Halloween Safe Driving Tips

halloween-safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As hard as it is to believe, the end of another year is fast approaching and with it are plenty of driving challenges for motorists to be aware of starting with Halloween night.  State Farm commissioned a study on Halloween pedestrian injuries and fatalities from Bert Sperling of Sperling’s BestPlaces.  What they discovered was an alarming pattern that all parents and drivers need to be aware of before leaving the house on Halloween night.

Researching over four million records from the year 1990 to 2010, Sperling’s BestPlaces concluded there was an average of 5.5 fatalities each year on October 31st.  While that number may sound small, it should be noted that single stat was more than double the 2.6 fatalities for any other day.  According to their research, the deadliest hour on Halloween night occurs between 6:00 and 7 :00 p.m. and over 60% of Halloween accidents happened between 5:00 and 9:oo p.m.

Needless to say, careless driving can transform Halloween night into a very real horror for all the wrong reasons.  With this in mind, your friends at Finnegan Chevrolet, Buick GMC offer the following driving safety tips for Halloween.

PUMP THE BRAKES

Most residential neighborhoods require drivers to keep it under 30 mph in an attempt to keep the number of pedestrian accidents to a minimum.  Of course if you ask anyone who lives in a suburban neighborhood or subdivision you know far too many drivers believe residential speed limits are optional.  It’s important to monitor our speeds through subdivisions at all times and especially on Halloween night.  When trick-or-treaters are out and about, it’s a very good idea to observe School Zone speeds (10 mph lower than the regular posted speeds).  Slow and easy is the only way to roll through the ‘hood on Halloween.

DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?

Your speedometer isn’t the only thing to keep your eyes on.  There are plenty of distractions for the modern motorist from cell phones to colorful touch screen instrumentation displays.  While most of us believe we’re the exception to the rules, the truth of the matter is no one is exempt from the laws of physics.  Distracted drivers have a much slower response time than drivers who are paying attention to their surroundings.  It should come as no surprise that many auto/pedestrian accidents are the result of distracted driving.  When you consider how quickly a small costumed child can (and will) dart into traffic in search for their next treat, the importance of keeping your eyes off of your phone and onto the road cannot be overstated.

 LIGHT IT UP

This may sound like a no-brainer, but you would probably be surprised how many drivers either neglect to turn on their lights or intentionally keep them off to “scare the children”.  The obvious problem with this is darkness = zero visibility.  We feel foolish mentioning this “tip” but sometimes the obvious needs to be stated.  Turning off your lights when driving through a neighborhood filled with trick-or-treaters of every age and size is a recipe for disaster.  So, keep those headlights burning, even in the daylight.

Headlights aren’t the only lights you need to use.  Signal lights are a vital part of communicating your intentions.  Assuming everyone around you can read your mind usually doesn’t end well.  When turning into driveways or onto streets, be sure to use your signal lights so everyone around you knows what you’re doing.

These are just a few common sense tips we hope you’ll put to good use when travelling around your neighborhood on Halloween night.  If we all work together, we can make sure everyone has a happy Halloween…

trick-or-treat

 

How To Save Money At The Pump

gas-pump-with-dollars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even with oil and gas prices dropping at the pumps, we as the concrete navigators of Houston are always looking for ways to save money. With gas being a hefty monthly expense for many commuters in a city as big as Houston, there’s luckily a few techniques to get more miles for your money.

Slow Down

This may seem like an obvious tip, but it really does go a long way when getting better mileage. The logic goes like this: the more RPM’s your engine uses, the more gas it uses to power it. In a city with constant stop-and-go traffic, the RPM’s needed to accelerate from 0 mph to even 30 mph is a lot, especially if you drive an SUV (they’re heavier). Keeping your RPM’s low, or constant, will save you gas mileage, and money, in the long run.

Use Your Car’s Cruise Control

Continuing from the tip above, your car’s cruise control setting is designed to keep your speed, and your RPM’s, at a constant level. Using this setting, especially on long road trips, will undoubtedly get you better gas mileage. Instead of fluctuating your car’s speed and RPM, the cruise control setting will keep your speed and RPM’s at a constant level – ensuring your car uses fuel at a constant pace, rather than a sporadic one.

Maintenance is Key

Your car needs proper maintenance just like you need the right amount of sleep and food to function! Neglecting your car’s needs like routine oil changes, tire rotation, or cleaning the air filter all contribute to how hard your car’s engine has to work. Besides, car maintenance is easy, and just right around the corner from you. In the end, a well-maintained car will ensure you’re getting the maximum amount of mileage from your vehicle.

