Monday, August 27, 2018

How Well Do You Know The PA School Bus Laws?

Can you believe that it's that time ?  The kids are going back to school.  Where did the summer go??

Every year children are needlessly injured or killed by drivers passing stopped school buses.

      Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Laws Are :

  When you meet or overtake a stopped school bus with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended, you MUST STOP.
  When you approach an inter section where a school bus is stopped with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended,  you MUST STOP.

  You MUST STOP at least ten (10) feet away from the school bus.

  You MUST WAIT until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm has been withdrawn before moving.

  DO NOT MOVE until all the children have reached a place of safety.    

Penalties if convicted of violating Pennsylvania´s School Bus Stopping Law include:

*$250 fine

*Five points on your driving record

*60-day license suspension

Monday, August 20, 2018

Have You Ever Been In A Falsh FLood?

You don’t have to live near an ocean, lake, or river to be subjected to flash flooding. Even desert areas like southern Arizona have their share of flash floods, brought on by heavy rains that have nowhere to go except raging down what used to be dry arroyos or washes only a few moments before. And every town and city across the country is vulnerable to storm drains and sewer systems overflowing and/or backing up because of too much rain for them to handle or debris clogging them.

Flash floods may be one of the most dangerous weather-related phenomena because they can happen anywhere. The water rises so fast and flows so swiftly that roads can be particularly dangerous. Vehicles on them can be swept away almost before drivers realize what’s happening. However, protecting yourself from a flash flood is simple, as long as you stay alert and drive carefully. All you have to do to arrive safely at your destination is to remember to take a few basic safety precautions. Here are the top three rules for safe driving during a flash flood warning.

Rule 1. Never Drive Through Flood Water

Just because flood water looks shallow doesn’t mean it is. It’s impossible to judge its depth, especially at night. Additionally, the pavement or ground under it may already have been compromised and there could be a deep hole where a flat surface used to be.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and potential stalling.
  • One foot of water will float many vehicles.
  • Two feet of rushing water will carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Your kids have undoubtedly heard it from one of the local weathermen at a school visit: “Turn around, don’t drown!” This is the slogan that the National Weather Service has campaigned on for years to prevent flash flooding deaths. Find another route rather than proceeding through floodwaters.

Rule 2. Get Out ASAP if Your Car Submerges

While it’s dangerous to get into flood waters, it’s even more dangerous to remain in a car that’s submerging. Stay calm. Release your seatbelt. Open your window and escape through it. If your window won’t open, try to break it with anything handy. Remain on the car roof as long as possible. If your car gets hung up on a tree or other heavy object, try to get onto that instead of your car roof.

If you can’t break the window, wait for your car to fill with water while keeping your hands securely on the door handle. Do not panic. When the car is almost full, take a deep breath, open the door, and swim to the surface. If you’re swept away by the flood waters, try to keep your feet pointed downstream and direct your body over rather than under obstacles. Do your best to avoid any downed power lines. If possible, grab onto a tree or any other heavy object you come to and stay there until rescued.

Rule 3. Never Park or Camp on River Banks or Near Washes

While it may be scenic to camp on a river bank or near a dry wash in the Desert Southwest, don’t do it. Heavy thunder storms can pop up at any time. Carry a battery-operated weather radio or install a weather app on your phone so you can check local weather before going to sleep at night.

By learning these three rules, you’ll be as safe as possible if and when you’re faced with a flash flood emergency.
Car-Lotta Reminds you …. the best rule for surviving flood waters is not to get into them in the first place.


Monday, August 13, 2018

Want To Trade?

At CarLotta Credit and  Car Sales, we will take in just about anything that moves as a trade in, except farm animals. (Just kidding about the farm animals)

We have taken cars, trucks, minivans, motorcycles, boats, ATVs', trailers, quads, lawnmowers and tractors. As far as cars, we don't care how old it is, or how many miles it has on it... we'll consider it. And we'll take more than one car or vehicle in at a time if need be. We do need the title to the vehicle though. If the title is not in your name, we will need the legal owner present, and with ID, to take it as a trade in on your car.

The benefits of trading in are...
* the value of your trade in can be used to make up for some of your cash downpayment to make your car and loan more affordable
* you save some sales tax that needs to be paid to the state of PA as the trade in value reduces the tax owed
* you no longer have the insurance, maintenance or gas cost for a vehicle you no longer need
* if your trade doesn't run, we'll even tow it out of your property as part of the deal

Trading in your car makes sense. What do you have to trade?

Monday, August 6, 2018

Do You Know A Child In Need Of A Backpack?

Car-Lotta Backpack Giveaway  2018*

Last  year we gave away HUNDREDS of backpacks filled with school supplies to families in our surrounding communities. This year we will be doing it again
Saturday, August 18th- Starting at 9:00AM

*No purchase necessary.

Giveaway is first come first serve.

Limit two backpacks per family
 to children grades K thru 12th (5 to 18 yrs old).

 Children must be present and accompanied by a parent.


** No purchase necessary. This is NOT restricted to Car-Lotta customers. Anyone may line up and get a backpack if they fit the rules.  Call for complete details.