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Hit the Off-Road in Your Jeep 4×4 with Tips from Crestview Chrysler

2013 Jeep Wrangler UnlimitedThere are a few interpretations of Robert Frost’s famous words “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-I took the one less traveled”, and here at Crestview Chrysler we think it had something to do with the Jeep 4×4. The exhilarating adventures that can take place on the road less traveled can’t be beat, and having a Jeep makes all the difference. However, we know that off-road expeditions can have their dangers, so we’re offering a few guidelines to ensure that your road less traveled is traveled safely.

Tips for the Off-Roader

  1. Use common sense and think safety first.
  2. Come prepared for an adventure. This means that you check out your ride before you hit the off-road. Top off your fuel, check battery security, inspect your hoses and tires, check tire pressure, and grab a travel buddy.
  3. Anticipate your traction need and be aware. Pop your ride into 4WD before you get stuck, and be aware of what you are approaching on the trail. Keep your thumbs up and your head inside the vehicle to ensure your safety.
  4. Take it slow. Trail riding is not for the fast and the furious; it’s for low gearing and low speeds that will pull you over obstacles on your journey. Be kind to what you have left behind. In other words, leave the trail better than you found it! Follow posted signs, stay on approved trails, and again, use your common sense.
  5. Know your terrains.
    1. Rocks require crawling at no more than 1-3 miles per hour. Do not straddle rocks, simply crawl.
    2. Sand requires wider turns and maintaining a forward momentum. An air pressure drop is also recommended: 10-12 lbs below normal pressure on conventional tires.
    3. Climbing hills require straight up or straight down. Apply more power when you go up, easing as you approach the top. Use the lowest gear on a manual when going down but do not disengage the clutch, and use low range with an automatic.
    4. Always maintain forward momentum in snow or mud. If you lose traction in mud or snow, turn your steering wheel rapidly back and forth to get traction.

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For more information on off-roading or to take a spin in an infamous Jeep 4×4, visit Crestview Chrysler today. We would be honored to help you find your road less traveled!

How to Maximize Fuel Economy

gas pumpOver the past couple decades increasing rates for fuel have been an increasing concern, and when the economic crisis hit in 2008 people really started to feel the effects while paying at the gas tank. Add in the growing anxiety over the future of the planet as evidence of climate change continues to mount, and it’s no wonder people have started to think about how to save money on gas. If you’re looking for a fuel-efficient car in Saskatchewan, stop by Crestview Chrysler in Regina!

Get the Right Car

The first and most obvious way to maximize fuel economy is to make sure you’re purchasing a model that is as fuel efficient as possible while still meeting your needs as a driver. In recent years, consumers have started to see that the auto industry can deliver the best of both worlds. Increasing fuel efficiency standards and consumer demand for competitive performance have led manufacturers to get innovative. New technologies are being developed every day to maximize both the efficiency and power of powertrains. While it certainly makes sense that you want a car with some pick up, it’s also a good idea to check the fuel economy on your next big auto purchase before you sign on the dotted line.

Before Driving

Before you put the pedal to the metal, there are a few important things you should make sure you’re doing to keep your car in good condition to increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

Regular tune-ups – Making sure your vehicle gets the maintenance it needs is essential to increasing the life of your car and getting the biggest bang for your buck at the gas tank. Suggested times for regular oil changes, air-filter changes, and spark plug replacements are in the owner’s manual you got with the car. You can schedule a service appointment online whenever you are due for service.

Tire Pressure and Alignment – Having adequate tire pressure and proper alignment will increase fuel efficiency and lead to a safer and more comfortable ride.

Shed Weight – If you have things that you don’t need in your car, take them out and put them in the garage or in the house. 100 pounds of weight decreases your vehicle’s fuel economy by 1-2 percent.

On the Road

Once you’re behind the wheel, there are a couple of simple things you can do to increase fuel efficiency. First off, don’t drive excessively. Rapid acceleration and maintaining higher speeds than necessary can increase your fuel economy by up to 25%. Also, make sure to turn off your vehicle when you’re sitting at the train tracks, waiting for someone to come to the car, or idling for any reason for longer than a minute.

