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Getting Ready for Winter: Survival Preparedness Kit

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Whether you’re on a road trip or commuting to work, it’s always a good idea to have an emergency survival preparedness kit. There are a range of emergency and survival supplies any driver should have, from basics like jumper cables and a spare to some lesser-known items that might just save your life. At Packey Webb Ford, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most important things to include in your kit.

Winter is right around the corner, making an emergency kit essential for any driver. According to Popular Mechanics, you should carry fresh water and stable food supplies. Most people can’t go more than three days without water, so it’s necessary to have a gallon of clean water or some chlorine-based tablets so you can make water. For food, aim for high-energy food bars—some of which are specially made to give you up to 3,600 calories per bar.

A first-aid kit is also important. Include things like gauze, aspirin or Tylenol, antiseptic, and a sewing kit. Scissors or a seatbelt cutter is also handy to have in the event of an accident. Duct can fix things in a pinch, and sunscreen is a good idea if you have any space left in your kit.

Finally, pick up some emergency equipment such as a fire extinguisher and flares. The extinguisher is self-explanatory, but flares can be used for both fire-starting and signaling. Hazard triangles work great for fixing a flat on the side of the road, but a flare can be seen from long distances—exactly what you need in a pinch. These are just the essential things to include in your kit. Naturally, you should restock when necessary, and don’t be afraid to modify your kit based on your environment.

Charity work

Volunteer in Downers Grove this Holiday Season

Charity work

Volunteering is a great way to give back during the holiday season. That’s why at Packey Webb Ford, we have created a list of opportunities to volunteer in Downers Grove, IL this Thanksgiving. From visiting hospice patients to hosting international students, there’s something for everyone.

According to Volunteer Match, one of the best opportunities to volunteer is to visit hospice patients in your community. Friendly visitors are needed to comfort and support hospice patients in the area, providing a helping hand to those in need. Many hospice patients have a prognosis of six months or less, which means visiting is especially important during the holidays. There is no hospice experience necessary; however, there is an orientation and training.

Next, you can volunteer at the Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital at the Daisey Basket Gift Shop. Volunteers provide customer service, help with purchasing, deliver flowers, and answer telephones, among other things. You can join the hospital team to help at virtually any time during the holidays.

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby is looking for volunteers to help slow the effects of climate change. You can write letters and op-ed pieces, meet with Congressional leaders and the local media, and help educate the community about climate change.

The National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association is also looking for people to make a difference in the lives of children. These volunteers help to provide support for children who have been removed from their homes due to neglect or abuse.

Finally, you can also host an international high school exchange student to help promote intercultural relations. Students age 15-18 from Europe, Japan, South America, and Asia need host families to provide support and to help them learn English.

If you’re looking to volunteer and give back this holiday season, consider one of these local opportunities in the area. At Packey Webb Ford, we are proud to serve the Downers Grove community.

Mechanic

Basics of Truck Maintenance

Mechanic

Properly taking care of your pickup truck starts with routine maintenance. While your truck will likely need a tune up or repair over time, taking care of your truck won’t be nearly as expensive if routinely inspected and maintained. Here’s a little more about the basics of truck maintenance to get you on the right track!

Tire & Safety Maintenance

Consistent tie inspections are a big part of the formula for a safer ride. Make sure to keep an eye on tread depth and check your tire pressure weekly, especially as the weather grows colder.

Cold Weather Care & Safety

Winter brings unpredictable road conditions which means it pays to slow down around curves. It pays to have your four-wheel drive system inspected before winter arrives.

Salt buildup can eat through paint, cause corrosion, and eventually will cause your truck to rust. Make sure to remove salt accumulation from your truck by washing it frequently.

Seasonal Pickup Truck Maintenance

Faded paint is, unfortunately, part of the aging process. Fortunately, restoring your truck’s paint is a possibility and will increase the resale value of your truck!

Did you know we’re getting a full truck service station designed to handle trucks of all sizes, including semis? Make an appointment to have your truck serviced by the experts here at Packey Webb Ford!

Halloween

Halloween In Chicago

Halloween

To some, it is Halloween that is the most wonderful time of the year. And there is good enough reason for this line of thinking, after all: there are so many different ways to celebrate the spookiest season, particularly if you live in Chicago.

If you love Halloween (or are trying to get into the spirit), then consider adding these events to your list of things to do this month.

