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How To Drive Safely in Winter Weather

Driving safely in winter weather begins before you hit the road. You’ll want to prepare your car for the cold and make sure your car looks the part. That means cleaning all the snow and ice off your entire vehicle, not just the windshield. Chunks of snow flying off your roof can be a hazard for other motorists.

It never hurts to invest in a set of winter tires, and keep critical supplies in the trunk. Finally, make sure your kids are prepared to ride safely in the winter. It’s natural to bundle up your children in cold weather, but once inside the car, those outer layers will need to be removed so they don’t interfere with seat belts and harnesses in your child’s car seat.

Now that you’re prepared to hit the road, here are some tips for staying safe behind the wheel this winter.

The Golden Rule: Drive Slowly

The most important advice for winter driving is simple and straightforward: Don’t speed. Take your time. Go slow. Doing anything on snow-covered roads—accelerating, stopping, turning—takes extra time, so drive slowly and make sure you have enough time to maneuver safely.

Get Things Started

Getting under way can be the hardest part of winter driving. If the snow is deep around your parked car, you’ll want to shovel a path in front of the wheels for several feet. Use a light touch on the accelerator to ease out of the space—too much gas will spin the wheels, which only digs the car in deeper. If you need more traction, spread sand or salt (or kitty litter) in front of and behind the drive wheels. Drivers with manual transmissions can try starting in second gear to get out of snowy spots.

Don’t Follow Too Closely

The best way to measure distance while driving is with time. You can do this by noting how much time passes between the car in front of you passing a still object (like a sign or a rock) and when you pass that same object. In dry conditions, you should be at least 3-4 seconds behind the car in front of you, which would give you enough time to avoid it if the car made an unexpected stop. In slippery winter conditions, you should stay 8-10 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. That distance also provides you extra cushion in case your vehicle slips or skids as you’re braking.

Steer Strategically

Use smooth, cautious, and precise motions to steer safely in winter conditions. Sudden or jerky movements can lead to skidding. If you’re going faster than 25 mph and suddenly need to avoid a collision, steer away from it, rather than braking aggressively. It takes more time to brake than it does to steer around an object at that speed, and sudden braking can lead to loss of control when the temperature is near or below freezing.

Brake Early, Trust ABS

Because it takes much longer to stop on ice or snow than it does on dry pavement, the first rule for cold-weather braking is to give yourself more time than you normally would—this means you should be aware of what’s happening 20 or 30 seconds in front of you, even if the car in front of you is only 8-10 seconds ahead. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS), and most vehicles do these days, do not pump or take your foot off the brake if you feel the brake pedal vibrate when you have to suddenly brake. That vibration is the ABS working, and that system will allow you to keep steering while you’re slowing the vehicle. If you don’t have anti-lock brakes, keep your heel on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply smooth, steady pressure, which should help prevent the wheels from locking. If you do feel them lock up and start to slide, that’s when it’s time to pump the brakes.

Tackle Hills

The best way to approach a snowy uphill climb is by gaining some momentum (within the speed limit) before reaching the hill, and then using that inertia to carry you to the top. Don’t try to power up the hill once you’re already on it, as this will only spin the wheels. Also, don’t stop on a snowy uphill if you can avoid it—getting started on a slick incline is tricky. As for going down hills in the snow, follow the Golden Rule (and then some) by going extra, extra slow.

Steer Into a Skid

A rear-wheel, or oversteering, skid is the most common, and most dangerous, type of slide on an icy road. There are three things to remember in rear-wheel slides: Don’t hit the brakes, steer into the skid, and don’t panic or overreact. Braking will only make a slide worse—your wheels need to be able to move freely to correct the skid. Steering into the skid means turning your steering wheel in the same direction the rear wheels are sliding. But be careful not to overcorrect with that steering motion, otherwise it will lead to a fishtail. If your rear wheels are sliding slightly to the left, turn your steering wheel slightly to the left. The more exaggerated the skid, the more you’ll need to turn.

If your front wheels lose traction, stay off the brakes and accelerator. Keep your steering wheel pointed in the direction you want to go, and wait for the front wheels to gain some traction so you can gently return to your intended direction.

Snow Plow Etiquette

Don’t travel beside or too closely behind a snow plow, because they move slowly, stop often, overlap lanes, and make wide turns. If you stay a safe distance behind, driving behind a plow becomes a safe place to travel, because it has just cleared the road. Always be sure you can see the snow plow’s mirrors—that way you know the plow driver can see you. If you must pass a plow, make sure you have the room and traction to do it safely.

