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.

History of the Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle

As one of the longest-used nameplates in automotive history, the history of the Volkswagen Beetle is long and undeniably interesting. Development of the little “Bug” began in Germany in 1934, with the first cars coming out of production in 1938.

However, after a short production run, it had to stop due to wartime activities. The Beetle went back into production in Europe in 1946 to provide transportation for Allied troops, and after that, production gradually grew and grew until the one-millionth Type 1 model was produced in 1955.

In the early 1950s, the Beetle made its way to the United States and its popularity exploded over the next two decades. In fact, on February 17, 1972, Beetle number 15,007,034 was produced, setting a new record for the most-produced vehicle model. Sales eventually ceased in the U.S. in 1979 and production of the Type 1 ended in 2003.

In 1997, Volkswagen introduced what was called the New Beetle. It had a front engine, but its exterior styling paid homage to the original. The Beetle went through another redesign for the 2011 model year and got a slightly lower profile. This is the current model of the Beetle.

Come check out the modern version of the iconic VW Bug right here at Gossett VW Germantown.

Tips for a Healthy Summer

People enjoying a healthy summer

Summer is a season full of fun—you can go swimming, get a tan, and explore the great outdoors—but you’ll want to make sure that you safely do all these things. Here are some tips from us at Gossett VW Germantown on how to have a healthy summer.

Sunscreen, Always

Always remember to take care of your skin! Sunscreen can protect your skin from UV rays and prevents sunburn and more serious problems like skin cancer.

Hydrate

Because of the summer heat, it’s easy to get dehydrated. Make a goal to consume at least eight glasses of water a day. If you find water boring, you can drink flavored water to spice it up a bit.

Exfoliate

Again, take care of that skin! Using an exfoliating lotion can remove dead skin and give you a lovely, healthy glow. DIY tip: Use a mix of oatmeal, milk, and yogurt to exfoliate.

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!

Create an exercise routine and stick to it. If it’s too hot outside to jog, you can try yoga in your house or use a workout DVD.

Eat Healthy                  

Change your poolside snacks to healthy treats, like vegetable sticks, hummus, and yogurt. Sandwiches and salads are healthy and portable lunch options.

Enjoy summer to the fullest by following these tips for a happy and healthy season!

2018 Volkswagen Atlas Review

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is a family-sized SUV designed for American drivers day after day. The three-row model features a powerful engine, spacious interior, and plenty of features designed for family drivers. Consumer Reports took the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV for a test drive and the review speaks volumes, so here’s a quick summary from us here at Gossett VW of Germantown!

The Volkswagen Atlas is designed to compete with heavyweights like the Chevrolet Traverse and Honda Pilot. It not only has everything it needs to compete with them, but it surpasses comparable competitors with relative ease.

Under the hood lies a 3.6-liter V6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers 276 hp. Front-wheel drive comes standard, but drivers can upgrade to all-wheel drive instead.

The Volkswagen Atlas features an interior designed to please. Large seats offer premium comfort, with an excellent driving position to boot. The latest model features seating for up to seven passengers. Drivers can simply fold down the second- and third-row seats to open up a massive 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space.

As for technology, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas passes with flying colors. The 6.5- and 8-inch touchscreen systems offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Drivers can essentially bypass updating a full infotainment system and sync their compatible smartphones instead.

2018 Volkswagen Polo Teased

The Volkswagen Polo has been around for quite a while—more than 14 million units have been sold since the Polo first launched in 1975—and it doesn’t look like it will be going away anytime soon. The 2018 Polo will mark the end of the fifth generation which launched in 2009, so now entering its sixth generation, the 2018 Volkswagen Polo is scheduled to officially launch this summer.

Spy shots have captured bits and pieces of the car’s design over the past few years, but now we have an official teaser video to go on. The new model will roll out on the MQB platform, known as one of the most flexible platforms in the industry. The MQB platform unpins everything from the upcoming Polo to the Atlas SUV. The new model likely packs in a number of advanced powertrains that put an emphasis on efficiency.

