Month: September 2017

Chrysler brand and National PTA team up to help schools win

Recently the Chrysler brand announced it has become a national sponsor of the National PTA. “Across the country, PTAs work hard to support their school communities and increase family engagement in education, which has been proven to improve student and community outcomes,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “National PTA is pleased to team up with the Chrysler brand to help PTAs support their schools and get more families involved in their child’s education.” For those of you currently or previously involved with your local PTA, you know that fundraising is a big part of the association’s activities each year. To help, the Chrysler brand created a “Cars 4 Classrooms” fundraising program. Through Cars 4 Classrooms, PTAs and schools can set up test drive fundraising events, featuring the Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans. Each participant who takes a test drive can earn the school $10, up to $2,000, donated by Chrysler. Local, participating Chrysler dealerships will provide the vehicles for the events. “The Chrysler brand and its dealer network have worked with families and educators on test drive fundraisers in communities across America for more than 25 years,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT®, Chrysler and FIAT®, FCA – North America. “Through our partnership with National PTA, the goal is to give every … Read More

Before cell phones we called them car phones

There are so many things today that, while prevalent during my formative years, don’t exist anymore – floppy disks, cassette tapes and coin-operated payphones, to name a few. These are all items that, when mentioned at the dinner table, cause a look of confusion on our 11-year-old daughter’s face. Let’s take a moment, now, to remember the car phone. Ah, the car phone.   Do you recall when it was actually a phone in your car? You couldn’t remove it. Best case scenario, you could stand next to your car and talk on it with the cord strung through an open window. While there is some debate over who created the first car phone, the first service was developed by the Bell System and used in St. Louis in 1946. The phone that connected to it weighed in at a whopping 80 pounds. (Of course back then the cars were just as overweight, so what’s another 80 pounds?) Initially, only three channels were available, so if three people were talking you had to wait your turn to make a call. Imagine the frustration people would have today if their smartphone told them they were fourth in line to make a call! Slowly the car phone developed into a more useful device. By its 1954 appearance in the movie “Sabrina,” when … Read More

2018 Dodge Durango SRT® named to Wards Top 10 User Experience list

These days there is much more to owning a vehicle than just driving and maintaining it. Test driving a vehicle includes also testing all the “extras” that go along with the vehicle. From how difficult it is to program the navigation system to pairing your smartphone, technology and easy-to-use features are becoming ever more important to today’s driver. So, Wards created a Top 10 User Experience (UX) list. Now, in its second year, the Wards 10 Best UX list was recently released. “The focus of the Wards 10 Best UX competition, which is a microcosm of Wards 10 Best Interiors,” wrote WardsAuto Senior Editor Tom Murphy, “is to identify driver interfaces that are user-friendly, navigation systems that are easy to program, collision-avoidance technologies that are dependable and smartphone integration that is simple, allowing drivers safe access to text messages, emails and phone contacts while on the road.” Enter the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT®. Am I mistaken, or did I just hear a collective, “Huh?” I know. When I think SRT, the first thoughts that come to my mind are not collision avoidance and smartphone paring, but rather speed, muscle and a beautiful, throaty exhaust. But the new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT has all of that and so much more. Equipped with the easy-to-use Uconnect system, now in its fourth generation, … Read More

Football season is here!

September is the start of fall, fall means football and football is BACK! Tonight kicks off the 2017 season and I could not be more excited. (Well, maybe if my team were playing, but I digress …) That means it’s time for some lip-smacking, tailgating fun along with some good-natured smack-talk between fans of rival teams. It’s time for armchair quarterbackin’. It’s time for yelling at the top of your lungs from the middle of your living room as your dog looks at you like you’ve lost your mind. Yes, people, it is football time in America. The. Wait. Is. Over.

From all of us to all of you, Happy Labor Day!

In 1894, Congress officially made the first Monday of September each year a legal holiday that celebrates the American worker. Over the years, it also has come to signify the official end of summer. Today, we join you in celebrating the American workforce and we hope the summer of 2017 brought you tons of fun in the sun. Happy Labor Day everyone!  

Four things my husband taught me about backseat driving

I used to drive a lot. A few years ago, it was nothing for me to jump in the car and drive three or four hours to spend the day with some friends before heading back home that evening. These days, though, I’m good with my spot in the passenger seat. Even when we take my truck, I’m good with sitting back and letting my husband drive. It isn’t a gender thing or a married thing. It’s just a me thing. I enjoy simply riding for a change. I get things done. Shopping lists, internet inquiries, blog posts … it can all be accomplished from the very comfy passenger side of a 2016 Ram 1500 Sport. I get to see a great deal more of the countryside than I used to see. And, for the most part, I have grown comfortable with my husband’s driving style. (No, this was not always the case, but as with anything, you get used to it in time.) The funny thing is, my comfort in the passenger seat is nearly equal to my husband’s discomfort. He is NOT a good passenger. This translates into him also being a terrible backseat driver. You’re probably thinking that I am actually the one who is the backseat driver, but I promise you, I rarely comment when my … Read More