Tips for Transporting Food during the Holidays

If you’re planning to bring your famous green bean casserole to your family’s next holiday party, you want to be sure it will make it there in one piece. These tips for transporting food will help you get all of your dishes to their destinations safely.

Tips for Transporting Food

Cardboard boxes

A cardboard box is one of the best tools for transporting food in the car. They provide a safe, sturdy container that will keep dishes from sliding around the backseat or trunk.

Towels for warmth

Hot dishes can be kept at the right temperature when they’re wrapped in towels. Once you’ve wrapped the dish in towels or old (clean) rags, place it in a cardboard box for extra warmth and security.

Innovative insulation

If you find yourself frequently bringing food to holiday parties each year, it might be worth investing in an insulation pack. These are perfect for keeping dishes at their appropriate temperatures, whether they are hot or cold.

Pie lids

To transport a pie safely, you’ll need to cover it completely. For most pies, you can use an extra pie tin as a lid. Cover the pie with the additional tin and wrap the entire thing in foil. Place in a box surrounded by newspaper or towels to keep it from moving around while driving.

With these tips from our team at Packey Webb Ford, you’ll definitely be able to protect the backseat or trunk of your vehicle from becoming a pie filled mess this holiday season.

Watch Out for Shady Bait-And-Switch Sales Tactics

Unfortunately, several car dealerships in the area have increasingly been employing bait-and-switch sales tactics to rip off unsuspecting buyers. Packey Webb Ford fights against these tactics with transparent and fair pricing.

Here’s what some bait-and-switch tactics look like:

  • Low prices for one VIN: If there is a low price that is too good to be true, it probably is. Many dealers offer unrealistic low quotes for a specific vehicle — but it is for that very specific vehicle (meaning that one VIN). Once that single vehicle is sold, the dealership does not offer that low price, but it already motivates buyers to walk into the store.
  • Discounts galore: Some low prices advertised are the result of the dealer applying every discount and rebate possible to the price. But no one realistically qualifies for all those discounts. But people see the low price, go into the dealership, and don’t find out until hours into the process, in the finance chair.
  • Buried prices: Some dealers bury prices, like freight charges, or dealer-installed options, like floor mats. They lure you with the lower advertised price, then tack on thousands of extra dollars.

You won't find bait-and-switch sales tactics at Packey Webb FordPackey Webb Ford encourages you to leave those dealerships if you suspect bait-and-switch sales tactics. We will honor the final quote you get from them and try to get it even lower. That way, you still get your new vehicle as affordably as possible but don’t reward slimy sales tactics.

Car window cleaning

Getting Ready for Winter: Survival Preparedness Kit

Car window cleaning

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.

road trip games

Road Trip Games: Staying Entertained on the Highway

Thinking about taking a family road trip this summer? There are some important things to remember, including the best road trip games. Kids can get especially bored on the highway, so it’s a good idea to come prepared. At Packey Webb Ford, we’ve listed some of our favorite games. While some are classics, others are some you may have never heard of before.

According to Parents magazine, one great one is the Alphabet Game. One person looks out the window on the right, while the other looks out the left. The goal is to spot the letters of the alphabet in order only by using signs, license plates, or objects out the window. The first person to go from A to Z is the winner.

Next, try the Theme Song Game. In this game, one person hums the theme song to a famous TV show and everyone takes turns guessing what it is. The first person to guess the correct answer wins, and they get to hum next. You can keep track of scores or simply see how many the group can get.

Finally, play the Restaurant Race. Each person chooses their favorite fast-food chain like Burger King, Taco Bell, or McDonalds. Players get points every time they see one, see a sign for one (like on a Fuel/Food sign on the highway), or when they hear it on the radio.

For each of these games, consider having small prizes. For example, the winner might get to choose the radio station. You can also bring snacks and other prizes. If all else fails, the Quiet Game has been a favorite among parents travelling everywhere.

Tips to Improve Fuel Economy (And Prevent Road Rage)

Fusion BadgeFeel helpless when you watch gas prices rise? Empower yourself and change the way you drive! It can really help offset those unwanted gasoline fluctuations. The following are a few tips to improve fuel economy.

GREEN LIGHTS. As we are informed by Edmunds.com, “Gas is consumed more quickly during hard acceleration.” So want to save gas? Avoid extreme acceleration. It doesn’t translate into a shorter commute and even if it does, are those extra few minutes worth the extra dough?

RED LIGHTS. Another opportunity to improve your fuel economy can come at a red light, or rather, before you get to a red light. If you see one up ahead, lay off the gas pedal. If you drive a manual, shift to neutral and coast to the light. Time it right and you won’t have to accelerate from a complete stop, saving even more fuel.

CHILL OUT. According to Edmunds, “Traffic studies have shown that changing lanes doesn’t result in a significantly reduced travel time.” When you go to pass someone, you’ll inevitably accelerate. Do this enough and you can affect your fuel economy.

The same practices that save fuel can also make your commute a lot more relaxing. Save money and prevent road rage with these helpful tips!

 

Produce Fewer Emissions This Clean Air Month with These Tips

Packey Webb FordNow that Clean Air Month is upon us, it’s time to think about what you could be doing differently to promote a cleaner and healthier atmosphere. Of course, we all know that less driving equals fewer emissions, but that’s just not possible for everyone.

Here are some tips to produce fewer emissions while driving:

  • Be sure that your car is well maintained, taking it in frequently for check-ups. A car that runs smoothly will be more fuel-efficient.
  • Try not to idle very often, if you can. If your vehicle isn’t even moving, it seems a shame to be producing those emissions.
  • If you can, try to share a ride with someone else or use public transportation once in a while, giving your vehicle a break.
  • Drive more slowly – when appropriate, of course. Studies show that slowing down causes a much smaller carbon footprint.

Do you have any other tips to produce fewer emissions on the road? Let us know how you celebrate Clean Air Month in the comments.