The Best Driving Games

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Does this look like your last road trip? Try some of our driving games to keep them busy.

Road trips are great, but sometimes, when the hours are moving by slower than a school zone at 3 p.m., it becomes necessary to pass the time somehow. Fortunately, people have come up with a number of car games to make the trip manageable.

Here are a few of our favorite driving games to pass the time while driving.

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Oh, Hail No: How to Handle a Hailstorm

hailIt’s spring in Texas, which means people are planning road trips, planting new gardens, enjoying the sunshine—and watching out for sudden storms. Everyone knows that storms in Texas can become violent, spawning tornadoes, flash floods, and hail, but do you know how to handle a hailstorm?

In an ideal world, you will never have to drive through a hailstorm. Hail falls extremely fast and can range in size from tiny little pebbles to tennis ball-sized, although most hail measures less than two inches. Still, falling from the sky gives hailstones the velocity to cause serious damage to cars.

  • If you get caught in a hailstorm, try to pull over to the side of the road. Whatever you do, stay inside your car. If hail can cause damage to a car, think about what it can do to you! And while hail damage can be costly, medical bills can be equally so, so be smart about what you do.
  • If you know a hailstorm is coming, cover your car the best you can if you can’t find shelter. Covering as much of your car as you can will help reduce the chances of dents and cracked glass. If you have nothing to cover your car, you can try using your floor mats. Something is better than nothing.
  • For people who work at a tall office building, parking on the proper side of the building may also reduce the chance of your car getting directly struck. Figure out which direction the storm is coming in and park your car in the opposite side of the building. There is some chance that the building may deflect some of the hailstones.
  • If you have to drive through a hailstorm, drive slowly and use low beams and emergency lights. Be careful for accidents and downed electrical wires. Do not park in ditches as usually hailstorms are accompanied by lots of rain, which can turn ditches into potential flood areas.

Hailstorms are scary, but even more so if you have to drive through one. Finding an awning or overhang can make all the difference. Be safe, plan ahead, and stay off the road if possible.

Our Favorite Volkswagen Advertisements

Just like the cars they represent, Volkswagen advertising has a storied history and have become an iconic part of world culture. From print to television, these advertisements have become a part of our collective history, and while everyone has a favorite Volkswagen ad, these are a few that stood out in our minds:

“Lemon” and “Think Small”

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Perhaps the most iconic Volkswagen ad is also one of the oldest on this list. The print ad ran in the 1950s and 60s and became one of the most recognized and successful print ad campaigns not just for Volkswagen, but any company.

“Big Day”

A good advertisement should tell a story, and “Big Day” accomplishes this in a big way. There’s suspense, intrigue, and of course, a ponderous resolution, everything a good story needs.

“Mr. Blue Sky”

From serious to upbeat, this commercial finds its stride by presenting the most common experience in the 21st Century: the daily grind. There is always something that seems to be missing, but we (and the businessman) don’t realize it until he sees the convertible drive past.

“VDub”

A series of ads, the VDub commercials bring out the playful side of Volkswagen. Actor Peter Stormare, who has played his fair share of eccentric roles, takes his character to the next level in each of the spots with his comedic timing and enthusiasm.

What is your favorite Volkswagen ad? Share with us your favorite in the comments below!

How To Cool Off and Save Gas: Windows Down or Up?

dog-windowAs the weather starts to warm up, people everywhere will start looking for ways to cool off—but one thing is for sure: gas prices haven’t cooled off at all. With the national average still hovering near $4 a gallon, everyone is looking to save a little extra and save money on gas.

So how do you cool off in the spring, summer, and early fall while saving the most money? Do you leave your windows down and air conditioning off? Or do you keep your windows up and your air conditioning on? Both sides of the argument stake their claims, but who is right?

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Zoe’s New Volkswagen Beetle!

We’ve been posting these videos for the past few months, but now you can watch Zoe’s Adventure with her new Volkswagen Beetle in its entirety.

Zoe test drives a new Volkswagen Beetle.

Zoe signs the deal!

Zoe heads to Austin with her new friend!

The trip home. Was Austin everything Zoe had hoped it would be?

Check out our video playlist, too. 

As you can see, Zoe had quite the adventure in her new Volkswagen Beetle. What adventures will you have in yours?

Head to Lewisville Volkswagen today to test drive a new Volkswagen Beetle. You can also like us on Facebook for more updates about the Beetle, and other news from your Dallas Volkswagen Dealership, Lewisville Volkswagen. 

3 Warm Weather Tire Care Tips

tire.jpg__685x325_q85_crop_upscaleSpring has finally sprung in North Texas! While you’re out enjoying the warmer weather, take a bit of time to prepare your car’s tires for the rising temperatures. You can start by reading on for more of our warm weather tire care tips.

The warm Texas heat can add stress to tires, causing them to deflate quickly. Not only
are tires with low pressure less safe, low tire pressure can also reduce gas mileage.
Before you head out on a spring or summer road trip, have your tires checked. Hot
weather, long road trips and heavy loads can spell disaster when it comes to your tires.

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5 Must-See Texas Roadside Attractions

Did you know Texas is home to the world’s largest jackrabbit? Ever seen a 25-foot fire hydrant? If not, you have not traveled some of the best roads in Texas. If you’re out for a bit of unusual fun on your next road trip, set your GPS to these weird and wacky Texas destinations.

1. Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo — Hungry? Big Texan is home of the World Famous 72-ounce steak dinner. And it’s even free (if you can eat it in an hour!)
You’ll find Big Texan Steak Ranch one mile west of the Lakeside exit off I-40, on the north side of the interstate.

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Three tips to improve your work commute in Dallas

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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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