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Tips for Planning a Leaf-Peeping Road Trip

Want to go on the best road trip this fall? Your adventure starts by planning out your "leaf peeping" route. The peak of the season happens during the month of October. During this month, leaves start to change in northern New England around early October, but later in the month through early November, southern New England starts to experience fall foliage in its prime.

Before heading on your road trip, you should pick a beautiful destination, such as the Berkshires or Smugglers' Notch. 

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What You Need to Know About Your Car's Alternator

Your car's alternator lasts approximately seven years or 100,000 to 150,000 miles. Its main job is to keep your car battery fully charged and to power your vehicle's electrical systems, such as the radiator fan, defroster, headlights, windshield wipers and infotainment system. Here's how it works.

Your Car's On-Board Generator

Working much like a generator, an alternator gleans mechanical energy from the movement of your car as it rolls through streets. The alternator turns this mechanical energy into electricity your car's electrical systems can use.  

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What to Know About Installing Car Seats

As inconvenient as it may be to install car seats in our vehicles and allow them to take up so much space, we understand that law requires them. We also understand the importance child car seats have in terms of keeping our kids safe. Stop at State Park Motors and allow our staff to give you some helpful tips on car seat safety and installation.

Installing car seats involves more than just putting them on the seat and strapping in the seat belt. With various types of seat belts, it’s important to read the owner’s manual and follow…

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Correct Tire Pressure Always Matters

Have you ever wondered why setting your tire pressure to the correct PSI is important? At State Park Motors, we are here to give you answers! So whether you have too much air pressure or not enough, tire pressure is important and here's why.

Too Much Pressure

Having too much tire pressure will cause uneven wear in the center of your tire tread, and can cause driving to be excessively bumpy. It can also dangerously overload your suspension causing you to lose control. 

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Brake Fluid Supports Reliable Braking

The brakes in a car require all the many parts to work together harmoniously. The parts, however, do require assistance from a special hydraulic fluid. Much like motor oil’s relationship to an engine, brake fluid allows the parts in the braking system to perform reliably.

The various components comprising the braking system include the calipers, brake pads, rotors, wheels, and brake lines. The brake lines house a special hydraulic fluid. When the driver presses down on the brake pedal, the fluid creates pressure that supports how the braking system works. 

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Keep Your Windshield Wipers Working Properly

Given the storms that we can sometimes experience during our daily commutes, it's important to always have your windshield wipers maintained. These relatively affordable parts are simple to replace. If you're not comfortable doing this yourself, you could visit us at State Park Motors Inc.

Windshield wipers are sturdy, but their rubber components may break down over time. When these parts are damaged, the wiper blades have trouble cleaning. The result is streaks left on your windshield after a swipe with your wipers. 

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Vehicles Require Good Timing Belts

The various parts of any vehicle are pretty essential to the overall operation of the thing, but there are few that are as important as the timing belt on your vehicle. It controls the amount of air that passes through to the engine at any given time. It is important to get this amount just right to avoid having any potential issues with the engine by and large. 

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Washing Your Car Has its Perks

Don’t think of washing your car as a chore. Instead, think of it as a way to boost your car’s beauty and function. At State Park Motors, we know that clean cars are the best kinds of cars to have on the road.

Dirt and bugs need to be removed from the vehicle’s exterior from time to time. Otherwise, it’s going to damage the clear coat and eat through the paint, leaving scratches and more behind. This can cause the value to drop considerably on your vehicle, too. 

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The Perks of an Infotainment System

An infotainment system can keep you better connected as you drive around town. At State Park Motors, we’ll show you how this in-vehicle technology can help you in a variety of ways. You’ll have entertainment, navigation, and more within arm’s reach.

When you’re driving, you can’t be looking away from the road. This means that it’s hard to interact with your phone or basic GPS and radio settings. An infotainment system places controls on the steering wheel. When you connect your smartphone, you can also gain voice control so that you can simply say…

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Tips for Reducing Glare

While bright sunshine might seem like a harmless annoyance, it has been the cause of many fender-benders over the years. Papers on the dashboard, a dirty windshield and forgetting your sunglasses can all contribute to creating unsafe conditions.

Keep your washer fluid topped up to avoid running out in the moment you need it most. You'll also want to follow safe driving practices by leaving plenty of space between you and the driver ahead. You can also help other drivers by putting on your headlights, making your vehicle easier to see. 

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