Winter Driving Tips

Cold weather is fast approaching and you know what that means – snow, ice, and poor road conditions. Here are some winter driving tips to help you get safely through the season.

Winter Driving Tips

Clean off that Car

Before you hit the road, you’ll need to clean off your car. Many people don’t want to take time to scrape the frost off their windshield and windows, but it’s an essential step in making sure you’ll be able to see and navigate the roads.

Keep Gas Tank Half Full

When the temperatures start dropping, gas lines can freeze up. In order to prevent this from happening, always keep your gas tank at least half full in the winter.

Avoid Cruise Control

While cruise control is a lovely tool (especially for road trips), you should avoid using it in slippery road conditions. Using cruise control on icy roads can decrease both your awareness and your traction on the road.

Check Your Tires

In order to have proper traction on the road, you will need to have properly-inflated tires. Check both your tire wear and tire inflation to make sure they’re ready to handle the winter roads.

Take Your Time

Be sure to take your time on snowy roads. When accelerating and decelerating, do so gradually in order to avoid skidding. Be aware of stoplights and give yourself plenty of time to stop for them so that you don’t lose control when braking.

If you need more tips for winter driving, we’re always here to help you at Slingerland CDJR.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips for Drivers

Planning on hitting the road to visit relatives for Thanksgiving? It’s one of the busiest times of the year, so take these Thanksgiving travel tips into account when planning ahead for your Turkey Day journey.

Thanksgiving travel tips

Leave Before Wednesday

Wednesday is the day that sees the most traffic on roadways, so if you’re heading out of town, it’s a good idea to instead leave on Monday or Tuesday to beat the rush. If your family lives fairly close, Thanksgiving morning is also a viable option as most are already settled in and awaiting turkey and candied yams.

Head Home Before Sunday

Sunday is the day most people head home from their relatives’ places, so avoid the congestion by leaving Friday, Saturday, or even waiting until Monday. If you have a spare day of vacation to burn, take Cyber Monday to relax and peruse the deals at various online retailers.

Avoid Highways

If you can, try to plan your route ahead of time by avoiding major highways or other popular roads. While avoiding the highway will add time to your commute, it could ultimately be quite a bit less than what you would spend idling in traffic.

Fuel Up

Your car needs gas, and you should make sure to fill up beforehand to avoid delays. Additionally, you and your family need fuel, too – so bring along healthy snacks for the journey!

Drive Defensively

Brush up on your defensive driving tactics before you head out on the road, especially if you’re heading somewhere where the road conditions can get a little scary in the fall and winter. Driving assertively will help you get where you need to go without incident and with less stress.

Keep these Thanksgiving travel tips in mind as you head out on the road. The holidays can already be stressful enough as it is, so do what you can to ensure that your time on the road is like a break away from the grind.

Fun Fall Activities: Make an Autumn Checklist

Looking for fun fall activities? Try some of these ideas.

You can go apple picking, explore a corn maze, take a hot-air-balloon ride, or go hiking. Fall is also the perfect time for a road trip, especially because you can watch the changing leaves along the way. We at Slingerland CDJR have compiled a list of some of our favorite fall activities for you to consider.

fun fall activities

First, try apple picking. “Magnified apples appear and disappear, stem end and blossom end,” writes Robert Frost about apple picking, a New England poet from a region perhaps best known for the fall activity. Even in Michigan there are a few great places to pick apples, and many people love to make pies afterwards with the apples they collect.

Next, according to Real Simple, you should get lost in a corn maze. If you’ve watched the horror classic Children of the Corn recently, we suppose you might want to avoid this activity, unless maybe you’re a thrill seeker. Corn mazes are popular in the Midwest, and are something every person from Michigan should try.

Hiking is also great for those who love the outdoors. Escarpment Trail in the Porcupine Mountains is perhaps one of the top places to hike in the state, though you’ll have to take a day trip to the Upper Peninsula. A little closer to home is the Jordan River Pathway near Mancelona, Michigan. This trail totals 19 miles, so it’s great for experienced hikers.

Other things to do including kite flying, taking a hayride, or simply collecting leaves. You can’t go wrong with these fall activities.

Tailgating Tips for an Awesome Tailgate Party

One of the biggest parts of any good football season is the tailgate parties. If you plan on throwing one (or many) this season, here are a few tailgating tips.

