Summer Driving Tips

Summer is here, the weather is finally nice and beach days are in full swing.  However, there are some drawbacks to driving around in the summer.  Nearly twice as many people are killed in auto accidents during the summer months than during the rest of the year. Here are a few things to be aware of while driving in the summer.

Increased Travel – With a lot more people on the road driving to and from the beach on weekends, it can cause an increase in stop-and-go traffic.  Traffic tends to distract drivers

How To Avoid This: Plan ahead and make sure you have everything is packed the night before a trip. That way, you can leave early and beat the traffic.

More People – Schools out and summers in.  This means that more people are out walking, running, biking, and driving, especially children and young teens.  During the summer months, there’s no school, which means that there are a lot more young drivers out on the road.  It also means that people start pulling their bikes and motorcyclists out.  Motorcyclists tend to weave in and out of traffic because they can fit in between cars.

How To Avoid This: Be extra cautious to avoid collisions with inexperienced drivers, and keep a good eye out for motorcyclists, especially when switching lanes and turning.

Construction – Summer is the season of construction.  There’s plenty of road repairs, such as filling potholes, or repaving roads.  This can cause abrupt traffic and can increase the chance of accidents.

How To Avoid This: Slow down around construction zones or avoid them completely if possible.

Heavy Rainfall – Thunderstorms and heavy rainfall can start very quickly in the summer, causing flash flooding.  This causes visibility issues and triggers drivers instincts to slam on their brakes. Flash flooding can cause a car to hydroplane in just inches of water, leaving the driver with absolutely no control of the car.

How To Avoid This: Make sure your windshield wipers are working properly and that they completely clear the windshield of any water.  If you get caught in a rainstorm, slow down or pull over and wait out the storm if possible.

Flip-Flops - Flip-flops can easily get caught underneath the pedal, causing the driver to not be able to react to the brakes as quickly.

 How To Avoid This: Keep an extra set of shoes, preferably sneakers, in your car during the summer months for a quick, easy change.

Glaring Sun – In the summer the sun is a lot stronger and can cause very bad glares especially during the sunrise and sunset.

How To Avoid This: Make sure to always keep your windshield clean on both the inside and out.  The dirt on the windshield can reflect when hit by the sun, worsening the effects of the glare.  Be sure to also keep a greater distance between you and the car in front of you.  This will give yourself a longer distance to stop incase you lose sight of the car in front of you due to a glare.

Distractions – It’s easy to get distracted with the windows down and the music blaring in the car with your friends.

How To Avoid This: Stay safe and in control with both hands on the wheel and pay attention to the road and your surroundings.

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How To Protect Your Car This Summer

Spring is finally here and summer is right around the corner! Time to drive with the top down and enjoy the great weather to come. As you enjoy the good climate, there are somethings to look out for with your car as the temperatures rise and the sun is beaming down. You may be asking, why do I need to watch out for good weather and sun for my car? Well, higher temperatures and sun rays can alter parts of vehicles that make performance change and even need repairs. To make sure you are protecting your car this summer, here are some tips to follow.

  • Check Fluids - During hotter climate, fluids in your car can be used up more frequently then normal weather conditions. Make sure to check your fluids, transmission fluid, coolant, etc periodically to make sure they are not low. If they are low that and the hotter temperature can cause damage to your car.
  • Use reflective panels on your dashboard –  They may look weird but these panels help in the long run when used during the summertime. They reduce the temperature inside the car which is makes is more pleasant for you as well as not using air conditioning less. These panels also prevent bleaching the sun can do to the interior of your car.
  • Check Tires Monthly -  Under inflated tires are more likely to blow in the summer as the higher temperatures. They are more likely to flex which causes more heat on top of the outside climate which will eventually lead to a blow out. Make sure to check your tires once a month to prevent any blowout and in the morning. Checking in the morning gives the most accurate pressure read as temperatures are not too hot in the morning.
  • Clean the Inside of Your Car - Sun and dust can cause a bad combination in the summer. They can cause caking grime on to your dash and other interior surfaces. Clean the inside with automobile cleaners at least once a month.
  • Park Smart - Much of the issues that can happen in the summer time can be prevented by just reducing the amount of sun and heat going to your car. To make sure you are helping and not harming your car, make sure to park in the shade. Whenever there is any hint of shade when parking, grab the spot. This is will help prevent interior damage as well as lessen exterior heat on the car.

For more information on car protection and upgrades, please feel free to reach out. We can be contacted over the phone at (978) 388-1288.

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Knowing When It’s Time To Change Your Tires

Tire failure is a very real thing. Every single year, there are about 11,000 car crashes caused by tire failure. Checking for warning signs that your tires are worn-out is much more important that you may have thought. Here’s what you should look for when checking your tires:

Worn Down Tread: Take a penny with Lincoln’s face pointing down and place it into the tires tread. If you are still able to see the top of his head, then your tread is much too low.

Bulges Or Cracks On The Side: As a tire starts to deflate, bulges will appear on the side of the tire. Anything odd can start to show including small looking cracks.

