It’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.
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.
Now that winter is in full swing here in Michigan, roadways will routinely be slick, icy, covered in snow, or all of the above. Slingerland Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT has some safe winter driving tips to help you get through the season safely.
- Switch to winter tires. Even if you don’t frequently encounter heavy snow, winter tires can make a big difference on winter roads. They are made from a special rubber blend that stays pliable even under frigid conditions.
- Have an emergency kit. You never know when winter weather will get the best of you and leave you stranded on the side of the road. Keep an emergency kit filled with lots of gear, such as a warm blanket, a flashlight, shovel, spare cell phone, and battery, as well as snacks.
- Leave some space. Even if the road looks clear, there could be black ice that can be difficult to stop on. Keep extra distance between you and the car in front of you and slow down. Then, if you do need to stop, you’ll have room to spare in case there is an emergency.
- Tell people where you’re going. Let people know where you’re headed. In case you don’t get there when you should, people can look for you.
If you follow these tips, you can hopefully keep your wheels on the road and arrive safely in the spring.
Are you dreading an upcoming road trip this Thanksgiving? Thankfully, there is plenty you can do ahead of time to make your life easier. Here are some tips for your upcoming Thanksgiving road trip:
- Take care of any routine maintenance before you hit the road – such as oil changes – and make sure you have enough windshield wiper fluid.
- Keep your eyes peeled for wild animals this time of year, particularly deer, which are likely to emerge from the shadows around dusk.
- Before you go, plot out your route on a map and keep that map with you, in case your GPS navigation system fails.
- Consider packing non-perishable snacks for your trip, so that you won’t be tempted to stop for fast food.
- It’s also a good idea to keep your vehicle well-stocked with fresh drinking water.
- If you are travelling with children, be sure to bring along various methods of entertainment and plan to stop more frequently than you would on your own to stretch small legs and blow off steam.
- Lastly, pack smart, with heavier luggage on the bottom and separate bags for anything you will want during your trip stashed within arm’s reach.
For more safety tips or to spend your holiday season behind the wheel of a brand new car, contact us or visit us anytime at Slingerland Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.