Necessary Vehicle Care for Your Spring Break Road Trip

Care for Your Spring Break Road TripIt’s hard to believe with the weather still being so chilly, but spring break is right around the corner! Over the next couple of months, you might be taking road trips across the country to places you’ve always wanted to visit. If that’s what you’re planning this year, you’ll need to make sure that your vehicle is up to the task.

Nothing ruins a vacation like car trouble, which is why it’s important to inspect your car before you go on your trip—or even before you take it to a shop or dealership to get it professionally inspected. One of the most important things to check out before you head out are your tires—you always want to make sure the tire pressure is right, the tread is good, and there aren’t any bulges that might cause blowouts.

You should also check your fluids, including engine oil, coolant, windshield wiper fluid, and brake fluid. You might encounter all kinds of weather as you’re driving cross-country, especially if you’re going through deserts or other unfamiliar climates, so you need a healthy engine, brakes, and the ability to clean off your windshield.

This is also a good reason to change your filters, including both engine and cabin air filters. Don’t forget to check your headlights and taillights, too. Finally, get your battery tested to make sure it’s still strong.

These and other maintenance steps you should take before your spring break road trip can be performed at Singerland CDJR FIAT. Bring your ride in and get all squared away before you take to the open road.

2018 Jeep® Wrangler Reviews Give an A+ to New Generation

2018 Jeep® Wrangler reviews

The 2018 Jeep® Wrangler reviews are pouring in after the all-new SUV’s release last month, and the consensus is in: the new generation of Jeep® Wrangler is a hit, improving upon the previous generation while keeping all the best and most beloved things about it.

Available in both two-door and four-door models, the new Wrangler is just as rugged as the outgoing generation, and as the News Herald says, “most importantly, it still looks like a Wrangler.” There aren’t a lot of changes to the exterior design, but tweaks have been made to make the new Wrangler more aerodynamic, improving ride quality and efficiency.

Jeep® made the windows bigger to improve visibility, updated the headlights, and two easy automatic options for opening the top, all to add to the safety and comfort of the driver and passengers. At Slingerland CDJR FIAT our staff is thrilled with the new Wrangler and its iconic styling, better than ever performance, and advanced features.

The Wrangler is also more powerful, with a 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar® base engine that puts out 285 horsepower, as well as under-hood additions like four skid plates over the fuel tank and transfer case, proving Jeep®’s dedication to making Wrangler the best off-roader on the market.

If you are curious about just what makes the Jeep® Wrangler so great, or just want to come see the updates in person, come down in person for a test drive!

New Year’s Resolutions for Becoming a Safer Driver

New Year’s Resolutions for Becoming a Safer DriverThe best New Year’s resolutions are those that improve your life as well as the lives of those around you. That’s why the team at Slingerland CDJR FIAT likes to focus on making resolutions that will keep us and other drivers safer on the road. Consider using these suggestions as resolutions of your own to make 2018 a safe year.

Don’t Drink and Drive

This one goes without saying—but it still bears repeating. If you’re the type to risk driving after just a couple drinks, don’t. It’s absolutely not safe to do; call an Uber or a Lyft instead.

Don’t Text and Drive

Lots of vehicles come with technology that allows for voice-activated, hands-free texting. However, drivers should avoid anything that causes them to look at their phone when behind the wheel, as this form of distraction slows your reaction time immensely and can lead to life-altering accidents.

Check the Weather

This resolution is particularly important in the winter when snow and ice can cause serious delays or dangerous road conditions. If you make it a habit to stay aware of the weather forecast, you can anticipate when you might need some extra time for travel, allowing you to be cautious when navigating inclement weather.

Practice Good Maintenance

Keeping your car in good condition will prevent any unexpected delays or breakdowns, and will also ensure that your car is performing as efficiently as possible. Get your vehicle regular oil changes and checkups for a safe, predictable performance.

These are just some of the things you can do to be a more effective driver in 2018. If one of your resolutions is to get a new vehicle, stop by Slingerland CDJR FIAT and peruse our huge selection.

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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.