Month: October 2017

The ABCs of Halloween safety

It’s important to remember that fun and safety go hand-in-hand! Enjoy Halloween this year with these easy-to-remember safety tips: Always stay with your group. Be aware of your surroundings. Carry a bucket or a bag in which to store your treats! Dark houses are a “no-go”! Eat your candy only after a parent has checked it. Fire retardant costumes are the best kind to have! Great costumes allow you to see clearly. Have FUN! Include adults as part of your trick-or-treating group. Join in the fun – attend a Halloween party or local event in lieu of trick or treating this year! Keep an eye out for others in your group. Look both ways before you cross any street. Masks that fit properly so you can see where you’re going are cool and fun! Nighttime can make it difficult to see – be extra cautious of those who may not see you. Omit homemade treats. Plan a route in advance. Quiz each other on your route and where to meet if you get separated ahead of time. Rally points are a great idea if you have a large group that splits into smaller groups. Shoes should be comfortable enough for plenty of walking. Tie your shoelaces so you’re sure not to trip! Understand your route before you leave. Visit homes … Read More

Ram Special Editions are available and they are HOT

Remember the days when a truck was just a vehicle for work? A power horse to get the job done? These days our trucks are all that and so much more. With all the power, payload and towing capacity that we need, we’re also turning to our trucks as our daily drivers, our family vehicles and our night-on-the-town luxury rides. So, it only makes sense that truck design has stepped up to meet these needs. The lineup of Ram Special Editions are where muscle meets pedigree. If you’re looking for a hard-working, sophisticated truck, this is where you begin. 2018 Ram Laramie Longhorn® Southfork Edition Premium. There is no better word to describe the 2018 Ram Laramie Longhorn® Southfork Edition truck. You’ll appreciate every interior detail from the stitching to the galvanized metal accents. Available in a 1500, 2500 and 3500, you can have your power and your luxury, too. 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Touted as the Ram truck lineup’s most luxurious truck ever, the 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten exudes elegance. Comfort and style are the heart of this truck’s design with its beige leather seating, blue accents, suede headliner and brushed metal interior accents. (It’s also available with a classic black interior that includes black leather seats.) 2018 Ram Harvest Designed for work on the farm and available in … Read More

Before the weather outside is frightful, prepare for winter’s worst

Recently, a friend of mine posted photos of the season’s first snow on her social media accounts. Generally, I wish my friends were a bit closer so I could visit them more often. But for the first time ever, I was grateful she lives nearly 2,000 miles away. I’m not quite ready for the colors of autumn to fall away and succumb to winter white. Luckily, the brilliant red, orange and yellow hues are still in full swing, but that doesn’t mean that Old Man Winter isn’t just around the corner. This year’s Farmer’s Almanac is calling for average temperatures (cold, but not unusually cold) and above average precipitation. You know what that means – snow! While beautiful, snow can lead to some less-than terrific driving conditions. What better time than now, before the majority of the country gets its first dusting, to review some of the basics of winter driving? Ensure your vehicle is prepped and ready for winter weather. Now is the time to check your tires, brakes, battery, fluids, etc. Distance is your friend when it comes to snow-packed and/or slippery roads. Following too closely is never a good idea, but doing so in slippery conditions can be even more dangerous. Leave extra room between your vehicle and the car in front of you. Know your brakes. … Read More

Great Halloween costumes for your … car?

The National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates that Americans will spend $9.1 billion on Halloween this year. And you can bet that the largest percentage of that will go toward costumes – some even for the four-wheeled family members. Dressing up your car for Halloween may sound strange to some, but to others, not so much, and DIYing a costume just might be easier that you think. For example, if you own a white Dodge Magnum, print and cut out a couple over-sized Ghostbusters logos, rig up some ghost-busting gear for the roof of your car using things like plastic soda bottles, pool noodles, duct tape and spray paint. And voila! You have your very own Ghostbuster mobile. Any black vehicle can quickly and easily be turned into a bat-mobile. Amazon even has the wings, if you don’t care to make them yourself. Trunks make a great canvas for a multitude of different ideas. They can be the rabbit hole from Alice in Wonderland, or a giant (funny or creepy) mouth or Platform 9¾. Do you have a white Jeep Wrangler? Some black lettering and a golden eagle on the hood and you’ve got your own version of Daisy Duke’s Dixie. Turn the bed of your Ram pickup into a creepy graveyard with some fake grass, skeletons and tombstones. You can … Read More

