Aug 29

Back to School Tips for Parents and Students

Follow our back to school safety tips to stay organized and less overwhelmed.

Don’t get overwhelmed. Get organized!

We all know how the first day of school can mount up butterflies in your stomach. Could one actually get sick just by thinking about it? Hopefully not. But here at Glenbrook Hyundai, we want you to be as well equipped as possible, so here are some back to school tips for your Happy Car Store family.

1. Go mobile with your lists.

Whether you are a student in the classroom or a stay-at-home or working parent, making a list is key to your productivity. While many people still keep a hand-written list handy, we suggest creating it on your phone. If you have an iPhone, there is an existing Notes application on all Apple devices you can use to create it. The Reminders application also works very well as you can pace yourself by setting reminders at specific times to let you know when you must do a task and complete it. Examples of list items would be complete Math assignment, pack lunch, etc.

2. Utilize a calendar.

Wall calendars and desktop calendars may somewhat be going out of style, but the concept is far from extinction. Today’s phones conveniently have calendar applications on them in which you can load events and destinations into them to keep you in line day-to-day. Whether you have to pick up your child at school or your child has a project due or a football game, you will stay on schedule if you are utilizing an e-calendar via phone or email.

3. Update your List of Contacts

A new school year brings new teachers, coaches, students, parents, and friends. It’s important to keep your list of phone numbers and email addresses up-to-date. For important contacts, such as teachers and coaches, make sure you have them in your favorites or on speed-dial, so they are easy to find.

We hope the start of the school year starts off very organized for you. Below are the first days of school for schools in Indiana. Best wishes to all teachers and students from Glenbrook Hyundai in Fort Wayne, IN!

Leo High School in Leo, IN: Tuesday, August 9

Carroll High School in Fort Wayne, IN: Thursday, August 11

Woodside Middle School in Fort Wayne, IN: Monday, August 15

Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, IN: Monday, August 15

Northrop High School in Fort Wayne, IN: Monday, August 15

Angola High School in Angola, IN: Wednesday, August 17

Dekalb High School in Waterloo, IN: Tuesday, August 2

Aug 23

3 Fort Wayne Summer Festivals

Check out these remaining Fort Wayne Summer Festivals.

Get out and make summer memories in Fort Wayne before the season ends.

Summer is unfortunately drawing to a close. However, there is still plenty to do here in the Fort Wayne area! Fort Wayne, Indiana is home to some of the country’s best festivals, even this late into summer. Before the summer is officially over, make sure that you stop by these three Fort Wayne Summer festivals.

Taste of the Arts (August 27)

What could be better than combining fantastic food and amazing artwork? The Taste of the Arts Festivals gathers the best of the culinary and artistic scene that Fort Wayne has to offer, all in one location.

Grabill County Fair (September 8-10)

Nothing says summer quite like a county fair. Before the summer is out, Grabill County is hosting a fair of its own. Highlighting the Amish community, this festival includes a diverse selection of food, crafts, and activities for fairgoers to enjoy.

Johnny Appleseed Festival (September 17-18)

Johnny Appleseed is considered to be one of the most famous figures in American folklore and history. So there is no better way to celebrate his legend than at the Johnny Appleseed Festival. And with a figure like Johnny Appleseed serving as the inspiration, you know that there will be plenty of apple-themed food and treats and activities that celebrate the traditions of America!

Jul 28

Top 10 Vacation Spots in America

Yellowstone is one of our top vacation spots in America.

Walking around Yellowstone will clear your mind.

Traveling long distances can be costly, even with low fuel prices. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra changes that with an incredible EPA-estimated 32 city/40 hwy mpg. That opens up quite a few vacation spaces but which do you choose? The following are Glenbrook Hyundai’s top 10 vacation spots in America for you to visit in the new Hyundai Elantra!

