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Teaching Proper Car Care to Back-to-School Teens

Teen Driver Car Care

With the summer on the downswing and driving-age high school and college kids going back to school, student’s to-do lists are packed with tasks. However, as the back-to-school pattern sets in, we at Suburban Chrysler Jeep of Ann Arbor want to remind parents there is one more thing teenage students need to prepare for: their cars.

Drivers of all ages should know how to properly maintain their vehicles and how to handle any issues that should arise while they are on the road.Whether they are en route to a school that is only a few miles away, they are in college a couple hours or more away, or they are off with friends for the weekend a few towns over, teenagers should be well-versed in how to respond to several common problems that can affect any driver at any time.

After all, if they’re old enough to drive cars, you’d like them old enough to handle minor issues on their own instead of always calling mom and dad.

Avoiding minor—but expensive—road hazards

Perhaps the biggest preventable issue to affect drivers is knocking their vehicle out of alignment. From bouncing over a deep pothole or going to quickly over a speed bump to accidentally brushing up against a steep curb or sideswiping an inanimate object, it only takes a moment to throw a vehicle’s alignment off track and cause wear and tear on tires in all the wrong places.

Teaching teenagers how to avoid this issue by keeping a close eye on the road and the space their vehicle is traveling in will save them, a lot of trouble—and a considerable amount of cash—in the long run.

Listen to your car

A poorly maintained brake system can also cause serious harm if left unchecked. A squeaking sound coming from your brakes usually means worn brake pads. Once the noise begins, it’s wise to replace them as soon as possible.

Treat your tires well

Four new tires can cost nearly as much as a month’s rent or part of the tuition for a college class. So it is best to make yours last as long as possible. Your teen can try to avoid excessive wear and tear on the tires. If they frequently drive too fast and then have to slam on the brakes to stop, they are wearing out the tire treads much more quickly.

It’s important to warn your teen of such dangers and encourage them to check their tires on a regular basis for any indication of an issue. Show them how to do the quick penny test. Tires with worn treads are especially dangerous in rainy or snowy conditions, which they are likely to see a lot of in Ann Arbor.

To ensure your teenager’s car is safe to hit the streets, stop by Suburban Chrysler Jeep of Ann Arbor today to have it checked out thoroughly before the school year starts this season.

2014 Jeep Cherokee Has Plenty of Room to Roam

2014 Jeep CherokeeThe weather is warming up, making this the perfect time to venture outdoors and get on the road – and off it.

Swing by to see us at Suburban Chrysler Jeep of Ann Arbor, and check out the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which is not only off-road-ready, but also has Trail Rated 4×4 capability that has been recognized as among the best in its class.

This Jeep will give you 271 HP, a great level of power to send you roaring on your way. It will give you a respectable level of fuel efficiency, offering up to 31 mpg on the highway.

Above all, this vehicle will give you the ride of your life. With 18-inch polished painted aluminum wheels and all-season tires, this vehicle has a certain rugged strength, but its sleek lines give it grace and visual appeal that allow it to fit right into more urban settings.

On the inside, high-quality materials convey the impression of luxury, while the carefully hand-crafted shapes reveal exactly how much love has gone into the creation of this vehicle.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee we have in Ann Arbor offers a lot of leg room and extra storage room, as well as a cargo management system with hooks and removable grocery bag. From storage space hidden under the passenger seat to the covered top bin on top of the instrument panel, this isn’t your typical approach to storage. The Cherokee gets creative with the use of space.

With all this luxury, you may worry about feeling like you’re trapped indoors. This isn’t the case. The  2014 Jeep Cherokee comes with a Sky Slider open-air sunroof that fully retracts to show the open sky to both front and rear passengers. This is an industry-exclusive feature.

Finally, enjoy three top-quality 4×4 systems that will enable you to switch into Active Drive with low-range to drive over rough surfaces such as rocks, go into neutral so you can pull it along behind your RV on your way to a great vacation.


Considering a coal-powered car?

Chrysler 200 Ann Arbor MIHere in Michigan, slightly more than half our electricity is generated from coal. That means if you drive an electric car or a plug-in hybrid and are recharging it overnight, it’s powered partly by that dirty fossil fuel.

Here at Suburban Chrysler Jeep of Ann Arbor we understand your environmental concerns. We know you recycle, use CFLs in your light fittings, and walk or bike whenever you can — so we think you should also know about the question marks over coal-powered cars.

Electricity is a more efficient source of motor power than internal combustion, and an electric car has no tailpipe emissions. But the picture changes when you look at the life-cycle impact. Norwegian researchers have concluded that “greenhouse gas emissions rose dramatically” if coal is used to produce the electricity. If you’re not sold on hybrids, perhaps we could suggest an alternative: a conventionally-powered but economical vehicle that’s assembled nearby.

The Chrysler 200 is an upscale sedan and is built in Sterling Heights, so there’s no environmental impact from shipping. It gets 21 mpg city/29 highway from a frugal, 2.4 liter engine, and emits at the rate of 376 grams of CO2 per mile. The Jeep Compass and its sister, the Patriot, are other options. Maybe you’ve never thought of Jeeps as green, but they are getting 23 mpg city/30 highway and have just 346 grams of emissions per mile, all thanks to a 2.0 liter engine and manual transmission. The shipping impact is minimal, too, since these Jeeps are built in Belvidere, Il.

We’re not anti-electric here at Suburban Chrysler Jeep of Ann Arbor, but we also know coal power can be harmful to the environment. That’s why we’re happy to offer vehicles that keep green factors in mind.

Green Living Tips for your Home and Car

Living GreenFor those living in Ann Arbor, green living is a smart choice for multiple reasons. Going green means you are doing your part to save the environment, and at the same time saving money on fuel and other energy sources. With Earth Day coming up, we are taking a look at some of the best ways to make your homes and vehicles greener, so that we can all enjoy the earth’s resources for generations to come.

Upgrade your appliances

Getting new appliances might seem like a waste of money when you have perfectly good older ones. But when it comes to energy consumption, new is almost always better. Technology advances so quickly that you may be able to save up to 30 percent on your electric bill by trading in your old refrigerator, washer, dryer or dishwasher for a new, energy-efficient model. That should add up to a worthwhile savings over time and is a great reason to buy something shiny and new.

Keep up on car maintenance

No matter what type of car you drive, you may be missing out on a higher mpg (miles per gallon) rating if you’re not keeping it in top condition. Keeping your tires well-inflated, changing your oil and replacing your air filters are all important when it comes to gas mileage, as is driving the speed limit on highways—anything over 65 miles per hour is like throwing away gasoline.

Watch how you wash and dry

Modern washing machines and detergent formulas are powerful enough to wash most clothing just fine in cold water, and doing so saves plenty of energy. Another tip for Ann Arbor green living this Spring: Take advantage of the nice weather by opting to line-dry your clothes instead of using the dryer. This method also keeps your clothing from fading and shrinking as quickly, making it a smart choice for multiple reasons.

Start carpooling

It isn’t feasible for everyone to start walking or riding a bike to work, but carpooling is a great way to use fewer resources while getting there. Set up a schedule with some friends who work a similar shift, and you can take turns driving on alternating days or weeks. Having some company in the car is a fun way to get ready for your shift or to unwind after a long day.

At Suburban Chrysler Jeep of Ann Arbor, we are looking forward to Earth Day, and we know that small changes can make a big difference in our community and the world. Try some simple green living ideas as your way of giving back to the environment this April.