Alaska’s Stone Soup Group has been chosen as this year’s local Subaru Share the Love recipient.
The event allows local dealerships within the Continental Auto Group to choose a hometown charity. Since 2014, more than $250,000 have been donated locally to charities such as Alaska Children’s Trust, Clare House and the Abused Women’s Aid In Crisis (AWAIC), according to a release.
Stone Soup Group provides information, support, training and resources to help Alaskan families and caregivers provide the best possible care for children with special needs.
“We are very proud to be able to support our community in a truly meaningful way,” wrote Derek Adolf, co-principal owner of Continental Auto Group in a prepared statement.
This year’s Share the Love donation turned out to be one of the largest given to a local nonprofit in the last six years. Megan Kelley, the communications and outreach manager for Stone Soup Group, says when the nonprofit heard it was selected, she and her team started doing their homework.
“We had seen what past charities had received, and we were kind of budgeting for that,” Kelley said.
Wednesday, via a virtual ceremony, the Stone Soup Group was presented with more than $15,000 more than the $30,000 target they were planning for. Continental Subaru supplied a check for $42,494 and Credit Union 1 kicked in an additional $5,000, raising the total amount to $47,494.
“This will really help right now during this time, because we still need to reach out to families,” Kelley said. “It can help with our assisted technology, our technology to reach out to them and have our navigators be able to communicate with families, which is really, really important during this time.”
Kelley says they are also looking for someone in its Bethel-Kotzebue region to be a parent navigator. This is someone who helps families get the services they need. More information on the Stone Soup Group is available here.
Brace yourselves! Winter is coming. The cold, snow, and ice kind. Meteorologists may debate the amounts and proportions of each measure but we know it means danger and darkness on the road. With Anchorage being a fast moving city with a few quirks of its own the driving danger is compounded. Continental posted a helpful driving tips list last year and received lots of helpful suggestions from local drivers. We’ve curated and updated the list and present it to thoughtful drivers everywhere.
Put down the phone.
Your focus is critical, even at stop lights. Use hands-free tech and keep your eyes and attention focused on the road around you.
Anchorage drivers run the yellow and, as a result, sometimes the red lights too.
Don’t be too eager to pull forward on a green. Like a pedestrian look left, look right before crossing the intersection.
Stop early, leave some space.
When stopping at red lights, you’ll want to stop early and then creep forward as cars approach from behind. Paying attention to approaching vehicles will allow you to give a little extra space to avoid a serious accident.
Be a good neighbor, clear your roof.
It’s easy to hit the remote-start and hit the road when the window is defrosted. Take a moment to clear the snow and ice from the hood and roof. Blowing snow cuts visibility and chunks of debris create hazards for motorists behind you.
All-wheel drive isn’t all-wheel stop.
All-wheel drive systems only provide assistance when accelerating. They offer no advantage when braking. Be sure you’re running a good winter tire for Anchorage’s icy intersections.
Posted speed limits are for dry conditions. Oddly enough, moose enjoy winter weather and do not care about the parent-teacher meeting you’re late for.
Anchorage is really well lit and folks can largely ignore what’s going on with their headlamps. Still, you’ll want to check to be sure they are actually on and not just the interior lights. Also, be sure to check your high-beam position. Many drivers like the brighter lights and even when they don’t match the intensity of Bi-Xenon or LED lights, high-beam usage focuses the light directly into oncoming traffic.
Tailgating is bad.
Leave space to stop. Tailgating takes options such as braking or lane changes away from other drivers to be able to avoid accidents.
Plan for the unexpected.
Have an exit plan of where to go. Always be aware of your environment and surroundings—parking lots, people, vehicles, animals, trees, shrubs… everything.
Yes! Sunglasses. Polarized specifically. They’ll help cut ice glare and improve visibility in conditions other than bright sun. Yellow/bronze lenses can help brighten and sharpen visual acuity on cloudy days.
Avoid sudden, exaggerated movements.
A skid can be initiated when the inertia of the vehicle is different that the direction wheels are heading. Take your foot off the gas, don’t slam the brakes. Turn into the skid and steer the vehicle back to the desired direction.
Check the conditions.
Us the online tools Alaska511 for road conditions and Anchorage Police Nixle alerts do a good job of informing drivers of current conditions. Check out the Facebook group, “Glenn Highway Traffic Report” for user-generated reports about road conditions between Anchorage and the MatSu.
Facebook Group - Glenn Highway Traffic Report
Sign up for Anchorage Nixle alerts
Keep a coat and gloves in the car.
We’re Alaskan, we’re tough and acclimated to quick bursts from the house to the car. Don’t get stuck responding, or worse, in an accident without some gear. Add a first aid kit, flares, and some hand warmers to be prepared.
Turn off lane keep assist.
If your vehicle is equipped with Pilot Assist, lane keep and other assistive technologies drivers may consider deactivating the technologies that automatically steer the vehicle—the ruts in the roads confuse the systems and can steer vehicles into guardrails or ditches.
Avoid cruise control.
Even roads that look clear can have sudden slippery spots which often triggers cruise control to accelerate erratically. Using the brake on these spots will could cause drivers to lose control of the vehicle.
Automated safety equipment that attempts to steer your vehicle, such as ‘Lane Keep’ assist, should be turned off to avoid unintended skids. These systems will, overall, avoid accidents, but they can get confused with the snow tracks and may unexpectedly steer your vehicle into another lane or off road.
Invest in good wipers.
A good winter wiper can help maintain visibility in heavy snow conditions. Also, use a winterized washer fluid. Wipers on = lights on.
Winter tires —studded or studless— offer the best traction because the rubber is designed to remain pliable in cold weather. Snow tires also offer siping and big blocks to power through snow. Silica helps rubber grip the ice. Continental has good prices and free installation
Termination dust is creeping down the mountains and winter is beginning to show signs it will, in fact, arrive despite any attempts to avoid it. Brisk mornings bring thoughts of ice, frost, and snow. It’s time to change over to your winter tires! (Continental has our specials posted here Tire Change Over Specials.) But, perhaps, this year, you find yourself in need of a new set? We’ve got you covered with effective and affordable Toyo winter tires. The popular studded Toyo Observe G3-Ice competes in the top-tier of the Consumer Reports rankings and performs very well in driving conditions that affect Anchorage. Not convinced they’re for you? Toyo offers a 45-day or 500-mile ‘No Regrets’ return policy—simply return them, we’ll help you find something you will like!
We’re pretty sure you’ll love the Toyo tires on their own but we know the price is always a factor. For that reason, we also shop the competition to be sure our customers always get a great value. The most tire for the best price, with free installation, shuttle service, and Kaladi Bros. coffee.
|Mount & Balance
|Alaska Tire Service||Hankook RW11
|Alyeska Tire||Norman 7
|American Tire & Auto||Hankook iPike
|Anchorage Tire Factory||Nokian Hakka 9
|Nokian Hakka R2
|KD Discount Tire||Master Brand
|Continental Tire & Auto||Toyo G3-ICE
Reference vehicle: 2018 Honda CR-V • 235/60R18 • Shopped October 1, 2018
Prices include installation but do not include fees for tire disposal.