Tips for Labor Day Weekend Travel

Labor Day Weekend is just around the corner, and many folks will be setting out to close out the summer on a mini vacation.

If you’ve traveled on this holiday in the past, you know that planning is key to a seamless, relaxing trip, and we’ve got just the list to keep you organized this year!

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  • Stay Connected – Download the latest travel apps for your phone before you hit the road—Spotify is a great channel for music, Waze will help with traffic, and Citymapper will be your best-bet for navigation!
  • Travel Late or Early – Instead of sitting in a huge mess of traffic this year, leave in the middle of the night, or early in the morning to avoid traffic jams—you’ll get to where you’re going much faster, and your passengers will thank you… especially if you have kids!
  • Pack Wisely – Make sure to bring temperature-appropriate clothing, shoes, and coats, especially if you’re heading north or to the mountains!
  • Have Your Car Serviced – Make sure that all of your fluid levels are topped off, your brakes, lights work properly, and that your car is up to date on all routine maintenance including oil changes and tires.
  • Have Travel Documents on Hand – Be sure to carry your Insurance Card, Roadside Assistance information, and any other vital information, in case of emergency.
  • Make All Stops at Once – If you have children, it might be challenging trying to travel with the constant stopping for bathroom breaks, food, and drinks, but, if you stop in a place where you can use the restroom, grab a sandwich and a bottle of water, all in one place, you’re guaranteed to save time instead of loading and unloading everyone into and out of the car at each place.

 

Hacks to Keep Your Vehicle Organized

Your vehicle’s interior can get messy, especially when you have young kids riding with you. Between the food, games, and every day necessities that you keep in your vehicle, it can be tough to stay organized.

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Here are a few tips to help you stay organized behind the wheel of your car:

  • Keep collapsible bins in your trunk to utilize for groceries, or every day essentials. When the bins are not in use, fold them up and store them in your trunk so that they are there when you need them.
  • Keep a coupon organizer in your glove box for important papers such as your vehicle’s registration and proof of car insurance.
  • If you have young children, use a remote control caddy to keep activities, small toys, or non-perishable snacks in, by placing it under their car seat, and draping over the sides of the seat.
  • Use a cereal container as a garbage bin, to avoid having garbage lying in the floor board of your vehicle.
  • Use over the door organizers to drape over the back seats (if you drive a vehicle with a hatch back), to keep every day essentials in, such as wet wipes, tissues, paper towels, etc.

Our Favorite Apps for Holiday Travel

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and is one of the biggest travel holidays of the year.

This year, instead of fighting through traffic or listening to music from radio stations that you’re not familiar with, download some new apps to take along.

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Here is a list of some of our favorite Holiday Travel Apps:

  • Spotify – For less than $10.00 per month, you can stream unlimited music to your smartphone. By downloading the music beforehand, you can listen to your playlists on or offline, keeping your ears satisfied on your road-trip.
  • Waze – Heading somewhere far away? Download the Waze app, and keep apprised of traffic conditions, speed traps, and potential dangerous road conditions, all free-of-charge!
  • Citymapper – Visiting a new city? Check out Citymapper for more detailed planning information than Google Maps, including real-time departures and disruption alerts, along with Uber integration and cycle routes!
  • Tripit – Flying or taking mass-transit out of town? Download the Tripit app, and keep all of your flight, car rental, hotel, and event bookings in one streamline place, rather than having multiple itineraries!
  • App in the Air – Flying out of town this year? Check out the App in the Air to keep track of your flight departures, with awesome coverage of airlines and airports.

No matter where you’re headed, or how you’re planning to get there, make your holiday travel more enjoyable, just by downloading a few apps!

Spring Cleaning for Your Vehicle

We’re nearing the official beginning of Spring, and soon spring cleaning will be on everyone’s minds.

But spring cleaning isn’t only for your home or office.

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Take the time this year to make sure you properly clean your car, and get it looking it’s best for spring and summer, with these few tips:

  • Organize the glove box, and consoles. Sort through all of the paperwork in your glove box, and remove old insurance cards, vehicle registrations, and any other objects that you no longer need to cart around every day. Create a folder for your current vehicle registration and insurance card, and neatly place the important documents back inside of your glove box, to ensure that everything is there and easy to find when you need it!
  • Clean the windows—inside and out.  Wintertime driving can be pretty trying on the exterior of your car. Clean the windows extra, both inside and outside, with a clean towel, to ensure your visibility is never compromised.
  • Remove clutter from your trunk. Sort through all of the clutter in your trunk, and take out anything you might not need this summer (snow brushes, ice melt, gloves, etc.) and store them away for next year. While your trunk is clean, verify that your spare tire is in perfect, working order, just in case!
  • Scrub the exterior.  Winter time can leave salt and road grime all over the exterior of your vehicle. Be sure to scrub off the salt, especially on the lower half of your vehicle, and make sure your paint stays looking brand new!

