Tips for the DMV: Avoiding Lines, Boredom, and Unpreparedness

Few things are more dreaded in American society than a trip to the DMV. Nevertheless, you can’t always avoid going, especially if you move to a new state or purchase a new vehicle. That’s why the team here at DeLillo Chevrolet has written a post on tips for the DMV. On your next trip, you’ll hopefully be a little more prepared for the long lines and boredom.

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LifeHacker suggests doing as much as possible online. Though that might sound obvious, few people realize just how much you can do using the online DMV website. For instance, you can renew your ID and license plates, request driving records, change your address, and more. Just make sure to use the DMV website for California.

If you can’t avoid heading to the DMV, make sure you have all the necessary paperwork. Most of the information about paperwork is listed online. For instance, getting a used car requires a title, bill of sale, odometer reading, emission-test certification, and the VIN number. If you’re getting an ID, you usually need multiple forms of ID (SS card, passport, etc.), proof of your current address, and payment.

Research the best times to go. Here’s when NOT to go (typically):

  • Before or after a holiday
  • Beginning or end of a month
  • Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays (beginning and end of week)
  • During lunch or after 5pm

Many DMVs list the optimum hours for a short wait. Even if you think you can avoid the long wait, bring something to do like a book, game, or newspaper. Those are just some of the things to keep in mind the next time you’re thinking about going to the DMV.

 

You’ve Been in an Accident — Now What?

You can never fully anticipate a car accident, but you can be prepared for one. After you’ve been in an accident, there are a few things you should do to make the follow-up as simple and stress-free as possible.

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  1. Pause and take a deep breath. Staying calm is very important.
  2. Check yourself for injuries first, and then assess your passengers. If you’re unsure about anyone’s injuries, call an ambulance. This is absolutely one of those situations in which the phrase “better safe than sorry” applies.
  3. Turn on your hazard lights.
  4. In the case of a minor accident, move the involved vehicles to a safer place, away from traffic. In high-volume areas, there is often a nearby crash investigation site, which will allow emergency officials to get to you quicker and easier.
  5. Call the police for any sort of accident.
  6. Call your insurance agent to report any sort of accident.

 

After you’ve been in an accident, things can rush at you pretty quickly, so let us reiterate step one: stay calm. You’ll find it more helpful to yourself and all those involved in the accident if you can keep an even keel.

 

If you require any repairs after an accident, our technicians are standing by at DeLillo Chevrolet’s service center.

Summer Truck Maintenance

Chevrolet pickups are built to last—there’s no doubt about that. But that doesn’t mean that your pickup won’t benefit from some summer truck maintenance. Follow these tips from DeLillo Chevrolet to make sure your truck has the care it needs to survive the summer heat.

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Tires

Having tires that are in good shape is an important step towards getting the best gas mileage and ensuring the safest driving. Hot temperatures can wear on your tires more quickly than usual, so you should keep an eye on your truck’s tires to make sure they’re at the correct PSI and have plenty of tread, so that you can get good fuel economy on your summer road trips.

 

Battery

Your truck’s battery is also more susceptible to corrosion in excessive heat. Check your battery and clean off any visible, built up corrosion. You can also clean the battery cables, checking for cracks or damage along the way.

 

Coolant System

Your coolant system will be working hard this season, so make sure it has what it needs to perform well. Check your coolant fluid levels and look over the radiator and its surrounding parts for any damage. Use a pressure washer to clean debris and dirt from your radiator while your truck is turned off. Keeping your radiator clean will help ensure that your coolant system works at maximum efficiency this summer.

Summer Car Maintenance Tips

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Follow our summer car maintenance tips so you can have great adventures in your Chevy all year long!

Taking care of your car is a year-round job, but summer maintenance is by far the most important, especially for warmer climates. From what’s under the hood to the interior, there’s quite a few steps to getting your car operating at peak performance for the summer months. Here are some helpful summer car maintenance tips from us here at DeLillo Chevrolet.

