Vehicle Profile: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray


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More new features, coupe and convertible body styles, stunning performance

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray––all-new for 2014, the most award-winning car of 2014, and 2014 North American Car of the Year––gets even better for 2015 with a long list of performance and design enhancements highlighted by an all-new eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, standard OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, and an industry-first Performance Data Recorder.

The 2015 Corvette Stingray is ranked ahead of the Porsche 911, BMW 4 Series and Z4, Jaguar F-TYPE and others in the “Luxury Sports Car” category by U.S. News & World Report. In their review, Kelley Blue Book editors said, “With exterior and interior styling that’s as striking as it is uniquely American, and an incredibly powerful standard V8, the Corvette is nearly untouchable.” 

The rear-drive 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (MSRP $55,000) also offers two new design packages, Atlantic and Pacific, the former showing off a luxury sport GT theme and the latter a high-performance motorsport theme.

Open the standard carbon fiber hood and check out the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine, which produces an exhilarating 455 hp and 460 lb/ft of torque. An available performance exhaust system ups power to 460 hp and 465 lb/ft of torque. The performance numbers of a Corvette Stingray equipped with the Z51 Performance Package are staggering: zero-to-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 119 mph, 1.03g cornering grip and a 60 mph-to-zero stopping distance of only 107 feet thanks to standard four-piston-caliper Brembo brakes. Z51 models also include a dry-sump oil system, to ensure adequate lubrication at speed.

Another amazing Corvette Stingray stat concerns its fuel efficiency, which is EPA-estimated at 29 mph highway when equipped with the available new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching. Thanks to direct injection and Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation, the Corvette Stingray is by far the most efficient sports car on the market with more than 450 hp.

The available new eight-speed automatic was designed and built by GM. It offers shift times that stand with the best dual-clutch automatics, and it’s expected to increase fuel efficiency by up to five percent compared to the previous six-speed automatic. Both the seven-speed manual and the eight-speed automatic will offer Launch Control.

Lightweight, ultra-high-strength aluminum, carbon fiber, advanced manufacturing techniques and a perfect 50/50 weight balance help the 2015 Corvette Stingray excel in both acceleration and cornering. For 2015, 35mm-piston Bilstein shocks come standard on the Corvette Stingray, with 45mm-piston Bilstein shocks and Magnetic Ride Control featured on Z51 Performance Package models. The Z51 package also features an electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) to shift power and traction based on vehicle speed, steering and throttle position.

Outside, the Corvette Stingray is provocative, bold and extremely aerodynamic. Advanced lighting is a central feature of the Corvette Stingray, which features LED headlamps and taillamps; the LED taillamps integrate functional aircraft-type outlets for available transmission and differential coolers.

Every Corvette Stingray coupe features a removable body-color carbon fiber roof panel or an available transparent roof panel. For those who prefer open-air motoring, the Corvette Stingray convertible features an electric top that can be lowered remotely in just 21 seconds at traveling speeds up to 30 mph.

Inside the Corvette is the hand-crafted, fighter-jet-inspired, two-seat cockpit of a world-class supercar, complete with a 14.1-inch diameter steering wheel for more direct steering feel, available Nappa leather upholstery and a choice of two seat options: GT for more all-around comfort and more heavily bolstered Competition Sport for track duty. Available trim options include carbon fiber, micro-suede and aluminum to help customize and enrich the driving experience.

The Corvette Stingray is completely driver focused, featuring technologies like the Driver Mode Selector with five settings––“Eco,” “Tour,” “Sport,” “Track” and “Weather”––for optimal driving performance all the time. The award-winning, industry-first Performance Data Recorder (PDR) lets drivers record high-definition video, with telemetry overlays, of their on- and off-track driving experiences. Developed in part with Cosworth, the PDR system seamlessly integrates a camera, microphone, telemetry recorder, and a dedicated SD-card slot in the glove box for transferring data. An 8G card can store more than three hours of driving footage, while a 32GB card can store more than 13 hours. The PDR can record and overlay data that includes speed, rpm, g-force, lap times, zero-to-60 sprint times, quarter-mile times and zero-100-zero mph runs.

