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How to Avoid Long Distance Driving Pitfalls

If you are going to be doing any kind of long distance driving, you should have a plan in place that works. If not you can get tired and could result in some serious problems.

We will take a look at how to overcome problems associated with driving long distances. All the tips might not work for everyone, but you will find at least one tip that can work for you.

If a tip doesn’t apply for your situation, don’t use it. You will know which ones will work for you. Let’s begin by looking at the dangers that come with long distance driving:

Road Time

If you spend lots of time on the road it means that you will be spending more time with people you can collide with. The probability of an accident increases with the time you spend on the road with those who are thoughtless, reckless, bad, mindless and careless drivers. It gets even riskier when you consider things like weather, animals, construction, and road conditions.

How to deal with this challenge:
– Stay alert and look for possible hazards.
– Stay calm.
– Nervous people can be dangerous, don’t become one of them.


Prepare for anything. When driving for long distances you have to stay alert for long periods, which adds to fatigue. Bad weather conditions and decreased visibility can also make you fatigue.

How to deal with this challenge:
– Get refreshed when needed. Do it often if necessary.
– Get going before daylight.
– Keep cool and hungry.
– Stay alert by just being a bit uncomfortable.


It isn’t exciting to watch the road for endless hours, therefore boredom plays a huge role in long distance driving.

How to deal with this challenge:
– Drive during daylight.
– Avoid boredom by staying busy and vary your activities – roll down the windows, then roll them back up, change seating positions, play a license plate game with numbers and letters. Try anything to keep from getting bored.
– Drive friendly, wave to other drivers as you pass them or they pass you by to keep yourself entertained.

We at Chapman Payson want you to have a safe trip, so use any of these tips to stay safe on long trips. We hope one of these tips will resonate with you and help you to stay safe on your long driving trip.

Is Super Gas Worth the Cost?

Like most drivers when you pull into a gas station you just select one of the options without really thinking about the grade of gas you are putting into your vehicle. You might not even be aware of what the various grades include. The majority of drivers go for the “regular” or the cheapest octane gasoline.

An ongoing myth in the auto world is that “super,” the higher number and price option, sounds much better than “regular.” Most drivers believe that the gas quality is better, it works better in your engine and is definitely worth the higher price. In reality this is not true. Buying number 93 “super” quality gasoline is not significantly better than buying number 87 “regular” gasoline.

Different Grades

The different numbers represents the amount of octane in each grade of gasoline. Regular (87), mid-grade (89) and super or premium (93) are the 3 numbers seen most often. The lower number means the octane is less volatile and this makes the fuel easier to burn. All vehicles will list the most appropriate kind of gas to use for their engine design, with most doing well using regular unleaded gasoline.

If you use a higher octane gas than what your car calls for, there is no advantage and you are not doing yourself any favors when you do this.

Why the different types?

Why is the least used gasoline more expensive? It is a simple marketing tactic to use “super” on the higher grade. Customers usually associate higher numbers as well as stronger descriptors as being better. When you add a higher cost to the mix the perception that it is better is solidified. Don’t fall for this trick.

Gas eats up enough of your monthly income; therefore you don’t need to spend more than you really have to. Just go with the grade that your manufacturer recommends and stick to it. There is no doubt that some cars such as turbo-charged ones, definitely do need higher octane levels gas, because of the design of their engines they need higher pressure in order to ignite the fuel.

But if your car’s engine doesn’t specifically call for high-octane gas, you are not gaining any advantage, you are simply shelling out more cash. Don’t fall for the marketing ploys that try to suck more money out of you for gas.

At Chapman Payson, you will find many fuel efficient vehicles that will also save you money on gasoline. Stop by today to view our current lineup.


Rugged Off-roader Due for MPG Upgrade

If there’s been one knock on the iconic Jeep Wrangler, king of off-road vehicles for more than 60 years, it’s that they can’t go that far in between fill-ups. The gas mileage is mostly the result of a low gear ratio that provides the power the Wrangler needs to make it through the toughest of terrain. Wrangler lovers have been willing to overlook the mileage issue, but in an effort to make the little Jeep more palatable to a wider base of consumers, the head of the company recently announced that the 2017 version will achieve 30 miles per gallon. Of course, if you can’t wait that long to get out on the trail, the current version of the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited is available at your Payson Jeep dealership, Chapman Payson.

Wrangler Just One in Upgraded Product Line

Along with a fuel-efficient Wrangler, Sergio Marchionne, head of Jeep’s parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), also announced some other changes in the product line. Watch for a totally re-designed Charger that will look something like a four-door version of the Chevy Corvette. There is also a new Chrysler crossover vehicle in the plans, as well as a more compact Jeep SUV and the return of the highly-anticipated Jeep Grand Wagoneer. A plug-in hybrid Chrysler minivan was also shown to dealers at the recent company meeting. With all the high horsepower and four-wheel drive vehicles the company is producing, the hybrid minivan will help FCA meet average national mileage standards.

