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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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Explore the Benefits of a Blind Spot Monitoring System

Getting out of a parking spot can be a serious hazard all by itself. This is not something that we necessarily think about all that often, but it is the case. Parking spots pose a challenge because they do not allow us to see around where we are going. Thus, having a blind-spot monitor can be incredibly helpful in these situations.

A lot of people think that blind-spot monitors only help them when someone is literally in their blind spot, but that is not the case. They are also good for alerting you to cross traffic hazards as well. 

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Infotainment Systems are Onboard Computers

If you haven't purchased a vehicle in a few years, chances are one of the features high on your must-have list is an infotainment system. Although it's rather a catch-all phrase, infotainment systems found in today's vehicle have several things in common, as they basically keep the world at your fingertips.

Most automobile manufacturers have proprietary names for the systems they install in their vehicles. Basically, an infotainment system is an onboard computer that gives you and your passengers that can play music, show GPS maps and run all sorts of applications. 

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Top Capabilities and Amenities in Crossover SUVs

A premium crossover SUV offers a good combination of luxury, all-weather performance and comfort. When you shop for such a vehicle at Hatfield Subaru, you'll find a wide range of options under the hood and inside the cabin.

Choose an all-wheel drive (AWD) crossover vehicle, like the Subaru Crosstrek, for enhanced traction in any weather. By splitting the torque, this type of drivetrain overcomes the challenges from a snow storm or rainfall. Some vehicles have multiple custom modes for off-road handling.  

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Compact Spares Have Limited Uses

Many automakers equip their vehicles with compact spares. These small tires are different from full-sized spares. Standard or full-sized spares work like other regular tires. Using full-size spares, drivers can operate their vehicles at normal speeds, distances, and in the usual ways. Compact spares cannot function as regular tires.

Many drivers know that compact spares were intended for emergency use only. Drivers cannot operate vehicles at normal speeds or for long distances on compact spares.  

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