How to minimize risk when driving in the winter

By Admin | Posted in Safety on Monday, December 12th, 2016 at 12:55 AM


It’s that time of the year when the winter storms are coming! We wanted to share just a few winter driving tips with you! Some of the following winter driving tips can help you stay in control of your vehicle while driving during winter conditions!


Driving on ICE

When driving on icy road conditions you will want to be careful and be cautious as “black” ice can form on the roads. “Black” ice is clear and are most commonly occur around dawn and late evening when the temperature is lowest. Low temperature causes precipitation to freeze when it hits the road which in turn creates ice. Sleet and snow that has frozen again can also generate black ice. Be very aware of black ice especially on bridges and elevated roadways.
It is important to know how your vehicle responds on ice. Do not over-correct with your steering wheel and panic braking.
If you encounter black ice…
Remain clam
Do not slam on your brakes
Take your foot off the gas pedal
Steer in the direction you would like your vehicle to go
Once the car has slowed down and the wheels are able to get traction you will be able to regain control
Always be sure to leave plenty of space between you and other drivers in the incident that they are not able to control their vehicle.

Driving in SNOW

Varying types of snow can cause different driving conditions. If it is large, wet snowflakes it can pile up and can cause slippery road surfaces. If there are small, light snowflakes visibility can be reduced and ice can build on windshields and other surfaces.
Be sure to slow down as snow can be just as slippery as ice. You will also want to increase your following distance between other drivers. Your ability to brake can be affected even in light snow. When driving on a snow covered hill be sure to take is slow and have enough braking capability to stop safely. It is also recommended to leave at least 3-4 vehicle lengths between you and other cars to best avoid a collision.


In the Midwest we are accustom to whiteout conditions in the winter. Visibility becomes reduced when snow gets very heavy and you may only be able to see just a few feet in front of your vehicle and are unable to see the lane markings on the road. Make sure that you are driving slow enough to have time to brake or move if somethings happen in front of your vehicle.
It is also important to make sure that you make yourself visible on the roadways. Use all of your headlights and turn on your fog lights if you have them. Hazard lights may be needed if you are driving below the speed limit and want to alert other drivers. Tip 2 – Make yourself as visible as possible. Always make sure that you communicate your intentions when changing lanes or turning so that those around you can see you and adjust their driving as well.
If the whiteout conditions become too hazardous to drive in look for the nearest exit and find a safe place to wait out the storm. If you do not have that option you may pull to the side of the road, turn on your hazard lights, and wait it out. Make sure to keep your car running to remain heated but make sure your continually check your exhaust pipe and make sure it is not covered by snow and that your window is cracked to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

New Jeep Wrangler updates

By Admin | Posted in Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, Release date on Friday, October 23rd, 2015 at 9:12 AM
2017 Jeep Wrangler redesign and release date

2017 Jeep Wrangler redesign and release date

There has been a great deal of speculation for the latest addition to the Jeep Wrangler family.  Rumors about switching from a body-on-frame to a unibody style of production while shifting to an all-aluminum body have abounded for the past year.  That appears to have been clarified (the body-on-frame style will remain for now), but there are still many discussions and ideas to keep up with about the new vehicle.  Here are a few updates on where we stand with the 2017 Jeep Wrangler redesign and release date. Read the rest of this entry »

National Teen Driver Safety Week 2015 is Oct. 18-24

By Admin | Posted in Safety, Tips and Trades on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 at 9:25 AM
Helpful safety tips for teenage drivers

Helpful safety tips for teenage drivers

October 18 – 24 has been designated National Teen Driver Safety Week, and it is the perfect time to reflect upon the habits and behaviors exhibited by the nation’s youngest drivers. Some of the statistics about teen driver accidents are sobering and tragic, and we here at Dave Syverson Auto Center believe it’s important to stay educated on the issue. Not only could these helpful safety tips for teenage drivers prevent catastrophes, they are also important reminders for drivers of all ages and mileage. Read the rest of this entry »

Enjoy Albert Lea’s Halloween celebrations

By Admin | Posted in Holidays, Seasonal on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at 8:45 AM
Halloween 2015 events near Albert Lea MN

Halloween 2015 events near Albert Lea MN

With Halloween season in full swing, Albert Lea has plenty of Halloween fun to offer ghosts and goblins of all ages. The holiday is fast approaching, but there is still time to enjoy spooky celebrations. Here are some Halloween 2015 events near Albert Lea to sink your teeth into.

Haunted Walk

When:  Friday, October 30, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where:  Brookside Trail boat landing

United Way and the Parks and Rec department invite you to join them for a haunted walk along Brookside Trail.  Recommended for people ages 10 and up, this event costs $5 per person and should set the right mood for Halloween weekend.

