Starting Your Day Off Right

 

It’s 5:30 in the morning, I woke up late, and didn’t have time to drink any of my coffee, and am probably going to be late. While on my way to my car, my neighbor Carol tried to cheerfully greet me with a good morning and my only response was a steely gaze and something that could only be classified as some sort of grunt. Anyone who has the unmitigated gall to be cheerful at this hour of the morning can’t possibly be trusted. How dare she be happy before the sun is even awake?? Don’t talk to me before I’ve had at least 2 cups of coffee, much less attempt to be cheerful AT me. No.

I get in my car and manage to spill scalding hot coffee all over my leg. Great. This is great. I didn’t need that coffee anyway. Starting the day off strong. I put on some loud music to try to drown out the rage at life I am currently feeling, but that only seems to make me angrier. Now I’m on the highway and get cut off at least TWICE! I am slamming on my horn and my blood only boils more. As I’m turning down the street to my office a car is backing out and almost hits me. Again, my horn is my best friend. By this point, I am enraged and absolutely not having it. This whole day was a mess. So when I finally got home after work was done, I set my clothes out for the next day and just went right to bed.

I slept surprisingly well last night and even woke up early. I had a nice long shower and had time to make breakfast and coffee before I left. I walked outside, it was beautiful out, the sun was just coming up and beautiful this early in the morning. I said good morning to Carol as I got into my car and she smiled and said good morning in reply. I put the radio on and found myself humming along as I drove. I hit the usual traffic, but with the music on I was enjoying myself and I left early enough that I wasn’t worried about being late. When a few drivers were trying to merge in I slowed enough for them to get in and they waved at me in thanks. I pulled up to the office, still with a bit of time to spare. It was a pretty smooth morning.

Both mornings I met almost the exact same situations, but the way my morning started seemed to carry over into the car and lessened my road rage. By simply getting a good night’s sleep, getting up early, having the time to keep my morning calm, and listening to some upbeat and positive music, my day starting off more positively and the things that would have normally set me off didn’t. So if you find that you are experiencing some road rage, try to adjust your schedule so that you aren’t starting your day off with unneeded stress. That, being well rested, and patience all go a long way on the highway.

Garage Organization, or Taming The Beast

 

It’s always a chore to organize your garage. I know! Before I did my big organization project last week, I would shudder anytime I thought about my garage. It was pretty much too full of junk to be able to park my car in it, but one day I just pulled myself up by my bootstraps and told myself that the garage needed to be used for its intended purpose. And then I did it! I actually organized my garage! I thought it couldn’t be done, honestly, but I did it. And now I want to share the good news with you, and maybe also tell you some tips for how you, too, can achieve clean-garage peace.

For starters, make a game plan. Get your car out of the driveway, because that’s where you’re going to be staging literally everything that’s inside your garage. Decide on a start time, and set breaks for yourself (because if you’re anything like me, you’ll get REALLY into it and forget to take breaks and then end the day dehydrated and starving, which isn’t good) and then – it’s time. Time to reckon with your garage.

You’re going to want to take everything out of your garage – and I mean everything. As you’re doing so, sort it all into piles of “Keep,” “Give Away,” and “Toss.” The “Keep” pile will be everything that you need to keep in your possession – and I mean NEED, not just WANT. Take Marie Kondo’s advice, and keep only things that spark joy. Or that are actually useful. The “Give Away” pile will be things that are good enough to take to a consignment store. Then finally the “Toss” pile is everything that will go straight to the curb. Hazardous things, like paint, aerosols, and batteries, should be disposed of properly, but everything else that’s just junk can get chucked. It’s very liberating!

After you’ve gone through everything, organize everything from the “Keep” pile as you put it back into your garage. Take this opportunity to give the place a good vacuum, too, and maybe get some shelves if you don’t have them… make labels… you know. Fun stuff. Hopefully, you’ll have a ton more room than before, AND you’ll know exactly where everything is. I did!

Now my car fits into my garage, which is great for those hot summer days because I certainly don’t like getting into a boiling hot car! And if I can keep my garage clean into the winter, I won’t have to scrape snow off of my car, either. I hope these tips have helped you out, and that you’re inspired to go organize! Good luck!

Decoding Your Dashboard

Has anyone else looked at their dashboard and gotten stressed out? Like, I feel you friends. There are a lot of symbols on there and really it feels like my car is giving me coded clues and I’m just not smart enough to figure them out. Some of them you might be able to guess what they mean based on context clues, but some of them I am not even really comfortable attempting to guess. All I know is if something lit up on the dashboard it was time to get my car checked out. DID YOU KNOW that in your owner’s manual you can find all of the symbols and what they mean? …Because I didn’t.

