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.

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.

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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.