With the upcoming winter weather make sure you are prepared when taking a long drive in these harsh conditions. Always make sure you have a emergency kit ready to go if needed. Here are some things you should include in your emergency kit.
- Candle heater and lighter
In the winter its very dangerous to keep your car running. Snow and ice can block the exhaust pipe and lead to deadly levels of carbon monoxide. Instead try a candle in a metal can, it will keep you warm in a small space such as your car.
- Flashlight and/or Flares
A flashlight is always something you should have handy. If you get stuck at night, have to change a tire, or even do a quick fix under the hood. You can also use a flashlight if you don’t have flares to alert other drivers of your presence.
- Phone charger
Your cellphone is usually your lifeline when you are stuck make sure to bring a charger.
- Simple tool kit
Some simple tools could save you from having to call a tow truck. Pack a couple screwdrivers, a adjustable wrench, some duct tape, and pliers. This small tool may help you do some quick fixes to at least get you to a service station.
- Safety absorbent or cat litter
A small bag of safety absorbent or cat litter could help you get traction when stuck in snow and ice. Safety absorbent can be purchased at any auto part store, usually used in garages for oil spills and grease.
- Jumper cables
Never count on someone else having jumper cables, another motorist can provide there car to jump you but they might not have jumper cables. Insure you have some handy instead of having to call a tow truck.
- Fold able shovel
Who really has room to keep a full sized shovel in their car, so the next best thing a fold able shovel. Digging out snow around your car when you are stuck is easier with the best tool to do it. They can be purchased online or at a military supply store.
- First Aid kit
I can not stress this enough no matter where you are going always have a first aid kit handy. You never know when you might need it. Include generic medication ( Ibuprofen, aspirin… ect.) and antiseptic solution, and lots of bandages, you can pick up kits at any general store.
- Extra clothes, blankets, and pillows
When you are stuck you never know how long you are going to be there, you might even have to stay the night in your car if help is too far out. Insure your warmth and stay dry with extra gloves, hats, jackets, pillows, hand warmers and lot of blankets.
- Bottled water and dry not perishable food.
Water and food is essential keep nonperishable food items in your vehicle preferably stuff that doesn’t have to be cooked you never know if you’ll have access to a fire.
- Tire chains and tow straps
If you get stuck a tow strap and chains might come in handy, if someone stops to help they might be able to pull you out saving you from calling a town truck once again.
There are millions of things you can bring to prepare yourself for driving in harsh weather conditions but these are just the basics. If you have any tips and trick for the snow feel to share and be safe this winter season!
Steve Hahn’s 3rd annual Trunk or Treat had a better turn out then we could have ever imagined! There were 8,786 trunk-or-treaters that came through the entrance! We are so happy to see our community come together to make this year’s turn out so great. We are proud that we could provide a safe, fun environment for everyone to come out and enjoy. We want to make sure that parents and children are safe instead of out walking in the dark, across busy streets, or having parents worry about the candy they are getting from strangers. We all have kids, cousins, grand kids, nieces and nephews, so we know the importance of safety.
We had volunteer police officers at the event as well as YV-Tech students directing everyone to the entrance as well as the exit. We were able to provide a completely closed event with one entrance and one exit.
There was a total of 85 decorated trunks on the lot! Whats even more incredible is that there was 125 Vendors in total that participated this year, from signs to extra candy, it was spectacular! This year we asked that all the vendors donate $50 to the First Responders of Yakima. With that being said, we also had a Go Fund Me page and collected monetary donations at the door and we were able to raise over $3,600! some vendors were unable to be at the event but donated in other ways such as prizes for best doggy costume, best child costume, best adult costume, and best trunk.
The participation on our staff’s behalf was pretty great as well. From Vampires to zombies, Michael Myers and minions, we had a variety of fun costumes worn by our staff. There were so many awesome and creative costumes that came through.
Not only did we have lots of candy but Kim’s got smoke provided wonder food and customer service for a great price! There was a face paint station so even if someone wasn’t dressed up for the occasion they didn’t feel out of place. This year there was a rock paint station where the kiddos got to express their creativity and have some extra fun if they wanted. We also turned the showrooms into a very spooky haunted house where we had employees donate their time to be haunters.
A big thank you to Get Air, The Range, Skateland, Bale Breaker, Hendos Accessories, Manheim Seattle, Townsquare Media, Chroma Entertainment and many others for helping us with another great year!
Whether you have no kids in your community or all kids, come down to Steve Hahn’s and get ready for some treating! You’re never too old for dressing up and indulging in some candy, right? On Halloween night we will be hosting our Third Annual Trunk or Treat event here on our lot! We will have more than 100 vendors, a haunted house, a food truck, live DJs, face painting, tons of candy and fun for the whole family!