Guys, I was 150% not even close with some of my guesses on what those symbols meant. It’s for the best that I looked them up in the manual because we could have had some problems. So for all the other people out there who were unaware of all the info that could be found in that handy manual of everything important in my car, I have created a quick cheat sheet of some of the symbols you will find on your dashboard and what each thing means.

  1. Engine Temperature warning light

    1. What it looks like: Half of a ladder floating in a lake.

    2. What it means: Your engine is too hot, friend. Here is a useful guide for what to do if your engine overheats.

  2. Tire Pressure Warning Light

    1. What it looks like: A cauldron with an exclamation in it. Perhaps the stew is delicious, who’s to know.

    2. What it means: One or more of your tires needs to be inflated a wee bit.

  3. Oil Pressure Warning

    1. What it looks like: A genie’s lamp, no you can’t wish for more wishes.

    2. What it means: Your engine is running low on oil, or there is an issue with your car’s oil pressure system.

  4. Traction Control

    1. What it looks like: A ribbon dancing sedan

    2. What it means: The car’s traction control system is engaged

  5. Engine Warning

    1. What it looks like: Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’s yellow submarine.

    2. What it means: It could be any number of things, but the most common issues include:

      1. Your Oxygen (O2) Sensor needs replacing

      2. Gas cap is loose, damaged or missing

      3. Catalytic Converter needs replacing

      4. Mass Airflow Sensor needs replacing (MAF)

      5. Spark Plugs or Plug Wires need replacing

  6. Battery Alert

    1. What it looks like: A math lego.

    2. What it means: The car’s charging system is short of power. You are running solely on battery.

  7. Fuel Indicator Symbol

    1. What it looks like: An ATM in a fight with a cobra

    2. What it means: Your car is running low on fuel

  8. Airbag Indicator

    1. What it looks like: A dog carrying a ball on its back

    2. What it means: One of your airbags, or the airbag system in general, may have an issue

  9. Fog Lamp Indicator

    1. What it looks like: A Jellyfish holding a rope

    2. What it means: Your fog lights are on

  10. Traction Control Malfunction

    1. What it looks like: The Deathly Hallows deconstructed (where are my Harry Potter fans at?)

    2. What it means: There is an issue with your Anti-skid system

 

So now that you have a better idea of what your dashboard is trying to tell you, you are more likely to respond accordingly and get your car the maintenance it needs. For all of your maintenance needs stop by Zappone Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Clifton Park and we’ll help you out!

Lil’ Wayne Doesn’t Need to be That Loud

I like to be alone at times, so I drive alone. I ride all over just to get fresh air and forget the struggles of the day. I love my music- that is the only thing that I do bring with me.

One day sitting at the lake near my house parking lot, I was blasting my stereo. I closed my eyes for a bit. I was so relaxed until I felt something on my arm. A cop.

I was calm. I was just feeling a tad confused. Is this illegal? I thought. The officer clearly knew I was clueless as to why he was talking to me.

He explained that having music so loud could result in a fine. I thought it was a joke. I can’t listen to my music loud…in a parking lot? I thought it was the officer just trying to find out if I was doing anything sketchy.

The only thing sketchy, Officer, is this law. *Rolling eyes*

You can be given a big fat fine for $80 or up for first offense only. Officers say that having the music so loud, you are not being aware of your surroundings. I mean I guess he’s right. I thought I was a good driver with my music on.

He let me off with a warning.

On the way back home, I blasted my music again. Like come on, I need something to listen to. As my jam came on, I was paying more attention to the volume button than the car in front of me. I slammed on my brakes but it was too late. Safe to say that day I received not only a ticket for the loud music, but two for the loud music, one for reckless driving, and bills on bills to fix my car as well as the car in front of me.

I guess they were right. Music being too loud, you not only focus on turning it up but also you can’t hear anything that goes on outside of your car. I learned my lesson. I’ll make sure my music is never loud again. That accident shook me- who really needs to listen to Lil’ Wayne that loud anyways?

Cerling, Amelia. “Playing Loud Car Music Could Equal A Ticket.” Eau Claire, Wisconsin News, Weather, & Sports | WEAU. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 July 2017.

Safety First!

Traveling can sometimes be a hassle. You know when you bring your kids on the road and somehow someone gets a cut and starts bleeding but you realize you don’t have a band-aid?

Being stuck in the car, especially on road trips, is difficult to plan what safety materials you might need. Every car should have an emergency bag filled with things that will help in case someone gets a bloody nose or even just has a headache.

Here is what you will need:

  • Thermometer

  • Band-Aids

  • Flashlights

  • Batteries

  • Blankets

  • Drinking Water and Snacks

  • Jumper Cables

  • Emergency Contact List

  • Cell Phone and charger

  • Cash

  • Insurance Card

  • Extra Clothes

 

These items should be stored in a clear emergency kit bag or Ziplock bag and kept in a place that is easy to access and safe like the backseat of a car or even the trunk! Be sure to customize these items for your specific area. Make sure medications are also included in these kits!

