Take the Lead When Sharing the Road With Bicyclists

Have you ever been driving down the road, and a bicyclist seemingly comes out of nowhere? If it hasn't happened to you yet, drive long enough around Charlotte, and it will. That's why Hendrick MINI wants to focus on bicyclist safety and ensure you stay protected against any potential danger zones.

A drivers' blindspot is very vulnerable to bicyclists. Because of their quickness and flexibility of weaving in and out of traffic, you may not be fully aware they're even around. But they usually see you. Therefore, they are expecting you to act accordingly and doing the…

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Fun Roadtrip Games

Roadtrip games that get the whole family involved are fun, but sometimes a few quieter games are necessary or preferred. Not every game has to be a fast-paced and exciting one. Some roadtrip games are more laidback and thought-provoking. Thinking outside the box can provide families with untraditional solutions that are new and exciting.

Checkers is a game that is usually played at a table, but there is no reason it cannot make its appearance on a roadtrip. Some convenient stores or gas stations even have portable versions of this game available. 

 

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Hendrick MINI Tips for Detailing Your Automobile Using a Clay Bar

Even if you wash and wax your automobile regularly, you may benefit from using other products to protect your vehicle and restore that original shine. A clay bar is something that the professionals here at Hendrick MINI use, but you can also use it in the comfort of your own garage or driveway. It's only necessary to use a clay bar once or twice per year, but the process is very important regarding the removal of small imperfections from the exterior surface. Small particles of dust and dirt can 

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Tips for Cleaning Your Tires

Most people think that cleaning car tires is not as much important as possible. It happens due to caustic degreasers used to clean a tire protectant. Car tires have antiozonants, UV absorbers and rubber conditioners that maintain the car’s tire flexibility. Using wrong cleaners can cause leakage.

How to Clean Tires

Before you wash your vehicle, you may want to clean the tires. By doing so, you will be eliminating grime that splashes on the already clear car panels. Use a separate brush and wash bucket.

  • Step one: Select a proper cleaning agent for your wheels. If unsure, consider…
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Change Engine Oil Even if You Drive Few Miles

These days, many people aren't driving their cars as much. Newer motor oils don't require you to change the oil as frequently, as some lubricants have intervals as high as 15,000 miles. However, you still need to change the oil in your vehicle, even if you don't drive much. Here's why.

If you have a late model vehicle, it may remind you to change the oil. Most newer cars track how many miles you have traveled since your last oil change by displaying a reminder on your dashboard. When you see one of these reminders…

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How to Clean Your Car’s Engine

Everybody gets a good feeling when their car is clean. However, cleaning the body of the car is not enough. Cleaning the car's engine is equally important as cleaning its body. Here are a few steps on how to easily clean an engine.

Refresh 

Ensure to cool off your engine for at least 20 minutes. A hot engine can burn you. Cooling off the engine with cold water can cause damage to the engine.

Disconnect 

Remove the plastic covers for they can be washed separately. Also, remove the batteries' negative terminals to protect them from getting damaged.

Cover

Cover…

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Avoiding Hydroplaning Like a Champ

It is undoubtedly a scary sensation to be caught up in a hydroplaning incident. This happens when a vehicle's tires come across more water on the road than they can disperse, leading to a slide or skid across the wet surface. The vehicle safety experts at Hendrick MINI want you to know how you can avoid hydroplaning.

The best preventative measure that you can take to reduce your risk of hydroplaning is to always keep your tires properly inflated. You should also rotate and replace your tires as recommended by your trusted mechanic.

 

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Use a Multimeter to Test Your Vehicle's Battery Power

There could be many reasons why you have trouble starting your vehicle. Your battery is likely the culprit. The battery creates the spark that is needed to turn on the engine. Here is one way you can test the voltage of your vehicle’s battery.

A multimeter is a common way to test your battery at home. This device measures the battery’s voltage and lets you know how much power is in the battery. You want to make sure the battery and battery terminals are free of debris and corrosion. When you touch the multimeter probes to the battery…

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Signs Your Tires Need to Be Replaced

Tire age, tread and weather exposure are three things that can reveal whether you need to get new tires. There is no general recommendation for replacing tires. However, most manufacturers will advise that you have the tires replaced after six years. The tread can also reveal that it is time for new tires. You can look at your tires to see if the tread is worn out. You can also place a penny on the grooves. You should not be able to see Lincoln's head if you have enough tread on your tires.

Exposure to weather elements can also…

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Save Your Winter Tires for the Winter

When you drive on winter tires during the winter season, you're going to have more tread to navigate snow and ice. These tires are usually designed so that they hold up in lower temperatures, which means that you should try to avoid driving on winter tires in the summer months in Charlotte.

Higher summer temperatures and dry roads can often make winter tires wear down faster than they would during the winter months. With more tread, it can also be a bit more difficult to stop as quickly when you're traveling on roads in the summer if you…

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