Sorry, everyone, but that time is sadly approaching — the final days of sweet, sweet summer. We hope you took full advantage of the fine weather and fun events of the season, but if you did, that means you must have done quite a bit of driving. If that is indeed the case, we have just a few simple end-of-summer car care tips to help you and your vehicle transition into the coming cold with ease.
Empty the trunk
Whether your cargo area is stuffed with golf clubs, boogie boards, tents, fishing poles, or any other combination of summer-fun gear, chances are all that stuff is weighing you down and adding to your fuel bill. Pack it away nicely and promise it can come back out to play in a few (hopefully short) months.
Check the tires
All that driving isn’t easy on the wheels, even if it’s easy on your peace-of-mind. Check that your tires are still street-safe; you can do so easily by inserting a quarter head-first into the tread of your tires. If you can see the top of Washington’s head, your tires probably need to be replaced.
Replace the wiper blades
Bad weather’s a-coming — don’t get stuck in a fall squall without the proper equipment. New wiper blades are inexpensive and can mean a world of difference during harsh driving conditions.
If your car requires any service, in addition to this end-of-summer car care (maybe your tires didn’t pass the quarter test), give Dan Young’s service department a call today — we’re here for you!
There are a number of little-known driving tips that could save your life. While cars are becoming safer than ever before thanks to recent innovations in driver assist technologies, there are still important things that drivers need to do to prevent unnecessary accidents. From distracted driving to hazardous road conditions, here are several tips to remember when you’re behind the wheel.
According to Cracked, many experts are now suggesting that you shouldn’t have any part of your car visible in your mirrors. It can be easy to adjust, but many drivers insist on seeing part of their car in their side view mirrors, or they fail to adjust the rearview mirror. Simply angle your side mirrors away from your car until you no longer see parts of your car. This will help to fully eliminate your blind spots in many scenarios.
Pay attention to traffic more than road signs. Drivers tend to get in the habit of driving in daze, which makes it easy to simply speed through yield signs and green lights. Though you may have the right of way, this doesn’t protect you from driver’s that aren’t following the road signs. Always pay more attention to traffic on the road, one simple trick that will help you avoid fender benders. In fact, the Dutch city of Drachten replaced a large portion of their signs with roundabouts free of visual cues, which decreased accidents by 36%. Sometimes there are just too many road signs to follow at once, leading to distractions.
Always have your headlights on. Though most states only require headlights when it’s dark or when it’s raining, studies show that having your headlights on at all times reduces the risk of accident by 32%. That’s because you’re not only more visible, but it also means you can’t forget to put them on. Plus, with more and more automatic headlight systems, it’s not a big deal if you forget to turn them off.
These are just some of the many little known driving tips that we here at Dan Young GM think it could be helpful to know.
The Chevrolet Red Wings sponsorship has been around since 2015, and it’s now expanding. Chevy was recently named the official vehicle of the Little Caesars Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings. This NHL team is one of the best in the business, attracting fans from around the country every year to see teams battle it out on the ice.
According to Chevy, the new sponsorship will include some changes to the iconic arena. For the 2017-2018 season, the arena will include a special Chevrolet Plaza on the west side of the venue, including giant screens and bowtie symbols throughout. This Plaza will also be used for the many community programs and concerts hosted in the arena. Chevy nameplates will appear throughout the arena, and the new designs are expected to improve viewing experiences.
“We have enjoyed a fantastic relationship with the Detroit Red Wings and it was an honor for Chevrolet to celebrate the historic final season with the team and the fans at Joe Louis Arena,” said Paul Edwards, US vice-president of Chevrolet Marketing. “We look forward to continuing to support the Red Wings and the revitalization of our hometown, the City of Detroit, as a landmark partner in the new Little Caesars Arena — a perfect complement to our partnership with the Detroit Tigers and presence at Comerica Park.”
Chevy will also now have a larger influence in District Detroit, one of the largest sport and entertainment developments in the country. Stretching a whopping 50 blocks through Detroit is the special district with theaters, various neighborhoods, and three professional sports venues. This location will be used to show more pre- and post-game events thanks to Chevy, including more coverage of the Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, and the Pistons.
We at Dan Young GM couldn’t be happier about the ever-expanding sponsorship work Chevy does.