In Case of Emergency

If you end up stranded on the roadside in the winter, you’ll want to follow some safety rules. First, stay with your car and don’t overexert yourself trying to get it unstuck from the snow. Put out hazard flares or reflective safety triangles if you have them, put bright markers on the antenna or windows, or at least keep the interior dome light turned on so other motorists can see you. Don’t run the car continuously with your windows up, as this could lead to asphyxiation from carbon monoxide poisoning. Run your vehicle intermittently, just long enough to stay warm, and make sure to clear all the snow out of its exhaust pipe.

The Bottom Line

Driving when the temperature is near or below freezing is a challenge. If you prepare beforehand, understand the dynamics of icy roads, and drive slowly, the challenge of winter driving becomes that much safer.

Read more at: https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/articles/how_to_drive_safely_in_winter_weather?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=ownership

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Ready for Battle: Mopar to Offer 200-plus Products for All-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator

  • Mopar-modified 2020 Jeep® Gladiator on display in Los Angeles highlights open-air personalization potential of most capable midsize truck ever
  • Available Mopar products for all-new Jeep Gladiator include active lifestyle accessories and Jeep Performance Parts
  • Accessories include truck bed-mounted cross rails, bed storage system, tonneau covers and more
  • Jeep Performance Parts portfolio for Gladiator includes lift kit, rock rails and tube doors
  • More information on Jeep Performance Parts available at www.mopar.com/jpp

The Mopar brand will deliver a portfolio of more than 200 parts and accessories available to enhance the all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator. A Mopar-modified 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, on display at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show’s AutoMobility LA, highlights the open-air personalization potential of the most capable midsize truck ever.
 
Owners can put their personal imprint on the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator by choosing from a full Mopar menu of products. Customization options include a Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) 2-inch lift, JPP tube doors, Mopar spray-in bedliner, tonneau covers, a truck bed storage system and much more, all designed specifically for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator.
 
“The Mopar brand is bringing to market a full selection of parts and accessories for owners to personalize the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator to fit their individual lifestyles,” said Steve Beahm, Head of Parts & Service (Mopar) and Passenger Car Brands, FCA – North America. “We’re giving owners what they need to enhance the most capable midsize truck ever, whether that’s versatile lifestyle accessories or Jeep Performance Parts for hard-core off-roaders.”
 
The majority of parts and accessories for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator will be ready when the truck launches in the second quarter of 2019. Mopar products will include active lifestyle, truck-capable accessories, such as bed-mounted cross rails that adapt to a variety of carriers, and additional performance content, such as off-road lights and beadlock wheels, and many more that have been developed specifically for the new Jeep Gladiator.
 
Mopar parts and accessories for the Gladiator are backed by a factory warranty and were created in close conjunction with the Jeep brand, engineering and the product design office through tens of thousands of hours of development, testing and validation. The strictest standards and factory-exclusive data — information not available to the aftermarket — were used to seamlessly integrate Mopar parts and accessories with the Gladiator and to deliver proper fit, finish and quality down to the color, grain, look and line of each product.
 
Mopar-modified all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon
The Mopar brand grabbed a large selection of items from its available portfolio to demonstrate the top-down, open-air potential of the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon with a modified version on display at the 2018 LA Auto Show’s AutoMobility LA.
 
Exterior Mopar modifications include a JPP 2-inch lift kit, JPP tube doors and rock rails and JPP 5-inch and 7-inch off-road LED lights. A mesh sun bonnet works with the tube doors to deliver an open-air feel unlike any other offered by a production midsize truck. The JPP logo is added to the rear of both bed sides. Additional Mopar accessories include unique five-spoke wheels, a hood decal, a blacked out Mopar grille and windshield tie-down straps.
 
In the rear, Mopar bed-mounted cross rails work with a Mopar bike carrier to support active lifestyles. A truck bed storage system enhances utility with lockable, dual sliding drawers. The interior of the custom 2020 Jeep Gladiator is outfitted with Katzkin seats, Mopar grab handles, molle bags and all-weather floor mats.
 
The Jeep Gladiator is armed with a Mopar cold air intake, which works with a Mopar cat-back exhaust system to add horsepower and torque.
 
20 Mopar Products for 2020 Jeep Gladiator
Below are 20 Mopar products available for the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator:
 
Bed-mounted cross rails: Adapted from Ram 1500, bed cross rails work with Trail Rail system for adding Mopar lifestyle accessories, such as bike carriers, kayak carriers and more.
 
Bed storage system: Tailgate opens for access to dual sliding drawers, providing lockable storage space for gear, supplies and tools.
 
Ramps: Carryover from Mopar portfolio for Ram 1500, ramps are tested and proven and provide easy ingress and egress into bed area.
 
Lift kit: Available 2-inch lift kit delivers additional off-road clearance and adds aggressive appearance.
 
Bedliners: Durable, factory-backed spray-in bedliner available as production option through Mopar Custom Shop, with drop-in bedliner also available.
 