  • Stay organized. Used a toolbox to keep all of your party supplies organized. It can include things like grill tools, wooden skewers, condiments and sauces, sunscreen, a first aid kit, a mini flashlight, hand sanitizer, and other items.
  • Pack a cooler. Of course you want to bring a cooler for your food, but knowing how to properly pack one can make a big difference. Make sure all containers are water tight. Put heavy bottles and cans on the bottom and add a layer of ice, pushing pieces in any spaces. Chill everything beforehand to make the ice last longer. Place other bags and containers on top of the drinks and add more ice. Pack it full to avoid pockets of warm air.
  • Prepare early. Do as much preparation the day before as you can. For example, putting food on kebabs, shaping burgers, slicing veggies, etc.
  • Skip the plates. To make clean up easier, only serve foods that can be eaten with your hands. Burgers and kebobs are a good choice, but you can also do walking tacos.

How do you make your tailgate parties run smoothly? Need a new tailgate party truck? Come visit us at Slingerland Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram today.

2018 Ram 1500 Updates

The 2018 Ram 1500 marks another year of the much-loved pickup, but it doesn’t make its way to the market empty-handed. The upcoming model will boast two new editions, making the Ram 1500 one of the most innovative and appealing full-size pickups in the industry.

2018 Ram 1500

Perhaps due to its status as one of the oldest vehicles in the full-size pickup truck segment, the Ram 1500 is popular among drivers of all ages. The automaker has done an excellent job of introducing new updates and it doesn’t look like that will change for the 2018 model year.

The 2018 Ram 1500 will be available in two new models, Sport and Big Horn Black. The two new models feature design cues and features that aren’t found in other models.

The Sport model boasts body color bumpers and trim along with dark emblems. The model also channels the Dodge Challenger with two hood scoops. A new RAM grille replaces the iconic cross grille.

The Big Horn Black model features plenty of, well, black. Black paint, wheels, and trim all make their way onto the tough truck. While it may feature the iconic cross grille, the Big Horn Black model also features the sporty two-scoop hood.

We here at Slingerland Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram are ready to see the 2018 Ram 1500 in action!

Things to do in Lansing, Michigan

 

Slingerland CDJR is happy to be centrally located compared to several remarkable Michigan cities. We’re just 45 minutes outside of Lansing, so it’s close enough that we get plenty of chances to enjoy some of the great things to do in Lansing, Michigan. Whether you’re a local resident or just passing by, be sure to stop at one of these fun attractions soon.

Potter Park Zoo

This charming zoo features over 100 species of animals, including red pandas, bald eagles, a reptile house, and even Siberian tigers. It’s small enough to be walkable and enjoyable for families with young children, but big enough to keep you occupied for a casual day-long visit.

R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

As car buffs ourselves, it probably comes as no surprise that this automotive museum is one of our favorite spots in Lansing. You’ll find everything from old REO vehicles out of Lansing to bicycles to trucks. You’ll get plenty of background information on the history of automotives here while you check out a beautiful collection of antique machines.

River Trail

If you’ve been traveling and need a chance to stretch your legs, the Lansing River Trail is a lovely place to do it. This 13-mile paved trail runs through Crego Park and along the Red Cedar River and offers up plenty of beautiful scenery along the way. It’s a great resource for locals to exercise and explore the city, and a great place for tourists to stop and do some exploring themselves.

10 Reasons to Buy a Jeep Wrangler

There are plenty of reasons to buy a Jeep® Wrangler, but here are the top 10 reasons to buy a Jeep Wrangler from us here at Slingerland CDJR!

Reasons to Buy a Jeep Wrangler

Selection

Drivers can customize the new Jeep® Wrangler to fit their lifestyle. A two-door model is perfect for those who enjoy the simpler things in life, and the four-door model maintains the rugged look with more interior space.

Features

The Jeep® Wrangler may be a rough, tough, off-road-ready machine, but it comes equipped with a plethora of features. Leather seats, a navigation system, and power windows and locks make it a hard SUV to pass up.

Air Conditioning

If there’s one thing many off-road SUVs lack, its air conditioning. The Jeep® Wrangler brings cool air as a standard feature.

History

Jeeps made their debut in 1941 at the height of World War II, when their capability knew no bounds, and continues to do so.

Nostalgia

From television to a personal lifestyle, Jeeps hold a special place in the heart of America.