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The new Dodge Viper boasts new levels of horsepower

By Admin | Posted in Dodge, Dodge Viper on Saturday, October 17th, 2015 at 9:33 AM
2016 Dodge Viper ACR performance specs and price

2016 Dodge Viper ACR performance specs and price

At Dave Syverson, we love Dodge, which is why we like to keep you up-to-date on the brand’s latest accomplishments. The last time the auto world saw a Dodge Viper, it was 2010. While not much time has passed since then, Dodge has managed to evolve a few engineering tactics to build better, more powerful vehicles- one of which is the newest Dodge Viper. The 2016 Viper has sent auto enthusiasts into a tizzy, due to the incredible amounts of horsepower it produces. While the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR performance specs may intimidate some, it does offer the ride of a lifetime to those who dare to sit behind the wheel. If you’re curious about the power the new Dodge Viper possesses, read on. Read the rest of this entry »

Nissan plans a hands-free vehicle

By Admin | Posted in Nissan, Technology on Friday, October 16th, 2015 at 7:36 PM
2020 Nissan autonomous drive car

2020 Nissan autonomous drive car

In the wonderful world of Nissan, there’s always something exciting on the horizon. As automakers around the globe prepare for what the next generation of cars (electric and hands-free vehicles), Nissan is plunging forward with its idea for an autonomous automobile. Originally, the idea was presented in 2013, it is expected that Nissan won’t plunge forward with definite plans for quite awhile. If you’re curious what Nissan has up its sleeve in terms of creating a self-driving car, look no further. We have information on the original presentation of the model, as well as an idea of the prospective release. The 2020 Nissan autonomous drive car is well on its way (even though it seems a bit far off). Read the rest of this entry »

Check out Albert Lea’s 2015 trick-or-treat hours!

By Admin | Posted in Holiday, Seasonal on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 at 9:12 AM
Trick-or-treat times in Albert Lea MN

Trick-or-treat times in Albert Lea MN

At Dave Syverson, we love cars. We also love keeping our community members up-to-date on what’s going on in the area! For years (thousands, in fact), trick-or-treating has been a tradition for many. While the meaning and practices have changed over time, the tradition has now become a simple way to have fun on Halloween. It gives children the opportunity to dress up, gather a basket/bucket/pillow case, knock on doors and collect goodies. If you’ve been looking for ways to liven up your Halloween night (that doesn’t include the scary things, like haunted houses), then you may be looking to plan an evening of trick-or-treating in the area! If that’s the case, we have the trick-or-treat times for Albert Lea, MN available below. Read the rest of this entry »

‘The Rock’ stars in Ford’s new service ads

By Admin | Posted in Ford on Monday, October 12th, 2015 at 12:24 PM
Ford service commercials with Dwayne Johnson

Ford service commercials with Dwayne Johnson

For decades, Ford has graced the auto world with its “tough” vehicles, and it won’t be slowing down any time soon. The brand continues to be a success, which means that it will have to keep coming up with new and exciting marketing strategies. While there have been several popular celebrities that have taken part in Ford’s ads, like James Franco, the brand has invited someone who is definitely recognizable in today’s mainstream media to take part in its new commercials: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. If you’re curious what the Ford service commercials with Dwayne Johnson will entail, or about when they’ll be airing, we have the scoop! Read the rest of this entry »

Ford introduces new Expedition to aluminum lineup

By Admin | Posted in Ford on Friday, October 9th, 2015 at 2:55 PM
2018 Ford Expedition release date

2018 Ford Expedition release date

For decades, Ford has graced the auto world with some of the toughest vehicles on the market. While the brand has big plans for the next couple years, we’ve caught wind of something new on the horizon: a 2018 Ford Expedition. Joining the new Super Duty and Raptor, the Expedition will also be stealing the F-150’s aluminum build (among several other features). While a 2018 Ford Expedition release date has yet to be officially announced, recently revealed rumors have hinted that it’s within the next couple of years. So, if you’re a fan of Ford’s Expedition, read on for the few details we know about the upcoming model. Read the rest of this entry »

Find the scariest places to go on Halloween!

By Admin | Posted in Community on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 at 3:06 PM
Haunted Houses near Albert Lea MN

Haunted houses near Albert Lea MN

Fall is a time for pumpkins, pies, beautiful weather and the chance to celebrate Halloween. There are many different ways to have fun in Minnesota during the traditionally spooky holiday, and one of those ways is by visiting local haunted houses! Whether you’re looking for the scariest experience of your life, or just a mild scare, there are options for you near Albert Lea! If you’re curious about some of the haunted houses near Albert Lea MN, read on. We’ve found a few exciting events that seem like a good, horrifying time! Read the rest of this entry »