January has only just begun, which means there is still plenty of time to make a New Year’s resolution, if you haven’t already. However, making a resolution is a lot easier than actually keeping one. If you really want to succeed with your goals this year, here are a few tips on how to keep your New Year’s resolutions.
- Keep it simple. Instead of attempting to redo your entire life, focus on one or maybe two important goals. Choose something that will hopefully have a big impact on your overall health or happiness.
- Be realistic. Keep your abilities and weaknesses in mind when setting your goals. For example, if you want to lose a lot of weight, instead of focusing on the total amount, break down your goal into manageable pieces. Try to lose a pound a week, instead of focusing on wanting to lose 50 pounds this year. If you can reach your mini goal each week, you will achieve your larger goal.
- Expect setbacks. Nobody is perfect. There will be times throughout the year when you don’t meet your goal. If you’ve been trying to save money for a vacation, but end up having to spend that money on car repairs, don’t give up. Think about the positive habits you’ve started to develop and reevaluate your total goal.
If you follow these steps and get support from your family and friends, you will be on your way to reaching your goal by the end of 2017.
With National Christmas Tree Day just behind us and the holidays right around the corner, most readers probably already have their tree. Even so, it’s never too late to add a little extra pizzazz to your decorations, or to give them a personal twist. Here are several Christmas tree decorating ideas that will give you a new spin this year and for the years to come.
Make it Personal
If you’re reevaluating your tree’s decorations, consider what theme will mean a lot to you and your family. Perhaps you like to travel a lot, in which case you could collect ornaments that represent your favorite voyages. If you like the outdoors, opt for DIY pinecone ornaments, deer, owls, and other woodsy decorations. Find what suits you best!
Think Outside the Tree Skirt
Instead of using traditional accessories like a tree skirt, why not mix it up? You can use a vintage tin or pale as a container for a tree for a rustic spin. Or, instead of sticking with a wintery color scheme, add a little spring to your Christmas tree. Decorate with a winding wreath of silk flowers for a fresh look.
For a new twist using what you already have, create an ombre rainbow effect by color coordinating your ornaments. Start with purple or red at the top and work your way through the spectrum. You’ll never look at your tree the same way again!
Beating the summer heat is one thing, but throwing some meat on the grill is another. Summer offers the perfect opportunity to try out new barbecue recipes and there’s no better test subjects than friends and family. This summer, try something new. Here are some great summer barbecue recipes from us here at Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead!
- Classic Cheeseburger – A summer (and American) icon, the classic cheeseburger is relatively straightforward to make. To create the perfect burger, you’ll need some raw red onions, ketchup, a fresh tomato, sharp yellow cheddar cheese, and 80% lean ground chuck. Cook the meat on the grill, but don’t place it on the bun just yet! Brush a soft hamburger bun with butter and toast it. Place the burger on last to avoid making the bun soggy.
- Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwich – A little more complicated, to make a grilled buffalo chicken sandwich, you’ll need boneless, skinless chicken breasts, buns, some ketchup, hot sauce, and unsalted butter. Preheat the grill and combine the hot sauce, butter, and ketchup then add the chicken. Let it marinate for 20 minutes then grill the chicken until the internal temperature hits 165 degrees. Grill the buns until toasted and then add dressing. To finish things off, add blue cheese-apple slaw for an added burst of flavor!
Do you have any amazing recipes in mind for the summer? List them below and let us know!
Hot weather is rough on tires. It can have a dramatic effect on the amount of air that’s stored in your tires. Tire pressure that is too high can lead to damage and also cause your vehicle to have less grip on the road, as well as faster tread wear. Finding ways to keep tires cool in the summer will definitely extend their lifespan, so follow these tips throughout the next couple of months.
The number one most important part of tire maintenance is keeping track of your tire pressure. Under-and over-inflation both make the tire wear out more quickly, and under-inflation leads to higher heat and more friction. High tire pressure can also lead to blowouts. So invest in a good tire pressure gauge and learn how to properly inflate your tires.