Check Tire Pressure: Tires will generally deflate one PSI per month. This means that a healthy tire shouldn’t go from fully deflated to noticeably low in just a months time. Check the PSI at the beginning of the month and then again at the end.

Temperature: During the winter months & in extreme cold, tire pressure can drop much faster. While in the summer, excessive heat provides a problem of its own. If you go for a road trip with under-inflated tires, your tires can also generate more heat and start to wear out faster.

Pay Attention To Vibration: When driving, pay attention to any vibrations or thumping. If the vibrations feel like they are coming from under your seats, it could be a problem with your back tires.

For more information about your tire situation, please feel free to reach out. We can be contacted over the phone at (978) 388-1288.

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How To Clean Your Cars Roof Lining

When cleaning the interior of your car, you should use extreme care and caution. A clean car can make a worlds difference between feeling good everyday and not. But after vacuuming your seats and cleaning any stains you shouldn’t forget about the ceiling. But what is the proper way to clean the inside of the roof? Follow these tips to ensure the best possible results.

  1. First start off by cleaning the inside roof with a microfiber cloth. Be gentle and always be sure to wipe in the same direction to prevent dirt from being left behind.
  2. The first wipe down will get rid of the surface dirt but we want to tackle everything here. Pick out a cleaning solution by checking with your car manufacturer. The cleaning solution you will need depends on the ceiling material.
  3. After selecting your cleaning solution, modestly spray the whole roof with it. After applied wait a few minutes to let it soak in.
  4. Now get a new microfiber cloth and clean the entire roof in a similar motion as step 1.
  5. If you notice that the dirt and stains don’t come out, try repeating the process with a new cleaning product.


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Driving Tips In The Rain

Driving in The RainSince there’s a very good chance that all snow fall is behind us, much of the precipitation falling down from the ski will be in the form of rain. That being said, as drivers, we can do our best for ourselves and others on the road, to drive the safety way possible. Here are 5 things you should avoid while driving in the rain.

  1. Stay Away From Sides Of Roads: Roads are constructed so that the highest point is in the middle. While it may not be a major difference, this does cause for water to drain towards the edges of the road. Standing water can be dangerous while driving in the rain which means staying towards the center of the road will keep you safest.
  2. Keep Your Headlights On But Not Too Bright: Headlights believe it or not are not only used for our personal benefit. They are extremely beneficial to other drivers as it helps them see us. In the murky conditions of a rain storm, headlights help everyone stay aware of there surroundings.
  3. Stop Driving If You Can’t See: If you’ve ever driven in a rain storm to the point where it coming down so hard, you can see then you should not be driving. It may be a no brainier but people continue to drive in these situations. As soon as possible, pull off road when safe.
  4. Stay Away From Flooded Areas: If you notice water flowing across the street from one side to the other, don’t try and cross. People continue to get swept away by stronger and deeper water then they have anticipated.
  5. Slow Down: While possibly the most obvious of them all is to slow down when driving. Drive well under speed limits,  as one of the worst dangers of driving fast in rainy conditions is hydroplaning.


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Extending The Life Of Your Car

Your car is an investment and for that reason, it’s important to treat your car with extreme care. Doing everything you can to extend the life of your automobile will help you save money in the long run. Here are a few helpful tips to follow in order to extend the life of your vehicle.

Maintenance & Preventative Care: We’ve seen cars that get regular maintenance are the ones that add the most years to their life. It can absolutely help the longevity of a vehicle by tackling any problems before they get out of hand. One of the most important things you should check for is your fluids. Keeping them new and clean is priority number one for you! Falling behind on oil changes is a top priority as over time old oil will buildup and create harmful deposits.

Drive The Right Way: For most new cars, their is a break-in period of 1,000 miles. During this time try to not rev the engine to redline. Slowly accelerating your engine will help break in the engine rather then harming it.

Understand Your Vehicle: While you won’t understand how your car is constructed with it’s thousands of parts, you can pay attention to the ton, driving characteristics, and feel while driving. Once a month, take a ride with the radio down and listen to how your car sounds. If it sounds different, doesn’t have the same power it used to or just feels wrong, it’s time to reach out to a mechanic. Try your best describing the situation to your mechanic as it will save you both time.

Take Care Of Your Cars Interior: While the exterior of your car is important, the place you spend the most time, is inside. A poor looking interior will affect the way you feel as well as lowing the reselling value. A few things you can do to keep your cars interior looking good includes:

  •   –  Using rubber mats during the winter will prevent snow, mud and grime from building up.
  •   –  If you have any kids try placing down a towel and a sheet of plastic under the baby seat to prevent all sorts of gunk from staining the towel.

Take Care Of Your Cars Exterior: Taking care of the exterior of your car will also help the way you feel about your car and will help improve the reselling value. A few tips include:

  •   –  Wax your care twice a year to keep the paint looking the best. 
  •   –  If you have a garage, use it! Cars that stay in garages naturally have higher resale values and require less washes. The natural elements do take a toll after a while.

