Winter Safety Driving Tips for Your and Yours

At Sussman Auto dealerships, we sell you cars that optimize the family traveling experience. However, no amount of comfort, convenience, affordability, or safety can completely take away the danger from the road. As your go-to southeastern Pennsylvania auto dealership, Sussman Auto wants to provide you a few safe winter driving tips.

When you see things like a disabled vehicle on the road or a door left ajar, what you need to do might seem obvious: brake! And while braking is certainly the primary option, it’s not the only one. In that split second where danger pops up you can also make an evasive driving maneuver. The key to the best choice is to practice monitoring your surroundings at all times.  

The difference between braking and evasive maneuvers comes down to how fast you’re already going. If you’ve reached peak speed in your auto, then an evasive maneuver like swerving might be the safest way to continue on your journey. However, if you’re still accelerating, braking will be easier because your vehicle won’t have already picked up maximum momentum. This information provides you more control over a possible collision due to  someone else’s decision.

The decisions of others aren’t the only dangers potentially looming on the road, though — especially this time of year. Black ice, dense fog, deepened potholes from snow melting chemicals and salt, and generally slick surfaces can all change your day or life in a matter of seconds.

That’s why it’s critical to have an up-to-date winter roadside kit. You already know the benefits of a well organized and prepared trunk for autumn sports. While the tools are different for winter the purpose is the same: deliver you and your family the easiest and most functional experience. Below are winter roadside kit must-haves.

Flashlight with extra batteries: You know how the flashlight helps but the extra batteries are just as necessary. There is nothing like thinking you’re prepared only to find out you’re not, and you don’t want the flashlight going dead as you’re trying to locate a potential issue on the side of the road.

Cell phone car charger: If you don’t already have one, find a holiday deal. Like your flashlight batteries, the last thing you want to happen to your phone is having it go dead as you’re about to call a family member or tow truck.

Flares: Maybe you’ve got extra reflectors packed away in the trunk, but in decreased visibility settings you’ll want something more. Flares will let other drivers know know that your vehicle has become disabled, prioritizing safety and awareness in a stressful situation.

Snacks: You have no idea how long you might be stuck on the side of the road. A good snack can help you keep a level head as you manage your time through an upsetting moment on the road.

Remember, Sussman Auto is here for you and all your car needs through southeastern Pennsylvania. From us to you, we wish you a safe and warm winter holiday.

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Sussman Auto’s 15th Annual Bikes for Tykes Collection Drive

This years marks Sussman Auto’s 15th annual Bikes for Tykes collection drive. Together with you we’ve given more than 2,400 bicycles to children throughout the Delaware Valley, and we can’t wait to come together for even more.

We’re seeking gently used bikes now through November 25th. All you need to do is grab a flashlight and head to the garage, shed, or basement to look for one. You can drop it off at any of our six dealership locations throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.

We do all the work from there. One of our very own employees will clean, service, and refurbish each bicycle as if it were one of our own used vehicles. From there we distribute the bikes to local charities, who in turn distribute them to less fortunate kids during the holiday season.

Do you remember your first Honda, Acura, Hyundai, Mazda, Kia, or Genesis? Remember not just how enjoyable it was to be in control of where you were going, but how freeing? Bikes for Tykes provides the same sense of independence, trust, and growth for young people all over — maybe even in your own neighborhood.

Showroom drop-off hours for all locations are 9:00am to 9:00pm Monday through Thursday, 9:00am to 6:00pm on Fridays, and 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturdays. Service department drop-offs are from 7:30am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday and 8:30am to 2:00pm on Saturdays. If able, please help us continue the warming tradition of bikes, tykes, and automobiles this holiday season.

Thank you for your generosity, and for helping us make this holiday season brighter for many young children in our area.

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Trunk-or-treat: The Best Halloween for Everyone

Autumn is in full effect in the greater Philadelphia area. Summer citrus is being traded out for pumpkin and apple picking. And ghosts and ghouls are starting to pop up on front lawns, which can only mean one thing. Halloween is right around the corner.

The thrill of the Halloween season comes in two parts. First is the costume. Will your children be going out as classics like witches and mummies? Maybe it’s their favorite Sussman car dealership sales associate. Or have they recently been inspired by Brando to put cotton balls in their mouth and make an offer that can’t be refused? Regardless, it’s only a matter of time until their choice is squared away and their attention turns to the candy. Reasonably so, too. The chance to get it for free comes but once a year.

Your attention, however, might go to the candy for a different reason. As much as you want to trust everything your child will receive and consume will be completely safe and worry free, the thought that it isn’t never leaves the back of your mind. That’s where trunk-or-treat saves the day.

