculum Blvd., Greeneville, TN 37743 (423) 798-1912

565 Asheville Hwy., Greeneville, Tn 37743 (423) 636-2669

Kendall Synthetic Blend is our recommended brand, but we also carry most major brands of oil for gas and diesel engines.

• Knowledgeable and courteous staff. • Our services include: standard oil change or full service. Full service includes standard oil change as well as topping off any fluids that are low, checking tires, checking air filter, inspection of drive line with added fluid if necessary. • We carry most factory oil filters.

HOURS: MONDAY-FRIDAY 8AM TO 6PM SATURDAY 8AM-2PMM


Page 14 THE GREENEVILLE SUN CAR CARE EDITION Saturday, April 18, 2020

Get To Know Buyer Rebates And Incentives

P

urchasing a new car can be an exciting endeavor. Cars and trucks are among the most expensive items a person will buy over the course of a lifetime, and no one wants to spend more than necessary. Getting a good deal on a car or truck may come down to researching rebates and incentives. Incentives and rebates are used by automakers to spur sales of particularly slow-selling models. Incentives and rebates also are used to entice previous customers to stay loyal to a brand. Potential buyers who are aware of incentives and rebates are being offered can use that knowledge to negotiate lower prices on desired vehicles. Here is a close look at some of the incentives that may be available. · Dealer incentives: Dealer incentives are factory-to-dealer offers that reduce the true cost to buy a vehicle from the factory, according to Cars.com. Dealers are under no obligation to pass on these cost-cutting measure to customers, but many do just to move stock. · Cash-back rebate: This wellknown incentive is based on manufacturers offering cash rebates directly to customers when they make a purchase before a given date. Cash-back rebates are generally offered on models that may not be selling as well as manufacturers had hoped. Some rebates are rolled over from month to month until desired quotas have been met. Think of a rebate as a coupon of sorts

applied to the cost of the vehicle. · Low APR financing: With this incentive, dealerships offer low interest rates on vehicles financed through their preferred lenders. Rates may range from 0 to 5 percent. Keep in mind that buyers’ credit scores need to be fairly high to qualify, and the low APR may only be on certain models. · Lease specials: Customers who lease may find manufacturers often offer special lease programs through captive financing companies. These are subsidized leases based on a residual value that’s much higher than the actual worth of the vehicle at term’s end. Dealers are playing with the numbers to bring down the monthly payment and thereby make their vehicles seem more appealing. RealCarTips says that sometimes dealerships will apply cash-back rebates or financing incentives towards a lease instead of a financed vehicle. · Bonus cash incentive: This type of incentive generally targets a specific demographic, such as recent college graduates or military personnel. These incentives are not widely advertised, so it may be necessary to inquire about what is being offered. · Government rebates: Some savings are realized not through the manufacturer or dealer, but from government rebate programs. For example, tax credits may be available to buyers who purchase cars that run on alternative fuels or hybrids. There are many ways for savvy consumers to save money when buying new vehicles.

GreenevilleSun.com


GreenevilleSun.com

Saturday, April 18, 2020 THE GREENEVILLE SUN CAR CARE EDITION Page 15

Campers’ guide to RV care and maintenance

S

ometimes referred to as recreational vehicles, travel trailers or campers, RVs are popular. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, RV shipments through February 2017 totaled 73,287 units. This represents an increase of 8.6 percent from the same period in 2016. In fact, RV shipments have increased for seven consecutive years. This popularity might be driven by the affordability and convenience of vacationing in an RV. Essentially hotels or homes on wheels, campers provide many amenities in a compact package. RVs can be enjoyable, but mechanical failures and other problems can happen. Regular maintenance, care and examination is necessary to avoid trip interruptions. According to the recreational vehicle advice gurus at Do It Yourself RV, RVs require all of the standard maintenance of a car plus much more. • Schedule oil changes and filter replacement. To keep the hard-working engine of an RV operating at optimal capacity, oil changes and air filter replacements should be conducted at regular intervals and in adherence to the owner’s manual. Such main-

tenance prevents engines from seizing. • Keep it covered. RV roofs are susceptible to sun and environmental damage. Store the RV under a steel RV carport or cover it using a product specifically designed for an RV. Remember to routinely inspect and clean the roof of the camper as

well. • Check for leaks. Look under the RV and/or tow vehicle for any signs of leaks. Repair leaks promptly. Transmission fluid leaks can lead to vehicle fires. When checking for leaks, check fluid levels to ensure they’re at the proper level. This includes

engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid, and brake fluid. • Check radiator coolant. Radiator coolant is another important fluid to check. Antifreeze protects the engine in cold temperatures, but it also helps the engine run cooler in hot temperatures. Wait for the RV to cool down before checking fluids. • Periodically run the generator. RV generators shouldn’t go unused for too long. Gasoline has a short shelf life, and after time it can break down, condense and damage the generator’s internal components. Run the generator if the RV has not been used for awhile. Be sure to change the oil and filter of the generator regularly as well. • Drain and clean water and waste systems. Water systems can benefit from being drained periodically and flushed with clean, fresh water. The disposal waste system needs to be drained as indicated in the owner’s manual. • Lubricate joints and slide-out rails. Avoid rust and corrosion by spraying moving parts with a lubricant spray. RVs can be a home away from home while vacationing or touring the country. With proper maintenance, they can run like new for years.

How To Hit The Road Safely And Comfortably

F

ew car enthusiasts can resist the siren song of the open road. When the open road beckons, answering its call can open the door to adventure and unending possibilities. Road trips tend to dwindle when winter arrives, and for good reason. Wet, wintry conditions can make roads more dangerous and compromise motorists’ visibility. Many drivers wisely avoid the roads as much as possible in winter, and statistics on crash deaths reflect that caution. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, July, a month when many people take to the road on summer vacations, had the most crash deaths of any month in one

recent year, while February, a month when drivers traditionally stay home, had the fewest. Such statistics underscore the importance of staying comfortable and alert behind the wheel. As motorists prepare to hit the road again this spring, they should keep the following tips in mind to ensure their road trips are as safe as they are adventurous. · Get ample rest, even if that means making frequent stops. Drivers should build frequent stops and nightly rest into their road trips. Doing so can help to combat the drowsiness that develops when spending long hours behind the wheel staring at the road ahead. Drivers should pay attention

to how they’re feeling and pull over if their eyes begin to feel heavy or their minds begin to wander. Each of these are signs of fatigue that could prove deadly to drivers, their passengers and fellow motorists. · Share driving duties. Sharing driving duties is a great way to reduce driving-related eye strain. The Vision Council notes that driving requires the eyes to stay in constant motion as they focus and refocus on approaching objects. Eyes also are in constant contention with distractions like oncoming headlights or the glare of the sun. These factors combine to strain the eyes. As drivers spend more and more time behind the wheel, their eyes become tired and

their vision becomes less reliable. Sharing driving duties can ensure a fresh set of eyes is behind the wheel at all times. · Maintain proper posture. Proper posture can make drivers less susceptible to the aches and pains that can develop during long car trips. Studies have shown that proper posture, which involves sitting an appropriate distance from the steering wheel, makes drivers less likely to suffer severe injuries to the head, neck and chest in front- and rear-end collisions. Road trips make for great getaways. By taking steps to remain comfortable and alert behind the wheel, drivers can make road trips that much more enjoyable.

Subscribe Today! 423-359-3185 The Greeneville Sun


Page 16 THE GREENEVILLE SUN CAR CARE EDITION Saturday, April 18, 2020

GreenevilleSun.com

It’s about taking care of each other. When our country is faced with adversity, we find a way to get through it. At Bachman Bernard we are committed to helping you in any way we can – from answering your vehicle questions related to service and everything inbetween. It’s not about taking care of ourselves, it’s about taking care of each other. It’s the sum of the small parts that make the big difference. From keeping you connected with Wi-Fi data in some of the vehicles to also enabling OnStar crisis assist services in others at no additional charge for a brief period of time. And for those in need of a new vehicle, we have interest free APR financing for up to 84 months with deferred monthly payments for 120 days on select models with approved credit thru GM financial. And if you are concerned with coming to the dealership, don’t be! You can shop us online at bachmanbernardchevy.com and we can deliver the vehicle directly to you at home. It’s just another way of doing our part to help you during these trying times. To activate the crisis assist service and Wi-Fi just push your blue OnStar button for this limited time offer. See OnStar.com for details and limitations. And if you still want to visit us, please understand if we don’t shake hands or if we observe social distancing, we want to keep you, your family and our employees safe during these trying times. All current offers expire April 30, 2020. See dealer for details!

BACHMAN BERNARD ***

www.BachmanBernardChevy.com  !#()##% "$"&("$' Full New & Used Sales, Leasing, Service, Parts & Body Shop

    

Profile for The Greeneville Sun

Spring Car Care 2020  

This 16-page special section is a service of The Greeneville Sun. © 2020 THE GREENEVILLE SUN, Greeneville, Tennessee

Spring Car Care 2020  

This 16-page special section is a service of The Greeneville Sun. © 2020 THE GREENEVILLE SUN, Greeneville, Tennessee

Advertisement