One of the best parts of springtime is the freedom to take road trips with your family. One member of your family you might wish to bring along is your pet—but you’re not exactly how to do so safely. That’s okay; there are a number of safety tips for traveling with pets that should help you get where you want to go with your furry friend in tow.
- If you’ve never traveled with a pet before, take them on a short trip around the block or to the store to test their resolve. Car rides can be big sources of stress for pets, so it’s best to figure out their temperament before you take them with you on a cross-country tip
- You should always make sure that your pet is restrained, contained, or crated during a road trip. The American Human Society recommends “purchasing a specially designed pet seatbelt, carrier or barrier to avoid irreversible consequences due to distractions or other mishaps.”
- You love it when your buddy cuddles in your lap at home, but you should not let them sit in your lap on a trip. In fact, your pet should not ever be in the front seats for any reason—keep them in the second and third rows where it’s safe
- We all love seeing a dog’s floppy jowls getting pushed back by the wind rushing past, but you should never allow your pet to stick their head out a window. Not only is this a way for them to be hit and injured by debris, but high winds can also irritate mucus membranes and cause medical issues
While Volkswagen makes vehicles perfectly catered to bringing along your furry friends, it’s important that you know how to take them with you safely and soundly. For more pet-friendly travel tips, and to see which new VW vehicles best fit your road-tripping needs, stop into Gossett VW Germantown.
If you’re old enough to remember the day when Volkswagen made pickup trucks for America, you might have been wondering why VW hasn’t dipped its toes back in with the segment booming over the past several years. Wonder no more, because the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak posits a world where America once again has a VW pickup.
And it was well worth the wait. The Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak concept truck, revealed last month at the New York Auto Show, is an incredibly handsome and future-thinking pickup that would almost certainly attract scores of drivers if it were brought to market.
Of its Atlas Tanoak concept, Volkswagen writes: “Designed as a dual-cab, short-bed truck, the Atlas Tanoak would check in as a mid-size pickup. It’s not just a chopped and stretched Atlas either, but a custom take on the MQB platform. Compared to the 2018 Atlas, at 128.3 inches, its wheelbase is 11 inches longer, with an overall length at 214.1 inches that’s 15.8 inches longer. To improve off-roading, the Atlas Tanoak sits nearly 2 inches higher, with 9.8 inches of ground clearance, riding on 20-inch wheels.”
Perhaps the most notable aspect of the VW Atlas Tanoak concept’s design is its use of LEDs. From the grille-integrated daytime running lamps and illuminated grille and Volkswagen badge to the red LED taillights that run the length of the tailgate, this truck looks utterly unlike anything on the market today. And with a 3.6-liter VR6 that cranks out 276 horsepower and 4Motion all-wheel drive, it would likely perform like a beast all its own.
Volkswagen hasn’t confirmed whether the Atlas Tanoak concept will lead to a production model, but if Gossett VW Germantown gets any kind of say, let it be known that we cast a resounding aye vote.
Warm spring weather is quickly rolling in, which means now is the perfect time to take care of some seasonal car maintenance. Whether you’re a DIY type of owner or someone who prefers to let the professionals handle maintenance, spring car service is a must. Here are a few items to attend to that will help you enjoy all that the season has to offer without having to fret about car trouble.
Change the Oil
Engine oil performs multiple roles within the engine block, all of which are a necessity to keep your car moving. Since oil is responsible for lubricating, cooling, and protecting vital components, it’s extremely important to get an oil change for the spring season. After all, who wants to break down and wait for roadside assistance when there’s spring weather to enjoy?
Check the Tires
Winter weather can do a number on your tires. That’s why it’s so important to perform an inspection every week during the spring. Checking your vehicle’s tires doesn’t take long, especially if you have a keen eye. Simply walk around the vehicle and keep an eye out for bulges, cracks, and other abnormalities. You can also perform the penny test to ensure that you have an acceptable level of tread depth. It wouldn’t hurt to check the tire pressure and inflate or deflate the tires accordingly, either.