Roof rack/carriers: Mopar roof rack accommodates variety of lifestyle cargo carriers, such as a bicycle, ski and snowboard carriers.
 
Door sill guards: Composite and stainless steel door sill guards feature the Gladiator text logo.
 
Tonneau covers: Similar in design to tonneau covers for Ram 1500, but configured to fit Jeep Gladiator, options include hard-trifold, soft–trifold and soft roll-up tonneau covers.
 
Side graphics: Graphics unique to Jeep Gladiator flow down from C-pillar and include a hexagonal design, military and retro-themed options.
 
Hood graphics: Options include “Flag,” “1941” and “Jeep Grille Through the Years” designs.
 
Cold air intake: Features the Jeep brand logo and draws in fresh air from hood cut-out to increase engine performance.
 
Katzkin seats: Katzkin leather seats are embroidered with distinctive Jeep grille logo in Tungsten stitching.
 
Tube doors: Tough, 2-inch-round steel tube doors add open-air feel that makes Jeep Gladiator unique for midsize pickups.
 
LED off-road lights: Military grade 5-inch and 7-inch LED lights shine at a maximum of 8,000 lumens for 7-inch option, with JPP brackets available for mounting.
 
Sun bonnets: Mopar mesh and solid sun bonnets enhance freedom of Jeep Gladiator while delivering factory-engineered and UV-tested protection when hardtop is removed.
 
Grab handles: Mopar grab handles feature Jeep grille logo and are hard-secured, offering increased grip.
 
All-weather mats: Durable, all-weather mats fit like a glove and feature graphic design inspired by rugged Moab trails.
 
Wheels: Aluminum 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels help negotiate off-road terrain, and additional wheel options include five-spoke “gear” and five-spoke “slot” designs.
 
Rock rails: Unique, heavy-gauge steel JPP rock rails are thicker and wider and utilize same powder-coating on Ram Truck bedliners to give non-slip finish.
 
Bumpers: Rugged, sturdy, winch-capable steel bumpers include production Rubicon and “Stubby” bumper options.
 
For more information on Jeep Performance Parts, visit www.mopar.com/jpp.

Auto Shows The 2019 Jeep Gladiator Is the Glorious Jeep Pickup You've Been Dreaming of for the Past 26 Years

The last time Jeep offered a pickup truck, Lee Iacocca was CEO. Over the 26 years since, enthusiasts clamoring for a Jeep with a bed have been let down by Chrysler Corporation, DaimlerChrysler AG, Chrysler LLC, Chrysler Group LLC, and FCA US LLC. But now the wait is over. The 2019 Jeep Gladiator is here, and it is glorious. Here’s what we know about the long-awaited Jeep truck.

Official images of the Jeep truck have been revealed by Truck Trend, and it appears that the spy shots we saw earlier this month showing a very Jeep Wrangler-looking vehicle were on point. The front half of the Gladiator looks just like the Wrangler.

According to Truck Trend’s post, which has since been taken down, the Gladiator’s frame is 31 inches longer than the JL Wrangler Unlimited’s, and the wheelbase is up 19.4 inches. The story also says the larger axles, brakes, and also the 33-inch tires and the suspension are unique to the truck. Truck Trend says the Gladiator will be able to carry 1,650 pounds of payload, with a towing capacity of 7,650 pounds.

The windshield folds flat and the roof comes off, just like on the JL Wrangler. That makes the new Jeep truck the first pickup on the U.S. market with a removable top since the the 1991 Dodge Dakota Sport convertible (and no, the Chevy SSR doesn’t count).

Under the hood is apparently the same 3.6-liter Pentastar “Upgrade” engine found in the JL, making 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. It can be had with either an automatic (Truck Trend, strangely, says it’s a six speed auto and not the eight speed found in all other Pentastar applications) or a six-speed manual. Truck Trend also says the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel should come in 2020 with 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft, bolted to an eight-speed auto. We don’t know if a 2.0-liter will be available.

As for off-road bits, the story says the new Gladiator, in Rubicon trim, will get “Fox aluminum-bodied 2-inch-diameter shocks,” lockers, a disconnecting front sway bar, a 4:1 low range transfer case ratio, and 33-inch mud terrain tires. The new truck apparently has an approach angle of 43.6 degrees, a breakover angle of 20.3 degrees, and a 26 degree departure angle, along with 11.1 inches of ground clearance. Aside from the breakover angle, those are all at the top of the mid-size truck segment.

As for protection, the Rubicon will apparently get rock rails along the rocker panels to keep the big-bellied truck’s body safe from dings, and also metal bars aft of the rear axle to protect the long rear overhang.

