Some Tips On Teaching Teens How to Drive

teaching teens how to drive

Let’s Go Over the Rules of Driving

Teaching teens how to drive is a daunting task. There is so much for them to learn and so much at stake. The fact that we love and cherish our teenage children makes it even harder, sometimes being counterproductive as we take the educational process too seriously. In the end, if they feel too pressured and too scrutinized, it’s not going to help. To make teaching your teenager how to drive, here are some terrific tips you can use:

 Relax. If you are relaxed, then your teen will be as well. They won’t feel your stress, making it easier for them to focus on the road, rather than your reaction to their driving skills.

 Start slow. First teach your teen to drive on backroads and in large parking lots. Take your time introducing them to urban traffic and the interstate. It’s important not to rush the process.

 Model good driving habits. Be the kind of driver you want your teen to be! If you are teaching them to maintain a healthy distance between them and the car in front of them, and they bring up the fact that you often tailgate, you need to be willing to be honest about it. That is, unless you want them to inherit your bad habits.

 Remind them driving is a privilege. Edmunds.com recommends emphasizing this fact to your teen. Although some parents may not choose this approach, explain to your teen that driving is a privilege that can be revoked if they disobey the rules.

 Do you have any tips on teaching teens how to drive? Share them with Five Star CDJR of Macon, GA below!

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Young Country Artist Easton Corbin And Ram Trucks Team Up Again

Easton Corbin And Ram Trucks team up in Let's RideCountry artists have been writing songs about trucks for about as long as trucks have been around. It must be the freedom and strength that trucks represent that the artists find so inspiring. The latest artist to pen an ode to his truck is Easton Corbin. And not just any truck—a Ram Truck. The song is called “Let’s Ride” and will be featured in a couple of Ram Truck spots.

“Let’s Ride” represents the latest collaboration between Easton Corbin and Ram, a relationship that goes back to 2012. Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA – Global, said of the relationship, “It is rewarding to know that Easton, one of the hottest young artists in country music today, wrote the song inspired by his ongoing experiences behind the wheel of our Ram trucks.”

Corbin rose to fame with the hit tune “A Little More Country Than That,” which charted in 2009. Corbin’s style is a combination of “traditional country sound, authentic lyrics and mastery of understatement.” These qualities would put him in company with a lot of the great classic country artists. His voice also harkens back to the classic country era.

To give the new song a listen, check out the video below. Do you think Corbin’s latest song will become a hit?

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Updated UConnect System Due Out in 2016 Models

You will have the world at your fingertip with the updated UConnect system!

You will have the world at your fingertip with the updated UConnect system!

The increasing importance of functional in-cabin automotive technology seems a little lost on some automakers. While many carmakers continue to put out glitch infotainment systems, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is looking to continue being a leader in the technology field. The Italian-American carmaker recently announced a new, updated UConnect System, which will be featured in upcoming 2016 models.

This new system is as modern, functional, and versatile as they come. Many new and useful features are due to arrive with the update. UConnect will now feature a drag and drop menu bar, allowing drivers to customize their system, along with Siri Eyes Free. The new Siri system is compatable with Siri-enabled iPhone models, allowing drivers to use language commands to send text messages among many other functions.

The new UConnect will also feature a Do Not Disturb feature. This way, you can play it safe and inform incoming callers that you are busy driving and will respond later.

What do you think of the updated UConnect System? Share your thoughts with Five Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Macon, GA below!

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Essential Car Camping Items

Car camping is the only way to go!

Car camping is the only way to go!

Though bringing your car when you go camping is slightly easier than hiking to your destination, it still means that you can come unprepared. If you are planning on car camping, rather than hiking, here are a handful of essential car camping items you should remember:

A Jeep Trail Rated Vehicle. How else are you going to get back to those more interesting campsites? These special vehicles have proven capable in five categories: “traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording.”

