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5 Essential Accessories for Your New Volkswagen

Volkswagen Accessories in Rockaway NJ - Trend Motors VolkswagenSo you’ve purchased a brand-new Volkswagen. Whether you fell in love with the sportiness of the legendary Golf GTI or found the sheer versatility of the Touareg irresistible, you made an excellent choice. Now, it’s time to accessorize. Read on and we’ll guide you through five different ways to make the most of your new ride.

  1. Wheels/Rims

Purchasing new rims is an easy way to draw attention to your vehicle. From bold chrome to matte black and beyond, rims are available in a range of sizes, materials and designs to suit your vehicle’s aesthetic and your personal style.

  1. Bike Carrier/Other Transportation Equipment

Do you consider yourself the outdoorsy type? If so, a bike or kayak rack makes an excellent addition to your VW. When they’re not being used, these devices tend to be relatively noninvasive. And once it’s time to hit the road, they offer easy transportation of your recreational gear without the need for a truck or trailer.

  1. Window Deflectors

The primary purpose of these relatively affordable accessories is to reduce wind noise when cruising around with your windows rolled down. In addition, window deflectors help prevent rain from entering your vehicle’s window when it’s opened slightly, allowing you to keep fresh air flowing.

  1. Mud Flaps/Splash Guards

Planning to drive on wet or muddy roads? Mud flaps and splash guards are a must-have. They’ll protect your car from water, mud, dust and other debris kicked up by your tires as you go about your adventure.

  1. Cosmetic Accessories

Keep your vehicle looking sharp with cosmetic upgrades. Gear shift knobs and pedal covers are great choices for your vehicle’s interior, while exhaust tips and license plate frames can help spice things up on the outside. Sporty rear spoilers are also a popular option for many VW models.

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With a wide range of models on the market, there’s no doubt that Volkswagen has something that suits your lifestyle. Find your new VW at Trend Motors Volkswagen, located at 221 US-46, Rockaway, NJ.

The Best Distracted-Driving Apps for Greater Safety on the Roads

Distracted driving

Distracted Driving Tips in Rockaway NJ – Trend Motors Volkswagen

Despite distracted driving causing hundreds of deaths and even more injuries every year, many drivers continue to use their laptops, tablets and phones while on the road. To help end this habit, several software developers have created innovative mobile apps aimed at keeping your eyes on the road.

The apps are designed to shut off certain phone and other mobile device functions while on the road so you’re not distracted. Reading a text message, for example, keeps your eye off the road for an estimated five seconds. A lot can happen in five seconds. Distracted-driving apps shut down texting and other possible sources of distraction and generally keep your attention off the phone and on the road.

There are many such apps, which can make selection a bit difficult. However, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles, a great distracted-driving app should:

  • Be compatible with your phone,
  • Be able to block messages and phone calls,
  • Provide notification to parents,
  • Be able to track the miles you’ve driven safely, and
  • Offer rewards for safe driving.

Top 4 Distracted-Driving Apps

Based on the DMV requirements, here are some of the best apps you can choose from:

  • Automatic Smart Driving Assistant

This app works with the automatic link accessory and is extremely effective at silencing incoming texts, notifications and phone calls while you’re driving. It can even be set to auto-reply the caller that you’re behind the wheel. And, in the unfortunate event that you crash, a Crash Alert automatically summons emergency help from local authorities, providing them with the exact location of the accident.

  • LifeSaver

The LifeSaver app uses GPS monitoring and a rewards system to help drivers break dangerous distracted-driving habits. In addition to blocking messaging and calling while you’re driving, it automatically lets loved ones know that you’ve arrived safely at your destination and has a dashboard where parents can adjust a few functions to help guide teens to responsible driving. The app is widely used by fleet managers to monitor driver behaviors on the job.

  • AT&T’s Drive Mode

Available for iOS and Android devices, AT&T’s Drive Mode app is another simple app that is effective at preventing distractions by blocking texting and talking on the phone while you’re driving. Drive Mode is set to automatically start when you drive faster than 15 mph and alerts parents if the app has been disabled or if certain settings have been altered.

