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Family Road Trip

Family Road Trip

Hi Everyone, Megan Here!  My family and I  are getting ready to hit the road for a summer road trip.  In all, we'll be driving our 2013 Toyota Prius just over 1,700 miles from Michigan to North Carolina.  As parents, we start thinking through plans for the trip a few weeks in advance.  The destination and route are the same as years past-my husband Brian's family's home in North Carolina, but we still have other aspects of the trip to plan out.   Fuel Economy Brian and I were debating renting a minivan instead of taking our Prius.  I went to the EPA's website to figure out the fuel economy for the trip.  Our sweet Toyota Prius will have us spending just under $50 each way on our road trip! When contemplating renting a van (an added $350 expense) we saw we would easily double the amount of money spent on fuel.  That sealed ... read more

Car Broke Down? Here's What To Do Next

It is one of the most dreaded occurrences as a vehicle owner - a breakdown on the road. It always seems to happen at the worst time and at the worst location, and never when we expect it! Although it can be extremely stressful, the first thing it do is to stay calm and try to get to safety as soon as possible. Breakdowns can put you at risk for car accidents if you are in a dangerous spot, so understanding your surroundings is important. Here are some tips on what to do next:  Turn on your emergency lights as soon as you can! This will indicate to other drivers on the road that something is wrong and will allow others to take precaution when driving around your vehicle.  If you feel your car breaking down, get over to the side of the road in a safe area as soon as possible, and if possible. Sometimes we can feel our car slowly coming to a stop, and this is when you should try to safely get over to the roadside and out of the way of moving traffic.  As soon as you are ... read more

Ways to Avoid Drowsy Driving

When it comes to driving after a long day’s work or taking one of those long road trips, trying to stay alert and awake can be a challenge. Most of us are guilty of it - we’ve experienced those moments on the road where you close your eyes for just a second and snap up awake right after, probably frightened that you allow yourself to do so.  Here are some tips on how to stay alert and stay safe on the road: Get a good night’s rest before driving. If you don’t get a good sleep, especially before a long drive, this can greatly affect your ability to stay alert and awake.  Stay engaged with your passengers, if possible, or play something that will keep your mind thinking. Chat with your passengers or sing along to some tunes. Before you start your drive, pick a playlist or podcast to listen to that will grab your interest and help you stay awake. If you are traveling a long distance and have others in the car, make sure to take turns behind the wheel ... read more

We are Eric Zane Show Sponsors

We are Eric Zane Show Sponsors

It's not a secret that we value other small, local businesses.  We've ventured out into an unknown territory, but with a well known and loved personality.  Ervine's Auto Repair and Grand Rapids Hybrid is happy to announce we are now sponsors of the Eric Zane Show Podcast!  He's local, he loves his family, he's funny and he drives a hybrid! Perfect!  To learn more about Eric and his show, please visit https://ericzaneshow.com/

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