Prepping For Fall

Fall Car Care           

          Fall is right around the corner. Can you believe it? Although Tennessee may not have the fall weather any time soon, it never hurts to be prepared. Fall is one of the best seasons to check up on all of your automotive maintenance. This gives you the opportunity to be more than prepared for the following harsher season. And living here, we all know how fast the weather can change. Let us help you prepare!

Car Care Checklist

            What are some of the items that are most important during this season?

  1. Oil Change

An oil change should be taken care of every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, sometimes even 7,000. Oil plays a big role in keeping the engine running smoothly. Letting your oil run down to the last drop can cause major damage.

  1. Tires

As weather changes, tire pressure fluctuates. Tire pressure is important but tire tread should also be a priority. With fall showers and the possibility of snow, you are going to want to make sure your tires can handle it all.

  1. Battery

Harsh weather can kill a battery. You want to make sure all connections are tight and terminals are free of corrosion. Have your battery checked to determine the life span.

  1. Wiper Blades

Rain and eventually snow can wear down your windshield wipers. They should be able to completely clear the windshield with each swipe. Always keep windshield washer reservoir full.

Emergency Kit

            Have you switched your summer kit to a fall kit? There are a few main items to keep in your vehicle at all times in case of a break down.

  • Water bottles
  • Energy bars
  • Flashlight
  • Jumper cables
  • First aid kit

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For fall and winter seasons you may want to consider a few more items.

  • Blanket
  • Kitty litter (to help gain traction if it snows)
  • Extra warm clothes
  • Ice scraper
  • Hand and foot warmers

Depending on where you live, who often rides with you, there are many more items that can be added to your emergency kit. It’s best to keep these items stored in a tote or backpack to keep readily available for any emergency.

For our friends who are preparing for a more harsh fall / winter, check out this blog .

 

We hope this helps with your transition into the Fall season. Bennett’s Automotive is here for any of your auto repair needs. We want to make sure your tires are good for the cold season, that your heat will keep your warm and any minor problems you may have along the way. Give us a call to schedule an appointment today! Phone: (615)459-5881.

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Car Seat Safety

Seatbelt Safety

Nothing is more important than wearing a seatbelt in the car. This goes for adults, teenagers, toddlers and babies. Everyone in the vehicle needs to be properly restrained at all times. “ NHTSA states that car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13.”  This is why it’s very important for everyone to be buckled correctly.

 

Car Seat Inspections

Want to make sure your car seat is properly installed? Check here for your local inspection stations! Here’s a few near the Smyrna, TN area*.

  1. Smyrna Police Department
  • 400 Enon Springs Rd E, Smyrna, TN 37167
  • Phone: (615)459-6644
  • Contact: Andy Miller
  1. Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department
  • 940 New Salem Hwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
  • Phone: (615)989-7770
  • Contact: Jimmy Cassidy
  1. Murfreesboro Police Department
  • 302 S Church St, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
  • Phone: (615)893-1422
  • Contact: Carl Peas
  1. Mt. Juliet Fire Department
  • 104 Belinda Parkway, Mt Juliet, TN 37122
  • Phone: (615)773-9830
  • Contact: Jesse Quintana
  • Spanish Speaking
  • By Appointment
  1. Metro Nashville Police Department
  • 1417 Murfreesboro Rd, Nashville, TN 37217
  • Phone: (615)862-7738
  • Contact: Officer Erika Bowden

*The following listings have been pulled from the website attached above. We are unsure how up to date the following information is. Call the listed numbers for a more accurate answer.

 

Car Seats

            There are four different types of car seats. Each are based on size of the child.

  1. Rear-Facing Car Seat

A rear facing car seat is best for newborns and small babies. This car seat has a harness and, in a crash, cradles and moves with your child to reduce stress to the child’s fragile neck and spinal cord. All-in-one car seats are recommended so the child can use the same seat as they grow. It eventually allows forward facing and eventually a booster seat.