For a huge selection of fuel-efficient vehicles, top-quality service and repair, or more tips on how to drive efficiently, stop by Crestview Chrysler!

Winter Road Trips Rock in Canada

Winter drivingWe are used to the cold and snow in Canada, so why let the winter weather keep us from road tripping and exploring our picturesque country? Actually, a lot of Canada’s most scenic routes are more enjoyable in the winter. There is much less traffic, and the beauty of spectacular snow-filled scenes wait to be viewed and photographed. Plus, there are lots of opportunities for skiing and skating along the way. So strap the chains to your tires or and get ready, Crestview Chrysler knows just where you should go.

Best Winter Road Trips in Canada

  • The Great Circle Route in the Kootenay Rockies — The 1,300 km that loop through the Kootenay Rockies in British Columbia take drivers through Glacier National Park, the Fairmont Hot Springs resort, and the Panorama Mountain Village. This picturesque drive offers plenty of ski stops, mountainous scenery, and sizzling hot springs.
  • Yurts in Algonquin — Drive the three hours from Toronto to Algonquin and you can enjoy one of Mew Lake Campground’s eight-sided tent-like yurts, which are heated and fit six people. Then enjoy the variety of winter activities available, like snowshoeing, hiking, dogsledding, skiing, and of course, building snowmen.
  • Flavor Drive — The 140 km drive of the Charlevoix area in Quebec is home to more than 20 places that produce chocolates, croissants, and cheeses. The drive also features over 20 eateries and restaurants that use these local products to create wonderful menu items and meals. After all of that driving and eating, you can work off the delicious food by snowshoeing around Grands-Jardins National Park.
  • Tremblant Triangle — Mont Tremblant forms a triangle with Ottawa and Montreal, and the drive between the three will lead you to upscale shopping on Rue St. Denis in Montreal, the luxury resort Fairmont Chateau Montebello, great skiing, wildlife sanctuaries, sleigh rides, and photogenic scenes everywhere. Enjoy the ride!
  • The Icefields Parkway — This famed drive that connects Jasper National Park and Banff National Park is quiet and empty during the winter, which allows drivers to appreciate the amazing views with nothing and no one in the way. Snow-covered mountains, ice-covered lakes, and immense glaciers are there in their majestic environment.

Make Sure Your Vehicle is Winterized for Winter Road Trips!

Before you enjoy Canada’s breathtaking scenes and winter destinations, it is important to make sure your car is properly equipped and winterized. We can take care of that for you in our service department at Crestview Chrysler. Stop by our dealership and make sure your vehicle is safe before you take on the open roads!

A Checklist of Winter Weather Emergency Essentials

winter driving conditionsWhether you are simply cruising around Regina or headed out to explore the sights of the Saskatchewan province, if you are driving in wintery conditions, being prepared is an absolute must. Winter driving in Canada can indeed be treacherous at times, as roads can be quite unpredictable, but a properly prepared emergency car kit can allow you to travel with confidence. Crestview Chrysler in Regina, SK is truly committed to the well-being and safety of our customers and therefore, is proud to provide you with a checklist of must-have emergency essentials to help ensure a safe arrival to your destination.

Winter Weather Car Emergency Kit Check List

Winter weather can produce unexpected road conditions such as snow slides, icy passes, and even the occasional car or animal wreck. Drive with confidence, knowing you are prepared to tackle the unexpected with the following items:

  • Booster cables
  • Bottled water
  • Can of tire sealant
  • Cat litter, bag of sand, and/or traction mats
  • Duct Tape
  • Emergency flares
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Fuel line de-icer
  • Fully stocked First Aid Kit
  • Gloves and extra clothing
  • Non-Perishable Nutritional Supply (trail mix, fruit bars, nut bars, etc.)
  • Matches & Emergency Candles
  • Paper road map (for if electronics fail you)
  • Paper towels
  • Proper snow tires & chains
  • Small snow shovel
  • Snow brush and ice scraper
  • Winter blankets

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For more information on how to prepare a winter weather emergency kit, visit Crestview Chrysler today. Located on the corner of Albert Street and 1st Avenue, you can find us at 601 Albert Street in Regina, SK. Eager to serve you six days a week, we look forward to fulfilling all of your automotive needs!

