How to Beat the Winter Blues

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.

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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.

2018 Season for VW Sunday Sessions Announced

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.

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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.

Car Care New Year’s Resolutions to Protect your Vehicle

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.

Car Care New Year’s Resolutions

Simple Christmas Hacks to Make Holiday Preparation a Breeze

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.

Christmas hacks

Places to Have Thanksgiving Dinner in Memphis

Sometimes it’s easier to have Thanksgiving dinner out instead of putting up with all the stress and confusion of hosting the event yourself. Thankfully, there’s tons of great places to grab a festive bite with your loved ones on Thanksgiving.

 

Peabody Hotel Restaurants

There are two different restaurants in the famous Peabody: Capriccio Grill, which is more casual and kid-friendly; and Chez Philippe, which provides a more elegant experience. Both restaurants will have special deals on Thanksgiving dinnersHaving Thanksgiving dinner.

 

The Cupboard Restaurant

An iconic local favorite, this family-friendly stop offers Thanksgiving staples like turkey and ham. However, this popular choice doesn’t accept reservations, so leave some time for a wait.

 

Paulette’s

Head out for a decadent date night at this French-inspired restaurant, which offers a different menu every Thanksgiving.

 

Kroger Deli

If you just want a meal to go without worrying about busy restaurants and long wait times, the Kroger deli is offering a complete Thanksgiving meal in the form of either a turkey or ham feast.

 

If you don’t want to have Thanksgiving dinner the traditional way, whether you’re short on time, tired of cooking, or just want something different, these options are a great way to enjoy a meal with the whole family.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips on the Road

Choosing to forgo costly airline tickets by hitting the road with your family instead? You’re not alone. It’s estimated that more families are choosing to road trip for the holidays in 2017 than ever before. In order to avoid all that traffic and stay sane and safe, here’s some Thanksgiving travel tips.

 

Avoid Driving on Wednesday

Tuesday and Wednesday are the busiest days for travel, with Wednesday between 3 and 7 PM being peak traffic time. Avoid the rush by leaving before or after; if you can get there early or late, it’s your best bet for beating traffic.

 

Bring Activities for the Kids

This goes for any road trip. If you want to avoid the monotonous calls asking if you’re there yet, bring along plenty of entertainment for the ride, from gaming devices to books to music. This is sure to keep everyone happy and prevent backseat squabbling.

 

Stay Full

Never underestimate the power of keeping everyone happily full. Instead of packing grab-’n’-go snacks, feed the family filling sandwiches to assuage their attitudes. The same goes for your ride: keep it full on gas to avoid unwanted stops along the way.

 

Use Apps for the Trip

Apps like GasBuddy and Waze crowd-source information about the trip so you can get cheaper gas and always find the shortest route. What’s more, Waze will help you avoid traffic should a sudden buildup occur.

 

Avoid Highways

Many GPS devices allow you to avoid highways, which can help you fly past Thanksgiving congestion. It may take a bit longer, but the scenic route may be the most tranquil and successful bet.

 

With these Thanksgiving travel tips, your trip to see your relatives will be more stress-free than ever, and you can keep your family content in the car, too.

Thanksgiving travel tips

Packing a Roadside Emergency Kit to Stay Prepared

Roadside Emergency

You never know when you’re about to break down on the road, which is one reason it’s a good idea to pack a roadside emergency kit. Whether you’re taking a cross country road trip or simply commuting to work, it’s important to carry things like first aid equipment, flares, and more.

First, according to the DMV, one of the most important things to have is a first aid kit. We at Gossett VW Germantown recommend stocking it with things like Band Aids, gauze, and antiseptic. However, it’s also a good idea to carry aspirin for headaches, tweezers for splinters, and antacids for heartburn. Feel free to customize your kit based on your needs.

Many drivers also pack flares or road triangles. If you have a flat, it’s necessary to let other drivers know that you’re distressed. Plus, flares can double as a light source or even as a fire starter if you get stranded in the wilderness.

Finally, consider bringing things like a blanket for warmth, fresh water, and non-perishable food. If you’re travelling, modify your kit to include an old cell phone (most old phones can be used to call 911, even if not on a plan). These are just some of the things you should pack in your roadside emergency kit.

Halloween in Memphis—Great Events to Attend

Happy Halloween

October is a great time of year—not only do we get to enjoy all the beauty of fall, but we get the fun of Halloween! If you are looking for some spooky fun, here are some great ways to celebrate Halloween in Memphis.

  • VolleyBOO! If you love playing sand volleyball, gather your team and sign up for this tournament. It will be held on October 21st at the Railgarten Sand Volleyball Courts. Players are encouraged to wear costumes and there will be a prize awarded to the best costume. There are also cash prizes for the winning teams.
  • Halloween Martini Tasting. On October 28th at D&S Gatherings, come dressed in your best Halloween costume and enjoy tasting martinis. Your ticket will include six Martini samples, one full-size Martini of your choice, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and live entertainment.
  • Cooper Street Massacre. This is the biggest Halloween costume party in the area. Head to The Haunted Sanctuary (1015 Cooper Street) on October 28th for the most fun.

Which of these Halloween events are you most interested in attending? If you need a new car this year, please come visit us at Gossett VW Germantown, and we will help you find the perfect used car to fit your lifestyle.

How to Change a Flat Tire

Change a flat tire

One DIY task that every driver should learn is how to change a flat tire. Follow the steps below to learn.

Supplies

  • Car jack
  • Lug wrench
  • Flares/reflective triangles
  • Wheel block
  • Owner’s manual
  • Something to kneel on (like a floor mat)

Steps                                              

  1. Pull over in a location that is as safe, flat, and solid as you can and turn on your emergency flashers. Set up flares or reflective triangles behind your car.
  2. Set your parking brake and put a wheel block behind the wheel diagonally opposite to the flat tire. Put your floor mat by the flat tire for you to kneel on.
  3. Open your owner’s manual and read through for any specific instructions for your particular vehicle.
  4. Remove the hub cab, if you have one.
  5. Use the lug wrench to loosen, but not remove, all the lug nuts on the wheel.
  6. Position the jack just behind or in front of the flat tire. There will typically be a particular area along the car’s frame, sometimes indicated by an arrow, where the jack can safely lift.
  7. Slowly raise the vehicle until the tire is just a few inches off the ground.
  8. Finish loosening the lug nuts, remove them, and slowly pull off the tire.
  9. Get your spare tire, which should be located in your trunk or possibly on the underbody (for trucks and SUVs).
  10. Line up the spare tire with the studs, slide it on, and finger-tighten the lug nuts.
  11. Lower the car slowly and remove the jack.
  12. Use the lug wrench to tighten the lug nuts as tight as you can.
  13. Clean up your area.

If you need some new tires for your car, come visit us at Gossett VW Germantown.