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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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Signs Your Tires Need to be Replaced

Here at Hatfield Subaru, we want to make sure that you are safe while behind the wheel of your vehicle. Just because we have sold you your current model doesn't mean we don't care about your safety. We have some tips to share with you. These tips will help you determine if you are in need of a new set of tires in the near future.

Completing a tread test will give you an idea of how soon you may need to replace your tires. Place a penny inside the tread of all four of your tires. The…

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Driving Safely Around Bicycles

Bicycles and automobiles must share the roads. At Hatfield Subaru, we notice the number of bikes on the streets and roads has grown in recent years along with the number of collisions. Increased driver awareness can reduce accidents and improve safety for cars and bikes. Bikes and drivers must obey the rules of the road, and drivers must use extra care to notice bikes and yield to them when needed.

Local drivers understand that driving around bicyclists requires extra care. Drivers must allow for a safe distance between their vehicles and nearby bikes. 

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How to Keep Motion Sickness from Ruining Your Road Trip

When one member of your family starts to feel sick on the road, that can lead to everyone feeling sick. When one person throws up while you are on a road trip, that can ruin the whole trip for everyone. We want you to know how to stop the motion sickness before it starts.

It is important that you find a natural treatment that you can use to try to help the one who struggles with motion sickness. Peppermint is something that can help with this. You might also consider an actual medication made for motion sickness. 

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Service Your Vehicle as School Starts Up Again

It is good to have a regular plan and schedule for servicing your vehicle. Hatfield Subaru wants you to know just how to care for your vehicle so that you can keep it in the best possible condition. Servicing the vehicle as school starts up again is a good idea and something that you can do each year.

You should check your vehicle's owner manual to see if there are any services that you should have handled and missed. You should also pay attention to the dash of your vehicle and see if there are any warnings there. 

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