 

Rumor has it that electric and hybrid models could be available later on. A Volkswagen Polo GTI, a performance variant, appears to be in production as well. Rumors predict that a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will power the new model.

It doesn’t look like United States drivers will be buying the Volkswagen Polo anytime soon, though. The subcompact car isn’t likely to launch in the United States this coming year.

We here at Gossett VW Germantown hope that the 2018 Volkswagen Polo will make its way here, though!

Summer Car Care

Gearing up for summer vacations and road trips is one thing, but properly caring for your car all the time is quite another, so here are a few simple summer car care tips from us here at Gossett VW Germantown.

Windshield Wipers

Spring brought heavy rains, so depending on where you live odds are your windshield wipers were put through their paces in April and May. Worn wipers are a cause for concern, especially if you live in a wet climate. Consider buying a replacement set before thunderstorms arrive. A new set of windshield wipers is both cheap and easy to install at home.

Summer Car Care

Clean Inside and Out

It pays to keep your car clean both inside and out all year ’round. The hot summer weather can cause grime to melt and stick to upholstery, a problem that no driver wants to deal with. So, clear out any leftover fast food wrappers and other debris, then sweep out the interior and take care of the seats as best you can.

Once the interior is taken care of, wash and wax your car thoroughly to properly prepare it for summer.

Sunshade

Keeping your car cool under the summer sun isn’t easy. Fortunately, sunshades are relatively cheap and take just a few seconds to set up prior to leaving the vehicle. A simple sunshade can significantly lower the temperature inside the car!

Volkswagen Warranty for Tiguan and Atlas Wows Auto World

2018 Atlas with Volkswagen Warranty

Volkswagen recently announced that for the 2018 Tiguan and Atlas models, it will include a bumper-to-bumper warranty for 6 years or 72,000 miles, whichever comes first. The warranty is a big change from the Tiguan’s former 3-year or 36,000-mile warranty and is one of the best bumper-to-bumper warranties in the auto industry.

The other great thing about the VW warranty is that it’s fully transferrable, which most other automakers don’t offer. “Fully transferrable” means that the warranty stays on the vehicle even if it’s sold and bought by another customer, and they’ll still have until the 72,000 miles or 6 years is up. Other companies, like Hyundai, slash the warranty on used cars.

The Volkswagen Tiguan is totally redesigned for the 2018 model year with new looks and better features, and the all-new Atlas is a full-size SUV sure to impress American families. Both these vehicles have even more appeal with the new 6-year warranty, which VW officials say will help cut ownership costs and make buyers more confident in their decision to buy Volkswagen.

For more information about the upcoming Volkswagen Tiguan and Atlas or to learn more about the new warranty, give us a call today at Gossett VW Germantown!

Local Spring Events in Memphis

Memphis Tennessee

There’s no shortage of fun local spring events in Memphis, Tennessee. Here’s just a few things the city has to offer as the weather warms up.

Lantern Light Festival
Catch this one before it goes away on May 7th! At Agricenter International, you’ll get the opportunity to experience Chinese culture up close and personal. All ages are welcome, with plenty of kid-friendly activities.

Chainsmokers Concert
This is one for the young adults or the young-at-heart. Enjoy electronic dance vibes from this award-winning musical duo at the FedEx Forums.

Peabody Rooftop Parties
These parties are occurring every Thursday night from April 13th until August 17th, featuring a live DJ, several bars, and a stunning view of the river for crowds 21 and over.

Nature Connects
LEGO is bringing its famous colorful bricks and nature together through the Nature Connects exhibit at the Zoo. This traveling exhibit will be around until July 9th.

Scavenger Hunt Adventure
This is a year-round event that you can access from your smart phone, turning the city of Memphis into a giant game that last about three hours!

All these great local spring events are just one of many reasons why we at Gossett VW Germantown love serving the community around Memphis. Use one of these suggestions, or find something to do on your own—the important thing is to have fun!