Why garage safety should be on your to-do list too

If I said the word “garage,” what does it bring to mind? Probably something to do with your vehicle. Maybe storage? For some, maybe the luxury of a workshop area. Garage safety was not likely something that ever entered even the back recesses of your mind. Mine either. Until a few months back when, in doing the very mundane task of taking the recycling out to sort it, I missed a step and found myself face-to-floor with a very hard and cold slab of concrete. Eight stiches to my face and one broken knee cap later and I have a whole new respect for making our home a safer place for the entire family. Luckily, just a few simple safety checks can help make your garage a safer place for you, your family and your vehicles. For starters, garages tend to be the first place we go when it comes to our storage needs. But excess clutter can lead to accidents. Things like tools, ladders and sports equipment should be properly stored to prevent tripping hazards and/or the antics of curious toddlers. The last thing you want to do is have your arms full of groceries and trip over an abandoned bike. Automatic garage door openers are commonplace these days, and ensuring they are working properly is essential. One important … Read More

A Super Bowl of super FCA US LLC ads

Controversy. It wouldn’t be a modern-day Super Bowl if some of the ads didn’t strike a chord and cause some kind of controversy. But let’s talk about that. It’s the Super Bowl – the largest audience that any advertiser will have at any given time throughout the calendar year. One 30-second spot is premium ad space (at a premium price), so digging deep, pushing the envelope and making people remember yours, out of the dozens of other ads that aired – isn’t that the goal? Some companies do it with humor. (Thank you Tide®.) Some companies do it by pulling at our heartstrings. Some use puppies. (Y’all missed the Budweiser pup, admit it.) In any case, those that are still talked about the morning following the game, are the brands who have succeeded. Traditionally, FCA US LLC has three Super Bowl spots. Traditionally, they were epic, movie-like commercials that drew you in and made you want more. Traditionally, they were awesome. This year, FCA US LLC announced they would air five ads during Super Bowl LII. When I read that, I thought surely it must be an error. And so I watched. Ram’s Icelandic Vikings was funny. (The long version is even better.) For a moment, I felt a little sorry for my cousins, who are all Minnesota Vikings fans, … Read More

Winter weather means extra caution behind the wheel

I was recently driving in an unfamiliar area and it was cold – like, below-zero-before-the-wind-chill-was-factored-in kind of cold. On top of the frigid temperatures, there were patches of snow and ice and the wind was blowing the snow across the road. Confident in my own winter driving abilities, fueled by the fact that my four-wheel-drive Jeep® Cherokee has good tires, I wasn’t overly concerned about the conditions, but I was being cautious nonetheless. I wasn’t in the mood for an episode of SUV Meets Snowbank. It was too cold and I didn’t bring my snow pants. Cresting a hill and navigating a snow-covered S-curve on the downhill side, I encountered a gentleman who was not as fortunate (or perhaps cautious?) as I. Mid-curve, I saw where he began to slide and, sure enough, a few yards farther down, his van was securely stuck in a snowbank. Thankfully, he was uninjured, but he was NOT happy. His story is not the first, nor will it be the last of the season. Snow is beautiful, but when the weather outside is frightful, driving is less than delightful. So, what can you do to avoid being the guy (or girl) stuck in the snowbank? Your first choice should always be to stay put. If you deem the weather undesirable for travel, then the … Read More

Have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve!

As we prepare to close the door on 2017, we would like to take a moment to thank you for choosing Chrysler Capital. It is our pleasure to serve you and we look forward to continuing to do so in the future. Have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve everyone!

Does ‘home for the holidays’ mean you’re traveling this year?

Most schools officially got out for the holiday break yesterday. College students are home. Many who put in for holiday vacation time have logged out and won’t step back in their office until next year. Now what? Are you headed somewhere for the holidays or are family and friends coming your way? What does “home for the holidays” look like to you? According to AAA’s holiday travel forecast, you are likely traveling, as they suggest 107.3 million people will be journeying to their holiday destination this year. Whether it be by plane, train, automobile (or whatever other means of transportation is available), that’s a lot of people out and about during the last two weeks of this calendar year. As usual, the overwhelming majority will be driving, with an estimated 97.4 million people taking to the roads. “More expensive gas prices are not swaying holiday revelers to stay home,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. “In fact, across the board this year, travel has increased year-over-year for every major holiday weekend – Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving – and we project the same for the year-end holiday period. We’ve seen the strong economy and growing consumer confidence fuel holiday travel all year long.” So, what can you do to make your holiday travel plans roll a … Read More

Holiday dishes that travel

It’s the beginning of the holiday season and all the traditional eats are right around the corner. If you’re traveling and volunteered (or were volunteered by someone else) to bring your best dish, did you consider what the travel time can do to your recipe? Or whether there will be room in the oven to cook or reheat your tasty tidbits once you arrive? Don’t let holiday travel throw a wrench into what might otherwise be described as nothing short of divine. A tweak here and there may be all your favorite recipe needs. For example, if a hard brake on the way to last year’s family gathering sent your infamous cherry pie toward destinations unknown, leaving you to arrive empty-handed, why not try something a little safer this year? Try this instead – make cherry pie bars. Cherry pie bars? Yes, they’re a thing. They’re delicious and perfectly preportioned. If you don’t know where to start, TheCountryCook.net has a delicious recipe that you can make the night before. Then, package them up in an airtight container that can be safely stored away for a safe arrival at your destination. (One of the best parts of this recipe is you can make them with any number of seasonal fillings – pumpkin, cherry, apple, blueberry, pecan … the list goes on!) … Read More