 

Tips for Driving in Winter Weather

It’s January, which means snow, sleet, and ice in our area, are pretty much a given. With temperatures forecasted to drop this weekend, and the expected snow and sleet entering our area this weekend, we thought it might be useful to share some tips for driving in winter weather!

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  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Be sure that you gradually ease into the gas or break when the roads are slick, to avoid spin-outs.
  • Drive slowly. Even if the roads aren’t terrible, black ice paired with speed can be a recipe for disaster. Be sure to slow down and take your time when the temperature is below freezing.
  • Increase your spacing between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. Allow for plenty of stopping room, in the event that your car begins to slide.
  • Test your brakes before you get out on the roadway. Come to a few harsh stops in your driveway, before you venture out, to test the road conditions and your brakes with the slippery roads.
  • If you can avoid it, don’t come to a complete stop. If you can safely coast through an intersection without having to come to a stop, or to make a turn, you’re likely to keep traction longer than if you stop completely.
  • Slow and steady wins the race. When faced with a hill, don’t hit the gas too fast and try to gain too much speed. Take your time, drive slowly and steadily until you reach the top of the hill.
  • If you can avoid it, stay inside. Allow road crews to treat the roadways before you get behind the wheel.

Driving in winter weather can be frightening, especially if you don’t do it very often. Take these tips along for the ride, and stay safe, if you can’t stay off the roads.

 

It’s Not Too Late to Set a New Year’s Resolution for Your Vehicle

The clock might have already struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, and almost everyone has a plan in place to improve their life, whether with fitness, organization, or even managing finances. But what about bettering your automobile? It’s not too late to set a resolution to keep your vehicle at it’s best this 2018.

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Your vehicle is most likely one of your most valued and relied on possessions, so, why not take every measure to ensure you’re keeping it in tip-top shape throughout the year?

Here are a few ideas for New Year’s Resolutions, specifically for your automobile:

  • Keep up with your routine maintenance. Your vehicle’s routine maintenance is one of the easiest things to overlook—whether it’s not having the time to have maintenance addressed, or the money. Although it’s easy to neglect, it’s also one of the most important aspects of your vehicle’s longevity and can help you save money and time, in the long run.
  • Keep your vehicle’s interior and exterior clean. Although it’s tough to maintain the cleanliness of your vehicle, especially in the colder months, you may feel better if you do. Having a clean vehicle may help reduce stress, especially if your vehicle tends to get cluttered easily.
  • Keep up with your neglected maintenance. Have a rattling noise that’s been driving you crazy for a while, but haven’t had it looked at yet? Schedule your vehicle for a Service Appointment to finally put your suspicions to rest.
  • Schedule regular check-ups. Just like your physical health, it’s important to keep tabs on your vehicle’s health. Find out the average time you are due for oil changes, and pre-schedule appointments with your automotive repair shop to ensure your maintenance stays up to date.

 

Our Favorite Holiday Recipes

The Holidays have arrived, and we thought it might be a good time to share some of our favorite recipes, to give you some inspiration for your upcoming Holiday dinners.

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Here is a list of a few of our favorite recipes, perfect for all of your Holiday dinners, potluck lunches at work, or any holiday celebration:

