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Outdoor Concert Third in Jeep Series

For an outdoor concert venue, it’s tough to beat the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. Perhaps the only way to top listening to your favorite band from the stereo in your Jeep is to commune with other fans amongst the rocks under a blanket of stars and enjoy the perfect acoustics of the red rock walls. October 10 is the date for the Third Annual Jeep on the Rocks concert, featuring Panic! At the Disco, American Authors and X Ambassadors. If you have time to work in a little vacation, that time of year is perfect for some four-wheeling with a brand new Wrangler. Stop at your Jeep in Scottsdale dealer, Chapman Jeep, and check out the new Wranglers and Wrangler Unlimited models.

Take Advantage of Jeep Only Parking

A special part of the Red Rock parking lot will be roped off and designated as “Jeep Only” parking, allowing you to take your pride and joy and show it off before the concert. Ticket prices for the concert range from $39.50 to $59.50. If you have never been to Red Rocks Amphitheater, you’re in for a treat. Located in a spot where the Great Plains transitions into the Rocky Mountains, it is the only natural amphitheater with perfect acoustics in the entire world. It has featured artists from Sting and the Beatles to Pavarotti and U2 and is the Mecca for artists who want a magical and emotional performance. Red Rocks Park is located in Morrison, Colo., just 15 miles west of Denver.

Off-roading Trails Abound near Denver

To take advantage of the beauty of the area, schedule a little time so you can use your Jeep to explore the off-road scenery around Red Rocks Park and Denver. Slaughterhouse Gulch is one of the most popular trails that offers a challenge to even the most hard-nosed drivers. It’s a 1-3 mile loop that requires a well-equipped vehicle, which is another reason to get over to Chapman Jeep and update your ride. For the beginners, Rampart Range is a 36-mile playground where you can test your skills on a variety of trails. It can get crowded on weekends, so schedule your trip during the week. For the most stunning scenery, head to Boulder and take a trip on the Switzerland Trail. As a former route for the Western Railway, this trail cuts through beautiful mountain vistas and takes you by some old mining ruins. It’s the perfect way to prepare yourself for a concert in the park.

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Book Lists Fun Auto-Related Events

If you have the back seat from a ’57 Chevy as your living room couch, or perhaps the steering wheel from a ’54 Ford Pickup as the base of your Lazy Susan, you are undoubtedly a gearhead. Gearheads are simple to spot. They have grease under their fingernails and are constantly looking past the supermodels to see the chrome on display at the local auto show. They generally have at least two cars in their garage (or yard) in a state of disrepair while promising their spouse that all will be well as soon as the parts come in. Jason Fogelson recognizes that the Gearhead Nation makes up a major part of American society and has thus penned a book, “100 Things for Every Gearhead to Do Before They Die.”

Ride-Related Events

Depending if you are more at home with the wind in your hair or the smell of burning rubber filling your nostrils, the book has recommendations for gearheads who like to sit behind the wheel. The first is to take a trip up the Pacific Coast Highway between San Simeon and Carmel, California. You’ll be challenged to keep your eyes on the road as you cruise through 154 miles of the most gorgeous coastline in the world. The curves and changes in elevation make this trip feel like a natural roller coaster.

If speed is more your thing, sign up for a track day or driving school at your local racetrack. You’ll spend the first part of the day getting schooled on safety, and then the rest scaring the beans out of your driving instructor as you take modern sports cars through their paces.

Attend a Collector Auction

If you can’t get enough satisfaction looking at cars at one of the Chapman Arizona dealerships, take a couple of vacation days and really do it up right at a collector car auction. You’ll see a range of cars in all years, condition and prices from a few thousand dollar beater to classics worth a million dollars or more. Just getting close to a collector car is often enough to keep a gearhead satisfied for another year.

