Protective driving techniques are not restricted to driving skill and perception. Sometimes protecting yourself on the road requires preparation for the worst. One of the most basic and most effective defensive driving techniques to keep yourself safe as a motorist or even a traveler is to ALWAYS use a seat belt. It is well proven that seat belts save lives, and drivers must do anything they can to increase their safety on the road.

Research has shown that vehicle passengers have a 40 percent better possibility of surviving a car crash if they are using a seat belt (this figure is dependent on the severity of the crash – some crashes are so sever that survival is impossible). In most accidents seat belts play a major role in reducing injuries. Each year around 20 percent of all car accident casualties were individuals not using a seat belt. Hundreds of other people are seriously injured or even disabled for life in car accidents where they were not wearing a seat belt.

Seat Belt Safety 1

Seat belts protect drivers and travelers in a variety of methods, such as:

1. Decreasing the time it takes a passenger to come to a complete stop upon impact.
2. Reducing a person’s contact or impact with the interior of the car.
3. Avoiding ejection from the vehicle.

Seat Belt Safety 2

If you are the driver, before your vehicle even begins to move you need to make certain of the following:

1. Your very own seat belt is properly fastened and adjusted to fit firmly.
2. Your travelers’ seat belts are appropriately fastened and fit firmly.
3. Children traveling in the vehicle are seated and strapped into the vehicle properly. If your child uses a car seat make sure the car seat is also properly installed. For purchasing and installation tips click here.

If you are a passenger, before the vehicle begins moving make sure you have:

1. Appropriately fasten your seat belt and adjust it to fit securely.
2. Encourage the driver and other passengers to buckle up.

Seat Belt Safety 3

Being pregnant should give a driver or passenger even more of a reason to fasten their seat belt. If you are involved in an accident, wearing a seat belt can safeguard both yourself and the unborn child. Here are some suggestions for conveniently and comfortably wearing a seat belt while pregnant.

1. Place the lap sash part of the seat belt under the child bulge, as low as possible. The lap part of the seat belt should sit over the upper thighs, not directly on top of the bulge.

2. It is possible to adjust the angle of the safety belt using a safety belt adjuster, located on the retractor.

3. Make certain the chest sash part of the belt is in front of you and in between your pectoral muscles.

Seat Belt Safety 4

Children should be restrained properly according to their size and weight. The child’s restraint needs to be installed appropriately in the vehicle. In certain vehicles it is possible to add an additional lap seat belt to accommodate a 4th small child in the back seat. However lap seat belts are not suggested on their own unless they are utilized in combination with a properly installed and fitted child harness. Prior to moving kids from a car seat into an adult seat belt, these conditions should be met:

1. The adult safety belt must fit correctly. The lap part is low over the hips (not the stomach) and the sash must not touch the child’s face or neck. Be sure to remove all slack from the seat belt as well before moving the vehicle.

2. Lap/sash seat belts provide much greater defense than lap belts. Where possible always put your child in a seating position with a lap/sash belt.

3. Kids riding in school buses should use a safety belt if one is readily available.

Seat Belt Safety 5

Seat belts are an essential part of automobile safety and should be kept in excellent condition. Vehicle owners should check the condition of their seat belts in their routine vehicle upkeep. Be sure to check for the following:

1. The safety belt themselves are not twisted, cut or frayed.

2. The buckles remain in excellent working order, engaging and locking effectively.

3. The retractors work effectively. The safety belt should slide out smoothly and be completely pulled back when not in use.

In lots of countries, such as Australia, every individual travelling in a car must wear a seat belt if one is available.

One of the easiest and most reliable protective driving strategies to protect yourself as a driver or a traveler is to ALWAYS use a seat belt. It is well known and studied that seat belts save lives. Using seat belts is plainly one of the most simple protective driving techniques a motorist or passenger can utilize.

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The year 2014 marked the turning point in alternative-fuel and hybrid designs in the auto industry. Hybrid vehicles gained a massive market share across all manufacturers and became more popular among consumers. On top of that, the AAA Great Battery Roundup managed to gather over 20,000 used vehicle batteries and disposed of them in an environmentally friendly way!

Although disposing vehicle batteries properly helps the environment, it isn’t the only way you can help! According to AAA representative Michael Calkins, you can make a significant contribution by adopting 2 easy-to-implement techniques: regular vehicle maintenance and better driving practices.

Please use the following tips to increase the awareness of the impact your vehicle and your driving can have on the environment.

The best way to conserve fuel while driving, is to drive a fully serviced vehicle that has been maintained properly. Carry out regular vehicle maintenance at the periods suggested by your vehicle’s manufacturer. If your “Check Engine” light illuminates on your dashboard be sure to have it checked out sooner rather than later.
checkengine1If you are looking for a credible auto center with the training and experience needed to keep your vehicle in the best shape please visit our service page!