Today is a big day for Jeep and for Jeep fans, who have waited since before Lee Iacocca retired from Chrysler in 1992 for another Jeep truck after the Cherokee-derived Comanche died off. And folks hoping for a true body-on-frame Jeep truck have waited even longer—since the departure of the full-size J10 (formerly called the Gladiator) in 1987. That’s the same year that Chrysler bought American Motors Corporation, which owned Jeep at the time.

Clearly, this has been a long time coming, but the recent resurgence of the mid-size truck segment means it was only a matter of time. The Jeep truck is here. And by the looks of it, it appears to be a legitimate, off-road worthy, solid axle-having, body-on-frame machine, just like Jeep diehards have been hoping for for over a quarter of a century.

Read more at: https://jalopnik.com/the-2019-jeep-gladiator-is-the-glorious-jeep-pickup-you-1830696134?utm_campaign=socialflow_jalopnik_facebook&utm_source=jalopnik_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow&fbclid=IwAR2X7X0QywD79wOhcumtWG69fLhZ8CY3McspmEhLnybGtg5EHNmVvHWmcBQ

FCA US Captures Motor Trend's 2019 SUV, Truck and Person of the Year Awards

  • Jeep® Wrangler is 2019 SUV of the Year®
  • Ram 1500 is 2019 Truck of the Year®
  • Sergio Marchionne honored posthumously with 2019 Person of the Year Award
  • Motor Trend “Of the Year” award honors vehicles that best represent design advancement, engineering excellence, safety, efficiency, value and performance of intended function

All-new 2019 Ram 1500 Captures Motor Trend’s 2019 Truck of the Year®

2019 Jeep® Wrangler Captures Motor Trend’s 2019 SUV of the Year®

 FCA US has landed Motor Trend’s 2019 SUV, Truck and Person of the Year awards. The editors of the automotive publication have named the Jeep® Wrangler as the 2019 SUV of the Year® and the Ram 1500 the 2019 Truck of the Year® — two of the most coveted automotive industry awards in extremely competitive segments. Former FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne is honored posthumously with Motor Trend’s 2019 Person of the Year.

Motor Trend’s “Of the Year” awards recognize the best vehicles representing exceptional value, superiority in their classes and impact on the automotive scene.

“The Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500 are significant products at FCA; concurrently winning Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year and Truck of the Year titles is a proud accomplishment, and a testament to the capability and determination of our employees,” said Mike Manley, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. “These awards help to acknowledge our team’s tireless efforts to ensure the new Wrangler and the new Ram 1500 stand out in their competitive segments.

“On behalf of all FCA employees, we also deeply appreciate Motor Trend’s recognition of Sergio Marchionne as Person of the Year. His legacy in the industry, and his lasting impact on FCA will be remembered forever.”

Motor Trend’s “Of the Year” program is open to any all-new or substantially upgraded 2019 model-year vehicles. Instead of being compared against one another, contending vehicles are first put through Motor Trend’s full battery of performance tests to evaluate virtually every aspect of each vehicle. All competitors are then evaluated on three separate courses at a professional automotive test center before finalists are selected.

“For 2019, the Ram 1500 and Jeep Wrangler blew away our Motor Trend editors and judges by not only delivering class-leading capability for work and play, but truly impressive levels of refinement, technology, style and comfort,” said Ed Loh, Motor Trend editor-in-chief. “Congratulations to FCA for delivering two real winners.

“Sergio was a special leader who salvaged troubled Chrysler and Fiat, saving thousands of jobs across the globe,” added Loh. “He was a man who did not do something unless he was convinced it would be successful. Sergio Marchionne got the work done and he left an indelible mark on the automotive industry.”

After weeks of testing conclude, the judges determine which vehicles will be given “Of the Year” titles. The winners are not chosen from a direct comparison against other finalists, but instead a result of how each contender measured against the award’s six criteria: design advancement, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value and performance of intended function.

A full report on Motor Trend’s comprehensive testing will be featured on MotorTrend.com and in the January 2019 issue of Motor Trend.

Person of the Year Award
Every year, Motor Trend also honors automotive leaders who deserve attention for setting rules or for breaking them, and who contribute to expansion of industry thinking. Former FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has been named as Motor Trend’s 2019 Person of the Year, marking the third time he has been recognized for his leadership, contributions, and passion for the automotive industry and its people.

2019 Jeep Wrangler
Jeep Wrangler continues to deliver class-leading capability, and has been completely refined to offer consumers a vehicle truly built for work, play and for driving every day … on the road, on the trail and in any weather condition. The all-new Jeep Wrangler is loaded with advanced technology and connectivity, and boasts a remarkably comfortable interior, improved on-road driving dynamics, unique and authentic styling, new levels of safety and security features, and powertrain options that include the dependable 3.6-liter V-6 engine and an all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that provides even more performance and fuel efficiency. Jeep Wrangler remains the most capable and recognized vehicle in the world.