Drivers can view all the data on a high-resolution eight-inch touch-screen on the center stack, and thanks to new Chevrolet MyLink with OnStar 4G LTE connectivity and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, PDR data can be shared with friends right from the cockpit.

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a motoring legend and an engineering marvel, and the only way to truly appreciate its magic is by sitting behind the wheel. There’s quite a bit more to discover about the 2015 Corvette, so schedule your test drive today.

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GM Promotes Science, Tech, Engineering & Math Careers at Annual SHPE Event


Automaker was ‘Visionary Sponsor’ of 40th Anniversary Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Conference in Detroit

General Motors encouraged Hispanic students to pursue engineering careers with the automaker as it welcomed the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) at its annual conference in Detroit this past November.

With more than 400 chapters nationally, SHPE is the premier organization aimed at empowering Latinos to realize their fullest potential and impact the world through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) awareness, access, support and development. GM was 2014’s Visionary Sponsor of the autumn conference, which is the largest annual STEM event in the country focused on the Hispanic community.As part of that role, GM brand Chevrolet donated a 2014 Chevy Spark to be raffled in in support of the goal to raise more than $250,000 for the SHPE Foundation.

“In GM we have a committed partner that is helping us empower the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential,” said Barry Cordero, Interim CEO of SHPE. “GM has embraced the values of our ‘SHPE-familia,’ joining students, sponsors and supporters of SHPE and all those Hispanics in STEM across the country who share common goals and dreams.”

The four-day conference attracted more than 5,000 engineering professionals, students and corporate representatives to Detroit for unique program workshops, featured guest speakers, award ceremonies, technical competitions and a Career Fair and Graduate School Expo. The conference places the automotive industry front and center before the fastest-growing segment of the population, pointing young students to opportunities that can help propel the industry and positively impact Detroit. It’s also a great opportunity for companies to recruit top talent from SHPE membership and provides educational, technical and career opportunities for professional and student engineers, something of which GM hopes to take advantage as a Visionary Sponsor.

“GM wants to be the employer of choice for Hispanic engineers and this conference is a great opportunity to strengthen our relationship with this important community,” said GM President, Dan Ammann.

At the previous year’s SHPE conference, GM was named Company of the Year for its effort to advance STEM education in the Hispanic community and for enhancing the achievements of its Hispanic employees. GM deployed 40 employees to recruit top talent at the SHPE Career Fair that year, resulting in the hiring of 26 Hispanic engineers; these new employees are lovingly referred to as “SHPE-mates,” a term that unites these young people as part of a new generation of talent at the company.

Furthermore, GM leverages its partnerships with key Hispanic organizations to engage with Hispanic talent around the country each year. One of these is Great Minds in STEM™ (GMiS) which recognized Grace Lieblein, GM vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, as the 2014 Engineer of the Year during the 26th Annual HENAAC (Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation) Conference.

“At GM, our workforce thrives on diversity,” said Ken Barrett, GM chief diversity officer. “Our goal is to continue to create opportunities for Hispanics and others to take their performance to the next level with careers that fit their skills and ignite their passion.”

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.

Vehicle Profile: 2015 Chevrolet Camaro


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The 2015 Chevrolet Camaro covers a lot of bases. It’s a powerful and sporty coupe, a handsome convertible, and even a high-performance sports car. The 2015 Camaro line, available here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, offers sophisticated performance and technology, plus lots of choice, which means you’ll find one that’s right for you.

 

The 2015 Camaro (MSRP from $23,705) brings show-car styling to the street, and it’s fresh off a 2014 nip and tuck that updated the front and rear fascias. It’s a look that’s helped make it the best-selling car in its segment for the last four years. Every Camaro is strong, starting with the LS and LT trims and their standard 323-hp 3.6-liter V6, continuing through the 426-hp 6.2-liter V8-equipped SS models, and topping out with the track-terror Z/28––an exclusive coupe with a 505-hp 7.0-liter LS7 V8 and a race-ready configuration––and the stunning 580-hp ZL1. Fully-independent suspensions provide exceptional control and confidence, with precise handling and carefully-tuned ride characteristics that are matched to the mission of the model you choose.

