October 28th, 2016
If you’re like many parents, you may be considering bringing your kids to a trunk-or-treat event this year. A recent take on tradition trick-or-treating, trunk-or-treating allows participants to concentrate the event in a smaller area by decorating vehicles in a designated spot and allowing kids to go from trunk to trunk. This is especially helpful in areas where homes are far apart, or for small children who might not be able to walk around the neighborhood.
When it comes to decorating a vehicle for this sort of event, your first thoughts may be of an SUV or pickup truck. Don’t let its size fool you, though: the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is perfect for Bowie area drivers who are eager to get into the spirit of Halloween!
As the name suggests, most people tend to park head-in and use their trunk as the foundation of their mobile trick-or-treating station. At 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space, the 2017 Elantra has plenty to offer. We also suggest a roll of fabric or paper coming out from the trunk to extend your space, which can act as a path, scenery, or the tongue of a beast you’ve made out of your trunk!
The classic trunk monster is always popular, with teeth added to the top and bottom lips of the open trunk. For a less scary take on this idea, you can always turn your trunk into the mouth of a friendly character that children know, instead.
Of course, your trunk can also become the environment to fit a costume you’ll be wearing. Dressing as a pirate? Fill your trunk with ocean scenery and turn old boxes into treasure chests loaded with candy in gold wrappers. Going as a cowboy? Some hay and cardboard ranch scenery are a nice touch. Use your imagination!
With a bit of creativity and some recycled cardboard, you just might surprise yourself with what you’re able to accomplish in your 2017 Elantra! And don’t worry about smudges and fingerprints from candy-eating trick-or-treaters—our Bowie area Hyundai detailing center has you covered when the fun’s all done!
To learn more about the potential of trunk-or-treating, or to get into the vehicle that’s perfect for every holiday, be sure to contact us online or to call the Pohanka Hyundai team at (301) 423-1100 today!
October 28th, 2016
Halloween can be a spooky time of year, and most of the ghosts and ghouls of the holiday tend to be aimed at offering a fun fright for kid. Of course, adults have their own little troubles to be scared of. Fortunately, there’s no need to be afraid of dirty oil when you can always come in for a quick and easy oil change at our Acura service center serving DC.
This is an especially good idea as Halloween is the first of many coming holidays, and holidays tend to mean lots of travel for busy drivers. Halloween, though, tends to call primarily for travel on foot. Your sneakers don’t need an oil change, but our DC area Acura dealership has still got some tips to help you and the little ones stay safe and happy while trick-or-treating!
Winging it might sound like fun, but taking the time to plan a route that covers the neighborhood without doubling back or wasting time can help you make the most of the time before the kids start to tucker out. You can also take the time to drive your route at night beforehand to make sure things are well lit along the way.
On a similar note, be sure to factor the walking that comes with trick-or-treating into your child’s costume. If you can’t find comfortable shoes that fit the bill, it’s a good idea to snap a few photos in costume footgear before switching children into more comfortable shoes for walking the neighborhood.
Speaking of costumes, it’s important to consider visibility. Flashlights, glow sticks, and reflective tape can all help kids to stay visible and prevent accidents. If black is a critical component of the costume, don’t worry; you can get black reflective tape for the best of both worlds!
Wherever you’re headed, taking time to prepare beforehand is the best way to stay safe and avoid unwelcome surprises—just like car maintenance! For more Halloween tips, or to learn more about how to properly care for your car this autumn, be sure to contact Pohanka Acura online or to call our team directly at (703) 968-6600 today.
October 25th, 2016
As the leaves change all throughout Virginia, the landscape becomes the perfect background for a relaxing fall drive. The 2017 Hyundai Sonata is a favorite for Fredericksburg drivers, perfectly balancing the maneuverability they need in the city while providing the space and comfort that they love for an enjoyable ride.
Of course, you shouldn’t be too laid back, even during a nice autumn drive. Fall comes with its own set of risks and distractions, so it’s important to stay alert behind the wheel.
School is back in session, which means buses are back on the road and young children may be crossing the street more often. Deer tend to be more active in the fall, too, adding another hazard to the list of things to keep an eye out for.
What many drivers don’t realize is that fall foliage also poses a risk. Leaves on the roadway can remain wet and slick long after the road itself has dried, so taking your time and remaining aware of what’s on the road ahead is crucial. Of course, even the most attentive drivers can’t hope to stay in control if they’re not on top of their vehicle’s maintenance!
The transition between seasons is always a good time to give your car some extra love and care, as proper maintenance will give you an edge as the weather and temperature change. With everything from kids and deer to leaves on the road, unexpected stops are bound to happen now and then. Fortunately, dropping by for brake service at our Fredericksburg car repair center can help you to be ready!
As your brake pads wear down—which happens naturally over time—the time it takes you to safely stop your vehicle will increase. Making sure that your brake pads or shoes are in good condition can help to decrease the time it takes you to react to the unexpected, which is why good quality brakes are particularly important at this time of year.
To make service easy, we offer extended hours Monday through Saturday; no need for an appointment, just bring it in! For more information on safe driving, or if you prefer to schedule a service visit, be sure to contact Pohanka Hyundai of Fredericksburg online or to call our team at (800) 764-2652 today.