  1. Grand Canyon – A true sight to see, a trip to the Grand Canyon leaves kids and adults alike with a sense of wonder.
  2. Yellowstone – Home to geysers, multicolored pools, hot springs, and miles upon miles of hiking trails, there’s a lot to see at Yellowstone!
  3. Yosemite – Featuring famous landmarks like Glacier Point, Yosemite is located close to San Francisco and Sacramento, making a day trip entirely plausible.
  4. San Francisco – Boasting a diverse culture, San Francisco is like few other places in the United States. Take a stroll and see what the city has to offer!
  5. Walt Disney World – Located in Orlando, Walt Disney World is known far and wide as one of the happiest places on earth. With attractions for kids and adults alike, what’s stopping you?
  6. New York City – Renowned worldwide as the one of the greatest cities on Earth, New York City offers theater, shopping, and more.
  7. Las Vegas – From sights to see to dining to shopping to some of the most active nightlife, Las Vegas has something for everyone.
  8. Charleston – Relaxing beaches, beautiful architecture, and a touch of Southern cuisine makes Charleston a must-see location.
  9. Chicago – Known as the Windy City, Chicago is an incredible sight to see in itself. From world-class museums to world-famous restaurants, this is a city everyone needs to visit.
  10. Aspen – Located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Aspen offers skiing and hiking trails that will impress you time and time again. Featuring resorts, museums, and more, there’s something for every day of the week.

Jul 15

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Earns 5-Star Safety Rating

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport earned a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

With a 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, Hyundai continues to prove its safety with the 2017 Santa Fe Sport.

Hyundai is known for going above and beyond to create some of the safest vehicles on the road. That trend continues with the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, a popular SUV that offers space, efficiency, and versatility. Don’t take Hyundai’s word on it though. The latest model earned a top rating from the federal government, proving its metal and then some.

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport earned a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the highest score possible. The popular SUV earned five stars in both the front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover crash test.

The rating stands for both front- and all-wheel drive versions of the Santa Fe Sport.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera, antilock brakes, hill-start assist, seven airbags, and vehicle stability management with stability and traction control.

In addition to earning a top rating from the NHTSA, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport also landed on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Pick+” list. Optional features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane-departure warning.

Glenbrook Hyundai couldn’t be happier to see the Santa Fe Sport proving just how safe it really is!

Jun 28

Top 10 Changes in Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball

 

In America, we love baseball. It’s just how it is! But did you know that the game has gone through a few changes over the years? Here are 10 of the biggest rule changes in Major League Baseball that have lead to the game you love today.

Top 10 Changes:

  1. The pitcher has face the batter before pitching to him. (1879)
  2. A player who was on the bases would be out if he was hit by a batted ball (and if not touching the base.) (1880)
  3. Championships would be decided according to percentage. (1884)
  4. A batter would get to go to first base if hit by a pitch. (1887)
  5. Home plate to made of rubber only as opposed to marble. (1887)
  6. Four balls meant the batter could take first base. (1889)
  7. Pitching box eliminated. (1893)
  8. The minimum home run distance determined to be 250 ft. (1925)
  9. All batters were to wear protective helmets. (1971)
  10. Limited instant replay would be in effect for all games. (2008)

Now turn on those televisions, grab some popcorn, and get to watching that baseball game!

Jun 14

Servicing Your Car for Summer

Servicing Your Car for Summer

Summer is finally here, which has its benefits and drawbacks. A drawback is that summer weather can be a lot tougher on your car. Here are some tips for servicing your car to get it ready for that heat!

Change Your Oil

Oil is the lifeblood of your car. In order for it to properly lubricate your engine, it can’t be old and goopy.

Check Your Tire Pressure

Over- or under-inflated tires can be dangerous and cause a blowout in high temperatures. Especially And in the summer, heat can expand within your tire. Check your owner’s manual for proper PSI.

Monitor Coolant Levels

Constantly monitor your coolant levels so that you know they’re working properly to cool down your engine.

Replace Your Wipers

Winter weather and spring rain can do a number on windshield wipers, so if you haven’t replaced them in a while, you’ll want to do that to ensure optimum performance for the summer.

Inspect Belts and Hoses

You’ll want to make sure your belts and hoses don’t have any cracks in them or look like they’re wearing down. Heat can damage these even more.

 

Get your car ready by bringing it to our service department at Glenbrook Hyundai!

May 23

Window Tinting Tips: DIY or the Pros?

Follow these window tinting tips to ensure your privacy on the road.

Untinted windows not only decreases your privacy but leaves you vulnerable to UV exposure.