Are Snow Tires Really Better Than All-Season Tires?

Winter drivingAll-season tires have been enormously popular since their invention in 1977, and today the majority of vehicles sold in Canada and the U.S. come equipped with them. Having one set of tires that can be used year-round is certainly appealing, but is the convenient choice the best choice? Depending on the climate you live in, all-season tires work just fine, but our service experts here at Crestview Chrysler in Regina encourage all Saskatchewan drivers to invest in safety and buy a pair of winter specific tires.

What’s the Deal with Snow Tires?

The primary difference between all-season and snow tires is the type of rubber they are made out of. Snow tires are made from a softer rubber, which helps provide better traction in the winter. Snow tires will wear faster in the summer months, though, making another warm weather set necessary.

Snow tires are, of course, a bit more expensive than all-season tires, but have been proven to perform between 5 and 20 percent better on slick, icy roads. Anyone who has skid along an icy road knows that experience is worth preventing. It is also important to remember that four-wheel drive systems will also help winter weather handling, but they are no substitute for a good set of snow tires.

To make the most out of your investment consider changing your tires as a part of your regular maintenance routine. When swapping them out, rotate them as well, because rotating your tires twice a year will help both sets last twice as long by evening out wear, which will help to balance out the cost of buying two sets.

Remember to switch your tires back to all-season or summer tires once the weather starts to warm up. Warm pavement will cause the soft rubber to wear quickly, and you’ll end up needing to replace them much sooner.

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Visit us in Regina and take advantage of our state-of-art-service center on site, where our technicians will rotate and change out your tires. Our dealership is open Monday through Saturday, so stop by and see us soon! We can also be contacted at (877) 694-8194 or online with any questions.

NHTSA Safety Ratings

The NHTSA has Revised Their Five-Star Safety Ratings

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As your Regina Dodge dealership, Crestview Chrysler Dodge Jeep has always been committed to your driving safety, selling some of the safest autos available on the market. We’re proud to let you know that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is redefining their crash testing procedures.

 

 

 

New Technology for Improved Safety

The NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program, popularly known as the Five-Star Safety Rating System, has been updated to include a redesigned test dummy that’s representative of a smaller passenger, an added crash test, and brand new injury criteria for the existing side-collision testing.

To determine a new vehicle’s safety without too much trouble, the NHTSA has even developed an overall summary rating, much like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has.

This update to the NHTSA program is one of the largest changes since they developed their rating system in 1978. The very first vehicles to undergo the new testing are 2011 models, but you should keep in mind that comparing them to prior years won’t be too useful, as they are using substantially different criteria for their ratings.

The change was made to prevent automakers from customizing the design of their vehicles to fit the testing. While this would ensure that their vehicles meet the minimum safety requirements, the NHTSA worried that the automakers were ignoring other important safety features.

One of the other advantages of the updated testing program is that it will let consumers know if their vehicle features technology designed to avoid or prevent a collision, such as stability control, lane-change warning systems, or forward collision warnings. These features are not factored into the NHTSA’s rating system; however, they do recognize that these are safety features that drivers are interested in knowing about.

The traditional tests – the side impact, frontal crash, and rollover tests you are likely familiar with – will remain unchanged. So basically, this is great news for you, as you’ll get a better picture of the safety of your vehicle.

 

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Whether you’re searching for a brand new luxury auto in a Chrysler, an all-terrain beast like a Jeep, or a versatile Dodge auto, we’ve got you covered here at Crestview. Visit our website for hours and directions, and while you’re there, take a look at our wide selection of new and used vehicles. Regina drivers have been driving our cars for years, and we think that after you visit our dealership, you’ll see why.

Crestview Chrysler Advises You to Avoid Texting While Driving

Texting and Driving: A Dangerous Combination

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Don't Text While Driving

Automobile accidents resulting from texting while driving are on the rise and drivers need to be aware of just how dangerous this habit can be. As your leading Regina-area Chrysler dealer, Crestview Chrysler is here to help raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving. It is especially important that teen drivers understand just how risky this behavior is and just how easy it is to prevent it. Driving distracted is a major problem among drivers the world over and texting is one of the worst distractions possible when driving; it is essential that we work together to reduce the occurrence of accidents caused by texting behind the wheel.

