4 Weird Tennessee Travel Destinations

roadThe point of taking a road trip is to make memories, and what better way to do that than to visit these weird Tennessee travel destinations?

# 1 – International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum – Chattanooga

Chattanooga has come to be known over the years for being the one place a person can go and celebrate the tow truck. Not only is the largest tow truck factory in the world located here, but they’ve built a museum too!

# 2 – Giant Skinny Indian – Kingsport

It is really is just that: a giant, skinny Indian. He stands 30 feet tall in front of Pratt’s Restaurant and has done so for that last 40 years.

# 3 – Burgers Cooked in the World’s Oldest Grease – Memphis

Dyer’s Burgers has been using the same grease to fry its burgers for over a hundred years. They have to add new grease from time to time but it’s the same batch they’ve been using since 1912!

# 4 – World’s Shortest Highway Tunnel – Shady Valley

When a lumber company wanted a shorter route to town, they did what anyone would do: they blew a hole in a giant rock. That hole is now the World’s Shortest Highway Tunnel. To find it, take Highway 133 through Shady Valley. Pay attention though; it’s only a few feet wide.

A Ragtop and 500-Mile Range: The Volkswagen T-Cross Concept Rocks Geneva

The Volkswagen T-Cross concept debuted recently at the Geneva Auto Show. The T-Cross is a truly unique-looking vehicle. After all, it’s a convertible, subcompact crossover. How cool is that?

The efficiency of the T-Cross concept makes it even cooler. Its 1.0-liter gas engine will get you 47 mpg. Considering the size of its 10.6-gallon tank, that means a 500-mile range.

Volkswagen is also doing some interesting things with the interior of the T-Cross. There are very few physical controls. This gives the cockpit an alluringly “un-busy” look. Controls inevitably demand your attention, so by VW digitizing almost everything, it keeps the controls out of sight so you focus on enjoying the drive.

Switzerland may be a historically neutral country but Volkswagen sure made it hard to straddle the fence when it comes to this concept. You can’t help but be on its side. There’s just too much to love! And it looks like this is a concept that may actually go into production.

The Best Attractions on Beale Street

Whether you’re visiting Memphis or living nearby it, you know that it’s famous for a handful of things: Elvis, the blues, and barbeque. You’ll experience all of those things when you visit Beale Street, so let’s go over the best attractions on Beale Street.

  1. New Daisy Theatre

There’s not just food and drinks on Beale Street; there’s entertainment, too! The New Daisy Theatre is an all-ages concert venue where doors for most shows open at 7pm. But make sure you hit the ATM, because it’s cash-only!

 

  1. BB King’s Blues Club & Grill

BB King’s has it all: lunch, dinner, shopping, and late-night partying. They need to see I.D.’s starting at 10pm, but there’s also family friendly music on Sundays.

 

  1. The Orpheum Theatre

Another entertainment venue, The Orpheum has plenty of plays and musicals ranging from children’s shows to classics to Broadway shows.

 

  1. Tater Red’s Lucky Mojo’s

Tater Red’s has more unique memorabilia than you can imagine. Open at noon daily, this unforgettable spot has fun collectible items for your tourist visit or Mardi Gras celebration.

 

  1. King’s Palace Café

This Cajun/Creole restaurant has a homey feel and unique dishes. The gator nuggets are better than you ever thought an alligator could taste.

Passat Earns Top Safety Pick Plus

2016 VW Passat
2016 VW Passat

Volkswagens should never be underestimated, especially concerning their safety. And the brand proved this when the 2016 Passat was named IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus.

On the 2016 Passat, there’s new front and rear styling that has given it that top safety score. The mid-sized sedan received the top score of “good” across all areas of testing. These wins include the small front overlap crash, the most difficult testing area, as well as an advanced rating for front crash prevention.

The Passat earned the important “plus” by receiving good ratings in all crash tests as well as superior rating for front crash prevention. The new Passat’s front crash prevention system is to thank for these wins. Front Assist, a forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking, is standard on SE models and above.

The Passat isn’t the only Volkswagon on the list of vehicle to the Top Safety Pick Plus List. It joins the 2016 Golf, Golf SportWagon, Golf GTI and Jetta. Clearly, Volkswagons are proving that they are made to be safe and reliable.

Things to Keep in Mind When Test Driving a Car

test driveThe test drive can make or break your decision to buy a car, especially if it’s used. Strange noises, rough handling—if you notice anything that feels off, it’s probably best to keep looking. Here are some things to keep an eye out for when test driving a car.

First, have the salesman demonstrate the vehicle’s features for you, partly to see what the car can do and partly to make sure everything is working right (again, this is especially important with used cars). Make sure you’re test driving the car you want with the engine and transmission you want!

Check under the hood and look at the spare tire, making sure everything is easily accessible; then make sure the car is a good fit for you. Sit in it, get in and out of it to make sure it’s comfortable, and check the cargo space so you know there’s enough room for things you regularly transport back and forth.

Don’t listen to the radio when you’re test driving to ensure you can hear any noises, and really test the car. Take it over bumps so you can make sure the shocks work, for instance.

Good luck!