Head Off-Road

If you’ve never driven off-road, the combination of gorgeous scenery, slightly terrifying heights and a feeling that you’re all alone in the world provide a different experience that may get you hooked. The best way to go is with an experienced 4×4 club. Go as a passenger the first time out, then either buy or rent a four-wheeler if you find the experience is something you want to continue. Visit the Chapman Arizona dealerships for the best deals on a new or used off-road vehicle.

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You probably noticed all the high-end automobiles traveling through the roads of large cities. Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche – all of them provide you with a bit more luxury and style to drive, and they appear in droves in the urban areas.

Perhaps you have asked yourself the reason why certain motorists deem those top end automobiles absolutely essential? Hint: it’s not only some kind of status symbol. A pleasant vehicle that’s enjoyable to drive is practically a must have for some people due to a couple of city scenarios. The majority of it comes down to the amount of time you’ll be driving around cities.

How Much Time Do You Spend Commuting?

Scientists at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute just unveiled their results regarding traveling times in the 30 biggest metropolitan areas in the U.S. according to census information, and the outcomes might come as somewhat of a surprise. The report revealed that the average commute time across the country was around 25 minutes. This means that the average driver will spend around an hour driving to and from work every day.

In the busiest cities like New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Atlanta, those commute times increase dramatically. For example, in New York, the average commute time is 40 minutes. That equates to 1 hour and 20 minutes on the road, which comes to about 6 hours and 40 minutes every week. Therefore total commuting time is really 346 hours and 40 minutes for an entire year. That almost 15 days you spend on the road just to and from work, not accounting for holidays or vacations.

You also have the errands you run and the various other places you use the car to visit. This all adds up, so why not make it as pleasant as possible?

A smart person once states that if an item separates you from the ground, you should always buy quality. So get the best shoes, mattress and quality vehicle you can buy. You will be spending a great deal of time in your vehicle, make it as nice as possible.

It’s All About Enjoying The Experience

The University of Michigan scientist uncovered another trend. While there is public transit, biking, walking and car-pooling alternatives, driving independently is still by far the most popular mode of transport. In other words the average commuter is that lone person sitting in their car for around 50 minutes a day.

If you want to enjoy that time, why not invest in something nice? Interior with cozy seats, a high quality audio system, perhaps a more powerful engine could very well add to the enjoyment should you hop onto the highway in the course of your commute.

Keep in mind your comfort level behind the wheel when you are also considering gas mileage, power, performance and affordability. Chapman Arizona believes your car is more than a device used for moving you from one place to another. While it is doing that, you should be happy too.

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How do you know when it is time to take your car to the mechanic?

It’s not always easy to tell which sounds are serious and which ones are not. If you’ve been hearing an unusual noise for days or weeks and it isn’t going away or even getting worse, it is time to see the mechanic.

If you noise disappears as quickly as it appears, then you are probably ok. Sometimes especially on cold morning you might hear a “tap-tap-tap” or a “tick-tick-tick” when the oil is being pumped to important engine parts. This noise goes away quickly and it isn’t anything to worry about.

There are some noises that do disappear immediately after the car starts that might be harmful. Like the click that disappears immediately after starting that could indicate a bad battery or connection. You will need to have the connections tested by your mechanic.

If you hear a new noise that you feel needs a look by a mechanic, go with that feeling. It is better to be on the safe side according to the Chapman Arizona dealership.

Here are the 5 noises you would want to check out when you hear them:

Squealing while breaking

Almost all car owners have experienced this. The squeaking could be from dirty brake rotors, drums, pads or shoes and a simple cleaning will fix the problem. If the pads or shoes are worn down, this is a more serious problem and needs to be fixed immediately.

Engine Hisses

There aren’t any good engine hisses and they need to be looked at right away. The engine could be overheating or the exhaust system/catalytic converter is clogged. It could also be caused by a vacuum that has leaked and will need immediate attention.

Transmission Grinds

A grinding transmission is always bad. It is usually a result of the gears not changing properly and will need to be seen by a licenced mechanic to have the shift linkage or clutch adjusted.

