It seem like a no-brainer, but the key to any successful endeavor is being prepared. When going out in the winter you should always be prepared for cold, for snow and for ice. If you don’t have a winter car kit assembled you should definitely put one together. This video outlines what should be included in your winter car kit.
It’s also very important that you’ve prepared your car for winter. Having a good set of tires is one of the first places to start and this winter tire video highlights the benefits of having good tires. It’s also important that other areas of your car are ready for winter. Be sure to check your battery, cooling system, wipers, lighting system, brakes and fuel system. We’ve outlined what car elements to check and how to check it in this post.
One of the biggest contributing factors to car accidents in normal driving conditions is speed. Naturally, it becomes an even bigger factor in the cold, snow and ice. Following a snowfall you might find that your car accelerates just fine, but that does not mean that your car will stop just fine. Even with the best snow tires money can buy your car will still take much further to stop in snow and ice. Therefore, take it slow and leave plenty of distance between you and other cars. You should double your following distance to 9-10 seconds. It’s also a good idea to allow yourself twice as much distance to stop.
Sometimes getting good traction is counterintuitive
Generally traction control systems help maximize grip and keep you going in the intended direction. There are times, however, when you need some wheel spin to get out of ruts. If your car is stuck in the snow keeping the traction control on will get you nowhere. To rock the car back and forth you should turn the traction control off. Once successfully unstuck you can then turn the traction control back on.
Use your transmission to your advantage
If you’re having a hard time moving or your wheels are spinning, shifting to a higher gear often helps gain traction to get you going. For planned stops, gradually downshifting as you apply the brakes can often slow you down quicker. You can get more vigorous with downshift to avoid an impending accident. In non-accident avoidance scenarios try to be gentle on the transmission, though, since brakes are always cheaper than transmission parts.
Look where you want to go
This tip really applies to all driving situations. You should always look where you want to go. By doing so you’ll find that your body and mind sync and generally move you in that direction. If you look at the parked car there’s a greater chance that you’ll hit it. If you look at the road ahead chances are you’ll stay on the road.
Be light with your inputs
Any quick change to brakes, throttle or steering can unsettle your car. Mashing the throttle will likely spin your wheels, slamming on the brakes will likely lock them up and yanking the steering wheel could spin you out. Therefore you should gently and progressively add throttle, brakes and steering input when driving in snow and ice.
Take Caution on bridges
Bridge decks can be some of the most dangerous spots to drive during the winter. The flow of cold air above and below the driving surface makes them very slippery. Furthermore they’re generally bound by concrete walls on either side contributing to a game of automotive pinball if one ever loses control. Take it slow on bridge decks and don’t make any quick changes to throttle, steering or brakes.
Turn off the cruise control
Using cruise control in snowy and icy conditions is just plain dangerous. If and when the car accelerates to attain the set speed it could do so abruptly and unexpectedly. Abrupt changes in speed or direction can easily unsettle a car and therefore should be avoided at all costs.
Attend a Morrie’s Winter Driving Clinic!
We will be offering a handful of winter driving clinics on top of our Teen Defensive Driving School. Check here to see the current schedule of driving events.
It’s that time of year again, folks.
The holiday season is upon us once again, and that means gifts. Fresh out of ideas? Worry not – we’ve got you covered.
Cinema Driver Movie Car Prints
Cinema Driver by Mainger is a ridiculously cool series of prints featuring the cars, bikes, vans, motorcycles and other forms of transportation that famous cinematic characters were known for. Perfect for the automotive movie buff!
Despite what your father-in-law tells you every time he’s over and there’s something broken in your house, not every guy carries a full set of tools around at all times – but with this handy set of key tools, there’s no need to! These heat-treated, blackened steel keys will help you rub it in his smug face the next time he calls you “unprepared”.
GuardsRed Design Watches
Be careful if you purchase one of these GuardsRed Design Watches for a friend or loved one – they have a tendency to give passerby whiplash with their eye-catching design and meticulous craftsmanship. Personal injury lawsuits are nothing to sniff at..
Leather Works Minnesota
Purveyor of fine, handcrafted, leather goods Leather Works Minnesota is more than just a local company – they’re the vendor of choice for our leather needs. Wallets, belts, travel accessories and much, much more are lovingly crafted by this Saint Paul-based establishment. It’s worth noting that due to their huge popularity and the fact that everything is made by hand, they recommend you allow 2 weeks for shipping during the holiday season.