 

Zip to Zappone Like Flash Lightning

Sales make the world go round, at least in my world they do. I look for all the sales that go on at my favorite stores. Why buy something at full price when you can get it half off?

So when car shopping time comes around, I search for the best deals out there. I found that Zappone Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM in Clifton Park is having a flash sale! What is a flash sale you ask?

A flash sale is when you open a short window of time for people to come shop with extra savings!

I grabbed my husband, my kids, and my purse and booked it to Zappone! I was not sure what I was looking for when I walked in, but I felt like a millionaire stepping foot in that showroom! I wanted to look at every vehicle they had, and they did show me all the ones I loved. Poor guys were so happy to help me, they did not complain one bit.

We test drove a handful. I loved them all. With the sale going on, I knew that I had to hurry and pick one as a crowd of people came storming through the door. I couldn’t stand the thought of someone taking the one car that I wanted. My sales consultant brought over the paperwork and the finance department, and the process had begun. Took about an hour max to get everything signed and finalized. I’m sure that it is also called a flash sale because they move like speed to assure that you get the car that you want!

A four-day flash sale at Zappone Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM in Clifton Park, I think all the surrounding towns made their way there! People just kept storming! So if you are in the market for a new vehicle, right now is the time to go check out some options!

Stop in to see my folks down at Zappone Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM in Clifton Park!

 

Turning a New Leaf in Safety Technology

Ok, friends, I have something SUPER exciting to talk about today. This is the time of our lives for technology. Our society is full of amazing advances that have been blowing my mind since I was a small child. LEAPS AND BOUNDS friends. As such we, as a society, have become incredibly tech savvy. Like, we can do some amazingly complicated and incredible things at the touch of a button that border on science fiction. Snapchat, for example, is something next to sorcery with the way it can change our faces and voices.

Following suit, our cars have become incredibly advanced! We can connect our phones to our cars and play our music, navigate to a destination using maps that are built into our cars, and even make phone calls from our phones. It’s amazing, my car is currently smarter than I am. Granted, I’m not setting the bar super high on that one, but you get the idea.

If you thought that the entertainment technology was awesome, the safety features available on our vehicles are honestly something right out of Star Wars. Cars can now detect other cars using sensors and provide braking assistance, lane departure warnings, and even warn you when a car is nearby when you’re trying to back out of a parking space. It’s really insane!

Today I wanted to tell you guys about the most amazing safety feature available on your car that most people don’t know about. It’s amazing because it is on LITERALLY every car out on the road today, but so few people seem to know about its existence. This technology allows you to alert other vehicles exactly where you plan to go. It is located, typically to the left of your steering wheel and when used sets off lights at the back and front of your car. It’s a relatively small sized stick that can, depending on your vehicle click up to signal right, or down, to signal left.

Now I know that this technology seems basically science fiction, but I promise you, it exists and is REALLY something that everyone should check out. It’s called your turn signal. When used properly you can change lanes and the drivers in that lane will know it’s about to happen so that they can slow down or speed up accordingly to be out of your way. When it’s not used, accidents tend to happen.

Let’s not take this incredible technological advancement for granted and keep everyone on the road safe. It only takes one subtle maneuver of your hand to engage the signal, and let people know where you plan to turn. It could save a life, or at the very least my sanity. So please, use your turn signal.

 

The Website Knows I Am A Working Mamma

The Website Knows I Am A Working Mamma

 

Anyone that has had to look for a car recently knows the struggle- too much confusion on the website!

I’ve been trying to find the perfect Jeep. I prefer to shop online first and see which dealership has exactly what I need. As a working mom, I have zero time even on the weekends to go car shopping, haul the kids around, it’s exhausting. So after dinner and bedtime, I sit in my recliner with a cup of warm hazelnut coffee in hand to relax.

Thank goodness for the internet. Not sure what people used to do back in the day, but I can assure you, this is way better. Now, I know the dealerships that are people really love, one in being Zappone in Clifton Park, NY. They have a wide selection of vehicles that I would be interested in taking for a test drive. One of my favorite vehicles is the Jeep Cherokee Latitude, and I know going to Zappone, I will be able to test drive the vehicle as they discuss all the necessary features the vehicle has.

So before I even plan my visit, I go to their website just to see what they might have. I notice a difference when I am on the Zappone in Clifton Park website, they add so many details and I mean details that will navigate you through the website hassle free. Getting you the answers you want, the vehicle you were looking for, and any way possible to get in touch with someone to assist you. With rebate discounts listed right under the MSRP, it is so simple to see your savings before stopping into Zappone.