2019 Ram 1500
The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 is a no-compromise truck, leading in luxury, efficiency, capability and innovation. Ram leads the full-size truck segment with significant gains in fuel efficiency through an all-new eTorque mild hybrid system in both V-6 and V-8 configurations. Overall weight for the Ram 1500 has been reduced by 225 pounds. The frame uses advanced materials and engineering to eliminate 100 pounds while increasing stiffness and durability for 12,750 pounds of towing capability and 2,300 pounds of payload. The new Uconnect 4C with a massive 12-inch touchscreen leads the pickup world with technology, featuring split-screen capability, 360-degree camera views and exclusive content from SiriusXM with 360L. Active safety and security systems join the technology onslaught with adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and Blind-spot Monitoring.

Read more at: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fca-us-captures-motor-trends-2019-suv-truck-and-person-of-the-year-awards-300755267.html

Winter Car Care Tips: Keep Your Vehicle in Peak Condition During Frigid Weather

Keep these five car-care tips in mind as the winter weather and colder temperatures make their appearance. You don’t want to be stranded by a dead battery or get into an accident because you can’t see out your windows. If you haven’t taken some of these preventive-care steps, do them as soon as you can so you’re prepared for the next big chill.

Keep the Battery in Good Shape

Your vehicle’s battery is especially hard hit when the mercury plummets. Cold temperatures reduce its cranking power. In fact, at about 0° F, a battery has only about half the cranking power it has at 80° F.

To check a conventional battery, remove the plastic caps on the top and check the fluid level. (See your owner’s manual.) If the fluid is low, add distilled water. On maintenance-free batteries, check that the window at the top of the battery indicates a fully charged state. If it’s more than five years old and shows signs of weakness, replace the battery with a top-rated model.

You  can have the battery professionally tested at a service station, auto parts store, or repair shop. A tired battery may just need to be charged. But if it’s defective or just worn out, it’s best to replace it before it goes completely dead. (Check our buying guide and ratings for car batteries. Worst case, be sure you know how to jump-start a car.)

Replace Wiper Blades

You have to replace wiper blades more often than you might think. Our tests have found that even the best-performing wiper blades start to lose their effectiveness in as little as six months. Streaks or missed expanses of glass are sure signs that the blades are ready for retirement.

While it’s possible to stretch their life by cleaning the rubber edge of the blade periodically with a paper towel and glass cleaner, it isn’t safe to do that all winter long. Instead, get yourself new blades. We recommend replacing wiper blades as often as twice per year. Most wiper blades are easy to install, and some stores, such as Advance Auto Parts, will perform the replacement work free of charge.

Clear the Windows

If you can’t see out the windows, you’re a danger to yourself and everyone around. Don’t try to use the wipers and those brand-new wiper blades to remove ice from the windshield. Instead, use an ice scraper on frosty mornings. If you park outside, place the wipers in the raised position when it’s going to snow overnight to keep them from freezing to the windshield.

With dirt, mud, and salt residue being kicked up off the road, it’s likely that you’ll be using your windshield washers a lot, so keep your windshield-washer reservoir filled with a winter-blend washer solution that contains an antifreeze agent.

Also make sure the heater is functioning properly and that plenty of warm air is being directed to the windshield when it’s in the defrost mode. To help prevent your windshield from fogging up, run the air-conditioning system (with the temperature set at a comfortable level) to dehumidify the air.

Finally, check that all the vehicle’s lights are working properly and that the lenses are clean, so that you’ll have optimum visibility at night and motorists front and rear will be able to see you.

Check the Oil

Cold weather can beat up your engine, too. Motor oil thickens when cold, making it harder for the engine to turn over. Check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation. Generally, you should be using multi-viscosity oil that has a “W” in the viscosity index, signifying that it’s formulated for winter use. Typical formulas that are recommended for modern engines include 5W-20, 5W-30, and 10W-30, which provide good oil flow at low temperatures and can often be used year-round. Whenever you have the oil changed, replace the oil filter as well to ensure the system has the maximum amount of flow.

While the car is in the shop, have the radiator and heater hoses checked for cracks, leaks, or contamination from oil or grease. The hoses should be firm yet pliable when you squeeze them. Scrap them if they feel brittle or overly soft.

Try to keep your coolant mixture in a 50/50 ratio of antifreeze and water. This will keep your coolant from freezing until temperatures are well below zero. Colder conditions, however, can call for a 60/40 or 70/30 ratio. Under no circumstances should you use a higher antifreeze-to-water ratio than this.

Check out these 5 things to know about oil changes for your car.

