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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.

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.