Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | Avoiding road rage

Posted on October 15, 2014

Navigating through today’s busy highways can be frustrating but avoiding road rage increases your chances of safely getting to your destination. What can be lawfully considered as a ‘criminal act of violence’, road rage most often stems from aggressive driving and careless decisions made while on the road.

Emotionally distraught drivers should take some time to cool off before getting behind the wheel. Driving while angry or depressed may urge you take more risks; putting your life and the life of others in jeopardy.

A lack of sleep makes us easily annoyed, which then can easily turn into feelings of anger and resentment. Carefully consider your lifestyle habits and try to develop a more productive sleep schedule.  This will give you extra time during your commute and makes you less prone to losing your temper.

Listening to relaxing music reduces stress and helps clear your mind of ongoing confusion. A calm driver can think more rationally and to react more quickly to changing traffic patterns. 

 

At the end of the day, simple courtesy is contagious and will definitely make your daily commute more enjoyable.   So stay calm and safe while on the road and come in for more tips on safe driving!

 

 

       

Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | Bluetooth technology

Posted on October 6, 2014

Bluetooth technologies provide reliable wireless connection for variety of devices. Using short-wavelength radio transmissions, Bluetooth technology allows you to create your own personal network of media devices. Simple, standardized protocols allow cell phones, PDAs and even wireless headsets to communicate with the vehicle at incredible speeds.

Bluetooth headsets provide the comfort of hands free communication while on the road. When paired with infotainment systems, drivers can use voice commands or easy access buttons when making, answering and ending important phone calls.  You can even play music from personal media devices through the vehicle’s speakers without worrying about adapters or expensive cables. For older vehicles, Bluetooth enabled kits offer an innovative approach to hands free calling. Bluetooth capable GPS navigation systems can quickly update crucial map databases and point of interest features with simple voice commands.  The built in Bluetooth microphone and speakers in many GPS devices provide exceptional clarity for text to speech directions and phone conservations when a mobile phone is paired to the device. In car systems can even sync with medical devices to provide accurate and consistent monitoring of a patient vitals.   

 

Come visit your local Russ Darrow dealership for more information about Bluetooth technology in vehicles and other new car technologies available to you. 

       

Heisman Trophy Coming to Russ Darrow Nissan

Posted on September 23, 2014

The most prestigious trophy in college football is coming to town. The Heisman Trophy, awarded annually to the most outstanding player in collegiate football, will be on display on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Russ Darrow Nissan, located at 11212 W. Metro Auto Mall in Milwaukee. Attendees may take photos with the Trophy.

“We’re honored to host a trophy with the amount of history the Heisman has,” said Mike Darrow, President of the Russ Darrow Group. “As big college football fans, we’re excited to have the opportunity to share the Trophy with the community for a day.”

One of the oldest trophies in all of sports, The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award was first awarded in 1935. The award is voted on and presented by the Heisman Trophy Trust every year in early December. Last year, the trophy was presented to Jameis Winston, a quarterback at Florida State University. The trophy is named in honor of John W. Heisman, a renowned college football player and coach from 1887-1927.

The University of Wisconsin football team has had two players honored as recipients of the Heisman, with Alan Ameche winning the award in 1954 and Ron Dayne earning the honor in 1999. Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball was the most recent Wisconsin player to be a finalist for the Heisman, placing fourth in 2011

       

Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | Drive Smoothly Into Summer

Posted on September 19, 2014

 With summer rapidly approaching, it’s time to get your vehicle in shape for hot weather travel. Take a moment to perform a few quick maintenance activities that will have you cruising the streets all summer long.

“Summer’s hot temperatures combined with low antifreeze/ coolant concentration levels in your vehicle may lead to an aggravating episode of engine failure. To prevent this, perform a cooling system inspection and, if necessary, a flush and fill,” advises Richard Courtney, director of Prestone Products Research & Development and Technical Services.

To perform a flush and fill, simply wait until the engine is cool, drain out old antifreeze/ coolant fluid and dispose of it properly. Flush out the system with water and fill with a fresh supply of antifreeze/coolant. Try Prestone® Extended Life Antifreeze/Coolant-this formula may be added to any make or model automobile or light-duty truck, foreign or domestic.

If you have recently performed a flush and fill, a top-off may be the only maintenance necessary for your cooling system. Top off with a pre-diluted formula that has the correct mix of antifreeze/coolant concentrate and water. Prestone® 50/50 Ready-to-Use Extended Life Antifreeze/ Coolant may be poured directly into the cooling system for premium quality protection.

