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Managing Your Vehicle in the Spring

Spring is one of the seasons where the need for car maintenance is at a high. Among the things you are going to be doing in the Spring is washing your vehicle and making sure that it is in good condition. However, you are going to have to do other things to take care of your vehicle.

The type of maintenance your vehicle is going to need depends on the manufacturer and how the vehicle is designed. Therefore, it is a good idea to check out the owners manual to get information on the seasonal maintenance schedule for your vehicle…

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You Were in a Car Crash: Tips for What’s Next

You’ve been in an accident. How you handle the next few minutes is critical. At Hatfield Subaru, we have a little bit of advice to ensure everything gets done.

First, get out of the vehicle and assess injuries. Talk to the other driver and find out if anyone in their vehicle is injured. Call 911 to get an ambulance out to the scene if anyone needs medical attention. Otherwise, call the police department to report that there’s been an accident. 

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Maintain Pressure and Fluids to Maximize Fuel Economy

One way to increase your fuel economy while driving is to decrease the drag on your vehicle. Keep storage items from the top of your vehicle, including a luggage rack if possible. Bike racks on top of and on the back of your vehicle often increase the amount of drag as well, which can take away from your fuel economy.

Maintain the correct pressure in your tires. If the pressure isn't where it's supposed to be, then it can take longer for your car to roll when making a turn, which can then decrease fuel economy. Most new…

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How to Change a Flat Tire in Emergencies

Knowing how to change a flat tire is important if you're ever in situation in which you can't call a professional to replace it for you. At Hatfield Subaru, we care about helping our readers become informed vehicle owners. We recommend that you test changing a tire at home to learn how the process works for your car. You don't want your first time going through the motions to be in the real situation of having to replace a flat tire.

When you change a tire, find a safe, level place to park. Your car is at…

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Move Over When You See Autos on the Roadside

We know folks love to drive at Hatfield Subaru, and we would love to help you drive expertly. True expert drivers know every traffic law. This blog piece can help you understand Move Over Laws.

No matter where you drive in the United States, a Move Over Law applies. While each state wrote its own law, each of these laws is basically designed to help you give police officers, fire fighters and emergency medical technicians space to perform their jobs more safely. Breaking any state's Move Over Law results in a ticket or worse. 

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How to Control Odors in Your Vehicle

You have probably gotten in your car before and smelled something that you didn’t like. This happens all the time, especially if something gets stuck in your vents before you turn off your car. Since the small space of your car can get engulfed in a smell if it’s trapped in the vent, you need to be careful to flush your vents and open your car windows before turning off.

If you find that a smell isn’t going away, you can use baking soda and charcoal filters to help you remove onerous odors. In addition, shampooing and…

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Getting Rid of Excess Road Salt can Maintain Vehicle Values

Here at Hatfield Subaru, we enjoy taking the time out to help our customers to properly maintain their vehicles. While there are many areas that need attention on most vehicles, one common area that often gets little attention is the issue of road salt. This substance is fairly ubiquitous on the roads of communities that are located in cold climates. While this product can be invaluable in terms of safety, it can also be a source of considerable vehicular damage. 

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Stay Safe on Slippery Roads

At Hatfield Subaru, we want to make sure that you are staying safe on roads when they are wet, snowy or icy. During the winter months, there are many different varieties of tires that you can use to gain better traction. Studded tires may be one option that you can choose from.

However, modern tires tend to offer adequate traction without the need for the stud. In some cases, studded tires are illegal for use on local roads regardless of road conditions.  

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Four Types of Windshield Chips That Need Repair Attention

It's a good idea for drivers to inspect their windshields on a weekly basis for signs of damage or stress. There are four types of windshield chips that may initially appear to be a bug speck or bird residue that are actually tiny cracks in the glass that may need professional repair attention.

The four chips are a half-moon shape, the bulls eye, a star, or a combination star within a bulls eye. If left untreated, these chips can develop into cracks that compromise the performance of your windshield.  

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Get Ready for Winter: Create a Survival Kit for Your Car

A winter survival kit is added protection for harsh weather conditions and winter driving. At Hatfield Subaru, we encourage a proactive approach to winter driving. The earlier you make a survival kit, the better you will feel driving long distances or just going to the store.

Include extra clothing, nonperishable foods, water, hats and gloves in your kit. Blankets and portable chargers are great items if you need to wait for help. If you regularly travel with kids or pets, consider items to keep them comfortable if you have to walk in the weather or can't leave the vehicle…

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