 

 

Texting: A Fatal Distraction

According to a study performed by CTIA, The Wireless Association, 5.9 billion text messages were sent each day in 2010, and about one-eighth of all drivers reported texting while driving. According to the IIHS, the majority of drivers who admitted to texting while behind the wheel were between the ages of 18 and 29, which means that the most inexperienced drivers are the ones more likely to be driving distracted; a terrible combination. The biggest problem with texting is that it creates a triple-layer distraction. The driver is not only forced to look at an object that is not the road, they must handle a device other than the steering wheel, and they have to focus their mind on the message rather than on driving safely.

It is imperative that we reduce the instances of texting while driving as quickly as possible. You can start by making a pledge to never text and drive and by sticking to it. Your children and teen drivers are also more likely to follow your rules and guidelines if you follow them yourself. Forcing children to keep their phone on silent while driving or encouraging them to ignore messages and calls until they are done driving can be effective methods to reducing your teen’s likelihood of texting while driving. The most important aspect is talking with your teens about the dangers of texting when behind the wheel and to make them realize just how important it is that they don’t drive distracted.

 

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If you’d like more tips on anything automotive our friendly staff here at Crestview Chrysler would like to invite you to come by our dealership in Regina today. We’d be happy to help you out in any way we can and you’ll always find a committed, professional staff here at Crestview Chrysler.

Be Prepared Before You Take Your Next Road Trip

For a Car Dealership in Regina SK, Come to Crestview Chrysler

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Be Prepared For Your Next Family Road Trip

Visit Crestview Chrysler Dodge Jeep for Regina SK area car dealership. We have a great selection of new and used vehicles, including hundreds of the latest Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep models in stock now and ready to test drive. We have a vehicle for nearly every driver in our huge inventory. Visit us in Regina, at 601 Albert Street. Our dealership is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday. Stop in to test drive a new Dodge, Chrysler, or Jeep vehicle today.

 

How to Prepare for a Long Road Trip

Are you preparing for a long road trip? At Crestview Chrysler, we want our customers to be as safe as possible. Follow our tips for preparing for a long road trip, and you’ll be packing extra peace of mind as well. If you need assistance, schedule your service appointment online today.

Check your owner’s manual and be sure to keep it with you. It will provide you with useful information such as how to change a tire on your car, how to jump start it, fluid capacities and more.

Look under the hood – check for leaks, check all the fluids (brake fluid, coolant, power steering, etc.), inspect the drive belt and replace if it is cracked or looks glazed. Make sure your battery terminals are clean and the battery itself is not leaking, and that it is free of cracks and other damage.

Check you oil – warm up the engine then turn it off. Wait a minute, and then pull out the dipstick. Wipe it off with a clean rag then re-insert it. Pull it out again and check the level. It should be close to the full mark. If the oil is very dark, you may want to change it before leaving for your trip. If the level is low, top it off using the same oil you are already using.

Check your transmission fluid – using the same process as the oil, transmission fluid should be a pinkish red color when new. If it’s too dark, change it.

Change your air filter – if you haven’t changed it in a while, do so before a long trip. A clogged air filter will reduce power.

Check electrical equipment – check the horn, headlights and taillights, heater/air conditioning, and windshield wipers.

Check your tires – make sure the tire pressure matches what is recommended on the manufacturer’s label. Make sure your tires’ treads are safe and even. Uneven tread wear indicates an alignment issue.  If you feel vibrations when you drive at highway speed, you’ll need to have your tires balanced. Check your spare tire to ensure it’s at the correct pressure.

 

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Crestview Chrysler Dodge Jeep is your Regina area car dealership. We have hundreds of vehicles in stock now including the latest models form Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep. Stop by and see us today to browse our extensive inventory. We are located in Regina, SK and our sales department is open Monday through Saturday. You can also see what our customers are saying on Dealerrater.