 

The value-packed Camaro 1LS Coupe offers exciting performance and responsive handling that belie its modest sticker. The direct-injected 3.6-liter V6 delivers 323 hp and 278 lb/ft of torque, and the EPA estimates fuel economy at 28 mpg highway. Standard feature highlights include 18-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, dual-outlet stainless steel exhaust with polished tips, a six-speaker CD/MP3/SiriusXM Satellite Radio audio system, steering-wheel audio controls, a tilting/telescoping steering column, Driver Information Center with compass, Bluetooth hands-free phone, two auxiliary power outlets, OnStar with six months of Directions & Connections services and two years of factory scheduled maintenance.

 

The Camaro 2LS Coupe replaces the Aisin® six-speed manual transmission standard in the 1LS with a six-speed automatic transmission with TAPshift manual control. The automatic is combined with a 2.92:1 rear axle ratio, which contributes to highway fuel economy EPA-estimated at 30 mpg.

 

Available in both coupe and convertible form, the Camaro 1LT comes with Sport Cloth seats, projector foglamps, six-way power-adjustable front seats and the Chevrolet MyLink audio system with USB connectivity. MyLink uses a seven-inch color touch-screen for easy control of audio and communications, and it pairs with your smartphone to wirelessly stream audio through apps like Stitcher and Pandora. The six-speed manual transmission is standard, or you can choose the six-speed TAPshift automatic, which includes remote vehicle start in LT, SS and ZL1 models.

 

Also available for LT trims are the RS and Rear Vision packages. The RS Appearance Package adds 20-inch aluminum wheels, High-Intensity Discharge headlamps, and LED taillamps. The Rear Vision Package makes maneuvering easy thanks to its Rear Vision Camera and Rear Park Assist system, which includes ultrasonic sensors and audible warnings to both sense and warn you of obstacles behind you.

 

The Camaro 2LT includes standard 19-inch aluminum wheels, leather seating, a color heads-up display, a quartet of auxiliary gauges, a color Driver Information Center, the Rear Vision Package and a premium Boston Acoustics audio system.

 

Serious adrenaline comes with the Camaro SS models, which are also available in both coupe and convertible body styles. The 1SS is where you’ll find a 6.2-liter small-block V8 pumping out 426 hp and 420 lb/ft of torque, paired with either a Tremec® six-speed manual transmission with Launch Control or a six-speed TAPshift automatic. The Camaro 1SS rides on 20-inch wheels and carries four-piston Brembo brake calipers. A limited-slip rear differential maximizes traction and keeps you moving forward. The front and rear fascias are exclusive to the SS trim, and the seats feature model-specific embroidery.

 

The Camaro 2SS enhances the SS experience with leather seating and the rest of the 2LT amenities.

 

The most technologically advanced Camaro ever and one of the fastest production cars available, the 2015 ZL1 (coupe or convertible) clobbers the road with 580 hp and 556 lb/ft of torque from a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine. It’s how you get a Camaro to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. The standard ZL1-specific Tremec TR606 six-speed manual transmission with Launch Control is optimized for the increased torque load, or you can choose a six-speed automatic instead. In the ZL1, the Magnetic Ride Control damping system can adjust up to 1,000 times per second, and it includes “Tour,” “Sport” and “Track” settings that give drivers a wide range of choice in ride characteristics – everything from plush cruising comfort to track-specific firmness. Brembo performance fixed six-piston front brake calipers and four-piston rears are standard, and the 20-inch forged aluminum wheels are strong, light and painted black for a look that packs extra menace. Inside the 2015 ZL1 you’ll find heated front seats, leather and sueded microfiber upholstery, a heads-up display, a color driver information center, remote start (with available automatic transmission) and the Rear Vision Package. It even comes with a five-year/100,000-mile Powertrain/Drivetrain Limited Warranty

 

The ZL1 isn’t the only high-performance Camaro. Bringing another iconic model designation back, the 2015 Camaro Z/28 Coupe marks the return of a legend that’s true to its racing roots. Its 7.0-liter LS7 V8 generates 505 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque, and the Z/28 has been designed with a performance-first philosophy that means an obsessive focus on trimming the curb weight as much as possible and tuning the chassis to deliver 1.08G of grip. The carbon-ceramic brakes can bring you to a halt with 1.5 times the force of gravity, and there’s a deep well of performance accessible through five Performance Traction Management modes that help tune the car to the conditions. This is the Camaro you pick when your goal is winning races.