Volkswagen Electric Microbus Concept Revealed at Consumer Electronics Show

VolkswagenThe Consumer Electronics Show took place earlier this month from January 6th  to 9th in Las Vegas, Nevada, during which Volkswagen announced its new all-electric Microbus concept, set to go on sale in 2017.

The VW electric Microbus, called BUDD-e, has a potential range of up to 373 miles on one charge and could charge up to 80% in as little as 15 minutes. This range is the best the auto industry has had to offer in EVs so far, even better than Tesla vehicles.

BUDD-e is built on Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Toolkit, which is a method of building electric cars that keeps the motors and battery as close to the very front and back of the car as possible, leaving more space for passengers and cargo inside the car.

The design of the Microbus is just as interesting as the inside parts, with a snappy design reminiscent of the classic Volkswagen bus and a futuristic interior with integrated infotainment systems.

Volkswagen Safety Technologies: Keeping You Safe Behind the Wheel

2016 VW Safety TechnologiesVolkswagen has invested in some innovative safety technologies to make sure you’re always safe and sound behind the wheel. Most new models feature active and passive systems, and you have the option to upgrade to the latest high-tech components on the market when you buy Volkswagen.

According to Volkswagen, some of the most recent and advanced Volkswagen safety technologies are Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Area View, Blind Spot Sensor, and City Emergency Braking among others.

  • Adaptive Cruise Control automatically adjusts your speed to the vehicle in front of you and keeps the distance you set.
  • Area View uses monitors to monitor spaces around you, a technology that is especially handy in tight areas.
  • Blind Spot Sensor uses sensors to make backing out of parking spots and changing lanes safer by monitoring areas you can’t see as well.
  • Finally, City Emergency Braking automatically applies the brakes as you approach obstacles, reducing damage or avoiding accidents in general.

Other innovative safety systems include the Driver Alert System, Emergency Assist, Front Assist, Lane Assist, Park Assist, Park Pilot, Light Assist System, Multi Collision Brake, and Road Works Assistant to name a few.

Changing Your Brakes: When Should You Replace Them?

brake repairBrake maintenance is one of the most important aspects of vehicle ownership. Not only will replacing the pads make other brake components—including rotors—last longer, but it also reduces stress on your car. In the long run, regular maintenance can actually increase resale value, especially if documented by a site like CARFAX.

Changing your brakes can be easily performed by any mechanic; however, knowing when to take the vehicle in is vital. According to Cars.com, the life of your brakes varies depending on usage and where you are located. In urban areas, stop and go traffic means a shorter life. In town, 8,000 miles is a rough estimate of when to replace brakes, and in rural areas, you may go up to 25,000 miles. Unfortunately, there is no clear rule of thumb; however, a mechanic can check the thickness of brake pads and for wear or warping.

Many brakes have built-in sensors that scrape against the disc when they need replaced. This sounds like an annoying screeching sound. You should also listen for grinding and other squeaks that indicate your brakes are bad. Also, if your brake pedal pulses when you apply the brakes, it may be a sign that your rotors are warped.

What happens if you don’t replace your brakes? Aside from the obvious dangers that go along with greater stopping distance, taking care of your brakes early can prevent catastrophic damage. For example, letting your pads go too long will ruin rotors. Let rotors go, and shoes and linings can be easily damaged as well.

If you need brake work done on your car, bring it to Gossett VW!

Car Maintenance Tips: Signs Your Tires Are Bad

tireEspecially now that it’s starting to get cold and having tires with good traction is more important than ever, it’s time to start looking for signs your tires are bad or worn out.

Take a good look at your tires. There shouldn’t be any bulges, cracks, or gauges in the rubber; it’s a good idea to take it to your dealer to check for leaks. These are usually a sign of low tire pressure, which could indicate an air leak or just deflation.

An important thing to check is your tire tread. When it gets cold, you are definitely going to want tires with good tread! Not only do tires firm up more in the cold weather, which makes it harder for them to grip the ground, but tires with low tread are slicker on wet/icy roads as well.

Check your tire pressure regularly when it’s cold. Cold air reduces tire pressure, which reduces traction, so fill your tires up with more air whenever they need it. This is also important because driving on underinflated tires actually makes them wear faster.

Do yourself a favor and check your tires, folks!

Scott Speed Wins Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship for VW Andretti Rallycross Team

Taking third place in the last race of the tournament, Scott Speed secured a win for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team at the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship earlier this month.

Despite the violent weather affecting the track and the drivers, Speed’s third place win earned enough points to secure the Volkswagen Andretti team’s first championship win at the GRC after only two years participating in the race.

Scott Speed had a rocky season, dropping to ninth in the rankings at one point before climbing back up to win the championship. Speed made at least third place in nearly every race of 2015, save for a seventh-place finish in Washington.

In 2014, Speed was the only driver to make all ten main events, so it’s no surprise he performed exceptionally in the 2015 season. Speed came into the championship race with a 36-point lead over the other competitors, and though he careened into a tire barrier at one point and dropped to fourth place, he managed to come back and secure the win.

Congrats to Scott Speed and the Volkswagen team!