Monday, November 28, 2011

Cooler Weather and Tire Pressure.

Friday morning, I was warmly welcomed in my 2008 Hyundai Sonata with a (!).

What does that mean?  An exclamation seems critical and urgent!!  I sat on edge all the way to work, a whopping four miles.  Luckily, I work at Eckert Hyundai and they immediately pulled it into service.  Not a worry.  My tire pressure dropped with the cooler morning weather and the handy service team aired them up.  The best part?  FREE!  And not just for me, folks!  
If all you need is some air they'll check out your tires to make sure there are no serious problems and air them up, if there is not.  All while you enjoy hot coffee, a cozy couch, cable TV and free wifi.
Sounds good to me...

Want to know why this happens?  
Me too.

Cool temperatures in fall, winter and, let's face it, the occasional spring months, causes the air in your tires to contract.  And your poor tires will fluctuate pressure.  You have GOT to ensure proper air pressure so your tires have optimal traction on those [sometimes] icy roads.  When the temperatures rapidly decline your air pressure will also rapidly decrease.

This website tells you to check tire pressure often.  Lucky for you, Hyundai installed the light on the dashboard for the convenience.  No crawling around in the cold to check tire pressure!  
However you may want to check the tire pressure on your spare tire if you are hitting the road! 
Happy Monday!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Foggy Morning Window Ideas


Is everybody ready for Thanksgiving, because it's creepin up real fast! All this change in weather has created some pretty foggy driving conditions, particularly on my windows.  It's the worst when you have to rush out to work and you can't see anything.  Not to mention dangerous.

The Basics
All air has moisture in it, "humidity."  The higher humidity, the more fog.  Fog happens on  your windshield when humid air comes into contact with a cold surface, the moisture condenses and comes out of the air onto your windshield.  This can happen on a rainy day, after a rainy day or when a warmer morning comes after a cool night.

Inside vs Outside
This is easy!  If your condensation occurs on the outside of your car you can use the windshield wipers, a rag or a squeegee to get the excess water off.  Slide your other windows up & down, this will help eliminate the condensation after a dewy morning.
The key to eliminating moisture on the inside is reducing moisture in the air.  Using the recirculation setting on the temperature control system for a long period of time will probably make the problem try to avoid its usage.  Make your car cabin a little bit cooler than you'd like and this will help you too!  If the air is drier inside your car - use recirculation, if drier outside, vent ( down).

Other than mentioned above, you can purchase chemical solutions that leave water repellent on glass surfaces, making accumulation on glass minimal.  What a way to start your morning!
The basic idea is getting warmer, drier air onto your windows to make the fog disappear.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Veloster + Pandora = Awesome.

So, I know, I cant stop talking about the Veloster.  But last night something came up in conversation with friends and after being bombarded with questions, I thought I'd do some research. And share. 

Everyone seems to be talking about this new car and it's awesome features.  This car is seriously targeted at those of us in the "digital age."  You know, the ones Oprah begs to bag their phones while at the wheel, yea, me too.  So aside from Bluelink, this puppy is chock-full of coolness.

When you purchase a new Veloster you get awesome standard features, such as the first Bluelink package, which is much like OnStar on steriods, and this car also offers Pandora as a FREE and STANDARD feature.  Wow.

You know Pandora?
It's the "radio" that only plays songs you like.  Seriously, if you don't like it they will say, "we're sorry, we'll never play anything like that again," how thoughtful.  I also find it important to share that I'm currently listening to it and it's the perfect work and driving (and cleaning and jogging) music to narrarate your life.

All you have to do is connect your iPhone to the dash and you can stream Pandora live through your blue tooth while you drive.  Cool.

"Veloster is a fun-to-drive, three-door coupe that exemplifies Hyundai's commitment to offering drivers the latest and greatest in-vehicle connectivity and technology," said Scott Margason, director Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America.  "Having Pandora internet radio easily accessible in the Veloster enhances the drive experience, allowing Veloster customers to listen to their favorite music everywhere they go."

Monday, November 7, 2011

Do you have an Accent?

"Easy to own.  Easy on the eyes."  --Scott Sturgis, The Inquirer

The Hyundai Accent has gone through a massive redesign.  This Korean compact is not a boring box and it doesn't look as inexpensive as it is.  What we all hope for. 
The 1.6 liter, 4 cylinder engine gets the vehicle rocking and the 6-speed manual is easy to shift and has a good feel.  The interior has a non-compact feel.  No cheapy plastic here.  And the Storage: the word "compact"  might scare you away.  But the trunk space will win you back over.  
Try this- take a road trip with your two kids, luggage and snacks galore...
 you will find you are quite comfortable.  
Oh wait, I guess you'll have to buy this car first.  
The 40 mpg and the fun drive are calling your name!
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