Triumph Street Twin – 900cc
For those who can’t get enough classic styling, but perhaps prefer modern reliability. The 2016 Triumph Street Twin replaces the existing base Bonneville model, with the welcome addition of an upgraded 900cc eight-valve, high torque motor. Updated from the ground up, this Bonnie gets a new chassis, new suspension, ride-by-wire throttle with traction control, slip assisted clutch, ABS, and LED lighting. Triumph were also so kind as to release a few custom ‘inspiration kits’ you can purchase as a package!
Liveried Egg Chairs
The perfect gift for the racing enthusiast in your life, these ‘egg chairs’ combine retro modern form with iconic styles to create functional automotive art. Using mid-century modern furniture as a canvas, Anthony Jannarelly and Benoit Fraylon create intricate designs that call back to the famous liveries of the legendary race cars of yesteryear.
Whether you’re giving a gift or simply indulging for yourself, these subscription boxes are sure to please. And the best part? You don’t have to leave your house to buy them. One of our favorites is DetailBox – every month you’ll receive 3 to 4 new sample products, which include polishes, waxes, tires polishes, etc. If you like the product they often have exclusive, member-only coupons for the full product! For the ladies in your life, we recommend Stitch Fix - clothing and accessories selected by a personal stylist and hand-delivered to her door.
Why water down your whiskey with ice? These stainless steel cubes (or balls, take your pick) will actually keep your drink colder than ice, for longer than ice – and they won’t dilute that heavenly flavor. If that’s not enough to sway you, they’re also completely non-porous, ensuring you’ll be able to use them over and over with no risk of cross-contamination.
BIR Track Day
Tired of watching races from the comfort of your couch? Want to hop in the drivers seat and take the bull by the horns? A BIR Track Day is an immersive racing experience unlike any other – and with the option to either track your personal car or take the wheel of a spec racer, there’s something for everyone!
Smartphone Garage Opener
This neat piece of tech from Chamberlain installs to your existing setup in minutes, and allows you to open and close your garage door from anywhere with your smartphone and a Wi-Fi connection! Never worry about having left your garage door open again – you can’t buy peace of mind like that.
Auto Floor Guard
Protect that sweet, sweet garage floor from salt, snow, and other other miscellaneous nastiness with Auto Floor Guard - mildew and rot resistant fabric that has been tested to -40 degrees. Available in multiple sizes, the fabric has a unique ultraviolet treatment that resists fading and material breakdown. The perfect gift for those who love to keep everything in their life immaculately clean and well-ordered.
911 Speedometer Cufflinks
What more can be said about these cufflinks that the title doesn’t say already? They look like the speedo from a freakin’ Porsche 911! For the air-cooled enthusiast in your life.
Morrie’s Teen Driving School
This comprehensive course gives young drivers the hands-on experience they need to avoid accidents. Through a combination of classroom activities and engaging, hands-on exercises, this program teaches young drivers skills they simply cannot obtain in traditional driver’s ed programs. Each student is paired with a dedicated instructor who coaches them in his or her own car throughout the entire day. At the end of the program each student will have a vastly improved grasp of their car, vehicle dynamics, car control and lifesaving, proactive driving techniques.
Lego Creator Car Kits
The Great Sleeping Bear
Who among us hasn’t wished we could hibernate through the winter winter months, waking up as the last of the salt is cleared off the roads? With this hand-made bear sleeping bag by Dutch Artist Eiko Ishizawa, the idea seems a little less far-fetched! These individually numbered sleeping bags cost a mere $2,350 – a small price to pay for supreme comfort when the weather gets to be simply unBEARable (Yes, that pun happened. We regret nothing).
Happy Holidays, everyone!
With the 2015 LA Auto Show behind us, we figured it was time for a quick recap to talk about some hits and misses from the show. There were roughly 20-25 new vehicles revealed at the show and while we won’t cover everything, there was a lot to see. It’s easy to show up at these big auto shows and get sucked up into all of the hype and excitement but we’re here to cut through the bullcrap and break down what was really cool and what was just show floor fodder.
Alfa Romeo Giulia: HIT
With 505 hp and the fastest production sedan lap record at the Nurburgring, this BMW M3-fighter has us rummaging through our couch cushions and smashing every piggy bank in sight to scrape together the estimated $70,000 to buy one. Seriously, how can you not fall in love with this thing!?! It looks fantastic inside and out, is available with either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, and offers rear or all-wheel drive. And this shade of blue looks particularly dashing as well.