 

Once your cooling system is protected, you’ll be on the road in no time. But don’t forget to keep your windshield clear with a summer-specific windshield washer fluid designed to combat seasonal grime. Help prevent bug buildup and other pesky road debris from collecting with Prestone® Bug Wash® Windshield Washer Fluid. The citrus-fresh formula removes bug residue, road grime, bird droppings and tree sap from windshields and leaves behind a streak-free shine for optimal visibility.

       

Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | Defensive Driving

Posted on September 18, 2014

The Benefits of Learning a Defensive Driving Technique

Automobile accidents cause thousands of deaths and millions of injuries every year. The best way to ensure the safety of yourself, your passengers, and other drivers on the road is by learning a popular defensive driving technique.

There are a large number of successful defensive driving techniques to help ensure the safety of all individuals on the road. Being alert while driving is the important defensive driving technique and is connected with all of the others. This means being fully aware of what is going on around you. All too often, drivers concentrate on other objects besides the road. Examples of such distractions are:

• cell phones
• car radios
• applying makeup
• other passengers

Some areas of the United States and other countries have already banned, or are enacting legistlation to ban, the use of cellular phones when driving. Cellular phones are often held with one hand while the remaining free hand is used for driving. Driving with one hand is not the main cause of an automobile accident, but talking on the phone that is the problem. Many individuals are unable to talk on the phone and to concentrate fully on their surroundings while driving.For instance, an approaching vehicle could swerve into the lane of a driver who is talking on a cell phone, and they would probably not have enough time to process and to react to the situation. There are many drivers on the road, with our without cell phones, who would be unable to maneuver their vehicle around an unexpected obstacle. For this reason, staying aware and alert is a the most popular defensive driving technique.

The defensive driving technique of vigilance also involves looking out for debris on the road. Although the majority of roads are safe to travel, sometimes harmful debris can end up on the roadway. A driver of large truck hauling construction equipment could have inadvertently dropped debris. If the driver was unaware that debris fell from his or her vehicle, they will likely keep on moving and the debris will be left on the road. Whether a vehicle hits an object traveling at ten miles an hour or sixty miles an hour, damage is likely to occur. A lucky situation would involve only damage to the vehicle; debris on the roadway can cause vehicles to spin out of control or even to flip over, potentially causing injury to the driver or other passengers.

Animals and people on the road or along the side of the road are often a concern for drivers. This. once again, is another reason why being aware of your surroundings is a successful defensive driving technique. Walkers or joggers alongside the road pose a potential hazard, since the slightest nudge of a vehicle can seriously injure a pedestrian. Depending on the location, many roads have crossways for domesticated or wild animals. It is not uncommon for dogs, cats, squirrels, skunks, or deer to run out in the middle of the road unexpectedly. Although it may be impossible to avoid striking a wild animal, being alert will significantly reduce the risk.

Staying alert and aware of your surroundings is a defensive driving technique that requires little effort. Staying alert is something that should be done regardless of your situation when driving. Popular defensive driving techniques are designed to keep all individuals on the road safe. In addition to preventing injury, applying a defensive driving technique is likely to save you money in the long run. Insurance rates increase with every ticket or automobile accident. Learn a defensive driving technique and see the benefits of being careful.

       

Russ Darrow Automotive | Car Buying Tips

Posted on September 9, 2014

Buying a vehicle is an exciting yet challenging experience. It gives you a sense of independence and security, but can also be stressful if you go in without doing some initial research. If you’re thinking about buying new or used, the following information should make the whole process easier.

New vehicles normally require less maintenance and usually offer a warranty of at least 3 years. Additionally, your state’s lemon laws guarantee compensation if you have persistent problems with a new vehicle. Complimentary roadside assistance is offered with most new vehicles giving you even greater peace of mind, as well as various other types of warranties and incentives.

 

Used vehicles attract many consumers with lower cost and greater selection of models. Buyers purchasing a used vehicle can avoid depreciation costs associated with many new cars.  On average, a new car loses 11% of its true value after leaving the dealership. Certified pre-owned vehicles offer the price and selection of a used vehicle with a more extensive warranty; making it a popular choice for many consumers. Visit your local dealership to determine the type of vehicle that’s right for you, your family, and your budget.