Inspect the Lights
A properly functioning lighting system is a necessity all year round, so it makes sense to inspect your headlights and taillights in every season. As the warmer weather rolls around, begin inspecting your vehicle’s lighting system by performing a quick walk around before you leave. Take note of any dim or dead bulbs and replace them as necessary.
These are just a few of the steps that you can take to ensure that your vehicle is up for springtime use. To have your spring maintenance needs fulfilled, stop by the service center at Gossett Volkswagen Germantown.
As if there wasn’t already reason enough to be excited about the arrival of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta later this summer, it’s been revealed that innovations and improvements to aerodynamics and powertrain will enable the new Jetta to deliver a phenomenal EPA-estimated 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.*
“Fuel efficiency has long been a key concern of compact sedan buyers, and we knew in designing the new Jetta we would need to push the state of the art,” said Dr. Matthias Erb, Chief Engineering Officer, North American Region, Volkswagen. “But we also knew these buyers demand good value, and our innovations will prove their value in everyday use.”
Leading the fuel economy improvements for the new Jetta is the optimization of the 1.4-liter TSI® engine, which deliver phenomenal drivability and balance while getting even more bang for your buck at the pump. Changes made to the Jetta’s engine include a clutch-driven air conditioner, higher-quality oil, and standard auto stop/star system, the latter of which cuts down on fuel losses when sitting in stop-and-go traffic by as much as 6 percent.
Volkswagen also made significant improvements to the Jetta’s aerodynamics, cutting its drag co-efficient to a class-leading 0.27. New active grille shutters in the front grille and an “air curtain” front bumper design decreases turbulence and improves both performance and efficiency.
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is going to be more efficient, but it’s also going to be a heck of a lot more fun to drive. To see for yourself, be sure to stop into Gossett VW Germantown this summer to see what VW has cooked up.
*Where stated, fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.
Keeping your car clean is a daunting task that often has drivers throwing their hands in the air. Fortunately, there are a few ways to avoid having your car look like a disaster zone, so here are a few helpful tips for keeping your car clean all year round!
Consistently washing your vehicle is the best way to keep it clean all year ‘round. Make sure to use soap specifically designed for cars, though, as things like dishwasher detergent can harm the paint. Microfiber towels go a long way to preserving the paint as well, and a simple wax job to top things off certainly won’t hurt either.
Clean Spills Quickly
If there’s a spill in your vehicle, clean it up as quickly as possible. Like with all stains, letting it set only makes it harder to remove. In some cases, it will be impossible to rid your car of the blemish entirely. If all else fails, the service department here at Gossett VW Germantown will be happy to help!
Don’t Eat Inside
One sure-fire way to make a mess in your Volkswagen is by getting your food to go and eating on the road. Whether its sesame seeds from a burger’s bun or ketchup from the fries, eating in your car is a formula for a mess. By simply waiting until you reach your destination or eating inside the restaurant, you can keep your car clean all year.
Spring cleaning may be a popular practice, but we say that taking these small steps all year is the easiest way to keep you car clean, no matter the season.
Automakers are continuing to look alternative energies to power the next generation of cars. Volkswagen is leading the charge with its latest batch of electric vehicle concepts, consisting of the Volkswagen I.D., I.D. Crozz, and I.D. Buzz. With these, the German automaker is moving to make electric vehicles more accessible.
The future of the automotive industry is something we here at Gossett VW Germantown are excited for, and it all starts with the Volkswagen I.D. With an anticipated range of 370 miles per charge, the streamlined cockpit features a fully-automatic driving mode complete with a retractable steering wheel.
Volkswagen I.D. Crozz
Expected to hit dealerships in 2020, the Volkswagen I.D. Crozz will offer a top speed of more than 110 mph. It will also be capable of reaching 80% battery power after just half an hour on a charger.
Sleek lines and a futuristic design set the Volkswagen I.D. Crozz apart from competitors. With a goal of bringing an augmented-reality heads-up display and autonomous driving to the road, this electric vehicle concept is looking forward to a bright future.
