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Driving Tips That Can Save Your Life

Monday, December 31st, 2018

Driving is a necessity for a lot of people in the world today. Whether it be going to work, school or anywhere in between, you can see plenty of vehicles on the roads getting to where they need to be.

As more people drive to their destination, the more dangerous it can be on the roadways. Here are some quick tips that can keep you and your family safe on the roads, no matter where you go!

Check Blind Spots

Checking your blind spot may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many accidents a year are related to drivers not checking their blind spot! The first thing every driver must do is adjust their mirrors. When positioned correctly, side mirrors help eliminate the blind spot in your vehicle. Though most modern vehicles have blind spot monitors, it is always safer to check your blind spot yourself.

Don’t Brake During a Blow Out

If you experience one of your tires blowing out while you are traveling, DO NOT slam on the brakes! Although your first instinct might be to stop your vehicle, doing this may cause your car to fishtail or even flip over. What you should do instead is apply pressure to the gas pedal until the vehicle stabilizes and then guide your car to a safe zone with your foot off the gas and brake pedals. The drag from your tire blowing out will stop the vehicle eventually. Afterward you can change the tire or call for help.

Always Carry a Safety Kit

It is important to always keep a safety kit in your car. Your car safety kit should have some of the following:

  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight & extra batteries
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Road flares
  • Blankets
  • First Aid kit
  • Water & non-perishable food
  • Old cell phone with charger
  • Portable battery charger

Having a safety kit in your vehicle can help during times of car trouble. Including an old cell phone in your kit can help in emergencies, as phones can still connect to emergency services without being connected to an active phone contract. There are many things you can put in your safety kit, and it is completely customizable for you.


Being a safe driver is paramount to keeping you and everyone around you safe. Always be aware of your surroundings and never make any rash decisions.

Happy and safe driving from the Payne Auto Group

Safe Driving Tips for Halloween

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Safe driving is imperative! Especially on Halloween! Navigating the streets as children trick or treat is something that every safe driver should be extra vigilant about.

If you’re taking your little ones out for a night of trick or treating, be sure to follow these safety tips!


If you’re planning on hitting the roads on Halloween night follow these safe driving tips:

  • Drive 5 below the speed limit in residential neighborhoods
  • Watch out for children as they walk on the street, medians or other walkways close to the road
  • Keep an eye out for trick or treaters in dark costumes, as you may not see them on the road
  • Always yield to pedestrians
  • Eliminate distractions like your cell phone or loud music in the vehicle
  • Always use a designated driver if you plan to drink


Halloween should be a fun and exciting time for everyone who plans to participate. But with fun comes safety and it is important to stay vigilant while on the road.

Review these safe driving tips to keep you and your family safe this holiday!

Happy Halloween from the Payne Auto Group!


5 Things Every Teen Driver Should Know

Monday, October 8th, 2018

So your teen just got their license and is feeling on top of the world! They eagerly ask you if they could take the car out to go to the mall or go visit friends, but, like all parents, you hesitate.

Teen drivers are statistically more at risk than adult drivers due to their inexperience. According to research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 16- to 17-year old drivers are nine times more likely to be involved in a crash than adults and six times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than adults.

Of course, when parents become involved in teaching their children safe driving, these statistics become less shocking.

Teaching your teens what to look out for and how to be safe on the road not only protects your child but also their passengers and others around them.

Here are three tips for protecting your teen driver.

Minimize Distractions

Minimizing distractions is the number one thing that can help teen drivers stay safe. Some of these distractions include using cell phones, having rowdy friends in the car, or even eating while driving.

Minimizing distractions can greatly reduce the chances of getting in a car accident. While your teen may have the ability to drive alone now, parents should instill rules for using the vehicle.

Drive Defensively

It’s important to reinforce driving defensively. This means keeping a safe distance away from the car in front, obeying all traffic signs and traffic rules, and generally just being aware of the surroundings.

With time and practice comes wisdom, and teen drivers need to keep up what they learned in defensive driving in “real world” situations.

Vehicle Maintenence

Driving is a privilege, and your teen should treat the vehicle as such. This means teaching your teen the basics of car maintenance.

Teaching your teens routine maintenance can really help them out in case they encounter an emergency. Some tips you can teach your teen about are:

  • How to change your vehicle’s oil
  • How to check fluid levels
  • How to change a flat tire
  • How to use a tire repair kit

These tips can really help your teen navigate any kind of problem they can encounter.


In conclusion, while your teen may have their license, they aren’t equipped with the knowledge and wisdom of navigating the road.

It is the job of parents to help prepare their teen driver for the wide open road!

