How to Drive in Bad Weather

Drive in bad weatherWhen the snow and ice hits the road, it can become more difficult to control your car on the road. It can be difficult to drive in bad weather, which is why we’re here with some tips on handling the rough road.

Stay Back – When you’re driving in bad weather, try to increase your following distance. Since your brakes might react more slowly, you’ll want to leave more space between you and the person in front of you.

Slow Down – It’s amazing how much slowing down to the speed limit will help. It allows you to have more control over your car and lessens the chance of slipping on the road.

Hands On – Keep both hands on the wheel. Even if you’re usually a one-hand driver, having two hands on the wheel will give you more control when driving over ice.

One Lane – Try to stay in one lane as much as possible. Changing lanes unnecessarily could cause problems to you or other drivers if it’s a busy traffic time.

Headlights On – Even if it’s bright out, you’ll want to put your headlights on in snow or rain. It makes it easier for other cars to see you.

Now get out on the road and stay safe! If you need anymore tips, give us a call!

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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween safety tips

If you have kids or grandkids, you might be helping them make the final touches on their Halloween costumes. For kids, Halloween is one of the best times of the year. Who doesn’t love dressing up in a costume and having people give you buckets full of candy?

But, with all this fun, we can’t forget the safety. Here are a few Halloween safety tips to make sure your trick-or-treaters stay safe:

For Walkers

  • Never dart out into the street. Only cross at corners and use crosswalks.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
  • Add reflective tape or stickers to costumes to make them stand out more.
  • Avoid masks that can obstruct vision—use face paint or makeup instead.

For Drivers

  • Drive slowly in residential areas.
  • Be on constant alert for pedestrians, especially at intersections.
  • Eliminate distractions in your car—turn off the radio, put your phone away.
  • Turn your headlights on earlier than usual so you can spot children from farther away.

At Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep, we wish every a happy, safe, and spooky Halloween!

IIHS Ranks Dodge Dart as a Top Safety Small Car Pick

Are you in the market for a new car, truck or suv? What is at the top of your “must have” list? Hopefully safety is at the top of that list. In 2012 there were 25,580 fatal crashes. These accidents occurred from drunk driving, speeding, distractions and bad weather. The Chrysler Group has made safety a top priority in their small cars and this year the Dodge Dart tops the Insurance Institute Highway Safety (IIHS) lists Top Safety Picks.

Dodge Dart

2013 Dodge Dart

Each year, the IIHS does extensive testing and ranks vehicles based on their performance in five areas: moderate overlap frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact, rollover and rear impact. and scoring them with poor, marginal, acceptable and good marks. To be considered a top pick from IIHS, the cars, trucks or SUV’s must have good ratings across the spectrum of occupant protection in the moderate overlap frontal test, side impact, rollover and rear tests.

MSN Auto reviews the small car with top safety ratings and the fresh design and safety create a coveted reason to want to drive. The small car 1.6L turbo engine offers excellent power for an unrefined drive. Find better fuel efficiency than ever in the 2014 Dodge Dart. At the Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Dealership in Rochester hills, MI near Auburn, find new and used Dodge Darts. The 2013 Dodge Dart is a small sedan available in one of five different trim level and three fuel-efficient powertrains, for optimal customization. Stop by the Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealer near Orion today and see what you think!

Why Busses Stop at Railroad Tracks

Have you ever wondered why busses stop and open their doors at railroad tracks? Why don’t they just stop or look or listen? Those are all great things to do for any vehicle, but not always the safest. Chances are you have seen or been behind a bus that suddenly stops before a railroad crossing and the explanation stems from bus drivers wanting to provide the safest experience possible.

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Almost 80 years ago in Salt Lake City year of December 1938, there was a blizzard. The snow started fast and many drivers could not see. During the blizzard a bus was driving. Two hours off schedule, due to weather conditions, a train came to cross the railroad track right as the bus did. Even though the bus stopped, it could not see if there was an oncoming train. Due to the lack of sight, the bus ended up crossing the tracks and was hit by the train. Only 14 of the 40 passengers survived.

As a result, it is now a law that bus drivers are required to stop before train tracks open their bus door and make sure they do not here a train coming. Take a look at some of their other safety precautions school bus drivers have to take next time you are stuck behind one. Though at times it may seem silly for a bus to stop, these laws are put in place for a reason, to keep everyone on the bus safe. The Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Dealership of Rochester Hills, MI, finds road safety a top priority and wants to inform the community. Next time you are caught driving in foggy or snowy weather, remember this story and how rolling down your window can help protect you and your passengers.