Volkswagen I.D. Buzz
The iconic Volkswagen Bus will soon be back with a futuristic design. The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz will feature an electric motor that delivers a thrilling 369 hp. A spacious cabin and autonomous driving technology makes this upcoming model one to look forward to.
Of course, these vehicles are just concepts, but we hope that Volkswagen comes out with production versions as soon as possible.
Every year, millions of Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is usually caused by the lack of sunlight during the winter. Other people just generally feel down after all the excitement of the holidays has ended. If you are feeling this way, here are three ways you can try to beat the winter blues.
Add some light to your life. After taking down all of your Christmas lights, it is understandable to feel a little down. However, you can still make your days brighter by using other artificial lights like a light box or simply sitting closer to the windows during the day.
- Go outside. It might be cold, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go outside. In fact, the more outdoor activity you get, the better you should feel. The combination of sunlight and exercise will give you a double dose of energy.
- Make some plans. According to research, just the act of planning a vacation or other event, can significantly improve our happiness. Even if you don’t have a big vacation to plan, try looking forward to the weekend with a few activities in mind.
Here at Gossett VW Germantown, we hope everyone has a happy and healthy winter this year.
Since 2011, Volkswagen has been a partner with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1 by presenting the VW Sunday Sessions each year. This art series has been extended for another year with 12 new sessions announced for 2018.
This year’s VW Sunday Sessions will run from January through April in the courtyard of MoMA PS1 in the Queens District of New York City. Another addition for this year’s events is the installation of the VW Performance Dome. Visitors will be able to experience a wide range of artistic mediums, including dance performance, a science-fiction opera, live concerts, video displays, and other interactive art formats.
Since its introduction in 2012, more than 65,000 people have experienced the VW Sunday Sessions program, which is internationally recognized for its cutting-edge artistic endeavors.
The first VW Sunday Session will take place January 28th, with weekly installments through April 15th.
If you are making any plans to visit New York this winter or spring, be sure to make a stop at MoMA PS1 to take in a VW Sunday Session. Here at Gossett VW Germantown, we are proud to see Volkswagen making an effort to support artistic exploration and encourage young artists.
A new year is quickly approaching, and with it an opportunity for a fresh start in all aspects of life. This time around, commit to these car care New Year’s resolutions from Gossett VW Germantown and feel better than ever before about your car.
Schedule seasonal tune-ups
Regular tune-ups might seem costly and time-consuming, but they’ll save you both time and money down the road. Your technician can spot potential problems and fix them before they turn into costly major repairs later on.
Keep it clean
Let’s be honest: a clean car just feels better to drive. This year, resolve to take care of any spills or messes as they come up. It’s easy to sweep things under the floor mats, but neglecting your cars interior can worsen your experience and potential harm your vehicles upholstery, lowering its resale value.
Monitor Tire Pressure
Driving with improperly inflated tires puts extra strain on many areas of your vehicle. Keeping an eye on your tire pressure throughout the year is extremely simple and will keep your car on the road longer.
When deciding what to focus on this year, don’t forget how important you car is. If you take care of it, you can count on it taking care of you for years to come.
Whether you’re short on time this year or just don’t feel like letting the holidays stress you out, use these awesome Christmas hacks from Gossett VW Germantown and get ready for the most stress-free Christmas season ever.
Decorate with what you’ve got
There’s no need to break the bank to go all-out for Christmas. This year, use what you’ve already got to make stunning decorations for your home. You can easily turn leftover fall gourds into snowmen with a little bit of paint, and trimmings from your Christmas tree make perfect all-natural centerpieces.
Reuse old condiment bottle
Trying to take your dessert decorating skills to the next level? Do yourself a favor and load up an old condiment bottle with your icing, then get as creative as you want with the cake and cookie decorating. We bet your guests will ask where you bought the dessert and will be stunned when you admit it was all done in-house!
Cookie cutter ornaments
Speaking of desserts, when the cookies are all done and cooling on the rack, wash off the cookie cutters and easily turn them into last-minute ornaments to fill out your Christmas tree if it’s looking sparse.
Leave the stress behind this year with these super simple Christmas hacks that’ll save you plenty of time and money.