Basement of the Dead Haunted House

Basement of the Dead Haunted House has the distinction of having topped Buzzfeed’s list of “Haunted Houses Around the World That’ll Freak You Out,” which is well worth the visit alone if you have a strong enough constitution. Because freaking you out is an ever-evolving process, Basement of the Dead this year has added a zombie laser tag experience—“Zombie Containment”—and the XCAPE Z-51 competitive mobile escape game. If you’re not too frightened, visit Basement of the Dead at https://basementofthedead.com.

Richardson Adventure Farm

Since 1840, Richardson Adventure Farm has been the place for families to spend an autumn afternoon together. Come for the chance to pick out a great gourd in the pumpkin patch and traipse through the world’s largest corn maze, stay for the 700-foot zipline and live pig races. You can plan out your trip ahead of time by visiting http://richardsonadventurefarm.com/#adventurefarm.

Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour

Called “One of the Top Ten Ghost Tours in America” by Haunted America Tours, Chicago Hauntings Ghost Tour is an all-ages appropriate event that has been featured everywhere from A&E to The Travel Channel. Join Ursula Bielski and her team as they walk you through allegedly haunted spots like the site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and the Hull House over a fun, informative, and frightening 2.5-hour tour. Learn more about Chicago Hauntings by visiting https://www.chicagohauntings.com.

There is plenty more to do in and around Chicago this Halloween season, so don’t waste any time. Just make sure that whatever you do, if you are looking to scare up savings on a new car, truck, or SUV, that you reach out to the boils and ghouls at Packey Webb Ford.

2018 Ford F-150

2018 Ford F-150

2018 Ford F-150

The 2018 Ford F-150 is said to be the strongest yet with more capability and a powerful line of engines ready to roll. The latest announcement regarding the Ford F-150 comes in regards to its fuel economy. No matter your needs, the new Ford F-150 will meet and exceed expectations for yet another year.

The newest Ford F-150 boasts a massive increase in capability from the outgoing 2017 model. The upcoming model will feature a best-in-class 13,200 lb. maximum towing capacity when equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine. That engine delivers an impressive 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque and results in a 1,000-lb. increase from the 2017 model.

In addition to its segment-leading towing capability, the Ford F-150 leads its class in payload as well. When equipped with the 5.0-liter V8 engine, the 2018 F-150 can haul up to 3,270 lb., topping the nearest competitor by more than 1,000 lb.

When it comes to fuel economy, the Ford F-150 proves its worth by getting the most out of every drop. The available 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine, when mated with the 10-speed automatic transmission, earns up to an EPA-estimated 20/26 mpg city/highway* with two-wheel drive. Models equipped with four-wheel drive earn up to an EPA-estimated 19/24 mpg city/highway.*

We here at Packey Webb Ford are pumped for the 2018 Ford F-150!

*Use for comparison only. EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.

Car in winter

Preparing Your Car for Winter

Car in winter

Preparing your car for winter isn’t something you should take lightly. It’s all about helping ensure both you and your vehicle have a safe winter season. Here are a few steps to take when it comes to preparing your car for winter.

Pack an Emergency Kit

Packing an emergency kit geared towards winter is a great way to ensure you can hold out until help arrives. Some simple items, most of which can fit in a box, including warm clothes, an ice scraper, snacks, such as nuts, a flashlight, scissors or a seatbelt cutter, and a first-aid kit. Keeping the kit in your car where it’s easily accessible will help ensure that, should you get stuck in the snow, you can either dig yourself out or wait for help to arrive.

Check Your Tread

Having a good amount of tread left on your tires is pertinent to maintaining traction on slick roads. Tires with low tread, or no tread at all, will result in less responsive handling, more sliding, and a general lack of traction. The test for making sure you have enough tread is simple: place a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head towards the tire. If you can still see Lincoln’s head, you need to replace your tires.

Get an Oil Change

While most conventional motor oil is designed for all seasons, an oil change before winter is still a good idea. The cold weather can cause oil to thicken and that can result in a major problem if the oil hasn’t been changed in months.

Need an oil change or other pre-winter maintenance? Stop by Packey Webb Ford today.

How to Spend Labor Day in Chicago

Labor Day in Chicago

Here’s What You Can Do For Labor Day!

Labor Day is often considered the last hurrah before summer ends. It was created as a day to honor the American worker and his or her daily efforts. Staying home and sleeping in is always a great option, but if you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous for your long weekend, here are some fun ways to spend Labor Day in Chicago.

Chicago Jazz Festival

This annual musical event is entering its 39th year and presents free live music from August 31st through September 3rd.

Great American Lobster Fest

Fill your Labor Day with all the lobster you can eat. This food-filled festival runs September 1st through 3rd at the Navy Pier.