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  1. Forward-Facing Car Sear

The forward-facing car seat has a harness and tether that limits your child’s forward movement during a crash.

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  1. Booster Seat

The booster seat allows the seat belt to position properly over the stronger parts of your child’s body.

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  1. Seat Belt

Seat belts are meant for children 13 + and adults. It should lie across the upper thighs and be snug across the shoulder and chest to restrain your child safely. The seatbelt is never to be worn on the stomach area or across the neck or face.

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Seatbelt safety procedures can be found here.

 

Inspire Others to Buckle Up

Whether you are a parent or peer driving kiddos around, you should model seat belt safety. You are the first and last person they see while riding in the car. You are the number one influence of how safe driving should look to them. Be consistent. Buckle up every time.

*From 2009 – 2013, nearly half of tweens who died traveling in passenger vehicles were not wearing seatbelts *

Bottom line is never give up until they buckle up. You are the number one influence.

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend Events

Labor Day weekend is approaching and we wanted to share a few fun events with you! Just a friendly reminder as well that Bennett’s Automotive will be closed Monday, September 4, in observance of Labor Day. We wish you all a wonderful and safe weekend.

September 1 – 4

  • Live On The Green (3- day weekend festival)

Labor Day Weekend LOTG

o   Dates: August 30 – September 2

o   Location: Live On The Green Music Festival (1 Public Sq, Nashville, TN 37201)

o   Events:

Ø  Thursday – 5 pm – 11 pm, performances begin at approximately 6 pm

Ø  Friday – 4 pm – 11 pm, performances begin at approximately 5 pm

Ø  Saturday – 12 pm – 2:30 pm, Lightening 100’s Kids Music Fest

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Click here for more information.

  • Movies in the Park: The Boss Baby

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o   Date:  September 1 from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

o   Location: Rotary Soccer Park (200 Soccer Way, Smyrna, TN 37167)

o   Enjoy some great family time at our final “Movies in the Park” event for 2017 as we show “The Boss Baby” on a gigantic screen! Friday, September 1st at the Rotary Soccer Park. Gates open at 5:30. The movie will begin at dusk (approx. 7:30pm). Admission is $1 per person. Train rides and inflatables will also be available for $1. Food vendors/concessions will be on site, too.

  • Family Camp

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o   Dates: September 1 – 3

o   Location: YMCA Camp Widjiwagan (3088 Smith Springs Road, Antioch, TN 37013)

o   “Families are invited to stay at camp this weekend in Widji cabins, Yurts, or in their very own tents! Traditional camp activity areas will be open, and all meals will be served in the Turner Dining Lodge.”

Click here to register and for more information.

  • Friday Night Fun

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o   Date: September 1 from 5 pm – 9 pm

o   Location: Nashville Shores (4001 Bell Road, Hermitage, TN 37076)

o   Friday Fun Nights feature:

Ø  Admission just $11.99 plus tax per person

Ø  Limited attractions open. The lazy river, wave pool, Kowabunga Beach, and Big Kahuna will be open. Big Kahuna will be open from 5 pm – 7 pm.

Ø  FREE parking!

Ø  Season pass holders admitted free

Ø  Bounce House

  • Grill Feast

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o   Date: September 2 from 8 am – Noon

o   Location: Nolensville Farmers Market (7248 Nolensville Rd, Nolensville, TN 37135)

o   Guest Chef Manny Santana will be grilling up your favorite cuts of meat from the market vendors. Labor Day Sales on Meats and more!

 

  • Labor Day Pool Party

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o   Date: September 4, 2017

o   Time: 10 am – 4:30 pm

o   Location: Sports Com Murfreesboro (2310 Memorial Blvd, Murfreesboro, TN 37129)

 

Some events may be weather permitting*

 

Prepping for the Solar Eclipse

2017 Total Solar Eclipse US Event Map

 

Date: August 21, 2017

Time: 1:27 pm (Middle Tennessee Area)

What is the Solar Eclipse?

