Halloween Safety – The 411

With Halloween weekend upon us, thousands of children dressed like little goblins, creepy creatures, and superheroes will be on the streets for treats and candy. It is when the children will be at increased risk of being hit by a car. The risk will in fact be higher than any other time of the year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reports Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities.

In addition, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimates that children are four times more likely to be hit by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year.

It is advised not to go out in the car, unless very necessary. But in case one wants to go, it is very important to be cautious about the dangers and be alert.

Maintain a low speed limit, and do not accelerate more than 25 mph, in those areas where trick-or-treaters are present.

Always take care of children on the Halloween night when they walk on the streets between parked cars along the side of highway.

Avoid using mobile phone, navigation system, sound system, or other disturbing devices in those residential areas where the pedestrians might be present. It is also safe to take the children to an organized party.

Both adults and children should be safety conscious when celebrating Halloween this season. Prepare ahead with these useful Halloween Safety Tips:

MOTORISTS

· Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.

· Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.

· Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.

· At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.

PARENTS

· Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.

· Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow. Know the names of older children’s companions.

· Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.

· Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger’s home.

· Establish a return time.

· Tell your youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home.

· Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules.

· Pin a slip of paper with the child’s name, address and phone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group.

COSTUME DESIGN

· Costumes should be loose so warm clothes can be worn underneath.

· Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard. (Falls are the leading cause of unintentional injuries on Halloween.)

· If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made with light colored materials. Strips of retro-reflective tape should be used to make children visible.

FACE DESIGN

· Masks can obstruct a child’s vision. Use facial make-up instead.

· When buying special Halloween makeup, check for packages containing ingredients that are labeled “Made with U.S. Approved Color Additives,” “Laboratory Tested,” Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics,” or “Non-Toxic.” Follow manufacturer’s instruction for application.

· If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eye holes.

ACCESSORIES

· Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials. Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.

· Bags or sacks carried by youngsters should be light-colored or trimmed with retro-reflective tape if children are allowed out after dark.

· Carrying flashlights will help children see better and be seen more clearly.

TREATS

· Give children an early meal before going out.

· Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.

· Wash fruit and slice into small pieces to have children snack along the way if they get hungry.

· When in doubt, throw it out.

Test your car safety IQ and see where you measure up. We were surprised what we didn’t know either.

From your friends at Jaguar of Orlando, have a safe and happy Halloween weekend! We want it to be filled with happy and fun lifelong memories!

Jaguar of Orlando at Winter Park Concours d’Elegance

Jaguar of Orlando will be at the 9th annual Winter Park Concours d’Elegance on Nov 6 and 7th. If you have not been yet, now is the time to check out this exclusive annual event that has become one of the most highly-regarded, judged exotic car shows in the United States.

Staged in a setting of true elegance, Old Winter Park closes six blocks of Park Avenue to welcome over 120 of the world’s most prestigious automobiles. The tents of event patrons line the tree-shaded avenue showcasing products and services to a walk-in audience of potential buyers. Nationally-recognized and ranked automobile judges ¾ many of whom are world-renowned experts in specialty-marquee automobiles, spend the day carefully examining each show car until a final group of handpicked award winners are determined.

Saturday, Nov. 6th

Concours participants, their guests, and sponsors gather for the Tour d’Elegance, considered by many to be the heart and soul of the weekend; where old friends are reunited and new friendships are made. It’s a time when participants can work out their cars in a social, relaxed environment.

The day starts with participants arriving for a gourmet breakfast in Hannibal Square, Winter Park. Over 100 Vehicles are expected to participate in this year’s tour, everything from vintage Ferraris to contemporary Audis. Once Breakfast is complete, it’s time to enjoy the open road!

Escorted by the Winter Park Police, participants will follow a pre-determined route, designed by EUROTECH, ending with a fabulous lunch at the Enzian Theater.

