Autumn can be a great time to go for a ride in your car in New England. Many Boston Area drivers look forward to long rides “leaf peeping” through Western Massachusetts, New Hampshire or Vermont right about now. But there is a hidden danger on the roadways during the Fall. A danger that new or inexperienced drivers should be aware of. (Or experienced drivers who do know about this already should remind themselves of it as they head out driving in the Fall.)
The danger is…. wet leaves. Just plain old leaves, soaked by the rain. Sounds innocent enough- but leaves in the road, when they get wet, can be just as slippery as ice. If you have never skidded on wet leaves, it might be hard for you to believe this, but it’s true. Even with ABS, hit a patch of wet leaves when you’re driving too fast- and you may suddenly find that the nice used car you just bought is out of control and heading for the guardrail. It can be exactly as if you had hit a patch of ice.
An even worse situation is when the temperature of a wet patch of leaves drops below the freezing point. When the temperature drops below freezing, it doesn’t even take very much water for leaves to become every bit as slippery as ice. A little bit of water is all it takes at that point.
And just like ice and snow, a pile of leaves can hide a debris in the road or a pothole. It doesn’t take a whole lot of leaves to obscure a pothole from view, and if you hit it just right, it can easily destroy that nice alloy wheel on your car.
To make matters worse, at this time of year we move the clocks back an hour, resulting in more driving in the dark. Wet leaves leaves on a dark, rain-swept road can be a real hidden danger, especially for someone not familiar with the situation. (For example someone who is a new driver, or someone who has moved to New England from another part of the country.)
So what can you do to avoid skidding on wet leaves?
It’s pretty simple. Slow down if you are driving on a road covered with leaves, especially when driving around turns. If the leaves are wet, treat them exactly as you would a patch of ice. Allow yourself plenty of room to stop in an emergency. Keep a greater distance between you and the car in front of you.
Just slowing down can make all the difference. Most importantly, just keep in mind that wet leaves are a hidden danger. When you see them in the road, be aware of it and treat the condition as you would ice in the road.
And BTW, it wouldn’t hurt to make sure your headlights are clean, your windshield is clean, (inside and out), and that your windshield wipers are working well. These are all very inexpensive ways to make sure you are don’t find yourself driving on a dark road with poor headlights and a streaky, obscured windshield, oblivious to the wet leaves lurking in your path.
It’s worth it to be prepared.
Lux Auto Plus is a Worcester Area used car dealership in Auburn, MA.
Car-shopping site CarGurus recently ranked the most affordable and expensive cities for used car shopping- And Worcester, MA came out in the top 10. (So did Boston and Providence, RI.)
CarGurus looked at 5 million used car listings in the nation’s 98 largest metro areas. The company then compared prices on used cars (model years 2001 to 2016) in each area to determine the nationwide average for comparable vehicles and averaged the price differences for individual cities.
More here: http://tinyurl.com/zloaq7y
Two more good reasons to buy a used car instead of a new one:
The average price of a new vehicle in the U.S. is $32,086.
Here’s another one: The average U.S. household can’t afford it.
That’s the conclusion of a new report from Interest.com, a consumer-finance site owned by Bankrate. The report looked at median household incomes across the U.S. and concluded that new cars are out of reach for many Americans — or should be.
It sounds a little crazy, but for those of us concerned about the economy — which should be all of us — it’s worth a closer look.
More here—> http://tinyurl.com/jjdhgp6
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The list from CarGurus includes cars that fit a recent grad’s budget and get strong safety ratings.
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Well, we have some good news for you. Despite what most people think, having bad credit does NOT mean you can’t buy a car. The fact is that, even if you have truly bad credit, most likely we can help you to get an auto loan. For Real. Even if other dealerships have turned you down. Even if you have had a recent divorce or a bankruptcy.
We can likely help you- even if you have come to feel like maybe it’s hopeless.
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Right now we have a very special car in our showroom:
It’s a 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL with only 42k Miles. It’s from Texas, it’s spotless inside and out, and it has a removable top. On a day like this, it sure is the car you want to be driving around in with the top removed.
We have it in our showroom, and we made a web page about this car. (It really is that special.)
Click here to visit the page—-> http://bostonused.com/Mercedes/Mercedes-Benz-560SL-Boston.html
Believe it or not, there was a time when Massachusetts was an automotive manufacturing hub.
For example, in the historical community there is a debate over whether the Stanley Steamer was created in Newton or Watertown, but nonetheless the Stanley Steamer was made in Massachusetts.
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