Last year we had almost 9,000 people walk through our gates and enjoy the festivities! We are hoping for over 10,000 this year! We have a whole new layout, new attractions and much more! This is not possible without our community! This is THE SAFEST Halloween community event and the perfect one-stop-shop for all things Halloween in the Yakima Valley for the whole family! We would love to have each and every one of you there! From snickers to skittles, scary to cute, everyone is welcome! The event starts at 4 PM and ends at 7 PM! Everyone starts lining up early so be sure to give yourself plenty of time!
We are also always looking for more vendors to be a part of our event. If you or someone you know might want to be a part of the event and have a trunk present for your company or business or organization, give us a call at (509) 248-4700 and ask for Rennae or Allison! Or email us at email@example.com to get more information or to sign up!
September is mostly known for back to school and football, but what most people don’t know is that it is also childhood cancer awareness month.
Holley cook is a Local 5 year old in Yakima Wa. who was diagnosed with with A.L.L. Leukemia (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). She enjoys spending time with her dad fishing and hunting, playing dress up with her sister (Hailey), and cuddling on the couch watching movies with her mom.
Since her diagnosis she has made great strides towards the road of recovery. She no longer has a feeding tube or a port for her Chemotherapy and Radiation therapy. She was able to go to Disney Land (Funded by the Make a Wish Foundation), as well as meet the Seattle Seahawks! She has been fighting for two years now but did have a relapse which she is currently fighting.
She has recently been able to go back to school which is difficult for her since she still has to travel to Seattle Children’s Hospital for doctors appointments at least once a month depending on her health.
Holley enjoys helping people which is why with the help of her mom and KIMA News she is accepting donations of items to give to other children in the hospital where she gets treatment.
A wish list of items are listed on the KIMA link below.
If you would like to follow Holley’s Journey there will be a link to her Facebook page below.
While much of North America simply calls the season fall (which, let’s be honest, is a bit on the nose), still another chunk of the English speaking world refers to the season between summer and winter as autumn. What gives?
The Etruscans gave the Romans the root autu- , which signified the ending of the year. The Romans being Romans, they took it for themselves, gave it a tweak, and declared the season was autumnus. Meanwhile, in Germanic languages outside of Roman influences, the word for harvest was used interchangeably for the act of harvest and the season. As Latin declined, Germanic languages began to influence more of Europe’s vocabulary. On top of this, people were starting to live in towns rather than on small scattered farms. For many in the centers of learning, harvest wasn’t a part of their experience and thus fall began to gain prominence. During the height of the term’s popularity in the 1600’s, English settlers brought the term over and influenced the way an entire continent noted the passing of the seasons.
Whether it’s autumn, fall, or harvest to you, the traditions in many cultures look strikingly similar. As days become chillier, and nights longer, people turn to bonfires, feasts, and comfort food to prep themselves for winter. No wonder than that so many the world over count autumn as their favorite season!
Have a Fun Fall, a Happy Harvest, and an Auspicious Autumn!
When late summer hits, you begin to hear people talk about the ‘dog days of summer’. It’s used in commercials. You hear the phrase dropped by morning radio DJ’s. There even a popular song that references the saying! Everyone sort of knows it refers to a very hot part of the year (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), but what in the world are we referencing? Do dogs like this weather? Do they hate it? Is this even about dogs? As with many English idioms, the answer isn’t as straightforward as it sounds on the surface.
Let’s learn a little astronomy! In the stars that make up the constellation Canis Major, Sirius is the brightest. It also happens to be the brightest start visible from Earth. At least as far back as the Greeks, humans associated the time when Sirius would rise just before the sun as not just an indicator that the hottest part of the summer was coming, but also a harbinger of some catastrophic event. How did we lose that connotation and start picturing a tired dog on a porch?
Not only did the Scientific Revolution put a major dent on humans looking to the stars for guidance, but the phrase was translated from Latin about 500 years ago, well into the era dominated by the Catholic Church. It was almost a stillborn phrase, stripped of the meaning on arrival in modern times. So we humans did what we’ve always been best at: attributing new meaning to our changing reality! And most ironically,because the stars position in the sky slow shifts through the millenia, people are going to be talking about the dog days of summer when Sirius will actually be rising in the winter about 13,000 years from now!
Now you know! Enjoy the dog days while they last; winter isn’t as far away as you think!
Summer is approaching, and most Americans will be hitting the road on a trip at some point while the weather is nice. Even if you just plan to cruise around town, follow these easy tips to ensure your car stays on the road and out of the shop!
1: Check Belts and Wipers
These pieces are easy to identify as fine or bad. If any rubber is cracked or looks horribly faded and brittle, just replace it before it breaks. An AC blower is one thing; a timing belt is quite another! While you’re at it, make sure your windshield fluid reservoir doesn’t have any cracks or leaks. There’s nothing as annoying as smearing something all over your windshield only to find out you have to stop at a gas station to clean up your mess.