Consider New Tires

Spinning out in the snow and ending up in a ditch isn’t the best way to discover your tires are worn out. So if you’ve been waiting to pick up a new set of tires, don’t delay as your safety depends on tire traction and winter-grade tires tend to be in short supply when the snow begins to fall. (Find out how winter/snow tires compare to all-season tires.)

If your area gets occasional snow, a new set of all-season tires should do the job. Look for a highly rated set that has performed well in our snow-traction and ice-braking tests. (Check our tire buying guide and Ratings.) Remember that it’s safest to replace all four tires at one time.

If you live where snow and ice are ever-present, consider buying dedicated winter tires mounted on inexpensive steel wheels. These have tread patterns and rubber compounds specially designed to grip snow and ice for optimum traction on slick roads. Winter tires typically have shorter tread life and generate more road noise than the all-season tires that your vehicle came with. But the extra safety they provide is generally worth the compromise.

Even if your tires are in good shape, make sure that you keep them properly inflated. Big drops in temperature mean your tires will lose air, because tire pressure declines with the thermometer.

Finally, keep a roadside emergency kit in the car.

Read more at:  https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/winter-car-care-tips-frigid-weather/

All-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler ready for the holidays

This holiday season the all-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler offers a number of features to help drivers and their passengers head over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house with ease, venture with confidence to find the family “Tannenbaum” and transport the perfect gifts home safely.

2018 Jeep® Wrangler Sahara

Powering the Wrangler to these holiday destinations are a pair of fuel efficient powertrains. Customers can choose between the standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with Engine Stop-Start (ESS) or the all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with eTorque technology.

With these powertrains matched to capable drivelines, occupants of the Wrangler will feel at ease no matter the conditions on- or off-road. The newly redesigned Wrangler delivers even more capability with improved on-road driving dynamics and passenger safety. When it’s time to head off-road, or when extra traction is needed, drivers can easily use Command-Trac to activate 4×4 with the easy-to-use shift-on-the-fly system. On Wrangler Rubicon, a Rock-Trac 4×4 system features heavy duty next-generation Dana 44 front and rear axles with a “4LO” ratio of 4:1. A 4.10 front and rear axle ratio is standard as are Tru-Lok locking differentials.

Cargo area in the 2018 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon.

Clever storage solutions are found throughout the 2018 Wrangler, including durable mesh pockets that extend the entire length of the doors and numerous phone storage areas.

When the rear seat is folded, the Wrangler has 72.4 cu. ft. of cargo space and, when the rear seat is upright, there’s 31.7 cu. ft. of cargo space for all those special parcels.

To learn more about the various ways to accessorize the all-new Jeep Wrangler with genuine Jeep Performance Parts, or maybe create a wish list, visit Mopar.com.

For more information about 2018 Jeep Wrangler, visit Jeep.com.

Read more at: https://blog.fcanorthamerica.com/2018/11/21/wrangler-wednesday-all-new-2018-jeep-wrangler-ready-for-holidays/

Ram Readies for Winter with New 2019 Ram 1500 'North Edition'

  • Just in time for the change in seasons Ram 1500 North Edition offers equipment to tackle the harshest Nor’easter
  • Ram 1500 North highlights 4×4 capability and features to keep truck warm and free of ice and snow
  • Includes factory lift, electric locking rear differential, off-road tires and amenities to help shrug off inclement weather
  • Monochromatic appearance package with steel body-colored bumpers, door handles, mirrors and grille

As Old Man Winter prepares to move in, Ram readies drivers with the new 2019 Ram 1500 North— a special-edition truck with content and features geared towards truck owners who need more capability and warmth on their frozen drive.

“The Ram 1500 North is more than a great-looking pickup, it offers cold-weather content for truck owners who require a no-compromise 4×4 as part of their daily regimen,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “A factory lift, locking rear axle and all-weather tires deliver confidence when your path is anything but clear.”

Standard features on the Ram 1500 North include:

  • Three-peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) severe snow service-rated on/off-road Falken LT tires
  • 4×4 transfer case with 4×4 Auto, 4×4 High and 4×4 Low settings
  • One-inch factory lift
  • Electric-locking rear axle
  • Tow hooks
  • Engine block heater
  • Heated seats and steering wheel
  • Remote start
  • Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen with SiriusXM Travel Link Weather
  • Mopar all-weather floor mats to contain slush and snow
  • 12-way power driver seat with 4-way power lumbar
  • Engine block heater
  • Heated, folding mirrors
  • Front and rear Park Sense audible/visual warning system
  • Body-colored bumpers, grille, mirrors, door handles and rear-fender “4×4” decal

Based on the Big Horn model, the Ram 1500 North is available in Crew Cab 4×4, short bed or long bed cab body styles with the eTorque 3.6-liter Pentastar or 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8.
The Ram 1500 North is available at dealers now. Base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price is $45,890, plus $1,695destination.