 

There’s a lot to the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro. In any trim, from mild (only relatively) to flat-out wild, the capable Camaro has the chops to back up its looks. Stop in today to learn more, and try them all out for yourself.

Jack Maxton Chevrolet is up for top 10 business in Columbus!


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Jack Maxton Chevrolet is up for top 10 business in Columbus! Would you be able to visit http://www.votecolumbus.com/ and vote for the Jack Maxton team? We appreciate your vote!

Why Jack Maxton Chevrolet?

Over 800 New and Pre-Owned Vehicles in stock to choose from

Full Parts, Accessories and Service Departments available to you  (including Saturday hours from 8AM-4PM)

Separate Quick Service Facility offers easy maintenance with no appointment – when YOU have time in your schedule

Secondary Finance with Guaranteed Approval available

Free Car washes for life!  (Or as long as you own your vehicle.)

Won Consumers’ Choice award 6 years running and Women’s Choice Award 2 years running

The longevity of our employees definitely makes us different. Seeing the same friendly face each time you visit Jack Maxton makes you feel at ease when purchasing or servicing a vehicle.

  1. At the Worthington Location
    1. The Service Technicians have over 200 years of experience
    2. The Service Advisors have over 95 years of experience
    3. The Pre-Owned 161 location has 170 years of experience
    4. The new car location has over 115 years of experience.

      Jack Maxton Chevrolet is involved in several charity events and sponsor a baseball league.

      1. Events and Charity work that we participate in include
        1. Pelotonia
        2. Step Up For Stefanie
        3. Making Strides for Breast Cancer
        4. Blood Drives
        5. Sponsoring Olentangy Braves Little league
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Thank you for considering Jack Maxton Chevrolet for one of the top 10 businesses in Columbus! You can visit http://www.jackmaxton.com to view great deals on New and Pre-Owned vehicles!

Vehicle Profile: 2015 Chevrolet Impala


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The exceptional flagship sedan from Chevrolet

The 2015 Chevrolet Impala, on sale here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, is strikingly beautiful, refined inside and out, and it delivers driving exhilaration that’s at the top of its class. In fact, U.S. News ranked the 2015 Impala first out of 10 competitors in the “Affordable Large Cars” category.

The Impala was all-new for 2014, and Chevrolet has enhanced it again for 2015. New this year are engine start/stop for the 2.5 liter four-cylinder, OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, and a trio of new exterior colors: Blue Velvet Metallic, Rainforest Green and Autumn Bronze Metallic. There is also a bi-fuel model for 2015 that can run on gasoline or compressed natural gas (CNG).

There are four front-wheel drive Impala trims to choose from, starting with the well-equipped Impala LS (MSRP $27,060). There’s a standard 2.5-liter Ecotec® four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Also standard is Bluetooth, premium cloth seating, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, projector-beam halogen headlamps, three months of SiriusXM Satellite Radio, six-months of OnStar with Directions & Connections, and a very large, 18.8 cubic foot trunk – one of the largest in the segment.

The Ecotec® four-cylinder is strong, with 196 hp and 186 lb/ft of torque, and fuel efficiency is high––an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city, 33 mpg highway––thanks to direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, and variable lift for the intake valves.

The Impala 1LT adds engine stop/start to the standard 2.5-liter engine, Chevrolet MyLink® radio with eight-inch touch-screen, Bluetooth audio streaming, a pair of additional USB ports and an SD card reader. Also included in the 1LT trim is dual-zone climate control, a two-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated power-adjustable exterior mirrors with turn-signal indicators and ground illumination, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The 1LT is also available with a 3.6-liter direct-injection V6 engine. Power with the V6 jumps to a segment-leading 305 hp and 264 lb/ft of torque, and fuel economy is EPA-estimated at 19 mpg city and 29 highway. All LT and higher trims carry 18.5 gallon fuel tanks, instead of the 15.8 gallon tank in the LS. The 3.6-liter bi-fuel V6 is also available in the 1LT.

