Archive for the ‘Driving Tips’ Category

Stay Safe on the Roads in Winter Weather

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

As temperatures start to drop this winter season, driving may become more hazardous and can tend to be prone to more accidents. Research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths each winter! If you have to drive in these conditions, here are some general tips to help keep you safe wherever your travels may take you:

  • Only drive when or if necessary. Minimize your time on the road and the unpredictability the conditions lend to roadways. If there is a winter weather system coming through your area soon, prepare by stocking up on supplies beforehand. Avoiding unnecessary risk is always the best bet!
  • Drive slower and avoid stopping when you can. Adjust your speed due to lower traction while on wet or icy roads. Sudden or drastic changes in speed may have adverse effects on your driving, so take your time when choosing to accelerate and decelerate. Slowly roll towards a traffic light or stop sign; you might save yourself from spinning your tires or losing control.
  • Do not use Cruise Control. This is often overlooked, but don’t leave anything out of your own control when you’re dealing with slick roads!
  • Be prepared if you choose to travel.  Keep cold-weather gear in your car, along with food, water and an emergency kit can be huge assets if you get stuck in cold weather conditions.  Keep your exhaust pipe clear of snow, ice, or mud, tie something bright to the vehicle and turn on hazard lights to increase visibility. Finally, conserve your fuel as much as possible!

Before inclement weather conditions arrive, it’s always a good idea to have your vehicle serviced and make some preparations at home. You can read our recommendations here.  Make sure you schedule an appointment with our guest services department at (859) 276-3546 to ensure your vehicle is ready for any adventure you need to tackle.

The Often Overlooked Winter Hazard: Potholes

Monday, January 20th, 2020

BUMP!  POP!  BOOM!  You know exactly what that sound means.  Potholes tend to form when moisture collects in small holes and cracks in the road surface. As temperatures rise and fall — as they have this winter — the moisture expands and contracts, ultimately resulting in broken up pavement, which is then continually impacted by the weight of passing cars.

An ever occurring hazard during your commute and travels, potholes wreak havoc not only on America’s roadways, but to driver’s vehicles as well. Often treated as an annoyance instead of a hazard, these craters can take a huge chunk out of your wallet if you’re not careful. AAA reports that damage from potholes reaches $3 billion per year in the United States. Damage includes tires, rims, suspension and even body damage.  Yikes!  What can we do to prevent this happening while we are driving?

Be aware.  Sounds simple right?  But keeping your eyes on the road in front of you, as well as those around you, can help avert a crisis.  If you notice odd driving behavior or swerving from other drivers, know they could be trying to avoid a pothole or other road hazard. Maintaining awareness of your surroundings will allow you to react calmly and safely, avoiding overcorrection. 

If you can’t avoid hitting a pot hole, first make sure you slow down. Keep your tires aligned to drive straight through it rather than turn into it to minimize potential threats.   Speeding or braking hard going over a pothole will expose you to damage that could leave you on the side of the road.  Low speed and control are the two best ways to prevent damage.

Although we want you to get to your destination safely, we realize that at times, potholes can be a frustrating hazard to work through.   If you have damage or a concern, call our Body Shop at 859-260-2624. We look forward to having one of our technicians inspect the damage and guide you through the repair process.  Experience the difference at Don Jacobs.

Determine your Perfect Vehicle with a Joy Ride

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Purchasing a vehicle is a huge decision.  What do you love about your current vehicle?  What would you change? How much do you want to spend?  How much room do you need? Although these are all important questions to answer, once you have that narrowed down, one of the most important steps to take is a joy ride in the vehicle you’re looking to purchase. 

The automotive industry is evolving at a rapid pace and the differences between year to year models are often vast. While you will have several boxes you need to check before you move forward with a purchase, it is imperative to know how the vehicle handles with you behind the wheel.  A test drive allows you to pay attention to how everything about the vehicle feels to you, ease of use, technology you find important and if you can see yourself enjoying it for years to come.