It is a good idea to check your tire pressure often. Under-inflated tires push your engine to work harder and make use of more fuel to keep a given speed. You can find the specific pounds per square inch (PSI) in your owner’s manual, the vehicle door edge, doorpost, glove box door or fuel door.

Be sure to only have your cooling system serviced by a technician who is certified to manage and handle recyclable automotive refrigerants. Some older cooling systems include ozone-depleting chemicals that could be release into the environment.

Performing a “Jack Rabbit” start is never advised. Try to keep your vehicle below the speed limit. You will be much more safe and saving a little more on fuel too!
To properly deal with engine fluids and batteries. Call your city government waste management agency to find out the proper way to dispose of this waste. Never ever get rid of fluids on the ground or in any way that may permit them to make their way into groundwater, lakes or streams.

Appropriate car upkeep and environmentally friendly driving practices conserve natural resources, decrease exhaust emissions and reward you with a car that will last longer and be much safer to drive.

Keep your engine running at peak performance in order to conserve fuel. Perform regular automobile upkeep at the periods suggested by your car’s producer. Properly dispose of engine fluids and batteries. Proper car upkeep and ecologically friendly driving habits save natural resources, minimize exhaust emissions and reward you with a vehicle that will last longer and be safer to drive.

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10 Tips to prepare your vehicle for warm weather!
The very first warm weekend of the season generally triggers a symphony of cleaning items, vacuums and garden hoses. However while you may be in a rush to put a shine on your vehicle, it’s equally important to make sure it’s all set for the warm weather on the inside as well as the exterior.

“The most crucial areas to inspect after the harsh winter season are engine fluids, radiator hoses, belts, tires and brakes,” states Pat Goss, host of PBS’ “MotorWeek” and Washington Post vehicle columnist. “Adequately preparing these essential areas of the automobile prior to the weather heating up will not just keep you safe while driving, they’ll help avoid costly repair works.”

After battling months of snow, sleet, and icy roadways your automobile is certainly in dire need of some tender loving care. To make your spring as hassle-free as possible, follow this 10-point checklist to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape.

1. Eliminate your winter season tires and rotate all-season radials – If you have winter season tires, it’s time to store them away. It’s similarly essential to have all-season tires rotated or changed out for brand-new ones if you don’t have winter tires.

2. Brake check – After a blistering winter season, be sure to check your brakes. Indications include extreme grinding, screeching, shrieking or chatter.

3. Wiper blades check – Wipers ware over the winter season, cleaning away dirt and particles on your windshield. It is best to replace the wipers before the first showers of the season.

4. Clean the underbody – In addition to cleaning the outside, be sure to spray the underbody of your automobile and underneath the front and rear bumpers to wash away any salt accumulation, which can cause rusting. Utilize a high-pressure sprayer or garden hose for best results.

5. Apply a protectant – Any vinyl surface area, such as the seats and the steering wheel, are vulnerable to splitting, sun damage, and fading-so make sure to apply a protectant at the beginning of the season and touch-up regularly.

6. Modify your oil – Give some thought to the type of motor oil you have in your engine. Completely artificial oils are particularly designed to safeguard your engine in heat, while enhancing your engine’s effectiveness and lowering oil usage.

7. Inspect all fluids – In the winter season, fluids are quickly diminished as your engine works harder in the colder weather conditions. Ensure to inspect, round off or replace all fluids, consisting of brake, transmission, coolant, power steering and windshield washer fluid.

8. Inspect the cooling system, belts, and hoses – Assess the pressure of the cooling system, and analyze belts and hoses for wear and tear.

9. Interior cleaning – Vacuum and make certain to get rid of any unwanted garbage that has accumulated under your seats over the winter season.

10. Wash your car – All cars regardless of the finish (clear coat, acrylic, enamel, and so on) require regular washing throughout the year. To maintain your automobile’s luster and safeguard the surface area, wax your car once it has dried completely.

“The warm weather is here so make certain to follow this simple list to guarantee automobile reliability in the warm months ahead,” says Goss. “By taking care of your automobile, it will most likely care for you. And it will do it for a lot less money.”

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March Mad Deals

March Mad Deals are here at Bertera Dodge
March is a wonderful month! With the weather warming up and all the snow slowly melting away we cannot find a better reason to slash the prices on a number of vehicles for Bertera’s March Mad Deals event! Save thousands this month with great deals on the all-new 2016 Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4×4, 2016 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4×4, and the 2016 Dodge Journey SXT AWD!