Check your owner’s manual for the correct pressure, making sure you’re using the inflation pressure and not the sidewall rating. Check the pressure when the tires are cold and have been sitting for a few hours. During the summer, check the pressure at least once a month and inflate or deflate accordingly. In case you didn’t already know, you can add air to your tires at most gas stations.
If you have a tire pressure monitoring system, pay attention to it! It’ll usually alert you when your tires start to get too hot, so you can pull over and let them cool off to prevent further damage. And always keep an eye out for leaks, punctures, or cracks.
Warmer weather means that there are bound to be more motorcycles and bicyclists on the road, increasing road hazards for drivers everywhere. Roughly 700 people die per year in bike accidents, and more than 45,000 are injured. There are important things to keep in mind when sharing the road with bicyclists.
Look before making right turns. If you are stopped at a stop sign, make sure to look twice before turning. Our brains tend to overlook bike riders and motorcyclists because they are not big enough to be cars. Looking twice could save a life. If you are driving and turn right, you should also look for bikes behind you that may continue straight as you turn.
According to The Washington Post, one of the biggest hazards is people that park in the bike lane. This section is specifically reserved for bike riders so they don’t have to swerve into traffic. Blocking this path means you are putting someone in danger.
Understand how vulnerable bikes and motorcycles are compared to cars. Cars weigh an average of four tons, making any collision with someone on two wheels incredibly dangerous. Most riders are required to follow traffic laws; therefore, you should treat them like any other drivers and leave plenty of room.
Finally, be patient. Most drivers get considerably more worked up when behind the wheel than any other situation in life. Take deep breaths and be accommodating. No one likes to spend more time on the road than they have to; however, you could save a life by being patient.
You did your research. You decided what features were important to you. You test drove a hundred vehicles. So now that you’ve bought the vehicle you want, it’s time to take care of it. If you want to make your car last, follow these three simple tips:
# 1 – Your vehicle doesn’t run on fuel alone.
Routine maintenance is definitely the most effective thing you can do to make your car last. Even people who are vigilant about oil and oil filter changes can often ignore other tasks. Your air filter, spark plugs, and belts—all of these need changing. Your owner’s manual will help you maintain a healthy maintenance routine.
# 2 – Don’t ignore problems.
Over time, you’ll come to know your vehicle like you know the back of your hand; the way it sounds, the way it accelerates, brakes, and corners. Anytime these change, you should not ignore it. Also, calculate your fuel economy from time to time. Make sure it is where it should be consistently- that can alert you to issues before they become catastrophes.
# 3 – Don’t drive it like you stole it. Drive it like you own it and want it to last.
The way you drive can have a significant effect on your vehicle’s longevity. Unnecessarily hard cornering can be hard on the ball joints and suspension. Constant hard braking and unnecessarily aggressive acceleration can take its toll. So it’s best to take things easy, even if that detracts from your main-street drag-racing dreams.
It’s simple. Take care of your car and it will take care of you!
A New Year’s resolution is a goal you set for yourself to be completed by the end of the year. It needs to be something you can do consistently or work on year-round. That can make it difficult to pick an accomplish-able New Year’s resolution. If you’re having trouble, take a look at some suggestions from us here at Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead!
- Manage Your Finances. Whether you were over budget last year, have debts to pay, or just want to save more money this year, managing your finances is the way to do it. Cutting out unnecessary spending isn’t too difficult if you draw up a weekly budget that includes food, travel, and housing. Sticking to the budget, however, is a different story.
- Get Organized. If you’re bad at cleaning up after yourself, you may have already found your resolution! Getting organized is something you can keep up with on a day-to-day basis. Starting small, like picking clothes up off the floor, can go a long way!
- Learn a Language. If you’ve ever tried to learn another language, you already know it’s more difficult than it first seems. Spending half an hour each day can get the gears churning and if you stick to it, you’ll be serenading others in a new tongue before you know it!
