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Tips for a Great Day at the Beach

Few things sound as relaxing as a day at the beach. But when it comes down to it, taking the whole family to the beach can be a little stressful. As a family friendly dealership, Sierra CDJR can completely empathize with this. This is why we like to use these tips to make our beach days a little breezier.

Tips for A Great Day at the Beach - Sierrra CDJR - Ottawa, IL

Bring plastic bags

Having a stash of both ziplock bags and used shopping bags can save you in a pinch, in numerous situations. Use a ziplock to protect phones, keys, and other valuables from water, and shopping bags for things like trash or carrying home seashells.

Arrive early

Claiming a good spot early in the day takes away a lot of the hassle that comes from walking up and down looking for space on a full beach. Pack plenty of snacks and get there in the morning to make the most of the day.

Pack foods separately

When you’re packing your beach snacks, use individual plastic or glass containers for each item, if possible. Sometimes the name “sand”wich becomes too literal. With this tip, it’s possible to save the majority of items from an unwanted extra crunch.

Bring a soft-bristled dust broom

Having a small dust broom tucked away in your car gives you a convenient tool for gently brushing sand off of kids, feet, and shoes, so that you can leave most of the sand at the beach instead of in your car.

Highlights of Our ‘ Choose Your Adventure ’ Jeep Event

choose your adventure

From June until October, Sierra CDJR partnered with The Cliffs in Marseilles, IL, to bring our Jeep customers the event of a lifetime: the opportunity to Choose Your Adventure with us at the Insane Terrain Off Road Park. We picked a day once a month and invited all—yes, all—customers who bought a Jeep from us to join us in traversing the park’s 300 acres of terrain. Needless to say, the day was one of our highlights of the year.

All you needed to do in order to participate was (a) own a Jeep from Sierra CDJR and (b) fill out an RSVP form on our website. We spent the summer and early fall enjoying bonding with our customers, teaching first-timers with an official guide Jeep vehicle and a two-and-a-half-hour special training course, and sharing a free lunch with those who came.

At Sierra CDJR, we are so glad to have been able to provide the Choose Your Adventure opportunity as a token of our appreciation to all Jeep customers. We hope everyone had fun learning about and using their Jeep in The Cliff’s wild off-road park. We hope you’ll even get the great opportunity to venture off-road by yourselves in the future!

Best Fall Foliage Drives in the Midwest

Best fall foliage drives in the Midwest

The fall foliage holds some of the most beautiful sights that you can see in Illinois, which is why you should take a drive just to admire it! Here are some of the best fall foliage drives in the Midwest.

Wisconsin River Trail

If you want to take a scenic drive up north, this road is the one to do it on. It’ll take you through hills, woods, and unique towns. Plus, it winds the whole way against the north bank of the Wisconsin River, so the water views will be gorgeous too.

Great River Road at Mississippi Palisades State Park

Head out to the great ol’ west on this route. This road rides alongside another river, the great Mississippi! It’ll also lead you to the gorgeous Palisades State Park, where you can find beautifully cliffs, trees, and even an eagle or two!

Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

The word “wine” is in the name, so it must be included in the list. While the wineries along the way are certainly nice stops (as long as you don’t drink and drive), there are also gorgeous views along this route. You’ll be driving through dense, beautiful woods and bluffs overlooking lakes.

Parke County, Indian Covered Bridges

What’s a crisp, autumn drive without covered bridges? Enjoy the beautiful trees along the curving roads and the classic covered bridges along the way.

Five Best Midwest Off-Roading Parks for Jeep Owners

Best Midwest off-roading

The Midwest is full of great adventures. That’s why we’ve tried to compile a list of the best Midwest off-roading parks so you can choose your next big journey off the beaten path.

Badlands Off Road Park

Attica, Indiana offers a number of different terrain options in the Badlands, ranging from sand to mud to rocks and more. A campground is provided on the park’s 700 acres of land.

Coal Creek OHV Area

Imagine being in the middle of 72,000 acres of wilderness. That’s where you’ll be at Coal Creek, which offers year-round off-roading fun on 160 miles of trail.

Hannibal Rocks

While the park itself is only 70 acres, the big draw of Hannibal Rocks—located in Hannibal, Missouri—is how often it has big social events for off-roaders.

Silver Lake Sand Dunes State Park

This is possibly the easiest option on the list due to the fact that it’s all sand. It’s a fun option for drivers looking just for a single day of fun, or for nice views of the nearby Lake Michigan.

Superlift ORV Park

Located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, this park covers 1,250 acres of land and offers RV campsites. A big perk is that all trails are marked with a difficulty level ranging from Level 1 to Level 5.

This list of the best Midwest off-roading parks isn’t comprehensive, so make sure to look into any number of other fun off-roading areas near you to get the most out of your Jeep!

Help Keep Chicago Beautiful during Keep America Beautiful Month

keep Chicago beautiful

Now that spring is well on its way, flowers are blooming and there is green everywhere. But, you probably noticed something else that is everywhere—trash. Every year, April is recognized as Keep America Beautiful month and there are organized clean-up efforts around the country, including here in the suburbs of Chicago.

Here are some events in the Schaumburg area that will help keep Chicago beautiful.

  • Emily Oaks Nature Center Earth Day Celebration. Situated on a beautiful pond in Skokie, IL, this center holds an event every year that is focused on fun, games, and selling local plants. It happens on April 17, 12-4pm.
  • Hoffman Dam – Earth Day 2016 River Rats Clean-Up. Saturday, April 23 is Earth Day in Chicago. Come clean your local park or preserve from 9AM-12PM!