Crestview Chrysler has Winter Driving Advice

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Be Safe Driving in the Snow

Crestview Chrysler Dodge Jeep is your Regina SK area Dodge dealer. We have hundreds of the latest Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep models and a great selection of used vehicles in a variety of makes and models. We also have an onsite service department to assist you in getting your vehicle ready for winter. We are located at 601 Albert Street in Regina, SK. We are open Monday through Saturday to serve you. Stop and see us soon..

 

Winter Safety Driving Tips from Crestview Chrysler Dodge Jeep

  • Pay attention to weather reports and allow yourself extra time for bad weather and traffic delays.
  • Familiarize yourself with how your car operates in cold weather. For example, front wheel drive vehicles typically a handle better than rear wheel drive because the weight of the engine improves traction on the drive wheels.
  • Keep your windows clear and remember to keep your head, tail, and brake lights clean.
  • If you have to turn on your wipers, turn on your headlights. It helps make the road more visible in bad weather.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to keep your fuel lines from freezing. If you are planning on keeping your vehicle parked for long periods of time, fill up your gas tank.
  • Braking distances can be up to nine times longer on icy roads, so leave more space between you and the car in front of you.
  • If your car is equipped with ABS brakes, firmly depress on the brake pedal and stay on the brakes, don’t pump them. If you don’t have ABS brakes, pump them to stop.
  • Be especially cautious on bridges and overpasses, as they become icy before standard roads.
  • Lock your car, even in bad weather and stay with your vehicle while warming it up.
  • If your lock freezes, heat up your key. Don’t pour hot water on the lock, it will just freeze again.
  • When traveling in winter, be sure to give someone your departure time, anticipated arrival time, travel route and cell phone number.

To get your vehicle ready for winter, visit us at Crestview Chrysler Dodge Jeep, or schedule an appointment online today.

 

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At Crestview Chrysler Dodge Jeep, we have hundreds of new and used vehicles in stock now and ready to test drive in Regina SK. Our onsite service department is also onsite for all your maintenance and repair needs. We are located in Regina SK, and our sales department is six days a week Monday through Saturday. Stop by today for more information about getting your vehicle ready for winter. Be sure to see what our customers are saying on Dealerrater.

Be a Safe Driver with Advice from Crestview Chrysler

Learn Safety Tips From Our Team at Crestview Chrysler

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Crestview Chrysler Wants You to Drive Safely

When you visit our Regina SK Chrysler dealership you can expect exceptional service while we help you find the used car that’s right for you and provide excellent safety tips to help keep you safe while on the road. At Crestview Chrysler we strive to be the chosen destination for all of your automotive needs.

 

Safety Tips for Driving Your New or Used Chrysler Vehicle

Our team of friendly sales associates works hard at making sure we find the safe and reliable vehicle that’s going to work best for you. We want to make sure you have the tips needed to stay safe while on the road. We have some important safety tips that all drivers should know about.

Always stay alert – It’s always important to stay alert while on the road. If you are too sick or otherwise incapacitated, it could cause problems while on the road. It’s hard to just take a sick day, but if you’re in bad shape and unable to drive then we recommend not getting behind the wheel.

Staying off your phone – No phone call is ever important enough to risk causing an accident. One of the biggest causes of accidents is the cell phone – texting or talking. Your cell phone is your biggest distraction while you’re on the road. Leave your phone off, on silent, or in your purse until you’ve gotten to your destination.

Check your blind spot – Many accidents happen because the driver couldn’t see the other vehicle in his or her blind spot. To avoid blind spot problems, keep your window clear while driving. It’s best not to have anything that could block your view. Adjust your mirrors accordingly to find your blind spot. Before switching lanes, always carefully look over your shoulder.

Reduce the risk of accidents – There are a few things you can do to reduce the risk of getting in an accident. Always wear your seat belt, keep a good distance from the vehicle in front of you to avoid a collision, check your mirrors, don’t change lanes quickly, and slow down when you get close to an intersection.

There are many tips available to help ensure you’re safe while on the road. Do you have a few safety tips you like passing on to other drivers? Stop by our Facebook page and let other Chrysler drivers know how you stay safe while behind the wheel.

 

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