  • Green Beans with Almonds
    • Ingredients:
      • 2 Pounds Fresh Green Beans, Washed and Trimmed
      • 2 Slices of Bacon
      • ¼ Cup Sliced Almonds
    • Directions:
      • Remove both ends of beans, break in half, and wash thoroughly.
      • Place in a large pot and add water 3 to 4 inches from the top. Add bacon and cook until tender.
      • Remove bacon from cooking water and discard. Remove beans and place in a large bowl, add almonds and toss. Serve Hot.
  • Red Garlic Mashed Potatoes
    • Ingredients:
      • 8 Red Potatoes, Cubed
      • 2 Teaspoons Crushed Garlic
      • 1/2 Cup Butter
      • 1/4 Cup Half and Half Cream
      • 1/4 Teaspoon Steak Seasoning
      • 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
      • 1/8 Teaspoon White Sugar
    • Directions:
      • Place the potatoes into a large pot, and fill with enough water to cover. Add 1 teaspoon of the crushed garlic to the water for flavor. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork.
      • Drain the potatoes, and add the butter. Mash until the butter is melted. Mix in the half-and-half, steak seasoning, garlic powder, sugar, and remaining garlic. Mix potatoes with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes
    • Ingredients:
      • 4 Russet Potatoes, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
      • 1 Onion, sliced into rings
      • 3 Tablespoons Butter
      • 3 Tablespoons All Purpose Flower
      • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
      • 2 Cups Milk
      • 1 1/2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
    • Directions:
      • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Butter a 1 quart casserole dish.
      • Layer 1/2 of the potatoes into bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Top with the onion slices, and add the remaining potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
      • In a medium-size saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Mix in the flour and salt, and stir constantly with a whisk for one minute. Stir in milk. Cook until mixture has thickened. Stir in cheese all at once, and continue stirring until melted, about 30 to 60 seconds. Pour cheese over the potatoes, and cover the dish with aluminum foil.
      • Bake 1 1/2 hours in the preheated oven.

Tips for Protecting Your Teen Behind the Wheel

The moment your teen turns 16 is exciting, but is also potentially worrisome for parents. As they acquire their driver’s license, they’re well on their path to independence, however, protecting them is still your priority.

But how do you protect them, when you’re not around?

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Here are a few tips to ensure your teen is safe, when they get behind the wheel:

  • Be sure that the vehicle your teen is behind the wheel in is in tip-top shape. Verify the safety ratings on the vehicle, as well as the current condition of the tires, brakes, and engine.
  • It might be a good idea to limit the time that your teen is allowed to be behind the wheel; according to an article from esurance, most accidents involving teen drivers occur after 9:00 PM, so, setting curfews could be in their best interest.
  • Limit the number of passengers that your teen is allowed to travel with, to help avoid distractions.
  • Speak with your teen about the dangers of driving distracted, or driving under the influence.
  • Be sure to thoroughly teach your teen about all the features of the vehicle they will be driving, before they get behind the wheel. Ensure your teen knows exactly where to find the switches for the lights, windshield wipers, and hazard lights, in case of emergency.

Driving is an exciting privilege, but could potentially be a very dangerous task. To learn what vehicle might be the best fit for your teen, visit us at ShopCarCenter.com, or contact us today!

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Starting now The Car Center of Glen Burnie will provide a 90 Day ASC Warranty with every vehicle purchase.  This ASC Warranty provides Drivetrain “Plus” Coverage, Deluxe Coverage, and Factory Type Coverage. Take a look below at what this warranty covers!

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Now you can have Even MORE confidence in your preowned vehicle purchase from The Car Center of Glen Burnie!

The Car Center of Glen Burnie is located at 7118 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD 21061 we can also be reached at 800-883-3084 or online at http://www.shopcarcenter.com. 

$29 Down and $115 per month with 99 cents per gallon until 2015! This Wednesday through Saturday!

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Mr. Eddie Ohr, General Manager of The Car Center of Glen Burnie, stunned the competition and area residents today by announcing a 99 cent per gallon gas offer for anyone who purchases a vehicle this Wednesday through Saturday only. “People are  currently driving cars, trucks and SUVs that are not as fuel efficient as these vehicles we offer at the Car Center of Glen Burnie.”  To encourage people to turn in their gas guzzlers and purchase a more fuel efficient vehicle, I am offering the opportunity to purchase vehicles for just $29 Down ad $115 Per Month plus they will pay 99 Cents Per Gallon until 2015.

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We have one of the largest selections in this region with over 150 high-quality, front-line pre-owned vehicles to choose from.  We need to sell 50 vehicles by the end of the month, so no reasonable offer will be turned down.  In order to make this happen, we decided to offer the easiest and most affordable way possible to purchase a vehicle.

This event is for FOUR DAYS only and is first-come, first -serviced, so it’s critical to come early to have the best chance of getting the vehicle you really want.

The exclusive site for this exciting event is at The Car Center of Glen Burnie, for four days, Wednesday from 9 am -6 pm, Thursday, from 9 am-6 pm, Friday from 9 am-6 pm,  and Saturday, from 9 am -3 pm.

Car Center of Glen Burnie is located at 7118 Ritchie Highway, is proud to serve Glen Burnie and surrounding communities.