Removable Doors

Name a vehicle other than the Jeep® Wrangler with removable doors. We’ll wait.

Ride

Whether on urban streets or rough trails, the Jeep® Wrangler offers a smooth ride thanks to its independent coil suspension.

Removable Top

Generally reserved for slinky sports cars, the Jeep® Wrangler features an available removable hard and soft top.

Easy Cleaning

Cleaning the Jeep® Wrangler’s interior is as simple as popping the drain plugs and letting loose with a hose.

Rubicon

There aren’t many off-road-ready SUVs like the Jeep® Wrangler, and the Wrangler Rubicon takes it to a new level. Heavy-duty axles and more ground clearance are just two of the Rubicon model’s most attractive features.

Best Michigan Road Trips: The Great Lakes State

Michigan Road Trips
Case in point: Makinaw

Now that the warm spring weather is finally here, everyone at Slingerland CDJR is itching to take a trip with the windows down. If you’re ready to hit the road, too, check out one of these great Michigan road trips.

The Border

If you have a week to spare and love lighthouses, water, and small towns, then this is the trip for you. A trip around the border of Michigan will allow you to stop in places like Ludington State Park and Sturgeon Point Lighthouse. Stay in little bed and breakfasts along the way, or go car camping in your Chevrolet or Jeep. Be sure to spend a night in Mackinac to get in some seriously unbeatable stargazing.

Small Towns

If you want to focus only on the small towns, then you can alter the above trip to head up the west coast, but back down I-75. Stop off at places like Saugatuck, East Tawas, and Frankenmuth where you can take a stroll through a Bavarian-inspired downtown and sip on a cold brew.

Ghost Towns

Make things a little creepier by centering your road trip around Michigan ghost towns. This trip will take you to the Upper Peninsula, an area worth exploring unto itself. Visit places like Mandan, which was founded in 1864, the Quincy Mine Smelter, and Hubbell. Get out the maps and pack up the car—it’s time to hit the road!

Owosso CarFit Driver Education

No matter your age, it can never hurt to freshen up on safe driving and mobile practices, right? That’s exactly what Baker College’s Owosso campus hopes to help older drivers do by hosting a CarFit driver education event. The event takes place on May 9th and is run by the college’s occupational therapy assistant program.

The CarFit driver education event will offer students a hands-on learning opportunity for students who are CarFit technicians. Senior drivers will move through three vehicle stops throughout a 20-minute checkup. Students will evaluate drivers based on CarFit’s 12-point list.

“CarFit is a win-win for our occupational therapy assistant students and for the elderly drivers who take advantage of it,” said Evelyn Greaux, the program director.

Elderly drivers who need assistance will receive information about local resources that can help them continue to maintain their independence. AAA, AARP, and the America Occupational Therapy Association jointly developed the CarFit program.

The Owosso CarFit driver education event can help motorists improve their driving skills to be both safer and more mobile. The free event starts at 11:30am and takes place on Baker College’s Owosso campus.

To make an appointment, call (517) 364-3743 or register at car-fit.org.

We here at Slingerland CDJR hope you’ll take part in this safety opportunity at Baker College’s Owosso campus!

2018 Jeep Wrangler Updates: Spy Shots and More

2018 Jeep Wrangler Updates
The new model will stick with Jeep’s seven-slot grille.

Year after year – Jeep raises the bar with the Jeep Wrangler pick-up truck, an off-roading monster that has been relied upon since World War II. And now, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is about to hit dealerships, stronger than ever before.

Jeep is fully redesigning the Wrangler for the first time in about a decade, with the 2018 Jeep Wrangler being the 11th-generation version of the vehicle. The new SUV has yet to make any official public appearances, but more than a few spy shots have been captured of the model in testing.

Of course, the testing vehicles have been highly camouflaged, but there are still a few things we know. The new model will stick with Jeep’s seven-slot grille, for one thing. In general, the new Wrangler is likely to reflect the latest trends, but will still be embracing Jeep’s signature style.

The Jeep Wrangler has been the ultimate off-road SUV for decades, and we think it’s safe to say that the redesigned edition of the model will be better than ever before. The model is slated to hit the market sometime next year.

We will keep you posted on 2018 Jeep Wrangler updates, and in the meantime, if you’d like to check out a current Jeep model or any other vehicles that we have in store, stop by and visit us anytime, at Slingerland CDJR!