Spring is the perfect time for a family vacation, but let’s face: Traveling isn’t cheap. Never fear—there are plenty of ways that we Clark Griswolds of the world can be frugal and still take our family on great adventures. Here are three ways you can save money on your road trip.
Don’t speed: Sure, speeding will get you to your destination faster, but half the fun of road trips is the time you spend bonding while driving. Staying closer to the highway speed limit will ensure you optimize your fuel economy and will also make it a lot harder for a cop to justify giving you an expensive speeding ticket.
Pack snacks and food: Gas stations, diners, and vending machines can add up when it comes time to feed your family. Pack a cooler with sandwiches, fruits, and veggies. Don’t forget protein-packed snacks to keep you from getting hungry. You can even bring bottled water and coffee from home to help you save even more on dining expenses.
Be smart about lodging: You don’t have to stay in five-star hotels every night. Consider camping with the family or look at an affordable Airbnb as an alternative. If you have friends or family along your route that you haven’t seen in a while, consider staying with them—just be sure to take them out to dinner as a thank you.If you need more suggestions for how to save some cash on your next weekend escape or family vacation, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll be happy to share our insights.
Can it be possible? Could winter really almost be over? While you might feel the urge to go run outside and soak up some sun, you’ve also got to get your car ready for spring before it’s too late. Here are some areas to focus on when the weather warms up.
Check your battery: Winter can be very hard on your battery. Have our professionals test yours to make sure it is still operating properly.
Get a car wash: If you drove in snow or salt on the road, you should give your car a thorough wash. Bonus points if you clean the inside of your car. It is time for spring cleaning, after all.
Get an oil change: You should change your oil roughly every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. An easy way to remember oil changes, especially if you are a frequent driver, is to do it at the change of every season.
Inspect your tires: When you get your oil changed here at L&L Motors, we can also rotate your tires. We’ll make sure they are inflated properly, as winter’s colder weather can throw that off, and we’ll even check the treads to let you know how much longer you have before it’s time to replace them.
Tailgating is always a fun and entertaining time, but sometimes, cooking for a crowd out of the back of your vehicle isn’t easy. To help make your tailgate party better all around, make sure you follow these tips.
Slice into your hot dogs.
Whether you’re cooking your hot dogs on a grill or on a hot plate, consider slicing them partially through, so they open like a book. This will allow them to not only cook quicker, but also become a great vehicle for tons of ketchup, mustard, and relish – maybe even some cheese and chilli!
Butter the outside of your burger and hot dog buns.
Add a touch of the unexpected by slathering the outside of your bread buns in some homemade garlic butter. Simply add garlic powder and onion powder to your butter, lather it on the bread, and grill them for a delicious extra touch to your tailgating meal.
Get a Ford EcoSport.
If there was ever the perfect tailgating vehicle, the Ford EcoSport would be it. With a number of creative organizational options to store everything from your cooler full of drinks to your fold up chairs, along with a power outlet for your equipment, this crossover is a great tool to have with you on game day.
To learn more about the Ford EcoSport, make sure you swing into L&L Motors for a test drive.
It is hard to believe it, but 2017 is almost over and winter is quickly rolling in. As the season changes and snow blows its way across northern Utah, you might just want to stay home under the covers. However, we at L&L Motors recommend you check out one of these parks near Roosevelt, Utah this winter to see the natural beauty of the area.
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest offers plenty of winter sports during this time of year. Snowmobiling, skiing, or snowshoeing are all excellent ways to traverse the frigid landscape when it’s covered in snow. You’ll also find five alpine ski resorts on the park’s grounds.
Manti-La Sal National Forest’sGeyser Pass Trailhead is a local favorite destination for skiers and snowshoers, providing breathtaking views of the area during the winter that aren’t accessible by traditional vehicles.
The 2002 Olympic winter venue, Soldier Hollow, is within Wasatch Mountain State Park and is open year-round for all kinds of seasonal activities. It’s a thrilling place to go tubing with the family.
To see the area in a different way this winter, head to one of these picturesque parks in a new SUV from L&L Motor Co.
From decorating the house to stocking up on candy for trick or treaters, it’s easy to forget the most important part of Halloween: coming up with the perfect costume! Have no fear, though; borrow one of these last-minute Halloween costume ideas from L&L Motors and show up to your costume party prepared.
You already have the components of this easy costume lying around somewhere: all it takes is an old flannel and some face paint. You get bonus points for some straw to stuff up your sleeves, but no one will blame you if you skip that itchy step.
We know Christmas is still a couple months away, but if you unpack you Christmas decorations early, you can easily transform into a Christmas tree for Halloween in just minutes.
A paper cone cup and a rubber band is all it takes to deck yourself out as a unicorn for your costume party. Of course, some glitter will put the finishing touches on the ensemble.
If your friend forgot their costume too, go as tourists together. All you need is a camera around your neck and a fanny pack around your waist. Just try not to annoy your friends too badly by asking for directions around the party.
Don’t skip the party just because you forgot to plan ahead. Instead, borrow one of these easy last minute costumes and show up in style.
