Tips for Driving in Winter Weather

It’s January, which means snow, sleet, and ice in our area, are pretty much a given. With the drop and temperature today, and the potential for snow tonight and this weekend, we thought it might be useful to share some tips for driving in winter weather!

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  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Be sure that you gradually ease into the gas or break when the roads are slick, to avoid spin-outs.
  • Drive slowly. Even if the roads aren’t terrible, black ice paired with speed can be a recipe for disaster. Be sure to slow down and take your time when the temperature is below freezing.
  • Increase your spacing between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. Allow for plenty of stopping room, in the event that your car begins to slide.
  • Test your brakes before you get out on the roadway. Come to a few harsh stops in your driveway, before you venture out, to test the road conditions and your brakes with the slippery roads.
  • If you can avoid it, don’t come to a complete stop. If you can safely coast through an intersection without having to come to a stop, or to make a turn, you’re likely to keep traction longer than if you stop completely.
  • Slow and steady wins the race. When faced with a hill, don’t hit the gas too fast and try to gain too much speed. Take your time, drive slowly and steadily until you reach the top of the hill.
  • If you can avoid it, stay inside. Allow road crews to treat the roadways before you get behind the wheel.

Driving in winter weather can be frightening, especially if you don’t do it very often. Take these tips along for the ride, and stay safe, if you can’t stay off the roads.

Contact us today to set up an appointment with our Service Department, to ensure your car is ready for the quickly approaching winter weather!

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Our Favorite Holiday Recipes

Christmas is only 4 days away! Many families have traditional dishes that they prepare for the holidays, and between the shopping, wrapping, and decorating, it’s tough to find time to find new recipes to bring into your traditions.


This year, we have you covered! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite recipes, to give you some ideas!

  • Peppermint Brittle
    • Ingredients:
      • 2 Pounds of White Chocolate
      • 30 Small Peppermint Candy Canes
    • Directions:
      • Line a large jellyroll pan with heavy-duty foil.
      • Place white chocolate in microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave on medium setting for 5-6 minutes. Stir occasionally, until chocolate is melted and smooth.
      • Place candy canes in a plastic bag, or between two pieces of waxed paper. Using a mallet or rolling pin, break the candy canes into small chunks. Stir peppermint into melted white chocolate. Spread evenly in pan, chill until set (about 1 hour). Break into pieces by slamming pan onto counter.
  • Christmas Brunch Casserole
    • Ingredients:
      • 1 Pound of Bacon
      • 2 Onions, Chopped
      • 2 Cups of Fresh, Sliced Mushrooms
      • 1 Tablespoon of Butter
      • 4 Cups of Frozen Hash Brown Potatoes, thawed
      • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
      • ¼ Teaspoon Garlic Salt
      • ½ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
      • 4 Eggs
      • 1 ½ Cups Milk
      • 1 Pinch Dried Parsley
    • Directions:
      • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
      • Place bacon in a large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain and set aside. Add the mushrooms and onion to the skillet; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent and the mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes.
      • Grease a 9×13-inch casserole dish with the tablespoon of butter. Place potatoes in bottom of prepared dish. Sprinkle with salt, garlic salt, and pepper. Top with crumbled bacon, then add the onions and mushrooms.
      • In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs with the milk and parsley. Pour the beaten eggs over the casserole and top with grated cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
      • Preheat Oven to 400 Degrees
      • Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until set
  • Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes
    •  Ingredients:
      • 4 Russet Potatoes, Sliced into ¼ Inch Slices
      • 1 Onion, Sliced into Rings
      • Salt and Pepper to Taste
      • 3 Tablespoons Butter
      • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose Flour
      • ½ Teaspoon of Salt
      • 2 Cups Milk
      • 1 ½ Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
    • Directions:
      • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Butter a 1-quart casserole dish.
      • Layer 1/2 of the potatoes into bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Top with the onion slices, and add the remaining potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
      • In a medium-size saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Mix in the flour and salt, and stir constantly with a whisk for one minute. Stir in milk. Cook until mixture has thickened. Stir in cheese all at once, and continue stirring until melted, about 30 to 60 seconds. Pour cheese over the potatoes, and cover the dish with aluminum foil.
      • Bake 1 1/2 hours in the preheated oven.
  • Green Beans with Almonds
    • Ingredients:
      • 2 Pounds Fresh Green Beans, Washed and Trimmed
      • 2 Slices of Bacon
      • ¼ Cup Sliced Almonds
    • Directions:
      • Remove both ends of beans, break in half, and wash thoroughly.
      • Place in a large pot and add water 3 to 4 inches from the top. Add bacon and cook until tender.
      • Remove bacon from cooking water and discard. Remove beans and place in a large bowl, add almonds and toss. Serve Hot.

