Monthly Archives: December 2013

  • Tailgating at Super Bowl XLVIII

    Super Bowl  XLVIII (48) will be played on February 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. This will be the first Super Bowl to be played outdoors in the extreme cold weather, as well as the first in 38 years to be played outdoors on artificial turf. It is also the first in which two US states New York and New Jersey will work together with hosting duties.

    Not only does the Super Bowl mark the end of the Football season it also marks the last game for the tailgaters untill the start of the next Football season. Extreme-weather tailgating is the ultimate test of any football fanatic. A real fan must be willing to endure often brutal weather conditions that come with winter.  The trick is not letting Mother Nature put a damper on your team spirit by following these bad weather “bare essentials.”

    What To Eat

    A hearty bowl of chili or chowder, hot sandwiches and a tall mug of steaming hot chocolate with marshmallows says it all.. Also, plan your menu wisely to include foods that don’t require a fork and knife, or bare fingers instead opt for food on a stick or anything you can sip so that gloves can stay on while feasting.

    How To Dress

    Layers, layers, layers. If done correctly, the rule of three layers will retain body heat and keep you dry. The innermost layer should keep moisture away from the body, so look for garments that are made of “wicking” material. The middle layer(s) should trap in warm air – think wool, down and thermal garments. The outermost layer is for protection against the elements, whether rain, wind or snow. Even if you layer perfectly, a cold head or cold feet will counterbalance your success, so hats are critical at all times and shoes/boots should always be waterproof.

    The Truck

    Get In Bed- Add a rubber or carpeted bed floor or mats. Make a tent that can fit over the truck bed for protection against the cold.  Add a cap this will also keep it warmer in the bed of the truck. Fill the bed with lots of blankets, hand warmers and anything else you can think of that will help in keeping warm.

    There’s A Hitch- Load a trailer with your folding chairs, and if you can find some, grab some large sheets of Styrofoam to lay on the ground. The Styrofoam will keep your feet from being on the cold ground which will keep you warmer. Bring an extra grill for extra heat.

    Don’t miss the fun at the tailgate party because of the raw weather conditions. These tips for tailgating in cold weather will keep you warm and in the middle of the tailgating activities, you love so much.

  • What's In Your Winter Emergency Survival Kit

    Winter is tough on vehicles and travel. Snow, cold temperatures, ice, slush and salt play havoc on a vehicle and our driving. The odds of us having a driving emergency are much greater in winter than in the other three seasons. One of the primary concerns is the winter weather’s ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or office, sometimes for days at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region.  So, it pays to keep a kit in your trunk with all the things you are likely to need.

    1. Blanket: If you are stuck with a car that won't start, or that has conked out, and have to wait in cold weather for help, you will want a decent warm blanket as an extra layer.
    2. Snow shovel: Get a short-handled shovel, probably a coal-type shovel, to stow in the trunk in case you need to remove snow from around the wheels of your vehicle. You can buy plastic ones, but you may want to opt for a metal one in case you also need to chip at some ice or compacted snow.
    3. Flashlight: Self explanatory. Keep a good-sized, water-proof flashlight with fresh batteries in case your breakdown is at night. Pack emergency candles too, as a back-up.
    4. Hand warmers: Smash the bag and the chemical reaction inside creates warmth to defrost fingers that may be trying to change a tire or fiddle with an engine.
    5. Matches: You never know when you will have to manufacture heat. It's better than rubbing two cold, snowy sticks together, hoping for the best.
    6. Bottle of water and a few protein, snack bars. You hear of people surviving on ketchup packets that have fallen between the seats, but some planning will yield a better menu under emergency conditions.
    7. Syphon Pump: If being out of gas is your problem, and you get offered help by a good samaritan, you want t be able to get a gallon or two of gas out of another gas tank to get you going quickly.
    8. Light sticks: These cost almost nothing at a dollar store and can be used either as a light source or to wear in case you are shoveling snow around your wheels at night.
    9. Flares: These should be in your trunk in all seasons for putting next to your car if you are pulled over in distress.
    10. Whistle: It can be used to either signal for help to someone who can't hear you yell, or to scare someone who may be trying to take advantage of your distress.