An elegant evening of Fine Cuisine, Premium Open Bar, Specialty Martini Bar, California Wine Bar, Cigar Bar, & Entertainment

6:30 – 9:30 pm

If you are interested in some exclusive one-on-one with the participants, there is an exclusive reception the night before. After the conclusion of Saturday’s Tour d’Elegance participants and guest are invited to attend the Concours’ Signature Event, The duPont REGISTRY LIVE Aeroport Reception with proceeds going to benefit the show’s marquee charity. Staged inside 2 private and handsomely decorated aircraft hangars, participants experience the high-octane thrill of mingling among the world’s most exotic cars, a fabulous display of vintage & contemporary aircraft, high performance boats, custom motorcycles, and premium luxury lifestyle product displays. The “who’s who” of elite southeastern automotive enthusiasts are feted with great entertainment, exquisite foods, and super premium beverages; all to create a truly memorable evening. This event is benefitting the KIDS HOUSE and Wayne Densch Children’s Advocacy Center.

Tickets are $100 per guest.

Sunday, Nov. 7th - CONCOURS d’ELEGANCE

REGISTRATION . . . . . .7:00am – 9:00am

Registration opens in Central Park, in a tent on the corner of Morse Blvd. & Park Ave. Participants can pick up their registration packets, placards, gift bags, posters and tickets. Stewards will assist in parking vehicles.

Open Viewing: 10:00am – 4:00pm . . . . Awards: 3:00pm

For automotive enthusiasts, the Sunday Concours will be the moment they have all been waiting for. Over 200 rare & exotic automobiles and motorcycles will be placed for display and judging on fashionable Park Avenue. The Avenue runs parallel to the beautifully manicured Central Park and makes for an exquisite setting. Last year crowds were well over 50,000.

Notable marquees include Aston Martin, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Mercedes Benz, MG, Ferrari, Maserati, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Morgan, Triumph, Porsche, Lamborghini, Lotus, and Volvo, with special exhibits of original Hot Rods, American Muscle Cars, Classic Corvettes, American Classics, Audi and BMW. In addition, any rare, unusual, limited production, exotic cars will be considered for the Special Interest Class. Free to public.

THE AWARDS PRESENTATION . . . . . . 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Once the staff of judges makes their final decisions, the award winners will be driven into Central Park, past the cheering crowds, to accept their awards in front of a lavishly appointed stage. Over 60 trophies will be awarded including the very special Best of Show trophy.

The local media will be on hand to capture all the action as the lucky winners accept their awards. This year promises to be even more spectacular!

Jaguar of Orlando is proud to be part of an event that celebrates the innovation, beauty and art of automobile making.  Come enjoy the beautiful automobile architecture with us. For more information, visit http://www.winterparkconcours.com

App your Jag

Jaguar announces the release of two new mobile applications. These apps are great additions to your Jaguar experience. We know you’re passionate about performance and design, and these apps embody the Jaguar brand – setting the standard of luxury and performance.

JAGUAR iCONFIGURATOR APP

The Jaguar iConfigurator app for the iPhone (and iPad) allows users to experience the full vehicle configuration process and to explore the Jaguar model range with access to the latest images and specification details.

Available free on iTunes, the Jaguar iConfigurator showcases the full Jaguar Range, including the new XJ, XK and XF to full US market specification. The app also allows users to share their configuration on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as allowing configured vehicles to be saved to the iPhone photo gallery.

Click here to download the app.

JAGUAR MAGAZINE APP

As Jaguar celebrates 75 Years Looking Forward, Jaguar Magazine takes a step into the future with the creation of a new, fully interactive iPad version, taking the very best of the print edition and adding extra images, exclusive information and maps, that allow you to explore Jaguar’s world in a whole new way.

Available free on iTunes, in this special-edition 75th anniversary issue, features include:

- 75 fascinating facts about Jaguar’s heritage

- In conversation: Jaguar design director Ian Callum and design guru Stephen Bayley

- Exploring Jaguar’s speed and race heritage in the XKR

- What 174mph feels like in the new XKR

- Inside a Jaguar’s high-tech V8 heart

- Jaguar’s 75 years of racing success

Further updates and features will follow on the app.