If you’re looking for a great vehicle for your teen, visit our website and schedule a test drive once you find the perfect vehicle!

The Perfect Tailgating Kit for Your Car

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

It’s that time of year again where the weather becomes crisper and football Friday’s get everyone excited! One good thing about football games is the tailgating parties fans have before them!

Being the life of the tailgate party isn’t something that ends with college! In this article, we’ll outline the perfect tailgating kit for your car!


Yes, you read that right, coolers as in multiple coolers! One for food and one for drinks! If you’re thinking of grilling as you tailgate, you need a safe and cool place to hold your meat! You also can use the “food cooler” as a transport for leftovers (assuming there are any!)

Portable Grill

You have your drinks and your food prepared, so what’s next? Time to fire up the grill and throw on some delicious BBQ! If you want something low maintenance, consider using a small gas or charcoal grill. If you decide to bring a charcoal grill, don’t forget to make sure you bring extra charcoal, lighter fluid, and a fire extinguisher just in case things get out of hand!

Kitchenware & Utensils

This may be self-explanatory, but don’t forget disposable plates and utensils, napkins, and trash bags to clean up everything. If you plan on grilling, don’t forget BBQ utensils such as tongs, grill brush, and a spatula. Also bring aluminum foil, as to help keep pesky flies off your food and to help keep your food warm.

Folding Chairs, Tables & Tents

Stay out of the sun and elements with a tent large enough to house you, your friends! If you’re planning on eating, you should bring a foldable table to place the food on and eat off of. Don’t forget the foldable chairs too!

Games & Entertainment

Pregaming before the game is crucial! Whether it be with easy carnival games like bean bag toss or ring toss, you should definitely be prepared to entertain your guests!

Stay Safe and Have Fun!


IRS Section 179: What You Need to Know

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Who doesn’t like to get extra money back on their taxes? Especially if you run your own business, that extra money can go a long way! Learn about Section 179?

Did you know if you’re a self-employed businessman you can qualify for the Section 179 Tax Deduction? Sounds complicated? It’s not!

Section 179 of the IRS Tax Code essentially lets businesses “deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased of financed during the tax year.” [X] So what does that mean? It means that if you purchase or finance a piece of qualifying equipment, like a vehicle, Section 179 allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price!

Several years ago businesses had to deduct the price of qualifying equipment over several years through depreciation. And while Section 179 lets business owners deduct the entire price of qualifying equipment at once, it does have limits to how much a business can claim.

There are caps a business can claim through Section 179. According to the official IRS website, “The maximum amount you can elect to deduct for most section 179 property you placed in service in tax years beginning in 2017 is $510,000 ($545,000 for qualified enterprise zone property). This limit is reduced by the amount by which the cost of section 179 property placed in service during the tax year exceeds $2,030,000.”

So, who exactly qualifies for Section 179? While big businesses can take advantage of Section 179, small and medium-sized businesses can really benefit the most. According to the Section 179 website, “all businesses that purchase, finance, and/or lease new or used business equipment during tax year 2018 should qualify for the Section 179 Deduction (assuming they spend less that $3,500,000).”

For a list of qualifying property that Section 179 covers, please visit the Section 179 website.

If you’d like to speak to someone to find out more about how your business can qualify, please visit the Payne Auto Group website.

Community Info: Look Before You Lock

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

We Texans are no stranger to the summer heat. With temperatures reaching as high as 110 degrees Fahrenheit, you’ll find people racing from the sun and into the cool, crisp air of the great indoors.

Unfortunately, Texas ranks as the number one state in the United States for child-in-vehicle heat related deaths. According to Lorrie Walker, technical adviser and training manager at Safe Kids Worldwide, a children’s safety advocacy group, “a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s body. The reflecting of the sunlight in on the glass, it’s like an oven. Cracking a window does not help.” [X]

On a hot day and after just ten minutes, the interior car temperature will usually be 19 degrees hotter than the outside temperature. After half an hour, the inside of your car will be 34 degrees hotter than the outside. By that hypothesis, in 95-degree weather the interior of your car will be 129 degrees in just half an hour and in 100 degrees, it can reach 134 inside your car. [X]

According to No Heat Strokeit is reported that Texas has had 114 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths from 1998-2017. Texas outranks every other state in this category on the list. 

It is so important to Look Before You Lock. Payne Auto Group wants everyone to stay responsible during these high temperature months. Always make sure you check the backseat for your pets or children before you leave your vehicle. Don’t let your child or pet become another statistic! Heat related deaths are preventable! Look Before You Lock!

For more information about Look Before You Lock, please visit this website.

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