“An eclipse of the Sun happens when the New Moon moves between the Sun and the Earth, blocking the Sun’s rays and casting a shadow on parts of the Earth.”

The Eclipse taking place on August 21, 2017 is known as a Total. A Total Solar Eclipse is when the Moon completely covers the Sun. It can only take place when the Moon’s orbit is closest to the Earth. You can only see a total solar eclipse if you’re in the right path where the Moon’s casts its darkest shadow, the umbra.

More information can be found here.

Prepping for the Solar Eclipse

  1. Plan where you want to watch. There are multiple places that are providing “viewing parties” here in the Middle Tennessee area! To name a few:
  • MTSU

o   11 am – 1:45 pm

o   Yard in front of the new Science Building

  • Tennessee State Parks

o   12 pm – 3 pm

o   312 Rosa L Parks Ave William R Snodgrass Tennessee Tower

o   Tennessee State Parks Solar Eclipse Information

  • The Nashville Zoo

o   12 pm – 3 pm

o   3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37167

o   Animal Behaviors during Solar Eclipse

  • Sam Davis Home

o   1 pm – 2 pm

o   1399 Sam David Rd, Smyrna, TN 37167

  • Stones River National Battlefield

o   10 am – 3 pm

o   1563 North Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

 

  1. Be Ready, Don’t Hesitate!

This is the first eclipse since 1918! Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. Weather permitting, the entire continent will have the opportunity to view an eclipse as the moon passes in front of the sun, casting a shadow on the Earth’s surface.

“If you’re wearing your eclipse glasses and it becomes so dark you can’t see anything, you know it’s safe and it’s time to take them off,” Young said.

More information on the 2017 eclipse. 

 

  1. Expect Traffic.

The state of Tennessee expects anywhere between 300,000 to over a million visitors to view the solar eclipse. They are encouraging people NOT to stop or pull over on the side of the road. Shoulders should be cleared for any emergency personnel. This is why it’s important to have a plan in place of where you will be watching the event take place.

TDOT Plan

 

 

 

Back To School

Car Pool Tips

Summer is coming to an end and school is right around the corner! Do you plan on carpooling this year? Here’s what to be ready for.

  1. Make a carpool schedule. Are you picking up? Are you dropping off? Make sure you are aware of day to day carpooling schedules. Make sure nobody gets left behind!
  2. Take your vehicle in for a routine maintenance checkup. Keeping your vehicle on the road is important to us at Bennett’s Automotive. Let us help check your fluids, filters and tires. When carpooling, your vehicle may be working overtime from quick trips, heavily trafficked areas, and extended idling.
  3. Go over the importance of seatbelt safety. Make sure you are always wearing your seatbelt. Make sure the kiddos are buckled up as well. When they see the adult following the rules, they are more than likely to do the same.
  4. Go over drop off and pick up procedures. Crossing guards should be stationed around the drop off/ pick up area to guide children and cars in the right direction. Be sure that your children are aware of the crossing guard, where to properly cross traffic and to always look both ways. Try to stick with the same pick up line and as always, make sure the kiddos know who will be picking them up after school.
  5. Be prepared for fall showers. Nobody enjoys driving in torrential downpours but it definitely helps when you have smooth wiper blades and good tire traction.

Number one rule of safety: stay off your cell phone while driving! Children’s safety is the upmost important.

 

Upcoming Events:

Community Outreach: Back to School

  • Saturday, August 5, 2017
  • 3pm – 8 pm
  • Fellowship United Methodist Church (2511 New Salem Highway, Murfreesboro, TN 37128)
  • Water games, yard games, and more.

