Archive for the ‘Tips and Tricks’ Category

Why cars have outside temperature warnings

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
Volkswagen gauge cluster warning lights with text asking why VW beeps at 39 degrees

Does Volkswagen have an ice warning?

You start up your Volkswagen when you hear a ding and a number flashes in your gauge cluster, “39.” What does that mean? Volkswagen, like many modern automakers, offers an outside temperature warning. Here in South Carolina, you might rarely see the temperature flash. So, why does it? It’s an ice warning, and flashes at 39 degrees or below. (more…)

South Carolina is experiencing wintry weather – How do you drive in it?

Thursday, January 4th, 2018
Snowy road with warning triangle

How to drive on black ice and what to do if you skid

Normally our winters here in North Charleston, SC are fairly mild, with highs normal nearing the 60 degree range. So what’s going on this year? As we write this, it’s a mere 33 degrees outside, with a high of 40. Tomorrow is even colder, and Saturday colder still. Though peak temperatures are above freezing, this week’s lows are enough to cause black ice. Since most of us typically don’t come across such slippery weather conditions, we aren’t all aware of how to drive on black ice or what to do if your car skids. Here’s what to expect if the roads freeze over. (more…)

The importance of checking your oil

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
how often should you check your oil? oil being poured into a funnel

How often should you check your oil?

All aspects of vehicular maintenance are important. If something isn’t right with your vehicle, it could be potentially disastrous for you and your wallet. Most times, an expensive fix comes down to not performing regular maintenance of your vehicle. An easy way to keep repairs at bay and save money is by regularly checking your engine oil.   (more…)

How Can I Prevent My Vehicle From Being Stolen?

Monday, July 17th, 2017
thief looking into vehicle

5 Tips on How to Prevent Car Theft

Our vehicle does a lot for us. Takes us to work, school, to pick up the kids and more. We’ve worked hard for our vehicles which means if it’s broken into or stolen it is stressful and devastating. Are you looking for ways to protect your vehicle? Take a look at these 5 tips on how to prevent car theft. (more…)

Can I Drive Without Shoes on in South Carolina?

Thursday, July 13th, 2017
can i drive barefoot?

Throughout our lives, we’ve heard that it’s illegal to drive without shoes on but is it? Sometimes driving barefoot is the most convenient thing to do like after a day at the beach or a long hike but likely it’s been in the back of your mind that it’s not allowed. At Stokes Volkswagen, we answer the question of can I drive without shoes on in South Carolina? Keep reading to find out more.  (more…)

VW Digital Cockpit Information Display Features

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
volkswagen digital cockpit

What Can the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit Information Display Do?

The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit displays information to drivers through a 12.3-inch screen located on the instrument panel. This feature connects the vehicle and driver by allowing the driver to see information while driving that is right within sight. This easy to read and easy to use feature creates an intuitive and interactive experience and it lets the driver personalize it to fit their needs. The VW Digital Cockpit Information Display can do a number of things including display the navigation feature and allow the driver to adjust the available Adaptive Cruise Control feature. Keep reading to find out what other things the Digital Cockpit system can do and what models this feature is available in.  (more…)

Reasons Why You Should Pay Attention to Your Car Battery’s Health

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
How Often Should You Change the Battery In Your Volkswagen

How Often Should You Change the Battery In Your Volkswagen

The battery in your car is extremely important, and without it, you won’t be driving anywhere. Unfortunately, it’s easy to take them for granted and forget about them. That is, until they die on you or cause a problem at the most inconvenient times. So, how often should you be changing the battery in your Volkswagen to make sure you aren’t left stranded without a vehicle? Let’s talk about it.


Tips for Keeping Your Pets Cool While Traveling in the Car

Monday, August 22nd, 2016
How to Keep Pets Cool in the Car for Traveling in the Summer

How to Keep Pets Cool in the Car for Traveling in the Summer

The summer months can get awfully warm here in the Charleston SC area. Not only does this make things uncomfortable for you, but it can also make things uncomfortable for your pets. If you’re someone who enjoys traveling with their dog in the back seat, you’ll want to know how to keep pets cool in the car for traveling in the summer months.


Honor Car Care Month By Preparing Your Vehicle for Spring, Summer Vacations With These Service Tips

Monday, April 4th, 2016
Spring and Summer Road Trip Car Care Checklist

Spring and Summer Road Trip Car Care Checklist

April is National Car Care Month, and with what remains of any chilly air making its way out the door, even warmer weather for spring and summer vacations is on the way in. It’s a great time to hit the road to begin a new adventure, but you need to make sure your vehicle is ready for the trip. That’s why we’re here to help with our spring and summer road trip car care checklist, helping you to take the steps necessary to get some of your car’s more critical systems and parts in optimal condition.


How Much Gas Does Your Car Use to Charge Your Smartphone?

Monday, February 8th, 2016
Does Charging Your Phone In Your Car Waste Gas?

Does Charging Your Phone In Your Car Waste Gas?

Who doesn’t love the technology of a smartphone? It gives you immediate access to all of the contacts, music and information you could want at any time and anywhere. Of course, these devices don’t always have a stellar battery life, meaning that your vehicle often becomes a quick and easy way to charge on the go. But while charging your phone on the highway, you may wonder: does charging your phone in your car waste gas?