How to Pack Thanksgiving Food in the Car

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Pack your Thanksgiving dinner safely in the car!

No matter what kind of car you have, figuring out how to pack Thanksgiving food in the car is tricky. Here are some tips on keeping your food from sliding around and spilling!

One good tip is to fill your trunk with beach towels you can nestle your pots and pans in. This is doubly helpful, since it keeps your dishes from spilling and makes cleanup easier if they do! If you can’t use your trunk or it gets too full, put your dishes on the floor of the backseat, not the seat itself. It will slide around and probably spill.

If you have dishes with tight-fitting lids, great! Those are perfect for transporting Thanksgiving food. If not, invest in some or get yourself a ton of plastic wrap and go crazy on your dishes. Or both. You can’t be too careful. If you have a really big turkey dish or a casserole, you could try loading them in a laundry basket surrounded by towels.

Of course, if you want to make things a little easier on yourself, just volunteer early on to bring food you can transport easily. Rolls, cookies, stuffing, and drinks are the least likely to spill. Drive more carefully than usual—take turns more slowly, slow down gradually, and don’t hit the brakes too hard.

How to Add and Check Coolant Levels

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Learn how to check coolant & add it to your vehicle.

With the weather getting colder, it’s important to make sure your antifreeze is at the right level. Antifreeze, also known as coolant, is vital to your engine because it keeps it from overheating and keeps all parts moving smoothly. Follow this easy guide on how to check coolant and add it if necessary.

Always check the coolant when your car has been turned off for at least half an hour and is in park or neutral. Set the parking brake and pop the hood, then find the reservoir and look for the fill line. If the coolant is up to the fill line, you’re good to go.

If you need to add some, you’ll want to check your owner’s manual and find the right kind of coolant for your engine type. Once you’ve bought some, again wait for the car to cool off and then open the hood. Loosen the cap on the reservoir to let pressure release, then remove it the rest of the way.

When you add the coolant, mix it with distilled water at about a 50/50 ratio and pour it into the reservoir until it goes up to the fill line. Don’t put the coolant directly into the radiator! Put the cap back on and you’re all done.

Contact our service department at Ed Shults of Warren Subaru for more information!

How to Throw the Perfect Halloween Party

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Tips to throw the perfect Halloween party!

Everyone loves a good party, and the quirkier they are, the better. Halloween is a great excuse to throw a party, and its creative, costume-driven nature leaves lots of room for unique twists. With a little planning, you can go from casual get-together to a spooktacular night of themed festivities.

If you want to throw the perfect Halloween party, you’ll need to get everything and everyone on board. Determine a budget ahead of time, and then split that budget up between food, drink and decorations. Dollar stores and craft stores usually have affordable and disposable Halloween themed dishes, banners or other decorations. Or, you can get creative and make your own by following tutorials online.

It wouldn’t be Halloween without costumes, but everyone has those few friends who don’t care much for dressing up. Encourage guests to come in costume by making it easier for them to do so. Giving your party a theme, like ghosts and goblins or vampires, suggests costume ideas to guests. Or, if your budget allows it, create a bin of costume accessories, like funny glasses, alien antenna headbands or feather boas for costume-less guests to use.

You’ll want to have some entertainment on hand for when the party hits a natural lull, and a costume contest can be a fun way to both encourage costumes and create conversation between strangers. Plan other games for party-goers to enjoy, too. Or, play a marathon of scary movies on mute or at low volumes. Don’t forget the monster-themed playlist!

Fall Camping in Allegheny National Forest

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Fall Camping in Allegheny is the perfect weekend fun!

Fall is arguably the best time to go camping. The warm, summer weather is breaking, the nights are longer which means the campfires start earlier, and all around the leaves are changing colors. Pennsylvania is the perfect place for fall camping, with the longest and most varied fall foliage season of all the states.

Scheduling fall camping in Allegheny National Forest is a must-have experience for outdoor fanatics in the mid-west. The state’s only national forest offers over 600 campsites to choose from at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Go for the most rugged, dispersed camping in the park, or take the more comfortable route and book a cabin for a small group. With dispersed camping, it’s just you and the wildlife, where a cabin offers amenities like showers and electricity.