A new set of tires can be a pricey investment, but good tires are an important element to safe and efficient driving. However, tires can last for up to 50,000 miles as long as you take good care of them. Here are several tips on how to make your tires last as long as possible.
Check Them Regularly
You don’t have to do a close inspection, but if you get into the habit of looking each tire over casually when you’re walking by, it will help you stay aware of their conditions. Each time you fill the gas tank, for instance, you can do a quick inspection of each tire to make sure there’s no damage and no apparent issue. If you see anything, swap the tire out for your spare and bring it into Dan Young GM, where we’ll have one of our technicians take a look for you.
Check the Tire Pressure
If a tire’s PSI is very low, you should be able to tell from looking. However, it’s still a good idea to keep a pressure gauge in your glove box so you can check each tire’s pressure every few weeks. Driving on the proper PSI is not only going to make your tires last longer, it’s also going to give you the best fuel efficiency and the best traction.
Be Aware of Load Capacity
Overwhelming your tires with excessive weight they weren’t built to handle is a quick way to cause instant damage. Make sure you know the load capacity of your tires and respect that number.
For any questions about your tires or to have a simple inspection, contact us at Dan Young GM service department today!
Spring weather is finally here, and there’s nothing like celebrating its arrival with a little trip into mother nature. Car camping is a great way to get out and enjoy the fresh air, and it’s even better when you have a great car to accompany you.
Most of the choices in the Chevy lineup at Dan Young GM make for great car camping vehicles, whether you have the nimble Chevrolet Trax crossover, the powerful Silverado pickup, or even the Chevy Sonic hatchback. The most important thing when car camping is a versatile interior with plenty of room for your gear and a capable powertrain. These vehicles have it all.
Before you leave, pack up your Chevrolet with plenty of water. Most campsites have places where you can refill bottles, but it’s better to be safe and hydrated than sorry and thirsty. You’ll also want to make sure that you pack plenty of food and snacks. Some meals should be something you cook, but some should be accessible without fire, in case you can’t make it happen. Make sure your Chevy is also equipped with a first aid kit, just in case you or a neighbor needs it.
Once you’ve picked your camping spot and set up your tent, you can enjoy all of the outdoor activities that come along with the adventure. It may be tempting to keep everything in your Chevy when you’re not using it, but it’s important to instead hang your food up at night if you’re in an area with bears. Even if your supplies are locked away, a bear can still break your Chevrolet’s windows to get to the food, which is not what you want!
With these tips for car camping and precautions in mind, you’re set to plan your own getaway in your Chevy this spring or summer. Visit Dan Young GM to find your perfect car camping vehicle today!
GM recently announced that it would be working with eight major North American universities to compete in the GM AutoDrive Challenge. This autonomous vehicle design competition runs three years, asking competitors to develop and demonstrate a car that drives itself. Unlike previous technologies, this car must be entirely self-driven.
According to GM, the schools competition include Kettering University, Michigan State, Michigan Tech, North Carolina A&T, Texas A&M, University of Toronto, Waterloo, and Virginia Tech. Students will work with systems like sensors, computer platforms, pattern recognition, machine learning, and more. We can’t wait to see what these students come up with over the next three years.
“SAE International is excited to expand our partnership with GM to build the future STEM workforce through the AutoDrive Challenge™,” said Chris Ciuca, a director at SAE International. “Building on our success through programs like Formula SAE, the AutoDrive Challenge™ launches a new platform to engage industry and academia in working towards a common goal of preparing the brightest young minds for the future of autonomous technologies.”
Each research team gets a Chevrolet Bolt EV to test and build on, working to customize software and vehicle components. Staff and students will also be invited to tech workshops over the three years in order to brush up on the latest technologies. At Dan Young GM, we’re excited to see these fully autonomous vehicles in action.
Celebrating Earth Day is a great way to show that you care about the environment. From planting greenery to changing your driving habits, there are some easy ways to be eco-friendly. Started in 1970, Earth Day has since become an international event, celebrated every year on April 22nd. Read on to learn more about ways you can participate.
To begin with, according to wikiHow, one of the best things you can do is simply learn more about the environment. You can read articles to get up to speed on current events such as pollution, water quality, and more. Non-profit organizations and government websites are among the most credible sources, as well as academic articles.
