Wintertime can certainly be trying. The short days combined with the cold weather and snow can have you wishing you were a bear, able to hibernate until spring. While we’ve had some surprisingly warm days lately, that doesn’t mean winter is over. Since our weather is always fluctuating, we’ve put together a few strategies you can use to help cure cabin fever when the snows do hit.
Embrace the snow. Sure, trudging through the snow on your way to work or school probably doesn’t constitute fun. But as long as you have the proper winter gear, activities like skiing, snowboarding, building a snowman, and snowball fights can have you feeling thankful for winter.
Set the world record for binge-watching Netflix. Winter is great because you can watch an entire season of TV in one sitting without feeling a bit of guilt. I mean, what are you going to do, go outside?!
Talk to people face-to-face. Remember what that was like, before online video games and cell phones? Wintertime provides a great opportunity to just hang out, play board games, and spend quality time with family and friends.
Learn an instrument. If you are like a lot of people, you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the piano, violin, or maybe even the kazoo. You need to spend a lot of time indoors to develop musical skills. Winter is perfect for that kind of thing.
Makes plans for the summer. That’s the best way to get back at old man winter!
How do you plan to beat cabin fever this winter? Let us at Shults Hyundai know in the comments below!
We are certainly living in the era of the podcast. Terrestrial radio may be dead but luckily podcasts have taken their place. Here are three of the best podcasts of 2016.
More Perfect – Believe it or not, there is an entire podcast series devoted to the Supreme Court. It’s actually a spinoff of Radiolab, arguably one of the best podcasts ever made. More Perfect takes an in-depth look at landmark Supreme Court cases. The result is, obviously, very educational and, surprisingly, very suspenseful at times.
Criminal – Who doesn’t like a true crime caper? The Criminal podcast manages to find the most interesting and bizarre cases to follow. Episodes range from the recent “The Shell Game,” about the Magic Castle, a private club for magicians in Los Angeles to “Melinda and Judy,” about an adopted woman who goes on a fascinating adventure to find her biological parents.
Homecoming – Audio fiction is like story time for adults and Homecoming may be the best of that sort. Curated by author Eli Horowitz, this podcast features lively and thrilling stories that are different every week. You know a program has substance when they can get actors like Catherine Keener and Oscar Isaac to voice characters!
With the popularity of movie streaming sites, you’d think that podcasts wouldn’t be as popular as they are. But people still need to drive and these three of the best podcasts of 2016 are perfect to make your commute around Jamestown, Warren, Olean, and beyond just a little more interesting.
Unlike the 2016 Hyundai Tucson stateside, the current Hyundai Tucson is being sold in the Indian market with only front-wheel drive capabilities. This gives the SUV a slight disadvantage in comparison to its more well-equipped competitors. However, for the new 2017 Tucson, rumor has it that Hyundai is bringing their all-wheel drive system to the nameplate’s lineup and offering it as an option for the new model.
The Tucson so far has offered a number of options to the Indian market, ranging from traditional gasoline and diesel engines as well as the choice of a manual or automatic transmission, but the inclusion of AWD will be a first.
The new 2017 Tucson AWD model will be available in spring of next year – more specifically, April 2017. However, the system will only be available in models equipped with the diesel engine option. Other features on the 2017 Tucson include LED exterior lights, chrome accents, and front parking sensors, all of which provide buyers with tons of luxurious options in addition to the new option of an all-wheel-drive system.
The particular base price for the new 2017 Tucson equipped with all-wheel drive is not yet known, but considering it will only come with models with the available diesel engine, it’s reasonable to assume the price will be higher than the standard model with front-wheel drive.
Teenagers can be notoriously difficult to shop for. All they want is a new car, and while we think a new Hyundai Elantra is a great gift idea, it’s not really practical for most families. Thankfully, there are some cool Christmas gift ideas out there that your teen will appreciate, so skim this list for some ideas for what to get your wayward thirteen-year-old who keeps saying “I don’t know” every time you ask them what they want.
Laptop Stickers and Accessories: Being a teen is all about finding your own identity and expressing it, so help your teen better be themselves by decorating their laptop with stickers and other accessories.
Brookstone’s Cat Ear Headphones: If your teen wants to stand out from the crowd, these cute headphones with cat ears on them will be sure to grab them some second glances. Possibly even a meow or two.
Trendy Stationary and Journals: This is kind of a “safe” gift, but cute or well-designed journals and stationary always look good stacked on top of other high school supplies.
Portable Phone Charger: If your teenager’s phone is always dying, help them out by picking up a portable phone charger that they can bring with them on the go.
Cool Backpacks: Over winter break the last thing on your teen’s mind is school, but heading into the New Year with a trendy backpack will be just the thing to get them excited about the first day back in class.
There are tons of Christmas gift ideas for teens; they just might require a little creativity and a lot of luck to find the perfect thing that’s just “so them!”
As fall gears up, this means that temperatures will be changing right along with the leaves. When the weather gets colder, it’s important to give your car a checkup to ensure it will continue running smoothly through the winter season. Here are some fall car maintenance tips to keep in mind as you prepare for the winter.
Keep an eye on your tires. Cold weather can make your tire pressure drop below the manufacturer’s suggested number, so check your tire pressure monthly. If your tire pressure is low, then fill your tires until it is within the proper number range.
Perform routine maintenance. Before the cold weather sets in, get your oil changed and any of your vehicle’s fluids checked. These fluids are vital to your car running smoothly, so topping them off will keep it in tip-top shape.
Replace windshield wipers. Windshield wipers should be changed every six months, since cracked and worn blades should be replaced before the weather gets bad. Purchase new blades and replace them to ensure you can see throughout the fall season.
Check your battery. Low temperatures don’t just affect your tires—they can also affect your car battery. Have the battery and charging system inspected by a technician to ensure that it is in top-notch condition. If your battery is older than five years, it is likely time to replace it.
As a modern worker, you more than likely end up sitting for at least half of your day. In addition to that, many people have to drive as part of their job or take a daily commute. At times, it can feel like we’re remaining stagnant for way too long and losing muscle. Here are a few ways to add a little bit of exercise to your day while you’re driving your car.
For the side twist, simply lean forward in your seat with both feet on the floor while tightening your core muscles. Twist slowly from left to right for a set period of time.
This one is simple. All that you have to do is pick up a grip squeeze at your local sporting goods store. Squeezing and switching from hand to hand will strengthen muscles in your hand, wrist, and forearm.
Short Bicep Curl
You need a small rubber weight for this one. It can be as much weight as you can comfortably lift and transport in your vehicle. All you have to do is hold the weight in one hand and curl the weight toward your body.
It may sound silly to some people to exercise while in the car, but there are real benefits to squeezing in a little bit of activity whenever you can since busy work schedules don’t always allow for a full work out. Shults Hyundai wants you to be safe, so remember to always keep your eyes on the road.
A vast majority of us spend quite a bit of time in our cars, whether it’s the daily commute to work, driving to the grocery store, or visiting a friend’s house. Think about all the time wasted during those trips. What if you could make some money making these trips? Here’s a few ways that you can.
If you don’t mind being a moving advert, companies might pay you fairly well to do what you’re already doing anyway. Most companies pay by the size, model, and year of your car, but it isn’t bad money to simply put an advertisement on your car.
Find a few people in your immediate area that work close to you, and offer to take them to work for a small fee. If you’re making the drive anyway, you might as well make a little bit of money on it. It’s also good for the environment.
Rent Your Car While at Work
This one doesn’t actually involve you driving, but it makes you extra money while you’re at work. If driving people around isn’t for you, there are companies that will connect you with people who need to rent a car during the day. They will pick up your car while you’re at work and return it by the end of your day.
These are just a few of the ways that you can earn some easy money with your vehicle without much change to your daily routine.
Since its inception in 2013, the annual Lucy Town Half Marathon & 5K race has attracted runners and enthusiasts from around the United States. Taking place on Columbus Day weekend, October 8th and 9th this year, take a run with Lucy and experience a race that you’ll never forget. Designed to provide a fun time for families and runners alike, the Lucy Town Half Marathon & 5K race is an experience you’ll never forget!
Past events have made major waves in the community and across the country. Martin Short headlined the 2013 Run with Lucy event. The following year, Jamestown, New York welcomed Bob Newhart. In addition to the comedian, 1,232 people treaded grapes, setting a new world record while paying tribute to the I Love Lucy grape stomping scene.
This year, competitors can pick up their race packet from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 7th. The next day, the whole event kicks off with the Lucy Town 5K Run/Walk starting at 10 a.m. At 7:30 p.m. Tammy Pescatelli takes the stage at the Willow Bay Theater to put on a comedy performance that will result in side-splitting laughter. On Sunday, the Lucy Town Marathon takes place at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
Don’t be late! We here at Shults Hyundai hope to see you taking part in a Run with Lucy!
In the past, Hyundai has typically foregone partnerships and joint ventures, instead choosing to fly solo. Now, it looks like the Korean automaker could be moving away from its solitary development process in exchange for new technological developments. As it turns out, a Hyundai-Google partnership could be on the horizon.
The partnership could form as Hyundai aims to remain competitive in the fast-paced, technology-driven automotive industry. With autonomous technology on the rise, Hyundai is one of the few automakers that aren’t currently making autonomous vehicles a top priority. With the possible Hyundai-Google partnership, that would all change.
The possible partnership shouldn’t come as a surprise. Hyundai has been one of the most proactive automakers when it comes to implementing new in-vehicle connectivity software. Two shining examples include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto implementation into most Hyundai models.
As it turns out, Hyundai also has a helping hand in the partnership. John Krafcik, Hyundai’s former U.S. Chief of Operations, left the Korean automaker to join Google in 2015. There, he leads Google’s self-driving car project, putting him in the perfect position to partner with Hyundai.
Here at Shults Hyundai, we’re happy to see Hyundai driving to remain competitive in the automotive industry!
Always at the forefront of automobile technology, Hyundai is now working on the next-generation fuel cell powertrain that will follow up its cutting-edge Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell.
In the United States, Hyundai produced 1,000 Tucson Fuel Cell cars in California to great success. It’s safe to assume that their next-gen model will be even more popular, especially considering the fact that it will be in a brand-new, sharper-looking vehicle.
The new Hyundai fuel cell powertrain is set to get its reveal during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, where Hyundai will be doing tons of press in their home country.
We do not know many specifics about the new powertrain, but we do know that it will be smaller, use less platinum, and have a new electric motor. Hopefully, more information will be revealed soon, and that information would be followed shortly by the actual next-gen Hyundai Fuel Cell itself.
In the meantime, to check out one of Hyundai’s many fuel-efficient vehicles, visit us anytime at Shults Hyundai.