Chicago SummerDance

Come show off your best dance moves or learn a few new steps at this fun festival held in Grant Park September 1st through 4th.

Navy Pier Summer Fireworks

Catch the last firework show of the summer on September 2nd at the Navy Pier. The show will begin at 10:15. Come early and grab some delicious food and have some fun.

Chicago Cubs

Nothing says summer quite like baseball. Head to Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs take on the Atlanta Braves.

Here at Packey Webb Ford in Downers Grove, IL, we hope you and your family have a great Labor Day weekend.

Best Back-to-School Ford Vehicles

back-to-school Ford vehicles

School Is Back In Full Swing

If your kids haven’t gone back to school yet, they are probably starting very soon. This time of year is a flurry of activity as everyone gets back into the school year routine. If your routine needs a new vehicle, consider these great back-to-school Ford vehicles.

Edge

With the Ford Edge, you can truly enjoy driving your kids to and from all of their activities every day. It offers buyers a range of engines to choose from, so you can decide if fuel efficiency or performance is more important to you. The Edge comfortably seats five and has plenty of cargo space for all of the kids’ backpacks, sports gear, and other equipment.

Explorer

For something more adventure-worthy, there’s the Ford Explorer. With three rows of seating, a family of seven can easily and comfortably fit inside the cabin. The Explorer comes equipped with plenty of modern features, including Bluetooth, voice-activated controls, and a rearview camera.

Expedition

If you are looking for lots of and room and strong capabilities, the Ford Expedition will not let you down. The Expedition can seat up to seven passengers and has a towing capacity up to 9,200 pounds when properly equipped. Everyone in the family will love its smooth, quiet ride.

Stop by Packey Webb Ford in Downers Grove, IL and we will help you find the perfect fit for you and your family.

Fun Summer Activities in Chicago

Fun Summer Activities in Chicago

Fun Summer Activities in Chicago

So Much To Do In Chicago

Chicago may be known as the windy city, but there’s plenty to do all year round! From iconic sights to fantastic events, there’s a summer activity for everyone. We here at Packey Webb Ford suggest some fun summer activities in Chicago that will make the season memorable!

Willis Tower

Originally known as the Sears Tower, Willis Tower stands as the tallest building on this side of the globe. Visitors can prove they have nerves of steel by walking out on the Ledge, a glass balcony that sits more than 1,300 feet above the ground! Those daring enough to visit the Ledge will experience a breathtaking view of up to four states, making Willis Tower a must-stop location this summer!

Millennium Park

Millennium Park is the perfect gathering area for a day of fun beneath the summer sun! The park is home to state-of-the-art collections that range from architecture to land design to art. The park consistently holds concerts, exhibitions, and tours. Millennium Park is truly a park unlike any other in the United States.

Navy Pier

Chicago’s Navy Pier includes more than 50 acres of entertainment, museums, restaurants, and more! The abundance of activities makes it the perfect place to spend a summer day. Sightseeing and dining boat cruises take place throughout summer.

Let all of us at Packey Webb Ford in Downers Grove, IL know how you liked going to all these places in Chicago, IL in the comments below.

Best Road Trips

Best Road Trips to Take in Your Mustang

Best Road Trips

Go For a Fun Ride In Your Mustang

Taking to the road on a summer adventure is best done behind a performance-driven muscle car like the 2017 Ford Mustang. The Mustang’s responsive steering and agile handling make it a thrill to drive for hours on end. Here are some of the best road trips you can take in your Mustang from us here at Packey Webb Ford!

The Ozarks

Located in Arkansas, the Ozarks are one of the most scenic areas in the nation. Rugged mountains, rushing waters, and moonlight are just a few of the natural settings that the area has to offer. Fall brings a palette of colors you’ll struggle to find anywhere else. Hop in your Ford Mustang and prepare for the summer adventure of a lifetime!

Cape Cod

Massachusetts is home to many things, but Cape Cod stands as a beacon of light among them. Speaking of beacons of light, the area is home to the Nobska Point Lighthouse. The Cape Cod National Seashore features miles of beaches, cliffs, and dunes designed for those who are feeling adventurous this summer!

Brandywine Valley

Brandywine Valley, Pennsylvania is home to the Longwood Gardens. Visitors will enjoy the fresh air as they travel through 1,050 acres of indoor and outdoor gardens and woodland. Fountain displays attract visitors from around the country, making Brandywine Valley a must-see location!

Did you find these trips in your Ford Mustang helpful? Let all of us at Packey Webb Ford in Downers Grove, IL in the comments below!

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