Even if you don’t attend an official event, you can still help keep your community clean. Some of the easiest ways to do this are by keeping a trash bag in your car so you aren’t tempted to throw things out the window, making sure your trash cans have lids, and tying together any loose garbage so it doesn’t blow away in the wind.

What are you planning on doing to help keep Chicago beautiful?

Clean Up Your Car With These Spring Maintenance Tips

spring maintenance tips

Winter can be a doozy when it comes to the general health of your vehicle; from potholes to salt stains, there’s a thousand-and-one reasons for your car to be looking less-than-ideal coming out of the winter season. But, all hope is not lost! We have some easy spring maintenance tips for you to get your vehicle looking a-okay once again:

  • Get a tire rotation and alignment check. Rough roads can wreak havoc on your suspension and alignment, so spring is a great time to get your tires rotated (extending their lifespan) and to get your alignment checked out.
  • Replace your wiper blades. You use your wipers a lot in the wintertime, so make sure they’re in tip-top shape before you take on April’s notorious showers.
  • Take it to the car wash. The last of our spring maintenance tips may seem like the most obvious, but it’s worth repeating. Additionally, make sure you don’t just go to any car wash – be sure to pick a place with undercarriage sprayers to remove salt and debris from underneath.

 

Keep up hope – summer and all its lazy drives and exciting road trips are near!

A Look at the Rare 1933 Chrysler Imperial

rare 1933 Chrysler Imperial

The old Chryslers, like this ’62-’63 Valiant are true treasures.

What makes something classifiably “rare?” How about when only 36 were made almost a century ago? We think that counts – that’s why we’re highlighting the amazingly rare 1933 Chrysler Imperial today.

With America deep in the throes of the Great Depression, 36 was a reasonable production number for this luxurious Chrysler model. The base price of the rare 1933 Chrysler Imperial was $3,395 – a hefty chunk of change in one of the toughest economic eras of all time.

The Imperial featured an inline, 384.4-cubic-inch, 8-cylinder, vibration-free engine (why vibration free? Thanks to Chrysler’s innovative “Floating Power” engine mounts). Today, a recently returned-to-the-light Imperial has been renovated with 1933-era restorations, like hydraulic brakes and a wing-vented second windshield.

The 1933 Chrysler Imperial has to be in the running for being one of the most beautiful vehicles of all time – one look at this phaeton, and we’re pretty sure you’ll agree.

Jeep Earns Automotive Difference Maker Award

Automotive Difference Maker award

Every year, The Detroit Free Press gives out the prestigious “Automotive Difference Maker” award. And this publication knows what it’s talking about when it comes to cars. This year, Jeep won the Automotive Difference Maker award.

So why did Jeep take home this honor? Well part of it is because of its impressive sales numbers from this past year. The Detroit Free Press wrote, “Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ recovery from Chapter 11 bankruptcy simply would not have been possible without the rapid global expansion of the Jeep brand.”

FCA has a lot of reasons to thank Jeep. More than 1.2 million Jeep SUVs were sold worldwide in 2015, making it the fourth consecutive year that the brand sold the most vehicles in its history, and its sixth consecutive year of sales increases.

But that’s not the only reason why Jeep won the award; it’s also because of its redesigned Grand Cherokee and brand-new Renegade.

Congratulations, Jeep! Come down to Sierra Motors to test drive a Jeep today to check out what it’s all about.

Tips to Avoid Car Sickness

Tips to avoid car sickness

Road trips can be fun, but many people tend to get nauseous when riding in the car for an extended period of time. If you have a road trip coming up, don’t worry, because we have listed below some tips to avoid car sickness:

  1. Watch your food and drink consumption – If you drink excessive alcohol and foods or liquids, they can worsen motion sickness or even cause it.
  2. Sit in the front seat – Make sure you call “shotgun” because often, motion sickness is caused by a mismatch between what your eyes are seeing and how your body is interpreting the motion of the vehicle.
  3. Avoid reading – Reading, though it’s a good time-consumer during a road trip, can make you more nauseous.
  4. Crack the car window – Fresh air helps alleviate car sickness and reduce any food odors in the car.
  5. Stabilize your head – Try to lean your head against the headrest to keep it still, or use a neck pillow.
  6. Medication and wrist bands – If your motion sickness is uncontrollable, you can get a prescription from your doctor or get a motion sickness wrist band, which puts pressure on a specific spot on your wrist to prevent nausea.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Releases Arsenal of Democracy Documentary

Arsenal of Democracy

World War II may have occurred over 70 years ago, but the memory of the war continues to haunt, terrify, and fascinate the minds of the general public. Countless books, documentaries, movies, television shows, and more have been created based on the tragic conflict. For the automobile industry, the war was not only a major factor in the innovation of new technology, but also the cause of a nationwide halt in the production of civilian vehicles following President Roosevelt’s famous Arsenal of Democracy speech. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was one of many car manufacturers that stopped production of civilian cars in order to make contributions to the production of war materials, and recently, FCA announced the release of a short documentary about the time period.

Named “Arsenal of Democracy” after Roosevelt’s words, the documentary covers Chrysler’s involvement with the creation of military vehicles. Though the Axis powers laughed at Roosevelts’ production goals, auto manufacturers still managed to accomplish them. Detroit alone managed to create 10% of the tools used in the second World War. The sheer number of military tools produced during that time period had never been seen before — or since.

The documentary was released in honor of the 75th anniversary of Roosevelts’ Arsenal of Democracy speech. The six-minute feature, narrated by historian Brandt Rosenbusch, provides viewers with a closer look at the war vehicles FCA crafted during one of history’s most dramatic production pushes.

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