A comfortable tent. You might want to leave your dad’s moldy fifty-year-old tent at home. Get a tent that meets your specific needs. Tents made for car camping are going to be larger and more comfortable. If it rains a lot in your area, consider getting a tent made for repelling rain.

A handy-dandy multi-tool. You should always be prepared for the worst on a camping trip. A multi-tool is really helpful, no matter the situation you find yourself in. You never know when you’ll need to repair something, after all.

A plush sleeping pad. Car camping affords certain luxuries that backcountry camping does not. If you’re not used to camping, sleeping pads are one of the most essential car camping items. They can be the different between tossing and turning all night or sleeping like a log.

Car camping is great because you get to decide the degree you want to “rough it.” Your trip can be as austere or as comfortable as you like!  Tell us at Five Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram all about your next camping adventure!

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#1 Chrysler Technician: Charles Frankum

We are proud to have Charles Frankum, #1 Chrysler Technician in the Nation, as part of our family!

We are proud to have Charles Frankum, #1 Chrysler Technician in the Nation, as part of our family!

Out of all the service technicians in the US, Five Star Chrysler of Macon officially has the #1 Chrysler Technician in the Nation! We would like to take the time to congratulate, Charles Frankum, as he received the prestigious honor.

There were more than 20,000 members that were eligible for the award and our very own Charles took home the hardware. The award, presented by The Mopar “Top Tech” Program, honors a technician who handles repairs and car maintenance quickly and efficiently, while providing excellent customer service.

Charles will receive an all-inclusive trip to FCA US headquarters, located in Auburn Hills, Michigan, where he will get to tour developmental labs, FCA’s wind tunnel, the Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and get a sneak peek into the North American International Auto Show. He will also be recognized by Mopar Brand Service, Parts and Customer Care President and CEO Pietro Gorlier.

Charles is also the first Chrysler technician from Georgia to ever receive this honor. The Five Star Automotive family would like to congratulate Charles once again and thank him for his dedication to his work, customers, and community!

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New Jeep Renegade Named To KBB’s 10 Coolest New Cars Under 18k

The Renegade keeps getting cooler and cooler. Now it was named to KBB's 10 Coolest New Cars Under 18k.

The Renegade keeps getting cooler and cooler. Now it was named to KBB’s 10 Coolest New Cars Under 18k.

The brand new Jeep Renegade rakes in another award as it was recently named to Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com’s “10 Coolest New Cars Under 18k” list! The Renegade received praise for its intriguing design, off-roading capabilities, and sensibility.

When asked about the Jeep Renegade, Kelley Blue Book’s editors said, “We all know that the Jeep brand has a cool factor that distances it from most auto brands out there, and the new Jeep Renegade takes that and runs with it.”

The Renegade has a truly unique design that will capture attention wherever it is you choose to go. It’s equipped to take on the great outdoors as well as your daily commute, and it will look good doing either. It’s the best of both worlds.

Come visit us at Five Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Macon, GA to take a new Renegade out for a test drive and see why KBB named it one of the top 10 Coolest New Cars Under 18k.

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Memorial Day Picnic Ideas

Memorial Day is a time to honor all who have served and to spend time with our families.

Memorial Day is a time to honor all who have served and to spend time with our families.

Memorial Day is just around the corner.  Memorial Day is both a great time to honor all who have served in the military, and to spend quality time with your family.

As you get ready to have all of your family over, you are probably trying to figure out the best recipes and decorations to use.  Most times, we have great family picnics.  Try something new this year with these great picnic sandwich ideas!

If you are looking to create some of your own decorations, then you will want to check out these instructions.  You can make garland, lights, and streamers with ease.  These DIY Memorial Day craft ideas are sure to make your picnic a memorable one!

Let us know how these ideas turn out!  We would love to see pictures of your decorations or food, so leave them in the comments below.  And we here at Five Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Macon, Georgia hope that you have a wonderful Memorial Day!

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New Original Song Supports New Jeep Renegade in Chrysler Ad Campaign

Bring out your inner rebel with the new Jeep Renegade.