March Mad Deals 2016 (Ram 1500)
Jump into an all new 2016 Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4×4 today with these great prices! It’s hard to resist the anti spin differential, a 5.7L Hemi, 20″ aluminum chrome clad wheels, class IV receiver hitch, and spray in bed liner, especially when they are all included.

March Mad Deals 2016 (Jeep Cherokee)
You can slide into an all new 2016 Jeep Cherokee Latitude 4×4 today! With features like the 8.4″ Uconnect entertainment system or the heated front seats and steering wheel, we guarantee these won’t last long!


March Mad Deals 2016 (Dodge Journey)
We keep it simple here in Westfield. Low prices and quality products are all we are interested in, simple right? The whole family can sit comfortably for the many miles to come. Begin your next family adventure with features like Uconnect Voice Commands with Bluetooth capabilities, all-wheel drive, and more on the all new 2016 Dodge Journey!

These March Mad Deals won’t last long! Not sure which one of these great deals you want to take advantage of? We have got you covered, have a look at what these vehicle reviewers have to say.

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Great Customers = Great Customer Service
Below is a letter that was sent to us from one of our valued customers! We enjoy reading testimonials from our customers, it helps us to improve and provide even better customer service. As you can see below two of our customers ran into a little trouble on the highway and were led to our dealership where they were handled by our experienced service team. Each employee plays a role when a new customer walks into our dealership. Whether it’s scheduling the appointment, taking them on test drives, or simply going over payment options each and every employee in this building is dedicated to providing the best possible customer service possible.

Have a look at the customer testimonial below!
A review from a happy customer
Do not hesitate to submit an experience of your own by clicking on the link below. We love reading our customer testimonials! Leave a review of your own right here!

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The 2016 Jeep Renegade Is Here!

The all-new 2016 Jeep Renegade has made its way to our lot here in Chicopee, MA. There are many available features on the Renegade to make your life that much more convenient. Like a personalized instrument cluster, keyless entry, or even the My Sky open-air dual panel roof! If you are interested in the Jeep Renegade, we urge you to visit our website to view our inventory or stop in for a test drive!

The apple does not fall far from the tree
Jeep has held on to their style and it is working very well on the 2016 Jeep Renegade. The best part is this stylish SUV is ready to set you off on new trails for your next adventure.

There is room for that
The 2016 Jeep Renegade offers Best-in-Class interior volume. That means you can configure your seating to accommodate your friends and gear for a comfortable ride for everyone.

Two is always better than one
MY SKY Dual Panel roofThe only thing better than a sun roof is two sun roofs! You can enjoy all that and more with the available My Sky dual-panel roof. Contact your dealer for more information and availability on the My Sky dual-panel roof.

Your mobile command center
The interior of the 2016 Jeep Renegade is a crossover between modern day tech, great colors, and top of line materials to make your drive in the Renegade that much better. We like to refer to it as central command on wheels.

Check out the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk Edition!

Do not let the terrain dictate your path
No longer worry about enabling 4×4 before hitting the trails, the 2016 Jeep Renegade features a rear axle disconnect system to easily switch between two wheel and four wheel drive. This system allows a reduction in energy loss and increases fuel efficiency when the 4×4 capability is not required and enhances traction and handling when it is.

Skip the pump
Fuel efficiency is in the back of every car buyer’s mind. Thankfully the1.4L I4 Tigershark
2.4L Tigershark I4 inside the 2016 Jeep Renegade can get up to 31 hwy mpg. The 2.4L Tigershark I4 engine burns clean, offers excellent fuel efficiency and reduces emissions all while providing a quiet and smooth ride.

Parking made easy
Make parking easy as pie with available Rear Cross Path Detection and the ParkView Rear Back Up Camera. Once your Renegade is put into reverse the center console display will show you what’s directly behind your vehicle, allowing you to reverse with no doubt in your mind.

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Interior of the all new 2016 Jeep Renegade
Just how bad are pot holes for my car

It has finally started to warm up here in the valley! With all the melting of the snow and ice all of those pesky pot holes are starting to pop up. Some of them are easily avoided while others we really cannot do much about. Whether you hit every pot hole or not we want to know, how bad are pot holes for my car?

Signs of pot hole damage.New tire next to worn tire

Pot holes can cause a whole heap of damage to multiple parts of your vehicle. Hitting a rather large pot hole can damage the tire pretty badly, especially if it is worn. Tire damage is not the only thing affected by hitting a large pot hole, you must also worry about your vehicle’s wheel alignment. Alignment issues occur over time, meaning you most likely have driven over more than a few pot holes at this point. Your wheel alignment is what keeps your wheels pointing in one direction. Misaligned wheels can cause excess fuel usage, and rapid tire deterioration. Here are a few indicators that you may notice if your wheels are out of alignment:

Your vehicle sways in one direction while driving. This will feel like a maxresdefaultsmall tug on the steering wheel, almost like the vehicle is lightly drifting in one direction.
If you are driving in a straight line and your steering wheel is at an angle or a little off-center it may be time to consider a wheel alignment.
One side of the tire tread is much more worn down than the other. Unevenly worn tires are a blatant indicator of a misaligned vehicle.
Your vehicle shakes and vibrates at higher speeds.