If you’re unfamiliar, trunk-or-treats are community sponsored events, often held by schools or churches in their parking lot. Community members park their cars, decorate them with different themes, and open their trunks that are filled with goodies galore.

The positives are as sweet as the candy your kids are itching for. As you set up your car, you’re not in a rush around the neighborhood to hit as many houses as humanly possible. You’re not trying to master the distance that lets the kids feel independent and you secure. You get to catch up with old faces you haven’t seen and even have the opportunity to create relationships with new ones. Meanwhile, everyone is dressed to the spooky nines, feeling safe every single step of the way.

The kids get to dress up. They get their candy. You get your peace of mind, and everyone goes home happy. Perfect! At Sussman Auto, we know prepping for Halloween can drive you out of your gourd but we want you to know we have your back. No bones about it!

Know about a trunk-or-treat coming up in your community? Tell us about it in the comments!

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It’s barely Fall but the leaves are already falling off the trees. Soon enough your beach chairs will be collecting dust instead of sand and you’ll be trading out your sandals for boots. With school starting, we’re also school back in session, we’re also back into the swing of autumn sports. Football, tennis, cross country, soccer, cheerleading, gymnastics: they’ll all put miles on your car as you bring the kids to practice, games, and meets. But more wear on your car doesn’t mean it has to show. You’ll want to make sure you optimize for the coming sports season.

As you roll through southeastern Pennsylvania, a trunk organizer will be key to keeping your car tidy. Since they come in all shapes and sizes you should be able to find the right fit no matter what model Acura, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, or Mazda you’re driving. Aside from its size, you’ll want to make sure your trunk organizer is the right shape: will it be holding specialized shoes? Sticks? Shoulder pads? All of the above? The answer can’t be overlooked.

Another autumn sports car essential is a first aid kit. While your child’s teams or activities are probably required to have one on-site, keeping one of your own in the car means you can further tend to an injury or ailment as necessary. It could also be a huge help in the event the on-site kit runs out of a certain supply. Thinking ahead like this can save a lot of headaches.

For as important as organization tools and safety kits are, having them doesn’t mean the car won’t get messy. There’s nothing attractive about cleaning up a big mess all at once. Putting together an in-season cleaning schedule saves time down the road and keeps supplies, pads, and equipment accessible when on the go. It could also be critical when traffic cuts your arrival close to start time.

Speaking of traffic, don’t forget to check for it before heading out. The highways and backroads of southeastern Pennsylvania can always offer hiccups, so knowing where those hiccups have popped up could save a lot of stress and worry — for you, your family, and your car.

While your children’s sport of choice might teach them hard lessons this season, optimizing your car for autumn sports can be an easy one.

Have a tip we didn’t mention? Leave it in the comments section below!

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Top Travel Apps You Might Not Know but Should

Planning for trips can be hectic enough as you round up everything you need and try to locate each worthwhile destination ahead of time. Once you start moving you finally have an opportunity to relax, and often people associate that kind of relaxing with unplugging: fewer or no phones, tablets, laptops — interruptions. But as you traverse through southeastern Pennsylvania and beyond this summer we wanted to highlight how all the tech we try to escape from time to time can actually help you and your family enjoy your time away. Here are five apps available on both iOS and Android devices that you might not know but could help make your next road trip more enjoyable:

TripCase: TripCase lets you keep itineraries and modify them in-trip, which means you can skip folded pieces of paper in pockets and purses. You can share trips, too, so if you split up you can still keep tabs on each other whereabouts without interrupting experiences. And maybe coolest of all, TripCase lets you bookmark the best parts of a journey so you always know how to get back to them.

CityMapper: CityMapper offers an alternative to Google Maps. It boasts real time departures and disruption alerts, like train cancellations or overcrowding, and provides potential alternative routes, too. And it even has some practical silliness built in — you can find out how long it would take to reach a destination by jetpack, which is a feature kids will surely find fun.

LiveTrekker: LiveTrekker tracks every step and stop you make on your adventures. You can also record your surroundings, so those truly breathtaking and beautiful moments don’t escape you even after you return home. Combined with being able to share live information with loved ones, LiveTrekker essentially creates a digital diary for you to keep.

PackPoint: PackPoint organizes what you need to pack based on some basic information like the length of your trip, who is going, and activities. It also provides projected weather so you know how to best enjoy your time at a destination. PackPoint also hosts a podcast called TravelSmart. The product delivers on its tagline — “Never forget your ________ again!”

GasBuddy: GasBuddy lets you find the cheapest gas in a region. You can also report the price of gas in an area, which lets you compete against others for points and prizes like free gas cards. Similar to PackPoint, they’ve got a slogan that hits home. “Save money, save time” is something everyone can appreciate, and is always welcomed on vacation.

