Staying alert and focused is important while driving. Follow these tips for staying safe behind the wheel to increase your safety when you get behind the wheel.
Check Your Mirrors
Before you start out, take the time to check the position of your seat and mirrors. It’s easy to forget to do this before your regular commute, but checking occasionally is a good idea.
Driving Can Be Tiring
Long commutes can leave you feeling drained and sore. If driving exhausts you, it might be time to add some light cardio exercise to your weekly routine. AARP recommends 30 minutes a day to increase your stamina. Walking at a moderate pace is a good way to accomplish this.
Driving while distracted is dangerous. It is tempted to eat, look for a store on GPS or talk on the phone while you are behind the wheel, but these activities can take your focus off of the road. Minimize distractions and get home safely to your family.
Take a Refresher Course
You may have learned to drive many years ago, but that doesn’t mean you can polish those skills a bit. Many insurance companies offer discounts to drivers who take safety classes. There are also monitors available to help increase your awareness of unsafe driving behaviors.
If you’re looking for a vehicle that can help you stay safe on the road, check out the advanced driver-assist features on the models in our inventory. Our friendly team of seasoned sales associates would be happy to show you the latest innovations when you schedule a test drive.
The smell of summer is in the air, but that doesn’t mean things are necessarily fragrant inside your car. Dirty filters, bacteria, and debris can all cause foul odors in the air conditioning system. Changing filters when you organize and tidy up your car is a good habit to get into.
A sour smell can mean it is time to change the cabin air filter. The filter’s job is to trap dirt and debris and keep them from getting into the cabin, but they need to be changed periodically.
A strong smell of mildew when you turn on the AC can mean that it is time to change the other air filter. The engine air filter also traps dust and debris and needs to be changed a couple of times a year, depending upon where you live and how much you drive.
If your AC is exuding a chemical smell, that can be a sign of a more serious problem, such as leaking refrigerant. Take your vehicle in for service if you smell something toxic.
Maple Syrup Smell
Maple syrup smells good on pancakes but it doesn’t belong in your car’s air conditioning. If you detect a sweet smell, it could be a sign of a leaky heater core, so get your vehicle into the dealership for a check-up.
Can’t find the source of that strange odor? Bring your vehicle to the servicecenter at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake, proudly serving Spirit Lake, Knoxville, Estherville, Carroll, and Algona, Iowa.
For those looking for rugged adventures, Jeep® recently released details about its new midsize SUV that brings the ultimate power and performance. As the quickest, most powerful Wrangler model available, the new 2021 Wrangler Rubicon 392 Launch Edition makes it easier and better to enjoy the outdoors.
The 2021 Wrangler Rubicon 392 offers legendary off-road capability with more power and more torque. The 4×4 SUV is the only Wrangler to come with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that generates an impressive 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. The 2021 Wrangler Rubicon 392 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and travel a quarter of a mile in just 13 seconds. Its exceptional capability means the Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon 392 can traverse some of the toughest trails with dynamic maneuverability.
The special edition Wrangler has an aggressive stance that gives it a commanding presence. From its 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels and 33-inch mud-terrain tires to its dual exhaust with quad tailpipes, the Wrangler Rubicon 392 has a powerful look that mirrors its performance. Its elevated interior makes off-road adventures more comfortable. Features such as premium seat bolsters, custom bronze stitching, and embroidered black leather-trimmed seats deliver a refined touch to the Wrangler Rubicon 392. You can also enjoy the latest connectivity features, including a premium audio system and the Uconnect® 4C NAV with an 8.4-inch touch screen. If you want a rugged, refined ride, you can find the Wrangler at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake. We proudly serve Spirit Lake, Knoxville, Estherville, Carroll, and Algona, Iowa.
As you emerge from the depths of winter, it’s likely that your garage is cluttered and in need of some organizing. When you start your spring cleaning, here are some tips on how to tidy up your garage.
Sort through your items
As you sort your way through your garage, decide whether some items are worth keeping. If you come across some items you no longer have a use for, you can sell them or donate them. If you’re not sure whether you want to toss something, think about whether you’ve used it recently.
Use storage tools
Keep your garage organized with some storage solutions so you can easily find any tools or equipment you need. Invest in some hooks to hang larger items, such as bikes or kayaks. If your family is big into sports, mesh bags are great places to keep balls. Other storage solutions include pegboards for smaller items such as tools or a metal trash bin for animal food and gardening equipment.
Clean the floor
Your garage floor has been subject to all sorts of fluids, dirt, and snow, especially through the winter. Freshen up your garage for the spring by giving your floor a nice wash. Clay kitty litter is great for soaking up car fluids, and you can scrub the floor with degreasing soap and rinse it clean.
The editors at Four Wheeler magazine announced the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX as the 2021 Pickup Truck of the Year. This accolade recognizes the off-road truck’s powerful capability and durability.
The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX is known as the “quickest, fastest, and most powerful mass-produced truck in the world,” and with good reason. The editors at Four Wheeler tested the Ram 1500 TRX over various terrains, including sand, snow, and even a loose-dirt hill climb, for 1,000 miles. Even night drives were conducted to test the off-road truck’s lighting.
Four Wheeler Editor Ken Brubaker called the Ram 1500 TRX the total package, noting its suspension and muscular stance. Sean P. Holman, Content Director of Truck & Off-Road Group commended the Ram 1500 TRX for its impressive towing capability and luxurious interior. With a supercharged HEMI V8 engine, the Ram 1500 TRX generates 702 horsepower and can reach 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds. The truck effortlessly traverses challenging terrains, especially since it has 11.8 inches of ground clearance.
Now in its 32nd year, the 2021 Pickup Truck of the Year award is chosen by staff members at Four Wheeler magazine, journalists at 4-Wheel & Off-Road, and JP Magazine.
You can find a brand-new RAM 1500 at Motor in of Spirit Lake. We proudly serve Spirit Lake, Knoxville, Estherville, Carroll, and Algona, IA