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Tips for Fixing a Flat Tire

When you get a flat tire, you want to get it fixed as soon as possible. At State Park Motors Inc, we have a few tips to help you get a spare on when you’re on the side of the road. Be sure to have a few basic supplies in your trunk, too, including a jack and a flashlight.

One of the most important things is to avoid pushing your car off of the jack as it can affect the suspension. Be sure to use your lugwrench to loosen the nuts before you use the car jack. Then, when…

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Do You Know About the “Move Over” Laws?

There are “Move Over” laws in every state. It’s important to know what they are as you drive around town. With every car that is purchased at State Park Motors Inc, we educate drivers on these laws to ensure that everyone is being safe.

The “Move Over” laws were created as a way of keeping first responders and law enforcement officials safe when they’re working on the side of the road. In a span of 10 years, over 130 were killed because of being struck on a highway. 

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Cleaning Up Pet Hair In Your Vehicle

State Park Motors knows how much people love their dogs. They like to take them on car rides. However, dogs shed a lot, and this can get pet hair everywhere. There are ways to get pet hair out of your car and minimize it in the future.

One of the best ways to remove pet hair is to vacuum with a rubber attachment with bristles. These bristles will loosen the hair, and powerful suction can then pull the hair away. A sticky lint roller is another means by which you can get pet hair out of your vehicle. 

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Switch Your Winter Tires Out for Summer Tires on the Off Season

If you have two different sets of tires that you change between for the cold weather and the summer months, it's best to keep it that way. Winter tires work exceptionally well when the roads are covered with snow and ice. However, you could very well compromise the tread's integrity on your vehicle if you leave them on all year long. The problem with this is, tires are an expensive investment. It doesn't make sense to invest in a brand new set of winter tires, only to wear them out in the warm weather months. 

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Is it Time to Make the Switch to Winter Wiper Blades?

You may not realize you're putting yourself in danger if you are driving year-round with summer wiper blades on your vehicle. At our service department, we recommend that our customers switch over to winter wiper blades when they come in to have us switch over to their set of winter tires.

Because summer wiper blades are designed with lattice arms with moving parts, a lightweight frame and a thinner layer of natural rubber that makes contact with the windshield, they are not designed to handle very low temperatures and the extremes caused by ice, blizzards and snow.  

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Know Your Winter Tires

Winter is here! We can deny it all we want or we can get some good winter tires. Our staff at State Park Motors wants you to be an informed driver when purchasing new winter tires. It’s important to know the difference and now what you need. With so many brands and types available, it can be hard to decide, so we’ve broken it down for you a little.

Stud-less ice/snow tires will provide you the best traction on ice and snow while studded tires are great for ice traction but will need studs if you’re…

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Items That Should be in Every Emergency Kit

The folks at State Park Motors want to make sure that you stay safe while driving this winter. Part of staying safe when the weather turns cold and snowy is to have an emergency kit in your vehicle. It should include a warm blanket, a cell phone and a gallon of water.

It should also have enough food to last you and your passengers a few days. Ideally, you will have a tire pressure gauge, inflation device and sealant. This may make it possible to make emergency repairs that last long enough to get to safety. 

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Discover Blind-spot Technology

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that blind-spot related collisions claim the lives of approximately 300 people every year. Most drivers check their mirrors before making lane changes. However, a vehicle may be traveling beside in the blind spot and go undetected. However, blind-spot detection systems reduce the number of collisions by 14 percent.

The technology might be referred to as blind spot monitoring or lane assist. The safety feature functions using cameras or sensors that continually monitor the area around the car, truck or SUV.  

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The Basics of Truck Bed Liners

While there are many different types of after-market bed liners you can put into your truck, it might make more sense to get something from the dealership. That way, your truck will be ready to get work done right when you drive off the lot.

There are two main types of bed liners. Drop-in liners, as the name suggests, are physically dropped into place. They're bolted down so they won't shift positions, and they're usually made out of a hard, durable plastic.  

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Maintain Your Timing Belt

Modern vehicles usually have a timing belt instead of a timing chain. If the belt breaks or stops turning, then you're left with a vehicle that doesn't run at all. Car manufacturers started replacing chains with belts because they are lighter in weight and don't get jammed as easily on parts that surround the device. 

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