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Check Out These Snow Shoveling Tips Before the Year’s First Storm

Snow Shoveling Tips

Already dreading the impending snowfall this year, and the inevitable snow shoveling that will follow? Whether you’re a staunch believe in “shovel in stages” or “shovel it all at once,” here are some snow shoveling tips to help you out:

  • First of all, invest in quality materials. Ditch your old, broken shovel and buy some new, durable gloves.
  • Try to shovel the snow whenever the sun is shining. You will be less cold, and perhaps some of the snow could even melt.
  • If you’re tired, take a break! A back injury is much worse than a snowy driveway.
  • Once you’re done, be sure to lay down some rock salt, perhaps preventing more snow in the future.
  • Find out if anyone in your neighborhood is offering snow-shoveling services, which is a great way for stronger kids to earn money.
  • If all else fails, give in and buy yourself a snow blower.

For more winter weather tips, or to explore one of our many winter-ready vehicles, contact us or visit us anytime at Krause Toyota Scion.

National Election Day is November 3rd: Get Out and Vote

National Election Day

National Election Day is right around the corner on November 3rd. Because this year is a non-presidential election, many voters forget about voting day. Nonetheless, there are still several important issues on ballots across the US, making it imperative you get out and vote.

What happens on Election Day? According to Time and Date, this is the time for American citizens to cast votes for popular ballots. These include elections for public officials at local and state levels. Local elections typically include things like city council members, city levies, and more.

Why vote? Aside from having your voice heard, non-presidential elections actually tend to give voters more power. That’s because officials are elected by popular vote, as opposed to an electoral college. In other words, your vote counts. Plus, with less overall voters in local elections compared to national ones, it’s possible that a few votes could be the deciding factor.

Remember, get out and vote on November 3rd.

Have some Family Fun in Breinigsville in August

family fun in Breinigsville

Can you believe the summer is winding down already? August is here, which means the kids will be headed back to school before you know it. Before they land back behind a desk, celebrate National Family Fun month with some great family fun in Breinigsville.

  • Liber-Tee Mini Golf. Right here in Breinigsville is this fun miniature golf course with 18 holes. There is an on-site picnic area, so pack your lunch or dinner. Located off Route 100 and I-78.
  • Da Vinci Science Center. In nearby Allentown is the Da Vinci Science Center. Have tons of fun while learning a few things at the same time.
  • Paint on Main. Get in touch with your creative side with step-by-step artist-led classes for adults and children. Located in nearby Emmaus.
  • Shankweilers Drive-in Theatre. Nothing says summer like spending a night under the stars watching movies at the drive-in. Visit the oldest Drive-in Movie Theatre in America, located in nearby Orefield. It has been in continuous operation since 1934.

What is your favorite family fun activity near Breinigsville?

Father’s Day Gift Ideas For The Tool-Savvy Dad

father’s day gift ideas

Other than a tie, a tool for the garage may be the most predictable gift for Father’s Day. It’s predictable because it works! And it works especially if your dad is the kind of dad that spends an exorbitant amount of time in the garage. Father’s Day is June 21st this year, so to help you get a head start, we’ve provided a few Father’s Day gift ideas for the tool-savvy dad.

Chances are, your dad already has a ratchet set. However, chances are that he’s missing quite a few sockets and possibly a ratchet. Why not get him a high-quality set?  It can’t hurt.

Don’t make your poor dad paint with a roller or paint brush! Think about getting him a spray painter. Not only is a spray painter easier, it makes for a better looking paint job.

How about tools on wheels? A rolling tool chest allows your dad to “move his tool set around the garage with him,” according to Popular Mechanics. If your dad is getting a little long in the tooth, he’ll probably be grateful for this gift – just don’t expect him to say so.

Fact vs Fiction: Should You Warm Your Car Up in the Winter?

It’s the age-old myth; you need to let your car idle before driving off in cold weather. But should you warm up your car in the winter, really?

The simple answer is no. Assuming your car is less than 20 years old, there is no reason to let your car idle in the winter; in fact, doing so causes more harm than good.

There is just one benefit to warming up your car in the winter – it’s warm when you get in. Outside of your coziness, nothing positive comes from running your car before leaving your garage.

Here are the risks:

Idling hurts the car. Idling forces the car to run in an incredibly inefficient mode. Cars are designed to move (even in freezing temperatures), not sit still.

Warming up your car costs money. Allowing your car to run when you aren’t driving it is a waste of gas, and will cost you at the pump (which you’ll be visiting more often). After ten seconds of idling, it’s more efficient to turn your car off and restart it instead of allowing it to run, according to the Environmental Defense Fund.

Letting your car run in a garage is dangerous. The carbon monoxide emitted when your car runs can build up in an enclosed space, proving fatal for people who breathe it in.

