Dealing With Holiday Driving Stress


There are so many things to be thankful for that we spend this season being thankful for: friends, family, and the many memories you all to make. But one thing that is for certain is that millions of Americans will be out getting their last minute Christmas shopping wrapped up.

This procrastination brings on crazy traffic, and parking can be nothing short of a nightmare. If you are one of the millions of procrastinating Americans that are cutting it close shopping-wise, here are 6 driving and parking tips to prevent unnecessary added stress to your holiday shopping.

Eyes On the Road, Hands On the Wheel

One big thing you can do when it comes to your holiday shopping is map out your route. There are many mobile apps that will help you get around traffic by leading you to detours and less crowded roads. However, if you are using your phone and trying to drive your vehicle, you’re putting yourself and others in harm’s way. Leave the mapping and app-ing to a co-pilot or let your trusted, hands free IntelliLink take you were you need to go. On a day where traffic is heavy and people are more flustered and more rushed than ever, the last thing you need is an accident.

Here’s Your Sign

Using your turn signals and headlights on a regular basis is always a good idea, but it is especially important on the busy roads that the holidays have invited. Use your headlights, even during the day time and always use your turn signals when merging, switching lanes, turning into a parking spot and especially backing out of a parking spot.

Practice Patience

Being patient around the mall during Christmastime is easier said than done. However, something that you have to remember is that other drivers and pedestrians could be distracted as well. Make it your top priority to be vigilant.

Park Smart

Like we said before, having a vigilant eye will do you and the people around you a world of good. Backing up causes 25% of parking lot accidents each year; use your backup camera if you have one. If not, always look around in all directions. Plus, it wouldn’t do you any harm to have your passenger get out and lead the way. Beware of small children, carts, and other vehicles when pulling into a spot. Be considerate of the vehicle next to you, and leave them with enough room to get in and out.

With all of the people that are on the roads, regardless of how well you plan, you are bound to run into some unexpected hassles. Instead of using your better judgment, just use every single one of these tips every single time. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you are in need of a new vehicle to get you to and from or you simply need a vehicle with safety features and more room, we’ve got it all at Finnegan Chevy Buick GMC. Treat yourself to a new ride for the new year!

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2012 Dodge Grand Caravan Safety Features


To help prevent accidents and keep you and your family safe on the road, the Dodge Grand Caravan utilizes an array of safety features to keep you aware of what’s going on around you and your vehicle on course.

Electronic Stability Control helps you maintain control of the vehicle during times where extreme maneuvering is necessary.

  • Sensing when the vehicle is straying from your intended path by analyzing vehicle movement with steering input, it applies selective braking and engine throttle to compensate and help get you back on track.

ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System comes standard and offers plenty of features to help aid you in the parking of your vehilce.

  • When traveling in reverse, sound waves are emitted that bounce off nearby objects returning to the vehicle telling the driver in a visual display how close the obstacles are.

Rear Cross Path Detection System is very useful when reversing from parking spots where your line of sight is inhibited.

  • It sends a warning when a vehicle is crossing your path while you are moving in reverse. The system will ignore parked vehicles and send you a visual warning that appears in the review mirrors when a car approaches from the left or right. The system can also be programmed to play an audible sound warning.

Parkview® Rear Back Up Camera is an available feature that displays a wide angle visual display on the Uconnect® screen of what is in your path behind the vehicle while the vehicle is in reverse.

  • Includes guide lines on the screen to assist in maneuvering in tight spaces.

Electronic Vehicle Information Center comes standard on the Dodge Grand Caravan Crew and R/T models. This feature is an information display that is customizable to the drivers preferences. The system can be programmed via steering wheel-mounted controls.
Display choices include:

  • personal settings
  • compass
  • trip computer
  • outside temperature
  • system status messages
  • audio modes
  • navigation system directions*
  • Uconnect screens®*

Tire Pressure Monitoring System allows the driver to be aware of each tire’s pressure through a display Electronic Vehicle information Center.

  • The system will turn on the standard Tire Pressure Monitoring warning light if it senses a tire’s pressure is below recommended levels.

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