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Stay Off the Police Radar
August 21st, 2018 by:
Wyatt Braatz
Stay Off the Police Radar

Police Reveal 4 Common Ways to Get Pulled Over

We’ve all seen it — someone changing lanes without signaling. Or a person driving while texting. And, if we’re honest, maybe we’ve even been that person. Nobody’s perfect. But when you’re trying to avoid being pulled over (which most of us are), it helps to know more about those bad driving habits we’ve all been (admittedly) guilty of at some point.

Edmunds.com polled 3 police agencies to get an idea of the most common driving no-no’s that cops encounter.

So, in the ongoing interest of helping us all become model motorists, here’s what Johnny Law had to say:

Speeding

(pulled over because you can’t drive 55 … in a 35 mph zone)

In the Edmunds survey, every cop surveyed listed stopping speeding drivers as a main priority. So why do police officers key in on speeders? Well, issuing speeding tickets has a huge impact on safety. For every 100 extra speeding citations given in a month, there are 14.3 fewer crashes and 5.6 fewer injuries.

Point is, if your need for speed gets the better of you, be prepared to put your money where your lead foot is — a whopping 34 million speeding tickets are handed out each year in the U.S.

Distracted driving

(pulled over because you’re texting, emailing, eating, and driving)

The police officers surveyed say their main reasons for giving distracted-driving tickets include illegal texting and driving or other dangerous cell phone use. And with good reason, too. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a stunning 40 percent of U.S. teens admit to having been in a car while the driver used a cell phone in an endangering way. We don’t know about you, but it seems this phenomenon can’t get enough police intervention.

Equipment violations

(pulled over because those windows are just a bit too dark)

Equipment offenses are easy bait for tickets because they’re so simple to spot. A police officer doesn’t have to make any judgments about the situation. Rather, he or she can simply see that something isn’t up to code and make a move. According to the cops surveyed, the most glaring violation (pun intended) was illegal window tints. Following that were burned-out lights, broken windshields, and expired license plate tags.

Tailgating and improper lane changes

(pulled over because you’re bound to cause an accident)

These 2 violations ranked as equally important on the Edmunds study. Both are reckless maneuvers that cops said they monitor closely. One police officer even qualified exactly what he thinks is considered a dangerous lane change: cutting someone off or moving without looking.

Using the left lane for cruising instead of passing, driving too slowly, and squealing your tires are also high on the list.

Use common sense

When reviewing these offenses, it’s not exactly a surprise that they attract attention. True, you can’t control what other people will do on the road. But you can control yourself. So next time you notice you’re about to fall into one of these habits, think about the repercussions. Safe driving is good for you and everyone else on the road.

Want to learn how these driving no-no’s can impact your car insurance? Check out our moving violations insight center. And if you do get pulled over by the police, remain calm and remember these 8 useful tips (during any time of year).

Top Five Family Camping Places In Colorado.
July 31st, 2018 by:
Paradise Motors
Top Five Family Camping Places In Colorado.

Summertime is right around the corner, and that means camping season is hard upon us! So take a look at these ten family-friendly camping spots, located right here in our beautiful state.

  1. Moraine Park, Rocky Mountain National Park

If you’re looking for a camping site that feels far away from civilization and has vast stretching meadows,  then this is the place for you. There are great camping-grounds all around Rocky Mountain National Park due to it’s close proximity to Estes Park, so be sure to get reservations early! 

2. Turquoise Lake

This breath-taking recreation area is near Leadville in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. There are about 8 campgrounds, and over 300 fire rings, bathrooms, drinking water, and picnic tables. It’s a great place to bring the whole family. It has activities for all people from hikers, to fishers, and boaters alike! Be sure to put this one on the top of your list! 

3. Mountain Park

If you’re looking for something a little closer to civilization, then this is the park for you! It is located only 40 miles outside of  Fort Collins,  Colorado in Poudre Canyon. The Poudre River blocks out most of the road noise and since it is at a lower elevation, the night-time temperatures are more bearable for younger campers. This park is best when visited in May through late September to avoid snow!

4. Kenosha Pass Campground 

A close option for people near Denver, this gorgeous park is just 50 miles southwest of Denver near Fairplay. While attending this park you can hike The Colorado Trail, which is a trail that stretches 500 miles through 8 mountain ranges and ending in Durango Colorado. This family-friendly park offers an interpretive area that has wheel-chair and stroller access. After visiting in the summer, come back in late September to see it when the aspens are in full swing! 