Here are a few of our best tips on capturing the joy in your test drive:

  • Comfortability: Can you get in and out with ease? Are the seats comfortable for you both short and long trips? Is there enough leg and head room for you and your passengers? Comfortability is subjective and no one can determine it but you!
  • Lifestyle Needs:   Do you have hobbies?  Where do you see your life, needs or family in the coming months?  Does the cargo space allow for all the items that you may need?  Take into consideration what all you may take with you on trips. If you have or are planning on small children, how will car seats fit?  Thinking about what you will be using this vehicle for helps you ensure it is the best fit for you.
  • Technology:  Navigating through menus and connecting to your devices should be not only intuitive, but easy for you.  Experience the features your vehicle boasts rather than just taking them at face value. Ask yourself if you need the technology offered? Or do you want more?  Technology comes with tons of options, experiencing and using make for an easier decision.
  • Drivability: As a part of your joy ride at Don Jacobs, explore how the vehicle handles in a variety of situations; from the higher speeds of a New Circle, to the calmer neighborhood and residential road of Lexington, Kentucky. How do you feel when accelerating or braking?  Is the cabin noise quiet enough for you? Is the steering responsive? Do you feel comfortable navigating and parking the vehicle?

The Internet has provided endless amounts of information about vehicles and can often times make our valued customers feel like they know the perfect vehicle.  That may be true, but there is joy in truly driving and discovering a new to you vehicle. Don’t regret a big decision but omitting a crucial step! Schedule your reservation by calling Don Jacobs Guest Services at 859-276-3546 and be one step closer to feeling confident in your purchase.

Colder Weather Brings Low Pressure in Tires

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Checking Tire Pressure

If April showers bring May flowers, what does the fall and winter bring?  Well, tire pressure lights of course!  All jokes aside, this time of year you may notice your tire pressure light is demanding attention.

Often times, this isn’t anything to be overly concerned about and can be blamed on fluctuations in weather. Living in Kentucky, we can experience all 4 seasons within a day.  That sure does make your tire pressure sensors go wild!

A good rule of thumb is that if you wake up and its 10+ degrees different than the day before; that could alter the pressure in your tires that triggers your tire pressure alert. While this isn’t always cause for immediate alarm, we do have a quick fix to ensure nothing serious is going on!

We encourage our valued customers to stop by any of our service lanes- no reservation needed!  We are happy to check your pressure, ensure they are within a normal fluctuation, fill the air if necessary and reset your light.  We will get you taken care of as quickly as possible!

If you do make the recommended adjustments and the light keeps coming on or the fluctuation is outside the norm, we are pleased to make you a reservation.  The safety of our loyal customers and their vehicles is most important to us!   We appreciate the opportunity to assist you with any lights, concerns or maintenance needs.  Call Don Jacobs Guest Services at 859-276-3546 to schedule today.


To Lease or Finance? That is the Question!

Friday, November 15th, 2019

The question of whether you want to lease or finance a vehicle is often the biggest dilemma our customers face when they walk into Don Jacobs. Not sure if you want to buy or lease? We’ve compiled a list of pros and cons to help you make your decision.


Car Buying Decision


  • Eventual Ownership: We all know buying a vehicle is quite an investment! In the end, you will have ownership of, ability to modify at will, while you keeping your vehicle as long as you want.
  • No Mileage Limit: Love to travel? You can drive as many miles as you’d like!
  • Control over Vehicle: You have total control over when you want to sell your vehicle, upgrade or trade.
  • Pay Off: Once you pay off your vehicle, it’s yours! The ability to not have a payment monthly is a huge pro for many.


  • Monthly Payments: You may need to have a decent down payment to minimize monthly payments on a purchased vehicle.
  • Unpredictable Resale: There are brand and models that tend to have better resale values, which is hard to predict. This is a consideration during research! Always keep in mind that other factors such as high mileage, depreciation or accidents can lower the trade-in or resale value of your vehicle.
  • Maintenance Expenses: Once the initial limited warranty period is over, you may want to purchase an additional warranty to cover unexpected repairs that could arise over the course of extended ownership.
  • Flexibility: If your needs change and you like to upgrade often, buying often doesn’t make financial sense.

If you love the ability to pay off your vehicle with intent for extended usage, have access to savings to keep a reasonable payment or know you will drive a lot of miles; we would recommend considering buying.


