How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

The leaves are changing here in Illinois, which means that winter’s cold weather and icy road conditions are just around the corner. Be sure to prepare your car for winter this year with these easy steps.


Tire Pressure and Condition

Cold temperatures can cause tire pressure to fluctuate, and properly inflated tires are key to good efficiency and strong, safe traction. Check tire pressure regularly, and fill up when necessary. Take a good look at each of the tires: Check for low tread or damages like cracks, and replace the tires if needed.


Winter Wiper Fluid

Windshields quickly tend to get dirty in the winter, so it’s important to be able to clean your car’s windshield for clear visibility. Replace the current wiper fluid with winter wiper fluid, which is designed for below-freezing temperatures to prevent frost from forming on the windshield.


Winter Supply Box

There are some things you should always have in your car, like jumper cables and a tire-changing kit. The winter comes with its own set of unique conditions, so if you want to be prepared for an emergency this season, it’s best to put together a winter supply box. This should include items like extra warm clothes, blankets, snacks, a charged phone for emergency calls, an extra ice scraper, and a bag of sand or cat litter for traction in the snow.


No matter what conditions winter brings us in the upcoming season, know that Van Drunen Ford has you covered. If you need assistance preparing your vehicle for winter, please book a service appointment by calling 888-471-6324 and choosing option 1.

About Homewood, Illinois

Van Drunen Ford is happy to call Homewood, Illinois our home. In 2007, Forbes magazine rated our village one of the three “most livable” suburbs of Chicago, and we definitely agree. Here are three impressive things you might not have known about Homewood, Illinois.


Take the Amtrak Out of Town

A quaint, adventurous train ride to an exciting destination like New Orleans is available every day in Homewood. We have the fortune of living in a town with an Amtrak station. Our station is part of the City of New Orleans route, so every night at 8:54 p.m., you can catch a train heading to New Orleans with stops in Tennessee and Mississippi. You can also catch the same train up to Chicago in the morning.


Award-Winning School District

Homewood offers a lot of incentives for families looking for a neighborhood close to Chicago. One outstanding fact is that Homewood boasts an award-winning school district in addition to plenty of kids’ programs and community events all year long.


Home of the Most Richard Haas Murals

Richard Haas is known worldwide for his large-scale murals, and Homewood has the pleasure of showing off 15 of them. That’s more than any other city in the world. This map will help you find each one of these impressive murals in our city.


This is just a taste of the suburb we proudly serve here at Van Drunen Ford. With easy access to I-80 and I-294, you will find that there are plenty of adventures within your commute to experience day in and day out. Make sure you visit us if you need anything for your next road adventure in Homewood.

Fall Things to Do in Illinois

fall things to do in Illinois

Illinois is a busy state and home to one of the country’s biggest cities, so there’s always something to do here, whether you’re looking for a weekend day trip or a long road trip in your Ford vehicle. Here are some fun fall things to do in Illinois this season.

2018 is Illinois’ bicentennial anniversary as a state, and farmers are celebrating in style, designing bicentennial mazes in their corn fields. Corn mazes are a tradition every year in Illinois, but this year is special. You can visit the Richardson Adventure Farm in Chicago, Abbey Farms in Aurora, Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch in Rantoul, and many more!

Another way to spend your fall in your Ford truck or car is to visit the many orchards and farms in Illinois. Apple-picking is a classic fall activity. No matter where you live in Illinois, there’s an orchard you can drive to for an afternoon trip. Illinois is home to all kinds of farms, from pumpkin patches to syrup farms to vineyards.

It wouldn’t be fall without Oktoberfest, and there are celebrations going on all over Illinois this autumn. We recommend road tripping up to Chicago for the Oktoberfest at Starved Rock State Park, the most popular state park in Illinois, with its waterfalls, naturally formed canyons, and beautiful foliage.

No matter which direction in Illinois you drive, you’re bound to find something fun to do and something beautiful to see. Take your trip in a car from Van Drunen Ford.