Idling is bad for the environment (and you). Allowing your car to idle sends unnecessary gases into the environment. The exhaust emitted from vehicles have also proven to be hazardous to human health, with links to asthma and allergies, cancer, and heart and lung disease.

It’s faster to just drive the car. Once you get on the road, it only takes minutes for the engine to heat up and circulate warm air through the car. Compare that to the 15 or 20 minutes it takes for an idling car to warm up, and it’s clear that you can save yourself some serious time.

If your car is giving you winter-time trouble, stop by Krause Toyota Scion today! We’ll make sure your car is in tip-top condition to get you through the rest of the season!

How to Keep Your Christmas Tree Fresh

keep your Christmas tree fresh

For many families, one of their most beloved Christmas traditions is picking out a fresh Christmas tree. While an artificial tree won’t leave needles on your floor, nothing can beat the smell and sight of a live tree. Here are a few simple steps to keep your Christmas tree fresh for the entire holiday season.

  1. Choose the right tree. Head to a local tree farm where you can choose and cut your own tree. This will not only give you the freshest tree, but you will also know it is from a sustainable source and the trees will be replanted. If a tree farm isn’t an option, ask when the trees were harvested and make sure the needles are still soft and bendable. Give the tree a gentle shake and see how many needles fall off.
  2. With your fresh tree in hand, you need to get it into water as soon as possible. If you’re buying a pre-cut tree, ask the dealer to cut off the bottom inch of the stump so the tree can absorb water. Within 3-4 hours, the tree will seal the base with sap if it isn’t placed in water.
  3. Once the tree is in your house, keep it away from heaters, direct sunlight, and fans to prevent it from drying out. Make sure it always has plenty of water in the stand—it may need to be watered daily. Using LED lights can reduce the risk of fire since they stay cooler than standard lights and they use a lot less energy.

If you follow these recommendations, tree experts say this should keep your tree fresh for at least a month.

Do you have any tree care steps you always take to keep your Christmas tree fresh? Share them with us here at Krause Toyota Scion in the comments below.

Sands Bethlehem Event Center Adds More Fun

When looking for some fun and excitement in the local Allentown, Pennsylvania area, you might want to check out the Sands Bethlehem Event Center. While you may think of the event center as the place to go for concerts, comedy, and sports events, it’s also a great place for some fun nightlife.

Recently, Sands has updated its Vision Bar with acrobatic dancers (think Cirque de Soleil) on Saturday nights, a large dance floor, new light fixtures, and enhanced bottle service with some less expensive options.

“It’s an evolving business where you can’t just sit still,” Tom Schantz, co-owner of the event center, told The Morning Call. “Patrons grow older, and you have to bring the next round of 21-year-olds in to experience it. It’s a show. We added another dimension. Gave it a shot of energy and something new.”

Another addition to the event center is Chickie’s & Pete’s, which will take over concessions for the Visions Bar and the events at the Sands Bethlehem center. Delicious menu items include Crabfries, Crabbysweets sweet potato fries, chicken cheesesteaks, and more. Just like the Vision Bar, Chickie’s & Pete’s will open two hours before events start at the center.

Are you planning on visiting the new Chickie’s & Pete’s or updated Vision Bar at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center?

Cedar Beach set to host 18th annual SportsFest

SportsFest

As summer is in full spring, Cedar Beach brings you the 18th annual SportsFest, which is set for July 17-20. For those of you who have attended in the past, you know this is a huge event for Allentown. There will be somewhere around 30 different sports occurring around the area, and festival President Ray Atiyeh has stated that they’re aiming for 10,000 athletes to participate.

One of the new events that they’re thinking will bring a lot of attraction is the Find and Go Seek Playground, which is family-oriented. “We are excited to welcome families who otherwise may not have come out to the event before to come enjoy the festival, bring their children to try some great healthy activities,” said owner of the Find and Go Seek website, Stephanie Miller. “We are also thrilled to be able to provide a great space for children that are attending as spectators to have a space of their own to explore and enjoy.”

Each year, they try to add something new that will keep locals coming to the event, but Atiyeh admits it’s difficult after 18 years. “In the past, we’ve been trying to expand and improve and are trying to get bigger and better, but there are limitations for everything because the Lehigh Valley is a small valley and we run out of fields and resources,” Atiyeh said. As much as they would like to keep it all at one location, it just isn’t possible. Some sports take up a lot of space, like Field Hockey and Ultimate Frisbee.

One other change you’ll notice this year is the use of social media. Not only will this be an easy way to quickly update everyone about the winners of the different events, but it also puts some of these amateur athletes in the limelight.

Be sure to stop out to support some of the local athletes and get involved in the activities!

Welcome to the new Krause Toyota Scion Blog!

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Welcome and thank you for visiting the Krause Toyota Scion Blog! We make sure to post on a weekly basis to keep you up-to-date with Toyota and Scion news, dealership news, and the local Allentown, PA area news.

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