If your camping tastes fall somewhere in the middle, Allegheny offers a huge list of campgrounds. Find your perfect spot next to Twin Lakes or along Ministercreek. Once you’ve set up your home away from home, explore the forest using some of the many hiking and biking trails available. The forest’s website updates regularly to report on the fall foliage status, so you’ll always know where to see the best autumn colors.

Visit us at Ed Shults of Warren Subaru for your new vehicle to view the foliage from!

Columbus Day Weekend in Jamestown, NY: The Lucy Town Run and Tammy Pescatelli

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Columbus Day Weekend is full of fun & laughter this year!

If you’re looking for something fun to do on Columbus Day Weekend in Jamestown and its surrounding areas, we’ve got you covered! There’s always something exciting happening and for this holiday weekend there are a couple different options up in the Pearl City.

Over at the Willow Bay Theater, prepare to laugh at the comical stylings of Tammy Pescatelli. She’s a USO Comedy tour regular and she’s a current featured entertainer on SiriusXM comedy channels. You may have also heard her as a guest on The Howard Stern Wrap Up Show, Opie and Anthony, and Jenny McCarthy’s “Dirty, Sexy, Funny.” Tickets are cheap but the comedy is not, so it’s sure to be a good time Saturday night (October 8th) in downtown Jamestown. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1292195-tammy-pescatelli-jamestown/.

If you have a knack for running in honor of great comediennes, then head over to the Lucy Town 5K Run/Walk which was created to commemorate Jamestown native and legendary actress, Lucille Ball. Since its conception in 2013, the Lucy Run (as it’s fondly called) has welcomed amazing talents like Martin Short and Bob Newhart as guests. The race starts on the morning of Saturday, October 8th with the aforementioned Tammy Pescatelli rounding out the evening as a part of the celebrations. More information about the Lucy Town 5K Run/Walk can be found here: http://runwithlucy.com/.

Whatever you decide to do for the holiday weekend, Ed Shults of Warren Subaru hopes you stay safe and have an amazing time!

 

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Subaru Monthly Sales Increase Thanks to Outback and Forester

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The Subaru Forester & Outback hit record breaking numbers!

It’s safe to say that August was a fantastic month, as Subaru monthly sales increased despite other automakers’ struggles. Even without a surplus of incentives, consumers still traveled to dealerships in the search for their new Subarus. The numbers were even record-breaking, with Subaru selling over 60,000 new vehicles including the ever-so-popular Outback and Forester models.

To put this in comparison to the entire auto industry, U.S. auto sales dipped by more than 4% in August while Subaru managed to flip that and increase sales by the same percentage. Not to mention, August of 2016 boasted a 14.7% increase from August of the previous year. So what do all of these numbers mean? It means that Subaru is extending their growth trend by focusing on specific models and selling people the vehicles that they truly desire.

Two of the hot sellers in August were the previously-mentioned  Subaru Outback & Forester, which, with the help of the Crosstrek, accounted for 75% of the month’s sales. Another shining star worth mentioning in the lineup for August was the Legacy.

While some critics might say the auto industry has collectively started to plateau, there may be strong opportunities for individual brands to outshine others by showcasing economical and innovative products.

Subaru’s 3-Millionth American Car Produced in Indiana Last Month

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Subaru’s 3-millionth car, a 2017 Outback in Lapis Blue!

When you take a look at the statistics, it’s clear that Subaru is one of America’s favorite brands. Not only has Subaru been the best-selling brand for all-wheel drive vehicles for the past six years, but 96 percent of Subaru models sold in the past 10 years are still on the road today, which really speaks to their long-term viability.

With regards to the long-term, Subaru has passed a serious milestone, building their 3-millionth car in the state of Indiana. The specific vehicle in question with a 2017 Subaru Outback – in Lapis Blue – built at the Subaru or Indiana Automotive plant on July 28.

This Subaru plant has received an enormous increase in demand in previous years, expecting to produce 394,000 units by the end of the year. This Indiana location builds both the Outback and the Legacy, and soon, it will produce the new Impreza.

