Nobody wants to get stranded by a breakdown or a flat tire during a road trip or daily commute — but it’s wise to be prepared just in case. If you haven’t already, consider stocking your vehicle with these supplies to keep yourself safe in a roadside emergency.
Jumper cables are a must for your vehicle supply stash — they’ll come in handy if your battery dies. An inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack are essential as well. You may also want to carry a small tool kit and duct tape just in case.
To keep your vehicle — and yourself — visible on the side of the road, make sure you stock reflective triangles, a reflective vest, and a flashlight with extra batteries. For especially serious situations, a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit are recommended.
Increase your preparedness by keeping nonperishable snacks and drinking water in your vehicle. A rain poncho and compass will be useful if you need to walk to get help. An extra car charger will help you keep your phone powered up.
During the winter months, you’ll want to equip your vehicle with a shovel and snow brush, a warm blanket and extra clothing, and cat litter to provide traction if you get stuck in a drift.
The best way to avoid breakdowns and stay out of roadside trouble is to keep up with scheduled maintenance here at Ken Nelson CDJR in Dixon, Illinois. We can also hook you up with a new CDJR vehicle that includes Roadside Assistance Service as part of the warranty coverage!
We might be in the early days of 2020. Unfortunately, some of
us have already given up on our goals and we are just a few weeks into January.
Here are some strategies to get back on track with your New Year’s resolutions.
Think About Your Reasons
Why did you choose your resolution in the first place? If
you can reconnect with your original motivations, it should help get you back
on track. For example, if your goal was to pay off debt, remind yourself of the
freedom you will feel once that debt is gone.
Use Setbacks to Reevaluate
If you feel like you have already failed, instead of giving
up, use whatever setbacks you encountered to give yourself a new approach. If
you are struggling to get a new job, consider rewriting your resume to focus on
Ask for Help
We all work better when we have accountability. If you can
find a friend or family member who can work alongside you or provide you with
encouragement along the way, you are more likely to reach your goals.
Helping others can give you a feeling of increased self-confidence
and generate feelings of efficiency and competence. So, here are four ways to
give back this holiday season.
Adopt A Soldier. The Adopt A Soldier program is great for teaching your kids about the military and the sacrifice they make to keep our country safe. Contact the organization for more information about assembling a holiday care package to send one someone in the military.
Donate food. Helping those in need really comes to
fruition by donating food to a local food bank. They help those who need it get
fed, and you can donate some of your own holiday favorites to share.
Sponsor a family. Unfortunately, not all families can
afford gifts for their kids. If you can, consider sponsoring a family that asks
for certain gifts and spread the holiday cheer around. You can usually find a
giving tree at a local mall. Simply select one of the tags on the tree and buy
the gift requested on it.
Help animals too. Helping others doesn’t have to be limited to other humans. A lot of families like to craft toys or gift treats to animals and drop them off at a local animal shelter. Letting your children create toys for animals is a great way to get them involved and really feel like they’re making a difference.
Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram wishes you and your loved ones an enjoyable and generous holiday season. Remember to call us if your vehicle needs a service checkup.
Winter in Dixon, Illinois can be tough to enjoy if you don’t
know where to look for the fun. Here are three seasonal adventures in the Dixon
area that you should take.
Dixon Christmas Walk
The annual downtown Dixon Christmas Walk takes place on Friday, Dec. 6, starting at 6 p.m. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy a fun wintry evening with your family. Festivities include horse and carriage rides, live ice sculptures, Santa Claus, food and craft vendors, wares from local merchants, and much more.
Byron Forest Preserve
When winter hits Illinois in full force, the Byron Forest Preserve has miles of trails to explore on cross-country skis. Pack a lunch and a thermos of hot chocolate, then spend a whole day on the trails to build memories with your loved ones. You can also bring along some sleds to hone your skills at this sport.
Matthiessen State Park
Just under an hour’s drive southeast of Dixon, Matthiessen State Park makes a delightful day trip. Witness canyons, streams, prairie, and forest as you explore the park grounds, then get a photo op by the frozen waterfall to commemorate your trip.