       

Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | Roadside assistance

Posted on September 4, 2014

If you’ve ever been stranded on the side of the road, you know the importance of roadside assistance. While shopping for coverage, consider plans that cater to your personal needs without accumulating out of pocket expenses. While benefits may vary,   larger companies might offer quicker response times and can offer a greater amount of incentives to attract your business.

Add on plans may require additional cost to consumer’s existing membership. Some policies cover a specific vehicle while others cover the cardholder as well as the vehicle they’re using. Always determine the number of miles allowed for each tow to avoid an unexpected repair bill later.  A few insurance companies treat roadside assistance similar to insurance claims. A frequent number of requests could result in higher premiums so always read the fine print before accepting an agreement.

Stand alone plans are usually offered by auto clubs with benefits catering to individuals as well as families with teen drivers.  Inquire about the cost of a basic membership and the number of people covered by your plan.  The average response times for a call as well as the number of tows allowed are important questions when making a decision.

Overall, roadside assistance can invaluable help in times of need. Carefully consider all available options so you can choose the one that’s right for you.

 

Some dealerships even offer complimentary roadside assistance when buying a new or used vehicle.  Come in today to see what kind of roadside assistance we have to offer. 

       

Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | What You Should Do After An Automobile Accident

Posted on September 2, 2014

So you’re driving down the street with your family and/or friends and suddenly you and another vehicle hit each other and now you are in a state of panic in the driver seat. Here are a few guidelines to help you through with your troubling problem.

 

Stay clam. After an automobile collision, a person can feel up to a varying and multiple amounts of emotions that may affect the way he or she can handle the current situation. It is best to clam yourself down by using whatever methods work best for you such as taking deep breath or counting to some arbitrary number. Once you are in a clam state you are better able to handle the situation.

 

Check for injuries. Depending on the seriousness of the automobile collision, there may be people injured. If it is a minor injury, try to assist the injured person however for more serious injuries, call an ambulance.

 

Call the police. Once the people are safe call the local police and update them with the current facts. Give them facts and not some ambiguous information such as “I wasn’t speeding” and instead respond with a concise answer like “I was driving at 40 miles per hour”.

 

Write everything down. Get the information of anyone directly involved in the accident such as their names, driver license numbers, date of births, addresses. You should also take down the cars’ license number and state that issued the license of the cars involved in the accident as well as the license number and state that issued the license of cars nearby as the police can track them down to use as witnesses.

 

Call your insurance agent. The sooner you call your agent the better it is for you. They will give you information that will help you get over this problem and get you back onto your life.

 

Don’t sign any document that is unfamiliar. Signing something without knowing what it is, is an insanely moronic practice to begin with so it should apply here as well. Even the police explain to you what you are signing, which is usually an automobile collision and also your insurance agent explaining what you are signing as well.

 

Call your lawyer. The sooner you get into contact with your lawyer, the better it is for you. They can clarify any legal ramifications that you may questions about relating to your automobile collision so that you may better understand the current situation that you are in.

 

 

Ask questions. Though the police, your insurance agent and your lawyer may give you information, they will assume that you will know about everything in-between if you don’t ask any questions. Even if you are remotely confused about something it is better to ask now rather than finding out how it can hurt you later.

       

Car Buying Tips | Russ Darrow Automotive Group

Posted on August 28, 2014

Shopping for your next vehicle is and should always be exciting and enjoyable experience. Before you even decide on a vehicle, conduct an honest self evaluation to figure out how much you can afford.  Having a detailed budget allows you to negotiate confidently with your salesperson without going beyond your means. 

As we all know, in the end, it all comes down to money. How much money do you have to spend now and how much money will you have to spend in the future? If you’re struggling to keep up with bills and other monthly payments, now may not be the best time to purchase a new vehicle.  You may want to consider using cash to buy a quality used vehicle or continue saving up for that dream automobile.  Leasing might also be a great option to pursue in this situation.

If you can afford a new vehicle, having a secure job status and limiting other monthly expenses will make the process a whole lot easier.

If you’re financing a vehicle, research your taxes and finance rating through your ZIP code. Create a target for your monthly payment. This should be no more than 20% of your monthly income and should not include gas, insurance or expected maintenance on the vehicle. When setting your loan term, remember that shorter terms usually have higher payments while longer terms may require paying more in interest.  