We hope you enjoy these recipes—share a photo of your finished product with us.

Happy Holidays from your friends at Waldorf Dodge!

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How to Ensure You Have the Best Car Buying Experience

Purchasing a new or pre-owned car can be a very time consuming, stressful, and even an exciting process for anyone, but especially for the first-time car buyer.

Making sure that you have all of your ducks in a row before you begin your search will give you a sense of relief when it’s time to purchase.


Before you start your search, take a quick look through this list and make sure you’re ready to face one of the most important decisions of your life:

  • Make a list of what you want and need in a vehicle. If there are certain features like a sunroof, heated seats, or cargo space that you’re looking for, making a list of the features that you’d like to have on your next car will help you to narrow down your search.
  • Calculate Your Payment. Visit our website to plug in your income, down payment, and cost of the vehicle you’re looking at to determine what your monthly payment will be. Make sure that you are comfortable with your monthly payment before making the leap.
  • Discover your financing options. Check with your bank, as well as our Finance Department to determine the best option for financing of your new vehicle, and be sure that you’re getting a good interest rate.
  • Value Your Trade. If you’re thinking of trading in your current vehicle for something a little newer, visit us online or bring your vehicle in for an appraisal. Our experts will give you their honest opinion and will give you a better idea of what your trade will be worth towards your new car purchase.
  • Determine whether Buying or Leasing is best for you. Be sure to review all of your options before you make the leap—determine whether buying or leasing a vehicle would be best for your lifestyle.
  • Test Drive Your New Car Several Times. Go on test drives in the car that you’re looking at, possibly even more than once. Make sure that you feel comfortable driving the vehicle, and that you’d be happy driving the vehicle for years to come.

Facing a big decision with a few extra pointers might just give you a sense of relief when it comes down to making the purchase. Once you’re ready to get the ball rolling, contact our Sales Team and set up a test-drive. We’re excited to hear from you.

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Our Favorite Apps for Holiday Travel

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, along with the biggest travel day of the entire year!

This year, instead of fighting through traffic or listening to music from radio stations that you’re not familiar with, download some new apps to take along.


Here is a list of some of our favorite Holiday Travel Apps:

  • Spotify – For less than $10.00 per month, you can stream unlimited music to your smartphone. By downloading the music beforehand, you can listen to your playlists on or offline, keeping your ears satisfied on your road-trip.
  • Waze – Heading somewhere far away? Download the Waze app, and keep apprised of traffic conditions, speed traps, and potential dangerous road conditions, all free-of-charge!
  • Citymapper – Visiting a new city? Check out Citymapper for more detailed planning information than Google Maps, including real-time departures and disruption alerts, along with Uber integration and cycle routes!
  • Tripit – Flying or taking mass-transit out of town? Download the Tripit app, and keep all of your flight, car rental, hotel, and event bookings in one streamline place, rather than having multiple itineraries!
  • App in the Air – Flying out of town this year? Check out the App in the Air to keep track of your flight departures, with awesome coverage of airlines and airports.

No matter where you’re headed, or how you’re planning to get there, make your holiday travel more enjoyable, just by downloading a few apps!

If you’re headed out of town by car, stop in to our Service Department, and make sure your car is road-trip ready, before you head out.


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The 2017 Dodge Challenger—Perfect for Off-Roading?

Sports cars have always held a special place in our hearts here at Waldorf Dodge.


From the sleek and strong exterior look, to the instantaneous get-up-and-go, muscle cars are popular, especially among city drivers, and those that don’t typically engage in off-roading experiences.

But things are changing.