Fall is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the best the natural world has to offer. If you’re in northern Utah, you’re perfectly situated to experience some seriously awesome hikes. Before winter hits, be sure to check out L&L Motors’ best hikes near Roosevelt, Utah.
Queant Lake Trail
This 10-mile trail is perfect for those looking to get away from crowded campgrounds without having to work too hard. A gentle hike with plenty of excellent camping locations, this is a great first trail for new backpackers or experienced hikers taking it easy.
Rasmussen Lakes Trail
Rasmussen Lakes Trail is only about four miles long, but some trickier cross-country trekking makes this one a secret-favorite of many. If you’re looking for some solitude, this is a great option for you.
Rock Lakes Trail
This hike might be short, but it’s certainly not easy. The Rock Lakes Trail is a wonderful choice if you’re looking for a challenge. Expect to feel like you hiked twice as far at the end of this one.
Whether you’re a backcountry expert or an outdoor enthusiast looking for an afternoon away, these hikes near Roosevelt will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Want to make the most out of the new school year? Follow these back to school tips from L&L Motor Co. to start the year off right for both you and your kids.
Meet the Teachers
For a successful school year, it’s imperative that you form a relationship with your children’s teachers. These are the people with whom your kids will be spending their days, and you need to feel like you can reach out and communicate with them about any questions or concerns throughout the year.
Start a Homework Routine
Create strict but reasonable homework rules day one with your kids. Set aside a special place in your home where you can keep school supplies like paper and pencils. This spot can be used for nothing but homework and studying. Create a specific school work schedule and routine so that it always gets done efficiently and on time.
Plan Healthy Lunches
The better your children are eating, the more they will be able to focus at school. Avoid lunch items high in processed foods and sugars. Plan ahead with your kids to pick items that are healthy and filled with fresh produce and good proteins. Help your kids prepare their lunches and snacks ahead of time each week so you’ll have one less thing to worry about.
As the school year moves forward, make time to show interest in what your children are learning. Check over homework and quiz them for tests. Read books with your children who are learning their reading skills. Your school-positive attitude will set an example that will stick with your kids throughout their entire academic career.
Hitting the road for a family vacation during winter is something many families take part in to escape the cold weather. Snow- and ice-covered roads hold plenty of hazards in store for the unprepared and could put a stall, or end, to what should be a fun-filled vacation. Read up on how to handle the roads this winter. Here are a few great tips for driving in the snow from us here at L&L Motors.
Four-Wheel Drive – While four-wheel drive will help you get moving on slick roads, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to stop. Increased capability systems aim to move the vehicle, not stop it. Be prepared to stop at all times and keep your speed in check!
Cruise Control – While cruise control is fantastic on dry pavement, it can be detrimental on snow-covered roads. Using cruise control means you can’t take your foot off the gas to start slowing the car down. Instead, you have to hit the brake. That can cause a loss of control, especially on slick roads.
Skidding – Drivers who end up skidding tend to panic and that only leads to disaster. Instead, steer in the direction you want the car to go in order to straighten out. Avoiding hitting the brakes altogether as they could result in an even worse situation.
We know how frustrating it is to defrost your windshield. Even with your air on full blast, it can take ages to chip away at the ice, which can cause you to be late or potentially even endanger you on the road if your visibility is poor. Thankfully, we have some great, easy tips for how to defrost your windshield faster than ever.
Use a Bucket of Lukewarm Water
Be careful not to use hot water, which can turn into a powder or crack your windshield glass. Just fill up a bucket with warm water and throw it across your windshield; the ice should become soft enough to use your windshield wipers.
Spray a Mixture of Rubbing Alcohol and Water
Many commercial de-icers use a similar formula, but the DIY method is to put a mix of rubbing alcohol and water into a spray bottle and spritz it across the ice.
Scrape With an Old Credit Card
This requires a little more elbow grease than the other options, but works well for thin ice that can’t be chipped at with a scraper. Turn your defroster on and scrape with an old, expired credit card.
Prevent Ice with a Towel
If you want to avoid defrosting altogether, drape a towel over your windshield overnight to prevent ice from forming.
Hopefully these help you to defrost your windshield or eliminate the need to defrost in the first place.
One of the major causes of car accidents in the US are animals. Whether a deer totals your car or a squirrel causes you to swerve into a ditch, there are numerous types of animal-related accidents. There are also important things to keep in mind when you are involved in an accident with an animal.
You should always pull over to the side of the road and check to make sure if everyone is okay. This is standard protocol after any accident. The Esurance website also suggests setting up flares or road triangles to warn other drivers. Deer and other animals often travel in herds, so multiple and consecutive accidents are not uncommon.
Next, call the police. This is also mandatory after virtually every accident. In fact, fleeing the scene after you hit an animal is a serious offense in most states, which can lead to fines and other penalties. Document the crash with your phone if possible to corroborate the police report—something you can use for an insurance claim down the road.
Finally, keep an eye on the animal, especially if it is still alive. Most animals become violent when injured, so try and keep your distance. If you have small children, keep them in a safe area as well. Animals are most active during dusk and dawn, so always keep an eye out while driving during these times.