 

If trading a vehicle, consider the value of your old vehicle as payment towards the cost of the new vehicle. If you’re using a cash down payment, try to put as much down as possible. This will lower the cost of your monthly payment and the loan amount. Following these simple tips will ensure you get the best deal on your next set of wheels, and will help to ensure you will be able to afford the vehicle you have picked out.

       

Buying vs. Leasing | Russ Darrow Automotive Group

Posted on August 28, 2014

If you’re shopping for your next vehicle, you’re probably deciding whether you want to buy or lease. Reasons for buying a new car include lower finance rates and the comfort of being the first owner of the vehicle.  New car buyers tend to have more freedom when choosing luxury and convenience features. For example, they can upgrade from cloth to leather seating and even add a premium entertainment system, while still keeping monthly costs manageable. After completing payments on the vehicle, new car buyers will have something of value that they can either sell for a profit or keep for years to come.

 

Likewise, leasing a vehicle offers substantial benefits.  One of the most attractive benefits is being able to get into a more luxurious vehicle for a lower price. Lessees need not worry about expensive repairs or costly depreciation associated with new car purchases. Once you have kept the car in good condition and obeyed the terms of the lease, you can simply hand over the keys and walk away at the end of your lease. Many lease contracts offer a buyout option allowing you to pay cash for the vehicle or continue making payments until you own it if you decide you do in fact want to keep it. Self-employed individuals can even write off their lease payments as a business expense if it is used for business purposes. 

       

New vs. Used Car Buying | Russ Darrow Automotive Group

Posted on August 28, 2014

Buying a vehicle is an exciting yet challenging experience. It gives you a sense of independence and security, but can also be stressful if you go in without doing some initial research. If you’re thinking about buying new or used, the following information should make the whole process easier.

New vehicles normally require less maintenance and usually offer a warranty of at least 3 years. Additionally, your state’s lemon laws guarantee compensation if you have persistent problems with a new vehicle. Complimentary roadside assistance is offered with most new vehicles giving you even greater peace of mind, as well as various other types of warranties and incentives.

 

Used vehicles attract many consumers with lower cost and greater selection of models. Buyers purchasing a used vehicle can avoid depreciation costs associated with many new cars.  On average, a new car loses 11% of its true value after leaving the dealership. Certified pre-owned vehicles offer the price and selection of a used vehicle with a more extensive warranty; making it a popular choice for many consumers. Visit your local dealership to determine the type of vehicle that’s right for you, your family, and your budget.

       

Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | Maintaining Roadside Assistance

Posted on August 26, 2014

If you’ve ever been stranded on the side of the road, you know the importance of roadside assistance. While shopping for coverage, consider plans that cater to your personal needs without accumulating out of pocket expenses. While benefits may vary,   larger companies might offer quicker response times and can offer a greater amount of incentives to attract your business.

Add on plans may require additional cost to consumer’s existing membership. Some policies cover a specific vehicle while others cover the cardholder as well as the vehicle they’re using. Always determine the number of miles allowed for each tow to avoid an unexpected repair bill later.  A few insurance companies treat roadside assistance similar to insurance claims. A frequent number of requests could result in higher premiums so always read the fine print before accepting an agreement.

Stand alone plans are usually offered by auto clubs with benefits catering to individuals as well as families with teen drivers.  Inquire about the cost of a basic membership and the number of people covered by your plan.  The average response times for a call as well as the number of tows allowed are important questions when making a decision.

 

Overall, roadside assistance can invaluable help in times of need. Carefully consider all available options so you can choose the one that’s right for you.

       

Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | Get enough sleep

Posted on August 19, 2014

No matter your skill and experience on the road, proper sleep plays a crucial role in making smart decisions.   A lack of sleep can cause us to function more slowly while chronic sleep loss can result in serious health problems.  

When behind the wheel, falling asleep for just a few seconds is basically the same as driving  unconscious.    Even if you remain awake, drowsiness decreases reaction time and delays your ability to process critical information. If you’re having  trouble keeping your eyes open or yawn repeatedly, quickly find a safe place to pull over and take a nap.  Getting  a good night’s sleep is essential for adequate driver performance. During long road trips, take breaks as needed. Driving alert increases your chances of getting there safely.

Driving with someone who can take over when you’re tired increases comfort and convenience when on the road.  Be sure to consider your regular sleep patterns as well. Driving at times when you’re usually asleep may have an adverse effect on your driving performance. Avoid alcohol and certain medications as they impair your judgment.

 

No matter where the road takes you, getting enough sleep is an essential part of getting there safely!