2: Check Fluids!
This is possibly THE most important item you need to be aware of. Without lubrication, your engine and transmission will grind into a sold lump of metal. Oil is the only barrier between your pistons and the wall of the cylinder. In both your engine and your transmission (and certain 4WD systems) low oil levels will lead to undue wear and possibly overheating. Check in your owners manual for the specifics!
3: When In Doubt: Replace Your Spark Plugs
The spark plug is responsible for igniting the air/fuel mixture in the cylinder of your car’s engine. Weak or no spark can mean less power, worse mileage, and possibly misfires. They’re good for at least 30,000 usually, but if you can’t remember the last time you’ve changed them, the time is now. If you can work a ratchet and socket, you’ll feel like a real-life mechanic, even if you’re just playing one in your driveway.
4: Don’t Let Tires Get Tired
This is one of the easiest vehicle maintenance tasks! No excuses! Use the quarter trick to check tread life…..if the tread of your tire doesn’t reach Washington’s head when placed in between, it’s time to start shopping for new ones. A bald tire is a hydroplaning, braking, and cornering hazard. Also don’t forget to rotate! Your front tires will always wear faster on the outer edges because they’re handling steering duties. A reputable tire shop will be able to rotate and then balance each tire accordingly. If not done properly (or at all), you can damage your suspension with too much wobble.
5: Keep It Clean!!
Washing and detailing your car is the best thing you can do to keep your car looking and feeling new. This is even truer in places that get real winters. Snow and ice build up in the undercarriage can hold moisture right against exposed metal parts, leading to premature rust. Salted roads can exacerbate this issue. Additionally, a layer of dirt on your clear coat also invites premature oxidation. Left unchecked, and sometimes combined with rust from under the car, this can eat holes through body panels. Last: Who wants to look sloppy out in public? Keep your ride shining!
While there are many other simple maintenance tasks you could be tackling, these five are doable by drivers of any age with minimum effort. Have any more tips you’ve learned? Share them in the comments!
Skip Memorial Day!
Let’s clarify: Celebrate Memorial Day, but DON’T be one of the millions of people in America to be disappointed by car camping during a major holiday. When you DO go, here are some tips to make the most of your camping excursions this season.
1: Embrace Overpacking!
When backpacking, it helps to be mindful of how much weight you can shave off, and how much you DON’T cram into your pack. But if you’re bringing the family car, SUV, or van, the only limit is legroom! That extra blanket, air mattress, or cooler can turn your trip from “Let’s get out of here.” to “I wish we had another day!”. If your current ride isn’t quite roomy enough, check out the VW Atlas, Kia Sorento, and Mercedes GLS.
2: Buck Convention!
What better time to finally read that novel? You might feel pressured to go hike, fish, or look for deer tracks, but it’s ok to just sit by the fire and find out what happens in the next chapter while listening to the wind in the pines. Are you more of an extrovert? Bring a board game that requires a large group and lots of free time! This is often hard to pull off in town, as we constantly have screens and sounds bombarding us on the daily. Use the isolation to your advantage and dig into some Risk, Settlers of Catan, pinochle, or even (if kids aren’t present) Cards Against Humanity!
3: Make GOOD Food!
Look, hot dogs and marshmallows are fine. I would argue they’re necessary for a classic camping outing. That said, bring a cast iron skillet, build in little rock burner for it in your fire pit, and do up some LEGIT food! With the right cooler setup, bacon is definitely an option. Go this route to be able to use the grease to sear zucchini, onion, asparagus, or any other veggie you’re a fan of, then toss with the chopped bacon! Just that with some salt and pepper and you’re already miles beyond mystery meat in a white bun. Want more inspiration? Check out these 10 Delicious Cast Iron Skillet Recipes !
4: Be Safe!
Even camping in a drive-up campground, here in the Pacific Northwest anything from a squirrel to a bear might decide to investigate all this good food. Make sure to have an overhead food storage system, a bear-proof food locker, or both. Speaking of which, always carry bear spray. Depending on your personal values, local wildlife, and local laws, a firearm could be a good tool for that ‘what if’ scenarios. Walkie-talkies, flares, firestarting kits, emergency blankets, and rain gear will also serve you well if things get dicey. Use the The Ten Essentials as your guide!
5: Leave No Trace!
This is usually the refrain of hikers, climbers, and backpackers, but it should apply to ANYONE who is out enjoying nature. Make sure to pack out all your garbage, completely eradicate your fire by burying and dousing it, and try to leave the campsite looking better than it did when you arrived. Find out more about Leave No Trace camping principles here.