Exhaust “Pops”

Exhausts pops are often a result of leaks, usually in the fuel injector. This has to be fixed right away or it could lead to engine damage.

Accelerating “Whirrs”

Whirrs while accelerating are an indication that the engine is struggling to perform and could be a result of worn out universal joints, low differential lubricant or a faulty torque converter. Whatever the reason, this sound will need to be looked at right away.

Don’t Ignore Strange Car Noises

Always pay attention to the noises that persist for days or weeks and if they don’t go away take the car to your mechanic and be on the safe side. If you hear any of the ones mentioned above see your mechanic immediately, it could save you expensive repairs in the long run.

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New DADSS System Disables Car

Although it’s a few years away from going into production, the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety is designed to keep drunk drivers off the road through a monitoring system that either involves breath or touch analysis. DADSS was recently on display at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration where it was explained that producing a Blood Alcohol Level of more than 0.08 percent will restrict your car from being started. Although similar in concept to the breathalyzer tube that some courts mandate for convicted drunken drivers, the new system utilizes either a breath analysis through the steering wheel or the use of a infrared light to read the alcohol in your fingertips.

No Plans for Mandatory Installation

Although there are no plans to install this system in all vehicles, it would be an option for drivers who have a problem with alcohol. Possible scenarios include self-regulation for people who have trouble maintaining the legal limit, or installation on a teen’s vehicle so parents can fee safer about letting them drive at night. It is expected to be an option offered for about $400 on new vehicles. If it catches on, there will undoubtedly be an aftermarket knock-off available for used cars. “Voluntary passive alcohol sensors like DADSS will do nothing to keep dangerous drivers off our roads,” said American Beverage Institute managing director Sarah Longwell. “Instead, DADSS will simply stop many responsible social drinkers who have a glass of win with dinner from starting their cars.”

Alternate Use in Commercial Fleets

Because of the relatively low cost in the DADSS device, expect to find it as a standard device in commercial trucking and courier fleets. When alcohol comes into question following a commercial crash, the existence of a DADSS device can go a long way toward proving that a driver was not impaired by alcohol, although it will do nothing in regards to prescription or recreational drugs.

DADSS Gets MADD Support

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers is fully behind this new technology, saying “While there’s still a lot of work to do, we are close than ever to eliminating drunk driving.” The measuring stick of a 0.08 Blood Alcohol Level is the standard DUI mark for most of the 50 states. Drivers at that limit are four times more likely to crash than sober drivers, according to a recent study. All the Chapman Arizona dealerships urge you give up your keys if you’re going out or a night on the town. Remember that friends don’t let friends drive drunk.

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Keeping kids safe in cars seems rather simple. Purchase a car with strong crash test scores and accident avoidance technology. Strap the kids in the back seat, use age-appropriate car seats and always make sure they buckle up. It makes sense, just go according to those rules and your kids will always be safe, right?

A safe car, buckling up and car seats obviously keeps kids safe in car crashes, but the threat cars can pose to children’s health and safety doesn’t stop when you turn the car off. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 30,000 children age 14 and younger were injured in non-traffic incidents involving cars between 2008 and 2011. During that same period, more than 800 children 4 and younger died in non-traffic motor vehicle accidents. Non-traffic incidents are events occur off public roadways, driveways, parking lots, and garages. Most commonly associated non-traffic incidents that injure or kill children happen to be backover accidents, frontover accidents and heat stroke.

“The worst thing that can happen is the death of a child,” says Janette Fennell, founder and president of Kids and Cars, a nonprofit dedicated to keeping kids safe in and around motor vehicles. “It just doesn’t get any worse than that. And children die for many different reasons. Now take that and look at our data [which tracks non-traffic fatalities and injuries to children], where 70 percent of the time the person responsible for killing that child is a direct family member. The people who love them the most are now responsible for their death.”