The Ram 1500 is the reigning Winter Vehicle of the Year, Best in Class Pickup Truck as voted by the New England Motor Press Association.

2019 Ram 1500 
The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 is a no-compromise truck, leading in luxury, efficiency, capability and innovation. Defining future pickup trucks, the 2019 Ram 1500 commands with innovative design, the highest quality materials and class-exclusive technology.

Ram leads the full-size truck segment with the most safety and security features and now delivers significant gains in fuel efficiency with an all-new eTorque system in both V-6 and V-8 configurations. Overall weight for the Ram 1500 has been reduced by 225 pounds. As the truck’s backbone, the frame uses advanced materials and engineering to eliminate 100 pounds while increasing stiffness and durability for 12,750 pounds of towing capability and 2,300 pounds of payload. The new Uconnect 4C with a massive 12-inch touchscreen leads the pickup world with technology featuring split-screen capability, 360-degree camera views and exclusive content from SiriusXM with 360L. Active safety and security systems join the technology onslaught with adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and Blind-spot Monitoring.

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All-new Ram 1500 Named 2019 Green Truck of the Year™ by Green Car Journal

Green Car Journal has selected the Ram 1500 as its 2019 Green Truck of the Year™. The announcement was made today at the 50th annual San Antonio Auto & Truck Show in San Antonio, Texas.

Green Car Journal editors consider all potential truck models in the U.S. market, weighing environmental attributes alongside traditional criteria that define what makes a great pickup, such as capability, versatility, safety, value and style. The winner was selected from five finalists by a Green Truck of the Year jury, comprised of automotive experts and Green Car Journal staff.

“The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 is a no-compromise pickup leading in efficiency, technology and durability, and our new eTorque mild hybrid system is proof that fuel economy and capability can coexist,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “We are thrilled to receive The Green Truck of the Year award, affirming our technological leadership in the truck market.”

The eTorque mild hybrid system is one of several changes made to the 2019 Ram 1500, including upgraded TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmissions, strategic weight reductions and aero improvements. The eTorque mild hybrid system replaces the traditional alternator on the engine with a motor generator unit and 48-volt battery pack to perform several functions, including quick and seamless stop/start function, short-duration torque addition to the engine crankshaft and brake energy regeneration, which improves responsiveness and efficiency.

“The new Ram 1500 makes a bold statement with its overall design, functionality, lighter weight, and notable efficiency for a full-size pickup,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and greencarjournal.com. “Plus, its use of electrification through eTorque mild hybrid technology in both the 3.6-liter V-6 and 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 is compelling in today’s pickup market. It is clearly a deserving winner of the title 2019 Green Truck of the Year™.”

2019 Ram 1500
The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 is a no-compromise truck leading in durability, technology, luxury and efficiency. Defining future pickup trucks, the 2019 Ram 1500 commands with innovative design, the highest quality materials and class-exclusive technology.

Ram leads the full-size truck segment with the most safety and security features and now delivers significant gains in fuel efficiency with an all-new eTorque system in both V-6 and V-8 configurations. Overall weight for the Ram 1500 has been reduced by 225 pounds. As the truck’s backbone, the frame uses advanced materials and engineering to eliminate 100 pounds while increasing stiffness and durability for 12,750 pounds of towing capability and 2,300 pounds of payload. The new Uconnect 4C with a massive 12-inch touchscreen leads the pickup world with technology, featuring split-screen capability, 360-degree camera views and exclusive content from SiriusXM with 360L. Active safety and security systems join the technology onslaught with adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking and Blind-spot Monitoring.

The 2019 Ram 1500 went on sale earlier this year and has a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $31,695 plus $1,645 destination fee.

About Green Car of the Year®
The Green Car of the Year award is an important part of Green Car Journal’s mission to showcase environmental progress in the auto industry. Since 1992, Green Car Journal has focused on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and environment. Today, the magazine is considered the premier source of information on high fuel efficiency, low emission, advanced technology, and alternative fuel vehicles. CarsOfChange.com presents ‘green car’ articles online along with a focus on infotainment and connectivity. Green Car of the Year® is a registered trademark of Green Car Journal and RJ Cogan Specialty Publications Group, Inc.

About Ram Truck Brand
Since its launch as a stand-alone division in 2009, the Ram Truck brand has steadily emerged as an industry leader with trucks that are proven to last.

Creating a distinct identity for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on core customers and the features they find valuable. Whether focusing on a family that uses a Ram 1500 day-in and day-out, a hardworking Ram 3500 Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its Ram ProMaster commercial van every day for deliveries, Ram has the truck market covered.

In order to be the best, it takes a commitment to innovation, capability, efficiency and durability. Ram Truck invests substantially in its products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and exclusive features that further enhance their capabilities.