Have any more camping tips? We’d love to hear them!
photo credit: Allen Watkin, Flickr
Bands, sports stars, and car brands are all susceptible to the sophomore slump. Can anyone but trivia nuts name Meatloaf’s second album? When’s the last time you thought about Rick Mirer? And let’s not forget, the Fox-body Mustang was a huge gamble that fortunately paid off for enthusiasts everywhere. The Mustang II moved units in spite of its lackluster performance and bland design.
There are, as always, grand exceptions to the rule.
If the Volkswagen Beetle is the company’s most recognizable car, the Type 2 (known as a Kombi, Microbus, or Transporter depending on geography) is a close runner-up. In 1947, Dutch importer Ben Pon drew up a first draft of a spacious, economical people and stuff mover based on the brand new VW Beetle. Engineers ran with it, and the Type 2 was born. It’s a triumphant piece of design. The basic look continued from 1950 to 1979. The original Type 2 was even produced as a NEW VEHICLE until 2013 in Brazil. After a wildly successful VW ad campaign by now legendary firm Doyle Dane Bornbach, counter-culture buyers transformed these pedestrian but cute utility boxes into something of their own social movement. Thanks in part to linking with Westphalia to make camper versions, the Microbus has become synonymous with hippie culture. Ever since, Volkswagen vans of all kinds have been sought after for those seeking to grab a piece of that sweet, sweet van life for themselves. While the Vanagons of the ’80’s and the Eurovans of the ’90’s have their own cult followings, nothing quite entered the American psyche like the original Type 2 Microbus.
Now, spurred on by the success of full electric cars like the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, and the entire Tesla line, Volkswagen sees an opportunity to reintroduce some of that sophomore magic with the ID Buzz, an modern electric with its feet (tires?) planted firmly in the past. Set to launch in 2022, the next generation of tradesmen, adventurers, and dreamers will have a worthy mascot once more.
Take a look at the concept in action!
Photo credit: Volkswagen
Video: Fully Charged Show
the Christian feast day of St. Valentine and the traditional day for sending a romantic card or gift, especially anonymously, to somebody you love.
It all makes sense now! I don’t who else remembers this but in elementary school, the teachers would take a day prior to Valentines Day to have the class make cute folders, boxes or envelopes for the super fun and candy filled Valentines Day party. I remember you had a choice as to whether you’d address your cards to your classmate or remain anonymous and then walk around the class room putting one in each of your classmates handmade valentine holder. It was one of the most anticipated days of the school year. There was always one or two cards that were received that remained unknown as to who had a crush on who. Little did we know we were upholding a tradition that was centuries old.
Some people view February 14th as a retail holiday devised by marketers to sell flowers, candy and jewelry… and they have done a good job! The National Retail Federation says Americans will shell out $18.2 billion on the holiday. Even Valentine humbugs can find it in their hearts to have some fun by trying different ways to celebrate the day, whether you’re comfortably coupled or splendidly single, here are a few ideas…
Gather up other singles or take your Honey and go catch a movie! Don’t be disgruntled because you’re single, that day will come that you consult with a significant other about basic decisions so take advantage now! You’re free and clear to do as you please and still have a great time doing it with a group of friends.
Have dinner and great conversation with your group of peeps. It can be a sense of relief having no pressure to act a certain way to impress or the pressure of an awkward goodbye at the end of the evening.
Try new things! New recipes, desserts, restaurants, wineries ect… Be spontaneous and take a day trip to a place you or your spouse haven’t been to. Exploring the unknown is half of the adventure in a relationship. Start small and try something you normally wouldn’t. Even if it’s a disaster, it’ll make a memorable one!
Indulge yourself in a pampered evening. Whether it be a spa day or a bubble bath at home, make it count. You deserve it.
Spread kindness and love around, start an epidemic! Studies have shown that Kindness spreads, let it start with you. Give candy or cards to the people in your life, friends, family, co-workers or even your favorite barista.
These are things that everyone can enjoy, couples, singles or groups of besties.
And for those of us who aren’t alone on this “holiday”, it’s not about how much you spend on the one you love but more the gesture of kindness, love and appreciation. It’s a day to be creative in doing so. Think outside the heart shaped box of chocolates and the color red that coats the grocery stores. The meaning of love can be expressed in so many different ways without breaking the bank. Thank goodness for the internet because you can Google or Pinterest creative and inexpensive ideas that are sure to make your person feel important and loved. Some of the best gifts are the ones that cost the least but come from the heart. BUT chocolate is sort of a staple and chocolate dipped strawberries are pretty amazing too. They’re really easy to make and can be half the fun when making them together. There are so many ways to keep the romance alive in relationships and why not take advantage of a day that is set out to encourage just that. It’s all about taking time out to spend with the one you love and if you don’t have that person yet, maybe it’s a day love might find you!
From Steve Hahns Auto Group