       

Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | Nitrogen Filled Tires

Posted on August 12, 2014

Getting your tires filled with nitrogen can have many distinct advantages such as improved handling, tire life, and even improved fuel efficiency.  Nitrogen’s molecular composition provides a more stable tire pressure than regular air.. Being less susceptible to temperature fluctuations, nitrogen inflated tires also generate less heat, providing optimal performance for drivers and passengers alike.  Since nitrogen tends to leak slower than air, drivers can spend less time checking their tires and more time on the road. Come into our state of the art service center and let our certified and trained service technicians fill your tires with nitrogen so you can enjoy a smoother, more efficient ride!

       

Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | Active Cornering Headlights

Posted on July 15, 2014

In today's modern vehicles, active cornering headlights provide convenience and safety for drivers and passengers alike.  Allowing headlights to follow the movements of the steering wheel give occupants a better view of the road, and what lies ahead.

 

Active cornering headlights drastically improve road illumination, giving drivers a greater field of vision. Compared to traditional systems, active headlamps allow your eyes to follow the bend more closely.  Drivers can easily adjust their driving to suit road conditions and be better prepared in emergency situations. To ensure adequate light distribution, headlights continuously adapt to vehicle speed whether you’re in high beam or low beam mode.  Road speed and steering angle sensors communicate with the vehicle’s network to ensure optimal performance and efficiency.  Likewise, Dynamic range adjustment prevents blinding of oncoming drivers. 

 

 

Advanced sensors detect minute movements and can immediately adjust light intensity.  With active cornering headlights you can drive more confidently during inclement weather and periods of low visibility.  Stop your local dealer to learn more about Active Cornering headlights and other exciting options available for your vehicle. 

       

Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | Benefits of Rear View Cameras

Posted on July 15, 2014

Today rear-view cameras are providing benefits to many drivers and their passengers. Cameras are integrated into the technology packages found on many vehicles, but can be purchased as an aftermarket accessory or package. Rear view cameras produce a wider field of vision than conventional rear view mirrors.  In large vehicles such as SUVs, blind spots can range as far as 20 feet behind the vehicle. Rear-view cameras aid in eliminating dangerous blind spots, offering a more pleasant and safe driving experience.  These cameras can also provide an added layer of confidence when reversing around small children and household pets. 

 

Rear view cameras also provide exceptional views of your surroundings, especially while parallel parking. You can accurately determine the position of other vehicles, signs, people and of course, the curb.  Drivers towing their boats and trailers can hook up much easier; avoiding costly repairs to either of their vehicles 

 

Whether you’re interested in a pre-installed or aftermarket system, here are a few things you should consider.  A good camera is not only weather resistant but also offers a wide viewing angle and sharp focal length.  Video quality should be clear providing excellent resolution and detail.  Look for convenience features such as remote controls and auxiliary mounting racks that allow you to easily customize the camera’s position. Choosing a manufacturer that offers a good warranty and knowledgeable support service will ensure that you get the most out of your device. 

 

 

Stop by your local dealer today to find the package that’s right for you.

       

Russ Darrow Automotive Tips | Car Seat Safety

Posted on July 15, 2014

When it comes to children’s safety, it is essential that you check your car’s safety seat thoroughly before each drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration car seats and booster seats have been very effective in reducing spinal and other internal injuries. Compared to lap and shoulder belts, child seats correctly position young children so that they can be properly secured in a collision.

Lap and shoulder belts are designed with adult safety in mind. Because of the difference in body structure, children can become seriously injured when using these devices. Because of their smaller stature, lap and shoulder belts rest on their neck and abdomen. When the seat belt tightens, serious injuries occur in these areas.

Protect your child using a properly harnessed car seat, and always make sure the car seat is properly installed. Infants weighing 20 pounds or less can travel in a rear facing infant seat. Test the straps for a secure fit. If you can move any part of the assembly more than an inch, the straps need to be pulled tighter.  For a more comfortable fit, consider using the LATCH mechanism offered in most new vehicles. LATCH systems were created by manufacturers to aid the installation of many child carriers.

Convertible seats are designed for infants and toddlers alike and can be modified as your child grows.  This gives you the benefit of having to buy only one seat.  Any child weighing less than 20 pounds must sit facing the rear seat. Once over 20 pounds, the child can now sit facing the front.

 

Talk with certified child passenger safety technicians for the best methods on securing your child’s car seat and for information regarding child car safety products.

       
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