Learning a language, organizing more and managing finances isn’t easy. Nor is any New Years resolution. Perseverance is the most important aspect at work here. The core of every goal you make is the drive to keep doing it. So always make sure to stay on point and you’ll accomplish more than you imagined by next year.
Of all the seasons, winter can be the most damaging for your vehicle. From the dangers of ice and snow on the road to the ferocity of the cold, there are plenty of things to be wary of, especially for all you drivers planning to leave the great, warm state of Georgia this winter (though we can’t think of any good reason why you’d want to do that).
In case you run into some rough weather, we’ve compiled a quick list of winter car care tips to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape:
- Make sure you have new, working wiper blades. Even if your car is sporting the most state-of-the-art blades, they need to be replaced about every six months, and in the middle of a snowstorm is not the time to realize this.
- If you’ll be spending a lot of time in snowy climates, consider snow tires, especially for vehicles that don’t feature AWD or 4WD. Snow tires greatly increase your traction on slippery surfaces; just make sure the tires you’re buying are snowflake-rated. Make sure to keep in mind: for Mercedes models if the temperature drops drastically during the day your tire pressure sensor can go off. This may just be the sensor going hay-wire but feel free to contact us with any questions.
- Here’s one of our winter car care tips that’s easy to overlook: keep an eye on your battery. Even today’s reliable batteries can be ambushed by the cold weather. Furthermore, check your fluid levels often and make sure the battery-life window displays a full charge.
Above all, just play it safe. If the roads look too dangerous, don’t go out. Make sure to stay on top of the weather forecasts for the week and travel with the utmost vigilance.
Have a safe holidays everyone!
It’s not uncommon for drivers to have one or more mark on their record, though many people still get extremely nervous when they get pulled over. We’ve put together a few hints on what to do if you’re pulled over.
Most importantly, understand your rights. According to wikiHow, a police officer can pull you over for any traffic violation, no matter how minor. Never argue with the police or act aggressively, as this can itself be an act of retaliation. However, you cannot be pulled over because of your age, race, or the type of car you drive. If you believe this has happened, simply record the interaction by placing your phone on your dash.
Find a convenient spot to pull over. Slow down, put your turn signal on, and pull over to the right. Try to find a nearby parking lot or wide shoulder if possible.
Next, make sure to relax. Although it is scary to be pulled over, you will be okay even if you get a traffic ticket. Take deep breath, and don’t get worked up. Take the keys out of the ignition if possible, and move slowly.
Keep answers non-committal and brief. Be polite, refer to the officer as “officer.” Answer questions honestly, such as “Do you know how fast you were going?” by saying simply “Yes” or “I think x miles per hour.” Do not say you are ignorant of the speed limit or admit to fault, if possible.
Finally, comply with the officer. If the officer tells you to do something, you must do it. However, unless they have probable cause, they are not allowed to search your vehicle, and you are allowed to refuse if they ask.
A tire going flat while you’re out driving can be one of the scariest experiences any person can ever encounter. That is why it is important to know how to change a flat tire.
- Pull over to the side of the road when possible and activate your hazard lights.
- Loosen the lug nuts of your tire with a wrench.
- Lift your vehicle so it is at least six inches off the ground with a jack.
- First, remove the lug nuts you loosened. Then, remove the flat tire.
- Locate your vehicle’s spare tire. It is usually located in the cargo space of the vehicle.
- Secure the spare tire onto the vehicle by tightening the lug nuts.
- Once the replacement tire is in place, use the jack to lower the vehicle.
- Place the flat tire and any supplies into the cargo space.
- Get back to safely driving on the road!
The process itself isn’t as bad as one would think. As long as you stay calm, pull over and take control of the situation, it’ll be done in a wink. Just make sure to tell your friends and loved ones so they’re prepared to change a flat tire as well!