Car Purchase Decision Accounting


  • Down Payment: Not a lot of savings? Many times, with a lease you have a choice of not giving a down payment.
  • Maintenance Expenses: While with a lease or purchase you have regular maintenance expenses, during a lease the manufacturer’s warranty will allow peace of mind to avoid large repairs.
  • Resale: You don’t have to worry about depreciation or even an accident causing value loss, as you can turn your vehicle in at the end of lease.
  • Flexibility: Once you are down with your lease term, you can upgrade to a newer model or change models depending on your needs, easily.


  • Mileage: At time of lease, you will set mileage for the vehicle. There will be financial penalties going over the allotted miles.
  • Insurance: Higher premiums may occur, as you could be required to obtain higher limits of coverage.
  • Ownership: At the end of the lease, you do not own the vehicle. If you choose to purchase, at times, this can be a bit more expensive than buying initially.

If you love to upgrade vehicles every 2-3 years, don’t drive many miles, don’t want to tie your funds up in a huge down payment and want lower monthly payments; leasing might be a great way to go!



Summer Maintenance Checks

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Summer is in full swing and families are about to start on their summer road trips. If your family was anything like mine, you may make the mistake of not checking your vehicle’s status before you leave. This could result in your family being stranded in the middle of nowhere in 100 degree heat, getting towed to the nearest town and forced to buy a whole new vehicle. Prevent that happening by following the tips below! If anything needs to be replaced or repaired, schedule a service appointment by clicking here. Our automotive technicians will have you squared away in no time.



  1. Check your fluids before you depart
  2. Oil, radiator fluid, brake fluid, power steering, transmission, it’s all vital for the well-being of your vehicle. Each have different mileage thresholds for when they need to be checked and replaced. Better be safe than sorry! Check to make sure levels are right and don’t need to be replaced before leaving.

  3. Tire Checks
  4. Ensure that the air pressure in each of your tires is at ideal levels before you leave. Not only will it improve fuel efficiency, but it will also help avoid a flat. Something else to consider is a tire rotation every 5,000-8,000 miles. Your tires wear down in different areas depending on where they’re located. Rotating the tires around ensures even wear and prolongs their life. Additionally, you can always do the Penny Test to make sure your tires are fit to drive in the first place.

  5. General Maintenance
  6. Does your vehicle have a screeching noise as you break? Your brake pads provide the friction used to bring your vehicle to a complete stop. Depending on the make, expect to replace them between 25,000 to 70,000 miles. Air filters need to be replaced more frequently, but they’re fairly inexpensive and help the quality of life of your engine and people in it. Lastly, check to make sure all your lights are in working order. Headlights, turn signals, and brake lights all need to be functioning for everyone’s safety and to avoid being pulled over.

Express Your Personality with Accessories!

Friday, April 26th, 2019

Customization at your fingertips

Here at Don Jacobs, we recognize that your new car isn’t just a way to reach Point A to Point B. Your vehicle is an extension of your lifestyle and we can outfit it to reflect that. With genuine Honda, BMW, and Volkswagen accessories, we are using the highest quality accessories in the market, leaving you without any worries. You can see that in our Signature Series Lineup and when we match you with your dream car.

Whether you’re looking for something rugged to go off road, something comfortable and loaded with tech, or anything in-between, allow our team to create your vision. Want the 2019 Honda Accord but don’t want to lose the CD player for your music? We’ve got you covered! Want to add-on a roof rack No problem! We even have roof box rentals so you don’t have to worry about storing one not in use.

Our goal is to provide you with the options to make our inventory your reality. The vehicle you want, and how you want it.


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Top 5 Things to Consider Before Your Vacation

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Volkswagen Atlas

Spring has finally arrived! The Sun has started to break through the dreary winter clouds and we can finally shed our winter coats. You may have even started to plan your upcoming family vacation! But before you hit the road, make sure you are prepared for what life may throw at you so that your time away from home is as relaxing as it can be.

