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5 Steps to Prepare your Vehicle for Harsh Winter Weather

Driving in winter weather can be difficult and scary. Snow and sleet can make the roads slippery and even cause harm to your vehicle. Still, certain precautions can be taken to ensure your vehicle is as ready as possible to face harsh weather conditions. Here are five easy steps to prepare your vehicle for driving in winter weather.  

1. Check Your Tire Pressure

In order for your tires to perform their best make sure your tire pressure is within its recommended range. When it’s cold outside the air within your tires condenses often causing your tire pressure to fall. If your tire pressure falls too low it results in excessive wear, tread separation, and even a viscous blowout while on the road.

2. Check Your Battery

Cold weather also negatively affects the battery of your car, truck or SUV. The strength of your vehicle’s battery plummets in cold weather compromising its ability to start and run your vehicle efficiently. It is important to check the condition of your car battery before taking your vehicle out on the road when the outside temperature is freezing or below.

3. Invest in Winter Windshield Washer Fluid

Not all windshield washer fluid can help when traveling in icy conditions. In fact, some will even freeze while being applied to your windshield. For this reason, it is important to make sure you use proper winter weather windshield washer fluid when driving in snowy conditions. This will provide prime visibility and will not freeze to your windshield when traveling in freezing temperatures.

4. Have the Proper Tools Readily Available

It may sound simple but make sure you have the necessary tools available to help your vehicle and passengers get through winter conditions. This can include an ice scraper to help defrost your windshield and windows, tire chains for hard to navigation conditions, a first aid kit for emergencies, and more. Make sure you know exactly where these items are and how to get to them in need of an emergency.

5. Check for Wildlife

After a storm, be sure to check under your vehicle before starting it. Many times stray wildlife hides under automobiles in order to keep warm or shelter themselves from the storm. Starting your vehicle too quickly can harm them and even cause damage to your car.

Concerned about preparing your vehicle for harsh weather? Come by one of our service departments for a complete vehicle inspection and have our expert technicians make the necessary adjustments for your vehicle to perform its absolute best with the changing conditions. 

Pohanka Helps Cancer Patients on the Road to Recovery

 

The Pohanka Pays It Forward program is very active in community efforts. Since their beginning in 2009 this exclusive community outreach program , funded by Pohanka of Salisbury, has given over $1,000,000 to more then 750 non profit organizations.

 

Though they are very active with many volunteer groups one of their greatest partnerships is with the American Cancer Society. Not only is the  Pohanka Pays It Forward Relay For Life Team one of the top fundraising teams in the county but Pohanka is also largely involved in the American Cancer Society’s program “Road to Recovery.”

 

Road to Recovery is a service where cars and drivers are provided to cancer patients who don’t otherwise have transportation to get to and from their treatments. Patients notify Road to Recovery with their treatment schedule and local drivers make sure they will be available to get these patients to and from their treatments safley.

 

Pohankas involvement with Road to Recovery is rather extensive. The Pohanka Pays It Forward Road to Recovery group covers areas in Sussex as well as Worcester and Wicomico counties. Pohanka supplies two cars to the program and pays for drivers to actively be available when a patient needs them. Furthermore Pohanka pays for the gas, tools, parking fee and anything else required to get these patents to where they need to be at no cost to them.

 

These patients range from children to adults who often need rides to the Baltimore or D.C. areas where their doctors are located. Some of the patients only use the service once or twice but others require the rides every month, every week and some everyday.

 

“I love the program because i think it’s great to be able to give back in a way that the community really needs help.” Says Robert Cummings , A Road to Recovery volunteer and Pohanka of Salisbury Employee. “These people are unfortunately without a ride in a time when they most need it and we get to support that and give them the rides they need to get cured.”

 

Are you interested in joining a Road to Recovery team? Click here!

 

 

Pohanka Sponsors Fifth Annual New Years Ball Drop

Ball drop

On Sunday December 31st 2017 Downtown Salisbury hosted their Fifth Annual New Years Eve Ball Drop of which Pohanka was a main sponsor.

 

Despite record setting temperatures in the single digits the attendance was immaculate! Local restaurants and cafes were open and most of the local bars had live music planned so people could go in and out of the cold as they pleased but still be part of the festivities. 10 minutes before midnight the streets of Downtown Salisbury were packed with people. Over 1,500 attendees stood in the cold side by side to see the Salisbury Ball Drop to ring in 2018. As the clock struck midnight confetti cannons went off sprinkling the celebrating onlookers.

