5 Great Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season - Dixon, IL
Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

It’s easy to lose focus with the gift-buying craze of the holidays. But this year, gather the family together and spend some time giving back instead of accumulating presents. Not only will you be helping your neighbors, but you’ll have a more fulfilling Christmas. Here are just five ways to give back this holiday season.

Christmas Cards

Kids who have to stay in the hospital over Christmas enjoy getting a bit of mail. Visit Hugs and Hope or Send Kids the World to find names, pictures, and addresses of sick children who could use a handmade card. Don’t stop there. Residents of veteran’s or nursing homes would appreciate these messages too.

Support the Troops

You can easily send holiday care packages to overseas soldiers with one of the many Adopt a Solider programs. It makes a big impact on the troops who can’t come home for Christmas and teaches your kids about their noble sacrifice of duty.

Sponsor a Family

Whether you pick a tag off of a local “Giving Tree” or participate in the Box Project, your family can help a struggling family have a Christmas to remember. It’s an easy way to keep your focus on others in the business of the season.

Gifts that Give

Instead of giving a gift to a family member, why not gift someone else in their name? St. Jude, for example, throws Christmas parties for the kids from donated funds. Knowing that there’s a hospital full of kids partying is a heartfelt present for any recipient. Or send aid overseas. Samaritan’s Purse has a gift catalog where you can donate money for education, medical, and housing needs.

Random Acts of Kindness

See what’s needed around you as you go about a given day. Buy a homeless person’s meal. Visit the elderly at a retirement home. Pay for a tree for a low income family. Donate old toys to the local toy drive. Bring cookies to the fire department. You can even leave change in a vending machine or pay off the late fees for someone at a library.

Ken Nelson Chevrolet wishes you and your loved ones a great Christmas and New Year’s.

A Guide to Buying New Tires for Your Car

Buying New Tires - Dixon, IL
Buying New Tires – Dixon, IL

Car tires can be one of the more expensive maintenance items you have to deal with when owning a car, so it’s important you purchase the right kind the first time you do so. This guide to buying new tires will ensure you’re prepared when the expenditure comes up.

Choose the Right Tire

Before you purchase your tires, it’s important you understand what type you need. There are a few points to consider when doing so. Take a look at your lifestyle, along with your driving habits and location. You also need to look at your vehicle’s minimum requirements, which can be found in your owner’s manual. There are different types of tires to choose from, ranging from off-road options to those that are performance ready. If you’re in doubt about the type of tires you should purchase next, Ken Nelson is here to help you find the right option for your needs.

Pick the Right Seasonal Type

Along with finding the right tire for your driving habits, it’s also important to consider the season you will be driving in. What are the road conditions frequently like? For instance, in

Kansas City, you don’t want to mess around with our winters. From snow to ice and everything in between, your tires will take a beating, and all-season ones might not provide you with the traction you need. That’s why you should consider getting winter tires if you live here, which Ken Nelson is happy to provide for you. Picking the right seasonal tire can help you get the grip and traction you need throughout the year.

Contact us here at Ken Nelson Chevrolet if you have any tire-related questions. You can also schedule a service appointment to install new tires or repair a leaky one.

3 Unique Recipes to Try This Thanksgiving

Recipes to Try This Thanksgiving |  Dixon, IL
Recipes to Try This Thanksgiving | Dixon, IL

Holidays can be a fun time to get yourself out of a cooking rut and try new dishes. This Thanksgiving, shake things up and try one of these recipes for a new take on the holiday.

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast with Wild Rice Stuffing and Cranberry-Apple Chutney

Start with the bird. Instead of doing turkey with sides this year, try making a turkey showcase. This recipe butterflies the turkey breast and then stuffs slices of the meat with wild rice. To top it off, it gets wrapped in bacon and then paired with a cranberry-apple chutney for a symphony of flavors.

Fried Mashed Potato Balls

You’ve tried fried mac and cheese so make way for its cousin this year. All it takes is mashed potatoes mixed with cheese and bacon, rolled up into bite-sized pieces and deep fried to crispy perfection. No gravy necessary.

Pumpkin Pie Popsicles

These tasty popsicles not only bring the full flavor of pumpkin pie in a frozen format, but include healthy ingredients for a lighter take on the traditional classic. Only takes five ingredients to make and you can use Greek yogurt or coconut milk as the base.

Don’t stop there — consider wrapping the entire turkey in bacon for extra flavor and juiciness. Try making cupcake-sized pies instead of regular ones. Or substitute fried onions on your green bean casserole with fried onion rings.

Contact us here at Ken Nelson Chevrolet to schedule your pre-holiday road trip service appointment. We’re here to help ensure that your travels are as safe as they are fun this season.

What’s Coming For The Future Of The GMC Lineup

GMC Lineup of SUVs | Dixon IL

For 2020, GMC is adding a host of new features to its vehicles. The GMC lineup will boast upgraded safety systems as well as new designs and engines.

Safety Features

The GMC Terrain is getting standard GMC Pro Safety features on all trims, including features like Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assistance with Lane Departure Warning, and Forward Collision Alert. The 2020 GMC Acadia is also getting new standard safety equipment like Lane Change Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

New Off-Road Capability

The AT4 sub-brand under the GMC name provides drivers with options for high-quality vehicles with off-road prowess. At first only the Sierra HD trucks and the Sierra 1500 were available with AT4 models, but the Acadia AT4 was just added as an option. A 2021 Canyon AT4 was also recently announced, too.

Cutting-Edge Pickup Trucks

The Sierra 1500 is adding the option of a Duramax® turbo-diesel engine, while drivers can also opt for the available ProGrade Trailering System. The all-new Sierra HD trucks also come with more trailering technology than ever before, the exclusive MultiPro tailgate, and a best-in-class maximum gooseneck trailering rating of 35,500 pounds.* That’s 52-percent more trailering power than the previous model year delivered.

For more information about future GMC models, contact us at Ken Nelson Chevrolet. Or stop by to test-drive one of the current GMC models in our inventory.

*Requires 3500 Regular Cab DRW 2WD equipped with available 6.6L Duramax Diesel and gooseneck hitch.

What to Do After a Car Accident

What To Do After An Accident | Dixon IL

No one expects to be in an auto collision, but sometimes you find yourself in this unfortunate situation. That’s why you should be prepared for what to do after a car accident.

According to Progressive, safety is a priority. That means you should move your vehicle out of traffic to a safe place (if the accident was minor). Use cones, triangles, and flares for added visibility to passing cars. And make sure to check for injuries on you and your passengers, as well as passengers in the other vehicle.

Next, call the police — even if it’s a minor accident. While some drivers may want to haggle about paying for repairs, you’ll need a police report in order to file an insurance claim. If you don’t call the police, sometimes there’s no record that an accident occurred or, in some cases, that it wasn’t your fault.

After contacting the police, you’ll need to collect information. Get the other driver’s name, license plate number, driver’s license number, and insurance policy number. It’s also a smart idea to document the scene with pictures. Use your smartphone to take photos of the car accident. Additionally, collect the phone numbers of any potential witnesses in case you or the insurance company need to contact them later.

Lastly, never admit fault at the accident scene — even if you think it was yours. The police will make a report to determine whose fault the collision was, at which point, the insurance company will take over and start processing the claim.

Contact us at Ken Nelson Chevrolet if your vehicle has been in a recent collision. Our Service Department is here to make the recovery process less stressful for both you and your ride