Tinting your windows has several advantages. Not only does it increase privacy, but it can also reduce UV exposure and add some much-needed flare to your ride. However, there are important things to keep in mind when tinting, especially because too much can be illegal. We’ve put together a post on window tinting tips to ensure you understand every aspect of the process.

What is tinting? Basically, you add a thin film or membrane in order to darken the color of your windows, according to Window Tinting Tips. It is usually made from a polyester compound, making it incredibly resilient and strong. While DIY kits are available, many companies provide service so you don’t have to worry about the hassle of applying the tint yourself.

Tinting can actually be illegal in some states, and laws vary from place to place. While there are special devices called photometers that measure light transmittance, it is best to play it safe. Tinting should never affect visibility, especially on cloudy days or at night.

Thinking about tinting your own windows? This can be a painstaking process, so we’ve put together some tips to keep in mind:

  1. Get the right product (some reduce heat better, some are for decoration).
  2. Have patience—a lot of patience.
  3. Buy high-quality materials and tools.
  4. Tint lighter in the front to improve visibility.
  5. Consider calling the pros if you need help.

These are just some basic tips. For more information about aftermarket tinting, or if you want factory tinted products, give us a call at Glenbrook Hyundai.

May 09

The Best and Worst Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

For your entertainment and insight., here are the best and worst Mother’s Day gift ideas.

There’s so much to be said about our loving mothers. What will you get your mom?

Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate those women who helped raise us and make us who we are today. That’s why gifts are a must on this day, even if it is something as simple as a card. Read on to see the best and worst Mother’s Day gift ideas.

The worst gifts, according to Huffington Post, are things that your mom needs, but might not want. Avoid gifts that are more work for her, or that don’t really seem like any fun. These include but are not limited to the following bad gift ideas:

  • Pink Appliances and Utensils. Just because it is pink, doesn’t mean it is better.
  • Pets or animals. Sometimes pets can be a good gift, but oftentimes it is just another person to clean up after.
  • Gifts that are really for you. That new TV is pretty sweet—but if mom didn’t want it than it is not really a good Mother’s Day gift.

Looking for some gifts that mom might enjoy? Check out some of the best Mother’s Day gifts found below:

  • Bluetooth connectivity. If mom likes talking on the phone while in the car, show her you care by getting a hands-free device.
  • Card and flowers. You can’t go wrong with this classic gift for Mother’s Day.
  • New car stereo. If mom loves music, let her have the best with a new audio system. Though expensive, this gift can’t be beat.

These are just some ideas for mom. In reality, every mom wants something different for her special day. Just make sure your gift shows her how much you really care.

Apr 25

Transporting Plants from Store to Home

Transporting plantsIt’s finally springtime, and even with the weather still fluctuating, many of us are already breaking out our gardening supplies. So what’s the best way to get plants home from the garden center? We have some tips on transporting plants in your car to keep your upholstery clean and your new plants intact.

The risk of flowers in pots falling over and spilling soil everywhere is a big concern. The garden center may give you a tarp to protect your seats, but it’s best to also bring along a cardboard box you can use as a carrier. Don’t let plants sit inside your vehicle alone for too long!

Avoid using closed trunks if you can. The backseat, the bed of a truck, or the back end of a hatchback are the best seats for your plants. On the other hand, when driving with tools, use the trunk so heavy objects don’t fly at you when you brake.

When transporting larger plants like trees, be very careful lying them down in your truck bed so as not to bruise the bark, and make sure the tree is secure so it can’t roll around and get damaged.

Apr 11

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Support on 2016 Hyundai Sonatas


At the end of March, Hyundai announced that there will be Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support on 2016 Hyundai Sonatas, which have been making their way to dealerships in the last couple of weeks.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are the latest tech from these popular mobile brands. Whether you have an iPhone or an Android phone, you can now sync your mobile device with your car’s infotainment system. New Hyundai Sonata drivers can use Hyundai’s 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen or 8-inch navigation system to access their device’s apps, information, and more through their touchscreen.

With these services, you can make phone calls, read and send text messages, use your navigation system and access your saved locations, and listen to the music stored on your device through the touchscreen. Apple CarPlay specifically uses Siri’s voice recognition technology to make all these things possible without ever taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the wheel.

Hyundai also plans to release the Sonata Hybrid and PHEV with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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