Subaru’s 3-millionth car truly represents the dependability and trust that comes with the Subaru name, considering just how many Americans are behind the wheel of one of their innovative vehicles.

To learn more or check out a Subaru for yourself, visit us anytime at Shults of Subaru Warren.

Tips for Driving with Kids on the Way to School This Year

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Have fun while driving kids to school this year!

Now that summer is almost over, your daily commute might be getting a bit noisier with kids piling into the backseat on their way to school, sports practice, and all that good stuff. Driving with one child in the car can be a challenge, but what about when you have a veritable gaggle of children to contend with? Whether you’re just driving your own or perhaps carpooling with a neighbor, here are some tips for driving with kids.

  • Have fresh water and healthy snacks on hand.
  • Consider keeping some books, handheld video games, or coloring books available for children to independently play with.
  • If the kids are acting up and you need to intervene, be sure to pull over safely and cautiously first.
  • Be sure to do a head count before you leave, and again when you arrive at school. Always, always, make sure that you do not leave any children in the car once you get back home.
  • And lastly, even if your route is short, familiarizing yourself with the closest emergency room is never a bad idea.

For more safety tips, or to start the school year out with a new car, visit us anytime at Shults of Warren Subaru.

Tips for Carpooling: Sharing Rides Made Easy

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Tips for carpooling can save you money & help you make a new friend!

Plan on carpooling in the Warren, PA area? Check out this list of helpful tips for carpooling. Ridesharing is a great way to make new friends, to save gas, save the environment, and simply get around. However, there are some important things to keep in mind when sharing rides.

  1. Meeting Time/Location. Generally, meeting times and locations should benefit everyone equally. It is important to set a “wait time,” which is the maximum amount of time the carpool will wait if you are running behind. Five minutes is a good wait time, but make sure everyone has plenty of time to get to work or school when sharing rides.
  2. Paying for Gas. Many carpools like to switch up drivers an equal amount of times, so paying gas money is not always necessary. However, if you never drive, you should volunteer to pay for part or all of the gas costs. The EPA has an easy fuel-cost calculator that anyone can use for free.
  3. Road Rules. According to NBC News, you should set up rules for the trip, like which radio stations to listen to, who is in charge of the temperature, smoking or nonsmoking, side trips, etc. Most people let the driver or car owner decide, as damage caused by food spills and smoking can be expensive to repair.
  4. Get Signatures. It might sound unnecessary, but having everyone sign a list of rules helps you avoid issues down the road. If someone claims not to have known a rule, or if they disagree with a rule, you can show them their signature on a carpool agreement. Such rules will not be legally binding, but they provide a great way to maintain order.
  5. Have Fun. Carpooling is a great way to get to know coworkers and classmates, as well as neighbors. Spark up conversations and invite people to the ride sharing program that you normally wouldn’t meet otherwise.

These are just some of the basic tips for carpooling. Every carpool is different, so feel free to add or subtract rules as you please.

Exquisite Styling: 2016 WRX Design Borrows from Concept Models

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The 2016 WRX design is certainly something to gawk at.

The Subaru WRX is known for its impressive performance, but it also has some truly bold styling. Taking design cues from 2013 concept models, the WRX is unlike ever before. With an aggressive fascia, hood, and contoured body, this model is setting new standards in terms of automotive design.

The 2016 WRX design, according to Digital Trends, is derived from a concept model that appeared in 2013. The WRX design features a bold exterior with a wide fascia, LED lighting, a prominent hood scoop, and futuristic appeal. The body is contoured for aerodynamic flow, while black wheels and bright yellow brakes are just some of the options that set this model apart.

Subaru’s chief designer, Mamoru Ishii, promises “the lauded concept’s sporty, aggressive stance will indeed reach production and is due to appear on the all-new Impreza due in 2016, and the WRX that will follow.”

This model also gets a sleek roofline, bulky rear fenders, and a low ride height for better airflow. Under the hood is the standard four-cylinder boxer you would expect from Subaru, generating up to 305 horsepower when you select the 2.5-liter engine. Available all-wheel drive increases handling and performance, and this model does 0 to 60 in 5 seconds when properly equipped. Best of all, the 2017 WRX will share this same general design, a striking look for any vehicle