Click here to download the app.

Jaguar of Orlando

Our experienced sales staff is dedicated to satisfying our customers’ need. We encourage you to take the time to browse our inventory online, request more information about vehicles, set up a test drive or inquire about financing.

Our totally modern, re-styled Jaguar Orlando showroom has the latest Jaguar models, along with an outstanding, fully stocked pre-owned department which allows them to serve a more diversified customer base. Today’s Jaguars are more affordable, and are second to none in performance and style, allowing Jaguar Orlando to continue to grow as Central Florida’s only Jaguar dealership. In doing so, Jaguar Orlando and their dedicated staff will continue to service all customers, new and old, with trust, integrity, and care.

Jaguar C-X75 Range-extended Electric Supercar Is More Than a Concept

Jaguar unveiled the C-X75 Concept at the Paris Motor Show: “The aim was to produce not only the most innovative but also one of the most beautiful Jaguars ever; one which hints at an exciting evolution of the marque’s award-winning design language while paying homage to some of its most admired cars of years gone by.”

The result is the car you see above. The 2,970-pound C-X75 is “a range-extended electric supercar” that does the run from zero to 62 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds. That happens courtesy of two 96-horsepower micro gas turbines that pump juice into a plug-in li-ion battery pack. That in turn powers four 195-horsepower electric motors – one at each wheel – for a total of 780 horsepower and 1,187 pound-feet of torque. Top speed is pegged at 205 mph, and the concept can theoretically run on just its batteries for 68 miles before the twin turbines kick in and extend the range to 560 miles.

The body resting above all those electrons is aluminum, with swan doors allowing entry to the leather-lined cabin. The seats inside are fixed, with the steering wheel, instruments and pedals moving to accommodate the driver. Three high-res TFT screens present driver information, with readouts and displays switchable between all of the screens.

The C-X75 is a pure concept – there are no plans to make it according to Jaguar. The point, rather, is to show what kind of Jaguar might exist were such a cat unchained from any production consideration. Yet, although we won’t see the beast in its entirety, we could see its fangs and claws on a production Jag in the future.

However, Jaguar is now reportedly joining the list of those who took it all back – well, almost – by admitting it’s studying the production feasibility of what would become the X-75.

Never fear, the X-75 might exist on lot of Jaguar of Orlando. One can only hope! But we know that this concept will inspire Jaguar models years to come. What do you think?

Not Feelin’ the Love – Love Bugs are Back!

We always seem to forget they exist until that day comes. And the sky is filled with black moving dots and as we edge closer to figure out what’s happening, we realize the love bugs are back and they are lovin’ each other, you and your Jaguar.

Before you swear under your breath, when these buggers stick permanently to your Jaguar’s paint job or make your routine car wash last hours instead of minutes, heed this advice.

  1. Wax every three months – this helps with all types of bugs and critters from sticking.
  2. Wash often – You wash once a week. During love bug season, you wash two-three times.  Car care experts say drivers should remove love bugs from their car as quickly as possible.  The insects are slightly acidic and can burn into car paint if left on too long. If you don’t have time to wash, spray your hood immediately when you get home to get them off immediately.
  3. Clear wrap protects – Road Wrap is a disposable film that is wrapped around your vehicle to protect it from bugs, rocks, and other items that can harm your vehicle’s paint.
  4. Car bras are not a solution – There is a danger in using car bras as a love bug defense. The bad thing if bugs get on the bra and you don’t wash them off, it will restrict flow to your radiator and your car will run hot over time.
  5. Bug Remover – there are numerous solutions out there that you can get online or at auto supply store that specialize in bug removal. These are great resources if you wash your own car.

Good luck out there! They are out there with vengeance and hopefully they will be gone soon!