Bring out your inner rebel with the new Jeep Renegade.

It can be very hard for automakers and their marketing agencies to come up with new ways to get people excited about their vehicles, but Chrysler continues to do an amazing job. In fact, they might have come up with the most innovative campaign yet for the new Jeep Renegade!

The new campaign just launched with the TV spot “Renegades,” which features an original song by X Ambassadors exclusively used to promote the Jeep SUV.

The song, also called “Renegades,” definitely gets us excited about the new Renegade here at Five Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Macon, GA. Jeep’s whole Renegade campaign is in collaboration with KIDinaKorner/Interscope Records, and will continue with new spots like “Endurance Race” and “Beach.”

Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA – Global. “Building break-through creative to launch the Jeep Renegade to the Millennial audience around the world propels the Jeep brand into an all-new space. Together, we’ve created a one-of-a-kind platform that features lyrics and track written with the modern renegade in mind.”

Keep your eyes open for the new spots, starting with “Renegades,” on TV soon. Then come in to Five Star CDJR to learn more about the new Renegade! We’ll show you the 2.4L engine, let you check out the all-new exterior design, and even talk to you about the Trailhawk edition. We can’t wait to take you for a spin in the new Renegade—and watch you bring out your inner rebel—today!

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Ward’s 2015 10 Best Interiors List Honors Two FCA US Vehicles

The Jeep Renegade, along with the Chrysler 300, was named to Ward's 2015 Best Interiors List!

The Jeep Renegade, along with the Chrysler 300, was named to Ward’s 2015 Best Interiors List!

Comfort is key when you are shopping for a new car, which is why every vehicle’s interior is important. For an interior that combines luxury, refinement, and practicality—without busting your budget—look no further than Five Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Macon, GA. Two FCA US vehicles—the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Renegade—were recently named on Ward’s 2015 10 Best Interiors list, a prestigious honor that shows FCA US offers top-notch interiors for a low price.

“The FCA US interior design team pays meticulous attention to detail, whether it’s selecting the perfect materials and color combinations to ensuring the communication experience is intuitive and simple to use,” said Klaus Busse, Vice President of Interior Design for FCA — North America. “To have the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Renegade named to Ward’s 10 Best List signifies that we have achieved our mission to offer products that go above and beyond to meet the needs of our customers.”

The 2015 Chrysler 300C Platinum model uses a unique design to raise the bar in its segment. Through the use of authentic materials, the 300C Platinum interior is a distinctly American, luxurious design that offers a high level of refinement without increasing the price tag. For those looking for something more rugged, the Jeep Renegade also offers a level of refinement, while keeping the down-to-earth quality Jeep is known for.

To learn more about these award-winning vehicles, don’t hesitate to stop in to Five Star Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram today.

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Air Force Puts Together Dodge Vapor For Marketing, Apocalypse

The Dodge Challenger is the platform for the Air Force Dodge Vapor.

The Dodge Challenger is the platform for the Air Force Dodge Vapor.

Sure, you knew the Air Force was in the aviation business. But you probably had no idea that they were in the business of making vehicles for superheroes.

What kind of vehicle would they use a platform to build their superhero car? A Dodge Challenger, of course. The Air Force calls it the “Dodge Vapor.” And it’s hard to ignore how incredibly useful the car would be in a zombie apocalypse.

You might dig the black matte finish but it’s about more than aesthetics. That finish helps the Vapor stay under the radar, literally, by absorbing radar-waves much like the Stealth Fighter.

Digital Trends reports that inside cabin, “Inputs like the steering wheel and gear selector have been replaced with an aircraft yoke and throttle lever.” Well, this is the Air Force, after all.

The Vapor can travel at night without the use of headlights. The thermal imaging monitor in the dash will you avoid obstacles while doing your best to mow down the Undead.

Until it’s called to action in the apocalypse, the Air Force will use the Dodge Vapor to pique the interest of potential Air Force candidates.

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