Don’t Ignore These Back-to-School Driving Safety Tips

August is here, which means school all across the country will be starting back up this month. Whether you have children in school or not, we all need to focus on our back-to-school driving safety. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Look out for children. In addition to more traffic on the road during the schoolyear, there will be kids walking and riding their bikes to school. Kids don’t always act the way we expect them to, so be sure to be extra cautious when you see kids on the sidewalks. If kids come out in the street in front of you, give them plenty of space and don’t act angrily toward them.

Obey school bus laws. Here in Indiana, all drivers are required to stop for a school bus that has its lights flashing and stop arm extended, no matter which direction you are travelling. Don’t speed around a school bus as it’s nearing a stop; a child could step out into the road early to cross.

Follow school zone rules. If your daily commute includes driving past a school, you know that you have to slow down during certain times of the day and deal with parents coming and going. If this frustrates you, consider leaving earlier or later so you don’t have to worry about school zone traffic.

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Luxury Car Care Tips to Ensure Your BMW Lasts

Now that you’ve got a new luxury car, it’s important to take proper care of it. This includes routine maintenance and service, including many things you can do yourself to extend the value of your car and to prevent future breakdowns. These luxury car care tips are essential, yet they’re also perfect for drivers of any level of handiness.

According to Road and Track, one of the first things you can do is get a car care kit, which includes wax, chamois cloth, special detergent, and tire cleaner. It’s a smart idea to clean off dirt and grit at least four times a year (about every change of season), adding a layer of protective wax. This will prevent UV damage to the paint and reduce the risk of rust developing.

Next, condition the leather surfaces. You can by kits to do this, but make sure to avoid lotion conditioner if you have perforated seats. Lexol 907 is a reliable brand that’s inexpensive but also won’t leave a greasy residue. Doing this will ensure your leather seats don’t crack or degrade in the sun.

Keep the headlights looking like new. There’s a 3M Quick Headlight Renewal Kit that’s affordable and simple. All you have to do is apply the compound and use a high-grit sandpaper to remove the dull yellow haze that forms after a few years.

Check your tires once a month as well. You can do a visible inspection to see if there’s any cracking, bulges, or bald spots, or you can do the penny test. Flip a penny upside down and place it in the middle of the tread. If you see above Lincoln’s head, the tread is too low to drive safely. While you’re down there, get a tire pressure gauge and inflate (or deflate) the tires if necessary. The proper psi should be listed on the driver’s side doorjamb.

If you need help maintaining your new BMW, contact the service department here at BMW of Fort Wayne.

How to Prepare Your Luxury Car for Winter

As the weather slowly gets colder and the days grow shorter, winter is on its way. Winter puts its own particular stresses on your vehicle, so you will want to prepare accordingly beforehand to keep your luxury car performing and looking in tip-top shape throughout the cold months. Here are some tips on how to prepare your luxury car for winter, making sure your confidence and spirits remain high until springtime.

  • Service your vehicle: Routine maintenance is the best thing you can do to keep your luxury vehicle running well. Before winter, service your vehicle and have all the major systems checked. You will particularly want to check your battery, tires, and heating system, and perhaps consider opting for cold weather motor oil during your next oil change.
  • Protect your vehicle’s exterior and interior: There are a few simple steps you can take to protect your vehicle’s exterior and interior from winter weather and road salt. Firstly, you can consider applying a paint sealant or waxing your car’s exterior to protect it from whatever weather or ice comes its way. You can also invest in some all-weather floor mats to protect your vehicle’s floor and carpet from road salt and stains.
  • Have a winter emergency kit and plan: If your car breaks down or you get stuck in the snow, it’s a good idea to have a winter emergency kit on hand and a plan in place. Your kit should include additional warm clothing or blankets, a scraper, a small shovel, de-icer spray, and snow grips for your shoes. You will also want to have a charging cable for your smartphone, so you can keep it charged up should you need to call to get the help you need.

If you need any help with your vehicle or would like a new one before winter completely sets in, make sure to visit BMW of Fort Wayne. Our friendly staff would be more than happy to assist you.