Tips for Cooking the Perfect Thanksgiving Feast

Perfect Thanksgiving Feast

Fall is in the air, and that means that there are many great things to look forward to. The weather cools down, the leaves begin to change colors, and some of the best holidays of the year are right around the corner. Although planning parties for the holidays can be stressful, it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few tips for cooking the perfect Thanksgiving feast. If you happened to miss cooking up something fantastic this year and want to prepare for what lies ahead, still make sure to tune in!

Perfect Thanksgiving Feast

Make a Plan

 

While it may sound simple, many people simply don’t have a detailed plan for how their day is going to go. Talk to everyone who is coming, and know exactly what each person is going to bring to the dinner. Assign jobs to anyone who is helping you, and make a timeline for how the day is going to play out.

 

Be Flexible

 

With that said, things won’t go exactly as you plan. As long as you accept that going into the day, it won’t cause as much stress. Be flexible, and don’t let the small things stress you out and ruin your day.

 

Prepare in Advance

 

Prepare as much of the dinner and decorations before the actual day as possible. There’s nothing worse than running around at the last minute trying to get things ready as the guests arrive.

 

Follow these simple tips and your Thanksgiving Day dinner will run much more smoothly moving forward.

 

How to Prepare Your Car for the Winter

Prepare Your Car for the Winter

As we move further into the fall months, it’s time to start thinking about cold weather car preparation. One often neglected aspect of this seasonal change is that people frequently don’t prepare their vehicles for the colder months. Here is how to prepare your car for the winter.

Prepare Your Car for the Winter

Clean and Wax

 

To protect your car against the inevitable salt barrage that comes with snow, clean your vehicle thoroughly. This means washing the entire exterior and undercarriage before finishing it with a wax job. This will help prevent the salt from eating away at your paint.

 

Fill With Supplies

 

While a majority of people make it through winter without an incident, it’s important to be prepared just in case. Put emergency supplies in an accessible part of your vehicle. This could be things like a warm blanket, food and snacks, emergency flares, an extra phone for emergency calls, and anything else you may be able to use in an emergency. This is often the difference between life and death in a winter accident.

 

Winter Tires

There are special winter tires that many vehicle manufacturers  recommend investing in. You may think your all-season tires will cut it but they don’t have the traction and reliability of a tire made for the icy winds of the season.

 

There are a lot of great things about the winter, but it’s important to be prepared for all scenarios. By following these two simple steps, you will avoid a lot of winter headaches.

 

 

 

Tips for Recovering a Stolen Vehicle

recovering a stolen vehicle

If your car is stolen, it can be a shocking or scary situation. Believe it or not, vehicles are stolen once every 44 seconds in the US, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That’s why we’ve put together tips for recovering a stolen vehicle to help you handle such a crisis.

recovering a stolen vehicle

Get to a safe place. Take some deep breaths and make sure you are in a safe location. If you see your vehicle being stolen, don’t try to interact with the theft. Just be sure to contact the authorities and get to a well-lit area with lots of people. Safety is always a priority.

Be sure it was stolen. If you arrive to your parking spot to see your car missing, take a moment to consider if it has actually been stolen. Allstate suggests looking for “No Parking” signs, fire hydrants, or private drives. It may also have been repossessed if you missed some car payments.

Call the police. Whether it was repossessed, towed, or stolen, you’ll need to call the police. Most tow-truck drivers are required to inform the police if they take your vehicle. If it was stolen, then you can get a police report, which is necessary for insurance and legal purposes.

You will need a detailed description of your car, your VIN, license plate number, registration, and driver’s license number if possible. Keep copies of these in a safe location at home, that way you are protected in the event of a vehicle theft.

Call your insurance. Notifying your insurance will not only expedite your claim, but it will also keep you protected in case the thief does anything illegal with it. If they damage property or harm people, it can be difficult to dispute liability if you fail to call your insurance.

Prevent theft. Finally, be sure to park in well-lit locations, with the windows up and doors locked. Hide valuables under seats or in the trunk, and consider buying LoJack or OnStar to track your car.

 

 

How to Jump Start Your Car

Jump Start Your Car
Jump Start Your Car

How To Jump Start Your Car

There are some things every driver should know in case they ever break down on the side of the road. How to jump start your car is one of these things and while it should be a necessity, the reliability of modern vehicles has made it optional. With roadside assistance coming standard with many vehicles, you may never need to know how to jump start your car. Still, we here at Paul Sur Buick GMC will fill you in just in case!

Position the cars nose to nose about 18 inches apart. Automatic vehicles should be left in park, while manuals should be in neutral with the parking brake set.

Next, turn off both cars and find the positive and negative terminals on each battery. The positive terminal will be red and the negative terminal will be black. If you see any corrosion, then don’t attempt to jump start the car, instead call a professional.

Attach the positive (red) jumper cable to the dead battery’s positive terminal then connect the other end to the live battery’s positive terminal. Do the same for the negative end to the live battery.

Instead of attaching the negative end to the dead battery, you’ll want to attach the cable to a non-painted metal part under the hood. Look for a jumping post and avoid belts and fans.

Next, start the car that has the live battery, let it run for a few minutes and rev the engine slightly. Once time has passed, start the car with the dead battery. If it starts, let it run for a few minutes before disconnecting. Wait a few minutes and try again if it doesn’t.

Remove the cables in the opposite order you put them on. An owner’s manual can help out if you’ve forgotten.