5. Red Feather Lakes

Would you like to fall in love with a rustic mountain village, surrounded by the 612,000-acre Roosevelt National Forest? If so, then visit Red Feather Lakes just northwest of Fort Collins! This area has the best rafting and kayaking and fishing around. It is another great place to take the whole family for summer-time fun! 

Thanks for reading! If you need the right vehicle to make it to these places then be sure to come see us at McCloskey Motors for all your vehicle needs. From sales to service, we can help with it all! 

SAVE GAS MONEY THIS SUMMER
June 8th, 2018 by:
Wyatt Braatz
SAVE GAS MONEY THIS SUMMER

You may be asking yourself “how can I save gas more efficiently?”  Well, challenge yourself to become a different driver by changing your driving style and focusing on the long-term savings.  Here’s how to do it! 

Accelerate gradually– If you anticipate when you are going to need to accelerate and do so in a slow and controlled manner you can save yourself up to 20%. 

Anticipate stops- Learning to anticipate your stopping and braking can drastically reduce the amount of gas you burn. Braking suddenly can force you to use more fuel to get the vehicle back to speed. 

Organize your trips- Why drive your car two or three times when you could schedule all your errands into one trip, and not need to go out multiple times? This not only cuts down on the amount of gas you use but it can also free up more of your time to do the things you want to do! 

Stop speeding- Statistics show that a vehicle traveling at 55MPH will achieve up to 15% better fuel economy than the same vehicle traveling at 65 MPH. Traveling the speed limit saves you on fuel and can also make the road a safer place. 

Turn engine off- Unless you know your car is going to move within about 30 seconds, turn off your engine to improve gas mileage. Idling for longer than 30 seconds wastes fuel. 

Use navigation- Using a navigation system can improve your fuel economy because you are then less likely to take a longer route or get lost. If your car doesn’t have one then you can, of course, come see us to fix that! https://www.paradisemotors.net/

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Clean up your ride.
June 7th, 2018 by:
Wyatt Braatz
Clean up your ride.

1. It’s time to get
your ride back into prime shape!

People hit the gym and work on getting “back” into shape before
the summer season! Spring time is the right time to get everything looking
great! You should make the same decision for your vehicle? Regular maintenance
and tune-ups at the scheduled times will not only keep you running well but
will give your vehicle and  all of it’s
parts a longer life! Consult your vehicle owners manual for regular oil change
schedules, check-up/tune-up  intervals
and simple items like tire pressure, oil and fuel type.

2. Looking “BUFF’ is
good for your cars soul! Time for the spring workout.
It’s always nice to drive a clean and shiny car, there is more than just visual
appeal to having a clean car. Regular washing, buffing and waxing will maintain
and keep your cars paint and clear coat in good condition. This in turn keeps
the road grime and weather to a minimum and will reduce long term corrosion and
rust spots. Having the headlights buffed will keep your lights bright and allow
you to see the road ahead! Keeping the inside clean is important too, carpet
shampooing along with changing the air filter! 
This can reduce internal allergens floating around in the cabin of your
car and help you reduce airborne allergens and illnesses. This is especially
important coming out of winter during a harsh cold and flu season in Colorado.

3. Don’t drive angry,
don’t drive angry (remember Groundhog Day?)

Here, I offer you a little “car yoga” exercise,
and you don’t have to stand on your head. Take a deep breath and relax behind
the wheel. Aggressive driving is known to increase your fuel use by a
significant amount; some say as much as 30%!!! Wow! Want to save money at the
pump? Slow down, give yourself more time and planning your routes ahead of time
are just a few of the many things you can do to save money and gas!

4. Tire pressure –
your gateway to a smooth ride.

Measure your tire pressure regularly, as this will keep your
vehicle ride smoother and believe it or not, the right tire pressure will
improve fuel economy. As it warms up outside, the air in your tires expands and
after winter, your tires need more attention. Cold temperatures decrease the
air pressure in tires, which adds to the rolling resistance caused by snow and
slush. Low tire pressure is what turns on the funky little light in the dash
too (TPMS – Tire Pressure Monitoring System). This is a safety feature and can
let you know when you are running low, or are going flat