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Setting Up a Tennis Ball Marker in Your Garage

Tennis Ball Marker in Your Garage
Who knew that something as simple as a tennis ball could help protect your car, your garage, and your stuff?

Whether you have a new teenage driver, or this is your first time with a garage for your car, you may be worried about objects being hit when you or someone else pulls into your garage. Well, it may be time to set up a tennis ball marker in your garage so you and others know where to correctly stop. This trick helps protect your car, your garage, and other items that may be around.

Now, there are two different ways to go about this. You can either do the really simple way, or the more advanced way (this involves a pulley system). Let’s take it one at a time.

How to Set Up a Tennis Ball Marker in Your Garage (Easy)
  1. Park your car in the garage exactly where it should be so that it is out of the way of the garage door, walls, or any items in the garage.
  2. Attach a hook to the ceiling of the garage to hang the string and tennis ball from. Make sure it is directly above where the steering wheel is in the car.
  3. Attach another hook to the tennis ball and tie a long string to it.
  4. Tie the other end of the string to the hook in ceiling so that the tennis ball is just touching the windshield of your car.
  5. Voila! The tennis ball marker in your garage is setup!

Here is a video for the easy style:

How to Set Up a Tennis Ball Marker in Your Garage (Advanced)

Follow the steps from above, with some changes.

  1. Replace the hook in the ceiling with a pulley.
  2. Run the string through the pulley and towards the garage door.
  3. Attach string towards the top of the garage door after you have measured where the ball should be when the door is open and closed.
  4. Test it out. If you ball stops in the correct spot while the door is open and retracts to the top of the ceiling when the door is closed, then you are good to go!

Here is a video for the advanced style:

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Car Cooling Tips to Help Beat the Heat this Summer

Summer is quickly approaching and we want to make sure that you know how to keep your car interior cool, and in turn help to prevent you from being comfortable. Follow some of our easy car cooling tips in order to keep your interior cool this season.

Car Cooling Tips
The sun is going to be glaring down on your car, make sure you try to keep the interior cool.

Car Cooling Tips

Park in the shade. Direct sunlight to your car can heat up the inside very quickly. In fact, with an hour it can rise up to 50 degrees hotter than what it was originally. Shade helps to protect from those extreme heats. Tinted windows also do the same thing in terms of blocking out some of the sun’s heat.

Cover your windows. We have seen the people in parking lots who put up blockers in the windshield and never really thought twice about it. Well, it is time to join their side. Blocking the sunlight from getting in can help to keep the temperature lower.

Vent out the interior. Leaving windows cracked can help to allow airflow in the car, leading to a cooler interior. Or you can follow one of the car cooling tips that we think is terrific; get a battery powered mini-fan and have it point outside the crack in your window. That will help to circulate the hot air out.

Buy a car with cloth seated interior. Leather sits tend to absorb heat more than cloth seats. When looking at purchasing a new car, take that fact into consideration if you live in a hotter area, or if you hate hot seats that badly!

Park in your garage. Yes, we know that right now it is cluttered with old boxes, tools, and maybe even some stuff that you aren’t sure what it is. Take the time to clean it out, and then you can park your vehicle in there any help keep it cool!

Good news is that Corwin Dodge carries a wide variety of new vehicles that come with cloth seats, or tinted windows, or whatever else you may be looking for! Stop in today to see what all we have to offer including the Dodge Dart, Charger, and Challenger, all offered at excellent prices!

Gas Saving Tips You Might Not Have Thought Of

Gas Saving Tips You Might Not Have Thought OfWe all know what owning a car really feels like, “Oh man I have to stop for gas again?!” (Unless of course you have decided to purchase to a hybrid or all-electric vehicle) But this isn’t the way it should have to be. There are many gas saving tips that you know the trick to, but what about some gas saving tips you might not have thought of?

Gas Saving Tips You Might Not Have Thought Of

Lose Some Weight – No, we don’t mean yourself, we mean in your vehicle! When you leave excess weight in your car it makes the engine work hard to move and, in turn, use more gas. Extra weight can be anything such as clothes, sports equipment, or bodies (just kidding!!).

Be Efficient! B-E Efficient! – While that is lame as a cheer, it makes a lot of sense! According to FuelEconomy.Gov, “Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and by 5% around town.”

Racks on Racks on Racks – Making your vehicle aerodynamic will help to use less gas. So, on your SUV remove those roof racks and rails in order to help prevent wind resistance.

Catch a Cold – it is known fact that most liquids expand in heat, and the same goes for gasoline. Try to put gas in your car in the morning. That way as the temperature rises throughout the day the gas will expand and then you will save some gas!

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way – There are always other options than driving (depending on how far away you are). Catch a bus, ride a bike, or even walk if you want.

While you may or may not want to take our advice, Corwin Dodge just wants to remind you that gas prices are continuously on the rise, and it is going to become more and more expensive to fill up your tank.