Cadillac XT5: HIT
The Cadillac XT5 is the highly anticipated replacement for the SRX, which is currently the oldest model in their lineup. With a fresh new look and updated materials, the XT5 is a very important launch for Cadillac since the SRX it replaces was the company’s most popular model. With a nearly 300 lb diet, and an updated CUE infotainment system that offers Apple CarPlay, the XT5 is bound to be a strong seller for the brand yet again.
Fiat 124 Spider: MISS
We want to like it, we really do, but the new Fiat 124 Spider takes the already gorgeous new Miata and somehow manages to make it look just a bit frumpy. While we can appreciate some of the styling cues of the original 124 Spider of the 1970′s in this car, it doesn’t really work when it’s scaled up on a modern car. Kudos to Fiat for using the 500 Abarth engine in this car though! It should sound pretty wicked and with turbos make everything better, even if the 124 Spider only comes with 160 hp.
Fiat 500e Stormtrooper Edition: HIT
We’re a sucker for Star Wars so while this fun little collaboration panders to our fellow nerds just a bit too much, we can’t help but love it all the same.
Hyundai Elantra: HIT
While we heard some rumblings from fellow show-goers that the new Elantra just ripped off styling cues from a bunch of other cars, we feel they borrowed some inspiration from some of the best designs out there. The headlights remind us slightly of the Jaguar XF while the grille looks like a mix of Ford Fusion and Audi TT, but these shapes have all been tweaked to fit the new Elantra in a cohesive way that works better than you might at first think. The rear reminds us of Hyundai’s own Genesis which certainly isn’t a bad thing either. Who said a cheap car has to look cheap?
Ford Escape: HIT
Given how good the current Ford Escape already is, the 2017 update is sure to be even better. The new look, with styling cues taken from the Edge, really works on the scaled down Escape too. Black accents and a sportier looking front grille don’t look bad, but we wish they would’ve taken more of a chance with the styling like they did in 2012. No doubt it’ll still be one of the top compact crossovers on the market when it becomes available later next year.
Lincoln MKZ: HIT
Lincoln has had a tough go of things over the last few years. The current lineup’s styling is a bit hit or miss, but we got excited when we saw the stunning Continental concept in New York earlier this year. Now we appreciate Lincoln taking that breathtaking look and applying it to the MKZ. Not only does the new front end look fresh and luxurious, but the MKZ also offers a new Lincoln-exclusive 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with 400 hp mated to all-wheel drive. Inside, the MKZ is finally on track for offering a level of luxury that at least matches that of its direct competition. If Lincoln can keep rolling out cars like this, their future is beginning to look brighter.
Mazda CX-9: HIT
Mazda has been on a hot-streak lately with their whole lineup, but the CX-9 had been starting to show its age. Thankfully, Mazda adapted their Kodo styling language to the new 7-seat crossover and heavily upgraded the interior and driveline. The new interior is now much more luxurious than it’s ever been in the past with rich and vibrant leather seats and plenty of safety and infotainment tech. The new 2.5-liter turbocharged SkyActiv 4-cylinder offers 250 hp and plenty of torque.
Jaguar F-Pace: HIT
The all-new Jaguar F-Pace made its US debut at the 2015 LA Auto Show and we fell in love with the styling immediately. This is going to be volume seller for the Jaguar we see it being pretty successful for the British manufacturer. But really, who cares how many they sell. It looks beautiful and that’s pretty much all that matters to us. That, and we’re holding out hope that they offer the super aggressive 5.0-liter V8 from the F-Type R at some point down the road. Yes, please!
Range Rover Evoque Convertible: WTF?!?
We don’t even really know to categorize this. It’s ridiculous and useless and stupid and yet, we applaud Land Rover for having the stones to build it. This one can definitely be filed away in the same dark corner as the Nissan Murano Crosscabrio in a folder named “Weird Vehicles You Never Actually Thought Existed”.
Audi’s Booth: HIT
We couldn’t pick just one favorite from Audi’s booth so we picked them all. They all have over 600 hp, they all go like stink, and they all look amazing. You just can’t go wrong.
Porsche 911 C4S Targa: MISS
Welcome to the 328th obscure version of the Porsche’s 911 lineup. This one is the latest 911 with the new twin-turbo engine that isn’t technically a Turbo. It has all-wheel drive, wider rear fenders, and a roof panel that folds down compared to the regular, plain-Jane 911. For those who don’t like this *exact* iteration, it can also be had with a fixed roof, or a full convertible top. Or with less power, or less driven wheels, or with more power, or pretty much any way you could possible want it. Yes, it’s still a 911 so it’ll be amazing to drive but the 911 lineup has become so bloated now that it’s hard to get excited about any new iteration at this point.
Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport: HIT
Although the Boxster/Cayman lineup has plenty of different versions, all with minor tweaks, we love Porsche’s approach to the GT4, and they went somewhere really exciting with this, the GT4 Clubsport. This track-only model takes a largely stock Cayman GT4 and adds a roll-cage, beefed up suspension, and a unique 6-speed version of their PDK gearbox. While it’s largely targeted at a one-make racing series, we’d love to get our hands on one for some track days!
Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept: HIT
We love the design of the Impreza Sedan Concept and really hope the production version will look this good. While most other manufacturers have given up on building concept cars these days, it’s nice to see that Subaru still likes to wow us. Keep your fingers crossed!
Nissan Sentra: HIT
The Nissan Sentra has been a staple of the Japanese automaker’s lineup for decades and this new model, although largely a refresh, is a handsome car. Beyond the fresh new look, Nissan has added some real substance through technology like intelligent cruise control, blind spot detection, forward emergency braking, and rear cross traffic alert. NissanConnect is also available now with navigation, Siri Eyes Free integration, and plenty of apps and services above and beyond what you might expect in this segment.
Although most of the big reveals were yesterday at the 2015 LA Auto Show, the low-pressure schedule today gave us time to make the rounds and get up close and personal with all the things we missed or wanted a second look at. We made sure to circle back and check out the Subaru Impreza Sedan Concept that we didn’t get the chance to see yesterday, as well as some of the new stuff Volkswagen, more crazy concepts from Kia, and some other odds and ends. And that’s a wrap! Goodbye, LA. We’ll miss your glorious weather.
And again, make sure to follow @MorriesAuto on Instagram or on Youtube (youtube.com/morriesauto) for more photos and video from the 2015 LA Auto Show.
One of the perks of our job is that we occasionally get to go to some of the bigger auto shows. As far as this time of year goes, it’s hard to beat the weather in LA and luckily, that’s where we ended up going this week for the 2015 LA Auto Show. Here’s a taste of what we saw today, and make sure to follow @MorriesAuto on Instagram or on Youtube (youtube.com/morriesauto) for more photos and video, live from the show floor. The Ford GT race car, new 400 HP Lincoln MKZ, Mazda CX-9, and Alfa Romeo Giulia got us the most excited. We can’t wait to see more tomorrow!
Any Minnesotan worth their salt knows that Murphy’s Law is in full effect during the winter months: anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Frequently, this manifests itself in the form of automotive issues, which can range from something as simple as your car not starting for your evening commute, all the way to hitting a patch of black ice and sliding into the ditch during your evening commute. Both of these things will probably make you late for dinner (Although you have a better chance of avoiding the latter if your vehicle is outfitted with winter tires. Read more on that here).
FEAR NOT! While you may not be able to stop these things from happening, you can certainly be prepared for them so that you’ll remain safe, comfortable and in good spirits until you’re back on the road.
Enter the Winter Trunk Kit: a carefully curated box/bag/loose assortment of items that could prove invaluable to you in a number of emergency situations. The video below outlines a bare-bones kit that includes the absolute essentials, but feel free to add your own touches! A few of our favorite additions include a small shovel, winter boots, and a fluorescent distress flag.
In the event that you’re more of a fan of lists than videos, a textual transcript of the video above is as follows:
- A blanket – to stay warm
- Cat litter – to provide extra traction
- Jumper cables – in case your battery dies
- A first aid kit, in case of an emergency
- Non-perishable, nutrient rich snacks
- A flashlight – to signal for help or see at night
- Toe/hand warmers – to keep your extremities in working order
- Matches – in the event you need to start a fire
- Bottles of water – because hydration is key
- An ice scraper – because ice isn’t cool and needs to be destroyed from time to time
- Extra hats and gloves – again, staying warm in emergency situations during the winter is fairly (read: VERY) important.
If you do find yourself stranded on the side of the road, keep the following tips in mind:
- If necessary, call 911 on your cell phone. Provide emergency responders with your location, condition of everyone in the vehicle and the problems you’re experiencing.
- Follow the operator’s instructions: you may be told to stay where you are until help arrives.
- Don’t hang up the phone until you know who you have spoken with and what will happen next.
- Keep your vehicle prepared: Make sure your gas tank is at least half full at all times during the winter. For a comprehensive walkthrough on winter car prep, check out our blog post here.
- If stuck: Tie a florescent flag (from your kit) on your antenna or hang it out the window. At night, keep your dome light on. Rescue crews can see a small glow at a distance. To keep battery drain at a minimum, use emergency flashers only if you hear approaching vehicles. If someone else is with you, make sure at least one of you is awake and keeping an eye out for help at all times.
- Stay in your vehicle: Walking in a winter storm can be very dangerous. Visibility is severely reduced, making it much easier to get lost. Your vehicle is generally the best shelter available to you in a situation like this – stick with it.
- Avoid Overexertion: Shoveling snow or pushing your car takes a lot of effort in storm conditions, which can make you hot and sweaty. Wet clothing loses insulation value, making you susceptible to hypothermia.
- Fresh Air: It’s better to be cold and awake than warm and sleepy. Snow can plug your vehicle’s exhaust system and cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter your car. Only run the engine for 10 minutes an hour and make sure the exhaust pipe is free of snow. Keeping a window open a crack while running the engine is also a good idea.
- Stay positive. They say attitude is everything, and that holds doubly true here. With the proper tools and a cool head, you’ll have no trouble getting yourself out of a snowy situation.
Have a safe winter!
Weather you like it or not, winter is coming. Driving in winter conditions is the bane of many peoples’ existence, but odds are that you are going to have to go out in the cold and snow no matter how much you want to avoid it. When you do finally brave the outdoors, you probably prepare with a jacket, boots, gloves and a hat – but it’s just as important to take some time to prepare your car for the long winter ahead. These tips will not only make the winter more tolerable, but ensure your car is tip-top shape through the frigid months.
Tires – Checking your tire tread is very important—quite possibly the biggest safety item in winter. Your tires need tread to accelerate, turn, and brake—especially in inclement conditions. Checking tire pressure is also key to traction and wear. As the temperature drops, you will lose pressure in your tires. The rule of thumb is for every 10° Fahrenheit change in air temperature, tire pressure will change about 2%.
Battery and Charging System – Cold weather is very hard on batteries, drastically decreasing their ability to hold a charge. When the temperature drops your battery is the number one reason your car could be towed this winter.
Cooling System - Flushing your cooling system will not only make sure you have the correct mix of coolant and water, it will also prolong the life of your heating system. Generally, you should flush your cooling system every 2 years or whenever your manufacturer recommends.
Wipers – Having good vision is important when the roads get messy or it is snowing. Making sure you have new or winter-specific blades in addition to wiper fluid that can handle below-freezing temperatures is essential for safe winter driving.
Lights – Making sure your headlights, turn signals and brake lights work is very critical to being visible in bad weather.
Tune up – Cold weather magnifies existing issues, and the last thing you want to do is break down in the winter.
Change Oil – Changing your oil is an important part of maintenance and your car may recommend a different oil weight for colder weather. Check your owner’s manual or consult your dealership/repair shop.
Heating System Check – Making sure your heat works before you need it gives you time to repair any issues. In addition to the heat itself, checking to make sure your defrost works will ensure your windshield stays clear all winter long.
Brakes – A brake check is often overlooked when it comes to winter prep, but more than the brakes themselves is the fluid. Brake fluid attracts water over time and can freeze in low temperatures, causing braking performance to suffer.
Fuel- Winter is not the time to push your fuel tank to E. If you start getting low on fuel (below a quarter tank), make sure you fill up. If something were to happen and you become stranded or get stuck in traffic you will want your car to be running so you can stay warm.
Not that any of us needed an excuse to get out of Minnesota just as it starts getting cold, but the Los Angeles International Auto Show will be a welcome change of scenery next week. It’s not just the warm weather we’re looking forward to, but the cars too. While we don’t know everything that will be debuting at the auto show this year, it’s sure to be a star-studded show with big debuts from Cadillac, Hyundai, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, and many more.
Cadillac is going to be debuting their SRX replacement – the XT5 – in LA this year. We’ve already seen a handful of photos that have leaked and the midsize crossover is quite beautiful. Being Cadillac’s highest selling vehicle in their lineup, this is a very important vehicle for the automaker and we have high hopes.
Hyundai is going to show off the new 2017 Elantra at the show, as well as possibly debut the Equus-replacing Genesis G90 in concept form. Hyundai is also aiming to split the Genesis name off into its own separate luxury brand, something the automaker has been planning with various degrees of success for a number of years now.