Wherever you may be going this summer through southeastern Pennsylvania, make the most of your time with the apps above. Do you have a favorite we didn’t mention? Leave it in the comments below!

 

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Making Road Trips More Memorable for You and Your Kids

Long drives through Southeast Pennsylvania can be the bane of great trips. Having younger children can amplify how tough a road trip’s traffic, length, or weather might already be. This month at Sussman Auto, we’d like to provide you some helpful tips for traveling with your children that may make the trip both more enjoyable and memorable for everyone.

First things first: consider setting expectations with your children before you even get in the car. Let them know how long the trip will be, when there will be breaks, what weather you’re likely to drive in, and what they’ll have at their disposal to keep their attention. Setting expectations is something so important it’s almost easy to forget, but remembering benefits everyone. This conversation also lets them have a say, and kids love when their opinion counts.

You’ll want to think of specific activities for your children and how long those activities typically entertain them. We’ve come up with a couple built just for you and your little ones, like a drivetime scrapbook kit. Time spent on the road during a journey often seems like a necessary evil, but it doesn’t have to be. With a blank notebook and crayons or markers, you provide your children a chance to illustrate the trip — and create a fun keepsake the family can enjoy years later. The things they see or hear, the way everyone is sitting, or how they’re talking and what about can lead to wonderful stories and memories. Assigning meaning to downtime is a terrific way to occupy it.

Another option for filling car time is Lego: they’re great hands-on toys that let kids build in front of them the things they see in their minds. Bringing them on the road, though, might seem like chaos…that is, until you make a portable Lego kit. All you need is a basic lunch box. Glue one plate to the lid and another across the bottom of the container to prevent the Lego from falling all over the place. This lets everything sit in your child’s lap without any focus splintered on keeping everything together. In turn, that lets you continue focusing on the road.

We know we just talked about a lunch box but didn’t talk at all about food. Don’t worry though; we didn’t forget. We know how hungry the kids can get in the back seat and how low blood sugar can temporarily turn an angel into a monster. It’s easy to load up on chips and cookies because they already come in on-the-go packaging. However, this can be avoided by repurposing a screw box. Skip the dusty one in the garage and get a new one just for traveling. You can use the various compartments to keep healthier snacks, like dried fruit, pretzels, snap peas, or cereal. Processed foods with added sugar only make us want more of the same. Meanwhile, healthier snacks help avoid the sugar spikes by providing more natural, filling, and satisfying options.

Though we’ve covered toys and food, we also want to acknowledge car sickness, which includes dizziness, stomach pain, headaches, and even vomiting. It’s better to anticipate these things than hope you don’t have to deal with them. A car sickness bag and medicine that eases according symptoms can save time and avoid discomfort.

Wherever you’re going through Southeast Pennsylvania this summer, Sussman Auto is glad to help and hopes you have only the best experiences.
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Sussman Automotive: More than Just Cars

As the weather warms up it tends to remind us of a few things. It could be the way the sun feels as it laps at our faces on the beach, how the porch feels under our feet, or what it’s like to see the sun set well after dinner instead of before the drive home. And at Sussman Auto, it reminds us of one more thing.

This month we wanted to take a moment to remind you how much we value our mission statement. Our utmost goal is to serve your car-buying needs and meet your expectations. We know your expectations are high because when you buy a new or pre-owned car you consider not just your own preferences or desires but your family’s, too. Nothing is more important than their comfort and safety ― and nor should it be. As a family-owned business, no one knows more than us the importance of those commitments.

We also understand that you can’t commit to us before we build trust together. We’re more than happy to inspire that confidence through patience and respect for how you explore the best options to purchase your new Acura, Honda, Hyundai, Kia or Mazda. Whether you’re investigating the pros and cons of different makes and models, trying to decide whether to finance or lease, or coming in for test drives of various cars to get the best feel for what you want, we’re here for you and your family. Our sales staff will be excited to share its intensive and detailed knowledge when you’re ready and without being pushy.

You know you can search our extensive inventory of both new and used vehicles online, too. But we don’t want you to feel limited by only what we have in stock at the time you happen to be looking at our website. We can keep you updated with our Car Finder option, which allows you to fill out a quick but thorough form of your preferences, and we’ll alert you when we have a similar vehicle in stock.
We know a new car is a big investment, and we want you to know we’re invested in you as a customer. At the Sussman Auto family of dealerships, it’s about much more than just what you take home. The weather is warming up here in the Greater Philadelphia region. While you shop for a new car, let us get to know you, and we’ll help get that sun on your face as your new vehicle hits the road.

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