Cool Off with Classic Volkswagens at Düb Splash

Dub Splash 2013 Sandy LakeWhen people think of July holidays, most think about Fourth of July (and for good reasons, of course), but don’t discount a local tradition in the making: Düb Splash 2013. The exciting auto show takes place at Sandy Lake Amusement park and brings together classic and vintage Volkswagen vehicles for a day of family fun.

Organized by Der Luftkülers (DLK) and Lewisville Volkswagen, this exciting event is the perfect way to extend your Fourth of July celebration: after the fireworks settle, head on out to North Texas’ most beloved amusement park for food, fun, live music, and, of course, awesome cars. The main event brings together more than 50 classes of Volkswagen vehicles.

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Three tips to improve your work commute in Dallas

work commute in Dallas
The average American commutes at least 25 minutes to work each day. The average Dallas driver spends 28 minutes driving to work — but keep in mind, that’s just the average! A 2010 study ranked Dallas-Fort Worth as the metropolitan area with the worst commute in the country. Houston and Austin weren’t far behind.

Dallas drivers lose, on average, 53 hours a year being stuck in traffic. The Texas Department of Transportation is making efforts to improve the commute for Dallas-area drivers — with added DART light rail routes and expansion planned along I-35 — but many drivers won’t notice changes immediately.
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How to Drive a Manual

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Many customers who visit a Volkswagen dealership are reluctant to purchase a vehicle with a stick shift, simply because they have never learned how to drive a manual transmission vehicle.  However, with rising gas prices, more people are learning how to drive a stick shift vehicle due to added fuel economy and improved car performance.  Not only does a manual transmission offer better economy, it also can be a fun experience.

Learn the Parts Used

Because learning how to drive a manual transmission means learning how to shift the gears yourself rather than relying on the transmission to do the work, it is important to understand the various parts of the vehicle you will use during shifting.  When shifting, you must depress the clutch pedal, located next to the brake pedal.  Pushing in the clutch pedal disengages the clutch, allowing for gears to be shifted

Learn the Gears

The next step to learning how to drive a manual transmission is learning the location and purpose of the gears.  Neutral is actually not a gear, but in the absence of a gear, the car will not move while you are in neutral no matter how often you press on the accelerator.  The best advice is to practice shifting gears while the car is not moving to get used to the feel.

Starting and Shifting

Once you are comfortable shifting into and out of gear with the vehicle’s engine off, start the engine.  First, put the vehicle in neutral and use your left foot to press the clutch all the way to the floorboard.  Put the car into first gear and slowly raise the clutch pedal while simultaneously using your right foot to press on the accelerator.  It’s common for anyone learning how to drive a manual transmission for the first time to stall or lurch. After all, this requires a great deal of coordination to press the accelerator and ease off the clutch simultaneously. As they say, practice makes perfect.  Once the car is moving, listen to the engine to know when to shift into a higher gear.  If the car is making a high revving sound, or the tachometer goes above 3,000 RPMs, shift to the next gear by pressing the clutch and shifting.  When climbing hills or slowing down, you may need to downshift from higher gears to lower gears.  If the engine sounds as if it is chugging, it is time to downshift.  Simply press on the clutch and shift to a lower gear.

Although learning how to drive a manual transmission requires more patience and practice than an automatic transmission, they are often more fun to drive and offer much better fuel economy.  For your next VW, whether it is an automatic or manual transmission, consider Lewisville Volkswagen.  Our dealership has served the Dallas-Fort Worth areas for over a decade, selling new and used cars, and offering excellent customer service before, during and after every sale.  Visit our website to learn more, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or YouTube.

The History of the VW Beetle

The History of the VW Beetle

Are you a fan of Beetles? Volkswagen Beetles, to be precise! Take a look at the history of the VW Beetle!

We at Lewisville Volkswagen are here to offer a brief history of the VW Bug, from its origins as the Type 1 designed by Ferdinand Porsche to the groundbreaking New Beetle released in 1998 to its successor, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle.

