Objects with more mass take longer to stop when in motion. That’s physics folks. The 18 wheelers, or big rigs you share the road with have a considerably longer stopping distance than little Sally in her sedan. So, why on Earth do I see cars darting in and out from between rigs? You people do realize that you are, aside from being a pest, creating an extremely hazardous diving situation for you, that rig driver and every other car on the road behind you.
Look, cargo and delivery truck drivers have a hard enough time navigating their way to their destination as it is, they don’t need selfish and hazardous driving to deal with as well. So, why don’t you take a second to refresh your memory on ways to interact with 18 wheelers and big rigs when you encounter them on the roadways…yes, this is a defensive driving video.
I hope you all watched it because, whether you like it, or not, you have to share the road with commercial and non commercial vehicles alike. I understand that trucks on the road can be frustrating at times, but cut them some slack and drive like a normal driver around them. You’ll make their delivery runs that much better. Consider this just another friendly reminder from your Cincinnati Car dealers, The Superior Automotive Group.
Question: One car is exiting a freeway ramp, a second car is traveling on the service road directly adjacent to the exit ramp. Both cars come to a meeting point where the service road and the exit ramp merge. Who has the right of way?
Answer: Drivers on an access or feeder road are required to yield to vehicles exiting a highway.
Simple enough, right? Apparently not. There is nothing that frustrates me more as a driver than, when exiting a freeway, I have to jockey for position on the feeder, or service road. When you’re coming off the roadway, you don’t have a lot of choice on where you go. Drivers’ failure to yield leads to accidents because of high speeds and those wrecks can be serious. Think of it this way, you’ve got somebody going 60 (mph) and someone sitting still, it could cause a bad accident or even a fatal accident.
Watch how close this person is to getting in what would have, no doubt, been a very serious, or even fatal accident.
The bottom line here people is that a YIELD sign isn’t a suggestion, it the law. A very important law that is designed to keep YOU safe! Take the extra second and yield to traffic exiting a freeway. If you don’t you may be seeing your Cincinnati Car Dealers, the Superior Automotive Group sooner than you’d like for repairs or to replace that car you just totaled.
Summer is here and it’s gonna’ be a hot one! Your Cincinnati car dealers, The Superior Automotive Group want to remind you that if you are preparing to take your Cincinnati car on the road this summer, there are a few things that you are going to want to do to ensure that you have a trouble free trip.
Maintaining your fluids is paramount this time of year. Make sure you check all of them before you leave. Oil, transmission, brake and steering fluids are easy to check and relatively easy to maintain. If you are the least bit handy in the automotive department, then changing these fluids yourself will save you a little extra cash you can use on your trip.
Proper tire pressure is also an easy thing to check and maintain. Improperly inflated tires can lead to poor gas mileage, decreased braking power, poor handling and possibly a tire failure. Checking the air pressure in your tires is very easy to do, you just have to remember to do it! Next time you get gas would be a great time.
Check out the video below for some other tips and hints on what to do, and what to bring as you prepare to hit the road for your summer road trip.
If you feel that your Cincinnati car needs a little extra attention before you hit the road, don’t hesitate to bring it by any Superior Automotive location so we can give it the once over. There is a good chance that we may catch something you did not. Besides, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Being stranded on the side of the highway, baking in the hot Summer sun doesn’t sound like too much fun to me.
Summer is in full swing, the kids are out of school and that road trip you’ve been planning for months is quickly set to start. All of us at your Cincinnati Car Dealers, The Superior Automotive Group remember when Mom and Dad would pack the family truckster to the gills, load all of us rascals into the back and hit the highway for a cross country jaunt. Of course we’d make all of the classic stops, that Giant Hole Dad was so impressed with somewhere out west (Grand Canyon), the world’s largest ball of twine to satisfy Mom’s knitting addiction and of course the various snake and reptile farms we’d make them stop at along the way.
Of course, while we weren’t at one of the many stops on our road trips, we were crammed in the back seat trying to keep ourselves occupied until it was time to stop again. Back then we didn’t have all of the technological do-dads kids have today. We had to either invent games, or play a few that were already developed by the hordes of other little travelers that came before us.
In an effort to recapture some of those wonderful road trip memories, I did a brief search for a few of the old time favorite games. I found exactly what I was looking for at Boy’s Life Magazine. Remember that rag, Boy Scouts? Jackpot! I found most of the old games we used to play.
LICENSE PLATE GAME
For long trips, the License Plate Game might be the thing. In this version, call out letters from the license plates you see, then make as many ridiculous phrases as possible. For example, AST = Aardvarks Singling Tenderly or After-School Trampolining. You get the idea.
The Alphabet Game is good along roads with a lot of signs. Find a word with an “A,” call it out, then look for a word with “B” and so on. First one to the end of the alphabet wins. You might want to skip trying to find “Q” and “Z.” Or not.
Another game with graph paper is Infinite Tic-Tac-Toe. In this game, the first person to get five in a row wins, and there are no borders except for the edge of the page.
LINES AND DOTS
Use graph paper for a couple of travel games. With Lines and Dots, draw lines on the paper. Take turns drawing one side of a square at a time, trying to make boxes. When you complete a box, put your initials in it. Whoever makes the most boxes in 15 minutes or so wins.
In I Spy, pick out something you see nearby (that other players can also see), but keep what it is to yourself. Say, “I spy with my little eye …” and then provide one description of the object. For instance, with the windshield wipers you might say, “I spy something long” or “something black.” After each hint, players take a turn guessing what the object is.
ROCK-PAPER-SCISSORS AND 20 QUESTIONS
Rock-Paper-Scissors and 20 Questions hardly need explaining. There are variations of these games, such as Foot-Cockroach-Nuclear Bomb, and 20 Questions about movies you’ve seen or books you’ve read, instead of some random object.
Remember these when you were a kid? Now that you have kids of your own, try to play a few of these on your next road trip. I know, your kids are going to bemoan having their iWhatevers ripped out of their hands, but these games really are fun. You can play along with them and spend a little quality time with your kids aside from being trapped in the car with them for hours on end. Who knows, you might have a few great memories awakened of your summer vagabonding trips to see the World’s Largest Pepperoni Pizza.
If any of you Cincinnati drivers out there have any other road trip games you’d like to share with the rest of the Superior Automotive Group‘s customers and readers of this blog, leave your suggestions in the comments section below…Bon Voyage!