For all maintenance work to keep your car looking and feeling in tip top shape, feel free to reach out to German AutoSport. Located in Amesbury, MA, feel free to stop in or give us a call at (978)388-1288.

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Getting Your Car Ready For Spring

Especially being in New England, winter can take a serious toll on your car. The frigid temperatures, snow, salt and slush can do a number on everything from the tires to the wiper blades. While Spring is still under a month away, it’s good to get some of these ideas on your mind now. Here are five good things you can do to get your car past the damages from winter and into the spring spirit.

Wash The Underbody: Driving during the winter will eventually create a layer of salt and sand that can create corrosion to the bottom of your car. This corrosion can result in many problems such a rust. If you spend a few extra dollars at your local car wash, you can get a power wash under your car.

Wiper Blades Replacement: Wiper blades get put to work a little more the usual during winter. If you notice they aren’t working up to par during the spring rain, be sure to replace them.

Tire Pressure: Cold temperatures can quickly cause your car tires to under inflate. Reversely, the warm weather can cause them to over inflate.

Scrub Your Car: All the salt and sand from winter can also damage the car’s paint. A thorough cleaning will be very beneficial followed a wax. To be sure you get everything that winter tossed on your car, scrub the bottoms of doors as well.

Fill Up Fluids: Winter often demands a high use of car fluids, especially wiper fluid. Whether you want to check yourself or simply bring your car to a service station and they will fill everything up for you.

Winter still has its issues that you should be aware of during this last month from tips for driving in the snow to the affect of road salt on cars.

German AutoSport is a specialized auto body shop that provides services from daily maintenance to  high performance upgrades. Feel free to reach out to German AutoSport at any moment at 978-388-1288.


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Increasing Your Car’s Battery Life

At one point or another, we are sure that most people have been faced with the issue of a car battery that is unable to start. You get the help of a friend and some jumper cables and you do your best to start the car up. There various reasons why this can happen, with one of them being a battery that’s worn out.

Most car batteries have a lifespan of about 5 years until they completely die. However, there are various things you can do in order to maximize the life of your car battery.

  1. If possible, try to avoid your car from very low temperatures. Over time, this will drain the battery.
  2. If you plan on being away from your car for a very long time, you should disconnect the battery. If you don’t, there is a very good chance that you will come home to a dead car.
  3. When in a car that doesn’t have the engine running, avoid the use of elements such as lights, heating or entertainment systems.
  4. This step is only for older cars. As well as the steps before this, look for the level of distilled water. Check your cars manual to be sure because more recent cars don’t need this maintenance.

Cold weather seems to cause a lot of automotive issues. To stay on top of many problems that people encounter during the winter, read tips for driving in the snow, and the affect of road salt on cars.

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The Affect Of Road Salt On Cars

With the winter we got hit by last year, it’s important to be ready for this winter. Every year snow, and ice drops on the roads and towns try to keep up with the conditions by dropping mixtures of road salt and sand. While salt is a major help to keeping everyone safe, there can be some negative implications. When driving on the roads, it’s only natural for snow, and dirt filled with this salt to accumulate on different places of your car. After an extended period of time on your car, the salt can produce rust.

As a car owner, there are luckily some steps you can take to make sure your car stays clean and damage free.

  1. Before the winter snow and ice start falling, apply wax to your car. This is one of the best ways to prevent salt from corroding any amount of paint.
  2. To keep your car clean and salt free, be sure to clean it every 7-10 days. This way you can be sure everything is off the car.
  3. As you drive, trying staying away from snow and large puddles which usually collect large amounts of this salt
  4. After driving in the snow and salted roads, try to removal any buildup behind the wheels.

The snow will surely be dropping any time now! Be prepared and keep your car clean and rust free. For more information about German Auto Sport please feel free to give us a call at (978) 388-1288.


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Volkswagen TDI Recall

Volkswagen has recently been accused of and has admitted to circumventing almost half a million US and 11 million world wide emissions control systems within their vehicles since 2008. In September, the EPA found that VW AG, Audi AG and VW Group of America for failing to comply with the clean air act regulations. From failing to comply with these regulations the EPA has found that specific Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen models are releasing more pollution then allowed. This leaves a harsh impact on the VW brand as we can only imagine the potential environmental and health implications these cars have caused.

On the Volkswagen website, they have posted a formal apology, which you can check out.

Below is a list of impacted VW models:

- VW Jetta

(2010 – 2015)
- Audi A3
- VW Golf

(2012 – 2015)
- VW Passat
- VW Beetle

(2013 – 2015)
- Audi Q7

(2013 – 2016)
- VW Touareq

(2014 – 2016)
- Audi A6 Quattro
- Audi A7 Quattro
- Audi A8/A8L
- Porsche Cayenne

- VW Golf SportWagen

Volkswagen has provided a tool where you can look up your specific vehicle to see if any recall applies with you. Visit their recall page and enter your Vehicle Identification Number to learn more.

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