 

The Downton Salisbury Ball Drop was a recommendation of those who most often attended Salisbury’s well known event “3rd Friday.” 3rd Friday is a downtown festival on the third friday of every month where local artists and vendors set up tables and plan activities for the people of Salisbury. The creators of 3rd Friday wanted to continue to create that home town feel and thought the Ball Drop was a way to begin.

 

“Events like this absolutely help create a sense of community” Says Jamie Heater, Executive Director of the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District. “ Ringing in the New Year is all about one moment – and coming together to celebrate that moment in the heart of Downtown Salisbury is exactly what our event producers believe is so important.  Our community deserves opportunities like this – to be together, and to celebrate – without fear, but with positive energy!”

 

Pohanka, being a firm believer in the Salisbury community and positive energy, took a major role in the planning and implementation of the Salisbury Ball Drop. Pohanka was not only the main sponsor of the event itself but Pohanka employees also helped with the setup and implementation of the unforgettable night.

 

“Pohanka is one of Downtown Salisbury’s biggest, and most reliable supporters, and our efforts would not be possible without their support.” Says Heater “From New Years Eve Ball Drop to the Downtown Salisbury Festival, Pohanka always makes sure our bases are covered.  They are even a prime sponsor of the National Folk Festival in September 2018.

 

Without Sandy and the Pohanka of Salisbury family – we would not be able to offer the community free, family friendly events.  Pohanka loves this community – and is always willing to support worthy causes.”
Pohanka was proud to aid Downtown Salisbury with this event as part of their Pohanka Pays It Forward program that has donated over $1,000,000 to over 750 local charities and causes. They look forward to assisting the community in later on events including the highly anticipated Folk Festival.

 

 

Pohanka Becomes Major Donation Drop Off For Toys For Tots

Toys For Tots

You see the crimson “Toys For Tots” signs all over during the holiday season imploring you to donate toys to children in need. Pohanka however, in their usual generous efforts to raise awareness for charitable causes, took the “Toys For Tots” Initiative one step further this holiday season.

Any customer who was to donate a toy to one of the “Toys For Tots” bins, located in every Pohanka showroom and service department, would receive a $10 discount on any service. This not only gave initiative for every car owner to donate a toy but also implored them to bring their vehicle in for a discounted service visit and inspection before the harsh winter weather was to hit the eastern shore.

Pohanka donates to “Toys For Tots” every year and is proud to be a recognized and major donation drop off location for anyone willing to give to the cause regardless of whether they are in the market for a vehicle or not. It is giving acts like this that make Pohanka stand out amongst their competition as a top quality car dealership and also a kind, caring and giving organization of Wicomico County.

“We are always proud to help out when we can especially around the Holidays season when there are so many who could use our help” Says Paul Eaton COO of Pohanka of Salisbury Automotive Group and one of the proud leaders of Pohanka’s charitable group “Pohanka Pays It Forward.”

To learn more about the Holiday cheer spread by Pohanka this holiday season click here to read our other blog posts including information on Pohanka Pays It Forward and how Pohanka partnered with local Salisbury City Police and the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office to spread some joy to unsuspecting citizens.

Pohanka Caught Doing Good In The Community

Sheriff Final

Anyone who has heard of the Pohanka name knows not only of the sublime customer service they provide but also of their extensive community involvement. Through their “Pohanka Pays It Forward” campaign Pohanka of Salisbury has managed to donate over $1,000,000 to local charities and nonprofit organizations. Pohanka constantly looks for way to be active in the community and help those in need.

 

Though Pohanka largely participates in community events they sometimes take a quirkier approach when looking for ways to reach out to local community members. This holiday season Pohanka of Salisbury is partnering with Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan and Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis to bring some joy to unsuspecting drivers.

 

Recently drivers in Salisbury and Wicomico county were personally pulled over by either Lewis or Duncan for a minor violation. The drivers were given a warning… as well as a $100 bill, compliments of Pohanka Automotive. The idea behind this initiative came from  Pohanka’s combined want to spread joy to local community members during the holiday season and to show locals that our police force not just upholds the law but also serves to benefit the community.

 

“We believe it’s important to support and cooperate with local enforcement, and we do our part to help create good relationships between members of the public and our police officers” Says Conrad Morgan Marketing Director at Pohanka of Salisbury.

 

Pohanka is also collecting “Toys For Tots” donations in each of their six showrooms from now until the 23rd of December. Anyone who wishes to donate will receive a free car wash with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy.  Paying forward and empowering the community is the Pohanka way.