Ram continues to beat the competition in the most sought-after titles:

  • Over the last 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road
  • Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup
  • Highest 5th wheel towing capacity – 30,000 lbs. with Ram 3500 Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
  • Best-in-class 4×4 fuel economy and longest range with exclusive EcoDiesel – 27 mpg with Ram 1500
  • Highest snow plow rating – Ram 2500 and 3500
  • Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
  • Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon

Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.

Read more at: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/all-new-ram-1500-named-2019-green-truck-of-the-year-by-green-car-journal-300752199.html

Top 10 ways to get better gas mileage

The way you drive directly affects your fuel economy. Speeding and rapidly accelerating from a stop increases gas consumption, whereas planning an efficient drive and maintaining a consistent speed within the posted limit can help you go farther on a tankful. Follow these 10 tips to get better gas mileage. You just may make fewer gas station stops and save money too.

1. Plan your trips

Map a route before you go to minimize unnecessary turnarounds and backtracking. Avoid peak traffic times. Combine errands and go to “one stop shops” where you can do multiple tasks (banking, shopping, etc.).

2. Watch your speed

Fuel economy peaks at around 50 mph on most cars, then drops off as speeds increase. Reducing highway speeds by 5 to 10 mph can increase fuel economy 7 to 14 percent.

3. Drive conservatively

Avoid “jack rabbit” starts, rapid acceleration and hard braking, which can lower fuel economy by 15 to 30 percent at highway speeds and 10 to 40 percent in stop-and-go traffic.

4. Avoid excessive idling

A car engine consumes one quarter to one half gallon of fuel per hour when idling, but a warm engine only takes around 10 seconds worth of fuel to restart. Where safe to do so, shut off your engine if you will be stopped for more than a minute.

5. Use a “fast pass” on toll roads

Having a pre-paid pass on toll roads allows you to use the express lane, saving fuel by minimizing or eliminating tollbooth slowdowns and stops.

6. Avoid rush hour

Take advantage of flex work hours to avoid commuting during peak traffic times.

7. Anticipate road conditions

Watch the traffic ahead and “time” stoplights to maintain momentum and avoid unnecessary stop and go.

8. Use cruise control

Driving at a consistent speed on the highway saves gas. However, never use cruise control on slippery roads as it could cause a loss of vehicle control.

9. Shift gears efficiently

If your car has a manual transmission, upshift as soon as practical. When coming to a stop, use the brakes. Do not downshift to slow the car.

10. Drive to warm the engine

In cold temperatures, start the engine and then drive the car normally to warm the engine. Driving brings the engine to operating temperature more rapidly and thus, saves gas.

Read more at: https://www.aaa.com/autorepair/articles/top-10-ways-to-get-better-gas-mileage?sf94894278=1

The all-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler features brighter headlamps, “Star Wars” inspiration

The all-new 2018 Jeep® Wrangler offers brighter headlamps to illuminate the road and trails as the calendar moves deeper into autumn and the amount of daylight diminishes.

While the traditional round Wrangler headlamps remain, and are set on the edges of the iconic Jeep seven-slot grille, the Jeep brand has made the headlamps brighter in some models.

The LED headlamps on the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler are located on the edge of the iconic grille.

On the Sahara and Rubicon models LED headlamps and fog lamps are available. These offer crisp white lighting and daytime running lights that now form a halo around the outside perimeter of the headlamps. The headlamps also turn on and off automatically depending on exterior light levels.

The LED headlamps are also more powerful and generate high-beam light output that is 90% greater than the halogen lamps in prior models. Low-beam output also has improved, increasing 63%.

Standard LED forward turn signals are positioned on the front of the trapezoidal wheel flares and on the back of the vehicle, traditional square tail lamps feature available LED lighting.

For those who like to personalize their Wranglers, Jeep Performance Parts LED off-road lights can be mounted to the frame rails, winch guard or windshield via new Jeep Performance Parts off-road light brackets.

The all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler outfitted with Jeep Performance Parts.

A new auxiliary switch bank, featuring its own power distribution center offers an organized central area for operating accessories, such as the off-road lights, winch and other electrical-powered items.

Not only did Jeep designers make the lights brighter, but the headlights also have a feature that will be familiar to “Star Wars” fans.

The all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler LED headlight center shape is the same as the goggles worn by Luke Skywalker on the planet Hoth in “The Empire Strikes Back.”

The LED headlight center shape is the same as the goggles worn by Luke Skywalker on the planet Hoth in “The Empire Strikes Back.”

Learn more about the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler, and its brighter headlamps, by visiting Jeep.com.

Read more at: https://blog.fcanorthamerica.com/2018/11/14/wrangler-wednesday-the-all-new-2018-jeep-wrangler-features-brighter-headlamps-star-wars-inspiration/