Making sure our customers are safe on the road is one of our main focuses here at Bertera Mitsubishi in West Springfield. If your vehicle is suffering from any of these indicators then you may want to consider a wheel alignment. If you are not sure whether you need a wheel alignment or not schedule a service appointment with one of our experienced and certified technicians today!

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The 2016 Nissan TITAN XD has arrived in Auburn!

The all-new 2016 Nissan TITAN XD has made its way into our showroom and on to our lot! A plethora of features are available to help you get the job done, like a 7-inch full color display, a rear seat cargo organizer, and the deep center console with laptop storage. If you are interested in the Nissan TITAN XD then come have a look for yourself or visit our website for more information! You can also view our inventory here.

Capability Is Our Middle Name
Handle even your hardest tasks with the new, strong, and rugged 2016 Nissan TITAN XD in-bed lights
design of the TITAN XD and it’s available features like LED Daytime Running Lights.

Replace Your Toolbox With The TITAN XD
This truck is designed to get the job done with ease. With available in-bed lighting and rear window lighting the TITAN XD has just replaced your on site workbench. The available in-bed boxes provide low profile lockable storage that double as coolers. You can now stay on the job longer with the new addition of a 120-volt power outlet.

A completely redesigned interior for 2016.

Innovative Interior Design
Extra cabin room was created by moving the shift level to the steering column, leaving a plethora of extra storage space and available room to stretch out. Even the placement of the glove compartment handle was considered in the design of the TITAN XD. It has been moved closer to the center of the cabin to allow the driver an easier time while reaching.

Never Sit On Cold Seats Again
2016 Nissan TITAN XD interiorAvailable heated and cooled front seating and the heated rear seats will quickly and effectively make things more comfortable for you and your passengers, while your hands get a warm treatment from the heated steering wheel.

Finding a great deal on a new Nissan TITAN XD in Auburn is easy at Bertera Nissan. At Bertera Nissan we have an excellent selection of new and used Nissan Titan’s in stock and on sale now. Whether you want to buy or lease a new Nissan Titan at Bertera Nissan we make it easy!

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FIAT 500 Goes Home FREE With This Test Driver
We have all test driven a car and wished we could simply drive it home and park it right in our driveway. Believe it or not that is what actually happened to Chinyere, a resident in Miami, Florida. The young lady was simply looking to test drive a new FIAT and little did she know she would experience the prank of a lifetime. Watch the video below for the full story!

The best part of the video is seeing Chinyere’s face after the test drive. She has the funniest face on after spending the last half of the test drive trying to understand the salesman in the vehicle with her. She then discovers that she is the owner of a brand new FIAT! You can tell she was excited by the pitch of her shrieks when she is informed. How would you react if you were in Chinyere’s shoes? Leave a comment below!

Here at Bertera FIAT in West Springfield we cannot promise to send you home with a brand new FIAT free of charge, but we can get you a great deal on one of our new or used vehicles in our large inventory. We are located at 657 Riverdale St. in West Springfield, Massachusetts, and have an incredible lineup of new and used vehicles for you to browse.

Our experienced and professional sales team is here to help you get into a new or used vehicle of your choice! Come give us a visit today!

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Bertera Chevrolet Body Center

Bertera Chevrolet Body Center
Does your vehicle have body damage? Perhaps you simply just want to recolor your vehicle. You can have all that and more at the Bertera Chevrolet Body Center! We are located at 1187 Thorndike St. in Palmer! The Bertera Chevrolet Body Center is your one stop shop for all of your body work needs! Come in and have your vehicle looked at by our certified and experienced technicians! Our customers deserve the best, that is why we provide them with great prices, great body work, and a great experience. Come visit us today and find out for yourself.

Our experienced service team is trained to know every inch of your Bertera Chevrolet Body Centervehicle. We know you want to feel as great about your vehicle as the day you purchased it. Our team here at the Bertera Chevrolet Body Center have the skills needed to provide the best body work in the area! Come visit us today to have your vehicle looking and feeling like new.

Our expert service advisers will walk you through the whole process with written estimates of what is recommended to complete your repair. In addition, should you require body work to return your vehicle to it’s pre-accident glory, we have certified service technicians available to help! We will review your estimates with you and
address any questions that may come up throughout the process.

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