  1. Prepare your home for your absence – Check with your neighbors to see if they can keep an eye on it while you are gone. Make sure electronics are unplugged and to turn off the lights and anything requiring regular care is taken into account.
  2. Notify your financial institutions of the trip – A quick call to your bank or credit card provider to notify them of your trip will prevent being locked out of your account due to “suspicious” activity. It just takes a couple minutes and will save a headache later.
  3. Pack Smart – Keep your luggage to a minimum to allow space for anything you buy along the way. Pack versatile and comfortable clothes just in case a quick change is needed at any point. Additionally, if your journey is made in the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas, BMW X7, or the Honda Passport, you should have plenty of extra room for those belongings while also being comfortable. With top of the line technology and safety features, family vacations have never looked so good at a price that cannot be beat.
  4. Travel Insurance – With travel insurance, you will have peace of mind knowing that if a setback occurs during the trip that everything will be alright. Between insuring your valuables, repairs, and even having to make the tough decision to head home early, travel insurance will help. It only costs a few dollars a day and is well worth it.
  5. Don’t forget the snacks! – Save time and money by avoiding gas station stops. You can also pack healthier options than just sugary and salty treats.

The best way to enjoy your trip involves having peace of mind and living in the moment. Avoid the headaches, plan ahead, and travel comfortably with your family!

Protect Your Car in Frigid Temps

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019
Protecting your car in frigid temps from Don Jacobs.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas available at Don Jacobs Volkswagen in Lexington, Kentucky.


Bottom line – it is literally freezing in Central Kentucky! The below freezing temperature we are experiencing are not ideal but also unavoidable. If you have ever wondered how the sub-zero temps affect your car, here are some interesting facts and tips about your car in the frigid temps:

  • “Can my Gasoline freeze?”

Gasoline can freeze at anywhere between -40 to -50 degrees Fahrenheit.

You can aid in preventing you gas from freezing by keeping your tank as close to full as possible.


  • “Is my battery frozen?”

Not impossible, but more than likely, it is not. According to our amazing service teams here at Don Jacobs, it is possible that your battery can die due to the cold temperatures if it is already weak.

A 100%, fully charged battery is the best bet. At 100%, it would take a temperature of -76 to freeze it.


  • “My windshield wiper fluid is frozen, now what?”

Your windshield wiper fluid is more than likely a combination of water and methanol. When mixed, it freezes at -20 degrees Fahrenheit.

There are a few tips to combat frozen wiper fluid: let your car warm up first, park in the sun or in a garage or simply wait for an upcoming warm day. Afterward, add a lower temperature wiper fluid to help dilute the leftover fluid in the system.

Winter Service specials are available now for Volkswagen, BMW and Honda. Click Here to get your Don Jacobs Service Coupon Today!

Leaving Lexington for Thanksgiving?

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Brace yourself! The majority of people across the United States, including those of us right here in the bluegrass, will be traveling 50+ miles away from home, according to USA Today. So the question is, “Are you and your vehicle prepared for the drive to Grandma’s?”

Turkey and Pecan Pie may be calling your name, but everyone wants to avoid the traveling headaches. Lexington is surrounded by numerous major cities, within a 250 mile drive, including: Cincinnati, Louisville, Indianapolis, IN, Nashville, TN and Columbus, OH. Our city lies at the crossroads of I-64 and I-75, leading to a significant impact when traveling for the holiday season. Whenever you decide to pack up the car, be sure to utilize the Real-time traffic ticker provided by Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.  This awesome too tells you about real-time road closures and traffic reports and updates happening in Lexington.

Here are 5 Tips for Driving for the Thanksgiving holiday:

  1. Check digital maps or apps prior to leaving to know when and where congestion will build up to avoid the stress of sitting in traffic.
  2. Avoid major commuting times by planning alternative routes through the city.
  3. Give yourself an extra hour. Don’t stress yourself out because traffic has you ‘running late’.
  4. Perform the necessary maintenance for your vehicle before hitting the road. More specifically, inspecting your tires and testing your vehicles battery.
  5. Drive well rested. Get plenty of sleep so you can remain alert. It is best practice to take a 15 minute break from driving every 2 hours.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving from your extended family at Don Jacobs Automotive in Lexington, Kentucky! Always Providing People a Little Extra.


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