4 Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

Give Back This Holiday Season - Dixon, IL
Give Back This Holiday Season – Dixon, IL

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.

3 Winter Adventures Near Dixon

3 Winter Adventures near Dixon, IL
3 Winter Adventures near Dixon

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.

Stop by Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram if you’re in need of a new family-hauler to accompany you and your crew on all of your outdoor excursions.

Signs That It’s Time for New Tires

When To Buy New Tires | Dixon, IL
When To Buy New Tires | Dixon, IL

There are plenty of signs that your tires need attention and/or replacement well before you’re stranded on the road with a flat. To help prevent a tire blowout, learn the following signs of when to buy new tires.

Vanishing tread depth

Your tires should not be smooth. They should always possess adequate tread depth — never less than 1/16 of an inch, more if you’re constantly driving on surfaces that are wet. Look for the tread wear indicator bars if your tires are newer. The appearance of one of more these bars signal that the tread is getting low and it’s time for new tires.

Sidewall signals

Take a good look your tire’s sidewall — if you notice any damage, track, cuts or cracks, your tire is leaking or starting to leak. Since proper inflation is key to your safety on the road, helping to prevent dangerous blowouts, any signs of a leak should be inspected immediately by our service professionals at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

Outer surface bulges

Even if the tread depth of your tires is correct and there’s no damage in the sidewalls, you can still be at risk from a tire blowout if the outer surface of the tire has a blister or bulge, signs that the tire is severely compromised.

For all your tire maintenance and replacement needs, contact Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

U.S. News Cites Redesigned 2020 Ram HD As One Of The Best

2020 Ram HD In Dixon IL

U.S. News & World Report recently launched a list of “Future Trucks 2020: The Best New Pickup Trucks Arriving Next Year.” The redesigned 2020 Ram HD made the publication’s list of heavy-duty pickup trucks for drivers to check out if they’re looking for something cutting-edge. The Ram HD has always been known for its incredible towing and hauling capabilities and Ram’s team of engineers and designers took its power to the next level with this new redesign.

The 2020 Ram HD’s available 6.7-liter inline-six with an automatic transmission cranks out 400 HP and a whopping best-in-class torque of up to 1,000 lb-ft. Other engine options include a turbo-diesel option as well as a Hemi® V8. The V8, matched to an eight-speed automatic, is the Ram HD’s standard engine.

Standard safety features also made the cut, including automatic emergency braking and selectable tire pressures. A standard 360-degree camera system surpasses competitors, who typically only offer rear backup cameras standard but provide comparable systems as additional options.

U.S. News also cited the 2020 Ram HD’s high-strength steel frame in an age where competitors experiment with other, lighter materials gives it an extra layer of reliability and durability. The redesigned 2020 Ram HD has already entered production and is slated to go on sale soon.

For more news on the 2020 Ram HD, contact us at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Is the Jeep® Pickup We Always Wanted

2020 Jeep® Gladiator | Dixon IL

In decades past, the Jeep® brand has offered a variety of pickup models including the most recent Comanche and the Scrambler from the 1980s. Now, however, we are getting an all-new Jeep® pickup in the form of the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator. It is available now at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

Styling

The Gladiator has almost identical styling to the Wrangler. It just has a truck bed added to the back. However, it has a longer wheelbase to compensate for the added length of the bed. Just like the Wrangler, you can take off the doors and roof for an open-air driving experience.

Powertrain

All Gladiator models are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine rated at 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. This engine gives the Gladiator plenty of power. When properly equipped, the Gladiator can tow up to a class-leading 7,650 pounds.

Off-Road Capabilities

Just because the Gladiator has a truck bed, that will not slow it down when it comes to tackling tough terrain. In fact, it is the first-ever Trail Rated® pickup truck on the market. Every Gladiator comes standard with a variety of off-road equipment including heavy-duty Dana® 44 front and rear solid axles and front and rear tow hooks.

Test-drive the 2020 Jeep Gladiator for yourself when you stop by Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.