  • Mojo

Mojo is a free app that discreetly runs in the background and scores each trip you take. You’ll receive a Mojo score based on how often you’re using your mobile devices. For every minute you drive without engaging in distracting behavior, you score one point. Every time you reach 300 points, you stand the chance of winning a $5 gift card to Amazon, Dunkin’ Donuts, or Starbucks.

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The Volkswagen I.D. vs. Tesla Model 3: Experts’ Insight

Volkswagen ID Review in Rockaway NJ - Trend Motors VolkswagenOf the more than 20 electric vehicles (EVs) that Volkswagen plans to release by 2025, a Golf-sized sport utility vehicle — VW I.D. — attracted the most attention.

There isn’t much to write about the I.D. because it is planned for release more than two years from now. However, many experts have compared it to the Tesla Model 3.

Designed to attain the highest safety standards in every category, Model 3 cars deliver 220 miles of range while starting at $35,000 and can get from zero to 60 mph in less than 5.1 seconds. They come with Tesla’s driverless autopilot features and are fitted with necessary hardware to improve several functions through over-the-air updates. The cars also feature regenerative braking, a technology Tesla uses to harvest energy from the brakes to boost battery life.

VW I.D.’s Are Just As Functional, But Cheaper And More Futuristic

The VW I.D. and Tesla Model 3 are very similar. Both are electric cars designed with the driverless concept in mind. Both are equipped with features that enhance driver and passenger comfort and safety. And both try to minimize energy wastage, always saving any excesses in the battery.

However, while the Model 3 is designed for today, it Volkswagen has one eye on the future with its I.D. There are a few clear-cut differences between the Model 3 and the I.D., including:

  • The I.D. concept

As the name suggests, the VW I.D. is built on the idea of giving each VW driver an ID. The ID is an individual profile in which the personal seat, air conditioning settings, sound system settings, your favorite radio stations and songs, exterior sounds, the type of lighting and many other details are saved. The profile can be securely accessed via the cloud, allowing the car to identify users by their smartphone and know exactly who is getting behind the wheel.

  • Range difference

The 168-horsepower I.D. will have a range of 175 to 265 miles. Going by Tesla’s recent statement, the Model 3, has a range of roughly 215 miles.

  • I.D.’s cost $8,000 less

The four-door I.D. is expected to be up to 25 percent cheaper than Model 3. During the Automobile Forum 2017 in Germany, Thomas Sedran, Volkswagen head of Group Strategy, disclosed the I.D. will cost $7,000 to $8,000 less than the Model 3. Considering that Model 3 prices start at $35,000, it is expected VW I.D.’s will sell at about $28,000.

Trend Motors will be among the first to have the I.D.’s in stock when they are released. In the meantime, feel free to browse our new and pre-owned e-Golf and e-Up EVs.

Winter/Snow Versus All Season Tires: Know the Difference

Volkswagen Winter Tires in Rockaway NJ - Trend Motors Volkswagen

While safe driving should see you through most obstacles you might face on the road, extreme weather conditions typically require special intervention. Severe winters, in particular, pose all kinds of handling challenges to even the best drivers.

To help you drive safely throughout the year, the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) has developed a special category of tires known as winter tires to be used when those snowy conditions set it. The rest of time you can use your all-season tires. But as soon as you see snow and ice outside, for improved efficiency and your own safety, you’re advised to take out the all-season tires and install winter tires.

“But how exactly are they different?” you might ask. The following is a detailed comparison of the two to help you understand their differences;

Winter Tires

All-Season Tires

Are designed specifically to provide better braking performance in icy and snowy conditions. Are designed to provide stable handling and even tread wear in dry and lightly wet conditions.
Perform particularly well in winter conditions including snow, ice, sleet, slush and cold dry roads. They offer traction in winter conditions, but not as effectively as special winter tires.
These tires are made from specially prepared tread rubber that remains flexible even in low temperatures for better vehicle control. The tires aren’t made from special tread rubber, often resulting in average vehicle control in extreme winter conditions.
Tire tread compounds are selected with the wet, icy weather in mind, and feature biting edges for greater traction and a sturdier grip. Tires designed for comfort and longevity. They feature asymmetric tread for excellent grip in dry conditions and above-average traction in lightly wet conditions.
These tires have a Severe Snow Conditions symbol (usually a mountain/snowflake) on the sidewall. All-season tires don’t bear the mountain/snowflake or any other heavy snow/winter effectiveness symbols.