Schedule an Appointment

Not getting the gas mileage you want out of your car? Bring your vehicle into our service department and we’ll make sure everything is properly maintained! Visit our Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC website for more information, or bring your vehicle by our service department for a checkup!

Ending Childhood Hunger One “Lunch Of Love” At A Time

Finnegan_and_lunches_of_love_2

You may not be aware of it, but there are thousands of children who depend on the food provided by their schools.  Just in the Rosenberg-Richmond area alone, over 87% of the children attenting Title 1 schools are on the free and reduced lunch program throughout the school year. According to Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner, Todd Staples, “Texas ranks 3rd in the nation for food insecurity, meaning one in five adults and one in four children in our state are hungry, and that is simply unacceptable.”  While it is clearly advantageous to have public school programs that help feed a large percentage of the attending children, what happens to those children when school is closed for extended holidays?

That is the question that gave birth to the Lunches of Love organization.  This non-profit group’s mission is to provide free nutritious sack lunches during extended school holidays and weekends. Thanks to the generous help of supporters from all over the nation, Lunches of Love has grown over the last few years to provide hundreds of thousands of sack lunches to elementary studends and their siblings each year.  In 2012 alone, Lunches of Love provided over 186,000 lunches to needy children.

Finnegan Auto Group is a proud supporter of this charitable organization.  Just last weekend, Finnegan Auto Group joined other organizations and community groups in sponsoring the Lunches of Love Walk of Love & 5K Fun Run.  The goals for this event are twofold.  First to raise awareness of this growing need in our community and second as a means of raising funds to help this worthwhile organization continue to provide much needed nutrition and aid to those in our community who truly need help.

We sincerely appreciate all of our staff members and customers who helped us in supporting Lunches of Love and we look forward to continuing this partnership until the day this group’s efforts are no longer needed.  Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC and Finnegan Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM thanks you for your support and for joining us in helping put an end to childhood hunger one Lunch of Love at a time…

Brake Service Rosenberg Texas

How are your brakes? Have they recently started to squeal? Are you noticing that it is more difficult to quickly come to a stop? Are you concerned about the softness of your brake pedal? Whatever the issue or concern, schedule an appoint with Finnegan Auto Group to have your vehicle’s brake inspected and serviced.

If any of these are the case, please make sure that you call Finnegan Auto Group as soon as possible – first, for your safety and second, to ensure that you don’t cause damage to any components of your vehicle.

At Finnegan Auto Group, we take pride in our state of the art repair facilities and experienced technicians who can help diagnose your problems and address the issue(s) with the proper solutions. You can take your vehicle anywhere to get your brakes serviced in Rosenberg Texas, but why would you? Finnegan Auto Group is a family owned and operated business that strives to maintain your vehicle(s) with the utmost care and concern as it relates to price, service and skill.

Between our Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep & Dodge dealership and our Chevrolet, GMC, Buick dealership, Finnegan Auto Group has the ability to get the job done right, the first time! We love selling new and used cars, but we also like ensuring that the members of our local community get top notch service on their vehicles with fair pricing – that’s what we represent and that’s who we are.

At Finnegan Auto our approach to the car business is unlike many other dealerships. We are family run and operated. Family always comes first, and we consider you a part of ours whether you need your brakes replaced, or you are looking to purchase a new vehicle.

Chevrolet And OnStar Features

When buying a car or truck safety is usually the number one priority for the buyer and no one does safety better than Chevrolet. Chevrolet vehicles come equipped with available OnStar services (OnStar subscription required). This is a wonderful feature that can help you in a variety of situations should you ever need it. Finnegan Auto Group – Chevrolet dealer in Rosenberg Texas has a large inventory of Chevrolets that are equipped with OnStar technology. How did we ever drive cars without this technology?

Let’s take a closer look at some of the applications the OnStar system can be used and why it is so valuable.

Automatic Crash Response

Should you ever find yourself involved in an accident, the instant the crash is detected, the OnStar system connects you immediately with a trained Emergency Advisor. An emergency response team is sent to your exact GPS location should you request help or are unable to respond to the advisor.

Turn-By-Turn Navigation

With the push of a single button you can be directed to your destination via turn-by-turn directions. Whether you have the directions saved with eNav or are speaking directly with an Advisor, OnStar can get you where you’re going.

Vehicle Diagnostics

Diagnostic and maintenance checks are ran automatically for your vehicle’s key operating systems by OnStar each and every month. A report is then prepared and sent directly to you via e-mail so you can keep track of exactly how your vehicle is operating. This is a service that is provided at no extra cost to you.