Tires

Take the time to give your tires a good look before taking to the road on any trips. Tires that have low tread won’t have enough traction to ensure you can drive safely on any road conditions. Keep an eye out for any abnormalities like bulges or cuts. Make sure the tires are properly inflated to the manufacturer-suggested pressure as well. It wouldn’t hurt to pick stones and other debris out of the tread either.

Air Filter

Clean cabin air is important to many drivers, even if they don’t think about it. Your cabin air filter likely needs to be changed as summer rolls around, assuming it wasn’t changed in spring. On the bright side, air filters are fairly inexpensive and you can replace them yourself.

Coolant

An improper level of coolant or old coolant could lead to an overheated engine once summer arrives. Take the time to flush old coolant and replace it. Check the hoses for any holes or wear and tear.

Improve Your Pregame Party with These Tailgating Essentials

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There is no better way to experience an NFL or college football game than by getting to the stadium a few hours beforehand to soak in the atmosphere and join in the tailgating festivities. To make sure that you show up prepared and the envy of every other party happening in the parking lot, remember these tailgating essentials on the next game day.

Dress Appropriately

Leave no question about which team you’re supporting. Whether it’s a jersey, shoes, or decals to put on your equipment, tailgating is a time to show your team spirit. Here are a few pretty cool options:

Food and Drinks

This may just be the most important aspect of any tailgating party. Is it even tailgating if you don’t have a massive selection? Check out these items:

Pregame Activities

Last, but definitely not least, are the activities that you plan on doing beforehand. Food and team spirit can only take your party so far. These items will help you take it to the next level:

Follow these simple tips, and you will be the talk of the tailgating party.

How to do a DIY Oil Change

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Changing oil is something all car owners have to do at some point. The recommended amount of time between oil changes is three months, but don’t we all procrastinate on getting things done from time to time? Plus, taking your car in to get serviced takes money. If you want to save yourself a bit of cash, you can easily change your oil at home. Here’s the step-by-step process for a DIY oil change!

You’ll need an oil filter, oil (check the owner’s manual for what kind), a ramp or jack stand, a large drain pan, and things like rags and gloves to help with the mess.

Let your vehicle cool off before starting this process so you don’t burn yourself. After that’s done, pop open the hood to the engine and unscrew the oil cap. This helps prevent a vacuum from forming as you’re draining the old oil so that it drains faster. Ramps are a safer method of elevating your vehicle than jacks, but a jack stand will do. Raise the vehicle, place the drain pan underneath the oil drain, and pull off the drain plug.

Loosen the oil filter while the oil is draining and replace it with the new oil filter. After the oil is drained, simply put the plug back on and put the proper amount of new oil into the engine before putting the oil cap back on. Then, you’re done. Performing a DIY oil change is easy, takes less than an hour, and saves you a lot of money in the long run.

Tips for Driving to the Beach

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If you’re planning on taking a trip to the beach soon, you might be wondering about what to take with you, how to pack it up into your car, and of course how to de-sand the car when you get home. Here are some tips on driving to the beach you might find helpful.

If you’re going with kids, you’ll probably want them to sleep on the way home from an exhausting day at the beach, and they’ll want to do the exact opposite of sleep. Bring some favorite soft toys and blankets from home to put them out like a light. It’s a good idea to bring a cooler, so make sure you have one that fits in the trunk or cargo area of your car, or buy a small Styrofoam one, and stock up with water and snacks for the day.

A good way to avoid getting sand into the car is to bring a broom and dust yourself and your kids off before you get into the car. Some will inevitably pop up, though. To get the sand out, take out the mats and beat them to shake out as much sand as possible. Then you’ll want to brush them with an upholstery brush to loosen sand that has gotten too deep in to shake out. Finally, vacuum the mats to get the rest of the sand up. Follow the same steps with the carpet of your car.

