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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.

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Volunteer in Downers Grove this Holiday Season

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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.

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.

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.

Keep Your Car Cool This Summer

Keep Your Car Cool This Summer

All of us here at Packey Webb Ford know that we can see some pretty hot days in the greater Chicago area. So how do you keep your car cool in this heat? We’ve got some great tips and tricks on how to keep your car cool this summer!

  1. Keep Your Car Cool This SummerPut Blankets On Your Seats – When you’re not driving placing blankets on the seats will help protect your seats from the direct sunlight. The blankets will soak up all the sunlight and heat and you’ll be left with a cool seat!
  2. Park in the Garage – If you’re able to park in a parking garage, do so! This will significantly help with the temperature of your vehicle on those hot summer days!
  3. Use a Sunshade or Window Visor – Using a sunshade or window visor helps keep the interior of the car cool. If you can’t park in the shade we recommend this method to help combat that heat!
  4. Keep Your Windows Cracked Slightly – We don’t recommend you leaving your windows all the way down, but it is a good idea to leave them slightly cracked. Check to be sure that you can’t fit your arm through the crack, we don’t want anyone braking into your vehicle! Even a small crack can help ventilation which will keep the interior of the car cooler!

These are just some of our favorite tips to help keep you cool this summer! Stop by and see us before you head out on your summer road trips and keep these great tips in mind!

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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.

The Benefits of Driving a Hybrid Vehicle

2017 Ford CMAX Hybrid - benefits of driving a hybrid in Chicago, ILHybrid vehicles have been on the market since the end of the 1990s, and they are becoming more and more popular as drivers learn about the benefits of going green. Hybrids can not only reduce emissions, but they also help you save gas, earn tax credits, improve performance, and more. Switch to a hybrid vehicle today to see the benefits.

A hybrid vehicle is a car that combines a traditional gasoline engine with an electric motor. According to AutoBytel, one of the major benefits of driving a hybrid is that you reduce fuel consumption. This is the most obvious perk of going green, but it can also lead to fewer harmful emissions—helping you to worry a little less when you drive.

Another advantage is tax credits. The government often offers federal tax incentives in order to get more people to drive hybrid vehicles. These incentives are based on the vehicle’s range, and frequently rise as high as $7,500, sometimes making hybrids among the most affordable vehicles on the market.

Next, hybrids also improve performance. Thanks to the combination of electric and gasoline power, hybrid vehicles have incredible torque and acceleration. In fact, many race cars rely on hybrid powertrain designs in order to boost overall performance.

These are the basic benefits of buying a hybrid. You get better fuel economy, produce lower emissions, improve performance, and earn tax credits. Stop by Packey Webb Ford to learn more about hybrids.

Meet the All-New Ford Ecosport

Ford EcosportThe all-new 2017 Ford Ecosport is here, and makes a great pick for those looking for a stylish, eccentric vehicle. This small crossover packs a big, exciting performance in a small, compact package full of personality. An attractive yet purposeful design features aerodynamic curves, bright, halogen headlamps and available LED signature lighting on higher trim levels. A moonroof is standard on the SE, SES, and Titanium models and adds an extra, modern twist to the sporty design.

The stylish Ford Ecosport is powered by a turbocharged 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine. Combined with the small, lightweight body, this engine promises a nimble, peppy ride, plus excellent fuel economy. The handling on this small crossover gets even better when equipped with the available intelligent four-wheel drive. With this features, it’s easy to take spontaneous detours or to handle iffy driving conditions.

The new Ford EcoSport also has its own list of impressive technologies. From BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) to the latest SYNC® 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, there’s no shortage of information, entertainment, and safety. Call Packey Webb Ford to learn more about the new Ford Ecosport and to schedule a test drive in this exceptional crossover.

Best Places for St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

St. Patrick's Day in ChicagoIf you’re anything like us at Packey Webb Ford, you’re probably looking forward to having a pint of green beer or hearing some live Irish music. Fortunately, there are plenty of places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago this year. Here are some ideas to get you started!

  • Traditional Irish Music at the Driehaus Museum   Like any fanatic or traditionalist, you probably already witnessed the river turn green and watched the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Now it’s time to catch some live Irish music. Head to the Driehaus Museum at 6pm on Thursday, March 16th to watch Paddy Homan and the Noble Call perform some traditional tunes.
  • The Tossers at Metro   Follow up the traditional music with something quirky the next day. The Tossers are a punk band raised as Irish Catholics. They bring audiences the best of the punk attitude in the context of traditional Celtic instruments. Come watch this energetic performance at 9pm on Friday, March 17th.
  • Forever Green 42   Before the holiday is over, be sure to partake in one more of Chicago’s traditional St. Patrick’s Day events at the 42nd annual Forever Green celebration. Hear even more Irish music, see traditional dances and wear plenty of green for this festive party at the Chicago Cultural Center.

3 Reasons to Drive a Ford

Reasons to Drive a Ford There are plenty of automakers to choose from when you’re in the market for a new vehicle, but Ford can outdo the competition. The wide lineup offers drivers from all walks of life exactly what they need on a daily basis. Here are a few reasons to drive a Ford according to us at Packey Webb Ford.

  • Selection – Ford’s lineup features a long list of available vehicles to choose from. Drivers interested in something small and efficient can find their ride in the Ford Fiesta. Those with a need for speed can get behind the wheel of the legendary Mustang. The Ford F-150 offers all the strength a driver could want at a great value. The Explorer ensures family trips are both comfortable and thrilling. With such a wide selection of vehicles, it hard to pick just one!
  • Style – Every Ford model boasts a unique yet recognizable style. The Ford Mustang, for example, boasts an aggressive stance with a sweeping hood that hints at what lies beneath. The Fusion is both bold and athletic with a stance that asserts itself on the road.
  • Capability – Each and every Ford vehicle offers some form of capability. The F-150 can tow and haul immense loads. The Fiesta has plenty of interior cargo space. The Fusion offers plenty of space for passengers. The Ford Escape offers high fuel economy, a tall ride height, and a versatile interior to fit any drivers’
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