    Some other items that may help are: first aid kit with pocket knife, battery-powered radio, extra hats, socks and mittens, tow chain or rope, road salt, sand or cat litter for traction, booster cables,  and an extra cell phone charger.

    During a winter accident or a breakdown, your vehicle becomes your shelter. By having a winter emergency survival kit, you and your passengers can await rescue safely, comfortably and without fear.

    We here at BUY AUTO TRUCK ACCESSORIES,  we want to know that you are safe during these next few months of winter weather. Happy Holidays and drive safe.

  • Where's Santa?

    We took our kids to see Santa two year ago, and it went pretty well considering that our youngest who was one and a half at the time fell asleep while waiting in line.  Last  year we  put a little more planning into our trip, when was a good time of the day, when would the lines be the shortest, was there a better day then the next, anything and everything to avoid any meltdowns. So last year our youngest was able to tell us that we were going to see Santa, but he didn’t really “get” Santa last year. On line at the mall we talked about how all the boys and girls were sitting on Santa’s lap and said when it was his turn that he could sit on Santa’s lap. He said “Santa’s lap” multiple times as we were approaching his turn. We thought great he is going to do it. Then he started saying, “Santa’s lap…no” while shaking his head. So…we were *those* parents. The ones forcing their toddler to sit on Santa’s lap, just so we can have a picture. Yep. That was us.

    This year no mall for us, as we will be traveling. I still want the Santa experience but not the mall experience, I want something different. So if you're traveling over the holidays like us, don't worry about missing Santa Claus. I have heard St. Nick will be making extra efforts to reach his pint-sized admirers by showing up on skis, trains, boats and much more. These unique Santa meet-and-greet experiences offer more than just the chance to report good behavior and make special gift requests! They make great childhood memories to be past down from generation to generation. Don’t know where you will be this Christmas season, but I have found some places that have something different to offer across the states. Here are what seems to be the top 8

    1. Santa's Workshop, Colorado   

    2. North Pole Experience, Arizona    

    3. Santa Claus, Indiana

    4. The Polar Express (offered in many states)  

    5. California Surf, California

    6. Skiing the Slopes (check for closest resort hosting Santa this season)

    7. In and Around Atlanta

    8. Stylish Arrivals (how about Santa on jet skis)

    How else would Santa arrive at the Jolly Beach Resort & Spa in Antigua other than by boat with gifts in his (waterproof) sack and ready for a party? In Rockland Maine, he didn't arrive by any old boat. Instead the Coast Guard gave him a lift earlier this month. When in Hawaii, Santa will do as the Hawaiians do ... yup, at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, the Big Guy arrives by outrigger canoe on December 14 where he'll be met by hundreds of Santa fans who are invited to join him for a meet-and-greet and photo-taking in the lobby.

    I'm sure the beach is a nice change of pace for St. Nick, but I suspect that he is most at home in the cold, so it came as no surprise that the Christmas season will find him on the slopes. Imagine a whole ski slope of skiing and snowboarding Santa’s. Sounds like that’s what you’ll find at Big White in British Columbia on December 21st during "Dress Like Santa or Mrs. Claus & Ride for Free Day" (for the first 30 people to arrive at the Village Centre Mall in full Santa or Mrs. Claus attire).

    Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be welcoming guests into their home, lovingly recreated in Busch Gardens' Christmas Town in Tampa and Williamsburg. Their house will be buzzing with Christmas cheer as elves busily prepare to help Santa bring joy to children around the world. Stop by Mrs. Claus' kitchen and snag a holiday cookie before an elf leads you into Santa's private study. There, Santa Claus eagerly awaits your company, where you can meet, share stories, take pictures and whisper your wish list to the jolliest man around.

    So sure, you can go visit Santa at the mall, wait in the long lines, listening to the screaming kids and hope that you get an “ok” picture ... but wouldn't it be more fun to find the old guy out on an adventure?

    We here at BuyAutoTruckAccessories would like to wish you and yours A Happy, Healthy, And Safe Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year!

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