Wrangler Four-Wheel Drive Systems Rule the Trail

The current version of the Jeep Wrangler gets a respectable 21 miles per gallon on the highway, but fuel mileage isn’t why people buy this tough trail buster. Jeep gives you a choice of two four-wheel drive systems. Command-Trac delivers power to all four wheels equally, which will get you out of most jams on the trail. If you’re looking to tackle a little tougher competition, like the rugged Rubicon Trail, the Wrangler also has the Rock-Trac system, which uses a much lower gear ratio to help you crawl over tough obstacles. Electronic locking differentials and specially designed mud and terrain tires also add to your ability to slog through the tough stuff.

Jeep Has Vehicle to Fit Your Needs

If you can’t wait for 2017 but need a fuel-efficient 4×4, Chapman Payson has a vehicle to fit your needs. The Patriot, Renegade, Compass and Cherokee all get at least 30 mpg on the highway and provide the off-road capability most people need.


Original Color Made Debut in 1970

If you are old enough to remember the Chargers and Challengers from the Muscle Car heyday of Detroit, you’re certain to remember the color “Plum Crazy.” Once a favorite of gearheads across the nation, the color faded from existence as time moved on and tastes changed. Dodge brought the color back in time for the Woodward Dream Cruise this month to the delight of thousands of fans. “Powerful muscle cars painted in impactful colors make Woodward Dream Cruise the perfect setting for Dodge to debut the newest generation Challenger and Charger models in Plum Crazy,” said Tim Kuniskis, CEO of the Dodge brand before the event. “And with our strongest muscle car arsenal ever, we knew it was time to reach into our Dodge paint code archive and offer our high-performance R/T Scat Pack and SRT Hellcat models in one of the most iconic exterior colors of all time.”

Pick the Plum Coming in September

Head to your Chapman Payson dealership to put your order in for what is sure to become a collector’s item. The Challenger will offer Plum Crazy on the SXT Plus, R/T, Hemi Scat Pack Shaker, SRT 392 and 707-horsepower monster SRT Hellcat. For the Charger, you can choose the SXT if you order 20-inch rims, R/T, SRT 392 and Hellcat. Keep in mind that the Hellcat will continue to have a very limited supply due to the number of people who desire that insane amount of horsepower. The production run is also limited on all models in Plum Crazy, helping ensure those who are lucky enough to get that color truly have a unique car.

Mopar or No Car

Fans of the iconic Mopar brand will demand that their Plum Crazy car be the king of the road. Dodge is ensuring that by only offering it in brands that offer up to 485 naturally aspirated horsepower, not counting the Hellcat’s 707-supercharged horses. For the Challenger, the SXT Plus has 305 horsepower, but is the most fuel efficient option on the highway, coming in at 30 mpg. The R/T options all have the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with a six-speed manual or available paddle-shift automatic. The Challenger R/T Scat Pack, 392 Shaker and SRT 392 all offer 485 horsepower, the most you can get without going to a Hellcat. Charger packages all offer similar options, which you can discuss with a sales pro by taking a visit to Chapman Payson.


Inspired Off-roader is Tribute to Original Willys

As the original creator of what is now known as the Jeep Wrangler, the Willys corporation started producing the utility four-wheel drive vehicle for the military in 1940. That prototype evolved into the MB Model, which accounted for more than 300,000 vehicles delivered by Willys in World War II. Different models evolved throughout the 1950s, including Willys Trucks, station wagons and the Jeepster, but none proved as profitable as the original design which is evident in the new 2015 Wrangler Willys Wheeler. See how you can get your hands on one of these special order vehicles by visiting Chapman Payson Auto Center.

New Willys is Ultimate Off-road Vehicle

By combining the legendary styling of the Willys with such modern features as Jeep’s Command-Trac 4×4 technology, a 3.73 locking rear differential, Rubicon rails and all-terrain tires, the new Willys Wheeler can handle just about anything you care to attempt in the off-road circuit. While the power train and suspension are built to handle tough terrain, the interior is full of creature comforts that let you enjoy traveling to and from the trail. A leather-wrapped steering wheel, chrome shift knob, plush seating and Bluetooth technology deliver you to the lap of luxury that’s seldom seen on such tough off-road vehicles. Jeep uses seven decades of innovation to create the ultimate off-road vehicle.

Plenty of Other Wrangle Choices

If the Willys is a little too much Jeep for you, consider the basic Wrangler. As the icon of all four-wheel drive vehicles, it starts at just $26,995. It holds its resale value amazingly well and is more than adequate for most folks off-roading needs. Whether you choose a model with a soft or hard top, be prepared to go topless when the weather allows and earn the stares of envious commuters stuck in their little gas-saving sedans. With a wash-out interior that allows water to flow through drain plugs, it’s easy to bring your Jeep to like-new condition after a tough weekend of mudding.

Unmistakable Styling Adds to the Appeal

Although you may not be able to tell a Toyota from a Hyundai in a parking lot, the unmistakable styling of the Jeep Wrangler immediately tells you this is a vehicle meant for business. The classic round headlights, seven slot grille and beefy fender flares announce to the world you’re a Jeep person. See the entire inventory of Wranglers and Wrangler Unlimiteds at Chapman Payson Auto Center.