Recalculate adventure in a new Jeep® Compass

Recently, a friend and colleague mentioned that, as he nears the point of having a teen driver in his house, he’s looking at purchasing a 2018 Jeep® Compass. To be completely honest, this surprised me. When I think young drivers and the vehicles they want to drive, I don’t necessarily think of the Compass. I think Renegade. Perhaps it’s because, when I look back at my own teenage years, the words “directionless” and “rebel” come to mind. But I digress. For him, it’s more a matter of practicality. The Compass has plenty of room for his son to haul his buddies around. Plus, when he heads off to college, there will be more than enough room for his college gear. In addition, the family currently has a Grand Cherokee, so there is a familiarity that comes with driving a “mini-me” version of the same vehicle. And the best part – the price is right. While I know the recently-updated Jeep Compass has many fans, I regrettably must admit I have not paid it much attention. Until now. Now I’m … recalculating. What is so great about the new Compass? As I said previously, the price is right. Whether you go for the base-model Sport or head straight for the top and choose the rugged Trailhawk, you’re looking at an MSRP … Read More

Drop the top – ‘tis the season to get out and enjoy your convertible

As I look outside my office window at the trees with their changing colors, I think to myself, “Self, you should own a convertible.” Then, reality sets in, in the form of a light smack to the back of the head and a loving, “Stop talking to yourself in the third person,” from the wife. Living in an area where others go for vacation (the Lakes Region of New Hampshire), we move with the seasons, adjusting day-to-day life according to what is bringing folks to town. Whether someone likes ice fishing, snow or water skiing, hiking, boating, small town festivals and fairs or a simple drive through the countryside, there’s pretty much something for everyone. My personal favorite happens to be trying to find all the best homemade ice cream joints in the state. But that’s a story for a different time … Currently, of course, the bold colors of autumn are drawing people from near and far. It doesn’t matter which road you travel, inevitably you will end up behind someone taking a Sunday drive (on a Wednesday), and enjoying the colors of fall. And you know what? That’s fine. Because we get it. This is OUR convertible season. Sure, summer has beautiful, scenic views of the lush, green mountains, bright blue skies and beautiful, clear lakes. But there … Read More

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid lobbies for ‘Official Family Vehicle for California’ title

If you were to guess which state sold the most hybrid vehicles, and you said California, you would be correct. If you were to guess which state sold the most minivans, and you said California, you would be correct again. So, would it surprise you to discover that the Chrysler brand is lobbying for the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid, the only hybrid minivan in the United States, to be named the Official Family Vehicle for California? I didn’t think so. Other well-known state symbols, like the grizzly bear, valley quail, desert tortoise and serpentine (it’s a rock), act as lobbyists in support of the Pacifica for the brand’s multi-media campaign. “Forty percent of all hybrids are sold in the state of California — it’s also the biggest minivan market in the country — so it makes perfect sense that we say the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the ‘Official Family Vehicle for California,’” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT®, Chrysler and FIAT®, FCA – North America. As Kuniskis further pointed out, it isn’t just the minivan’s marketability that makes it a solid representative for the state. “With 84 miles MPGe in electric-only mode, 33 miles of all-electric range and seating for seven, the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid minivan is hands-down the most fuel-efficient family vehicle. Aligning … Read More

Head out for food and fun at the State Fair of Texas

This time of year, there is one thing I dearly loved about living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area – the State Fair of Texas. Whether I only had time to head out there for a few hours or I was making a full day of it, I always knew I was in for some great food and a ton of fun. These days, a trip to the fair takes a bit more planning that just hopping on the DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit), but is well-worth the effort. Why? Let’s start with Big Tex. Where else are you going to be greeted by a 55-foot cowboy wearing a 95-gallon hat? Only in Texas. Then there’s the food. There is something about “fair food” – I don’t know if it’s the fact that much of it you can only get once a year (at the fair, of course!), the creativity that goes into some of it or the pure indulgence of it, but fair food rocks. This year, just a few of the new additions to the lineup include Pinot Noir Popcorn, The Tamale Donut and a Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger. (As if they didn’t already have us at “bacon,” they added cheese, funnel cake AND a burger? Oh my.) Finally, and quite possibly in an effort to burn off … Read More

Release your Renegade – Jeep® brand celebrates the renegade spirit

A renegade, by today’s definition, is someone who rejects convention. Someone who thinks outside of the box, takes risks and celebrates being different. Today, the Jeep® brand is celebrating the renegade spirit in a new “Release your Renegade” campaign, featuring break-out musical artist Halsey (Astralwerks Records) and her new single, “Bad at Love,” in a 30-second video. In addition, up-and-coming artists Molly Kate Kestner (Atlantic Records), Uri Grey and Chloe Nixon each have their own Release your Renegade videos, available here and on the Jeep brand social media channels. “With the ‘Release Your Renegade’ campaign, Jeep is lending its reach and providing a worldwide platform for [Halsey, Molly Kate Kestner, Uri Grey and Chloe Nixon], to share their unique stories of exactly what it means to be a renegade – as told through their own words and music,” said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA. “Jeep represents freedom, passion, adventure and authenticity – qualities shared by our millennial artists.”