Archive for the ‘Tips and Tricks’ Category

How Can I Get My Vehicle Ready for My Summertime Road Trips?

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
Country road during the golden hour

Summer 2019 Road Trip Prep Tips for Used Cars

Are you planning on a road trip this summer? Is it down to Tennessee or out to California? No matter where the road takes you and your friends/family this summer, your used vehicle from Poulin Auto Sales will help get you there. But before you hit the road, you need to take care of business to ensure a smooth journey. Here are some tips to help get your vehicle ready: (more…)

What to Do When You Encounter a Funeral Procession While on the Road

Thursday, April 25th, 2019
Casket at a funeral

Funeral Procession Driving Etiquette and Rules in Vermont

On occasion, we may encounter a funeral procession while we are on the road. Although funeral procession rules are typically covered in driver’s education courses, they may not be the first thing you remember – and they can vary by state. Here are a refresher and reminder of funeral procession driving etiquette and rules in the state of Vermont. (more…)

Can I Spot Wash Bird Waste Off My Car with Dawn Dish Soap?

Monday, April 1st, 2019
Gaggle of Canadian geese flying

Best Ways to Remove Spots from My Vehicle Without a Full Wash

Now that spring is finally arriving, we are starting to see birds return to Vermont. As much as we love the songs that these birds sing for us, there is one thing that we don’t love: birds going to the bathroom on our vehicle. And it usually happens RIGHT AFTER we give our vehicle a bath! With a busy life, we don’t always have time to give our vehicle another full washing right after discovering a big splat of bird waste, which is not only unsightly but can also damage the paint job. Is it possible to just do a quick wash job and if so, which products should we use? (more…)

Happy Spring! Are You Ready to Enjoy Healthy and Safe Driving This Season?

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
Vehicle driving down a tree-lined road during the spring

Safety and Health Tips for Springtime Driving in Vermont

Today marks the first day of spring and we couldn’t be more excited! While Vermont is famous for its gorgeous winters (which also help with our famous maple syrup production), the state is just as beautiful in the springtime. However, the spring season can bring about a special series of hazards that can impact your driving. Here are some tips to help keep you safe. (more…)

How Do I Know if I am Having a Stroke While Driving?

Friday, March 8th, 2019
Illustration of a human head with monitor lines

Symptoms of a Stroke and What to Do if You are Driving

Here at Poulin Auto Sales, we were saddened to hear the news of actor Luke Perry’s passing due to a massive stroke. While strokes usually occur in older folks, they can happen to anyone. And of course, the last person we expect it to happen to is ourselves, and we usually assume that they will happen in the comfort of our home. Quite the contrary. Strokes can happen anytime, anywhere – including when we are driving our vehicle. To help your survival and the safety of other drivers, we are sharing the symptoms of a stroke and tips on what to do. (more…)

Watch Out for Moose When Driving in Vermont!

Monday, February 11th, 2019
Moose grazing during the fall season

How to Keep My Vehicle Safe from a Collision with a Moose

Vermont is home to many wildlife species, including moose. This majestic creature is fun to watch from a safe distance, but can be extremely dangerous when we get too close – especially when we are blissfully driving our vehicle. Here are some pieces of advice on how to keep yourself and your vehicle safe from encounters with a moose. (more…)

Is My Vehicle’s Thermostat Not Working?

Thursday, January 31st, 2019
Symptoms of a Failing Vehicle Thermostat

Symptoms of a Failing Vehicle Thermostat

Here in Vermont, it is REALLY cold! It is bad enough when we need to go outside to get to our vehicle, but it can be awful when our vehicle’s cabin refuses to warm up. What is causing the issue? (more…)

Do I Need to Warm Up My Vehicle on Cold Days?

Thursday, January 31st, 2019
Kia Sorento in the winter season

Back when we were young whippersnappers, our parents would let the family vehicle warm up for several minutes before driving anywhere. Vehicles have come a long way since our childhood, and they are outfitted with nicer features like windows that roll up and down with just the click of a button, infotainment systems, built-in navigation, and heated seats and mirrors. But do modern vehicles need to be warmed up? (more…)

Where Can I Find a Copy of My Vehicle’s Owner’s Manual?

Thursday, January 31st, 2019
Woman reading the owner's manual of her vehicle

Where to Find a Vehicle’s Owner’s Manual

The owner’s manual is an important piece of literature because it helps you learn everything you need to know about your vehicle. We know that life happens, and you might misplace that manual at some point – or you might buy a used vehicle and the manual was not included. Luckily, there are a few places where you can find a manual for your car. (more…)

Are Teen Drivers Entitled to a New Car from Mom and Dad?

Friday, January 11th, 2019
Teen driver inside a red car

Should I Give My Teenager a New Car?

Since the 1950s, cars have been a huge part of teen culture. Many remember taking the family car out on the town with friends or even working odd jobs to save up for one of their own. Nowadays, older generations lament that today’s teens are spoiled and entitled. While this is a generalization and certainly not true for all teenagers, it doesn’t help when today’s movies and TV shows portray teenagers driving brand-new luxury cars that were gifts from their parents on their 16th birthday. This can make parents wonder if they should be giving their teen driver a brand-new car when they pass the driving test. (more…)