The 2017 Dodge Challenger now comes in AWD—perfect for handling snow or icy conditions, or, just plain old country driving, meaning, you no longer need a 4-wheel drive SUV or Pick-Up truck to get where you need to be in those conditions.

We know you’ll love the 2017 Dodge Challenger. It’s the perfect combination of muscle and practicality, and will be in our inventory soon. Contact us today to learn more.

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Vehicle Spotlight: 2017 Dodge Journey

The Dodge Journey has been turning heads for years, and the 2017 model is no exception.


The sporty look and feel of the 2017 Dodge Journey will have you quickly forgetting that it’s a 7-passenger vehicle. With the sleek exterior, the bold grill and stunning wheels, you’ll love the way this crossroad SUV looks driving down the road, and it doesn’t stop there!

The rear seats are a split bench folding seat, perfect for transporting luggage or sports equipment, and the driver’s seat includes power 4-way lumbar support, ensuring your comfort, no matter where the road leads you!

Convenience is no issue with the 2017 Dodge Journey with features like a Garmin Navigation System and ParkView Rear Back-up Cameras, UConnect with BlueTooth, ATC w/3 Zone Temperature Control, ParkSense Rear Park Assist System, and options to add HomeLink to hook up your garage door, you’ll love the efficiency of this vehicle!

With an estimated 21 combined MPG, and the 4-speed automatic transmission, you’ll love the fuel economy that the 2017 Dodge Journey gets, and the little boost of power that you’ll feel behind the wheel.

The 2017 Dodge Journey proves to be one of the safest vehicles on the road with traction control, electronic stability, anti-whiplash front head restraints, overhead and knee airbags, dual front and side impact airbags, ignition disable, and perimeter/approach lights. You’ll have complete confidence that your family is safe, the most important thing of all!

Contact us to set up a test-drive. We’re sure you’ll fall in love; just like we did!

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Fall Fun in Southern Maryland

Autumn is an absolutely beautiful time of the year, and there are so many activities to take part in, both for adults and children, in Southern Maryland.


Here is a list of some of our favorite things to do in the fall, here in Southern Maryland:

  • Montpelier Farms – Enjoy the Fall Festival at Montpelier Farms in Upper Marlboro! There is a little something for everyone between hay rides, a 7-acre corn maze, animals, pedal karts, and a pumpkin patch!
  • Fright Fest at Six Flags America – Six Flags America is located just north of Southern Maryland, and offers Fright Fest; a haunted themed event in the park where guests can come and ride the rides among monsters!
  • Bowles Farm – Visit Bowles Farm in Clements for a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hayrdies, a picnic area, food for sale, events and festivities, personalized events in the barn, and a corn maze!
  • Trick or Treat on the Square – If you’re in the Leonardtown area, trick-or-treat local businesses this Halloween! This family-friendly event will include face painting, a pet costume contest, and more! The event is Free to the public!
  • Zombie Invasion 5K Run/Walk – If you enjoy running and jogging, why not attend the Zombie Invasion 5K Run/Walk at Laurel Springs Regional Park on Sunday, October 23 at 10:00 AM!

No matter what type of activity you’re looking for, there are plenty right here in Southern Maryland! So get into your costume and pick something fun for you and your family to enjoy this Autumn!

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Make Sure Your Vehicle is Ready for Fall with these Vehicle Service Tips

Fall can be a busy time for any family, especially if you have kids. Between the new school year starting, extra-curricular activities, and the busy (and quickly approaching) holiday season, it’s hard to find the time to do anything, let alone prepare your car for inclement weather. Although it’s tough to find the time, it’s very important to do so, to ensure your family is safe on the road.