I simply search for a vehicle, I can even refine the search to make it look more specific if I have more information on the vehicle that I am looking for. I can also choose to search the vehicle by model, trim, transmission, color, and price- oh! Did I mention you can also search for highway MPG? That is right! Zappone does it all! I can spend hours just searching for cars that might fit my life, but let me tell you, most of my mom friends hate car shopping. When I ask why they say that the websites for most car dealerships are so confusing that they don’t have the time or patience. So when I told them about how great Zappone really is, they got right on the website and started their new hobby- searching for the perfect fit in their life.

 

Zappone knows that you have a busy schedule, so saving you time and money is what they strive for. Car shopping has never felt so simple and less of a headache! So go for it, try it, give it a swing! You won’t be disappointed when you log onto Zapponechryslerjeepdodgeram.com!

 

New Chrysler PacifiPuppy Makes Debut

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When you hear the phrase “Give a Dog a Job” you are probably picturing lovable canines heading off to work just like the rest of us, taking the train, walking into the office with their tails wagging carrying a briefcase in their mouth. However, this is actually the name of a campaign started by Canine Companions for Independence® to promote awareness and support for their program that helps to train service dogs and then place them with individuals with disabilities. The Chrysler brand recently joined forces with this organization to support this cause and their training process. As a result, they are highlighting the training by following the progress of Golden Retriever, Labrador mix Foley, the first-ever PacifiPuppy!

“Through our partnership with Canine Companions for Independence, the Chrysler brand is able to help bring awareness to its ‘Give a Dog a Job’ program through our new online social initiative,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America. “As we follow Foley through his journey, fans will get a first-hand look at watching him grow and learn, from puppy training to becoming a fully trained assistance dog, and also gain an understanding of the huge amount of time and resources it takes to train these amazing dogs.”

Along with providing support to the “Give a Dog a Job” campaign, the brand created a customized Chrysler Pacifica with the help of BraunAbility that was custom designed to be wheelchair-accessible. This special Pacifica provides easy access for wheelchair-bound passengers with the largest side-entry ramp, door opening, and amount of interior space in the industry! Therefore, Chrysler is clearly taking big steps in their effort to make mobility easier and more possible for everyone despite their physical capabilities.

If you want to follow along with Foley’s progress as he continues his guide dog training with Canine Companions for Independence® you can do so by using the hashtags #RaisingFoley and #FoleyFriday on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! So be sure to check out the progress of this adorable pooch on his journey to being placed with a personal with a disability who requires his assistance.

“FCA US Media – Chrysler Brand Introduces PacifiPuppy Foley to Launch New Social Initiative in Partnership With Canine Companions for Independence’s ‘Give a Dog a Job’ Campaign.” Http://media.fcanorthamerica.com. N.p., 13 Mar. 2017. Web. 03 Apr. 2017. <http://media.fcanorthamerica.com/newsrelease.do?id=18189&mid=1>.

Drive & Discover May Specials At Zappone Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Clifton Park

Spring is here and so is the Drive & Discover Event at Zappone Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Clifton Park! That means that we are offering some amazing deals on the new vehicles in our inventory to help you celebrate the start of the new season behind the wheel of an all-new vehicle. Drive away from the cold months of the endless upstate New York winter in a 2017 Jeep Renegade Latitude, 2017 Jeep Patriot Latitude, 2017 Jeep Compass, 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, 2017 Ram 1500 Express Crew Cab, or any one of the another incredible models that we have available here at our dealership. We have deals on nearly every model in stock right now through the Drive & Discover Event, but these five models are currently being featured as part of our May New Vehicle Specials.

We want to make sure that all of our customers get the perfect vehicle that fits their lifestyle for all of their traveling needs no matter where their excursions around Clifton Park, Albany, Latham, Saratoga Springs, and Troy, NY may take them. That is why our current offers, and all the other deals we have available through this Event, are featured on a wide variety of vehicle types in order to accommodate all different types of lifestyles. From growing families, to professionals, rugged outdoor types, and everything inbetween, we have what you need. The vehicles in our inventory have been designed to be fun and functional!

When you visit our News Specials Page you will discover that the new vehicles specials that we have available will help you save big on some of our most popular models.  These Specials will help you to get the perfect road trip vehicle at a price that will help you save big. That way you can take those savings and put them into your summer fun fund and possibly add in a few more stops to your list of summer excursions.

We know how great these savings are and we are sure that you do too which is why we encourage you to act now while all of these offers are still available. These amazing deals won’t be available for much longer, in fact our monthly specials only through 5/31/17 so make sure that you hurry on over while you still can. We are located at 1780 State Route 9 Clifton Park, NY 12065 so make sure that you stop by as soon as you can and get behind the wheel for a test drive!