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Family Fun Fest

  • Saturday, August 5, 2017
  • 4:00pm – 8:00 pm
  • Living Truth Christian Center (102 Ridley Street, Smyrna, TN 37167)
  • Backpacks fill with school supplies will be given away beginning at 5:00 pm to the first 1,000 students (K – 12)

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Back to School Bash

  • Sunday, August 6, 2017
  • 4:00pm – 7:00 pm
  • Northside Baptist Church (655 W Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro, TN 37129)
  • Inflatable games, carnival food, and other great activities

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Back to School Bash

  • Saturday, August 12, 2017
  • 7:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Smyrna Depot Farmers Market (Historic Depot District on Front Street, Smyrna, TN 37167)
  • All children who complete the Market Scavenger Hunt will be entered into a drawing for a back pack fully stocked with school supplies.

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Bennett’s Automotive wishes you a successful school year! We are open Monday – Friday from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm for your automotive repair needs.

Phone: (615)459-5881

Address: 204 Commerce Drive, Smyrna, TN 37167

 

 

 

Beat The Heat 2017

Beat The Heat

              We can all agree on one thing, IT’S HOT OUTSIDE. We want you to be aware and prepared for any situation during these extreme conditions. What may these situations consist of? It may be leaving your child alone in a hot vehicle. Causing your children to have a heat stroke or heat exhaustion. We want to help continue to raise awareness of the innocent lives that have been lost over the years.

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Look Before You Lock

                Always check your back seat before exiting your vehicle. As of July 2017, 21 children have lost their lives due to heatstroke deaths in cars according to NoHeatStroke.org. Two children just lot their lives over the weekend (7-15-17) due to being left in a hot car. All of the children were 6 years of age or younger.  How can you prevent this? Used a stuffed animal. When the child is in the car seat, place the stuffed animal in the front seat where you can see it. Once the child is out of the car seat, place the stuffed animal there to know that you child is safe.

                Children are very sensitive to heat. It only takes 10 minutes for a car’s temperature to rise over 20 degrees. When a child’s body temperature reaches 107 degrees, they die according to SaferCar.gov. Take care of your children and always be aware of your surroundings when entering and exiting a vehicle

Preventing Child Heatstroke              

              If you see a non-responsive or distressed child left alone in a vehicle, you have the right to call 911. Get the child out of the car. If there’s cool water available, spray the child with it. Make sure to stay with the child until help arrives. If there’s an extra person, send them to the closest facility to look for the driver.

Signs of a Heat Stroke: 

  • Red, hot, and moist or dry skin
  • No sweating
  • Strong, rapid pulse or slow, weak pulse
  • Nausea
  • Confusion or strange behavior

 

Summer Road Trip Tips

Can you believe it’s already July and that summer will soon be over? What better way to end your summer than with a road trip!

Prepping for the road trip.

There are a few things that should be taken care of before your trip. First you should clean your vehicle, inside and out. Throw away all old trash and things that wont be necessary during the trip. This allows your a fresh start before hitting the road!

Next, make sure that you pack an emergency kit. Always be prepared for the worst case scenario while traveling. An emergency kit usually includes the following: water bottle, energy bars, first aid kit, flashlight, extra phone charger, tool kit, gloves, etc. An emergency kit will come in handy during all occasions and trips.

Check your tire pressure. Weather causes your tire pressure to fluctuate on a daily basis. Start your road trip off the right way and make sure that your tires are not over or under inflated. This could cause a major roadside blow out.

Check your oil! This is an easy “do it yourself” task. Just locate the oil dipstick, pull it out and wipe it off with a rag. Insert the dipstick again, check where the oil is compared to the designated line. If you need an oil change, call us ASAP (615)459-5881.

Lastly, locate your proof of insurance. This card should be accessible at all times. Whether it’s your car insurance, health insurance or insurance that covers your guests on board. This will save you in any emergency situation.

Road Trip Ready

If you don’t have time to prep your vehicle for a road trip, head on over to Bennett’s Automotive in Smyrna, TN (204 Commerce Drive). We can check your oils, tires, and other essentials before hitting the road. We are open Monday – Friday from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm. Call us with any questions today!

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