Next, plant trees and other foliage. Greenery reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, and it also provides stability for soil and habitats for many animals. You can visit a local greenhouse or nursery to find trees that will survive best, and you should also consider planting wildflowers or vegetables. A small garden is a great way to help the environment while also saving money on produce.
Finally, you can help to improve air quality by changing your driving habits. Avoid speeding and rapid deceleration, as these can lower fuel economy. You should also have your car regularly serviced to improve performance and reduce emissions. Stop by Dan Young GM for regular repairs and maintenance, both of which can help the environment.
Spring isn’t too far away, but we still have another few weeks of wintery weather to deal with. If you’re ready to kick your winter cabin fever to the curb as we move into a new season, here are some excellent late winter events near Indianapolis you should attend.
- Indy Wings Week. Hot wing lovers of all kinds will be descending upon Indy the week of February 20th through 26th. This week, participating restaurants will offer wings for half off of their regular price; this includes 317 Burger, Old Pro’s Table, Monon Food Company, The Vanguard, Taylor’s Pub at Nora, and many more. This event benefits the non-profit Second Helpings.
- The Cat in the Hat. Bring the whole family to this fun theatre event held February 23rd-March 2nd. It will be at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. Tickets start at $12.50.
- Haunted Union Street Ghost Walk. Head to Westfield, Indiana on February 24th to experience the haunted side of the city. No children under 9 years of age. Reserve your tickets today.
- Memphis Grizzlies vs. Indiana Pacers. Celebrate Indiana’s 50th anniversary season by catching a Pacers game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. They will be taking on the Grizzlies on February 24th at 7pm.
Here at Dan Young GM we are excited to have a full calender. Which events are you adding to your calendar?
Since 2015, Chevy drivers have been enjoying the convenience of fast internet streaming right in their car. This is thanks to the 4G LTE Wi-Fi available through OnStar. In the past two years, the popularity of OnStar 4G LTE has skyrocketed with owners using more and more data every quarter.
Data, Data, Everywhere
According to Chevrolet, drivers and their passengers used an incredible 4,220,684 gigabytes of data in 2016. This is nearly 200% more than the data used in 2015. The biggest jump in data use comes from Suburban and Tahoe owners, who used three-and-a-half times more data than in 2015.
In addition to using more data, sales of the Tahoe and Suburban have also increased. In fact, in 2016, combined sales of the best-selling SUVs were up 21%, when compared to 2015.
Alan Batey, president of GM North America and global head of Chevrolet, said, “We are attracting new buyers to Chevrolet by offering technologies like OnStar 4G LTE not available on competitive models. New owners are in turn more likely to become repeat Chevrolet customers as these features become an integral part of their day-to-day lives.”
With OnStar 4G LTE, available in nearly every Chevrolet model, up to seven devices can connect at once. This means you can stream a video, send an email, play a game, or browse social media.
Come check out the Chevy lineup today at Dan Young GM.
Christmas has come early in the San Francisco Bay area as the first Chevy Bolt EVs were delivered to three customers. This eco-friendly, long-range electric vehicle comes at an affordable price, making it a top-notch choice for individuals looking to go green.
“All of the hard work that the Chevrolet team have put into designing, engineering, and building the Bolt EV brings us to this truly satisfying moment of making the first deliveries to customers on-time, as planned,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and Global Chevrolet brand chief. “Chevrolet is proud to offer a vehicle like the Bolt EV, with ground-breaking technology wrapped in a modern design that is also fun-to-drive at an affordable price.”
The first Chevy Bolt EVs delivered were sent to three California customers. The first was William Mattos, a retired law enforcement officer from Fremont; the second is Bobby Edmonds, a software developer from Castro Valley; and the third was Steve Henry, a commercial real estate broker from Portola Valley.
With an EPA-estimated 238-mile range when fully charged, the Bolt EV makes it easy for owners to get around town without worrying about running out of battery. It is this awesome range—and the EV’s affordable price—that allowed the Bolt EV to be named the Motor Trend 2017 Car of the Year.
Standard features on the Bolt EV include a Regen on Demand steering wheel paddle, a 10.2-inch color touchscreen, and electronic precision shift. The top trim even offers leather upholstery, heated seats, a surround camera, a rear camera mirror, and more tech-savvy features.