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Tips for Winter Driving on the Delmarva Peninsula

How can drivers stay safe while driving in ice and snow?

Winter has come early this year, and though fall is still fighting valiantly to fend it off, we know in the end it will be a losing battle. And so we must again accept the inevitable.

But while we can’t stop winter from coming, we can do our best to be prepared. Once the snow really starts to fall and the roads freeze over, how can one stay safe in Salisbury and the surrounding areas? Here follows a variety of helpful tips, with information courtesy of our good friends at the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration.

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Prepare Your Vehicle

Before the season starts, (or as soon as possible), have your vehicle serviced. A service department should closely inspect your vehicle’s battery, cooling system, windshield wipers, defrosters, and tires. Also, fill up your wiper fluid reservoir with high quality no-freeze fluid.

When Driving:

  • As always, buckle up and ensure your passengers do so too.
  • If there’s a snow emergency, stay off the road if you can. If you can’t, give yourself plenty of extra time to reach your destination and drive with caution.
  • Don’t think you’re invincible because you have four-wheel drive; such vehicles are actually just as vulnerable to slipping on ice as those with two-wheel drive.
  • If you start to skid, don’t slam on your brakes. Take your foot off the gas and steer in the direction of the skid.
  • Give plenty of extra distance to other vehicles. Especially snowplows. This will provide you with the necessary extra stopping space.
  • Remember that bridges and ramps are the first to freeze, so be especially careful on these.
  • Never try passing a snowplow or salt truck. They don’t have great visibility, and something bad could result. It’s recommended drivers stay at least 25 feet (three car lengths) behind a snow emergency vehicle.
  • If you do get stranded, the safest place to wait for help is in your car. Just be careful not to run your vehicle for too long with the windows up or in an enclosed space. This is to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. For the same reason, clear your exhaust pipe of any snow and just run the engine sporadically; enough to stay warm.

Before Every Drive:

Before heading out into the Winter Dangerland, make sure your car is properly prepped for the drive; though we don’t have time to get into the details here, there are a variety of items you should have with you in your vehicle. Also make sure that all snow and ice is removed from your car before you go. This is in addition to the seasonal maintenance mentioned above.

5 Steps To Getting Your Car Ready For Spring

It’s that time of year! Break out the dust pans and broomsticks because spring is in the air and spring cleaning is on the agenda. While you’re preparing for the sunnier season don’t forget to prepare your car for the new weather as well. Here are some tips on how to get your car all ready for spring!

 

Wash Your Car and Get It Detailed

Spring is the ideal time to give your car a thorough cleaning both inside and out. Getting your ride washed, waxed, buffed and polished can really give your car a face lift after dealing with snow, ice, salt and more during those harsh winter months. Don’t just settle for your car looking better, make sure it feels better too. Bring your car back to showroom condition by having the interior vacuumed, shampooed and having the leather and plastic surfaces treated. A detail also gets all of the dirt and crumbs out of those hard to reach places.

 

Touch Up Paint and Small Dents

For minor dings and chips purchase some automotive touch up paint and carefully fill in all the scuffs and scratches. It won’t be a professional job but it will prevent rust from attaching itself to your sheet metal.

If you have some more substantial damage to your vehicle make a visit to your service department or local body shop. Different repairs have different prices but to keep your car in fair cosmetic condition it is worth an occasional visit to a professional. Having a car in good condition makes it easier to sell down the line and if your interested in an upgrade bring it to your dealer service center;  they can give you a trade in quote before you pay to have any work done!

 

Check Your Oil & Tire Pressure

These are routine procedure that every driver should keep up with but when life gets busy they are the last things on your mind. Be sure that you are checking your oil frequently and getting it changed according to your manufacturer standards. Getting your oil changed when needed is a easy and effective way to keeping your car in top performing condition while letting your oil get too low can cause detrimental damage to your vehicle.

Be cautious of wear on your tires after the winter months. The start of spring is the ideal time to make sure your tires are properly inflated, your spare tire included. It is also a fantastic time to have your tires rotated and balanced to make sure you are getting the maximum life span from each tire.

 

Invest in New Floor Mats

Winter is a very harsh time for your floor mats, especially if they are made of typical carpet. Spring is a great time to evaluate your floor mats and see if they need replaced. Some drivers even upgrade their floor mats from carpet to rubber or synthetic materials. These are easier to clean and don’t allow dirt, mud, water and more to get to your cars carpeting.

 

Clean Out Your Glove Compartment

First off, when cleaning out your glove compartment make sure that all important documents are where they need to be. Know where your insurance information is as well as your vehicle’s registration and owners manual. Clean out all of the un necessary papers and receipts that accumulate in your glove compartment over time time make sure these documents are easily accessible.

The glove compartment is also a great place to keep contact information from your local dealership and mechanic as well as any service coupons you acquire. It would also be a good idea to keep a tire gauge and pair of work gloves in there in case you need them while on the road.

 

If you follow these five steps you and your ride are ready for spring! Enjoy the sunshine and drive safe.

Things to do With Kids During Spring Break in Salisbury, MD

spring-breakThere are plenty of activities to keep your kids occupied in Salisbury, Maryland, during spring break. Life in Salisbury is relatively peaceful, and the city’s own motto is “The Comfortable Side of Coastal.” But thanks to the array of recreational activities to engage in, life in the city is never dull. Read on to find out about some great pastimes you and your kids can take part in during this spring break.

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Where to Get Great Mexican Food in Salisbury

mexican-foodThe United States has a rich multicultural history, and this heritage is perhaps best reflected in the range of different ethnic cuisines on offer throughout the country and in how often Americans like to eat ethnic foods. Given the proximity of Mexico to the United States, it’s no major surprise to see Mexican cuisine ranked as the second most popular ethnic cuisine in America.

Salisbury, Maryland, offers a selection of great restaurants for you to sample the zingy and exciting flavors of Mexican food. Read on to find out where to get great Mexican food in Salisbury.

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Popular Movie Theaters Around Salisbury, MD

moviesSalisbury, Maryland, has many great movie theaters that offer you the best movie-watching experience possible. They have state-of-the-art technology as well as a variety of features that you’ll enjoy. When new movies come out, they are always great places to see the latest in cinema. The spring is the start of a big movie season, and there are a lot of major movies on the way. If you’re eager to catch a new movie, here are several popular movie theaters around Salisbury, Maryland.

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Restaurants That Offer Gluten-Free Options in Salisbury, MD

Restaurants with Gluten-Free Options in Salisbury, MDWhether you choose to avoid gluten or have been ordered to do so by a doctor due to a severe intolerance, you’ll find there are many places in Salisbury that cater to your dietary regimen. Keep reading to learn more about some of them.

Outback Steakhouse

This is another chain restaurant with a location in Salisbury, and like Ledo Pizza, it also caters to people who can’t or do not want to eat gluten. Here, your menu options range from salads to soups, and of course, steaks. There is even a gluten-free dessert on the menu. The Chocolate Thunder From Down Under is a pecan brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, chocolate shavings and sauce, and whipped cream.

Outback Steakhouse does not have a gluten-free kitchen environment. However, the chefs take care to ensure that the cross contamination risk is minimal.

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