The Impala 2LT carries all the 1LT features, plus the 3.6-liter V6 as standard. The Impala LTZ trims are the most luxuriously outfitted. The 1LTZ comes with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and features standard leather-appointed seating, eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats, Keyless Access with Push-Button Start, rear-vision camera, Rear Park Assist, remote start, an exterior dressed up with lower body-side chrome moldings, 19-inch machined-face alloy wheels, dual-outlet exhaust, and LED daytime running lamps. There are also high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and a standard suite of advanced safety features including Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind-Spot Alert.

The Impala 2LTZ adds the 3.6 liter V6 to the 1LTZ standard features list. Available equipment packages make it easy to further enhance and customize your Impala. The Comfort and Convenience Package adds ventilated front seats; a heated steering wheel; power-adjustable steering column; heated exterior mirrors with driver’s side auto-dimming, integrated turn signals and ground illumination; memory settings for the driver’s seat, mirrors and steering wheel; an auto-dimming rearview mirror; and premium carpeted floor mats and trunk mat. The Impala 1LTZ also features a power sunroof when equipped with this package.

The Premium Audio Package adds an 11-speaker Bose® surround-sound audio system that turns the cabin of the Impala into a rolling concert hall. Also part of the Premium Audio Package is a 120-volt power outlet. Chevrolet MyLink® with Navigation incorporates Bluetooth hands-free phone and streaming audio, and voice command. The Navigation Package comes with the eight-inch color touch-screen Chevrolet MyLink® radio, Keyless Access, push-button start, and ambient lighting for Eco models.

Choose the Advance Safety Package to get Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Zone Alert, and add the Premium Seating Package for heated front seats, an eight-way power front passenger seat and a cargo convenience net to secure items in the trunk.

The sophisticated, beautifully styled and carefully crafted 2015 Chevrolet Impala is also an exceptional value. Edmunds.com called the 2015 Impala “a genuine must-drive” for anyone looking for a full-size sedan. Driving is believing, so schedule your test drive today.

Vehicle Profile: 2015 Chevrolet SS


jmc-20129_1The high-performance Chevrolet SS, available here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, marks the return of a classic formula. It’s a rear-wheel drive sedan that looks great without being garish and runs with the best of them without beating you up for the performance. The Chevrolet SS was introduced as a 2014 model; revisions for 2015 further enhance the significant performance and exceptional driving enjoyment provided by the SS.

The 2015 Chevrolet SS (MSRP $44,775) gains some notable standard features, not the least of which is standard Magnetic Ride Control, the world’s fastest-reacting suspension, which reads the road up to 1,000 times per second. Standard Brembo front brakes now team with rear Brembo hardware, too. The new OnStar 4G LTE system offers built-in Wi-Fi hotspot capability, and there are five new exterior colors as well.

For those who drive for the pure pleasure of it, the most important new feature for 2015 might be the newly available six-speed manual transmission. In an increasingly automatic age, the addition of a manual transmission for the SS underscores a commitment to enthusiasts from Chevrolet.

“The SS reinforces Chevrolet’s position as America’s performance car and affirms what we’ve believed all along – enthusiasts want the driving experience that only a rear-drive sedan can provide,” said Chevrolet U.S. Vice President Brian Sweeney, who also noted that the number one non-GM trade-in for the SS is BMW.

With rear-wheel drive with a sport-tuned chassis, the 2015 Chevrolet SS delivers precision on the road and is tremendously accommodating inside. There’s a fully-independent suspension with MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link rear design. Staggered front and rear tire sizes optimize balance and power while underscoring the lengths Chevrolet will go to make sure the performance of the SS is just right. Weight distribution is an even 50/50 front to rear, and a hood and rear decklid made from aluminum help keep weight down and the center of gravity low.

Offering a single trim level, the 2015 Chevrolet SS carries a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 415 hp and 415 lb/ft of torque. The V8 is paired with a standard six-speed automatic with TAPshift manual control or the new six-speed manual. A limited-slip rear differential gets the power to the road effectively by maximizing traction, and it helps the SS get from zero to 60 mph in a blazing 4.7 seconds – faster than a four-door Porsche Panamera S (4.9 seconds) and just a tenth of a second off a two-door Porsche 911 Carrera (4.6 seconds). The roar from the dual stainless exhaust outlets when you wind out the V8 is something to experience.

