How to Celebrate Memorial Day

Memorial Day is almost upon us, but some people don’t know how to celebrate this day properly. Rex Perry Hyundai is here to help, so here are a few things you can do to truly celebrate the spirit that is Memorial Day.

Visit Cemeteries

One thing that a lot of people do, especially veterans, is going to cemeteries or memorials and cleaning up the graves of fallen soldiers. Whether it’s wiping down the stone or pulling some weeds, all of it is impactful. And before you leave, placing flowers or flags is a good way to say thanks as well.

Attend a Parade

Most towns have some sort of event or parade celebrating those fallen veterans and usually conclude with some sort of memorial service. Taking time out of your day and attending these events show your support to those brave soldiers.

Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance

Established by Congress, the National Moment of Remembrance happens at 3p, local time, on Memorial Day to pause and reflect on those lost and national unity. It is also a notable time for Taps to be played.

Talk to Your Kids About Memorial Day

Taking the time and sitting and talking with your kids about what Memorial Day is can be important so they understand what the celebration and remembrance are all about. Grabbing a kids’ book like The Wall or Memorial Day Suprise also helps them understand as well through stories.

No matter what you plan on doing, doing something is a great start. Let us all remember those lives lost and the fallen heroes this Memorial Day. Stop by Rex Perry Hyundai and let us know how you will be celebrating Memorial Day this year!

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.

New Year’s Resolutions for your Car

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Happy New Year from Perry Hyundai!

If you haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions, yet, that’s ok. 2017 has just begun. If you want an idea for a resolution you can actually keep, consider these resolutions for your car.

  • Drive more efficiently. Being an inefficient driver not only wastes your money, but it’s bad for the environment, too. One of the biggest dings to your efficiency is aggressive driving. In fact, doing things like speeding and accelerating too quickly can decrease your efficiency by as much as 35%.
  • Stop idling. Letting your engine run while you’re not going anywhere is a complete waste of gas. If you’re going to stop for longer than you normally would at a stoplight or stop sign, just turn off the engine. You should also avoid “warming up” your car before you leave in the morning. The fastest way to warm it up is just by driving.
  • Keep up with your maintenance. Check in your owner’s manual and you should find a recommended service schedule that includes things like oil changes, tire rotations, and more. Get caught up on this to ensure your car runs the way it should for years to come.
  • Don’t run on empty. Try not to let your tank fall below one-quarter full. In the winter, keep it at least half full to prevent frozen fuel lines.

Are you planning any car-related resolutions for 2017?

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.

Best Back-to-School Cars

It’s that time of year again! School is back in session and you need a car that’ll get you to and from college safely, or your kids to and from high school! Here are some of the best back-to-school cars you can get this year.

Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Sonata – Available at Perry Hyundai!

2016 Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata has the benefits of a sedan (like amazing 31.5 combined mpg) with the ample storage and passenger space you’re looking for. With 106.1 feet of cubic space in the cabin, the Sonata offers plenty of room if you’re carpooling. Plus, an automatically unlocking trunk makes it easier than ever to pack up and unload your car. It’s ideal for long or short travels!

2016 Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV was built for families. Do you have a son or daughter that does extracurricular activities like football, dance, basketball, or soccer? The Santa Fe will transport your kids along with their teammates and all of their gear with ease. The Santa Fe can tote up to 7 passengers and comes with accommodating features like a 40/20/40 split-folding seat, satin-fighting seats, and a hands-free Smart Liftgate with auto open.

Just ask us here at Rex Perry Hyundai for more suggestions on back-to-school cars!

Fun Activities in Nacogdoches, Texas for the Whole Family

TexasHailed as the oldest town in Texas and the site of the state’s largest Azalea garden, Nacogdoches has a rich atmosphere and a heritage that spans centuries. With a multitude of historic sites to see, a beautiful countryside ripe with natural wonders, and the charm of an old southern town, activities in Nacogdoches provide plenty of things to do for everyone.

The Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau is the heart of the downtown area and a must-visit for newcomers. There’s a seven-minute film on the history of the area as well as several engaging exhibits. The staff will also point you in the direction of any recommended local sights and activities. The Sterne Hoya House Museum, Millard’s Crossing, Old University Building, and Old Time String Shop & General Mercantile are great places to start for the historically-inclined.

If nature is up your alley, the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden is the town’s claim to fame. The Lanana Creek Trail, SFA Mast Arboretum, and Piney Woods Native Plant Center are also good spots to visit to get your fill of the local flora. Also, on a bright and beautiful day, make a visit to the Carl Monk Sr. Overlook.

There are lots of activities in Nacogdoches, Texas for everyone. Whether you’d like to explore the roots of this friendly and charming town or spend time outdoors, Nacogdoches has plenty to see and do.

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.

Important Flood Driving Safety Tips to Remember This Spring

As the snow finally melts for the last time – and the spring rains begin to fall – the risk of flash flooding is higher than ever. While it seems plausible to avoid floods altogether, it can be hard to predict when they will start. If you find yourself driving when a flood begins, keep these flood driving safety tips in mind:

Flood Driving Safety Tips

  • Never, ever attempt to drive through standing water on the road or even in a parking lot. Just 12 inches of water can make your car lose contact with the ground.
  • If you see any barricades that have been put up to protect people from flooding, respect those barricades.
  • If you must drive through some sort of puddle, drive slowly and keep your eyes peeled for floating debris.
  • Avoid any roads where power lines may have gone down to avoid electrocution.
  • Lastly, if you car becomes stuck in the water, abandon it. Get yourself to safety and then call for help.

Stay safe this spring! And for more safety tips, visit us anytime at Perry Hyundai.

The Importance of Getting an Oil Change

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Understand the importance of getting an oil change.

Are you a Honda owner? Do you need to get your oil changed? Bring your car over to Rex Perry Hyundai. We’re honoring oil change cards from any Honda dealership and have trained technicians who will know exactly how to take care of your car! Save a buck at Rex Perry, and don’t skip your oil change!

Getting your oil changed is one of the most important parts of routine maintenance you can perform on your car, and there’s no better place to get it done than at a car dealership. Engine oil is what keeps your car’s engine parts working smoothly together, so when it starts to get old and collect fragments and dust and dirt, it can’t do its job properly. Getting fresh, clean oil for your car every few thousand miles is the best way to keep your engine running and keep it from overheating.

It’s also important to see a dealer for your oil change because they’ll see under your car and be able to notice if anything is wrong. Don’t underestimate the importance of getting an oil change. Come to Rex Perry today!