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Here are a few tips for safe travel when going into the Fall months:

  • Inspect Your Tires: Fall and Winter usually mean slippery conditions. Between wet leaves laying on the road and rain, sleet, and snow in the winter, you’ll want to ensure you have tires with ample tread to ensure you have good traction.
  • Check Lights: Ask a friend or family member to come outside with you while you turn on and off each light to ensure all are working properly. Fall means less day light. Make sure your lights work good while you still have time!
  • Replace Wiper Blades: Fall and Winter mean sleet, snow, rain, and everything in between. Make sure your windshield wipers can get through anything before the bad weather starts.
  • Make Sure Defroster Works: Check the functionality of your front and rear defroster to make sure they’re working properly to avoid having your windows fog up.
  • Check Your Battery: Nothing is worse than being in a hurry on a cool fall morning, just to find out that your car battery is dead. Hook up a battery tester to your car’s battery to ensure it’s in proper working order.
  • Check All Fluid Levels: Make sure you have enough fluids in your car (windshield, power steering, brake, transmission, and coolant). There’s nothing worse than an overheating car when you’re in a rush to get the kids to school.

Our technicians are ready and waiting to help you get your vehicle fall-ready—make an appointment with Waldorf Dodge’s Service Department today!

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Tips for Tailgating in your Ram 1500 This Football Season

Football season is in full swing, and there is nothing better than going to a Washington Redskins game with your family and friends, enjoying the atmosphere, the smell of hamburgers and hot dogs cooking, and the all-around good time you have, even before the game starts.


We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite tailgating tips that you are sure to love, and you can put them to great use in your brand new Ram 1500 this year!

  • Keep a toolbox in the back of your truck, stocked full of cooking utensils, silverware, trash bags, condiments and other essentials that are easy to forget when rushing to the game. Having these items available to you without having to pack them each time will save you a ton of time.
  • Cut up and prepare all of your fixings beforehand—shape your burger patties and refrigerate between wax paper sheets, cut up all lettuce, tomato and onions so that they’re ready to go before you head to the game. Pack all of your perishable items into a cooler with plenty of ice, and load it into your Ram.
  • Throw a large plastic bin into the back of your Ram to bring back used dishes and trash that may not have made it to a garbage can. Fill an old laundry detergent jug with water to use as a hand sanitizing station.
  • Keep a metal bucket in the back of your Ram to throw potentially hot grilling ashes into, rather than leaving them in the grill or on-site.
  • Buy an inexpensive set of plastic drawers and keep them in the back of your truck. Keep the drawers stocked full of essentials like cooking spray, aluminum foil, plastic cups or utensils, and paper plates.

Keeping all of these items in the back of your Ram might not seem ideal, but, with a cover on the bed of your truck, you’ll hardly even know they are there. Visit us online to discover bedcovers and liners to get your Ram ready for football season

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Make Your Car Buying Experience Stress-Free with These Car Buying Tips

Car shopping can be a stressful time for anyone. Not knowing what money you’ll get for your current trade-in, not knowing what your payments will look like, getting used to driving your new car and rid of the new-car jitters, and even just transferring your tags can make even the most stress-free person feel overwhelmed.

Here at Waldorf Dodge, the experience of our customers when they come in to make the second largest purchase decision of their lives is the most important. We want you to enjoy your experience, and leave the worrying to us.

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Here are a few great tips on the car-buying process to keep in mind when you’re ready to buy:

  • Calculate the payment that you can afford. Knowing exactly what your monthly budget is before diving into the process will help to make your purchase stress-free. Knowing exactly how much of a monthly payment you can afford will keep your mind at-ease.
  • Determine whether leasing or buying is the best option for you. Visit us online and check out the differences between purchasing and leasing, and the pros and cons of each scenario.
  • Find out the trade-in value of your current vehicle. If you know approximately what your current vehicle is worth, you’ll have a better idea of what your down-payment will be, which will help determine your monthly payments. Visit us online to value your trade-in value.
  • Contact your insurance carrier. Ask for a quote on the vehicle that you’re considering purchasing before you do-so, so that you know what your monthly insurance premium will be, before you make any final decisions.
  • Research models before you visit the store. Visit our website to research the vehicle of your choice before you buy, and determine what features are the most important to you, before you begin the buying process.

When it’s time to come in for a test-drive, be sure to have the following items with you:

  • Driver’s License
  • Auto Insurance Policy Information
  • Registration for your current vehicle (if applicable)
  • Comfortable (and easy to drive in) Shoes
  • Glasses, contacts, or sunglasses (if needed)

When you’re ready to buy, contact us online to set up a test-drive. Your new car is calling your name!

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