Teen Driver Safety

Every teenager longs for that moment when they can finally take hold of their glossy, new license. The inevitably awkward photo is of no importance—what matters is the freedom that comes with the responsibility of driving. The problem is that some teens don’t fully feel the weight of that responsibility. Help your new driver to embrace the seriousness of their time on the road by enforcing these rules, recommended by us at Rex Perry Hyundai.

Teen Driver Safety

No Peer Passengers

The key to good teen driver safety is avoiding distractions. While carpooling with friends may be one of the most exciting images to a new driver, having friends in the car can also take attention away from the road. Depending on the driver, set a limitation to how much experience he or she should get behind the wheel before allowing friends in the car.

Set a Curfew

Anyone who has driven at night knows that the lack of sunlight and the addition of bright headlights can totally change the driving dynamic. Make sure that your teen driver has plenty of experience and practice driving in the daytime before he or she takes the wheel at night.

No Cell Phones

It’s no surprise that cell phones are a big cause of distractions and accidents. Many teenagers today have trouble resisting the constant urge to check social media or text messages. A great way to avoid this is by not allowing cell phones in the cabin of a vehicle. Cell phones should be kept in the trunk while driving so that there’s no temptation to take eyes off the road in favor of a phone’s screen.

The Hyundai Safety Cockpit Detects Road Rage to Keep You Safe

safety beltHyundai is developing technologies to help keep you safe behind the wheel, including one recent development that is designed to detect road rage. The system is a cockpit that measures the physical and mental state of drivers, helping to detect mood with face recognition, among other technologies. This could just be one of the most advanced safety systems developed to date.

According to CNBC, the Hyundai concept cockpit is designed to track a number of signs, from heat rate, posture, and breathing to facial recognition. By measuring these things, this innovative system can determine when you’re alert or angry, and it can make changes to the atmosphere of driving. This includes seat positioning, heating, lighting, temperature, volume, and even smells.

Measuring a driver’s mental state will help to keep the “optimum health and mental attitude” for safe driving, said Mike O’Brien, the VP at Hyundai, during this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

Believe it or not, about 80% of drivers show symptoms of road rage, which can do serious damage. Driving while emotional can cause speeding, rapid acceleration, hard brakes, and more—all of which increases the risk of an accident. This new Hyundai safety cockpit could just keep you better protected than ever before.

What’s New for the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe?

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe arrives this year in a refreshed form. Hyundai Santa Fe updates include revised styling, more standard technology, and newly available safety features.

With refreshed styling on both the front and rear, the Santa Fe is more attractive than ever. It has sleek lines that give it a sense of motion, even while standing still. The front end styling also includes new LED daytime running lights.

Inside, the Santa Fe is just as stylish with a classy design and well-placed controls. Buyers will love features like a standard 7-inch touchscreen on all trim levels, as well as a rearview camera, Bluetooth, Hyundai’s Blue Link system, and even Android Auto compatibility. This year, there is even an available USB charging port for the third row.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

For 2017, buyers can add more safety than ever before. These new features include a lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking for forward collision mitigation, a 360-degree parking camera, and adaptive cruise control.

Powering the Santa Fe is a 3.3-liter V6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. All trims come standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available. When properly equipped, the Santa Fe can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Visit us at Rex Perry Hyundai and check out the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe for yourself.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving from Perry Hyundai!

One of the busiest travel times of the year—both in the air and on the road—is around Thanksgiving. But no worries, we’re here to help your travel feel much easier! Here are some Thanksgiving travel tips for your holidays this year.

Plan, Plan, Plan

Travelling will be so much easier if you plan ahead of time. Buying plane or train tickets ahead of time is a good idea, especially for Thanksgiving. Keep an eye out for deals, which can pop up at random times.

Pack Light

The lighter you pack, the easier navigating the airport will be. Checking bags can take much longer than bringing a carry-on. Try to fit everything in your carry-on, but prepared to leave it planeside as the airline might have to store it under the plane when overhead space lacks.

Pick Your Days Carefully

The day before and the weekend after Thanksgiving are the busiest travel days of the year. Roads get more crowded and airline tickets get more expensive. So try to pick other travel days, like Tuesday to Monday.

Bring Maps

If you’re roadtripping, bring maps in addition to your GPS. This will help you find different routes if you’re hitting traffic or construction.

