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How to Prepare your Car for Winter

Yes, we said it, the dreaded “w” word—winter. Winter will be here before you know it, and it is better to get ready now than to make changes after having problems. Cold temperatures and harsh weather can wreak havoc on a poorly-running car, which is why you need to prepare your car for winter. Here are a few tips from U.S. News & World Report Contributor Trent Hamm.

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  • Check antifreeze levels. Antifreeze does just what it sounds like—it prevents your engine from freezing in the winter. Make sure it hasn’t gotten diluted and you have the right amount.
  • Make sure HVAC works. Of course, you want your heater in the winter, but your A/C plays an important role, too, in defrosting your windshield.
  • Pack an emergency kit. If you get stranded on the road, you will need some supplies to keep you safe and warm. Items like a blanket, high-energy snacks, water, a flashlight, road flares, and a spare charged cell phone can help get you out of trouble.
  • Check your tires. As the temperatures drop, the roads get slicker. Make sure your tires have enough tread depth to get you through it. Consider making the switch to winter tires.

Here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, we want you to be safe and prepared. Schedule a service appointment today, and we can help you get your car ready for the season ahead.

How to Throw the Perfect Summer Cookout

If the fears of burnt burgers or bored children are keeping you from throwing a barbeque this year, then worry not. Here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, we’ve put together these tips for the perfect summer cookout.

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Be Prepared

If there’s anything we can all agree on, it’s that you can never be too prepared. Plan your menu ahead of time; this will give you the chance to look for good deals at the grocery store. Not to mention, knowing what you’re going to make a few weeks beforehand gives you the chance to go over different recipes so you’ll feel comfortable and familiar when it’s time to put them to the test.

 

Keep Your Guests Entertained

Make entertainment easy on yourself by setting out some lawn games before guests arrive. Something as simple as a Frisbee or a cornhole set will keep guests of all ages occupied. Set up a portable Bluetooth speaker as well for a fun, summer playlist that will set the mood all day long.

 

Don’t Sweat It

The most important advice to remember when you’re hosting a cookout is to have fun. Otherwise, what’s the point? Realize that spills will happen, rain may fall, and someone who wanted a bratwurst might get a hot dog instead by accident. But in the end, compared to the opportunity to share the summer days with friends and families, these things don’t matter. What’s important is that you enjoy yourself from the moment you pick out the hamburger buns at the store to finishing off the last beer of the afternoon.

Road Trip Tips

Spring has finally arrived, which means now is the time to take, or at least start preparing for, a family road trip! There’s a lot to do before you head out on a road trip, no matter how long it may be. Whether it’s your first or five-hundredth getaway, some things just have to be taken care of. Here are some help road trip tips from us here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet. Hit the road and enjoy the wonderful weather.

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  • Plan Carefully – While it always helps to have a plan before hitting the road, committing solely to that plan could cause problems. A single delay can throw a road trip that’s too tightly knit off schedule. Make a plan prior to leave, but be sure to allow for any delays.
  • Come Prepared – It pays to have all of your documents in your car when you take a road trip. Make sure to include your license, registration, and proof of insurance. Having just a few documents can get you out of some tight spots if you get pulled over.
  • Clean Up – There’s little doubt your vehicle will be a mess after returning home. While there isn’t much you can do about that, you can minimize the trash, dirt, and grime by cleaning your car inside and out before hitting the road.