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Attention!

Because so many drivers are distracted and rushed when the old year winds up to its frenzied, departing pitch, holiday driving can be very challenging. We advise you to be particularly mindful during this festive but dangerous season. And so we encourage you to turn off your cell phone and really pay attention to the road and to the other drivers around you. Give yourself the gift of a Silent Night.

Nose so Bright
And do keep in mind that tipsy holiday drivers may not be the only ones sporting a bright red nose. Watch out for a surprise appearance…
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Just say No

When hard, crusty snow accumulates on the roof of your car, your first impulse may be to chop away at it.  Don't!  Sunroofs can break.  We all know that New Jersey state laws require us to clear the roof of snow before driving the vehicle, but it's definitely  better to pause before you pound. 

So too, resist the temptation to clear snow from your windows by hitting the power window switch.  These small motors can burn out. Better to wait till the car has thawed a bit and then gently sweep the snow off your vehicle.  The same…
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This Little Light of Mine

Fire & Ice
It's been a long, tough slough. Trudging to your car you saw it was covered with snow and ice. You reached for your remote in order to unlock the door, and discovered that your battery died in the cold. So you'll have to open the car manually. You reach for your metal key, only to find that all the locks are frozen shut. How could water get in there, you wonder. Could it have been the recent car wash? More urgently, what's to be done about it? A de-icer springs to mind, but no, since…
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Too Close for Comfort

Button, button who's got the button?
During this busy holiday season, save yourself a visit or a phone call to our service department by learning about the keyless entry system found on some of the newer models.
If your Volvo has an "i" on the keypad you have the Personal Car Communicator (PCC) option.
It's a great feature but sometimes we get calls from people having trouble locking their cars--click on the video below to find out why.

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Try a Little Tenderness


Let's face it: during this busy holiday season you can't hustle if these don't swing.

Try a little tenderness.
In winter your windshield wipers take a beating, but a little care can extend their performance.   After every storm, before you start your car, clear your wipers of snow and ice.  To do this, gently lift the…
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The Workhorse is No Sleeping Beauty

Your Battery Never Sleeps
    
Winter weather puts an extra strain on your car's battery.  Even when your car is parked, it is working to maintain the electrical systems that keep your car running smoothly. When you car sits for a long period of time without running, it drains the battery. If your battery is dead your car can shut down completely.  You can't even unlock your car with the remote!
So check the…
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Slippery When Wet

The fall in N.J. looks gorgeous but it has its special risks- slippery leaves can be as treacherous as glare ice!Image

Patches of wet leaves, caused by frost, morning dew, or recent rain, need to be approached with caution. Slow down before you get to them in case you have to brake.

Adequate tread on your tires shortens your stopping distance. Prior to the change of seasons, check the condition of the treads to…

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