The cabin of the 2015 Chevrolet SS is handsomely designed, finely crafted and well-appointed. Jet Black leather-trimmed seats are hand-wrapped. They feature firm bolstering and are power-adjustable with two-way adjustable lumbar, making it easy to find the perfect driving position. Sueded microfiber inserts on the seats are perforated for heating and ventilation. Five adults will find comfort in the cabin of the SS, which provides 42.3 inches of front legroom and 39.7 inches of rear legroom. A standard power sunroof enhances the spacious feeling inside the SS too.

The integrated center stack is capped by a large touch-screen with crisp graphics. The touch-screen is your window into the standard navigation and Chevrolet MyLink systems, as well as serving as your portal to CD/USB/AM/FM/SiriusXM entertainment choices, and communications via paired devices. Climate control is automatic and controlled by easy-to-handle knobs just ahead of the shifter

Fun Things to Do on a Snowy Day


Can’t take your Chevrolet out cruisin’ due to being snowed in? Here are some fun things to do on a snowy day!

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The kids are off from school and you can’t drive into work — it’s a snow day for all! But don’t spend it lounging on the couch. A snowy day means you can take advantage of a whole new host of opportunities — from fun activities to being productive. In fact, a snow day can sometimes be a blessing in disguise.

So what are you waiting for? Try one of these activities the next time inclement weather keeps you home.

Create snow art

Sure you can build a snowman and make snow angels, but why not do something you’ve never done before? This activity is especially kid friendly. Try this: Fill empty spray bottles with food coloring and water, allowing the kids to use snow as their canvas.

“Adding color to the snow is so much fun and really allows them the chance to be creative and do something different than the typical outdoor, snowy activities,” says Deanna Garretson, a blogger at http://www.domestic-chicky.com. They’ll have so much fun doing it, and you’ll love being able to keep the messes outside.

Put your chef’s hat on

What is it about baking or cooking on a wintry day?If it’s too cold for your taste outside and you’d rather stay in and do something cozy, peruse a cookbook or search online for a tasty recipe (one, of course, that you have all the ingredients for in the house to avoid a trek through the snow).

“Oreo snowballs are the perfect treat to make with stir-crazy snowbound kiddos because there is no baking involved,” says Carrie Higgins, a blogger at http://www.makinglemonadeblog.com. They’re also great for partnering with hot chocolate after a morning spent sledding.” No matter what you make, whether it’s cookies or brownies or even a pot of homemade soup, the warm, fresh aromas will fill the house, keeping smiles on everyone’s faces.

Play catch up

It may not be the most exciting thing in the world, but a day off is still a day off, and if you typically don’t have the time to clean the garage, wash the floors, and do a load of laundry, you may want to take advantage of the time off. This is also a good time to teach the kids, if you haven’t already, about the importance of helping out around the house.

“When kids do chores, they’re learning responsibility. They’re learning that life requires work,” says James Sears, MD, co-author of “Father’s First Steps: 25 Things Every Dad Should Know.” Other productive things you can do are make all those phone calls you keep putting off, write those thank-you cards from your kid’s birthday you’ve been meaning to finish, do some meal prep, etc.

Get your game on

While kids these days would rather play on an iPad or iPhone, a snow day is a great time to break out the old-school board games. The kids will love the chance to spend quality time with their parents, and have some good old-fashioned fun while they’re at it. Classics like Monopoly, Life, and Risk will take up a good chunk of your day, so make sure you have snacks handy during the game. Take it up a notch and build a fort with blankets and pillows to play the games in. No board games handy? Having story time by the fireplace (or in the fort!) can also be a fun activity.

Redecorate

Set the kids on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and a movie, and get to work on changing up your living room curtains or rearranging your dining room place settings. You could even take this time off to Feng Shui your home, which involves specific placement and positioning of objects in your home to determine a sense of how the energy in your environment affects you. You might be surprised at how productive performing a few simple swaps in your home can make you feel.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.  www.jackmaxton.com