Home Doesn’t Mean Home-Free

“We let our guard down” when we’re at home, says Fennell. “Parents need to understand that things happen other than on public roads.” People feel safe at home, but a car can be an irresistible lure to a child. Even in a driveway or garage, a car has the potential to injure or kill a child. “In most cases, the incidents that we track are happening at people’s homes,” says Fennell.

Lock it Up

An important first step in keeping kids safe is to always lock your car, even if it’s in your garage, and make sure your child can’t get the keys. “It seems so simple,” says Fennell, “but if it were so simple, a lot of these things wouldn’t happen.”

Look Before You Leave

In 2013, 44 children died after being left in hot cars, according to Kids and Cars. While it’s easy to blame parents in these cases, Fennell says it’s not that simple. “Our brain is like an organ,” she says. “It can fail us. … Thinking that this can’t happen to you is like telling your liver not to get cancer, and about as effective.”

With every heat wave, we’re reminded not to leave children and pets in hot cars, but every summer there are horrific stories of caregivers doing just that. “If you think that this can’t happen to you, you’re fooling yourself,” says Fennell. “This happens to the best of parents. I’m talking ministers, dentists, doctors, lawyers. The pillars of our society. It’s not a lack of love, it’s that our memories let us down.”

Focus on Features

“We’re not going to reengineer kids,” says Fennell. “But we can reengineer the products they interact with to make them safer.” Parents know to look for cars with excellent crash test scores and features that help avoid traffic accidents, but Fennell recommends looking at other features to keep kids safe in non-traffic situations. “Rearview cameras and front and rear park assist systems are must-have features,” she says. Front- and backover accidents are currently the leading cause of non-traffic deaths for children. “People do not appreciate the lack of visibility in their cars,” Fennell says. The smallest children are the most vulnerable. One and two year-olds are the most likely to be hurt in this type of case. Many new cars have standard rearview cameras (they’ll be required on all new cars in 2018), and almost all new cars offer them as optional features. Aftermarket rearview cameras are also available and most cost less than $100. See all the latest safety features to keep children safe at Chapman Arizona.

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See if Everyone is All Right

Before you do anything, check the status of the people in your car. Make sure you receive a verbal response from all passengers and have them check each other for signs of blood, broken bones, mental focus and any other deviations from the norm. If someone is injured and you can call 9-1-1, do so. If there are no injuries and you can safely exit your vehicle, check for oncoming traffic and then go interact with the other parties in the wreck. If the wreck is very minor, make sure all parties move over their vehicles to the side of the road to allow traffic flow.

Call the Police

In some cities/states, police will not respond to an accident unless there are injuries or a crime has been committed. Budget cutbacks mean there are fewer police on the road in some areas, so all you may get is a chance to answer a few questions over the telephone. By the calling the police you create a record of the accident which investigators can reference in the days and weeks ahead. Don’t let the other party talk you out of calling the cops.

Gather Information

Although you may be angry, particularly if the collision is not your fault, now is not the time to start an argument. What you need to do is first determine if all parties in the other vehicle(s) are all right. Assuming they are, it’s time to swap information. Swapping information at the scene of an accident is one of the best uses for the modern smart phone. Take a picture of the other person’s license, insurance card, license plates and any overall damage. Try to capture the scene through photography to show the overall diagram of what happened, amount of property destruction and any other facts relevant to the accident.

Call Your Insurance Agent

Remember all those checks you’ve been sending in for car insurance for all these months? Now is the time to reap a little benefit and help you get your car repaired. Your insurance card will have an 800 claims number you need to call to report the accident. Be truthful in all your statements and cooperate to make the investigation go as smoothly as possible. The claims representative will arrange for towing and repair, if needed, as well as set you up with a rental car if that is part of your insurance agreement. You do have the right to request original manufacturer equipment as part of your repair, like the kind available in the bodyshops of all the Chapman Arizona dealerships,