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Smart Driving Strategies to Keep You Safe

We at Volkswagen build our vehicles to protect our customers, but your best defense against an accident is smart driving.  Here are some dangerous scenarios and smart driving strategies designed to keep you in control:

Dangerous Driving Conditions

  • Fog: Never drive in dense fog unless absolutely necessary. If you must drive, use your low beams to minimize the light that’s reflected back at you by the fog. Roll your windows down and turn off the radio to hear what you can’t see. Take your time; don’t switch lanes needlessly. Take it slow and be patient.
  • Wet Pavement: Slow down to minimize chances of a skid. Even after the rain has stopped, wet pavement can cause a dangerous loss of control. Once upon a time, Driver’s Ed wisdom told drivers to “turn into the skid.” It’s sound advice, but seemed to “confuse people more than help them,” according to an article in Parents Magazine. Instead, take your foot off the gas immediately. Pick a focal point well down the road and steer gently toward that point. Don’t over-steer, as wild swings of the wheel can take automobiles, especially SUVs, into a roll.
  • Flood Conditions: “Turn around – don’t drown.” If you can’t see the bottom, you don’t know how deep the water is. Don’t take your car into any unknown water, especially if you can physically see that water in motion. If you find yourself in rising waters, abandon the vehicle and head for higher ground on foot.

If an Accident Occurs

  • Inundation: If you land in deep water, stay calm. Unbuckle yourself and climb into the back, if necessary, to unbuckle children. Wait until water stops entering the vehicle – this tells you you’ve allowed enough water to enter the car to equalize the pressure inside and outside, so that a sudden rush of water won’t pin you in. Roll down manual windows or, if you have electronic windows, break the glass and swim to safety. Ideally, keep a hammer or a 5-inch spring-loaded punch in the car to break window glass.
  • Blowout: If a tire blows out while driving on a highway, it may feel as if you’ve hit a speed bump. Don’t crane your head to find the problem; focus on the road ahead. Take your foot off the gas and let the car coast to a stop, as far off the road as possible. Hit the brakes only to help at the very end of your car’s coast, not before.

If you are involved in an accident, stay safe. Don’t move anyone who may be injured. If possible, move vehicles off the road to a safe location. Call the authorities on your cell phone or ask a bystander to do it for you. Exchange insurance information and call your insurance provider while you’re still on the scene. If the police aren’t called or don’t come (for example, if you live in a metropolitan area where police only visit injury crashes), call the local police station and file an accident report as soon as you get home.

We want to keep you and your car in one piece. If you’re looking to hop in the seat of a new or used car, see our large selection of vehicles at Lewisville Volkswagen. For more tips, along with huge specials and promotions, follow us on Twitter and “like” our Facebook page.

Car Travel With Children

At Lewisville VW, we know that many parents dread car travel with children. With a long car trip ahead, parents worry about balancing family time with electronic distractions and arriving as a family that still loves one another. Here are a few tips for keeping kids engaged during long rides in the car:

Infants/Young Children

The key to a successful trip with a small child is timing. If possible, leave in the early afternoon so that your infant or toddler can have his or her usual afternoon nap on the road. Plan to stop for dinner so that the little one(s) can have a little time out of the car seat. Stop regularly to change diapers and feed snacks – a child who is clean and well-fed is more likely to stay in a contented mood. Your child will most likely fall asleep again after dark, so plan to drive late into the evening – but be sure to stop for the night while you’re still alert and awake at the helm.

Resist the temptation to feed an infant or young child a bottle or snack foods on the road. These are a guaranteed distraction, but the reward is simply not worth the risk. If your baby chokes, the chances that you can pull over, get into the back seat, and remove your child from the safety harness in time to deliver the Heimlich maneuver are slim to none. Though snacks are a great distraction for older children, they simply aren’t a viable option for young infants and toddlers.

Bring a few beloved toys along for the ride and keep them at the ready. Offer them one at a time so that each one receives your child’s full attention. Hold a favorite toy or stuffed animal in reserve in the front seat as a last-ditch comfort mechanism when nothing else works.

Older Children

Once the afternoon nap is a thing of the past, it’s less likely that your kids will sleep for a substantial portion of the trip. The least expensive option for entertaining your children is finding a car game that engages the whole family – such as “I spy” or “Spotto.” You can find suggestions for such games at how to save money.

Let older kids pack a small bag of books and activities for the trip that they’ve chosen and that they enjoy. If you have a little money to spend, consider investing in audiobooks that the whole family can enjoy. The iPhone “Audiobooks” app is an excellent, cost-effective option.

As a last-ditch option, consider the purchase of a DVD player or video game player for the car. DVDs are the ultimate distraction but will keep children from interacting with each other or with you. Consider the pros and cons carefully before installing a video game/DVD player, and you’ll have made a decision that’s best for your family.

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Texas Road Trip!