Mazda is taking big steps to replace their aging CX-9 crossover SUV that has remained largely the same for the last 9 years. We expect the new CX-9 to keep the 7-seat layout and offer fresh styling and more of the safety and infotainment technology, such as Mazda Connect, as we see on the rest of Mazda’s lineup.
Nissan will be debuting the updated 2016 Sentra in LA and although details have been scarce, we’re excited to see for ourselves just how Nissan has revised and refined the compact sedan for next year.
Subaru is also going to be rolling out their new Impreza Sedan concept after debuting the 5-door hatch version at the Tokyo Auto Show last month. This will show the design direction of the next generation Impreza that we’ll likely see sometime around 2017 or 2018.
Other notable vehicles that we’re looking forward to seeing include the new Porsche Cayman GT4 Club Sport, a new Mercedes-Benz SL convertible, a lightweight, rear-wheel drive Lamborghini Huracan, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible, an all-new Honda Civic Coupe, the Infiniti QX30 in production form, the new Buick LaCrosse sedan, and lastly, the new Fiat 124 Spider that is based on the new Mazda MX-5 platform. Surely there will be plenty of other interesting debuts at the show and we look forward to capturing them and sharing them with you later next week.
A surgeon’s scalpel is the perfect tool for performing surgeries but you wouldn’t use it for cutting down a tree or cutting the crust off of your sandwich. Similarly, you wouldn’t use a chainsaw in the operating room. You need the right tools for the job, just like you need the right kind of tires for the season.
When it’s cold out and especially when there is snow and ice on the roads, tires tend to lose their gripping abilities which means it can be harder to turn or slow down. This is where winter tires make such a huge difference over all-seasons, and especially summer tires. Winter tires tend to be made out of special rubber that maintains its flexibility, with special siping within the treads to maximize grip on slippery surfaces. The tread pattern too, is designed to dig into snow and ice better for more sure-footed grip on the road and improved braking and acceleration. While some people try to save money and only install winter tires on the front or rear wheels (depending on if it’s a front- or rear-wheel drive vehicle), it’s safest to put winter tires on all four corners of the vehicle.
The common misconception is that “all season” tires are best for year round driving but in fact, “all season” tires are really “no season” tires. They have more tread than a typical summer tire but are usually too hard of a rubber compound to be effective on ice or in deep snow. So instead, all season tires are ok for normal driving but far from ideal when it starts getting cold out. The key with winter tires though is to get them installed before the first snowfall. In Minnesota, November is usually a good month to get them installed. Having a second set of wheels with winter tires already mounted might cost more up-front but will save you time and money down the road because you can change the wheels yourself with relatively few tools and you won’t spend time in the shop waiting for someone else to do the work for you. To get the maximum amount of life out of the tires, it’s best to install them when the temperature stays consistently below 40-50 degrees for the day and remove them when temperatures rise above that again in the spring.
There are many different brands of snow tires that can be used and most will certainly give you an advantage in winter time driving. We had used two almost identical Mazda 3 vehicles, one with snow tires and another with factory tires in this video comparison. It’s not that you can’t get through the snow and ice with the factory tires but, having snow tires is a major advantage. We found that not only can you accelerate and maneuver more quickly with the snow tires but stopping is much easier than without snow tires. The compound of the rubber and the way the snow tires are designed helps to bite into the snow and ice to help improve the overall grip and stopping power. We would suggest looking into adding snow tires to your vehicle to enhance you safety for winter driving.
Check out the video below to see just how much the snow tire can effect your vehicle in the winter.
Halloween is right around the corner, so naturally we thought a Spooktacular party was in order! We invited Customers, Friends and Family out to the event – and what better location to host a Halloween party than the Morrie’s Heritage Car Connections warehouse? We dressed it up with spiderwebs, fog and a few other spooky surprises! Activities included Trunk or Treat, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, pin the spider to the web and pumpkin carving – with an automotive twist. Our talented graphic designers whipped up some MHCC-themed pumpkin templates along with a few beloved children’s characters like Baymax from Big Hero 6 and the Minions from Despicable Me, which were predictably a huge hit with the kids. Attendees weren’t the only ones who dressed up, either; a few of our cars had costumes of their own! The orange Volkswagen Thing made a great Jack-O-Lantern, and the Firebird, Land Cruiser, Bronco and Mustang all got makeovers to look like they stepped out of Pixar’s classic, Cars!
We had a fantastic time hosting and would like to extend a huge thanks to everyone that came out and made the event such a success – we hope everyone had a blast! Happy Halloween!