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!
You’ve probably heard all the same advice: don’t let your kids stay up late and sleep in, stick to the same schedule, give them a sense of structure while they’re stuck at home. Sometimes, though, a restless and stressed kid needs a little break from the routine. If you and your little ones are going stir-crazy, here’s some indoor games to play at home.
Remember the days of arts & crafts when
all you needed was Popsicle sticks and some glue? Find some creative materials
you and your kids can use to build towers and houses. Maybe together you can
make a whole city!
Kids, especially the younger ones, are easily
fascinated by simple magic tricks. Teach yourself a few and put on a show, then
show your young audience how it works.
Games & Puzzles
These can be a bit “basic” to us adults, but I
think we take things like card games and puzzles for granted. To a kid, these
can be major mind-benders that help their brains develop.
Favorite Childhood Games
What did you like to do as a kid? Connect with
your inner child with games like hide and seek, hot potato, Simon Says, and all
your favorite old board games. Pass your favorites down to your kids.
Another fun thing to do with your family is plan a future road trip. Call us at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram, if you need a new vehicle to ensure that your upcoming travels are safe ones.
As you plan a spring filled with wilderness treks and road
trips, follow these Jeep®
cleaning tips to freshen up your ride and get it ready for a season of
Wash the underbody:
Whether you’ve been driving on salty slush, mud, or sand, the underbody of your
is probably filthy from winter. If you let this grime hang around, it can
easily cause rusting and other long-term damage. Thoroughly spray the underbody
with a power washer so your muddy spring outings don’t just add an extra layer
Protect the exterior:
Give the exterior of your Jeep® a good spring cleaning, and don’t
forget to scrub the tires while you’re at it. Consider adding a coat of wax afterward
to help shield your paint job from the elements.
Clean the floors and
cargo area: The floors and cargo area of your Jeep® have probably accumulated plenty of
dirt and debris over the winter. First, get rid of any trash or litter that’s
piled up. Then, take out the mats and clean them. Make sure you give the floor
a good vacuuming before putting the mats back in. To protect your floors, you
can also purchase a variety of Mopar® accessories like slush mats and cargo
With these cleaning tips, your Jeep® will be in great shape to go wherever you want to take it. For even more spring readiness, bring it to the service department here at Ken Nelson and we’ll help you get caught up on scheduled maintenance.
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.