Check Out These Back-to-School Driving Safety Tips for Teens

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Now that school is back in session, safe driving is more important than ever.

Finally old enough to drive to high school on your own? Or perhaps, your teen is finally old enough to drive to school without you? Either way, it is a good idea for you or your teen to revisit some back-to-school driving safety tips before the school year begins.

Here is some advice to keep in mind before class starts back up again this year:

  • Remind yourself of where the school zones are, and always obey the lower speed limit in school zones.
  • Get ready to share the road with buses once again. You should give school buses extra space and always stop when their stop signs go up.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for younger kids waiting for the bus, or other children walking to school.
  • Though it is much easier said than done, try to get enough sleep before driving to school. Driving while sleepy can be deadly.
  • Lastly, even if you are late for class – do not speed on your way to school. You will regret that tardy notice much more if it is accompanied by a totaled car.

For more safety tips or to start the semester behind the wheel of a brand new car, contact us or visit us anytime at Varney Buick GMC.

Is Cheap Gas Okay For Your Car?

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Cheaper may not be better for your car when it comes to fuel.

When you are running low on gas, how do you decide where to fill up the tank? If you, like most drivers, are choosing gasoline based on its price, then you may be potentially damaging your car.

Studies show that cheap gas can harm you vehicle, especially if your vehicle utilizes gasoline direction injection (GDI), which is true for about half of all cars currently on the road in the United States, for good reason.

Vehicles that utilize GDI technology are more reliable and efficient, as long as you use quality gasoline. In fact, GDI tech can raise fuel efficiency by 15 percent and reduce emissions by 30-50 percent, making the choice obvious.

However, cars that are fueled by GDI require more expensive, higher quality gasoline, which includes not just gasoline but also additives that keep direct injection engines clean and properly functioning.

The next time you need to fill up the tank and wonder, “is cheap gas is okay?” – think about the difference that a slightly higher quality purchase could make. If your engine is in better shape, your vehicle will last much longer, potentially saving you the money spent on more expensive gas.

For more tips and information – or to check out one of our many available, fuel-efficient vehicles, contact us or visit us anytime at Varney Buick GMC.