Prepare your Car for Winter and Be Ready for Anything

Prepare your Car for Winter

Prepare your Car for Winter

Winter driving can be stressful for you and hard on your vehicle. With a little preparation, though, there’s no need to let the cold weather slow you down. Here are some ways to properly prepare your car for winter from Rochester Hills CDJR.

Monitor your tires

Cold weather can cause the air in your tires to compress, which leads to deflated tires. Keeping your tires filled with the correct amount of air is crucial to optimal traction and handling. The last thing you want on snowy or icy roads is to lose grip, so keep an eye on your tires all winter long.

Test your Battery

Those cold winter mornings are extra taxing on your car’s battery, so before the weather turns ugly, make sure your battery is fully charged. If it’s not holding a full charge, it’s time to replace it.

Pack an Emergency Kit

It’s important to keep an emergency kit in your vehicle during the winter. If you’re ever stranded in the cold, be prepared by stowing blankets, water, food, and a cell phone charger in your car so you can wait out the elements until help arrives.

 

This year, skip the stress and be prepared. Take these simple winter car preparation tips and be ready for anything! If your vehicle needs a new battery or tires, stop by Rochester Hills CDJR before the cold rolls in.

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Driving Safety Tips: What to Do When You Hydroplane

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Stay Safe by Knowing What to Do if you Hydroplane.

Driving in the rain with low visibility is scary enough, but when you skid on the water and feel yourself losing control of your vehicle, it’s even scarier. But there’s no need to panic—it’s actually very easy to regain control, so just follow these steps for what to do when you hydroplane and you’ll be fine!

The first rule of hydroplaning is do not slam on your brakes. Don’t even touch them! If you brake, especially if you brake hard, you will skid and lose even more control of your car. Not preferable. There are two different methods, depending on if you’re in a front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive car.

In a front-wheel drive car, you’ll want to steer into an open lane so you have plenty of room in front of you. If there isn’t an open lane, try the side of the road. As you’re steering over into that lane (don’t swerve!) slowly accelerate until you have more control.

In rear-wheel drive, on the other hand, you’ll want to take your foot off the gas pedal as you steer into the other lane. Don’t brake still! Just let your car decelerate. You should regain control quickly.

Think you might need new tires? Schedule an appointment with our service department.

Dr. Ernie Ward – America’s Pet Advocate

It has officially been summer for only a handful of days, but it has felt like summer longer than that. The weather has been pretty nice aside from the storms recently; and because of the nice weather we’ve noticed more people driving around with their dogs.

As much as we love seeing people enjoying their cars, trucks and SUVs by taking their dogs for rides, we have an important safety reminder – never leave your dog in a parked car on a hot day. We were inspired to share this message because of this video we came across the other day.

Dr. Ernie Ward, the vet in the video, is known as “America’s Pet Advocate” and his message couldn’t be clearer. It is never a good idea to leave a pet in a parked car on a hot day. As you can see from the video in just 30 minutes the interior of the car can get dangerously hot.

“The whole point of this exercise is to see what this would feel like to a dog to be stuck in a car.” Ward said. “You’re helpless, you have no control over what’s happening, you don’t understand what’s happening, you just know that your body is getting so overheated that you could be in real danger.”

So if you’re a dog owner this video is a must watch. We here at Rochester Hills hope that by sharing it we can prevent future tragedy and never again see a dog trapped in a parked car.

Dodge Dart, Avenger, and Chrysler 200 Earn IIHS’s Top Safety Pick

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Three vehicles from the Chrysler Group have made it to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s list of Top Safety Picks: the Dodge Dart, Dodge Avenger, and Chrysler 200.

This marks the sixth time that the IIHS has recognized the Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200, which both offer all of their available safety features as standard equipment. While the Dodge Dart can’t make the same claim, as it’s still a relatively new entry to the market, it has still managed to make the list every year it’s been on the market—and if you don’t put much stock in the IIHS’s testing, it also got a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to boot.

To earn a Top Safety Pick badge, all three vehicles had to achieve the best possible rating of “good” in the moderate-overlap frontal crash test, the side impact test, the roof strength test, and the whiplash test. They also had to earn at least “acceptable” ratings in the new small-overlap front crash test.

Come find the Dart, Avenger, and 200 at Rochester Hills Chrysler.

IIHS Ranks Dodge Dart as a Top Safety Small Car Pick

Are you in the market for a new car, truck or suv? What is at the top of your “must have” list? Hopefully safety is at the top of that list. In 2012 there were 25,580 fatal crashes. These accidents occurred from drunk driving, speeding, distractions and bad weather. The Chrysler Group has made safety a top priority in their small cars and this year the Dodge Dart tops the Insurance Institute Highway Safety (IIHS) lists Top Safety Picks.

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2013 Dodge Dart

Each year, the IIHS does extensive testing and ranks vehicles based on their performance in five areas: moderate overlap frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact, rollover and rear impact. and scoring them with poor, marginal, acceptable and good marks. To be considered a top pick from IIHS, the cars, trucks or SUV’s must have good ratings across the spectrum of occupant protection in the moderate overlap frontal test, side impact, rollover and rear tests.

MSN Auto reviews the small car with top safety ratings and the fresh design and safety create a coveted reason to want to drive. The small car 1.6L turbo engine offers excellent power for an unrefined drive. Find better fuel efficiency than ever in the 2014 Dodge Dart. At the Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Dealership in Rochester hills, MI near Auburn, find new and used Dodge Darts. The 2013 Dodge Dart is a small sedan available in one of five different trim level and three fuel-efficient powertrains, for optimal customization. Stop by the Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealer near Orion today and see what you think!

Why Busses Stop at Railroad Tracks

Have you ever wondered why busses stop and open their doors at railroad tracks? Why don’t they just stop or look or listen? Those are all great things to do for any vehicle, but not always the safest. Chances are you have seen or been behind a bus that suddenly stops before a railroad crossing and the explanation stems from bus drivers wanting to provide the safest experience possible.

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Almost 80 years ago in Salt Lake City year of December 1938, there was a blizzard. The snow started fast and many drivers could not see. During the blizzard a bus was driving. Two hours off schedule, due to weather conditions, a train came to cross the railroad track right as the bus did. Even though the bus stopped, it could not see if there was an oncoming train. Due to the lack of sight, the bus ended up crossing the tracks and was hit by the train. Only 14 of the 40 passengers survived.

As a result, it is now a law that bus drivers are required to stop before train tracks open their bus door and make sure they do not here a train coming. Take a look at some of their other safety precautions school bus drivers have to take next time you are stuck behind one. Though at times it may seem silly for a bus to stop, these laws are put in place for a reason, to keep everyone on the bus safe. The Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Dealership of Rochester Hills, MI, finds road safety a top priority and wants to inform the community. Next time you are caught driving in foggy or snowy weather, remember this story and how rolling down your window can help protect you and your passengers.