Two Quick Rules To Remember

  • Always use four matching tires

Using winter tires at the front and all-season tires at the rear or vice versa can result in what is known as “split personality” where the front and rear wheels aren’t in communication. This is very dangerous.

  • Never use winter tires in the summer

The reason for this is that the tread on winter tires is softer and wears out faster on warm driving surfaces. Additionally, soft rubber on dry pavement results in poor handling and suspect responsiveness. This too is a huge risk.

 

Best Midsize Sedan 2016 Volkswagen Passat

The facelifted 2016 VW Passat earns high praise from Cars.com

Best Midsize Sedan 2016 Volkswagen Passat

Looking around, you might think the SUV market has completely overtaken the sedan when it comes to the preferred family vehicle, but this is clearly not the case. With easy maneuverability and a host of features for a lower price, many parents are still opting for a midsize sedan when it comes time to get a new car. When it comes to vehicles that top the segment, the Best Midsize Sedan is the 2016 Volkswagen Passat, according to Cars.com. Read the rest of this entry >>

Top things to pack for a summer road trip in NJ

What are the essentials to pack for a summer road trip?

Top things to pack for a summer road trip in NJ

You’ve checked your list, you’ve check it again, you’ve packed, repacked and you’re sure you have everything. That is, until you’re an hour into your trip and there’s no turning back for your toothbrush or spare pillow. Sure, there are plenty of things you can buy when you’re already on the road, but that’s money you could be spending on local cuisine or souvenirs. To help you get started, here are the top things to pack for a summer road trip in NJ. Read the rest of this entry >>

What’s unique about the VW T-Prime SUV concept?

Correction: VW reveals T-Prime concept at 2016 Beijing Auto Show

What’s unique about the VW T-Prime SUV concept?

Sometimes you take a risk and it doesn’t pay off. Such is the case with our speculation that the concept revealed in Beijing would be the next-generation Touareg, but we’re satisfied being incorrect on this after seeing the all-new T-Prime unveiled. We’ve seen a few concepts with similar technology, and we already have a Touareg for luxury models, so you may be wondering what’s unique about the VW T-Prime SUV concept. We’re here to fill you in on its complete details. Read the rest of this entry >>

2016 Volkswagen models for college grads in Morris County NJ

What are the best options for college grads and new drivers?

2016 Volkswagen models for college grads in Morris County NJ

College graduation might be a month or so away for most students, but when it comes to a big purchase like a new car it’s always smart to consider the costs well ahead of time. Financing aside, it’s a fun time to consider which vehicle is right for you and your lifestyle. These are some of the better 2016 Volkswagen models for college grads in Morris County NJ, but buying used vehicles is also a smart option for saving some money. Read the rest of this entry >>

VW SUV T-Cross and T-Roc concepts at Geneva Motor Show

Will Volkswagen be unveiling the T-Cross at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show?

VW SUV T-Cross and T-Roc concepts at Geneva Motor Show

It seems that 2016 is the year when Volkswagen is going to be revealing the most changes and innovations we’ve seen in a while. So far the BUDD-e has already been unveiled as a concept that flaunts the potential for improved electric vehicle options, while the e-Golf Touch adds on practical gesture control that we expect to see available in upcoming production models. Now we’re hearing rumors of a new subcompact SUV from Volkswagen, and rumor has it the VW T-Cross and T-Roc concepts will both be at the Geneva Motor Show. Read the rest of this entry >>

Why is the 2016 VW Golf good for short people?

Volkswagen offers solutions for vertically-challenged drivers

Why is the 2016 VW Golf good for short people?

We hear time and again how there are some cars that just aren’t meant to be when you’re a tall driver or passenger. When rear legroom is pitiful at best, auto journalists will be sure to note it isn’t the best option for anyone over six foot tall, but these are issues shorter occupants can blow past. This doesn’t mean short drivers don’t have any problems, but they are too often ignored. If you’ve been hearing the solution could be one of our most popular models, you may be asking: why is the 2016 VW Golf good for short people? Read the rest of this entry >>