Hyundai Tucson Named One of 10 Best Family Cars

The new Tucson was recently named the one of the 10 Best Family Cars by Parents Magazine and Edmunds. Teaming together, Parents and Edmunds looked at a range of vehicles on the US market, paying special attention to convenience, safety, and entertainment. The Hyundai Tucson was judged to be one of the best models for families, beating out competition left and right.

2016 Hyundai Tucson
2016 Hyundai Tucson

According to Hyundai, the Tucson was specifically recognized for its spacious interior, with two-stage reclining seats and tons of legroom. In terms of ergonomics, you won’t be more comfortable than when you’re behind the wheel of the new Tucson. Plus, with its excellent visibility, great standard safety features, and a smooth ride, you won’t want to leave the driver’s seat.

“We understand parents look for vehicles that provide the top safety for their families and we took that seriously with the redesigned Tucson,” said Mike O’Brien, VP of corporate and product planning for Hyundai. “This recognition from Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com shows we are committed to providing better vehicles for our owners – through better safety, quality and design features that set us apart.”

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson also comes with added safety systems like Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Backup Warning Sensors, and more. Also named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, it’s easy to see why the Tucson was chosen as one of the 10 Best Family Cars.

Preventing Engine Overheating: Maintaining Temperatures

coolantBecause your engine essentially operates by setting off thousands of small explosions, it’s necessary for a complex cooling system to disperse any heat. Overheating can not only cause inconvenient breakdowns, but it can also be incredibly dangerous. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips on preventing engine overheating.

According to wikiHow, you should always monitor your temperature gauge. Any time the heat creeps into the “H” section, pull over and turn your car off. Overheating can cause the engine to fail, crack, or even explode. If you see steam coming from the under the hood, stop immediately. Be careful around a hot engine, as burns can occur very easily.

Preventing overheating starts with the coolant. You should regularly check antifreeze/coolant levels. Simply check the reservoir (be aware of “hot” and “cool” levels) and top off if necessary. If it is consistently low, you may need to look for leaks. Not only should you look under the car for dripping areas or pools of coolant, but you should also feel hoses for wet spots.

Flushing your cooling system is also necessary every few years. Buildup can cause blockage, restricting the flow of coolant. Radiators often develop calcium and lime residue, especially if you use a large ratio of water in the system.

If your car is running warm, try turning on the heater. Heat is taken directly off the engine block, so this may help cool the car a little. Always turn the A/C and other unnecessary accessories off. If necessary, you may just want to turn the car off but keep the ignition on (battery only) as this will keep the radiator fan and blower on. Finally, be sure to avoid rush hour traffic if your car tends to overheat.

5 Things to Look For When You Inspect Windshield Wipers

The winter months can cause serious damage to your windshield wipers, thanks to the build-up of snow and salt that accumulates over time. With spring soon upon us, you’ll want your windshield wipers to be in top shape to give you the best visibility.

Inspect Windshield Wipers

Here are some simple things to look for when you inspect windshield wipers:

  • Look for rust and corrosion on the blades, which is most likely to occur around the edges.
  • Make sure that your frames have not become detached.
  • Additionally, ensure that the windshield wipers are attached to your vehicle properly.
  • Keep an eye out for tears or in the rubber squeegee.
  • And lastly, if you’re already doing some housekeeping, don’t forget to check out your remaining windshield wiper fluid.

For more details on car maintenance tips, or to explore our selection of vehicles for spring, visit us anytime here at Perry Hyundai to go on a test drive.

What to Do When You Get in a Wreck

Car Wreck
Learn what to do when you get in a wreck.

Getting in a car crash is one of the scariest things that can happen when you’re driving, so it’s important to stay calm and know what to do. Follow this guide on what to do when you get in a wreck and you’ll have a less stressful, safer experience.

First, prepare yourself before it happens by getting a vehicle safety kit to keep in your car and keeping your emergency information on-hand. Important documents include insurance cards and vehicle registration information.

At the scene of the accident, pull your car over somewhere safe. Call 911 in case you or other drivers are injured and to see if an officer needs to be present at the scene. Then, if you’re able, get out of your car and check on the other drivers.

Exchange information with any other drivers involve in the wreck so you can file an insurance claim later. You should take pictures of the accident scene for evidence when you file.

At Rex Perry Hyundai we want you to be as safe as possible in your vehicle. So, contact us for preventative service and repairs so you can be confident that your car is being taken care of.