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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General Maintenance

How can I save money on automotive repairs?”

Well the answer is to keep up with general and preventative maintenance! This includes regular oil changes, tire rotations and balances, battery checks, brakes, a/c check ups, and cooling system checks.

Regular oil changes are important. Going thousands of miles over can cause eternal damage to your engine. This could cost you thousands and even ruin your vehicle.

When was the last time your tires were rotated and balanced? Tire rotations and balancing should take place every other oil change. Depending on road conditions, the process should take place more frequently. Pot holes can cause alignment issues.

Battery checks are important during the harsh climate seasons. If your vehicle struggles to crank, a battery check will determine if you need a new one or not. It could also be more than just a battery problem. Don’t ignore the signs!

Another thing you should ignore? Screeching brakes! Tires and brakes play major roles considering that tires are the only contact between the vehicle and the road. Once you hear screeching and feel shakiness in your steering wheel, get your brakes checked!

Lastly, don’t go without an a/c and cooling system check! We’ve had a HOT summer. It’s important to us to keep your vehicle running cool and smoothly.

Have an automotive repair need in the Middle Tennessee area? Well look no further! Give us a call (615)459-5881 or stop by to see us at 204 Commerce Drive, Smyrna, TN 37167. We look forward to seeing you and solving your automotive repair needs.

 

 

 

 

 

May Smyrna Cars and Coffee

Smyrna Cars and Coffee

Smyrna Cars and Coffee will take place again on Saturday, May 13 from 8 am – 11 am at Bennett’s Automotive in Smyrna, TN. Our cars and coffee takes place every second Saturday, March through November.  This event is for local car enthusiasts to come hang out, drink coffee and show off their prized possessions.

May 13, 2017

What will be new at our May event? We will be featuring Nissans! Come one, come all. We look forward to seeing the uniqueness of each Nissan that will be attending. The first 20 drivers to reserve a spot will have their own entrance and blocked off parking waiting for them upon arrival (please arrive early). Out of these 20 vehicles, one lucky driver will win a prize after voting takes place.

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We still welcome all makes and models to attend our events! So please join us May 13 and give us suggestions on what to feature at our next event. We look forward to having you there and thanks for supporting your local Smyrna Cars and Coffee.

 

Date: May 13, 2017

Time: 8 am – 11 am

Location:   Bennett’s Automotive

204 Commerce Drive, Smyrna, TN 37167

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Spring Car Care

Happy Spring!

Spring is here and April is a big month in the automotive industry. You know what that means…. National Car Care Awareness Month! We want to help keep you updated with monthly check lists for your vehicle and the importance of a clean car. Also, don’t forget that we are here for any of your automotive needs.

Spring Car Maintenance

As the seasons change, check your vehicle for preventative maintenance. What are the items you should look for going into the Spring season? Here are a few of the most important.

  1. Check Your Battery. Winter season can be harsh on your battery. Make sure your battery is in working condition as we head into this warmer season. A strong battery is a good battery.
  2. Check Your Tires. A harsh winter can wear down your tires. Temperatures can change your tire pressure. Tires usually last anywhere from 2-5 years. When was the last time you replaced yours?
  3. Replace Worn Wiper Blades. As we enter the season of “April Showers”, make sure your windshield wipers are in mint condition. Any past contact with snow, ice or salt may have caused major wear on your wiper blades. These are an easy replacement item to add to your DIY list.
  4. Inspect Your AC. The weather is warming up! Get your AC system checked now before the weather gets too hot to handle.
  5. Wash and Wax. Winter months can be harsh on your vehicle and it’s not always easy to detail your vehicle during the cold weather. Take the time now as the weather warms up to wash your vehicle.  Clean out the inside and apply wax to protect the paint!
  6. Check Belts and Hoses. Belts and hoses are crucial elements to keeping your vehicle running. Check for cracks, leaks or bulging or have them inspected during your next oil change or shop visit.

Car Cleaning Tips

Now is the best time to get your car cleaned inside and out. The inside of your vehicle is just as important as the exterior. What hidden tips do you have to share about keeping your vehicle clean? Let us know!

Interior tips. Every time you exit your vehicle, take something out that you need to throw away or take care of. Keep a box of wipes in your vehicle to help clean up any sticky messes or spills. Always keep a spill proof trash can available. Buy heavy-duty rubber mats such as WeatherTech floor mats! These help prevent stains and will catch mud, leaves, snow and sand. Invest in an organizer. Especially if you have kids, these can help keep toys, snacks and other necessities in one place. Look for more tips here.

Exterior tips. Detail the car yourself! Start from the bottom of your vehicle and work your way up. That way you don’t miss the dirt patches as the water or soap run down the vehicle. Use a sponge to help wash off your vehicle and remember that drying is important too! Choose a car friendly soap (that doesn’t include dish soap). Remember that hand washing your vehicle is much better than running through a car wash. Check out more important tips here.

Bennett’s Automotive

Bennett’s Automotive is here to help you with any automotive maintenance needs! We want to make sure that your vehicle is always running in tip top shape. Bennett’s has been serving the Smyrna and Middle Tennessee area since 1991! Stop by and see us today with your automotive concerns.

Location: 204 Commerce Drive, Smyrna, TN 37167.

Times: Monday – Friday from 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM