Monday, November 22, 2021

Will You Be Traveling For The Thanksgiving Holiday?

Car-Lotta reminds you to.... 1. Plan Ahead Before you start your trip, make sure your vehicle is in good shape for travel. This is especially important for winter driving conditions. Check the weather before heading out to ensure the roads are safe to drive on. And don’t forget a windshield scraper! 2. Stay Fresh And Alert Make sure you’re well-rested before a long drive. A study carried out by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) discovered that, from 2009 to 2013, 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths were attributed to driver fatigue. Plan the trip so you share the driving and take regular breaks to avoid drowsy driving. 3. Mind Your Speed Give yourself plenty of time and distance to react to the traffic around you. For every one percent increase in speed, a driver’s chance of an accident increases by two percent, the chance of serious injury increases by three percent, and the chance of a fatality increases by about four percent. 4. Drive Defensively Put the safety of everyone in your car first by letting impatient and aggressive drivers pass you or go through the intersection ahead of you so that you control the situation. 5. Don’t Drive Impaired If you plan to drink, don’t plan to drive. Use a designated driver when you have a couple of holiday refreshments is always the safest choice. 6. Avoid Distractions Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. At 55 mph, that’s enough time to travel the distance of an entire football field. Driving requires your full attention. When you’re able to do so safely, pull off to the side of the road or find the nearest rest stop when you have to use your cell phone. Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Car-Lotta Car Sales. Our offices will be closing at 5:00 on Wednesday, November 24th and CLOSED on Thursday, November 25th

Monday, November 15, 2021

When Do You Use Your Headlights??

One of the most important safety features of your vehicle, your headlights ensure that you can see and that other drivers can see you. Effectively using your lights is key to staying safe on the road. It's common sense to turn on your lights when it’s dark out. Did you know that there are other situations when you may want to use your lights? It may feel unnatural to turn on your lights during the day, but there are some conditions that warrant the use of your lights. Inclement weather such as snow, rain, fog and sleet can reduce visibility and make it hard to see and be seen. Using your lights during these conditions can keep you and your passengers safe when the weather turns bad. Car-Lotta reminds you to keep an eye on the sky for changing weather conditions. Storms can quickly roll in and make the sky dark as night. Winter can bring sudden snow squalls and blowing snow that can produce whiteouts and reduce your line of sight.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Did You Fall Forward?

Daylight saving time began this past weekend. It has gotten easier since the smartphone has replaced so many wristwatches and can access the internet. In automobiles, GPS-linked navigation systems often change the time automatically in the same way. Many folks still have a clock in their car that not only needs adjusting manually but is often the most complicated function in the entire Daylight Saving Here is a link with instuctions for changing your auto clock on some popular makes. Just find your brand in the alphabetical list below, follow the directions to change your clock.

Monday, November 1, 2021

Why Do People Speed?

Do you ever wonder why people are in a hurry? Here are the five most popular reasons we found: The roads were not congested, so I felt it was safe to drive faster than posted speed limit. I’m a good driver, so I felt I could drive safely, even at high speeds. It seemed like there was far less law enforcement out, so I felt I could speed without getting a ticket. In general, I think posted speed limits are slower than necessary and I prefer to drive faster. The empty roads were a good opportunity to see how fast my car could go. Car-Lotta Car Sales reminds you to Drive At A Safe Speed. One in four crash fatalities can be attributed to someone driving too fast.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Does Falling Back For Daylight Savings Time Affect Your Driving?

Do you suffer from Drowsy Driving as a result of the twice-a-year time change? Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, when the clock will “fall back” one hour. There are several things you can do to keep yourself and others on the road around you safe. Pull over if you feel drowsy or sense your reaction time is impaired. Some warning signs of drowsy driving are yawning, heavy eyelids, tailgating, drifting into other lanes, and an inability to recall the past few miles of driving. Spend a little extra time in bed. Get to bed earlier at night or sleep a little later in the morning for the week following the time change. Travel with someone. Carpooling can save you money and help keep you alert and awake during your drive. Remember that there may be other drowsy drivers on the road whose reaction time may be slower than normal. Give lots of room and use patience at intersections. Most of us can use some additional instruction in safe driving practices to help us build safer driving habits. Car-Lotta reminds you that not only does safer driving save lives, but it could also save you money on your auto insurance premiums.

Monday, October 18, 2021

How Do You Feel About Driving In The Dark?

Now that the days get shorter, you will likely be driving in the dark more. You should make sure to keep your headlights clean and in proper working order. Dim or misaligned headlights can decrease your visibility. Watch for pedestrians walking, jogging or biking. They may be difficult to see at night if they are wearing dark clothing. Be mindful of children walking to and from bus stops in the morning and afternoon. Car-Lotta remnds you that autumn weather can be unpredictable and conditions can change drastically within a matter of minutes. Be Prepared!

Monday, October 11, 2021

Do You Keep Sunglasses In Your Automobile?

You should always keep a pair of sunglasses in your vehicle. Sunrises and sunsets can be very brilliant. The bright sun often creates a large amount of glare, making it difficult to see other vehicles, the roadway or the road's shoulder. Wearing sunglasses reduces any danger.