Hands-Free Calls

Technology that is built into the vehicles and designed for better connectivity and less frequent dropped calls. Even when your cell phone can’t get the job done, OnStar keeps you connected to the people you need.

Stolen Vehicle Assistance

Should your vehicle ever be stolen – OnStar will partner with the authorities to attempt to find and return your vehicle quickly and safely.

These are but a few of the ways OnStar is helping people gain information, arrive at their destinations, and receive emergency help. This service is more than one button you push – it’s connectivity to the world we live in.

To find out more and a vehicle with OnStar, visit Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC. We’ll find the vehicle that is right for you.

4th of July Car Specials At Finnegan Auto Group In Rosenberg Texas

Finnegan Auto Group, your home for HUGE savings, is celebrating this 4th of July by saving you thousands with our EXCLUSIVE employee pricing extravaganza! Both locations, Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC and Finnegan Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, located 5 minutes south of Sugarland on Highway 59 are participating in honor of this American holiday.

Finnegan Auto Group recognizes and salutes the fact that the 4th of July is a celebration of independence for our great Country, The RED WHITE and BLUE, and we would like to FREE YOU from other dealer’s high prices and claims of big savings.

Along with 0% for 60 months our Chevrolet Buick and GMC location is offering:

$12,000 off NEW Chevy and GMC Texas editions

GMC and Chevy go hand in hand with Texas. These spacious and capable trucks are available with 10,700lbs of towing capability and an estimated 22mpg hwy. Tough jobs require tough trucks and these two models drive past the competition.

$5,000 off NEW Acadia’s and Terrains

These two spacious crossover SUV’s deliver capability, performance, technology and luxury. The Acadia fits 7-8 passengers comfortably while the Terrain can take you anywhere with best-in-class fuel economy. These two beauties act like rugged SUV’s while delivering high-end luxury and technology.

Along with 0% for 60 months, our Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram location is offering:

$12,000 off NEW RAM Lonestar Crew Cabs

If it’s technology you’re looking for RAM has it with Uconnect, in-dash navigation, power sliding rear window or any number of other cool features. Capability? Durability? RAM has that too with 10,400lbs of towing capability and an estimated 20mpg hwy across it’s entire line of light pick-up trucks. No other manufacturer can offer those numbers. RAM – the truck they invented the word TOUGH for.

$5,000 off NEW Dodge Chargers

A sedan that makes all other models feel inadequate. Whether you choose a Dodge Charger with the 292-horsepower Pentastar® V6 or the 370-horsepower 5.7L HEMI® V8 with Fuel Saver Technology, you’ll be gripping the steering wheel with these fast, race-inspired engines.

$5,000 off NEW Chrysler 200’s

The fastest growing sedan in its class with standard heated leather-trimmed front seats. An estimated 31mpg hwy and a standard 40GB touchscreen radio with Uconnect. Technology and performance shine through in the beautiful Chrysler 200.

Dealer Feedback Giveaway!

As you know Finnegan Chevrolet Buick GMC and Finnegan Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram are deeply rooted in the Sugarland, Katy, Houston and Rosenberg areas. We value our neighbors and love to serve them with top of the line customer service, smokin hot deals, and the best service department around.

We love giving back to our loyal customers and have created a giveaway for a chance to take home 1000 dollars. All you need to do is complete a short survey about your experience with us and you’ll gain 10 chances to win! Easy enough right?

Nothing makes us happier than making our customers happy. We strive to be the best in every facet of our business and try our best everyday to serve you and provide you with a car buying experience that will WOW you!

Click here to take the survey

Thank you so much for your continued support and we hope to continue business with you!

Save Money on A 2012 Chevy, Buick, or GMC at Finnegan in Celebration of Memorial Day

Nobody shoots a commercial like Randy Bowman of Finnegan Auto Group…BAM! Randy is back again to tell you about the amazing deals that can be found at Finnegan Chevy, Buick, GMC – just 5 minutes South off of the Grand Parkway in Sugar Land, Texas. These savings are so big that they will knock you out! Think you’ve seen the best deals in early celebration of Memorial day? Think again. Check out the MONSTER SAVINGS that can be had if you shop with Randy at Finnegan.

9,000 Off all Texas Edition Silverados and Sierra trucks*
2012 Chevy Cruzes 16,788*
5,000 Off all Acadias and Terrains*
0% for 72 months*

full details and disclaimers noted within video.

(c) 2013 Finnegan Auto Blog