Must-Have Off-Roading Tools

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Off-Roading Jeep Renegade

Ready to do a little off-roading this season? We don’t blame you! Off-roading is an exciting way to challenge yourself and get to know your vehicle better. Whether you’re a novice or the most experienced kid on the block, though, don’t get caught without these handy off-roading tools. If you’re looking for the perfect off-roading vehicle for the new year, take a look at our great selection of Jeep SUVs and Ram trucks!

 

Winch and Accessories

Every off-roader needs to prepare for muddy, sticky situations. Don’t get stuck without a winch to help pull you out. Pick a winch that fits your vehicle, and make sure you have necessary accessories like a tow strap and shackles.

 

Traction Ramps

In the old days, if a person needed a little extra traction he or she would place a floor mat under the tires. Fortunately, off-roading equipment has evolved so that getting unstuck can be a little more efficient.

Quick Deflator

If you’ve never gone off-roading, you probably didn’t know that in order to get better traction on surfaces like sand and rocks you have to let air out of your tires. A quick deflator helps you get down to around 15 psi or lower without a long wait.

 

Air Compressor

If you’re going to take the deflating rout, then you’ll need a way to fill your tires again when it’s time to take the pavement back home. Invest in a portable air compressor to keep with you at all times.

 

First-Aid Kit

If you’re going off-roading, you’ve probably read up on safe practices. All the same, it’s always a good idea to have a first-aid kit handy in case you need it. Be safe and have fun!

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, which means you’re running out of time to make travel plans for the holidays. Grabbing some turkey is the end game of the holiday season but getting to your destination has to come first. Here at 171 Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we have some helpful Thanksgiving travel tips to lower your stress level this holiday season.

  • Planning – Make your travel plans early in the month, provided you haven’t made them already. The day prior to Thanksgiving is incredibly busy, which means you could save yourself a lot of hassle by traveling two or three days before. Don’t forget to look for savings and deals that airlines often offer during the holiday season.
  • Driving – Those who plan to travel on the road should plan ahead as well. Figure out what route you’ll take and use technology to make your trip easier, using a smartphone or navigation system to help avoid traffic jams and other common holiday obstacles. Fill up the gas tank the day before you plan on leaving, and don’t forget the snacks!
  • Packing – Lighten your load this holiday season by sending items that you don’t need on your flight through the mail. Doing so helps decrease baggage fees, makes travel much easier, and eliminates another holiday hazard from your traveling experience.

How to Get Your Car Ready For Winter

Get Your Car Ready For Winter

We don’t see white winters very often here in Louisiana but it’s still important to get your car ready for the winter season. Cold weather can make many problems more prevalent, especially if they’ve been lying dormant for months. Here’s some tips on how you can get your car ready for winter from us here at 171 Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

  1. Oil – Most vehicles are set to use one type of oil all year round, while others may need a different viscosity during the winter season. Colder weather can make thick oil even thicker. Check your owner’s manual to see if you should be using thinner oil during the cold weather.
  2. Tires – Making sure your tires have enough tread to provide optimal traction is a necessity year-round, but it’s even more important during winter. Slicker roads make it harder for tires that lack the proper amount of tread to hang on to the road. As a result, driving with worn tires could leave you in a ditch.
  3. Gas – During winter, keeping your gas tank filled can prevent the line from freezing. Condensation can form in an empty tank, travel into the fuel line, then freeze and block the gas from getting to the engine. Aim to keep your tank anywhere from a quarter to half-full at all times.

Why You Need Car Insurance

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Keeping up with proper maintenance, like oil changes, and keeping your car clean are important but there’s more you can do to protect your vehicle. Having car insurance is a necessity in the modern world, especially since there are over six million car accidents per year. A single accident could ruin you financially, or worse. Here are some reasons why you need car insurance.

  • Covering Hospital Costs – It’s no secret a car accident is expensive but hospital bills make car accidents look like pocket change. A single car accident can result in thousands of dollars in medical bills. If you don’t have health insurance, or your insurance isn’t enough, your car insurance can cover both you and your passengers.
  • It’s the Law – Most states require all drivers to maintain a certain amount of car insurance. Driving without it could result in fines, a suspended license, or an impounded car. Not only that, if you do get into an accident, you could easily lose everything.
  • Protect Your Investment – No matter how you look at it, your car is an investment in your everyday life. Having car insurance is a way to protect that investment. Insurance can cover damage as a result of theft, vandalism, natural disasters, and, of course, car accidents.

For more questions about Car Insurance or other car financing concerns, give us a call at 171 Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram!