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Winter weather preparation

Winter brings ice, snow, rain and sleet. But it also brings a whole set of driving hazards too. Nationwide insurance company estimates that about 70 percent of winter storm deaths are auto related. Drivers can do a few simple things to help prepare their vehicles and themselves for the stormy weather ahead.

1. Get your car checked before winter starts. The Weather Channel suggests drivers have a mechanic look at the breaks, tires, battery and more. Doing this before you find a problem during the winter will help you avoid any possible accidents. Check out Payson Auto Center if your car needs a tune up.

2. Carry extra equipment just in case something happens. According to the Weather Channel, all drivers should have a spare tire, shovel, jumper cables, tire chains, a tool kit and salt. Make sure to dust the snow off your vehicle before driving too.

3. Along with some of these necessary items for your car, carry a few things for yourself. Nationwide suggests blankets, a flashlight, a first-aid kit and non-perishable foods. Batteries, extra clothing and bottled water are also extremely helpful just in case something happens.

4. Nationwide suggests topping off windshield wiper fluid, gas, oil and antifreeze before heading out (especially if you are going on a long drive). During the winter, try to do minimal long-distance driving and remain off the roads at night.

5. Program emergency numbers into your phone. This can include road-side service, your insurance provider, friends and family. If you get stranded, call someone for help.

Being proactive is the only way drivers can avoid dangerous situations in the winter. Prepare yourself and your car for the winter storms. Check the weather before going on the road. If you have any more questions call your insurance provider and or car dealership like Chapman Payson for more suggestions.

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland

 

There is a good reason why the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a leading crossover Sport utility vehicle. Jeep introduced the Grand Cherokee in 1993, following up its early Cherokee and previous Grand Wagoneer models with its first car-based platform.

Moving to the present, the five-passenger model is sold in 4×2 and 4×4 configurations. Visit a Jeep dealer in Payson to check out the Laredo, Laredo E, Limited and Summit models available, along with a special edition SRT8 equipped with a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8. Furthermore, the Overland model is more than the typical crossover; rather it blends the best of on-road driving with off-road utility.

The Overland 4×4′s “trail rated” certification comes through its ability to ford streams, grip snow, mud and gravel, and maneuver around or over tough obstacles including rocks. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is outfitted with 18- or 20-inch wheels set within Michelin Latitude Tour tires. These tires are better suited for on-road work, enabling the Jeep to enjoy very good traction under a variety of conditions. Drivers who choose all-terrain tires will find that off-road duty will be a regular part of their driving experience.

The Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4 adds a great experience in most areas with the UConnect system bringing information and entertainment together on one 8.4-inch color display. The system can be operated by touch, by voice command or by accessing related switches and dials, making it easy to use. It features an easy-to-use interface and includes a Wi-Fi hotspot and smartphone app integration, including media apps from Pandora and iHeartRadio. It also houses the navigation system if you select that option.

As for safety, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, hill ascent control, hill descent control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. The Advanced Technology Group comes standard and includes forward collision warning, rear cross-path detection and blind spot monitoring.

In government crash testing, the Grand Cherokee earned an overall rating of four stars out of a possible five, with four stars for overall frontal crash protection and five stars for overall side crash protection. In testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Grand Cherokee received the highest possible rating of “Good” in the frontal-offset, side and roof-strength crash tests.

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland is available now. Visit Chapman Payson for more information.

 

If off-roading is in your future , you can be sure that there is no guarantee you won’t get stuck somewhere with no cell phone coverage, but your odds of driving out are a lot better if you’ve got the latest four-wheel-drive technology at hand.  At Chapman Payson, you’ll find vehicles designed for those mud-crawling, stump-jumping, rut-running, stream-fording, hill-climbing conditions – in particular, check out these four off-road masters.

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Any vehicle fitted with BF Goodrich Mud Terrains is going to be very good off road. The Wrangler Rubicon is available with 32-inch diameter Muds. That extra inch in diameter over the more-common 31s provides useful additional ground clearance. The Rubicon also features the ability to disconnect the front anti-roll bar. This increases suspension travel and helps keep the tires in contact with the surface. The tune of successful off-roaders is “As slow as possible, as fast as necessary.” The Rubicon’s Rock-Trac transfer case’s ultra-low gearing provides the torque multiplication – and speed enforcement – to allow you to successfully climb and descend steep trails. With lockable front and rear differentials, the Wrangler Rubicon is one of the few vehicles that truly have four-wheel drive.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The  Jeep Grand Cherokee is not only a comfortable people mover, but it also maintains Jeep’s high standards for off-road capability.  The Trail-Rated Jeep Grand Cherokee comes with the choice of three different four-wheel drive systems, although hardcore drivers will want to go for the Quadra-Drive II edition which offers Selec-Terrain (for configuring engine, transmission, and stability / traction control parameters for a particular type of driving situation) as well as an air suspension with adjustable ride height and a pair of locking differentials.  The Grand Cherokee can be equipped with either a 3.6-liter V-6 putting out 290 horses and 260 lb-ft of torque, or it can be had with a 360 horsepower, 5.7-liter V-8 that also generates a respectable 390 lb-ft of torque.

Chevy Tahoe

Chevy Tahoe

 

Though dressed for a Saturday night on the town, this 9-passenger utility’s DNA can be easily traced back to its rough-and-ready roots. A big truck, the Tahoe delivers excellent passenger and cargo room. Powered by a 5.3-liter 320-horsepower V8 engine, it is also capable of towing up to 8,200 pounds in 4-wheel-drive trim. It doesn’t offer stellar fuel economy, though; its mileage figures are in the high teens. Real explorers should opt for the Z71 off-road package, which includes better shocks, skid plates and dress-up items.

Ram 2500 Power Wagon

The Ram 2500 Power Wagon

The Ram 2500 Power Wagon is a serious three-quarter ton full-size pickup that makes use of an extremely aggressive rear axle ratio, locking differentials, a tough four-wheel drive system, a factory winch, skid plates, tow hooks, off-road tires, and the ability to disconnect the front swaybar from inside the cabin.  The Ram Power Wagon is a throwback to the days when one could spec out a heavy-duty truck to tackle the great wide open.  A 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 is the only engine available with the Power Wagon, and it delivers 383 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission handling the gear-shifting duties.

To find the best off-road vehicle for you, visit the Chapman Payson Auto Center.