Texas Road Trip: Where to go on your next road trip.

texas road tripOnce we’ve got you paired with your perfect VW from Lewisville VW, there’s no better way to celebrate than to take a Texas road trip! Roads through our vast and varied state start right outside your back door and can lead you through gorgeous, changing terrain to adventures you never knew you could find so close to home.

With a little planning, your Texas road trip can be the adventure of a lifetime. Texas is a massive state, so make sure your plans are in line with reality – it may make a little more sense to explore one section of the state than to spread yourself too thin. Leave yourself time to enjoy the sites!

Central Texas

texas road tripExplore the central Texas Hill Country with an eye for outdoor adventure. Here you can find steep crags for climbing, prime fishing holes, even a little equestrian action. According to National Geographic, a 285-mile loop starting and ending in Austin lets you experience the best of the Hill Country in four days. Stay in style at Gruene Mountain Inn and its next-door historic Gruene Dance Hall, enjoy a little cowboy style at Hill Country Equestrian Lodge, and check out Fredericksburg’s unique Hangar Hotel, featuring views of Cessna landings from the attached observation deck. Fish your heart out, explore the hills on horseback, get a crash course in rock climbing, and enjoy the open road with your windows (or the top) down for a long weekend, Texas style.

East Texas

Have a love of history? A little exploration of East Texas might be just the ticket for you. All Getaways suggests four scenic drives through East Texas, ranging from the 18-mile Big Thicket Natural Preserve Scenic Drive to the 54-mile scenic stretch between Daingerfield State Park and Caddo Lake State Park. Tailor the length of your trip to the time you have allotted for your vacation… check out one, two, or all four routes for a tailor-made East Texas adventure.

Big Thicket Natural Preserve is a gravel-and-pavement drive with opportunities to get out and hike. Spend a couple hours or a couple days wandering the stunningly diverse floral habitats of Big Thicket, where the vegetation can change from one footstep to the next. The Daingerfield-to-Caddo route is gorgeous any time of year, but the fall season brings out the glorious color of Daingerfield’s autumn foliage and the shadowy mystery of Caddo Lake’s cypress-studded shores. In between, check out historic steel town Lone Star, Lake O’ the Pines, and the historic charm of the city of Jefferson.

South Texas

Explore the glories of south Texas and the Gulf Coast in your new VW in the summertime. Let the ocean breezes blow your hair back as you roll through the Coastal Bend or take a ferry to drive the Mustang and Padre barrier islands. All Getaways suggests several routes through the coastal region, including a 40-mile route from Surfside Beach to Galveston and a 56-mile swath through Rockport and Port Aransas. Connect the dots to explore the whole of the Texas Gulf shores or pick a shorter trip and dedicate your time to sand and surf between your VW jaunts.

These are just a few of the gorgeous backdrops Texas has to offer your next vacation. Check out the mountains of West Texas or the canyons of the Panhandle to round out your trip. Want to continue the honeymoon with your new VW? Keep up to date on all car information by following our blog.  Also follow us on Twitter and Like our Facebook Page.

Buying New Car Tires: How to

How to Buy New Car Tires

buying new car tiresTires are an integral part of the safety and performance of your vehicle, so it’s important you make an informed buying decision when it comes time to replace them. Picking the best tires for your car can seem like a daunting task, but with a bit of planning and research your car will once again be running at top efficiency in no time.

First, think about the terrains where you spend the most time driving. For example, drivers who stick to highways will have different needs than those who frequently rely on rural dirt or gravel roads. Personal taste also comes into play when selecting new tires. Perhaps you’ll want tires that provide greater handling, or a set that performs better in snow or reduces jolts from the road. These factors need to be considered when deciding which tires are best for your car.

Sometimes, changing to a different brand of tires may not be the best option. If your current tires are working well, but are just low on treads, consider sticking with that same size and brand. To find the size of your tires, look no further than the tires themselves. Look for a “P,” which stands for “passenger vehicle,” somewhere on the sidewall of the tire. Next to that will be the tire’s width in millimeters followed by the height, listed as a ratio of the height to the width. Finally, there will be an “R,” standing for “radial,” and a number that lists the diameter of the wheel.

buying new car tiresShop around to compare prices. In addition to Internet sites and tire stores, you can Buy 3 Get 1 Tire Free at Lewisville Volkswagen.

Finally, don’t try to install tires yourself unless you have the appropriate qualifications. Bring your car to a mechanic – fitting the tire over the wheel takes specialized machines.

New car tires can make a world of difference in the performance of your vehicle. From improved handling to higher gas mileage, new tires will end up saving you money by lowering insurance costs and reducing the amount of gas you use.

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