A Road Trip Checklist for Your Next Adventure

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The sun is out, the weather’s nice, and summer break is coming up fast. It seems like the right time of year to start planning your family’s next big outing on the open road; nothing quite says “summer” like a long road trip. However, you might feel like you’re at a loss when it comes to packing. How do you make sure everyone has everything they need? Just take a look at this road trip checklist, and you’ll cover all the basics.

Emergency Supplies: Everyone needs a First-Aid kit around regularly anyway, but on vacation, you should definitely have one within reach. From basics like bandages and over-the-counter cold medicine to more specific necessities like individual prescription medications to vacation staples such as sunscreen, it’s important to make sure you have all the bases covered just in case. Also, this applies to car emergencies as well — spare tires, jumper cables, and car jacks are all good to have around.

Navigation Aids: Have you ever been in a situation where your GPS lost its signal or gave you the totally wrong directions? While having a GPS on hand is important and makes the trip a lot easier and faster, having a map and printed directions around can also help streamline any bumps in the road.

Music and Entertainment: Whether you just have a few mix CDs on-hand, a book or eReader, or you bring all the kids’ handheld gaming devices, it’s good to have something around to keep people in the car occupied on the open road.

Clothing and Toiletries: The first thing most people think of when they plan on packing for vacation is clothes and toiletries. Make sure you pack comfortable clothing for when you’ll be sitting in the car for long periods of time. Also, things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and the like are obviously a requirement for being comfortable and healthy. It’s also a good idea to bring spare blankets and pillows!

Food: Often overlooked, food is crucial to a road trip. It’s important to pack snacks and wholesome meals so people have something to eat on the road, instead of having to waste time and money stopping for greasy fast food.

Hopefully this road trip checklist has helped you remember something you may have overlooked. Above all, what matters most is that you spend time bonding with your loved ones and enjoying your time off.

Take a look at any of the 2016 Chevrolet models to get a new vehicle equipped with 4G LTE WiFi to make your road trip experience that much more enjoyable!

How StabiliTrak Works

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Chevy Malibus with StabiliTrak are better able to maintain control and avoid accidents.

You’ve heard of StabiliTrak and know that it helps keep you on the road, but you do you know how? StabiliTrak is an important General Motors safety feature you don’t want to miss out on.

Electronic stability control systems help control your car when you start to skid. If your car starts to fishtail on a slippery road, StabiliTrak applies the outside front brake of the opposite side from the direction you’re travelling in. Putting the brake only in this position returns your car to its course. Or, if your car fails to turn on a slippery road, it applies the inside rear brake opposite from the direction your car is travelling to return you to your desired path.

How does it know to do this? Sensors in the system work to detect the difference between the direction that the driver is actually turning and how the vehicle reacts by “reading” the steering wheel position, vehicle speed, the amount of sideways force, and how the vehicle is turning.

By isolating certain brakes, StabiliTrak puts you back in control. It can save a lot of lives out there, so consider a vehicle with StabiliTrak when you’re looking for your next car!

Are You Just Wasting Gas When Warming Up Your Car?

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Warming up your Traverse or other vehicle may be a waste of time on trips longer than a few minutes.

 

It’s an age old question that many mechanics are unable to answer: should you warm up your car? Although people in colder climates have to worry about this issue more, people in places like California still have to consider the importance of warming up your car.

So does it matter? Well, the truth is that it does and it doesn’t. According to a recent article in the Washington Post, warming up your car was more important when most cars came with carburetors; however, most modern cars (built after 1990) have electronic fuel injection. With this innovative technical advancement, warming up your car might just be a waste of gas.

It is important if you have a carbureted car because it can increase efficiency by making the engine hotter; however, it’s not absolutely necessary. Nevertheless, there are some situations you should consider giving your car 30 seconds or so, like if you’re planning on driving for less than five minutes. If the engine doesn’t have enough time to get hot and evaporate water in the system, it can build up and cause serious problems.

In conclusion, only warm up your car if you’re not planning on driving very far. Otherwise, it may just be a waste of gas.