How to sanitize your vehicle against COVID-19

If concern over the COVID-19 outbreak has made you more conscious of your cleaning habits — especially as they relate to your car—don’t worry. There are a few simple things to keep in mind when you clean your vehicle, both now and in the future.

Choose the right cleaner

Making sure that you’re using the right kind of soap or disinfectant on the right material is just as important for you as it is for your car. It’s recommended that you use fabric cleaner on cloth seats, leather-specific cleaners on leather upholstery like seating, shift knobs, and armrests. Also, using regular disinfectants on hard-touch surfaces will be best as long as you don’t spray anything directly onto electronics.

Keep a close eye on high-traffic areas

You should pay special attention to any surface that gets touched frequently, both inside and out. If you regularly disinfect the steering wheel, door handles, any touchscreen displays, and armrests, you should be able to curb the spread of germs.

Don’t forget the kids

If you have children — especially if they’re young enough to need car seats — make sure to give those a thorough cleaning. It’s also a good idea to keep their toys clean and clear, especially if they bring them out of the car at any point

For more tips on how to keep your vehicle clean and safe — or to schedule a full detailing — please give us a call right here at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow.

Top Travel Tips for Your Holiday Road Trip

Holiday Road Trip

The holiday season is one of the busiest times for family road trips. To help you prepare for any upcoming travel, your service team at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow has put together a list of items to consider before heading off on a holiday road trip.

Vehicle Maintenance: The most important consideration before taking any road trip is to ensure your vehicle is properly maintained. Topping off vehicle fluids, checking the tread of your tires, and getting an oil change will help you avoid any unforeseen mishaps on your trip. Your friends in the Stingray Chevrolet Bartow service department are glad to help you before departure.

Emergency Procedures: Before you leave, make sure you talk to your family about what to do in an emergency. Pack an emergency kit in your trunk, ensure your whole family knows how to call for help, and confirm that cell phones are fully charged. If you are bringing little ones, make sure they know not to talk to strangers.

Weather Preparedness: While we Floridians are very lucky to not experience the worst of winter’s weather, you’ll need to be prepared for snow and ice in case you’re traveling north. Before your trip, review winter driving techniques and pack an ice scraper.

With these tips in mind, your family’s holiday road trip is sure to be a safe and successful experience.

Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain

driving in the rain

You may feel confident as a driver, but are you prepared to deal with complicated conditions like heavy rain showers? Driving in the rain can be a totally different experience from driving in dry conditions, meaning you’ll need to go into your commute with a slightly different mindset. These tips will help you get ready to navigate the inevitable rainy commute you’ll face down this spring.

Slow Down

When it’s raining, drive slower. It may seem obvious, but it cannot be emphasized enough as the foremost tip for safe driving in the rain. Accelerate more slowly, brake more gradually, and cruise at a lower speed. This will make your vehicle better able to adapt to the slick roads beneath your tires. 

Leave Space

Another important way to prepare for unexpected maneuvers or sudden braking is by leaving extra space between yourself and other vehicles. Increase the following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you so you will have more time to react to changes in the traffic pattern.

In Case of a Skid

If you feel yourself skidding on a wet surface, do not slam on the brakes. Braking may just reduce traction even more. Instead, let off the gas and continue to steer in the direction that you want to go.

To make sure that your vehicle is as ready for springtime driving as it can possibly be, stop into Stingray Chevrolet Bartow for your regularly scheduled service.